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What in me is dark, Illumine ; what is low, raise and support; That to the height of this great argument I

may assert eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men.

Book 1. Lines 22-26.

A dungeon horrible on all sides round
As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames
No light; but rather darkness visible.

Lines 61-63.

To reign is worth ambition, though in hell ;
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Lines 262-263

On the beach
Of that inflamed sea he stood, and call’d

His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced
Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks
In Vallombrosa.

Book 1.

Lines 299-303•

Awake, arise, or be for ever fall’n.

Line 330.

Tears such as angels weep.

Line 620.

From morn l'o noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve.

Lines 741, 742.

Satan exalted sat, by merit raised
To that bad eminence.

Book 11.

Lines 5, 6.

But all was false and hollow, though his tongue Dropt manna ; and could make the worse appear The better reason.

Lines 112-114.

Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care ; And princely counsel in his face yet shone, Majestic though in ruin.

Lines 302-305

Black it stood as night, Fierce as ten furies, terrible as hell, And shook a dreadful dart. Lines 670-672.

Death Grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to hear His famine should be fill’d. Lines 845-847

Where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of nature, hold Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand. For Hot, Cold, Moist, and Dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mastery, and to battle bring Their embryon atoms.

Lines 894-900.

Book 11.

For such a numerous host Fled not in silence through the frighted deep, With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded. Lines 993-996.

O thou that with surpassing glory crown'd,
Look’st from thy sole dominion like the god
Of this new world ; at whose sight all the stars
Hide their diminish'd heads ! Book iv. Lines 32-35.

So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,
Farewell remorse ; all good to me is lost ;
Evil, be thou my good.

Lines 108-U O.

For contemplation he, and valor formed,
For softness she, and sweet attractive grace.

Lines 297, 298.

Adam the goodliest man of men since born
His sons, the fairest of her daughters Eve.

Lines 323, 324.

So spake the fiend, and with necessity,
The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.

Lines 393, 394.

Book 10.

Now came still evening on, and twilight grey
Had in her sober livery all things clad.

Lines 598, 599.

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.

Lines 677, 678.

Not to know me argues yourself unknown,
The lowest of your throng.

Lines 830, 831.

My latest found,
Heaven's last best gift ; my ever new delight.

Lines 18, 19.

Book v.

With dispatchful looks, in haste
She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent.

Lines 331, 332.

So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he.

Lines 896, 897.

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.

Lines 488, 489.

Book viii.

O fairest of creation, last and best
Of all God's works.

Book ix.

Lines 896, 897.

Yet I shall temper so

Book x. Justice with mercy.*

Lines 77, 78.

The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.

Book XI.

Lines 646, 647.


Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful jollity,
Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles,
Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles,
Such as hang on Hebe's cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek ;
Sport that wrinkled care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides,
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe.

* “ And earthly power doth then show likest God's, When mercy seasons justice.”

See quotations from Shakspere.
Merchant of Venice. Act. IV.

Scene 1.

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