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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
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell ;
On the beach
His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced
Awake, arise, or be for ever fall’n.
Tears such as angels weep.
From morn l'o noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve.
Lines 741, 742.
Satan exalted sat, by merit raised
Lines 5, 6.
But all was false and hollow, though his tongue Dropt manna ; and could make the worse appear The better reason.
Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care ; And princely counsel in his face yet shone, Majestic though in ruin.
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.
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,
So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,
Lines 108-U O.
For contemplation he, and valor formed,
Lines 297, 298.
Adam the goodliest man of men since born
Lines 323, 324.
So spake the fiend, and with necessity,
Lines 393, 394.
Now came still evening on, and twilight grey
Lines 598, 599.
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Lines 677, 678.
Not to know me argues yourself unknown,
Lines 830, 831.
My latest found,
Lines 18, 19.
With dispatchful looks, in haste
Lines 331, 332.
So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Lines 896, 897.
Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
Lines 488, 489.
O fairest of creation, last and best
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
Lines 646, 647.
Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
* “ And earthly power doth then show likest God's, When mercy seasons justice.”
See quotations from Shakspere.