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Thou art my father, thou my author, thou my being gav'st me; whom should I obey but thee, whom follow? -- John Milton
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Biochemically, love is just like eating large amounts of chocolate. -- John Milton
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Our two first parents, yet the only two Of mankind, in the happy garden placed, Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love, Uninterrupted joy, unrivalled love In blissful solitude. -- John Milton
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None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence. -- John Milton
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The starry cope Of heaven. -- John Milton
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A shout that tore hell's concave, and beyond / Frightened the reign of Chaos and old Night. -- John Milton
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And fast by, hanging in a golden chain, This pendent world, in bigness as a star Of smallest magnitude, close by the moon. -- John Milton
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And yet on the other hand unless warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image, but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. -- John Milton
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Meadows trim with daisies pied, Shallow brooks and rivers wide Towers and battlements it sees Bosom'd high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighboring eyes. -- John Milton
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In yonder nether world where shall I seek
His bright appearances or footstep trace?
For though I fled him angry, yet recalled
To life prolonged and promised race I now
Gladly behold though but His utmost skirts
Of glory, and far off His steps adore. -- John Milton
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It was that fatal and perfidious bark, Built in th' eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark. -- John Milton
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Th'invention all admir'd, and each, how he to be th'inventor miss'd; so easy it seem'd once found, which yet unfound most would have thought impossible. -- John Milton
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Th' unconquerable will,/ And study of revenge, immortal hate,/ And courage never to submit or yield/ And what is else not to be overcome? -- John Milton
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Such I created all th' Ethereal Powers And Spirits, both them who stood & them who faild; Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. Not -- John Milton
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Th' ethereal mould Incapable of stain would soon expel Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire, Victorious. Thus repuls'd, our final hope Is flat despair. -- John Milton
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Thus while he spake, each passion dimm'd his face Thrice chang'd with pale, ire, envie and despair, Which marrd his borrow'd visage, and betraid Him counterfet, if any eye beheld. -- John Milton
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I must not quarrel with the will
Of highest dispensation, which herein,
Haply had ends above my reach to know. -- John Milton
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What honour that, But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear So many hollow compliments and lies. -- John Milton
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In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread,
Till thou return unto the ground; for thou
Out of the ground wast taken; know thy birth,
For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return. -- John Milton
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Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth The fairy ladies danced upon the hearth. -- John Milton
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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. -- John Milton
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Shalt thou give law to God, shalt thou dispute
With Him the points of liberty who made
Thee what thou art and formed the pow'rs of Heav'n
Such as He pleased and circumscribed their being? -- John Milton
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Is it true, O Christ in heaven, that the highest suffer the most?
That the strongest wander furthest and most hopelessly are lost?
That the mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain?
That the anguish of the singer makes the sweetness of the strain? -- John Milton
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When thou attended gloriously from heaven , Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send Thy summoning archangels to proclaim Thy dread tribunal. -- John Milton
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What could be less than to afford Him praise,
The easiest recompense, and pay Him thanks?
How due! Yet all His good proved ill in me
And wrought but malice. Lifted up so high -- John Milton
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O Conscience, into what abyss of fears
And horrors hast thou driven me, out of which
I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged. -- John Milton
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And if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can, I would not cease To weary Him with my assiduous cries. -- John Milton
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Mortals that would follow me,
Love virtue, she alone is free,
She can teach ye how to climb
Higher than the sphery chime;
Or if virtue feeble were,
Heaven itself would stoop to her. -- John Milton
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Th' imperial ensign, which full high advanc'd
Shone like a meteor, streaming to the wind. -- John Milton
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The virtuous mind that ever walks attended
By a strong siding champion, Conscience. -- John Milton
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Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks; methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam. -- John Milton
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If the will, which in the law of our nature, were withdrawn from our memory, fancy, understanding, and reason, no other hell could equal, for a spiritual being, what we should then feel from the anarchy of our powers. It would be conscious madness,
a horrid thought! -- John Milton
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Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato ... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate. -- John Milton
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Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light. -- John Milton
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all my bliss. Scepter and Power, thy giving, I assume, And gladlier shall resign, when in the end Thou shalt be All in All, and I in thee For ever, and in mee all whom thou lov'st: But whom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on, -- John Milton
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Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial To my proportion'd strength. -- John Milton
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As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore. Or if I would delight my private hours With music or with poem, where so soon As in our native language can I find That solace? -- John Milton
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Swinish gluttony never looks to heaven amidst its gorgeous feast; but with besotted, base ingratitude, cravens and blasphemes his feeder. -- John Milton
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What can 'scape the eye
Of God, all-seeing, or deceive His heart.
Omniscient! -- John Milton
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Some say no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen, Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity. -- John Milton
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Arms on armour clashing bray'd Horrible discord, and the madding wheels Of brazen chariots rag'd: dire was the noise Of conflict. -- John Milton
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In Physic, things of melancholic hue and quality are used against melancholy, sour against sour, salt to remove salt humors. -- John Milton
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Darkness now rose, as daylight sunk, and brought in low'ring Night her shadowy offspring. -- John Milton
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The low'ring element Scowls o'er the darken'd landscape. -- John Milton
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God has set labor and rest, as day and night to men successive. -- John Milton
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Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell. -- John Milton
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And chiefly thou, O spirit, that dost prefer
Before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know'st. Thou from the first
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
Dove-like sattest brooding on the vast abyss,
And madst it pregnant. -- John Milton
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And looks commercing with the skies,
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes. -- John Milton
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My sentence is for open war. -- John Milton
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Say, heavenly pow'rs, where shall we find such love? Which of ye will be mortal to redeem Man's mortal crime, and just th' unjust to save. -- John Milton
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O why did God, Creator wise, that peopled highest heav'n With Spirits masculine, create at last This novelty on earth, this fair defect Of nature, and not fill the world at once With men as angels without feminine, Or find some other way to generate Mankind? -- John Milton
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What though the field be lost?
All is not Lost; the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And the courage never to submit or yeild. -- John Milton
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Innocence, Once Lost, Can Never Be Regained. Darkness, Once Gazed Upon, Can Never Be Lost. -- John Milton
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Pleas'd me, long choosing and beginning late. -- John Milton
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So he with difficulty and labour hard Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour he. -- John Milton
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Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. -- John Milton
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Who aspires must down as low
As high he soar'd. -- John Milton
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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. 1
Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 22. -- John Milton
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Hope elevates, and joy
Brightens his crest. -- John Milton
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Meanwhile the Adversary of God and man, Satan with thoughts inflamed of highest design, Puts on swift wings, and towards the gates of hell Explores his solitary flight. -- John Milton
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The never-ending flight Of future days. -- John Milton
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And the more I see Pleasures about me, so much more I feel Torment within me. -- John Milton
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Sole reigning holds the tyranny of Heav'n. -- John Milton
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Thus it shall befall Him, who to worth in women over-trusting, Lets her will rule: restraint she will not brook; And left to herself, if evil thence ensue She first his weak indulgence will accuse. -- John Milton
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'Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. -- John Milton
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Where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes,
That comes to all. -- John Milton
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God is thy law, thou mine. -- John Milton
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Thou at the sight
Pleased, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile,
While by thee raised I ruin all my foes,
Death last, and with his carcass glut the grave. -- John Milton
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With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded. -- John Milton
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I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
By the known rules of ancient liberty,
When straight a barbarous noise environs me
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes and dogs. -- John Milton
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The nodding horror of whose shady brows Threats the forlorn and wandering passenger. -- John Milton
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Smiles from reason flow, To brute deny'd, and are of love the food. -- John Milton
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For the air of youth,
Hopeful and cheerful, in thy blood will reign
A melancholy damp of cold and dry
To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume
The balm of life. -- John Milton
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But peaceful was the night Wherein the Prince of Light His reign of peace upon the earth began. -- John Milton
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Tears such as angels weep. -- John Milton
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From haunted spring and dale Edg'd with poplar pale The parting genius is with sighing sent. -- John Milton
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And in their motions harmony divine
So smoothes her charming tones, that God's own ear
Listens delighted. -- John Milton
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Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise -- John Milton
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Majestic though in ruin: sage he stood
With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear
The weight of mightiest Monarchies his look
Drew audience and attention still as Night
Or Summers Noon-tide air while thus he spake. -- John Milton
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Sense of pleasure we may well
Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine,
But live content, which is the calmest life;
But pain is perfect misery, the worst
Of evils, and excessive, overturns
All patience. -- John Milton
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Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view. -- John Milton
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And storied windows richly dight, Casting a dim religious light. There let the pealing organ blow, To the full-voiced choir below, In service high, and anthems clear As may, with sweetness, through mine ear Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all heaven before mine eyes. -- John Milton
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Who can in reason then or right assume monarchy over such as live by right his equals, if in power or splendor less, in freedom equal? -- John Milton
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No man [ ... ] can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free, being the image and resemblance of God himself. -- John Milton
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Hail universal Lord, be bounteous still To give us only good; and if the night Have gathered aught of evil or concealed, Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark. -- John Milton
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And, re-assembling our afflicted powers, consult how we may henceforth most offend. -- John Milton
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Confounded, though immortal. But his doom, reserved him to more wrath; for now the thought both of lost happiness and lasting pain torments him. -- John Milton
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But his doom 54: Reserv'd him to more wrath; for now the thought 55: Both of lost happiness and lasting pain 56: Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes 57: That witness'd huge affliction and dismay 58: Mixt with obdurate pride and stedfast hate: -- John Milton
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Heaven open'd wide Her ever during gates, harmonious sound, On golden hinges moving. -- John Milton
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Immediate are the acts of God, more swift than time or motion. -- John Milton
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Hail, holy light! offspring of heaven firstborn! Or of th' eternal co-eternal beam, May I express thee unblam'd? since God is light And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate! -- John Milton
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To mee, who with eternal Famine pine,
Alike is Hell, or Paradise, or Heaven,
There best, where most with ravin I might meet;
Which here, though plenteous, all too little seems
To stuff this Maw, this vast unhide-bound Corpse. -- John Milton
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Education of youth is not a bow for every man to shoot in that counts himself a teacher; but will require sinews almost equal to those which Homer gave to Ulysses. -- John Milton
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For neither do the spirits damned
Lose all their virtue, lest bad men should boast
Their specious deeds on earth which glory excites,
Or close ambition varnished o'er with zeal. -- John Milton
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A grateful mind by owing owes not, but still pays, at once indebted and discharged; what burden then? -- John Milton
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Her virtue and the conscience of her worth, That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won. -- John Milton
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Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. -- John Milton
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It is lawful and hath been held so through all ages for any one who have the power to call to account a tyrant or wicked king, and after due conviction to depose and put him to death. -- John Milton
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None But such as are good men can give good things, And that which is not good, is not delicious To a well-govern'd and wise appetite. -- John Milton
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Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules
Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king. -- John Milton
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Never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep ... -- John Milton
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It was the winter wild, While the Heaven-born child, All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. -- John Milton
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So much I feel my genial spirits droop, My hopes all flat, nature within me seems In her functions weary of herself. -- John Milton
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Fairy elves, Whose midnight revels by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress. -- John Milton
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Apt words have power to suage the tumors of a troubled mind. -- John Milton
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Or if they list to try
Conjecture, he his fabric of the Heavens
Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move
His laughter at their quaint opinions wide.
John Milton, Paradise Lost viii 75-78 -- John Milton
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Should God create another Eve, and I
Another Rib afford, yet loss of thee
Would never from my heart; no no, I feel
The Link of Nature draw me: Flesh of Flesh,
Bone of my Bone thou art, and from thy State
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe. -- John Milton
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What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice, Of Attic taste? -- John Milton
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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 mast'ry. -- John Milton
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I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,
And virtue has no tongue to check her pride. -- John Milton
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Virtue that wavers is not virtue, but vice revolted from itself, and after a while returning. The actions of just and pious men do not darken in their middle course. -- John Milton
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A complete and generous education fits a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the offices, both public and private, of peace and war. -- John Milton
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Hope allows us to bid farewell to fear. -- John Milton
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Promiscuous reading is necessary to the constituting of human nature. The attempt to keep out evil doctrine by licensing is like the exploit of that gallant man who thought to keep out the crows by shutting the park gate. -- John Milton
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Hide me from day's garish eye. -- John Milton
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Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds. -- John Milton
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Midnight shout and revelry, Tipsy dance and jollity. -- John Milton
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Farewell happy fields,
Where joy forever dwells: Hail, horrors, hail. -- John Milton
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ALL WHO HAVE THEIR REWARD ON EARTH, THE FRUITS OF PAINFUL SUPERSTITION AND BLIND ZEAL, NOUGHT SEEKING BUT THE PRAISE OF MEN, HERE FIND FIT RETRIBUTION, EMPTY AS THEIR DEED -- John Milton
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From morn to noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve, a summer's day; and with the setting sun dropped from the zenith like a falling star. -- John Milton
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Neither man nor angel can discern hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible except to God alone. -- John Milton
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For Man to tell how human life began is hard; for who himself beginning knew? -- John Milton
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How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence through the empty-vaulted night, At every fall smoothing the raven down Of darkness till it smiled! -- John Milton
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A poet soaring in the high reason of his fancies, with his garland and singing robes about him. -- John Milton
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A dungeon horrible, on all sides round,
As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames
No light; but rather darkness visible
Served only to discover sights of woe -- John Milton
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Hail, wedded love, mysterious law; true source of human happiness. -- John Milton
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Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hath given
Charge and strict watch that to this happy place
No evil thing approach or enter in. -- John Milton
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Now came still evening on; and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad: Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, They to they grassy couch, these to their nests, Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale. -- John Milton
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Antichrist is Mammon's son. -- John Milton
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Courage never to submit of yield. -- John Milton
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The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller. -- John Milton
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As therefore the state of man now is, what wisdom can there be to choose, what continence to forbear, without the knowledge of good and evil? -- John Milton
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It was from out the rind of one apple tasted, that the knowledge of good and evil, as two twins cleaving together, leaped forth into the world. -- John Milton
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There swift return Diurnal, merely to officiate light Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot. -- John Milton
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Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment? -- John Milton
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With a smile that glow'd Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue. -- John Milton
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Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold; Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones Forget not. -- John Milton
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Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings
A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n. -- John Milton
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And what is faith, love, virtue unassay'd alone, without exterior help sustained? -- John Milton
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Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest,
Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven. -- John Milton
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And to thy husband's will
Thine shall submit; he over thee shall rule. -- John Milton
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How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Singing their great Creator? -- John Milton
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God does not need man nor his won works. -- John Milton
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If weakness may excuse, What murderer, what traitor, parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it? All wickedness is weakness; that plea, therefore, With God or man will gain thee no remission. -- John Milton
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[Censors] rake through the entrails of many an old good author, with a violation worse than any could be offered to his tomb. -- John Milton
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For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evil sub-stance. -- John Milton
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License they mean when they cry Liberty; For who loves that, must first be wise and good. -- John Milton
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Sabrina fair
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassie, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of Lillies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair,
Listen for dear honour's sake,
Goddess of the silver lake,
Listen and save. -- John Milton
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The redundant locks, robustious to no purpose, clustering down
vast monument of strength. -- John Milton
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The happy place
Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy
Rather inflames thy torment, representing
Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable;
So never more in Hell than when in Heaven. -- John Milton
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I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skilfully and magnanimously all the offices both private and public, of peace and war. -- John Milton
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Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger, comes dancing from the east. -- John Milton
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And on the Tree of Life, The middle tree and highest there that grew, Sat like a cormorant. -- John Milton
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His blessed count'nance; here I could frequent, With worship, place by place where he voutsaf'd Presence Divine, and to my Sons relate; On this Mount he appeerd, under this Tree Stood visible, among these Pines his voice I heard, here with him at this Fountain talk'd: So -- John Milton
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Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power, After offence returning, to regain Love once possess'd. -- John Milton
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Much of the Soul they talk, but all awry;
And in themselves seek virtue; and to themselves
All glory arrogate, to God give none -- John Milton
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Heaven is for thee too high
To know what passes there; be lowly wise.
Think only what concerns thee and thy being;
Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there
Live, in what state, condition, or degree,
Contented that thus far hath been revealed. -- John Milton
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Courtesy which oft is found in lowly sheds, with smoky rafters, than in tapestry halls and courts of princes, where it first was named. -- John Milton
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But let my due feet never fail To walk the studious cloisters pale, And love the high embowed roof, With antique pillars massy proof, And storied windows richly dight; Casting a dim religious light. -- John Milton
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But when Lust By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by lewd and lavish arts of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies and imbrutes, till she quite lose The divine property of her first being. -- John Milton
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If it come to prohibiting, there is aught more likely to be prohibited than truth itself. -- John Milton
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Yet hold it more humane, more heav'nly, first, By winning words to conquer willing hearts, And make persuasion do the work of fear. -- John Milton
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High on a throne of royal state, which far -- John Milton
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But he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself -- John Milton
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Ink is the blood of the printing-press. -- John Milton
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God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. With thee conversing I forget all time. -- John Milton
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So spake Israel's true king, and to the Fiend
Made answer meet, that made void all his wiles.
So fares it, when with truth falsehood contends. -- John Milton
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It is not virtue, wisdom, valour, wit,
Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit,
That woman's love can win, or long inherit;
But what it is, hard is to say,
Harder to hit. -- John Milton
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Know thy birth!
For dost thou art, and shalt to dust return. -- John Milton
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Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. -- John Milton
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Act of Grace my former state; how soon Would highth recal high thoughts, how soon unsay What feign'd submission swore: ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. For never can true reconcilement grow Where wounds of deadly hate have peirc'd so deep: Which -- John Milton
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When we speak of knowing God, it must be understood with reference to man's limited powers of comprehension. God, as He really is, is far beyond man's imagination, let alone understanding. God has revealed only so much of Himself as our minds can conceive and the weakness of our nature can bear. -- John Milton
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What think'st thou then of mee, and this my State,
Seem I to thee sufficiently possest
Of happiness, or not? who am alone
From all Eternitie, for none I know
Second to mee or like, equal much less. -- John Milton
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Zeal and duty are not slow
But on occasion's forelock watchful wait. -- John Milton
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Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape
Crush'd the sweet poison of misused wine. -- John Milton
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Only supreme in misery! -- John Milton
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Bid amaranthus all his beauty shed,
And daffodillies fill their cups with tears,
To strew the laureate to hearse when Lycid lies. -- John Milton
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O madness to think use of strongest wines And strongest drinks our chief support of health, When God with these forbidden made choice to rear His mighty champion, strong above compare, Whose drink was only from the liquid brook. -- John Milton
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Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell. -- John Milton
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A limbo large and broad, since call'd The Paradise of Fools to few unknown. -- John Milton
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He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon. -- John Milton
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Nor jealousy Was understood, the injur'd lover's hell. -- John Milton
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Henceforth an individual solace dear;
Part of my Soul I seek thee, and thee claim
My other half: with that thy gentle hand
Seisd mine, I yielded, and from that time see
How beauty is excelld by manly grace. -- John Milton
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Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit/Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste/Brought death into the world, and all our woe,/With loss of Eden, till one greater Man/Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,/Sing heavenly muse -- John Milton
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For evil news rides post, while good news baits. -- John Milton
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To be weak is miserable,
Doing or suffering. -- John Milton
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Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live. -- John Milton
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Lifted up so high I disdained subjection, and thought one step higher would set me highest. -- John Milton
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What hither brought us, hate, not love, nor hope Of Paradise for Hell, hope here to taste Of pleasure, but all pleasure to destroy, Save what is in destroying, other joy To me is lost. Then -- John Milton
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Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself. -- John Milton
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O sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams
That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere. -- John Milton
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Even the demons are encouraged when their chief is not lost in loss itself. -- John Milton
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There are no songs comparable to the songs of Zion, no orations equal to those of the prophets, and no politics like those which the Scriptures teach. -- John Milton
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For contemplation he and valour formed; / For softness she and sweet attractive grace, / He for God only, she for God in him: / His fair large front and eye sublime declared / Absolute rule. -- John Milton
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Imparadis'd in one another's arms. -- John Milton
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Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat, Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe That all was lost. -- John Milton
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And these gems of Heav'n, her starry train. -- John Milton
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Their rising all at once was as the sound
Of thunder heard remote. -- John Milton
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By a certain fate, great acts, and great eloquence have most commonly gone hand in hand, equalling and honoring each other in the same ages. -- John Milton
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And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Your bodies may at last turn all to Spirit Improv'd by tract of time, and wingd ascend Ethereal, as wee, or may at choice Here or in Heav'nly Paradises dwell; -- John Milton
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Justice divine Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries. -- John Milton
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So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed, And yet anon repairs his drooping head, And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore Flames in the forehead of the morning sky. -- John Milton
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There is nothing that making men rich and strong but that which they carry inside of them. True wealth is of the heart, not of the hand. -- John Milton
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Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence. -- John Milton
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In loving thou dost well, in passion not,
Wherein true love consists not: Love refines
The thoughts, and heart enlarges; hath his seat
In reason, and is judicious -- John Milton
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Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls his watery labyrinth, which whoso drinks forgets both joy and grief. -- John Milton
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He who tempts, though in vain, at last asperses
The tempted with dishonor foul, supposed
Not incorruptible of faith, not proof
Against temptation. -- John Milton
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Consult ... /what reinforcement we may gain from hope,/If not, what resolution from despair. -- John Milton
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Such sights as youthful poets dream On summer eves by haunted stream. Then to the well-trod stage anon, If Jonson's learned sock be on, Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy's child, Warble his native wood-notes wild. -- John Milton
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So may'st thou live, till like ripe fruit thou drop Into thy mother's lap, or be with ease Gathered, not harshly plucked, for death mature: This is old age; but then thou must outlive Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty, which will change To withered weak and grey. -- John Milton
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Spirits when they please Can either sex assume, or both. -- John Milton
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Upon himself; horror and doubt distract His troubl'd thoughts, and from the bottom stirr The Hell within him, for within him Hell He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell One step no more then from himself can fly By -- John Milton
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Each tree Laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th' eye Tempting, stirr'd in me sudden appetite To pluck and eat. -- John Milton
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Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell >From heaven; for ev'n in heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent, admiring more The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold, Than aught divine or holy else enjoy'd In vision beatific. -- John Milton
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For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show, That with superfluous burden loads the day, And when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains. -- John Milton
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Time, though in Eternity, applied
To motion, measures all things durable
By present, past, and future. -- John Milton
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So heavenly love shall outdo hellish hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem what hellish hate
So easily destroy'd, and still destroys,
In those who, when they may, accept not grace. -- John Milton
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Calm of mind, all passion spent. -- John Milton
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And I will place within them as a guide My umpire conscience, whom if they will hear Light after light well used they shall attain, And to the end persisting, safe arrive. -- John Milton
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Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded, But must be current, and the good thereof Consists in mutual and partaken bliss. -- John Milton
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Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy. -- John Milton
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Where shame is, there is also fear. -- John Milton
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It is for homely features to keep home,- They had their name thence; coarse complexions And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply The sampler and to tease the huswife's wool. What need a vermeil-tinctur'd lip for that, Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn? -- John Milton
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The helmed Cherubim,
And sworded Seraphim,
Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd. -- John Milton
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Where the bright seraphim in burning row
Their loud uplifted angel trumpets blow. -- John Milton
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Accuse not nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine. -- John Milton
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I will not allow my daughters to learn foreign languages because one tongue is sufficient for a woman. -- John Milton
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If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectify manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man. -- John Milton
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The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferrd and committed to them in trust from the People, to the Common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be takn from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright. -- John Milton
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But hail thou Goddess sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy, Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue. -- John Milton
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Come to the sunset tree! The day is past and gone; The woodman's axe lies free, And the reaper's work is done. -- John Milton
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On a sudden open fly With impetuous recoil and jarring sound Th' infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder. -- John Milton
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For what can war, but endless war, still breed? -- John Milton
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No mighty trance, or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell. -- John Milton
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On the tawny sands and shelves trip the pert fairies and the dapper elves. -- John Milton
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A thousand fantasies Begin to throng into my memory, Of calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire, And airy tongues that syllable men's names On sands and shores and desert wildernesses -- John Milton
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Him the Almighty Power
Hurled headlong naming from the ethereal sky,
With hideous ruin and combustion, down
To bottomless perdition ; there to dwell
In adamantine chains and penal fire,
Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms. -- John Milton
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Witness this new-made world, another Heav'n
From Heaven Gate not farr, founded in view
On the clear Hyaline, the Glassie Sea;
Of amplitude almost immense, with Starr's
Numerous, and every Starr perhaps a world
Of destined habitation. -- John Milton
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Fairy damsels met in forest wide / By knights of Logres, or of Lyones, / Lancelot or Pelleas, or Pellenore. -- John Milton
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Let us seek Death, or he not found, supply With our own hands his office on ourselves; Why stand we longer shivering under fears, That show no end but death, and have the power, Of many ways to die the shortest choosing, Destruction with destruction to destroy. -- John Milton
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Fate shall yield
To fickle Chance, and Chaos judge the strife. -- John Milton
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Necessity and chance Approach not me, and what I will is fate. -- John Milton
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For what is glory but the blaze of fame? -- John Milton
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O fairest flower! no sooner blown but blasted, Soft silken primrose fading timelessly. -- John Milton
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Don't hold grudges; it's pointless. Jealousy too is a non-cathartic, negative emotion.
. -- John Milton
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Nor turned I ween Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Mysterious of connubial love refused: Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity and place and innocence, Defaming as impure what God declares Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. -- John Milton
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Come and trip it as ye go
On the light fantastic toe. -- John Milton
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Come knit hands, and beat the ground in a light fantastic round -- John Milton
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O fleeting joys Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes! -- John Milton
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And some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n, And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; O fall From what high state of bliss into what woe! -- John Milton
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So spake the Son, and into terrour chang'd His count'nance too severe to be beheld And full of wrauth bent on his Enemies. -- John Milton
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Evil on itself shall back recoil. -- John Milton
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Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools,
The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare; more apt
To slacken virtue and abate her edge
Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise. -- John Milton
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With cowslips wan that hang the pensive head, And every flower that sad embroidery wears. -- John Milton
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Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers? -- John Milton
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What boots it at one gate to make defence, And at another to let in the foe? -- John Milton
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Luck is the residue of design. -- John Milton
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Tower'd cities please us then, And the busy hum of men. -- John Milton
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But infinite in pardon is my Judge. -- John Milton
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And grace that won who saw to wish her stay. -- John Milton
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Hard are the ways of truth, and rough to walk. -- John Milton
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And to the faithful: death, the gate of life. -- John Milton
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Fairest of stars, last in the train of night, If better thou belong not to the dawn. -- John Milton
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Our cure, to be no more; sad cure! -- John Milton
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Laws can discover sin, but not remove it -- John Milton
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The pilot of the Galilean lake; Two massy keys he bore, of metals twain (The golden opes, the iron shuts amain). -- John Milton
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If we think to regulat Printing, thereby to rectifie manners, we must regulat all recreations and pastimes, all that is delightfull to Man. -- John Milton
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Danger will wink on opportunity. -- John Milton
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Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth. -- John Milton
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Wickedness is weakness. -- John Milton
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A death-like sleep,
A gentle wafting to immortal life. -- John Milton
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Who knows not Circe, The daughter of the Sun , whose charmed cup Whoever tasted, lost his upright shape, And downward fell into a groveling swine? -- John Milton
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For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. -- John Milton
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Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition. -- John Milton
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Those graceful acts, those thousand decencies, that daily flow from all her words and actions, mixed with love and sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned union of mind, or in us both one soul. -- John Milton
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How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! How glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure. -- John Milton
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When a king sets himself to bandy against the highest court and residence of all regal powers, he then, in the single person of a man, fights against his own majesty and kingship. -- John Milton
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Yet much remains To conquer still; peace hath her victories No less renowned then war, new foes arise Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains: Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. -- John Milton
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The goal of all learning is to repair the ruin of our first parents. -- John Milton
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God is decreeing to begin some newand great period in his Church, even to the reforming of Reformation itself. What does he then but reveal Himself to his servants, and as his manner is, first to his Englishmen? -- John Milton
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What need a man forestall his date of grief, And run to meet what he would most avoid?. -- John Milton
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So hand in hand they passed, the loveliest pair that ever since in love's embraces met
Adam, the goodliest man of men since born his sons; the fairest of her daughters Eve. -- John Milton
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I sat me down to watch upon a bank With ivy canopied and interwove With flaunting honeysuckle. -- John Milton
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The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it, But in another country, as he said, Bore a bright golden flow'r, but not in this soil; Unknown, and like esteem'd, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon. -- John Milton
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Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace. -- John Milton
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Every cloud has a silver lining -- John Milton
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Death from sin no power can separate. -- John Milton
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Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers. -- John Milton
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Wealth and honours, which most men pursue, easily change masters; they desert to the side which excels in virtue, industry, and endurance of toil, and they abandon the slothful. -- John Milton
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Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them ... I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. -- John Milton
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The timely dew of sleep Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight inclines Our eyelids. -- John Milton
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Where glowing embers through the room
Teach light to counterfeit a gloom ... -- John Milton
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Spirits that live throughout, Vital in every part, not as frail man, In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins, Cannot but by annihilating die. -- John Milton
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Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades High over-arch'd imbower. -- John Milton
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In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to God. -- John Milton
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When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation. For what do terms used without skill or meaning, which are at once corrupt and misapplied, denote but a people listless, supine, and ripe for servitude? -- John Milton
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I fled, and cry'd out, Death; Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sigh'd From all her caves, and back resounded, Death. -- John Milton
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Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways. -- John Milton
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No war or battle sound Was heard the world around. -- John Milton
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Cyriack, whose Grandsire on the Royal Bench Of British Themis, with no mean applause Pronounced and in his volumes taught our Laws, Which others at their Bar so often wrench -- John Milton
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Come let us haste, the stars grow high,
But night sits monarch yet in the mid sky. -- John Milton
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Let us no more contend, nor blame each other, blamed enough elsewhere, but strive, In offices of love, how we may lighten each other's burden. -- John Milton
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But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run Quickly to the green earth's end, Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend, And from thence can soar as soon To the corners of the Moon. -- John Milton
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Rhime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer Works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter and lame Meeter ... the troublesom and modern bondage of Rimeing -- John Milton
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Yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible. -- John Milton
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No institution which does not continually test its ideals, techniques and measure of accomplishment can claim real vitality. -- John Milton
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Solitude is sometimes best society. -- John Milton
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Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
Such notes as warbled to the string,
Drew Iron tears down Pluto's cheek,
And made Hell grant what Love did seek. -- John Milton
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I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble Education; laborious indeed at first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming. -- John Milton
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O when meet now Such pairs, in love and mutual honour joined? -- John Milton
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Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures Whilst the landscape round it measures, Russet lawns and fallows grey, Where the nibbling flocks do stray, Mountains on whose barren breast The labouring clouds do often rest; Meadows trim with daisies pied, Shallow brooks, and rivers wide. -- John Milton
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Nor think thou with wind Of aery threats to awe whom yet with deeds Thou canst not. -- John Milton
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And, when night
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. -- John Milton
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Fear of change perplexes monarchs. -- John Milton
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Moping melancholy And moon-struck madness. -- John Milton
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First Moloch, horrid king, besmirched in blood, Of Human sacrifice, and parent's tears, Though, for the noise of drums and timbrels loud, Their childrens' cries unheard, that passed through fire, To his grim idol. -- John Milton
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Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world. -- John Milton
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In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. -- John Milton
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Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve The faith they owe; when earnestly they seek Such proof, conclude, they then begin to fail. -- John Milton
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Had anyone written and divulged erroneous things and scandalous to honest life, misusing and forfeiting the esteem had of his reason among men, if after conviction this only censure were adjudged him that he should never henceforth write -- John Milton
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Oh, shame to men! devil with devil damn'd Firm concord holds, men only disagree Of creatures rational. -- John Milton
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What wisdom can there be to choose, what continence to forbear without the knowledge of evil? He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian. -- John Milton
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The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. -- John Milton
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Perplexed and troubled at his bad success The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply, Discovered in his fraud, thrown from his hope. -- John Milton
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They also serve who only stand and wait. -- John Milton
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Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld Beauty, which, whether waking or asleep, Shot forth peculiar graces. -- John Milton
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In vain doth valour bleed, While Avarice and Rapine share the land. -- John Milton
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Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law. -- John Milton
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And may at last my weary age Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and mossy cell, Where I may sit and rightly spell Of every star that heaven doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew, Till old experience to attain To something like prophetic strain. -- John Milton
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Have hung My dank and dropping weeds To the stern god of sea. -- John Milton
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And oft, though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems. -- John Milton
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Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place. -- John Milton
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And add to these retired Leisure, That in trim gardens take his pleasure. -- John Milton
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O'er many a frozen, many a fiery Alp, Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death. -- John Milton
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And feel by turns the bitter change
Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce. -- John Milton
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Let her [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing. -- John Milton
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Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? -- John Milton
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Thus they in mutual accusation spent
The fruitless hours, but neither self - condemning;
And of their vain contest' appeared no end.
(The closing lines of Book Nine, which illuminates The Fall.) -- John Milton
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The work under our labour grows, Luxurious by restraint. -- John Milton
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Praise from an enemy smells of craft. -- John Milton
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His form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appear'd Less than archangel ruin'd, and th' excess Of glory obscur'd. -- John Milton
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Now conscience wakes despair That slumber'd,-wakes the bitter memory Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse. -- John Milton
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Confidence imparts a wonderful inspiration to the possessor. -- John Milton
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Thus her reply with accent sweet renewd. If this be our condition, thus to dwell In narrow circuit strait'nd by a Foe, Suttle or violent, we not endu'd Single with like defence, wherever met, How are we happie, still in fear of harm? -- John Milton
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To live a life half dead, a living death. -- John Milton
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Ordain'd by thee, and this delicious place For us too large, where thy abundance wants Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground. But thou hast promis'd from us two a Race To fill the Earth, who shall with us extoll Thy goodness infinite, both -- John Milton
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These two imparadised in one another's arms, the happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill of bliss on bliss. -- John Milton
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These evils I deserve, and more ... Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to re-admit the suppliant. -- John Milton
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To overcome in battle, and subdue Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory. -- John Milton
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Then there was war in heaven. But it was not angels. It was that small golden zeppelin, like a long oval world, high up. It seemed as if the cosmic order were gone, as if there had come a new order, a new heavens above us: and as if the world in anger were trying to revoke it. -- John Milton
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Be strong, live happy and love, but first of all
Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
His great command! -- John Milton
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If there be any difference among professed believers as to the sense of Scripture, it is their duty to tolerate such difference in each other, until God shall have revealed the truth to all. -- John Milton
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To many a youth and many a maid, dancing in the chequer'd shade. -- John Milton
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For God will deign to visit oft the dwellings of just men
delighted, and with frequent intercourse
thither will send his winged messengers on errants of supernal grace. -- John Milton
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And as an ev'ning dragon came, Assailant on the perched roosts And nests in order rang'd Of tame villatic fowl. -- John Milton
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Knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defiled. -- John Milton
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Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise, or blame,-nothing but well and fair, And what may quiet us in a death so noble. -- John Milton
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Contemplation is wisdom's best nurse. -- John Milton
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The strongest and the fiercest spirit That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair. -- John Milton
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I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,
Taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down
The dark descent, and up to reascend ... -- John Milton
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Thou hadst: whom hast thou then or what to accuse, But Heav'ns free Love dealt equally to all? Be then his Love accurst, since love or hate, To me alike, it deals eternal woe. Nay -- John Milton
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Better to reign in hell than serve in heav'n. -- John Milton
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Heav'nly love shall outdoo Hellish hate -- John Milton
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Son of Heav'n and Earth, Attend: that thou art happy, owe to God; That thou continuest such, owe to thyself, That is, to thy obedience; therein stand. -- John Milton
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So farwel Hope, and with Hope farwel Fear, Farwel Remorse: all Good to me is lost; Evil be thou my Good; by thee at least Divided Empire with Heav'ns King I hold By thee, and more then half perhaps will reigne; As Man ere long, and this new World shall know. Thus -- John Milton
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But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God, high-bless'd, or to incline His will, Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer. -- John Milton
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with ambitious aim against the throne and monarchy of God rais'd impious war in Heav'n and battel proud -- John Milton
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In blissful solitude; he then survey'd Hell and the Gulf between, and Satan there Coasting the wall of Heav'n on this side Night In the dun Air sublime, -- John Milton
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Love Virtue, she alone is free, She can teach ye how to climb Higher than the sphery chime; Or, if Virtue feeble were, Heav'n itself would stoop to her. -- John Milton
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Hail holy light, offspring of heav'n firstborn! -- John Milton
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But what more oft in Nations grown corrupt,
And by thir vices brought to servitude,
Than to love Bondage more than Liberty,
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty; -- John Milton
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What better can we do than prostrate fall before Him reverent, and there confess humbly our faults, and pardon beg with tears watering the ground? -- John Milton
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Thither he bent his way, determined there
to rest at noon; and entered soon the shade
high roofed, and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
That opened in the midst a woody scene;
Nature's own work it seemed, Nature-taught Art -- John Milton
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Nothing lovelier can be found In woman, than to study household good, And good works in her husband to promote. -- John Milton
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More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang'd To hoarse or mute, though fall'n on evil days, On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues. -- John Milton
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The debt immense of endless gratitude, So burthensome, still paying, still to owe; Forgetful what from him I still receivd, And understood not that a grateful mind By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and dischargd; what burden then? -- John Milton
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He who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declares as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best covenant of his fidelity. -- John Milton
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Sweet intercourse of looks and smiles; for smiles from reason flow. -- John Milton
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This is servitude, To serve th'unwise, or him who hath rebelled Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee, Thyself not free, but to thyself enthralled. -- John Milton
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The pious and just honoring of ourselves may be thought the fountainhead from whence every laudable and worthy enterprise issues forth. -- John Milton
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The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs thro' the arched roof in words deceiving. -- John Milton
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Still paying, still to owe.
Eternal woe! -- John Milton
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Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
With such a full and unwithdrawing hand,
Covering the earth with odours, fruits, flocks,
Thronging the seas with spawn innumerable,
But all to please and sate the curious taste? -- John Milton
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All hope is lost of my reception into grace; what worse? For where no hope is left, is left no fear. -- John Milton
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So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost;Evil,be thou my good.
-- John Milton
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Our country is where ever we are well off. -- John Milton
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Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy! -- John Milton
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That who advances his glory, not their own, Them he himself to glory will advance. -- John Milton
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It is not hard for any man who hath a Bible in his hand to borrow good words and holy sayings in abundance; but to make them his own is a work of grace only from above. -- John Milton
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Therefore God's universal law Gave to the man despotic power Over his female in due awe, Not from that right to part an hour, Smile she or lour. -- John Milton
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His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast Of some great ammiral were but a wand, He walk'd with to support uneasy steps Over the burning marle. -- John Milton
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So little knows
Any but God alone to value right
The good before him but perverts best things
To worst abuse or to their meanest use. -- John Milton
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Wisdom's self oft seeks to sweet retired solitude, where with her best nurse Contemplation, she plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings that in the various bustle of resort were all to-ruffled, and sometimes impaired. -- John Milton
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See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing. -- John Milton
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In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs. -- John Milton
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A crown Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns, Bring dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights To him who wears the regal diadem -- John Milton
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Then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. -- John Milton
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Out of such prison, though Spirits of purest light, Purest at first, now gross by sinning grown. -- John Milton
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Which, if not victory, is yet revenge. -- John Milton
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Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on itself recoils. -- John Milton
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Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought
The better fight, who single hast maintain'd
Against revolted multitudes the cause of truth. -- John Milton
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Eloquence the soul, song charms the senses. -- John Milton
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Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self. -- John Milton
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Indu'd With sanctity of reason. -- John Milton
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But see! theVirgin blessed Hath laid her Babe to rest. Time is our tedious song should here have ending. -- John Milton
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Just are the ways of God, And justifiable to men; Unless there be who think not God at all. -- John Milton
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Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. -- John Milton
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From restless thoughts, that, like a deadly swarm Of hornets arm'd, no sooner found alone, But rush upon me thronging. -- John Milton
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When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for. -- John Milton
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Satan; so call him now, his former name Is heard no more in heaven. -- John Milton
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Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall. -- John Milton
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Knowledge forbidden?
Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord
Envy them that? Can it be a sin to know?
Can it be death? -- John Milton
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Dark vaild Cotytto, t' whom the secret flame
Of mid-night Torches burns; mysterious Dame
That ne're art call'd, but when the Dragon woom
Of Stygian darknes spets her thickest gloom,
And makes one blot of all the ayr -- John Milton
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Incens'd with indignation Satan stood Unterrify'd, and like a comet burn'd That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In th' arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war. -- John Milton
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They are the troublers, they are the dividers of unity, who neglect and don't permit others to unite those dissevered pieces which are yet wanting to the body of Truth. -- John Milton
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But what will not ambition and revenge
Descend to? -- John Milton
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They changed their minds, Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell. -- John Milton
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Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work. -- John Milton
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He who receives
Light from above, from the Fountain of Light,
No other doctrine needs, though granted true;
But these are false, or little else but dreams,
Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. -- John Milton
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On the Morning of Christ's Nativity Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep, was all that did their silly thoughts so busy keep. -- John Milton
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Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung. -- John Milton
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He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem. -- John Milton
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The spirit of man, which God inspired, cannot together perish with this corporeal clod. -- John Milton
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As in an organ from one blast of wind
To many a row of pipes the soundboard breathes. -- John Milton
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He 's gone, and who knows how he may report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame? -- John Milton
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Thus I set my printless feet O'er the cowslip's velvet head, That bends not as I tread. -- John Milton
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Forget thyself to marble. -- John Milton
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A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad. -- John Milton
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No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set. -- John Milton
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The Tempter ere th' Accuser of man-kind, To wreck on innocent frail man his loss Of that first Battel, and his flight to Hell: Yet -- John Milton
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And feel that I am happier than I know. -- John Milton
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O fairest of all creation, last and best
Of all God's works, creature in whom excelled
Whatever can to sight or thought be formed,
Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet!
How art thou lost, how on a sudden lost,
Defaced, deflow'red, and now to death devote? -- John Milton
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O fairest of creation, last and best Of all God's works, creature in whom excelled Whatever can to sight or thought be formed, Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet! How art thou lost, how on a sudden lost, Defaced, deflow'red, and now to death devote? Paradise Lost -- John Milton
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This horror will grow mild, this darkness light. -- John Milton
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The conquer'd, also, and enslaved by war, Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose. -- John Milton
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Ah gentle pair, ye little think how nigh Your change approaches, when all these delights Will vanish and deliver ye to woe, More woe, the more your taste is now of joy. -- John Milton
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The great Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower Went to the ground. -- John Milton
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To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. -- John Milton
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First there was Chaos,
the vast immeasurable abyss
Outrageous as a sea,
dark, wasteful, wild. -- John Milton
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Rich and various gems inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep. -- John Milton
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They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet Quaff immortality and joy. -- John Milton
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Retiring from the popular noise, I seek
This unfrequented place to find some ease. -- John Milton
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Then to submit, boasting I could subdue Th' Omnipotent. Ay me, they little know How dearly I abide that boast so vaine, Under what torments inwardly I groane; While they adore me on the Throne of Hell, With -- John Milton
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Virtue, which breaks through opposition and all temptation can remove, most shines, and most is acceptable above. -- John Milton
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The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty. -- John Milton
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But oh the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone and never must return! -- John Milton
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Heaven
Is as the Book of God before thee set,
Wherein to read His wondrous works. -- John Milton
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Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude, And with forced fingers rude Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year. -- John Milton
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Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven. -- John Milton
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Be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee and thy being. -- John Milton
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Beauty is God's handwriting-a wayside sacrament. -- John Milton
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Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely: and pined his loss -- John Milton
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Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me? -- John Milton
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Blind mouths! That scarce themselves know how to hold A sheep-hook. -- John Milton
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Rather than be less Car'd not to be at all. -- John Milton
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Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose, like an exhalation. -- John Milton
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No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free. -- John Milton
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Oft, on a plat of rising ground, I hear the far-off curfew sound Over some wide-watered shore, Swinging low with sullen roar. -- John Milton
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Though we take from a covetous man all his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; you cannot bereave him of his covetousness. -- John Milton
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To morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new. -- John Milton
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Hide me from day's garish eye, While the bee with honied thigh, That at her flowery work doth sing, And the waters murmuring With such consort as they keep, Entice the dewy-feathered sleep. -- John Milton
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Our state cannot be severed, we are one,
One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself. -- John Milton
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Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given,
That brought into this world a world of woe,
Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery,
Death's harbinger. -- John Milton
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All is best, though we oft doubt, what the unsearchable dispose, of highest wisdom brings about. -- John Milton
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My mansion is, where those immortal shapes Of bright aerial spirits live insphered In regions mild of calm and serene air, Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot Which men call Earth. -- John Milton
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high words, that bore Semblance of worth not substance, gently -- John Milton
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Ah, why should all mankind
For one man's fault, be condemned,
If guiltless? -- John Milton
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Ride the air In whirlwind. -- John Milton
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Hate is of all things the mightiest divider, nay, is division itself. To couple hatred, therefore, though wedlock try all her golden links, and borrow to tier aid all the iron manacles and fetters of law, it does but seek to twist a rope of sand. -- John Milton
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Capricious, wanton, bold, and brutal Lust Is meanly selfish; when resisted, cruel; And, like the blast of Pestilential Winds, Taints the sweet bloom of Nature's fairest forms. -- John Milton
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Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods thyself a Goddess. -- John Milton
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Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose. -- John Milton
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Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation. -- John Milton
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Only this I know, That one celestial father gives to all. -- John Milton
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There is no Christian duty that is not to be seasoned and set off with cheerishness, which in a thousand outward and intermitting crosses may yet be done well, as in this vale of tears. -- John Milton
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The brazen throat of war. -- John Milton
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In God's intention, a meet and happy conversation is the chiefest and noblest end of marriage. -- John Milton
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The love-lorn nightingale nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well. -- John Milton
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And live like Nature's bastards, not her sons. -- John Milton
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While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps,
Between us two let there be peace, both joining,
As joined in injuries, and enmity
Against a foe by doom express assigned us,
That cruel serpent. -- John Milton
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Wherefore did he [God] create passions within us, pleasures round about us, but that these rightly tempered are the very ingredients of virtue? -- John Milton
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Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk. -- John Milton
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Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassie, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of Lillies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair, -- John Milton
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And now the herald lark Left his ground-nest, high tow'ring to descry The morn's approach, and greet her with his song. -- John Milton
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Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratie, Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece, To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne. -- John Milton
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Sweet bird that shunn'st the nose of folly, Most musical, most melancholy! Thee, chauntress, oft, the woods among, I woo, to hear thy even-song. -- John Milton
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Our reason is our law. -- John Milton
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Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right. -- John Milton
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Sable-vested Night, eldest of things. -- John Milton
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Midnight brought on the dusky hour Friendliest to sleep and silence. -- John Milton
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When the new light which we beg for shines in upon us, there be [those] who envy and oppose, if it come not first in at their casements. -- John Milton
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Boast not of what thou would'st have done, but do. -- John Milton
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Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and stones. -- John Milton
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Yet I shall temper so Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most Them fully satisfy'd, and thee appease. -- John Milton
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Fame is the last infirmity of the human mind. -- John Milton
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The sun to me is dark And silent as the moon, When she deserts the night Hid in her vacant interlunar cave. -- John Milton
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He who thinks we are to pitch our tent here, and have attained the utmost prospect of reformation that the mortal glass wherein we contemplate can show us, till we come to beatific vision, that man by this very opinion declares that he is yet far short of truth. -- John Milton
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The planets in their station list'ning stood. -- John Milton
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The griding sword with discontinuous wound Pass'd through him, but th' Ethereal substance clos'd Not long divisible, and from the gash A stream of Nectarous humor issuing flow'd Sanguin, such as Celestial Spirits may bleed, And all his Armour staind ere while so bright. -- John Milton
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The olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long. -- John Milton
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I will not deny but that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words. -- John Milton
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Sweetest Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell, By slow Meander's margent green, And in the violet-embroidered vale. -- John Milton
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For truth is strong next to the Almighty. She needs no policies or stratagems or licensings to make her victorious. These are the shifts and the defences that error uses against her power. -- John Milton
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Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies. -- John Milton
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That power Which erring men call Chance. -- John Milton
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Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. -- John Milton
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His rod revers'd, And backward mutters of dissevering power. -- John Milton
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His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command. Ibid. -- John Milton
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Behold now this vast city [London]; a city of refuge, the mansion-house of liberty, encompassed and surrounded with His protection. -- John Milton
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But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropp'd manna, and could make the worse appear The better reason, 4 to perplex and dash Maturest counsels. -- John Milton
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So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse Met ever, and to shameful silence brought, Yet gives not o'er though desperate of success. -- John Milton
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Virtue that wavers is not virtue. -- John Milton
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That day I oft remember, when from sleep
I first awaked, and found myself reposed,
Under a shade, on flowers, much wondering where
And what I was, whence thither brought, and how. -- John Milton
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So scented the grim Feature, and upturn'd His nostril wide into the murky air, Sagacious of his quarry from so far. -- John Milton
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Among unequals what society Can sort, what harmony, or true delight? -- John Milton
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His legions - Angel Forms, who lay entranced
Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks -- John Milton
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Beauty stands In the admiration only of weak minds Led captive. -- John Milton
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With diadem and sceptre high advanced,
The lower still I fall; only supreme
In misery; such joy ambition finds. -- John Milton
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He left it in thy power, ordaind thy will
By nature free, not over-rul'd by Fate
Inextricable, or strict necessity; -- John Milton
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Who, as they sung, would take the prison'd soul And lap it in Elysium. -- John Milton
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...a dark
Illimitable ocean, without bound,
Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height,
And time, and place are lost; -- John Milton
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Evil, be thou my good. -- John Milton
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Implied Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd,- Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, And sweet, reluctant, amorous delay. -- John Milton
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Socrates ... Whom well inspir'd the oracle pronounc'd Wisest of men. -- John Milton
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Yet some there be that by due steps aspire To lay their just hands on that golden key That opes the palace of Eternity. -- John Milton
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Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship. -- John Milton
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But wherefore thou alone? Wherefore with thee Came not all hell broke loose?
-- John Milton
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God, who oft descends to visit men
Unseen, and through their habitations walks
To mark their doings. -- John Milton
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Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air? -- John Milton
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All is not lost, the unconquerable will, and study of revenge, immortal hate, and the courage never to submit or yield. -- John Milton
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The Angel ended, and in Adam's ear So charming left his voice, that he awhile Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear. -- John Milton
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Virtue hath no tongue to check vice's pride. -- John Milton
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Live while ye may, Yet happy pair. -- John Milton
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How charming is divine Philosophy!
Not harsh, and crabbed as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude surfet raigns. -- John Milton
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A man may be ungrateful, but the human race is not so. -- John Milton
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From his lips/Not words alone pleased her. -- John Milton
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I fear yet this iron yoke of outward conformity hath left a slavish print upon our necks: the ghost of a linnen decency yet haunts us. -- John Milton
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Those whom reason hath equalled, force hath made supreme -- John Milton
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To whom the wilie Adder, blithe and glad. -- John Milton
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So glistered the dire Snake , and into fraud Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the Tree Of Prohibition, root of all our woe. -- John Milton
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Celestial light, shine inward ... that I may see and tell of things invisible to mortal sight -- John Milton
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True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves. -- John Milton
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O nightingale, that on yon bloomy spray Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still; Thou with fresh hope the lover's heart dost fill While the jolly hours lead on propitious May. -- John Milton
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If all the world Should in a pet of temp'rance, feed on pulse, Drink the clear stream, and nothing wear but frieze, Th' All-giver would be unthank'd, would be unprais'd. -- John Milton
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Subdue By force, who reason for their law refuse, Right reason for their law. -- John Milton
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Evil into the mind of god or man may come and go, so unapproved, and leave no spot or blame behind. -- John Milton
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What is dark within me, illumine. -- John Milton
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Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them. -- John Milton
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A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. -- John Milton
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Firm they might have stood, yet fell; remember, and fear to transgress. -- John Milton
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Back to thy punishment, False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings. -- John Milton
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Money brings honor, friends, conquest, and realms. -- John Milton
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The teachers of our law, and to propose
What might improve my knowledge or their own. -- John Milton
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Among the writers of all ages, some deserve fame, and have it; others neither have nor deserve it; some have it, not deserving it; others, though deserving it, yet totally miss it, or have it not equal to their deserts. -- John Milton
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He also went invisible, yet stayed (such privilege hath omnipresence). -- John Milton
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God sure esteems the growth and completing of one virtuous person, more that the restraint of ten vicious. -- John Milton
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To hear the lark begin his flight, And singing startle the dull Night, From his watch-tower in the skies, Till the dappled dawn doth rise. -- John Milton
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What if Earth be but the shadow of Heaven and things therein - each other like, more than on Earth is thought? -- John Milton
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That practis'd falsehood under saintly shew, Deep malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge. -- John Milton
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Law can discover sin, but not remove, Save by those shadowy expiations weak. -- John Milton
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You can make hell out of heaven and heaven out of hell. It's all in the mind. -- John Milton
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For beauty stands
In the admiration only of weak minds
Led captive. Cease to admire, and all her plumes
Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy,
At every sudden slighting quite abash'd. -- John Milton
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Infinity is a dark illimitable ocean, without bound. -- John Milton
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Abash'd the Devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, ... -- John Milton
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Take heed lest passion sway Thy judgement to do aught, which else free will Would not admit. -- John Milton
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Time is the subtle thief of youth. -- John Milton
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Death to life is crown or shame. -- John Milton
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For to interpose a little ease, Let our frail thoughts dally with false surmise. -- John Milton
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The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. -- John Milton