Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesdays with Words :: Milton

 ordo amoris

Linking up with Cindy at Ordo Amoris for Wednesdays with Words.

Here are some more excerpts from Paradise Lost, Book II:

Beelzebub, speaking to the other fallen angels:
...for he [God], be sure
In height or depth, still first and last will reign
Sole king, and of his kingdom lose no part
By our revolt, but over hell extend
His empire, and with iron sceptre rule
Us here, as with his golden those in heaven.

O shame to men! Devil with devil damned
Firm concord hold, men only disagree
Of creatures rational, though under hope 
Of heavenly grace: and God proclaiming peace,
Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife
Among themselves, and levy cruel wars,
Wasting the earth, each other to destroy:
As if (which might induce us to accord)
Man had not hellish foes enough besides,
That day and night for his destruction wait. 

Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain
Following his [Satan's] track, such was the will of heaven,
Paved after him a broad and beaten way
Over the dark abyss, whose boiling gulf
Tamely endured a bridge of wondrous length
From hell continued reaching to utmost orb
Of this frail world;...

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