The mind is its own place, and in itself
- Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n.
- Who overcomes
- By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
- Let none admire
- That riches grow in Hell; that soil may best
- Deserve they precious bane.
- Where there is then no good
- For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
- From faction; for none, sure, will claim in Hell
- Precedence; none, whose portion is so small
- Of present pain, that with ambitious mind
- Will covet more.
- Our greatness will appear
- Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
- Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse,
- We can create.
- As when, to warn proud cities, war appears
- Waged in the troubled sky, and armies rush
- To battle in the clouds; before each van
- Prick forth the airy knights, and couch their spears,
- Till thickest legions close; with feats of arms
- From either end of Heaven the welkin burns.
- The world shall burn; and from her ashes spring
- New Heaven and Earth, wherein the just shall dwell.
God shall be all in all.
Order from disorder sprung.
- Ease would recant
- Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
- For never can true reconcilement grow
- Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep.
- This is servitude,
- To serve the unwise.
- Heaven, the seat of bliss,
- Brooks not the works of violence and war.
- Angels, contented with their fame in Heaven,
- Seek not the praise of men.
- Let it profit thee to have heard,
- By terrible example, the reward
- Of disobedience.
- And God made two great lights, (great, for their use
- To man,) the greater to have rule by day,
- The less by night.
- O Earth, how like to Heaven, if not preferred
- More justly--seat worthier of Gods, as built
- With second thoughts, reforming was was old!
- For what God, after better, worse would build?
- For only in destroying I find ease
- To my relentless thoughts.
- To me shall be the glory sole among
- The infernal Powers, in one day to have marred
- What he--Almighty styled--six nights and days
- Continued making; and who knows how long
- Before had been contriving?
- For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
- He made us, and delight to reason join'd.
- For solitude sometimes is best society,
- And short retirement urges sweet return.
- Know thy birth!
- For dost thou art, and shalt to dust return.
- Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest
- Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven.
- The world was all before them, where to choose
- Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
- They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow,
- Through Eden took their solitary way.
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