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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
    High on a throne of royal state, which far
Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind,
Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand
Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold,
Satan exalted sat, by merit rais’d
To that bad eminence.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 1.
    Surer to prosper than prosperity
Could have assur’d us.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 39.
    The strongest and the fiercest spirit
That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 44.
    Rather than be less,
Car’d not to be at all.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 47.
    My sentence is for open war.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 51.
    That in our proper motion we ascend
Up to our native seat: descent and fall
To us is adverse.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 75.
    When the scourge
Inexorable and the torturing hour
Call us to penance.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 90.
    Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 105.
    But all was false and hollow; though his tongue
Dropp’d manna, and could make the worse appear
The better reason, 1 to perplex and dash
Maturest counsels.
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 112.
    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. 2
          Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 139.
Note 1.
Aristophanes turns Socrates into ridicule…as making the worse appear the better reason.—Diogenes Laertius: Socrates, v. [back]
Note 2.
Our hope is loss, our hope but sad despair.—William Shakespeare: Henry VI. part iii. act ii. sc. 3. [back]