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

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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
    That practis’d falsehood under saintly shew,
Deep malice to conceal, couch’d with revenge.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 122.
    Sabean odours from the spicy shore
Of Araby the Blest.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 162.
    And on the Tree of Life,
The middle tree and highest there that grew,
Sat like a cormorant.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 194.
    A heaven on earth.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 208.
    Flowers worthy of paradise.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 241.
    Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose. 1
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 256.
    Proserpine gathering flowers,
Herself a fairer flower.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 269.
    For contemplation he and valour form’d,
For softness she and sweet attractive grace;
He for God only, she for God in him.
His fair large front and eye sublime declar’d
Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks
Round from his parted forelock manly hung
Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 297.
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.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 307.
    Adam the goodliest man of men since born
His sons, the fairest of her daughters Eve.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 323.
    And with necessity,
The tyrant’s plea, 2 excus’d his devilish deeds.
          Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 393.
Note 1.
See Herrick, Quotation 17. [back]
Note 2.
Necessity is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.—William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: Speech on the India Bill, November, 1783. [back]