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

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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
And happy constellations on that hour
Shed their selectest influence; the earth
Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill;
Joyous the birds; fresh gales and gentle airs
Whisper’d it to the woods, and from their wings
Flung rose, flung odours from the spicy shrub.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 508.
    The sum of earthly bliss.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 522.
    So well to know
Her own, that what she wills to do or say
Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 548.
    Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part;
Do thou but thine.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 561.
    Oft times nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
Well manag’d. 1
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 571.
    Those graceful acts,
Those thousand decencies that daily flow
From all her words and actions.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 610.
    With a smile that glow’d
Celestial rosy red, love’s proper hue.
          Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 618.
    My unpremeditated verse.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 24.
    Pleas’d me, long choosing and beginning late.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 26.
    Unless an age too late, or cold
Climate, or years, damp my intended wing.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 44.
    Revenge, at first though sweet,
Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 171.
    The work under our labour grows,
Luxurious by restraint.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 208.
    Smiles from reason flow,
To brute deny’d, and are of love the food.
          Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 239.
Note 1.
”But most of all respect thyself.”—A precept of the Pythagoreans. [back]