Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Of Paradise Lost: Push Down and Turn,regarding Happiness, Oh,Man!

drawing/collage by marguerita (..... seeing wife,women or whomever as another accessory in your life)

Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the heighth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view
Nor the deep Tract of Hell, say first what cause
Mov'd our Grand Parents in that happy State,
Favour'd of Heav'n so highly , to fall off
From thir Creator , and transgress his Will
For one restraint, Lords of the World besides?
The dismal Situation waste and wild,
A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd only to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes

That comes to all; but torture without end
Can else inflict, do I repent or change,
Though chang'd in outward lustre; that fixt mind
And to the fierce contention brought along
Innumerable force to Spirits arm'd
All is not lost; th' unconquerable Will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yeld;
And what is else not to be overcome?
Extort from me.To bow and sue for grace
Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe
Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy
So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain,
Vaunting aloud, but wrackt with deep despair:
Or do his Errands in the gloomy deep;
What can it then avail though yet we feel
Strength undimiminisht, or eternal
To undergo eternal punishment?

Excerpts of Paradise Lost (Book I) by
John Milton

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