What in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support,
That to the heighth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
and justify the ways of God to men.
Fall'n Cherub, to be weak is miserable
Doing or Suffering: but of this be sure,
To do aught good never will be our task,
But ever to do ill our sole delight,
As being contrary to his high will
Whom we resist. If then his Providence
Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
Our labour must be to pervert that end,
And out of good still to find means of evil.
Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heav'n.
_______Farewell happy fields Where joy forever dwells: Hail horrors, Hail Infernal world., and thou profoundest Hell Receive thy new possessor: one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n. bk 1 paradise lost lns 250-255
But from the Author of all ill could spring
So deep a malice, to confound the race
Of mankind in one root, and Earth with Hell
to mingle and involve, done all to
spite the great Creator? But their spite still serves
His glory to augment.
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