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Saturday, October 19, 2013

What the hell (6)

John Milton loved these powerful opening words in Satan's speech so much that he reused and reworked them at least three times in his Paradise Lost.

PL 1: 315-316
. . .  "Princes, Potentates,
Warriors, the flow'r of heav'n, once yours, now lost
. . .

PL 2: 11-14
"Powers and Dominions, Deities of heav'n,
For since no deep within her gulf can hold
Immortal vigor, though oppressed and fall'n,
I give not heav'n for lost.  . . ."

PL 10: 460-462
"Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers,
For in possession such, not only of right,
I call ye and declare ye now . . ."

As it will be easy to see through the following posts, the whole of Satan's speech in Gerusalemme Liberata and Conquistata will provide Milton with ideas.