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Paradise Regained

My heart hath been a store-house long of things
And sayings laid up, portending strange events.

Paradise Regained is a poem, published in 1671, by the 17th century English poet John Milton.


Book IEdit

  • His coming, is sent Harbinger, who all
    Invites, and in the Consecrated stream
    Pretends to wash off sin
    • Lines 71-73
  • Envy they say excites me, thus to gain
    Companions of my misery and wo.
    • Lines 397-398
  • That fellowship in pain divides not smart,
    Nor lightens aught each mans peculiar load.
    • Lines 401-402
  • Most men admire
    Virtue who follow not her lore.
    • Lines 482-483

Book IIEdit

  • And the great Thisbite who on fiery wheels
    Rode up to Heaven, yet once again to come.
    • Lines 16-17
  • My heart hath been a store-house long of things
    And sayings laid up, portending strange events.
    • Lines 103-104
  • Skilled to retire, and in retiring draw
    Hearts after them tangled in amorous nets.
    • Lines 161-162
  • Beauty stands
    In the admiration only of weak minds
    Led captive.
    • Lines 220-221
  • Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.
    • Line 228.
  • For therein stands the office of a King,
    His Honour, Vertue, Merit and chief Praise,
    That for the Publick all this weight he bears.
    Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules
    Passions, Desires, and Fears, is more a King;
    • Lines 463-467

Book IIIEdit

  • For what is glory but the blaze of fame,
    • Line 47
  • Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.
    • Line 56.
  • They err who count it glorious to subdue
    By Conquest far and wide, to over-run
    Large Countries, and in field great Battels win,
    • Lines 71-73
  • Elephants endors'd with towers.
    • Line 329.

Book IVEdit

  • Syene, and where the shadow both way falls,
    Meroe, Nilotic isle.
    • Lines 70-71.
  • Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreath'd.
    • Line 76.
  • The first of all Commandments, Thou shalt worship
    The Lord thy God, and only him shalt serve;
    • Lines 176-177.
  • The childhood shows the man,
    As morning shows the day.
    • Lines 220-21. Compare: "The child is father of the man", William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps up.
  • Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
    And eloquence.
    • Lines 240-41.
  • The olive grove of Academe,
    Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird
    Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.
    • Lines 244-46.
  • Thence to the famous orators repair,
    Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence
    Wielded at will that fierce democratie,
    Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece,
    To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne.
    • Line 267-71.
  • Socrates...
    Whom well inspired the oracle pronounced
    Wisest of men.
    • Lines 274-276.
  • The first and wisest of them all professed
    To know this only, that he nothing knew.
    • Lines 293-294.
  • Who reads
    Incessantly, and to his reading brings not
    A spirit and judgment equal or superior,
    (And what he brings what needs he elsewhere seek?)
    Uncertain and unsettled still remains,
    Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself.
    • Line 322
  • As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
    Or if I would delight my private hours
    With music or with poem, where so soon
    As in our native language can I find
    That solace?
    • Lines 330-35.
  • Till morning fair
    Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray.
    • Lines 426-27.

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