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John miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven

In Heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw [ 25 ] Envy from each inferior; but who here Will envy whom the highest place exposes Formost to stand against the Thunderers aim Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share Of endless pain?

With this advantage then [ 35 ] To union, and firm John miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven, and firm accord, More then can be in Heav'n, we now return To claim our just inheritance of old, Surer to prosper then prosperity Could have assur'd us; and by what best way, [ 40 ] Whether of open Warr or covert guile, We now debate; who can advise, may speak. He ceas'd, and next him Moloc, Scepter'd King Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest Spirit That fought in Heav'n; now fiercer by despair: Of Wiles, More unexpertI boast not: For while they sit contriving, shall the rest, Millions that stand in Arms, and longing wait [ 55 ] The Signal to ascend, sit lingring here Heav'ns fugitives, and for thir dwelling place Accept this dark opprobrious Den of shame, The Prison of his Tyranny who Reigns By our delay?

But perhaps [ 70 ] The way seems difficult and steep to scale With upright wing against a higher foe. Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench Of that forgetful Lake benumm not still, That in our proper motion we ascend [ 75 ] Up to our native seat: Who but felt of late When the fierce Foe hung on our brok'n Rear Insultingand pursu'd us through the Deep, With what compulsion and laborious flight [ 80 ] We sunk thus low?

Th' ascent is easie then; Th' event is fear'd; should we again provoke Our stronger, some worse way his wrath may find To our destruction: More destroy'd then thus We should be quite abolisht and expire. What fear we then? Or if our substance be indeed Divine, And cannot cease to be, we are at worst [ 100 ] On this side nothing; and by proof we feel Our power sufficient to disturb his Heav'n, And with perpetual inrodes to Allarme, Though inaccessible, his fatal Throne: He ended frowning, and his look denounc'd Desperate revenge, and Battel dangerous To less then Gods.

On th' other side up rose Belial, in act more graceful and humane; A fairer john miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven lost not Heav'n; he seemd [ 110 ] For dignity compos'd and high exploit: But all was false and hollow; though his Tongue Dropt Mannaand could make the worse appear The better reasonto perplex and dash Maturest Counsels: I should be much for open Warr, O Peers, As not behind in hate; if what was urg'd [ 120 ] Main reason to persuade immediate Warr, Did not disswade me most, and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success: When he who most excels in fact of Arms, In what he counsels and in what excels [ 125 ] Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution, as the scope Of all his aim, after some dire revenge.

Or could we break our way By force, and at our heels all Hell should rise [ 135 ] With blackest Insurrection, to confound Heav'ns purest Light, yet our great Enemy All incorruptible would on his Throne Sit unpolluted, and th' Ethereal mould Incapable of stain would soon expel [ 140 ] Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire Victorious.

Thus repuls'd, our final hope Is flat despair; we must exasperate Th' Almighty Victor to spend all his rage, And that must end us, that must be our cure, [ 145 ] To be no more; sad cure; for who would loose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through Eternity, To perish rather, swallowd up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night, [ 150 ] Devoid of sense and motion? Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire, [ 155 ] Belike through impotence, or unaware, To give his Enemies thir wish, and end Them in his anger, whom his anger saves To punish endless?

Say they who counsel Warr, we are decreed, [ 160 ] Reserv'd and destin'd to Eternal woe; Whatever doing, what can we suffer more, What can we suffer worse? What when we fled amainpursu'd and strook [ 165 ] With Heav'ns afflicting Thunder, and besought The Deep to shelter us?

What if the breath that kindl'd those grim fires [ 170 ] Awak'd should blow them into sevenfold rage And plunge us in the flames? Warr therefore, open or conceal'd, alike My voice disswades; for what can force or guile With him, or who deceive his mind, whose eye Views all things at one view?

Shall we then live thus vile, the race of Heav'n Thus trampl'd, thus expell'd to suffer here [ 195 ] Chains and these Torments? To suffer, as to doe, Our strength is john miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven, nor the Law unjust [ 200 ] That so ordains: I laugh, when those who at the Spear are bold And vent'rous, if that fail them, shrink and fear [ 205 ] What yet they know must follow, to endure Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain, The sentence of thir Conquerour: This is now Our doom; which if we can sustain and bear, Our Supream Foe in time may much remit [ 210 ] His anger, and perhaps thus farr remov'd Not mind us not offending, satisfi'd With what is punish't; whence these raging fires Will slack'n, if his breath stir not thir flames.

Our purer essence then will overcome [ 215 ] Thir noxious vapour, or enur'd not feel, Or chang'd at length, and to the place conformd In temper and in nature, will receive Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain; This horror will grow milde, this darkness light, [ 220 ] Besides what hope the never-ending flight Of future dayes may bring, what chance, what change Worth waiting, since our present lot appeers For happy though but ill, for ill not worst, If we procure not to our selves more woe.

Either to disinthrone the King of Heav'n We warr, if Warr be best, or to regain [ 230 ] Our own right lost: The former vain to hope argues as vain The latter: Suppose he should relent And publish Grace to all, on promise made Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble, and receive [ 240 ] Strict Laws impos'd, to celebrate his Throne With warbl'd Hymns, and to his Godhead sing Forc't Halleluiah's; while he Lordly sits Our envied Sovran, and his Altar breathes Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers[ 245 ] Our servile offerings.

This must be our task In Heav'nthis our delight; how wearisom Eternity so spent in worship paid To whom we hate. Let us not then pursue By force impossible, by leave obtain'd [ 250 ] Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek Our own good from our selves, and from our own Live to our selves, though in this vast recess, Free, and to none accountable, preferring [ 255 ] Hard liberty before the easie yoke Of servile Pomp.

John miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven

Our greatness will appeer Then most conspicuous, when great things of small, Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse We can create, and in what place so e're [ 260 ] Thrive under john miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven, and work ease out of pain Through labour and indurance.

This deep world Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst Thick clouds and dark doth Heav'ns all-ruling Sire Choose to reside, his Glory unobscur'd, [ 265 ] And with the Majesty of darkness round Covers his Throne; from whence deep thunders roar Must'ring thir rage, and Heav'n resembles Hell?

As he our darkness, cannot we his Light Imitate when we please? This Desart soile [ 270 ] Wants not her hidden lustre, Gemms and Gold; Nor want we skill or Artfrom whence to raise Magnificence; and what can Heav'n shew more? Our torments also may in length of time Become our Elementsthese piercing Fires [ 275 ] As soft as now severe, our temper chang'd Into their temper; which must needs remove The sensible of pain. All things invite To peaceful Counsels, and the settl'd State Of order, how in safety best we may [ 280 ] Compose our present evils, with regard Of what we are and weredismissing quite All thoughts of warr: He scarce had finisht, when such murmur filld Th' Assembly, as when hollow Rocks retain [ 285 ] The sound of blustring winds, which all night long Had rous'd the Sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Sea-faring men orewatchtwhose Bark by chance Or Pinnace anchors in a craggy Bay After the Tempest: Such applause was heard [ 290 ] As Mammon ended, and his Sentence pleas'd, Advising peace: Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd, then whom, Satan except, none higher sat, with grave [ 300 ] Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd A Pillar of State; deep on his Front engraven Deliberation sat and public care; And Princely counsel in his face yet shon, Majestic though in ruin: Thrones and Imperial Powers, off-spring of heav'n [ 310 ] Ethereal Vertues ; or these Titles now Must we renounce, and changing stile be call'd Princes of Hell?

What sit we then projecting peace and Warr? Warr hath determin'd us, and foild with loss [ 330 ] Irreparable; tearms of peace yet none Voutsaf't or sought; for what peace will be giv'n To us enslav'd, but custody severe, And stripes, and arbitrary punishment Inflicted?

  • A line by line paraphrase of milton's poem in plain english who rebel against god it was as far from heaven and heaven's light poem in plain english;
  • Though Heav'n be shut, And Heav'ns high Arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lye expos'd [ 360 ] The utmost border of his Kingdom, left To their defence who hold it;
  • When he who most excels in fact of Arms, In what he counsels and in what excels [ 125 ] Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution, as the scope Of all his aim, after some dire revenge;
  • As when from mountain tops the dusky clouds Ascending, while the North wind sleeps, O'respread Heav'ns chearful face, the lowring Element [ 490 ] Scowls ore the dark'nd lantskip Snow, or showre; If chance the radiant Sun with farewell sweet Extend his ev'ning beam, the fields revive, The birds thir notes renew, and bleating herds Attest thir joy, that hill and valley rings;
  • When he who most excels in fact of Arms, In what he counsels and in what excels [ 125 ] Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution, as the scope Of all his aim, after some dire revenge;
  • What sit we then projecting peace and Warr?

There is a place [ 345 ] If ancient and prophetic fame in Heav'n Err not another World, the happy seat Of some new Race call'd Man, about this time To be created like to us, though less In power and excellence, but favour'd more [ 350 ] Of him who rules above; so was his will Pronounc'd among the Godsand by an OathThat shook Heav'ns whol circumference, confirm'd.

Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn What creatures there inhabit, of what mould, [ 355 ] Or substance, how endu'dand what thir Power, And where thir weakness, how attempted best, By force or suttlety: Though Heav'n be shut, And Heav'ns high Arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lye expos'd [ 360 ] The utmost border of his Kingdom, left To their defence who hold it: This would surpass [ 370 ] Common revenge, and interrupt his joy In our Confusionand our Joy upraise In his disturbance; when his darling Sons Hurl'd headlong to partake with us, shall curse Thir frail Originaland faded bliss, [ 375 ] Faded so soon.

  1. If thence he scape into whatever world, Or unknown Region, what remains him less Then unknown dangers and as hard escape. The bold design Pleas'd highly those infernal States , and joy Sparkl'd in all thir eyes; with full assent They vote.
  2. John milton, satan, god, hell, heaven he begins with describing god creating milton inverts the arrangement of the identification of the voice and. But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers, [ 445 ] And this Imperial Sov'ranty, adorn'd With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd And judg'd of public moment , in the shape Of difficulty or danger could deterr Mee from attempting.
  3. Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire, [ 155 ] Belike through impotence, or unaware, To give his Enemies thir wish, and end Them in his anger, whom his anger saves To punish endless? Let us not then pursue By force impossible, by leave obtain'd [ 250 ] Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek Our own good from our selves, and from our own Live to our selves, though in this vast recess, Free, and to none accountable, preferring [ 255 ] Hard liberty before the easie yoke Of servile Pomp.

Advise if this be worth Attempting, or to sit in darkness here Hatching vain Empires. But thir spite still serves [ 385 ] His glory to augment. The bold design Pleas'd highly those infernal Statesand joy Sparkl'd in all thir eyes; with full assent They vote: But first whom shall we send In search of this new world, whom shall we find Sufficient? Here he had need All circumspection, and we now no less Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send, [ 415 ] The weight of all and our last hope relies.

This said, he sat; and expectation held His look suspenceawaiting who appeer'd To second, or oppose, or undertake The perilous attempt; but all sat mute, [ 420 ] Pondering the danger with deep thoughts; and each In others count'nance read his own dismay Astonisht: These past, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being [ 440 ] Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf. If thence he scape into whatever world, Or unknown Region, what remains him less Then unknown dangers and as hard escape.

But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers, [ 445 ] And this Imperial Sov'ranty, adorn'd With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd And judg'd of public momentin the shape Of difficulty or danger could deterr Mee from attempting. Wherefore do I assume [ 450 ] These Royalties, and not refuse to Reign, Refusing to accept as great a share Of hazard as of honour, due alike To him who Reigns, and so much to him due Of hazard more, as he above the rest [ 455 ] High honourd sits?

Go therefore mighty Powers, Terror of Heav'n, though fall'n; intend at home, While here shall be our home, what best may ease The present misery, and render Hell More tollerable; if there be cure or charm [ 460 ] To respite or deceive, or slack the pain Of this ill Mansion: Thus saying rose The Monarch, and prevented john miltons voice falters when describing god and heaven reply, Prudent, least from his resolution rais'd Others among the chief might offer now Certain to be refus'd what erst they fear'd; [ 470 ] And so refus'd might in opinion stand His Rivals, winning cheap the high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn.

But they Dreaded not more th' adventure then his voice Forbidding; and at once with him they rose; [ 475 ] Thir rising all at once was as the sound Of Thunder heard remote. Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone; and as a God Extoll him equal to the highest in Heav'n: Nor fail'd they to express how much they prais'd, [ 480 ] That for the general safety he despis'd His own: As when from mountain tops the dusky clouds Ascending, while the North wind sleeps, O'respread Heav'ns chearful face, the lowring Element [ 490 ] Scowls ore the dark'nd lantskip Snow, or showre; If chance the radiant Sun with farewell sweet Extend his ev'ning beam, the fields revive, The birds thir notes renew, and bleating herds Attest thir joy, that hill and valley rings.

Devil with Devil damn'd Firm concord holds, men onely disagree Of Creatures rational, though under hope Of heavenly Grace; and God proclaiming peace, Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife [ 500 ] Among themselves, and levie cruel warres, Wasting the Earth, each other to destroy: As if which might induce us to accord Man had not hellish foes anow besides, That day and night for his destruction waite.

Then of thir Session ended they bid cry With Trumpets regal sound the great result: Part on the Plain, or in the Air sublime Upon the wing, or in swift Race contend, Part curb thir fierie Steeds, or shun the Goal With rapid wheels, or fronted Brigads form. Thir Song was partialbut the harmony What could it less when Spirits immortal sing? Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment The thronging audience.

In discourse more sweet [ 555 ] For Eloquence the Soul, Song charms the SenseOthers apart sat on a Hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and Fate, Fixt Fate, free will, foreknowledg absolute, [ 560 ] And found no end, in wandring mazes lost.

Of good and evil much they argu'd then, Of happiness and final misery, Passion and Apathieand glory and shame, Vain wisdom all, and false Philosophie: Another part in Squadrons and gross Bands, [ 570 ] On bold adventure to discover wide That dismal world, if any Clime perhaps Might yield them easier habitation, bend Four ways thir flying March, along the Banks Of four infernal Rivers that disgorge [ 575 ] Into the burning Lake thir baleful streams; Abhorred Styx the flood of deadly hate, Sad Acheron of sorrow, black and deep; Cocytus, nam'd of lamentation loud Heard on the ruful stream; fierce Phlegeton [ 580 ] Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage.

  • But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers, [ 445 ] And this Imperial Sov'ranty, adorn'd With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd And judg'd of public moment , in the shape Of difficulty or danger could deterr Mee from attempting;
  • Darkest hell yet makes it difficult to envision heaven even milton of god and heaven in paradise to describe god or heaven with any;
  • What if the breath that kindl'd those grim fires [ 170 ] Awak'd should blow them into sevenfold rage And plunge us in the flames?

Farr off from these a slow and silent stream, Lethe the River of Oblivion roules Her watrie Labyrinth, whereof who drinks, Forthwith his former state and being forgets, [ 585 ] Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain. Beyond this flood a frozen Continent Lies dark and wilde, beat with perpetual storms Of Whirlwind and dire Hail, which on firm land Thaws not, but gathers heapand ruin seems [ 590 ] Of ancient pile ; all else deep snow and ice, A gulf profound as that Serbonian Bog Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old, Where Armies whole have sunk: They ferry over this Lethean Sound Both to and fro, thir sorrow to augment, [ 605 ] And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach The tempting stream, with one small drop to loose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe, All in one moment, and so neer the brink; But fate withstands, and to oppose th' attempt [ 610 ] Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The Ford, and of it self the water flies All taste of living wightas once it fled The lip of Tantalus.

Thus roving on In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands [ 615 ] With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found No rest:

  • I should be much for open Warr, O Peers, As not behind in hate; if what was urg'd [ 120 ] Main reason to persuade immediate Warr, Did not disswade me most, and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success;
  • Thus roving on In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands [ 615 ] With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found No rest;
  • Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd, then whom, Satan except, none higher sat, with grave [ 300 ] Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd A Pillar of State; deep on his Front engraven Deliberation sat and public care; And Princely counsel in his face yet shon, Majestic though in ruin;
  • Shall we then live thus vile, the race of Heav'n Thus trampl'd, thus expell'd to suffer here [ 195 ] Chains and these Torments?
  • Who but felt of late When the fierce Foe hung on our brok'n Rear Insulting , and pursu'd us through the Deep, With what compulsion and laborious flight [ 80 ] We sunk thus low?
  • Our torments also may in length of time Become our Elements , these piercing Fires [ 275 ] As soft as now severe, our temper chang'd Into their temper; which must needs remove The sensible of pain.