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" Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and, in my choice, To reign is worth ambition, though in hell; Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven. "
Paradise Lost - Page 62
by John Milton - 1896 - 210 pages
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The poetical works of John Milton, with a memoir by J. Montgomery, Volume 1

John Milton - 1843 - 444 pages
...least, We shall be free : the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence : Here we may reign secure, and, in my choice, To reign...friends, The associates and co-partners of our loss, Lie thus astonish'd on the oblivious pool, And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy...
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Select Works of the British Poets, in a Chronological Series from Ben Jonson ...

John Aikin - English poetry - 1843 - 830 pages
...at least We shall be free ; the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: ~{ 0X Lie thus astonish'd on the oblivious pool, And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy...
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Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Bruce Zuckerman - Bible - 1998 - 305 pages
...Here at least We shall be free; th'Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign...though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n.391 It is this last point, in particular, that makes Job's version of the birthday curse...
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Anxiety in Eden: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost

John S. Tanner - Business & Economics - 1992 - 226 pages
...to the third element of Kierkegaard's triad, necessity: Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign...though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n. (1.256-64) This is the utterance of one who would make a choice out of a necessity. The...
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Epic and Empire: Politics and Generic Form from Virgil to Milton

David Quint, Professor David Quint - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 448 pages
...raignes" (1.20), rings changes on the proverbial Caesarian sentiment that Milton's Satan will echo: "To reign is worth ambition, though in hell: / Better to reign in Hell, than serve in heaven" (1.262-63).21 Fletcher's Book 1 ends with a simile that belittles his devils by comparing...
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The Works of John Milton: With an Introduction and Bibliography

John Milton - Poetry - 1994 - 630 pages
...least We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: 260 Here we may reign secure; and, in my choice, To reign...Heaven. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Th' associates and co-partners of our loss, Lie thus astonished on th' oblivious pool, And call them...
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The History of Hell

Alice K. Turner - Philosophy - 1993 - 324 pages
...Here at last We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign...though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n! With truly Puritan zeal, the demons set to work on the side of a volcano to build a splendiferous...
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Fellowship in Paradise Lost: Vergil, Milton, Wordsworth, Volume 97

André Verbart - Aeneas (Legendary character) in literature - 1995 - 322 pages
...hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce To reign is worth ambition though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n. (249-63) It is possible that Satan sees the irony in the word "secure" in line...
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The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland

Ronald Carter, John McRae - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 613 pages
...at least We shall be free; the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign...though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. When Eve yields to Satan's temptations and bites the forbidden fruit, the effect is of loss,...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 686 pages
...mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. 7558 Paradise Lost m has justice enough to accuse. 4149 The Deserted Village Sweet Aubum, lovelie in heaven. 7559 Paradise Lost First Moloch, horrid king besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice, and...
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