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" 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: A Poem, in Twelve Books - Page 26
by John Milton - 1750
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Proverbs, Chiefly Taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, with ..., Volume 1

Proverbs - 1814 - 568 pages
...or beggars. " O rico, o pinjada," rich, or hanged, "neck, or nothing." Milton makes Lucifer say, " To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven." But the adage seems to have a special reference to the respect usually paid to idiots....
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The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature, Volume 4

Tobias Smollett - Books - 1816 - 674 pages
...of the finest characteristic passages in the Paradise Lost. Satan in triumphant despair exclaims -" In my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell ; Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven." Which is precisely the sentiment expressed by Stafford. A reader who is well acquainted...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 72

England - 1852 - 798 pages
...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 is worth ambition, though in hell ; Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, The associates and copartners of our...
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Lectures on the English Poets: Delivered at the Surrey Institution

William Hazlitt - English literature - 1818 - 358 pages
...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 is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven." The whole of the speeches and debates in Pandemonium are well worthy of the place...
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The British Essayists: To which are Prefixed Prefaces ..., Volumes 1-45

James Ferguson (advocate.) - English essays - 1819 - 312 pages
...lh' Almighty hath not built Here for his envy ; will not drive as 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 heav'n. Amidst those impieties which this enraged spirit utters in other places of the poem,...
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Principles of Elocution: Containing Numerous Rules, Observations, and ...

Thomas Ewing - Elocution - 1819 - 448 pages
...the following examples the treble emphasis, though not expressed, is evidently implied. EXAMPLES. 1. To reign is worth ambition, though in hell ; Better to reign' in keif than servt? in heaven. 2. I would rather be thejirit' man in that village" than the teeond' in...
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Select Works of the British Poets: With Biographical and Critical ..., Volume 1

John Aikin - English poetry - 1820 - 832 pages
...the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence : Here we may reign secure, sad sister, come away ! Once like thyself, I trembled, serve in Heaven. Hut where-fore let we then our faithful friends, The associates and copartners of...
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The Poetical Decameron, Or, Ten Conversations on English Poets and Poetry ...

John Payne Collier - English poetry - 1820 - 394 pages
...fine characteristic passage, put into the mouth of the rebellious Satan, " 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 !" Now read the following passage in a prose author, who wrote while Milton was yet...
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Paradise Lost: A Poem, in Twelve Books

John Milton - Fall of man - 1820 - 340 pages
...Almighty hath not built Here for bid eusy ; will not drive us hence : 260 Here we may reign secure ; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell : Belter to reign iu Hell than serve in Heaven ! Hut wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Th'...
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Paradise Lost: A Poem, Volume 1

John Milton - Bible - 1821 - 226 pages
...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 is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven ! But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, The associates and copartners of...
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