Recitation - Milton

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Recitation - Milton
2012-04-30 03:25:41
Paradise Lost Book VII

Pg. 480-482
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    "At least our envious foe hath failed, who thought
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    All like himself rebellious, by whose aid
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    This inaccessible high strength, the seat
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    Of Deity supreme, us dispossessed,
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    He trusted to have seized, and into fraud
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    Drew many, whom their place know here no more;
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    Yet far the greater part have kept, I see,
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    Their station, Heav'n yet populous retains
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    Number sufficient to possess her realms
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    Though wide, and this high temple to frequent
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    With ministeries due and solemn rites:
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    But lest his heart exalt him in the harm
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    Already done, to have dispeopled Heav'n,
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    My damage fondly deemed, I can repair
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    That detriment, if such it be to lose
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    Self-lost, and in a moment will create
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    Another world, out of one man a race
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    Of men innumerable, there to dwell,
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    Not here, till by degrees of merit raised
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    They open to themselves at length the way
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    Up hither, under long obedience tried,
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    And Earth be chang'd to Heav'n, and Heav'n to Earth,
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    One kingdom, joy and union without end.
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    Meanwhile inhabit lax, ye powers of Heav'n
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    And thou my Word, begotten Son, by thee
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    This I perform, speak thou, and be it done:
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    My overshadowing Spirit and might with thee
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    I send along, ride forth, and bid the deep
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    Within appointed bounds be heav'n and earth;
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    Boundless the deep, because I am who fill
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    Infinitude, nor vacuous the space.
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    Though I uncircumscribed myself retire,
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    And put not forth my goodness, which is free
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    To act or not, necessity and chance
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    Approach not me, and what I will is fate.'
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    "So spake th' Almighty, and to what he spake
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    His Word, the filial Godhead, gave effect.
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    Immediate are the acts of God, more swift
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    Than time or motion, but to human ears
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    Cannot without process of speech be told,
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    So told as earthly notion can recieve.
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    Great triumph and rejoicing was in Heav'n
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    When such was heard declared th' Almighty's will;