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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Paradise Lost, ii. 557

John Milton (1608–1674)
.. OTHERS 1 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, foreknowledge absolute,
And found no end, in wandring mazes lost.        5
Of good and evil much they argu’d then,
Of happiness and final misery,
Passion and Apathie, and glory and shame,
Vain wisdom all, and false Philosophie:
Yet with a pleasing sorcerie could charm        10
Pain for a while or anguish, and excite
Fallacious hope, or arm th’ obdured brest
With stubborn patience as with triple steel …
Note 1. Milton. Paradise Lost, ii. 557. [back]

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