Book 4, lines 86-113

Reading of the following lines.

… Ay me, they little know
How dearly I abide that boast so vain,
Under what torments inwardly I groan:
While they adore me on the Throne of Hell,
With Diadem and Sceptre high advanc’d [90]
The lower still I fall
, only Supreme
in misery; such joy Ambition finds.
But say I could repent and could obtain
By Act of Grace my former state; how soon
Would highth recall high thoughts, how soon unsay [95]
What feign’d submission swore: ease would recant
Vows made in pain, as violent and void.

For never can true reconcilement grow
Where wounds of deadly hate have pierc’d so deep:
Which would but lead me to a worse relapse, [100]
And heavier fall: so should I purchase dear
Short intermission bought with double smart.

This knows my punisher; therefore as far
From granting hee, as I from begging peace:
All hope excluded thus, behold instead [105]
Of us out-cast, exil’d, his new delight,
Mankind created, and for him this World.

So farewell Hope, and with Hope farewell Fear,
Farewell Remorse: all Good to me is lost;
Evil be thou my Good; by thee at least [110]
Divided Empire with Heav’n’s King I hold
By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign;
As Man ere long, and this new World shall know.