milton: of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit of that forbidden tree,

divine postman: whose mortal taste, brought death into the world, and all our woe with loss of eden,

milton: till one greater man restore us, and regain that blissful seat,

divine postman: sing heavenly muse, that on the secret top, of oreb, or of sinai, did inspire that shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,

milton: in the beginning how the heavens and earth rose out of chaos

divine postman: or if sion hill delight thee more, and siloa’s brook that flowed fast by the oracle of olympian zeus, we then invoke your aid to our adventurous song

milton: that with no middle flight intends to soar above the aonian mount, while it pursues things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.

divine postman: and chiefly though oh spirit, that does prefer before all temples the upright heart and pure, instruct us

milton: for you know

divine postman: though from the first was present, and with mighty wings outspread dove-like sat brooding on the vast abyss. and made it pregnant

milton: what in us, is dark, illumine.

divine postman: what is low, raise and support

milton: that to the height of this great argument we may assert eternal providence

divine postman: and justify the ways of love to man


milton: say first, for heaven hides nothing from your view,

divine postman: nor the deep tract of hell,

milton: say first what cause moved our grandparents in that happy state

divine posgman: favoured of heaven so highly, to fall off from their creator

milton: and transgress his will for one restraint, lords of the world besides?

divine postman: who first seduced them to that foul revolt?

milton: the infernal serpent divine postman, he it was

divine postman: whose guile stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived the mother of mankind

milton: and so in ignorance pandora did open that box, which would bring death unto all creatures.