"To Justify the Ways of God to Men": Reckonings in / with Paradise Lost
Scorekeeping and Epic Accounting
1.24 ff. ( Milton the speaker: )
24 That to the highth of this great-Argument
25 I may assert Eternal Providence,
26 And justifie the wayes of God to men.
2.252 ff. ( Mammon the speaker: )
252 ... but rather seek
253 Our own good from our selves, and from our own
254 Live to our selves, though in this vast recess,
255 Free, and to none accountable ...
3.95 ff. ( God the father the speaker: )
95 ... So will fall,
96 Hee and his faithless Progenie: whose fault?
97 Whose but his own? ingrate, he had of mee
98 All he could have; I made him just and right,
99 Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.
3.238 ff. ( Christ engaging [Arg.] "to answer for his offence": )
238 Account mee man; I for his sake will leave
239 Thy bosom, and this glorie next to thee
240 Freely put off, and for him lastly dye
241 Well pleas'd, on me let Death wreck all his rage;
242 Under his gloomie power I shall not long
243 Lie vanquisht ...
4.618 ff. ( Adam the speaker: )
618 Man hath his daily work of body or mind
619 Appointed, which declares his Dignitie,
620 And the regard of Heav'n on all his waies;
621 While other Animals unactive range,
622 And of thir doings God takes no account.
4.831 (Zephon the speaker: )
841 But come, for thou, be sure, shalt give account.
6.723 ff. ( Christ the speaker: )
723 O Father, O Supream of heav'nly Thrones,
724 First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou alwayes seekst
725 To glorifie thy Son, I alwayes thee,
726 As is most just; this I my Glorie account,
9.5 ff. ( Milton the speaker: )
5 ... I now must change
6 Those Notes to Tragic; foul distrust, and breach
7 Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt,
8 And disobedience: On the part of Heav'n
9 Now alienated, distance and distaste,
10 Anger and just rebuke, and judgement giv'n,
11 That brought into this World a world of woe,
12 Sinne and her shadow Death, and Miserie
13 Deaths Harbinger: Sad task, yet argument
14 Not less but more Heroic then the wrauth
15 Of stern Achilles on his Foe pursu'd
16 Thrice Fugitive about Troy Wall; or rage
17 Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous'd,
18 Or Neptun's ire or Juno's, that so long
19 Perplex'd the Greek and Cytherea's Son;
20 If answerable style I can obtaine
21 Of my Celestial Patroness, who deignes
22 Her nightly visitation unimplor'd,
23 And dictates to me slumbring, or inspires
24 Easie my unpremeditated Verse:
25 Since first this Subject for Heroic Song
26 Pleas'd me long choosing, and beginning late ...
10.26 ff. ( Angels the speakers: )
26 About the new-arriv'd, in multitudes
27 Th' ethereal People ran, to hear and know
28 How all befell: they towards the Throne Supream
29 Accountable made haste to make appear
30 With righteous plea, thir utmost vigilance ...
10.485 ff. ( Satan the speaker: )
485 ... Him by fraud I have seduc'd
486 From his Creator, and the more to increase
487 Your wonder, with an Apple; he thereat
488 Offended, worth your laughter, hath giv'n up
489 Both his beloved Man and all his World,
490 To Sin and Death a prey, and so to us,
491 Without our hazard, labour, or allarme,
492 To range in, and to dwell, and over Man
493 To rule, as over all he should have rul'd.
494 True is, mee also he hath judg'd, or rather
495 Mee not, but the brute Serpent in whose shape
496 Man I deceav'd: that which to mee belongs,
497 Is enmity, which he will put between
498 Mee and Mankinde; I am to bruise his heel;
499 His Seed, when is not set, shall bruise my head:
500 A World who would not purchase with a bruise,
501 Or much more grievous pain? Ye have th' account
502 Of my performance ...