Paradise Lost

by: John Milton

Book XI

1

O sons, like one of us man is become To know both good and evil, since his taste Of that defended fruit; but let him boast His knowledge of good lost and evil got; Happier had it suffic’d him to have known Good by itself, and evil not at all. (XI, 84–89)

2

God is as here, and will be found alike Present, and of his presence many a sign Still following thee, still compassing thee round With goodness and paternal love, his face Express, and of his steps the track divine. (XI, 350–354)

3

Death thou hast seen In his first shape on man; but many shapes Of death, and many are the ways that lead To his grim cave, all dismal; yet to sense More terrible at th’entrance than within. Some, as thou saw’st, by violent stroke shall die, By fire, flood, famine; by intemp’rance more In meats and drinks, which on the earth shall bring Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear; that thou may’st know What misery th’inabstinence of Eve Shall bring on men[.] (XI, 466–477)