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" To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers: Attention held them mute. Thrice he assay'd, and thrice, in spite of scorn, Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth: at last Words, interwove... "
Blackwood's Magazine - Page 386
1852
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The Harvard Classics, Volume 4

Charles William Eliot - Literature - 1909
...though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. He now prepared To speak ; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round...all his peers: Attention held them mute. Thrice he assayed, and thrice, in spite of scorn. Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth : at last Words interwove...
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A selection from Scrutiny : in two volumes. 1 (1968), Volume 2

F. R. Leavis - American literature - 1968 - 328 pages
...Milton, Satan shaken with remorse as he surveys the fallen followers of his pride: Thrice he assay' d, and thrice in spite of scorn Tears such as angels weep burst forth; at last Words interwoven with sighs found out their way. Is there even in Shakespeare a greater moment? And Shakespeare...
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The Mystical Design of Paradise Lost

Galbraith Miller Crump - Poetry - 1975 - 194 pages
...Hermes Trismegistus. 2. See Georges Poulet, Les.Melamorphosesducercle,pp.9-\0. thir doubl'd Ranks . . . From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his Peers. (I. 616-18) The basic design of Paradise Lost is similar to that which Cedric Whitman has described...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 72

England - 1852
...thoojh bare, Stands on the blasted heath. He now prepared To speak : whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all hi.- peers : attention held them mnta. Thrice he essay'd, and thrice, in spite of scorn. Tears, such...
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"Such Prompt Eloquence": Language as Agency and Character in Milton's Epics

Leonard Mustazza - Literary Criticism - 1988 - 173 pages
...them mute. Satan is so overcome by the spectacle that he cannot speak momentarily: Thrice he assay'd, and thrice in spite of scorn, Tears such as Angels...forth: at last Words interwove with sighs found out thir way. (1.619-21) He begins his speech bemoaning "this dire change / Hateful to utter" (625-26)...
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Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses

Don Gifford, Robert J. Seidman - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 645 pages
...floating many a rood" (1:196); the second describes Satan as he is about to speak to the fallen angels: "and thrice in spite of scorn, / Tears such as Angels weep, burst forth" (1:619-20). 9.34 (184:37). Ed egli avea del culfatto trombetta - Italian: "And of his arse he made...
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Reading the Classics and Paradise Lost

William Malin Porter - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 222 pages
...These lines from book i describe Satan: He now prepared To speak: whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers: auention held them mute. li.6i5-i8) We have here only an echo of the opening words of the second book...
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life

Joan D. Hedrick - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 544 pages
...such evident sympathy that Harriet was quite enlisted in Satan's favor. When he reached the passage, "Thrice he essay'd, and thrice, in spite of scorn, / Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth," he burst into tears himself.13 Harriet loved these stories as much for their drama as for their religious...
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Barbarous Dissonance and Images of Voice in Milton's Epics

Elizabeth Sauer, Professor of English Elizabeth Sauer - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 213 pages
...conceals his defeat, Satan holds his audience mute in anticipation of his oration: "Thrice he assay'd and thrice in spite of scorn / Tears such as Angels...forth: at last / Words interwove with sighs found out thir way" (1.619-21). Satan uses rhetoric and gestures to smooth over any signs of conflict or self-contradition,...
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Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest

Janet Lungstrum, Elizabeth Sauer - Philosophy - 1997 - 359 pages
...conceals his defeat, Satan holds his audience mute in anticipation of his oration: "Thrice he assay'd and thrice in spite of scorn / Tears such as Angels...forth: at last / Words interwove with sighs found out thir way" (1.619-21). Satan uses rhetoric and gestures to smooth over any signs of conflict or self-contradiction,...
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