29 January 2009

Milton for modern times

For a variety of reasons, I've been thinking a lot about the last lines of Milton's Paradise Lost lately. In the scene, Adam and Eve are leaving Paradise. They have fallen, and they look ahead to see chaos and uncertainty:

They looking back, all th' Eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late thir happie seat,
Wav'd over by that flaming Brand, the Gate
With dreadful Faces throng'd and fierie Armes:
Som natural tears they drop'd, but wip'd them soon;
The World was all before them, where to choose
Thir place of rest, and Providence thir guide:
They hand in hand with wandring steps and slow,
Through Eden took thir solitarie way.
I know it would have been hard for me to get through it without a Gina to guide me, but if you want to understand humanity a little better, read Paradise Lost.

1 comment:

  1. tanner, i have been re-reading paradise lost lately! it's like we are on the same spiritual-reading wave-length. i had forgotten those final lines, but i think i know what you mean.

    i also recently read all of the book of Genesis for the first time (this was the impetus to go back to PL). intersting to note the differences between the "storybook" versions of biblical stories and what's actually in that thing.