The Mind, Heaven and Hell: Milton and Virgil

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A mind not to be changed by place or time –
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven

…Long is the way
And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Paradise Lost

Easy is the descent to Avernus: night and day the door of gloomy Dis stands open; but to recall thy steps and pass out to the upper air, this is the task, this the toil!

Virgil

Aeneid Book VI, 126.9

[…facilis descensus Averno; noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, hoc opus, hic labor est]

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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