So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found, Among the faithless faithful only he.
Surer to prosper than prosperity could have assur'd us.
No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set.
A short retirement urges a sweet return.
The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.
Sweet the coming on / Of grateful evening mild; then silent night / With this her solemn bird and this fair moon, / And these the gems of heaven, her starry train.
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, / What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.