|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Milton (16081674)|
|QUOTATION:||A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog|
Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
Burns frore, and cold performs th effect of fire.
Thither by harpy-footed Furies hald,
At certain revolutions all the damnd
Are brought, and feel by turns the bitter change
Of fierce extremes,extremes by change more fierce;
From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
Immovable, infixd, and frozen round,
Periods of time; thence hurried back to fire.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 592.|