Analects of the Core: Milton on happiness and fear of harm


In a narrow circuit strait’n’d by a Foe,
Subtle or violent, we not endu’d
Single with like defence, wherever met,
How are we happy, still in fear of harm?
But harm preceeds not sin: only our Foe
Tempting affronts us with his foul esteem
Of our integrity

Today’s analect — suggested by Sarah Cole (Core ’10, CAS ’12) is taken from Milton’s Paradise Lost, lines 323-29 (Eve addressing Adam), edited by Prof. Christopher Ricks, whose lecture last week for CC201 was received with great enthusiasm. Students or alumni who wish to borrow a recording of the talk may sign out a VHS in the Core office.

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