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file name:plrabn12.txt
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Sample of contents of plrabn12.txt
(Lines 81 to 100)
 Rose out of Chaos: or, if Sion hill
 Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flowed
 Fast by the oracle of God, I thence
 Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
 That with no middle flight intends to soar
 Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues
 Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
 And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer
 Before all temples th' upright heart and pure,
 Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the¬
 Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
 Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss,
 And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark
 Illumine, what is low raise and support;
 That, to the height of this great argument,
 I may assert Eternal Providence,
 And justify the ways of God to men.
 Say first--for Heaven hides nothing from thy¬
 Nor the deep tract of Hell--say first what cause
 Moved our grand parents, in that happy state,
Note: Lines displaying the ¬ symbol have been wrapped for clarity

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