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"To Compare Great Things With Small"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: It having been decided in the great council of the devils that Satan should seduce mankind so as to destroy God's favorite creation, Satan makes his way towards the gates of hell. He meets a creature that is a woman above and a serpent below; this monster announces that she is Sin, who issued from Satan's head, as Athena had issued from the head of Zeus. There is a specter with her who is the product of Satan's incestuous dalliance with Sin; he is Death, and is inseparable from Sin. Satan cajoles Sin into opening the gates of hell so that he can go up to earth on his wicked errand. She opens the gates, but for ever cannot close them again. Satan and Sin look out on the hoary deep where Chaos and Night, the ancestors of nature,...

(The entire section is 272 words.)