Paradise Lost "Tears, Such As Angels Weep"
by John Milton

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"Tears, Such As Angels Weep"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When Satan prepares to address the rebel angels, then newly plunged into Hell, he appears straight and proud before them. The fallen angels bend their ranks to make a half circle about their leader and stand quietly to hear his words. But though he be proud and courageous, Satan cannot entirely control his emotions; three times he tries to speak, and three times he fails because his emotions get the best of him:

Thrice he assayed, and thrice in spite of scorn,
Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth: at last
Words interwove with sighs found out their way.