Paradise Lost "Unrespited, Unpitied, Unreprieved"

John Milton

"Unrespited, Unpitied, Unreprieved"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: In the grand council of the rebel angels held in Hell, Belial answers Moloch's suggestion that the rebels continue the warfare against God. Unlike Moloch, Belial does not believe the rebels can successfully fight against the Divine hosts and will. To persuade his audience of his point, Belial waxes rhetorical, painting verbal pictures of what God could do to the rebels, even in Hell. He suggests that Hell could explode with them, that each could be fixed to a rock in the burning lake, that the fires of Hell could be increased seven-fold, or that each spirit could be wrapped in chains and confined in the fiery lake. His conclusion is beautiful in its effective meter and accent:

There to converse with everlasting groans,
Unrespited, unpitied, unreprieved,
Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.