Paradise Regained Quotes
by John Milton

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Both of Milton's epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained have theological themes based on the Bible, mainly the books of Genesis and Luke. Here are some quotes from Paradise Regained, as well as brief references to the topic of each quote.

Some of Milton's beginning lines include a brief summary of how Christ redeemed mankind by defeating Satan in the wilderness.

Recover'd Paradise to all mankind,
By one mans firm obedience fully tri'd
Through all temptation, and the Tempter foil'd [ 5 ]
In all his wiles, defeated and repuls't,
And Eden rais'd in the wast Wilderness.

These next lines reference Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, in which he describes the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Since Adam and his facil consort Eve
Lost Paradise...

Next, Milton references the baptism of Christ before he enters the wilderness and is tempted by Satan. Milton also highlights the dual nature of Christ, being born of Mary but conceived by the Holy Spirit; so, Christ was both man and God while on earth.

Out of the water, Heav'n above the Clouds
Unfold her Crystal Dores, thence on his head
A perfect Dove descend, what e're it meant,
And out of Heav'n the Sov'raign voice I heard,
This is my Son belov'd, in him am pleas'd. [ 85 ]
His Mother then is mortal, but his Sire
He who obtains the Monarchy of Heav'n,
And what will he not do to advance his Son?

In the next lines, Milton describes Christ's possible thoughts before entering the wilderness and Christ's confidence in God.

And now by some strong motion I am led [ 290 ]
Into this Wilderness, to what intent
I learn not yet, perhaps I need not know;
For what concerns my knowledge God reveals.

Here, Milton references how Satan tempted Christ with food,

But if thou be the Son of God, Command
That out of these hard stones be made thee bread;
So shalt thou save thyself and us relieve
With Food, whereof we wretched seldom taste. [ 345 ]

In the following lines, Milton describes what Satan might have said as he realized that Christ would not give into temptation:

This wounds me most (what can it less) that Man,
Man fall'n, shall be restor'd, I never more. [ 405 ]

Here, Milton proclaims the defeat of Satan:

Perplex'd and troubl'd at his bad success
The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply,
Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his hope,