“The Almighty hath not built Here for his envy.”

Here at least
we shall be free; the Almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
to reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

— John Milton, Paradise Lost

 

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Illustration by Gustave Dore, 1866

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