[Milton-L] help interpret a line

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Wed Jan 21 18:50:18 EST 2004

Rose Williams wrote:
> Ah Carrol,
> All this makes me recall Housman:
> Malt does more than Milton can
> To justify God's ways to man.
> Rose Williams

But (quoting from  memory) he does go on to say:

	And down in lovely muck I've lain,
	Happy till I woke again.

So justification by malt doesn't work much better. :-)

But then, what is, is. Well over a century ago a New York reporter
interviewed an old German in the garden of his London home. At the end
of the interview the reporter suddenly blurted out, "What is?" After a
silence so long the reporter thought the man had fallen asleep, came the
reply, "Struggle." Justification neither needed nor possible.


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