[Milton-L] London, "a hundredfold"

maltzahn at uottawa.ca maltzahn at uottawa.ca
Thu Jul 7 14:53:36 EDT 2005

Perhaps worth recalling that Milton's "a hundredfold" refers not to
vengeance but to the growth of a population to be redeemed, presumably
through conversion from false religion, and "who having learnt thy way, /
Early may fly the Babylonian woe."  Part of the shock of these events is
that there is no evident parity between the harm done and the justice
hoped for.  Also that previous harming, real and perceived, has led to the
fresh propagation of such brutalities against the defenceless and

Nicholas von Maltzahn

> It feels, indeed, exactly like September 11th, especially to anyone who
> has spent time at the British Library, British Museum, Guildhall, or in
> the general vicinity of Moorgate (Milton territory).
> You can listen to BBC news directly (rather than the secondhand reports we
> are receiving inthe US) via their website:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/index.shtml?logo.
> I can see in my mind's eye every location at which this horror has
> occurred . . . the faces belong to innocent people, private mums and dads
> on their way to earn a living, young people on holiday, tourists and
> children perhaps seeing the great city for the first time. None of them
> are guilty of anything a terrorist would feel the need to "avenge"--and no
> organized religion advocates the slaughter of innocents, even the ones
> that in ancient times promoted the eradication of one's enemies. What kind
> of a God--or demon--can such people follow, that leads them to commit such
> acts?
> God bless and help the victims and their families--and help Scotland Yard
> and the civilized world apprehend and arrest (in all senses of the world)
> the depraved monsters who are responsible for the attacks.
> May the misery they've caused return to them "an hundredfold."
> Carol Barton
>>From the desk of
> Dr. Carol Barton
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