Quotation by John Milton

But know that in the soul
Are many lesser faculties that serve
Reason as chief; among these fancy next
Her office holds. Of all external things.
Which the five watchful senses represent
She forms imaginations, airy shapes
Which reason, joining or disjoining, frames
All what we affirm or what deny, and call
Our knowledge or opinion; then retires
Into her private cell when nature rests
Oft in her absence mimic fancy wakes
To imitate her; but, misjoining shapes,
Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams,
Ill matching words and deeds long past or late.
John Milton (1608–1674), British poet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. V, l. 100–113). . .

The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963, rev. ed. 1971) Doubleday.
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