We begin with the famous line from Milton’s Paradise Lost:
That to the height of this great argument,
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.
And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God’s ways to man.
Apropos of a situation in which snark was required, Colin tweeted out a gender-neutral version of Milton’s line. I replied with a couplet of which I am inordinately proud:
You’d need a vat of malt, enough to swim in,
To justify the ways of God to women.
Yes, I did just put myself in that list. Seriously, though, you have to click that link for Paradise Lost – it’s an e-book version created to look as much like a Renaissance English text as possible, and it is delightful.
 Housman, A.E., A Shropshire Lad, 1896.[back]