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... the whole subject , Man ' s die obedience , and the lose thereupon of Paradise
wherein he was placed : Then touches the prine cause of his Fall , the Serpent ,
or rather Satan in the Serpent ; who , revolting from God , and drawing to his side
... sat ' st brooding on the vast abyss , And madest it pregnant : What in me is dark
, Illumine ; what is low , raise and support ; That in the height of this great
argument I may assert Eternal Providence , And justify the ways of God to men .
Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve 364 Got them new names ; till ,
wandering o ' er the earth , Through God ' s high sufferance for the trial of man ,
By falsities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted to forsake God
A leper once he lost , and gain ' d a king ; Ahaz , his sottish conqueror , whom he
drew God ' s altar to disparage , and displace , For one of Syrian mode , whereon
to burn His odious offerings , and adore the Gods Whom he had vanquish ' d .
... command their mighty Chief ' flad to impose : He through the armed files Darts
his experienced cye , and soon traverse fc ' he whole battalion views ; their order
due ; Their visages and stature as of Gods ; 570 Their number last he sums .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VivalaErin - LibraryThing
The shortest answer is: John Milton was a poetic genius. PL is so beautiful, you can't help but feel for Adam and Eve. Even Satan is a great character - he so wants to be an epic hero. This poem is a masterpiece, and he wrote it completely blind. Beautiful, absolutely amazing. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StefanY - LibraryThing
Historical significance and beautifully descriptive prose aside, I couldn't get into this book at all. Maybe it's too much familiarity with the plot or the inevitability of the impending doom of the ... Read full review