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130 That led the embattled Seraphim to war Under thy conduct , and in dreadful
deeds Fearless endanger ' d Heaven ' s perpetual king , And put to proof his high
supremacy , Whether upheld by strength , or chance , or fate ; Too well I see and
... yea , often placed Within his sanctuary itself their shrines , Abominations ; and
with cursed things His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned , And with their
darkness durst affront his light . First , Moloch , horrid king , besmear ' d with
blood Of ...
... built By that uxorious king , whose heart , though large , Beguiled by fair
idolatresses , fell 445 To idols foul . Thammuz came next behind , Whose annual
wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous
ditties all ...
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 .
And here let those , Who boast in mortal things , and wondering tell Of Babel ,
and the works of Memphian kings , Learn how their greatest monuments of fame ,
695 And strength , and art , are easily outdone By Spirits reprobate , and in an ...
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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