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If once they hear that voice , their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers ,
heard so oft In worst extremes , and on the perilous edge Of battle when it raged ,
in all assaults Their surest signal , they will soon resume New courage and ...
... 525 In loss itself : which on his countenance cast Like doubtful hue : but he , his
wonted pride | Soon recollecting , with high words , that bore Semblance of worth
, not substance , gently raised Their fainting courage , and dispellid their fears .
... and instead of rage Deliberate valour breathed , firm and unmoved With dread
of death to flight or foul retreat ; 555 Nor wanting power to mitigate and suage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts , and chase Anguish , and doubt , and
... new risen Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams ; or from
behind the moon , In dim eclipse , disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations ,
and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs Darken ' d so , yet shone Above
... though the event was dire , As this place testifies , and this dire change 625
Hateful to utter : but what power of mind , Foreseeing or presaging , from the
depth Of knowledge past or present , could have fear ' d , How such urited force
of Gods ...
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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