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And chiefly Thou , O Spirit , that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart
and pure , Instruct me , for Thou know ' st ; Thou from the frstWast present , and
with mighty wings outspread 20 Dovelike sat ' st brooding on the vast abyss , And
... fierce contention brought along 100 Innumerable force of Spirits arm ' d , mis :
That durst dislike his reign , and , me preferring , His utmost power with adverse
power opposed In dubious battle on the plains of Heaven , And shook his throne .
But what if he our Conqueror ( whom I now Of force believe Almighty , since no
less Than such could have o ' erpower ' d such force as ours ) Have left us this
our spirit and strength entire 146 Strongly to suffer and support our pains , That
Princes , Potentates , 315 Warriors , the flower of Heaven ! once yours , now lost ,
3f such astonishment as this can seize Eternal Spirits ; or have ye chosen this
place After the toil of battle to repose Your wearicd virtue PARADISE LOST .
... had general names Of Baalim and Ashtaroth ; those male , These feminine ;
For Spirits , when they please , Can either sex assume , or both ; so soft And
uncompounded is their essence pure ; 425 Not tied or manacled with joint or limb
, Nor ...
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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