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... 440 Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs ; In Sion also not unsung ,
where stood Her temple on the offensive mountain , built By that uxorious king ,
whose heart , though large , Beguiled by fair idolatresses , fell 445 To idols foul .
... with neighbouring And opportune excursion , we may chance 396 Reenter
Heaven ; or else in some mild zone Dwell , not unvisited of Ileaven ' s fair light ,
Secure ; and at the brightening orient beam Purge off this gloom : the soft
Before the gates there sat , On either side a formidable shape : The one seemd
woman to the waist , and fair ; . 650 € But ended foul in many a scaly fold
Voluminous and vast ; a serpent arm ' d With mortal sting : About her middle
round A cry ...
... fair In Heaven , when at the assembly , and in sight Of all the Seraphim with
thee combined In bold conspiracy against ... the left side opening wide , 755
Likest to thee in shape and countenance bright Then shining heavenly fair , a
She finish ' d ; and the subtle Fiend his lore 815 Soon learn ' d , now milder , and
thus answer ' d smooth Dear Daughter ! since thou claim ' st me for thy sire * And
my fair son here show ' st me , ( the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in ...
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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