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... had prepared For those rebellious ; here their prison ordain ' d In utter
darkness , and their portion set As far removed from God and light of Heaven As
from the centre thrice to the utmost pole . 0 , how unlike the place from whence
they fell !
... 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 .
Belial came last , than whom a Spirit more lewd 490 Fell not from Heaven , or
more gross to love Vice for itself : to him no temple stood Or altar smoked : yet
who more oft than he In temples and at altars , when the priest Turns atheist ...
590 Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore , 585 When Charlemain with all his
peerage fell By Fontarabbia . Thus far these beyond Compare of anortal prowess
, yet observed Their dread Cominander ; lie , above the resi In shape and gesture
Mammon led them on , Mammon , the least erected Spirit that fell ( thoughts From
Heaven ; for e ' en in Heaven his looks and Were always downward bent ,
admiring more 682 The riches of Heaven ' s pavement , trodden gold , Than
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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
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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