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... Sing , heavenly Muse , that on the secret top Of Oreb , or of Sinai , didst inspire
That shepherd , who first taught the chosen seed , In the beginning how the
Heavens and Earth Rose out of Chaos ; Or if Sihon hill Delight thee more , and
... when the force 230 Of subterranean wind transports a hill Torn from Pelorus ,
or the shatter ' d side Of thundering Ętna , whose combustible And fuel ' d
entrails thence conceiving fire , Sublimed with mineral fury , aid the winds , With
His spear , to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills , to be the
mast Of soire great ammiral , were but a wand , He walk ' d with , to support
uneasy steps Over the burning marle , not like those steps On Heaven ' s azure ;
and the ...
Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged 415 Even to that hill of scandal , by the
grove Of Moloch homicide ; lust hard by hate ; Till good Josiah drove them thence
to Hell . With these came they , who , from the bordering flood Of old Euphrates ...
There stood a hill not far , whose grisly top 670 665 Shone with a glossy scurf ;
undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallic ore , The work of sulphur .
Thither , wing ' d with speerl , A numerous brigade hasten ' d : as when bands
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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