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... That witness ' d huge affliction and dismay Mix ' d with obdurate pride and
steadfast hate : At once , as far as Angels ken , he views The dismal situation
waste and wild : A dungeon horrible on all sides round As one great furnace
flamed ; yet ...
If once they hear that voice , their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers ,
heard so oft 275 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
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 .
Him follow ' d Rimmon , whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus , on ti . . . fertile
banks Of Abbana and Pharphar , lucid streams . He also against the house of
God was bold : 470 460 480 A leper once he lost , and gain ' PARADISE LOST .
480 A leper once he lost , and gain ' d a king ; Ahaz , his sottish conqueror ,
whom he drew God ' s altar to disparage , and displace , For one of Syrian mode ,
whereon to burn . His odious offerings , and adore the Gods 475 Whom he had ...
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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