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... 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 .
Be it so ! since he , 245 Who now is Soy ' reign , can dispose and bid What shall
be right : furthest from him is best , Whom reason hath equal ' d , force hath made
suprema Above his equals . Farewell , happy fields , Where joy for ever dwells !
In courts and palaces he also reigns , And in luxurious cities , where the noise Of
riot ascends above their loftiest towers , And injury and outrage : And when night
500 Darkens the streets , then wander forth the sons Of Belial , flown with ...
... and birthright seized By younger Saturn ; he from mightier Jove , His own and
Rhea ' s son , like measure found ; So Jove usurping reign ' d . these first in Crete
And Ida known , thence on the snowy top 515 Of cold Olympus ruled the middle ...
But he , who reigns Monarch in Heaven , till then as one secure Sat on his throne
, upheld by old repute , Consent or custom ; and his regal state A , 640 Put forth at
full , but still his strength conccald , Which tempted cur attempt , and wrought ...
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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