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The heads and leaders thither haste whore stood Their great Commander ;
Godlike shapes , and forms Excelling human ; princely Dignities ; And Powers
that erst in Heaven sat on thrones ; 360 Though of their names in heavenly
records now ...
... in what shape they choose , Dilaied or condensed , bright or obscure , Can
execute their aery purposes , 430 And works of love or enmity fulfil . - For those
the race of Israel oft forsook 420 450 Their Living Strength , and unfrequented left
After these appear ' d A crew , who , under names of old renown , Osiris , Isis ,
Orus , and their train , in With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused Fanatic
Egypt , and her priests to seek Their wandering Gods disguised in brutish forms ...
Thus far these beyond Compare of anortal prowess , yet observed Their dread
Cominander ; lie , above the resi In shape and gesture proudly eminent , Stood
like a tower : his form had yet not lost All her original brightness ; nor appear ' d ...
Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms Reduced their shapes immense , and
were a : large , 790 Though without number still , amidst the hall Of that infernal
court . But far within , And in their own dimensions , like themselves , The great ...
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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