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So spake the apostate Angel , though in pain , 125 Vaunting aloud , but rack ' d
with deep despair : And him thus answer ' d soon his bold compeer . O Prince , O
Chief of many throned Powers , 110 120 That led the embattled Seraphim to war
270 So Satan spake ; and him Beelzebub Thus answer ' d . Leader of those
armies bright , Which but the Omnipotent none could have foil ' d ! - - If once they
hear that voice , their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers , heard so oft
He spake : and , to confirm his words , out flew Millions of flaming swords , drawn
from the thighs Of mighty Cherubim ; the sudden blaze Far round illumined hell :
Highly they raged Against the Highest , and fierce with grasped arms Clash ' d ...
... He reck ' d not ; and these words thereafter spake . 50 My sentence is for open
war : Of wiles , More unexpert , I boast not : them let those Contrive who need , or
when they need ; not now , For , while they sit contriving , shall the rest , Millions ...
... since our present lot appears ppy though but ill , for ill not worst , procure not to
ourselves more woe . is Belial , with words clothed in reason ' s garb , el ' d
ignoble ease , and peaceful sloth , sace : And after him thus Mammon spake .
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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