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5 Of Man ' s first disobedience , and the fruit Of that forbidden tree , whose mortal
taste Brought death into the world , and all our woe , With loss of Eden , till one
greater Man Restore us , and regain the blissful seat , Sing , heavenly Muse , that
... and woe , All in one moment , and so near the brink ; But fate withstands , and
to oppose the attempt 610 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The ford , and of
itself the water flies All taste of living wight , as once it fled The lip of Tantalus .
To yonder gates ? through them I mean to pass , That be assured , without leave
ask ' d of thee : Retire or taste thy folly ; and learn by proof , Hell - born ! not to
contend with Spirits of heaven . To whom the Goblin full of wrath replied : Art thou
This my long sufferance , and my day of grace , They who neglect and scorn shall
never taste ; But hard be harden ' d , blind be blinded more , 200 That they may
stumble on , and deeper fall ; And none but such from mercy I exclude . . But yet ...
... for sight , smell , taste , And all amid them stood the tree of life , High eminent ,
blooming ambrosial fruit Of vegetable gold ; and next to life , 220 Our death , the
tree of knowledge , grew fast by , Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill .
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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