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355 Forthwith from ev'ry squadron , and each band , The Heads and Leaders
thither hafte where stood Their great Commander ; God - like shapes and forms :
Excelling human , Princely Dignities , And Pow'rs ! that earst in heaven fat on ...
... but in what shape they chule , Dilated or condens'd , bright or obscure , Can
execute their airy purposes , 430 And works of love or enmity fulfil . ) For those
the race of Israel oft forsook Their living strength , and unfrequented left His
... 475 Whom he had vanquish'd . After these appear'd A crew , who under names
of old renown , Osiris ; Ifis , Orus , and their train , With monstrous shapes and
sorceries abus'd 480 485 Fanatic Ægypt , and her priests , to 18 PARADISE Lost .
Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess , yet observ'd Their dread
commander : he , above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent , 590
Stood like a tow'r : his form had yet not lost All her original brightness , nor appear
Thus incorporeal fpirits to smallest forms Reduc'd their shapes immense ; and
were at 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