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If then His Providence Out of our evil seek to bring forth good , Our labor must be
to pervert that end , And out of good still to find means of evil : 165 Which oft -
times may succeed , so as perhaps Shall grieve Him , ( if I fail not , ) and disturb
... while he sought 215 Evil to others ; and enrag'd might see , How all his malice
serv'd but to bring forth Infinite goodness , grace , and mercy shewn On man by
him seduc'd : but on himself Treble confusion , wrath , and vengeance pour'd .
Nor did they not perceive the evil plight 335 In which they were , or the fierce
pains not feel ; Yet to their General's voice they soon obey'd , Innumerable ! As
when the potent Rod Of Amram's son , in Ægypt's evil day , Wav'd round the coast
, up ...
Our greatness will appear Then most conspicuous , when great things of small ,
Useful of hurtful , prosperous of adverse We can create ; and in what place foe'er
260 Thrive under evil , and work eafe out of pain , Through labor and indurance .
... retir'd , In thoughts more elevate , and reason'd high , Of providence ,
foreknowledge , will , and fate ; Fix'd fate , free will , foreknowledge absolute ; 560
And found no end , in wandring mazes loft . Of good , and evil , much they argu'd
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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