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... and th'invisible Glory of Him that made them , to transform 370 Oft to the image
of a brute , adorn'd With gay religions full of pomp and gold , And Devils to adore
for Deities : Then were they known to men by various names , And various idols ...
Nor did Ifrael ' scape Th'infection , when their borrow'd gold compos'd The calf in
Oreb ; and the rebel King Doubled that sin in Betbel , and in Dan , Lik'ning his
Maker to the grazed ox , Jebovab ! Who in one night when he pass'd From Ægypt
... a Cherub tall ; Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd 535 Th'imperial
ensign ; which , full high advanc'd , Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind ,
With gems and golden lustre rich imblazd , Seraphic arms and trophies ; all the
... trodden gold , Than ought divine or holy else , enjoy'd In vision beatific : by him
first Men also , and by his suggestion taught , Ransack'd the centre , and with
impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother earth For treasures better hid .
And dig'd out ribs of gold . ( Let none admire 690 That riches grow in hell ; that foil
may best Deserve the precious bane . ) And here let those Who boast in mortal
things , and wond'ring tell Of Babel , and the works of Memphian Kings , Learn ...
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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