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... bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee , and deifie His pow'r , Who from the
terror of this arm so late Doubted His empire . That were low indeed ! That were
an ignominy and shame beneath 115 This downfal ! since ( by fate ) the strength
... 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 .
... unless heav'n's Lord fupremo We over - power ? Suppose He should relent
And publish grace to all , on promise made Of new subjection ; with what eyes
could we Stand in His presence humble , and receive 240 Strict Book II .
Devil with Devil damn'd Firm concord holds , men only disagree Of creatures
rational , though under hope Of heav'nly grace : and , God proclaiming peace ,
Yet live in hatred , enmity and strife 500 Among themselves , and levy cruel wars
... length , From hell continu'd , reaching th'utmost orb Of this frail world ; by which
the spirits perverse With easie intercourse pass to and fro , 1031 To tempt or
punish mortals , except whom God and good Angels guard by special grace .
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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