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... the ways of God to men . Say first , ( for heav'n hides nothing from thy view , Nor
the deep tract of hell ) say first what cause Mov'd our grand Parents , in that
happy state Favour'd of heav'n so highly , to fall off 30 B2 Book 1. PARADISE
Favour'd of heav'n so highly , to fall off 30 From their Creator , and transgress His
will For one restraint , lords of the world besides ? Who first seduc'd them to that
foul revolt ? Th'infernal serpent ! he it was , whose guile , Stirr'd up with envy ...
Such place eternal justice had prepar'd For those rebellious ; here their prison
ordain'd , In utter darkness ; and their portion fet As far remov'd from God , and
light of heav'n , As from the centre thrice to th'utmost Pole . O how unlike the place
... And to the fierce contention brought along Innumerable force of spirits arm'd ,
That durft dinike his reign : and me preferring , His utmost pow'r with adverse pow
'r oppos'd , In dubious battel on the plains of heav'n , And Thook his throne .
120 We may , with more successful hope , resolve To wage by force or guile
eternal war , Irreconcileable to our grand foe : Who now triumphs , and in th'
excess of joy Sole reigning , holds the tyranny of heav'n . So spake th'apostate
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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