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For me be witness all the host of heav'n , If counsels different , or danger fhun'd
By me , have lost our hopes : but he who reigns Monarch in heav'n , till then as
one secure Sate on His throne , upheld by old repute , Consent , or custom , and
Mean while the winged heralds by command Of fov'reign pow'r , with awful
ceremony And trumpets sound , throughout the host proclaim A solemn council
forthwith to be held 755 At Pandæmonium , the high Capital Of Satan and his
... and all the host of hell 519 With deaf ' ning thout return'd them loud acclaim .
Thence more at ease their minds , and somewhat rais'd By false presumptuous
hope , the ranged Pow'rs Difband , and wand'ring , each his several way Pursues
know 821 I come no enemy , but to set free From out this dark and dismal house
of pain , Both him , and thee , and all the heav'nly host Of spirits that ( in our just
pretenses arm'd , ) 825 Fell with us from on high : from them I go This uncouth ...
... thy deserted host this cause of fight , Thou surely hadft not come sole fugitive .
To which the fiend thus answer'd , frowning stern . Not that I less endure , or
shrink from pain , 925 Insulting Angel ! well thou know'st I stood Thy fiercest ,
when in ...
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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