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... Against the throne , and monarchy of God , Rais'd impious war in heav'n , and
battel proud , With vain attempt . Him the Almighty Pow'r Hurld headlong flaming
from th'ethereal sky , 45 With hideous ruin and combustion , down To bottomless
... 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 .
... and each band , The Heads and Leaders thither hafte where stood Their great
Commander ; God - like shapes and forms : Excelling human , Princely Dignities ,
And Pow'rs ! that earst in heaven fat on thrones 14 PARADISE Lost . Book 1 .
A Poem, in Twelve Books. The Author John Milton John Milton. And Pow'rs ! that
earst in heaven fat on thrones ; Tho ' of their names in heav'nly records now 361
Be no memorial ; blotted out and ras'd , By their rebellion , from the books of life .
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
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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