355 Forthwith from ev'ry squadron , 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 ...
... their names then known ; who first , who Rouz'd from the Alumber , on that fiery
couch , [ last , At their great Emperor's call , as next in worth Came fingly where
he ftood , on the bare strand , While the promiscuous crowd stood yet aloof ?
... with crescent horns : To whose bright image nightly by the moon , 440
Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs ; In Sion also not unsung , where
stood Her temple on th ' offensive mountain , built By that uxorious King , whose
heart , tho ...
Belial came last , than whom a spirit more lewd 490 Fell not from heaven , or
more gross to love Vice for it felf : to him no temple stood , Or altar smok'd ; yet
who more oft than he Īn temples , and at altars , when the priest Turns atheist , as
... yet observ'd Their dread commander : he , above the rest In shape and gesture
proudly eminent , 590 Stood like a tow'r : his form had yet not lost All her original
brightness , nor appear'd Less than Arch - Angel ruin'd , and th'excess Of glory ...
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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
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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