In his youth he is said to have been extremely handsome : the color of his hair
was a light - brown ; the symmetry of his features exact ; enliven'd with an
agreeable air , and a beautiful mixture of fair and ruddy : which occasion'd the
Marquifs of ...
... fair idolatresses , fell To idols foul . Tbammuz came next behind , Whose
annual wound in Lebanon allur'd The Syrian damfels , to lament his fate In am'
rous ditties all a summer's day i 445 2 While smooth Adonis from his native rock
... dreaded through the coast Of Palęstine , in Gath , and Ascalon , 465 And
Accaron , and Gaza's frontier bounds . Him follow'd Rimmon , whose delightful
seat Was fair Damascus , on the fertil banks Of Abbana , and Pharpbar , lucid
... in some mild Zone Dwell not unvisited of heav'n's fair light , Secure , and at the
bright'ning orient beam Purge off this gloom : the soft delicious air , 400 To heal
the scar of these corrofive fires , Shall breathe her balm ... But first whom shall we
... with circling fire , Yet inconsum'd . Before the gates there fat On either fide a
formidable shape ; The one seem'd woman to the waist , and fair ; 650 But ended
foul in many a scaly fold , Voluminous and vaft ! a ferpent arm'd With mortal ...
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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