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745 T ' whom thus the portress of hell - g ate reply'd : Hast thou forgot me then ,
and do I seem Now in thine eye fo foul ? once deem'd so fair In heav'n ! when at
th ' assembly , and in fight Of all the Seraphim , with thee combin'd 750 In 56 ...
... and count'nance bright , Then shining heav'nly fair , a Goddess arm'd , Out of
thy head I fprung : amazement feiz'd All th ' hoft of heav'n ; back they recoil'd ,
afraid At first , and call'd me Sin ; and for a fign 760 Portentous held me : but
Dear daughter ! since thou claim'ft me for thy fire , And my fair son here show'st
me ( the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in heav'n , and joys Then sweet ,
now sad to mention , thro ' dire change Befall'n us , unforeseen , unthought of ! ) ...
... and ever - during dark 45 Surrounds me ! from the chearful ways of men Cut off
; and for the book of knowledge fair , Presented with a universal blank Of nature's
works , to me expung'd and ras'd , And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out !
Mean - while The world shall burn , and from her ashes spring New heav'n and
earth , wherein the just shall dwell ; And after all their tribulations long See
golden days , fruitful of golden deeds , With joy and love triumphing , and fair truth
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This is by far my favorite edition of Paradise Lost. Since the text is full of archaic references, understanding what is meant can often be difficult (and result in a lot of trips to reference books ... Read full review