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" Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened,... "
The Monthly magazine - Page 120
by Monthly literary register - 1839
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The Paradise Lost

John Milton - Bible - 1850 - 542 pages
...reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We. read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation : we desert our master, and seek for...
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Paradise Lost

John Milton - Authors, English - 1851 - 415 pages
...be supplied: the want of human interest is always felt. ' Paradise Lost' is one of the books whieh the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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The New quarterly review, and digest of current literature, Volume 4

1855
...Gray, who believed that poetry cannot be written in blank verse, who thought " Paradise Lost," " a book which the reader admires, and lays down, and forgets to take up again," snd who himself wrote poems which no one W reads, not being thereunto obliged by some literary duty,...
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Johnson's Lives of the British poets completed by W. Hazlitt, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...universal knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer that it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Lives of the most eminent English poets, with critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...admires and lays down, and forgets to tuko up ngiiin. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its ponittal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for Instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhoro fur recreation ; we desert our master and seek for compauionn. Another...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1854
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and?orgets to take up again. None ever wished it longeidliaJi it isr It-- pcrusal is a duty rather...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton

John Milton - 1855 - 748 pages
...it ¡a ! — " Original déficience cannot be supplied: the want of human interest is always felt. 'Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Miltuu...
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The Lives of the English Poets: cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler. Rochester ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1858
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. " Paradise Lost" is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Ita perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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The Christian spectator. New ser. [of The Monthly Christian ..., Volumes 3-4

1862
...universal consent, apply the words which that grim old censor Johnson wrote of our great epic, ' It is one of the books which the reader admires, and lays down, and forgets to take up again ; none ever wished it longer than it is.' Or those which Macaulay used of Spenser's ' Fairy Queen,'...
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Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review, Volume 19

Theology - 1862
...the reader admires, lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master and seek for companions.''...
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