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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 Bibliotheca Sacra and Biblical Repository, 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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Bibliotheca Sacra, Volume 19

Bible - 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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The literary reader: prose authors, with biogr. notices &c. by H.G. Robinson

Hugh George Robinson - 1867
...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 tbau it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Biography: Or, Third Division of "The English Encyclopedia", Volume 4

Charles Knight - Biography - 1867
...Lost,' the truth of Dr. Johnson's observation must be however to a considerable extent allowed, that it is " one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." Much of this inattention is no doubt owing to the character of this age. Learned poetry suits us not....
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 131

English literature - 1871
...AddisoD,' Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the 'Life of Milton,' vol. ri. p. 173, he bad said: '"'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 dun it is. Its perusal is a duty rather tbau a pleasure.' second second...
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Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 15; Volume 78

1872
...Addison," Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the "Life of Milton," vol. vi. p. 173, he had said, " ' 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 i pleasure." of us has his...
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Paradise Lost: Book I [-II]

John Milton - 1889 - 96 pages
...sympathy." " But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...again. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure." " Another inconvenience of Milton's design is that it requires the description of what cannot be described,...
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Sketches of eminent statesmen and writers, with other ..., Issue 290, Volume 2

Abraham Hayward - 1880
...Addison," Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the " Life of Milton," vol. vi. p. 173, he says: "' 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." denounced the...
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The Intellectual repository for the New Church. (July/Sept. 1817 ..., Volume 28

New Church gen. confer - 1881
...of learning and poetry — there is truth enough in Dr. Johnson's words, where he speaks of it as " one of the books which the reader admires, and lays down, and forgets to take up again." x It is to the dogmatic features of this poem that I would call attention. Addison refrains from noticing...
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The Six Chief Lives from Johnson's Lives of the Poets: With Macaulay's "Life ...

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1886 - 463 pages
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of I human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the / books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets tof tal£e up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its pejrusal is a duty rather tEan a pleasure....
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