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Him the Almighty Pow'r Hurl'd headlong flaming from th ' ethereal sky , 45 With hideous ruin and combustion , down To bottomlefs perdition : there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire , Who durft defy th ' Omnipotent to arms .
Into what pit thou seeft , From what height fall'n ; fo much the stronger prov'd He with his thunder ! and till then who knew 95 The force of thofe dire arms ? Yet not for thofe , Nor what the potent victor in his rage Can elfe inflict ...
... on th ' oblivious pool , And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy manfion : or once more With rallied arms to try , what may be yet 25 25.5 260 265 Regain'd in heav'n , or what more loft in hell Book 1 .
... when with fierce winds Orion arm'd 305 Hath vex'd the Red - Sea coast , whofe waves o'erthrew Bufiris , and his Mempbian chivalry , While with perfidious hatred they pursu'd The fojourners of Goshen , who beheld From the fafe fhoar ...
... Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind , With gems and golden luftre rich imblaz❜d , Seraphic arms and trophies ; all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial founds : At which the univerfal 20 PARADISE LOST . Book 1 .
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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