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... a filial reverence ; and restrain'd his ambition within the fame bounds which Lucretius prefcrib'd to his own imitation : Non ita certandi cupidus , quàm propter amorent Quòd TE imitari aveo : quid enim contendat birundo Cycnis ?
They eat , they drink , and in communion fweet Quaff immortality , and joy , ( fecure Of furfeit , where full measure only bounds Excess ) before th'all - bounteous King , & c . Book XI . ver . 484. after , " Inteftine stone , and ulcer ...
... Dagon his Name ; Sea - Monster ! upward man And downward fish : yet had his temple high Rear'd in Azotus , dreaded through the coaft Of Palaeftine , in Gath , and Afcalon , And Accaron , and Gaza's frontier bounds .
... Their highest heav'n ; or on the Delphian cliff , Or in Dodona , and thro ' all the bounds Of Doric land ; or who with Saturn old Fled over Adria to th ' Hefperian fields , And o'er the Celtick roam'd the utmost ifles .
... everlasting Fate shall yield To fickle Chance , and Chacs judge the ftrife : The former vain to hope , argues as vain The latter for what place can be for us 235 Within heav'n's bound , unless heav'n's Lord fupreme We over - power ?
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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
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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