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If then His Providence Out of our evil feek to bring forth good , Our labor must be to pervert that end , And out of good still to find means of evil : Which oft - times may fucceed , so as perhaps Shall grieve Him , ( if I fail not ...
... he fought 215 Evil to others ; and enrag'd might fee , How all his malice ferv'd but to bring forth Infinite goodness , grace , and mercy fhewn On man by him feduc'd : but on himself Treble confufion , wrath , and vengeance pour'd .
Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In which they were , or the fierce pains not feel ; Yet to their General's voice they foon obey'd , Innumerable ! As when the potent Rod Of Amram's fon , in Egypt's evil day , 335 Wav'd round ...
... will appear Then most confpicuous , when great things of small , Useful of hurtful , profperous of adverse We can create ; and in what place foe'er Thrive under evil , and work eafe out of pain , Through labor and indurance .
... Of providence , foreknowledge , will , and fate ; Fix'd fate , free will , foreknowledge abfolute ; 560 And found no end , in wandring mazes loft . Of good , and evil , much they argu'd then , Of happiness , and final misery ...
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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