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... and the times in which He enjoy'd them , will I believe confefs He might have accumulated a much more plentiful fortune : in a dispaffionate mind it will not require any extraordinary measure of candor to conclude , that though .
But , neither the infirmities of age and conftitution , nor the viciffitudes of fortune , cou'd depress the vigor of his mind ; or divert it from executing a defign ' He had * long conceiv'd of writing an Heroic Poem .
... With plume fo ftrong , fo equal , and fo foft ! The bird nam'd from that Paradise You fing So never flags , but always keeps on wing . Where could'ft Thou words of fuch a compass find ? Whence furnish such a vast expense of mind ?
Yet not for thofe , Nor what the potent victor in his rage Can elfe inflict , do I repent , or change ( Though chang'd in outward luftre ) that fix'd mind And high disdain , from sense of injur'd merit , That with the Mightiest rais'd ...
... As far as Gods , and heav'nly effences , Can perish : for the mind and spirit remains Invincible , and vigor foon returns , Though all our glory extinct , and happy state , Here fwallow'd up in endless mifery !
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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