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... large and round , 285 Behind him caft ; the broad circumference Hung on his fhoulders like the Moon , whofe orb ' Thro ' optic glass the Tufcan artist views At ev'ning , from the top of Fefole , Or in Valdarno , to defcry new lands ...
Nor had they yet among the fons of Eve Got them new names ; ' till wand'ring o'er the earth , Thro ' God's high sufferance for the tryal of man , By falfities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted , to forfake God their ...
First Moloch , horrid King , besmear'd with blood Of human facrifice , and parents tears ; Tho ' , for the noise of drums and timbrels loud , Their childrens cries unheard , that paft thro ' fire 395 To his grim idol .
... 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 .
All in a moment thro ' the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rife into the air , With orient Colours waving : with them rofe A foreft huge of fpears ; and thronging helms Appear'd , and ferried shields in thick array , Of depth ...
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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