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Th'infernal ferpent ! he it was , whose guile , Stirr'd up with envy and revenge , deceiv'd The mother of mankind , what time his pride Had caft him out from heav'n , with all his hoft Of rebel Angels : by whose aid aspiring To fet ...
With these in troop Came Aftoreth , whom the Phenicians call'd Aftarte , Queen of heaven , with crefcent horns : To whose bright image nightly by the moon , Sidonian virgins paid their vows and fongs ; In Sion also not unfung , where ...
450 While fmooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the fea , fuppos'd with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love - tale Infected Sion's daughters with like heat ; Whose wanton paffions in the facred porch Ezekiel faw ...
Throng numberlefs , like that Pygmean race Beyond the Indian mount ; or Fairy Elves ; Whose midnight revels , by a forest fide , Or fountain fome belated peasant fees , Or dreams he fees ; while over - head the moon Sits arbitress ...
Where there is then no good 30 For which to ftrive , no strife can grow up there From faction : for none fure will claim in hell Precedence ; none , whose portion is so small Of present pain , that with ambitious mind Will covet more !
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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