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... pretending himself an agent from the Prince of Conde , who was then in arms against Cardinal Mazarine : but the government fufpecting him set their inftruments to work fo fuccessfully , that in a few days they received intelligence ...
... that the Attorney General should proceed by way of indictment or information against Milton and Goodwyn in refpect of their books , and that they themfelves fhould be fent for in cuftody of the Serjeant at arms attending the House .
fore , that after the act of indemnity was paffed , and after the House had adjourned , he came out of his concealment , and was afterwards taken into cuftody of the Serjeant at arms by virtue of the former order of the Houfe of Commons ...
... an affront from any man ; and before he loft his fight , his principal recreation was the exercise of his arms ; but after he was confined by age and blindness , he had a machine to fwing in for the preservation of his health .
He was indeed very zealous in what was called the good old caufe , and with his fpirit and his refolution it is fomewhat wonderful , that he never ventured his perfon in the civil war ; but tho ' he was not in arms , he was not unactive ...
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.