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And if the pious and learned Bishop of Theffalonica has gained immortal honor by his notes upon Homer , it can be no difcredit to a graver Divine than myself to comment upon fuch a divine poem as the Paradife Loft , efpecially after ...
... Presbyterian Divine , and author of a voluminous commentary on the book of Job : and Milton in his Colafterion or Reply published in 1645 expoftulates fmartly with the licencer , as well as handles very roughly the nameless author .
His merits indeed were fingular ; for he was a man not only of wonderful genius , but of immense learning and erudition ; not only an incomparable poet , but a great mathematician , logician , hiftorian , and divine .
And thou the third fubfiftence of divine infini" tude , illumining Spirit , the joy and folace of " created things ! one Tri - perfonal Godhead ! look upon this thy poor , and almost spent and expiring ...
And things divine thou treat'ft of in such state As them preferves , and thee , inviolate . At once delight and horror on us seise , Thou fing'st with so much gravity and ease ; And above human flight dost foar aloft With plume so ...
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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.