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... yet always to the person of our moft gracious King , and the true interefts of his royal family , who next under God are the great bulwark and and defense of our religion and liberties ; Your readiness DEDICATION .
... year in the month of Auguft , on the Irifh feas , in his paffage from Chester . This friend was Mr. Edward King , fon of Sir John King , Secretary of Ireland Ireland under Queen Elizabeth , King James I , and vi The LIFE of MILTON .
Ireland under Queen Elizabeth , King James I , and King Charles I ; and was a fellow of Chrift's College , and was fo well beloved and efteemed at Cambridge , that fome of the greatest names in the univerfity have united in celebrating ...
... choice fome time for the king , after mine own re" cefs from Venice . " ic " " L << " I should think , that Your beft line will be " thro ' the whole length of France to Marseilles , " and thence by fea to Genoa , whence the paffage ...
Having feen the finest parts of Italy , Milton was now thinking of paffing over into Sicily and Greece , when he was diverted from his purpose by the news from England , that , things were tending to a civil war between the King and ...
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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.