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... more it redounds to Your Lordship's honor : and Your enemies themfelves , and those who not knowing Your purposes will not allow You to have acted a wife , muft yet be forced to acknowledge that you acted a moft difinterested part .
... 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 .
... had better fuccefs ; but when he attempted the latter , and fubftituted verses of his own in the room of Milton's , he commonly made moft miferable bungling work , being no poet himself , and having litile or no taste of poetry .
For befides the curiofities and other beauties of the place , he took great delight in the company and converfation there , and frequented their academies as they are called , the meetings of the moft polite and ingenious perfons ...
... in a tract concerning the Original of Bishops and Metropolitans ; Milton wrote his little piece Of Prelatical Epifcopacy , in oppofition chiefly to Ufher , for he was for contending with the moft powerful adverfary ; there would be ...
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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.