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<< which he had discharged with so much integrity and ability under Cromwell ; but he perfifted in refufing it , tho ' the wife preffed his compliance ; " Thou art in the right , fays he ; you , as other women , " would ride in your ...
... of it : " Which I modeftly , but freely told him , fays El" wood ; and after fome further difcourfe about it , " I pleasantly said to him , Thou haft faid much of " Paradife Loft , but what hast thou to say of Paradise " Found ?
For in the conclufion of his treatise of Reformation he thus folemnly invokes the Trinity ; " Thou therefore that fitteft in light and glory sc unapproachable , Parent of Angels and Men ! " next thee I implore Omnipotent King ...
Thou haft not mifs'd one thought that could be fit , And all that was improper doft omit : So that no room is here for writers left , But to detect their ignorance or theft . That majefty which through thy work doth reign , Draws the ...
-fuch prompt eloquence Flow'd from their lips , in profe or numerous verse . And chiefly Thou , O Spirit , that doft prefer Book I. 9 PARADISE LOST .
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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.