Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books

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J.M. Dent, 1903 - Fall of man - 372 pages

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Page 2 - Fast by the oracle of God, I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventrous song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above the Aonian mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart and
Page 326 - lost Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon ; The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide. They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way. THE END OF
Page 68 - Not equal, as their sex not equal seemed ; For contemplation he and valour formed, For softness she and sweet attractive grace ; He for God only, she for God in him. His fair large front and eye sublime declared Absolute rule ; and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering, but
Page 24 - In bigness to surpass Earth's giant sons, Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless—like that pygmean race 780 Beyond the Indian mount ; or faery elves, Whose midnight revels, by a forest-side Or fountain, some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the Moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the Earth
Page 2 - pregnant : what in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support ; That, to the highth of this great argument, I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men. Say first—for Heaven hides nothing from
Page 66 - Flowers worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art In beds and curious knots, but Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain, Both where the morning sun first warmly smote The open field, and where the unpierced shade Imbrowned the noontide bowers. Thus was A happy
Page 45 - Their own revolt, not I. If I foreknew, Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault, Which had no less proved certain .unforeknown. So without least impulse or shadow of fate, 120 Or aught by me immutably foreseen, They trespass, authors to themselves in all, Both what they judge and what they choose ; for
Page 45 - So much the rather thou, Celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her Irradiate ; there plant eyes ; all mist from thence Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight. powers
Page 167 - Again God said, " Let there be firmament Amid the waters, and let it divide The waters from the waters ! " And God made The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure, Transparent, elemental air diffused In circuit to the uttermost convex
Page 129 - maintained 30 Against revolted multitudes the cause Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms, And for the testimony of truth hast borne Universal reproach, far worse to bear Than violence ; for this was all thy care— To stand approved in sight of God, though worlds Judged thee perverse. The easier conquest now

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