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220 Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature : on each hand
the flames , Driven backward , slope their pointing spires , and rollid In billows ,
leave i ' the midst a horrid vale . Then with expanded wings he steers his flight ...
... sacred porch Ezekiel saw , when , by the vision led , 455 His eye survey'd the
dark idolatries Of alienated Judah . Next came one Who mourn'd in earnest ,
when the captive ark Maim'd his brute image , head and hands lopp'd off In his
... 685 Ransack'd the centre , and with impious hands Rifled the bowels of their
mother Earth For treasures , better hid . Soon had his crew Open d into the hill a '
spacious wound , And digg'd out ribs of gold . Let none admire 690 That ric grow
And hands innumerable scarce perform . ... The hasty multitude 730 Admiring
enter'd ; and the work some praise , And some the architect : his hand was known
In Heaven by many a tower'd structure high , Where sceptred Angels held their ...
... the Power of that place , to the sight of this new world which lie sought . High
on a throne of royal state , which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind , Or
where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VivalaErin - LibraryThing
The shortest answer is: John Milton was a poetic genius. PL is so beautiful, you can't help but feel for Adam and Eve. Even Satan is a great character - he so wants to be an epic hero. This poem is a masterpiece, and he wrote it completely blind. Beautiful, absolutely amazing. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StefanY - LibraryThing
Historical significance and beautifully descriptive prose aside, I couldn't get into this book at all. Maybe it's too much familiarity with the plot or the inevitability of the impending doom of the ... Read full review