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364 The heads and leaders thither haste where stood Their great Commander ;
Godlike shapes , and forms Excelling human ; princely Dignities ; And Powers
that erst in Heaven sat on thrones ; 360 Though of their names in heavenly
... A crew , who , under names of old renown , Osiris , Isis , Orus , and their train ,
With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused Fanatic Egypt , and her priests to
seek , 480 Their wandering Gods disguised in brutish forms Rather than human .
Or sight of vernal bloom , or summer's rose , Or flocks , or herds , or human face
divine ; But cloud instead , and everduring dark 45 Surrounds me , from the
cheerful ways of men Cut off , and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a
... hither , and in vain , Till final dissolution , wander here ; Not in the neighbouring
moon as some have dream'd ; Those argent fields more likely habitants , 460
Translated Saints , or middle Spirits hold Betwixt the angelical and human kind .
Beneath him with new wonder now he views , 205 To all delight of human sense
exposed , In narrow room , Nature's whole wealth , yea more , A Heaven on Earth
: For blissful Paradise Of God the garden was , by him in the east Of Eden ...
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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