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Thus they , Breathing united force , with fixed thought , 560 Moved on in silence
to soft pipes , that charm'd Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil : and now
Advanced in view they stand ; a horrid front Of dreadful length and dazzling arms
, in ...
... Their glory wither'd : as when Heaven's fire Hath scathed the forest oaks , or
mountain pine ; With singed top their stately growth , though bare , Stands on the
blasted heath . He now prepared 615 To speak ; whereat their doubled ranks
The happier state In heaven , which follows dignity , might draw 25 Envy from
each inferior ; but who here Will envy whom the highest place exposes Foremost
to stand against the Thunderer's aim , Your bulwark , and condemns to greatest ...
Suppose he should relent , And publish grace to all , on promise made Of new
subjection ; with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble , and receive
240 Strict laws imposed , to celebrate his throne With warbled hymns and to his ...
Thus saying rose The Monarch , and prevented all reply ; Prudent , lest , from his
resolation raised Others among the chief might offer now ( Certain to be refused )
what erst they fear'd ; 470 And , so refused , might in opinion stand His rivals ...
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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