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... having generously contributed the copper plates to beautify and adorn it : and at the same time Your Lordship was willing to give fome encouragement to ...
Good criticism is the same in all languages . Nay I know not whether there is not greater merit in cultivating our own language than any other .
... same time he was so honest , that if he was questioned at all about his faith , he would not difsemble his sentiments , whatever was the confequence .
And he served in the same capacity under Oliver , and Richard , and the Rump , till the Restoration ; and without doubt a better Latin pen could not have ...
And for the same reasons I am inclined to think , that the famous Latin verses to Christina Queen of Sweden in the name of Cromwell were made by our author ...
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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.