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These two editions then , the first in ten books printed in a small quarto , and the
second in twelve books printed in a small octavo , are proposed as our standard :
the variations in each are noted ; and we never deviate from them both without ...
poem , which he says he had reason to remember , as it was told him by Milton
himself , that his vein never happily flowed but from the autumnal equinox to the
vernal , and that what he attempted at other times was not to his fatisfaction , tho
But ( as he says of himself in his poftfcript to the Judgment of Martin Bucer ) “ he
never could delight in « long citations , much less in whole traductions . ” And
accordingly there are few things , and those of no great length , which he has
All is not loft ; th ' unconquerable will , 106 And study of revenge , immortal hate ,
And courage never to submit or yield , . , And what is else not to be overcome ; . . .
That glory never shall his wrath or might . . . 110 Extort from me . To bow and ...
Fall ' n Cherub , to be weak is miserable Doing or fuffering : but of this be sure ,
To do ought good never will be our task , But ever to do ill our sole delight , As
being the contrary to his high will . Whom we resist . If then his providence Out of
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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.