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We many wives that were foreigners , “ came to a fair large river - - was prevail ' d
upon by them to in - « doubtless the ancient river Ado . troduce the worship of this
God - " nis , fo famous for the idolatrons dess into Israel , 1 Kings XI . 5 .
Adonis defcends and when this " thens looked upon as proceed - river began to
be of a reddith u ing from a kind of sympathy in hue , as it did at a certain season
the river for the death of Adonis , of the year , this was their signal a who was kill ...
Lethe the river of oblivion rolls Her watry labyrinth , whereof who drinks ,
Forthwith 577 . Abhorred Styx , & c . ] The xwwww fignifying to weep and le
Greeks reckon up five rivers in ment : as Phlegethon is from another Hell , and
call them after ...
351 . down they caft 357 . the fount of life , ang Their crowns ] So they are repre -
river of bliss ] The abunsented Rev . IV . ... of life and rivers of pleasure : So , and
caft their crowns before the Tbou falt make them drink of the throne . river of thy ...
... in quest being their principal subsistence . of his prey , tender lambs or kids
Ganges and Hydafpes are famoas new - yeand , from the barren rocks rivers of
India , and Serica is a to the more fruitful hills and region betwixt China to the east
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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.