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af . ture . O Son , in whom my foul barb ter this manner , to say the righteous ...
Far more than great or high ; because in thee Love hath abounded more than
glory ' abounds , Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt With thee thy manhood also
to this throne ; Here shalt thou sit incarnate , here shalt reign 315 Both God and ...
Thee next they sang of all creation first , Begotten Son , Divine Similitude , In
whose conspicuous count ' nance , without cloud Made visible , th ' almighty
Father shines , 386 Whom else no creature can behold ; on thee Impress ' d th ...
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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.