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He trusted to have equal ' d the most High , 40 If he oppos ' d ; and with ambitious
aim Against the throne and monarchy of God Rais ' d impious war in Heav ' n and
battel proud With vain attempt . Him the almighty Power · Hurl ' d — who ...
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Ind , Or where the gorgeous east with richest hand Show ' rs 1 . High on a throne
& c . ] I have submission even to omnipotence . before observed in general ...
By force , and at our heels all Hell should rise 138 With blackest insurrection , to
confound Heav ' n ' s purest light , yet our great enemy All incorruptible would on
his throne Sit unpolluted , and th ' ethereal mold Incapable of stain would soon ...
Towards either throne they bow , and to the ground With solemn adoration down
they cast 351 Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold ; Immortal amarant , a
flow ' r which once a fhout loud as & c . Heav ' n rung , lasting amarant , which he
The poet tells us , that whole Heaven , faking under the Pluto himself , whose
habitation wheels of the Messiah ' s chariot , was in the very center of the with that
exception to the throne earth , was so affrighted at the of God ! shock , that he
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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.