The Poetical Works of John Milton, Volume 1

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Kent & Company, 1880 - 460 pages
Life of the author. Paradise Lost, books 1 - 12. Paradise Regained, Books 1 - 4 + Samson Agonistes, Comus, L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Arcades, Lycidas. Poems on Several Occasions. Sonnets. Translations.
 

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Page 61 - Orphean lyre I sung of Chaos and eternal Night, Taught by the Heavenly Muse to venture down The dark descent, and up to re-ascend, Though hard and rare. Thee I revisit safe, And feel thy sovran vital lamp; but thou Revisit'st not these eyes, that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn; So thick a drop serene hath quenched their orbs, Or dim suffusion veiled.
Page 22 - Of glory obscured ; as when the sun, new risen, Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams, or from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs.
Page 101 - Now came still evening on, and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad ; Silence accompanied ; for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale ; She all night long her amorous descant sung...
Page 116 - These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty ! thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair : thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable ! who sitt'st above these Heavens To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works ; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Page 103 - I obey ; so God ordains ; God is thy law, thou mine : to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. With thee conversing I forget all time ; All seasons and their change, all please alike. Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds ; pleasant the sun When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, Glistering with dew ; fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers ; and sweet the coming on Of grateful...
Page 14 - Hail, horrors ! hail, Infernal world ! and thou, profoundest Hell, Receive thy new possessor ! one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time.
Page 17 - They heard, and were abash'd, and up they sprung Upon the wing ; as when men, wont to watch On duty, sleeping found by whom they dread, Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake.
Page 18 - Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood of human sacrifice and parents' tears; though, for the noise of drums and timbrels loud, their children's cries unheard, that passed through fire to his grim idol.
Page 18 - Forthwith from every squadron and each band The heads and leaders thither haste where stood Their great commander ; godlike shapes and forms Excelling human, princely dignities, And powers that erst...
Page 27 - From heaven, they fabled, thrown by angry Jove Sheer o'er the crystal battlements : from morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve, A summer's day ; and with the setting sun Dropt from the zenith like a falling star...

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