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Fore• Providence for suffering Adam 117 . - if I foreknew , ] If ... Though I “ been
elle a mere artificial Adam , foreknew , that foreknowledge had Esc . See his
Speech for the liberty no influence . of unlicenc ' d printing , p . 149 , and 150 .
The garden describ ' d ; Satan ' s first sight of Adam and Eve ; his wonder at their
excellent form and happy state , but with resolution to work their fall ; overhears
their discourse , thence gathers that the tree of knowledge was forbidden them to
So pass ' d they naked on , nor shunn ' d the fight Of God or Angel , for they
thought no ill : 320 So hand in hand they pass ' d , the loveliest pair That ever
since in love ' s embraces met ; Adam the goodliest man of men fince born His
sons , the ...
Morning approach ' d , Eve relates to Adam her troblesome dream ; he likes it not
, yet comforts ber : They come forth to their day labors : Their mouring hymn at the
door of their bower . God to render man inexcusable sends Raphael to admoni ...
Such whisp ' ring wak ' d her , but with startled eye On Adam , whom embracing ,
thus she fpake . O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose , My glory , my
perfection , glad I see Thy face , and morn return ' d ; for I this night 30 ( Such
night till ...
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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.