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... which had passed thro ' his correction ; and also presented him to Cardinal
Barberini , who at an entertainment of music , performed at his own expense ,
waited for him at the door , and taking him by the hand brought him into the
This prince “ of scholars , as some body said of him , seemed to “ have erected
his throne upon a heap of stones , w that he might have them at hand to throw at
every “ one ' s head who passed by . ” He was therefore courted by Charles II , as
... had received , and the third to Salmasius ; that the book was in every body ' s
hands , and there had been four editions in a few months besides the English
one ; that a Dutch translation was handed about , and a French one was
1667 , and is in the hands of Mr . Tonson the bookseller , as is likewise the
manufcript of the first book copied fair for the ... had occasion , yet we may
suppose that the copy for the press was written all , or at least each book by the
same hand .
... ch and neat enough , pale but not cadaverous , his hands and fingers gouty ,
and with chalk stones ; among other discourse he expressed himself to this
purpose , that was he free from the pain of the gout , his blindness would be
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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.