Through the even : During the last decline of day ; or, through the evening sky. And black Gehenna callM, the type of Hell. By calling to penance, Milton seems to intimate, that the sufferings of the condemned spirits are not always equally severe. Leer malign : A malignant, oblique look. Michael: A holy angel, who, in the Book of Daniel, chap. So wondrously was set his station bright.
Satan is encouraged by the sight of his glorious army, which is far more magnificent than any of the famous human armies of later wars. With coloured Illustrations, Photographs, and a chapter on Perspective, by A. The Saracens are referred to as being sent thence to Spain. In this pleasant soil His far more pleasant garden God ordain 'd ; 915 Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow All trees of noblest kind for sight? Milton, like Dante, had been unfortunate in ambition and in love. The sides of this hill were overgrown with thickets and bushes, so as not to be passable ; and overhead, above these, on the sides of the hill, likewise, grew the loftiest trees, and as they ascended in ranks, shade above shadi they formed a kind of natural theatre, the rows of trees rising one above another in the same manner as the benches in the theatres and places of public shows. He call'd so loud, that all the hollow Deep Of Hell resounded. He spake; and, to confirm his words, out-flew Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze Far around illumined Hell.
Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the Conqueror, who now beholds Cherub and Seraph rowling in the flood With scattered arms and ensigns, till anon His swift pursuers from Heaven-gates discern The advantage, and, descending tread us down Thus drooping, or with linkèd thunderbolts Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf? His form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appeared Less than Archangel ruined, and th' excess 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. This Book on the whole is so perfect from beginning to end, that it would be difficult to find a single superfluous passage. Do not assume that just because we believe a book is in the public domain for users in the United States, that the work is also in the public domain for users in other countries. Jn glory : a divine glory, such as God himself possessed. The biographer 1626—97 tells us that the poem was begun in about 1658 and finished in about 1663. Also double vowels are thus treated, as in Conqueror, labouring, savoury, neighbouring, honouring, endeavour- ing, etc. The poem concerns the story of the : the temptation of by the and their expulsion from the.
Milton's learning has all the effect of in. Marks, notations and other maiginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long journey from the publisher to a library and finally to you. Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd From their own mouths : all is not theirs, it seems ; One fatal tree there stands, of Knowledge call'd, Forbidden them to taste : Knowledge forbidden? It was the loss of Paradise garden, the most beautiful part of Eden ; for after the expuWon of arents from Paradise we read of their pursuing their solitary way which was an extensive region. Then straight commands that, at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions, be upreared His mighty standard. Then from pole to pole he view in breadth i That is, from north to south; arid that is said to be m breadth, because thi ancients knowing more of the earth from east to west than from north to south, and so, having a much greater journey one way than the other, one was called length, or longitude, the other breadth, or latitude. Thus they relate, Erring; for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before; nor aught availed him now To have built in Heaven high towers; nor did he scape By all his engines, but was headlong sent, With his industrious crew, to build in Hell.
To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light, we must be ris'n, And at our pleasant labour, to reform 625 Yon flow'ry arbours, yonder alleys green, Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our scant manuring, and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth : Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums, 680 That lie bestrown unsightly and unsmooth, Ask riddance, if wo mean to tread with ease ; Meanwhile, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest. And thus in Comus ; — 4 To quench the drouth of Phoe bus ; which as they taste. Chemistry for Students, By A. This subject is again presented in the last note on Book I. Here at least We shall be free; the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure; and, in my choice, To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
What though the field be lost? Hydra : A fabled monster serpent in the marsh of Lemnos in the Pelo- ponnesus, which had many heads, and those when cut off, were immediately replaced by others. Satan's rebellion follows the epic convention of large-scale warfare. Hesiod's Echidna is also described as half woman, and half serpent. All his tmtiments an rash, audacious, and desperate, patdcvuaxV feouvtat ff». Runs diverse, wand'ring many a famous realm And country, whereof here needs no account; 235 But rather to tell how, if Art could tell, How from that sapphire fount the crisped brooks, Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold, With mazy error under pendent shades Ran nectar, visiting each plant, and fed 2 10 Flow'rs, worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art In beds and curious knots, but Nature boon Pour'd forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain, Both where the morning Sun first warmly smote The open field, and where the unpierced shade 245 Imbrown'd the noontide bow'rs.
This circumstance gave rise to a report that the empire of Asia was promised by the oracle to the man who could untie the Gordian knot. Back I turn'd : 480 , Thou following cry. Him the Ammonite Worshipp'd in Eabba and her wat'ry plain, In Argob and in Basan, tofthe stream Of utmost Arnon. Returned on that bright beam : Milton supposes that Uriel glides back on the same sun-beam that he came upon ; which he considers not as a flow- ing point of light, but as a continued rod extending from the sun to the earth. By students at Milton's Cambridge college, Christ's College.
But it is the poet's refinement upon this thought which is most to be admired, fcu which indeed is very noble in itself. Second Greek Reader, By A. This charge is brought against him, V. His hand was known In Heaven by many a towered structure high, Where sceptred Angels held their residence, And sat as Princes, whom the supreme King Exalted to such power, and gave to rule, Each in his hierarchy, the Orders bright. The poet's thought of directing Satan, to the sun, which, in the vulgar opinion of mankind, is the most con- spicuous pait of the creation, and the placing in it an angel, is a circumstance very finely contrived, and the more adjusted to a poetical probability, as it was a received doctrine among the most famous philosophers that every orb had its intelligent beings; and as an apostle, in sacred writ, is said to have seen an angel in the sun.
It is possible also that the pious spirit which animates the entire poem, and the theological descriptions which abound in several of the Books, may, to the mass of readers, give it a repulsive aspect, and cause them, though unwisely, to prefer other productions in which these elements are not found. Hence I will excite their minds With more desire to know, and to reject Envious commands, invented with design To keep them low whom knowledge might exalt 525 Equal with Gods : aspiring to be such, They taste and die. I believe that this Book is a general favourite with readers : there are parts of it beautiful ; but it appears to me far less grand than the Books which precede it It has, I think, not only less sublimity, but less poetical invention. Round him, as he lies on the fiery gulf, floating many a rood, the flames seem to do obeisance, even as their red billows break upon his sides. The sun and the stars are supposed to be in- tended under these names. At several points in the poem, an over Heaven is recounted from different perspectives.