What if we find Some easier enterprize? He was bafflrd, not confounded. But far within And in thir own dimensions like themselves The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat A thousand Demy-Gods on golden seat's, Frequent and full. Adam is more gregarious than Eve, and yearns for her company. And when the w is mute before hy e. The biographer 1626—97 tells us that the poem was begun in about 1658 and finished in about 1663. It is pre-eminently a learned work ; and has been well denominated 44 a book of universal knowledge. Who first seduced them to that foul revolt? Force of style is one of Milton's great excellencies.
In every natural scene, if we destine it for any par- ticular purpose, there are defects and redundancies which art may some- times, but cannot always, correct. Really it was the Titans who were earth-bom Aesch. Please do not remove it. Like the Cyclopes in Aetna Virgil, Aen, viii. Milton, ai d study the character of Satan, not like Burns, for its wortW, but for the very grandeur of its worthlessness.
Is this the Region, this the Soil, the Clime, Said then the lost Arch Angel, this the seat That we must change for Heav'n, this mournful gloom For that celestial light? When the damsel at Philippi is said Acts xvi. Against the Highest ; and fierce with grasped arms Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of war, Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav'n. Honour dishonourable : An allusion to 1 Cor. These classic gems of thought and expres- sion have been introduced in the notes, only for the gratification of those persons who are able to appreciate the language of the Roman and Grecian poets ; and who may have a taste for observing the coin- cidences between their language and that of the great master of Eng- lish verse. That Glory never shall his wrath or might Extort from me.
The confusion of mind felt by Satan is happily shown by the abrupt and halting manner in which he commences this speech. Chaos : Matter was supposed to exist in a confused, unorganized state originally, and was designated by this name. Blooming ambrosial fruit : Producing fruit which is delightful both to the taste and smell ; from ambrosia, a name for the food on which the gods were fabled to subsist, and to which, along with nectar, they were believed tov owe their immortality. The god- dess of beauty is hence styled by Horace and Virgil the golden Venus. This wilder- ness of death is the platform which imagination raises and peoples with the fallen thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, and powers.
This charge is brought against him, V. 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? While the north wind deeps : A simile of perfect beauty : it illus- trates the delightful feeling resulting from the contrast of the stormy debate with the light that seems subsequently to break in upon the assembly. To whom th' Arch-Enemy, And thence in Heav'n call'd Satan, with bold words 72. It required less imagination to describe the garden of Eden than Pandemonium or Chaos. Satan, disguised in the form of a serpent, successfully tempts Eve to eat from the Tree by preying on her vanity and tricking her with.
Sittim is written Shittim in the Bible. Imaus is a celebrated mountain in Asia ; its name signifies snowy, and hence, its snowy ridge is spoken of. Thus Satan talking to his nearest mate With head uplift above the wave, and eyes That sparkling blazed, his other parts besides Prone on the flood, extended long and largo, 195 Lay floating many a rood, in bulk as huge As whom the fables name of monstrous size ; Titanian, or Earth-born, that warr'd on Jovo, 192. Chained on the burning lake: There seems to be an allusion here to the legend of Prometheus, one of the Titans, who was exposed to the wrath of Jupiter on account of his having taught mortals the arts, and especially the use of fire, which he was said to have stolen from heaven, concealed in a reed. Pearce, however, would retain the present reading, and explains the difficulty by saying, that the sun descended slowly at this time because Uriel, its angel, came on a sunbeam to Paradise 556 , and was to return on the same beam, which he could not have done if the sun had moved on with its usual rapidity of course.
He has long wondered, and regretted, that such an edition of Paradise Lost, as the American public needs, has not been furnished ; and in the absence of a better, he offers this -edition, as adapted, in his humble opinion, to renders most desirable and profitable service to the reading community, while it may contribute, as he hopes, to bring this poem from the state of unmerited neglect into which it has fallen, and cause it to be more generally read and studied, for the cultivation of a literary taste and for the expansion of the intellectual and moral powers. Glad was the Spirit impure, as now in hope 630 To find who might direct his wand'ring flight To Paradise, the happy seat of Man, His journey's end, and our beginning woe. There are many examples in Milton of musical expression, or oi an adaptation of the sound and movement of the verse to the meaning of the passage. For me, be witness all the host of Heav'n, 635 If counsels different, or danger shunn'd By me, have lost oar hopes. Belial came last, than whom a spirit more lewd 490 Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love Vice for itself : to whom no temple stood, Nor altar smoked ; yet who more oft than he In temples and at altars, when the priest Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who fill'd 495 478.
Devious : Out of the way, remote. Ternate and Tidore : Spice islands east of Bor- neo. It is performed thus : — an anchor with a cable attached is carried out ahead in a boat to some distance from the ship and there cast ; the ship then, by means of the capstan, is brought up to that place ; the anchor is then raised and carried out as before and so' on, till the vessel is got put sufficiently. And in their own dimensions like themselves, The great Seraphic lords and Cherubim 796 In close recess and secret conclave sat ; A thousand demigods on golden seats. Quantus ad aethereum caeli suspectus Olympum. For the place of cherubim in the Celestial Hierarchy, see notes on 11. This would surpass 370, Common revenge, and interrupt his joy In our confusion, and our joy upraise In his disturbance ; when his darling sons, Hurl'd headlong to partake with us, shall curse Their frail original and faded bliss, 375 Faded so soon.
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own, So as not either to provoke, or dread New war provoked: our better part remains To work in close design, by fraud or guile, What force effected not; that he no less At length from us may find, Who overcomes By force hath overcome but half his foe. New nibb'd with balm, expatiate and confer 775 Their state affairs. And now Advanced in view they standa horrid front Of dreadful length and dazzling arms, in guise Of warriors old, with ordered spear and shield, Awaiting what command their mighty Chief Had to impose. Back I turn'd : 480 , Thou following cry. To do aught good never will be our task, Hut ever to do ill our sole delight, 16 As being the contrary to his high will Whom we resist. O Powers Matchless, but with the Almighty! The seoond rule of pure B. And do they only stand By ignorance? The Hermit, Paper covers, id, Johnson.
Edited with Introduction and Notes by T. O how unlike the place from whence they fell! I of t remember : From this and other passages we learn that Milton considered the period of innocence as covering many days. Thus they, Breathing united force with fixed thought, Moved on in silence to soft pipes that charmed Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil. The Son is the ultimate hero of the epic and is infinitely powerful—he single-handedly defeats Satan and his followers and drives them into Hell. One of the banish'd crew, I fear, hath ventured from the deep, to raise New troubles : him thy care must be to find.