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By John Milton

With the 3 works incorporated during this volume--Paradise misplaced, Samson Agonistes, and Lycidas--Milton put himself subsequent to Shakespeare, Dante, and Homer as one of many maximum literary genius in heritage.

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Iii, 139. 198 Cherub and Seraph cf. i, 324 2 hundred From the armoury of God cf. vi, 321 202 opposed to in readiness for 207 relocating “might be a transitive participle agreeing with gates and governing sound; or back the complete word from harmonious to relocating may be an ablative absolute,” observes C. S. Lewis, discovering the syntactic ambiguity attribute and ecocnomic; cf. v, 253-55. 208 King of Glory Psalm xxiv, eight 212 darkish, wasteful, wild cf. i, 60; ii, 588; iii, 424 217 omnific all-creating (Latin) production, and the wonders of his may. Then stayed the fervid° wheels, and in his hand He took the golden compasses, ready° In God’s everlasting shop, to circumscribe This Universe, and all created issues. One foot he targeted and the opposite grew to become around in the course of the large profundity imprecise, And acknowledged, “Thus some distance expand, to date thy bounds; This be thy simply circumference, O global. ” hence God the Heaven created, hence the Earth, subject unformed and void. Darkness profound coated the abyss, yet at the watery calm° His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, And important advantage infused, and very important heat, during the fluid mass, yet downward purged The black, tartareous, chilly, infernal dregs, hostile to lifestyles; then based, then conglobed Like issues to love, the remaining to a number of position Disparted, and among spun out the air, And Earth, self-balanced, on her centre hung. ‘ “Let there be light,said God, and forthwith mild airy, first of items, quintessence natural, Sprung from the deep, and from her local East To trip throughout the aery gloom started, Sphered in a radiant cloud, for but the solar used to be now not; she in a cloudy tabernacle° Sojourned the whereas. God observed the sunshine was once stable, and lightweight from darkness by means of the hemisphere Divided: mild the Day, and darkness evening, He named. therefore was once the 1st day even and morn; Nor handed uncelebrated, nor unsung by way of the celestial choirs, whilst orient mild Exhaling first from darkness they beheld, Birth-day of Heaven and Earth. With pleasure and shout° The hole common orb they filled,224 fervid sparkling (“fervidis . . . rotis” being present in Horace) 225 ff. see Proverbs, viii, 27 and Dante’s Paradiso, XIX, 40—42 234—37 cf. i, 19-22 248 cloudy tabernacle cf. Psalm xix, four, and “cloudy shrine,” 360 256 “When the morning stars sang jointly, and all of the sons of God shouted for pleasure? ” (Job, xxxviii, 7) And touched their golden harps,° and hymning praised God and his works; writer him they sung, either whilst first night was once, and while first morn. ‘Again God stated, “Let there be firmament Amid the waters, and enable it divide The waters from the waters. ” And God made The firmament, expanse of liquid, natural, obvious, elemental air, subtle In circuit to the uttermost convex Of this nice around: partition company and likely, The waters beneath from these above Dividing, for, as Earth, so he the area outfitted on circumfluous waters calm, in vast Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule Of Chaos a ways got rid of, lest fierce extremes° Contiguous may possibly distemper the complete body, And Heaven he named the Firmament.

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