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... trodden gold , Than ought divine or holy else enjoy'd In vision beatific : by him
first Men alto , and by his fuggestion taught , Ransack'd the centre , and with
impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother earth For treasures better hid .
So thick the aery croud 775 Swarm'd , and were ftraiten'd ; till the fignal given ,
Behold a wonder ! they but now who feein'd In bigness to furpafs earth's giant
fons , Now less than fmallest dwarfs , in narrow room Throng numberless , like
Thus Beëlzebub Pleaded his devilish counsel , first devis'd By Satan , and in part
propos'd : for whence , But from the author of all ill , could spring So deep a
malice , to confound the race Of mankind in one root , and earth with hell To
48 Nor fail'd they to express how much they prais'd , That for the general safety
he despis'd His own : for neither do the spirits damn'd Lofe all their virtge ; least
bad men should boast Their specious deeds on earth , which glory'excites , Or ...
... all her batt'ring engines bent to raze Some capital city ' ; or less than if this
frame , Of heav'n were falling , and these elements 925 In mutiny had from her
axle torn The fedfift earth . At last his fail - broad vans : He spreads for flight , and
in the ...
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This is by far my favorite edition of Paradise Lost. Since the text is full of archaic references, understanding what is meant can often be difficult (and result in a lot of trips to reference books ... Læs hele anmeldelsen