Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Table of Contents

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Book VII

Book VIII

Book IX

Book X

Book XI

Book XII

List of Illustrations

  1. Him the Almighty Power
    Hurld headlong flaming from th’ Ethereal Skie.
  2. Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool
  3. They heard, and were abasht, and up they sprung
  4. So numberless were those bad Angels seen
  5.   Thir summons call’d
    From every Band and squared Regiment
    By place or choice the worthiest;
  6. High on a Throne of Royal State, which far
    Outshon the wealth of Ormus and of Ind,
  7. Gorgons and Hydra’s, and Chimera’s dire.
  8. Before the Gates there sat
    On either side a formidable shape;
  9. With head, hands, wings, or feet pursues his way,
    And swims or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flyes
  10. Heav’n rung
    With Jubilee, and loud Hosannas fill’d
    Th’ eternal Regions
  11. and many more too long,
    Embryos, and Idiots, Eremits and Friers
  12. Toward the coast of Earth beneath,
    Down from th’ Ecliptic, sped with hop’d success,
    Throws his steep flight in many an Aerie wheele
  13. Me miserable! which way shall I flie
    Infinite wrauth, and infinite despaire?
  14. Now to th’ ascent of that steep savage Hill
    Satan had journied on, pensive and slow
  15. A happy rural seat of various view
  16. The savourie pulp they chew, and in the rinde
    Still as they thirsted scoop the brimming stream
  17. So promis’d hee, and Uriel to his charge
    Returnd
  18. these to the Bower direct
    In search of whom they sought
  19. Nor more; but fled
    Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of night.
  20. Leaning half-rals’d, with looks of cordial Love
    Hung over her enamour’d.
  21. Eastward among those Trees, what glorious shape
    Comes this way moving
  22. To whom the winged Hierarch repli’d.
    O Adam, one Almightie is, from whom
    All things proceed
  23. This greeting on thy impious Crest receive.
  24. Then Satan first knew pain,
    And writh’ d him to and fro.
  25. Now Night her course began
  26. On the foughten field
    Michael and his Angels prevalent
    Encamping, plac’d in Guard thir Watches round
  27. Nine dayes they fell
  28. Hell at last
    Yawning receavd them whole.
  29. Wave rowling after Wave, where way they found,
    If steep, with torrent rapture
  30. And God said, let the Waters generate
    Reptil with Spawn abundant, living Soule:
    And let Fowle flie above the Earth.
  31. And seems a moving Land, and at his Gilles
    Draws in, and at his Trunck spouts out a Sea.
  32. Meanwhile the tepid Caves, and Fens and shoares
    Thir Brood as numerous hatch
  33. And now on Earth the Seaventh
    Eev’ning arose in Eden
  34. So parted they, the Angel up to Heav’n
    From the thick shade, and Adam to his Bowre.
  35. In with the River sunk, and with it rose
    Satan.
  36. O Earth, how like to Heav’n, if not preferr’d
    More justly.
  37. Him fast sleeping soon he found
    In Labyrinth of many a round self-rowld.
  38. Neerer he drew, and many a walk traversd
    Of stateliest Covert, Cedar, Pine, or Palme.
  39. Back to the Thicket slunk
    The guiltie Serpent.
  40. Nor onely Teares
    Raind at thir Eyes, but high Winds worse within
    Began to rise
  41. They heard
    And from his presence hid themselves among
    The thickest Trees.
  42. And now expecting
    Each hour thir great adventurer from the search
    Of Forrein Worlds.
  43. Dreadful was the din
    Of hissing through the Hall, thick swarming now
    With complicated monsters.
  44. This said, they both betook them several wayes.
  45. The heav’nly Bands
    Down from a Skie of Jasper lighted now
    In Paradise.
  46. Began to build a Vessel of huge bulk.
  47. All dwellings else
    Flood overwhelm’d, and them with all thir pomp
    Deep under water rould.
  48. They beseech
    That Moses might report to them his will,
    And terror cease.
  49. Som natural tears they drop’d, but wip’d them soon.

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