The first four books of Milton's Paradise lost, with notes, by J.R. Major

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Стр. viii - 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.
Стр. 92 - As when far off at sea a fleet descried Hangs in the clouds, by equinoctial winds Close sailing from Bengala, or the isles Of Ternate and Tidore, whence merchants bring Their spicy drugs : they on the trading flood, Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape, Ply stemming nightly toward the pole...
Стр. 184 - And worthy seem'd ; for in their looks divine The image of their glorious Maker shone, Truth, wisdom, sanctitude severe and pure, Severe, but in true filial freedom placed ; Whence true authority in men ; though both Not equal, as their sex not equal seem'd : For contemplation he and valour form'd, For softness she and sweet attractive grace ; He for God only, she for God in him.
Стр. 49 - Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose, like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a temple, where pilasters round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave ; nor did there want Cornice or frieze with bossy sculptures graven ; The roof was fretted gold.
Стр. 13 - This downfall; since by fate the strength of gods And this empyreal* substance cannot fail; Since through experience of this great event In arms not worse, in foresight much...
Стр. 125 - And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. So much the rather thou, celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate ; there plant eyes, all mist from thence Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight.
Стр. 123 - Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill...
Стр. 24 - Busiris and his Memphian chivalry, While with perfidious hatred they pursued The sojourners of Goshen, who beheld From the safe shore their floating carcasses And broken chariot wheels : so thick bestrown, Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood Under amazement of their hideous change. He call'd so loud that all the hollow deep Of Hell resounded.
Стр. 72 - Wants not her hidden lustre, gems and gold ; Nor want we skill or art, from whence to raise Magnificence ; and what can Heaven show more?
Стр. xix - Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death, my son and foe, who sets them on, And me, his parent, would full soon devour For want of other...

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