English epic poet, essayist and civil servant (1608–1674)
John Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). Written in blank verse, Paradise Lost is widely considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written.
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Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought The better fight, who singly has maintained Against revolted multitudes the cause Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms.
Long is the way And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.
In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.
Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air?
For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded.
Seasoned life of man preserved and stored up in books.