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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With eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd. Imparadised in one another's arms. With thee conversing I forget all time. And feel that I am happier than I know.
Oft-times nothing profits more Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right Well manag'd.
For this is not the liberty which we can hope, that no grievance ever should arise in the Commonwealth, that let no man in this world expect; but when complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties.
Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law.
Then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far.
This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King, Of wedded maid, and virgin mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing, That He our deadly forfeit should release, And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.
Not to know at large of things remote From us, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life Is the prime wisdom.
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.
Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers?