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" The want* of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 173
by Samuel Johnson - 1820
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Letters on Literature, Taste, and Composition: Addressed to His Son

George Gregory - Books and reading - 1808
...Johnson remarks of the Paradise Lost, " its perusal is rather a duty than a pleasure ; it is one of those books which the reader admires, and lays down and forgets to take up again." To one excellence of Milton, -however, the great critic, whom I 'have cited, •is blind. Milton was...
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The London review, conducted by R. Cumberland, Volume 1

Richard Cumberland - 1809
...with each other, would only be to imitate Mr. Stockdale in his trifling and prolixity. That " Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires, and lays down, and forgets to take up again," is a sentence of which the justice is too irresistibly and universally felt, to be censured as absurd,...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton,: With Notes of Various Authors. To which ...

John Milton, Henry John Todd - 1809
...But original deficience cannot be fupplied. The want of human intereft is always felt. Paradife Loft is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. Its perufal is a duty rather than a pleafure. We read Milton for inftruftion, retire harafled and overburdened,...
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Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical Illustrative of the ..., Volume 1

Nathan Drake - Adventurer - 1809
...poetical worth, would be told that his "- Paradise Lost" is an object of forced admiration ; that " it is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." It is true, that the critique on the " Paradise Lost," is one of the most splendid and eloquent passages...
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Essays: Biographical, Critical, and Historical; Illustrative of ..., Volume 1

Nathan Drake - English essays - 1809
...poetical worth, would be told that his " Paradise Lost" is an object of forced admiration ; that " it is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." It i? true, that the critique on the " Paradise Lost," is one of the most splendid and eloquent passages...
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Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical: Illustrative of ..., Volume 1

Nathan Drake - Adventurer - 1809 - 499 pages
...poetical worth, would be told that his " Paradise Lost" is an object of forced admiration ; that " it is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." It is true, that the critique on the " Paradise Lost," is one of the most splendid and eloquent passages...
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Letters on Literature, Taste, and Composition, Addressed to His Son

George Gregory - Books and reading - 1809 - 363 pages
...Johnson remarks of the Paradise Lost, "its perusal is rather a duty than a pleasure ; it is one of those books which the reader admires, and lays down and forgets to take up ag.iin." To one excellence of Milton, however, the great critic, whom I have cited, is blind. Milton...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - 1810
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost • is one of the books which the reader admires...perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton foy instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, "and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our...
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The life of Milton, and Conjectures on the Origin of Paradise Lost, by ...

William Hayley - Poets, English - 1810
...After displaying, in the noblest manner, many of the peculiar excellencies in the poem, he says, " its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure ; we read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburthened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master, and seek for...
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Cowley, Denham, Milton

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1810
...life anJ action 3 . C. ways felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and hji down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Iti perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and...
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