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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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Hypocrisy: A Satire, in Three Books. Book the First

Charles Caleb Colton - 1812 - 296 pages
..."None ever wished it longer than it is;" that its perusal is a duty, rather than a pleasure^' that "we read Milton for instruction, retire harassed,...and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ;" that " we desert our Master, and seek for companions" Were all the Doctor's criticisms conceived...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Critical Observations on His Works

Robert Anderson - Authors, English - 1815 - 639 pages
...performed to Milton is weakened, by his pronouncing " Paradise Lost " " an object of forced admiration ; one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again." In his derogatory estimate of " Lycidas," that " surely no man could have fancied that he read it with...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1816
...But original deficience cannot be supplied. The ( want of human interest is always felt. Paradise j Lost is one of the books which the reader admires • and lays down, and fbrge.ts to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - English literature - 1820
...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...for instruction, retire harassed and' overburdened, arid .' look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master, and seek for companions. - Another inconvenience...
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Sacred Literature: Comprising a Review of the Principles of Composition Laid ...

John Jebb - Bible - 1820 - 471 pages
...duty, rather than a pleasure. We read Mil" ton for instruction, retire harassed and overburthened, and " look elsewhere for recreation: we desert our Master, and " seek for companions." Now, it is certain, that, in religious matters, the training of this great and good man was not of...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - English literature - 1820
...knowBut original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. " Paradise Lost" is one of the books which the reader admires, and lays down, ajad forgets to take tap again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1821
...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...and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our masten, and seek for companions. • , .. Another inconvenience of Milton's design is, that it requires...
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Memoirs and select remains of an only son [W.F. Durant].

Thomas Durant - Death - 1822 - 278 pages
...the force of prejudice, even while doing justice to Milton's genius and learning, says, " Paradise Lost, is one of the books which the reader admires...ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a VOL. I. G this surprising. Milton, who seems to huve •mastered every department of literature, appears...
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Memoirs and select remains of an only son [W.F. Durant].

Thomas Durant - Death - 1822 - 278 pages
...the force of prejudice, even while doing justice to Milton's genius and learning, says, " Paradise Lost, is one of the books which the reader admires...ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a 61 this surprising". Milton, who seems to have mastered every department of literature, appears to...
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The British poets, including translations, Volume 16

British poets - 1822
...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 and lays down, and forgets to take up again17. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read...
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