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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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The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - Authors, English - 1823
...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...overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert onr master, and seek for companions. Another inconvenience of Milton's design is, that it requires...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - Great Britain - 1825
...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...; we desert / our master, and seek for companions. I"""" Another inconvenience of Milton's design is, that it requires the description of what cannot...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Murphy's Essay, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...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...• read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overbur- . dened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our k master, and seek for companions....
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The Lives of the English Poets, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1826 - 420 pages
...his encomiasts, that in reading ' Paradise Lost,' we read a book of universal knowledge. the bonks which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets...We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overbuy* dened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert oar master, and seek for companions....
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The Principles of English Composition: Illustrated by Examples with Critical ...

David Booth - English language - 1831 - 351 pages
...Philosophical Society, vol. i. t Genie du Christianisme. terest," says the latter," is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires...We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburthened, and look elsewhere for recreation : we desert our master, and look for companions."...
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The life and writings of Henry Fuseli, the former written and the ..., Volume 1

Johann Heinrich Füssli - 1831
...the opinion of Dr. Johnson, that " we read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburthened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master and seek for companions;" Fuseli wrote in large letters in the margin of a copy of the " Lives of the Poets," now in my possession,...
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The life of Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli - Art - 1831
...the opinion of Dr. Johnson, that " we read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburthened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master and seek for companions ;" Fuseli wrote in large letters in the margin of a copy of the " Lives of the Poets," now in my possession,...
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Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Rev. Richard Watson

Thomas Jackson - Clergy - 1834 - 488 pages
...feel themselves in the situation of the readers of Paradise Lost, which Dr. Johnson thus describes : " We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and...recreation. We desert our master, and seek for companions." The defect in this case was not in Mr. Watson's spirit, but in the abilities and feelings of the persons...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - 1837
...knowledge. But original dencicnce cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. " Paradise ore or less favourable titan it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire liarrassed...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 131

English literature - 1871
...Johnson's Works, vol. vii. p. 142. In the ' Life of Milton,' .vol. vi. p. 173, he had said: '" Paradise Lost " is one of the books which the reader .admires...again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its pernsal is a duty rather than a pleasure.' second cantos of ' Chikle Harold,' he awoke and found himself...
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