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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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Johnson's Lives of the British poets completed by W. Hazlitt, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...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...forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer that it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed...
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Lives of the most eminent English poets, with critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...admires and lays down, and forgets to tuko up ngiiin. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its ponittal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for...Instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhoro fur recreation ; we desert our master and seek for compauionn. Another inconvenience of Milton's...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1854
...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?orgets to take up again. None ever wished it longeidliaJi it isr It-- pcrusal is a duty rather...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton

John Milton - 1855 - 748 pages
...— " Original déficience 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 Miltuu fur instruction; retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert...
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The Lives of the English Poets: cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler. Rochester ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1858
...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...take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Ita perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened,...
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Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review, Volume 19

Theology - 1862
...want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires, lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever...a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master and seek for companions.''...
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The Bibliotheca Sacra and Biblical Repository, Volume 19

Theology - 1862
...want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires, lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever...a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master and seek for companions."...
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Bibliotheca Sacra, Volume 19

Bible - 1862
...want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires, lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever...a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harrassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master and seek for companions."...
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The Christian spectator. New ser. [of The Monthly Christian ..., Volumes 3-4

1862
...universal consent, apply the words which that grim old censor Johnson wrote of our great epic, ' It is one of the books which the reader admires, and...up again ; none ever wished it longer than it is.' Or those which Macaulay used of Spenser's ' Fairy Queen,' ' One unpardonable fault, the fault of tediousness,...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1864
...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...design is, that it requires the description of what caunot be described, tbe agency of spirits. He saw that immateriality supplied no images, and that...
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