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John Milton

1608–1674. English poet and historian.

Encyclopedia Britannica } { The John Milton Reading Room }

At a Glance

Rilla of Ingleside (1)
The Blue Castle (1)

Paradise Lost (1667 epic poem)

To whom our great Progenitor. Thy words
Attentive, and with more delighted eare
Divine instructer, I have heard, then when
Cherubic Songs by night from neighbouring Hills
Aereal Music send: nor knew I not
To be both will and deed created free; (book 5, lines 544–49)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 3 (“the aerial, celestial music Adam and Eve heard in Milton’s Eden”).

That space the Evil one abstracted stood
From his own evil, and for the time remaind
Stupidly good, of enmitie disarm’d,
Of guile, of hate, of envie, of revenge; (book 9, lines 463–66)

The Blue Castle, chapter 10 (“even if they were, in Milton’s expressive phrase, ‘stupidly good’”).


John Milton, Paradise Lost, in The John Milton Reading Room, edited by Thomas H. Luxon, Dartmouth College, 1997–2020. Online at

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