Discover John Milton's genius in his transformative retelling of Adam and Eve's saga. Having carved his mark in literary history, Milton returned with the lesser-known but equally riveting "Paradise Regained." Dive deep into this continuation, a testament to Milton's brilliance.

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The First Book  

 I, WHO erewhile the happy Garden sung
  By one man's disobedience lost, now sing
  Recovered Paradise to all mankind,
  By one man's firm obedience fully tried
  Through all temptation, and the Tempter foiled
  In all his wiles, defeated and repulsed,
  And Eden raised in the waste Wilderness.


  I, who a while ago sang of the happy garden,

 Lost by one man’s disobedience, now sing

 To all mankind of Paradise regained,

 Through one man’s obedience being tested

 With every temptation, and the tempter beaten,

 With all his cunning, beaten and thrown back,

 And Eden created again in the empty wilderness.

    Thou Spirit, who led'st this glorious Eremite
  Into the desert, his victorious field
  Against the spiritual foe, and brought'st him thence 10
  By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire,
  As thou art wont, my prompted song, else mute,
  And bear through highth or depth of Nature's bounds,
  With prosperous wing full summed, to tell of deeds
  Above heroic, though in secret done,
  And unrecorded left through many an age:
  Worthy to have not remained so long unsung.


 You spirit, who led this glorious hermit

 Into the desert, the place he defeated

 His spiritual enemy, and brought him from there

 Having been proved to be undoubtedly the son of God, inspire,

 As you always do, the song I ask for, which would otherwise be silent,

 And carry me through the heights and depths of nature’s world,

 With your great wings spread out fully, to tell of acts

 More than heroic, although done in secret,

 That have not been recorded for many ages:

 They deserve to have been sung about.


Now had the great Proclaimer, with a voice
  More awful than the sound of trumpet, cried
  Repentance, and Heaven's kingdom nigh at hand 20
  To all baptized. To his great baptism flocked
  With awe the regions round, and with them came
  From Nazareth the son of Joseph deemed
  To the flood Jordan—came as then obscure,
  Unmarked, unknown. But him the Baptist soon
  Descried, divinely warned, and witness bore
  As to his worthier, and would have resigned
  To him his heavenly office. Nor was long
  His witness unconfirmed: on him baptized
  Heaven opened, and in likeness of a Dove 30
  The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice
  From Heaven pronounced him his beloved Son.
  That heard the Adversary, who, roving still
  About the world, at that assembly famed
  Would not be last, and, with the voice divine
  Nigh thunder-struck, the exalted man to whom
  Such high attest was given a while surveyed
  With wonder; then, with envy fraught and rage,
  Flies to his place, nor rests, but in mid air
  To council summons all his mighty Peers, 40
  Within thick clouds and dark tenfold involved,
  A gloomy consistory; and them amidst,
  With looks aghast and sad, he thus bespake:--


 Now the great announcer, with a voice

 More dreadful than the loudest trumpet, shouted

 That it was time to repent and that the kingdom of heaven was ready

 For all who had been baptised. From far and wide they rushed

 To his great baptism, and with them came

 The one called the son of Joseph, from Nazareth,

 To the River Jordan; he came in secret,

 Unnoticed and unknown. But the Baptist soon

 Recognised him, having been alerted by an angel, and said

 That this one was greater, and would have handed over

 His divine task to him. And it wasn’t long

 Before the truth of this was shown; when he was baptised

 Heaven opened, and the spirit came down

 In the shape of a dove, while the father’s voice

 From heaven announced that this was his beloved son.

 The enemy heard this, as he was still wandering

The world, and had not been the last to come

To that great gathering, and was thunderstruck

To hear the divine voice; he looked with amazement

For a while at the blessed man to whom

Such high praise was given; then, torn with envy and rage,

He flies to his home, and does not rest but calls

All his mighty lords to council in mid-air,

Inside thick clouds and great darkness,

A dismal meeting; and in the middle,

Looking horrified and serious, he spoke to them:


 "O ancient Powers of Air and this wide World
  (For much more willingly I mention Air,
  This our old conquest, than remember Hell,
  Our hated habitation), well ye know
  How many ages, as the years of men,
  This Universe we have possessed, and ruled
  In manner at our will the affairs of Earth, 50
  Since Adam and his facile consort Eve
  Lost Paradise, deceived by me, though since
  With dread attending when that fatal wound
  Shall be inflicted by the seed of Eve
  Upon my head. Long the decrees of Heaven
  Delay, for longest time to Him is short;
  And now, too soon for us, the circling hours
  This dreaded time have compassed, wherein we
  Must bide the stroke of that long-threatened wound
  (At least, if so we can, and by the head 60
  Broken be not intended all our power
  To be infringed, our freedom and our being
  In this fair empire won of Earth and Air)--
  For this ill news I bring: The Woman's Seed,
  Destined to this, is late of woman born.
  His birth to our just fear gave no small cause;
  But his growth now to youth's full flower, displaying
  All virtue, grace and wisdom to achieve
  Things highest, greatest, multiplies my fear.


“You ancient rulers of air and this wide world

 (I am much happier to mention air,

  Our earliest territory, than remember hell,

 Our hated home), you are well aware

 Of how many ages, counted in the years of men,

 We have owned this universe, and had

 Free rule over the affairs of Earth,

 Since Adam and his simple wife Eve

 Lost paradise, tricked by me, although ever since

 I have been dreading the time when

 The descendants of Eve will inflict that fatal wound

 Upon my head. The justice of heaven waits for a long time,

 For to him the longest time is short;

 And now, too soon for us, the hands of the clock

 Have come round to this dreaded time, when we

 Must suffer the blow of that long ago predicted wound

 (At least if we can, and if our broken head

 Does not mean that all our power

 Is broken, or our freedom and existence

 In this wonderful Empire we won of earth and air is taken from us)–

 For I bring this bad news: the woman’s seed,

 Which is going to do this, has recently been born from a woman.

 His birth certainly justifies our fears;

 But the fact that he has now reached the height of youth, showing

 The virtue, grace and wisdom to achieve

 The highest and greatest things; this makes my fear even worse.


  Before him a great Prophet, to proclaim 70
  His coming, is sent harbinger, who all
  Invites, and in the consecrated stream
  Pretends to wash off sin, and fit them so
  Purified to receive him pure, or rather
  To do him honour as their King. All come,
  And he himself among them was baptized--
  Not thence to be more pure, but to receive
  The testimony of Heaven, that who he is
  Thenceforth the nations may not doubt. I saw
  The Prophet do him reverence; on him, rising 80
  Out of the water, Heaven above the clouds
  Unfold her crystal doors; thence on his head
  A perfet Dove descend (whate'er it meant);
  And out of Heaven the sovraign voice I heard,
  'This is my Son beloved,—in him am pleased.'


  A great prophet comes ahead of him, to announce

 His coming, he is the forerunner, who calls

 Everyone, and in the holy stream

 Pretends to wash off sin, and purify

 Them to welcome the pure one, or rather

 To worship him as their king. They all come,

 And he himself was baptised with them–

Not so he could be more pure, but to receive

 Proof from heaven so that the world

 Could no longer doubt who he is. I saw

 The prophet worship him; when he rose

 Out of the water, highest heaven

 Opened her crystal  doors, and from there to his head

 A perfect dove came down (whatever that meant);

 And from heaven I heard the voice of the King saying,

“This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”


His mother, than, is mortal, but his Sire
  He who obtains the monarchy of Heaven;
  And what will He not do to advance his Son?
  His first-begot we know, and sore have felt,
  When his fierce thunder drove us to the Deep; 90
  Who this is we must learn, for Man he seems
  In all his lineaments, though in his face
  The glimpses of his Father's glory shine.
  Ye see our danger on the utmost edge
  Of hazard, which admits no long debate,
  But must with something sudden be opposed
  (Not force, but well-couched fraud, well-woven snares),
  Ere in the head of nations he appear,
  Their king, their leader, and supreme on Earth.
  I, when no other durst, sole undertook 100
 The dismal expedition to find out
  And ruin Adam, and the exploit performed
  Successfully: a calmer voyage now
  Will waft me; and the way found prosperous once
  Induces best to hope of like success."


  So his mother is mortal, but his father

 Is the one who rules in heaven;

 What will he not do to help his son?

 We know his firstborn, and felt the pain,

 When he drove us into hell with his fierce thunder.

 We must find out who this is, for he is a man

 In his shape, though in his face

 One can see glimpses of his father’s glory.

 You see that we are on the edge

 Of a precipice, and cannot spend long arguing,

 And must produce our defence at once

 (Not force, but cunning tricks and well laid traps),

 Before he appears to all the nations

 As their king, their leader, and the greatest on earth.

 When no one else dared I alone took on

 The hard journey to discover

 And ruin Adam, and I completed the task

 Successfully: this time the journey

 Will be easier; and the way which worked once

 Is the best hope of a second success.


  He ended, and his words impression left
  Of much amazement to the infernal crew,
  Distracted and surprised with deep dismay
  At these sad tidings. But no time was then
  For long indulgence to their fears or grief: 110
  Unanimous they all commit the care
  And management of this main enterprise
  To him, their great Dictator, whose attempt
  At first against mankind so well had thrived
  In Adam's overthrow, and led their march
  From Hell's deep-vaulted den to dwell in light,
  Regents, and potentates, and kings, yea gods,
  Of many a pleasant realm and province wide.
  So to the coast of Jordan he directs
  His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles, 120
  Where he might likeliest find this new-declared,
  This man of men, attested Son of God,
  Temptation and all guile on him to try--
  So to subvert whom he suspected raised
  To end his reign on Earth so long enjoyed:
  But, contrary, unweeting he fulfilled
  The purposed counsel, pre-ordained and fixed,
  Of the Most High, who, in full frequence bright
  Of Angels, thus to Gabriel smiling spake:--


 He finished, and his words left

 His hellish crew dumbfounded,

 Confused and amazed with deep distress

 At this sad news. But there was no time then

 To wallow in their fears or grief:

 They unanimously voted to hand the planning

 And management of this great endeavour

 To him, their great dictator, whose first

 Attack on mankind had worked so well

 With Adam’s fall, and who had led them

 From the depths of hell to live in the light,

 Regents, potentates, Kings, even gods,

 Of many lovely countries and wide regions.

 So he directs his soft steps, full of snaky cunning

Towards the coast of Jordan,

 Where he is most likely to find this newly revealed

 Greatest of men, sworn son of God,

 To test him with temptation and all deceptions–

And so to undermine the one he suspected had come

 To end the reign on earth he had so long enjoyed:

 But it was otherwise, he unwittingly carried out

 The preordained and fixed plan

 Of the highest one who, surrounded by all

 His bright angels, smiled and said this to Gabriel:


  "Gabriel, this day, by proof, thou shalt behold, 130
  Thou and all Angels conversant on Earth
  With Man or men's affairs, how I begin
  To verify that solemn message late,
  On which I sent thee to the Virgin pure
  In Galilee, that she should bear a son,
  Great in renown, and called the Son of God.
  Then told'st her, doubting how these things could be
  To her a virgin, that on her should come
  The Holy Ghost, and the power of the Highest
  O'ershadow her. This Man, born and now upgrown, 140
  To shew him worthy of his birth divine
  And high prediction, henceforth I expose
  To Satan; let him tempt, and now assay
  His utmost subtlety, because he boasts
  And vaunts of his great cunning to the throng
  Of his Apostasy. He might have learnt
  Less overweening, since he failed in Job,
  Whose constant perseverance overcame
  Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.


“Gabriel, today you shall see it proved,

 You and all the angels on earth who know

 About man or men’s affairs, how I begin

To make true that recent solemn message

 Which I sent you with to the pure virgin

 In Galilee, saying that she should have a son,

 Who would be of great fame, and called the son of God.

 You told her, when she doubted how this could happen

 To her, a virgin, that the Holy Ghost

 Would come to her, and the power of God

 Would hang over her. This man, born and now grown-up,

 I am now going to expose

 To Satan, to show him worthy of

 His divine birth and the great predictions made for him.

 Let Satan tempt him, and try

 His best tricks, because he boasts

 And brags of his great cunning to his

 Treacherous mob. He might have learnt

 To be less proud, as he failed with Job,

 Whose never failing patience overcame

 Whatever his wicked cruelty could invent.


 He now shall know I can produce a man, 150
  Of female seed, far abler to resist
  All his solicitations, and at length
  All his vast force, and drive him back to Hell--
  Winning by conquest what the first man lost
  By fallacy surprised. But first I mean
  To exercise him in the Wilderness;
  There he shall first lay down the rudiments
  Of his great warfare, ere I send him forth
  To conquer Sin and Death, the two grand foes.
  By humiliation and strong sufferance 160
  His weakness shall o'ercome Satanic strength,
  And all the world, and mass of sinful flesh;
  That all the Angels and aethereal Powers--
  They now, and men hereafter—may discern
  From what consummate virtue I have chose
  This perfect man, by merit called my Son,
  To earn salvation for the sons of men."


Now he will know that I can produce a man,

 Born of woman, far better able to resist

 All his invitations, and in the end

 All his great armies, and drive him back to hell–

 Winning through war what the first man lost

 Through his wrong ideas. But first I intend

 To test him in the wilderness;

 There he shall begin the preparations

 For his great war, before I send him out

 To conquer sin and death, the two great enemies.

 Through humiliation and great suffering

 His weakness will overcome the strength of Satan,

 And all the world, and all the sins of the flesh;

 So that all the angels and heavenly powers–

 Them now, and men later–will see

 How wise I was to choose

 This perfect man, who deserves to be called my son,

 To win salvation for the sons of men.”

    So spake the Eternal Father, and all Heaven
  Admiring stood a space; then into hymns
  Burst forth, and in celestial measures moved, 170
  Circling the throne and singing, while the hand
  Sung with the voice, and this the argument:--


 This is what the eternal Father said, and all of heaven

 Stood for a while admiring him; then they burst

 Out singing and moved to the rhythm of the stars,

 Circling the throne and singing, while the instruments

 Played in accompaniment, and these were their words:

    "Victory and triumph to the Son of God,
  Now entering his great duel, not of arms,
  But to vanquish by wisdom hellish wiles!
  The Father knows the Son; therefore secure
  Ventures his filial virtue, though untried,
  Against whate'er may tempt, whate'er seduce,
  Allure, or terrify, or undermine.
  Be frustrate, all ye stratagems of Hell, 180
  And, devilish machinations, come to nought!"


“May the son of God have a triumphant victory,

 As he begins this great fight, not with weapons,

 But to defeat hell’s cunning with his wisdom!

 The father knows the son; and so he feels safe

 In risking his son’s virtue, though it has yet to be tested,

 Against whatever may tempt him, whatever may seduce him,

 Attract, or terrify, or undermine him.

 May all the plans of hell be frustrated,

 And may all devilish schemes come to nothing!”

    So they in Heaven their odes and vigils tuned.
  Meanwhile the Son of God, who yet some days
  Lodged in Bethabara, where John baptized,
  Musing and much revolving in his breast
  How best the mighty work he might begin
  Of Saviour to mankind, and which way first
  Publish his godlike office now mature,
  One day forth walked alone, the Spirit leading
  And his deep thoughts, the better to converse 190
  With solitude, till, far from track of men,
  Thought following thought, and step by step led on,
  He entered now the bordering Desert wild,
  And, with dark shades and rocks environed round,
  His holy meditations thus pursued:--


 This was how they sang and played in heaven.

 Meanwhile the son of God, who for some days

 Had been staying in Bethabara, where John had baptised him,

  Was thinking and turning over in his mind

 The best way to begin his great work

 Of saving mankind, and how he should first

 Announce his holy mission now he was full-grown.

 One day he walked out alone, following the spirit

 And his deep thoughts, feeling he could think better

 Alone, until, far from the paths of men,

 Following thought after thought and step after step

 He now entered the surrounding wild desert,

 And, surrounded by dark shadows and rocks

  He continued his holy meditations:

"O what a multitude of thoughts at once
  Awakened in me swarm, while I consider
  What from within I feel myself, and hear
  What from without comes often to my ears,
  Ill sorting with my present state compared! 200
  When I was yet a child, no childish play
  To me was pleasing; all my mind was set
  Serious to learn and know, and thence to do,
  What might be public good; myself I thought
  Born to that end, born to promote all truth,
  All righteous things. Therefore, above my years,
  The Law of God I read, and found it sweet;
  Made it my whole delight, and in it grew
  To such perfection that, ere yet my age
  Had measured twice six years, at our great Feast 210
  I went into the Temple, there to hear
  The teachers of our Law, and to propose
  What might improve my knowledge or their own,
  And was admired by all. Yet this not all
  To which my spirit aspired. Victorious deeds
  Flamed in my heart, heroic acts—one while
  To rescue Israel from the Roman yoke;
  Then to subdue and quell, o'er all the earth,
  Brute violence and proud tyrannic power,
  Till truth were freed, and equity restored: 220
  Yet held it more humane, more heavenly, first
  By winning words to conquer willing hearts,
  And make persuasion do the work of fear;
  At least to try, and teach the erring soul,
  Not wilfully misdoing, but unware
  Misled; the stubborn only to subdue.


 “Oh what a great number of thoughts suddenly

 Appear thronging in my head, while I think

 About what I can feel inside, and hear

  What comes to me from outside,

 None of which matches my present state!

 When I was still a child, no childish games

 Pleased me; my whole mind was devoted

 To learning and to know, and then to do,

 What was best for mankind; I thought that

 Was the purpose I was born for, to promote truth,

 And all things holy. And so, precociously,

 I read the law of God, and found it wonderful;

 I made it my only pleasure, and became

 So knowledgeable that before I was

 Twelve years old, at our great feast,

 I went into the temple to hear

 The teachers of law, and to put forward

 Ideas to improve their knowledge or my own,

 And I was admired by everyone. But this was not all

 My spirit hoped for.   Great deeds

 Burned in my heart, heroic acts–I wanted

 To rescue Israel from Roman rule;

 Then to defeat, everywhere on earth,

 Senseless violence and the proud power of tyrants,

 Until truth and equality reigned:

 But I thought it was more humane, and more divine, to first

 Win over those who were willing with words,

 And to use persuasion instead of threats,

 At least to try and teach the mistaken soul,

 Who was not deliberately doing wrong but was misled

 Through ignorance. Only the stubborn would I fight.
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