For books are …

For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

John Milton

The author of Paradise Lost was born on 9/12/1608.



Portrait of John Milton in National Portrait Gallery, London ca. 1629. Unknown artist (detail)

Born 9 December 1608
Bread Street, Cheapside, London, England
Died 8 November 1674 (aged 65)
Bunhill, London, England
Resting place St Giles-without-Cripplegate
Occupation Poet, prose polemicist, civil servant
Language English, Latin, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Aramaic, Syriac
Nationality English
Alma mater Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

“Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing, Heavenly Muse” (Paradise Lost i. 1–6)

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