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he was probably read in Italy, at the time when Milton visited his noble literary friend of Naples, the Marquis of Villa. Soranzo unfolds his subject in the four following verses;
L'Innocenza perduta, e Adamo io canto,
In his first book, he describes the envious rage of Satan on contemplating the felicity of our first parents, and his temptation of Eve. In the second, the remorse and shame of the two human offenders in the presence of their God. The poem closes like that of Milton, with their expulsion from Paradise. A few passages from this curious and very scarce little work shall follow the Adamo of Andreini.
The learned and zealous Mr. Todd, in his elaborate edition of Milton, has enumerated many poets of different nations, who have sung the Loss of Paradise, and it is probable that our divine bard had perused
the most remarkable of his predecessors, if not all, who preceded him on that hallowed subject. If they contributed in any degree, to the amplitude and the splendor of his genius, it could only be as rivers impart their tribute to the Ocean. The grandest of those rivers may indeed reflect a considerable portion of the sky, but it is only. that expansive and sublime mirror of God, the Ocean itself, that completely represents the omnipotence of its Creator,
“ And all the dread magnificence of Heaven."
END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
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