Poem 170 – Youth Smiled Celestial

Youth smiled celestial

Milton, Paradise Lost, Book III, 638

Youth smiled celestial when I gazed upon it,
Cherubic cheek filled with rosy bloom
Wafting golden hair, eyes azure blue,
A high and happy laugh piercing the heavens,
Childhood beamed, innocence shined,
As they gambolled beneath the August sun.
Youth smiled celestial when I gazed upon it,
As it turned and ran to join the butterflies at noon.

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Dear readers,

Again, I have chosen to take a quote out of context and base a poem on it. The youth in question is Satan, disguised as a cherub to gain access to Eden. There is a wonderful section describing his voyage to earth, past the beautiful gate of heaven, in lines 421-588, but I chose not to try and match it, for obvious reasons.

Kind regards,

The Hapless Neo-Romantic

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