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What is the specific Biblical allusion that is referenced in the opening lines of Book 4 of John Milton's Paradise Lost? paradise lost

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The specific reference here in Book IV of Paradise Lost is to Revelations 12:3 and St. John's vision of a new battle in Heaven. Milton opens the book with:

O for that warning voice, which he who saw / The Apocalypse heard cry in heaven aloud, / Then when the dragon, put to second rout, / Came furious down to be revenged on men......

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