You can read the whole poem here, together with study notes, biblical references etc.http://www.paradiselost.org...
There are more audible readings here at librivox.http://librivox.org/paradis...
Anyway - here's Johnny. John Milton was called "The Lady of Christ's" meaning Christ's College, he being a dainty dish, like the Paris Hilton of his day, and stuff. This remark is not intended to imply that he was homosexule. Not that there's anything wrong with that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
Lucifer was an archangel, once God's Best Friend, chosen after a somewhat bitchy reality TV series from several qualified angels. He represented the Morning Star, a Heavenly Newspaper, also Intellectualism and Enlightenment which are Good Things, surely. He and God went bowling together, wore matching sweaters, swapped eternity rings, texted one another twenty times daily, created New Worlds and generally raised Hell - er, not literally the latter, you understand, it's a figure of speech.
According to the Mormons Lucifer was the brother of Jesus. I don't know how or why, you'll have to ask them. I guess God had been married before...come to think of it, there's no record of him marrying Mary so Jesus was a b.... damn ... that thunder sounded close.
God told me that he visited our planet once, met a nice Jewish girl but she was married, nevertheless one thing led to another, now people still believe the kid was his, they're always talking about it but they can't prove a thing. What was that dazzling flash? Why is my hair on fire?
This is Paradise Lost, that you've probably heard about, but I only did the first 50 lines. It's a sad and involved story but it all turns out well in the end, however not before some exciting moments and plot twists before the customary torture scenes, final obligatory car chase and flaming crash into the abyss.
The "one restraint" was of course not to eat the Forbidden Fruit, which, incidentally, was not called an apple in the Bible. Personally, I think it was a banana, they're very tempting.
"Paradise Lost" 1866 engraving by Gustave Doré showing Lucifer and his Host of Rebel Angels being cast into Bottomless Perdition, which doesn't sound like much fun and "penal fire" is just plain spiteful and gives me the Flaming Willies. Ouch.