Paradise Lost - 1674 edition

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  POEM Book

Paradise Lost.

     

BOOK I.

     

THE ARGUMENT.

      This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole
      Subject, Mans disobedience, the loss thereupon
      of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches
      the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather
      Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and
      drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by
      the command of God driven out of Heaven with
      all his Crew into the great Deep. Which action
      past over, the Poem hasts into the midst of things,
      presenting Satan with his Angels now fallen into
      Hell, described here, not in the Center (for Hea-
      ven and Earth may be suppos'd as yet not made,
      certainly not yet accurst) but in a place of utter
      darkness, fuliest call'd Chaos: Here Satan with his
      Angels lying on the burning Lake, thunder-struck
      and astonisht, after a certain space recovers, as
      from confusion, calls up him who next in Order
      and Dignity lay by him; they confer of thir mi-
      serable fall. Satan awakens all his Legions, who
      lay till then in the same manner confounded; They
      rise, thir Numbers, array of Battel thir chief
      Leaders nam'd, according to the Idols known af-
      terwards in Canaan and the Countries adjoyning.
      To these Satan directs his Speech, comforts them with
      hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly
      of a new World and new kind of Creature to be
      created, according to an ancient Prophesie or report
      in Heaven; for that Angels were long before
      this visible Creation, was the opinion of many
      ancient Fathers. To find out the truth of this
      Prophesie, and what to determin thereon he refers
      to a full Councel. What his Associates thence at-
      tempt. Pandemonium the Palace of Satan rises,
      suddenly built out of the Deep: The infernal Peers
  POEM BOOK 1 there sit in Councel.
       
  1:  1.  OF Mans First Disobedience, and
      the Fruit
  2:  2.  Of that Forbidden Tree, whose
      mortal tast
  3:  3.  Brought Death into the World,
      and all our woe,
  4:  4.  With loss of Eden, till one
      greater Man
  5:  5.  Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
  6:  6.  Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
  7:  7.  Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
  8:  8.  That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
  9:  9.  In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
  10:  10.  Rose out of Chaos: Or if Sion Hill
  11:  11.  Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd
  12:  12.  Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence
  13:  13.  Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
  14:  14.  That with no middle flight intends to soar
  15:  15.  Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues
  16:  16.  Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
  17:  17.  And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
  18:  18.  Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
  19:  19.  Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
  20:  20.  Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
  21:  21.  Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
  22:  22.  And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
  23:  23.  Illumin, what is low raise and support;
  24:  24.  That to the highth of this great Argument
  25:  25.  I may assert Eternal Providence,
  26:  26.  And justifie the wayes of God to men.
  27:  27.  Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view
  28:  28.  Nor the deep Tract of Hell, say first what cause
  29:  29.  Mov'd our Grand Parents in that happy State,
  30:  30.  Favour'd of Heav'n so highly, to fall off
  31:  31.  From thir Creator, and transgress his Will
  32:  32.  For one restraint, Lords of the World besides?
  33:  33.  Who first seduc'd them to that foul revolt ?
  34:  34.  Th' infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile
  35:  35.  Stird up with Envy and Revenge, deceiv'd
  36:  36.  The Mother of Mankind, what time his Pride
  37:  37.  Had cast him out from Heav'n, with all his Host
  38:  38.  Of Rebel Angels, by whose aid aspiring
  39:  39.  To set himself in Glory above his Peers,
  40:  40.  He trusted to have equal'd the most High,
  41:  41.  If he oppos'd; and with ambitious aim
  42:  42.  Against the Throne and Monarchy of God
  43:  43.  Rais'd impious War in Heav'n and Battel proud
  44:  44.  With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power
  45:  45.  Hurld headlong flaming from th'Ethereal Skie
  46:  46.  With hideous ruine and combustion down
  47:  47.  To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
  48:  48.  In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire,
  49:  49.  Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
  50:  50.  Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night
  51:  51.  To mortal men, he with his horrid crew
  52:  52.  Lay vanquisht, rowling in the fiery Gulfe
  53:  53.  Confounded though immortal : But his doom
  54:  54.  Reserv'd him to more wrath; for now the thought
  55:  55.  Both of lost happiness and lasting pain
  56:  56.  Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes
  57:  57.  That witness'd huge affliction and dismay
  58:  58.  Mixt with obdurate pride and stedfast hate:
  59:  59.  At once as far as Angels kenn he views
  60:  60.  The dismal Situation waste and wilde,
  61:  61.  A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
  62:  62.  As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
  63:  63.  No light, but rather darkness visible
  64:  64.  Serv'd onely to discover sights of woe,
  65:  65.  Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
  66:  66.  And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
  67:  67.  That comes to all; but torture without end
  68:  68.  Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
  69:  69.  With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd:
  70:  70.  Such place Eternal Justice had prepar'd
  71:  71.  For those rebellious, here their Prison ordain'd
  72:  72.  In utter darkness, and thir portion set
  73:  73.  As far remov'd from God and light of Heav'n
  74:  74.  As from the Center thrice to th' utmost Pole.
  75:  75.  O how unlike the place from whence they fell!
  76:  76.  There the companions of his fall, o'rewhelm'd
  77:  77.  With Floods and Whirlwinds of tempestuous fire,
  78:  78.  He soon discerns, and weltring by his side
  79:  79.  One next himself in power, and next in crime,
  80:  80.  Long after known in Palestine, and nam'd
  81:  81.  Beelzebub. To whom th' Arch-Enemy,
  82:  82.  And thence in Heav'n call'd Satan, with bold words
  83:  83.  Breaking the horrid silence thus began.
  84:  84.  If thou beest he; But O how fall'n! how chang'd
  85:  85.  From him, who in the happy Realms of Light
  86:  86.  Cloth'd with transcendent brightness didst out-shine
  87:  87.  Myriads though bright: If he whom mutual league,
  88:  88.  United thoughts and counsels, equal hope
  89:  89.  And hazard in the Glorious Enterprize,
  90:  90.  Joynd with me once, now misery hath joynd
  91:  91.  In equal ruin: into what Pit thou seest
  92:  92.  From what highth fall'n, so much the stronger prov'd
  93:  93.  He with his Thunder : and till then who knew
  94:  94.  The force of those dire Arms? yet not for those,
  95:  95.  Nor what the Potent Victor in his rage
  96:  96.  Can else inflict, do I repent or change,
  97:  97.  Though chang'd in outward luster; that fixt mind
  98:  98.  And high disdain, from sence of injur'd merit,
  99:  99.  That with the mightiest rais'd me to contend,
  100:  100.  And to the fierce contention brought along
  101:  101.  Innumberable force of Spirits arm'd
  102:  102.  That durst dislike his reign, and me preferring,
  103:  103.  His utmost power with adverse power oppos'd
  104:  104.  In dubious Battel on the Plains of Heav'n,
  105:  105.  And shook his throne. What though the field be lost?
  106:  106.  All is not lost ; the unconquerable Will,
  107:  107.  And study of revenge, immortal hate,
  108:  108.  And courage never to submit or yield;
  109:  109.  And what is else not to be overcome ?
  110:  110.  That Glory never shall his wrath or might
  111:  111.  Extort from me. To bow and sue for grace
  112:  112.  With suppliant knee, and defie his power,
  113:  113.  Who from the terrour of this Arm so late
  114:  114.  Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed,
  115:  115.  That were an ignominy and shame beneath
  116:  116.  This downfall ; since by Fate the strength of Gods
  117:  117.  And this Empyreal substance cannot fail,
  118:  118.  Since through experience of this great event
  119:  119.  In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't,
  120:  120.  We may with more successful hope resolve
  121:  121.  To wage by force or guile eternal Warr
  122:  122.  Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe,
  123:  123.  Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy
  124:  124.  Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
  125:  125.  So spake th' Apostate Angel, though in pain,
  126:  126.  Vaunting aloud, but rackt with deep despare:
  127:  127.  And him thus answer'd soon his bold Compeer.
  128:  128.  O Prince, O Chief of many Throned Powers,
  129:  129.  That led th' imbattelld Seraphim to Warr
  130:  130.  Under thy conduct, and in the dreadful deeds
  131:  131.  Fearless, endanger'd Heav'ns perpetual King;
  132:  132.  And put to proof his high Supremacy,
  133:  133.  Whether upheld by strength, or Chance, or Fate,
  134:  134.  Too well I see and rue the dire event,
  135:  135.  That with sad overthrow and foul defeat
  136:  136.  Hath lost us Heav'n, and all this mighty Host
  137:  137.  In horrible destruction laid thus low,
  138:  138.  As far as Gods and Heav'nly Essences
  139:  139.  Can perish: for the mind and spirit remains
  140:  140.  Invincible, and vigour soon returns,
  141:  141.  Though all our Glory extinct, and happy state
  142:  142.  Here swallow'd up in endless misery.
  143:  143.  But what if he our Conquerour, ( whom I now
  144:  144.  Of force believe Almighty, since no less
  145:  145.  Then such could hav orepow'rd such force as ours )
  146:  146.  Have left us this our spirit and strength intire
  147:  147.  Strongly to suffer and support our pains,
  148:  148.  That we may so suffice his vengeful ire,
  149:  149.  Or do him mightier service as his thralls
  150:  150.  By right of Warr, what e're his business be
  151:  151.  Here in the heart of Hell to work in Fire,
  152:  152.  Or do his Errands in the gloomy Deep;
  153:  153.  What can it then avail though yet we feel
  154:  154.  Strength undiminisht, or eternal being
  155:  155.  To undergo eternal punishment?
  156:  156.  Whereto with speedy words th' Arch-fiend reply'd.
  157:  157.  Fall'n Cherube, to be weak is miserable
  158:  158.  Doing or Suffering : but of this be sure,
  159:  159.  To do ought good never will be our task,
  160:  160.  But ever to do ill our sole delight,
  161:  161.  As being the contrary to his high will
  162:  162.  Whom we resist. If then his Providence
  163:  163.  Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
  164:  164.  Our labour must be to pervert that end,
  165:  165.  And out of good still to find means of evil ;
  166:  166.  Which oft times may succeed, so as perhaps
  167:  167.  Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb
  168:  168.  His inmost counsels from thir destind aim.
  169:  169.  But see the angry Victor hath recall'd
  170:  170.  His Ministers of vengenance and pursuit
  171:  171.  Back to the Gates of Heav'n : the Sulphurous Hail
  172:  172.  Shot after us in storm, oreblown hath laid
  173:  173.  The fiery Surge, that from the Precipice
  174:  174.  Of Heav'n receiv'd us falling, and the Thunder,
  175:  175.  Wing'd with red Lightning and impetuous rage,
  176:  176.  Perhaps hath spent his shafts, and ceases now
  177:  177.  To bellow through the vast and boundless Deep.
  178:  178.  Let us not flip th' occasion, whether scorn,
  179:  179.  Or satiate fury yield it from our Foe.
  180:  180.  Seest thou yon dreary Plain, forlorn and wilde,
  181:  181.  The seat of desolation, voyd of light,
  182:  182.  Save what the glimmering of these livid flames
  183:  183.  Casts pale and dreadful? Thither let us tend
  184:  184.  From off the tossing of these fiery waves,
  185:  185.  There rest, if any rest can harbour there,
  186:  186.  And reassembling our afflicted Powers,
  187:  187.  Consult how we may henceforth most offend
  188:  188.  Our Enemy, our own loss how repair,
  189:  189.  How overcome this dire Calamity,
  190:  190.  What reinforcement we may gain from Hope,
  191:  191.  If not what resolution from despare.
  192:  192.  Thus Satan talking to his neerest Mate
  193:  193.  With Head up-lift above the wave, and Eyes
  194:  194.  That sparkling blaz'd, his other Parts besides
  195:  195.  Prone on the Flood, extended long and large
  196:  196.  Lay floating many a rood, in bulk as huge
  197:  197.  As whom the Fables name of monstrous size,
  198:  198.  Titanian, or Earth-born, that warr'd on Jove,
  199:  199.  Briareos or Typhon, whom the Den
  200:  200.  By ancient Tarsus held, or that Sea-beast
  201:  201.  Leviathan, which God of all his works
  202:  202.  Created hugest that swim th' Ocean stream :
  203:  203.  Him haply slumbring on the Norway foam
  204:  204.  The Pilot of some small night-founder'd Skiff,
  205:  205.  Deeming some Island, oft, as Sea-men tell,
  206:  206.  With fixed Anchor in his skaly rind
  207:  207.  Moors by his side under the Lee, while Night
  208:  208.  Invests the Sea, and wished Morn delayes :
  209:  209.  So stretcht out huge in length the Arch-fiend lay
  210:  210.  Chain'd on the burning Lake, nor ever thence
  211:  211.  Had ris'n or heav'd his head, but that the will
  212:  212.  And high permission of all-ruling Heaven
  213:  213.  Left him at large to his own dark designs,
  214:  214.  That with reiterated crimes he might
  215:  215.  Heap on himself damnation, while he sought
  216:  216.  Evil to others, and enrag'd might see
  217:  217.  How all his malice serv'd but to bring forth
  218:  218.  Infinite goodness, grace and mercy shewn
  219:  219.  On Man by him seduc't, but on himself
  220:  220.  Treble confusion, wrath and vengeance pour'd.
  221:  221.  Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool
  222:  222.  His mighty Stature; on each hand the flames
  223:  223.  Drivn backward slope thir pointing spires, and rowld
  224:  224.  In billows, leave i'th' midst a horrid Vale.
  225:  225.  Then with expanded wings he stears his flight
  226:  226.  Aloft, incumbent on the dusky Air
  227:  227.  That felt unusual weight, till on dry Land
  228:  228.  He lights, if it were Land that ever burn'd
  229:  229.  With solid, as the Lake with liquid fire ;
  230:  230.  And such appear'd in hue, as when the force
  231:  231.  Of subterranean wind transports a Hill
  232:  232.  Torn from Pelorus, or the shatter'd side
  233:  233.  Of thundring Aetna, whose combustible
  234:  234.  And fewel'd entrals thence conceiving Fire,
  235:  235.  Sublim'd with Mineral fury, aid the Winds,
  236:  236.  And leave a singed bottom all involv'd
  237:  237.  With stench and smoak: Such resting found the sole
  238:  238.  Of unblest feet. Him followed his next Mate.
  239:  239.  Both glorying to have scap't the Stygian flood
  240:  240.  As Gods, and by thir own recover'd strength,
  241:  241.  Not by the sufferance of supernal Power.
  242:  242.  Is this the Region, this the Soil, the Clime,
  243:  243.  Said then the lost Arch-Angel, this the seat
  244:  244.  That we must change for Heav'n, this mournful gloom
  245:  245.  For that celestial light? Be it so, since he
  246:  246.  Who now is Sovran can dispose and bid
  247:  247.  What shall be right: fardest from him is best
  248:  248.  Whom reason hath equald, force hath made supream
  249:  249.  Above his equals. Farewel happy Fields
  250:  250.  Where Joy for ever dwells: Hail horrours, hail
  251:  251.  Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
  252:  252.  Receive thy new Possessor; One who brings
  253:  253.  A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
  254:  254.  The mind is its own place, and in it self
  255:  255.  Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
  256:  256.  What matter where, if I be still the same,
  257:  257.  And what I should be, all but less then he
  258:  258.  Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least
  259:  259.  We shall be free; th'Almighty hath not built
  260:  260.  Here for his envy, will not drive us hence :
  261:  261.  Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
  262:  262.  To reign is worth ambition though in Hell :
  263:  263.  Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
  264:  264.  But wherefore let we then our faithful friends,
  265:  265.  Th' associates and copartners of our loss
  266:  266.  Lye thus astonisht on th' oblivious Pool,
  267:  267.  And call them not to share with us their part
  268:  268.  In this unhappy Mansion, or once more
  269:  269.  With rallied Arms to try what may be yet
  270:  270.  Regaind in Heav'n, or what more lost in Hell?
  271:  271.  So Satan spake, and him Beelzebub
  272:  272.  Thus answer'd. Leader of those Armies bright,
  273:  273.  Which but th' Omnipotent none could have foyld,
  274:  274.  If once they hear that voyce, thir liveliest pledge
  275:  275.  Of hope in fears and dangers, heard so oft
  276:  276.  In worst extreams, and on the perilous edge
  277:  277.  Of battel when it rag'd, in all assaults
  278:  278.  Thir surest signal, they will soon resume
  279:  279.  New courage and revive, though now they lye
  280:  280.  Groveling and prostrate on yon Lake of Fire,
  281:  281.  As we erewhile, astounded and amaz'd,
  282:  282.  No wonder, fall'n such a pernicious highth.
  283:  283.  He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend
  284:  284.  Was moving toward the shoar ; his ponderous shield
  285:  285.  Ethereal temper, massy, large and round,
  286:  286.  Behind him cast; the broad circumference
  287:  287.  Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
  288:  288.  Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
  289:  289.  At Ev'ning from the top of Fesole,
  290:  290.  Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
  291:  291.  Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
  292:  292.  His Spear, to equal which the tallest Pine
  293:  293.  Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the Mast
  294:  294.  Of some great Ammiral, were but a wand,
  295:  295.  He walkt with to support uneasie steps
  296:  296.  Over the burning Marle, not like those steps
  297:  297.  On Heavens Azure, and the torrid Clime
  298:  298.  Smote on him fore besides, vaulted with Fire;
  299:  299.  Nathless he so endur'd, till on the Beach
  300:  300.  Of that inflamed Sea, he stood and call'd
  301:  301.  His Legions, Angel Forms, who lay intrans't
  302:  302.  Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks
  303:  303.  In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades
  304:  304.  High overarch't imbowr; or scatterd sedge
  305:  305.  Afloat, when with fierce Winds Orion arm'd
  306:  306.  Hath vext the Red-Sea Coast, whose waves orethrew
  307:  307.  Busiris and his Memphian Chivalry,
  308:  308.  While with persidious hatred they pursu'd
  309:  309.  The Sojourners of Goshen, who beheld
  310:  310.  From the safe shore thir floating Carkases
  311:  311.  And broken Chariot Wheels, so thick bestrown
  312:  312.  Abject and lost lay these, covering the Flood,
  313:  313.  Under amazement of thir hideous change.
  314:  314.  He call'd so loud, that all the hollow Deep
  315:  315.  Of Hell resounded. Princes, Potentates,
  316:  316.  Warriers, the Flowr of Heav'n, once yours, now lost,
  317:  317.  If such astonishment as this can sieze
  318:  318.  Eternal spirits ; or have ye chos'n this place
  319:  319.  After the toyl of Battel to repose
  320:  320.  Your wearied vertue, for the ease you find
  321:  321.  To slumber here, as in the Vales of Heav'n?
  322:  322.  Or in this abject posture have ye sworn
  323:  323.  To adore the Conquerour? who now beholds
  324:  324.  Cherube and Seraph rowling in the Flood
  325:  325.  With scatter'd Arms and Ensigns, till anon
  326:  326.  His swift pursuers from Heav'n Gates discern
  327:  327.  Th' advantage, and the descending tread us down
  328:  328.  Thus drooping, or with linked Thunderbolts
  329:  329.  Transfix us to the bottom of this Gulfe.
  330:  330.  Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n.
  331:  331.  They heard, and were abasht, and up they sprung
  332:  332.  Upon the wing, as when men wont to watch
  333:  333.  On duty, sleeping sound by whom they dread,
  334:  334.  Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake.
  335:  335.  Nor did they not perceave the evil plight
  336:  336.  In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel ;
  337:  337.  Yet to thir Generals Voyce they soon obeyd
  338:  338.  Innumerable. As when the potent Rod
  339:  339.  Of Amrams Son in Egypts evill day
  340:  340.  Wav'd round the Coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud
  341:  341.  Of Locusts, warping on the Eastern Wind,
  342:  342.  That ore the Realm of impious Pharaoh hung
  343:  343.  Like Night, and darken'd all the Land of Nile:
  344:  344.  So numberless were those bad Angels seen
  345:  345.  Hovering on wing under the Cope of Hell
  346:  346.  'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding Fires;
  347:  347.  Till, as a signal giv'n, th' uplifted Spear
  348:  348.  Of thir great Sultan waving to direct
  349:  349.  Thir course, in even ballance down they light
  350:  350.  On the firm brimstone, and fill all the Plain ;
  351:  351.  A multitude, like which the populous North
  352:  352.  Pour'd never from her frozen loyns, to pass
  353:  353.  Rhene or the Danaw, when her barbarous Sons
  354:  354.  Came like a Deluge on the South, and spread
  355:  355.  Beneath Gibralter to the Lybian sands.
  356:  356.  Forthwith from every Squadron and each Band
  357:  357.  The Heads and Leaders thither hast where stood
  358:  358.  Thir great Commander ; Godlike shapes and forms
  359:  359.  Excelling human, Princely Dignities,
  360:  360.  And Powers that earst in Heaven sat on Thrones;
  361:  361.  Though of thir Names in heav'nly Records now
  362:  362.  Be no memorial blotted out and ras'd
  363:  363.  By thir Rebellion, from the Books of Life.
  364:  364.  Nor had they yet among the Sons of Eve
  365:  365.  Got them new Names, till wandring ore the Earth,
  366:  366.  Through Gods high sufferance for the tryal of man,
  367:  367.  By falsities and lyes the greatest part
  368:  368.  Of Mankind they corrupted to forsake
  369:  369.  God thir Creator, and th' invisible
  370:  370.  Glory of him that made them, to transform
  371:  371.  Oft to the Image of a Brute, adorn'd
  372:  372.  With gay Religions full of Pomp and Gold,
  373:  373.  And Devils to adore for Deities:
  374:  374.  Then were they known to men by various Names,
  375:  375.  And various Idols through the Heathen World.
  376:  376.  Say, Muse, thir Names then known, who first, who last,
  377:  377.  Rous'd from the slumber, on that fiery Couch,
  378:  378.  At thir great Emperors call, as next in worth
  379:  379.  Came singly where he stood on the bare strand,
  380:  380.  While the promiscuous croud stood yet aloof?
  381:  381.  The chief were those who from the Pit of Hell
  382:  382.  Roaming to seek thir prey on earth, durst fix
  383:  383.  Thir Seats long after next the Seat of God,
  384:  384.  Thir Altars by his Altar, Gods ador'd
  385:  385.  Among the Nations round, and durst abide
  386:  386.  Jehovah thundring out of Sion, thron'd
  387:  387.  Between the Cherubum; yea, often plac'd
  388:  388.  Within his Sanctuary it self thir Shrines,
  389:  389.  Abominations ; and with cursed things
  390:  390.  His holy Rites, and solemn Feasts profan'd,
  391:  391.  And with thir darkness durst affront his light.
  392:  392.  First Moloch, horrid King besmear'd with blood
  393:  393.  Of human sacrifice, and parents tears,
  394:  394.  Though for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud
  395:  395.  Thir childrens cries unheard, that past through fire
  396:  396.  To his grim Idol. Him the Ammonite
  397:  397.  Worshipt in Rabba and her watry Plain,
  398:  398.  In Argob and in Basan, to the stream
  399:  399.  Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such
  400:  400.  Audacious neigbourhood, the wisest heart
  401:  401.  Of Solomon he led by fraud to build
  402:  402.  His Temple right against the Temple of God
  403:  403.  On that opprobrious Hill, and made his Grove
  404:  404.  The pleasant Vally of Hinnom, Tophet thence
  405:  405.  And black Gehenna call'd, the Type of Hell.
  406:  406.  Next Chemos th' obscene dread of Moabs Sons,
  407:  407.  From Aroar to Nebo, and the wild
  408:  408.  Of Southmost Abarim; in Hesebon
  409:  409.  And Horonaim, Seons Realm, beyond
  410:  410.  The flowry Dale of Sibma clad with Vines,
  411:  411.  And Eleale to th' Asphaltick Pool.
  412:  412.  Peor his other Name, when he entic'd
  413:  413.  Israel in Sittim on thir march from Nile
  414:  414.  To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
  415:  415.  Yet thence his lustful Orgies he enlarg'd
  416:  416.  Even to that Hill of scandal, by the Grove
  417:  417.  Of Moloch homicide, lust hard by hate;
  418:  418.  Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell.
  419:  419.  With these came they, who from the bordring flood
  420:  420.  Of old Euphrates to the Brook that parts
  421:  421.  Egypt from Syrian ground, had general Names
  422:  422.  Of Baalim and Ashtaroth, those male,
  423:  423.  These Feminine. For Spirits when they please
  424:  424.  Can either Sex assume, or both; so soft
  425:  425.  And uncompounded is thir Essence pure,
  426:  426.  Not ti'd or manacl'd with joynt or limb,
  427:  427.  Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones,
  428:  428.  Like cumbrous flesh ; but in what shape they choose
  429:  429.  Dilated or condens't, bright or obscure,
  430:  430.  Can execute thir aerie purposes,
  431:  431.  And works of love or enmity fulfill.
  432:  432.  For those the Race of Israel oft forsook
  433:  433.  Thir living strength, and unfrequented left
  434:  434.  His righteous Altar, bowing lowly down
  435:  435.  To bestial Gods; for which thir heads as low
  436:  436.  Bow'd down in Battel, sunk before the Spear
  437:  437.  Of despicable foes. With these in troop
  438:  438.  Came Astoreth, whom the Phoenicians call'd
  439:  439.  Astarte, Queen of Heav'n, with crescent Horns;
  440:  440.  To whose bright Image nightly by the Moon
  441:  441.  Sidonian Virgins paid thir Vows and Songs,
  442:  442.  In Sion also not unsung, where stood
  443:  443.  Her Temple on th' offensive Mountain, built
  444:  444.  By that uxorious King, whose heart though large,
  445:  445.  Beguil'd by fair Idolatresses, fell
  446:  446.  To Idols foul. Thammuz came next behind,
  447:  447.  Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd
  448:  448.  The Syrian Damsels to lament his fate
  449:  449.  In amorous dittyes all a Summers day,
  450:  450.  While smooth Adonis from his native Rock
  451:  451.  Ran purple to the Sea, suppos'd with blood
  452:  452.  Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the Love-tale
  453:  453.  Infected Sions daughters with like heat,
  454:  454.  Whole wanton passions in the sacred Porch
  455:  455.  Ezekiel saw, when by the Vision led
  456:  456.  His eye survay'd the dark Idolatries
  457:  457.  Of alienated Judah. Next came one
  458:  458.  Who mourn'd in earnest, when the Captive Ark
  459:  459.  Maim'd his brute Image, head and hands lopt off
  460:  460.  In his own Temple, on the grunsel edge,
  461:  461.  Where he fell flat, and sham'd his Worshippers:
  462:  462.  Dagon his Name, Sea Monster, upward Man
  463:  463.  And downward Fish: yet had his Temple high
  464:  464.  Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the Coast
  465:  465.  Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon
  466:  466.  And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.
  467:  467.  Him follow'd Rimmon, whose delightful Seat
  468:  468.  Was fair Damascus, on the fertil Banks
  469:  469.  Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streams.
  470:  470.  He also against the house of God was bold :
  471:  471.  A Leper once he lost and gain'd a King,
  472:  472.  Ahaz his sottish Conquerour, whom he drew
  473:  473.  Gods Altar to disparage and displace
  474:  474.  For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn
  475:  475.  His odious offrings, and adore the Gods
  476:  476.  Whom he had vanquisht. After these appear'd
  477:  477.  A crew who under Names of old Renown,
  478:  478.  Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their Train
  479:  479.  With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd
  480:  480.  Fanatic Egypt and her Priests, to seek
  481:  481.  Thir wandring Gods disguis'd in brutish forms
  482:  482.  Rather then human. Nor did Israel scape
  483:  483.  Th' infection when thir borrow'd Gold compos'd
  484:  484.  The Calf in Oreb: and the Rebel King
  485:  485.  Doubl'd that sin in Bethel and in Dan,
  486:  486.  Lik'ning his Maker to the Grazed Ox,
  487:  487.  Jehovah, who in one Night when he pass'd
  488:  488.  From Egypt marching, equal'd with one stroke
  489:  489.  Both her first born and all her bleating Gods.
  490:  490.  Belial came last, then whom a Spirit more lewd
  491:  491.  Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love
  492:  492.  Vice for it self : To him no Temple stood
  493:  493.  Or Altar smoak'd ; yet who more oft then hee
  494:  494.  In Temples and at Altars, when the Priest
  495:  495.  Turns Atheist, as did Ely's Sons, who fill'd
  496:  496.  With lust and violence the house of God.
  497:  497.  In Courts and Palaces he also Reigns
  498:  498.  And in luxurious Cities, where the noyse
  499:  499.  Of riot ascends above thir loftiest Towrs,
  500:  500.  And injury and outrage : And when Night
  501:  501.  Darkens the Streets, then wander forth the Sons
  502:  502.  Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
  503:  503.  Witness the Streets of Sodom, and that night
  504:  504.  In Gibeah, when the hospitable door
  505:  505.  Expos'd a Matron to avoid worse rape.
  506:  506.  These were the prime in order and in might ;
  507:  507.  The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd,
  508:  508.  Th' Ionian Gods, of Javans Issue held
  509:  509.  Gods, yet confest later then Heav'n and Earth
  510:  510.  Thir boasted Parents; Titan Heav'ns first born
  511:  511.  With his enormous brood, and birthright seis'd
  512:  512.  By younger Saturn, he from mightier Jove
  513:  513.  His own and Rhea's Son like measure found ;
  514:  514.  So Jove usurping reign'd : these first in Creet
  515:  515.  And Ida known, thence on the Snowy top
  516:  516.  Of cold Olympus rul'd the middle Air
  517:  517.  Thir highest Heav'n ; or on the Delphian Cliff,
  518:  518.  Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
  519:  519.  Of Doric Land; or who with Saturn old
  520:  520.  Fled over Adria to th' Hesperian Fields,
  521:  521.  And ore the Celtic roam'd the utmost Isles.
  522:  522.  All these and more came flocking ; but with looks
  523:  523.  Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd
  524:  524.  Obscure some glimps of joy, to have found thir chief
  525:  525.  Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost
  526:  526.  In loss it self; which on his count'nance cast
  527:  527.  Like doubtful hue : but he his wonted pride
  528:  528.  Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore
  529:  529.  Semblance of worth, not substance, gently rais'd
  530:  530.  Thir fanting courage, and dispel'd thir fears.
  531:  531.  Then straight commands that at warlike sound
  532:  532.  Of Trumpets loud and Clarions be upreard
  533:  533.  His mighty Standard ; that proud honour claim'd
  534:  534.  Azazel as his right, a Cherube tall :
  535:  535.  Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld
  536:  536.  Th' Imperial Ensign, which full high advanc't
  537:  537.  Shon like a Meteor streaming to the Wind
  538:  538.  With Gemms and Golden lustre rich imblaz'd,
  539:  539.  Seraphic arms and Trophies : all the while
  540:  540.  Sonorous mettal blowing Martial sounds:
  541:  541.  At which the universal Host upsent
  542:  542.  A shout that tore Hells Concave, and beyond
  543:  543.  Frighted the Reign of Chaos and old Night.
  544:  544.  All in a moment through the gloom were seen
  545:  545.  Ten thousand Banners rise into the Air
  546:  546.  With Orient Colours waving: with them rose
  547:  547.  A Forrest huge of Spears: and thronging Helms
  548:  548.  Appear'd, and serried Shields in thick array
  549:  549.  Of depth immeasurable: Anon they move
  550:  550.  In perfect Phalanx to the Dorian mood
  551:  551.  Of Flutes and soft Recorders ; such as rais'd
  552:  552.  To hight of noblest temper Hero's old
  553:  553.  Arming to Battel, and in stead of rage
  554:  554.  Deliberate valour breath'd, firm and unmov'd
  555:  555.  With dread of death to flight or foul retreat,
  556:  556.  Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
  557:  557.  With solemn touches, troubl'd thoughts and chase
  558:  558.  Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain
  559:  559.  From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they
  560:  560.  Breathing united force with fixed thought
  561:  561.  Mov'd on in silence to soft Pipes that charm'd
  562:  562.  Thir painful steps o're the burnt soyle ; and now
  563:  563.  Advanc't in view ,they stand, a horrid Front
  564:  564.  Of dreadful length and dazling Arms, in guise
  565:  565.  Of Warriers old with order'd Spear and Shield,
  566:  566.  Awaiting what command thir mighty Chief
  567:  567.  Had to impose: He through the armed Files
  568:  568.  Darts his experienc't eye, and soon traverse
  569:  569.  The whole Battalion views, thir order due,
  570:  570.  Thir visages and stature as of Gods,
  571:  571.  Thir number last he summs. And now his heart
  572:  572.  Distends with pride, and hardning in his strength
  573:  573.  Glories : For never since created man,
  574:  574.  Met such imbodied force, as nam'd with these
  575:  575.  Could merit more then that small infantry
  576:  576.  Warr'd on by Cranes : though all the Giant brood
  577:  577.  Of Phlegra with th' Heroic Race were joyn'd
  578:  578.  That fought at Theb's and Ilium, on each side
  579:  579.  Mixt with auxiliar Gods; and what resounds
  580:  580.  In Fable or Romance of Uthers Son
  581:  581.  Begirt with British and Armoric Knights;
  582:  582.  And all who since, Baptiz'd or Infidel
  583:  583.  Jousted in Aspramont or Montalban,
  584:  584.  Damasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond,
  585:  585.  Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore
  586:  586.  When Charlemain with all his Peerage fell
  587:  587.  By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond
  588:  588.  Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd
  589:  589.  Thir dread commander : he above the rest
  590:  590.  In shape and gesture proudly eminent
  591:  591.  Stood like a Towr ; his form had yet not lost
  592:  592.  All her Original brightness, nor appear'd
  593:  593.  Less then Arch Angel ruind, and th' excess
  594:  594.  Of Glory obsur'd : As when the Sun new ris'n
  595:  595.  Looks through the Horizontal misty Air
  596:  596.  Shorn of his Beams, or from behind the Moon
  597:  597.  In dim Eclips disastrous twilight sheds
  598:  598.  On half the Nations, and with fear of change
  599:  599.  Perplexes Monarchs. Dark'n'd so, yet shon
  600:  600.  Above them all th' Arch Angel : but his face
  601:  601.  Deep scars of Thunder had intrencht, and care
  602:  602.  Sat on his faded cheek, but under Browes
  603:  603.  Of dauntless courage, and considerate Pride
  604:  604.  Waiting revenge : cruel his eye, but cast
  605:  605.  Signs of remorse and passion to behold
  606:  606.  The fellows of his crime, the followers rather
  607:  607.  (Far other once beheld in bliss) condemn'd
  608:  608.  For ever now to have thir lot in pain,
  609:  609.  Millions of Spirits for his fault amerc't
  610:  610.  Of Heav'n, and from Eternal Splendors flung
  611:  611.  For his revolt, yet faithfull how they stood,
  612:  612.  Thir Glory witherd. As when Heavens Fire
  613:  613.  Hath scath'd the Forrest Oaks, or Mountain Pines,
  614:  614.  With singed top thir stately growth though bare
  615:  615.  Stands on the blasted Heath. He now prepar'd
  616:  616.  To speak ; whereat thir doubl'd Ranks they bend
  617:  617.  From wing to wing, and half enclose him round
  618:  618.  With all his Peers : attention held them mute.
  619:  619.  Thrice he assayd, and thrice in spight of scorn,
  620:  620.  Tears such as Angels weep, burst forth : at last
  621:  621.  Words interwove with sighs found out thir way.
  622:  622.  O Myriads of immortal Spirits, O Powers
  623:  623.  Matchless, but with th' Almighty, and that strife
  624:  624.  Was not inglorious, though th' event was dire,
  625:  625.  As this place testifies, and this dire change
  626:  626.  Hateful to utter : but what power of mind
  627:  627.  Foreseeing or presaging, from the Depth
  628:  628.  Of knowledge past or present, could have fear'd,
  629:  629.  How such united force of Gods, how such
  630:  630.  As stood like these, could ever know repulse?
  631:  631.  For who can yet beleeve, though after loss,
  632:  632.  That all these puissant Legions, whose exile
  633:  633.  Hath emptied Heav'n, shall fail to re-ascend
  634:  634.  Self-rais'd, and repossess thir native seat?
  635:  635.  For mee be witness all the Host of Heav'n,
  636:  636.  If counsels different, or danger shun'd
  637:  637.  By mee, have lost our hopes. But he who reigns
  638:  638.  Monarch in Heav'n, till then as one secure
  639:  639.  Sat on his Throne, upheld by old repute,
  640:  640.  Consent or custome, and his Regal State
  641:  641.  Put forth at full, but still his strength conceal'd,
  642:  642.  Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall.
  643:  643.  Henceforth his might we know, and know our own
  644:  644.  So as not either to provoke or dread
  645:  645.  New warr, provok't ; our better part remains
  646:  646.  To work in close design, by fraud or guile
  647:  647.  What force effected not : that he no less
  648:  648.  At length from us may find, who overcomes
  649:  649.  By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
  650:  650.  Space may produce new Worlds; whereof so rife
  651:  651.  There went a fame in Heav'n that he ere long
  652:  652.  Intended to create, and therein plant
  653:  653.  A generation, whom his choice regard
  654:  654.  Should favour equal to the Sons of Heaven :
  655:  655.  Thither, if but to pry, shall be perhaps
  656:  656.  Our first eruption, thither or elsewhere :
  657:  657.  For this Infernal Pit shall never hold
  658:  658.  Caelestial Spirits in Bondage, nor th' Abyss
  659:  659.  Long under darkness cover. But these thoughts
  660:  660.  Full Counsel must mature : Peace is despaird,
  661:  661.  For who can think Submission? Warr then, Warr
  662:  662.  Open or understood must be resolv'd.
  663:  663.  He spake : and to confirm his words, out-flew
  664:  664.  Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
  665:  665.  Of mighty Cherubim ; the sudden blaze
  666:  666.  Far round illumin'd hell : highly they rag'd
  667:  667.  Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped Arms
  668:  668.  Clash'd on thir sounding Shields the din of war,
  669:  669.  Hurling defiance toward the Vault of Heav'n.
  670:  670.  There stood a Hill not farwhose griesly top
  671:  671.  Belch'd fire and rowling smoak ; the rest entire
  672:  672.  Shon with a glossie scurff, undoubted sign
  673:  673.  That in his womb was hid metallic Ore,
  674:  674.  The work of Sulphur. Thither wing'd with speed
  675:  675.  A numerous Brigad hasten'd. As when Bands
  676:  676.  Of Pioners with Spade and Pickax arm'd
  677:  677.  Forerun the Royal Camp, to trench a Field,
  678:  678.  Or cast a Rampart. Mammon led them on,
  679:  679.  Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell
  680:  680.  From heav'n, for ev'n in heav'n his looks and thoughts
  681:  681.  Were always downward bent, admiring more
  682:  682.  The riches of Heav'ns pavement, trod'n Gold,
  683:  683.  Then aught divine or holy else enjoy'd
  684:  684.  In vision beatific : by him first
  685:  685.  Men also, and by his suggestion taught,
  686:  686.  Ransack'd the Center, and with impious hands
  687:  687.  Rifl'd the bowels of thir mother Earth
  688:  688.  For Treasures better hid. Soon had his crew
  689:  689.  Op'nd into the Hill a spacious wound
  690:  690.  And dig'd out ribs of Gold. Let none admire
  691:  691.  That riches grow in Hell ; that soyle may best
  692:  692.  Deserve the precious bane. And here let those
  693:  693.  Who boast in mortal things, and wond'ring tell
  694:  694.  Of Babel, and the words of Memphian Kings
  695:  695.  Learn how thir greatest Monuments of Fame,
  696:  696.  And Strength and Art are easily out-done
  697:  697.  By Spirits reprobate, and in an hour
  698:  698.  What in an age they with incessant toyle
  699:  699.  And hands innumerable scarce perform.
  700:  700.  Nigh on the Plain in many cells prepar'd,
  701:  701.  That underneath had veins of liquid fire
  702:  702.  Sluc'd from the Lake, a second multitude
  703:  703.  With wond'rous Art found out the massie Ore,
  704:  704.  Severing each kind, and scum'd the Bullion dross :
  705:  705.  A third as soon had form'd within the ground
  706:  706.  A various mould, and from the boyling cells
  707:  707.  By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook,
  708:  708.  As in an Organ from one blast of wind
  709:  709.  To many a row of Pipes the sound-board breaths.
  710:  710.  Anon out of the earth a Fabrick huge
  711:  711.  Rose like an Exhalation, with the sound
  712:  712.  Of Dulcet Symphonies and voices sweet,
  713:  713.  Built like a Temple, where Pilasters round
  714:  714.  Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid
  715:  715.  With Golden Architrave; nor did there want
  716:  716.  Cornice or Freeze, with bossy Sculptures grav'n.
  717:  717.  The Roof was fretted Gold. Not Babilon,
  718:  718.  Nor great Alcairo such magnificence
  719:  719.  Equal'd in all thir glories, to inshrine
  720:  720.  Belus or Serapis thir Gods, or seat
  721:  721.  Thir Kings, when AEgypt with Assyria strove
  722:  722.  In wealth and luxurie. Th'ascending pile
  723:  723.  Stood fixt her stately highth, and straight the dores
  724:  724.  Op'ning thir brazen foulds discover wide
  725:  725.  Within, her amble spaces, o're the smooth
  726:  726.  And level pavement : from the arched roof
  727:  727.  Pendant by suttle Magic many a row
  728:  728.  Of Starry Lamps and blazing Cressets fed
  729:  729.  With Naphtha and Asphaltus yeilded light
  730:  730.  As from a sky. The hasty multitude
  731:  731.  Admiring enter'd, and the work some praise
  732:  732.  And some the Architect : his hand was known
  733:  733.  In Heav'n by many a Towred structure high,
  734:  734.  Where Scepter'd Angels held thir residence,
  735:  735.  And sat as Princes, whom the supreme King
  736:  736.  Exalted to such power, and gave to rule,
  737:  737.  Each in his Hierarchie, the Orders bright.
  738:  738.  Nor was his name unheard or unador'd
  739:  739.  In ancient Greece ; and in Ausonian land
  740:  740.  Men call'd him Mulciber ; and how he fell
  741:  741.  From Heav'n, they fabl'd, thrown by angry Jove
  742:  742.  Sheer o're the Chrystal Battlements ; from Morn
  743:  743.  To Noon he fell, from Noon to dewy Eve,
  744:  744.  A Summers day ; and with the setting Sun
  745:  745.  Dropt from the Zenith like a falling Star,
  746:  746.  On Lemnos th' Aegaen Ile : thus they relate,
  747:  747.  Erring ; for he with this rebellious rout
  748:  748.  Fell long before ; nor aught avail'd him now
  749:  749.  To have built in Heav'n high Towrs; nor did he scape
  750:  750.  By all his Engins, but was headlong sent
  751:  751.  With his industrious crew to build in hell.
  752:  752.  Mean while the winged Haralds by command
  753:  753.  Of Sovran power, with awful Ceremony
  754:  754.  And Trumpets found throughout the Host proclaim
  755:  755.  A solemn Councel forthwith to be held
  756:  756.  At Pandemonium, the high Capital
  757:  757.  Of Satan and his Peers : thir summons call'd
  758:  758.  From every Band and squared Regiment
  759:  759.  By place or choice the worthiest ; they anon
  760:  760.  With hunderds and with thousands trooping came
  761:  761.  Attended : all access was throng'd, the Gates
  762:  762.  And Porches wide, but chief the spacious Hall
  763:  763.  (Though like a cover'd field, where Champions bold
  764:  764.  Wont ride in arm'd, and at the Soldans chair
  765:  765.  Defi'd the best of Panim chivalry
  766:  766.  To mortal combat or carreer with Lance )
  767:  767.  Thick swarm'd, both on the ground and in the air,
  768:  768.  Brusht with the hiss of russling wings. As Bees
  769:  769.  In spring time, when the Sun with Taurus rides,
  770:  770.  Pour forth thir populous youth about the Hive
  771:  771.  In clusters ; they among fresh dews and flowers
  772:  772.  Flie to and fro, or on the smoothed Plank,
  773:  773.  The suburb of thir Straw-built Cittadel,
  774:  774.  New rub'd with Baum, expatiate and confer
  775:  775.  Thir State affairs. So thick the aerie crowd
  776:  776.  Swarm'd and were straitn'd; till the Signal giv'n.
  777:  777.  Behold a wonder! they but now who seemd
  778:  778.  In bigness to surpass Earths Giant Sons;
  779:  779.  Now less then smallest Dwarfs, in narrow room
  780:  780.  Throng numberless, like that Pigmean Race
  781:  781.  Beyond the Indian Mount, or Faerie Elves,
  782:  782.  Whose midnight Revels, by a Forrest side
  783:  783.  Or Fountain some belated Peasant sees,
  784:  784.  Or dreams he sees, while over-head the Moon
  785:  785.  Sits Arbitress, and neerer to the Earth
  786:  786.  Wheels her pale course, they on thir mirth and dance
  787:  787.  Intent, with jocond Music charm his ear;
  788:  788.  At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
  789:  789.  Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms
  790:  790.  Reduc'd thir shapes immense, and were at large,
  791:  791.  Though without number still amidst the Hall
  792:  792.  Of that infernal Court. But far within
  793:  793.  And in thir own dimensions like themselves
  794:  794.  The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim
  795:  795.  In close recess and secret conclave sat
  796:  796.  A thousand Demy-Gods on golden seat's [sic],
  797:  797.  Frequent and full. After short silence then
  798:  798.  And summons read, the great consult began.
       
      The End of the First Book.
       
     
     
     

Book II.

     
     

THE ARGUMENT.

      The consultation begun , Satan debates whether ano-
      ther Battel be to be hazarded for the recovery of Hea-
      ven : some advise it, others dissuade: A third pro-
      posal is prefer'd, mention'd before by Satan, to search
      the truth of that Prophesie or Tradition in Heaven
      concerning another world, and another kind of crea-
      ture equal or not much inferior to themselves, about
      this time to be created : Thir doubt who shall be
      sent on this difficult search : Satan thir chief un-
      dertakes alone the voyage, is honourd and applaud-
      ed. The Councel thus ended, the rest betake them
      several wayes and to several imployments, as thir
      inclinations lead them, to entertain the time till Sa-
      tan return. He passes on his Journey to Hell Gates,
      finds them shut, and who sat there to guard them, by
      whom at length they are op'nd, and discover to him the
      great Gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what diffi-
      culty he passes through, directed by Chaos, the Power
      of that place, to the sight of this new World which
  POEM BOOK 2 he sought.
       
  799:  1.  HIgh on a Throne of Royal State, which far
  800:  2.  Outshon the wealth of Ormus and of Ind,
  801:  3.  Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand
      hand
  802:  4.  Showrs on her Kings Barbaric Pearl and Gold,
  803:  5.  Satan exalted sat, by merit rais'd
  804:  6.  To that bad eminence; and from despair
  805:  7.  Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
  806:  8.  Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue
  807:  9.  Vain Warr with Heav'n, and by success untaught
  808:  10.  His proud imaginations thus displaid.
  809:  11.  Powers and Dominions, Deities of Heav'n,
  810:  12.  For since no deep within her gulf can hold
  811:  13.  Immortal vigor, though opprest and fall'n,
  812:  14.  I give not Heav'n for lost. From this descent
  813:  15.  Celestial vertues rising, will appear
  814:  16.  More glorious and more dread then from no fall,
  815:  17.  And trust themselves to fear no second fate:
  816:  18.  Mee though just right, and the fixt Laws of Heav'n
  817:  19.  Did first create your Leader, next free choice,
  818:  20.  With what besides, in Counsel or in Fight,
  819:  21.  Hath bin achievd of merit, yet this loss
  820:  22.  Thus farr at the least recover'd, hath much more
  821:  23.  Establisht in a safe unenvied Throne
  822:  24.  Yielded with full consent. The happier state
  823:  25.  In Heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw
  824:  26.  Envy from each inferior ; but who here
  825:  27.  Will envy whom the highest place exposes
  826:  28.  Formost to stand against the Thunderers aim
  827:  29.  Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share
  828:  30.  Of endless pain? where there is then no good
  829:  31.  For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
  830:  32.  From Faction; for none sure will claim in Hell
  831:  33.  Precedence, none, whose portion is so small
  832:  34.  Of present pain, that with ambitious mind
  833:  35.  Will covet more. With this advantage then
  834:  36.  To union, and firm Faith, and firm accord,
  835:  37.  More then can be in Heav'n, we now return
  836:  38.  To claim our just inheritance of old,
  837:  39.  Surer to prosper then prosperity
  838:  40.  Could have assur'd us ; and by what best way,
  839:  41.  Whether of open Warr or covert guile,
  840:  42.  We now debate ; who can advise, may speak.
  841:  43.  He ceas'd, and next him Moloc, Scepter'd King
  842:  44.  Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest Spirit
  843:  45.  That fought in Heav'n; now fiercer by despair:
  844:  46.  His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd
  845:  47.  Equal in strength, and rather then be less
  846:  48.  Car'd not to be at all ; with that care lost
  847:  49.  Went all his fear: of God, or Hell, or worse
  848:  50.  He reck'd not, and these words thereafter spake.
  849:  51.  My sentence is for open Warr : Of Wiles,
  850:  52.  More unexpert, I boast not : them let those
  851:  53.  Contrive who need, or when they need, not now
  852:  54.  For while they sit contriving, shall the rest,
  853:  55.  Millions that stand in Arms, and longing wait
  854:  56.  The Signal to ascend, sit lingring here
  855:  57.  Heav'ns fugitives, and for thir dwelling place
  856:  58.  Accept this dark opprobrious Den of shame,
  857:  59.  The Prison of his Tyranny who Reigns
  858:  60.  By our delay ? no, let us rather choose
  859:  61.  Arm'd with Hell flames and fury all at once
  860:  62.  O're Heav'ns high Towrs to force resistless way,
  861:  63.  Turning our Tortures into horrid Arms
  862:  64.  Against the Torturer ; when to meet the noise
  863:  65.  Of his Almighty Engin he shall hear
  864:  66.  Infernal Thunder, and for Lightning see
  865:  67.  Black fire and horror shot with equal rage
  866:  68.  Among his Angels; and his Throne it self
  867:  69.  Mixt with Tartarean Sulphur, and strange fire,
  868:  70.  His own invented Torments. But perhaps
  869:  71.  The way seems difficult and steep to scale
  870:  72.  With upright wing against a higher foe.
  871:  73.  Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench
  872:  74.  Of that forgetful Lake benumm not still,
  873:  75.  That in our proper motion we ascend
  874:  76.  Up to our native seat : descent and fall
  875:  77.  To us is adverse. Who but felt of late
  876:  78.  When the fierce Foe hung on our brok'n Rear
  877:  79.  Insulting, and pursu'd us through the Deep,
  878:  80.  With what compulsion and laborious flight
  879:  81.  We sunk thus low ? Th' ascent is easie then;
  880:  82.  Th' event is fear'd ; should we again provoke
  881:  83.  Our stronger, some worse way his wrath may find
  882:  84.  To our destruction: if there be in Hell
  883:  85.  Fear to be worse destroy'd: what can be worse
  884:  86.  Then to dwell here, driv'n out from bliss, condemn'd
  885:  87.  In this abhorred deep to utter woe;
  886:  88.  Where pain of unextinguishable fire
  887:  89.  Must exercise us without hope of end
  888:  90.  The Vassals of his anger, when the Scourge
  889:  91.  Inexorably, and the torturing hour
  890:  92.  Calls us to Penance? More destroy'd then thus
  891:  93.  We should be quite abolisht and expire.
  892:  94.  What fear we then? what doubt we to incense
  893:  95.  His utmost ire? which to the highth enrag'd,
  894:  96.  Will either quite consume us, and reduce
  895:  97.  To nothing this essential, happier farr
  896:  98.  Then miserable to have eternal being :
  897:  99.  Or if our substance be indeed Divine,
  898:  100.  And cannot cease to be, we are at worst
  899:  101.  On this side nothing; and by proof we feel
  900:  102.  Our power sufficient to disturb his Heav'n,
  901:  103.  And with perpetual inrodes to Allarme,
  902:  104.  Though inaccessible, his fatal Throne :
  903:  105.  Which if not Victory is yet revenge.
  904:  106.  He ended frowning, and his look denounc'd
  905:  107.  Desperate revenge, and Battel dangerous
  906:  108.  To less then Gods. On th' other side up rose
  907:  109.  Belial, in act more graceful and humane;
  908:  110.  A fairer person lost not Heav'n; he seemd
  909:  111.  For dignity compos'd and high exploit :
  910:  112.  But all was false and hollow ; though his Tongue
  911:  113.  Dropt Manna, and could make the worse appear
  912:  114.  The better reason, to perplex and dash
  913:  115.  Maturest Counsels: for his thoughts were low;
  914:  116.  To vice industrious, but to Nobler deeds
  915:  117.  Timorous and slothful: yet he pleas'd the ear,
  916:  118.  And with perswasive accent thus began.
  917:  119.  I should be much for open Warr, O Peers,
  918:  120.  As not behind in hate; if what was urg'd
  919:  121.  Main reason to perswade immediate Warr,
  920:  122.  Did not disswade me most, and seem to cast
  921:  123.  Ominous conjecture on the whole success :
  922:  124.  When he who most excels in fact of Arms,
  923:  125.  In what he counsels and in what excels
  924:  126.  Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair
  925:  127.  And utter dissolution, as the scope
  926:  128.  Of all his aim, after some dire revenge.
  927:  129.  First, what Revenge? the Towrs of Heav'n are fill'd
  928:  130.  With Armed watch, that render all access
  929:  131.  Impregnable ; oft on the bordering Deep
  930:  132.  Encamp thir Legions, or with obscure wing
  931:  133.  Scout farr and wide into the Realm of night,
  932:  134.  Scorning surprize. Or could we break our way
  933:  135.  By force, and at our heels all Hell should rise
  934:  136.  With blackest Insurrection, to confound
  935:  137.  Heav'ns purest Light, yet our great Enemy
  936:  138.  All incorruptible would on his Throne
  937:  139.  Sit unpolluted, and th' Ethereal mould
  938:  140.  Incapable of stain would soon expel
  939:  141.  Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire
  940:  142.  Victorious. Thus repuls'd, our final hope
  941:  143.  Is flat despair: we must exasperate
  942:  144.  Th' Almighty Victor to spend all his rage,
  943:  145.  And that must end us, that must be our cure,
  944:  146.  To be no more ; sad cure ; for who would loose,
  945:  147.  Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
  946:  148.  Those thoughts that wander through Eternity,
  947:  149.  To perish rather, swallowed up and lost
  948:  150.  In the wide womb of uncreated night,
  949:  151.  Devoid of sense and motion? and who knows,
  950:  152.  Let this be good, whether our angry Foe
  951:  153.  Can give it, or will ever? how he can
  952:  154.  Is doubtful; that he never will is sure.
  953:  155.  Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire,
  954:  156.  Belike through impotence, or unaware,
  955:  157.  To give his Enemies thir wish, and end
  956:  158.  Them in his anger, whom his anger saves
  957:  159.  To punish endless? wherefore cease we then ?
  958:  160.  Say they who counsel Warr, we are decreed,
  959:  161.  Reserv'd and destin'd to Eternal woe;
  960:  162.  Whatever doing, what can we suffer more,
  961:  163.  What can we suffer worse? is this then worst,
  962:  164.  Thus sitting, thus consulting, thus in Arms?
  963:  165.  What when we fled amain, pursu'd and strook
  964:  166.  With Heav'ns afflicting Thunder, and besought
  965:  167.  The Deep to shelter us ? this Hell then seem'd
  966:  168.  A refuge from those wounds: or when we lay
  967:  169.  Chain'd on the burning Lake? that sure was worse.
  968:  170.  What if the breath that kindl'd those grim fires
  969:  171.  Awak'd should blow them into sevenfold rage
  970:  172.  And plunge us in the flames ? or from above
  971:  173.  Should intermitted vengeance arm again
  972:  174.  His red right hand to plague us? what if all
  973:  175.  Her stores were open'd, and this Firmament
  974:  176.  Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire,
  975:  177.  Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall
  976:  178.  One day upon our heads ; while we perhaps
  977:  179.  Designing or exhorting glorious warr,
  978:  180.  Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd
  979:  181.  Each on his rock transfixt, the sport and prey
  980:  182.  Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk
  981:  183.  Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains ;
  982:  184.  There to converse with everlasting groans,
  983:  185.  Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd,
  984:  186.  Ages of hopeless end ; this would be worse.
  985:  187.  Warr therefore, open or conceal'd, alike
  986:  188.  My voice disswades ; for what can force or guile
  987:  189.  With him, or who deceive his mind, whose eye
  988:  190.  Views all things at one view? he from heav'ns highth
  989:  191.  All these our motions vain, sees and derides ;
  990:  192.  Not more Almighty to resist our might
  991:  193.  Then wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles.
  992:  194.  Shall we then live thus vile, the Race of Heav'n
  993:  195.  Thus trampl'd, thus expell'd to suffer here
  994:  196.  Chains and these Torments? better these then worse
  995:  197.  By my advice ; since fate inevitable
  996:  198.  Subdues us, and Omnipotent Decree,
  997:  199.  The Victors will. To suffer, as to doe,
  998:  200.  Our strength is equal, nor the Law unjust
  999:  201.  That so ordains: this was at first resolv'd;
  1000:  202.  If we were wise, against so great a foe
  1001:  203.  Contending, and so doubtful what might fall.
  1002:  204.  I laugh, when those who at the Spear are bold
  1003:  205.  And vent'rous, if that fail them, shrink and fear
  1004:  206.  What yet they know must follow, to endure
  1005:  207.  Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain,
  1006:  208.  The sentence of thir Conquerour: This is now
  1007:  209.  Our doom; which if we can sustain and bear,
  1008:  210.  Our Supream Foe in time may much remit
  1009:  211.  His anger, and perhaps thus farr remov'd
  1010:  212.  Not mind us not offending, satisfi'd
  1011:  213.  With what is punish't; whence these raging fires
  1012:  214.  Will slack'n, if his breath stir not thir flames.
  1013:  215.  Our purer essence then will overcome
  1014:  216.  Thir noxious vapour, or enur'd not feel,
  1015:  217.  Or chang'd at length, and to the place conformd
  1016:  218.  In temper and in nature, will receive
  1017:  219.  Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain ;
  1018:  220.  This horror will grow milde, this darkness light,
  1019:  221.  Besides what hope the never-ending flight
  1020:  222.  Of future dayes may bring, what chance, what change
  1021:  223.  Worth waiting, since our present lot appeers
  1022:  224.  For happy though but ill, for ill not worst,
  1023:  225.  If we procure not to our selves more woe.
  1024:  226.  Thus Belial with words cloath'd in reasons garb
  1025:  227.  Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloath,
  1026:  228.  Not peace: and after him thus Mammon spake.
  1027:  229.  Either to disinthrone the King of Heav'n
  1028:  230.  We warr, if warr be best, or to regain
  1029:  231.  Our own right lost : him to unthrone we then
  1030:  232.  May hope when everlasting Fate shall yeild
  1031:  233.  To fickle Chance, and Chaos judge the strife:
  1032:  234.  The former vain to hope argues as vain
  1033:  235.  The latter : for what place can be for us
  1034:  236.  Within Heav'ns bound, unless Heav'ns Lord supream
  1035:  237.  We overpower? Suppose he should relent
  1036:  238.  And publish Grace to all, on promise made
  1037:  239.  Of new Subjection ; with what eyes could we
  1038:  240.  Stand in his presence humble, and receive
  1039:  241.  Strict Laws impos'd, to celebrate his Throne
  1040:  242.  With warbl'd Hymns, and to his Godhead sing
  1041:  243.  Forc't Halleluiah's; while he Lordly sits
  1042:  244.  Our envied Sovran, and his Altar breathes
  1043:  245.  Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers,
  1044:  246.  Our servile offerings. This must be our task
  1045:  247.  In Heav'n this our delight ; how wearisom
  1046:  248.  Eternity so spent in worship paid
  1047:  249.  To whom we hate. Let us not then pursue
  1048:  250.  By force impossible, by leave obtain'd
  1049:  251.  Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state
  1050:  252.  Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek
  1051:  253.  Our own good from our selves, and from our own
  1052:  254.  Live to our selves, though in this vast recess,
  1053:  255.  Free, and to none accountable, preferring
  1054:  256.  Hard liberty before the easie yoke
  1055:  257.  Of servile Pomp. Our greatness will appeer
  1056:  258.  Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
  1057:  259.  Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse
  1058:  260.  We can create, and in what place so e're
  1059:  261.  Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain
  1060:  262.  Through labour and indurance. This deep world
  1061:  263.  Of darkness do we dread ? How oft amidst
  1062:  264.  Thick clouds and dark doth Heav'ns all-ruling Sire
  1063:  265.  Choose to reside, his Glory unobscur'd,
  1064:  266.  And with the Majesty of darkness round
  1065:  267.  Covers his Throne ; from whence deep thunders roar
  1066:  268.  Must'ring thir rage, and Heav'n resembles Hell?
  1067:  269.  As he our darkness, cannot we his Light
  1068:  270.  Imitate when we please? This Desart soile
  1069:  271.  Wants not her hidden lustre, Gemms and Gold ;
  1070:  272.  Nor want we skill or Art, from whence to raise
  1071:  273.  Magnificence ; and what can Heav'n shew more?
  1072:  274.  Our torments also may in length of time
  1073:  275.  Become our Elements, these piercing Fires
  1074:  276.  As soft as now severe, our temper chang'd
  1075:  277.  Into their temper; which must needs remove
  1076:  278.  The sensible of pain. All things invite
  1077:  279.  To peaceful Counsels, and the settl'd State
  1078:  280.  Of order, how in safety best we may
  1079:  281.  Compose our present evils, with regard
  1080:  282.  Of what we are and were, dismissing quite
  1081:  283.  All thoughts of warr: ye have what I advise.
  1082:  284.  He scarce had finisht, when such murmur filld
  1083:  285.  Th' Assembly, as when hollow Rocks retain
  1084:  286.  The sound of blustring winds, which all night long
  1085:  287.  Had rous'd the Sea, now with hoarse cadence lull
  1086:  288.  Sea-faring men orewatcht, whose Bark by chance
  1087:  289.  Or Pinnace anchors in a craggy Bay
  1088:  290.  After the Tempest: Such applause was heard
  1089:  291.  As Mammon ended, and his Sentence pleas'd,
  1090:  292.  Advising peace : for such another Field
  1091:  293.  They dreaded worse then Hell: so much the fear
  1092:  294.  Of Thunder and the Sword of Michael
  1093:  295.  Wrought still within them; and no less desire
  1094:  296.  To found this nether Empire, which might rise
  1095:  297.  By pollicy, and long process of time,
  1096:  298.  In emulation opposite to Heav'n.
  1097:  299.  Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd, then whom,
  1098:  300.  Satan except, none higher sat, with grave
  1099:  301.  Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd
  1100:  302.  A Pillar of State; deep on his Front engraven
  1101:  303.  Deliberation sat and public care;
  1102:  304.  And Princely counsel in his face yet shon,
  1103:  305.  Majestick though in ruin : sage he stood
  1104:  306.  With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear
  1105:  307.  The weight of mightiest Monarchies; his look
  1106:  308.  Drew audience and attention still as Night
  1107:  309.  Or Summers Noon-tide air, while thus he spake.
  1108:  310.  Thrones and Imperial Powers, off-spring of heav'n
  1109:  311.  Ethereal Vertues ; or these Titles now
  1110:  312.  Must we renounce, and changing stile be call'd
  1111:  313.  Princes of Hell ? for so the popular vote
  1112:  314.  Inclines, here to continue, and build up here
  1113:  315.  A growing Empire; doubtless; while we dream,
  1114:  316.  And know not that the King of Heav'n hath doom'd
  1115:  317.  This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat
  1116:  318.  Beyond his Potent arm, to live exempt
  1117:  319.  From Heav'ns high jurisdiction, in new League
  1118:  320.  Banded against his Throne, but to remaine
  1119:  321.  In strictest bondage, though thus far remov'd,
  1120:  322.  Under th' inevitable curb, reserv'd
  1121:  323.  His captive multitude : For he, be sure
  1122:  324.  In heighth or depth, still first and last will Reign
  1123:  325.  Sole King, and of his Kingdom loose no part
  1124:  326.  By our revolt, but over Hell extend
  1125:  327.  His Empire, and with Iron Scepter rule
  1126:  328.  Us here, as with his Golden those in Heav'n.
  1127:  329.  What sit we then projecting peace and Warr?
  1128:  330.  Warr hath determin'd us, and foild with loss
  1129:  331.  Irreparable ; tearms of peace yet none
  1130:  332.  Voutsaf't or sought ; for what peace will be giv'n
  1131:  333.  To us enslav'd, but custody severe,
  1132:  334.  And stripes, and arbitrary punishment
  1133:  335.  Inflicted? and what peace can we return
  1134:  336.  But to our power hostility and hate,
  1135:  337.  Untam'd reluctance, and revenge though slow,
  1136:  338.  Yet ever plotting how the Conqueror least
  1137:  339.  May reap his conquest, and may least rejoyce
  1138:  340.  In doing what we most in suffering feel?
  1139:  341.  Nor will occasion want, nor shall we need
  1140:  342.  With dangerous expedition to invade
  1141:  343.  Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault or Siege,
  1142:  344.  Or ambush from the Deep. What if we find
  1143:  345.  Some easier enterprize? There is a place
  1144:  346.  (if ancient and prophetic fame in Heav'n
  1145:  347.  Err not) another World, the happy seat
  1146:  348.  Of some new Race call'd Man, about this time
  1147:  349.  To be created like to us, though less
  1148:  350.  In power and excellence, but favour'd more
  1149:  351.  Of him who rules above; so was his will
  1150:  352.  Pronounc'd among the Gods, and by an Oath,
  1151:  353.  That shook Heav'ns whol circumference, confirm'd.
  1152:  354.  Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn
  1153:  355.  What creatures there inhabit, of what mould,
  1154:  356.  Or substance, how endu'd, and what thir Power,
  1155:  357.  And where thir weakness, how attempted best,
  1156:  358.  By force or suttlety: Though Heav'n be shut,
  1157:  359.  And Heav'ns high Arbitrator sit secure
  1158:  360.  In his own strength, this place may lye expos'd
  1159:  361.  The utmost border of his Kingdom, left
  1160:  362.  To their defence who hold it : here perhaps
  1161:  363.  Som advantagious act may be achiev'd
  1162:  364.  By sudden onset, either with Hell fire
  1163:  365.  To waste his whole Creation, or possess
  1164:  366.  All as our own, and drive as we were driven,
  1165:  367.  The punie habitants, or if not drive,
  1166:  368.  Seduce them to our Party, that thir God
  1167:  369.  May prove thir foe, and with repenting hand
  1168:  370.  Abolish his own works. This would surpass
  1169:  371.  Common revenge, and interrupt his joy
  1170:  372.  In our Confusion, and our Joy upraise
  1171:  373.  In his disturbance ; when his darling Sons
  1172:  374.  Hurl'd headlong to partake with us, shall curse
  1173:  375.  Thir frail Original, and faded bliss,
  1174:  376.  Faded so soon. Advise if this be worth
  1175:  377.  Attempting, or to sit in darkness here
  1176:  378.  Hatching vain Empires. Thus Beelzebub
  1177:  379.  Pleaded his devilish Counsel, first devis'd
  1178:  380.  By Satan, and in part propos'd : for whence,
  1179:  381.  But from the Author of all ill could Spring
  1180:  382.  So deep a malice, to confound the race
  1181:  383.  Of mankind in one root, and Earth with Hell
  1182:  384.  To mingle and involve, done all to spite
  1183:  385.  The great Creatour ? But thir spite still serves
  1184:  386.  His glory to augment. The bold design
  1185:  387.  Pleas'd highly those infernal States, and joy
  1186:  388.  Sparkl'd in all thir eyes ; with full assent
  1187:  389.  They vote : whereat his speech he thus renews.
  1188:  390.  Well have ye judg'd, well ended long debate,
  1189:  391.  Synod of Gods, and like to what ye are,
  1190:  392.  Great things resolv'd, which from the lowest deep
  1191:  393.  Will once more lift us up, in spight of Fate,
  1192:  394.  Neerer our ancient Seat ; perhaps in view
  1193:  395.  Of those bright confines, whence with neighbouring Arms
  1194:  396.  And oppurtune excursion we may chance
  1195:  397.  Re-enter Heav'n ; or else in some milde Zone
  1196:  398.  Dwell not unvisited or Heav'ns fair Light
  1197:  399.  Secure, and at the brightning Orient beam
  1198:  400.  Purge off this gloom; the soft delicious Air,
  1199:  401.  To heal the scarr of these corrosive Fires
  1200:  402.  Shall breathe her balme. But first whom shall we send
  1201:  403.  In search of this new world, whom shall we find
  1202:  404.  Sufficient? who shall tempt with wandring feet
  1203:  405.  The dark unbottom'd infinite Abyss
  1204:  406.  And through the palpable obscure find out
  1205:  407.  His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight
  1206:  408.  Upborn with indefatigable wings
  1207:  409.  Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
  1208:  410.  The happy Ile; what strength, what art can then
  1209:  411.  Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe
  1210:  412.  Through the strict Senteries and Stations thick
  1211:  413.  Of Angels watching round ? Here he had need
  1212:  414.  All circumspection, and we now no less
  1213:  415.  Choice in our suffrage ; for on whom we send,
  1214:  416.  The weight of all and our last hope relies.
  1215:  417.  This said, he sat ; and expectation held
  1216:  418.  His look suspence, awaiting who appeer'd
  1217:  419.  To second, or oppose, or undertake
  1218:  420.  The perilous attempt : but all sat mute,
  1219:  421.  Pondering the danger with deep thoughts ; and each
  1220:  422.  In others count'nance read his own dismay
  1221:  423.  Astonisht : none among the choice and prime
  1222:  424.  Of those Heav'n-warring Champions could be found
  1223:  425.  So hardie as to proffer or accept
  1224:  426.  Alone the dreadful voyage ; till at last
  1225:  427.  Satan, whom now transcendent glory rais'd
  1226:  428.  Above his fellows, with Monarchal pride
  1227:  429.  Conscious of highest worth, unmov'd thus spake.
  1228:  430.  O Progeny of Heav'n, Empyreal Thrones,
  1229:  431.  With reason hath deep silence and demurr
  1230:  432.  Seis'd us, though undismaid : long is the way
  1231:  433.  And hard, that out of Hell leads up to light ;
  1232:  434.  Our prison strong, this huge convex of Fire,
  1233:  435.  Outrageous to devour, immures us round
  1234:  436.  Ninefold, and gates of burning Adamant
  1235:  437.  Barr'd over us prohibit all egress.
  1236:  438.  These past, if any pass, the void profound
  1237:  439.  Of unessential Night receives him next
  1238:  440.  Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being
  1239:  441.  Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf.
  1240:  442.  If thence he scape into what ever world,
  1241:  443.  Or unknown Region, what remains him less
  1242:  444.  Then unknown dangers and as hard escape.
  1243:  445.  But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers,
  1244:  446.  And this Imperial Sov'ranty, adorn'd
  1245:  447.  With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd
  1246:  448.  And judg'd of public moment, in the shape
  1247:  449.  Of difficulty or danger could deterr
  1248:  450.  Mee from attempting. Wherefore do I assume
  1249:  451.  These Royalties, and not refuse to Reign,
  1250:  452.  Refusing to accept as great a share
  1251:  453.  Of hazard as of honour, due alike
  1252:  454.  To him who Reigns, and so much to him due
  1253:  455.  Of hazard more, as he above the rest
  1254:  456.  High honourd sits ? Go therfore mighty Powers,
  1255:  457.  Terror of Heav'n, though fall'n ; intend at home,
  1256:  458.  While here shall be our home, what best may ease
  1257:  459.  The present misery, and render Hell
  1258:  460.  More tollerable ; if there be cure or charm
  1259:  461.  To respite or deceive, or slack the pain
  1260:  462.  Of this ill Mansion : intermit no watch
  1261:  463.  Against a wakeful Foe, while I abroad
  1262:  464.  Through all the Coasts of dark destruction seek
  1263:  465.  Deliverance for us all: this enterprize
  1264:  466.  None shall partake with me. Thus saying rose
  1265:  467.  The Monarch, and prevented all reply,
  1266:  468.  Prudent, least from his resolution rais'd
  1267:  469.  Others among the chief might offer now
  1268:  470.  ( Certain to be refus'd ) what erst they feard;
  1269:  471.  And so refus'd might in opinion stand
  1270:  472.  His Rivals, winning cheap the high repute
  1271:  473.  Which he through hazard huge must earn. But they
  1272:  474.  Dreaded not more th' adventure then his voice
  1273:  475.  Forbidding; and at once with him they rose;
  1274:  476.  Thir rising all at once was as the sound
  1275:  477.  Of Thunder heard remote. Towards him they bend
  1276:  478.  With awful reverence prone ; and as a God
  1277:  479.  Extoll him equal to the highest in Heav'n:
  1278:  480.  Nor fail'd they to express how much they prais'd,
  1279:  481.  That for the general safety he despis'd
  1280:  482.  His own : for neither do the Spirits damn'd
  1281:  483.  Loose all her virtue ; least bad men should boast
  1282:  484.  Thir specious deeds on earth, which glory excites,
  1283:  485.  Of clos ambition varnisht o're with zeal.
  1284:  486.  Thus they thir doubtful consulations dark
  1285:  487.  Ended rejoycing in thir matchless Chief:
  1286:  488.  As when from mountain tops the dusky clouds
  1287:  489.  Ascending, while the North wind sleeps, o'respread
  1288:  490.  Heav'ns chearful face, the lowring Element
  1289:  491.  Scowls ore the dark'nd lantskip Snow, or showre ;
  1290:  492.  If chance the radiant Sun with farewell sweet
  1291:  493.  Extend his ev'ning beam, the fields revive,
  1292:  494.  The birds thir notes renew, and bleating herds
  1293:  495.  Attest thir joy, that hill and valley rings.
  1294:  496.  O shame to men! Devil with Devil damn'd
  1295:  497.  Firm concord holds, men onely disagree
  1296:  498.  Of Creatures rational, though under hope
  1297:  499.  Of heavenly Grace : and God proclaiming peace,
  1298:  500.  Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife
  1299:  501.  Among themselves, and levie cruel warres,
  1300:  502.  Wasting the Earth, each other to destroy :
  1301:  503.  As if ( which might induce us to accord )
  1302:  504.  Man had not hellish foes anow besides,
  1303:  505.  That day and night for his destruction waite.
  1304:  506.  The Stygian Counsel thus dissolv'd ; and forth
  1305:  507.  In order came the grand infernal Peers,
  1306:  508.  Midst came thir mighty Paramount, and seemd
  1307:  509.  Alone th' Antagonist of Heav'n, nor less
  1308:  510.  Than Hells dread Emperour with pomp Supream,
  1309:  511.  And God-like imitated State; him round
  1310:  512.  A Globe of fierie Seraphim inclos'd
  1311:  513.  With bright imblazonrie, and horrent Arms.
  1312:  514.  Then of thir Session ended they bid cry
  1313:  515.  With Trumpets regal sound the great result:
  1314:  516.  Toward the four winds four speedy Cherubim
  1315:  517.  Put to thir mouths the sounding Alchymie
  1316:  518.  By Haralds voice explain'd : the hollow Abyss
  1317:  519.  Heard farr and wide, and all the host of Hell
  1318:  520.  With deafning shout, return'd them loud acclaim.
  1319:  521.  Thence more at ease thir minds and somwhat rais'd
  1320:  522.  By false presumptuous hope, the ranged powers
  1321:  523.  Disband, and wandring, each his several way
  1322:  524.  Pursues, as inclination or sad choice
  1323:  525.  Leads him perplext, where he may likeliest find
  1324:  526.  Truce to his restless thoughts, and entertain
  1325:  527.  The irksom hours, till this great Chief return.
  1326:  528.  Part on the Plain, or in Air sublime
  1327:  529.  Upon the wing, or in swift Race contend
  1328:  530.  As at th' Olympian Games or Pythian fields ;
  1329:  531.  Part curb thir fierie Steeds, or shun the Goal
  1330:  532.  With rapid wheels, or fronted Brigads form.
  1331:  533.  As when to warn proud Cities warr appears
  1332:  534.  Wag'd in the troubl'd Skie, and Armies rush
  1333:  535.  To Battel in the Clouds, before each Van
  1334:  536.  Prick forth the Aerie Knights, and couch thir Spears
  1335:  537.  Till thickest Legions close ; with feats of Arms
  1336:  538.  From either end of Heav'n the welkin burns.
  1337:  539.  Other with vast Typhoean rage more fell
  1338:  540.  Rend up both Rocks and Hills, and ride the Air
  1339:  541.  In whirlwind ; Hell scarce holds the wilde uproar.
  1340:  542.  As when Alcides from Oechalia Crown'd
  1341:  543.  With conquest, felt th' envenom'd robe, and tore
  1342:  544.  Through pain up by the roots Thessalian Pines,
  1343:  545.  And Lichas from the top of Oeta threw
  1344:  546.  Into th' Euboic Sea. Others more milde,
  1345:  547.  Retreated in a silent valley, sing
  1346:  548.  With notes Angelical to many a Harp
  1347:  549.  Thir own Heroic deeds and hapless fall
  1348:  550.  By doom of Battel; and complain that Fate
  1349:  551.  Free Vertue should enthrall to Force or Chance.
  1350:  552.  Thir Song was partial, but the harmony
  1351:  553.  (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing? )
  1352:  554.  Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment
  1353:  555.  The thronging audience. In discourse more sweet
  1354:  556.  ( For Eloquence the Soul, Song charms the Sense,)
  1355:  557.  Others apart sat on a Hill retir'd,
  1356:  558.  In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high
  1357:  559.  Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and Fate,
  1358:  560.  Fixt Fate, free will, foreknowledg absolute,
  1359:  561.  And found no end, in wandring mazes lost.
  1360:  562.  Of good and evil much they argu'd then,
  1361:  563.  Of happiness and final misery,
  1362:  564.  Passion and Apathie, and glory and shame,
  1363:  565.  Vain wisdom all, and false Philosophie :
  1364:  566.  Yet with a pleasing sorcerie could charm
  1365:  567.  Pain for a while or anguish, and excite
  1366:  568.  Fallacious hope, or arm th' obdured brest
  1367:  569.  With stubborn patience as with triple steel.
  1368:  570.  Another part in Squadrons and gross Bands,
  1369:  571.  On bold adventure to discover wide
  1370:  572.  That dismal world, if any Clime perhaps
  1371:  573.  Might yield them easier habitation, bend
  1372:  574.  Four ways thir flying March, along the Banks
  1373:  575.  Of four infernal Rivers that disgorge
  1374:  576.  Into the burning Lake thir baleful streams;
  1375:  577.  Abhorred Styx the flood of deadly hate,
  1376:  578.  Sad Acheron of sorrow, black and deep ;
  1377:  579.  Cocytus, nam'd of lamentation loud
  1378:  580.  Heard on the ruful stream ; fierce Phlegeton
  1379:  581.  Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage.
  1380:  582.  Farr off from these a slow and silent stream,
  1381:  583.  Lethe the River of Oblivion roules
  1382:  584.  Her watrie Labyrinth, whereof who drinks,
  1383:  585.  Forthwith his former state and being forgets,
  1384:  586.  Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
  1385:  587.  Beyond this flood a frozen Continent
  1386:  588.  Lies dark and wilde, beat with perpetual storms
  1387:  589.  Of Whirlwind and dire Hail, which on firm land
  1388:  590.  Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
  1389:  591.  Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
  1390:  592.  A gulf profound as that Serbonian Bog
  1391:  593.  Betwixt Damiata and mount Casius old,
  1392:  594.  Where Armies whole have sunk : the parching Air
  1393:  595.  Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of Fire.
  1394:  596.  Thither by harpy-footed Furies hail'd,
  1395:  597.  At certain revolutions all the damn'd
  1396:  598.  Are brought: and feel by turns the bitter change
  1397:  599.  Of fierce extreams, extreams by change more fierce,
  1398:  600.  From Beds of raging Fire to starve in Ice
  1399:  601.  Thir soft Ethereal warmth, and there to pine
  1400:  602.  Immovable, infixt, and frozen round,
  1401:  603.  Periods of time, thence hurried back to fire.
  1402:  604.  They ferry over this Lethean Sound
  1403:  605.  Both to and fro, thir sorrow to augment,
  1404:  606.  And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
  1405:  607.  The tempting stream, with one small drop to loose
  1406:  608.  In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
  1407:  609.  All in one moment, and so neer the brink ;
  1408:  610.  But fate withstands, and to oppose th' attempt
  1409:  611.  Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
  1410:  612.  The Ford, and of it self the water flies
  1411:  613.  All taste of living wight, as once it fled
  1412:  614.  The lip of Tantalus. Thus roving on
  1413:  615.  In confus'd march forlorn, th' adventrous Bands
  1414:  616.  With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast
  1415:  617.  View'd first thir lamentable lot, and found
  1416:  618.  No rest : through many a dark and drearie Vaile
  1417:  619.  They pass'd, and many a Region dolorous,
  1418:  620.  O're many a Frozen, many a fierie Alpe,
  1419:  621.  Rocks, Cave, Lakes, Fens, Bogs, Dens, and shades of death,
  1420:  622.  A Universe of death, which God by curse
  1421:  623.  Created evil, for evil only good,
  1422:  624.  Where all life dies, death lives, and Nature breeds,
  1423:  625.  Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things,
  1424:  626.  Abominable, inutterable, and worse
  1425:  627.  Than Fables yet have feign'd, or fear conceiv'd,
  1426:  628.  Gorgons and Hydra's, and Chimera's dire.
  1427:  629.  Mean while the Adversary of God and Man,
  1428:  630.  Satan with thoughts inflam'd of highest design,
  1429:  631.  Puts on swift wings, and towards the Gates of Hell
  1430:  632.  Explores his solitary flight ; som times
  1431:  633.  He scours the right hand coast, som times the left,
  1432:  634.  Now shaves with level wing the Deep, then soares
  1433:  635.  Up to the fiery Concave touring high.
  1434:  636.  As when farr off at Sea a Fleet descri'd
  1435:  637.  Hangs in the Clouds by Aequinoctial Winds
  1436:  638.  Close sailing from Bengala, or the Iles
  1437:  639.  Of Ternate and Tidore, whence Merchants bring
  1438:  640.  Thir spicie Drugs: they on the Trading Flood
  1439:  641.  Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape
  1440:  642.  Ply stemming nightly toward the Pole. So seem'd
  1441:  643.  Farr off the flying Fiend : at last appeer
  1442:  644.  Hell bounds high reaching to the horrid Roof,
  1443:  645.  And thrice threefold the Gates; three folds were Brass,
  1444:  646.  Three Iron, three of Adamantine Rock,
  1445:  647.  Impenetrable, impal'd with circling fire,
  1446:  648.  Yet unconsum'd. Before the Gates there sat
  1447:  649.  On either side a formidable shape;
  1448:  650.  The one seem'd Woman to the waste, and fair,
  1449:  651.  But ended foul in many a scaly fould
  1450:  652.  Voluminous and vast, a Serpent arm'd
  1451:  653.  With mortal sting : about her middle round
  1452:  654.  A cry of Hell Hounds never ceasing bark'd
  1453:  655.  With wide Cerberian mouths full loud, and rung
  1454:  656.  A hideous Peal : yet, when they list, would creep,
  1455:  657.  If aught disturb'd thir noyse, into her woomb,
  1456:  658.  And kennel there, yet there still bark'd and howl'd,
  1457:  659.  Within unseen. Farr less abhorrd than these
  1458:  660.  Vex'd Scylla bathing in the Sea that parts
  1459:  661.  Calabria from the hoarce Trinacrian shore :
  1460:  662.  Nor uglier follow the Night-Hag, when call'd
  1461:  663.  In secret, riding through the Air she comes
  1462:  664.  Lur'd with the smell of infant blood, to dance
  1463:  665.  With Lapland Witches, while the labouring Moon
  1464:  666.  Eclipses at thir charms. The other shape,
  1465:  667.  If shape it might be call'd that shape had none
  1466:  668.  Distinguishable in member, joynt, or limb,
  1467:  669.  Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'd,
  1468:  670.  For each seem'd either ; black it stood as Night,
  1469:  671.  Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as Hell,
  1470:  672.  And shook a dreadful Dart ; what seem'd his head
  1471:  673.  The likeness of a Kingly Crown had on.
  1472:  674.  Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
  1473:  675.  The Monster moving onward came as fast
  1474:  676.  With horrid strides, Hell trembled as he strode.
  1475:  677.  Th' undaunted Fiend what this might be admir'd,
  1476:  678.  Admir'd, not fear'd; God and his Son except,
  1477:  679.  Created thing naught valu'd he nor shun'd;
  1478:  680.  And with disdainful look thus first began.
  1479:  681.  Whence and what art thou, execrable shape,
  1480:  682.  That dar'st, though grim and terrible, advance
  1481:  683.  Thy miscreated Front athwart my way
  1482:  684.  To yonder Gates? through them I mean to pass,
  1483:  685.  That be assur'd, without leave askt of thee :
  1484:  686.  Retire, or taste thy folly, and learn by proof,
  1485:  687.  Hell-born, not to contend with Spirits of Heav'n.
  1486:  688.  To whom the Goblin full of wrauth reply'd,
  1487:  689.  Art thou that Traitor Angel, art thou hee,
  1488:  690.  Who first broke peace in Heav'n and Faith, till then
  1489:  691.  Unbrok'n, and in proud rebellious Arms
  1490:  692.  Drew after him the third part of Heav'ns Sons
  1491:  693.  Conjur'd against the highest, for which both Thou
  1492:  694.  And they outcast from God, are here condemn'd
  1493:  695.  To waste Eternal daies in woe and pain?
  1494:  696.  And reck'n'st thou thy self with Spirits of Heav'n,
  1495:  697.  Hell-doom'd, and breath'st defiance here and scorn
  1496:  698.  Where I reign King, and to enrage thee more,
  1497:  699.  Thy King and Lord? Back to thy punishment,
  1498:  700.  False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings,
  1499:  701.  Least with a whip of Scorpions I pursue
  1500:  702.  Thy lingring, or with one stroke of this Dart
  1501:  703.  Strange horror seise thee, and pangs unfelt before.
  1502:  704.  So spake the grieslie terrour, and in shape,
  1503:  705.  So speaking and so threatning, grew tenfold
  1504:  706.  More dreadful and deform: on th' other side
  1505:  707.  Incenc't with indignation Satan stood
  1506:  708.  Unterrifi'd, and like a Comet burn'd,
  1507:  709.  That fires the length of Ophiucus huge
  1508:  710.  In th' Artick Sky, and from his horrid hair
  1509:  711.  Shakes Pestilence and Warr. Each at the Head
  1510:  712.  Level'd his deadly aime ; thir fatall hands
  1511:  713.  No second stroke intend, and such a frown
  1512:  714.  Each cast at th' other, as when two black Clouds
  1513:  715.  With Heav'ns Artillery fraught, come rattling on
  1514:  716.  Over the Caspian, then stand front to front
  1515:  717.  Hov'ring a space, till Winds the signal blow
  1516:  718.  To joyn thir dark Encounter in mid air :
  1517:  719.  So frownd the mighty Combatants, that Hell
  1518:  720.  Grew darker at thir frown, so matcht they stood;
  1519:  721.  For never but once more was either like
  1520:  722.  To meet so great a foe: and now great deeds
  1521:  723.  Had been achiev'd, whereof all Hell had rung,
  1522:  724.  Had not the Snakie Sorceress that sat
  1523:  725.  Fast by Hell Gate, and kept the fatal Key,
  1524:  726.  Ris'n, and with hideous outcry rush'd between:
  1525:  727.  O Father, what intends thy hand, she cry'd,
  1526:  728.  Against thy only Son ? What fury O Son,
  1527:  729.  Possesses thee to bend that mortal Dart
  1528:  730.  Against thy Fathers head? and know'st for whom;
  1529:  731.  For him who sits above and laughs the while
  1530:  732.  At thee ordain'd his drudge, to execute
  1531:  733.  What e're his wrath, which he calls Justice, bids,
  1532:  734.  His wrath which one day will destroy ye both.
  1533:  735.  She spake, and at her words the hellish Pest
  1534:  736.  Forbore, then these to her Satan return'd:
  1535:  737.  So strange thy outcry, and thy words so strange
  1536:  738.  Thou interposest, that my sudden hand
  1537:  739.  Prevented spares to tell thee yet by deeds
  1538:  740.  What it intends ; till first I know of thee,
  1539:  741.  What thing thou art, thus double-form'd, and why
  1540:  742.  In this infernal Vaile first met thou call'st
  1541:  743.  Me Father, and the Fantasm call'st my Son?
  1542:  744.  I know thee not, nor ever saw till now
  1543:  745.  Sight more detestable then him and thee.
  1544:  746.  T' whom thus the Portress of Hell Gate reply'd ;
  1545:  747.  Hast thou forgot me then, and do I seem
  1546:  748.  Now in thine eye so foul, once deemd so fair
  1547:  749.  In Heav'n, when at th' Assembly, and in sight
  1548:  750.  Of all the Seraphim with thee combin'd
  1549:  751.  In bold conspiracy against Heav'ns King,
  1550:  752.  All on a sudden miserable pain
  1551:  753.  Surpris'd thee, dim thine eyes, and dizzie swumm
  1552:  754.  In darkness, while thy head flames thick and fast
  1553:  755.  Threw forth, till on the left side op'ning wide,
  1554:  756.  Likest to thee in shape and count'nance bright,
  1555:  757.  Then shining heav'nly fair, a Goddess arm'd
  1556:  758.  Out of thy head I sprung: amazement seis'd
  1557:  759.  All th' Host of Heav'n ; back they recoild affraid
  1558:  760.  At first, and call'd me Sin, and for a Sign
  1559:  761.  Portentous held me ; but familiar grown,
  1560:  762.  I pleas'd, and with attractive graces won
  1561:  763.  The most averse, thee chiefly, who full oft
  1562:  764.  Thy self in me thy perfect image viewing
  1563:  765.  Becam'st enamour'd, and such joy thou tookst
  1564:  766.  With me in secret, that my womb conceiv'd
  1565:  767.  A growing burden. Mean while Warr arose,
  1566:  768.  And fields were fought in Heav'n; wherein remaind
  1567:  769.  ( For what could else ) to our Almighty Foe
  1568:  770.  Cleer Victory, to our part loss and rout
  1569:  771.  Through all the Empyrean : down they fell
  1570:  772.  Driv'n headlong from the Pitch of Heaven, down
  1571:  773.  Into this Deep ,and in the general fall
  1572:  774.  I also ; at which time this powerful Key
  1573:  775.  Into my hand was giv'n, with charge to keep
  1574:  776.  These Gates for ever shut, which none can pass
  1575:  777.  Without my op'ning. Pensive here I sat
  1576:  778.  Alone, but long I sat not, till my womb
  1577:  779.  Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown
  1578:  780.  Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.
  1579:  781.  At last this odious offspring whom thou seest
  1580:  782.  Thine own begotten, breaking violent way
  1581:  783.  Tore through my entrails, that with fear and pain
  1582:  784.  Distorted, all my nether shape thus grew
  1583:  785.  Transform'd : but he my inbred enemie
  1584:  786.  Forth issu'd, brandishing his fatal Dart
  1585:  787.  Made to destroy : I fled, and cry'd out Death ;
  1586:  788.  Hell trembl'd at the hideous Name, and sigh'd
  1587:  789.  From all her Caves, and back resounded Death.
  1588:  790.  I fled, but he pursu'd ( though more, it seems,
  1589:  791.  Inflam'd with lust then rage ) and swifter far,
  1590:  792.  Mee overtook his mother all dismaid,
  1591:  793.  And in embraces forcible and foule
  1592:  794.  Ingendring with me, of that rape begot
  1593:  795.  These yelling Monsters that with ceasless cry
  1594:  796.  Surround me, as thou sawst, hourly conceiv'd
  1595:  797.  And hourly born, with sorrow infinite
  1596:  798.  To me, for when they lift into the womb
  1597:  799.  That bred them they return, and howle and gnaw
  1598:  800.  My Bowels, thir repast ; then bursting forth
  1599:  801.  A fresh with conscious terrours vex me round,
  1600:  802.  That rest or intermission none I find.
  1601:  803.  Before mine eyes in opposition sits
  1602:  804.  Grim Death my Son and foe, who sets them on,
  1603:  805.  And me his Parent would full soon devour
  1604:  806.  For want of other prey, but that he knows
  1605:  807.  His end with mine involvd; and knows that I
  1606:  808.  Should prove a bitter Morsel, and his bane,
  1607:  809.  When ever that shall be ; so Fate pronounc'd.
  1608:  810.  But thou O Father, I forewarn thee, shun
  1609:  811.  His deadly arrow ; neither vainly hope
  1610:  812.  To be invulnerable in those bright Arms,
  1611:  813.  Though temper'd heav'nly, for that mortal dint,
  1612:  814.  Save he who reigns above, none can resist.
  1613:  815.  She finish'd, and the suttle Fiend his lore
  1614:  816.  Soon learnd, now milder, and thus answered smooth.
  1615:  817.  Dear Daughter, since thou claim'st me for thy Sire,
  1616:  818.  And my fair Son here showst me, the dear pledge
  1617:  819.  Of dalliance had with thee in Heav'n, and joys
  1618:  820.  Then sweet, now sad to mention, through dire change
  1619:  821.  Befalln us unforseen, unthought of, know
  1620:  822.  I come no enemie, but to set free
  1621:  823.  From out this dark and dismal house of pain,
  1622:  824.  Both him and thee, and all the heav'nly Host
  1623:  825.  Of Spirits that in our just pretenses arm'd
  1624:  826.  Fell with us from on high: from them I go
  1625:  827.  This uncouth errand sole, and one for all
  1626:  828.  My self expose, with lonely steps to tread
  1627:  829.  Th' unfounded deep, and through the void immense
  1628:  830.  To search with wandring quest a place foretold
  1629:  831.  Should be, and, by concurring signs, ere now
  1630:  832.  Created vast and round, a place of bliss
  1631:  833.  In the Pourlieues of Heav'n, and therein plac't
  1632:  834.  A race of upstart Creatures, to supply
  1633:  835.  Perhaps our vacant room, though more remov'd,
  1634:  836.  Least Heav'n surcharg'd with potent multitude
  1635:  837.  Might hap to move new broiles : Be this or aught
  1636:  838.  Then this more secret now design'd, I haste
  1637:  839.  To know, and this once known, shall soon return,
  1638:  840.  And bring ye to the place where Thou and Death
  1639:  841.  Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen
  1640:  842.  Wing silently the buxom Air, imbalm'd
  1641:  843.  With odours; there ye shall be fed and fill'd
  1642:  844.  Immeasurably, all things shall be your prey.
  1643:  845.  He ceas'd, for both seemd highly pleasd, and Death
  1644:  846.  Grinnd horrible a gastly smile, to hear
  1645:  847.  His famine should be fill'd, and blest his mawe
  1646:  848.  Destin'd to that good hour : no less rejoyc'd
  1647:  849.  His mother bad, and thus bespake her Sire.
  1648:  850.  The key of this infernal Pit by due,
  1649:  851.  And by command of Heav'ns all-powerful King
  1650:  852.  I keep, by him forbidden to unlock
  1651:  853.  These Adamantine Gates ; against all force
  1652:  854.  Death ready stands to interpose his dart,
  1653:  855.  Fearless to be o'rmatcht by living might.
  1654:  856.  But what ow I to his commands above
  1655:  857.  Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down
  1656:  858.  Into this gloom of Tartarus profound,
  1657:  859.  To sit in hateful Office here confin'd,
  1658:  860.  In habitant of Heav'n, and heav'nlie-born,
  1659:  861.  Here in perpetual agonie and pain,
  1660:  862.  With terrors and with clamors compast round
  1661:  863.  Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed :
  1662:  864.  Thou art my Father, thou my Author, thou
  1663:  865.  My being gav'st me ; whom should I obey
  1664:  866.  But thee, whom follow ? thou wilt bring me soon
  1665:  867.  To that new world of light and bliss, among
  1666:  868.  The Gods who live at ease, where I shall Reign
  1667:  869.  At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems
  1668:  870.  Thy daughter and thy darling, without end.
  1669:  871.  Thus saying, from her side the fatal Key,
  1670:  872.  Sad instrument of all our woe, she took ;
  1671:  873.  And towards the Gate rouling her bestial train,
  1672:  874.  Forthwith the huge Porcullis high up drew,
  1673:  875.  Which but her self not all the Stygian powers
  1674:  876.  Could once have mov'd ; then in the key-hole turns
  1675:  877.  Th' intricate wards, and every Bolt and Bar
  1676:  878.  Of massie Iron or sollid Rock with ease
  1677:  879.  Unfast'ns: on a sudden op'n flie
  1678:  880.  With impetuous recoile and jarring sound
  1679:  881.  Th' infernal dores, and on thir hinges grate
  1680:  882.  Harsh Thunder, that the lowest bottom shook
  1681:  883.  Of Erebus. She op'nd, but to shut
  1682:  884.  Excel'd her power ; the Gates wide op'n stood,
  1683:  885.  That with extended wings a Bannerd Host
  1684:  886.  Under spread Ensigns marching might pass through
  1685:  887.  With Horse and Chariots rankt in loose array ;
  1686:  888.  So wide they stood, and like a Furnace mouth
  1687:  889.  Cast forth redounding smoak and ruddy flame.
  1688:  890.  Before thir eyes in sudden view appear
  1689:  891.  The secrets of the hoarie deep, a dark
  1690:  892.  Illimitable Ocean without bound,
  1691:  893.  Without dimension, where length, breadth, & highth,
  1692:  894.  And time and place are lost; where eldest Night
  1693:  895.  And Chaos, Ancestors of Nature, hold
  1694:  896.  Eternal Anarchie, amidst the noise
  1695:  897.  Of endless Warrs, and by confusion stand.
  1696:  898.  For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four Champions fierce
  1697:  899.  Strive here for Maistrie, and to Battel bring
  1698:  900.  Thir embryon Atoms ; they around the flag
  1699:  901.  Of each his Faction, in thir several Clanns,
  1700:  902.  Light-arm'd or heavy, sharp, smooth, swift or slow,
  1701:  903.  Swarm populous, unnumber'd as the Sands
  1702:  904.  Of Barca or Cyrene's torrid soil,
  1703:  905.  Levied to side with warring Winds, and poise
  1704:  906.  Thir lighter wings. To whom these most adhere,
  1705:  907.  Hee rules a moment; Chaos Umpire sits,
  1706:  908.  And by decision more imbroiles the fray
  1707:  909.  By which he Reigns: next him high Arbiter
  1708:  910.  Chance governs all. Into this wilde Abyss,
  1709:  911.  The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
  1710:  912.  Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
  1711:  913.  But all these in thir pregnant causes mixt
  1712:  914.  Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight,
  1713:  915.  Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
  1714:  916.  His dark materials to create more Worlds,
  1715:  917.  Into this wild Abyss the warie fiend
  1716:  918.  Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while,
  1717:  919.  Pondering his Voyage ; for no narrow frith
  1718:  920.  He had to cross. Nor was his eare less peal'd
  1719:  921.  With noises loud and ruinous ( to compare
  1720:  922.  Great things with small ) then when Bellona storms,
  1721:  923.  With all her battering Engines bent to rase
  1722:  924.  Som Capital City ; or less then if this frame
  1723:  925.  Of Heav'n were falling, and these Elements
  1724:  926.  In mutinie had from her Axle torn
  1725:  927.  The stedfast Earth. At last his Sail-broad Vannes
  1726:  928.  He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoak
  1727:  929.  Uplifted spurns the ground, thence many a League
  1728:  930.  As in a cloudy Chair ascending rides
  1729:  931.  Audacious, but that seat soon failing, meets
  1730:  932.  A vast vacuitie : all unawares
  1731:  933.  Fluttring his pennons vain plumb down he drops
  1732:  934.  Ten thousand fadom deep, and to this hour
  1733:  935.  Down had been falling, had not by ill chance
  1734:  936.  The strong rebuff of som tumultuous cloud
  1735:  937.  Instinct with Fire and Nitre hurried him
  1736:  938.  As many miles aloft : that furie stay'd,
  1737:  939.  Quencht in a Boggie Syrtis, neither Sea,
  1738:  940.  Nor good dry Land : nigh founderd on he fares,
  1739:  941.  Treading the crude consistence, half on foot,
  1740:  942.  Half flying ; behoves him now both Oare and Saile.
  1741:  943.  As when a Gryfon through the wilderness
  1742:  944.  With winged course ore Hill or moarie Dale,
  1743:  945.  Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stelth
  1744:  946.  Had from his wakeful custody purloind
  1745:  947.  The guarded Gold : So eagerly the fiend
  1746:  948.  Ore bog or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare,
  1747:  949.  With head, hands, wings or feet pursues his way,
  1748:  950.  And swims or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flyes :
  1749:  951.  At length a universal hubbub wilde
  1750:  952.  Of stunning sounds and voices all confus'd
  1751:  953.  Born through the hollow dark assaults his eare
  1752:  954.  With loudest vehemence : thither he plyes,
  1753:  955.  Undaunted to meet there what ever power
  1754:  956.  Or Spirit of the nethermost Abyss
  1755:  957.  Might in that noise reside, of whom to ask
  1756:  958.  Which way the neerest coast of darkness lyes
  1757:  959.  Bordering on light ; when strait behold the Throne
  1758:  960.  Of Chaos, and his dark Pavilion spread
  1759:  961.  Wide on the wasteful Deep ; with him Enthron'd
  1760:  962.  Sat Sable-vested Night, eldest of things,
  1761:  963.  The Consort of his Reign ; and by them stood
  1762:  964.  Orcus and Ades, and the dreaded name
  1763:  965.  Of Demogorgon; Rumor next and Chance,
  1764:  966.  And Tumult and Confusion all imbroild,
  1765:  967.  And Discord with a thousand various mouths.
  1766:  968.  T' whom Satan turning boldly, thus. Ye Powers
  1767:  969.  And Spirits of this nethermost Abyss,
  1768:  970.  Chaos and ancient Night, I come no Spy,
  1769:  971.  With purpose to explore or to disturb
  1770:  972.  The secrets of your Realm, but by constraint
  1771:  973.  Wandring this darksome Desart, as my way,
  1772:  974.  Lies through your spacious Empire up to light,
  1773:  975.  Alone, and without guide, half lost, I seek
  1774:  976.  What readiest path leads where your gloomie bounds
  1775:  977.  Confine with Heav'n ; or if some other place
  1776:  978.  From your Dominion won, th' Ethereal King
  1777:  979.  Possesses lately, thither to arrive
  1778:  980.  I travel this profound, direct my course ;
  1779:  981.  Directed no mean recompence it brings
  1780:  982.  To your behoof, if I that Region lost,
  1781:  983.  All usurpation thence expell'd, reduce
  1782:  984.  To her original darkness and your sway
  1783:  985.  ( Which is my present journey ) and once more
  1784:  986.  Erect the Standard there of ancient Night ;
  1785:  987.  Yours be th' advantage all, mine the revenge.
  1786:  988.  Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old
  1787:  989.  With faultring speech and visage incompos'd
  1788:  990.  Answer'd. I know thee, stranger, who thou art,
  1789:  991.  That mighty leading Angel, who of late
  1790:  992.  Made head against Heav'ns King, though overthrown.
  1791:  993.  I saw and heard, for such a numerous Host
  1792:  994.  Fled not in silence through the frighted deep
  1793:  995.  With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,
  1794:  996.  Confusion worse confounded ; and Heav'ns Gates
  1795:  997.  Pourd out by millions her victorious Bands
  1796:  998.  Pursuing. I upon my Frontieres here
  1797:  999.  Keep residence ; if all I can will serve,
  1798:  1000.  That little which is left to defend,
  1799:  1001.  Encroacht on still through our intestine broiles
  1800:  1002.  Weakning the Scepter of old Night : first Hell
  1801:  1003.  Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath ;
  1802:  1004.  Now lately Heaven and Earth, another World
  1803:  1005.  Hung ore my Realm, link'd in a golden Chain
  1804:  1006.  To that side Heav'n from whence your Legions fell:
  1805:  1007.  If that way be your walk, you have not farr ;
  1806:  1008.  So much the neerer danger ; go and speed ;
  1807:  1009.  Havock and spoil and ruin are my gain.
  1808:  1010.  He ceas'd; and Satan staid not to reply,
  1809:  1011.  But glad that now his Sea should find a shore,
  1810:  1012.  With fresh alacritie and force renew'd
  1811:  1013.  Springs upward like a Pyramid of fire
  1812:  1014.  Into the wilde expanse, and through the shock
  1813:  1015.  Of fighting Elements, on all sides round
  1814:  1016.  Environ'd wins his way; harder beset
  1815:  1017.  And more endanger'd, then when Argo pass'd
  1816:  1018.  Through Bosporus betwixt the justling Rocks :
  1817:  1019.  Or when Ulysses on the Larbord shunnd
  1818:  1020.  Charybdis, and by th' other whirlpool steard.
  1819:  1021.  So he with difficulty and labour hard
  1820:  1022.  Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour hee ;
  1821:  1023.  But hee once past, soon after when man fell,
  1822:  1024.  Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain
  1823:  1025.  Following his track, such was the will of Heav'n,
  1824:  1026.  Pav'd after him a broad and beat'n way
  1825:  1027.  Over the dark Abyss, whose boiling Gulf
  1826:  1028.  Tamely endur'd a Bridge of wondrous length
  1827:  1029.  From Hell continu'd reaching th' utmost Orbe
  1828:  1030.  Of this frail World ; by which the Spirits perverse
  1829:  1031.  With easie intercourse pass to and fro
  1830:  1032.  To tempt or punish mortals, except whom
  1831:  1033.  God and good Angels guard by special grace.
  1832:  1034.  But now at last the sacred influence
  1833:  1035.  Of light appears, and from the walls of Heav'n
  1834:  1036.  Shoots farr into the bosom of dim Night
  1835:  1037.  A glimmering dawn; here Nature first begins
  1836:  1038.  Her fardest verge, and Chaos to retire
  1837:  1039.  As from her outmost works a brok'd foe
  1838:  1040.  With tumult less and with less hostile din,
  1839:  1041.  That Satan with less toil, and now with ease
  1840:  1042.  Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light
  1841:  1043.  And like a weather-beaten Vessel holds
  1842:  1044.  Gladly the Port, though Shrouds and Tackle torn;
  1843:  1045.  Or in the emptier waste, resembling Air,
  1844:  1046.  Weighs his spread wings, at leasure to behold
  1845:  1047.  Farr off th' Empyreal Heav'n, extended wide
  1846:  1048.  In circuit, undetermind square or round,
  1847:  1049.  With Opal Towrs and Battlements adorn'd
  1848:  1050.  Of living Saphire, once his native Seat ;
  1849:  1051.  And fast by hanging in a golden Chain
  1850:  1052.  This pendant world, in bigness as a Starr
  1851:  1053.  Of smallest Magnitude close by the Moon.
  1852:  1054.  Thither full fraught with mischievous revenge,
  1853:  1055.  Accurst, and in a cursed hour he hies.
       
      The End of the Second Book.
       
     
     
     

BOOK III.

     
     

THE ARGUMENT.

      God sitting on his Throne sees Satan flying towards this
      world, then newly created; shews him to the Son
      who sat at his right hand ; foretells the success of
      Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own Justice
      and Wisdom from all imputation , having created
      Man free and able enough to have withstood his Temp-
      ter ; yet declares his purpose of grace towards him, in
      regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but
      by him seduc't. The Son of God renders praises to
      his Father for the manifestation of his gracious pur-
      pose towards Man ; but God again declares, that
      Grace cannot be extended towards Man without the
      satisfaction of divine Justice ; Man hath offended
      the majesty of God by aspiring to God-head, and there-
      fore with all his Progeny devoted to death must dye,
      unless some one can be found sufficient to answer for
      his offence, and undergo his Punishment. The Son of
      God freely offers himself a Ransome for Man : the
      Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation, pronoun-
      ces his exaltation above all Names in Heaven and
      Earth ; commands all the Angels to adore him ;
      they obey, and hymning to thir Harps in full Quire,
      celebrate the Father and the Son. Mean while Sa-
      tan alights upon the bare Convex of this Worlds outer-
      most Orb ; where wandring he first finds a place
      since call'd The Lymbo of Vanity ; what persons and
      things fly up thither; thence comes to the Gate of
      Heaven, describ'd ascending by staires, and the wa-
      ters above the Firmament that flow about it : His
      passage thence to the Orb of the Sun; he finds there
      Uriel the Regient of that Orb, but first changes
      himself into the shape of a meaner Angel ; and pre-
      tending a zealous desire to behold the new Creation
      and Man whom God had plac't here, inquires of him
      the place of his habitation, and is directed ; alights
  POEM BOOK 3 first on Mount Niphates.
       
  1854:  1.  HAil holy Light, ofspring of Heav'n first-born,
  1855:  2.  Or of th' Eternal Coeternal beam
  1856:  3.  May I express thee unblam'd? since God is light,
      is light,
  1857:  4.  And never but in unapproached light
  1858:  5.  Dwelt from Eternitie, dwelt then in thee,
  1859:  6.  Bright effluence of bright essence increate.
  1860:  7.  Or hear'st thou rather pure Ethereal stream,
  1861:  8.  Whose Fountain who shall tell? before the Sun,
  1862:  9.  Before the Heavens thou wert, and at the voice
  1863:  10.  Of God, as with a Mantle didst invest
  1864:  11.  The rising world of waters dark and deep,
  1865:  12.  Won from the void and formless infinite.
  1866:  13.  Thee I re-visit now with bolder wing,
  1867:  14.  Escap't the Stygean Pool, though long detain'd
  1868:  15.  In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight
  1869:  16.  Through utter and through middle darkness borne
  1870:  17.  With other notes then to th' Orpean Lyre
  1871:  18.  I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,
  1872:  19.  Taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down
  1873:  20.  The dark descent, and up to reascend,
  1874:  21.  Though hard and rare : thee I revisit safe,
  1875:  22.  And feel thy sovran vital Lamp ; but thou
  1876:  23.  Revisit'st not these eyes, that rowle in vain
  1877:  24.  To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn ;
  1878:  25.  So thick a drop serene hath quencht thir Orbs,
  1879:  26.  Or dim suffusion veild. Yet not the more
  1880:  27.  Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt
  1881:  28.  Cleer Spring, or shadie Grove, or Sunnie Hill,
  1882:  29.  Smit with the love of sacred Song; but chief
  1883:  30.  Thee Sion and the flowrie Brooks beneath
  1884:  31.  That wash thy hallowd feet, and warbling flow,
  1885:  32.  Nightly I visit : nor somtimes forget
  1886:  33.  Those other two equal'd with me in Fate,
  1887:  34.  So were I equal'd with them in renown,
  1888:  35.  Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides,
  1889:  36.  And Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old.
  1890:  37.  Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move
  1891:  38.  Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful Bird
  1892:  39.  Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid
  1893:  40.  Tunes her nocturnal Note. Thus with the Year
  1894:  41.  Seasons return, but not to me returns
  1895:  42.  Day, or the sweet approach of Ev'n or Morn,
  1896:  43.  Or sight of vernal bloom, or Summers Rose,
  1897:  44.  Or flocks, or heards, or human face divine ;
  1898:  45.  But cloud in stead, and ever-during dark
  1899:  46.  Surrounds me, from the chearful wayes of men
  1900:  47.  Cut off, and for the Book of knowledg fair
  1901:  48.  Presented with a Universal blanc
  1902:  49.  Of Natures works to mee expung'd and ras'd,
  1903:  50.  And wisdome at one entrance quite shut out.
  1904:  51.  So much the rather thou Celestial light
  1905:  52.  Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
  1906:  53.  Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mist from thence
  1907:  54.  Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell
  1908:  55.  Of things invisible to mortal sight.
  1909:  56.  Now had the Almighty Father from above,
  1910:  57.  From the pure Empyrean where he sits
  1911:  58.  High Thron'd above all highth, bent down his eye,
  1912:  59.  His own works and their works at once to view :
  1913:  60.  About him all the Sanctities of Heaven
  1914:  61.  Stood thick as Starrs, and from his sight receiv'd
  1915:  62.  Beatitude past utterance ; on his right
  1916:  63.  The radiant image of his Glory sat,
  1917:  64.  His onely Son ; On Earth he first beheld
  1918:  65.  Our two first Parents, yet the onely two
  1919:  66.  Of mankind, in the happie Garden plac't,
  1920:  67.  Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love,
  1921:  68.  Uninterrupted joy, unrivald love
  1922:  69.  In blissful solitude ; he then survey'd
  1923:  70.  Hell and the Gulf between, and Satan there
  1924:  71.  Coasting the wall of Heav'n on this side Night
  1925:  72.  In the dun Air sublime, and ready now
  1926:  73.  To stoop with wearied wings, and willing feet
  1927:  74.  On the bare outside of this world, that seem'd
  1928:  75.  Firm land imbosom'd without Firmament,
  1929:  76.  Uncertain which, in Ocean or in Air.
  1930:  77.  Him God beholding from his prospect high,
  1931:  78.  Wherein past, present, future he beholds,
  1932:  79.  Thus to his onely Son forseeing spake.
  1933:  80.  Onely begotten Son, seest thou what rage
  1934:  81.  Transports our adversarie, whom no bounds
  1935:  82.  Prescrib'd, no barrs of Hell, nor all the chains
  1936:  83.  Heapt on him there, nor yet the main Abyss
  1937:  84.  Wide interrupt can hold ; so bent he seems
  1938:  85.  On desparate reveng, that shall redound
  1939:  86.  Upon his own rebellious head. And now
  1940:  87.  Through all restraint broke loose he wings his way
  1941:  88.  Not farr off Heav'n, in the Precincts of light,
  1942:  89.  Directly towards the new created World,
  1943:  90.  And Man there plac't, with purpose to assay
  1944:  91.  If him by force he can destroy, or worse,
  1945:  92.  By some false guile pervert ; and shall pervert
  1946:  93.  For man will hark'n to his glozing lyes,
  1947:  94.  And easily transgress the sole Command,
  1948:  95.  Sole pledge of his obedience: So will fall,
  1949:  96.  Hee and his faithless Progenie : whose fault?
  1950:  97.  Whose but his own ? ingrate, he had of mee
  1951:  98.  All he could have ; I made him just and right,
  1952:  99.  Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.
  1953:  100.  Such I created all th' Ethereal Powers
  1954:  101.  And Spirits, both them who stood and them who faild;
  1955:  102.  Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell.
  1956:  103.  Not free, what proof could they have givn sincere
  1957:  104.  Of true allegiance, constant Faith or Love,
  1958:  105.  Where onely what they needs must do, appeard,
  1959:  106.  Not what they would? what praise could they receive?
  1960:  107.  What pleasure I from such obedience paid,
  1961:  108.  When Will and Reason ( Reason also is choice )
  1962:  109.  Useless and vain, of freedom both despoild,
  1963:  110.  Made passive both, had servd necessitie,
  1964:  111.  Not mee. They therefore as to right belongd,
  1965:  112.  So were created, nor can justly accuse
  1966:  113.  Thir maker, or thir making, or thir Fate,
  1967:  114.  As if predestination over-rul'd
  1968:  115.  Thir will, dispos'd by absolute Decree
  1969:  116.  Or high foreknowledge ; they themselves decreed
  1970:  117.  Thir own revolt, not I : if I foreknew,
  1971:  118.  Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault,
  1972:  119.  Which had no less prov'd certain unforeknown.
  1973:  120.  So without least impulse or shadow of Fate,
  1974:  121.  So without aught by me immutablie foreseen,
  1975:  122.  They trespass, Authors to themselves in all
  1976:  123.  Both what they judge and what they choose ; for so
  1977:  124.  I formd them free, and free they must remain,
  1978:  125.  Till they enthrall themselves : I else must change
  1979:  126.  Thir nature, and revoke the high Decree
  1980:  127.  Unchangeable, Eternal, which ordain'd
  1981:  128.  Thir freedom, they themselves ordain'd thir fall.
  1982:  129.  The first sort by thir own suggestion fell,
  1983:  130.  Self-tempted, self-deprav'd : Man falls deceiv'd
  1984:  131.  By the other first : Man therefore shall find grace,
  1985:  132.  The other none : in Mercy and Justice both,
  1986:  133.  Through Heav'n and Earth, so shall my glorie excel,
  1987:  134.  But Mercy first and last shall brightest shine.
  1988:  135.  Thus while God spake, ambrosial fragrance fill'd
  1989:  136.  All Heav'n, and in the blessed Spirits elect
  1990:  137.  Sense of new joy ineffable diffus'd:
  1991:  138.  Beyond compare the Son of God was seen
  1992:  139.  Most glorious, in him all his Father shon
  1993:  140.  Substantially express'd, and in his face
  1994:  141.  Divine compassion visibly appeerd,
  1995:  142.  Love without end, and without measure Grace,
  1996:  143.  Which uttering thus he to his Father spake.
  1997:  144.  O Father, gracious was that word which clos'd
  1998:  145.  Thy sovran sentence, that Man should find grace ;
  1999:  146.  For which both Heav'n and Earth shall high extoll
  2000:  147.  Thy praises, with th' innumerable sound
  2001:  148.  Of Hymns and sacred Songs, wherewith thy Throne
  2002:  149.  Encompass'd shall resound thee ever blest.
  2003:  150.  For should Man finally be lost, should Man
  2004:  151.  Thy creature late so lov'd, thy youngest Son
  2005:  152.  Fall circumvented thus by fraud, though joynd
  2006:  153.  With his own folly? that be from thee farr,
  2007:  154.  That farr be from thee, Father, who art Judg
  2008:  155.  Of all things made, and judgest onely right.
  2009:  156.  Or shall the Adversarie thus obtain
  2010:  157.  His end, and frustrate thine, shall he fulfill
  2011:  158.  His malice, and thy goodness bring to naught,
  2012:  159.  Or proud return though to his heavier doom,
  2013:  160.  Yet with revenge accomplish't and to Hell
  2014:  161.  Draw after him the whole Race of mankind,
  2015:  162.  By him corrupted ? or wilt thou thy self
  2016:  163.  Abolish thy Creation, and unmake,
  2017:  164.  For him, what for thy glorie thou hast made?
  2018:  165.  So should thy goodness and thy greatness both
  2019:  166.  Be questiond and blaspheam'd without defence.
  2020:  167.  To whom the great Creatour thus reply'd.
  2021:  168.  O Son, in whom my Soul hath chief delight,
  2022:  169.  Son of my bosom, Son who art alone
  2023:  170.  My word, my wisdom, and effectual might,
  2024:  171.  All hast thou spok'n as my thoughts are, all
  2025:  172.  As my Eternal purpose hath decreed :
  2026:  173.  Man shall not quite be lost, but sav'd who will,
  2027:  174.  Yet not of will in him, but grace in me
  2028:  175.  Freely voutsaft ; once more I will renew
  2029:  176.  His lapsed powers, though forfeit and enthrall'd
  2030:  177.  By sin to foul exorbitant desires ;
  2031:  178.  Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
  2032:  179.  On even ground against his mortal foe,
  2033:  180.  By me upheld, that he may know how frail
  2034:  181.  H[i]s fall'n condition is, and to me ow
  2035:  182.  All his deliv'rance, and to none but me.
  2036:  183.  Some I have chosen of peculiar grace
  2037:  184.  Elect above the rest ; so is my will :
  2038:  185.  The rest shall hear me call, and oft be warnd
  2039:  186.  Thir sinful state, and to appease betimes
  2040:  187.  Th' incensed Deitie, while offerd grace
  2041:  188.  Invites ; for I will cleer thir senses dark,
  2042:  189.  What may suffice, and soft'n stonie hearts
  2043:  190.  To pray, repent, and bring obedience due.
  2044:  191.  To Prayer, repentance, and obedience due,
  2045:  192.  Though but endevord with sincere intent,
  2046:  193.  Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut.
  2047:  194.  And I will place within them as a guide
  2048:  195.  My Umpire Conscience, whom if they will hear,
  2049:  196.  Light after light well us'd they shall attain,
  2050:  197.  And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
  2051:  198.  This my long sufferance and my day of grace
  2052:  199.  They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste ;
  2053:  200.  But hard be hard'nd, blind be blinded more,
  2054:  201.  That they may stumble on, and deeper fall ;
  2055:  202.  And none but such from mercy I exclude.
  2056:  203.  But yet all is not don ; Man disobeying,
  2057:  204.  Disloyal breaks his fealtie, and sinns
  2058:  205.  Against the high Supremacie of Heav'n,
  2059:  206.  Affecting God-head, and so loosing all,
  2060:  207.  To expiate his Treason hath naught left,
  2061:  208.  But to destruction sacred and devote,
  2062:  209.  He with his whole posteritie must dye,
  2063:  210.  Dye hee or Justice must ; unless for him
  2064:  211.  Som other able, and as willing, pay
  2065:  212.  The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
  2066:  213.  Say Heav'nly powers, where shall we find such love,
  2067:  214.  Which of ye will be mortal to redeem
  2068:  215.  Mans mortal crime, and just th' unjust to save,
  2069:  216.  Dwels in all Heaven charitie so deare?
  2070:  217.  He ask'd, but all the Heav'nly Quire stood mute,
  2071:  218.  And silence was in Heav'n: on mans behalf
  2072:  219.  Patron or Intercessor none appeerd,
  2073:  220.  Much less that durst upon his own head draw
  2074:  221.  The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
  2075:  222.  And now without redemption all mankind
  2076:  223.  Must have bin lost, adjudg'd to Death and Hell
  2077:  224.  By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
  2078:  225.  In whom the fulness dwels of love divine,
  2079:  226.  His dearest mediation thus renewd.
  2080:  227.  Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace ;
  2081:  228.  And shall grace not find means, that finds her way,
  2082:  229.  The speediest of thy winged messengers,
  2083:  230.  To visit all thy creatures, and to all
  2084:  231.  Comes unprevented, unimplor'd, unsought,
  2085:  232.  Happie for man, so coming; he her aide
  2086:  233.  Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost ;
  2087:  234.  Attonement for himself or offering meet,
  2088:  235.  Indebted and undon, hath none to bring:
  2089:  236.  Behold mee then, mee for him, life for life
  2090:  237.  I offer, on mee let thine anger fall ;
  2091:  238.  Account mee man ; I for his sake will leave
  2092:  239.  Thy bosom, and this glorie next to thee
  2093:  240.  Freely put off, and for him lastly dye
  2094:  241.  Well pleas'd, on me let Death wreck all his rage;
  2095:  242.  Under his gloomie power I shall not long
  2096:  243.  Lie vanquisht ; thou hath givn me to possess
  2097:  244.  Life in my self for ever, by thee I live,
  2098:  245.  Though now to Death I yield, and am his due
  2099:  246.  All that of me can die, yet that debt paid,
  2100:  247.  Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsom grave
  2101:  248.  His prey, nor suffer my unspotted Soule
  2102:  249.  For ever with corruption there to dwell ;
  2103:  250.  But I shall rise Victorious, and subdue
  2104:  251.  My vanquisher, spoild of his vanted spoile;
  2105:  252.  Death his deaths wound shall then receive, and stoop
  2106:  253.  Inglorious, of his mortall sting disarm'd.
  2107:  254.  I through the ample Air in Triumph high
  2108:  255.  Shall lead Hell Captive maugre Hell, and show
  2109:  256.  The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the sight
  2110:  257.  Pleas'd, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile,
  2111:  258.  While by thee rais'd I ruin all my Foes,
  2112:  259.  Death last, and with his Carcass glut the Grave:
  2113:  260.  Then with the multitude of my redeemd
  2114:  261.  Shall enter Heaven long absent, and returne,
  2115:  262.  Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud
  2116:  263.  Of anger shall remain, but peace assur'd,
  2117:  264.  And reconcilement ; wrauth shall be no more
  2118:  265.  Thenceforth, but in thy presence Joy entire.
  2119:  266.  His words here ended, but his meek aspect
  2120:  267.  Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love
  2121:  268.  To mortal men, above which only shon
  2122:  269.  Filial obedience : as a sacrifice
  2123:  270.  Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will
  2124:  271.  Of his great Father. Admiration seis'd
  2125:  272.  All Heav'n, what this might mean, and whither tend
  2126:  273.  Wondring; but soon th' Almighty thus reply'd :
  2127:  274.  O thou in Heav'n and Earth the only peace
  2128:  275.  Found out for mankind under wrauth, O thou
  2129:  276.  My sole complacence ! well thou know'st how dear,
  2130:  277.  To me are all my works, nor Man the least
  2131:  278.  Though last created, that for him I spare
  2132:  279.  Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save,
  2133:  280.  By loosing thee a while, the whole Race lost.
  2134:  281.  Thou therefore whom thou only canst redeem,
  2135:  282.  Thir Nature also to thy Nature joyn;
  2136:  283.  And be thy self Man among men on Earth,
  2137:  284.  Made flesh, when time shall be, of Virgin seed,
  2138:  285.  By wondrous birth : Be thou in Adams room
  2139:  286.  The Head of all mankind, though Adams Son.
  2140:  287.  As in him perish all men, so in thee
  2141:  288.  As from a second root shall be restor'd,
  2142:  289.  As many as are restor'd, without thee none.
  2143:  290.  His crime makes guiltie all his Sons, thy merit
  2144:  291.  Imputed shall absolve them who renounce
  2145:  292.  Thir own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
  2146:  293.  And live in thee transplanted, and from thee
  2147:  294.  Receive new life. So Man, as is most just,
  2148:  295.  Shall satisfie for Man, be judg'd and die,
  2149:  296.  And dying rise, and rising with him raise
  2150:  297.  His Brethren, ransomd with his own dear life.
  2151:  298.  So Heav'nly love shall outdoo Hellish hate
  2152:  299.  Giving to death, and dying to redeeme,
  2153:  300.  So dearly to redeem what Hellish hate
  2154:  301.  So easily destroy'd, and still destroyes
  2155:  302.  In those who, when they may, accept not grace.
  2156:  303.  Nor shalt thou by descending to assume
  2157:  304.  Mans Nature, less'n or degrade thine owne.
  2158:  305.  Because thou hast, though Thron'd in highest bliss
  2159:  306.  Equal to God, and equally enjoying
  2160:  307.  God-like fruition, quitted all to save
  2161:  308.  A World from utter loss, and hast been found
  2162:  309.  By Merit more then Birthright Son of God,
  2163:  310.  Found worthiest to be so by being Good,
  2164:  311.  Farr more then Great or High ; because in thee
  2165:  312.  Love hath abounded more then Glory abounds,
  2166:  313.  Therefore thy Humiliation shall exalt
  2167:  314.  With thee thy Manhood also to this Throne;
  2168:  315.  Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt Reign !
  2169:  316.  Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man,
  2170:  317.  Anointed universal King, all Power
  2171:  318.  I give thee, reign for ever, and assume
  2172:  319.  Thy Merits ; under thee as Head Supream
  2173:  320.  Thrones, Princedoms, Powers, Dominions I reduce:
  2174:  321.  All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide
  2175:  322.  In Heaven, or Earth, or under Earth in Hell ;
  2176:  323.  When thou attended gloriously from Heav'n
  2177:  324.  Shalt in the Sky appeer, and from thee send
  2178:  325.  The summoning Arch-Angels to proclaime
  2179:  326.  Thy dread Tribunal : forthwith from all Windes
  2180:  327.  The living, and forthwith the cited dead
  2181:  328.  Of all past Ages to the general Doom
  2182:  329.  Shall hast'n, such a peal shall rouse thir sleep.
  2183:  330.  Then all thy Saints assembl'd, thou shalt judge
  2184:  331.  Bad men and Angels, they arraignd shall sink
  2185:  332.  Beneath thy Sentence ; Hell her numbers full,
  2186:  333.  Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Mean while
  2187:  334.  The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring
  2188:  335.  New Heav'n and Earth, wherein the just shall dwell,
  2189:  336.  And after all thir tribulations long
  2190:  337.  See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
  2191:  338.  With Joy and Love triumphing, and fair Truth.
  2192:  339.  Then thou thy regal Scepter shalt lay by,
  2193:  340.  For regal Scepter then no more shall need,
  2194:  341.  God shall be All in All. But all ye Gods,
  2195:  342.  Adore him, who to compass all this dies,
  2196:  343.  Adore the Son, and honour him as mee.
  2197:  344.  No sooner had th' Almighty ceas't, but all
  2198:  345.  The multitude of Angels with a shout
  2199:  346.  Loud as from numbers without number, sweet
  2200:  347.  As from blest voices, uttering joy, Heav'n rung
  2201:  348.  With Jubilee, and loud Hosanna's filld
  2202:  349.  Th' eternal Regions : lowly reverent
  2203:  350.  Towards either Throne they bow, and to the ground
  2204:  351.  With solemn adoration down they cast
  2205:  352.  Thir Crowns inwove with Amarant and Gold,
  2206:  353.  Immortal Amarant, a Flour which once
  2207:  354.  In Paradise, fast by the Tree of Life
  2208:  355.  Began to bloom, but soon for mans offence
  2209:  356.  72 Paradise Lost. Book III.
  2210:  357.  To Heav'n remov'd where first it grew, there grows,
  2211:  358.  And flours aloft shading the Fount of Life,
  2212:  359.  And where the river of Bliss through midst of Heavn
  2213:  360.  Rowls o're Elisian Flours her Amber stream;
  2214:  361.  With these that never fade the Spirits elect
  2215:  362.  Bind thir resplendent locks inwreath'd with beams,
  2216:  363.  Now in loose Garlands thick thrown off, the bright
  2217:  364.  Pavement that like a Sea of Jasper shon
  2218:  365.  Impurpl'd with Celestial Roses smil'd.
  2219:  366.  Then Crown'd again thir gold'n Harps they took,
  2220:  367.  Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by thir side
  2221:  368.  Like Quivers hung, and with Praeamble sweet
  2222:  369.  Of charming symphonie they introduce
  2223:  370.  Thir sacred Song, and waken raptures high ;
  2224:  371.  No voice exempt, no voice but well could joine
  2225:  372.  Melodious part, such concord is in Heav'n.
  2226:  373.  Thee Father first they sung Omnipotent,
  2227:  374.  Immutable, Immortal, Infinite,
  2228:  375.  Eternal King; thee Author of all being,
  2229:  376.  Fountain of Light, thy self invisible
  2230:  377.  Amidst the glorious brightness where thou sit'st
  2231:  378.  Thron'd inaccessible, but when thou shad'st
  2232:  379.  The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud
  2233:  380.  Drawn round about thee like a radiant Shrine,
  2234:  381.  Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appeer,
  2235:  382.  Yet dazle Heav'n, that brightest Seraphim
  2236:  383.  Approach not, but with both wings veil thir eyes,
  2237:  384.  Thee next they sang of all Creation first,
  2238:  385.  Begotten Son, Divine Similitude,
  2239:  386.  In whose conspicuous count'nance, without cloud
  2240:  387.  Made visible, th' Almighty Father shines,
  2241:  388.  Whom else no Creature can behold ; on thee
  2242:  389.  Impresst the effulgence of his Glorie abides,
  2243:  390.  Transfus'd on thee his ample Spirit rests.
  2244:  391.  Hee Heav'n of Heavens and all the Powers therein
  2245:  392.  By thee created, and by thee threw down
  2246:  393.  Th' aspiring Dominations: thou that day
  2247:  394.  Thy Fathers dreadful Thunder didst not spare,
  2248:  395.  Nor stop thy flaming Chariot wheels, that shook
  2249:  396.  Heav'ns everlasting Frame, while o're the necks
  2250:  397.  Thou drov'st of warring Angels disarraid.
  2251:  398.  Back from pursuit thy Powers with loud acclaime
  2252:  399.  Thee only extoll'd, Son of thy Fathers might,
  2253:  400.  To execute fierce vengeance on his foes,
  2254:  401.  Not so on Man ; him through their malice fall'n,
  2255:  402.  Father of Mercie and Grace, thou didst not doome
  2256:  403.  So strictly, but much more to pitie encline :
  2257:  404.  No sooner did thy dear and onely Son
  2258:  405.  Perceive thee purpos'd not to doom frail Man
  2259:  406.  So strictly, but much more to pitie enclin'd,
  2260:  407.  He to appease thy wrauth, and end the strife
  2261:  408.  Of Mercy and Justice in thy face discern'd,
  2262:  409.  Regardless of the Bliss wherein hee sat
  2263:  410.  Second to thee, offerd himself to die
  2264:  411.  For mans offence. O unexampl'd love,
  2265:  412.  Love no where to be found less then Divine !
  2266:  413.  Hail Son of God, Saviour of Men, thy Name
  2267:  414.  Shall be the copious matter of my Song
  2268:  415.  Henceforth, and never shall my Harp thy praise
  2269:  416.  Forget, nor from thy Fathers praise disjoine.
  2270:  417.  Thus they in Heav'n, above the starry Sphear,
  2271:  418.  Thir happie hours in joy and hymning spent.
  2272:  419.  Mean while upon the firm opacous Globe
  2273:  420.  Of this round World, whose first convex divides
  2274:  421.  The luminous inferior Orbs, enclos'd
  2275:  422.  From Chaos and th' inroad of Darkness old,
  2276:  423.  Satan alighted walks : a Globe farr off
  2277:  424.  It seem'd, now seems a boundless Continent
  2278:  425.  Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of Night
  2279:  426.  Starless expos'd, and ever-threatning storms
  2280:  427.  Of Chaos blustering round, inclement skie ;
  2281:  428.  Save on that side which from the wall of Heav'n
  2282:  429.  Though distant farr som small reflection gaines
  2283:  430.  Of glimmering air less vext with tempest loud :
  2284:  431.  Here walk'd the Fiend at large in spacious field.
  2285:  432.  As when a Vultur on Imaus bred,
  2286:  433.  Whose snowie ridge roving Tartar bounds,
  2287:  434.  Dislodging from a Region scarce of prey,
  2288:  435.  To gorge the flesh of Lambs or yeanling Kids
  2289:  436.  Or Hills where Flocks are fed, flies toward the Springs
  2290:  437.  Of Ganges or Hydaspes, Indian streams ;
  2291:  438.  But in his way lights on the barren Plaines
  2292:  439.  Of Sericana, where Chineses drive
  2293:  440.  With Sails and Wind thir canie Waggons light :
  2294:  441.  So on this windie Sea of Land, the Fiend
  2295:  442.  Walk'd up and down alone bent on his prey,
  2296:  443.  Alone, for other Creature in this place
  2297:  444.  Living or liveless to be found was none,
  2298:  445.  None yet, but store hereafter from the earth
  2299:  446.  Up hither like Aereal vapours flew
  2300:  447.  Of all things transitorie and vain, when Sin
  2301:  448.  With vanity had filld the works of men :
  2302:  449.  Both all things vain, and all who in vain things
  2303:  450.  Built thir fond hopes of Glorie or lasting fame,
  2304:  451.  Or happiness in this or th' other life;
  2305:  452.  All who have thir reward on Earth, the fruits
  2306:  453.  Of painful Superstition and blind Zeal,
  2307:  454.  Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find
  2308:  455.  Fit retribution, emptie as thir deeds ;
  2309:  456.  All th' unaccomplisht works of Natures hand,
  2310:  457.  Abortive, monstrous, or unkindly mixt,
  2311:  458.  Dissolvd on Earth, fleet hither, and in vain,
  2312:  459.  Till final dissolution, wander here,
  2313:  460.  Not in the neighbouring Moon, as some have dreamd;
  2314:  461.  Those argent Fields more likely habitants,
  2315:  462.  Translated Saints, or middle Spirits hold
  2316:  463.  Betwixt th' Angelical and Human kinde :
  2317:  464.  Hither of ill-joynd Sons and Daughters born
  2318:  465.  First from the ancient World those Giants came
  2319:  466.  With many a vain exploit, though then renownd:
  2320:  467.  The builders next of Babel on the Plain
  2321:  468.  Of Sennaar, and still with vain designe
  2322:  469.  New Babels, had they wherewithall, would build :
  2323:  470.  Others came single ; he who to be deemd
  2324:  471.  A God, leap'd fondly into AEtna flames,
  2325:  472.  Empedocles, and hee who to enjoy
  2326:  473.  Plato's Elysium, leap'd into the Sea,
  2327:  474.  Cleombrotus, and many more too long,
  2328:  475.  Embryo's and Idiots, Eremits and Friers
  2329:  476.  White, Black and Grey, with all thir trumperie.
  2330:  477.  Here Pilgrims roam, that stray'd so farr to seek
  2331:  478.  In Golgotha him dead, who lives in Heav'n ;
  2332:  479.  And they who to be sure of Paradise
  2333:  480.  Dying put on the weeds of Dominic,
  2334:  481.  Or in Franciscan think to pass disguis'd ;
  2335:  482.  They pass the Planets seven, and pass the fixt,
  2336:  483.  And that Crystalline Sphear whose ballance weighs
  2337:  484.  The Trepidation talkt, and that first mov'd ;
  2338:  485.  And now Saint Peter at Heav'ns Wicket seems
  2339:  486.  To wait them with his Keys, and now at foot
  2340:  487.  Of Heav'ns ascent they lift thir Feet, when loe
  2341:  488.  A violent cross wind from either Coast
  2342:  489.  Blows them transverse ten thousand Leagues awry
  2343:  490.  Into the devious Air ; then might ye see
  2344:  491.  Cowles, Hoods and Habits with thir wearers tost
  2345:  492.  And flutterd into Raggs, then Reliques, Beads,
  2346:  493.  Indulgences, Dispenses, Pardons, Bulls,
  2347:  494.  The sport of Winds : all these upwhirld aloft
  2348:  495.  Fly o're the backside of the World farr off
  2349:  496.  Into a Limbo large and broad, since calld
  2350:  497.  The Paradise of Fools, to few unknown
  2351:  498.  Long after, now unpeopl'd, and untrod ;
  2352:  499.  All this dark Globe the Fiend found as he pass'd,
  2353:  500.  And long he wanderd, till at last a gleame
  2354:  501.  Of dawning light turnd thither-ward in haste
  2355:  502.  His travell'd steps ; farr distant he descries
  2356:  503.  Ascending by degrees magnificent
  2357:  504.  Up to the wall of Heaven a Structure high,
  2358:  505.  At top whereof, but farr more rich appeerd
  2359:  506.  The work as of a Kingly Palace Gate
  2360:  507.  With Frontispice of Diamond and Gold
  2361:  508.  Imbellisht, thick with sparkling orient Gemmes
  2362:  509.  The Portal shon, inimitable on Earth
  2363:  510.  By Model, or by shading Pencil drawn.
  2364:  511.  The Stairs were such as whereon Jacob saw
  2365:  512.  Angels ascending and descending, bands
  2366:  513.  Of Guardians bright, when he from Esau fled
  2367:  514.  To Padan-Aram in the field of Luz,
  2368:  515.  Dreaming by night under the open Skie,
  2369:  516.  And waking cri'd, This is the Gate of Heav'n
  2370:  517.  Each Stair mysteriously was meant, nor stood
  2371:  518.  There always, but drawn up to Heav'n somtimes
  2372:  519.  Viewless, and underneath a bright Sea flow'd
  2373:  520.  Of Jasper, or of liquid Pearle, whereon
  2374:  521.  Who after came from Earth, sayling arriv'd,
  2375:  522.  Wafted by Angels, or flew o're the Lake
  2376:  523.  Rapt in a Chariot drawn by fiery Steeds.
  2377:  524.  The Stairs were then let down, whether to dare
  2378:  525.  The Fiend by easie ascent, or aggravate
  2379:  526.  His sad exclusion from the dores of Bliss.
  2380:  527.  Direct against which op'nd from beneath,
  2381:  528.  Just o're the blissful seat of Paradise,
  2382:  529.  A passage down to th' Earth, a passage wide,
  2383:  530.  Wider by farr then that of after-times
  2384:  531.  Over Mount Sion, and, though that were large,
  2385:  532.  Over the Promis'd Land to God so dear,
  2386:  533.  By which, to visit oft those happy Tribes,
  2387:  534.  On high behests his Angels to and fro
  2388:  535.  Pass'd frequent, and his eye with choice regard
  2389:  536.  From Paneas the fount of Jordans flood
  2390:  537.  To Beersaba, where the Holy Land
  2391:  538.  Borders on AEgypt and the Arabian shoare ;
  2392:  539.  So wide the op'ning seemd, where bounds were set
  2393:  540.  To darkness, such as bound the Ocean wave.
  2394:  541.  Satan from hence now on the lower stair
  2395:  542.  That scal'd by steps of Gold to Heav'n Gate
  2396:  543.  Looks down with wonder at the sudden view
  2397:  544.  Of all this World at once. As when a Scout
  2398:  545.  Through dark and desart wayes with peril gone
  2399:  546.  All night; at last by break of chearful dawne
  2400:  547.  Obtains the brow of some high-climbing Hill,
  2401:  548.  Which to his eye discovers unaware
  2402:  549.  The goodly prospect of some forein land
  2403:  550.  First-seen, or some renown'd Metropolis
  2404:  551.  With glistering Spires and Pinnacles adornd,
  2405:  552.  Which now the Rising Sun guilds with his beams.
  2406:  553.  Such wonder seis'd, though after Heaven seen,
  2407:  554.  The spirit maligne, but much more envy seis'd
  2408:  555.  As sight of all this World beheld so faire.
  2409:  556.  Round he surveys, and well might, where he stood
  2410:  557.  So high above the circling Canopie
  2411:  558.  Of Nights extended shade ; from Eastern Point
  2412:  559.  Of Libra to the fleecie Starr that bears
  2413:  560.  Andromeda farr off Atlantic Seas
  2414:  561.  Beyond th' Horizon ; then from Pole to Pole
  2415:  562.  He views in bredth, and without longer pause
  2416:  563.  Down right into the Worlds first Region throws
  2417:  564.  His flight precipitant, and windes with ease
  2418:  565.  Through the pure marble Air his oblique way
  2419:  566.  Amongst innumerable Starrs, that shon
  2420:  567.  Stars distant, but nigh hand seemd other Worlds,
  2421:  568.  Or other Worlds they seemd, or happy Iles,
  2422:  569.  Like those Hesperian Gardens fam'd of old,
  2423:  570.  Fortunate Fields, and Groves and flourie Vales,
  2424:  571.  Thrice happy Iles, but who dwelt happy there
  2425:  572.  He stayd not to enquire : above them all
  2426:  573.  The golden Sun in splendor likest Heaven
  2427:  574.  Allur'd his eye : Thither his course he bends
  2428:  575.  Through the calm Firmament ; but up or downe
  2429:  576.  By center, or eccentric, hard to tell,
  2430:  577.  Or Longitude, where the great Luminarie
  2431:  578.  Alooff the vulgar Constellations thick,
  2432:  579.  That from his Lordly eye keep distance due,
  2433:  580.  Dispenses Light from farr ; they as they move
  2434:  581.  Thir Starry dance in numbers that compute
  2435:  582.  Days, months, & years, towards his all-chearing Lamp
  2436:  583.  Turn swift thir various motions, or are turnd
  2437:  584.  By his Magnetic beam, that gently warms
  2438:  585.  The Univers, and to each inward part
  2439:  586.  With gentle penetration, though unseen,
  2440:  587.  Shoots invisible vertue even to the deep :
  2441:  588.  So wondrously was set his Station bright.
  2442:  589.  There lands the Fiend, a spot like which perhaps
  2443:  590.  Astronomer in the Sun's lucent Orbe
  2444:  591.  Through his glaz'd Optic Tube yet never saw.
  2445:  592.  The place he found beyond expression bright,
  2446:  593.  Compar'd with aught on Earth, Medal or Stone ;
  2447:  594.  Not all parts like, but all alike informd
  2448:  595.  With radiant light, as glowing Iron with fire;
  2449:  596.  If mettal, part seemd Gold, part Silver cleer;
  2450:  597.  If stone, Carbuncle most or Chrysolite,
  2451:  598.  Rubie or Topaz, to the Twelve that shon
  2452:  599.  In Aarons Brest-plate, and a stone besides
  2453:  600.  Imagind rather oft then elsewhere seen,
  2454:  601.  That stone, or like to that which here below
  2455:  602.  Philosophers in vain so long have sought,
  2456:  603.  In vain, though by thir powerful Art they binde
  2457:  604.  Volatil Hermes, and call up unbound
  2458:  605.  In various shapes old Proteus from the Sea,
  2459:  606.  Draind through a Limbec to his Native forme.
  2460:  607.  What wonder then if fields and regions here
  2461:  608.  Breathe forth Elixir pure, and Rivers run
  2462:  609.  Potable Gold, when with one vertuous touch
  2463:  610.  Th' Arch-chimic Sun so farr from us remote
  2464:  611.  Produces with Terrestrial Humor mixt
  2465:  612.  Here in the dark so many precious things
  2466:  613.  Of colour glorious and effect so rare?
  2467:  614.  Here matter new to gaze the Devil met
  2468:  615.  Undazl'd, farr and wide his eye commands,
  2469:  616.  For sight no obstacle found here, nor shade,
  2470:  617.  But all Sun-shine, as when his Beams at Noon
  2471:  618.  Culminate from th' AEquator, as they now
  2472:  619.  Shot upward still direct, whence no way round
  2473:  620.  Shadow from body opaque can fall, and the Aire,
  2474:  621.  No where so cleer, sharp'nd his visual ray
  2475:  622.  To objects distant farr, whereby he soon
  2476:  623.  Saw within kenn a glorious Angel stand,
  2477:  624.  The same whom John saw also in the Sun :
  2478:  625.  His back was turnd, but not his brightness hid ;
  2479:  626.  Of beaming sunnie Raies, a golden tiar
  2480:  627.  Circl'd his Head, nor less his Locks behind
  2481:  628.  Illustrious on his Shoulders fledge with wings
  2482:  629.  Lay waving round ; on som greate charge imploy'd
  2483:  630.  He seemd, or fixt in cogitation deep.
  2484:  631.  Glad was the Spirit impure as now in hope
  2485:  632.  To find who might direct his wandring flight
  2486:  633.  To Paradise the happie seat of Man,
  2487:  634.  His journies end and our beginning woe.
  2488:  635.  But first he casts to change his proper shape,
  2489:  636.  Which else might work him danger or delay :
  2490:  637.  And now a stripling Cherube he appeers,
  2491:  638.  Not of the prime, yet such as in his face
  2492:  639.  Youth smil'd Celestial, and to every Limb
  2493:  640.  Sutable grace diffus'd, so well he feignd,
  2494:  641.  Under a Coronet his flowing haire
  2495:  642.  In curles on either cheek plaid, wings he wore
  2496:  643.  Of many a colourd plume sprinkl'd with Gold,
  2497:  644.  His habit fit for speed succinct, and held
  2498:  645.  Before his decent steps a Silver wand.
  2499:  646.  He drew not nigh unheard, the Angel bright,
  2500:  647.  Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage turnd,
  2501:  648.  Admonisht by his ear, and strait was known
  2502:  649.  Th' Arch-Angel Uriel, one of the seav'n
  2503:  650.  Who in Gods presence, neerest to his Throne
  2504:  651.  Stand ready at command, and are his Eyes
  2505:  652.  That run through all the Heav'ns, or down to th' Earth
  2506:  653.  Bear his swift errands over moist and dry,
  2507:  654.  O're Sea and Land : him Satan thus accostes;
  2508:  655.  Uriel, for thou of those seav'n Spirits that stand
  2509:  656.  In sight of God's high Throne, gloriously bright,
  2510:  657.  The first art wont his great authentic will
  2511:  658.  Interpreter through highest Heav'n to bring,
  2512:  659.  Where all his Sons thy Embassie attend ;
  2513:  660.  And here art likeliest by supream decree
  2514:  661.  Like honour to obtain, and as his Eye
  2515:  662.  To visit oft this new Creation round;
  2516:  663.  Unspeakable desire to see, and know
  2517:  664.  All these his wondrous works, but chiefly Man,
  2518:  665.  His chief delight and favour, him for whom
  2519:  666.  All these his works so wondrous he ordaind,
  2520:  667.  Hath brought me from the Quires of Cherubim
  2521:  668.  Alone thus wandring. Brightest Seraph tell
  2522:  669.  In which of all these shining Orbes hath Man
  2523:  670.  His fixed seat, or fixed seat hath none,
  2524:  671.  But all these shining Orbes his choice to dwell;
  2525:  672.  That I may find him, and with secret gaze,
  2526:  673.  Or open admiration him behold
  2527:  674.  On whom the great Creator hath bestowd
  2528:  675.  Worlds, and on whom hath all these graces powrd ;
  2529:  676.  That both in him and all things, as is meet,
  2530:  677.  The Universal Maker we may praise ;
  2531:  678.  Who justly hath drivn out his Rebell Foes
  2532:  679.  To deepest Hell, and to repair that loss
  2533:  680.  Created this new happie Race of Men
  2534:  681.  To serve him better : wise are all his wayes.
  2535:  682.  So spake the false dissembler unperceivd;
  2536:  683.  For neither Man nor Angel can discern
  2537:  684.  Hypocrisie, the onely evil that walks
  2538:  685.  Invisible, except to God alone,
  2539:  686.  By his permissive will, through Heav'n and Earth :
  2540:  687.  And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
  2541:  688.  At wisdoms Gate, and to simplicitie
  2542:  689.  Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
  2543:  690.  Where no ill seems : Which now for once beguil'd
  2544:  691.  Uriel, though Regent of the Sun, and held
  2545:  692.  The sharpest sighted Spirit of all in Heav'n ;
  2546:  693.  Who to the fraudulent Imposter foule
  2547:  694.  In his uprightness answer thus returnd.
  2548:  695.  Fair Angel, thy desire which tends to know
  2549:  696.  The works of God, thereby to glorifie
  2550:  697.  The great Work-Maister, leads to no excess
  2551:  698.  That reaches blame, but rather merits praise
  2552:  699.  The more it seems excess, that led thee hither
  2553:  700.  From thy Empyreal Mansion thus alone,
  2554:  701.  To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps
  2555:  702.  Contented with report hear onely in heav'n:
  2556:  703.  For wonderful indeed are all his works,
  2557:  704.  Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all
  2558:  705.  Had in remembrance alwayes with delight ;
  2559:  706.  But what created mind can comprehend
  2560:  707.  Thir number, or the wisdom infinite
  2561:  708.  That brought them forth, but hid thir causes deep.
  2562:  709.  I saw when at his Word the formless Mass,
  2563:  710.  This worlds material mould, came to a heap :
  2564:  711.  Confusion heard his voice, and wilde uproar
  2565:  712.  Stood rul'd, stood vast infinitude confin'd ;
  2566:  713.  Till at his second bidding darkness fled,
  2567:  714.  Light shon, and order from disorder sprung:
  2568:  715.  Swift to thir several Quarters hasted then
  2569:  716.  The cumbrous Elements, Earth, Flood, Aire, Fire,
  2570:  717.  And this Ethereal quintessence of Heav'n
  2571:  718.  Flew upward, spirited with various forms,
  2572:  719.  That rowld orbicular, and turnd to Starrs
  2573:  720.  Numberless, as thou seest, and how they move ;
  2574:  721.  Each had his place appointed, each his course,
  2575:  722.  The rest in circuit walles this Universe.
  2576:  723.  Look downward on that Globe whose hither side
  2577:  724.  With light from hence, though but reflected, shines;
  2578:  725.  That place is Earth the seat of Man, that light
  2579:  726.  His day, which else as th' other Hemisphere
  2580:  727.  Night would invade, but there the neighbouring Moon
  2581:  728.  (So call that opposite farr Starr ) her aide
  2582:  729.  Timely interposes, and her monthly round
  2583:  730.  Still ending, still renewing, through mid Heav'n ;
  2584:  731.  With borrowd light her countenance triform
  2585:  732.  Hence fills and empties to enlighten th' Earth,
  2586:  733.  And in her pale dominion checks the night.
  2587:  734.  That spot to which I point is Paradise,
  2588:  735.  Adams abode, those loftie shades his Bowre.
  2589:  736.  Thy way thou canst not miss, me mine requires.
  2590:  737.  Thus said, he turnd, and Satan bowing low,
  2591:  738.  As to superior Spirits is wont in Heaven,
  2592:  739.  Where honour due and reverence none neglects,
  2593:  740.  Took leave, and toward the coast of Earth beneath,
  2594:  741.  Down from th' Ecliptic, sped with hop'd success,
  2595:  742.  Throws his steep flight in many an Aerie wheele,
  2596:  743.  Nor staid, till on Niphates top he lights.
       
      End of the Third Book.
       
     
     
     

BOOK IV.

     
     

THE ARGUMENT.

      Satan now in prospect of Eden, and nigh the place where
      he must now attempt the bold enterprize which he un-
      dertook alone against God and Man, falls into many
      doubts with himself, and many passions, fear, envy,
      and despare ; but at length confirms himself in evil,
      journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and
      scituation is discribed, overleaps the bounds, sits in
      the shape of a Cormorant on the Tree of life, as high-
      est in the Garden to look about him. The Garden de-
      scrib'd ; Satans first sight of Adam and Eve ; his
      wonder at thir excellent form and happy state, but
      with resolution to work thir fall ; overhears thir dis-
      course, thence gathers that the Tree of knowledge
      was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death;
      and thereon intends to found his Temptation, by se-
      ducing them to transgress : then leaves them a
      while, to know further of thir state by some other
      means. Mean while Uriel descending on a Sun-beam
      warns Gabriel, who had in charge the Gate of Para-
      dise, that some evil spirit had escap'd the Deep, and
      past at Noon by his Sphere in the shape of a good An-
      gel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious
      gestures in the Mount. Gabriel promises to find him
      ere morning. Night coming on, Adam and Eve,
      discourse of going to thir rest : thir Bower describ'd;
      thir Evening worship. Gabriel drawing forth his
      Bands of Night-watch to walk the round of Paradise,
      appoints two strong Angels to Adams Bower, least
      the evill spirit should be there doing some harm to
      Adam or Eve sleeping ; there they find him at the
      ear of Eve, tempting her in a dream, and bring him,
      though unwilling, to Gabriel ; by whom question'd,
      he scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but hinder'd
  POEM BOOK 4 by a Sign from Heaven, flies out of Paradise.
       
  2597:  1.  O For that warning voice, which he who saw
  2598:  2.  Th' Apocalyps, heard cry in Heaven aloud,
  2599:  3.  Then when the Dragon, put to second rout,
  2600:  4.  Came furious down to be reveng'd on men,
  2601:  5.  Wo to the inhabitants on Earth ! that now,
  2602:  6.  While time was, our first-Parents had bin warnd
  2603:  7.  The coming of thir secret foe, and scap'd
  2604:  8.  Haply so scap'd his mortal snare ; for now
  2605:  9.  Satan, now first in inflam'd with rage, came down,
  2606:  10.  The Tempter ere th' Accuser of man-kind,
  2607:  11.  To wreck on innocent frail man his loss
  2608:  12.  Of that first Battel, and his flight to Hell :
  2609:  13.  Yet not rejoycing in his speed, though bold,
  2610:  14.  Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast,
  2611:  15.  Begins his dire attempt, which nigh the birth
  2612:  16.  Now rowling, boiles in his tumultuous brest,
  2613:  17.  And like a devillish Engine back recoiles
  2614:  18.  Upon himself ; horror and doubt distract
  2615:  19.  His troubl'd thoughts, and from the bottom stirr
  2616:  20.  The Hell within him, for within him Hell
  2617:  21.  He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell
  2618:  22.  One step no more then from himself can fly
  2619:  23.  By change of place : Now conscience wakes despair
  2620:  24.  That slumberd, wakes the bitter memorie
  2621:  25.  Of what he was, what is, and what must be
  2622:  26.  Worse ; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue.
  2623:  27.  Sometimes towards Eden which now in his view
  2624:  28.  Lay pleasant, his grievd look he fixes sad,
  2625:  29.  Sometimes towards Heav'n and the full-blazing Sun,
  2626:  30.  Which now sat high in his Meridian Towre :
  2627:  31.  Then much revolving, thus in sighs began.
  2628:  32.  O thou that with surpassing Glory crownd,
  2629:  33.  Look'st from thy sole Dominion like the God
  2630:  34.  Of this new World ; at whose sight all the Starrs
  2631:  35.  Hide thir diminisht heads ; to thee I call,
  2632:  36.  But with no friendly voice, and add thy name
  2633:  37.  O Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams
  2634:  38.  That bring to my remembrance from what state
  2635:  39.  I fell, how glorious once above thy Speare ;
  2636:  40.  Till Pride and worse Ambition threw me down
  2637:  41.  Warring in Heav'n against Heav'ns matchless King :
  2638:  42.  Ah wherefore! he deservd no such return
  2639:  43.  From me, whom he created what I was
  2640:  44.  In that bright eminence, and with his good
  2641:  45.  Upbraided none ; nor was his service hard.
  2642:  46.  What could be less then to afford him praise,
  2643:  47.  The easiest recompence, and pay him thanks,
  2644:  48.  How due ! yet all his good prov'd ill in me,
  2645:  49.  And wrought but malice ; lifted up so high
  2646:  50.  I sdeind subjection, and thought one step higher
  2647:  51.  Would set me highest, and in a moment quit
  2648:  52.  The debt immense of endless gratitude,
  2649:  53.  So burthensome still paying, still to ow;
  2650:  54.  Forgetful what from him I still receivd,
  2651:  55.  And understood not that a grateful mind
  2652:  56.  By owing owes not, but still pays, at once
  2653:  57.  Indebted and dischargd ; what burden then?
  2654:  58.  O had his powerful Destiny ordaind
  2655:  59.  Me some inferiour Angel, I had stood
  2656:  60.  Then happie ; no unbounded hope had rais'd
  2657:  61.  Ambition. Yet why not? som other Power
  2658:  62.  As great might have aspir'd, and me though mean
  2659:  63.  Drawn to his part; but other Powers as great
  2660:  64.  Fell not, but stand unshak'n, from within
  2661:  65.  Or from without, to all temptations arm'd.
  2662:  66.  Hadst thou the same free Will and Power to stand?
  2663:  67.  Thou hadst: whom hast thou then or what to accuse,
  2664:  68.  But Heav'ns free Love dealt equally to all?
  2665:  69.  Be then his Love accurst, since love or hate,
  2666:  70.  To me alike, it deals eternal woe.
  2667:  71.  Nay curs'd be thou ; since against his thy will
  2668:  72.  Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
  2669:  73.  Me miserable ! which way shall I flie
  2670:  74.  Infinite wrauth, and infinite despaire ?
  2671:  75.  Which way I flie is Hell ; my self am Hell ;
  2672:  76.  And in the lowest deep a lower deep
  2673:  77.  Still threatning to devour me opens wide,
  2674:  78.  To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav'n.
  2675:  79.  O then at last relent : is there no place
  2676:  80.  Left for Repentance, none for Pardon left ?
  2677:  81.  None left but by submission ; and that word
  2678:  82.  Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame
  2679:  83.  Among the spirits beneath, whom I seduc'd
  2680:  84.  With other promises and other vaunts
  2681:  85.  Then to submit, boasting I could subdue
  2682:  86.  Th' Omnipotent. Ay me, they little know
  2683:  87.  How dearly I abide that boast so vaine,
  2684:  88.  Under what torments inwardly I groane;
  2685:  89.  While they adore me on the Throne of Hell,
  2686:  90.  With Diadem and Scepter high advanc'd
  2687:  91.  The lower still I fall, onely Supream
  2688:  92.  In miserie ; such joy Ambition findes.
  2689:  93.  But say I could repent and could obtaine
  2690:  94.  By Act of Grace my former state ; how soon
  2691:  95.  Would higth recall high thoughts, how soon unsay
  2692:  96.  What feign'd submission swore : ease would recant
  2693:  97.  Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
  2694:  98.  For never can true reconcilement grow
  2695:  99.  Where wounds of deadly hate have peirc'd so deep:
  2696:  100.  Which would but lead me to a worse relapse
  2697:  101.  And heavier fall : so should I purchase deare
  2698:  102.  Short intermission bought with double smart.
  2699:  103.  This knows my punisher; therefore as farr
  2700:  104.  From granting hee, as I from begging peace:
  2701:  105.  All hope excluded thus, behold in stead
  2702:  106.  Of us out-cast, exil'd, his new delight,
  2703:  107.  Mankind created, and for him this World.
  2704:  108.  So farwel Hope, and with Hope farwel Fear,
  2705:  109.  Farwel Remorse : all Good to me is lost ;
  2706:  110.  Evil be thou my Good ; by thee at least
  2707:  111.  Divided Empire with Heav'ns King I hold
  2708:  112.  By thee, and more then half perhaps will reigne ;
  2709:  113.  As Man ere long, and this new World shall know.
  2710:  114.  Thus while he spake, each passion dimm'd his face
  2711:  115.  Thrice chang'd with pale, ire, envie and despair,
  2712:  116.  Which marrd his borrow'd visage, and betraid
  2713:  117.  Him counterfet, if any eye beheld.
  2714:  118.  For heav'nly mindes from such distempers foule
  2715:  119.  Are ever cleer. Whereof hee soon aware,
  2716:  120.  Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calme,
  2717:  121.  Artificer of fraud ; and was the first
  2718:  122.  That practisd falshood under saintly shew,
  2719:  123.  Deep malice to conceale, couch't with revenge :
  2720:  124.  Yet not anough had practisd to deceive
  2721:  125.  Uriel once warnd ; whose eye pursu'd him down
  2722:  126.  The way he went, and on th' Assyrian mount
  2723:  127.  Saw him disfigur'd, more then could befall
  2724:  128.  Spirit of happie sort : his gestures fierce
  2725:  129.  He markd and mad demeanour, then alone,
  2726:  130.  As he suppos'd, all unobserv'd, unseen.
  2727:  131.  So on he fares, and to the border comes,
  2728:  132.  Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
  2729:  133.  Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green,
  2730:  134.  As with a rural mound the champain head
  2731:  135.  Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides
  2732:  136.  With thicket overgrown, gottesque and wilde,
  2733:  137.  Access deni'd ; and over head up grew
  2734:  138.  Insuperable highth of loftiest shade,
  2735:  139.  Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm,
  2736:  140.  A Silvan Scene, and as the ranks ascend
  2737:  141.  Shade above shade, a woodie Theatre
  2738:  142.  Of stateliest view. Yet higher then thir tops
  2739:  143.  The verdurous wall of paradise up sprung:
  2740:  144.  Which to our general Sire gave prospect large
  2741:  145.  Into his neather Empire neighbouring round.
  2742:  146.  And higher then that Wall a circling row
  2743:  147.  Of goodliest Trees loaden with fairest Fruit,
  2744:  148.  Blossoms and Fruits at once of golden hue
  2745:  149.  Appeerd, with gay enameld colours mixt :
  2746:  150.  On which the Sun more glad impress'd his beams
  2747:  151.  Then in fair Evening Cloud, or humid Bow,
  2748:  152.  When God hath showrd the earth; so lovely seemd
  2749:  153.  That Lantskip : And of pure now purer aire
  2750:  154.  Meets his approach, and to the heart inspires
  2751:  155.  Vernal delight and joy, able to drive
  2752:  156.  All sadness but despair : now gentle gales
  2753:  157.  Fanning thir odoriferous wings dispense
  2754:  158.  Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole
  2755:  159.  Those balmie spoiles. As when to them who saile
  2756:  160.  Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past
  2757:  161.  Mozambic, off at Sea North-East windes blow
  2758:  162.  Sabean Odours from the spicie shoare
  2759:  163.  Of Arabie the blest, with such delay
  2760:  164.  Well pleas'd they slack thir course, and many a League
  2761:  165.  Chear'd with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles.
  2762:  166.  So entertaind those odorous sweets the Fiend
  2763:  167.  Who came thir bane, though with them better pleas'd
  2764:  168.  Then Asmodeus with the fishie fume,
  2765:  169.  That drove him, though enamourd, from the Spouse
  2766:  170.  Of Tobits Son, and with a vengeance sent
  2767:  171.  From Media post to AEgypt, there fast bound.
  2768:  172.  Now to th' ascent of that steep savage Hill
  2769:  173.  Satan had journied on, pensive and slow ;
  2770:  174.  But further way found none, so thick entwin'd,
  2771:  175.  As one continu'd brake, the undergrowth
  2772:  176.  Of shrubs and tangling bushes had perplext
  2773:  177.  All path of Man or Beast that past that way :
  2774:  178.  One Gate there only was, and that look'd East
  2775:  179.  On th' other side : which when th' arch-fellon saw
  2776:  180.  Due entrance he disdaind, and in contempt,
  2777:  181.  At one slight bound high over leap'd all bound
  2778:  182.  Of Hill or highest Wall, and sheer within
  2779:  183.  Lights on his feet. As when a prowling Wolfe,
  2780:  184.  Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey,
  2781:  185.  Watching where Shepherds pen thir Flocks at eeve
  2782:  186.  In hurdl'd Cotes amid the field secure,
  2783:  187.  Leaps o're the fence with ease into the Fould :
  2784:  188.  Or as a Thief bent to unhoord the cash
  2785:  189.  Of some rich Burgher, whose substantial dores,
  2786:  190.  Cross-barrd and bolted fast, fear no assault,
  2787:  191.  In at the window climbs, or o're the tiles ;
  2788:  192.  So clomb this first grand Thief into Gods Fould :
  2789:  193.  So since into his Church lewd Hirelings climbe.
  2790:  194.  Thence up he flew, and on the Tree of Life
  2791:  195.  The middle Tree and highest there that grew,
  2792:  196.  Sat like a Cormorant ; yet not true Life
  2793:  197.  Thereby regaind, but sat devising Death
  2794:  198.  To them who liv'd ; nor on the vertue thought
  2795:  199.  Of that life-giving Plant, but only us'd
  2796:  200.  For prospect, what well us'd had bin the pledge
  2797:  201.  Of immortality. So little knows
  2798:  202.  Any, but God alone, to value right
  2799:  203.  The good before him, but perverts best things
  2800:  204.  To worst abuse, or to thir meanest use.
  2801:  205.  Beneath him with new wonder now he views
  2802:  206.  To all delight of human sense expos'd
  2803:  207.  In narrow room Natures whole wealth, yea more,
  2804:  208.  A Heav'n on Earth, for blissful Paradise
  2805:  209.  Of God the Garden was, by him in the East
  2806:  210.  Of Eden planted ; Eden stretched her Line
  2807:  211.  From Auran Eastward to the Royal Towrs
  2808:  212.  Of great Seleucia, built by Grecian Kings,
  2809:  213.  Or where the Sons of Eden long before
  2810:  214.  Dwelt in Telassar : in this pleasant soile
  2811:  215.  His farr more pleasant Garden God ordaind;
  2812:  216.  Out of the fertil ground he caus'd to grow
  2813:  217.  All Trees of noblest kind for sight, smell, taste ;
  2814:  218.  And all amid them stood the Tree of Life,
  2815:  219.  High eminent, blooming Ambrosial Fruit
  2816:  220.  Of vegetable Gold ; and next to Life
  2817:  221.  Our Death the Tree of knowledge grew fast by,
  2818:  222.  Knowledge of Good bought dear by knowing ill.
  2819:  223.  Southward through Eden went a River large,
  2820:  224.  Nor chang'd his course, but through the shaggie hill
  2821:  225.  Pass'd underneath ingulft, for God had thrown
  2822:  226.  That Mountain as his Garden mould high rais'd
  2823:  227.  Upon the rapid current, which through veins
  2824:  228.  Of porous Earth with kindly thirst up drawn,
  2825:  229.  Rose a fresh Fountain, and with many a rill
  2826:  230.  Waterd the Garden; thence united fell
  2827:  231.  Down the steep glade, and met the neather Flood,
  2828:  232.  Which from his darksom passage now appeers,
  2829:  233.  And now divided into four main Streams,
  2830:  234.  Runs divers, wandring many a famous Realme
  2831:  235.  And Country whereof here needs no account,
  2832:  236.  But rather to tell how, if Art could tell,
  2833:  237.  How from that Saphire Fount the crisped Brooks,
  2834:  238.  Rowling on Orient Pearl and sands of Gold,
  2835:  239.  With mazie error under pendant shades
  2836:  240.  Ran Nectar, visiting each plant, and fed
  2837:  241.  Flours worthy of Paradise which is not nice Art
  2838:  242.  In Beds and curious Knots but Nature boon
  2839:  243.  Powrd forth profuse on Hill and Dale and Plaine,
  2840:  244.  Both where the morning Sun first warmly smote
  2841:  245.  The open field, and where the unpierc't shade
  2842:  246.  Imbround the noontide Bowrs : Thus was this place,
  2843:  247.  A happy rural seat of various view;
  2844:  248.  Groves whose rich Trees wept odorous Gumms and Balme,
  2845:  249.  Others whose fruit burnisht with Golden Rinde
  2846:  250.  Hung amiable, Hesperian Fables true,
  2847:  251.  If true, here only, and of delicious taste :
  2848:  252.  Betwixt them Lawns, or level Downs, and Flocks
  2849:  253.  Grasing the tender herb, were interpos'd,
  2850:  254.  Or palmie hilloc, or the flourie lap
  2851:  255.  Of som irriguous Valley spred her store,
  2852:  256.  Flours of all hue, and without Thorn the Rose:
  2853:  257.  Another side, umbrageous Grots and Caves
  2854:  258.  Of coole recess, o're which the mantling vine
  2855:  259.  Layes forth her purple Grape, and gently creeps
  2856:  260.  Luxuriant ; mean while murmuring waters fall
  2857:  261.  Down the slope hills, disperst, or in a Lake,
  2858:  262.  That to the fringed Bank with Myrtle crownd,
  2859:  263.  Her chrystal mirror holds, unite thir streams.
  2860:  264.  The Birds thir quire apply ; aires, vernal aires,
  2861:  265.  Breathing the smell of field and grove, attune
  2862:  266.  The trembling leaves, while Universal Pan
  2863:  267.  Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance
  2864:  268.  Led on th' Eternal Spring. Not that faire field
  2865:  269.  Of Enna, where Proserpin gathering flours
  2866:  270.  Her self a fairer Floure by gloomie Dis
  2867:  271.  Was gatherd, which cost Ceres all that pain
  2868:  272.  To seek her through the world; nor that sweet Grove
  2869:  273.  Of Daphne by Orontes, and th' inspir'd
  2870:  274.  Castalian Spring, might with this Paradise
  2871:  275.  Of Eden strive ; nor that Nyseian Ile
  2872:  276.  Girt with the River Triton, where old Cham,
  2873:  277.  Whom Gentiles Ammon call and Lybian Jove,
  2874:  278.  Hid Amalthea and her Florid Son
  2875:  279.  Young Bacchus from his Stepdame Rhea's eye ;
  2876:  280.  Nor where Abassin Kings thir issue Guard,
  2877:  281.  Mount Amara, though this by som suppos'd
  2878:  282.  True Paradise under the Ethiop Line
  2879:  283.  By Nilus head, enclosd with shining Rock,
  2880:  284.  A whole days journy high, but wide remote
  2881:  285.  From this Assyrian Garden, where the Fiend
  2882:  286.  Saw undelighted all delight, all kind
  2883:  287.  Of living Creatures new to sight and strange:
  2884:  288.  Two of far nobler shape erect and tall,
  2885:  289.  Godlike erect, with native Honour clad
  2886:  290.  In naked Majestie seemd Lords of all,
  2887:  291.  And worthie seemd, for in thir looks Divine
  2888:  292.  The image of thir glorious Maker shon,
  2889:  293.  Truth, wisdome, Sanctitude severe and pure,
  2890:  294.  Severe but in true filial freedom plac't ;
  2891:  295.  Whence true authoritie in men ; though both
  2892:  296.  Not equal, as thir sex not equal seemd ;
  2893:  297.  For contemplation hee and valour formd,
  2894:  298.  For softness shee and sweet attractive Grace,
  2895:  299.  Hee for God only, shee for God in him :
  2896:  300.  His fair large Front and Eye sublime declar'd
  2897:  301.  Absolute rule ; and Hyacinthin Locks
  2898:  302.  Round from his parted forelock manly hung
  2899:  303.  Clustring, but not beneath his shoulders broad :
  2900:  304.  Shee as a vail down to the slender waste
  2901:  305.  Her unadorned golden tresses wore
  2902:  306.  Disheveld, but in wanton ringlets wav'd
  2903:  307.  As the Vine curles her tendrils, which impli'd
  2904:  308.  Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway,
  2905:  309.  And by her yielded, by him best receivd,
  2906:  310.  Yielded with coy submission modest pride,
  2907:  311.  And sweet reluctant amorous delay.
  2908:  312.  Nor those mysterious parts were then conceald,
  2909:  313.  Then was not guiltie shame, dishonest shame
  2910:  314.  Of natures works, honor dishonorable.
  2911:  315.  Sin-bred, how have ye troubl'd all mankind
  2912:  316.  With shews instead, meer shews of seeming pure
  2913:  317.  And banisht from mans life his happiest life,
  2914:  318.  Simplicitie and spotless innocence.
  2915:  319.  So passd they naked on, nor shund the sight
  2916:  320.  Of God or Angel, for they thought no ill:
  2917:  321.  So hand in hand they passd, the lovliest pair
  2918:  322.  That ever since in loves imbraces met,
  2919:  323.  Adam the goodliest man of men since borne
  2920:  324.  His Sons, the fairest of her Daughters Eve.
  2921:  325.  Under a tuft of shade that on a green
  2922:  326.  Stood whispering soft, by a fresh Fountain side
  2923:  327.  They sat them down, and after no more toil
  2924:  328.  Of thir sweet Gardning labour then suffic'd
  2925:  329.  To recommend coole Zephyr, and made ease
  2926:  330.  More easie, wholsom thirst and appetite
  2927:  331.  More grateful, to thir Supper Fruits they fell,
  2928:  332.  Nectarine Fruits which the compliant boughes
  2929:  333.  Yielded them, side-long as they sat recline
  2930:  334.  On the soft downie Bank damaskt with flours :
  2931:  335.  The savourie pulp they chew, and in the rinde
  2932:  336.  Still as they thirsted scoop the brimming stream;
  2933:  337.  Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles
  2934:  338.  Wanted, nor youthful dalliance as beseems
  2935:  339.  Fair couple, linkt in happie nuptial League,
  2936:  340.  Alone as they. About them frisking playd
  2937:  341.  All Beasts of th' Earth, since wilde, and of all chase
  2938:  342.  In Wood or Wilderness, Forrest or Den ;
  2939:  343.  Sporting the Lion rampd, and in his paw
  2940:  344.  Dandl'd the Kid ; Bears, Tygers, Ounces, Pards,
  2941:  345.  Gambold before them, th' unwieldy Elephant
  2942:  346.  To make them mirth us'd all his might, and wreathd
  2943:  347.  His Lithe Proboscis; close the Serpent sly
  2944:  348.  Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine
  2945:  349.  His breaded train, and of his fatal guile
  2946:  350.  Gave proof unheeded ; others on the grass
  2947:  351.  Coucht, and now fild with pasture gazing sat,
  2948:  352.  Or Bedward ruminating : for the Sun
  2949:  353.  Declin'd was hasting now with prone carreer
  2950:  354.  To th' Ocean Iles, and in th' ascending Scale
  2951:  355.  Of Heav'n the Starrs that usher Evening rose:
  2952:  356.  When Satan still in gaze, as first he stood,
  2953:  357.  Scarce thus at length faild speech recoverd sad.
  2954:  358.  O Hell! what doe mine eyes with grief behold,
  2955:  359.  Into our room of bliss thus high advanc't
  2956:  360.  Creatures of other mould, earth-born perhaps,
  2957:  361.  Not Spirits, yet to heav'nly Spirits bright
  2958:  362.  Little inferior ; whom my thoughts pursue
  2959:  363.  With wonder, and could love, so lively shines
  2960:  364.  In them Divine resemblance, and such grace
  2961:  365.  The hand that formd them on thir shape hath pourd.
  2962:  366.  Ah gentle pair, yee little think how nigh
  2963:  367.  Your change approaches, when all these delights
  2964:  368.  Will vanish and deliver ye to woe;
  2965:  369.  More woe, the more your taste is now of joy ;
  2966:  370.  Happie, but for so happie ill secur'd
  2967:  371.  Long to continue, and this high seat your Heav'n
  2968:  372.  Ill fenc't for Heav'n to keep out such a foe
  2969:  373.  As now is enterd ; yet no purpos'd foe
  2970:  374.  To you whom I could pittie thus forlorne
  2971:  375.  Though I unpittied : League with you I seek,
  2972:  376.  And mutual amitie so streight, so close,
  2973:  377.  That I with you must dwell, or you with me
  2974:  378.  Henceforth ; my dwelling haply may not please
  2975:  379.  Like this fair Paradise, your sense, yet such
  2976:  380.  Accept your Makers work ; he gave it me,
  2977:  381.  Which I as freely give ; Hell shall unfold,
  2978:  382.  To entertain you two, her widest Gates,
  2979:  383.  And send forth all her Kings ; there will be room,
  2980:  384.  Not like these narrow limits, to receive
  2981:  385.  Your numerous ofspring ; if no better place,
  2982:  386.  Thank him who puts me loath to this revenge
  2983:  387.  On you who wrong me not for him who wrongd.
  2984:  388.  And should I at your harmless innocence
  2985:  389.  Melt, as I doe, yet public reason just,
  2986:  390.  Honour and Empire with revenge enlarg'd,
  2987:  391.  By conquering this new World, compels me now
  2988:  392.  To do what else though damnd I should abhorre.
  2989:  393.  So spake the Fiend, and with necessitie,
  2990:  394.  The Tyrants plea, excus'd his devilish deeds.
  2991:  395.  Then from his loftie stand on that high Tree
  2992:  396.  Down he alights among the sportful Herd
  2993:  397.  Of those fourfooted kindes, himself now one,
  2994:  398.  Now other, as thir shape servd best his end
  2995:  399.  Neerer to view his prey, and unespi'd
  2996:  400.  To mark what of thir state he more might learn
  2997:  401.  By word or action markt : about them round
  2998:  402.  A Lion now he stalkes with fierie glare,
  2999:  403.  Then as a Tyger, who by chance hath spi'd
  3000:  404.  In some Purlieu two gentle Fawnes at play,
  3001:  405.  Strait couches close, then rising changes oft
  3002:  406.  His couchant watch, as one who chose his ground
  3003:  407.  Whence rushing he might surest seize them both
  3004:  408.  Grip'd in each paw : When Adam first of men
  3005:  409.  To first of women Eve thus moving speech,
  3006:  410.  Turnd him all eare to hear new utterance flow.
  3007:  411.  Sole partner and sole part of all these joyes,
  3008:  412.  Dearer thy self then all ; needs must the power
  3009:  413.  That made us, and for us this ample World
  3010:  414.  Be infinitly good, and of his good
  3011:  415.  As liberal and free as infinite,
  3012:  416.  That rais'd us from the dust and plac't us here
  3013:  417.  In all this happiness, who at his hand
  3014:  418.  Have nothing merited, nor can performe
  3015:  419.  Aught whereof hee hath need, hee who requires
  3016:  420.  From us no other service then to keep
  3017:  421.  This one, this easie charge, of all the Trees
  3018:  422.  In Paradise that bear delicious fruit
  3019:  423.  So various, not to taste that onely Tree
  3020:  424.  Of knowledge, planted by the Tree of Life,
  3021:  425.  So neer grows Death to Life, what ere Death is,
  3022:  426.  Som dreadful thing no doubt ; for well thou knowst
  3023:  427.  God hath pronounc't it death to taste that Tree,
  3024:  428.  The only sign of our obedience left
  3025:  429.  Among so many signes of power and rule
  3026:  430.  Conferrd upon us, and Dominion giv'n
  3027:  431.  Over all other Creatures that possess
  3028:  432.  Earth, Aire, and Sea. Then let us not think hard
  3029:  433.  One easie prohibition, who enjoy
  3030:  434.  Free leave so large to all things else, and choice
  3031:  435.  Unlimited of manifold delights :
  3032:  436.  But let us ever praise him, and extoll
  3033:  437.  His bountie, following our delightful task
  3034:  438.  To prune these growing Plants, and tend these Flours,
  3035:  439.  Which were it toilsom, yet with thee were sweet.
  3036:  440.  To whom thus Eve repli'd. O thou for whom
  3037:  441.  And from whom I was formd flesh of thy flesh,
  3038:  442.  And without whom am to no end, my Guide
  3039:  443.  And Head, what thou hast said is just and right.
  3040:  444.  For wee to him indeed all praises owe,
  3041:  445.  And daily thanks, I chiefly who enjoy
  3042:  446.  So farr the happier Lot, enjoying thee
  3043:  447.  Praeeminent by so much odds, while thou
  3044:  448.  Like consort to thy self canst no where find.
  3045:  449.  That day I oft remember, when from sleep
  3046:  450.  I first awak't, and found my self repos'd
  3047:  451.  Under a shade of flours, much wondring where
  3048:  452.  And what I was, whence thither brought, and how.
  3049:  453.  Not distant far from thence a murmuring sound
  3050:  454.  Of waters issu'd from a Cave and spread
  3051:  455.  Into a liquid Plain, then stood unmov'd
  3052:  456.  Pure as th' expanse of Heav'n ; I thither went
  3053:  457.  With unexperienc't thought, and laid me downe
  3054:  458.  On the green bank, to look into the cleer
  3055:  459.  Smooth Lake, that to me seemd another Skie.
  3056:  460.  As I bent down to look, just opposite,
  3057:  461.  A Shape within the watry gleam appeerd
  3058:  462.  Bending to look on me, I started back,
  3059:  463.  It started back, but pleas'd I soon returnd,
  3060:  464.  Pleas'd it returnd as soon with answering looks
  3061:  465.  Of sympathie and love ; there I had fixt
  3062:  466.  Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire,
  3063:  467.  Had not a voice thus warnd me, What thou seest,
  3064:  468.  What there thou seest faire Creature is thy self,
  3065:  469.  With thee it came and goes : but follow me,
  3066:  470.  And I will bring thee where no shadow staies
  3067:  471.  Thy coming, and thy soft imbraces, hee
  3068:  472.  Whose image thou art, him thou shall enjoy
  3069:  473.  Inseperable thine, to him shalt beare
  3070:  474.  Multitudes like thy self, and thence be call'd
  3071:  475.  Mother of human Race : what could I doe,
  3072:  476.  But follow strait, invisibly thus led?
  3073:  477.  Till I espi'd thee, fair indeed and tall,
  3074:  478.  Under a Platan, yet methought less faire,
  3075:  479.  Less winning soft, less amiablie milde,
  3076:  480.  Then that smooth watry image; back I turnd,
  3077:  481.  Thou following cryd'st aloud, Return faire Eve,
  3078:  482.  Whom fli'st thou? whom thou fli'st, of him thou art,
  3079:  483.  His flesh, his bone; to give thee being I lent
  3080:  484.  Out of my side to thee, neerest my heart
  3081:  485.  Substantial Life, to have thee by my side
  3082:  486.  Henceforth an individual solace dear ;
  3083:  487.  Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claim
  3084:  488.  My other half : with that thy gentle hand
  3085:  489.  Seisd mine, I yielded, and from that time see
  3086:  490.  How beauty is excelld by manly grace
  3087:  491.  And wisdom, which alone is truly fair.
  3088:  492.  So spake our general Mother, and with eyes
  3089:  493.  Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd,
  3090:  494.  And meek surrender, half imbracing leand
  3091:  495.  On our first Father, half her swelling Breast
  3092:  496.  Naked met his under the flowing Gold
  3093:  497.  Of her loose tresses hid : he in delight
  3094:  498.  Both of her Beauty and submissive Charms
  3095:  499.  Smil'd with superior Love, as Jupiter
  3096:  500.  On Juno smiles, when he impregns the Clouds
  3097:  501.  That shed May Flowers ; and press'd her Matron lip
  3098:  502.  With kisses pure : aside the Devil turnd
  3099:  503.  For envie, yet with jealous leer maligne
  3100:  504.  Ey'd them askance, and to himself thus plaind.
  3101:  505.  Sight hateful, sight tormenting ! thus these two
  3102:  506.  Imparadis't in one anothers arms
  3103:  507.  The happier Eden, shall enjoy thir fill
  3104:  508.  Of bliss on bliss, while I to Hell am thrust,
  3105:  509.  Whereneither joy nor love, but fierce desire,
  3106:  510.  Among our other torments not the least,
  3107:  511.  Still unfulfill'd with pain of longing pines ;
  3108:  512.  Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd
  3109:  513.  From thir own mouths; all is not theirs it seems :
  3110:  514.  One fatal Tree there stands of Knowledge call'd,
  3111:  515.  Forbidden them to taste : Knowledge forbidd'n?
  3112:  516.  Suspicious, reasonless. Why should thir Lord
  3113:  517.  Envie them that? can it be sin to know,
  3114:  518.  Can it be death? and do they onely stand
  3115:  519.  By Ignorance, is that thir happie state,
  3116:  520.  The proof of thir obedience and thir faith?
  3117:  521.  O fair foundation laid whereon to build
  3118:  522.  Thir ruine ! Hence I will excite thir minds
  3119:  523.  With more desire to know, and to reject
  3120:  524.  Envious commands, invented with designe
  3121:  525.  To keep them low whom knowledge might exalt
  3122:  526.  Equal with Gods ; aspiring to be such,
  3123:  527.  They taste and die : what likelier can ensue?
  3124:  528.  But first with narrow search I must walk round
  3125:  529.  This Garden, and no corner leave unspi'd ;
  3126:  530.  A chance but chance may lead where I may meet
  3127:  531.  Some wandring Spirit of Heav'n, by Fountain side,
  3128:  532.  Or in thick shade retir'd, from him to draw
  3129:  533.  What further would be learnt. Live while ye may,
  3130:  534.  Yet happie pair ; enjoy, till I return,
  3131:  535.  Short pleasures, for long woes are to succeed.
  3132:  536.  So saying, his proud step he scornful turn'd,
  3133:  537.  But with sly circumspection, and began ( roam.
  3134:  538.  Through wood, through waste, o're hill, o're dale his
  3135:  539.  Mean while in utmost Longitude, where Heav'n
  3136:  540.  With Earth and Ocean meets, the setting Sun
  3137:  541.  Slowly descended, and with right aspect
  3138:  542.  Against the eastern Gate of Paradise
  3139:  543.  Leveld his eevning Rayes : it was a Rock
  3140:  544.  Of Alablaster, pil'd up to the Clouds,
  3141:  545.  Conspicuous farr, winding with one ascent
  3142:  546.  Accessible from Earth, one entrance high ;
  3143:  547.  The rest was craggie cliff, that overhung
  3144:  548.  Still as it rose, impossible to climbe.
  3145:  549.  Betwixt these rockie Pillars Gabriel sat
  3146:  550.  Chief of th' Angelic Guards, awaiting night ;
  3147:  551.  About him exercis'd Heroic Games
  3148:  552.  Th' unarmed Youth of Heav'n, but nigh at hand
  3149:  553.  Celestial Armourie, Shields, Helmes, and Speares,
  3150:  554.  Hung high with Diamond flaming, and with Gold.
  3151:  555.  Thither came Uriel, gliding through the Eeven
  3152:  556.  On a Sun beam, swift as a shooting Starr
  3153:  557.  In Autumn thwarts the night, when vapors fir'd
  3154:  558.  Impress the Air, and shews the Mariner
  3155:  559.  From what point of his Compass to beware
  3156:  560.  Impetuous winds : he thus began in haste.
  3157:  561.  Gabriel, to thee thy course by Lot hath giv'n
  3158:  562.  Charge and strict watch that to this happie Place
  3159:  563.  No evil thing approach or enter in;
  3160:  564.  This day at highth of Noon came to my Spheare
  3161:  565.  A Spirit, zealous, as he seem'd, to know
  3162:  566.  More of th' Almighties works, and chiefly Man
  3163:  567.  Gods latest Image : I describ'd his way
  3164:  568.  Bent all on speed, and markt his Aerie Gate ;
  3165:  569.  But in the Mount that lies from Eden North,
  3166:  570.  Where he first lighted, soon discernd his looks
  3167:  571.  Alien from Heav'n, with passions foul obscur'd :
  3168:  572.  Mine eye pursu'd him still, but under shade
  3169:  573.  Lost sight of him ; one of the banisht crew
  3170:  574.  I fear, hath ventur'd from the deep, to raise
  3171:  575.  New troubles ; him thy care must be to find.
  3172:  576.  To whom the winged Warriour thus returnd :
  3173:  577.  Uriel, no wonder if thy perfet sight,
  3174:  578.  Amid the Suns bright circle where thou first,
  3175:  579.  See farr and wide : in at this Gate none pass
  3176:  580.  The vigilance here plac't, but such as come
  3177:  581.  Well known from Heav'n; and since Meridian hour
  3178:  582.  No Creature thence : if Spirit of other sort,
  3179:  583.  So minded, have oreleapt these earthie bounds
  3180:  584.  On purpose, hard thou knowst it to exclude
  3181:  585.  Spiritual substance with corporeal barr.
  3182:  586.  But if within the circuit of these walks,
  3183:  587.  In whatsoever shape he lurk, of whom
  3184:  588.  Thou tellst, by morrow dawning I shall know.
  3185:  589.  So promis'd hee, and Uriel to his charge
  3186:  590.  Returnd on that bright beam, whose point now raisd
  3187:  591.  Bore him slope downward to the Sun now fall'n
  3188:  592.  Beneath th' Azores ; whither the prime Orb,
  3189:  593.  Incredible how swift, had thither rowl'd
  3190:  594.  Diurnal, or this less volubil Earth
  3191:  595.  By shorter flight to th' East, had left him there
  3192:  596.  Arraying with reflected Purple and Gold
  3193:  597.  The Clouds that on his Western Throne attend :
  3194:  598.  Now came still Eevning on, and Twilight gray
  3195:  599.  Had in her sober Liverie all things clad ;
  3196:  600.  Silence accompanied, for Beast and Bird,
  3197:  601.  They to thir grassie Couch, these to thir Nests
  3198:  602.  Were slunk, all but the wakeful Nightingale ;
  3199:  603.  She all night long her amorous descant sung ;
  3200:  604.  Silence was pleas'd : now glow'd the Firmament
  3201:  605.  With living Saphirs : Hesperus that led
  3202:  606.  The starrie Host, rode brightest, till the Moon
  3203:  607.  Rising in clouded Majestie, at length
  3204:  608.  Apparent Queen unvaild her peerless light,
  3205:  609.  And o're the dark her Silver Mantle threw.
  3206:  610.  When Adam thus to Eve: Fair Consort, th' hour
  3207:  611.  Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest
  3208:  612.  Mind us of like repose, since God hath set
  3209:  613.  Labour and rest, as day and night to men
  3210:  614.  Successive, and the timely dew of sleep
  3211:  615.  Now falling with soft slumbrous weight inclines
  3212:  616.  Our eye-lids; other Creatures all day long
  3213:  617.  Rove idle unimploid, and less need rest;
  3214:  618.  Man hath his daily work of body or mind
  3215:  619.  Appointed, which declares his Dignitie,
  3216:  620.  And the regard of Heav'n on all his waies ;
  3217:  621.  While other Animals unactive range,
  3218:  622.  And of thir doings God takes no account.
  3219:  623.  To morrow ere fresh Morning streak the East
  3220:  624.  With first approach of light, we must be ris'n,
  3221:  625.  And at our pleasant labour, to reform
  3222:  626.  Yon flourie Arbors, yonder Allies green,
  3223:  627.  Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
  3224:  628.  That mock our scant manuring, and require
  3225:  629.  More hands then ours to lop thir wanton growth :
  3226:  630.  Those Blossoms also, and those dropping Gumms,
  3227:  631.  That lie bestrowne unsightly and unsmooth,
  3228:  632.  Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease ;
  3229:  633.  Mean while, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest.
  3230:  634.  To whom thus Eve with perfet beauty adornd.
  3231:  635.  My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst
  3232:  636.  Unargu'd I obey ; so God ordains,
  3233:  637.  God is thy Law, thou mine ; to know no more
  3234:  638.  Is womans happiest knowledge and her praise.
  3235:  639.  With thee conversing I forget all time,
  3236:  640.  All seasons and thir change, all please alike.
  3237:  641.  Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
  3238:  642.  With charm of earliest Birds; pleasant the Sun
  3239:  643.  When first on this delightful Land he spreads
  3240:  644.  His orient Beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flour,
  3241:  645.  Glistring with dew ; fragrant the fertil earth
  3242:  646.  After soft flowers; and sweet the coming on
  3243:  647.  Of grateful Eevning milde, then silent Night
  3244:  648.  With this her solemn Bird and thir fair Moon,
  3245:  649.  And these the Gemms of Heav'n, her starrie train:
  3246:  650.  But neither breath of Morn when she ascends
  3247:  651.  With charm of earliest Birds, nor rising Sun
  3248:  652.  On this delightful land, nor herb, fruit, floure,
  3249:  653.  Glistring with dew, nor fragrance after showers,
  3250:  654.  Nor grateful Eevning mild, nor silent Night
  3251:  655.  With this her solemn Bird, nor walk by Moon,
  3252:  656.  Or glittering Starr-light without thee is sweet.
  3253:  657.  But wherefore all night long shine these, for whom
  3254:  658.  This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes?
  3255:  659.  To whom our general Ancestor repli'd.
  3256:  660.  Daughter of God and Man, accomplisht Eve,
  3257:  661.  Those have thir course to finish, round the Earth,
  3258:  662.  By morrow Eevning, and from Land to Land
  3259:  663.  In order, though to Nations yet unborn,
  3260:  664.  Ministring light prepar'd, they set and rise ;
  3261:  665.  Least total darkness should by Night regaine
  3262:  666.  Her old possession, and extinguish life
  3263:  667.  In Nature and all things, which these soft fires
  3264:  668.  Not only enlighten, but with kindly heate
  3265:  669.  Of various influence foment and warme,
  3266:  670.  Temper or nourish, or in part shed down
  3267:  671.  Thir stellar vertue on all kinds that grow
  3268:  672.  On Earth, made hereby apter to receive
  3269:  673.  Perfection from the Suns more potent Ray.
  3270:  674.  These then, though unbeheld in deep of night,
  3271:  675.  Shine not in vain, nor think, though men were none,
  3272:  676.  That heav'n would want spectators, God want praise ;
  3273:  677.  Millions of spiritual Creatures walk the Earth
  3274:  678.  Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep :
  3275:  679.  All these with ceasless praise his works behold
  3276:  680.  Both day and night : how often from the steep
  3277:  681.  Of echoing Hill or Thicket have we heard
  3278:  682.  Celestial voices to the midnight air,
  3279:  683.  Sole, or responsive each to others note
  3280:  684.  Singing thir great Creator : oft in bands
  3281:  685.  While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk
  3282:  686.  With Heav'nly touch of instrumental sounds
  3283:  687.  In full harmonic number joind, thir songs
  3284:  688.  Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heaven.
  3285:  689.  Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass'd
  3286:  690.  On to thir blissful Bower ; it was a place
  3287:  691.  Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd
  3288:  692.  All things to mans delightful use ; the roofe
  3289:  693.  Of thickest covert was inwoven shade
  3290:  694.  Laurel and Mirtle, and what higher grew
  3291:  695.  Of firm and fragrant leaf ; on either side
  3292:  696.  Acanthus, and each odorous bushie shrub
  3293:  697.  Fenc'd up the verdant wall ; each beauteous flour,
  3294:  698.  Iris all hues, Roses, and Gessamin
  3295:  699.  Rear'd high thir flourist heads between, and wrought
  3296:  700.  Mosaic ; underfoot the Violet,
  3297:  701.  Crocus, and Hyacinth with rich inlay
  3298:  702.  Broiderd the ground, more colour'd then with stone
  3299:  703.  Of costliest Emblem: other Creature here
  3300:  704.  Beast, Bird, Insect, or Worm durst enter none ;
  3301:  705.  Such was thir awe of Man. In shadie Bower
  3302:  706.  More sacred and sequesterd, though but feignd,
  3303:  707.  Pan or Silvanus never slept, nor Nymph,
  3304:  708.  Not Faunus haunted. Here in close recess
  3305:  709.  With Flowers, Garlands, and sweet-smelling Herbs
  3306:  710.  Espoused Eve deckt first her nuptial Bed,
  3307:  711.  And heav'nly Quires the Hymenaean sung,
  3308:  712.  What day the genial Angel to our Sire
  3309:  713.  Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd,
  3310:  714.  More lovely then Pandora, whom the Gods
  3311:  715.  Endowd with all thir gifts, and O too like
  3312:  716.  In sad event, when to the unwiser Son
  3313:  717.  Of Japhet brought by Hermes, she ensnar'd
  3314:  718.  Mankind with her faire looks, to be aveng'd
  3315:  719.  On him who had stole Joves authentic fire.
  3316:  720.  Thus at thir shadie Lodge arriv'd, both stood
  3317:  721.  Both turnd, and under op'n Skie ador'd
  3318:  722.  The God that made both Skie, Air, Earth and Heav'n
  3319:  723.  Which they beheld, the Moons resplendent Globe
  3320:  724.  And starrie Pole : Thou also mad'st the Night,
  3321:  725.  Maker Omnipotent, and thou the Day,
  3322:  726.  Which we in our appointed work imployd
  3323:  727.  Have finisht happie in our mutual help
  3324:  728.  And mutual love, the Crown of all our bliss
  3325:  729.  Ordaind by thee, and this delicious place
  3326:  730.  For us too large, where thy abundance wants
  3327:  731.  Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground.
  3328:  732.  But thou hast promis'd from us two a Race
  3329:  733.  To fill the Earth, who shall with us extoll
  3330:  734.  Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake,
  3331:  735.  And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep.
  3332:  736.  This said unanimous, and other Rites
  3333:  737.  Observing none, but adoration pure
  3334:  738.  Which God likes best, into thir inmost bowre
  3335:  739.  Handed they went ; and eas'd the putting off
  3336:  740.  These troublesom disguises which wee wear,
  3337:  741.  Strait side by side were laid, nor turnd I weene
  3338:  742.  Adam from his fair Spouse, nor Eve the Rites
  3339:  743.  Mysterious of connubial Love refus'd :
  3340:  744.  Whatever Hypocrites austerely talk
  3341:  745.  Of puritie and place and innocence,
  3342:  746.  Defaming as impure what God declares
  3343:  747.  Pure, and commands to som, leaves free to all.
  3344:  748.  Our Maker bids increase, who bids abstain
  3345:  749.  But our destroyer, foe to God and Man?
  3346:  750.  Haile wedded Love, mysterious Law, true source
  3347:  751.  Of human ofspring, sole proprietie,
  3348:  752.  In Paradise of all things common else.
  3349:  753.  By thee adulterous lust was driv'n from men
  3350:  754.  Among the bestial herds to raunge, by thee
  3351:  755.  Founded in Reason, Loyal, Just, and Pure,
  3352:  756.  Relations dear, and all the Charities
  3353:  757.  Of Father, Son, and Brother first were known.
  3354:  758.  Farr be it, that I should write thee sin or blame,
  3355:  759.  Or think thee unbefitting holiest place,
  3356:  760.  Perpetual Fountain of Domestic sweets,
  3357:  761.  Whose bed is undefil'd and chaste pronounc't,
  3358:  762.  Present, or past, as Saints and Patriarchs us'd.
  3359:  763.  Here Love his golden shafts imploies, here lights
  3360:  764.  His constant Lamp, and waves his purple wings,
  3361:  765.  Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile
  3362:  766.  Of Harlots, loveless, joyless, unindeard,
  3363:  767.  Casual fruition, nor in Court Amours
  3364:  768.  Mixt Dance, or wanton Mask, or Midnight Bal,
  3365:  769.  Or Serenate, which the starv'd Lover sings
  3366:  770.  To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain.
  3367:  771.  These lulld by Nightingales imbraceing slept,
  3368:  772.  And on thir naked limbs the flourie roof
  3369:  773.  Showrd Roses, which the Morn repair'd. Sleep on
  3370:  774.  Blest pair ; and O yet happiest if ye seek
  3371:  775.  No happier state, and know to know no more.
  3372:  776.  Now had night measur'd with her shaddowie Cone
  3373:  777.  Half way up Hill this vast Sublunar Vault,
  3374:  778.  And from thir Ivorie Port the Cherubim
  3375:  779.  Forth issuing at th' accustomd hour stood armd
  3376:  780.  To thir night watches in warlike Parade,
  3377:  781.  When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake.
  3378:  782.  Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast the South
  3379:  783.  With strictest watch ; these other wheel the North,
  3380:  784.  Our circuit meets full West. As flame they part
  3381:  785.  Half wheeling to the Shield, half to the Spear.
  3382:  786.  From these, two strong and suttle Spirits he calld
  3383:  787.  That neer him stood, and gave them thus in charge.
  3384:  788.  Ithuriel and Zephon, with wingd speed
  3385:  789.  Search through this Garden, leave unsearcht no nook,
  3386:  790.  But chiefly where those two fair Creatures Lodge,
  3387:  791.  Now laid perhaps asleep secure of harme.
  3388:  792.  This Eevning from the Sun's decline arriv'd
  3389:  793.  Who tells of som infernal Spirit seen
  3390:  794.  Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) escap'd
  3391:  795.  The barrs of Hell, on errand bad no doubt :
  3392:  796.  Such where ye find, seise fast, and hither bring.
  3393:  797.  So saying, on he led his radiant Files,
  3394:  798.  Daz'ling the Moon; these to the Bower direct
  3395:  799.  In search of whom they sought : him there they found
  3396:  800.  Squat like a Toad, close at the eare of Eve;
  3397:  801.  Assaying by his Devilish art to reach
  3398:  802.  The Organs of her Fancie, and with them forge
  3399:  803.  Illusions as he list, Phantasms and Dreams,
  3400:  804.  Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint
  3401:  805.  Th' animal Spirits that from pure blood arise
  3402:  806.  Like gentle breaths from Rivers pure, thence raise
  3403:  807.  At least distemperd, discontented thoughts,
  3404:  808.  Vaine hopes, vaine aimes, inordinate desires
  3405:  809.  Blown up with high conceits ingendring pride.
  3406:  810.  Him thus intent Ithuriel with his Spear
  3407:  811.  Touch'd lightly ; for no falshood can endure
  3408:  812.  Touch of Celestial temper, but returns
  3409:  813.  Of force to its own likeness : up he starts
  3410:  814.  Discoverd and surpriz'd. As when a spark
  3411:  815.  Lights on a heap of nitrous Powder, laid
  3412:  816.  Fit for the Tun som Magazin to store
  3413:  817.  Against a rumord Warr, the Smuttie graine
  3414:  818.  With sudden blaze diffus'd, inflames the Aire :
  3415:  819.  So started up in his own shape the Fiend.
  3416:  820.  Back stept those two faire Angels half amaz'd
  3417:  821.  So sudden to behold the grieslie King ;
  3418:  822.  Yet thus, unmovd with fear, accost him soon.
  3419:  823.  Which of those rebell Spirits adjudg'd to Hell
  3420:  824.  Com'st thou, escap'd thy prison, and transform'd,
  3421:  825.  Why satst thou like an enemie in waite
  3422:  826.  Here watching at the head of these that sleep?
  3423:  827.  Know ye not then said Satan, fill'd with scorn,
  3424:  828.  Know ye not mee? ye knew me once no mate
  3425:  829.  For you, there sitting where ye durst not soare ;
  3426:  830.  Not to know mee argues your selves unknown,
  3427:  831.  The lowest of your throng ; or if ye know,
  3428:  832.  Why ask ye, and superfluous begin
  3429:  833.  Your message, like to end as much in vain?
  3430:  834.  To whom thus Zephon, answering scorn with scorn.
  3431:  835.  Think not, revolted Spirit, thy shape the same,
  3432:  836.  Or undiminisht brightness, to be known
  3433:  837.  As when thou stoodst in Heav'n upright and pure;
  3434:  838.  That Glorie then, when thou no more wast good,
  3435:  839.  Departed from thee, and thou resembl'st now
  3436:  840.  Thy sin and place of doom obscure and foule,
  3437:  841.  But come, for thou, besure, shalt give account
  3438:  842.  To him who sent us, whose charge is to keep
  3439:  843.  This place inviolable, and these from harm.
  3440:  844.  So spake the Cherube, and his grave rebuke
  3441:  845.  Severe in youthful beautie, added grace
  3442:  846.  Invincible : abasht the Devil stood,
  3443:  847.  And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
  3444:  848.  Vertue in her shape how lovly, saw, and pin'd
  3445:  849.  His loss ; but chiefly to find here observd
  3446:  850.  His lustre visibly impar'd ; yet seemd
  3447:  851.  Undaunted. If I must contend, said he,
  3448:  852.  Best with the best, the Sender not the sent,
  3449:  853.  Or all at once ; more glorie will be wonn,
  3450:  854.  Or less be lost. Thy fear, said Zephon bold,
  3451:  855.  Will save us trial what the least can doe
  3452:  856.  Single against thee wicked, and thence weak.
  3453:  857.  The Fiend repli'd not, overcome with rage ;
  3454:  858.  But like a proud Steed reind, went hautie on,
  3455:  859.  Chaumping his iron curb: to strive or flie
  3456:  860.  He held it vain; awe from above had quelld
  3457:  861.  His heart, not else dismai'd. Now drew they nigh
  3458:  862.  The western Point, where those half-rounding guards
  3459:  863.  Just met, and closing stood in squadron joind
  3460:  864.  Awaiting next command. To whom thir Chief
  3461:  865.  Gabriel from the Front thus calld aloud.
  3462:  866.  O friends, I hear the tread of nimble feet
  3463:  867.  Hasting this way, and now by glimps discerne
  3464:  868.  Ithuriel and Zephon through the shade,
  3465:  869.  And with them comes a third of Regal port,
  3466:  870.  But faded splendor wan ; who by his gate
  3467:  871.  And fierce demeanour seems the Prince of Hell,
  3468:  872.  Not likely to part hence without contest;
  3469:  873.  Stand firm, for in his look defiance lours.
  3470:  874.  He scarce had ended, when those two approachd
  3471:  875.  And brief related whom they brought, where found,
  3472:  876.  How busied, in what form and posture coucht.
  3473:  877.  To whom with stern regard thus Gabriel spake.
  3474:  878.  Why hast thou, Satan, broke the bounds prescrib'd
  3475:  879.  To thy transgressions, and disturbd the charge
  3476:  880.  Of others, who approve not to transgress
  3477:  881.  By thy example, but have power and right
  3478:  882.  To question thy bold entrance on this place ;
  3479:  883.  Imploi'd it seems to violate sleep, and those
  3480:  884.  Whose dwelling God hath planted here in bliss?
  3481:  885.  To whom thus Satan, with contemptuous brow.
  3482:  886.  Gabriel, thou hadst in Heav'n th' esteem of wise,
  3483:  887.  And such I held thee ; but this question askt
  3484:  888.  Puts me in doubt. Lives ther who loves his pain?
  3485:  889.  Who would not, finding way, break loose from Hell,
  3486:  890.  Though thither doomd? Thou wouldst thy self, no
  3487:  891.  And boldly venture to whatever place ( doubt,
  3488:  892.  Farthest from pain, where thou mightst hope to change
  3489:  893.  Torment with ease, and soonest recompence
  3490:  894.  Dole with delight, which in this place I sought;
  3491:  895.  To thee no reason ; who knowst only good,
  3492:  896.  But evil hast not tri'd : and wilt object
  3493:  897.  His will who bound us? let him surer barr
  3494:  898.  His Iron Gates, if he intends our stay
  3495:  899.  In that dark durance : thus much what was askt.
  3496:  900.  The rest is true, they found me where they say ;
  3497:  901.  But that implies not violence or harme.
  3498:  902.  Thus he in scorn. The warlike Angel mov'd,
  3499:  903.  Disdainfully half smiling thus repli'd.
  3500:  904.  O loss of one in Heav'n to judge of wise,
  3501:  905.  Since Satan fell, whom follie overthrew,
  3502:  906.  And now returns him from his prison scapt,
  3503:  907.  Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wise
  3504:  908.  Or not, who ask what boldness brought him hither
  3505:  909.  Unlicenc't from his bounds in Hell prescrib'd ;
  3506:  910.  So wise he judges it to fly from pain
  3507:  911.  However, and to scape his punishment.
  3508:  912.  So judge thou still, presumptuous, till the wrauth,
  3509:  913.  Which thou incurr'st by flying, meet thy flight
  3510:  914.  Seavenfold, and scourge that wisdom back to Hell,
  3511:  915.  Which taught thee yet no better, that no pain
  3512:  916.  Can equal anger infinite provok't.
  3513:  917.  But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with thee
  3514:  918.  Came not all Hell broke loose? is pain to them
  3515:  919.  Less pain, less to be fled, or thou then they
  3516:  920.  Less hardie to endure? courageous Chief,
  3517:  921.  The first in flight from pain, hadst thou alledg'd
  3518:  922.  To thy deserted host this cause of flight,
  3519:  923.  Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.
  3520:  924.  To which the Fiend thus answerd frowning stern.
  3521:  925.  Not that I less endure, or shrink from pain,
  3522:  926.  Insulting Angel, well thou knowst I stood
  3523:  927.  Thy fiercest, when in Battel to thy aide
  3524:  928.  Thy blasting volied Thunder made all speed
  3525:  929.  And seconded thy else not dreaded Spear.
  3526:  930.  But still thy words at random, as before,
  3527:  931.  Argue thy inexperience what behooves
  3528:  932.  From hard assaies and ill successes past
  3529:  933.  A faithful Leader, not to hazard all
  3530:  934.  Through wayes of danger by himself untri'd,
  3531:  935.  I therefore, I alone first undertook
  3532:  936.  To wing the desolate Abyss, and spie
  3533:  937.  This new created World, whereof in Hell
  3534:  938.  Fame is not silent, here in hope to find
  3535:  939.  Better abode, and my afflicted Powers
  3536:  940.  To settle here on Earth, in mid Aire ;
  3537:  941.  Though for possession put to try once more
  3538:  942.  What thou and thy gay Legions dare against ;
  3539:  943.  Whose easier business were to serve thir Lord
  3540:  944.  High up in Heav'n, with songs to hymne his Throne,
  3541:  945.  And practis'd distances to cringe, not fight.
  3542:  946.  To whom the warriour Angel, soon repli'd.
  3543:  947.  To say and strait unsay, pretending first
  3544:  948.  Wise to flie pain, professing next the Spie,
  3545:  949.  Argues no Leader but a lyar trac't,
  3546:  950.  Satan, and couldst thou faithful add? O name,
  3547:  951.  O sacred name of faithfulness profan'd!
  3548:  952.  Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew ?
  3549:  953.  Armie of Fiends, fit body to fit head ;
  3550:  954.  Was this your discipline and faith ingag'd,
  3551:  955.  Your military obedience, to dissolve
  3552:  956.  Allegeance to th' acknowldg'd Power supream?
  3553:  957.  And thou sly hypocrite, who now wouldst seem
  3554:  958.  Patron of liberty, who more then thou
  3555:  959.  Once fawn'd, and cring'd, and servilly ador'd
  3556:  960.  Heav'ns awful Monarch? wherefore but in hope
  3557:  961.  To dispossess him, and thy self to reigne ?
  3558:  962.  But mark what I arreede thee now, avant;
  3559:  963.  Flie thither whence thou fledst : if from this houre
  3560:  964.  Within these hallowd limits thou appeer,
  3561:  965.  Back to th' infernal pit I drag thee chaind,
  3562:  966.  And Seale thee so, and henceforth not to scorne
  3563:  967.  The facil gates of hell too slightly barrd.
  3564:  968.  So threatn'd hee, but Satan to no threats
  3565:  969.  Gave heed, but waxing more in rage repli'd.
  3566:  970.  Then when I am thy captive talk of chaines,
  3567:  971.  Proud limitarie Cherube, but ere then
  3568:  972.  Farr heavier load thy self expect to feel
  3569:  973.  From my prevailing arme, though Heavens King
  3570:  974.  Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy Compeers,
  3571:  975.  Us'd to the yoak, draw'st his triumphant wheels
  3572:  976.  In progress through the rode of Heav'n Star-pav'd.
  3573:  977.  While thus he spake, th' Angelic Squadron bright
  3574:  978.  Turnd fierie red, sharpning in mooned hornes
  3575:  979.  Thir Phalanx, and began to hemm him round
  3576:  980.  With ported Spears, as thick as when a field
  3577:  981.  Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends
  3578:  982.  Her bearded Grove of ears, which way the wind
  3579:  983.  Swayes them ; the careful Plowman doubting stands
  3580:  984.  Least on the threshing floore his hopeful sheaves
  3581:  985.  Prove chaff. On th' other side Satan allarm'd
  3582:  986.  Collecting all his might dilated stood,
  3583:  987.  Like Teneriff or Atlas unremov'd :
  3584:  988.  His stature reacht the Skie, and on his Crest
  3585:  989.  Sat horror Plum'd ; nor wanted in his graspe
  3586:  990.  What seemd both Spear and Shield: now dreadful
  3587:  991.  Might have ensu'd, nor onely Paradise ( deeds
  3588:  992.  In this commotion, but the Starrie Cope
  3589:  993.  Of Heav'n perhaps, or all the Elements
  3590:  994.  At least had gon to rack, disturbd and torne
  3591:  995.  With violence of this conflict, had not soon
  3592:  996.  Th' Eternal to prevent such horrid fray
  3593:  997.  Hung forth in Heav'n his golden Scales, yet seen
  3594:  998.  Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion signe,
  3595:  999.  Wherein all things created first he weighd,
  3596:  1000.  The pendulous round Earth with ballanc't Aire
  3597:  1001.  In counterpoise, now ponders all events,
  3598:  1002.  Battels and Realms: in these he put two weights
  3599:  1003.  The sequel of each of parting and of fight,
  3600:  1004.  The latter quick up flew, and kickt the beam;
  3601:  1005.  Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the Fiend.
  3602:  1006.  Satan, I know thy strength, and thou knowst mine,
  3603:  1007.  Neither our own but giv'n ; what follie then
  3604:  1008.  To boast what Arms can doe, since thine no more
  3605:  1009.  Then Heav'n permits, nor mine, though doubld now
  3606:  1010.  To trample thee as mire : for proof look up,
  3607:  1011.  And read thy Lot in yon celestial Sign
  3608:  1012.  Where thou art weigh'd, and shown how light, how weak,
  3609:  1013.  If thou resist. The fiend lookt up and knew
  3610:  1014.  His mounted scale aloft: nor more; but fled
  3611:  1015.  Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of night.
       
       
      The End of the Fourth Book.
       
     
     
     

BOOK V.

     
     

THE ARGUMENT.

      Morning approach't, Eve relates to Adam her trouble-
      some dream; he likes it not, yet comforts her : They
      come forth to thir day labours : Thir Morning Hymn
      at the Door of thir Bower. God to render Man in-
      excusable sends Raphael to admonish him of his obe-
      dience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand ;
      who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may
      avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Para-
      dise, his appearance describ'd, his coming discern'd by
      Adam afar off sitting at the door of his Bower ; he
      goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, enter-
      tains him with the choycest fruits of Paradise got to-
      gether by Eve ; thir discourse at Table : Raphael
      performs his message, minds Adam of his state and
      of his enemy ; relates at Adams request who that
      enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from
      his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof ;
      how he drew his Legions after him to the parts of the
      North, and there incited them to rebel with him, per-
      swading all but only Abdiel a Seraph, who in Argu-
  POEM BOOK 5 ment diswades and opposes him, then forsakes him.
       
  3612:  1.  NOw Morn her rosie steps in th' Eastern Clime
  3613:  2.  Advancing, sow'd the earth with Orient Pearle,
  3614:  3.  When Adam wak't, so customd, for his sleep
  3615:  4.  Was Aerie light from pure digestion bred,
  3616:  5.  And temperat vapors bland, which th' only sound
  3617:  6.  Of leaves and fuming rills, Aurora's fan,
  3618:  7.  Lightly dispers'd, and the shrill Matin Song
  3619:  8.  Of Birds on every bough ; so much the more
  3620:  9.  His wonder was to find unwak'nd Eve
  3621:  10.  With Tresses discompos'd, and glowing Cheek,
  3622:  11.  As through unquiet rest : he on his side
  3623:  12.  Leaning half-rais'd, with looks of cordial Love
  3624:  13.  Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld
  3625:  14.  Beautie, which whether waking or asleep,
  3626:  15.  Shot forth peculiar Graces ; then with voice
  3627:  16.  Milde, as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes,
  3628:  17.  Her hand soft touching, whisperd thus. Awake
  3629:  18.  My fairest, my espous'd, my latest found,
  3630:  19.  Heav'ns last best gift, my ever new delight,
  3631:  20.  Awake, the morning shines, and the fresh field
  3632:  21.  Calls us, we lose the prime, to mark how spring
  3633:  22.  Our tended Plants, how blows the Citron Grove,
  3634:  23.  What drops the Myrrhe, and what the balmie Reed,
  3635:  24.  How Nature paints her colours, how the Bee
  3636:  25.  Sits on the Bloom extracting liquid sweet.
  3637:  26.  Such whispering wak'd her, but with startl'd eye
  3638:  27.  On Adam, whom imbracing, thus she spake.
  3639:  28.  O Sole in whom my thoughts find all repose,
  3640:  29.  My Glorie, my Perfection, glad I see
  3641:  30.  Thy face, and Morn return'd, for I this Night,
  3642:  31.  Such night till this I never pass'd, have dream'd,
  3643:  32.  If dream'd, not as I oft am wont, of thee,
  3644:  33.  Works of day pass't, or morrows next designe,
  3645:  34.  But of offence and trouble, which my mind
  3646:  35.  Knew never till this irksom night ; methought
  3647:  36.  Close at mine ear one call'd me forth to walk
  3648:  37.  With gentle voice, I thought it thine ; it said,
  3649:  38.  Why sleepst thou Eve? now is the pleasant time,
  3650:  39.  The cool, the silent, save where silence yields
  3651:  40.  To the night-warbling Bird, that now awake
  3652:  41.  Tunes sweetest his love-labor'd song; now reignes
  3653:  42.  Full Orb'd the Moon, and with more pleasing light
  3654:  43.  Shadowie sets off the face of things; in vain,
  3655:  44.  If none regard, Heav'n wakes with all his eyes,
  3656:  45.  Whom to behold but thee, Natures desire,
  3657:  46.  In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment
  3658:  47.  Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze.
  3659:  48.  I rose as at thy call, but found thee not ;
  3660:  49.  To find thee I directed then my walk ;
  3661:  50.  And on, methought, alone I pass'd through ways
  3662:  51.  That brought me on a sudden to the Tree
  3663:  52.  Of interdicted Knowledge : fair it seem'd,
  3664:  53.  Much fairer to my Fancie then by day :
  3665:  54.  And as I wondring lookt beside it stood
  3666:  55.  One shap d and wing'd like one of those from Heav'n
  3667:  56.  By us oft seen ; his dewie locks distill'd
  3668:  57.  Ambrosia; on that Tree he also gaz'd ;
  3669:  58.  And O fair Plant, said he, with fruit surcharg'd,
  3670:  59.  Deigns none to ease thy load and taste thy sweet,
  3671:  60.  Nor God, nor Man ; is Knowledge so despis'd?
  3672:  61.  Or envie, or what reserve forbids to taste?
  3673:  62.  Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold
  3674:  63.  Longer thy offerd good, why else set here ?
  3675:  64.  This said he paus'd not, but with ventrous Arme
  3676:  65.  He pluckt, he tasted ; mee damp horror chil'd
  3677:  66.  At such bold words voucht with a deed so bold :
  3678:  67.  But he thus overjoy'd, O Fruit Divine,
  3679:  68.  Sweet of thy self, but much more sweet thus cropt,
  3680:  69.  Forbidd'n here, it seems, as onely fit
  3681:  70.  For God's, yet able to make Gods of Men :
  3682:  71.  And why not Gods of Men, since good, the more
  3683:  72.  Communicated, more abundant growes,
  3684:  73.  The Author not impair'd, but honourd more?
  3685:  74.  Here, happie Creature, fair Angelic Eve,
  3686:  75.  Partake thou also ; happie though thou art,
  3687:  76.  Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be:
  3688:  77.  Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods
  3689:  78.  Thy self a Goddess, not to Earth confind,
  3690:  79.  But somtimes in the Air, as wee, somtimes
  3691:  80.  Ascend to Heav'n, by merit thine, and see
  3692:  81.  What life the Gods live there, and such live thou.
  3693:  82.  So saying, he drew nigh, and to me held,
  3694:  83.  Even to my mouth of that same fruit held part
  3695:  84.  Which he had pluckt ; the pleasant savourie smell
  3696:  85.  So quick'nd appetite, that I, methought,
  3697:  86.  Could not but taste. Forthwith up to the Clouds
  3698:  87.  With him I flew, and underneath beheld
  3699:  88.  The Earth outstretcht immense, a prospect wide
  3700:  89.  And various : wondring at my flight and change
  3701:  90.  To this high exaltation ; suddenly
  3702:  91.  My Guide was gon, and I, me thought, sunk down,
  3703:  92.  And fell asleep ; but O how glad I wak'd
  3704:  93.  To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her Night
  3705:  94.  Related, and thus Adam answerd sad.
  3706:  95.  Best Image of my self and dearer half,
  3707:  96.  The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep
  3708:  97.  Affects me equally ; nor can I like
  3709:  98.  This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I fear ;
  3710:  99.  Yet evil whence? in thee can harbour none,
  3711:  100.  Created pure. But know that in the Soule
  3712:  101.  Are many lesser Faculties that serve
  3713:  102.  Reason as chief; among these Fansie next
  3714:  103.  Her office holds; of all external things,
  3715:  104.  Which the five watchful Senses represent,
  3716:  105.  She forms Imaginations, Aerie shapes,
  3717:  106.  Which Reason joyning or disjoyning, frames
  3718:  107.  All what we affirm or what deny, and call
  3719:  108.  Our knowledge or opinion ; then retires
  3720:  109.  Into her private Cell when Nature rests.
  3721:  110.  Oft in her absence mimic Fansie wakes
  3722:  111.  To imitate her ; but misjoyning shapes,
  3723:  112.  Wilde work produces oft, and most in dreams,
  3724:  113.  Ill matching words and deeds long past or late.
  3725:  114.  Som such resemblances methinks I find
  3726:  115.  Of our last Eevnings talk, in this thy dream,
  3727:  116.  But with addition strange ; yet be not sad.
  3728:  117.  Evil into the mind of God or Man
  3729:  118.  May come and go, so unapprov'd, and leave
  3730:  119.  No spot or blame behind : Which gives me hope
  3731:  120.  That what in sleep thou didst abhorr to dream,
  3732:  121.  Waking thou never wilt consent to do.
  3733:  122.  Be not disheart'nd then, nor cloud those looks
  3734:  123.  That wont to be more chearful and serene
  3735:  124.  Then when fair Morning first smiles on the World,
  3736:  125.  And let us to our fresh imployments rise
  3737:  126.  Among the Groves, the Fountains, and the Flours
  3738:  127.  That open now thir choicest bosom'd smells
  3739:  128.  Reservd from night, and kept for thee in store.
  3740:  129.  So cheard he his fair Spouse, and she was cheard,
  3741:  130.  But silently a gentle tear let fall
  3742:  131.  From either eye, and wip'd them with her haire ;
  3743:  132.  Two other precious drops that ready stood,
  3744:  133.  Each in thir Chrystal sluce, hee ere they fell
  3745:  134.  Kiss'd as the gracious signs of sweet remorse
  3746:  135.  And pious awe, that feard to have offended.
  3747:  136.  So all was cleard, and to the Field they haste.
  3748:  137.  But first from under shadie arborous roof,
  3749:  138.  Soon as they forth were come to open sight
  3750:  139.  Of day-spring, and the Sun, who scarce up risen
  3751:  140.  With wheels yet hov'ring o're the Ocean brim,
  3752:  141.  Shot paralel to the earth his dewie ray,
  3753:  142.  Discovering in wide Lantskip all the East
  3754:  143.  Of Paradise and Edens happie Plains,
  3755:  144.  Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began
  3756:  145.  Thir Orisons, each Morning duly paid
  3757:  146.  In various style, for neither various style
  3758:  147.  Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise
  3759:  148.  Thir Maker, in fit strains pronounc't or sung
  3760:  149.  Un mediated, such prompt eloquence
  3761:  150.  Flowd from thir lips, in Prose or numerous Verse,
  3762:  151.  More tuneable then needed Lute or Harp
  3763:  152.  To add more sweetness, and they thus began.
  3764:  153.  These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
  3765:  154.  Almightie, thine this universal Frame,
  3766:  155.  Thus wondrous fair; thy self how wondrous then !
  3767:  156.  Unspeakable, who first above these Heavens
  3768:  157.  To us invisible or dimly seen
  3769:  158.  In these thy lowest works, yet these declare
  3770:  159.  Thy goodness beyond thought, and Power Divine:
  3771:  160.  Speak yee who best can tell, ye Sons of light,
  3772:  161.  Angels, for yee behold him, and with songs
  3773:  162.  And choral symphonies, Day without Night,
  3774:  163.  Circle his Throne rejoycing, yee in Heav'n,
  3775:  164.  On Earth joyn all ye Creatures to extoll
  3776:  165.  Him first, him last, him midst, and without end.
  3777:  166.  Fairest of Starrs, last in the train of Night,
  3778:  167.  If better thou belong not to the dawn,
  3779:  168.  Sure pledge of day, that crownst the smiling Morn
  3780:  169.  With thy bright Circlet, praise him in thy Spheare
  3781:  170.  While day arises, that sweet hour of Prime.
  3782:  171.  Thou Sun, of this great World both Eye and Soule,
  3783:  172.  Acknowledge him thy Greater, sound his praise
  3784:  173.  In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st,
  3785:  174.  And when high Noon hast gaind, and when thou fallst.
  3786:  175.  Moon, that now meetst the orient Sun, now fli'st
  3787:  176.  With the fixt Starrs, fixt in thir Orb that flies,
  3788:  177.  And yee five other wandring Fires that move
  3789:  178.  In mystic Dance not without Song, resound
  3790:  179.  His praise, who out of Darkness call'd up Light.
  3791:  180.  Aire, and ye Elements the eldest birth
  3792:  181.  Of Natures Womb, that in quaternion run
  3793:  182.  Perpetual Circle, multiform; and mix
  3794:  183.  And nourish all things, let your ceasless change
  3795:  184.  Varie to our great Maker still new praise.
  3796:  185.  Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise
  3797:  186.  From Hill or steaming Lake, duskie or grey,
  3798:  187.  Till the Sun paint your fleecie skirts with Gold,
  3799:  188.  In honour to the Worlds great Author rise,
  3800:  189.  Whether to deck with Clouds the uncolourd skie,
  3801:  190.  Or wet the thirstie Earth with falling showers,
  3802:  191.  Rising or falling still advance his praise.
  3803:  192.  His praise ye Winds, that from four Quarters blow,
  3804:  193.  Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye Pines,
  3805:  194.  With every Plant, in sign of Worship wave.
  3806:  195.  Fountains and yee, that warble, as ye flow,
  3807:  196.  Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
  3808:  197.  Joyn voices all ye living Souls, ye Birds,
  3809:  198.  That singing up to Heaven Gate ascend,
  3810:  199.  Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise;
  3811:  200.  Yee that in Waters glide, and yee that walk
  3812:  201.  The Earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep;
  3813:  202.  Witness if I be silent, Morn or Eeven,
  3814:  203.  To Hill, or Valley, Fountain, or fresh shade
  3815:  204.  Made vocal by my Song, and taught his praise.
  3816:  205.  Hail universal Lord, be bounteous still
  3817:  206.  To give us onely good ; and if the night
  3818:  207.  Have gathered aught of evil or conceald,
  3819:  208.  Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.
  3820:  209.  So pray'd they innocent, and to thir thoughts
  3821:  210.  Firm peace recovered soon and wonted calm.
  3822:  211.  On to thir mornings rural work they haste
  3823:  212.  Among sweet dewes and flours; where any row
  3824:  213.  Of Fruit-trees overwoodie reachd too farr
  3825:  214.  Thir pamperd boughes, and needed hands to check
  3826:  215.  Fruitless imbraces : or they led the Vine
  3827:  216.  To wed her Elm ; she spous'd about him twines
  3828:  217.  Her mariageable arms, and with her brings
  3829:  218.  Her dowr th' adopted Clusters, to adorn
  3830:  219.  His barren leaves. Them thus imploid beheld
  3831:  220.  With pittie Heav'ns high King, and to him call'd
  3832:  221.  Raphael, the sociable Spirit, that deign'd
  3833:  222.  To travel with Tobias, and secur'd
  3834:  223.  His marriage with the seaventimes-wedded Maid.
  3835:  224.  Raphael, said hee, thou hear'st what stir on Earth
  3836:  225.  Satan from Hell scap't through the darksom Gulf
  3837:  226.  Hath raisd in Paradise, and how disturbd
  3838:  227.  This night the human pair, how he designes
  3839:  228.  In them at once to ruin all mankind.
  3840:  229.  Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend
  3841:  230.  Converse with Adam, in what Bowre or shade
  3842:  231.  Thou find'st him from the heat of Noon retir'd,
  3843:  232.  To respit his day-labour with repast,
  3844:  233.  Or with repose ; and such discourse bring on,
  3845:  234.  As may advise him of his happie state,
  3846:  235.  Happiness in his power left free to will,
  3847:  236.  Left to his own free Will, his Will though free,
  3848:  237.  Yet mutable; whence warne him to beware
  3849:  238.  He swerve not too secure: tell him withall
  3850:  239.  His danger, and from whom, what enemie
  3851:  240.  Late falln himself from Heav'n, is plotting now
  3852:  241.  The fall of others from like state of bliss ;
  3853:  242.  By violence, no, for that shall be withstood,
  3854:  243.  But by deceit and lies ; this let him know,
  3855:  244.  Least wilfully transgressing he pretend
  3856:  245.  Surprisal, unadmonisht, unforewarnd.
  3857:  246.  So spake th' Eternal Father, and fulfilld
  3858:  247.  All Justice: nor delaid the winged Saint
  3859:  248.  After his charge receivd; but from among
  3860:  249.  Thousand Celestial Ardors, where he stood
  3861:  250.  Vaild with his gorgeous wings, up springing light
  3862:  251.  Flew through the midst of Heav'n ; th' angelic Quires
  3863:  252.  On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
  3864:  253.  Through all th' Empyreal road; till at the Gate
  3865:  254.  Of Heav'n arriv'd, the gate self-opend wide
  3866:  255.  On golden Hinges turning, as by work
  3867:  256.  Divine the sov'ran Architect had fram'd.
  3868:  257.  From hence, no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
  3869:  258.  Starr interpos'd, however small he sees,
  3870:  259.  Not unconform to other shining Globes,
  3871:  260.  Earth and the Gard'n of God, with Cedars crownd
  3872:  261.  Above all Hills. As when by night the Glass
  3873:  262.  Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes
  3874:  263.  Imagind Lands and Regions in the Moon :
  3875:  264.  Or Pilot from amidst the Cyclades
  3876:  265.  Delos or Samos first appeering kenns
  3877:  266.  A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight
  3878:  267.  He speeds, and through the vast Ethereal Skie
  3879:  268.  Sailes between worlds and worlds with steddie wing
  3880:  269.  Now on the polar windes, then with quick Fann
  3881:  270.  Winnows the buxum Air ; till within soare
  3882:  271.  Of Towring Eagles, to all the Fowles he seems
  3883:  272.  A Phoenix, gaz'd by all, as that sole Bird
  3884:  273.  When to enshrine his reliques in the Sun's
  3885:  274.  Bright Temple, to AEgyptian Theb's he flies.
  3886:  275.  At once on th' Eastern cliff of Paradise
  3887:  276.  He lights, and to his proper shape returns
  3888:  277.  A Seraph wingd; six wings he wore, to shade
  3889:  278.  His lineaments Divine ; the pair that clad
  3890:  279.  Each shoulder broad, came mantling o're his brest
  3891:  280.  With regal Ornament ; the middle pair
  3892:  281.  Girt like a Starrie Zone his waste, and round
  3893:  282.  Skirted his loines and thighes with downie Gold
  3894:  283.  And colours dipt in Heav'n ; the third his feet
  3895:  284.  Shaddowd from either heele with featherd maile
  3896:  285.  Skie-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood,
  3897:  286.  And shook his Plumes, that Heav'nly fragrance filld
  3898:  287.  The circuit wide. Strait knew him all the Bands
  3899:  288.  Of Angels under watch; and to his state,
  3900:  289.  And to his message high in honour rise ;
  3901:  290.  For on som message high they guessed him bound.
  3902:  291.  Thir glittering Tents he passd, and now is come
  3903:  292.  Into the blissful field, through Groves of Myrrhe,
  3904:  293.  And flouring Odours, Cassia, Nard, and Balme ;
  3905:  294.  A Wilderness of sweets; for Nature here
  3906:  295.  Wantond as in her prime, and plaid at will
  3907:  296.  Her Virgin Fancies, pouring forth more sweet,
  3908:  297.  Wilde above Rule or Art; enormous bliss.
  3909:  298.  Him through the spicie Forrest onward com
  3910:  299.  Adam discernd, as in the dore he sat
  3911:  300.  Of his coole Bowre, while now the mounted Sun
  3912:  301.  Shot down direct his fervid Raies to warme
  3913:  302.  Earths inmost womb, more warmth then Adam needs;
  3914:  303.  And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd
  3915:  304.  For dinner savourie fruits, of taste to please
  3916:  305.  True appetite, and not disrelish thirst
  3917:  306.  Of nectarous draughts between, from milkie stream,
  3918:  307.  Berrie or Grape : to whom thus Adam call'd.
  3919:  308.  Haste hither Eve, and worth thy sight behold
  3920:  309.  Eastward among those Trees, what glorious shape
  3921:  310.  Comes this way moving ; seems another Morn
  3922:  311.  Ris'n on mid-noon ; som great behest from Heav'n
  3923:  312.  To us perhaps he brings, and will voutsafe
  3924:  313.  This day to be our Guest. But goe with speed,
  3925:  314.  And what thy stores contain, bring forth and poure
  3926:  315.  Abundance, fit to honour and receive
  3927:  316.  Our Heav'nly stranger ; well we may afford
  3928:  317.  Our givers thir own gifts, and large bestow
  3929:  318.  From large bestowd, where Nature multiplies
  3930:  319.  Her fertil growth, and by disburd'ning grows
  3931:  320.  More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare.
  3932:  321.  To whom thus Eve. Adam, earths hallowd mould,
  3933:  322.  Of God inspir'd, small store will serve, where store,
  3934:  323.  All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk ;
  3935:  324.  Save what by frugal storing firmness gains
  3936:  325.  To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes :
  3937:  326.  But I will haste and from each bough and break,
  3938:  327.  Each Plant and juiciest Gourd will pluck such choice
  3939:  328.  To entertain our Angel guest, as hee
  3940:  329.  Beholding shall confess that here on Earth
  3941:  330.  God hath dispenst his bounties as in Heav'n.
  3942:  331.  So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste
  3943:  332.  She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent
  3944:  333.  What choice to chuse for delicacie best,
  3945:  334.  What order, so contriv'd as not to mix
  3946:  335.  Tastes, not well joynd, inelegant, but bring
  3947:  336.  Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change,
  3948:  337.  Bestirs her then, and from each tender stalk
  3949:  338.  Whatever Earth all-bearing Mother yields
  3950:  339.  In India East or West, or middle shoare
  3951:  340.  In Pontus or the Punic Coast, or where
  3952:  341.  Alcinous reign'd, fruit of all kindes, in coate,
  3953:  342.  Rough, or smooth rin'd, or bearded husk, or shell
  3954:  343.  She gathers, Tribute large, and on the board
  3955:  344.  Heaps with unsparing hand ; for drink the Grape
  3956:  345.  She crushes, inoffensive moust, and meathes
  3957:  346.  From many a berrie, and from sweet kernels prest
  3958:  347.  She tempers dulcet creams, nor these to hold
  3959:  348.  Wants her fit vessels pure, then strews the ground
  3960:  349.  With Rose and Odours from the shrub unfum'd.
  3961:  350.  Mean while our Primitive great Sire, to meet
  3962:  351.  His god-like Guest, walks forth, without more train
  3963:  352.  Accompani'd then with his own compleat
  3964:  353.  Perfections, in himself was all his state,
  3965:  354.  More solemn then the tedious pomp that waits
  3966:  355.  On Princes, when thir rich Retinue long
  3967:  356.  Of Horses led, and Grooms besmeard with Gold
  3968:  357.  Dazles the croud, and sets them all agape.
  3969:  358.  Neerer his presence Adam though not awd,
  3970:  359.  Yet with sumbiss approach and reverence meek,
  3971:  360.  As to a superior Nature, bowling low,
  3972:  361.  Thus said. Native of Heav'n, for other place
  3973:  362.  None can then Heav'n such glorious shape contain;
  3974:  363.  Since by descending from the Thrones above,
  3975:  364.  Those happie places thou hast deignd a while
  3976:  365.  To want, and honour these, voutsafe with us
  3977:  366.  Two onely, who yet by sov'ran gift possess
  3978:  367.  This spacious ground, in yonder shadie Bowre
  3979:  368.  To rest, and what the Garden choicest bears
  3980:  369.  To sit and taste, till this meridian heat
  3981:  370.  Be over, and the Sun more coole decline.
  3982:  371.  Whom thus the Angelic Vertue answerd milde.
  3983:  372.  Adam, I therefore came, nor art thou such
  3984:  373.  Created, or such place hast here to dwell,
  3985:  374.  As may not oft invite, though Spirits of Heav'n
  3986:  375.  To visit thee ; lead on then where thy Bowre
  3987:  376.  Oreshades ; for these mid-hours, till Eevning rise
  3988:  377.  I have at will. So to the Silvan Lodge
  3989:  378.  They came, that like Pomona's Arbour smil'd
  3990:  379.  With flourets deck't and fragrant smells ; but Eve
  3991:  380.  Undeckt, save with her self more lovely fair
  3992:  381.  Then Wood-Nymph, or the fairest Goddess feign'd
  3993:  382.  Of three that in Mount Ida naked strove,
  3994:  383.  Stood to entertain her guest from Heav'n ; no vaile
  3995:  384.  Shee needed, Vertue-proof, no thought infirme
  3996:  385.  Alterd her cheek. On whom the Angel Haile
  3997:  386.  Bestowd, the holy salutation us'd
  3998:  387.  Long after to blest Marie, second Eve.
  3999:  388.  Haile Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful Womb
  4000:  389.  Shall fill the World more numerous with thy Sons
  4001:  390.  Then with these various fruits the Trees of God
  4002:  391.  Have heap'd this Table. Rais'd of grassie terf
  4003:  392.  Thir Table was, and mossie seats had round,
  4004:  393.  And on her ample Square form side to side
  4005:  394.  All Autumn pil'd, though Spring and Autumn here
  4006:  395.  Danc'd hand in hand. A while discourse they hold ;
  4007:  396.  No fear lest Dinner coole ; when thus began
  4008:  397.  Our Authour. Heav'nly stranger, please to taste
  4009:  398.  These bounties which our Nourisher, from whom
  4010:  399.  All perfet good unmeasur'd out, descends,
  4011:  400.  To us for food and for delight hath caus'd
  4012:  401.  The Earth to yield ; unsavourie food perhaps
  4013:  402.  To spiritual Natures; only this I know,
  4014:  403.  That one Celestial Father gives to all.
  4015:  404.  To whom the Angel. Therefore what he gives
  4016:  405.  (Whose praise be ever sung) to man in part
  4017:  406.  Spiritual, may of purest Spirits be found
  4018:  407.  No ingrateful food : and food alike those pure
  4019:  408.  Intelligential substances require
  4020:  409.  As doth your Rational ; and both contain
  4021:  410.  Within them every lower facultie
  4022:  411.  Of sense, whereby they hear, see, small, touch, taste,
  4023:  412.  Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate,
  4024:  413.  And corporeal to incorporeal turn.
  4025:  414.  For know, whatever was created, needs
  4026:  415.  To be sustaind and fed ; of Elements
  4027:  416.  The grosser feeds the purer, Earth the Sea,
  4028:  417.  Earth and the Sea feed Air, the Air those Fires
  4029:  418.  Ethereal, and as lowest first the Moon ;
  4030:  419.  Whence in her visage round those spots, unpurg'd
  4031:  420.  Vapours not yet into her substance turnd.
  4032:  421.  Nor doth the Moon no nourishment exhale
  4033:  422.  From her moist Continent to higher Orbes.
  4034:  423.  The Sun that light imparts to all, receives
  4035:  424.  Fromm all his alimental recompence
  4036:  425.  In humid exhaltations, and at Even
  4037:  426.  Sups with the Ocean : though in Heav'n the Trees
  4038:  427.  Of life ambrosial frutage bear, and vines
  4039:  428.  Yield Nectar, though from off the boughs each Morn
  4040:  429.  We brush mellifluous Dewes, and find the ground
  4041:  430.  Cover'd with pearly grain : yet God hath here
  4042:  431.  Varied his bounty so with new delights,
  4043:  432.  As may compare with Heaven ; and to taste
  4044:  433.  Think not I shall be nice. So down they sat,
  4045:  434.  And to thir viands fell, nor seemingly
  4046:  435.  The Angel, nor in mist, the common gloss
  4047:  436.  Of Theologians, but with keen dispatch
  4048:  437.  Of real hunger, and concoctive heate
  4049:  438.  To transubstantiate ; what redounds, transpires
  4050:  439.  Through Spirits with ease ; nor wonder ; if by fire
  4051:  440.  Of sooty coal the Empiric Alchimist
  4052:  441.  Can turn, or holds it possible to turn
  4053:  442.  Metals of drossiest Ore to perfet Gold
  4054:  443.  As from the Mine. Mean while at Table Eve
  4055:  444.  Ministerd naked, and thir flowing cups
  4056:  445.  With pleasant liquors crown'd : O innocence
  4057:  446.  Deserving Paradise ! if ever, then,
  4058:  447.  Then had the Sons of God excuse to have bin
  4059:  448.  Enamour'd at that sight, but in those hearts
  4060:  449.  Love unlibidinous reign'd, nor jealousie
  4061:  450.  Was understood, the injur'd Lovers Hell.
  4062:  451.  Thus when with meats and drinks they had suffic'd,
  4063:  452.  Not burd'nd Nature, sudden mind arose
  4064:  453.  In Adam, not to let th' occasion pass
  4065:  454.  Given him by this great Conference to know
  4066:  455.  Of things above his World, and of thir being
  4067:  456.  Who dwell in Heav'n, whose excellence he saw
  4068:  457.  Transcend his own so farr, whose radiant forms
  4069:  458.  Divine effulgence, whose high Power so far
  4070:  459.  Exceeded human, and his wary speech
  4071:  460.  Thus to th' Empyreal Minister he fram'd.
  4072:  461.  Inhabitant with God, now know I well
  4073:  462.  Thy favour, in this honour done to man,
  4074:  463.  Under whose lowly roof thou hast voutsaft
  4075:  464.  To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste,
  4076:  465.  Food not of Angels, yet accepted so,
  4077:  466.  As that more willingly thou couldst not seem
  4078:  467.  At Heav'ns high feasts to have fed: yet what compare?
  4079:  468.  To whom the winged Hierarch repli'd.
  4080:  469.  O Adam, one Almightie is, from whom
  4081:  470.  All things proceed, and up to him return,
  4082:  471.  If not deprav'd from good, created all
  4083:  472.  Such to perfection, one first matter all,
  4084:  473.  Indu'd with various forms, various degrees
  4085:  474.  Of substance, and in things that live, of life ;
  4086:  475.  But more refin'd, more spiritous, and pure,
  4087:  476.  As neerer to him plac't or neerer tending
  4088:  477.  Each in thir several active Sphears assignd,
  4089:  478.  Till body up to spirit work, in bounds
  4090:  479.  Proportioned to each kind. So from the root
  4091:  480.  Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the leaves
  4092:  481.  More aerie, last the bright consummate floure
  4093:  482.  Spirits odorous breathes: flours and thir fruit
  4094:  483.  Mans nourishment, by gradual scale sublim'd
  4095:  484.  To vital Spirits aspire, to animal,
  4096:  485.  To intellectual, give both life and sense,
  4097:  486.  Fansie and understanding, whence the Soule
  4098:  487.  Reason receives, and reason is her being,
  4099:  488.  Discursive, or Intuitive ; discourse
  4100:  489.  Is oftest yours, the latter most is ours,
  4101:  490.  Differing but in degree, of kind the same.
  4102:  491.  Wonder not then, what God for you saw good
  4103:  492.  If I refuse not, but convert, as you,
  4104:  493.  To proper substance , time may come when men
  4105:  494.  With Angels, may participate, and find
  4106:  495.  No inconvenient Diet, nor too light Fare :
  4107:  496.  And from these corporal nutriments perhaps
  4108:  497.  Your bodies may at last turn all to Spirit,
  4109:  498.  Improv'd by tract of time, and wingd ascend
  4110:  499.  Ethereal, as wee, or may at choice
  4111:  500.  Here or in Heav'nly Paradises dwell ;
  4112:  501.  If ye be found obedient, and retain
  4113:  502.  Unalterably firm his love entire
  4114:  503.  Whose progenie you are. Mean while enjoy
  4115:  504.  Your fill what happiness this happie state
  4116:  505.  Can comprehend, incapable of more.
  4117:  506.  To whom the Patriarch of mankind repli'd,
  4118:  507.  O favourable spirit, propitious guest,
  4119:  508.  Well hast thou taught the way that might direct
  4120:  509.  Our knowledge, and the scale of Nature set
  4121:  510.  From center to circumference, whereon
  4122:  511.  In contemplation of created things
  4123:  512.  By steps we may ascend to God. But say,
  4124:  513.  What meant that caution joind, if ye be found
  4125:  514.  Obedient? can we want obedience then
  4126:  515.  To him, or possibly his love desert
  4127:  516.  Who formd us from the dust, and plac'd us here
  4128:  517.  Full to the utmost measure of what bliss
  4129:  518.  Human desires can seek or apprehend?
  4130:  519.  To whom the Angel. Son of Heav'n and Earth,
  4131:  520.  Attend : That thou art happie, owe to God ;
  4132:  521.  That thou continu'st such, owe to thy self,
  4133:  522.  That is, to thy obedience ; therein stand.
  4134:  523.  This was that caution giv'n thee ; be advis'd.
  4135:  524.  God made thee perfet, not immutable ;
  4136:  525.  And good he made thee, but to persevere
  4137:  526.  He left it in thy power, ordaind thy will
  4138:  527.  By nature free, not over-rul'd by Fate
  4139:  528.  Inextricable, or strict necessity ;
  4140:  529.  Our voluntarie service he requres,
  4141:  530.  Not our necessitated, such with him
  4142:  531.  Findes no acceptance, nor can find, for how
  4143:  532.  Can hearts, not free, be tri'd whether they serve
  4144:  533.  Willing or no, who will but what they must
  4145:  534.  By Destinie, and can no other choose?
  4146:  535.  My self and all th' Angelic Host that stand
  4147:  536.  In sight of God enthron'd, our happie state
  4148:  537.  Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds;
  4149:  538.  On other surety none ; freely we serve,
  4150:  539.  Because wee freely love, as in our will
  4151:  540.  To love or not ; in this we stand or fall :
  4152:  541.  And som are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n,
  4153:  542.  And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell ; O fall
  4154:  543.  From what high state of bliss into what woe !
  4155:  544.  To whom our great Progenitor. Thy words
  4156:  545.  Attentive, and with more delighted eare,
  4157:  546.  Divine instructer, I have heard, then when
  4158:  547.  Cherubic Songs by night from neighbouring Hills
  4159:  548.  Aereal Music send : nor knew I not
  4160:  549.  To be both will and deed created free ;
  4161:  550.  Yet that we never shall forget to love
  4162:  551.  Our maker, and obey him whose command
  4163:  552.  Single, is yet so just, my constant thoughts
  4164:  553.  Assur'd me, and still assure : though what thou tellst
  4165:  554.  Hath past in Heav'n, som doubt within me move,
  4166:  555.  But more desire to hear, if thou consent,
  4167:  556.  The full relation, which must needs be strange,
  4168:  557.  Worthy of Sacred silence to be heard;
  4169:  558.  And we have yet large day, for scarce the Sun
  4170:  559.  Hath finisht half his journey, and scarce begins
  4171:  560.  His other half in the great Zone of Heav'n.
  4172:  561.  Thus Adam made request, and Raphael
  4173:  562.  After short pause assenting, thus began.
  4174:  563.  High matter thou injoinst me, O prime of men,
  4175:  564.  Sad task and hard, for how shall I relate
  4176:  565.  To human sense th' invisible exploits
  4177:  566.  Of warring Spirits ; how without remorse
  4178:  567.  The ruin of so many glorious once
  4179:  568.  And perfet while they stood; how last unfould
  4180:  569.  The secrets of another world, perhaps
  4181:  570.  Not lawful to reveal? yet for thy good
  4182:  571.  This is dispenc't, and what surmounts the reach
  4183:  572.  Of human sense, I shall delineate so,
  4184:  573.  By lik'ning spiritual to corporal forms,
  4185:  574.  As may express them best, though what if Earth
  4186:  575.  Be but the shaddow of Heav'n, and things therein
  4187:  576.  Each to other like, more then on earth is thought ?
  4188:  577.  As yet this world was not, and Chaos wilde
  4189:  578.  Reignd where these Heav'ns now rowl, where Earth now rests
  4190:  579.  Upon her Center pois'd, when on a day
  4191:  580.  (For time, though in Eternitie, appli'd
  4192:  581.  To motion, measures all things durable
  4193:  582.  By present, past, and future) on such day
  4194:  583.  As Heav'ns great Year brings forth, th' Empyreal Host
  4195:  584.  Of Angels by Imperial summons call'd,
  4196:  585.  Innumerable before th' Almighties Throne
  4197:  586.  Forthwith from all the ends of Heav'n appeerd
  4198:  587.  Under thir Hierarchs in orders bright
  4199:  588.  Ten thousand thousand Ensignes high advanc'd,
  4200:  589.  Standards, and Gonfalons twixt Van and Reare
  4201:  590.  Streame in the Aire, and for distinction serve
  4202:  591.  Of Hierarchies, of Orders, and Degrees;
  4203:  592.  Or in thir glittering Tissues bear imblaz'd
  4204:  593.  Holy Memorials, acts of Zeale and Love
  4205:  594.  Recorded eminent. Thus when in Orbes
  4206:  595.  Of circuit inexpressible they stood,
  4207:  596.  Orb within Orb, the Father infinite,
  4208:  597.  By whom in bliss imbosom'd sat the Son,
  4209:  598.  Amidst as from a flaming Mount, whose top
  4210:  599.  Brightness had made invisible, thus spake.
  4211:  600.  Hear all ye Angels, Progenie of Light,
  4212:  601.  Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Vertues, Powers,
  4213:  602.  Hear my Decree, which unrevok't shall stand.
  4214:  603.  This day I have begot whom I declare
  4215:  604.  My onely Son, and on this holy Hill
  4216:  605.  Him have anointed, whom ye now behold
  4217:  606.  At my right hand; your Head I him appoint ;
  4218:  607.  And by my Self have sworn to him shall bow
  4219:  608.  All knees in Heav'n, and shall confess him Lord :
  4220:  609.  Under his great Vice-gerent Reign abide
  4221:  610.  United as one individual Soule
  4222:  611.  For ever happie : him who disobeyes
  4223:  612.  Mee disobeyes, breaks union, and that day
  4224:  613.  Cast out from God and blessed vision, falls
  4225:  614.  Into utter darkness, deep ingulft, his place
  4226:  615.  Ordaind without redemption, without end.
  4227:  616.  So spake th' Omnipotent, and with his words
  4228:  617.  All seemd well please'd, all seem'd, but were not all
  4229:  618.  That day, as other solemn dayes, they spent
  4230:  619.  In song and dance about the sacred Hill,
  4231:  620.  Mystical dance, which yonder starrie Spheare
  4232:  621.  Of Planets and of fixt in all her Wheeles
  4233:  622.  Resembles nearest, mazes intricate,
  4234:  623.  Eccentric, intervolv'd, yet regular
  4235:  624.  Then most, when most irregular they seem,
  4236:  625.  And in thir motions harmonie Divine
  4237:  626.  So smooths her charming tones, that Gods own ear
  4238:  627.  Listens delighted. Eevning now approach'd
  4239:  628.  (For wee have also our Eevning and our Morn,
  4240:  629.  Wee ours for change delectable, not need)
  4241:  630.  Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn
  4242:  631.  Desirous ; all in Circles as they stood,
  4243:  632.  Tables are set, and on a sudden pil'd
  4244:  633.  With Angels Food, and rubied Nectar flows
  4245:  634.  In Pearl, in Diamond, and massie Gold,
  4246:  635.  Fruit of delicious Vines, the growth of Heav'n.
  4247:  636.  On flours repos'd, and with fresh flourets crownd,
  4248:  637.  They eate, they drink, and in communion sweet
  4249:  638.  Quaff immortalitie and joy, secure
  4250:  639.  Of surfet where full measure onely bounds
  4251:  640.  Excess, before th' all bounteous King, who showrd
  4252:  641.  With copious hand, rejoycing in thir joy.
  4253:  642.  Now when ambrosial Night with Clouds exhal'd
  4254:  643.  From that high mount of God, whence light & shade
  4255:  644.  Spring both, the face of brightest Heav'n had changd
  4256:  645.  To grateful Twilight ( for Night comes not there
  4257:  646.  In darker veile ) and roseat Dews dispos'd
  4258:  647.  All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest,
  4259:  648.  Wide over all the Plain, and wider farr
  4260:  649.  Then all this globous Earth in Plain out spred,
  4261:  650.  ( Such are the Courts of God ) Th' Angelic throng
  4262:  651.  Disperst in Bands and Files thir Camp extend
  4263:  652.  By living Streams among the Trees of Life,
  4264:  653.  Pavilions numberless, and sudden reard,
  4265:  654.  Celestial Tabernacles, where they slept
  4266:  655.  Fannd with coole Winds, save those who in thir course
  4267:  656.  Melodious Hymns about the sovran Throne
  4268:  657.  Alternate all night long : but not so wak'd
  4269:  658.  Satan, so call him now, his former name
  4270:  659.  Is heard no more in Heav'n ; he of the first,
  4271:  660.  If not the first Arch-Angel, great in Power,
  4272:  661.  In favour and praeeminence, yet fraught
  4273:  662.  With envie against the Son of God, that day
  4274:  663.  Honourd by his great Father, and proclaimd
  4275:  664.  Messiah King anointed, could not beare
  4276:  665.  Through pride that sight, & thought himself impaird.
  4277:  666.  Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain,
  4278:  667.  Soon as midnight brought on the duskie houre
  4279:  668.  Friendliest to sleep and silence, he resolv'd
  4280:  669.  With all his Legions to dislodge, and leave
  4281:  670.  Unworshipt, unobey'd the Throne supream
  4282:  671.  Contemptuous, and his next subordinate
  4283:  672.  Awak'ning, thus to him in secret spake.
  4284:  673.  Sleepst thou Companion dear, what sleep can close
  4285:  674.  Thy eye-lids? and remembrest what Decree
  4286:  675.  Of yesterday, so late hath past the lips
  4287:  676.  Of Heav'ns Almightie. Thou to me thy thoughts
  4288:  677.  Wast wont, I mine to thee was wont to impart ;
  4289:  678.  Both waking we were one ; how then can now
  4290:  679.  thy sleep dissent? new Laws thou seest impos'd ;
  4291:  680.  New Laws from him who reigns, new minds may raise
  4292:  681.  In us who serve, new Counsels, to debate
  4293:  682.  What doubtful may ensue, more in this place
  4294:  683.  To utter is not safe. Assemble thou
  4295:  684.  Of all those Myriads which we lead the chief ;
  4296:  685.  Tell them that by command, ere yet dim Night
  4297:  686.  Her shadowie Cloud withdraws, I am to haste,
  4298:  687.  And all who under me thir Banners wave,
  4299:  688.  Homeward with flying march where we possess
  4300:  689.  The Quarters of the North, there to prepare
  4301:  690.  Fit entertainment to receive our King
  4302:  691.  The great Messiah, and his new commands,
  4303:  692.  Who speedily through all the Hierarchies
  4304:  693.  Intends to pass triumphant, and give Laws.
  4305:  694.  So spake the false Arch-Angel, and infus'd
  4306:  695.  Bad influence into th' unwarie brest
  4307:  696.  Of his Associate ; hee together calls,
  4308:  697.  Or several one by one, the Regent Powers,
  4309:  698.  Under him Regent, tells, as he was taught,
  4310:  699.  That the most High commanding, now ere Night,
  4311:  700.  Now ere dim Night had disincumberd Heav'n,
  4312:  701.  The great Hierarchal Standard was to move ;
  4313:  702.  Tells the suggested cause, and casts between
  4314:  703.  Ambiguous words and jealousies, to sound
  4315:  704.  Or taint integritie ; but all obey'd
  4316:  705.  The wonted signal, and superior voice
  4317:  706.  Of thir great Potentate ; for great indeed
  4318:  707.  His name, and high was his degree in Heav'n ;
  4319:  708.  His count'nance, as the Morning Starr that guides
  4320:  709.  The starrie flock, allur'd them, and with lyes
  4321:  710.  Drew after him the third part of Heav'ns Host :
  4322:  711.  Mean while th' Eternal eye, whose sight discernes
  4323:  712.  Abstrusest thoughts, from forth his holy Mount
  4324:  713.  And from within the golden Lamps that burne
  4325:  714.  Nightly before him, saw without thir light
  4326:  715.  Rebellion rising, saw in whom, how spred
  4327:  716.  Among the sons of Morn, what multitudes
  4328:  717.  Were banded to oppose his high Decree ;
  4329:  718.  And smiling to his onely Son thus said.
  4330:  719.  Son, thou in whom my glory I behold
  4331:  720.  In full resplendence, Heir of all my might,
  4332:  721.  Neerly it now concernes us to be sure
  4333:  722.  Of our Omnipotence, and with what Arms
  4334:  723.  We mean to hold what anciently we claim
  4335:  724.  Of Deitie or Empire, such a foe
  4336:  725.  Is rising, who intends to erect his Throne
  4337:  726.  Equal to ours, throughout the spacious North ;
  4338:  727.  Nor so content, hath in his thought to try
  4339:  728.  In battel, what our Power is, or our right.
  4340:  729.  Let us advise, and to this hazard draw
  4341:  730.  With speed what force is left, and all imploy
  4342:  731.  In our defence, lest unawares we lose
  4343:  732.  This our high place, our Sanctuarie, our Hill.
  4344:  733.  To whom the Son with calm aspect and cleer
  4345:  734.  Light'ning Divine, ineffable, serene,
  4346:  735.  Made answer. Mightie Father, thou thy foes
  4347:  736.  Justly hast in derision, and secure
  4348:  737.  Laugh'st at thir vain designes and tumults vain,
  4349:  738.  Matter to mee of Glory, whom thir hate
  4350:  739.  Illustrates, when they see all Regal Power
  4351:  740.  Giv'n me to quell thir pride, and in event
  4352:  741.  Know whether I be dextrous to subdue
  4353:  742.  Thy Rebels, or be found the worst in Heav'n.
  4354:  743.  So spake the Son, but Satan with his Powers
  4355:  744.  Far was advanc't on winged speed, an Host
  4356:  745.  Innumerable as the Starrs of Night,
  4357:  746.  Or Starrs of Morning, Dew-drops, which the Sun
  4358:  747.  Impearls on every leaf and every flour.
  4359:  748.  Regions they pass'd, the mightie Regencies
  4360:  749.  Of Seraphim and Potentates and Thrones
  4361:  750.  In thir triple Degrees, Regions to which
  4362:  751.  All thy Dominion, Adam, is no more
  4363:  752.  Then what this Garden is to all the Earth,
  4364:  753.  And all the Sea, from one entire globose
  4365:  754.  Stretcht into Longitude; which having pass'd
  4366:  755.  At length into the limits of the North
  4367:  756.  They came, and Satan to his Royal seat
  4368:  757.  High on a Hill, far blazing, as a Mount
  4369:  758.  Rais'd on a Mount, with Pyramids and Towrs
  4370:  759.  From Diamond Quarries hew'n, and Rocks of Gold,
  4371:  760.  The Palace of great Lucifer, ( so call
  4372:  761.  That Structure in the Dialect of men
  4373:  762.  Interpreted ) which not long after, he
  4374:  763.  Affecting all equality with God,
  4375:  764.  In imitation of that Mount whereon
  4376:  765.  Messiah was declar'd in sight of Heav'n,
  4377:  766.  The Mountain of the Congregation call'd ;
  4378:  767.  For thither he assembl'd all his Train,
  4379:  768.  Pretending so commanded to consult
  4380:  769.  About the great reception of thir King,
  4381:  770.  Thither to come, and with calumnious Art
  4382:  771.  Of counterfeted truth thus held thir ears.
  4383:  772.  Thrones, Dominations, Princedomes, Vertues, Powers
  4384:  773.  If these magnific Titles yet remain
  4385:  774.  Not meerly titular, since by Decree
  4386:  775.  Another now hath to himself ingross't
  4387:  776.  All Power, and us eclipst under the name
  4388:  777.  Of King anointed, for whom all this haste
  4389:  778.  Of midnight march, and hurried meeting here,
  4390:  779.  This onely to consult how we best
  4391:  780.  With what may be devis'd of honours new
  4392:  781.  Receive him coming to receive from us
  4393:  782.  Knee-tribute yet unpaid, prostration vile,
  4394:  783.  Too much to one, but double how endur'd,
  4395:  784.  To one and to his image now proclaim'd?
  4396:  785.  But what if better counsels might erect
  4397:  786.  Our minds and teach us to cast off this Yoke?
  4398:  787.  Will ye submit your necks, and chuse to bend
  4399:  788.  The supple knee? ye will not, if I trust
  4400:  789.  To know ye right, or if ye know your selves
  4401:  790.  Natives and Sons of Heav'n possest before
  4402:  791.  By none, and if not equal all, yet free,
  4403:  792.  Equally free ; for Orders and Degrees
  4404:  793.  Jarr not with liberty, but well consist.
  4405:  794.  Who can in reason then or right assume
  4406:  795.  Monarchie over such as live by right
  4407:  796.  His equals, if in power and splendor less,
  4408:  797.  In freedome equal? or can introduce
  4409:  798.  Law and Edict on us, who without law
  4410:  799.  Erre not, much less for this to be our Lord,
  4411:  800.  And look for adoration to th' abuse
  4412:  801.  Of those Imperial Titles which assert
  4413:  802.  Our being ordain'd to govern, not to serve?
  4414:  803.  Thus farr his bold discourse without controule
  4415:  804.  Had audience, when among the Seraphim
  4416:  805.  Abdiel, then whom none with more zeale ador'd
  4417:  806.  The Deitie, and divine commands obeid,
  4418:  807.  Stood up, and in a flame of zeale severe
  4419:  808.  The current of his fury thus oppos'd.
  4420:  809.  O argument blasphemous, false and proud !
  4421:  810.  Words which no eare ever to hear in Heav'n
  4422:  811.  Expected, least of all from thee, ingrate
  4423:  812.  In place thy self so high above thy Peeres.
  4424:  813.  Canst thou with impious obloquie condemne
  4425:  814.  The just Decree of God, pronounc't and sworn,
  4426:  815.  That to his only Son by right endu'd
  4427:  816.  With Regal Scepter, every Soule in Heav'n
  4428:  817.  Shall bend the knee, and in that honour due
  4429:  818.  Confess him rightful King ? unjust thou saist
  4430:  819.  Flatly unjust, to binde with Laws the free,
  4431:  820.  And equal over equals to let Reigne,
  4432:  821.  One over all with unsuceeded power.
  4433:  822.  Shalt thou give Law to God, shalt thou dispute
  4434:  823.  With him the points of libertie, who made
  4435:  824.  Thee what thou art, and formd the Pow'rs of Heav'n
  4436:  825.  Such as he pleasd, and circumscrib'd thir being?
  4437:  826.  Yet by experience taught we know how good,
  4438:  827.  And of our good, and of our dignitie
  4439:  828.  How provident he is, how farr from thought
  4440:  829.  To make us less, bent rather to exalt
  4441:  830.  Our happie state under one Head more neer
  4442:  831.  United. But to grant it thee unjust,
  4443:  832.  That equal over equals Monarch Reigne :
  4444:  833.  Thy self though great and glorious dost thou count,
  4445:  834.  Or all Angelic Nature joind in one,
  4446:  835.  Equal to him begotten Son, by whom
  4447:  836.  As by his Word the mighty Father made
  4448:  837.  All things, ev'n thee, and all the Spirits of Heav'n
  4449:  838.  By him created in thir bright degrees,
  4450:  839.  Crownd them with Glory, and to thir Glory nam'd
  4451:  840.  Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Vertues, Powers,
  4452:  841.  Essential Powers, nor by his Reign obscur'd,
  4453:  842.  But more illustrious made, since he the Head
  4454:  843.  One of our number thus reduc't becomes,
  4455:  844.  His Laws our Laws, all honour to him done
  4456:  845.  Returns our own. Cease then this impious rage,
  4457:  846.  And tempt not these ; but hast'n to appease
  4458:  847.  Th' incensed Father, and th' incensed Son,
  4459:  848.  While Pardon may be found in time besought.
  4460:  849.  So spake the fervent Angel, but his zeale
  4461:  850.  None seconded, as out of season judg'd,
  4462:  851.  Or singular and rash, whereat rejoic'd
  4463:  852.  Th' Apostat, and more haughty thus repli'd.
  4464:  853.  That we were formd then saist thou? and the work
  4465:  854.  Of secondarie hands, by task transferd
  4466:  855.  From Father to his Son ? strange point and new !
  4467:  856.  Doctrin which we would know whence learnt: who saw
  4468:  857.  When this creation was? rememberst thou
  4469:  858.  Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being ?
  4470:  859.  We know no time when we were not as now ;
  4471:  860.  Know none before us, self-begot, self-rais'd
  4472:  861.  By our own quick'ning power, when fatal course
  4473:  862.  Had circl'd his full Orbe, the birth mature
  4474:  863.  Of this our native Heav'n, Ethereal Sons.
  4475:  864.  Our puissance is our own, our own right hand
  4476:  865.  Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try
  4477:  866.  Who is our equal: then thou shalt behold
  4478:  867.  Whether by supplication we intend
  4479:  868.  Address, and to begirt th' Almighty Throne
  4480:  869.  Beseeching or besieging. This report,
  4481:  870.  These tidings carrie to th' anointed King ;
  4482:  871.  And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.
  4483:  872.  He said, and as the sound of waters deep
  4484:  873.  Hoarce murmur echo'd to his words applause
  4485:  874.  Through the infinite Host, nor less for that
  4486:  875.  The flaming Seraph fearless, though alone
  4487:  876.  Encompass'd round with foes, thus answerd bold.
  4488:  877.  O alienate from God, O spirit accurst,
  4489:  878.  Forsak'n of all good; I see thy fall
  4490:  879.  Determind, and thy hapless crew involv'd
  4491:  880.  In this perfidious fraud, contagion spred
  4492:  881.  Both of thy crime and punishment : henceforth
  4493:  882.  No more be troubl'd how to quit the yoke
  4494:  883.  Of Gods Messiah ; those indulgent Laws
  4495:  884.  Will not be now voutsaf't, other Decrees
  4496:  885.  Against thee are gon forth without recall ;
  4497:  886.  That Golden Scepter which thou didst reject
  4498:  887.  Is now an Iron Rod to bruise and breake
  4499:  888.  Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise,
  4500:  889.  Yet not for thy advise or threats I fly
  4501:  890.  These wicked Tents devoted, least the wrauth
  4502:  891.  Impendent, raging into sudden flame
  4503:  892.  Distinguish not : for soon expect to feel
  4504:  893.  His Thunder on thy head, devouring fire.
  4505:  894.  Then who created thee lamenting learne,
  4506:  895.  When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.
  4507:  896.  So spake the Seraph Abdiel faithful found,
  4508:  897.  Among the faithless, faithful only hee ;
  4509:  898.  Among innumerable false, unmov'd,
  4510:  899.  Unshak'n, unseduc'd, unterrifi'd
  4511:  900.  His Loyaltie he kept, his Love, his Zeale ;
  4512:  901.  Nor number, nor example with him wrought
  4513:  902.  To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind
  4514:  903.  Though single. From amidst them forth he passd,
  4515:  904.  Long way through hostile scorn, which he susteind
  4516:  905.  Superior, nor of violence fear'd aught ;
  4517:  906.  And with retorted scorn his back he turn'd
  4518:  907.  On those proud Towrs to swift destruction doom'd.
       
      The End of the Fifth Book.
       
     
     
     

Book VI.

     
     

THE ARGUMENT.

      Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel
      were sent forth to battel against Satan and his An-
      gels. The first Fight describ'd : Satan and his Pow-
      ers retire under Night : He calls a Councel, invents
      devilish Engines, which in the second dayes Fight
      put Michael and his Angels to some disorder ; but
      they at length pulling up Mountains overwhelm'd both
      the force and Machins of Satan : Yet the Tumult
      not so ending, God on the third day sends Messiah
      his Son, for whom he had reserv'd the glory of that
      Victory : Hee in the Power of his Father coming to
      the place, and causing all his Legions to stand still on
      either side, with his Chariot and Thunder driving
      into the midst of his Enemies, pursues them unable to
      resist towards the wall of Heaven ; which opening,
      they leap down with horrour and confusion into the
      place of punishment prepar'd for them in the Deep :
  POEM BOOK 6 Messiah returns with triumph to his Father.
       
  4519:  1.  ALL night the dreadless Angel unpursu'd
  4520:  2.  Through Heav'ns wide Champain held his way,
      till Morn,
  4521:  3.  Wak't by the circling Hours, with rosie hand
  4522:  4.  Unbarr'd the gates of Light. There is a Cave
  4523:  5.  Within the Mount of God, fast by his Throne,
  4524:  6.  Where light and darkness in perpetual round
  4525:  7.  Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes through Heav'n
  4526:  8.  Grateful vicissitude, like Day and Night;
  4527:  9.  Light issues forth, and at the other dore
  4528:  10.  Obsequious darkness enters, till her houre
  4529:  11.  To veile the Heav'n, though darkness there might well
  4530:  12.  Seem twilight here ; and now went forth the Morn
  4531:  13.  Such as in highest Heav'n, arrayd in Gold
  4532:  14.  Empyreal, from before her vanisht Night,
  4533:  15.  Shot through with orient Beams : when all the Plain
  4534:  16.  Coverd with thick embatteld Squadrons bright,
  4535:  17.  Chariots and flaming Armes, and fierie Steeds
  4536:  18.  Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view :
  4537:  19.  Warr he perceav'd, warr in procinct, and found
  4538:  20.  Already known what he for news had thought
  4539:  21.  To have reported : gladly then he mixt
  4540:  22.  Among those friend friendly Powers who him receav'd
  4541:  23.  With joy and acclamations loud, that one
  4542:  24.  That of so many Myriads fall'n, yet one
  4543:  25.  Returnd not lost : On to the sacred hill
  4544:  26.  They led him high applauded, and present
  4545:  27.  Before the seat supream ; from whence a voice
  4546:  28.  From midst a Golden Cloud thus milde was heard.
  4547:  29.  Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
  4548:  30.  The better fight, who single hast maintaind
  4549:  31.  Against revolted multitudes the Cause
  4550:  32.  Of Truth, in word mightier then they in Armes;
  4551:  33.  And for the testimonie of Truth hast born
  4552:  34.  Universal reproach, far worse to beare
  4553:  35.  Then violence : for this was all thy care
  4554:  36.  To stand approv'd in sight of God, though Worlds
  4555:  37.  Judg'd thee perverse : the easier conquest now
  4556:  38.  Remains thee, aided by this host of friends,
  4557:  39.  Baco on thy foes more glorious to return
  4558:  40.  Then scornd thou didst depart, and to subdue
  4559:  41.  By force, who reason for thir Law, refuse,
  4560:  42.  Right reason for thir Law, and for thir King
  4561:  43.  Messiah, who by right of merit Reigns.
  4562:  44.  Go Michael of Celestial Armies Prince,
  4563:  45.  And thou in Military prowess next
  4564:  46.  Gabriel, lead forth to Battel these my Sons
  4565:  47.  Invincible, lead forth my armed Saints
  4566:  48.  By Thousands and by Millions rang'd for fight ;
  4567:  49.  Equal in number to that Godless crew
  4568:  50.  Rebellious, them with Fire and hostile Arms
  4569:  51.  Fearless assault, and to the brow of Heav'n
  4570:  52.  Pursuing drive them out from God and bliss,
  4571:  53.  Into thir place of punishment, the Gulf
  4572:  54.  Of Tartarus, which ready opens wide
  4573:  55.  His fiery Chaos to receave thir fall.
  4574:  56.  So spake the Sovran voice, and Clouds began
  4575:  57.  To darken all the Hill, and smoak to rowl
  4576:  58.  In duskie wreathes, reluctant flames, the signe
  4577:  59.  Of wrauth awak't : nor with less dread the loud
  4578:  60.  Ethereal Trumpet from on high gan blow :
  4579:  61.  At which command the Powers Militant,
  4580:  62.  That stood for Heav'n, in mighty Quadrate joyn'd
  4581:  63.  Of Union irresistible, mov'd on
  4582:  64.  In silence thir bright Legions, to the sound
  4583:  65.  Of instrumental Harmonie that breath'd
  4584:  66.  Heroic Ardor to adventrous deeds
  4585:  67.  Under thir God-like Leaders, in the Cause
  4586:  68.  Of God and his Messiah. On they move
  4587:  69.  Indissolubly firm ; nor obvious Hill,
  4588:  70.  Nor streit'ning Vale, nor Wood, nor Stream divides
  4589:  71.  Thir perfet ranks ; for high above the ground
  4590:  72.  Thir march was, and the passive Air upbore
  4591:  73.  Thir nimble tread, as when the total kind
  4592:  74.  Of Birds in orderly array on wing
  4593:  75.  Came summond over Eden to receive
  4594:  76.  Thir names of thee ; so over many a tract
  4595:  77.  Of Heav'n they march'd, and many a Province wide
  4596:  78.  Tenfold the length of this terrene : at last
  4597:  79.  Farr in th' Horizon to the North appeer'd
  4598:  80.  From skirt to skirt a fierie Region, stretcht
  4599:  81.  In battailous aspect, and neerer view
  4600:  82.  Bristl'd with upright beams innumerable
  4601:  83.  Of rigid Spears, and Helmets throng'd, and Shields
  4602:  84.  Various, with boastful Argument portraid,
  4603:  85.  The banded Powers of Satan hasting on
  4604:  86.  With furious expedition ; for they weend
  4605:  87.  That self same day by fight, or by surprize
  4606:  88.  To win the Mount of God, and on his Throne
  4607:  89.  To set the envier of his State, the proud
  4608:  90.  Aspirer, but thir thoughts prov'd fond and vain
  4609:  91.  In the mid way : though strange to us it seemd
  4610:  92.  At first, that Angel should with Angel warr,
  4611:  93.  And in fierce hosting meet, who wont to meet
  4612:  94.  So oft in Festivals of joy and love
  4613:  95.  Unanimous, as sons of one great Sire
  4614:  96.  Hymning th' Eternal Father : but the shout
  4615:  97.  Of Battel now began, and rushing sound
  4616:  98.  Of onset ended soon each milder thought.
  4617:  99.  High in the midst exalted as a God
  4618:  100.  Th' Apostat in his Sun-bright Chariot sate
  4619:  101.  Idol of Majestie Divine, enclos'd
  4620:  102.  With Flaming Cherubim, and golden Shields ;
  4621:  103.  Then lighted from his gorgeous Throne, for now
  4622:  104.  'Twixt Host and Host but narrow space was left,
  4623:  105.  A dreadful intervall, and Front to Front
  4624:  106.  Presented stood in terrible array
  4625:  107.  Of hideous length : before the cloudie Van,
  4626:  108.  On the rough edge of battel ere it joyn'd,
  4627:  109.  Satan with vast and haughtie strides advanc't,
  4628:  110.  Came towring, armd in Adamant and Gold ;
  4629:  111.  Abdiel that sight endur'd not, where he stood
  4630:  112.  Among the mightiest, bent on highest deeds,
  4631:  113.  And thus his own undaunted heart explores.
  4632:  114.  O Heav'n! that such resemblance of the Highest
  4633:  115.  Should yet remain, where faith and realtie
  4634:  116.  Remain not ; wherefore shou'd not strength and might
  4635:  117.  There fail where Vertue fails, or weakest prove
  4636:  118.  Where boldest ; though to sight unconquerable?
  4637:  119.  His puissance, trusting in th' Almightie's aide,
  4638:  120.  I mean to try, whose Reason I have tri'd
  4639:  121.  Unsound and false ; nor is it aught but just,
  4640:  122.  That he who in debate of Truth hath won,
  4641:  123.  Should win in Arms, in both disputes alike
  4642:  124.  Victor ; though brutish that contest and foule,
  4643:  125.  When Reason hath to deal with force, yet so
  4644:  126.  Most reason is that Reason overcome.
  4645:  127.  So pondering, and from his armed Peers
  4646:  128.  Forth stepping opposite, half way he met
  4647:  129.  His daring foe, at this prevention more
  4648:  130.  Incens't, and thus securely him defi'd.
  4649:  131.  Proud, art thou met? thy hope was to have reacht
  4650:  132.  The highth of thy aspiring unoppos'd,
  4651:  133.  The Throne of God unguarded, and his side
  4652:  134.  Abandond at the terror of thy Power
  4653:  135.  Or potent tongue ; fool, not to think how vain
  4654:  136.  150 Paradise Lost. Book VI.
  4655:  137.  Against th' Omnipotent to rise in Arms ;
  4656:  138.  Who out of smallest things could without end
  4657:  139.  Have rais'd incessant Armies to defeat
  4658:  140.  Thy folly ; or with solitarie hand
  4659:  141.  Reaching beyond all limit at one blow
  4660:  142.  Unaided could have finisht thee, and whelmd
  4661:  143.  Thy Legions under darkness ; but thou seest
  4662:  144.  All are not of thy Train ; there be who Faith
  4663:  145.  Prefer, and Pietie to God, though then
  4664:  146.  To thee not visible, when I alone
  4665:  147.  Seemd in thy World erroneous to dissent
  4666:  148.  From all : my Sect thou seest, now learn too late
  4667:  149.  How few somtimes may know, when thousands err.
  4668:  150.  Whom the grand foe with scornful eye askance
  4669:  151.  Thus answerd. Ill for thee, but in wisht houre
  4670:  152.  Of my revenge, first sought for thou returnst
  4671:  153.  From flight, seditious Angel, to receave
  4672:  154.  Thy merited reward, the first assay
  4673:  155.  Of this right hand provok't, since first that tongue
  4674:  156.  Inspir'd with contradiction durst oppose
  4675:  157.  A third part of the Gods, in Synod met
  4676:  158.  Thir Deities to assert, who while they feel
  4677:  159.  Vigour Divine within them, can allow
  4678:  160.  Omnipotence to none. But well thou comst
  4679:  161.  Before thy fellows, ambitious to win
  4680:  162.  From me som Plume, that thy success may show
  4681:  163.  Destruction to the rest : this pause between
  4682:  164.  (Unanswerd least thou boast) to let thee know ;
  4683:  165.  At first I thought that Libertie and Heav'n
  4684:  166.  To heav'nly Soules had bin all one ; but now
  4685:  167.  I see that most through sloth had rather serve,
  4686:  168.  Ministring Spirits, traind up in Feast and Song;
  4687:  169.  Such hast thou arm'd, the Minstrelsie of Heav'n,
  4688:  170.  Servilitie with freedom to contend,
  4689:  171.  As both thir deeds compar'd this day shall prove.
  4690:  172.  To whom in brief thus Abdiel stern repli'd.
  4691:  173.  Apostat, still thou errst, nor end wilt find
  4692:  174.  Of erring, from the path of truth remote :
  4693:  175.  Unjustly thou deprav'st it with the name
  4694:  176.  Of Servitude to serve whom God ordains,
  4695:  177.  Or Nature ; God and Nature bid the same,
  4696:  178.  When he who rules is worthiest, and excells
  4697:  179.  Them whom he governs. This is servitude,
  4698:  180.  To serve th' unwise, or him who hath rebelld
  4699:  181.  Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee,
  4700:  182.  Thy self not free, but to thy self enthrall'd ;
  4701:  183.  Yet leudly dar'st our ministring upbraid.
  4702:  184.  Reign thou in Hell thy Kingdom, let me serve
  4703:  185.  In Heav'n God ever blest, and his Divine
  4704:  186.  Behests obey, worthiest to be obey'd,
  4705:  187.  Yet Chains in Hell, not Realms expect : mean while
  4706:  188.  From mee returnd, as erst thou saidst, from flight,
  4707:  189.  This greeting on thy impious Crest receive.
  4708:  190.  So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high,
  4709:  191.  Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
  4710:  192.  On the proud Crest of Satan, that no sight,
  4711:  193.  Nor motion of swift thought, less could his Shield
  4712:  194.  Such ruin intercept : ten paces huge
  4713:  195.  He back recoild ; the tenth on bended knee
  4714:  196.  His massie Spear upstaid ; as if on Earth
  4715:  197.  Winds under ground or waters forcing way
  4716:  198.  Sidelong, had push't a Mountain from his seat
  4717:  199.  Half sunk with all his Pines. Amazement seis'd
  4718:  200.  The Rebel Thrones, but greater rage to see
  4719:  201.  Thus foil'd thir mightiest, ours joy filld, and shout,
  4720:  202.  Presage of Victorie and fierce desire
  4721:  203.  Of Battel : whereat Michael bid sound
  4722:  204.  Th' Arch-Angel trumpet; through the vast of Heaven
  4723:  205.  It sounded, and the faithful Armies rung
  4724:  206.  Hosanna to the Highest: nor stood at gaze
  4725:  207.  The adverse Legions, nor less hideous joyn'd
  4726:  208.  The horrid shock : now storming furie rose,
  4727:  209.  And clamour such as heard in Heav'n till now
  4728:  210.  Was never, Arms on Armour clashing bray'd
  4729:  211.  Horrible discord, and the madding Wheeles
  4730:  212.  Of brazen Chariots rag'd ; dire was the noise
  4731:  213.  Of conflict ; over head the dismal hiss
  4732:  214.  Of fiery Darts in flaming volies flew,
  4733:  215.  And flying vaulted either Host with fire.
  4734:  216.  So under fierie Cope together rush'd
  4735:  217.  Both Battels maine, with ruinous assault
  4736:  218.  And inextinguishable rage ; all Heav'n
  4737:  219.  Resounded, and had Earth bin then, all Earth
  4738:  220.  had to her Center shook. What wonder? when
  4739:  221.  Millions of fierce encountring Angels fought
  4740:  222.  On either side, the least of whom could weild
  4741:  223.  These Elements, and arm him with the force
  4742:  224.  Of all thir Regions : how much more of Power
  4743:  225.  Armie against Armie numberless to raise
  4744:  226.  Dreadful combustion warring, and disturb,
  4745:  227.  Through not destroy, thir happie Native seat ;
  4746:  228.  Had not th' Eternal King Omnipotent
  4747:  229.  From his strong hold of Heav'n high over-rul'd
  4748:  230.  And limited thir might ; though numberd such
  4749:  231.  As each divided Legion might have seemd
  4750:  232.  A numerous Host, in strength each armed hand
  4751:  233.  A Legion, led in fight, yet Leader seemd
  4752:  234.  Each Warriour single as in Chief, expert
  4753:  235.  When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway
  4754:  236.  Of Battel, open when, and when to close
  4755:  237.  The ridges of grim Warr ; no thought of flight,
  4756:  238.  None of retreat, no unbecoming deed
  4757:  239.  That argu'd fear ; each on himself reli'd,
  4758:  240.  As onely in his arm the moment lay
  4759:  241.  Of victorie ; deeds of eternal fame
  4760:  242.  Were don, but infinite : for wide was spred
  4761:  243.  That Warr and various ; somtimes on firm ground
  4762:  244.  A standing fight, then soaring on main wing
  4763:  245.  Tormented all the Air ; all Air seemd then
  4764:  246.  Conflicting Fire : long time in eeven scale
  4765:  247.  The Battel hung ; till Satan, who that day
  4766:  248.  Prodigious power had shewn, and met in Armes
  4767:  249.  No equal, raunging through the dire attack
  4768:  250.  Of fighting Seraphim confus'd, at length
  4769:  251.  Saw where the Sword of Micheal smote, and fell'd
  4770:  252.  Squadrons at once, with huge two-handed sway
  4771:  253.  Brandisht aloft the horrid edge came down
  4772:  254.  Wide wasting ; such destruction to withstand
  4773:  255.  He hasted, and oppos'd the rockie Orb
  4774:  256.  Of tenfold Adamant, his ample Shield
  4775:  257.  A vast circumference : At his approach
  4776:  258.  The great Arch-Angel from his warlike toile
  4777:  259.  Surceas'd, and glad as hoping here to end
  4778:  260.  Intestine War in Heav'n, the arch foe subdu'd
  4779:  261.  Or Captive drag'd in Chains, with hostile frown
  4780:  262.  And visage all enflam'd first thus began.
  4781:  263.  Author of evil, unknown till thy revolt,
  4782:  264.  Unnam'd in Heav'n, now plenteous, as thou seest
  4783:  265.  These Acts of hateful strife, hateful to all,
  4784:  266.  Though heaviest by just measure on thy self
  4785:  267.  And thy adherents : how hast thou disturb'd
  4786:  268.  Heav'ns blessed peace and into Nature brought
  4787:  269.  Miserie, uncreated till the crime
  4788:  270.  Of thy Rebellion? how hast thou instill'd
  4789:  271.  Thy malice into thousands, once upright
  4790:  272.  And faithful, now prov'd false. But think not here
  4791:  273.  To trouble Holy Rest ; Heav'n casts thee out
  4792:  274.  From all her Confines. Heav'n the seat of bliss
  4793:  275.  Brooks not the works of violence and Warr.
  4794:  276.  Hence then, and evil go with thee along
  4795:  277.  Thy ofspring, to the place of evil, Hell,
  4796:  278.  Thou and thy wicked crew ; there mingle broiles,
  4797:  279.  Ere this avenging Sword begin thy doome,
  4798:  280.  Or som more sudden vengeance wing'd from God
  4799:  281.  Precipitate thee with augmented paine.
  4800:  282.  So spake the Prince of Angels ; to whom thus
  4801:  283.  The Adversarie. Nor think thou with wind
  4802:  284.  Of airie threats to aw whom yet with deeds
  4803:  285.  Thou canst not. Hast thou turnd the least of these
  4804:  286.  To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise
  4805:  287.  Unvanquist, easier to transact with mee
  4806:  288.  That thou shouldst hope, imperious, and with threats
  4807:  289.  To chase me hence? erre not that so shall end
  4808:  290.  The strife which thou call'st evil, but wee style
  4809:  291.  The strife of Glorie : which we mean to win,
  4810:  292.  Or turn this Heav'n it self into the Hell
  4811:  293.  Thou fablest, here however to dwell free,
  4812:  294.  If not to reign : mean while thy utmost force,
  4813:  295.  And join him nam'd Almighty to thy aid,
  4814:  296.  I flie not, but have sought thee farr and nigh.
  4815:  297.  They ended parle, and both addrest for fight
  4816:  298.  Unspeakable ; for who, though with the tongue
  4817:  299.  Of Angels, can relate, or to what things
  4818:  300.  Liken on Earth conspicuous, that may lift
  4819:  301.  Human imagination to such highth
  4820:  302.  Of Godlike Power : for likest Gods they seemd,
  4821:  303.  Stood they or mov'd, in stature, motion, arms
  4822:  304.  Fit to decide the Empire of great Heav'n.
  4823:  305.  Now wav'd thir fierie Swords, and in the Aire
  4824:  306.  Made horrid Circles ; two broad Suns thir Shields
  4825:  307.  Blaz'd opposite, while expectation stood
  4826:  308.  In horror ; from each hand with speed retir'd
  4827:  309.  Where erst was thickest fight, th' Angelic throng,
  4828:  310.  And left large field, unsafe within the wind
  4829:  311.  Of such commotion, such as to set forth
  4830:  312.  Great things by small, If Natures concord broke,
  4831:  313.  Among the Constellations warr were sprung,
  4832:  314.  Two Planets rushing from aspect maligne
  4833:  315.  Of fiercest opposition in mid Skie,
  4834:  316.  Should combat, and thir jarring Sphears confound.
  4835:  317.  Together both with next to Almightie Arme,
  4836:  318.  Uplifted imminent one stroke they aim'd
  4837:  319.  That might determine, and not need repeate,
  4838:  320.  As not of power, at once; nor odds appeerd
  4839:  321.  In might or swift prevention ; but the sword
  4840:  322.  Of Michael from the Armorie of God
  4841:  323.  Was giv'n him temperd so, that neither keen
  4842:  324.  Nor solid might resist that edge : it met
  4843:  325.  The sword of Satan with steep force to smite
  4844:  326.  Descending, and in half cut sheere, nor staid,
  4845:  327.  But with swift wheele reverse, deep entring shar'd
  4846:  328.  All his right side ; then Satan first knew pain,
  4847:  329.  And writh'd him to and fro convolv'd ; so sore
  4848:  330.  The griding sword with discontinuous wound
  4849:  331.  Pass'd through him, but th' Ethereal substance clos'd
  4850:  332.  Not long divisible, and from the gash
  4851:  333.  A stream of Nectarous humor issuing flow'd
  4852:  334.  Sanguin, such as Celestial Spirits may bleed,
  4853:  335.  And all his Armour staind ere while so bright.
  4854:  336.  Forthwith on all sides to his aide was run
  4855:  337.  By Angels many and strong, who interpos'd
  4856:  338.  Defence, while others bore him on thir Shields
  4857:  339.  Back to his Chariot ; where it stood retir'd
  4858:  340.  From off the files of warr ; there they him laid
  4859:  341.  Gnashing for anguish and despite and shame
  4860:  342.  To find himself not matchless, and his pride
  4861:  343.  Humbl'd by such rebuke, so farr beneath
  4862:  344.  His confidence to equal God in power.
  4863:  345.  Yet soon he heal'd ; for Spirits that live throughout
  4864:  346.  Vital in every part, not as frail man
  4865:  347.  In Entrailes, Heart or Head, Liver or Reines ;
  4866:  348.  Cannot but by annihilating die ;
  4867:  349.  Nor in thir liquid texture mortal wound
  4868:  350.  Receive, no more then can the fluid Aire :
  4869:  351.  All Heart they live, all Head, all Eye, all Eare,
  4870:  352.  All Intellect, all Sense, and as they please,
  4871:  353.  They Limb themselves, and colour, shape or size
  4872:  354.  Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare.
  4873:  355.  Mean while in other parts like deeds deservd
  4874:  356.  Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought,
  4875:  357.  And with fierce Ensignes pierc'd the deep array
  4876:  358.  Of Moloc furious King who him defi'd,
  4877:  359.  And at his Chariot wheeles to drag him bound
  4878:  360.  Threatn'd, nor from the Holie One of Heav'n
  4879:  361.  Refrein'd his tongue blasphemous ; but anon
  4880:  362.  Down clov'n to the waste, with shatterd Armes
  4881:  363.  And uncouth paine fled bellowing. On each wing
  4882:  364.  Uriel and Raphael his vaunting foe,
  4883:  365.  Though huge, and in a Rock of Diamond Armd,
  4884:  366.  Vanquish'd Adranelec, and Asmadai,
  4885:  367.  Two potent Thrones, that to be less then Gods
  4886:  368.  Disdain'd, but meaner thoughts learnd in thir flight,
  4887:  369.  Mangl'd with gastly wounds through Plate and Maile,
  4888:  370.  Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy
  4889:  371.  The Atheist crew, but with redoubl'd blow
  4890:  372.  Ariel and Arioc, and the violence
  4891:  373.  Of Ramiel scorcht and blasted overthrew.
  4892:  374.  I might relate of thousands, and thir names
  4893:  375.  Eternize here on Earth ; but those elect
  4894:  376.  Angels contented with thir fame in Heav'n
  4895:  377.  Seek not the praise of men : the other sort
  4896:  378.  In might though wondrous and in Acts of Warr,
  4897:  379.  Nor of Renown less eager, yet by doome
  4898:  380.  Canceld from Heav'n and sacred memorie,
  4899:  381.  Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell.
  4900:  382.  For strength from Truth divided and from Just,
  4901:  383.  Illaudable, naught merits but dispraise
  4902:  384.  And ignominie, yet to glorie aspires
  4903:  385.  Vain glorious, and through infamie seeks fame :
  4904:  386.  Therfore Eternal silence be thir doome.
  4905:  387.  And now thir Mightiest quelld, the battel swerv'd,
  4906:  388.  With many an inrode gor'd; deformed rout
  4907:  389.  Enter'd, and foul disorder ; all the ground
  4908:  390.  With shiverd armour strow'n, and on a heap
  4909:  391.  Chariot and Charioter lay overturnd
  4910:  392.  And fierie foaming Steeds ; what stood, recoyld
  4911:  393.  Orewearied, through the faint Satanic Host
  4912:  394.  Defensive scarse, or with pale fear surpris'd,
  4913:  395.  Then first with fear surpris'd and sense of paine
  4914:  396.  Fled ignominious, to such evil brought
  4915:  397.  By sin of disobedience, till that hour
  4916:  398.  Not liable to fear or flight or paine.
  4917:  399.  Far otherwise th' inviolable Saints
  4918:  400.  In Cubic Phalanx firm advanc't entire,
  4919:  401.  Invulnerable, impenitrably arm'd :
  4920:  402.  Such high advantages thir innocence
  4921:  403.  Gave them above thir foes, not to have sinnd,
  4922:  404.  Not to have disobei'd ; in fight they stood
  4923:  405.  Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pain'd
  4924:  406.  By wound, though from thir place by violence mov'd.
  4925:  407.  Now Night her course began, and over Heav'n
  4926:  408.  Inducing darkness, grateful truce impos'd,
  4927:  409.  And silence on the odious dinn of Warr :
  4928:  410.  Under her Cloudie covert both retir'd,
  4929:  411.  Victor and Vanquisht : on the foughten field
  4930:  412.  Michael and his Angels prevalent
  4931:  413.  Encamping, plac'd in Guard thir Watches round,
  4932:  414.  Cherubic waving fires: on th' other part
  4933:  415.  Satan with his rebellious disappeerd,
  4934:  416.  Far in the dark dislodg'd, and void of rest,
  4935:  417.  His Potentates to Councel call'd by night ;
  4936:  418.  And in the midst thus undismai'd began.
  4937:  419.  O now in danger tri'd, now known in Armes
  4938:  420.  Not to be overpowerd, Companions deare,
  4939:  421.  Found worthy not of Libertie alone,
  4940:  422.  Too mean pretense, but what we more affect,
  4941:  423.  Honour, Dominion, Glorie, and renowne,
  4942:  424.  Who have sustaind one day in doubtful fight
  4943:  425.  ( And if one day, why not Eternal dayes? )
  4944:  426.  What Heavens Lord had powerfullest to send
  4945:  427.  Against us from about his Throne, and judg'd
  4946:  428.  Sufficient to subdue us to his will,
  4947:  429.  But proves not so : then fallible, it seems,
  4948:  430.  Of future we may deem him, though till now
  4949:  431.  Omniscient thought. True is, less firmly arm'd,
  4950:  432.  Some disadvantage we endur'd and paine,
  4951:  433.  Till now not known, but known as soon contemnd,
  4952:  434.  Since now we find this our Empyreal form
  4953:  435.  Incapable of mortal injurie
  4954:  436.  Imperishable, and though peirc'd with wound,
  4955:  437.  Soon closing, and by native vigour heal'd.
  4956:  438.  Of evil then so small as easie think
  4957:  439.  The remedie ; perhaps more valid Armes,
  4958:  440.  Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
  4959:  441.  May serve to better us, and worse our foes,
  4960:  442.  Or equal what between us made the odds,
  4961:  443.  In Nature none : if other hidden cause
  4962:  444.  Left them Superiour, while we can preserve
  4963:  445.  Unhurt our mindes, and understanding sound,
  4964:  446.  Due search and consultation will disclose.
  4965:  447.  He sat ; and in th' assembly next upstood
  4966:  448.  Nisroc, of Principalities the prime ;
  4967:  449.  As one he stood escap't from cruel fight,
  4968:  450.  Sore toild, his riv'n Armes to havoc hewn,
  4969:  451.  And cloudie in aspect thus answering spake.
  4970:  452.  Deliverer from new Lords, leader to free
  4971:  453.  Enjoyment of our right as Gods ; yet hard
  4972:  454.  For Gods, and too unequal work we find
  4973:  455.  Against unpaind, impassive ; from which evil
  4974:  456.  Ruin must needs ensue ; for what availes
  4975:  457.  Valour or strength, though matchless, quelld with pain
  4976:  458.  Which all subdues, and makes remiss the hands
  4977:  459.  Of Mightiest. Sense of pleasure we may well
  4978:  460.  Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine,
  4979:  461.  But live content, which is the calmest life :
  4980:  462.  But pain is perfet miserie, the worst
  4981:  463.  Of evils, and excessive, overturnes
  4982:  464.  All patience. He who therefore can invent
  4983:  465.  With what more forcible we may offend
  4984:  466.  Our yet unwounded Enemies, or arme
  4985:  467.  Our selves with like defence, to me deserves
  4986:  468.  No less then for deliverance what we owe.
  4987:  469.  Whereto with look compos'd Satan repli'd.
  4988:  470.  Not uninvented that, which thou aright
  4989:  471.  Believst so main to our success, I bring ;
  4990:  472.  Which of us who beholds the bright surface
  4991:  473.  Of this Ethereous mould whereon we stand,
  4992:  474.  This continent of spacious Heav'n, adornd
  4993:  475.  With Plant, Fruit, Flour Ambrosial, Gemms & Gold,
  4994:  476.  Whose Eye so superficially surveyes
  4995:  477.  These things, as not to mind from whence they grow
  4996:  478.  Deep under ground, materials dark and crude,
  4997:  479.  Of spiritous and fierie spume, till toucht
  4998:  480.  With Heav'ns ray, and temperd they shoot forth
  4999:  481.  So beauteous, op'ning to the ambient light.
  5000:  482.  These in thir dark Nativitie the Deep
  5001:  483.  Shall yield us pregnant with infernal flame,
  5002:  484.  Which into hallow Engins long and round
  5003:  485.  Thick-rammd, at th' other bore with touch of fire
  5004:  486.  Dilated and infuriate shall send forth
  5005:  487.  From far with thundring noise among our foes
  5006:  488.  Such implements of mischief as shall dash
  5007:  489.  To pieces, and orewhelm whatever stands
  5008:  490.  Adverse, that they shall fear we have disarmd
  5009:  491.  The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt.
  5010:  492.  Nor long shall be our labour, yet ere dawne,
  5011:  493.  Effect shall end our wish. Mean while revive ;
  5012:  494.  Abandon fear ; to strength and counsel joind
  5013:  495.  Think nothing hard, much less to be despaird.
  5014:  496.  He ended, and his words thir drooping chere
  5015:  497.  Enlightn'd, and thir languisht hope reviv'd.
  5016:  498.  Th' invention all admir'd, and each, how hee
  5017:  499.  To be th' inventer miss'd, so easie it seemd
  5018:  500.  Once found, which yet unfound most would have thought
  5019:  501.  Impossible : yet haply of thy Race
  5020:  502.  In future dayes, if Malice should abound,
  5021:  503.  Some one intent on mischief, or inspir'd
  5022:  504.  With dev'lish machination might devise
  5023:  505.  Like instrument to plague the Sons of men
  5024:  506.  For sin, on warr and mutual slaughter bent.
  5025:  507.  Forthwith from Councel to the work they flew,
  5026:  508.  None arguing stood, innumerable hands
  5027:  509.  Were ready, in a moment up they turnd
  5028:  510.  Wide the Celestial soile, and saw beneath
  5029:  511.  Th' originals of Nature in thir crude
  5030:  512.  Conception ; Sulphurous and Nitrous Foame
  5031:  513.  They found, they mingl'd, and with suttle Art,
  5032:  514.  Concocted and adusted they reduc'd
  5033:  515.  To blackest grain, and into store convey'd :
  5034:  516.  Part hidd'n veins diggd up ( nor hath this Earth
  5035:  517.  Entrails unlike ) of Mineral and Stone,
  5036:  518.  Whereof to found thir Engins and thir Balls
  5037:  519.  Of missive ruin ; part incentive reed
  5038:  520.  Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire.
  5039:  521.  So all ere day-spring, under conscious Night
  5040:  522.  Secret they finish'd, and in order set,
  5041:  523.  With silent circumspection unespi'd.
  5042:  524.  Now when fair Morn Orient in Heav'n appeerd
  5043:  525.  Up rose the Victor Angels, and to Arms
  5044:  526.  The matin Trumpet Sung : in Arms they stood
  5045:  527.  Of Golden Panoplie, refulgent Host,
  5046:  528.  Soon banded ; others from the dawning Hills
  5047:  529.  Lookd round, and Scouts each Coast light-armed scoure,
  5048:  530.  Each quarter, to descrie the distant foe,
  5049:  531.  Where lodg'd, or whither fled, or if for fight,
  5050:  532.  In motion or in alt : him soon they met
  5051:  533.  Under spred Ensignes moving nigh, in slow
  5052:  534.  But firm Battalion ; back with speediest Sail
  5053:  535.  Zophiel, of Cherubim the swiftest wing,
  5054:  536.  Came flying, and in mid Aire aloud thus cri'd.
  5055:  537.  Arme, Warriours, Arme for fight, the foe at hand,
  5056:  538.  Whom fled we thought, will save us long pursuit
  5057:  539.  This day, fear not his flight ; so thick a Cloud
  5058:  540.  He comes, and settl'd in his face I see
  5059:  541.  Sad resolution and secure : let each
  5060:  542.  His Adamantine coat gird well, and each
  5061:  543.  Fit well his Helme, gripe fast his orbed Shield,
  5062:  544.  Born eevn or high, for this day will pour down,
  5063:  545.  If I conjecture aught, no drizling showr,
  5064:  546.  but ratling storm of Arrows barbd with fire.
  5065:  547.  So warnd he them aware themselves, and soon
  5066:  548.  In order, quit of all impediment ;
  5067:  549.  Instant without disturb they took Allarm,
  5068:  550.  And onward move Embattelld ; when behold
  5069:  551.  Not distant far with heavie pace the Foe
  5070:  552.  Approaching gross and huge ; in hollow Cube
  5071:  553.  Training his devilish Enginrie, impal'd
  5072:  554.  On every side with shaddowing Squadrons Deep,
  5073:  555.  To hide the fraud. At interview both stood
  5074:  556.  A while, but suddenly at head appeerd
  5075:  557.  Satan : And thus was heard Commanding loud.
  5076:  558.  Vanguard, to Right and Left the Front unfould ;
  5077:  559.  That all may see who hate us, how we seek
  5078:  560.  Peace and composure, and with open brest
  5079:  561.  Stand readie to receive them, if they like
  5080:  562.  Our overture, and turn not back perverse ;
  5081:  563.  But that I doubt, however witness Heaven,
  5082:  564.  Heav'n witness thou anon, while we discharge
  5083:  565.  Freely our part ; yee who appointed stand
  5084:  566.  Do as you have in charge, and briefly touch
  5085:  567.  What we propound, and loud that all may hear.
  5086:  568.  So scoffing in ambiguous words he scarce,
  5087:  569.  Had ended ; when to Right and Left the Front
  5088:  570.  Divided, and to either Flank retir'd.
  5089:  571.  Which to our eyes discoverd new and strange,
  5090:  572.  A triple mounted row of Pillars laid
  5091:  573.  On Wheels ( for like to Pillars most they seem'd
  5092:  574.  Or hollow'd bodies made of Oak or Firr
  5093:  575.  With branches lopt, in Wood or Mountain fell'd )
  5094:  576.  Brass, Iron, Stonie mould, had not thir mouthes
  5095:  577.  With hideous orifice gap't on us wide,
  5096:  578.  Portending hollow truce ; at each behind
  5097:  579.  A Seraph stood, and in his hand a Reed
  5098:  580.  Stood waving tipt with fire ; while we suspense,
  5099:  581.  Collected stood within our thoughts amus'd,
  5100:  582.  Not long, for sudden all at once thir Reeds
  5101:  583.  Put forth, and to a narrow vent appli'd
  5102:  584.  With nicest touch. Immediate in a flame,
  5103:  585.  But soon obscur'd with smoak, all Heav'n appeerd,
  5104:  586.  From those deep throated Engins belcht, whose roar
  5105:  587.  Emboweld with outragious noise the Air,
  5106:  588.  And all her entrails tore, disgorging foule
  5107:  589.  Thir devilish glut, chaind Thunderbolts and Hail
  5108:  590.  Of Iron Globes, which on the Victor Host
  5109:  591.  Level'd, with such impetuous furie smote,
  5110:  592.  That whom they hit, none on thir feet might stand,
  5111:  593.  Though standing else as Rocks, but down they fell
  5112:  594.  By thousands, Angel on Arch-Angel rowl'd ;
  5113:  595.  The sooner for thir Arms, unarm'd they might
  5114:  596.  Have easily as Spirits evaded swift
  5115:  597.  By quick contraction or remove ; but now
  5116:  598.  Foule dissipation follow'd and forc't rout ;
  5117:  599.  Nor serv'd it to relax thir serried files.
  5118:  600.  What should they do? if on they rusht, repulse
  5119:  601.  Repeated, and indecent overthrow
  5120:  602.  Doubl'd, would render them yet more despis'd;
  5121:  603.  And to thir foes a laughter ; for in view
  5122:  604.  Stood rankt of Seraphim another row
  5123:  605.  In posture to displode thir second tire
  5124:  606.  Of Thunder : back defeated to return
  5125:  607.  They worse abhorr'd. Satan beheld thir plight,
  5126:  608.  And to his Mates thus in derision call'd.
  5127:  609.  O Friends, why come not on these Victors proud ?
  5128:  610.  Ere while they fierce were coming, and when wee,
  5129:  611.  To entertain them fair with open Front
  5130:  612.  And Brest, (what could we more?) propounded terms
  5131:  613.  Of composition, strait they chang'd thir minds,
  5132:  614.  Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell,
  5133:  615.  As they would dance, yet for a dance they seemd
  5134:  616.  Somwhat extravagant and wilde, perhaps
  5135:  617.  For joy of offerd peace : but I suppose
  5136:  618.  If our proposals once again were heard
  5137:  619.  We should compel them to a quick result.
  5138:  620.  To whom thus Belial in like gamesom mood,
  5139:  621.  Leader, the terms we sent were terms of weight,
  5140:  622.  Of hard contents, and full of force urg'd home,
  5141:  623.  Such as we might perceive amus'd them all,
  5142:  624.  And stumbl'd many, who receives them right,
  5143:  625.  Had need from head to foot well understand ;
  5144:  626.  Not understood, this gift they have besides,
  5145:  627.  They shew us when our foes walk not upright.
  5146:  628.  So they among themselves in pleasant veine
  5147:  629.  Stood scoffing, highthn'd in thir thoughts beyond
  5148:  630.  All doubt of Victorie, eternal might
  5149:  631.  To match with thir inventions they presum'd
  5150:  632.  So easie, and of his Thunder made a scorn,
  5151:  633.  And all his Host derided, while they stood
  5152:  634.  A while in trouble ; but they stood not long,
  5153:  635.  Rage prompted them at length, and found them arms
  5154:  636.  Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose.
  5155:  637.  Forthwith ( behold the excellence, the power
  5156:  638.  Which God hath in his mighty Angels plac'd )
  5157:  639.  Thir Arms away they threw, and to the Hills
  5158:  640.  ( For Earth hath this variety from Heav'n
  5159:  641.  Of pleasure situate in Hill and Dale )
  5160:  642.  Light as the Lightning glimps they ran, they flew,
  5161:  643.  From thir foundations loosning to and fro
  5162:  644.  They pluckt the seated Hills with all thir load,
  5163:  645.  Rocks, Waters, Woods, and by the shaggie tops
  5164:  646.  Up lifting bore them in thir hands : Amaze,
  5165:  647.  Be sure, and terrour seis'd the rebel Host,
  5166:  648.  When coming towards them so dread they saw
  5167:  649.  The bottom of the Mountains upward turn'd,
  5168:  650.  Till on those cursed Engins triple-row
  5169:  651.  They saw them whelm'd, and all thir confidence
  5170:  652.  Under the weight of Mountains buried deep,
  5171:  653.  Themselves invaded next, and on thir heads
  5172:  654.  Main Promontories flung, which in the Air
  5173:  655.  Came shadowing, and opprest whole Legions arm'd,
  5174:  656.  Thir armor help'd thir harm, crush't in and bruis'd
  5175:  657.  Into thir substance pent, which wrougnt them pain
  5176:  658.  Implacable, and many a dolorous groan,
  5177:  659.  Long strugling underneath, ere they could wind
  5178:  660.  Out of such prison, though Spirits of purest light,
  5179:  661.  Purest at first, now gross by sinning grown.
  5180:  662.  The rest in imitation to like Armes
  5181:  663.  Betook them, and the neighbouring Hills uptore ;
  5182:  664.  So Hills amid the Air encounterd Hills
  5183:  665.  Hurl'd to and fro with jaculation dire,
  5184:  666.  That under ground, they fought in dismal shade ;
  5185:  667.  Infernal noise ; Warr seem'd a civil Game
  5186:  668.  To this uproar ; horrid confusion heapt
  5187:  669.  Upon confusion rose : and now all Heav'n
  5188:  670.  Had gon to wrack, with ruin overspred,
  5189:  671.  Had not th' Almightie Father where he sits
  5190:  672.  Shrin'd in his Sanctuarie of Heav'n secure,
  5191:  673.  Consulting on the sum of things, foreseen
  5192:  674.  This tumult, and permitted all, advis'd :
  5193:  675.  That his great purpose he might so fulfill,
  5194:  676.  To honour his Anointed Son aveng'd
  5195:  677.  Upon his enemies, and to declare
  5196:  678.  All power on him transferr'd : whence to his Son
  5197:  679.  Th' Assessor of his Throne he thus began.
  5198:  680.  Effulgence of my Glorie, Son belov'd,
  5199:  681.  Son in whose face invisible is beheld
  5200:  682.  Visibly, what by Deitie I am,
  5201:  683.  And in whose hand what by Decree I doe,
  5202:  684.  Second Omnipotence, two dayes are past,
  5203:  685.  Two dayes, as we compute the dayes of Heav'n,
  5204:  686.  Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame
  5205:  687.  These disobedient ; fore hath been thir fight,
  5206:  688.  As likeliest was, when two such Foes met arm'd ;
  5207:  689.  For to themselves I left them, and thou knowst,
  5208:  690.  Equal in thir Creation they were form'd,
  5209:  691.  Save what sin hath impaird, which yet hath wrought
  5210:  692.  Insensibly, for I suspend thir doom ;
  5211:  693.  Whence in perpetual fight they needs must last
  5212:  694.  Endless, and no solution will be found :
  5213:  695.  Warr wearied hath perform'd what Warr can do,
  5214:  696.  And to disorder'd rage let loose the reines,
  5215:  697.  With Mountains as with Weapons arm'd, which makes
  5216:  698.  Wild work in Heav'n, and dangerous to the maine.
  5217:  699.  Two dayes are therefore past, the third is thine ;
  5218:  700.  For thee I have ordain'd it, and thus farr
  5219:  701.  Have sufferd, that the Glorie may be thine
  5220:  702.  Of ending this great Warr, since none but Thou
  5221:  703.  Can end it. Into thee such Vertue and Grace
  5222:  704.  Immense I have transfus'd, that all may know
  5223:  705.  In Heav'n and Hell thy Power above compare,
  5224:  706.  And this perverse Commotion governd thus,
  5225:  707.  To manifest thee worthiest to be Heir
  5226:  708.  Of all things, to be Heir and to be King
  5227:  709.  By Sacred Unction, thy deserved right.
  5228:  710.  Go then thou Mightiest in thy Fathers might,
  5229:  711.  Ascend my Chariot guide the rapid Wheeles
  5230:  712.  That shake Heav'ns basis, bring forth all my Warr,
  5231:  713.  My Bow and Thunder, my Almightie Arms
  5232:  714.  Gird on, and Sword upon thy puissant Thigh ;
  5233:  715.  Pursue these sons of Darkness, drive them out
  5234:  716.  From all Heav'ns bounds into the utter Deep :
  5235:  717.  There let them learn, as likes them, to despise
  5236:  718.  God and Messiah his anointed King.
  5237:  719.  He said, and on his Son with Rayes direct
  5238:  720.  Shon full, he all his Father full exprest
  5239:  721.  Ineffably into his face receiv'd,
  5240:  722.  And thus the filial Godhead answering spake.
  5241:  723.  O Father, O Supream of heav'nly Thrones,
  5242:  724.  First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou alwayes seekst
  5243:  725.  To glorifie thy Son, I alwayes thee,
  5244:  726.  As is most just ; this I my Glorie account,
  5245:  727.  My exaltation, and my whole delight,
  5246:  728.  That thou in me well pleas'd, declarst thy will
  5247:  729.  Fulfill'd, which to fulfil is all my bliss.
  5248:  730.  Scepter and Power, thy giving, I assume,
  5249:  731.  And gladlier shall resign, when in the end
  5250:  732.  Thou shalt be All in All, and I in thee
  5251:  733.  For ever, and in mee all whom thou lov'st :
  5252:  734.  But whom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on
  5253:  735.  Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on,
  5254:  736.  Image of thee in all things; and shall soon,
  5255:  737.  Armd with thy might, rid heav'n of these rebell'd,
  5256:  738.  To thir prepar'd ill Mansion driven down
  5257:  739.  To chains of darkness, and th' undying Worm,
  5258:  740.  That from thy just obedience could revolt,
  5259:  741.  Whom to obey is happiness entire.
  5260:  742.  Then shall thy Saints unmixt, and from th' impure
  5261:  743.  Farr seperate, circling thy holy Mount
  5262:  744.  Unfained Halleluiahs to thee sing,
  5263:  745.  Hymns of high priase, and I among them chief.
  5264:  746.  So said, he o're his Scpeter bowing, rose
  5265:  747.  From the right hand of Glorie where he sate,
  5266:  748.  And the third sacred Morn began to shine
  5267:  749.  Dawning through Heav'n : forth rush'd with whirl-
  5268:  750.  The Chariot of Paternal Deitie, ( wind sound
  5269:  751.  Flashing thick flames, Wheele within Wheele un-
  5270:  752.  Itself instinct with Spirit, but convoyd drawn,
  5271:  753.  By four Cherubic shapes, four Faces each
  5272:  754.  Had wondrous, as with Starrs thir bodies all
  5273:  755.  And Wings were set with Eyes, with Eyes the wheels
  5274:  756.  Of Beril, and careering Fires between ;
  5275:  757.  Over thir heads a chrystal Firmament,
  5276:  758.  Whereon a Saphir Throne, inlaid with pure
  5277:  759.  Amber, and colours of the showrie Arch.
  5278:  760.  Hee in Celestial Panoplie all armd
  5279:  761.  Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought,
  5280:  762.  Ascended, at his right hand Victorie
  5281:  763.  Sate Eagle-wing'd, beside him hung his Bow
  5282:  764.  And Quiver with three-bolted Thunder stor'd,
  5283:  765.  And from about him fierce Effusion rowld
  5284:  766.  Of smoak and bickering flame, and sparkles dire ;
  5285:  767.  Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints,
  5286:  768.  He onward came, farr off his coming shon,
  5287:  769.  And twentie thousand ( I thir number heard )
  5288:  770.  Chariots of God, half on each hand were seen :
  5289:  771.  Hee on the wings of Cherub rode sublime
  5290:  772.  On the Chrystallin Skie, in Saphir Thron'd.
  5291:  773.  Illustrious farr and wide, but by his own
  5292:  774.  First seen, them unexpected joy surpriz'd,
  5293:  775.  When the great Ensign of Messiah blaz'd
  5294:  776.  Aloft by Angels born, his Sign in Heav'n :
  5295:  777.  Under whose conduct Michael soon reduc'd
  5296:  778.  His Armie, circumfus'd on either Wing,
  5297:  779.  Under thir Head imbodied all in one.
  5298:  780.  Before him Power Divine his way prepar'd ;
  5299:  781.  At his command the uprooted Hills retir'd
  5300:  782.  Each to his place, they heard his voice and went
  5301:  783.  Obsequious, Heav'n his wonted face renewd,
  5302:  784.  And with fresh Flourets Hill and Valley smil'd.
  5303:  785.  This saw his hapless Foes but stood obdur'd,
  5304:  786.  And to rebellious fight rallied thir Powers
  5305:  787.  Insensate, hope conceiving from despair.
  5306:  788.  In heav'nly Spirits could such perverseness dwell?
  5307:  789.  But to convince the proud what Signs availe,
  5308:  790.  Or Wonders move th' obdurate to relent?
  5309:  791.  They hard'nd more by what might most reclame,
  5310:  792.  Grieving to see his Glorie, at the sight
  5311:  793.  Took envie, and aspiring to his highth,
  5312:  794.  Stood reimbattell'd fierce, by force or fraud
  5313:  795.  Weening to prosper, and at length prevaile
  5314:  796.  Against God and Messiah, or to fall
  5315:  797.  In universal ruin last, and now
  5316:  798.  To final Battel drew, disdaining flight,
  5317:  799.  Or faint retreat ; when the great Son of God
  5318:  800.  To all his Host on either hand thus spake.
  5319:  801.  Stand still in bright array ye Saints, here stand
  5320:  802.  Ye Angels arm'd, this day from Battel rest ;
  5321:  803.  Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
  5322:  804.  Accepted, fearless in his righteous Cause,
  5323:  805.  And as ye have receivd, so have ye don
  5324:  806.  Invincibly ; but of this cursed crew
  5325:  807.  The punishment to other hand belongs,
  5326:  808.  Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints ;
  5327:  809.  Number to this dayes work is not ordain'd
  5328:  810.  Nor multitude, stand onely and behold
  5329:  811.  Gods indignation on these Godless pourd
  5330:  812.  By mee, not you but mee they have despis'd,
  5331:  813.  Yet envied ; against mee is all thir rage,
  5332:  814.  Because the Father, t' whom in Heav'n supream
  5333:  815.  Kingdom and Power and Glorie appertains,
  5334:  816.  Hath honourd me according to his will.
  5335:  817.  Therefore to mee thir doom he hath assig'n'd ;
  5336:  818.  That they may have thir wish, to trie with mee
  5337:  819.  In Battel which the stronger proves, they all,
  5338:  820.  Or I alone against them, since by strength
  5339:  821.  They measure all, of other excellence
  5340:  822.  Not emulous, nor care who them excells ;
  5341:  823.  Nor other strife with them do I voutsafe.
  5342:  824.  So spake the Son, and into terrour chang'd
  5343:  825.  His count'nance too severe to be beheld
  5344:  826.  And full of wrauth bent on his Enemies.
  5345:  827.  At once the Four spred out thir Starrie wings
  5346:  828.  With dreadful shade contiguous, and the Orbes
  5347:  829.  Of his fierce Chariot rowld, as with the sound
  5348:  830.  Of torrent Floods, or of a numerous Host.
  5349:  831.  Hee on his impious Foes right onward drove,
  5350:  832.  Gloomie as Night ; under his burning Wheeles
  5351:  833.  The stedfast Empyrean shook throughout,
  5352:  834.  All but the Throne it self of God. Full soon
  5353:  835.  Among them he arriv'd ; in his right hand
  5354:  836.  Grasping ten thousand Thunders, which he sent
  5355:  837.  Before him, such as in thir Soules infix'd
  5356:  838.  Plagues ; they astonisht all resistance lost,
  5357: