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Proud limitary Cherub; but ere then 971
the wind Sways them; the careful plowman doubting
stands, Lest on the threshing-floor his hopeful sheaves Prove chaff. On th' other side Satan, alarm’d, Collecting all his might, dilated stood, 986 Like Teneriff or Atlas, ụnremov'd : His stature reach'd the sky, and on his creșt Sat horror plum’d; nor wanted in his
grasp What seem'd both spear and shield. Now dreadful deeds
990 Might have ensu'd, nor only Paradise In this commotion, but the starry cope Of Heav'n perhaps, or all the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturb’d and torn With violence of this conflict, had not soon 995 Th’Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray, Hung forth in Heav'n his golden scales, yet seen
Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign,
1006 Neither our own, but giv’n: What folly then To boast what arms can do? since thine no more Than Heav'n permits, nor mine, tho'doubled now To trample thee as mire: for proof look
up, And read thy lot in yon
IOII Where thou art weigh’d, and shewn how light,
how weak, If thou resist. The Fiend look'd
The Fiend look'd up, and knew His mounted scale aloft: nor more; but fled Murm'ring, and with him fled the shades of night.
END OF THE FOURTH BOOK.
Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam ber trouble
some dream; be likes it not, yet comforts ber : They come forth to their day labours: Their morning bymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonish bim of bis obedience, of bis free estate, of his enemy near at band, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else
may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance described, bis coming discerned by Adam afar off, sitting at the door of bis bower; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains bim with the choicest fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state and of b's enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof; bow he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiel a Seraph; who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes bim.
BOOK THE FIFTH.
OW Morn her rosy steps in th'eastern clime