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Will not be now voùchsafed : other decrees
“ So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found,
Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth
to battle against Satan and his angely. The first fight described. Satan and his powers retire under night. He calls a council, in. vents devilish engines, which in the second day's fight put Michael and his angels to some disorder; but they at length, pulling up mountains, overwhelmed Loth the force and machines of Satan. Yet the tumult not so ending, God, on the third day sends Messiah, his son, for whom he had reserved the glory of that victory: He, 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 horror and confusion into the place of punishment prepared for them in the deep. Messiah returns with triumph to his Father.
“All night the dreadless Angel, unpursued, Through Heaven's wide champaign held his way; till morn, Waked by the circling hours, with rosy hand, Unbarr'd the gates, of light. There is a cave, Within the mount of God, fast by his throne,
5 Where light and darkness, in perpetual round, Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes through Heaven Grateful vicissitude, like day and night: Light issues forth, and, at the other door, Obsequious darkness enters, till her hour
10 To veil the Heaven; though darkness there might well Seem twilight here. And now went forth the morn, Such as in highest Heaven array'd in gold Empyreal ; from before her vanish'd night, Shot through with orient beams; when all the plain, Cover'd with thick embattled squadrons bright, Chariots and flaming arms, and fiery steeds, Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view. War he perceived, war in procinct, and found Already known, what he for news had thought To have reported : gladly then he mix'd Among those friendly pow'rs, who him receiv'd With joy and acclamations loud, that one, That of so many myriads fall’n, yet one Return'd not lost. On to the sacred hill
25 They led him high applauded, and present Before the seat supreme; from whence a voice From midst a golden cloud, thus mild was heard.
"Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought The better fight, who single hast maintain'd,
30 Against revolted multitudes, the cause Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms; And for the testimony of truth hast borne Universal reproach, far worse to bear Than violence; for this was all thy care,
35 To stand approved in sight of God, though worlds
Judged thee perverse : the easier conquest now
“So spake the sovereign voice; & clouds began