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The rebel thrones, but greater rage, to see
Tius foild their mightiest; ours joy fillid, and shout,
Presage of victory, and fierce delire
Of battle: whereat Michaël bid found
Th'archangel trumpet; thro' the vast of heaven
It sounded, and the faithful armies rung
Hosanna to the High'est: nor stood at gaze 205
The adverse legions, nor less hideous join'd
Tha horrid shock. Now storming fury rose,
And clamour such as heard in heaven till now
Was never; arms on armour clashing bray'd
Horrible discord, and the madding wheels 210
Of brazen chariots rage'd ; dire was the noise
Of conflict; over head the dismal hiss.
Of fiery darts in flaming vollies flew,
And flying vaulted either holt with fire.
So under fiery cope together rulh'd

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Both battles main, with ruinous assault
And inextinguishable rage:: all heaven,
Refounded; and had earth been then, all earth
Had 10 her centre shook. What wonder when
Millions of fierce encount'ring angels fought. 220
On either side; the least of whom could wield
These elements, and arm him with the force
Of all their regions : how much more of power
Army' against army numberless to raise
Dreadful combustion warring, and disturb, 225
Though not deftroy, their happy native feat;
Had not th' eternal King omnipotent,
From his frong hold of heaven, high over-ruld
And limited their might; tho'number'd such
As each divided legion might have seem'd 230
A numerous hoft, in strength each armed hand
A legion, led in fight, yet leader seem'd
Each warriour single as in chief, expest

When to advance, or stand, or turn the fway
Of battle, open when, and when to close

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The ridges of grim war: no thought of flight,
None of retreat, no unbecoming deed
That argu'd fear; each on himself rely'd,
As only in his arm the moment lay
Of vi&ory : deeds of eternal fame

240 Were done, but infinite ; for wide was. spread That war, and various, fometimes on firm ground A ftanding fight, then foaring on main wing Tormented all the air ; all air seem'd then Conflicting fire. Long time in even scale

245 The battle hung; till Satan, who that day Prodigious power had shown, and met in arms No equal, ranging thro' the dire attack Of fighting Seraphim confusd, at length 249 Saw where the sword of Michael fmote, and fellid Squadrons at once; with huge two-handed sway Brandish'd aloft, the horrid edge came down Wide wasting ; fuch destruction to withstand, He hasted, and oppos!d the rocky orb: Of tenfold adamant, his ample shield, A vast circumference. At his approach The great archangel from his warlike toil Surceas'd, and glad, as hoping here to end Inteftine war in heaven, th: arch-foe fubdu'd Or captive dragg'd in chains, with hoftile frowd 260 And visage all inflam'd first thus began.

Author of ev'il, unknown till thy revolt, Unnam'd in heaven, now plenteous, as thou feelt These acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, Though heaviest by jaft measure on thyself, 265 And thy adherents : how hast thou disturbid Heaven's blessed peace, and into nature brought. Mifery, upcreated till the crime.

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Of thy rebellion how bast thou instillid
Thy malice into thousands, once upright 270
And faithful, now prov'd false? But think not here
To trouble holy rest; heaven casts thee out
From all her confines. Heaven the seat of bliss,
Brooks not the works of violence and war,
Hence then, and evil go with thee along, 275
Thy offspring, to the place of evil, hell,
Thou and thy wicked crew; there mingle broils,
Ere this avenging sword begin thy doom,
Or some more sudden vengeance wing'd from God
Precipitate thee with augmented pain.

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So fpake the prince of angels; to whom thus
The adversary. Nor think thou with wind
Of airy threats to awe whom yet with deeds:
Thou can't not. Halt thou turn'd the leaft of these
To flight, or if to fall, but that they rife 285
Unvanquilh'd, easier to tranfact with me
That thou should'ft hope, imperious, and with threats
To chase me hence? Err not, that fo shall end
The strife which thou call'st evil, but we style
The strife of glory; which we mean to win, 290
Or turn this heaven itself into the hell

Thou fableft; here however to dwell free,
If not to reign : mean while thy. utmost force,
And join him nam'd Almighty to thy aid,
I fy not, but have fought thee far and nigh. ,295

They ended parle, and both address’d for fight
Unspeakable; for who, though with the tongue
Of angels, can relate, or to what things
Liken on earth confpicuous, that may lift
Human imagination to such height

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Of Godlike power for likest gods they feem'd,
Stood they or mov'd, in ftature, motion, arodsi 4!;
Fit to decide the empire of great Heaven,

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Now wav'd their fiery swords, and in the air
Made horrid circles; two broad suns their fhields 305
Blaz'd opposite, while Expectation stood
In horrour: from each hand with speed retir'd,
Where erft was thickelt fight, th'angelic throng,
And left large field, unsafe within the wind
Of such commotion ; such as, to set forth 310
Great things by small, if nature's concord broke,
Among the constellations war were fprung,
Two planets, rushing from afpe&t malign
Of fiercelt opposition, in mid sky,
Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound.
Together both, with next to th' Almighty arm
Uplifted imminent, one ftroke they aim'd
That might determine, and not need repeat,
As not of power at once ; nor odds appear'd
In might or swift prevention : but the sword 320
Of Michael from the armoury of God
Was given him temper'd so, that neither keen
Nor solid might refilt that edge: it met.
The sword of Satan, with steep force to smite
Descending, and in half cut flieer; nor stay'd, 325
Bat with swift wheel reverse, deep ent'ring, fharid
All his right side: then Satan first knew pain,
And writh'd him to and fro convolv’d; fo sore
The griding sword with discontinuous wound
Pals'à thro? him: but th'ethereal substance clos'd,
Not long divisible; and from the gash

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A stream of necta'rous humour issuing flow'd
Sanguine, such as celestial spi'rits may bleed,
And all his armour stain'd, ere while fo bright.
Forthwith on all fides to his aid was run

335: By angels many and strong, who interpos'd Defence; while others bore him on their fhields Back to his chariot, where it food retirdi...5

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From off the files of war : there they him laid
Grashing for anguish, and despite, and shame, 340
To find himself not matchless, and his pride
Humbled by such rebuke, so far beneath
His confidence to equal God in power.
Yet foon he heal'd; for fpi'rits that live throughout
Vital in every part, not as frail man

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In intrails, heart, or head, liver or reins,
Cannot but by annihilating die ;
Nor in their liquid texture mortal wound
Receive, no more than can the fluid air:
AU heart they live, all bead, all eye, all ear,
All intellect, all fenfe ; and as they please,
They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size
Afsume, as likes them best, condense or rare.

Meanwhile in other parts like deeds deserv'd Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought, 355 And with fierce enfigns pierc'd the deep array Of Moloch, furious king; who him defy'd, And at his chariot-wheels to drag him bound "Threaten’d, nor from the Holy One of heaven Refrain'd his tongue blafphémous; but anon

360 Down cloven to the waist, with shatter'd arms And uncouth pain-fled bellowing. On each wing Uriel and Raphaël, his vaunting foe, Tho' huge, and in a rock of diamond arm'd, Vanquish'd Adramalech, and Asmadai,

365 Two potent thrones, that to be less than gods Disdain'd, but meaner thoughts learn'd in their flight, Mangled with ghastly wounds thro' plate and mail. Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy The athiest crew, but with redoubled blow

370 Ariel and Arioch, and the violence Of Ramiel scorch'd and blasted, overthrew.

I might relate of thousands, and their names

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