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5 To that bad eminence ; and from despair Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires Beyond thus high ; insatiate to pursue Vain war with Heav'n; and, by success untaught, His proud imaginations thus display'd.
10 Powers and dominions, deities of heaven: For since no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigour, though oppress'd and fall'n, I give not heaven for loft. From this descent Celestial virtues rising, will appear
15. More glorious and more dread than from no fall, And trust themselves to fear no second fate. Me though just right, and the fix'd laws of heaven Did first create your leader ; next, free choice ; With what besides, in council or in fight, Hath been achiev'd of merit; yet this loss Thus far at least recover'd, hath much more. Etablish'd in a fáfe unenvied throne, Yielded with full confent. The happier ftate
In heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw 25
With this advantage then To union, and firm faith, and firm accord, More than can be in heav'n, we now return To claim our just inheritance of old, Surer to prosper than prosperity Could have assur'd us; and by what hest way, 40 Whether of open war or covert guile, We now debate : who can advise, may speak.
He ceas'd; and next him Moloch, fcepter'd king, Stood up, the strongest and the fierceft fpirit That fought in heav'n, now fiercer by despair : 45 His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd Equal in strength ; and rather than be less, Car'd not to be at all, with that care loft Went all his fear: of God, or hell, or worse, He reck'd not, and these words thereafter fpake. 50
My sentence is for open war: of wiles, More unexpert, I boast not : them let thofe Contrive who need ; or when they need, not now. For while they fit contriving, shall the rest, Millions that stand in arms, and longing wait 55 The signal to ascend, fit ling'ring here Heaven's fugitives, and for their dwelling-place Accept this dark opprobrious den of shame, The prison of his tyranny who reigns
By our delay? No, let us rather chuse,
seems difficult and steep to scale
His utmost ire? which to the height enrag'd, 95
He ended frowning, and his look denounce'd Desp'rate revenge, and battle dangerous To less than gods. On th' other side uprose Belial, in act more graceful and humane : A fairer person loft not heav'n; he feem'd INO For dignity compos’d, and high exploit : But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropt manna, and could make the worse appear The better reason, to perplex and dalh Maturelt counsels : for his thoughts were low; 115 To vice industrious, but to nobler deeds Timorous, and flothful: yet he pleas'd the ear, And with perfuafive accent thus began.
I should be much for open war, O peers, As not behind in hate ; if what was urg'd 1 20 Main reason to persuade immediate war, Did not dissuade me most, and seem to cart Ominous conjecture on the whole fuccess; When he who molt excels in fact of arms, In what he counsels, and in what excels,
125 Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair, And utter diffolution, as the scope Of all his aim, after some dire revenge. First, what revenge? The towers of heay'n are fillid
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