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Abdiel, than whom none with more zeal adored
"O argument blasphemous, false, and proud-
820 One over all with unsucceeded power ! Shalt thou give law to God ? shalt thou dispute With Him the points of liberty, who made Thee what thou art, and formed the Powers of Heaven Such as he pleased, and circumscribed their being ? Yet, by experience taught, we know how good, And of our good and of our dignity How provident, he is—how far from thought To make us less ; bent rather to exalt Our happy state, under one head more near 830 United. But—to grant it thee unjust That equal over equals monarch reignThyself, though great and glorious, dost thou count, Or all angelic nature joined in one, Equal to him, begotten Son, by whom, As by his Word, the mighty Father made All things, even thee, and all the Spirits of Heaven By him created in their bright degrees, Crowned them with glory, and to their glory named Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers?
Essential Powers; nor by his reign obscured,
“So spake the fervent Angel ; but his zeal
" That we were formed, then, say'st thou? and the
“ He said ; and, as the sound of waters deep, Hoarse murmur echoed to his words applause Through the infinite host. Nor less for that The flaming Seraph, fearless, though alone, Encompassed round with foes, thus answered bold :
"O alienate from God, O Spirit accursed,
“So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found;
THE END OF THE FIFTH BOOK.
Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth to battle against Satan and his Angels. The first fight described : Satan and his Powers retire under night. He calls a council ; invents 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 both 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 Unbarred the gates of Light. There is a cave Within the Mount of God, fast by his throne, 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 To veil the Heaven, though darkness there might well Seen twilight here. And now went forth the Morn, Such as in highest Heaven, arrayed in gold
Empyreal; from before her vanished Night,
6. Servant of God, well done! Well hast thou fought The better fight, who single hast maintained 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 careTo stand approved in sight of God, though worlds Judged thee perverse. The easier conquest now Remains thee-aided by this host of friends, Back on thy foes more glorious to return Than scorned thou didst depart; and to subdue 40 By force who reason for their law refuseRight reason for their law, and for their King Messiah, who by right of merit reigns. Go, Michael, of celestial armies prince, And thou, in military prowess next, Gabriel ; lead forth to battle these my sons Invincible ; lead forth my armed Saints, By thousands and by millions ranged for fight, Equal in number to that godless crew