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“So spake the Son; but Satan,with his powers, Canst thou with impious obloquy condemn Far was advanc'd on winged speed ; an host The just decree of God, pronounc'd and sworn, Innumerable as the stars of night,

That to his only Son, by right endued
Or stars of morning, dew-drops, which the Sun With regal sceptre, every soul in Heaven
Impearls on every leaf and every flower.

Shall bend the knee, and in that honour due
Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies Confess him rightful king ? unjust, thou say'st,
Of seraphim, and potentates, and thrones, Flatly unjust, to bind with laws the free,
In their triple degrees; regions to which

And equal over equals to let reign, All thy dominion, Adam, is no more

One over all with unsucceeded power. Than what this garden is to all the earth, Shalt thou give law to God ? shalt thou dispute And all the sea, from one entire globose

With him the points of liberty,who made (Heaven Stretch'd into longitude ; which having pass'd, Thee what thou art, and furm'd the powers of At length into the limits of the north

Such as he pleas'd, and circumscrib'd their being? They came; and Satan to his royal seat Yet, by experience taught, we know how good, High on a hill, far blazing, as a mount

And of our good and of our dignity Rais'd on a mount, with pyramids and towers How provident he is; how far from thought From diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold ; To make us less, bent rather to exalt The palace of great Lucifer, (so call

Our happy state, under one head more near That structure in the dialect of men

United. But to grant it thee unjust, Interpreted,) which not long after, he,

That equal over equals monarch reign : Affecting all equality with God,

Thyself, though great and glorious, dost thou In imitation of that mount whereon

Or all angelic nature join'd in one, [count, Messiah was declar'd in sight of Heaven,

Equal to him begotten son ? by whom, The Mountain of the Congregation call'd ; As by his word, the Mighty Father made [Heaven For thither he assembled all his train,

All things, even thee; and all the spirits of Pretending, so commanded, to consult

By him created in their bright degrees, About the great reception of their king,

Crown'd them with glory, and to their glory nam'd Thither to come, and with calumnious art Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, Of counterfeited truth thus held their ears :

powers, ".Thrones, dominations, prinčedoms, virtues, Essential powers ; nor by his reign obscur'd, If these magnific titles yet remain [powers; But more illustrious made ; since he the head Not merely titular, since by decree

One of our number thus reduc'd becomes; Another now hath to himself ingross'd

His laws our laws; all honour to him done All power, and us eclips'd under the name Returns our own. Cease then this impious rage, Of King anointed, for whom all this haste And tempt not these ; but hasten to appease Of midnight-march, and hurried meeting here, The incensed Father, and the incensed Son, This only to consult how we may best,

While pardon may be found in time besought." With what may be devis'd of honours new,

“ So spake the fervent angel; but his zeal Receive him coming to receive from us

None seconded, as out of season judg'd, Knee-tribute yet unpaid, prostration vile ! Or singular and rash : whereat rejoic'd Too much to one ! but double how endur'd, The apostate, and, more haughty, thus replied. To one, and to his image now proclaim'd? "That we were form'd then, say'st thou ? and the But what if better counsels might erect

Of secondary hands, by task transferrid (work Our minds, and teach us to cast off this yoke ? From Father to his Son ? strange point and new! Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend Doctrine which we would know whence learn'd: The supple knee? Ye will not, if I trust

who saw To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves

When this creation was ? remember'st thou Natives and sons of Heaven possess'd before Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being ? By none ; and if not equal all, yet free,

We know no time when we were not as now; Equally free; for orders and degrees

Know done before us, self-begot, self-rais'd Jar not with liberty, but well consist.

By our own quickening power, when fatal course Who can in reason then, or right, assume

Had circled his full orb, the birth mature Monarchy over, such as live by right

Of this our native Heaven, ethereal sons. His equals, if in power and splendour less, Our puissance is our own : our own right hand lo freedom equal? or can introduce

Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try Law and edíct on us, who without law

Who is our equal : then thou shalt behold
Ert not? much less for this to be our lord, Whether by supplication we intend :
And look for adoration, to the abuse

Address, and to begirt the almighty throne
Of those imperial titles, which assert

Beseeching or besieging. This report, Our being ordajn’d to govern, not to serve.' These tidings carry to the anointed King;

“ Thus far his bold discourse without controul And Ay, ere evil intercept thy flight.' Had audience : when among the seraphim

“ He said ; and, as the sound of waters deep, Abdiel, than whom none with more zeal adorld Hoarse murmur echo'd to his words applause The Deity, and divine commands obey'd, Through the infinite host : nor less for that Stood up, and in a flame of zeal severe

The flaming seraph fearless, though alone The current of his fury thus opposid.

Encompass'd round with foes, thus answer'd bold. «• O argument blasphémous, false and proud ! "O alienate from God, O spirit accursid, Words which no ear ever to hear in Heaven Forse ken of all good! I see thy fall Expected, least of all from thee, ingrate,

Determin’d, and thy hapless crew involv'd In place thyself so high above thy peers.

In this pertidious fraud, contagion spread

Ce VOL. VII.

Both of thy crime and punishment: henceforth Empyreal ; from before her vanish'd Night,
No more be troubled how to quit the yoke Shot through with orient beams; when all the plaita
Of Goil's Messiah; those indulgent laws

Coverd with thick embattled squadrous bright, Will not be nw vouchsafd; other decrees Chariots, and faming arms, and fiery steeds, Against thee are gone forth without recall : Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view: That golden sceptre, which thou didst reject, War he perceiv'd, war in procinct; an:] found Is now an iron rod to bruise and break

Already known what he for news had thought Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise ; To have reported : gially then he mix'd Yet not for thy advice or threats I Ay

Among those friendly powers, who him receiv'd These wicked tents devoted, lest the wrath With joy and acclamations loud, thatone, Impendent, raging into sudden fame,

That of so many myriads fall’n yet one Distinguish not: for soon expect to feel

Return'd not lost. On to the sacred hill His thunder on thy head, devouring fire. They led him high applauded, and present Then who created thee lamenting learn,

Before the seat supreme; from whence a voice, When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.' From midst a golden cloud, thus mild was heard.

“ So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found “Servant of God, well done; well hast thou Among the faithless, faithful only he;

fought Among innumerable false, unmov'd,

The better fight, who single hast maintain'd Unshaken, unseduc'd, unterrified,

Against revolted multitudes the cause His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal ;

Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms; Nor number, nor example, with him wrought And for the testimony of truth hast borne To swerve from truth,or change his constant mind, Universal reproach, far worse to bear Though single. From amidst thein forth he pass', Than violence; for this was all thy care (worlds Long way through hostile scorn, which he sus- To stand approv'd in sight of God, though Superior, nor of violence fear'd aught; [tain's Judg’d thee perverse: the casier conquest now And, with retorted scom, his back he turnd Remains thee, aided by this host of fr ends, Onthose proud towers toswift destruction doom'd.” Back on thy foes more gloricus to return,

Than scom'd thou didst depart; and to subdue

By force, who reason for their law resuse,
PARADISE LOST.

Hight reason for their law, and for their king

Messialı, who by right of merit reigns.
BOOK VI.

Go, Michael, of celestial armies prince,
THE ARCUMENT.

And thou, in military prowess next,

Gabriel, lead furth to latile these my sons Raphael continues to relate how. Michael and Invincible; lend forth my armed saints,

Gabriel were sent forth to battle against Satan Pythonsands and by millions, rang’d for fight, and his angels. The first fight described : Equal in numbe: to that godless crew Satan and his powers retire under might: he Rebellious: them with @re and hostile anns calls a council; invents devilish engines, 1 Fearless assault; and, to the brow of Heaven which, in the second day's fight, put Michael Pursuinig, drive them out from God and bliss, and his angels to some disorder ; but they at Into their place of punishment, the gulf length, pulling up mountains, overwhelmed Of Tartarus, which ready opens wide both the force and machines of Satan : yet, His fiery Chaos to receive their fall.. the tumult not so ending, God, on the third

“ So spake the Sustan Voice, and clouds began day, sends Messiau his Son, for whom he had to darken ali the hill, and smoke to roll reserved the glory of that victory: he, in the In dusky wreaths, reluctant names, the sign, power of his Father, coming to the place, and Of wraih awak'd; nor with less dread the causing all his legions to stand still on either Ethereal trumpet from on high 'gan blow : [loud side, with his chariot and thunder driving into At which command the powers zailitant the midst of his enemies, pursues them, unable that stood for Heaven, in mighty quadrate to resist, towards the wall of Heaven ; which of union irresistible, mord en

Livind opening, they leap down with horrour and con- In silence their bright legionis, to the sound fusion into the place of punishment prepared of instrumental harmony, that breath'd for them in the deep: Messiau returns with Heroic ardour to adventurous deeds triumph to his father.

Under their God-like leaders, in the cause « All night the dreadless angel, unpursued, Of God and his Messiah. Ou they more Through Hecven's wide champain heid his way; indissolubly form; nor obvious bill, (divide till Morn,

Nor straitening vale, nor wood, nor strean, Wak'd by the circling Hours, with rosy hand Their perfect ranks; for high aborethe ground Unbarr'd the gates of Light. There is a care Their march was, and the passive air uplore Within the mount of God, fast by his throne, Their nimble tread; as when the total kind Where Light and Darkness in perpetual round Of birds, in orderly array on wing, Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes Care summoned over Eden tu receive through Heaven

Their names of thee; so over many a tract(wide, Grateful vicissitude, like day and night; Of Heaven they march'i, and many a province Light issues forth, and at the other door

Tenfold the length of this terrene : at last,
Obsequious Darkness enters, till her hour [well Far in the horizon to the north appear'd
To veil the Heaven, though darkness there might From skirt to skirt a fiery region, stretch'd
Seem twilight here: and now went forth the In battailous aspéct, and nearer view
Such as in highest Heaven, array'd in gold[ MornBristled with upright bcams irgunerable

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Ofrigid spears, and helmets throng'd, and shields Of my revenge, first sought 'for, thou return'st
Various, with boastful argument pourtray'd, From Aight, seditious angel! to receive
The banded powers of Satan hasting on

Thy merited reward, the first assay (tongue,
With furious expedition; for they ween'd Of this right hand provok'd since first that
'That self-same day, by fight, or by surprise, Inspir'd with contradiction, durst oppose
To win the mount of God, and on his throne A third part of the gods, in synod met
To set the Envier of his state, the proud [vain Their deities to assert; who, while they feel
Aspirer ; but their thoughts prov'd fond and Vigour divine within them, can allow.'
In the mid way: though strange to us it seem'd Omnipotence to none. But well thou com'st
At first, that angel should with angel war, Before thy fellows, ainbitious to win
And in fierce hosting meet, who wont to meet From me some plume, that thy success may show
So oft in festivals of joy and love

Destruction to the rest : this pause between,
Unanimous, as sons of one great Sire,

(Unanswer'd lest thou boast) to let thee know, Hymning the Eternal Father: but the shout At first I thought that liberty and Heaven Of battle now began, and rushing sound

To heavenly souls had been all one; but now Of onset ended soon each milder thought. I see that most through sloth had rather serve, High in the midst, exalted as a God,

Ministring spirits, train'd up in feast and song! The apostate in his sun-bright chariot sat, Such bast thou arm’d, the minstrelsy of Heaven, Idol of majesty divine, enclos'd

Servility, with freedom to contend, [prove." With flaming cherubiin, and golden shields; As both their deeds compar'd this day shall 'Then lighted from his gorgeous thone, for now

To whom in brier thus Abciel stern replied. "I'vist host and host but narrow space was left, Apostate! still thou err’st, nor end wilt find A dreadful interval, and front to front

Oferring, from the path of truth remote: Presented stood in terrible array

Unjustly thou deprav'st it with the name Of hideous length : before the cloudy van, Of servitude, to serve whom God ordains, Ou the rough edge of battle ere it join'd,

Or Nature: God and Nature bid the same,' Satan, with vast and haughty strides adranc'd, When he who rules is worthiest, and excels Came towering, arm'd in adamant and gold; Them whom he governs. This is servitude, Abdiel that sight endur'd not, where he stood To serve the unwise, or himn who hath rebell'd Among the mightiest, bent on highest deeds, Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee, And thus bis own und:runbed heart explores. Thyself not free, but to thyself enthralld;

“« Heaven ! that such resemblance of the Yet lewdly darst our ministring upbraid. Strould yet remain,where faith and reälty [Lighest Reign thou in fleli, thy kingdom ; let me serve Remnan not : wherefore should not strength and

In Heaven God ever blest, and his divine might

Behests obey, worthiest to be obey'd ; [whilo
There fail where virtue fails, or weakest prove

Yet chains in Hell, not realms, expect: mean
Where boldest, though to sight unconquerable? From me return'd, as erst thou saidst, from flight,
His puissance, trusting in the Almighty's aid, - This greeting on thy impious crest receive.'
I mean to try, whose reason I have tried

“So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high,
Unsound and false ; por is it aught but just, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
That he, who in debate of truth hath won, On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight,
Should win in arms, in both disputes alike Nor motion of swift thought, less could his
Victor; though brutish that contést and foul, Such ruin intercept: ten paces huge

shield, When reason hath to deal with force, yet so He back recoil'd; the tenth on bended knee Most reason is that reason overcome.'

His massy spear upstaid ; as if on karth "So pondering, and from bis armed peers

Winds under ground, or waters forcing way, Porth stepping opposite; half-way he met Sidelong had push'd a mountain from his stat, His daring foe, at this prevention more

Half sunk with all his pines. Amazement seiz'd
Incens'd, and thus securely him denied.

The rebel thrones, but greater rage, to see
""Proud, art thou met ? thy hope was to have Thus toild their mightiest ; ours joy fill'd, and
The height of thy aspiring unopposid, {reach'd | Presage of victory, and fierce desire [shout,
The throne of God unguarded, and his side Of battle: whereat Michaël bid sound [Heaven
Abandon', at the terrour of thy power

The arch-angel trumpet; through the vast of
Or potent tongue : fool! not to think how vain It sounded, and the faithful annies rung
Against the Omnipotent to rise in arms;

Hosanna to the Highest : nor stood at gaze Who out of smallest things could, without end, The adverse legions, nor less hideous join'd Have rais'd incessant armies to defeat

The horrid shock. Now storming fury rose, Thy folly ; or with solitary haud

And clamour, such as heard in Heaven till now Reaching beyond all limit, at one blow,

Was never; arms on armour clashing bray'd Inaided, could have finish'd thec, and whelm'd Horrible discord, and the madding wheels Thy legions under darkness : but thou seest Of brazen chariots rag'd; dire was the noise Allare not of thy train; there be, who faith Of conflict ; over head the dismai biss Prefer, and piety to God, though then

Of fiery darts in flaming voilies flew, To thee not visible, when I alone

And flying vaulted either bost with fire. Seem'd in thy world erroneous to dissent

So under hery cope together rush'd From all: my sert thou seest; now learn too late Poth battles main, with ruinous assault How few sometimes may know, when thousands And inextinguishable rage. All Heaven err.'

Resounded; and had Earth been then, all Earth “Whom the grand foe, with scornful eye askance, Had to her centre shook. What wonder? when Thus answered. * Ill for thee, but in wish'd hour | Millions of tierce encountering angels fought

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On either side, the least of whom could wield The strife of glory; which we mean to win,
These elements, and arm him with the force Or turn this Heaven itself into the Hell
Of all their regions: how much more of power Thou fablest; here however to dwell free,
Army against army numberless to raise

If not to reign: mean while thy utmost force, Dreadful combustion warring, and disturb, And join him nam'd Almighty to thy aid, Though not destroy, their happy native seat ; I fly not, but have sought thee far and nigh.' Had not the Eternal King Omnipotent,

“They ended parle, and both address'd for fight From bis strong hold of Heaven, high over-rul'd Unspeakable ; for who, though with the tongue And limited their might; though number'd such Of angels, can relate, or to what things As each divided legion might have seem'd Liken

on Earth conspicuous, that may lift A numerous host; in strength each armed hand Human imagination to such height A legion ; led in fight, yet leader seem'd Of godlike power? for likest gods they seem'd, Each warriour single as in chief, expert

Stood they or mov'd, in stature, motion, arms, When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway Fit to decide the empire of great Heaven. Of battle, open when, and when to close

Now wav'd their fiery swords, and in the air The ridges of grim war: no thought of Aight, Made horrid circles; two broad suns their shields None of retreat, no unbecoming deed

Blaz'd opposite, while expectation stood That argued fear; each on himself relied, In horrour: from each hand with speed retird, As only in his arm the moment lay

Whereerst was thickest fight, the angelic throng, Of victory: deeds of eternal fame

And left large field, unsafe within the wind Were done, but infinite; for wide was spread Of such commotion ; such as, to set forth That war, and various, sometimes on firm ground Great things by small, if, Nature's concord broke, A standing fight, then, soaring on main wing, Among the constellations war were sprung, Tormented all the air; all air seem'd then Two planets, rushing from aspect malign Conflicting fire. Long time in even scale Of fiercest opposition, in mid sky [founde The battle hung; till Satan, who that day Should combat, and their jarring spheres conProdigious power had shown, and met in arms Together both with next to almighty arm No equal, ranging through the dire attack Up-lifted inminent, one stroke they aim'd Of fighting seraphim confus’d, at length That might determine, and not need repeat, Saw where the sword of Michael smote,and felld As not of power at once ; nor odds appear'd Squadrons at once ; with huge two-handed sway In might or swift prevention: but the sword Brandish'd aloft, the horrid edge came down Of Michael from the armoury of God Wide-wasting ; such destruction to withstand Was given him temper'd so, that neither keen He hasted, and opposid the rocky orb

Nor solid might resist that edge: it met Of tenfold adamant, his ample shield,

The sword of Satan, with steep force to smite A vast circumference. At his approach Descending, and in half cut sheer ; nor staid, The great arch-angel from his warlike toil But with swift wheel reverse, deep entering, Surreas'd, and glad, as hoping here to end

shar'd Intestine war in Heaven, the arch-foe subdued All his right side: then Satan first knew pain, Or captive dragg'd in chains, with hostile frown And writh'd him to and fro convolv'd; so sore And visage all inflam'd first thus began.

The griding sword with discontinuous wound "Author of evil, unknown till thy revolt, Pass'd through him: but the ethereal substance Unnam'd in Heaven, now plenteous, as thou Not long divisible; and from the gash [clos'd, These acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, (seest A stream of nectarous humour issuing flow'd Though heaviest by just measure on thyself Sanguine, such as celestial spirits may bleed, And thy adherents : how hast thou disturb'd And all his armour stain'd, ere while so bright.

leaven's blessed peace, and into nature brought Forthwith on all sides to his aid was run Misery, uncreated till the crime

By angels many and strong, who interpos'd Of thy rebellion ! how hast thou instill'd Defence, while others bore him on their shields Thy malice into thousands, once upright (here Back to his chariot, where it stood retir'd And faithful, now proved false! But think not From off the files of war: there they him laid To trouble holy rest; Heaven casts thee out Gnashing for anguish, and despite, and shame, From all her confines. Heaven, the seat of bliss, To find himself not matchless, and his pride Brooks not the works of violence and war. Humbled by such rebuke, so far beneath Hence then, and evil go with thee along, His confidence to equal God in power. Thy offspring, to the place of evil, Hell; Yet soon he heal'd; for spirits that live through Thou and thy wicked crew! there mingle broils, Vital in every part, not as frail man [out Ere this'avenging sword begin thy doom, [God, In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins, Or some more sudden vengeance, wing'd from Cannot but by annihilating die; Precipitate thee with augmented pain.'

Nor in their liquid texture mortal wound “So spake the prince of angels; to whom thus Receive, no more than can the fluid air : The adversary. Nor think thou with wind All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear, Of aery threats to awe whorn yet with deeds All intellect, all sense ; and, as they please, Thou canst not. Hast thou turn’d the least of They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise (these Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare. Unvanquish'd, easier to transact with me

“Mean while in other parts like deeds deserr'd That thou should'st hope, imperious, and with Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought, threats

And with fierce ensigns pierc'd the deep array To cha se me kence? err not, that so shall end Of Moloch, furious king; who him defied, The strife which thou call'st evil, but we style And at his chariot-wheels to drag him bound

Threaten'd, nor from the Holy One of Heaven What Heaven's Lord had powerfullest to send
Refrain'd his tongue blasphemous; but anon Against us from about his throne, and judg'd
Down cloven to the waist, with shatter'd arms Sufficient to subdue us to his will,
And uncouth pain fled bellowing. On each wing But proves not so : thep fallible, it seems,
Uriel, and Raphaël, his vaunting foe,

Of future we may deem him, though till now Though huge, and in a rock of diamond arm'd, Omniscient Chought. True is, less firmly arm'd, Vanquish'd Adramelech, and Asmadai,

Some disadvantage we endur'd and pain, Two potent thrones, that to be less than gods Till now not known, but, known, as soon con. Disdain'd, but meaner thoughts learn'd in their

temn'd; flight,

[mail. Since now we find this our empyreal form Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and Incapable of mortal injury, Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy

Imperishable, and though pierc'd with wound, The atheist crew, but with redoubled blow Soon closing, and by native vigour heald. Ariel, and Arioch, and the violence

Of evil then so small, as casy think
Of Ramiel scorch'd and blasted, overthrew. The remedy; perhaps more valid arms,
I might relate of thousands, and their names Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
Eternize here on Earth; but those elect

May serve to better us, and worse our foes,
Angels, contented with their fame in Heaven, Or equal what between us made the odds,
Seek not the praise of men: the other sort, In nature none: if other hidden cause
Io might though wonderous and in acts of war, Left them superior, while we can preserve
Nor of renown less eager, yet by doom

Unhurt our minds, and understanding sound, Cancell'd from Heaven and sacred memory, Due search and consultation will disclose.' Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell.

“ He sat; and in the assembly next upstood For strength from truth divided, and from just, Nisroch, of principalities the prime; Ilaudable, nought merits but dispraise

As one he stood escap'd from cruel fight, And ignominy ; yet to glory aspires

Sore toil'd, his riven arms to havoc hewn, Vain-glorious, and through infamy seeks fame : And cloudy in aspéct thus answering spake. Therefore eternal silence be their doom.

« • Deliverer from new lords, leader to free “ And now, their mightiest quell'd, the battle Enjoyment of our right as gods; yet hard swerv'd,

For gods, and too unequal work we find, With many an inroad gord; deformed rout

Against unequal arms to fight in pain, Enterd, and foul disorder; all the ground Against unpain'd, impassive; from which evil With shiver'd armour strown, and on a heap Ruin must needs ensue; for what avails Chariot and charioteer lay overturn'd,

Valour or strength, though matchless, quelld And fiery-foaming steeds; what stood, recoil'd

with pain O'er-wearied, through the faint Satanic host Which all subdues, and makes remiss the hands Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpris'd, Of mightiest? Sense of pleasure we may well Then first with fear surpris’d, and sense of pain, Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine, Fled ignominious, to such evil brought

But live content, which is the calmest life: By sin of disobedience; till that hour

But pain is perfect misery, the worst Not liable to fear, or fight, or pain.

Of evils, and, excessive, overturns Far otherwise the inviolable saints,

All patience. He, who therefore can invent In cubic phalanx firm, advanc'd entire,

With what more forcible we may offend Invulnerable, impenetrably arm'd;

Our yet unwounded enemies, or arm Such high advantages their innocence

Ourselves with like defence, to me deserves Gave them above their foes ; not to have sinn'd, No less than for deliverance what we owe.' Not to have disobey'd ; in fight they stood “ Whereto with look compos'd Satan replied. Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pain'd

'Not uninvented that, which thou aright By wound, though from their place by violence Believ'st so main to our success, I bring. mov'd.

(ven Which of us who beholds the bright surface “Now Night her course began,and, over Hea- of this ethereous mould whereon we stand, Inducing darkness, grateful truce impos'd, This continent of spacious Heaven adorn'd And silence on the odious din of war:

With plant, fruit, flower ambrosial, gems, and Under her cloudy covert both retird,

Whose eye so superficially surveys (gold; Victor and vanquish'd: on the foughten field These things, as not to mind from whence they Michaël and his angels prevalent

grow Encamping, plac'd in guard their watches round, Deep under ground, materials dark and crude, Cherubic waving fires: on the other part, Of spiritous and fiery spume, till, touch'd Satan with his rebellious disappear'd,

With Heaven's ray, and temper'd, they shoot Par in the dark dislodg'd; and, void of rest,

forth His potentates to council call’d by night; So beauteous, opening to the ambient light? And in the midst thus undismay'd began. These in their dark nativity the deep

O now in danger tried, now known in arms Shall yield us, pregnant with infernal flame; Not to be overpower'd, companions dear, Which, into hollow engines, long and round, Found worthy not of liberty alone,

Thick ramm'd, at the other bore with touch of Too mean pretence! but what we more affect, Dilated and infuriate, shall send forth (fire Honour, dominion, glory, and renown;

From far, with thundering noise, among our foe's Who have sustain'd one day in doubtful fight Such implements of mischief, as shall dash (And if one day, why not eternal days?)

To pieces, and o'erwhelm whatever stands

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