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To noon he fell, from noon to dewy.eve,
Mean whilc the winged heralds by command
band and squared regiment By place or choice the worthieft; they anon With hundreds and with thousands trooping came Attended : all access was throng'd, the gates And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (Though like a cover'd field, where champions bold" Wont ride in arm’d, and at the Soldan's chair Defy'd the best of Panim chivalry To mortal combat, or career with lance) Thick swarm’d, both on the ground and in the air Brush'd with the hiss of rusling winds. As bees In spring time, when the fun with Taurus rides, Pour forth thieir populous youth about the hive In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro, or on the imocthed plank;
The suburb of their straw-built citadel,
THE END OF THE FIRST BOOK.
The consultation begun, Satan debates whether another battel be to be hazarded for the recovery of Heaven: Some advise it, others dissuade: A third proposal is preferr’d, mention'd before by Satan, to Learch the truth of that prophecy or tradition in Heaven concerning another world, and another kind of creature equal or not much inferior to themselves, about this time to be created : Their doubt who shall be sent on this difficult search: Satan their chief undertakes alone the voyage, is honor'd and applauded. T council thus ended, the rest betake them several ways, and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them, to entertain the time till Satan return. He passes on his journey to Hell gates, finds them shut, and who late there to guard them, by whom at length they are open'd, and discover to him the great gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what difficulty he passes through, directed by Chaos, the Power of that place, to the fight of this new world which he fought.