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Or captive dragg'd in chains, with hostile frown, 260 And visage all inflam'd, first thus began.
6 * Author of' ev'il, unknown till thy revolt, Unnam'd in Heav'n, now plenteous as thou seest "These acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, Though heaviest by just measure on thyself 265 And thy adherents : how hast thou disturb’d Heav'n's blessed peace, and into nature brought Misery, uncreated till the crime Of thy rebellion ! how hast thou instillid Thy malice into thousands, once upright 270 And faithful, now prov'd false! But think not here To trouble holy rest; Heav'n casts thee out Froin all her confines : Heav'n, 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!'
280 “So spake the prince of angels; to whom thus The adversary. "Nor think thou with wind Of airy threats to awe whom yet with deeds Thou canst not. Hast thou turn'd the least of these To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise
285 Unvanquish’d, easier to transact with me That thou shouldst hope, imperious! and with threats To chase me hence? err not that so shall end The strife which thou call'st evil, but we style The strife of glory; which we mean to win, 290 Or tum this Heav'n itself into the Hell Thou fablest; here however to dwell free, If not to reign: meanwhile thy utmost force, And join him nam'd Almighty to thy aid, I fly not, but have sought 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 conspicuous, that may
lift Human imagination to such height
Back to his chariot, where it stood retir'd
350 All intellect, all sense ; and as they please, They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare.
“Meanwhile in other parts like deeds desery'd Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought, 353 And with fierce ensigns 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 Heav'n Refrain'd his tongue blasphemous; 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, Though huge, and in a rock of diamond armid, Vanquish'd, Adramelech 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 through plate and mail, Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy The atheist 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 Eternize here on earth; but those elect Angels, contented with their fame in Heav'n, 375 Seek not the praise of nien: the other sort,
In might though wond'rous, and in acts of war,
385 “And now, their mightiest quell'd, the battle swerv’d, With many an inroad gor'd; deformed rout Enter'd, and foul disorder; all the ground With shiver'd armour strown, and on a heap Chariot and charioteer lay overturn'd,
330 And fiery foaming steeds; what stood, recoild O'er-wearied, through the faint satanic host Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpris'd, Then first with fear surpris'd and sense of pain, Fled ignominious, to such evil brought
395 By sin of disobedience; till that hour Not liable to fear, or flight, or pain. Far otherwise th' inviolable saints, In cubic phalanx firm, advanc'd entire, Invulnerable, impenetrably arm'd ;
400 Such high advantages their innocence Gave them above their foes, not to have sinn'd, Not to have disobey'd ; in fight they stood Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pain'd By wound, though from their place by violence moy'd,
“Now night her course began, and over Heav'n 406 Inducing darkness, grateful truce impos'd, And silence on the odious din of war: Under her cloudy covert both retird, Victor and vanquish’d: on the foughten field 410 Michaël and bis angels prevalent Encamping, plac'd in guard their watches round, Cherubic waving fires : on th' other part, Satan with his rebellious disappear'd, Far in the dark dislodg'd ; and, void of rest, 115
His poteptates to council call’d by night;
"O now in danger try'd, now known in arms
420 Too mean pretence! but, what we more affect, Honour, dominion, glory, and renown; Who have sustain'd one day in doubtful fight (And if one day, why not eternal days ?) What Heaven's Lord had pow'rfullest to send 425 Against us from about his throne, and judg'd Sufficient to subdue us to his will, But proves not so: then fallible, it seerns, Of future we may deem him, though till now Omniscient thought. True is, less firmly arm'd, 430 Some disadvantage we endur'd and pain, Till now not known, but, known, as soon contema'd; Since now we find this our empyreal form Incapable of mortal injury, Imperishable, and, though pierc'd with wound, 435 Soon closing, and by native vigour heal'd. Of evil then so small, as easy think The remedy; perhaps more valid arms, Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us, and worse our foes, Or equal what between us made the odds, In nature none: if other hidden cause Left them superior, while we can preserve Unburt our minds and understanding sound, Due search and consultation will disclose.'
445 " He sat; and in th' assembly next upstood Nisroch, of principalities the prime: As one he stood escap'd from cruel fight, Sore toil, his riven arms to havoc hewn, And cloudy in aspéct thus answering spake. 450 *Deliverer from new lords, leader to free Enjoyment of our rights as Gods; yet hard For Gods, and too wnequal work we find, Against unequal arms to fight in pain,