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Rais'd impious war in Heaven, and battle proud; And shook his throne. What though the field With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power, I

be lost? Hurl'd headlong flaming from the ethereal sky, All is not lost ; the unconquerable will, With hideous ruin and coinbustion, down

And study of revenge, immortal hate, To bottomless perdition; there to dwell

And courage never to submit or yield, In adamantine chains and penal fire,

And whatis else not to be overcome ; Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms.

That glory never shall his wrath or misht. Ninė times the space that measures day and Extort from me. To bow and sue for grace night

With suppliant knee, and deify his power To mortal men, he with his horrid crew

Who from the terrour of this arm so late Lay vanquish'd, rolling in the fiery gulf, Doubted his empire; that were low indeed, Confounded, though immortal : but his doom That were an ignominy, and shame beneath Reserv'd him to more wrath! for now the This downfall : since by fate the strength of gods thought

And this empyreal substance cannot fail, Both of lost happiness and lasting pain

Since through experience of this great event Torments him : round he throws his baleful eyes. In arms not worse, in foresight much advanc'd, That witness'd huge affliction and dismay, We may with more successful hope resolve Mix'd with obdurate pride and stedfast hate ; To wage by force or guile eternal war, At once, as far as angels ken, he views

Irreconcileable to our grand foe, The dismal situation waste and wild ;

Who now triumphs, and, in the excess of joy A dungeon horrible on all sides round,

Sole reigning, holds the tyranny of Heaven.” As one great furnace Alam'd; yet from those So spake the apostate angel, though in pain, flames

Vaunting aloud, but rack'd with deep despair : No light; but rather darkness visible

And him thus answer'd soon his bold compeer. Servd only to discover sights of woe,

“O prince, O chief of many throned powers, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace That led the embattled seraphim to war And rest can never dwell; hope never comes Under thy conduct, and in dreadful deeds That comes to all : but torture without end Fearless, endanger'd Heaven's perpetual king, Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed

And put to proof his high supremacy,
With ever-burning sulphur unconsum'd ; Whether upheld by strength, or chance, or fate;
Such place eternal Justice had prepard

Too well I see, and rue the dire event,
For those rebellious; here their prison ordain's That with sad overthrow, and foul defeat,
In utter darkness, and their portion set

Hath lost us Heaven, and all this mighty host
As far remov'd from God and light of Heaven, In horrible destruction laid thus low,
As from the centre thrice to the utmost pole. As far as gods and heavenly essences
O, how unlike the place from whence they fell ! Can perish : for the mind and spirit remains
There the companions of his fall, o'erwhelm'd Invincible, and rigour soon returns,
With floods and whirlwinds of tempestuous fire, | Though all our glory extinct, and happy state
He soon discerns; and weltering by his side Here swallow'd up in endless misery.
One next himself in power, and next in crime, But what if he our conqueror (whom I now
Long after known in Palestine, and nam'd

Of furce believe almighty, since no less Beëlzebub. To whom the arch-enemy,

Tban such could have o'erpowerd such force as And thence in Heaven callid Satan, with bold

ours) words

Have left us this our spirit and strength entire Breaking the horrid silence, thus began. Strongly to suffer and support our pains, “ If thou beest be; but o, how fall’n ! hov That we may so suffice his vengeful ire, chang'd

Or do him mightier service as his thralls From him, who, in the happy realms of light, By right of war, whate'er his business be, Cloth'd with transcendent brightness, didst out Here in the heart of Hell to work in fire, shine

Or do his errands in the gloomy deep ; Myriads though bright! If he whom mntual What ean it then' avail, though yet we feel league,

Strength undiminish’d, or eternal being
United thoughts and counsels, equal lope To undergo eternal punishment ?”
And hazard in the glorious enterprise,

Whereto with speedy words the arch-fiend reJoin'd with me once, now misery hath join'd

plied, In equal ruin : into what pit thou seest (prov'd « FalPn cherub, to be weak is miserable From what neighth fall's, so much the stronger | Doing or suffering ; but of this be sure, He with his thunder : and till then who knew To do aught good never will be our task, The force of those dire arms! Yet not for those, But ever to do ill our sole delight, . Nor what the potent Victor in his rage

As being the contrary to his high will Can else inflict, do I repent or change,

Whom we resist. If then his providence Though chang'din outward lustre, that fix'd mind, Out of our evil seek to bring forth good, And high disdain from sense of injurd merit, Our labour must be to pervert that end, .' That with the Mightiest rais'd me to contend, And out of good still to find means of evil; And to the fierce contention brought along | Which oft-times may succeedl, so as perhaps Innumerable force of spirits arm’d,

Shall grieve him, if I fail pot, and disturb That durst dislike his reign, and, me preferring, His inmost counsels from their destin'd aim. His utmost power with adverse power opposid But see, the angry victor hath recalPd In dubious battle on the plains of Heaven, His ministers of vengeance and pursuit

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Back to the gates of Heaven : the sulphurous With stench and smoke : such resting found bail,

the sole Shot after us in storm, o'erblown, hath laid Of unblest seet. Him follow'd his nextmate: The fiery surge, that from the precipice Both glorying to have’scap'd the Stygian food Of Heaven receividus falling; and the thunder, As gods, and by their own recover'd strength,' Wing'd with red lightning and impetuous rage, Not by the sufferance of supernal Power. Perhaps hath spent his shafts, and ceases now “Is this the region, this the soil, the clime," To bellow through the vast and boundless deep. Said then the lost arch-angel, “ this the seat' Let us not slip the occasion, whether scorn, That we must change for Ileaven: this mournful Or satiate fury, yield it from our foe.

gloom Seest thou yon dreary plain, forlorn and wild, For that celestial light? Be it so, since he, The seat of desolation, void of light,

Who now is Sovran, can dispose and bid Save what the glimmering of these livid flames | What shall be right : farthest from him is best, Casts pale and dreadful ? Thither let us tend Whom reason hath equall'd, force hath made From off the tossing of these fiery waves;

supreme There rest, if any rest can harbour there; Above his equals. Farewell happy fields, And, re-assembling our afflicted powers, | Where joy for ever dwells. Hail horrours, hail Consult how we may henceforth most offend Infernal world, and thou, profoundest Hell, Our enemy; our own loss how repair ;

Receive thy new possessor ; one who brings How overcome this dire calamity ;

A mind not to be chang'd by place or time : What reinforcement we may gain from hope; The mind is its own place, and in itself If not, what resolution from despair."

Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. Thus Satan, talking to his nearest mate, What matter where, if I be still the same, With head up-lift above the wave, and eyes And what I should be, all but less than he That sparkling blaz'd; his other parts besides | Whom thunder hath made greater? Here at Prone on the flood, extended long and large,

least Lay floating many a rood ; in bulk as huge We shall be free ; the Almighty hath not built As whom the fables name of monstrous size, Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Titanian, or Earth-born, that warr'd on Jove; Here we may reign secure, and, in my choice, Briareos or Typhon, whom the den .

To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell : By ancient Tarsus held ; or that sea-beast Better to reigo in Hell, than serve in Heaven. Leviathan, which God of all his works

But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Created hugest that swim the ocean stream: The associates and copartners of our loss, Him haply slumbering on the Norway foam Lie thus astonish'd on the oblivious pool, The pilot of some small nigbt-founder'd skiff And call them not to share with us their part Deeming some island, oft, as sea-men tell, In this unhappy mansion; or once more With fixed anchor in his skaly rind

With rallied arms to try what may be yet Moors by his side under the lee, while night Regain’d in Heaven, or what more lost in Hell?" Invests the sea, and wished morn delays :

So Satan spake, and him Beëlzebub So stretch'd out huge in length the arch-fiend Thus answer'd, “ Leader of those armies bright, lay

Which but the Omnipotent none could have foil'd, Chain'd on the burning lake ; nor ever thence If once they hear that voice, their liveliest pledge Had ris'n or heav'd his head; but that the Of hope in fears and dangers, heard so oft And high permission of all-ruling Heaven (will | In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Left him at large to his own dark designs; Of battle when it rag'd, in all assaults That with reiterated crimes he might

Their surest sigual, they will soon resume Heap on himself damnation, while he sought | New courage and revive ; though now they lie Evil to others ; and, enrag'd, might see

Groveling and prostrate on yon lake of fire, How all his mnalice serv'd but to bring forth As we ere while, astounded and amaz'd ; Infinite goodness, grace and mercy, shown No wonder, fall’n such a pernicious highth." On Man by him seduc'd ; but on himself

He scarce had ceas'd when the superior Treble confusion, wrath and vengeance pour'd.

fiend Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool Was moving toward the shore: bis ponderous His mighty stature; on each band the flames,

shield, Driven backward, slope their pointing spires, Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, and, rollid

Behind him cast; the broad circumference
In billows, leave i'the midst a horrid vale. Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose orb
Then with expanded wings he steers his flight Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views
Aloft, incumbent on the dusky air

At evening from the top of Fesolé,
That felt unusual weight; till on dry land Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands,
He lights, if it were land that ever burn'd Rivers or mountains in her spotty globe.
With solid, as the lake with liquid fire ;

His spear, to equal which the tallest pine
And such appeard in hue, as when the force Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
Of subterranean wind transports a hill

Of some great ammiral, were but a wand, Törn from Pelorus, or the shatter'd side

He walk'd with, to support uneasy steps Of thundering Ætna, whose combustible Over the burning marle, not like those steps And fuell'd entrails thence conceiving fire, On Heaven's azure, and the torrid clime Sublim'd with mineral fury, aid the winds, Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire : And leave a singed bottom all involv'd

Nathless he so endur'd, till on the beach VOL. VII.

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Of that inflamed sea he stood, and callid 1 Through God's high sufferance for the trial of His legions, angel forms, who lay intranc'd

man, Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks | By falsities and lies the greatest part In Vallombrosa, where the Etrurian shades, Of mankind they corrupted to forsake High over-arch'd, imbower; or scatter'd sedge God their Creator, and th' invisible Atoat, when with fierce winds Orion arm'd Glory of him that made them to transform Hath vex'd the Red-Sea coast, whose waves Oft to the image of a brute, adorn'd Busiris, and his Memphian chivalry, so'erthrew With gay religions full of pomp and gold, While with perfidious hatred they pursued And devils to adore for deities : The schourners of Goshen, who beheld

Then were they known to men by various pames, From the safe shore their floating carcasses And various idols through the Heathen world. And broken chariot wheels : so thick bestrown, Say, Muse, their names then known, who first, Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood,

who last, Under amazement of their hideous change. Rous'd from the slumber, on that fiery couch, He call'd so loud, that all the hollow deep | At their great emperor's call, as next in worth Of Hell resounded. “Princes, potentates, Came singly where he stood on the bare strand, Warriors, the fower of Heaven, once yours, While the promiscuous cloud stood yet aloof. now lost,

The chief were those, who, from the pit of Hell If such astonishment as this can seize

Roaming to seek their prey on Earth, durst Eternal spirits ; or have ye chos'n this place

fix After the toil of battle to repose

Their seats long after next the seat of God. Your wearied virtue, for the ease you find Their altars by his altar, gods ador'd To slumber here, as in the vales of Heaven? Among the nations round, and durst abide Or in this abject posture have ye sworn

Jehovah thund'ring out of Sion, thron'd T'adore the Conqueror who now beholds between the cherubim ; yea, often plac'd Cherub and seraph rolling in the flood

Within his sanctuary itself their shrines, With scatter'd arms and ensigns, till anon Abominations; and with cursed things His swift pursuers from Heaven-gates discern His holy rites and solemn feasts profanid, Th’advantage, and, descending, tread us down And with their darkness durst affront his light. Thus drooping, or with linked thunderbolts First Moloch, horrid king, besmear'd with blood Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf,

Of human sacrifice, and parents' tears , Awake, arise, or be for ever fall’n."

Though for the noise of drums and timbrek They heard, and were abas'd, and up they

loud sprung

Their children's cries unheard, that pass'd Upon the wing ; as when men wont to watch

through fire On duty, sleeping found by whom they dread, To his grim idol. Him the Ammonite Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake; | Worshipt in Rabba and herwatry plain, Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In Argob and in Basan, to the stream In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such Yet to their general's voice they soon obey Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart Innumerable. As when the potent rod

Of Solomon he led by fraud to build Of Amram's son, in Egypt's evil day,

His temple right against the temple of God. Wav'd round the coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud On that opprobrious bill; and made his grove Of locusts, warping on the eastern wind, The pleasant valley of Hipnom, Tophet thence That o'er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung | And black Gehenna call'd, the type of Hell. Like night, and darken'd all the land of Nile: Next, Chemos, th' obscene dread of Moah's So numberless were those bad angels seen

sons,
Hovering on wing under the cope of Hell, From Aroer to Nebo, and the wild
Twist upper, ncther, and surrounding fires, Of southmost Abarim ; in Hesebon
Till, as a signal given, the up-lifted spear And Horopaim, Seon's realm, beyond
Of their great Sultan waving to direct

The flowery dale of Sibma clad with vines,
Their course, in even balance down they light | And Eleälé to th’ Asphaltic pool.
On the firm brimstone, and fill all the plain. Peor his other name, when he entic'd
A multitude, like which the populous North Israelin Sittim, on their march from Nile,
Pour'd never from her frozen loins, to pass To do him wanton rites, which cost them Foe-
Rhene or the Danaw, when her barbarous sons Yet thence his lustful orgies hc enlarg'd
Carne like a deluge on the South, and spread E ven to that hill of scandal, by the grove
Beneath Gibraltar to the Lybian sands.

Of Moloch homicide ; lust hard by hate; Forthwith from every squadron and each band | Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. The heads and leaders thither haste wbere stood With these came they, who, from the bordring Their great commander; godlike shapes and

flood Excelling human, princely dignities, [forms Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts And powers that erst in Heaven sat on thrones ; | Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names Though of their names in heavenly records now | Of Baalim and Ashtaroth ; those male, Be no memorial ; blotted out and ras'd

| These feminine : for spirits, when they plo By their rebellion from the books of life. Can either sex assume, or both ; so soft Nor bad they yet among the sons of Eve

And uncompounded is their essence pure ; Got them new names, till, wandering o'er the Not tied of manacled with joint or limb, Earth,

Not founded on the brittle strength of bones

Like cumbrous flesh; but, in what shape they | In courts and palaces he also reigns, choose,

And in luxurious cities, where the noise Dilated or condens'd, bright or obscure, Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers, Can execute their aery purposes,

And injury and outrage : and when night And works of love or enmity fulfil.

Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons For those the race of Israel oft forsook

Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. Their living strength, and unfrequented left Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night . His righteous altar, bowing lowly down

In Gibeah, when the hospitable door To bestial gods; for which their heads as low

Expos'd a matron, to avoid worse rape. Bow'd down in battle, sunk before the spcar These were the prime in order and in might: . Of despicable foes. With these in troop

The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd, Came Astoreth, whom the Phoenicians call'd The lonian gods, of Javan's issue; held Astarte, queen of Heaven, with crescent horns; Gods, yet confess'd later than Heaven and Earth, To whose bright image nightly by the Moon Their boasted parents: Titan, Heaven's firstSidonian virgins paid their vows and songs;

bom, In Sion also not unsung, where stood

With his enormous brood, and birthright seiz'd Her temple on the offensive mountain, built By younger Saturn ; he from mightier Jove, By that uxorious king, whose heart, though His own and Rhea's son, like measure found; Beguild by fair idolatresses, fell [large, So Jove usurping reign'd: these first in Crete To idols fonl. Thaminuz came next behind, And Ida known, thence on the snowy top Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd

Of bold Olympus, rul'd the middle air, The Syrian damsels to lament his fate

Their highest Heaven; or on the Delphian cliff; In amorous ditties all a summer's day;

Or in Dodoua, and through all the bounds While smooth Adonis from his native rock Of Doric land: or who with Saturn old Ran purple to the sea, suppos'd with blood Fled over Adria to the Hesperian fields, Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love-tale And o'er the Celtic roam'd the utmost isles. Infected Sion's daughters with like heat;

All these and more came flocking ; but with Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch

looks Ezekiel saw, when, by the vision led,

Down-cast and damp; yet such wherein appear'd His eye survey'd the dark idolatries

Obscure some glimpse of joy, to have found Of alienated Judah. Next came one

their chief Who mourn'd in earnest, when the captive ark Not in despair, to 'ave found themselves not Maim'd his brute image, head and hands lopt

lost In his own temple, on the grunsel edge, [off In loss itself; which on his countenance cast Where he fell fat, and sham'd bis worshippers: Like doubtful bue: but he, his wonted pride Dagon his naine, sea-monster, upward man Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore And downward fish: yet had his temple high Semblance of worth, not substance, gently rais'd Reard in Azotus, dreaded through the coast Their fainting courage, and dispell’d their fears, Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon,

Then straight cominands, that at the warlike And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.

sound Him follow'd Rimmon, whose delightful seat Of trumpets loud and clarions be uprcar'd Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks His mighty standard: that proud honour claim'd Of Abbana and Pharpbar, lucid streams.

Azazel as his right, a cherub tall; He alsu against the house of God was bold: Who furthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd A leper once he lost, and gain'd a king;

The imperial ensign; which, full high advanc'd, Ahaz his sottish conqueror, whom he drew Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind, God's altar to disparage and displace

With gems and golden lustre rich imblaz'd, For one of Syrian morde, whereon to burn Seraphic arms and tropbies; all the while His odious offerings, and adore the gods Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds: Whom he had vanquish'd. After these appear'd | At which the unirersal bost up-sent A crew, who, under names of old renowni, A shout, that tore Hell's concave, and beyond Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train,

| Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd All in a moment through the gloom were seen Fanatic Egypt and her priests, to seek

Ten thousand banners rise into the air Their wandering gods disguis'd in brutish forms | With orient colours waving: with them rose Rather than human. Nor did Israel 'scape A forest huge of spears; and througing helms The infection, when their borrow'd gold compos'd | Appear'd, and serried shields in thick array The calf in Oreb; and the rebel king

Of depth immeasurable: anon they move Doubled that sin in Bethel and in Dan,

In perfect phalanx to the Dorian wood Likening his Maker to the grazed ox;

Of fiates and soft recorders; such as rais'd! Jehovah, who in one night, when he pass'd To highth of nublest temper heroes old From Egypt marching, equall?d with one stroke | Arming to battle ; and instead of rage Both her first-born and all her bleating gods. Deliberate valour breath'd, Grm and unmov'd Belial cane last, than whom a spirit more lewd With dread of death to fight or foul retreat: Fell pot from Heaven, or more gross to love | Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage Vice for itself: to him no temple stood

With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and Or altar smok'd ; yet who more oft than he

chase In temples and at altars, when the priest | Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who fill'd With lust and violence the house of God ? From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they, VOL. VII.

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Breathing united force, with fixed thought, was not inglorious, though the event was dire,
Mov'd on in silence to soft pipes, that charm'd As this place testifies, and this dire change,
Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil: and now Hateful to utter : but what power of mind,
Advanc'd in view they stand; a horrid front Foreseeing or presaging, from the depth
Of dreadful length and dazzling arms, in guise Of knowledge past or present, could have fear'd,
Of warriors old with order'd spear and shield; How such united force of gods, how such
Awaiting what command their mighty chief As stood like these, could ever know repulse?
Had to impose : he through the armed files For who can yet believe, though after loss,
Darts his experienc'd eye, and suon traverse That all these puissant legions, whose exile
The whole battalion views, their order due, Hath emptied Heaven, shall fail to re-ascend
Their visages and stature as of gods;

Self-rais'd, and repossess their native seat ?
Their number last he sums. And now his heart for me, be witness all the host of Heaven,
Distends with pride, and hardening in his strength If coursels different, or dangers shunn'd
Glories : for never, since created man,

By me, have lost our hopes. But he who reigns Met such imbodied force, as nam'd with these Monarch in Heaven, till then as one secure Could merit more than that small infantry Sat on his throne, upheld by old repute, Warr'd on by cranes : though all the giant Consent or custom ; and his regal state brood

Put forth at full, but still his strength conccal'd, Of Phlegra with the heroic race were join'd Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side

fall. Mix'd with auxiliar gods; and what resounds Henceforth his night we know and know our In fable or romance of Uther's son

own: Begirt with British and Armoric knights; So as not either to provoke, or dread And all who since, baptiz'd or infidel,

New war, provok'd; our better part remains Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalban,

To work in close design, by fraud or guile, Damasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond,

What force effected not : that he no less Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore,

At length from us may find, who overcomes When Charlemain with all his peerage fell

By force, hath overcome but half his foe. By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond

Space may produce new worlds; whereof so rife Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd

There went a fame in Heaven that he ere long Their dread commander: he, above the rest Intended to create, and therein plant In shape and gesture proudly eminent,

A generation, whom his choice regard Stood like a tower ; his form had yet not lost Should favour equal to the sons of Heaven: All her original brightness; nor appear'd

Thither, if but to pry, shall be perhaps Less than arch-angel ruin'd, and the excess Our first eruption; thither or elsewhere; Of glory obscurd : as when the Sun, new risen, For this infernal pit shall never hold Looks through the horizontal misty air

Celestial spirits in bondage, nor the abyss Shorn of his beams; or from behind the Moon, Long under darkness cover. But these thoughts lo dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds

Full counsel must mature : peace is despair’d; On half the nations, and with fear of change For who can think submission ? War then, war, Perplexes monarchs. Darken'd so, yet shone Open or understood, must be resolvid." Above them all the arch-angel: but his face He spake : and, to confirm his words, out-Aler Deep scars of thunder had intrench'd ; and care Millions of flanning swords, drawn from the Sat on his faded cheek, but under brows

thighs Of dauntless courage, and considerate pride Of mighty cherubim; the sudden blaze Waiting revenge ; cruel his eye, but cast Far round illumin’d Hell : highly they rag'd Signs of remorse and passion, to behold

Against the Highest, and fierce with graspar The fellows of his crime, the followers rather,

arms (Far other once beheld in bliss) condemn'd Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of wat, Por ever now to have their lot in pain: 1

Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heaven. Millions of spirits for his fault amerc'd

There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top Of Heaven, and from eternal splendours Alung Belch'd fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire For his revolt, yet faithful how they stood, Shone with a glossy scurf; undoubted sigu Their glory wither'd: as when Heaven's fire that in his womb was hid metallic ore, Hath scath'd the forest oaks, or mountain pines, The work of sulphur. Thither, wing'd with With singed top their stately growth, though

speed, bare,

A numerous brigade hasten'd: as when bands Stands on the blasted heath. He now prepar'd | Of pioneers, with spade and pickax armid, To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, bend

Or cast a rampart. Mammon led them on: From wing to wing, and half enclose him round | Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell With all his peers : attention held them mute. From Heaven ; for e'en in Heaven his looks and Thrice he assay'd, and thrice, in spite of scoru,

thoughts Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth : at last Were always downward bent, admiring more Words, interwove with sighs, found out their | The riches of Heaven's pavement, trudden gold, way.

Than aught, divine or holy, else enjoy'd ' “myriads of immortal spirits, () powers lo vision beatific : by him first Matchless, but with the Almighty; and that | Men also, and by his suggestion taught, strife

Rausack'd the centre, and with iinpious band

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