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From your dominion won, the ethereal King
590 Yours be the advantage all, mine the revenge."
Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old, With faltering speech and visage incomposed, Answer'd:“I know thee, Stranger, who thou art; That mighty leading angel, who of late
995 Made head against Heaven's King, though overthrown I saw and heard; for such a numerous host Fled not in silence, through the frighted deep, With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded; and Heaven-gates ICCO Pour'd out by millions her victorious bands, Pursuing. I upon my frontiers here Keep residence; if all I can will serve That little, which is left so to defend, Encroach'd on still, through your intestine broils. 1005 Weakening the sceptre of old Night: first Hell, Your dungeon, stretching far and wide beneath, Now lately Heaven and Earth, another world, Hung o'er my realm, link'd in a golden chain To that side Heaven, from whence your legions fell 1010 If that way be your walk, you have not far; So much the nearer danger: go, and speed : Havoc, and spoil, and ruin are my gain."
He ceased; and Satan staid not to reply ; But glad, that now his sea should find a shore, 1015 With fresh alacrity and force renew'd, Springs upward, like a pyramid of fire, Into the wild expanse; and, through the shock Of fighting elements, on all sides round Environ’d, wins his way; harder beset
1020 And more endanger'd, than when Argo pass'd Through Bosporus, betwixt the justling rocks : Or when Ulysses, on the larboard, shunn'd Charybdis, and by the other whirlpool steer'd So he, with difficulty and labour hard,
1025 Moved on; with difficulty and labour he. But he once past, soon after, when
an lell, Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain,
Following his track, such was the will of Heaven,
Ciod sitting on his Throne, sees Satan flying towards this world, then
newly created; shows him to the Son, who sat at his right hand; foretels the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own justice and wisdom from all imputation, having created Man free, and able enough to have withstood his tempter ; yet de. clares his purpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but by him seduced. The Son of God renders praises to his Father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose towards Man: but God again declares, that grace cannot be extended towards Man, without the satisfaction of divine justice; Man hath offended the majesty of God, by aspiring to Godhead; and therefore, with all his progeny, devoted to death, must die, unless some one can be found sufficient to answer for his offence, and undergo his punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself & ransom for Man: the Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation, pronounces his exaltation above all names in Heaven and Earth; commands all the Angels to adore him: they obey, and, hymning to their harps In full quire, celebrate the Father and the Son. Mean while, Satan alights, upon the bare convex of this world's outermost orb; where wandering, he first finds a place, since called the Limbo of Vanity: what persons and things fly up thither: thence comes to the gate of Heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the waters above the firmament that flow about it: his passage thence to the orb of the sun; he finds there Uriel, the regent of that orb, but first changes himself into the shape of a meaner Angel; and, pretending a zealous desire to behold the new creation, and Man whom God had placed here, inquires of him the place of his babitation, and is directed: alights first on Mount Niphates.