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From Susa, his Memnonian palace high,
Came to the sea ; and, over Hellespont
Bridging his way, Europe with Asia join'd, 310
And scourged with many a stroke the indignant waves.
Now had they brought the work by wondrous art
Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock,

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Of Satan to the selfsame place where he
First lighted from his wing, and landed safe
From out of Chaos to the outside bare
Of this round world: with pins of adamant
And chains they made all fast, too fast they made
And durable ! and now in little space
The confines met of empyréan Heaven,

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With long reach interposed; three several ways
In sight, to each of these three places led.
And now their way to Earth they had descried, 325
To Paradise first tending ; when. behold!
Satan, in likeness of an Angel bright,
Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering
His zenith, while the sun in Aries rose :
Disguised he came ; but those his children dear 330
Their parent soon discern'd, though in disguise.
He after Eve seduced, unminded slunk
Into the wood fast by; and, changing shape,
To observe the sequel, saw his guileful act
By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded
Upon her husband ; saw their shame that sought
Vain covertures; but when he saw descend
The Son of God to judge them, terrified
He fled; not hoping to escape, but shun
The present ; fearing, guilty, what his wrath 340
Might suddenly inflict; that pass'd, return'd
By night, and listening where the hapless pair
Sat in their sad discourse, and various plaint,
Thence gather'd his own doom ; which understood
Not mstant, but of future time, with joy

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And tidings fraught, to Hell he now return'd;
And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot
Of this new wondrous pontifice, unhoped
Met, who to meet him came, his offspring dear.
Great joy was at their meeting, and at sight
Of that stupendous bridge his joy increased.
Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair
Enchanting daughter, thus the silence broke :

O Parent, these are thy magnific deeds,
Thy trophies ! which thou view'st as not thine own;
Thou art their author, and prime architect : 356
For I no sooner in my heart divined,
My heart, which by a secret harmony
Still moves with thine, join d in connexion sweet,
That thou on earth hadst prosper'd, which thy looks -
Now also evidence, but straight I felt,
Though distant from thee worlds between, yet felt.
That I must after thee, with this thy son;
Such fatal consequence unites us three !
Hell could no longer hold us in our bounds, 365
Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure
Detain from following thy illustrious track.
Thou hast achieved our liberty, confined
Within Hell-gates till now; thou us impower'd
To fortify thus far, and overlay,

370 With this portentous bridge, the dark abyss, Thine now is all this world ; thy virtue hath won What thy hands builded not; thy wisdom gain'd With odds what war hath lost, and fully avenged Our foil in Heaven ; here ihou shalt monarch reign, There didst not ; there let him still victor sway, 376 As battle hath adjudged ; from this new world Retiring, by his own doom alienated ; And henceforth monarchy with thee divide Of all things, parted by the empyreal bounds, 380 His quadrature, from thy orbicular world; Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne.

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Whom thus the Prince of darkness answer'd glad: Pair Daughter, and thou Son and Grandchild both; High proof ye now have given to be the race 385 Of Satan (for I glory in the naine, Antagonist of Heaven's Almighty King) Amply have merited of me, of all The infernal empire, that so near Heaven's door Triumphal with triumphal act have met,

390 Mine, with this glorious work ; and made one rcalm, Hell and this world, one realm, one continent Of easy thoroughfare. Therefore, while I Descend through darkness, on your road with ease, To my associate Powers, them to acquaint 395 With these successes, and with them rejoice; You too this way, among these numerous orbs, All yours, right down to Paradise descend; There dwell, and reign in bliss; thence on the earth Dominion exercise and in the air,

400 Chiefly on Man, sole lord of all declared ; Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill. My substitutes I send ye, and create Plenipotent on earth, of matchless might Issuing from me ; on your joint vigour now 405 My hold of this new kingdom all depends, Through Sin to Death’exposed by my exploit. If your joint power prevail, the affairs of Hell No detriment need fear ; go, and be strong!

So saying he dismiss'd them; they with speed 410 Their course through thickest constellations held, Spreading their bane ; the blasted stars look'd wan, And planets, planet-struck, real eclipse Then suffer'd. The other way Satan went down The causey to Hell gate : On either side

415 Disparted Chaos overbuilt exclaim'd, And with rebounding surge the bars assailid, That scorn'd his indignation : through the gate, Wide open and unguarded, Satan pass'd, And all about found desolate ; for those,

Appointed to sit there, had left their charge,
Flown to the upper world ; the rest were all
Far to the inland retired, about the walls
Of Pandemonium, city and proud seat ..
Of Lucifer, so by allusion callid

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Of that bright star to Satan paragon'd; "
There kept their watch the legions, while the Grand
In council sat, solicitous what chance
Might intercept their emperor sent ; so he

As when the Tartar from his Russian foe,
By Astracan, over the snowy plains,
Retires; or Bactrian Sophi, from the horns
Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond
The realm of Aladule, in his retreat

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To Tauris or Casbeen: So these, the lates
Heaven-banishd host, left desert utmost Hell
Many a dark league, reduced in careful watch
Round their metropolis ; and now expecting
Each hour their great adventurer, from the search 440
Of foreign worlds : He through the midst unmark'd
In show plebeian Angel militant
Of lowest order pass d ; and from the door
Of that Plutonian hall, invisible
Ascended his high throne ; which, under state 445
Of richest texture spread, at the upper end

He sat, and round about him saw unseen;
At last, as from a cloud, his fulgent head
And shape star-bright appear'd, or brighter; clad 450
With what permissive glory since his fall
Was left him, or false glitter : All amazed

Bent their aspect, and whom they wish'd beheld, Their mighty Chie, return'd: loud was the acclaim: Forth rush'd in haste the great consulting peers, 456 Raise from their dark Divan, and with like joy

Congratulant approach'd him; who with hand
Silence, and with these words attention, won.

Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers; For in possession such, not only of right,

461 I call ye, and declare ye now ; return'd Successful beyond hope, to lead ye forth Triumphant out of this infernal pit Abominable, accursed, the house of woe, And dungeon of our tyrant: Now possess, As Lords, a spacious world, to our native Heaven Little inferior, by my adventure hard With peril great achieved. Long were to tell What I have done, what suffer'd ; with what pain 470 Voyaged the unreal, vast, unbounded deep Of horrible confusion; over which By Sin and Death a broad way now is paved, To expedite your glorious niarch ; but I Toil'd out my uncouth passage, forced to ride 4775 The untractable abyss, plunged in the womb Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild ;

That, jealous of their secrets, fiercely opposed My journey strange, with clamorous uproar Protesting Fate supreme ; thence how I found 480 The new created world, which fame in Heaven Long had foretold, a fabric wonderful Of absolute perfection! therein Man Placed in a Paradise, by our exile , Made happy ; Him by fraud I have seduced 485 From his Creator ; and, the more to increase Your wonder, with an apple ; he, thereat Offended, worth your laughter! hath given up Both his beloved Man, and all his world, To Sin and Death a prey, and so to us, 490 Without our hazard, labour, or alarm, To range in, and to dwell, and over Man To rule, as over all he should have ruled. True is, me also he hath judged, or rather

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