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Through Bosphorus berwixt the justling rocks : : : 16.
Or when Ulysses on the larboard Thunn'd: 2
Charybdis, and by th’other whirlpool Ateer'd.
So he with difficulty and labour hard
Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour he; .. .
But he once past, soon after when man fell,
Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain

Following his tract, such was the will of heav'n,',, ?
Pav'd after him a broad and beat'n way
Over the dark abyss, whose boiling gulf
Tamely endur'd a bridge of wondrous length
From hell continu'd reaching th’utmost orbe ::::
Of this frail world; by which the spirits perverse 1:1
With easie intercourse pass to and fro, " ..!
To tempt or punish mortals, except whom 2.8
God and good angels guard by special grace..
But now at last the facred influence J's 1:27
Of light appears, and from the walls of heav'n ' , , :
Shoots far into the bosom of dim Night
A glimmering dawn; here nature first begins ... vf
Her fardest verge, and Chaos to retire ? ms.
As from her utmost works a brok'n foe- j a
With tumult less and with less hoftile din, , 'wall
That Satan with less toil, and now with ease, nes !
Wafts on the calmer wave by dubius light.... s
And like a weather-beaten vessel holds
Gladly the port, though shrouds and tackle torn; ...?
Or in the emptier waste, resembling air, . :
Weighs his spread wings, at leasure to behold:
Far off th’empyreal heav'n, extended wide. .
In circuit, undetermin'd square or round,

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With opal towrs and battlements adorn'd :
Of living saphire, once his native seat ;
And fast by hanging in a golden chain
This pendant world, in bigness as a star
Of smallest magnitude close by the moon,
Thither full fraught with mischievous revenge,
Accurft, and in a cursed hour he hies.

The End of the Second Book.

BOOK NI. L AIL holy light, offspring of heav'n firkt-born, 11 Or of th'eternal coeternal beam May I express thee unblamd ?' since God is light, And never but in ynapproached light , Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate. Or hear'st thou rather pure ethereal stream, Whose fountain who shall tell ? before the sun, Before the heav'ns thou wert, and at the voice Of God, as with a mantle did invest The rising world of waters dark and deep, Won from the void and formless infinite. Thee I revisit now with bolder wing, Escap't the Stygian pool, though long detain'd In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight Through utter and through middle darkness borne With other notes than to th’Orphean lyre I sung of Chaos and eternal Night, Taught by the heav'nly muse to venture down i The dark descent, and up to re-ascend, Though hard and rare : thee I revisit safe, And feel thy sovran vital lamp; but thou Revisit'st not these eyes, that rowle in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn; So thick a drop serene hath quencht their orbs, Or dim suffufion veil'd. Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the muses hauns



Clear spring, or shaddie grove, or funnie hill, Smit with the love of sacred fong ; but chief Thee Sion and the Aowrie brooks beneath ! That wash thy hallow'd feet, and warbling fow, Nightly I visit : nor fometimes forget Those other two equal'd with me in fate, So were I equal'd with them in renown, Blind Thamyris and blind Mæonides, * And Tiresias and Phineus prophets old. Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird Sings darkling, and in fhadieft covert hid":"A Tunes her nocturnal note. Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns .. Ai!! Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Or fight of vernal bloom, or fummer's rofe, , ,!. Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine , But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me, from the chearful ways of mens Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair. Presented with a univerfal blanc : Prew kas cits. Of nature's works to me expung'd and ras'd, And wisdon at one entrance quite Thut outs .. ! So much the rather thou celeđial light up . ' Shine inward, and the mind through all hor powers Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mást from thence'.ro Purge and difperfe, that I may fee and tell visi'? Of things invisible to mortal fight. in content Now had the almighty fachor from above, ; : From the pure enpyrean whore he fits: 95 cm High throp'd above all highth bent down his eye. ...

His own works and their works at once to view :
About him all the sanctities of heav'n
Stood thick as stars, and from his fight receiv'd
Beatitude past utterance ; on his right
The radiant image of his glory fat, ;
His only Son ; on earth he first beheld
Our two first parents, yet the only two
Of mankind, in the happy garden plac't,
Reaping, immortal fruits of joy and love,
Uninterrupted joy, unrival'd love
In blissful solitude; he then survey'd
Hell and the gulf between, and Satan there
Coasting the wall of heav'n on this side Night
In the dun air sublime, and ready now
To stoop with wearied wings, and willing feet;
On the bare outside of this world, that seem'd
Firm land imbolom'd without firmament, '.
Uncertain which, in ocean or in air...

en Him God beholding from his prospect high, to Wherein past, present, future he bebolds, ... Thus to his only Son foreseeing fpake.. . .!

Only begotten Son, feest thou what rage
Transports our adverfarie, whom no bounds
Prescrib'd, no barrs of hell, nor all the chains
Heapt on him there, nor yet the main abyssi
Wide interrupt can hold.; fo bent he seems
On desperate revenge, that shall redound

Upon his own rebellious head., And now.... .
Through all restraint broke loose he wings his way
Not far off heav'n, in the precincts of light, -,
DireAly towards the new created world...

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