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them lastly of a new norld, and nerv
deep: the infernal peers there sit in council.
of man's first disobedience, and the fruit of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our woe, with loss of Eden, till one greater Man tore us, and regain the blissful seat, Sing heavenly Muse! that on the secret top §§. or of Sinai, didst inspire That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed, In the beginning how the heavens and earth Rose out of Chaos. Or if Sion hill 10 Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flow'd Fast by the oracle of God; I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventorous song: That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues ngs unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
creature to be created; according to an ancient proph or report in heaven; (for that angels overe ##: this visible creation, ng to an To find out the truth of this£: and nhat to determine thereon, he hence att . Pandemonium, neil
e yet of regaining heaven; but tells
the palace of Satan, rises, y built out of the
Since o. experience of this great event,
So spake th' apostate angel, though in pain : 125 Vaunting aloud, but rack'd with deep despair : And him thus answer'd soon his bold compeer:
“O Prince : O chief of many throned powers, That led th’ embattled seraphim to war Under thy conduct! and in dreadful deeds .50 Fearless, endanger'd heaven's perpetual King, And put to proof his high supremacy: Whether §. by strength, or chance, or fate, Too well I see and rue the dire event That with sad overthrow and foul defeat 135 Hath lost us heaven: and all this mighty host In horrible destruction laid thus low, As far as gods, and heavenly essences, Can perish : for the mind and spirit remains Invincible, and vigour soon returns, Though as our glory extinct, and happy state, Here swallow'd up in endless misery ! But what if he our conqueror (whom I now Of force believe Almighty, since no less [ours) Than such could have o'erpower'd such force as Have left us this our spirit and strength entire, 146 Strongly to suffer and support our pains; That we may so suffice his vengeful ire, 'tor do him mightier service, as his thralls #. right of war, whate'er his business be,
ere in the heart of hell to work in fire, Or do his errands in the É. deep 2 What can it then avail, though yet we feel Strength undiminish'd, or eternal being, To undergo etermal punishment P” 155 Whereto with speedy words th' arch-fiend replied:
* “Fallen Cherub to be weak is miserable,
To bellow through the vast and boundless deep,
Thus Satan talking to his nearest mate, With head up-lift above the wave, and eyes That sparkling blaz'd : his other parts besides Prone on the flood, extended long and large, Lay floating many a rood: in i. as huge, As whom the fables name, of monstrous size, Titanian, or Earth-born, that warr'd on Jove, Briareus, or Typhon, whom the den By ancient Tarsus held; or that sea-beast Leviathan, which God of all his works Created hugest that swim th’ ocean stream : (Him, haply slumboring on the Norway foam, The pilot of some ...i night-founder'd skiff, I\eeming some island, oft, as seamen tell, With fixed anchor in his scaly rind, Moors by his side under the lee, while night Invests the sea, and wished morn delays. So stretch'd out huge in length the arch-fiend lay, Chain'd on the burning lake: nor ever thence 210 Had risen, or heav'd his head, but that the will And-high permission of all-ruling Heaven, Left him at large to his own dark designs: That with reiterated crimes he might Heap on himself damnation, while he sought Evil to others; and enrag'd might see, How all his malice serv'd but to bring forth Infinite goodness, grace, and mercy shown On man by him seduc’d ; but on himself Treble confusion, wrath, and vengeance pour’d. 220 Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature; on each hand the flames Driven backward slope their pointing spires, and In billows, leave i' th' midst a horrid vase. . [rol"d Then with expanded wings he steers his flight 223 Aloft, incumbent on the dusky air, That felt unusual weight: tils on dry land He lights, if it were land that ever burn'd With solid, as the lake with liquid fire: And such appear'd in hue, as when the force Of subterranean wind transports a hill Torn from Pelorus, or the shatter'd side Of thund'ring Ætna, whose combustible And fuel'd entrails thence conceiving fire, Sublim'd with mineral fury, aid the winds, 255 And leave a singed bottom all involv'd [scle With stench and smoke: such resting found the Of unbless'd feet : Him follow'd his next mate, Both glorying to have 'scap'd the Stygian flood, As §§. and by their own recover'd strength; 240 Not by the su ce of supermal power.
“Is this the region, this the soil, the clime," Said then the lost archangei “this the seat, That we must change for heaven P this mournful
For that celestial light P be it so since he 245
He scarce had ceas'd, when the superior fiend Was moving toward the shore; his pond’rous shield, Etherial temper, massy, large, and round, 285 Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views ..At .#. the top of Fesole, or in Val o, to descry new lands, 290 Rivers, or mountains, on her spotty globe. His spear, (to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great admiral, were but a wand) He walk'd with, to support uneasy steps 295 Over the burning marle (not like those steps On heaven's azure') and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire. Nathless he so endur'd, till on the beach Of that inflamed sea he stood and call'd 300 His legions, angel-forms, who lay entranc'd, Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades, High over-arch'd imbower; or scattered sedge Afloat, when with fierce winds Orion arm'd 305 Hath vex'd the Red-Sea coast, whose waves o'erBusiris, and his Memphian chivalry, [threw While with perfidious hatred they pursu'd The o: of Goshen, who beheld From the safe shore their floating carcasses, 310 And broken chariot wheels: so thick bestrown, Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood, Under amazement of their hideous change. He call’d so loud, that all the hollow deep
Of hell resounded: “Princes, Potentates, 515 Warriors, the flower of heaven! once yours, now If such astonishment as this can seize [lost,
Eternal spirits: or have ye chosen this place
Awake, arise, or be for ever fallen " 330 They heard, and were abash'd, and up they sprung
Upon the wing; as when men wont to watch
khine or the Danaw, when her barbarous sons
Say, Muse, their names then known; who first,
These feminine: (For spirits when they please
By that uxorious king, whose heart, though large, 1 His mighty standard: that proud honour claim'd
Where he fell flat, and sham'd his worshippers; Dagon his name; sea-monster!, upward man And downward fish : yet had his temple high Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the coast Of Palestine, in Gath, and Ascalon 465 Ånd Acoron, and Gaza's frontijounds. Him follow'd Himmon, whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks Of Abbana, and Pharphar, lucid streams : He also against the house of God was bold: A leper once he lost, and gain’d a king, Ahaz, his sottish conqueror, whom he drew God's altar to disparage, and displace, For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn His odious offrings, and adore the gods 475 Whom he had vanquish'd. After these appear'd A crew who under names of old renown, Qsiris, Isis, Orus, and their train, With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd Fanatic Egypt, and her priests, to seek 480 Their wand'ring gods disguis'd in brutish forms, Rather than human. Nor did Israel 'scape Th’ infection, when their borrow'd gold compos'd The calf in Oreb; and the rebel kin Doubled that sin in Bethel, and in Dan, 485 #.; his Maker to the grazed ox, Jehovah's who in one night, when he pass'd From Egypt marching, equall'd with one stroke Both her first-born and all her bleating gods. Belial came last, than whom a spirit more lewd 490 Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love Vice for itself: to him no temple stood, Or altar smok'd; yet who more oft than he In temples, and at altars, when the priest Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who fill’d with lust and violence the house of God? In courts and palaces he also reigns, And in luxurious cities, where the noise Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers, And injury and o: and when night 500 Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine: Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night In Gibeah, when the hospitable door Expos'd a matron, to avoid worse rape. 505
In perfect phalanx, to the Dorian mood Of H. and soft recorders; such as rais'd To height of noblest temper heroes old Arming to battle; and instead of rage, Deliberate valour breath'd, firm, and unmov’d With dread of death to flight, or foul retreat; 555 Nor wanting power to ...; and swage, With solemn touches, troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds. . Thus they Breathing united force, with fixed thought ..., 560 Mov'd on in silence to soft pipes, that charm'd Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil; and now Advanc'd in view, they stand, a horrid front Of dreadful length, and dazzling arms, in guise Qf warriors old with order'd spear and shield, Awaiting what command their mighty chief Had to impose: he through the armed files Darts his experienc'd eye, and soon traverse The whole battalion views, their order due, Their visages and stature as of gods; 570 Their number last he sums. nd now his heart Ixistends with pride, and hard’ning in his strength Glories: for never since created, man Met such imbodied force, as nam'd with these Could merit more than that small infantry 57 Warr'd on by cranes; though all the giant brood Of Phlegra with th' heroic race were join'd, That sought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side Mix'd with auxiliar gods; and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther's son, 580 Begirt with British and Armoric knights; And all who since, baptiz'd or infidel, Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalban, Damasco, or Morocco, or Trebisond; Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore, When Charlemain with all his peerage fell By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd Their dread commander: he, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent, Stood fike a tower: his form had not yet lost All her original brightness, nor appeard Less than archanges ruin'd, and th’ excess Of glory obscur'd : as when the sun new-risen Looks through the horizontal misty air, Shorn of his beams; or from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs; darken'd so, yet shone Above them all th’ archangel: but his face Deep scars of thunder had Întrench'd, and care Sat on his faded cheek, but under brows Of dauntless courage, and considerate pride Waiting revenge: cruel his eye, but cast Signs of remorse and passion, to behold 605 The fellows of his crime, the followers rather, Far other once beheld in bliss') condemn'd or ever now to have their lot in pain; Millions of spirits, for his fault amerc' Of heaven, and from etermal splendours flung 610 For his revolt; yet faithful how they stood, Their glory wither'd : as when heaven's fire Hath scath'd the forest oaks, or mountain pines, With singed tep their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. He now prepard 615 To speak, whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half inclose him round With all his peers: attention held them mute: Thrice he assay'd, and thrice in spite of scorn, Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth; at last 620 Words interwove with sighs found out their way.
“Q myriads of immortal spirits! O powers Matchless, but with th' Almighty, and that strife
Was notinglorious, though th' event was dire,
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own;
Celestial spirits in bondage, nor th’ abyss
He spake; and to confirm his words out flew Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs Of mighty cherubim: the sudden blaze 565 Far round illumin'd hell; highly they rag'd Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of war, Hurling defiance toward the vault of heaven.
There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top 670 Belch'd fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire Shone with a glossy scurf; (undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallic ore The work of sulphur) thither wing'd with speed A numerous brigade hasten'd : as when bands 675 Qf pioneers, with spade and pickaxe arm’d, Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, Or cast a rampart: Mammon led them on, Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell From heaven: for even in heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent; admiring more 681 The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold, Than ought divine or holy else, enjoy'd In vision beatific: by him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught, Ransack'd the centre, and with impious hands Rimed the bowels of their mother carth For treasures better hid. Soon had his crew 'd into the hill a spacious wound, And o 'd out ribs of gold. (Let mone admire 690 That #. grow in hell; that soil may best Deserve the precious bane.) And heré let those Who boast in mortal things, and wond'ring tell Of Babel, and the works of #femphian kings, Learn how their greatest monuments of fame, 695 And strength, and art, are easily outdone By spirits reprobate, and in an hour, %: in an age they with incessant toil, And hands innumerable, scarce perform. Nigh on the plain in many cells prepar'd, That underneath had veins of liquid fire Sluic'd from the lake, a second multitude With wondrous art founded the massy ore; Severing each kind, and scumm'd the bullion dross: A thion hairma within the ground 705 A various mould; and from the boiling cells By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook: As in an organ, from one blast of wind, To many a row of pipes the sound-board breathes. | Anon out of the earth a fabric huge 710
Rose like an exhalation, with the sound
Meanwhile the winged heralds' by command Of sov’reign power, with awful ceremony And trumpets' sound, throughout the host proclaim A solemn council forth with to be held 755 At Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers: their summons call'd, From every band and squared regiment, By place or choice the worthiest, they anon With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came Attended: all access was throng'd, the gates 761 And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (Though like a cover'd field, where champions bold Wont ride in arm’d, and at the Soldan's chair Defied the best of Panim o, 765 To mortal combat, or career with lance)
Thick swarm’d, both on the ground, and in the air,
Brush'd with the hiss of rustling wings. As bees