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Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe

Their rising all at once, was as the sound Through the strict senteries and stations thick Of thunder heard remote. Towards him they bend Of angels watching round ? Here he had need With awful reverence prone; and as a god All circumspection, and we now no less

Extol him equal to the Highest in Heaven: Choice in our suffrage ; for, on whom we send, Nor fail'd they to express how much they prais'd, The weight of all and our last hope relies." That for the general safety he despis d

This said, he sat; and expectation held His own : for neither do the spirits damn'd His look suspense, awaiting who appear'd Lose all their virtue; lest bad men should boast To second, or oppose, or undertake

Their specious deeds on earth which glory excites. The perilous attempt: but all sat mute,

Or close ambition, varnish'd o'er with zeal. Pondering the danger with deep thoughts and Thus they their doubtful consultations dark each

Ended, rejoicing in their matchless chief: In other's countenance read his own disipay As when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Astonish'd: none among the choice and prime Ascending, while the north-wind sleeps, o'erspread or those Heaven-warring champions could be Heaven's cheerful face, the louring element found

Scowls o'er the darken'd landskip snow, or shower. So hardy, as to proffer or accept,

If chance the radiant Sun with farewell sweet Alone, the dreadful voyage; till at last

Extend his evening beam, the fields revive,
Satan, whom now transcendent glory rais'd The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds
Above his fellows, with monarchal pride, Allest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Conscious of highest worth, unmov'd thus spake. O shame to men! devil with devil damn'd

*O progeny of Heaven, empy real thrones, Firm concord holds, men only disagree
With reason hath deep silence and demur Of creatures rational, though under hope
Seiz'd us, though undismay'd. Long is the way Of heavenly grace: and, God proclaiming peace,
And hard, that out of Hell leads up to light: Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife,
Our prison strong ; this huge convex of fire, Among themselves, and levy cruel wars,
Outrageous to devour, immures us round

Wasting the Earth, each other to destroy:
Ninefold; and gates of burning adamant,

As if (which might induce us to accord) Barr'd over us, prohibit all egress.

Man had not hellish foes enow besides, These pass'd, if any pass, the void profound That, day and night, for his destruction wait. Of unessential Nighi receives him next

The Stygian council thus dissolv'd; and forth Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being In order caine the grand infernal peers; Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf. Midst came their mighty paramount, and seem'd If thence he 'scape into whatever world,

Alone the antagonist of Heaven, nor less Or unknown region, what remains him less

Than Hell's dread emperor, with pomp supreme, Than unknown dangers, and as hard escape ? And godlike imitated state : him round But I should ill become this throne, O peers, A globe of fiery seraphim enclos'd, And this imperial sovranty, adorn'd

With bright imblazonry, and horrent arms. With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught pro- Then of their session ended they bid cry posa

With trumpets' regal sound the great result: And judgd of public moment, in the shape Towards the four winds four speedy cherubim Of difficulty, or danger, could deter

Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy, Me from attempting. Wherefore do I assume By herald's voice explain'd; the hollow abyss These royalties, and not refuse to reign,

Heard far and wide, and all the host of Hell Refusing to accept as great a share

With deafening shout return'd them loud acclaim. Of hazard as of honor, due alike

Thence more at ease their minds, and somewhat To him who reigns, and so much to him due

rais'd Of hazard more, as he above the rest

By false presumptuous hope, the ranged powers High honor'd sits? Go therefore, mighty powers, Disband, and, wandering, each his several way Terror of Heaven, though fall'n; intend at Pursues, as inclination or sad choice home,

Leads him, perplex'd where he may likeliest find While here shall be our home, what best may ease Truce to his restless thoughts, and entertain The present misery, and render Hell

The irksome hours, till his great chief return. More tolerable; if there be cure or charm Part on the plain, or in the air sublime, To respite, or deceive, or slack the pain

Upon the wing, or in swift race contend, Of this ill mansion: intermit no watch

As at the Olympian games or Pythian fields ; Against a wakeful foe, while I abroad

Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal Through all the coasts of dark destruction seek With rapid wheels, or fronted brigades form. Deliverance for us all: this enterprise

As when, to warn proud cities, war appears Nope shall partake with me.” Thus saying rose Wag'd in the troubled sky, and armies rush The monarch, and prevented all reply ;

To battle in the clouds, before each van Prudent, lest, from his resolution rais'd,

Prick forth the aery knights, and couch their speare Others among the chief might offer now

Till thickest legions close ; with feats of arms Certain to be refus'd) what erst they feard ; From either end of Heaven the welkin burns. And, so refus'd, might in opinion stand

Others, with vast Typhean rage more fell, His rivals; winning cheap the high repute, Rend up both rocks and hills, and ride the air which he through hazard huge must earn. But In whirlwind; Hell scarce holds the wild uproar they

As when Alcides, from Oechalia crown'd Dreaded not more the adventure, than his voice With conquest, felt the envenom'd robe, and tort Forbidding; and at once with him they ruse : Through pain up by the roots Thessalian pines,

And Lichas from the top of Oeta threw

The lip of Tantalus. Thus roving on Into th' Euboic sea. Others more mild,

In confus'd march forlorn, the adventurous bands Retreated in a silent valley, sing

With shuddering horror pale, and eyes aghast, With notes angelical to many a harp

View'd first their lamentable lot, and found Their own heroic deeds and hapless fall

No rest. Through many a dark and dreary vale By doom of battle; and complain that fate They pass’d, and many a region dolorous, Free virtue should enthral to force or chance O'er many a frozen, many a fiery Alp, Their song was partial; but the harmony

Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of (What could it less when spirits immortal sing?)

death, Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment A universe of death ; which God by curse The thronging audience. In discourse more sweet Created evil, for evil only good, (For eloquence the soul, song charms the sense,) Where all life dies, death lives, and Nature breeds, Others apart sat on a hill retird,

Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high Abominable, inutterable, and worse Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fare, Than fables yet have feign'd, or fear conceiv'd, Fix'd fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute, Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire And found no end, in wandering mazes lost. Meanwhile, the adversary of God and man, Of good and evil much they argued then, Satan, with thoughts inflam'd of highest design, of happiness and final misery,

Puts on swift wings, and towards the gates of Heli Passion and apathy, and glory and shame, Explores his solitary flight: sometimes Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy :

He scours the right hand coast, sometimes the left; Yet, with a pleasing sorcery, could charm Now shaves with level wing the deep, then soare Pain for a while or anguish, and excite

Up to the fiery concave towering high.
Fallacious hope, or arm th' obdured breast As when far off at sea a feet descried
With stubborn patience, as with triple steel. Hangs in the clouds, by equinoctial winds
Another part, in squadrons and gross bands, Close sailing from Bengala, or the isles
On bold adventure to discover wide

Of Ternate and Tidore, whence merchants bring That dismal world, if any clime perhaps

Their spicy drugs; they, on the trading flood, Might yield them easier habitation, bend

Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape, Four ways their flying march, along the banks Ply stemming nightly toward the pole : so seem's Of four infernal rivers, that disgorge

Far off the flying fiend. At last appear Into the burning lake their baleful streams : Hell bounds, high reaching 10 the horrid roof, Abhorred Styx, the flood of deadly hate;

And thrice three-fold the gates; three-folds were Sad Acheron, of sorrow, black and deep;

brass, Cocytus, nam'd of lamentation loud

Tlauree iron, three of adamantine rock Heard on the rueful stream ; fierce Phlegethon, Impenetrable, impal'd with circling fire, Whose waves of torrent fire infiame with rage. | Yet unconsum'd. Before the gates there sat Far off from these, a slow and silent stream, On either side a formidable shape; Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls

The one seem'd woman to the waist, and fair; Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks, But ended foul in many a scaly fold Forth with his former state and being forgets, Voluminous and vast; a serpent arm'd Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain. With morial sting: About her middle round Beyond this flood a frozen continent

A cry of Hell-hounds never ceasing bark'd Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms With wide Cerberean mouths full loud and rung Of whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems If aught disturb'd their noise, into her womb, Of ancient pile; or else deep snow and ice. And kennel there ; yet there still bark'd and hould A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog

Within unseen. Far less abhorr'd than these Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,

Vex'd Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore : Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire. Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, call'd Thither by harpy-fooled furies hald

In secret, riding through the air she comes, At certain revolutions, all the damn'd

Lur'd with the smell of infant blood, to dance Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change With Lapland witches, while the laboring Moon Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more Eclipses at their charms. The other shape, fierce,

If shape it might be call'd that shape had none From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice

Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb; Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'c Immovable, infix'd, and frozen round,

For each seem'd either: black it stood as night, Periods of time, thence hurried back to fire. Fierce as ten furies, terrible'as Hell, T'hey ferry over this Lethean sound

And shook a dreadful dart; what seem'd his head Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,

The likeness of a kingly crown had on. And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach Satan was now at hand, and from his seat The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose The monster moving onward came as fast In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,

With horrid strides; Hell trembled as he strode. All in one moment, and so near the brink; The undaunied fiend what this might be admira But Fate withstands, and to oppose the attempt Admir'd, not fear'd ; God and his Son except. Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards

Created thing nought valued he, nor shunn'd; The ford, and of itself the water flies

And with disdainful look thus first began. All taste of living wight, as once it fed

“Whence and what art thou, execrable shape

That dar'st, though grim and terrible, advance All on a sudden, miserable pain
Thy miscreated front athwart my way

Surpris'd thee, dim thine eyes, and dizzy swum
To yonder gates? through them I mean to pass, In darkness, while thy head flames thick and fast
That be assurd, without leave ask'd of thee: Threw forth : till, on the left side opening wide,
Retire, or taste thy folly, and learn by proof, Likest to thee in shape and countenance bright
Hell-born, not to contend with spirits of Heaven." Then shining heavenly fair, a goddess arm'd,

To whom the goblin full of wrath replied, Out of thy head I sprung: amazement seiz'd
Art thou that traitor-angel, art thou he,

All the host of Heaven; back they recoil'd afraid
Who first broke peace in Heaven, and faith, till then At first, and call'd me Sin, and for a sign
Unbroken ; and in proud rebellious arms

Portentous held me; but, familiar grown,
Drew after him the third part of Heaven's sons II pleas'd, and with attractive graces won
Conjúr'd against the Highest ; for which both thou The most averse, thee chiefly, who full oft
And they, outcast from God, are here condemn'd Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing
To waste eternal days in woe and pain?

Becam'st enamor'd, and such joy thou took'st
And reckon'st thou thyself with spirits of Heaven, With me in secret, that my wornb conceiv'd
Hell-doom'd, and breath'st defiance here and scorn, A growing burden. Meanwhile war arose,
Where I reign king, and, to enrage thee more, and fields were fought in Heaven; wherein re.
Thy king and lord ? Back to thy punishmen!

main'd False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings, For what could else?) to our Almighty Foe Lest with a whip of scorpions I pursue

Clear victory; to our part loss and mult
Thy lingering, or with one stroke of this dart Through all the empyréan; down they fell
Strange horror seize thee, and pangs unfelt before." Driven headlong from the pitch of Heaven, down

So spake the grisly terror, and in shape, Into this deep; and in the general fall
So speaking and so threatening, grew ten-fold I also; at which time, this powerful key
More dreadful and deform. On the other side, Into my hand was given, with charge to keep
Incens'd with indignation, Satan stood

These gates for ever shut, which none can pass l'nterrified, and like a comet burn'd,

Without my opening. Pensive here I sat That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge

Alone; but long I sat not, till my womb, In the arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown, Shakes pestilence and war. Each at the head Prodigious motion felt, and rueful throes. Levell'd his deadly aim; their fatal hands | At last this odious offspring whom thou seest, No second stroke intend ; and such a frown Thine own begotten, breaking violent way Each cast at the other, as when two black clouds, Tore through my entrails, that with fear and pain With Heaven's artillery fraught, come rattling on Distorted, all my nether shape thus grew Over the Caspian, then stand front to front, | Transform’d: but he my inbred enemy Hovering a space, till winds the signal blow Forth issued, brandishing his fatal dart To join their dark encounter in mid air:

Made to destroy! I fled, and cried out Death! So frown'd the mighty combatants, that Hell Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sigh'd Grew darker at their frown; so match'd they stood; From all her caves, and back resounded Death! For never but once more was either like

I fled, but he pursued, (though more, it seems, To meet so great a foe: and now great deeds Inflam'd with lust than rage,) and, swifter far, Had been achiev'd, whereof all Hell had rung, Me overtook his mother all dismay'd, Had not the snaky sorceress, that sat

And in embraces forcible and foul Fast by Hell-gate, and kept the fatal key,

Engendering with me, of that rape begot Ris'n, and with hideous outcry rush'd between. These yelling monsters, that with ceaseless cry

"O father, what intends thy hand," she cried, Surround me, as thou saw'st, hourly conceiv'd " Against thy only son? What fury, O son, And hourly born, with sorrow infinite Possesses thee to bend that mortal dart

To me ; for, when they list, into the womb Against thy father's head! and know'st for whom? That bred them they return, and howl and gnaw For him who sits above and laughs the while My bowels, their repast; then bursung for

orth At thee ordain'd his drudge, to execute

Afresh with conscious terrors vex me round,
Whate'er his wrath, which he calls justice, bids; That rest or intermission none I find.
His wrath, which one day will destroy ye both." Before mine eyes in opposition sits

She spake, and at her words the hellish pest Grim Death, my son and foe; who sets them on, Forbore ; then these to her Satan return'd. And me his parent would full soon devour

So strange thy outcry, and thy words so strange For want of other prey, but that he knows Thou interposest, that my sudden hand,

His end with mine involv'd ; and knows that I Prevented, spares to tell thee yet by deeds Should prove a bitter morsel, and his bane, What it intends; till first I know of thee, Whenever that shall be ; so Fate pronounc'd. What thing thou art, thus double-form'd ; and why But thou, O father, I forewarn thee, shun In this infernal vale first met, thou call'st

His deadly arrow; neither vainly hope Me father, and that phantasm call'st my son: | To be invulnerable in those bright arms, I know thee not, nor ever saw till now . Though temper'd heavenly; for that mortal dint, Sight more detestable than him and thee."

Save he who reigns above, none can resist.' o whom thus the portress of Hell-gate replied, She finish d; and the subtle fiend his lore Hast thoni forgot me then, and do I seem

Soon learn'd, now milder, and thus answer'd smooth Vw in thine eye so foul ? once deem'd so fair | “Dear daughter, since thou claim’st me for thy Heaven, when at the assembly, and in sight

sire, vi all the seraphim with thee combin'd.

And my fair son here show'st me, ihe dear pledge In bold

bold conspiracy gainst Heaven's King, Tot dalliance had with thee in Heaven, and joye

Then sweet, now sad to mention, through dire change So wide they stood, and like a furnace mouth Befall'n us, unforeseen, unthought of; know Cast forth redounding smoke and ruddy flame I come no enemy, but to set free

Before their eyes in sudden view appear From out this dark and dismal house of pain The secrets of the hoary deep; a dark Both him and thee, and all the heavenly host Illimitable ocean, without bound, Of spirits, that, in our just pretences arm'd, Without dimension, where length, breadth, aur Fell with us from on high: from them I go

height, This uncouth errand sole ; and one for all | And time, and place, are lost, where eldest Nigh: Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread

And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold The unsounded deep, and through the void immense Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise To search with wondering quest a place foretold of endless wars, and by confusion stand. Should be, and, by concurring signs, ere now For Hot, Cold, Moist, and Dry, four chamjuns Created vast and round, a place of bliss

fierce, In the purlieus of Heaven, and therein placed Strive here for mastery, and to battle bring A race of upstart creatures, to supply

Their embryon atoms; they around the flag Perhaps our vacant room; though more remov'd, Of each his faction, in their several clans, Lest Heaven, surcharg'd with potent multitude, Light-arm'd or heavy, sharp, smooth, swift, or slow Might hap to move new broils. Be this or aught Swarm populous, unnumber'd as the sands · Than this more secret now design'd, I haste Of Barca or Cyrene's torrid soil, To know; and, this once known, shall soon return, Levied to side with warring winds, and poise And bring ye to the place where thou and Death Their lighter wings. To whom these most adhere Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits, Wing silently the buxom air, imbalmid

And by decision more embroils the fray With odors: there ye shall be fed and fillid By which he reigns: next him high arbiter Immeasurably; all things shall be your prey.” Chance governs all. Into this wild abyss, He ceas'd, for both seem'd highly pleas'd, and The womb of Nature, and perhaps her grave Death

Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,
Grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to hear

But all these in their pregnant causes mix'd
His famine should be fill'd; and blest his maw Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight
Destin'd to that good hour: no less rejoic'd Unless the Almighty Maker them ordain
His mother bad, and thus bespake her sire. His dark materials to create more worlds ;
“The key of this infernal pit by due,

Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
And by command of Heaven's all-powerful King, Stood on the brink of Hell, and look'd a while.
I keep, by him forbidden to unlock

Pondering his voyage: for no narrow frith These adamantine gates ; against all force He had to cross. Nor was his ear less peal'd Death ready stands to interpose his dart,

With noises loud and ruinous, (to compare Fearless to be o'ermatch'd by living might. Great things with small,) that when Bellona storms But what owe I to his commands above

With all her battering engines bent to rase Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down Some capital city; or less than if this frame Into this gloom of Tartarus profound,

Of Heaven were falling, and these elements To sit in hateful office here confin'd,

In mutiny had from her axle torn Inhabitant of Heaven, and heavenly-born, The sted fast Earth. At last his sail-broad vans Here in perpetual agony and pain,

He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoke With terrors and with clamors compass'd round Uplified spurns the ground; thence many a league Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed? As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides Thou art my father, thou my author, thou Audacious; but, that seat soon failing, meets My being gav'st me; whom should I obey

A vast vacuity : all unawares But thee? whom follow? thou wilt bring me soon Fluttering his pennons vain, plumb down he drops To that new world of light and bliss, among Ten thousand fathoms deep; and to this hour The gods who live at ease, where I shall reign Down had been falling, had not by ill chance At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud, Thy daughter and thy darling, without end." Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him

Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, As many miles aloft: that fury stay'd, Sad instrument of all our woe, she took ;

Quench'd in a boggy Syrtis, neither sea, And, towards the gate rolling her bestial train, Nor good dry land : nigh founder'd on he fares, Forth with the huge portcullis high up-drew, Treading the crude consistence, half on fooi, Which but herself, not all the Stygian powers Half flying; behoves him now both oar and sail Could once have mov'd; then in the key-hole As when a gryphon, through the wilderness turns

With winged course, o'er hill or moory dale, The intricate wards, and every bolt and bar Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stealth Of massy iron or solid rock with ease

Had from his wakeful custody purloin'd Unfastens. On a sudden open fly

The guarded gold: so eagerly the fiend With impetuous recoil and jarring sound

O'er bog, or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or The infernal doors, and on their hinges grate

rare, Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way Of Erebus. She open'd, but to shut

And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies Excell'd her power; the gates wide open stood, lAt length a universal hubbub wild That with extended wings a banner'd host, Of stunning sounds, and voices all confus'd, Under spread ensigns marching, might pass through | Borne through the hollow dark. assaults his ear With horse and chariots rank'd in loose array; With loudest vehemence. thither he plies,

Undaunted to meet there whatever power Mov'd on, with difficulty and labor he;
Or spirit of the nethermost abyss

But, he once past, soon after, when man fell,
Might in that noise reside, of whom to ask Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain
Which way the nearest coast of darkness lies Following his track, such was the will of Heaven
Bordering on light; when straight behold the Pav'd after him a broad and beaten way

Over the dark abyss, whose boiling gulf Of Chaos, and his dark pavilion spread

Tamely endur'd a bridge of wondrous length, Wide on the wasteful deep: with him enthron'd From Hell continued reaching the utmost orb Sat sable-vested Night, eldest of things,

Of this frail world ; by which the spirits perverse The consort of his reign; and by them stood With easy intercourse pass to and fro Oreus and Ades, and the dreaded name

To tempt or punish mortals, except whom Of Demogorgon! Rumor next and Chance, God, and good angels, guard by special grace. And Tumult and Confusion all embroil'd,

But now at last the sacred influence And Discord with a thousand various mouths. Of light appears, and from the walls of Heaven To whom Satan turning boldly, thus : “Ye powers Suvots far into the bosom of dim Night And spirits of this nethermost abyss,

A glimmering dawn: here Nature first begins Chaos and ancient Night, I come no spy,

Her farthest verge, and Chaos to retire With purpose to explore or to disturb

As from her outmost works a broken foe The secrets of your realm; but, by constraint With tumult less, and with less hostile din, Wandering this darksome desert, as my way That Satan with less toil, and now with ease Lies through your spacious empire up to light, Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light, Alone, and without guide, half lost, I seek And, like a weather-beaten vessel, holds What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds Gladly the port, though shrouds and tackle torn; Confine with Heaven; or if some other place, Or in the emptier waste, resembling air, From your dominion won, the ethereal King Weighs his spread wings, at leisure to behold Possesses lately, thither to arrive

Far off the empyreal Heaven, extended wide I travel this profound : direct my course;

In circuit, undetermin'd square or round, Directed, no mean recompense it brings

With opal towers and battlements adorn'd To your behoof, if I that region lost,

Of living sapphire, once his native seat; All usurpation thence expellid, reduce

And fast by, hanging in a golden chain, To her original darkness, and your sway,

This pendent world, in bigness as a star
(Which is my present journey) and once more Of smallest magnitude close by the Moon
Erect the standard there of ancient Night: Thither, full fraught with mischievous revenge.
Yours be the advantage all, mine the revenge." Accurs'd, and in a cursed hour he hies.

Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old,
With faltering speech and visage incompos'd,
Answer'd. “I know thee, stranger, who thou art,

That mighty leading angel, who of late
Made head against Heaven's King, though over-

I saw and heard : for such a numerous host God, sitting on his throne, sees Satan flying 10
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep, wards this world, then newly created ; shows
With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,

him to the Son, who sat at his right hand; Confusion worse confounded ; and Heaven-gates foretells the success of Satan in perverting Pour'd out by millions her victorious bands

mankind; clears his own justice and wisdom Pursuing. I upon my frontiers here

from all impulation, having created · Man free, Keep residence: if all I can will serve

and able enough to have withstood his tempter, That little which is left so to defend,

yet declares his purpose of grace towards him, Encroach'd on still through your intestine broils in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Weakening the sceptre of old Night: first Hell, Satan, but by him seduced. The Son of God Your dungeon, stretching far and wide beneath ; renders praises to his Father for the manifestNow lately Heaven and Earth, another world, ation of his gracious purpose towards Man · Hung o'er my realm, link'd in a golden chain but God again declares, that grace cannot be To that side Heaven from whence your legions

extended towards Man without the satisfaction fell:

of divine justice: Man hath offended the ma. If that way be your walk, you have not far; jesty of God by aspiring to godhead, and there. So much the nearer danger; go, and speed; fore, with all his progeny, devoted to death, must Havoc, and spoil, and ruin, are my gain."

die, unless some one can be found sufficient to He ceas'd; and Satan staid not to reply, . answer for his offence, and undergo his punishBut, glad that now his sea should find a shore, ment. The Son of God freely offers himself a With fresh alacrity, and force renew'd,

ransom for Man: the Father accepts him, orSprings upward, like a pyramid of fire,

dains his incarnation, pronounces his exaltation into the wild expanse, and, through the shock above all names in Heaven and Earth; comOf fighting elements, on all sides round

mands all the angels to adore him: They obey, Environ'd, wins his way; harder beset

and hymning to their harps in full quire, celebrate And more endanger'd, than when Argo pass'd the Father and the Son. Meanwhile Saran Through Bosporus, betwixt the justling rocks! alights upon the bare convex of this world's Or when l'lysses on the larboard shunn'd

outermost orb; where wandering, he first finds a Charybdis, and by the other whirlpool steer'd place, since called the Limbo of Vanity: what 80 te with difficulty and labor hard

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