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The present; fearing, guilty, what his wrath 340

Might suddenly inflwt; that past, return'd

By night, and listening where the hapless pair

Sat in their sad diseourse and various plaint,

Thenee gather'd his own doom; whieh understood

Not instant, but of future time, with joy 345

And tidings fraught, to hell he now return'd:

And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot

Of this new wondrous pontifiee, unhoped

Met, who to meet him eame, his offspring dear,

Great joy was at their meeting, and at sight 350

Of that stupendous bridge his joy inereased.

Long he admiring stood; till Sin, his fair

Enehanting daughter, thus the silenee broke:

0 parent, these are thy magnifie deeds,
Thy trophies! whieh thou view'st as not thine own: s&s
Thou art their authour, and prime arehiteet:
For I no sooner in my heart divined,
lMy heart, whieh by a seeret harmony
Still moves with thine, join'd in eonnexion sweet)
That thou on earth hadst prosper'd, whieh thy looks soo
Now also evidenee, but straight I felt,
Though distant from thee worlds between, yet felt
That I must after thee, with this thy son;
Sueh fatal eonsequenee unites us three.
Hell eould no longer hold us in our bounds, 3t«
Nor this unvoyageable gulf obseure
Detain from following thy illustrious traek:
Thou hast aehieved our liberty, eonfined
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 thou shalt monareh reign, Tit
There didst not; there let him still vietor sway,
As battel hath adjudged; from this new world
Retiring, by his own doom alienated;
And heneeforth monarehy with thee divide
Of all things, parted by the empyreal bounds, 380
His quadrature, from thy orbieular world;
Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne.

Whom thus the prinee of darkness answer'd glad:
Fair daughter, and thou son and grandehild both:
High proof ye now have given to be the raee 385
Of Satan lfor I glory in the name,
Antagonist of heaven's Almighty King),

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Amply have merited of me, of all

The infernal empire, that so near heaven's door

Trinmphal with trinmphal aat have met, 300

Mine, with this glorious work; and made one realm,

Hell and this world, one realm, one eontinent

Of easy thoroughfare. Therefore,—while I

Deseend through darkness, on your road, with ease,

To my assoeiate powers, them to aequaint 305

With these sueeesses, and with them rejoiee;—

You two this way, among these numerous orbs,

All yours, right down to Paradise deseend;

There dwell, and reign in bliss; thenee on the earth

Dominion exereise and in the air, 400

Chiefly on man, sole lord of all deelared:

Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill,

My substitutes I send ye, and ereate

Plenipotent on earth, of matehless might

Issuing from me; on your joint vigour now 400

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 eourse through thiekest eonstellations held,
Spreading their bane; the blasted stars look'd wan;
And planets, planet-struek, real eelipse
Then suffer'd. The other way Satan went down
The eausey to hell-gate: on either side 410
Disparted Chaos overbuilt exelaim'd,
And with rebounding surge the bars assail'd,
That seorn'd his indignation: through the gate,
Wide open and unguarded, Satan pass'd,
And all about found desolate; for those, 420
Appointed to sit thore, had left their eharge,
Flown to the upper world; the rest were all
Far to the inland retired, about the walls
Of Pandsemoninm, eity and proud seat
Of Lueifer; so by allusion eall'd 420
Of that bright star to Satan paragon'd:
There kept their wateh the legions, while the grand
In eouneil sat, solieitous what ehanee
Might intereept their emperour sent; so he
Departing gave eommand, and they observed. 430
As when the Tartar from his Russian foe,
By Astraean, over the snowy plains,

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Retires; or Baetrian Sophi, from the horns

Of Turkish ereseent, leaves all waste beyond

The realm of Aladule, in his retreat 435

To Tauris or Casbeen: so these, the late

Heaven-banished host, left desert utmost hell

Many a dark league, redueed in eareful wateh

Round their metropolis; and now expeeting

Eaeh hour their great adventurer, from the seareh 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

Aseended his high throne; whieh, under state **5

Of riehest texture spread, at the upper end

Was plaeed in regal lustre. Down awhile

He sat, and round about him saw, unseen:

At last, as from a eloud, his fulgent head

And shape star-bright appear'd, or brighter; elad 450

With what permissive glory sinee his fall

Was left him, or false glitter, All amazed

At that so sudden blaze, the Stygian throng

Bent their aspeet, and whom they wish'd beheld,

Their mighty ehief return'd: loud was the aeelaim; 455

Forth rush'd in haste the great eonsulting peers,

Raised from their dark divan, and with like joy

Congratulant approaeh'd him; who with hand

Silenee, and with these words attention, won:

Thrones, dominations, prineedoms, virtues, powers; 400
For in possession sueh, not only of right,
I eall ye, and deelare ye now; return'd
Sueeessful beyond hope, to lead ye forth
Trinmphant out of this infernal pit

Abominable, aeeursed, the house of woe, 4»

And dungeon of our tyrant: now possess,

As lords, a spaeious world, to our native heaven

Little inferiour, by my adventure hard

With peril great aehieved. Long were to tell

What I have done, what suffer'd; with what pain 470

Voyaged the unreal, vast, unbounded deep

Of horrible eonfusion; over whieh

By Sin and Death a broad way now is paved,

To expedite your glorious mareh; but I

Toil'd out my uneouth passage, foreed to ride 475

The untraetable abyss, plunged in the womb

Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild;

w»t of Teheran, where the Persian monarehs made their residenee after the ions of 7l,arM, lEehataus.)

4*5. 8tate: A eanopy, eovering,

407. Diven. The Deviis are freqoently deseribed hy metaphors taken from the Turks. 8atan is ealled the tullan li. 348l a* here the eonneii in styled the divan.

The said eouneii is said li. 705) to rit in seeret cmeis,re. The Devii, the Turk, and the Pepe being eommonly thought to be nenrly related, and often joined togethee.—N Ewton.

475. Uneouth: Unknown. Unoriginal: Not originated, not generated.

That, jealous of their seerets, fiereely opposed

My journey strange, with elamorous uproar

Protesting fate supreme; thenee how I found 48t

The new-ereated world, whieh fame in heaven

Long had foretold, a fabrie wonderful

Of absolute perfeetion! therein man

Plaeed in a Paradise, by our exile

Made happy: him by fraud I have sedueed - 488

From his Creator; and, the more to inerease

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, 400

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

Me not, but the brute serpent, in whose shape ivt

Man I deeeived: that whwh to me belongs

Is enmity, whieh he will put between

Me and mankind; I am to bruise his heel;

His seed, when is not set, shall bruise my head.

A world who would not purehase with a bruise, Soo

Or mueh more grievous pain? Ye have the aeeount

Of my performanee: what remains, ye gods,

But up, and enter now into full bliss?

So having said, awhile he stood, expeeting
Their universal shout, and high applause, 000
To fill his ear: when, eontrary, he hears
On all sides, from iunumerable tongues,
A dismal universal hiss, the sound
Of publie seorn: he wonder'd, but not long
Had leisure, wondering at himself now more: 010
His visage drawn he felt to sharp and spare;
His arms elung to his ribs; his legs entwining
Eaeh other, till supplanted down he fell
A monstrous serpent on his belly prone,
Reluetant, but in vain; a greater Power 010
Now ruled him, punish d in the shape he siun'd,
Aeeording to his doom. Ho would have spoke,
But hiss for hiss return'd with forked tongue
To forked tongue; for now were all transform'd
Alike, to serpents all, as aeeessories 020
To his bold riot: dreadful was the din
Of hissing through the hall, thiek-swarming now
With eomplieated monsters head and tail,
Seorpion, and asp, and amphisbsena dire,

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Cerastes horn'd, hydras, and elops drear, 025

And dipsas, lnot so thiek swarm'd onee the soil

Bediopt with blood of Gorgon, or the isle

Ophinsa;) but still greatest he the midst,

Now dragon grown, larger than whom the sun

Ingender'd in the Pythian vale on slime, sao

Huge Python, and his power no less he seem'd

Above the rest still to retain. They all

Him follow'd, issuing forth to the open field,

Where all yet left of that revolted rout,

Heaven-fallen, in station stood or just array; 035

Sublime with expeetation when to see

In triumph issuing forth their glorious ehief.

They saw, but other sight instead! a erowd

Of ugly serpents; horrour on them fell,

And horrid sympathy; for, what they saw, 040

They felt themselves, now ehanging: down their arms,

Down fell both spear and shield; down they as fast;

And the dire hiss renew'd, and the dire form

Cateh'd, by eontagion; like in punishment,

As in their erime. Thus was the applause they meant 045

Turn'd to exploding hiss, trinmph to shame

Cast on themselves from their own mouths. There stood

A grove hard by, sprung up with this their ehange

His will who reigns above, to aggravate

Their penanee, laden with fair fruit, like that 550

Whieh grew in Paradise, the bait of Eve

Used by the tempter: on that prospeet strange

Their earnest eyes they fix'd, imagining

For one forbidden tree a multitude

Now risen, to work them farther woe or shame; 555

Yet, pareh'd with sealding thirst and hunger fieree,

Though to delude them sent, eould not abstain;

But on they roll'd in heaps, and, up the trees

Climbing, sat thieker than the snaky loeks

That eurl'd Megsera. Greedily they pluek'd 000

The fruitage fair to sight, like that whieh grew

Near that bituminous lake where Sodom flamed;

This more delusive, not the toueh, but taste

Deeeived: they fondly thinking to allay

Their appetite with gust, instead of fruit 505

Chew'd bitter ashes, whieh the offended taste

With spattering noise rejeeted: oft they assay'd,

Hunger and thirst eonstraining; drugg'd as oft,

With hatefulest disrelish writhed their jaws,

With soot and einders fill'd; so oft they fell 570

Into the same illusion, not as man

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