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He after Eve seduc'd, unminded slunk
Into the wood fast by, and changing shape
T'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, terrify'd
He fled, not hoping to escape, but shụn
The present, fearing guilty what his wrath 340
Might suddenly inflict; that past, return'd
By night, and listning where the hapless pair
Sat in their sad discourse, and various plaint,
Thence gather'd his own doom, which understood
Not instant, but of future time, with joy
And tidings fraught, to Hell he now return'd,
And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot
Of this new wondrous pontifice, unhop'd
Met who to meet him came, his offspring dear.
Great joy was at their meeting, and at sight 350
Of that stupendous bridge his joy increas'd.
Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair
Inchanting 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:
For I no sooner in my heart divin’d,
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 strait I felt 361

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 her bounds,
Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure
Detain from following thy illustrious track.
Thou hast achiev'd our liberty, confin'd
Within Hell gates till now, thou us impower'd
To fortify thus far, and overlay

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' aveng'd
Our foil in Heav'n; here thou shalt monarch reign,
There didst not; there let him still victor sway,
As batile hath adjudg’d, from his 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 dange'rous to his throne.

Whom thus the Prince of Darkness answer'd glad: Fair daughter, and thou son and grandchild both, High proof ye now have giv'n to be the race Of Satan, (for I glory in the name, Antagonist of Heav'n's almighty King) Amply have merited of me, of all Th’ infernal empire, that so near Heav'n's door Triumphal with triumphal act have met, 390 Mine with this glorious work, and made one realm Hell and this world, one realm, one continent Of easy thorough-fare. Therefore while I Descend through darkness, on your road with ease, -То my associate

powers, them to acquaint With these successes, and with them rejoice, You two 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 declar'd, 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 vigor now My hold of this new kingdom all depends, Through sin to death expos'd by my exploit. If your joint power prevail, th’affairs of Hell No detriment need fear; go and be strong.

409 So saying, he dismiss'd them; they with speed Their course through thickest constellations held, Spreading their bane; the blasted stars look'd wan, And planets, planet-struck, real eclipse Then suffer'd. Th' other way Satan went down The causey to Hell gate; on either side Disparted Chaos over built exclaim'd, And with rebounding surge the bars assail'd, That scorn'd his indignation: through the gate,

and unguarded, Satan pass'd, And all about found desolate; for those 420 Appointed to sit there had left their charge,

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Flown to the upper world; the rest were all
Far to th' inland retir'd, about the walls
Of Pandemonium, city and proud scat
Of Lucifer, so by allusion call'd
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 empe'ror sent; so he
Departing gave command, and they observ'd: 430
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
To Tauris or Casbeen: so these the late
Heav'n-bamsh'd host left desert utmost Hell
Many a dark league, reduc'd in careful watch
Round their metropolis, and now expecting 439
Each hour their great adventurer from the search
Of foreign worlds: he through the midst unmark’d,
In show plebeian angel militant
Of lowest order, passid ; and from the door
Of that Plutonian hall, invisible
Ascended his high throne, which under state
Of richest texture spread, at th' upper end
Was plac'd in regal lustre. Down a while
He sat, and round about him saw unseen:
At last as from a cloud his fulgent head

449 And shape star-bright appear'd, or brighter, clad With what permissive glory since his fall

Was left him, or false glitter: all amaz'd
At that so sudden blaze the Stygian throng
Bent their aspéct, and whom they wish'd beheld,
Their mighty Chief return'd: loud was th’acclaim:
Forth rush'd in haste the great consulting peers,
Rais'd from their dark divan, and with like joy
Congratulant approach'd him, who with hand
Silence, and with these words attention won : 459

Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powa
For in possession such, not only' of right, [crs,
I call ye and declare ye now, return'd
Successful beyond hope, to lead ye

forth Triumphant out of this infernal pit Abominable, accurs'd, the house of woe, And dungeon of our Tyrant: now possess, As lords, a spacious world, to our native Heav'n Little inferior, by my adventure hard With peril great achiev'd. Long were to tell What I have done, what sufferd, with what pain Voyag'd th’ unreal, vast, unbounded deep 471 Of horrible confusion, over which By Sin and Death a broad way now is pav'a' To expedite your glorious march; but I Toild out my uncouth passage, forc'd to ride The untractable abyss, plung'd in the womb Of unorigi'nal Night and Chaos wild, That jealous of their secrets fiercely oppos'd My journey strange, with clamorous uproar Protesting fate supreme; thence how I found 480 The new-created world, which fame in Heav'n

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