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“Dear daughter! since thou claim'st me for thy sire, And my fair son here show'st me (the dear pledge of dalliance had with thee in heaven, and joys Then sweet, now sad to mention, thro' dire change Befallen us, unforeseen, unthought of) know 821 I come no enemy, but to set free From out this dark and dismal house of pain, Both him and thee, and all the heavenly host of spirits that (in our just pretences arm’d,) Fell with us from on high; from them I go This uncouth errand sole; and one for .# Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread Th' unsounded deep, and through the void iminense To search with wand'ring quest a place foretold 850 Should be, and, by concurring signs, e'er-now Created, vast and round; a place ofbliss In the purlieus of heaven, and therein plac'd A race of upstart creatures, to supply Perhaps our vacant room; though more remov’d, Lest heaven surcharg’d with potent multitude 836 Might hap to move new broils. . Be this, or ought Than this more secret, now design'd, I haste To know; and this once known, shall soon return, And bring ye to the place where thou, and Death, Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen 841 Wing silently the buxom air, embalm'd With odours: there ye shall be fed, and fill’d Immeasurably, all things shall be your prey.”

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And by command of heaven's all-powerful King,
I keep; by him forbidden to unlock
These adamantine gates; against all force
Death ready stands to inte his dart,
Fearless to be o'ermatch'd by Hoht. 855
But what owe I to his commands above
Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down
Into this #. of Tartarus profound,
To sit in hateful office here confin'd,
Inhabitant of heaven, and heavenly-born,
Here in perpetual agony, and pain,
With terrors, and with clamours compass'd round,
Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed?
Thou art my father, thou my author, thou
My being gav'st me;, whom should f obey 865
But thee? whom follow 2 thou wilt bring me soon
To that new world of light and bliss, amon
The gods who live at ease, where I shall reign
At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems
Thy daughter, and thy darling, without end.” 870

Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Sad instrument of all our woe! she took; Ahd towards the gate rolling her bestial train, Forthwith the huge portcullis high up-drew; Which but herself, not all the .# powers 875 Jould once have mov’d ; then in the key-hole turns Th’ intricate wards, and every bolt and bar Of massy iron, or solid rock, with ease Unfastens: on a sudden open fly With impetuous recoil, and jarring sound, Th’ infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook Of Erebus. She open'd, but to shut Excell'd her power; the gates wide open stood, That with extended wings a banner'd host, 885 Under spread ensigns marching, might pass through With horse, and chariots, rank'd in loose array, So wide they stood! and like a furnace mouth, Cast forth redounding smoke, and ruddy flame. Before their eyes in sudden view appear The secrets of the hoary deep; a dark

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Illimitable ocean, without bound,
Without dimension; where length, breadth, and
And time, and place are lost; where eldest Night
And Chaos, andestors of Nature, hold 895
Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise
Of endless wars, and by confusion stand:
For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four champions
Strive here for mast'ry, and to battle brin
Their embryon atoms; they around the flag
Of each his faction, in their several clans,
Lightarm'd, or heavy, sharp, smooth, swift, or slow,
Swarm populous, unnumber'd as the sands
Of Barca, or Cyrene's torrid soil,
Levy'd to side with warring winds, and poise, 905
Their lighter wings. To whom these most adhere,
He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits,
And by decision more embroils the fray,
By which he reigns: next him high arbiter
§. governs all. Into this wild abyss,
(The womb of nature, and perhaps her grave)
Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mix'd
Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight,
(Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more worlds)
Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
Stood on the brink of hell, and look'd awhile.
Pond'ring his voyage; (for no narrow frith
He had to cross :) nor was his ear less peal’d
With noises loud, and ruinous, (to compare
Great things with small) than when Bellonastorms,
With all her batt’ring engines bent to raze
Some capital city; or less than if this frame
Of heaven were falling, and these elements
In mutiny had from her axle torm
The steadfast earth. At last his sail-broad vans
He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoke
#. spurns #. ground: thence many a league,
As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides 950
Audacious; but that seat soon failing, meets
A vast vacuity: all unawares,

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| Flutt'ring his pennons vain, plumb down he drops | Ten thousandfathom deep; and to this hour

Down had been falling, had not by ill chance 935
The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud,
Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him
As many miles aloft: that fur, stay'd,

8. in a § Syrtis, neither sea,
Nor good dry land, nigh founder'd on he fares, 940
Treading the crude consistence, half on foot,
Half flying; behooves him now both oar and sail.
As when a griffon, through the wilderness
With winged course o'erhill, or moory dale,

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And swims, oão, or wades, or
At length a universal hubbub wild
Of stunning sounds, and voices all confus'd,
Borne through the hollow dark assaults his ear
With loudest vehemence: thither he plies,
Undaunted to meet, there whatever power,
Or spirit, of the nethermost abyss,
Might in that noise reside, of whom to ask
Which way the nearest coast of darkness lies,
Bordering on light; when strait behold the throne
Of Chaos, and his dark pavilion spread 960
Wide on the wasteful deep; with him enthron'd
Sat sable-vested Night, esdest of things,
The consort of his reign: and by them stood
Orcus and Ades, and the dreaded name
Of Demogorgon: Rumour next, and Chance,
And Tumult, and Confusion all embroil'd,
And Discord with a thousand various mouths.
T' whom Satan turning boldly, thus: “Ye powers,

And spirits of this nethermost abyss,
Chaos, and ancient Night, I come no spy 97)
With purpose to explore, or to disturb,
Thg secrets of your realm ; but by constraint
Wänd'ring this darksome desert, as my way
Lies through your spacious empire up to light,
Alone, and without guide, half lost, I seek 975
What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds
Confine with heaven: or if some other place

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Directed, no mean recompense it brings

To your behoof its that o lost,
All usurpation thence expell’d, reduce
To her original darkness, and your sway,
(Which is my §. journey) and once more 985
Erect the standard there of ancient Night;
Yours be th' advantage all, mine the revenge!”

Thus Satan; and him thus the anarch old, With fault'ring speech, and visage incompos'd, Answer'd : “I know the stranger, who thou art, That mighty leading angel, whooflate 991 Made head against heaven's King, tho' overthrown. I saw, and heard; for such a num'rous host Fled not in silence through the frighted deep, With ruin upon ruin, rout on ão, 995 Confusion worse confounded; and heaven-gates Pour'd out by millions her victorious bands Pursuing. upon o frontiers here Keep residence; if all I can will serve, That little which is left so to defend, 0 Encroach'd on still through our intestine broils, Weak’ning the sceptre .. Night: first hell Your dungeon, stretching far and wide beneath: Now lately heaven and earth, another world Hung o'er . link'd in a golden chain, 1005 To that side heaven from whence your legions fell: If that way be your walk, you have not far; So much the nearer danger: go, and s Havoc, and spoil, and ruin are my gain.”

He ceas'd, and Satan staid not to reply, 1010 put §§ that now his sea should find a shore, With fresh alacrity, and force renew'd, Springs upward, like a pyramid of fire into the wild expanse; and through the shock Qf fighting elements, on all sides round 1015 Environ'd, wins his way; harder t, And more endanger'd, than when Argo pass'd

Through Bosphorus, betwixt the justling rocks:
Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunn’
Charybdis, and by th' other whirlpool steer'd. 1020
So he with "...# and labour hard
Mov'd on; with difficulty and labour he:
But he once p." soon when man fell,
Strange alteration! Sin, and Death, amain
Following his tract (such was the will of Heaven!
Pav'd after him a broad and beaten wa 1026
Over the dark abyss, whose boiling gu
Tamely endur'd a bridge of wond’rous length,
From }. continued, reaching th' utmost orb
Of this frail world; by which the * perverse
With easy intercourse pass to and fro, 1031
To tempt or punish mortals, except whom
God and good angels guard by special grace.

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God sitting on his throne sees Satan flying tonards this n'orld, then menly created; shon's him to the Son who sat at his right hand; foretells the success of Satan in perverting mankind: clears his on n justice and wisdom from all imputation, having created man free, and able enough to have nithstood his tempter; t declares his purpose of grace tonwards him, in regard he fell not of his onwn malice, as did Satan, but ; him seduced. The Son of God renders praises to his Father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose tonwards Man; but God again declares, that grace cannot be ertended tonwards Man nithout the satisfaction of divine justice: Man hath, offended the majesty of God by aspiring to Godhead, and therefore, nith all his progeny, devoted to death must die, onless some one can be jound sufficient to answerfor his offence, and undergo his punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself a ransom {...; the Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation, pronounces his exiltàtion above all names in remand earth; commands go the angelo to ado him; they obey, and hymning to their harps in foil choir, celebrate the Father and the Son. Meannhile Satan alights upon the bare"conver of this norld's orb; nhere mandering he first finds a place, since .##". Limbo of Vanity; nhat persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the gate of heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the maters above the firmament, that flow about it: his passage thence to the orb of the sun: he finds there Uriel the regent of that orb; but first changes himself into the shape qf a meaner angel; and pretending, a zealous desire to behold the men, creation. and Man nhom God had placed e, inquires o: the place of his habitation, and is directed; alights first on mount Niphates.

HAIL holy Light, o: heaven first-born: " Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine:
Or of th” etermal co-eternal beam - But cloud instead, and ever-during dark 45
May I express thee unblam'd? since God is light, | Surrounds me! from the cheerful ways of men
*. never but in unapproached light Cut off; and for the book of knowledge fair,

Dwelt from etermity; dwelt then in thee, 5 | Presented with a universal blank
Bright effluence of bright essence increate! Of nature's works, to me expung’d and raz'd

Or #. thou rather pure ethereal stream, | And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out! 50
Whose fountain who shall tell? Before the sum, | So much the rather thou, celestial Light!
Before the heavens thou wert, and at the voice | Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest 10 Irradiate; there plant eyes; all mist from thence
The rising world of waters dark and deep, §§ and disperse; that I may see and tel
Won from the void and formless infinite. Of things invisible to mortal sight.

Thee I revisit now with bolder wing,
Escap'd the Stygian pool, though long detain'd Now had th' Almighty Father from above,
In that journ; while in my flight 15 (From the pure empyrean where he sits
High thron’d above all height) bent down his eye.
His own works and their works at once to wie
About him all the sanctities of heaven

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I of Chaos, and eternal Night;

#. by the heavenly Muse to venture down Stood thick as stars, and from his sight receiv'd
The dark descent, and up to reascend, 20 Beatitude past utterance: on his right
Though hard, rare! Thee I revisit safe, The radiant image of his glory sat,
And feel thy sovereign vital lamp; but thou His only Son. On earth he first beheld
Revisit'st not these eyes, that roll in vain Our two first parents (yet the only two 65
To find thy piercingray, and find no dawn; | Of mankind) in the of. P.
So thick a drop serene hath quench'd their orbs, 25 Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love;

Uninterrupted joy, unrivall'd love,
In blissful solitude. He then survey'd
Hell, and the gulf between, and Satan there 70
Coasting the wall of heaven on this side night,
30 In the dun air sublime; and ready now

Or dim suffusion veil'd? Yet not the more
Cease I to wander, where the Muses haunt
Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill,
Smit with the love of sacred song: but chief
Thee, Sion, and the flowery brooks beneath

That wash thy hallow'd feet, and warbling #ow, To stoop with wearied wings, and willing feet,
Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget On the bare outside of this world, that seem'd
Those other two equall'd with me in fate, Firm land imbosom'd without firmament; 75
(So were I equall'd with them in renown!) Uncertain which, in ocean, or in air. , , ,
Blind Thamyris, and blind Maeonides: 35 | Him God beholding from his prospect high,
And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old. Wherein past, present, future he holds,
Then feed on thoughts, that ...} move Thus to his only Son foreseeing spake:
Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird

Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid “Only begotten Son! seest thou whatrage 80

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On desperate revenge, that shall redound 85
Upon his own rebellious head. And now
Through all restraint broke loose, he wings his
Not far off heaven, in the precincts of light, "[way
Directly towards the new-created world,
And man there plac'd; with purpose to assay 90
If him by force he can destroy, or worse,
By some false guile pervert: and shall pervert;
For man will hearken to his glozing lies,
And easily transgress the sole command
Sole pledge of his obedience: so will faii, 95
He, and his faithless progeny. , Whose fault”
Whose but his own P. Ingrate; he had of me
All he could have: I made him #: and right;

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{..., stood who stood, and fell who fell.
Not , what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love, 104
Where only what they needs must do, appear'd;
Not, what they would? What praise could they
receive P
What pleasure I from such obedience paid,
When will and reason (reason also is choice).
Useless and vain, of freedom both despoil'd,
Made passive both, had serv'd necessity, 110
Not mé P. They therefore, as to right belong’d,
So were created, nor can justly" accuse
Their Maker, or their making, or their fate;
As if predestimation overrul’d - -
Their will, dispos'd by absolute decree 115
Or high foreknowledge. The themselves decreed
Their own revolt, not I: if I foreknew,
Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault,
Which had no less prov’d certain unforeknown.
So without least impulse, or shadow of fate, 120
Or ought by me immutably foreseen,
They trespass; authors to themselves in all,
Both what they judge, and what they choose; for so
I form'd them free, and free they must remain,
Till they inthral-themselves; I else must change
Their nature, and revoke the high decree 126
Unchangeable, etermal, which ordain'd
Their freedom; th themselves ordain'd their fall.
The first sort by their own suggestion fell,
Self-tempted, self-deprav'd: man falls, deceiv'd,130
By th' other first; man therefore shall find grace,
The other none. In mercy” and justice both,
Through heaven and earth,so shall my glory'excel:
But mercy, first and last, shall brightest e.”

Thus while God o ambrosial fragrance fill'd All heaven, and in the blessed spirits elect 136 Sense of new joy ineffable diffus’d. Beyond compare the Son of God.was seen Most glorious; in him all his Father shone Substantially express'd; and in his face 140 Divine compassion visibly appeard, Love without end, and without measure grace; Which uttering, thus he to his Father spake:

“O Father! gracious was that word which clos'd Thy sovereign sentence, that man should find grace; For which both heaven and earth shall high extol #. praises, with th' innumerable sound 147 Of hymns and sacred songs, wherewith thy throne Encompass'd shall resound thee ever bless'd. For should man finally be lost, should man 150 Thy creature late so lov'd, thy youngest son, Fall circumvented thus by fraud, though join'd With his own folly? That be from thee far, That far be from thee, Father, who art judge Of all things made, and judgest only right. 155 Or shall the adversary thus obtain His end, and trate thine? shall he fulfil His malice, and thy goodness bring to nought; Or proud return, though to his heavier doom, Yet, with revenge accomplish'd, and to hell 160 Draw after him the whole race of mankind, By him corrupted 2 Or wilt thou thyself Abolish thy creation, and unmake, For him, what for thy glory thou hast made? So should thy goodness and § greatness, both 165 Be o, and blasphem'd without defence.”

To whom the great Creator thus replied: “O Son, in whom my soul hath chief delight, Son of my bosom, Son who art alone My word, my wisdom, and effectual might!, 170 All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are, all

As my eternal purpose hath decreed.
Man shall not quite be lost, but sav'd who will;
Yet not of will in him, but grace in me
Freely vouchsaf'd: once more I will renew 175
His lapsed powers, though forfeit, and inthrall’d
By sin to foulexorbitant desires:
Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
On even ground against his mortal foe:
# me upheld, that he may know how frail 180
is fallen condition is, and to me owe
All nis deliverance, and to none but me.
Some I have chosen of peculiar grace
Elect above the rest: so is my will :
The rest shall hear me call, and oft be warm'd 185
Their sinful state, and to appease betimes
Th’incensed Deity, while offer'd grace
Invites: for I will clear their senses dark,
What may suffice, and soften stony hearts
To pray, repent, and bring obedience due. 190
To prayer, repentance, and obedience due,
Though but endeavour'd with sincere intent,
Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut;
And I will place within them as a #. 194
My umpire Conscience; whom if they will hear,
Light r light well us’d they shall attain,
And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
This my long sufferance, and my day of grace,
They who neglect and scorn shall never taste;
But hard be harden'd, blind be blinded more, 200
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall;
And none but such from mercy I exclude.
But yet all is not done: Man disobeying,
Disloyal breaks his fealty, and sins
#. the figh supremacy of heaven, 205
Affecting Godhead, and so losing all,
To expiate his treason hath mought left,
But to destruction, sacred and devote,
He with his whole posterity must die;
Die he or justice must; unless for him 2io
Some other able, and as willing,J.
The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
§: heavenly powers, where shall we find such

Which of ye will be mortal to redeem Ulove? Man's mortal crime, and just, th' unjust to save? Dwells in all heaven charity so dear?” 216

He ask'd, but all the heavenly choir stood mute, And silence was in heaven: on man's be Patron or intercessor none §o Much less that durst upon his own head draw 220 The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set. And now, without redemption, all mankind Must have been lost, adjudg’d to death and hell By doom severe, had not the Son of God, In whom the fulness dwells of love divine, 225 His dearest mediation thus renew'd:

“Father, thy word is pass'd; manshall find grace: And shall grace not find means, that finds her way, The speediest of thy winged messengers, To visit all thy creatures, and to all 230 Comes unprevented, unimplor’d, unsought? Happy for man, so coming, he her aid Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost; Atonement for himself, or offering meet,

Indebted, and undone!) hath none to bring. 235

hold me then me for him, life for life I offer; on me let thine anger fall; Account me man: I for his sake will leave Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee Freely put off, and for him lastly die 240 Well pleas'd: on me let death wreak all his rage: Under his gloomy power I shall not long Lie vanquish'd; thou hast given me to possess Life in myself for ever; by thee I live, Though now to death I yield, and am his due 245 All that of me can die; yet that debt paid, Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul For ever with corruption there to dwell; But I shall rise victorious, and subdue 250 My vanquisher, spoil'd of his vaunted spoil; Death his death's wound shall then receive, and Inglorious, of his mortal o disarm'd. soon I through the ample air in triumph high Shall lead hell captive, maugre hell! and show 255 The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the sight Pleas'd, out of heaven shalt look down and smile; While by thee rais'd I ruin all my foes, Death last, and with his carcass glut the gave Then, with the multitude of my redeem’d, 260 Shall enter heaven, long absent, and return,

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Father to see thy face, wherein no cloud
of anger shall remain; but peace assur’d
And reconcilement: wrath shall be no more
Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.” 265
His words here ended, but his meek aspect
Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love
To mortal men, above which only shone
Filial obedience: as a sacrifice
$ood, he atten is the will 270
Of his great Father. Admiration seiz'd [tend,
All heaven, what this might mean, and whither
Wond'ring; but soon th' Almighty thus replied:

“O thou, in heaven and earth the only peace found out for mankind under wrathi o o. 275 My sole complacence! well thou know'st how dear to me are all my works, nor man the least, Though last created; that for him I spare Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save, By losing thee a while, the whole race lost. 280 #. erefore, whom thou only camst redeem, Their nature also to thy nature join, And be thyself man among men on earth, Made flesh, when time shall be, of virgin seed, By wondrous birth: be thou, in Adam's room, 285 #. head of all mankind, though Adam's son. As in him perish all men, so in thee, As from a second root, shall be restor'd As many as are restor'd, without thee none. His crime makes guilty all his sons; thy merit 290 Imputed shall absolve them who renounce Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds, And live in thee transplanted, and from thce Receive new life. So man; as is most just, Shall satisfy for man, be judgi, and die, And dying rise, and rising with him raise His brethren, ransom'd with his own dear life. so heavenly love shall outdo hellish hate, Giving to death, and dying to redeem, So dearly to redeem what hellish hate 300 So easily destroy'd, and still destroys, In those who, when they may, accept not grace. Nor shalt thou, by descending to assume Man's mature, ie enor degrade thine own. Because thou hast, though thron'd in highest bliss Equal to God, and equally enjoying 306 Godlike fruition, quitted all to save A world from utter loss, and hast been found By merit more than birthright Son of God, Found worthiest to be so by being good, Far more than great or high; because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory" abounds; Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt With thee thy manhood also to this throne: Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt rei 315 #on God and Manson both of God and Man, Anointed Universal Ixing; all power I give thee; reign for ever, and assume Thy merits; under thee, as head supreme Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions, freduce ; All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide In heaven, or earth, or under earth in heli. When thou, attended gloriously from heaven, Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send The summoning archangels to proclaim Thy dread tribunal; forthwith from all winds The living, and forthwith the cited dead Of all past ages, to the general doom Shall fiasten, such a peal shall rouse their sleep: Then, all thy saints assembled, thou shalt o: 330 Bad men and angels; they arraign'd shall sink Beneath §§ sentence; hell (her numbers full) Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Meanwhile The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring New heaven and earth, wherein the just shall dwell; And, after all their tribulations .# 336 See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth: Then thou thy regal sceptre shalt lay by, For regal sceptre then no more shals need; God shall be all in all. But all ye gods, Adore him, who to compass all §: dies; Adore the Son, and honour him as me!”

No sooner had th' Almighty ceas'd, but all The multitude of angels, with a shout 345 Loud as from numbers without number, sweet, As from bless'd voices uttering joy, heaven rung With jubilee, and loud hosannas fill'd Th" eternal regions. Lowly reverent Towards either throne they bow, and to the ground

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“Thee, Father,” first they sung, “omnipotent, Immutable, immortal, infinite £ternal King; once, Author of all being, Fountain of fio. thyself invisible 37 Amidst the glorious brightness where thou sitt'st Thron'd inaccessible, but when thou shad'st The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud, Drawn round about thee like a radiant shrine, Dark with excessive bright, thy skirts o, 380 Yet dazzle heaven, that brightest seraphim #o not, but with both wings veil their eyes.” “'Thee," next they sang, “ of all creation first, Begotten Son, divine similitude! In whose conspicuous count'nance, without cloud Made visible, th’ almighty Father shines 386 Whom else no creature can behold: on thee Impress'd, th’ effulgence of his glory' abides, Transfusion the his ample spiritorests. He heaven of heavens, and all the powers therein, #, thee created, and by thee threw down 391 Th' aspiring dominations: thou that day Thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare, Nor stop thy flaming chariot-wheels, that shook Heaven's everlasting frame, while o'er the necks Thou drow'st of warring angels disarray'd. 396 Back from pursuit thy powers with loud acclaim Thee only' extoll'd, Son of thy Father's might, To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. Not so on man: him thro’ their malice fallen, 400 Father of mercy" and grace! thou didst not doom So strictly, but much more to Fo incline: No sooner did thy dear and only Son Perceive thee purpos'd not to doom frail man So strictly, but much more to pity' incline, He, to appease thy wrath, and end the strife Of mercy’ ando; in thy face discern'd, Regardless of the bliss wherein he sat Second to thee, offer'd himself to die For man's offence. O unexampled love! Love no where to be found less than divine! Hail, Son of God, Saviour of men Thy name Shall be the copious imatter of my song Henceforth, and never shall my harp thy praise Forget, nor from thy Father's praise disjoin.”

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Thus they in heaven, above the starry sphere, Their happy hours in joy and hymning spent. Meanwhile upon the firm ‘. globe Of this round world, whose first convex divides The luminous inferior orbs, enclos'd 420 From Chaos, and th’ inroad of darkness old, Satan alighted walks. A globe far off It seem’d, now seems a boundless continent, Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of night Starless expos'd, and ever-threat'ning storms 425 Of Chaos blustring round, inclement *} : Save on that side which from the wall of heaven, Though distant far, some small reflection gains of glimmering air, less vex'd with tempest loud: Here walk'd the fiend at large in spacious field. As when a vulture, on Imaus bred, 431 Whose snowy ridge the roving Tartar bounds, Dislodging from a region scarce of prey, To gorge the flesh of lambs, or yearling kids, On hills where flocks are fed, fliestow'rds the springs Of Ganges, or Hydaspes, Indian streams; 436 But in his way lights on the barren plains of Sericana, where Chineses drive With sails and wind their cany waggons light:

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