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Arm'd with hell flames and fury, all at once Courage.
then. Arguing. Th' event is fear'd.-Should we again provoke Our stronger, some worse way
may find To our destruction; if there be in hell Fear to be worse destroy'd.—What can be worse Complaining, Than to dwell here, driv'n out from bliss, condemn'd In this abhorred deep to utter woe, Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us without hope of end, The vassals of his anger, when the scourge Inexorable, and the torturing hour Calls us to penance ?–More destroy'd than thus We must be quite abolish'd, and expire.
What fear we then ?-_What doubt we to incense Plerceness. His utmost ire? which, to the height enrag'd, Will either quite consume us, and reduce
Complaining To nothing this essential; happier far
Than miserable to have eternal being.
And cannot cease to be, we are, at worst,
The speech of the fallen angel Belial, in answer to Moloch Deliberation I should be much for open war, 0 Peers,
As not behind in hate; if what was urg'd,
Main reuson to persuade immediate war,
Ominous conjecture on the whole success ;
Of all his aim, after some dire revenge.
Impregnable. Oft on the bord'ring deep
1 The voice, instead of falling towards the end of this line, as usual, is to rise; and in speaking the word revenge, the fierceness of the whole speech ought, as it were, to be expressed in one word.
Heav'n's purest light; yet our great enemy
& Arguing. What! when we fled amain, pursu'd and struck With heav'n's afflicting thunder, and besought The deep to shelter us? This hell then seem'd A refuge from those wounds: or when we lay Chain'd on the burning lake? That sure was worse. What if the breath that kindled these grim fires, ApprehenAwak’d, should blow them into sevenfold rage, And plunge us in the flames? Or from above Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us ? What, if all Horror, Her stores were open'd; and this firmament
Of hell should spout her cataracts of fire,
Under yon boiling ocean, wrapt in chains,
Unrespited, unpitied, unrepriev'd,
Ages of hopeless end?— This would be worse.Dissuasion. War, therefore, open or conceal'd alike
My voice dissuades.
Shall we then live thus vile! The race of heav'n strance with Thus trampled, thus expelld, to suffer here contempt.
Chains and these torments!” Better these than worse, Arguing. By my advice. To suffer, as to do,
Our strength is equal; nor the law unjust
Contending, and so doubtful what might fall.
And venturous, if that fail them, shrink and fear
The sentence of their conqueror. This is now
Our foe supreme, in time, may much remit
Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain;
Satan's speech to Death stopping his passage through the gate
of hell, with the answer.-Milton. Whence, and what art thou, execrable shape! Anger. That dar’st, though grim and terrible, advance Thy miscreated front athwart my way To yonder gates? through them I mean to pass, That be assur'd, without leave ask'd of thee. Contempt. Retire;' or taste thy folly, and learn by proof, Threatening Hell-born! not to contend with spirits of heav'n.”
To whom the gobiin full of wrath replied, “ Art thou that traitor angel, art thou he
peace in heav'n, and fuith, till then Unbroken, and in proud rebellious arms Drew after him the third part of heav'n's sons, Conjur'd against the Highest, for which both thou And they outcast from God, are here condemn'd To waste eternal days in woe and pain? And reckon’st thou thyself with spirits of heav'n, Contempt. Hell-doom'd! and breath'st defiance here, and scorn, Anger. Where I reign king, and to enrage Thy king and lord?
Back to thy punishment, False fugitive! and to thy speed add wings, Threatening Lest with a whip of scorpions I pursue Thy ling'ring, or with one stroke of this dart Strange horror seize thee, and pangs unfelt before."
1 " Retire" is to be spoken as a whole sentence, and with the greatest force of threatening.