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Or with repose; and such discourse bring on,
As may advise him of his happy state,
Happiness in his power left free to will,
Left to his own free will, his will though free,
Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware
He swerve not, too secure : tell him withal
His danger, and from whom ; what enemy,
Late fall'n himself from Heaven, is plotting now
The fall of others from like state of bliss;
By violence no, for that shall be withstood;
But by deceit and lies: this let him know,
Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend
Surprisal, unadmonish'd, unforewarn'd.”
So spake the Eternal Father, and fulfill'd
All justice: nor delay'd the winged saint
After his charge receiv'd ; but from among
Thousand celestial ardours, where he stood
Weil'd with his gorgeous wings, up springing
light [quires,
Flew through the midst of Heaven; the angelic
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Through all the empyreal road; till, at the gate
Of Heaven arriv'd, the gate self-open'd wide
On golden hinges turning, as by work
Divine the sovran Architect had fram'd.
From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
Star interpos'd, however small he sees,
Not unconform to other shining globes,
Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars
crown'd
Above all hills. As when by night the glass
Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes
Imagin'd lands and regions in the Moon:
Or pilot, from amidst the Cyclades
Delos or Samos first appearing, kens
A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight
He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky
Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady
with
Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan
Winnows the buxom air ; till, within soar
Of towering eagles, to all the fowls he seems
A phenix, gaz'd by all, as that sole bird,
When, to enshrine his reliques in the Sun's
Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies.
At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise
He lights, and to his proper shape returns
A seraph wing'd : six wings he wore, to shade
His lineaments divine; the pair that clad
Fach shoulder broad, came mantling o'er his
With regal ornament; the middle pair [breast
Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round
Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold
And colours dipt in Heaven; the third his feet
Shadow'd from either heel with feather'd mail,
Sky-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood,
And shook his plumes, that heavenly fragrance
fill’d [bands
The circuit wide. Straight knew him all the
Of angelsunder watch; and to his state,
And to his message high, in honour rise; [bound,
For on some message high they guess'd him
Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is come
Into the blissful field, through groves of myrrh,
And flowering odours, cassia, mard, and balm;
A wilderness of sweets; for Nature here
Wanton'd as in her prime, and play’d at will
Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet,
Wild above fule or art, enormous bliss,

Him through the spicy forest onward come
Adam discern'd, as in the door he sat
Of his cool bower, while now the mounted Sun
Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm
Earth's inmost womb, more warmth than Adam
needs:
And Eve within, due at her hour prepard
For dinner savoury fruits, of taste to please
True appetite, and not disrelish thirst
Of nectarous draughts between, from milky
stream,
Berry or grape: to whom thus Adam call’d.
“Haste hither, Eve, and worth thy sight be.
hold
Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape
Comes this way moving; seems another morn
Ris'm on mid-noon; some great behest from
Heaven
Tous perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe
This day to be our guest. But go with speed,
And, what thy stores contain, bring forth and

ur Alumino fit to honour and receive Our heavenly stranger; well we may afford Our givers their own gifts, and large bestow From large bestow'd, where Nature multiplies Her fertile growth, and by disburdening grows More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare.” To whom thus Eve. “Adam, Earth's hallow'd mould, - [store, Of God inspir'd' small store will serve, where All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk; Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: But I will haste, and from each bough and brake, Each plant and juiciest gourd, will pluck such choice To entertain our angel-guest, as he Beholding shall confess, that here on Earth God hath dispens'd his bounties as in Heaven.” . So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste - 4 She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent What choice to choose for delicacy best, What order so contriv'd as not to mix Tastes, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change: Bestirs her then, and from each tenderstalk Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields In India East or West, or middle shore In Pontus or the Punic coast, or where Alcinous reign'd, fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough, or smooth rind, or bearded husk, or shell, She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand; for drink the grape She crushes, inoffensive must, and meaths *From many a berry, and from sweet kernels press'd She tempers dulcet creams; nor these to hold Wants her fit vessels pure; then strows the ground With rose and odours from the shrub unfum'd. Meanwhile our primitive great sire, to meet His God-like guest, walks forth, without more train Accompanied than with his own complete Perfections; in himself was all his state, More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits On princes when their rich retinue long

Of horses led, and grooms besmear'd with ld

gold, Dazzles the crbud, and sets them all agape. Nearer his presence Adam, though not aw’d, Yet with submiss approach and reverence meek, As to a superior nature bowing low, Thus said. “Native of Heaven, for other place None can than Heaven such glorious shape contain; . Since, by descending from the thrones above, Those happy places thou hast deign'd a while To want, and honour these, vouchsafe with us Two only, who yet by sovran gift possess This spacious ground, in yondershady bower To rest, and what the garden choicest bears To sit and taste, till this meridian heat Beover, and the Sun more cool decline.” Whom thus the angelic virtue answer'd mild. “Adam, I therefore came ; nor art thou such Created, or such place hast here to dwell, As may not oft invite, though spirits of Heaven, To visit thee; lead on then where thy bower O'ershades; for these mid-hours, till evening rise, I have at will.” So to the sylvan lodge They came, that like Pomona's arbour smil'd, With flowerets deck'd, and fragrant sinells; but

Eve, Undeck'd save with herself, more lovely fair Than wood-nymph, or the fairest goddess feign'd Of three that in mount Ida naked strove, [veil Stood to entertain her guest from Heaven; no She needed, virtue proof; no thought infirm Alter'd her cheek. On whom the angel Hail Bestow'd, the holy salutation us'd Long aster to blest Mary, second Eve. [womb “Hail, Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful Shall fill the world more numerous with thy sons, Than with these various fruits the trees of God Have heap'd this table.”—Rais'd of grassy turf Their table was, and mossy seats had round, And on her ample square from side to side All autumn pil'd, though Spring and Autumn here [hold; Danc'd hand in hand. A while discourse they No fear lest dinner cool; when thus began Our author. “Heavenly stranger, please to taste These bounties, which our Nourisher, from whom Allperfect good, unmeasur'd out, descends, To us for food and for delight hath caus'd The Earth to yield; unsavoury food perhaps To spiritual natures; only this I know, That one celestial Father gives to all.” [gives To whom the angel. “Therefore what, he (Whose praise be ever sung) to Man in part Spiritual, may of purest spirits be found No ingrateful food; and food alike those pure Intelligential substances require, As doth your rational; and both contain Within them every lower faculty Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate, [taste, And corporeal to incorporeal turn. For know, whatever was created, needs To be sustain’d and fed : of elements The grosser feeds the purer, earth the sea, Earth and the sea feed air, the air those fires

Ethereal, and as lowest first the Moon; Whence in her visage round those spots, unpurg'd Vapours not yet into her substance turn'd. Nor doth the Moon no nourishment exhale From her moist continent to higher orbs. The Sun, that light imparts to all, receives From all his alimental recompense In humid exhalations, and at even [trees Sups with the Ocean. Though in Heaven the Of life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines Yield nectar; though from off the boughs each morn We brush mellifluous dews, and find the ground Cover'd with pearly grain: yet God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights, As may compare with Heaven; and to taste Think not I shall be nice.” So down they sat, And to their viands fell; nor seemingly The angel, nor in mist, the common gloss Of theologians; but with keen dispatch Of real hunger, and concoctive heat To transubstantiate: what redounds, transpires Through spirits with ease; nor wonder; if by fire Of sooty coal the empiric alchymist Can turn, or holdsit possible to turn, Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold, As from the mine. Meanwhile at table Eve Minister'd naked, and their flowing cups With pleasant liquors crown'd: O innocence Deserving Paradise ! if ever, then, Then had the sons of God excuse to have been Enamour'd at that sight; but in those hearts Love unlibidinous reign'd, norjealousy Was understood, the injur'd lover's Hell. Thus when with meats and drinks they had suffic'd, Not burthen’d nature, sudden mind arose In Adam, not to let the occasion pass Given him by this great conference to know Of things above his world, and of their being Who dwell in Heaven, whose excellence he saw Transcend his own so far; whose radiant forms, Divine effulgence, whose high power, so far Exceeded human: and his wary speech Thus to the empyreal minister he fram'd. “Inhabitant with God, now know I well Thy favour, in this honour done to man; Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsaf’d To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste, Food not of angels, yet accepted so, As that more willingly thou couldst not seem At Heaven's high feasts to have fed : yet what compare ** To whom the winged hierarch replied. “O Adam, one Almighty is, from whom All things proceed, and up to him return, If not deprav'd from good, created all Such to perfection, one first matter all, Endued with various forms, various degree Of substance, and, in things that live, of life; But more refin'd, more spiritous, and pure, As nearer to him plac'd, or nearer tending Each in their several active spheres assign'd, Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Proportion'd to each kind. So from the root Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the leaves More aery, last the bright consummate flower

pirits odórous breathes: flowers and their fruit,
Man's mourishment, by gradual scale sublim’d,
sovital spirits aspire, to animal,
To intellectual; give both life and sense,
Fancy and understanding; whence the soul
Reason receives, and reason is her being,
Discursive, or intuitive; discourse
softest yours, the latter most is ours,
Differing but in degree, of kind the same.
Wonder not then, what God for you saw good
If I refuse not, but convert, as you, [men
To proper substance. Time may come, when
With angels may participate, and find
No inconvenient diet, nor too light fare;
And from these corporal nutriments perhaps
Yourbodies may at last turn all to spirit,
Improv’d by tract of time, and, wing'd, ascend
Ethereal, as we ; or may, at choice,
Here orin heavenly Paradises dwell;
If ye be found obedient, and retain
Cnalterably firm his love entire,
whose progeny you are. Meanwhile enjoy
Your fill what happiness this happy state
Can comprehend, incapable of more.”
To whom the patriarch of mankind replied.
“O favourable spirit, propitious guest,
Well hast thoutaught the way that might direct
Our knowledge, and the scale of natureset
From centre to circumference ; whereon,
In contemplation of created things,
By steps we may ascend to God. But say,
What meant that caution join'd, If ye be found
Obedient? Can we want obedience then
To him, or possibly his love desert,
Who form'd us from the dust, and plac'd us here
Full to the utmost measure of what bliss
Human desires can seek or apprehend?”
To whom the angel. “Son of Heavenand Earth,
Attend : that thou art happy, owe to God;
That thou continuest such, owe to thyself,
That is, to thy obedience; therein stand.
This was that caution given thee, be advis'd.
God made thee perfect, notimmutable;
And good he made thee; but to persevere
He left it in thy power; ordain'd thy will
By nature free, not over-rul’d by fate
Inextricable, or strict necessity :
Our voluntary service he requires, -
Not our necessitated ; such with him
Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how
Can hearts, not free, be tried whether they serve
Willing or no, who will but what they must
By destiny, and can no other choose?
Myself, and all the angelic host, that stand,
In sight of God, enthron'd our happy state
Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds;
On other surety none : freely we serve,
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall:
And some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n,
And so from Heaven to deepest Hell; O fall
From what high state of bliss, into what woes"
To whom our great progenitor. “Thy words
Attentive, and with more delighted ear,
Divine instructer, I have heard, than when
Cherubic songs by night from neighbouring hills
Aéreal music send : nor knew I not
To be both will and deed created free;
Yet that we never shall forget to love

Our Maker, and obey him whose command
Single is yet so just, my constant thoughts *
Assur'd me, and still assure : though what thou
tell'st [move,

Hath pass'd in Heaven, some doubt within me
But more desire to hear, if thou consent,
The full relation, which must needs be strange, *
Worthy of sacred silence to be heard;
And we have yet large day, for scarce the Sun
Hath finish'd half his journey, and scarce begins
His other half in the great zone of Heaven.”

Thus Adam made request: and Raphaël,

After short pause assenting, thus began. [men, e “High matter thou enjoin'st me, O prime of o

Sad task and hard: for how shall Irelate

To human sense the invisible exploits s

Of warring spirits? how, without remorse,
The ruin of so many glorious once
Arti perfect while they stood? how last unfold
The secrets of another world, perhaps
Not lawful to reveal 2 yet forthy good
This is dispens'd; and what surmounts the reach
Of human sense, I shall delineate so,
By likening spiritual to corporal forms,
As may express them best; though what if Earth
Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein
Each to other like, more than on Earth is
thought?
“As yet this world was not, and Chaos wild
Reign'd where these Heavens now roll, where
Earth now rests -
Upon her centre pois'd; when on a day
(For time, though in etermity, applied
To motion, measures all things durable
By present, past, and future,) on such day
As Heaven's great year brings forth, the empy-
real host
Of angels by imperial summons call'd,
Innumerable before the Almighty's throne
Forthwith, from all the ends of Heaven,appeard

Under their hierarchs in orders bright: -
Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanc'd, -
Standards and gonfalons 'twixt van and rear o

Stream in the air, and for distinction serve
Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees;
Or in their glittering tissues bear imblaz'd
Holy memorials, acts of zeal and love
Recorded eminent. Thus when in orbs
Of circuit inexpressible they stood,
Orb within orb, the Father Infinite, -
By whom in bliss imbosom'd sat the Son,
Amidst as from a flaming mount, whose top
Brightness had made invisible, thus spake.
“‘Hear, allye angels, progeny of light,
Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues,
powers,
Hear my decree, which unrevok'd shall stand.
This day I have begot whom I declare
My only Sou, and on this holy hill
Him have anointed, whom ye now behold
At my right hand; your head I him appoint;
And by myself have sworn, to him shall bow
All knees in Heaven, and shall confess him Lord:
Under his great vice-gerent reign abide
United, as one individual soul,
For ever happy: him who disobeys,
Me disobeys, breaks union, and that day,
Cast out from God and blessed vision, falls
Into utter darkness, deep ingulfd, his place

Ordain'd without redemption, without end.”
“So spake the Omnipotent, and, with his words
All seem'd well pleas'd ; all seem’d, but were
not all.
That day, as other solemn days, they spent
In song and dance about the sacred hill;
Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere
Of planets, and offix'd, in all her wheels
Resembles nearest, mazes intricate,
Eccentric, intervolv’d, yet regular
Then most, when most irregular they seem;
And in their motions Harmony divine [ear
So smooths her charming tones, that God's own
Listens delighted. Evening now approach'd,
(For we have also our evening and our morn,
We ours for change delectable, not need;)
Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn
Desirous; all in circles as they stood,
Tables are set, and on a sudden pil'd
with angels food, and rubied nectar flows
In pearl, in diamond, and massy gold,
Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of Heaven.
On flowers repos'd, and with fresh flowerets
crown'd,
They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
Quaff immortality and joy, secure
Of surfeit, where full measure only bounds
Excess, before the all-bounteous King, who
shower'd
With copious hand, rejoicing in their joy.
Now when ambrosial night with clouds exhal’d
From that high mount of God, whence light and
shade [chang'd
spring both, the face of brighest Heaven had
To grateful twilight, (for night comes not there
In darker veil,) and roseat dews dispos'd
All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest;
Wide over all the plain, and wider far
Than all this globous Earth in plain outspread,
(such are the courts of God) the angelic
throng
Dispers'd in bands and files, their camp extend
By living streams among the trees of life,
Pavilions numberless, and sudden rear'd,
Celestial tabernacles, where they slept
Fann'd with cool winds; save those, who, in
- their course,
Melodious hymns about the sovran throne
Alternate all night long: but not so wak'd
Satan; so call him now, his former name
Is heard no more in Heaven; he of the first,
If not the first arch-angel, great in power,
In favour and pre-eminence, yet fraught
with envy against the Son of God, that day
Honour’d by his great Father, and proclaim'd
Messiah Kinganointed, could not bear [impair’d,
Through pride that sight, and thought himself
Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain,
Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour
Friendliest to sleep and silence, he resolv'd
with all his legions to dislodge, and leave
Unworshipt, unobey'd, the throne supreme,
Contemptuous; and his nextsubordinate
Awakening, thus to him in secret spake:
“‘Sleep'st thou, companion dear? What sleep
can close,
Thy eye-lids? and remember'st what decree
of yesterday, solate hath pass'd the lips
of "Heaven's Almighty. Thou to me thy
thoughts

Wast wont, I mine to thee was wont to impart; Both waking we were one; how then can now Thy sleep dissent? New laws thou seest impos'd; New laws from him who reigns, new minds may raise In us who serve, new counsels, to debate What doubtful may ensue: more in this place To utter is not safe. Assemble thou Of all those myriads which we lead the chief; Tell them, that by command, ere yet dimmight Her shadowy cloud withdraws, I am to haste, And all who under me their banners wave, Homeward, with flying march, where we possess The quarters of the north; there to prepare Fit entertainment to receive our King, The great Messiah, and his new commands, Who speedily through all the hierarchies Intends to pass triumphant, and give laws.” “So spake the false arch-angel, and infus'd Bad influence into the unwary breast Of his associate: he together calls, Or several one by one, the regent powers, Under him regent; tells, ashe was taught, That the Most High commanding, now ere night, Now ere dim night had disencumber'd Heaven, The great hierarchal standard was to move; Tells the suggested cause, and casts between Ambiguous words andjealousies, to sound Ortaint integrity: but all obey'd The wonted signal, and superior voice Of their great potentate; for greatindeed His name, and high was his degree in Heaven; His countenance, as the morning-star that guides The starry flock, allur'd them, and with lies Drew after him the third part of Heaven's host. Mean while the Eternal eye, whose sight discerns Abstrusest thoughts, from forth his holy mount, And from within the golden lamps that burn Nightly before him, saw without their light Rebellion rising; saw in whom, how spread Among the sons of morn, what multitudes Were banded to oppose his high decree; And, smiling, to his only Son thus said. “Son, thou in whom my glory I behold In full resplendence, heir of all my might, Nearly it now concerns us to be sure Ofour omnipotence, and with what arms We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire: such a foe Is rising, who intends to erect his throne Equal to ours, throughout the spacious north; Nor so content, hath in his thought to try In battle, what our power is, or our right. Let us advise, and to this hazard draw With speed what force is left, and all employ In our defence;, lest unawares we lose This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill" “To whom the Son with calm aspect and clear, Lightening divine, ineffable, serene, Made answer. “Mighty Father, thou thy foes Justly hast in derision, and, secure, Laugh'stat their vain designs and tumaits vain, Matter to me of glory, whom their hate Illustrates, when they see all regal power Given me to quell their pride, and in event Know whether Ibe dextrous to subdue Thy rebels, or be found the worst in Heaven.”

“So spakethe Son; but Satan,with his powers, ar was advanc'd on winged speed; an host mnumerable as the stars of night, 'r stars of morning, dew-drops, which the Sun mpearls on every leaf and every flower. egions they pass'd, the mighty regencies "f seraphim, and potentates, and thrones, In their triple degrees; regions to which othy dominion, Adam, is no more han what this garden is to all the earth, nd all the sea, from one entire globose tretch'd intolongitude; which having pass'd, t length into the limits of the north hey came; and Satan to his royal seat sigh on a hill, far blazing, as a mount ais'd on a mount, with pyramids and towers rom diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold; he palace of great Lucifer, (so call hat structure in the dialect of men iterpreted,) which not long after, he, flecting all equality with God, n imitation of that mount whereon sessiah was declar'd in sight of Heaven, he Mountain of the Congregation call'd ; or thither he assembled all his train, retending, so commanded, to consult bout the great reception of their king, hither to come, and with calumnious art foounterfeited truth thus held their ears: “‘Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, these magnific titles yet remain [powers; lot merely titular, since by decree nother now hath to himself ingross'd Il power, and us eclips'd under the name |f King anointed, for whom all this haste of midnight-march, and hurried meeting here, This only to consult how we may best, With what may be devis'd of honours new, eceive him coming to receive from us nee-tribute yet unpaid, prostration vile ! oo much to one ! but double how endur'd, o one, and to his image now proclaim'd? ut what if better counsels might erect ur minds, and teach us to castoff this yoke * "illye submit your necks, and choose to bend he supple knee : Ye will not, if I trust 2 know ye right, or if ye know yourselves atives and sons of Heaven possess'd before y none; and if not equal all, yet free, Hually free; for orders and degrees or not with liberty, but well consist. Tho can in reason then, or right, assume onarchy over such as live by right is equals, if in power and splendour less, freedom equal or can introduce ow and edict on us, who without law or not 2 much less for this to be our lord, ld look for adoration, to the abuse those imperial titles, which assert ir being ordain'd to govern, not to serve.” “Thus far his bold discourse without controul ud audience: when among the seraphim diel, than whom none with more zeal ador'd e Deity, and divine commands obey'd, od up, and in a flame of zeal severe e current of his fury thus oppos'd. “‘O argument blasphémous, false and proud 1 ords which no ear ever to hear in Heaven pected, least of all from thee, ingrate, place thyself so high above thy peers. Foot- wil.

Canst thou with impious obloquy condemn
The just decree of God, pronounc'd and sworn,
That to his only Son, by right endued
With regal sceptre, every soul in Heaven
Shall bend the knee, and in that honour due
Confess him rightful king 2 unjust, thou say'st,
Flatly unjust, to bind with laws the free,
And equal over equals to let reign,
One over all with unsucceeded power.
Shalt thougive law to God? shalt thou dispute
With him the points of liberty, who made [Heaven
Thee what thou art, and form'd the powers of
Such as he pleas'd, and circumscrib'd their being?
Yet, by experience taught, we know how good,
And of our good and of our dignity
How provident he is; how far from thought
To make us less, bent rather to exalt
Our happy state, under one head more near
United. But to grant it thee unjust,
That equal over equals monarch reign;
Thyself, though great and glorious, dost thout
Or all angelic naturejoin'd in one, [count,
Equal to him begotten son 2 by whom,
As by his word, the Mighty Father made [Heaven
All things, even thee; and all the spirits of
By him created in their bright degrees,
Crown'd them with glory, and to their glory nam'd
Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues,
powers,

Essential powers; nor by his reign obscur'd,
But more illustrious made ; since he the head
One of our number thus reduc’d becomes;
His laws our laws; all honour to him done
Returns our own. Cease then this impious rage,
And tempt not these; but hasten to appease
The incensed Father, and the incensed Son,
While pardon may be found in time besought.”

“So spake the fervent angel; but his zeal
None seconded, as out of season judg’d,
Or singular and rash : whereat rejoic'd
The apostate, and, more haughty, thus replied.
‘That we were form'd them, say'st thou ? and the
Of secondary hands, by task transferr'd [work
From Father to his Son? strange point and new
Doctrine which we would know whence learn'd :

who saw

When this creation was 2 remember'st thou
Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being?
We know no time when we were not as now;
Know none before us, self-begot, self-rais'd
By our own quickening power, when fatal course
Had circled his full orb, the birth mature
Of this our native Heaven, ethereal sons.
Our puissance is our own: our own right hand
Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try
Who is our equal: then thou shalt behold
Whether by supplication we intend
Address, and to begirt the almighty throne
Beseeching or besieging. This report,
These tidings carry to the anointed King;
And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.”

“He said; and, as the sound of waters deep,
Hoarse murmur echo'd to his words applause
Through the infinite host: nor less for that
The flaming seraph fearless, though alone.
Encompass'd round with foes, thus answer'd bold.

*** O alienate from God, O spirit accurs'd, Forsaken of all good! I see thy fall Determin'd, and thy hapless crew involv'd In this perfidious fraud, contagion spread

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