Obrazy na stronie
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Both of thy crime and punishment: henceforth
No more be troubled how to quit the yoke
Of God's Messiah; those indulgent laws
Will not be now vouchsafd; other decrees
Against thee are gone forth without recall:
That golden sceptre,which thou didst reject,
Is now an iron rod to bruise and break
Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise;
Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly
These wicked tents devoted, lest the wrath
Impendent, raging into sudden flame,
Distinguish not: for soon expect to feel
His thunder on thy head, devouring fire,
Then who created thee lamenting learn,
When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.”
“So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he ;
Among innumerable false, unmov’d,
Tinshaken, unseduc’d, unterrified,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
Nor number, nor example, with him wrought
To swerve from truth, orchange his constant mind,
Though single. From amidst them forth he pass'd,
Long way through hostile scorn, which he sus-
Superior, nor of violence fear'd aught; stain’d
And, with retorted scorn, his back he turn'd
On those proudtowers toswiftdestruction doom'd.”

PAR.MDISE LOST. BOOK WI.

The ARcument.

Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth to battle against Satan and his angels. The first fight described: Satan and his powers retire under night: he calls a council; , invents devilish engines, which, in the second day's fight, put Michael and his angels to some disorder; but they at length, pulling up mountains, overwhelmed both the force and machines of Satan : yet, the tumult not so ending, God, on the third day, sends Messian his son, for whom he had reserved the glory of that victory: he, in the Power of his Father, coming to the place, and causing all his legions to stand still on either side, with his chariot and thunder driving into the midst of his enemies, pursues them, unable “to resist, towards the wall of Heaven; which opening, they leap down with horrourand confusion into the place of punishment prepared for them in the deep: Messian returns with triumph to his Father.

“All night the dreadless angel, unpursued,
Through Heaven's wide champain held his way;
till Morn,
Wak'd by the circling Hours, with rosy hand
Unbarr'd the gates of Light. There is a cave
Within the mount of God, fast by his throne,
Where Light and Darkness in perpetual round
Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes
through Heaven
Grateful vicissitude, like day and night;
Light issues forth, and at the other door
9bsequious Darkness enters, till her hour [well
To veil the Heaven, though darkness there might
Seem twilight here; and now went forth the
Such as in highest Heaven, array'd in gold[Morn

Empyreal; from before her vanish'd Night, , ,
Shot through with orient beams; when all the plain
Cover'd with thick embattled squadrons bright,
Chariots, and flaming arms, and fiery steeds,
Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view:
War he perceiv'd, war in procinct; and found
Already known what he for news had thought
To have reported: gladly then he mix’d
Among those friendly powers, who him receiv'd
with joy and acclamations loud, that one,
That of so many myriads fall'n yet one
Return’d not lost. On to the sacred hill
They led him high applauded, and present -
Before the seat supreme; from whence a voice,
From midst a golden cloud, thus mild was heard.
- Servant of God, well done; well hast thou
fought - -
The better fight, who single hast maintain'd
Against revolted multitudes the cause
of truth, in word mightier than they in arms;
And for the testimony of truth hast borne
Universal reproach, far worse to bear
Than violence; for this was all thy care [worlds
To stand approv’d in sight of God, though
Judg’d thee perverse: the easier conquest now
Remains thee, aided by this host of friends,
Back on thv foes more glorious to return,
Than scorn'd thou didst depart; and to subdue
By force, who reason for their law refuse,
Right reason for their law, and for their kins
Messiah, who by right of merit reigns.
Go, Michael, of celestial armies prince,
And thou, in military prowess next,
Gabriel, lead forth to battle these my sons
Invincible; lead forth my armed saints,
By thousands and by millions, rang'd for fisht,
Equal in number to that godless crew
Rebellious: them with fire and hostile arms
Fearless assault; and, to the brow of Heaven
Pursuing, drive them out from God and bliss,
Into their place of punishment, the gulf
of Tartarus, which ready opens wide
His fiery Chaos to receive their fall."
“so spake the Sovran Voice, and clouds began
To darken all the hill, and smoke to roll
In dusky wreaths, reluctant flames, the sign,
of wrath awak'd; nor with less dread the
Ethereal trumpet from on high'gan blow : Loud
At which command the powers militant
that stood for Heaven, in mighty quadrate
Of union irresistible, mov’d on [join'd
in silence their bright legions, to the sound
of instrumental harmony, that breath'd
heroicardour to adventurous deeds
Under their God-like leaders, in the cause
Of God and his Messiah. On they move ... .
Indissolubly firm; norobvious hill, [divide
Nor straitening vale, nor wood, nor stream,
Their perfect . o: high above theo
Their march was, and the passive an oppore
Their nimble tread; as † the total kind
Of birds, in orderly array on wing:
Camesummoned over Eden to receive -
Their names of thee; so over many a tract[wide,
of Heaven they march'd, and many a province
Tenfold the length of this terrone: atlast,
Far in the horizon to the north appear'd
from skirt to skirta fiery region,"stretch'd
In battailous aspéct, and nearer view
Bristled with upright beams innumerable

\frigid spears, and helmets throng'd, and shields tarious, with boastful argument pourtray'd, he banded powers of Satan hasting on With furious expedition; for they ween'd hat self-same day, by fight, or by surprise, Mo win the mount of God, and on his throne 'o set the Envier of his state, the proud [vain spirer; but their thoughts prov'd fond and n the mid way: though strange to us it scem'd it first, that angel should with angel war, ind in fierce hosting meet, who wont to meet o oftinfestivals of joy and love 'nanimous, as sons of one great Sire, symming the Eternal Father: but the shout if battle now began, and rushing sound ofonset ended soon each milder thought. High in the midst, exalted as a God, he apostate in his sun-bright chariot sat, dol of majesty divine, enclos'd With flaming cherubim, and golden shields; hen lighted from his gorgeous thone, for now Twixt host and host but narrow space was left, dreadful interval, and front to front 'resented stood in terrible array of hideous length; before the cloudy van, hithe rough edge of battle ereit join'd, atan, with vast and haughty strides advanc'd, ame towering, arm'd in adamant and gold; bdiel that sight endur'd not, where he stood mong the mightiest, bent on highest deeds, ind thus his own undaunted heart explores. “‘O Heaven that such resemblance of the hould yet remain, where faith and realty [Highest 'emain not; wherefore should not strength and might here fail where virtue fails, or weakest prove Where boldest, though to sight unconquerable? fispuissance, trusting in the Almighty's aid, mean to try, whose reason I have tried "sound and false; nor is it aught but just, hathe, who in debate of truth hath won, hould win in arms, in both disputes alike otor; though brutish that contést and foul, When reason hath to deal with force, yet so lost reason is that reason overcome.” “So pondering, and from his armed peers oth stepping opposite, half-way he met is daring foe, at this prevention more oens'd, and thus securely him defied. “‘Proud, art thou met thy hope was to have *height of thy aspiring unoppos'd, [reach'd hethrone of God unguarded, and his side bandon'd, at the terrour of thy power "Potent tongue: fool! not to think how vain Bainst the Omnipotent to rise in arms; to out of smallest things could, without end, ave rais'd incessant armies to defeat by folly; or with solitary hand *hing beyond all limit, at one blow, *ided, could have finish'd thee, and whelm'd y legions under darkness: but thou seest Hare not of thy train; there be, who faith **, and piety to God, though then "the not visible, when I alone *din thy world erroneous to dissent * all: my sect thouseest; now learn too late ow few *times may know, when thousands err. "hom the grandfoe,with scornful eye askance, **nswered. ‘Ill for thee, but in wish'd hour

Of my revenge, first sought for, thou return'st
From flight, seditious angel! to receive *
Thy merited reward, the first assay [tongue,
Of this right hand provok'd since first that
Inspir'd with contradiction, durst oppose
A third part of the gods, in synod met
Their deities to assert; who, while they feel
Vigour divine within them, can allow
Omnipotence to none. But well thou com'st
Before thy fellows, ambitious to win
From me some plume, that thysuccess may show
Destruction to the rest: this pause between,
(Unanswer'd lest thou boast) to let thee know,
At first I thought that liberty and Heaven
To heavenly souls had been all one; but now
I see that most through sloth had rather serve,
Ministring spirits, train'd up in feast and song!
Such hast thou arm’d, the minstrelsy of Heaven,
Servility with freedom to contend, [prove.”
As both their deeds compar'd this day shall
“To whom in brief thus Abdiel stern replied.
* Apostate still thou err'st, nor end wilt find
Oferring, from the path of truth remote:
Unjustly thou deprav'st it with the name
Of servitude, to serve whom God ordains,
Or Nature: God and Nature bid the same,
When he who rules is worthiest, and excels
Them whom he governs. This is servitude,
To serve the unwise, or him who hath rebell'd
Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee,
Thyself not free, but to thyself enthrall’d;
Yet lewdly dar'st our ministring upbraid.
Reign thou in Hell, thy kingdom ; let me serve
In Heaven God ever blest, and his divine
Behests obey, worthiest to be obey'd; swhile
Yet chains in Hell, not realms, expect: mean
Fromme return'd, as erstthou saidst, from flight,
This greeting on thy impious crest receive.”
“So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high,
Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight,
Nor motion of swift thought, less could his
Such ruin intercept: ten paces huge [shield,
He back recoil'd ; the tenth on bended knee
His massy spear upstaid; as if on Earth
Winds under ground, or waters forcing way,
Sidelong had push'd amountain from his seat,
Half sunk with all his pines. Amazement seiz'd
The rebel thrones, but greater rage, to see
Thus foil'd their mightiest; ours joy fill'd, and
Presage of victory, and fierce desire [shout,
Of battle: whereat Michaël bid sound [Heaven
The arch-angel trumpet; through the vast of
It sounded, and the faithful armies rung
Hosanna to the Highest: nor stood at gaze
The adverse legions, nor less hideous join'd
The horrid shock. Now storming fury rose,
And clamour, such as heard in Heaven till now
Was never; arms on armour clashing bray'd
Horrible discord, and the madding wheels
Of brazen chariots rag'd; dire was the noise
Of conflict; over head the dismal hiss
Of fiery darts in flaming vollies flew,
And flying vaulted either host with fire.
So under fiery cope together rush'd
Both battles main, with ruinous assault
And inextinguishable rage. All Heaven .
Resounded; and had Farth been then, all Earth
Had to her centre shook. What wonder 2 when
Millions of fierce encountering angels fought

On either side, the least of whom could wield These elements, and arm him with the force Of all their regions: how much more of power Army against army numberless to raise Dreadful combustionwarring, and disturb, Though not destroy, their happy native seat; Had not the Eternal King Omnipotent, From his strong hold of Heaven, high over-rul’d And limited their might; though number'd such As each divided legion might have seem'd ‘A numerous host; in strength each armed hand A legion; led in fight, yet leader seem'd Each warriour single as in chief, expert When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway Of battle, open when, and when to close The ridges of grim war: no thought of flight, None of retreat, no unbecoming deed That argued fear; each on himself relied, As only in his arm the moment lay Of victory: deeds of etermal fame Were done, but infinite; for wide was spread That war, and various; sometimes on firm ground A standing fight, then, soaring on main wing, Tormented all the air; all air seem'd then Conflicting fire. Long time in even scale The battle hung; till Satan, who that day Prodigious power had shown, and met in arms No equal, ranging through the dire attack Of fighting seraphim confus'd, at length Saw where the sword of Michael smote, and fell’d Squadrons at once; with huge two-handed sway Brandish'd aloft, the horrid edge came down Wide-wasting; such destruction to withstand He hasted, and oppos'd the rocky orb Oftenfold adamant, his ample shield, A vast circumference. At his approach The great arch-angel from his warlike toil Surceas'd, and glad, as hoping here to end Intestine war in Heaven, the arch-foe subdued Or captive dragg'd in chains, with hostile frown And visage all inflam'd first thus began. “‘Author of evil, unknown till thy revolt, Unnam'd in Heaven, now plenteous, as thou These acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, [seest Though heaviest by just measure on thyself And thy adherents; how hast thou disturb’d Heaven's blessed peace, and into nature brought isery, uncreated till the crime Of thy rebellion how hast thou instill'd Thy malice into thousands, once upright [here And faithful, now proved false! But think not To trouble holy rest; Heaven casts thee out From all her confines. Heaven, the seat of bliss, Brooks not the works of violence and war. Hence then, and evil go with thee along, Thy offspring, to the place of evil, Hell; Thou and thy wicked crew! there mingle broils, Ere this avenging sword begin thy doom, [God, Or some more sudden vengeance, wing'd from Precipitate thee with augmented pain.” “So spake the prince of angels; to whom thus The adversary. “Northink thou with wind Of aery threats to awe whom yet with deeds Thou canst not. Hast thou turn'd the least of To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise [these Unvanquish'd, easier to transact with me That thou should'st hope, imperious, and with threats To chase me hence? err not, that so shall end The strife which thou call'st evil, but we style

The strife of glory; which we mean to win,
Or turn this Heaven itself into the Heil
Thou fablest; here however to dwell free,
If not to reign: mean while thy utmost force,
Andjoin him nam'd Almighty to thy aid,
I fly not, but have sought thee far and nigh.”
“They ended parle, and both address'd for fight
Unspeakable; for who, though with the tongue
Of angels, can relate, or to what things
Liken on Earth conspicuous, that may lift
Human imagination to such height
Of godlike power? for likest gods they seem’d,
Stood they or mov’d, in stature, motion, arms,
Fit to decide the empire of great Heaven.
Now wav'd their fiery swords, and in the air
Made horrid circles; two broad suns their shields
Blaz'd opposite, while expectation stood
In horrour: from each hand with speed retird,
Where erstwas thickest fight, the angelic throng,
And left large field, unsafe within the wind
Of such commotion; such as, to set forth
Great thingsby small, if, Nature's concordbroke,
Among the constellations war were sprung,
Two planets, rushing from aspéct malign
Offiercest opposition, in mid sky [found.
Should combat, and their jarring spheres con-
Together both with next to almighty arm
Up-lifted imminent, one stroke they aim'd
That might determine, and not need repeat,
As not of power at once; nor odds appeard
In might or swift prevention: but the sword
Of Michael from the armoury of God
Was given him temper'd so, that neither keen
Nor solid might resist that edge: it met
The sword of Satan, with steep force to smite
Descending, and in half cut sheer; nor staid,
But with swift wheel reverse, deep entering,
shar'd
All his right side: then Satan first knew pain,
And writh’d him to and fro convolv’d; so sore
The griding sword with discontinuous wound
Pass'd through him: but the ethereal substance
Not long divisible; and from the gash [closd,
A stream of nectarous humour issuing flow'd
Sanguine, such as celestial spirits may bleed,
And all his armour stain'd, ere while sobright.
Forthwith on all sides to his aid was run
By angels many and strong, who interpos'd
Defence, while others bore him on their shields
Back to his chariot, where it stood retird
From off the files of war: there they him laid
Gnashing for anguish, and despite, and shame,
To find himself not matchless, and his pride
Humbled by such rebuke, so far beneath
His confidence to equal God in power.
Yet soon he heal’d; for spirits that live through-
Vital in every part, not as frail man sout
In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins,
Cannot but by annihilating die;
Nor in their liquid texture mortal wound
Receive, no more than can the fluid air:
All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear,
All intellect, all sense; and, as they please,
They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size
Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare.
“Meanwhile in other parts like deeds deservo
Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought,
And with fierce ensigns pierc'd the deep array
Of Moloch, furious king; who him defied,
And at his chariot-wheels to drag him bound

Threaten'd, nor from the Holy One of Heaven
Refrain'd his tongue blasphémous; but anon
Down cloven to the waist, with shatter'd arms
And uncouth pain fled bellowing. On each wing
Uriel, and Raphaël, his vaunting foe,
Though huge, and in a rock of diamond arm’d,
Wanquish’d Adramelech, and Asmadai,
Two potent thrones, that to be less than gods
Disdain'd, but meaner thoughts learn'd in their
flight, mail.
Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and
Norstood unmindful Abdiel to annoy
The atheist crew, but with redoubled blow
Ariel, and Arioch, and the violence
Of Ramiel scorch'd and blasted, overthrew,
I might relate of thousands, and their names
2ternize here on Earth; but those elect
Angels, contented with their fame in Heaven,
Seek not the praise of men: the other sort,
In might though wonderous and in acts of war,
Nor of renown less eager, yet by doom
Cancell'd from Heaven and sacred memory,
Nameless in dark oblivionlet them dwell.
For strength from truth divided, and from just,
Illaudable, nought merits but dispraise
And ignominy; yet to glory aspires
Vain-glorious, and through infamy seeks fame:
Therefore etermal silence be their doom.
“And now, their mightiest quell'd, the battle
swerv'd,
With many an inroad gor'd; deformed rout
Enter'd, and foul disorder; all the ground
With shiver'd armour strown, and on a heap
Chariot and charioteer lay overturn'd,
And fiery-foaming steeds; what stood, recoil'd
O'er-wearied, through the faint Satanic host
Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpris'd,
Then first with fear surpris'd, and sense of pain,
Fled ignominious, to such evil brought
By sin of disobedience; till that hour
Not liable to fear, or flight, or pain.
Farotherwise the inviolable saints,
In cubic phalanx firm, advanc'd entire,
Invulnerable, impenetrably arm'd ;
Such high advantages their innocence
Gave them above their foes; not to have sinn'd,
Not to have disobey'd; in fight they stood
Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pain'd
By wound, though from their place by violence
mov’d. [ven
“Now Night her course began,and, over Hea-
Inducing darkness, grateful truce impos'd,
And silence on the odious din of war:
Under her cloudy covert both retir’d,
victor and vanquish'd; on the foughten field
Michaël and his angels prevalent
Encamping, plac'd in guard their watches round,
Cherubic waving fires: on the other part,
Satan with his rebellious disappear'd,
Far in the dark dislodg’d; and, void of rest,
His potentates to council call’d by might;
And in the midst thus undismay’d began.
“‘O now in danger tried, now known in arms
Not to be overpower'd, companions dear,
Found worthy not of liberty alone,
Too mean pretence 1 but what we more affect,
Honour, dominion, glory, and renown;
who have sustain’d one day in doubtful fight
(Andifone day, why not eternal days?)

What Heaven's Lord had powerfullest to send
Against us from about his throne, and judg'd
Sufficient to subdue us to his will,
But proves not so : then fallible, it seems,
Offuture we may deem him, though till now
Omniscient thought. Trueis, less firmly arm’d,
Some disadvantage we endur'd and pain,
Till now not known, but, known, as soon con-
temn'd;
Since now we find this our empyreal form
Incapable of mortalinjury,
Imperishable, and though pierc'd with wound,
Soon closing, and by native vigour heal’d.
Of evil then so small, as casy think
The remedy; perhaps more valid arms,
Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
May serve to better us, and worse our foes,
Or equal what betweenus made the odds, -
In nature none: if other hidden cause
Left them superior, while we can preserve
Unhurt our minds, and understanding sound,
Duesearch and consultation will disclose.'
“He sat; and in the assembly next upstood
Nisroch, of principalities the prime;
As one he stood escap'd from cruel fight,
Sore toil'd, his riven arms to havoc hewn,
And cloudy in aspéct thus answering spake.
“‘Deliverer from new lords, leader to free
Enjoyment of our right as gods; yethard
For gods, and too unequal work we find,
Against unequal arms to fight in pain,
Against unpain'd, impassive; from which evil
Ruin must needs ensue; for what avails
valour or strength, though matchless, quell'd
with pain
which all subdues, and makes remiss the hands
of mightiest? Sense of pleasure we may well
Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine,
Butlive content, which is the calmestlife:
But pain is perfect misery, the worst
Of evils, and, excessive, overturns
All patience. He, who therefore can invent
With what more forcible we may offend
Our yet unwounded enemies, or arm
Ourselves with like defence, to me deserves
No less than for deliverance what we owe.’
“Whereto with look compos'd Satan replied.
“Not uninvented that, which thou aright
Believ'st so main to our success, I bring.
Which of us who beholds the bright surface
Of this ethereous mould whereon we stand,
This continent of spacious Heaven adorn'd
With plant, fruit, flower ambrosial, gems, and
Whose eyeso superficially surveys [gold;
These things, as not to mind from whence they
grow
Deep under ground, materials dark and crude,
Of spiritous and fiery spume, till, teuch'd
With Heaven's ray, and temper'd, they shoot
forth
So beauteous, opening to the ambient light?
These in their dark nativity the deep
Shall yield us, pregnant with infernal flame;
Which, into hollow engines, long and round,
Thick ramm’d, at the other bore with touch of
Dilated and infuriate, shall send forth [fire
From far, with thundering noise, among our foes
Such implements of mischief, as shall dash
Topieces, and o'erwhelm whatever stands

Adverse, that they shall fear we have disarm'd
The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt.
Nor long shall be our labour; yet ere dawn,
Effect shall end our wish. Meanwhile revive;
Abandon fear; to strength and counsel join'd
Think nothing hard, much less to be despair’d.”
“He ended, and his words theirdrooping cheer
Phlighten'd, and their languish'd hope reviv'd.
The invention all admir’d, and each, how he
To be the inventor miss'd; so easy it seem'd
Once found, which yet unfound most would have
thought
Impossible: yet, haply, of thyrace
In future days, if malice should abound,
Some one intent on mischief, or inspir’d
With devilish machination, might devise
Like instrument to plague the sons of men
For sin, on war and mutual slaughter bent.
Forthwith from council to the work they flew;
None arguing stood ; innumerable hands
Were ready; in a moment up they turn'd
Wide the celestial soil, and saw beneath
The originals of nature in their crude
Conception; sulphurous and nitrous foam
They found, they mingled, and, with subtle art,
Concocted and adusted they reduc’d -
Toblackest grain, and into store convey'd :
Part hidden veins digg’d up (nor hath this Earth
Entrails unlike) of mineral and stone,
Whereof to found their engines and their balls
Of missive ruin; part incentive reed
Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire.
So allere day-spring, under conscious night,
Secret they finish'd, and in order set,
With silent circumspection, unespied.
“Now when fair morn orient in Heaven ap-
pear'd,
Up rose the victor-angels, and to arms
The matin trumpet sung: in arms they stood
Of golden panoply, refulgent host,
Soon bandcd; others from the dawning hills
Look'd round, and scouts each coast light-armed
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe, [scour,
Where lodg’d, or whither fled, or if for fight, .
In motion or in halt: him soon they met
Under spread ensigns moving nigh, in slow
But firm battalion : back with speediest sail
Zophiel, of cherubim the swiftest wing,
Came flying, and in mid air aloud thus cried.
“‘Arm, warriors, arm for fight; the foe at
hand,
Whom fled we thought, will save us long pursuit
This day; fear not his flight; so thick a cloud
He comes, and settled in his face I see
Sad resolution, and secure: let each
His adamantine coat gird well, and each
Fit well his helm, gripe fast his orbed shield,
Borne even or high; for this day will pour down,
If I conjecture aught, no drizzling shower,
But rattling storm of arrows barb'd with fire.”

“So warn'd he them, aware themselves, and

In order, quit of all impediment;
Instant without disturb they took alarm,
And onward mov’d embattled: when behold !
Not distant far with heavy pace the foe
Approaching gross and huge, in hollow cube

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A while; but suddenly at head appeard
Satan, and thus was heard commanding loud.
“‘Vanguard, to right and left the front unfold;
That all may see who hate us, how we seek
Peace and composure, and with open breast
Stand ready to receive them, if they like
Our overture, and turn not back perverse:
But that I doubt; however witness Heaven!
Heaven, witness thou amon while we discharge
Freely our part: ye, who appointed stand,
Do as you have in charge, and briefly touch
What we propound, and loud that all may hear"
“So scoffing in ambiguous words, he scarce
Had ended; when to right and left the front
Divided, and to either flank retio’d:
Which to our eyes discover'd, new and strange,
A triple mounted row of pillars laid
On wheels (for like to pillars most they seem’d,
Or hollow’d bodies made of oak or fir,
With branches lopt, in wood or mountain fell’d.)
Brass, iron, stony mould, had not their months
With hideous orifice gap'd onus wide,
Portending hollow truce : at each behind
A seraph stood, and in his hand a reed
Stood waving tipt with fire; while we, suspense,
Collected stood within our thoughts amus'd,
Not long; for sudden all at once their reeds
Put forth, and to a narrow vent applied
With nicest touch. Immediate in a flame,
But soon obscur'd with smoke, all Heaven ap-
pear'd, roar
From those deep-throated engines belch'd, whose
Embowell'd with outrageous noise the air,
And all her entrails tore, disgorging foul
Their devilish glut, chain'd thunderbolts and hail
Of iron globes; which, on the victor host
Levell'd, with such impetuous fury smote,
That, whom they hit, none on their feet might
stand, -
Though standing else as rocks, but down they foll
By thousands, angel on arch-angel roll'd;
The sooner for their arms; unarm'd, they might
Have easily, as spirits, evaded swift
By quick contraction or remove ; but now
Foul dissipation follow'd, and forc’d rout;
Nor serv’d it to relax their serried files.
What should they do? if on they rush'd, repulse
Repeated, and indecent overthrow
Doubled, would render them yet more despiso,
And to their foes a laughter; for in view
Stood rank'd of seraphim another row,
In posture to displode their second tire
Of thunder: back defeated to return
They worse abhorr'd. Satan beheld their plight,
And to his mates thus in derision call’d.
“‘O friends! why come not on these victors
proud?
Ere while they fierce were coming; and whenot,
To entertain them fair with open front
And breast (what could we more ?) propounded
terms
Of composition,straight they chang'd their mino,
Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell, [seem"
As they would dance; yet for a dance thos
Somewhat extravagant and wild : perhaps
For joy of offer'd peace: but I suppose,
If our proposals once again were heard,
We should compel them to a quick result."
“To whom thus Belial,in like gamesome

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