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Satan The sooner for their arms.

mocks at might

the Angels Have easily, as Spirits, evaded swift


thrown By quick contraction or remove; but now Foul dissipation followed, and forced rout; Nor served it to relax their serried files. What should they do? If on they rushed, repulse


Unarmed, they

Repeated, and indecent overthrow

Doubled, would render them yet more despised,
And to their foes a laughter-for in view
Stood ranked of Seraphim another row,
In posture to displode their second tire
Of thunder; back defeated to return
They worse abhorred. Satan beheld their plight,
And to his mates thus in derision called:-
"O friends, why come not on these victors

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Erewhile they fierce were coming; and, when we,
To entertain them fair with open front
And breast (what could we more?), propounded



Ofcomposition, straight they changed their minds,
Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell,
As they would dance. Yet for a dance they


Somewhat extravagant and wild; perhaps
For joy of offered 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 mood:"Leader, the terms we sent were terms of weight,


Of hard contents, and full of force urged home, The
Such as we might perceive amused them all, Angels
And stumbled many. Who receives them right uproot the
Had need from head to foot well understand;
Not understood, this gift they have besides-
They show us when our foes walk not upright."
'So they among themselves in pleasant vein
Stood scoffing, highthened in their thoughts


All doubt of victory; Eternal Might
To match with their inventions they presumed
So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn,
And all his host derided, while they stood
A while in trouble. But they stood not long;
Rage prompted them at length, and found them


Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose.
Forthwith (behold the excellence, the power,
Which God hath in his mighty Angels placed!)
Their arms away they threw, and to the hills
(For Earth hath this variety from Heaven 640
Of pleasure situate in hill and dale)
Light as the lightning-glimpse they ran, they
flew ;

From their foundations, loosening to and fro,
They plucked the seated hills, with all their load,
Rocks, waters, woods, and, by the shaggy tops
Uplifting, bore them in their hands. Amaze,
Be sure, and terror, seized the rebel host,
When coming towards them so dread they saw
The bottom of the mountains upward turned,
Till on those cursed engines' triple row
They saw them whelmed, and all their confidence
Under the weight of mountains buried deep;


Confusion Themselves invaded next, and on their heads heaped Main promontories flung, which in the air


upon Came shadowing, and oppressed whole legions armed.

Their armour helped their harm, crushed in and bruised,

Into their substance pent-which wrought them pain

Implacable, and many a dolorous groan,
Long struggling underneath, ere they could wind
Out of such prison, though Spirits of purest


Purest at first, now gross by sinning grown.
The rest, in imitation, to like arms
Betook them, and the neighbouring hills uptore;
So hills amid the air encountered hills,
Hurled to and fro with jaculation dire,
That underground they fought in dismal shade.
Infernal noise! war seemed a civil game
To this uproar; horrid confusion heaped
Upon confusion rose. And now all Heaven
Had gone to wrack, with ruin overspread, 670
Had not the Almighty Father, where he sits
Shrined in his sanctuary of Heaven secure,
Consulting on the sum of things, foreseen
This tumult, and permitted all, advised,
That his great purpose he might so fulfil,
To honour his Anointed Son, avenged
Upon his enemies, and to declare
All power on him transferred. Whence to his

The assessor of his throne, he thus began:-
""Effulgence of my glory, Son beloved, 680
Son in whose face invisible is beheld

Visibly, what by Deity I am,
And in whose hand what by decree I do,
Second Omnipotence! two days are passed,
Two days, as we compute the days of Heaven,
Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame
These disobedient. Sore hath been their fight,
As likeliest was when two such foes met armed:
For to themselves I left them; and thou know'st
Equal in their creation they were formed,
Save what sin hath impaired-which yet hath

Insensibly, for I suspend their doom:
Whence in perpetual fight they needs must last
Endless, and no solution will be found.
War wearied hath performed what war can do,
And to disordered rage let loose the reins,
With mountains, as with weapons, armed;

which makes

Wild work in Heaven, and dangerous to the main.

Two days are therefore passed; the third is thine :

For thee I have ordained it, and thus far 700
Have suffered, that the glory may be thine
Of ending this great war, since none but thou
Can end it. Into thee such virtue and grace
Immense I have transfused, that all may know
In Heaven and Hell thy power above compare,
And this
perverse commotion governed thus,
To manifest thee worthiest to be Heir

Of all things to be Heir, and to be King
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
Go, then, thou Mightiest, in thy Father's might;
Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels 711



Son's mission

The That shake Heaven's basis; bring forth all my

war ;

accepts the task

Godhead My bow and thunder, my almighty arms,
Gird on,
and sword upon thy puissant thigh;
Pursue these Sons of Darkness, drive them out
From all Heaven's bounds into the utter

There let them learn, as likes them, to despise
God, and Messiah his anointed King."

'He said, and on his Son with rays direct
Shone full. He all his Father full expressed 720
Ineffably into his face received;
And thus the Filial Godhead answering spake :-
"O Father, O Supreme of Heavenly

First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou always seek'st
To glorify thy Son; I always thee,
As is most just. This I my glory account,
My exaltation, and my whole delight,

That thou in me, well pleased, declar❜st thy will
Fulfilled, which to fulfil is all my bliss.
Sceptre and power, thy giving, I assume,
And gladlier shall resign when in the end
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee
For ever, and in me all whom thou lov❜st.
But whom thou hat'st I hate, and can put on
Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on,
Image of thee in all things and shall soon,
Armed with thy might, rid Heaven of these


To their prepared ill mansion driven down,
To chains of darkness and the undying worm,
That from thy just obedience could revolt, 740
Whom to obey, is happiness entire.

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