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ghits bes ecompense
lace I sought
hat was ask
Te they say;
t him hithe
However, and to 'scape his punishment!
But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with thee
927. thy fiercest, enemy, opponent.
928. vollied: discharged with a volley, sudden burst.
Better abode, and my afflicted powers
To whom the warrior-angel soon replied:
Satan and couldst thou faithful add? O name, 950
O sacred name of faithfulness profaned!
Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew?
Army of fiends, fit body to fit head.
Was this your discipline and faith engaged,
Allegiance to the acknowledged Power Supreme?
Once fawn'd, and cringed, and servily adored
942. dare against (possession) or against (me).
945. to cringe: (with) practised distances: studied, accustomed homage, respect there appears to be a play on the word distance, which also signifies the space kept between two antagonists in fencing.
959. servily: Todd retains this reading in his edition of Milton, but has not supplied its omission in Johnson's Dict. The more usual form is servilely.
But mark what I aread thee now, Avaunt!
So threaten'd he; but Satan to no threats
Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, 970 Proud limitary cherub! but ere then
Far heavier load thyself expect to feel
From my prevailing arm, though Heaven's King
962. aread: or areed, or arreed: I advise, direct, order. ib. avaunt: on, forward, begone: from the French avant. 971. limitary: 'set to guard the bounds, as 1. 878. a taunt, insulting the good angel as one employed on a little, mean office.' RICHARDSON.
974. This seems to allude to Ezekiel's vision, where four Cherubims are appointed to the four wheels: And the Cherubims did lift up their wings, and the wheels besides them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.' See ch. i. x. xi. 22. Ng
980. ported spears: carried in a direction towards the enemy; held in a posture ready for attack.
981. Homer has a simile much of the same nature, comparing
Her bearded grove of ears, which way the wind
On the other side, Satan, alarm'd, 985
Collecting all his might, dilated stood,
Like Teneriff or Atlas, unremoved:
His stature reached the sky, and on his crest
Might have ensued, nor only Paradise,
The Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray,
the motion of the army after Agamemnon's speech to the waving the ears of corn: 11. B. 147.
̔Ως δ ̓ ὅτε κινήσει Ζέφυρος βαθὺ λήϊον ἐλθὼν,
λάβρος ἐπαιγίζων, ἐπί τ ̓ ἠμύει ἀσταχύεσσιν·
987. Virgil has applied the same comparison to his hero, Æn. xii. 701.
Quantus Athos, aut quantus Eryx, aut ipse coruscis
Vertice se attollens pater Apenninus ad auras.' N.
The Peak of Teneriffe is on an island of the same name, the largest of the Canaries. Atlas is a long chain of mountains in Mauritania.
unremoved: for immovable as unreproved, 1. 492.
988. Thus Homer says of Discord, Il. A. 443.
οὐρανῷ ἐστήριξε κάρη, καὶ ἐπὶ χθονὶ βαίνει :
and Virgil of Fame, Æn. iv. 177.
Ingrediturque solo, et caput inter nubila condit.' N. 989. plumed: placed as a plume.
994. wrack or wreck are used indifferently by old writers.
Hung forth in heaven his golden scales, yet seen
(Wherein all things created first he weigh'd,
The pendulous round earth with balanced air 1000
Battles and realms :) in these he put two weights,
The latter quick up-flew, and kick'd the beam ;
Neither our own, but given: what folly then
997. golden scales: as in Hom. Il. viii. 69. кal Tóte dǹ Xpúσela πατὴρ ἐτίταινε τάλαντα. Compare also Virg. An. xii. 725.
998. Libra or the Scales is one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac, between Astrea, or Virgo, and the Scorpion.
999. This weighing the creation at first and all events since gives us a sublime idea of Providence, and is conformable to the style of Scripture: Job xxviii. 25. To make the weight for the winds, and he weigheth the waters by measure:' xxxvii. 16. Dost thou know the balancing of the clouds?' Isaiah xl. 12. "Who weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?' 1 Sam. ii. 3. " By him actions are weighed.' Prov. xvi. 2. The Lord weigheth the spirits.' Dan. v. 26. 'God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it; thou art weighed in the balances.''
1001. (And in which he) now ponders all events, (chiefly the events of) battles and realms.
1003. God put in the golden scales two weights; in the one scale he put the weight, which was the sequel (represented the consequence) of Satan's parting from them; in the other scale he put the weight, which was the sequel of Satan's fighting. The latter scale, by ascending, showed him that he was light in arms, and could not obtain victory; the other, having descended, was a sign that his going off quietly would be his wisest and weightiest attempt.' PEArce.