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And that accurs'd hand-writing doth deface : The likeness of a kingly crown had on. Arise, fir knight, arise, and leave this cursed Satan was now at hand, and from his seat place.
The monster moving onward came as fast So up he rose, and thence amounted streight.
With horrid Itrides; hell trembled as he strocle: Which when the earl beheld, and saw his guest
Th’undaunted fiend what this might be admir'd, Would safe depart, for all his fubtle Neight,
Admir'd, not fear'd; God and his Son except, He chose an halter from among the rest,
Created thing nought valued he nor fhuon'd, And with it hung himself, unbid, unbleft.
And with diidainful look thus first began : But death he could not work himself thereby;
Whence and what art thou, cxecrable shape, For thousand times he to himselt had dreis'd,
That dar'ft, though grim and terrible, advance Yet natheless it could not do him dic,
Thy mifcrcated front athwart my way Till he should die his last, that is eternally,
gates? through them I mean to pass, Thar be affur'd, without leave ask'd of thee:
Retire, or taste thy folly; and leam by proof, MILTON'S PARADISE LOST.
Hell-born, not to contend with spirits of heaven.
To whom the goblin full of wrath replied: $ 54. The Arrival of Satan at Hell; and the Art thou that traitor-angel, art thou he;. [then Allegory of Sin and Dearb.
Who first broke peace in heaven, and faith, till SATAN with thoughts inflam'd of high'r Unbroken, and in proud rebellious arms design,
Drew after him the third part of heaven's sons, Puts on swift wings, and tow'rds the gates of hell Conjur'd against the Higheit; for which both Explores his solitary flight; fometimes
thou He scours the right hand coast, fomctiipes the left, And they, outcast from God, are here condemn'd Now shaves with level wing the deep, then foars To waste cternal days in wne and pain ? Up to the fiery concave tow'ring high.
And reckon'st thou hyself with spirits of heaven, As when far off at sea a fleet descried
Hell-doom'd, and breath's detiance here and Hangs in the clouds, by equinoctial winds
Scorn Clole failing from Bengala, or the isles
Wliere I reign king, and, to enrage thee more, of Ternate and Tidorc, whence merchants bring Thy king and lord? Back to thy punishment, Their spicy drugs; they on the trading food Fallc fugitive, and to thy speed add wings; . Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape Left with a whip of scorpions I pursue Ply, stemming nightly tow'rd the pole : to feem'dThy ling'ring, or with one strokc of this dart Far off the flying fiend: at laft appear
Strange horror seize thee, and' pangs unfelt Hell-bounds, high reaching to the horrid roof,
before. And thrice threc-fold the gates; three folds were So spake the grisly terror, and in shape, brass,
So speaking and so threat’ning, grew tenfold Three iron, three of adamantine rock;
More dreadful and deform. On th'other lide Impenetrable, impal'd with circling Gre, Incens'd with indignation Satan food Yet unconsum'd. Before the gates there fat Unterrified; and like a.comet burn'd, On either side a formidable shape;
That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge The one seein'd woman to the waist, and fair, In th’af&tic sy, and from his horrid hair But ended foul in many a scaly fold
Shakes pestilence and war. Each at the head Voluininous and vast, a serpent arm'd
Levell’d his deadly aim; their fatal hands With mortal fling: about her iniddle round No second stroke intend, and such a frown A cry of hell-hounds never ccaling bark'd Each cast at th'other, as when two black cloud With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and ning with heaven's artillery fraught, come rattlin. A hideous peal; yct, when they list, would creep, Over the Caspian, then stand front to fron If aught difturb'd their noise, into her womb, Hovering a spacc, till winds the signal blow And kennel there; yet there ftill bark'd and To join their dark encounter in mid air : howl'a,
So frown'd the mighty combatants, that he Within unseen, Far less abhorr'd than chefe Grew darker at their frown; fo match'd Vex'd Scylla bathing in the sea that parts
ftood; Calabria froin thc hoarsc Trinacrian shore : For never but once more was cither like Nor uglier follow the night-hay, when call’d To meet so great a foe. And now grcat deeds In secret, riding through the air the comes, Had been achiev'd, whercof all hell had rung, Lurd with the smell of infant-blood, to dance Had not the snaky forcerefs that sat With Lapland witches, while the lab'ring moon Taft by hell-gate, and kept the fatal kcy, Eclipsey at their charms. The other shape, Ris'n, and with hideous outcry ruth'd between. If shape it might be call'd that shape had none O father, what intends thy hand, she cried, Distinguinhable in member, joint, or linb; Againit thy only fon? What fury, O son, Or. substance might be callid that shadow seem'd, Polieties thee to bend that mortal dart For cach seem'd cither; black it Itood as night, Against thy father's head? and know'ít for whom? Fierce as ten furies, terrible as hell,
For him who firs above and laughs the while And thook a dreadful dart; what seem'd his head At thee, ordain d his drudge, to execute
W'hate'cr his wrath, which te calls justice, bids; s And honrly born, with sorrow infinite
ve To me, for, when they lift, into the womb She spake, and at her uc.ds ne hillith putt That bred them they return, and howl, and gray Forbcre; then thcfe to her Satan retumd: My bjuels, their repaft! then burtting forth
So strange thy outcry, and thy words fu ftrange Atrch with conscious terrors vex me round, Thou interpoiii, that my sudden hand
That reft or intcrmiffion none I find. Prevented ipares to tell thee yet by deeds Before mine eyes in opposition fits What it intends; tied tirit I know of thee Grim Death, my fon and foc, who fets them on, What thing thou art, thus double-forin'd, and why And me his parent would full soon devour In this infernal valc firit met thou call'it For want of ither prey, but that he knows Me father, and that plantatin call'st my fon : His end with mine involv'd: and knows that I I know thee not, nor ever iaw till now
Should prove a bitter morfel, and his bine, Sight more deteftable than him and thee. Whenever that shall be; fo fate pronounc'd.
T' whom thus the portress of hell-gate replied: Bur thou, O father, I forewarn thee, Thun Haft thou forgot me then, and do I feem His deadły arrow; neither rainly hope Now in thine eve io foul once dcem'd to fair To be invulnerable in those bright arms, In Heaven, when at thi' assembly, and in fight Though temper'd heavenly; for that mortal dint, Of all the feraphim, with thee combid Save he who reigas abwe, none can refift. In bold conspiracy againtt Heaven's King,
She finith'd; and the subtle fend his lore All on a sudden milerable pain
Soon learn'd, now milder, and thus ansever'd Surpris'd thee, dim thinc eves, and dizzy fnan
(fire, In darkness, while thy head Hannes thick and fast Dear daughter, since thou claim'ft me fur thy Threw forth ; till on the left side op’ning wide, And my fair
ton here shew 'ft me, the dear pierige Likest to thee in shape and count'nance bright, Of dalliance had with thee in heaven, and joys Then thining heavenly fair, a goddets arm d Then firect, now tad to mention, through dire Ort of thy head I sprung: amazement feiz'd
change All th' hoit of heaven; back they recoil d, afraid Befall'us, unferefeen, innthought of; know At first, and call'd me Sin, and for a lign I come no enemy, bat to tet free Portentous held me; but fimiliar grown, From out this dark and dismal house of pain I pleas’d, and with attrattive graces won Both him and thee; and all the heavenly hutt The most averfe, thee chietly, wbo full oft Of ipirits, that in our jnft pretences arm'd Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing Fell with us from on high: from them I go Becam'it cnainour'd, and such joy thou took'it This uncouch errand tole, and one for all With me in fecret, that my womb conceiva Mvfett expofe, with lonely fteps to tread A growing burden Meanwhile war arofa, Th' unfounded deep, and through the void imAnd neids were fought in hcaven; wherein re- menfc main'd
To search with wand'ring quest a place forctoid (For what could else:') to our almighty foe Should bs, and, by concurring figns, ere no: Clear victory, to our part lots and rout
Created vast and round; a place of bliss
Perhaps our vacant room; though more remord, I alto; at which eine this pow'rful key Left hearen surcharg'd with potent multitude Into my hand was giv'n, with charge to keep Might hap to move new broils. Be this, or aught Theic gates for ever thur, which none can pass Than this inore decret, now deliyu’d, I hatte Without iny oper.ing. Peniwe here I fat To know; and, this once known, ihail foon te. Alone ; but long I fat not, till my womb,
(Dearh Pregnant by thic, and now excetlive grown, And bring ye to the place where thou and Prodi rious motion felt, and rueful throcs. Shall dwett ar eale, und up and down unseca At last tiis odious ott pring whom thou icett, Wing silently the buxun air, imbalın'd Tnine own begotten, breaking violent way With odours; there ye thall be fed and filld, Tore through my entrails, that with fear and pain Immeafurately, all things thall be your prey. Distorted, all my nether thape thus grew
He ceas d, for both tecr'd highly pleas d; and Transform'd: but he my inbred enemy
Grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to hear
I keep, by him forbidden to unlock
These adamantine gatos; against all force Irgend'ring with me, of that rape be got
Death ready stands to interpose his dait, Thete velling munitors, that with Ccaleless cry Fearless to be o'ermatch'd by living might. Surround me, as thou 'li, www.ly concuirid Bui what owe I to his commands above
Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down I sung of chaos and eternal night;
Taught by the heavenly muse
to venture down To fit in hateful office here confin'd,
The dark descent, and up to reafoond,
And fuel thy for’reign vital lamp; but thou
Thus laying, from her fide the fatal key, Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget
Those other two equallid with me in fate,
Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird
Tuncs her nocturnal note. Thus with the year
Seasons feturn, but not to me returns
But cloud instead, and ever-during dark
Shine inward, and the mind thro' all her pow'rs
Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mist from thence Illimitable ocean, without bound,
Purge and disperse, that I may fee and tell
$ 56. Address from the Deity to his Sun. Eternal anarchy, amidst the noite
THOU, in Heaven and Earth the only peace Of endless wars, and by confusion stand.
Found out for mankind under wrath, O thou My fole complacence! well thou know'ít how
dear § 55. Milton's Address to the Sun.
To me are all my works, nor man the least, HAİL, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first- | Though last crcated; that for him I spare born,
Thee from my bofum and right hand, to fave,
By losing thee awhile, the whole race loit.
Their nature also to thy nature join;
As from a second root, shall be icitor'd
Imputed thali abfolve them who renounce
And dying rise, and rising with him raise And where the river of bliss through midit of His brethren, ransom'd with his own dear life.
hcaven So hcavenly love shall outdo hellith hate, Rolls o'er Elysian flow'rs her amber stream: Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
With those that never fade, the fpirits elect So dearly to redeem what hellith hate
Bind their resplendent locks, inwreath'd with So casily destroy'd, and Itill destroys
beains; In those who, when they may, accept not grace. Now in loote garlands thick thrown off, the bright Nor (halt thou, by descending to assume Pavement, that like a fea of jasper thone, Man's nature, letsen or degrade thine own, Impurpled with celeftial roscs im:ld. Because thou hast, though thron'd in highest bliss, Then crown'd again, their golden harps they took; Equal to God, and equally enjoying
Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by their fide Godlike fruition, quitted all, to save
Like quivers hung, and with preainble sweet
Of charming symphony they introduce
§ 57. Satan's Address to the Sun.
furpaffing glory crown'd,
Look'st from thy fole dominion like the goe Anointed universal King; all pow'r
Of this new world ; at whose fight all the stars I give thee; reign for ever, and assume
Hide their diminith'd heads; to thee I call,
That bring to my remembrance from what ftate
Ah wherefore! he deserv'd no such return
Upbraided none; nor was his service hard.
So burdensome ftill paying, still to owe,
Then happy ; no untounded hope had rais d
As great might have aspir’d, and me though
Fell not, but ftand unfhaken, from within
Or from without, to all remptations arm d. Tow'rds cither throne they bow, and to the ground Hadit thou the fame free will and pou 'r to stands With folumn adoration down they caft
Thou hadit: whom haft thou then, or what, Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold;
t'accuse, Immortal amarant, a fow'r which once
But Heaven's free love, dealt equally to all?
Bu then his love accurs'd, fince love or hate,
Chole freely what it now to ufily nues.
Infinite wrath, and infinite defpair ?
Yielded with coy submission, modeft pride,
And sweet reluctant amorous delay.
Nor those mysterious parts were then conceal'd;
With thows instead, mere shows of seeming pure,
Of God or angel ; for they thought no ill:
Adam the goodliest man of men since born
His fons, the faireft of her daughters Eve,
They fat them down; and after no more toil
Of their sweet gard'ning labour than suffic'd But say I could repent, and could obtain To recommend cool Zephyr, and made cale By act of grace my former state; how loon Morc eaty, wholesome thirst and appetite Would height rccal high thoughts, how soon More grateful, to their fupper-fruits they fell unsay
Nectarine fruits, which the compliant bough.
The favory pulp ihey chew, and in the rind,
Wanted, nor youthful dalliance, as beteems
Alone as they
Tree of Knowledge, and Eve's Keply.
SOLE partner, and sole part, of all thete joys,
Have nothing merited, nor can perform
Godlike erect, with native honour clad; This one, this caly charge, of all the trees
In Paradise that bear delicious fruit
Conferr'd upon us, and dominion given
Earth, air, and sea. Then let us not think hard
But let us ever praise him, and extol