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Beseeching or besieging. This report,
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 accurst, Forsaken of all good, I see thy fall Determin'd, and thy hapless crew involv'd In this perfidious fraud, contagion spread 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 vouchsaf'd, other decrees Against thee are gone forth without recall: That golden scepter 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
869 Beseeching] See Heywood's Spider and Flie, p. 376.
875 flaming] Each flaming seraph.'
v. Beaumont's Psyche, c. xxix. st. 184. 888 Thy disobedience] Thee disobedient, v. 2. 702, b. 139, b. 687. Bentl. MS.
890 lest] The construction is deficient. Pearce would understand, 'but I fly' before 'lest.' Bentley proposes reading,
'These wicked tents devote, but lest the wrath,' &c. Newton.
Impendent raging into sudden flame
And with retorted scorn his back he turn'd
RAPHAEL Continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth to battel 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 Messiah 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 horror and confusion into the place of punishment prepared for them in the deep. Messiah returns with triumph to his Father.
ALL night the dreadless angel unpursu’d [morn, Through heav'n's wide champain held his way, till Wak'd by the circling hours, with rosy hand
Unbarr'd the gates of light. There is a cave
7 Lodge] This thought borrowed from Hesiod. Theog. 748.
Grateful vicissitude, like day and night:
To veil the heav'n, though darkness there might well
Shot through with orient beams: when all the plain
Servant of GOD, well done, well hast thou fought
Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms;
10 Obsequious] opacous. Bentl. MS.
14 vanish'd] Some editions absurdly read 'vanquish'd.' Newton.
To stand approv'd in sight of GOD, though worlds
Than scorn'd thou didst depart, and to subdue
So spake the sovereign 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 loud Ethereal trumpet from on high 'gan blow: At which command the powers militant That stood for heav'n, in mighty quadrate join'd Of union irresistible, mov'd on
60 Ethereal] Archangel. Bentl. MS.