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Will once more list us up in spite of fate, Than unknown dangers, and as hard escape? Nearer our ancient seat; perhaps in view But I should ill become this throne, o Peers! of those bright confines, whence with neigh And this imperial sov'rignty, adorn'd bring arms

With splendor, armd with powi, if ungut, And opportune excursion we may chance

proposid Re-enter Heav'n; or else in some mild zone And judy'd of public moment, in the shape Dwell not unvisited of Heav’u's fair light Of difficulty or danger could deter Secure, and at the brightning orient beam Me from attempting. Where fore do I asume Purge oil this gloom; this soft delicious air, These royalties, and not refuse to reign, To heal the scar of those corrusive fires, Refusing to accept as great it share, Shall breathe her balm. But first, whom of hazard as of honour, due alike shall we send

[find | To him who reins, and so much to him due. In search of this new world; whom shall we Of bazard more, as he above the rest Sufficient? wbu shall tempt with wand'ring | High honour'd sits? Go, therefore, mighty feet

Powers,

[bome, The dark anbottom'l infinite abyss,

Terror of Heav'n, though fall'o; intend at And through the palpable obscure find out While here shall be our home, what best may. His aucuuth way, or spread his aery flight Upborne with indefatigable wings

The present misery, and render Hell Over the vast abrupt, ere be arrive

More tolerable; if there be cure or charm The happy isle? wbt strength, what art can To respite or deceive, or slack the pain then

Of this ill mansion; intermit no watch Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe

Against a wakeful foe, wbile I abroad Through the strict senteries and stations thick Through all the coast of dark Destruction, Of augeis watching round? Here he bad weed

seek All circumspection, and we now 110 less Deliverance for us all: this enterprise Choice in our suffrage? for on whom we send, || None shall partake with me. Thus saying, The weight of all and our last hope relies.

This said, he sat; and expectation held The Monarch, and prevented all reply, His looks suspence, awaiting who appear’d

Prudent, least from his resolution rais'd To second, or oppose, or undertake

Others among the chief might offer now The perilous atteinpt : but all sat mute, (Certain to be refus'd) what erst they fear'd; Pond'ring the danger with dcep thoughts; and Aud so refus'd, might in opinion stand each

Hlis rivals, winning cheap the high repute In others count'nance read his own dismay Whicb he through bazard buge must earn. Astonishid: none among the choice and prime But they Of those Heav'o-warring champions, could be Dreaded uut more the adventure than his found

voice So bardy as to proffer or accept

Forbidding; and at once with him they rost; Alonc the dreadful voyage : till at last

Their rising all at once was as the sound Satan, whom now transcendent glory rais'd Of thunder heard remote. Tow'rds him they Above his fellows, with monarchial pride

bend Conscious of highest worth, uumov'd thus With awful reverence prone; and as a god spake:

Extol him equal to the Highest in Heav'o : O Progeny of Heav'u! empyreal Thrones ! Nor fail'd they to express how much they With reason bath deep silence and demur

prais'd, Seis'd us, thougla undismay'd : long is the That for the general safety he despis'd way

His own: for neither do the spirits damnu':1 And ha that out of Hell leads up to light; Lose all their virtue; least bad men should Our prison strong; this buge convex of fire,

boast Outrageous to devour, immures us round Their specious deeds on earth, which glory ex. Nimefolil, and gates of burning adamant

cites, Barr'd over us, prohibit all egress.

Or close ambition varnish'd o'er with zeal. These pass'd, if any pass, the void profound Thus they their doubtful consultations dark Of unessential Night receives him next

Ended, rejoicing in their matchless chief: Wide gaping, and with atter loss of being As wlien from mountain tops the dusky clouds Threatens hin, plungil in the abortive gulf. Ascending, while the North-wind sleeps, o'erIf thence he 'scape into whatever world,

spread Oxunkuown region, what remains him less Ileav'n's cheerful face, the louring element

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Scowls o'er the darkcn'd landskip, suow, or Others, with vast Typhæan rage more fell, shower;

Rend up both rocks and hills, and ride the air If chance the radiant suu with farewel sweet lo whirlwind; Hell scarce holds the wild up. Extend his ev'ning beam, the fields revive, The birds their votes renew, and bleating As when Alcides, from Oechalia crown'd herds

With conquest, felt th' envedom'd robe, and Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings. O shame to meni, devil v ith devil dansu'd Through pain up by the roots Thessalian pipes, Firin £oncord holds, man only disagree And Lichas from the top of Octa tbrew Of creatures rational, ibougb uuder hope

luto the Euboic sea. Others more inild, Of heavenly grace: and God proclaiming Retreated in a silent valley, siug peace,

With notes avgelical to many a harp Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife

Their own hervic deeds, and bapless fall Ainoog themselves, and levy cruel wars, By doom of battle; and complain that Fate Wasting the earth, each other to destroy: Free virtue should enthrall to force or chance. As if (which might induce us to accord) Their song was partial, but the harmony May had not hellish fues enow besides, (What could it less when spirits immortal That day and night for bis destruction wait.

sing?) Thy Stygiau council thus dissolv'd; and Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment furth

Tbe thronging audience. In discourse niore In order came the grand infernal Peers : Nidst came their mighty paramount, and (For eloquence the soul, song charms tbe sense) seein'd

Others apart sat on a hill retird, Alone th'autagonist of Heav'n, por less In thoughts wore elevate, aud reasou'd bigh Than Hell's dread emperor with pump su Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate, preme,

Fix'd fate, free will, toreknowledge absolute, And Godlike imitated state; bim round And found no end, in wand'riug muzes lost. A globe of fiery seraphim inclus'd

Of good and evil much they argued tben, With bright emblazonry, and horrent arms. Of happiness and final misery, Then of their session ended they bid cry Passion and apathy, and glory and shame, With trumpets' regal sound the great result: Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy: Tuw'rds the four winds four speedy che Yet with a pleasing sorcery could charm rubim

Pain for a wbile or anguish, and excite Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy Fallacious bope, or arm th' obdured breast By herald's voice explaiu'd; the hollow abyss With stubboru patience as with triple steel. Heard far and wide, and all the host of Hell Anotber part, in squadrons avd gross bands, With deafʼuing shout returu'd them loud | la bold adventure to discover wide acclame.

[what rais'u | That dismal world, if any clime perhaps Thence more at ease their minds, and some. Might yield them easier babitation, begd By false presumptuous hope, the ranged Four ways their Aying march, aloug the power's

banks Disband, and wand'ring, each his several way Of four iufernal rivers, that disgorge Pursues, as inclination or sad chuice

Into the burning lake their baleful streams; Leads him perplex’d, where he might likeliest Abhorred Styx, the flood of deadly bale; find

Sad Acheron of sorrow, black and deep ; Trace to his restless thoughts, and entertain Cucytus, nam'd of lamentation loud The irksome hours, till his great chief retura. Heard ou the rueful stream ; ficrce Phlegethon Part on the plain, or in the air sublime, Whose waves of torrent fire iuflame with rage. C'pon the wing, or in swift race contend, Far oft' trom these a slow aud silent stream, As at th' Olympian games or Pythian fields. Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal Her watry labyrinth, whereof who drinks, With rapid wheels, or frouted brigade form, Forthwith his former state and being furgets, As when to warn proud cities war appears Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain. Wag‘d in troubled sky, and arries rush Beyond this Houd a frozen contioent To battle in the clouds, before each van Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms Pick fortlı the acry knights, aud couch their Of whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land spears

Thaws not, but gather beaps, and ruin seems Till thickest legions close; with feats of arms Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice, From eitber end of Heav'n the welkin burns. A gulpha profound as that Ser buniau bug

Betwixt Damiata and mount Casius old, far off the Aving tiend: at last appear Where armies whole have suuk: the parching Hell bounds high reaching to the horrid roof, air

And thrice tbree fuld the gates; three fulds Burns frore, and cold perfumes th' effect of üre. were bass, Thither hy barpy footed furies hald

Three iron, three of adamantin rock, At certain revolutions all the damu'd

Impenetrable, impall with circling fire, Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter Yet unconsun'd. Before the gates there sat change

[fierce, | On either side a formidable shape; Officrce extremes, extremes by change more The one seem'd woman to the waste, and From beds of raging fire to starve in ice

fair, Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine | But ended foul in many a scaly fuld Immoveable, infix'd, and frozen round, Voluminous and vast, a serpent arm’d Periods of time, thence burried back tv fire. With mortal sting: about her middle round They ferry over this Letbean sound

A cry of bell bounds never ceasing bark Both to and fro, their sorrow lo augment, With wide Cerberean mouths fuil loud, and And wish and struggle, as tbey pass, to react

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fcreep, The tempting stream, with oue small drop to A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would lose

If ought disturbid their noise, into her womting In sveet forgetfulness all pain and woe, And kennel there, yet there still bark'd and All in one moment, and so near the brink;

howi'd But fate withstands, and to oppose th'attempt Witbin, unseen. Far less abhorr'd thay these Hledusa, with Gorgoniai terror, guards Vex'd Scylla bathing in the sea that parts The ford, and of itself the water tipes

Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore: All taste of living wight, as once it Hed Nor oglier follow tbe night-hag, when call'd The lip of Tantalus. This formg on

Tu secret, riding through the air she conies, In coufus'd marcha forlorn, 111' advent’rous Lord with the smell of infant blood, to dance bands

With Lapland witches, while the labriug mova With shudd'ring horror pale, and eyes aghast, Eclipses at their charms. The other shape, View'd first their lamentable lot, and found If sbape it might be call'd that shape had uoue No rest : through many a dark and dreary vale Distinguishable in meinber, joint, or limh, They pass’d, and inany a regiou dolorous, Or substance might be callid that shadow O'er many a frozen, many a tiery Alp,

seem'd, Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bugs, dens, and For each seew'd either ; black it stood as night, shades of death,

Fierce as teu furies, terrible as hell, A universe of death, which God by curse And shouk a dreadful dart; what seem'd his Created evil, for evil only good,

head Where all life dies, death lives, and nature The likeness of a kingly crown had on. breeds,

Satan was uow at hand, and from his seat Perverse, ali monstrous, all prodigious thiugs, | The monster moving ouward came as fast Abominable, inatterable, and worse

Witb horrid strides, hell troubled as he strode. Than fables yet have feign'd, or fear conceived, Thandaunted fiend what this might be Gorgons, and hydras, and chimeras dire.

admir'd, Mean while the adversary of God and Man, Adinir'd, not fear'd; God and his son except, Satan, with thoughts infam'd of high'st Created thing nought valued he nor shunu’d; design,

[helly And with disdainful look thus first began : Pats ou swift wings, and tow'rds the gates of

Wbence and what art thou, execrable shape, Explores bis solitary flight; sometimes That dars't, though grim and terrible, advance He scours the right hand coast, sometimes the

Thy miscreated front athwart my way teft,

To yonder gates? through them I mean to Now shaves with level wing the deep, then soars

pass, Up to the fiery concave tow'ring bigh.

That be assurd, without leave ask'd of thice: As when far off at sea a fieet descry'd

Retire, or taste thy fully, and learn by proof, Hangs in the clowls, by equinoctial winds . Hell-born, not to contend with sprits of Close sailing from Bengala, or the iles

Heav'n. Or Ternate and Tidore, whence merchants

To whoni the goblin full of wrath reply'd: bring

Art thou that traitor angel, art thou he Their spicy drugs: they on the trading flood

Who first broke peace in fear'u and faith, till Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape

then Ply stemming nightly tow'rd the Pule. So L'obroken, and in proud rebellious arms seem'd

Drew after li u the third part of Hear'a's so

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Conjur'd against ibe High’st, for which both Me Father, and that phantasm call'st my tbou

[condemu'd And they, outcast from God, here I know tbce not, nor ever saw till now To waste eternal days in woe and pain? Sight more detestable than him and thee. And reckon’st thou thyself with sp'rits of T” whom thus the portress of hell gate Heav'n,

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reply'd : Hell-doom'd, and breath'st defiance here and Hast thou forgot me then, and do I seem Where I reigo king, and-to corage thee more, Now in thine eye so foul? once deem'd so fair Thy king and lord ? Back to thy punishment, 1. Heav'n, when at th'assembly, and in sight False fagitire, and to thy speed and wings, Of all the seraphim with thee combin'd Lest with a whip of scorpions 1 pursue In bold conspiracy against Heav'n's King, Thy ling'ring, or with one stroke of this dart All ou a sudden miserable pain Strange horror seise thee, and pangs unfelt Surpris'd thee, dim thine eyes, and dizzy before.

[fast So spake the grisiy terror, and in shape, In darkuess, while thy head flames thick and So speaking and so threatening, grew ten-fold Threw forth, till on the left side opening vide, More dreadful and deform : on th' other side Likest to thee in shape and count'nauce Inceus'd with indignation, Sutan stood

bright, Unterrify'd, and like a comet burnd,

Then sbining heav'niy fair, a goddess arm'd That fires the length of Opiuchus huge Out of thy bead I sprung: amazement seis'd In th'arctic sky, and from his horrid hair All th' host of Hear'ı; back they recuild Shakes pestilence and war. Each at ibe bead

afraid Leveld bis deadly aim; their fatal hands At first, and calld me Sin, and for a sign No secondi stroke intend, and such a trown Portentous held ine; but familiar growo, Each cast at th'other, as when two black : I pleas'd, and with attractive graces won clouds,

[on The most averse, thee chiefly, who full oft With Heav'n's artillery franght, come rattling Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing, Over the Caspian, then stand front to front Becam’st enamour'd, and such joy thou Hov'ring a space, till winds the signal blow

took'st To join their dark encounter in mid air: With me in secret, that my womb conceir'd So frown'd the mighty combatants, that bell A growing burden. Mean while war arose, Grew darker at their frown, so match'd they , Avd fields were fought in Heav'n; whereia stood;

remain'd For never but once more was either like (For what could else?) to our almighty foe To meet so great a foe:, and now great deeds Clear victory, to our part loss and rout Had been achiev'd, whereof ail hell had ruug, Through all the cinpyréan, down they fell Had not the svaky sorceress that sat

Driv'n beadlong from the pitch of Hear'a, Fast by hell gate, and kept the fatal key,

down Ris', and with hideous outcry rush'd bei ween. Into this deep, and in the general fall

O Father, what intends thy hand, she cry'd, | I also ! at which time this powerful key Against thy only son? What fury, O Sun, Into my hand was giv'n, with charge to keep Possesses thee to bend that morial dart These gates for ever shut, which none cas Agaiust thy father's head? and know'st for

pass whom;

Without my op'ning. Pensive here 1 sat For him who sits above and laughs the while Alone, but long I sat not, till my womb, Al thee ordain'd his drudge, to execute Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown, Whate'er his wrath, which he calls justice, | Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.

At last this odious offspring wbom thou seest Flis urath, which one day will destroy ye both. Thine own begotten, breaking violent way

She spake, and at her words the bellish pestTore through my entrails, that with fear and Forbore, then these to her Satan returo d.

pain So strange thy outcry, and thy words so Distorted, all my nether shape thus grew strange

Transform'd : bul be my inbred enemy Thou interposest, that my sudden band Forth issued, brandishing his fatal dart Prevented spares to tell thee yet by deeds Made to destroy: I fled, and cry'd out Death; What is intends ; till first I kuow of thee, Hell trembled at the hideous dame, and sigh'd What thing thou art, thus double-form'd, and From all her caves, and back resounded why

Dealb. la this infernal vale, first met, thou call'st I fed, but he pursued (though more, it seems

vids;

Inflam'd with lust than rage) aud swifter far, Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen Me orertook his mother all dismay'd,

Wing silently the buxom air, inbaland Aod in embraces forcible and foul

With odours; there we shall be fed and fillid Ingendring with me, of that rape begot Immeasurably, all things shall be your prey. These yelling monsters, that with ceaseless He ceas d, for botb seem'd highly pleas'd, cry

and Death Surround me, as thou sawost, hourly couceiv'd Grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to lear Aud hourly born, with sorrow infinite

His fainine should be fill'd, and blest his maw To me; for when they list into the womb Destin'd to that good hour: no less rejoic'd That bred them, they return, and howl and His mother bad, and thus bespake her sire: gnaw

The key of this infernal pit by due, Jy bowels, their repast; then bursting forth And by commaud of Heav'n's all-powerful Afresh with conscious terrors vex me round,

king That rest or intermission none I find.

I keep, by biun forbidden to qulock Before my eyes in opposition sits

These adamantine gates; against all force Grim Death, my son and toe, who sets them on, Death ready stands to interpose his dart, Aud me his parent would full soon devour Fearless to be u'ermatch'd by living night. For want of other prey, but that he knows But what owe i to his commands above His end with wine involv’d; aud knows that I Who bates me, and bath hither thrust me Should prove a bitter morsel, and his bane,

down Whenever that shall be; su fate prouvanc'd. Into this gloom of Tartarus profound, But tbou, O Father, 1 forewarn thee, shuu To sit in hateful office here confiu’d, His deadly arrow; neither vainly hope lubabitant of Heav’n, and heav'nly born, To be invulnerable in those bright arins, Here in perpetual agony and pain, Though temper'd heav'nly, for that mortal With terrors and with clamours compass’d diut,

round Save be who reigns above, none can resist. Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed ?

She finisb'd, aud the subtle Fiend his lore Thou art my father, thou my author, thou Soou learn’d, now milder, and thus answer'd | My being gav'st me; whoin should I obey smooth:

But thee, whom follow? thou wilt bring me Dear daughter, since thou claim’st me for thy sire,

To that new world of light and bliss, among And my fair son here show'st me, the dear pledge The Gods who live at ease, where I shall reign Of dalliance had with thee in Heav'n, and joys | At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems Then sweet, uow sad to mention, through dire | Thy daughter and thy darling, without end. change

Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Befall'o us unforseen, unthought of; know Sad instrument of all our woe, she took; I come no enemy, but to set free

And towards the gate rolling her bestial train, From out this dark and dismal house of pain Forthwith the huge portcullis bigh up drew, Botb him and thee, and all the heav'nly host Which but herself, not all the Stygian powers Of spirits, that in our just pretences arm'd Could once have mov'd; then in the key-hole Fell with us from on high : from them I go

turns This uncouth errand sole, and one for all Th’ intricate wards, and every bolt and bar Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread Ofmassy iron or solid rock with ease Th' unfounded deep, and through the void Unfastens : on a sudden open fly immense

With impetuous recoil and jarring sound To search with wand'ring quest a place foretold Th’infernal doors, and ou their hinges grate Should be, and, by concurring sigus, ere now Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook Created vast and round, a place of bliss Of Erebus. She open'd, but to shut lu tbe purlieus of Heav'n, and therein plac'd Excell'd her pow'r, the gates wide open stood, A race of upstart creatures, to supply

That with extended wings a banner'd host Perhaps our vacant room, though more re Uuder spread ensigns marching might pass mov'd,

through Lest Heav'o surcharg‘d with potent multitude With horse and cbariots rank'd in loose array; Might hap to move new broils : be this or aught So wide they stood, and like a furnace mouth Than this more secret now desigu’d, I baste Cast forth rebounding smoke and ruddy flame. To know, and this once known, shall soon re Before tbeir eyes in sudden view appear turn,

The secrets of the boary deep, a dark And bring ye to the place where thou and Death Mlimitable occan, without bound,

N., III.-N. S. Continued from the Poetical Part of No. II. D

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