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And now their mightiest quelld, the battle | The remedy; perhaps more valid arms, swerv’d,

Weapons more violent, when next we meet, With many au inroad gor'd; deformed rout May serve to better us, and worse our foes, Enterd; and foul disorder ; all the ground Or equal w bat between us made the odds, With shiver'd armour strown, and on a heap In nature none: if other hidden cause Chariot and charioteer lay overturn'd, Left them superior, while we can preserve And fiery foaming steeds ; what stood, recoil'd Unburt our minds and understanding sound, O'er-wearied, through the faint Satanic host Due search and consultation will disclose. Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpris’d, He'sat; and in th' assenıbly next upstood Then first with fear surpris’d and sense of Nisroch, of principalities the prime; pain,

As one he stood escap'd from cruel fight, Fled ignomivious, to such evil brought Sore toild, his riven arms to havoc bewn, By sin of disobedience, till that bour

And cloudy in aspect thus answ'ring spake. Not liable to fear or flight or pain.

Deliverer from new Lords, leader to free Far otherwise th' inviolable Saints

Enjoyment of our right as Gods; yet hard In cubic phalanx firm advanc'd entire, For Gods, and too unequal work we find, Invulnerable, impenetrably arm’d;

Against unequal arms to fight in paio, Such high advantages their innocence

Against unpain'd, impassive; from which evil Gave them above their foes, uot to have sinn'd, Ruin must neeils ensue; for what avails Not to have disobey’d; in fight they stood Valour or strength, though matchless, quella Unwearied, vuobnoxious to be pain'd

with pain By wound, though from their place by vio- Which all subdues, and makes remiss the lence mov'd.

hands Now Night her course began, and over Of mightiest ? Sense of pleasure we may well Hear'n

Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine, Inducing darkness grateful truce impos'd, But live content, which is the calmest life: And silence on the odious din of war: But pain is perfect misery, the worst Under her cloudy covert both retird,

Of evils, and excessive, overturns Victor and vanquish'd: on tbe foughten field All patience. He who therefore can invent Michael and his Angels prevalent

With what more forcible we may offend Incamping, plac'd in guard their watches Our yet unwounded enemies, or arm round,

Ourselves with like defence, to me deserves Cherabic waving fires : on th other part

No less than for deliverance what we owe. Satan with his rebellious disappear’d,

Whereto with look compos'd Satan reply'd, Far in the dark dislodg’d; and void of rest,

Not uninvented that, which thou aright His potestates to council call'd by night;

Believ'st so main to our success, I bring. And in the midst thus undismay'd began.

Which of us who beholds the bright surface O now in danger try'd, now known in arms Of this ethereous mould whereon we staud, Not to be overpow'rd, companions dear, This continent of spacious Heav'o, adorn'd Found worthy not of liberty alone,

With plant, fruit, flow'r ambrosial, gems and Too mean pretence, but wbat we more affect, gold; Honour, dominion, glory, and renown; Whose eye so superficially surveys Who bave sustain'd one day in doubtful fight These things, as not to mind from whence they (And if one day, why not eternal days ?)

grow What Heaven's Lord had pow'rfullest to send Deep under ground, materials dark and crude, Against us from about his throne, and judg'u | Of spirituous and fiery spume, till touch'd Sufficient to subdue us to his will,

With Heaven's ray, and temper'd they shoot Bul proves not so: then fallible, it seems

forth Of future we nay deem him, though till now || So beauteous, opening to the ambient light? Omniscient thougåt. True is, less firmly These in their dark nativity the deep arni'd,

Shall yield us pregnant with infernal flane; Some disadvantage we endur'd and pain, Which into hollow engines long and round Till now not known, but kuowa as soon con. Thick rumm'á, at tl' other bore with touch of temn'd,

fire Since now we find this our empyrean form Dilated and infuriate, shall send forth Incapable of mortal injury,

From far with thund'ring noise among our Imperishable, and though piere'd with wound, foes Suon closing, and by native vigour heald, Such implements of mischief, as shall dash @f evil then sa small as easy think

To pieces, aud o'erwhelm whatever stands



Adverse, that they shall fear we have disarmid | His adamantine coat gird well, and each
The Thund'rer of his only dreaded bolt. Fit well his helm, gripe fast his orbed shield,
Nor loug shall be our labour: yet ere dawn, Borne ev'n or bigb; for this day will pour
Effect shall end our wish. Mean while revive;

Abandou fear; to strength and counsel joiu'd If I conjecture ought, no drizzling shower,
Think nothing hard, much less to be despair’d. But rattling storm of arrows barb’d with fire.
He euded, and his words their drooping So waru'd he them aware themselves, and

cheer Enlightend, and their langujsh'd hope reviv'd. In order, quit of all impediment; Th'invention all admir’d, and each, how he Instant without disturb they took alarm, To be th' inventor miss'd; so easy it seem'd And onward move em battld: when behold Once found, which yet uufound most would Not distant far with heavy pace the fue have thought

Approaching gross and huge, in hollow cube Impossible: yet baply of thy race

Training his devilish engiory impal'd In future days, if malice should abound, On every side with shadowing squadrons deep, Sume one intent on mischief, or inspir'd To hide the fraud. At interview both stood With devilish macbination, might devise A w bile; but suddenly at head appear'd Like instrument to plague the sons of men Satan, and thus was heard commanding loud. For sin, ou war and inntual slaughter bent.

Vanguard, to right and left the front un. Forthwith from council to the work they flew; None arguing stood, innumerable hands

That all may see who hate us, how we seek Were ready ; in a moment up they turn'd Peace and composure, and with open breast Wide the celestial soil, and saw beneath Staud ready to receive them, if they like Th' originals of nature in their crude

Our overture, and turn uot back perverse; Conception; sulphurous and nitrous foam But that I doubt; however witness Heaven, They found, they mingled, and with subtle art, Heav'n witness thou anon, while we discharge Concocted and adusted they reduc'd

Freely our part; ye who appointed stand, To blackest grain, and into store convey'd : Do as you have in charge, and briefly touch Part hidden veios digg'd up (nor hath this What we propound, and loud that all may earth

hear. Entrails unlike) of mineral and stone,

So scoffing in ambiguous words, he scarce Whereof to found their engines and their balls Had ended; when to right and left the front Of missive ruin ; part incentive rced

Divided, and to either flank retir'd: Provide, peroicious with one touch to fire. Which to our eyes discover'd, new and So all ere day spring, under conscious night,

strange, Secret they finish'd and in order set,

A triple mounted row of pillars laid Witb silent circumspection unespy'd.

On wheels (for like to pillars most they seem'd, Now when fair morn orjent in Heav'n ap- || Or hollow'd bodies made of oak or fir, pear'a,

With brancbes lopt, in wood or mountain Up rose the victor Angels, aud to arms

feli'd) The matin trumpet sung: in arms they stood

Brass, iron, stovy mould, had not their mouths Of golden panoply, refulgent host,

With hideous orifice gap'd on us wide, Soon banded; others from the dawning bills Portending hollow truce: at each behind Look'd round, and scouts each coast light- || A Seraph stood, and in bis hand a reed armd scour

Stood waving tipt with fire; wbile we suspense Each quarter, to descry the distant foe Collected stood within our thoughts amus'd, Where lodg’d, or where fled, or if for fight, Not long, for sudden all at once their reeds in motion or in balt: him soon they met Put forth, and to a narrow vent apply'd Under spread ensigns moving oigh, in slow With nicest touch. Immediate in a flame, But firm battalion ; back with speediest sail But soon obscur’d with smoke, all Heav'o ap. Zopliiel, of Cherubim the swiftest wing,

penr'd, Came flying, and nuid-air aloud thus cry'd. From those deep-throated engines belch'd, Arm, warriors, arm for fight; the foe at

whose roar hand,

Imbowel'd with outrageous noise the air, Whom fled we thought, will save us long pur And all her entrails tore, disgorging foul suit

Their derilisb glut, chaio'd thunderbolts and This day; fear not his flight; so thick a cloud bail He comes, and settled in his face I see

Of iron globes; whicb on the victor host Sad resolution and secure; let each

Levell’d, with such impetuous fury smole,



That whom they hit, none on their feet might Of pleasure situate in hill and dale) stand,

[fell | Light as the lightuing glimpse they ran, they Thougb standing else as rocks, but down they By thousands, Angel on Arch-angel rollid; From their foundation loos'ning to and fro The sooner for their arms; unarm'd they They pluck'd the seated hills, with all their might

load, Have easily as Spirits evaded swift

Rocks, waters, woods, and by the shaggy topa By quick contraction or remove; but now Uplifting bore them in their hands : amaze, Foul dissipation follow'd and forc'd rout; Be sure, and terror seiz'd the rebel host, Nor serv'd it to relax their serried files.

When coming towards them so dread they What should they do? If on they rush'd, repulse

The bottom of the mountains upward turn'd; Repeated, and indecent overtbrow

Till on those cursed engins' triple-row Doubled, would render them yet more de- They saw them whelm'd, and all their confi. spis',

dence And to their foes a laughter; for in view Under the weight of mountains buried deep ; Stood rank'd of Serapbim another row, Themselves invaded next, and on their heads In posture to displode their second tire Main promontories Aung, which in the air Of thunder; back defeated to return

Came shadowing, and oppress'd whole legions They worse abhor'd. Satan beheld their

arm d;

(bruis'd plight,

Their armour helpd their harm, crush'd in and And to his mates thus in derision call'd. Into their substance pent, which wrought thena O friends, why come not on those victors

pain proud ?

[we, | Implacable, and many a dolorous groan, Ere while they fierce were coming; and when | long struggling underneath, ere they could To entertain them fair with open front

wind And breast (what could we more ?) propounded Out of such prison, though Spirits of purest terms

light, Of composition, strait they chang'd their minds, Purest at first, now gross by sin ning grown. Flew off, and into strange vagaries seil, The rest in imitation to like arms As they would dance; yet for a dance they Betook them, and the neighb'ring hills up. seem'd

tore; Somewhat extravagant and wild, perhaps So hills amid the air encounter'd hills, For joy of offer'd peace : but I suppose, Hurl'd to and fro with jaculation dire, If our proposals once again were heard, That under ground they fought in dismal We should compel them to a quick result.

shade; To whom thus Balial in like gamesome mood. Infernal noise ; war seein'd a civil game Leader, the terms we sent were terms of weight, To this uproar; horrid confusion heap'd Of hard conteuts, and full of force urg'd home, Upon confusion rose: and now all Heav’u Such as we might perceive amus'd them all, Had gone to wrack, with ruin overspread, And stumbled many; who receives them right, Had not th' almighty Father, where he sits Had need from head to foot well understand; Shrind in his sanctuary of Heav'n secure, Not understood, this gift they have besides, Consulting on the sum of things, foreseen They show us when our foes walk not upright, This tumult, and permitted all, advis'd :

So they among themselves in pleasant vein That his great purpose he might so fulfil, Stood scoffing, heighteu'd in their thoughts To honour bis anvioted Son aveng'd beyond

Upon his enemies, and to declare All doubt of victory; Eternal might

All power on him transferr'd: whence to his To match with their intentions they presum'd

Son, So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn, Tb'assessor of his throne, he thus began : And all his host derided, while they stood Effulgence of my glory, Sun belov'd, A while in trouble : but they stood not long; Son in whose face invisible is be held Rage prompted them at length, and found Visibly, what by Deity I am, them arms

And in whose hand what by decree I do, Against sucb bellish mischief fit to oppose. Second Omnipotence, two days are past, Forth with (behold the excellence, the power, Two days, as we compute the days of Heav'n, Which God hath in his mighty angeis plac'd) Since Michael and his powers went forth to Their arms away they threw, and to the bills (For Earth bath this variety from Heav'n These disobedient : sore had been their fight,


As likeliest was, when two such fues met | Image of thee in all things; and shall soon,

Arnd with thy might, rid Heav'n of these
For to themselves I left them, and thou know'st, rebellid,
Equal in their creation they were formid, To their prepar'd ill mansion driven down,
Sare wbat sin hath impair'd, which yet hath To chains of darkness, and the undying worm,

That from thy just obedience could revolt,
Insensibly, for I suspend their doom ;

Whom to obey is happiness entire,
Wbence in perpetual fight they needs must Then shail thy saints uumix'd, and from th'

Endless, and no solution will be found : Far separate, circling the holy Mount
War wraried bath perform'd what War can do, 1, Umfeigu'd hallelujahs to thee sing,
And to disorder'd Rage let loose the reins, Hymns of bigh praise, and I among them
With mountains as with weapons arm’d, wbich


So said, be o'er his sceptre bowing, rose Wild work iu Heav'n, and dang'rous to the From the right hand of Glory where he sat; main.

And the third sacred morn hegan to shine,
Two days are therefore past, the third is thine : Dawning through Heav'n : forth rush'd with
For thee 1 bave ordaind it, and thus far

whirlwind sound
Have suffer'd, that the glory may be thine The chariot of paternal Dcity,
Ofending this great war, since pone but thou Flashing thick tiames, wheel within wheel up
Can end it. Into thee such virtue and grace

Iminense I have transfus'd, that all may know Itself instinct with spirit, but conroy'd
In Heav'n and Hell thy power above com By four cherubic shapes; four faces each
pare ;

Had wond'rous; as with stars their bodies all And this perverse commotion govern'd thus, And wings were set with eyes, with eyes the To manifest the woệthiest to be heir

Of all things, to be heir and to be king Of beril, and carreering fires between;
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.

Over their head a crystal firmament,
Co tben tbou Mightiest in thy Father's might, Whereon a saphire throne, inlaid with pufe
Ascending chariot, guide the rapid wheels Amber, and colours of the show'ry arcb.
That shake !leav'n's basis, bring forth all my He in celestial panoply all arm’d

Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought,
My bow and thunder, my almighty arms Ascended ; at his right hand Victory
Gird on, and sword upon thy puissant thigh; | Sal eagle-wing’d; beside him hung his bow
Pursue these sous of Darkness, drive them And quiver with three-bulled thunder stor'd,

And from about him fierce effusion roll'd
From all Heav'n's bourds into the utter Deep:

Of smoke and bickering flame and sparkles There let then learn, as likes them, to de

dire : spise

Attended with ten thousand thousand saints, Gud and Messiah his anointed king.

He ouward came, far off his coming shone; He sail, and on his Son witb rays direct And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Sione full; he all his Father fuil expressid

Chariots of God, half on each hand were seen a Ineffably into his face receiv'd;

He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime And thus the filial Godhead answ'ring spake:

On the crystaline sky, in sapphire thron’d, O Father, O Supreme of heavenly thrones, Illustrious far and wide, but by his own First, Higbest, Holiest, Best, thou always

First seen; then unexpected joy surpris'd, seck'st

When the great ensign of Messiah blaz'd To glority thy Son, I always thee,

Aloft by angels borne, his sign in Heav'n, As is most just; this I my glory count,

Under wbose conduct Michael soon reducid Niy exaltation, and my whole delight,

His army circumfus'a on either wing, That thou in me well pleas'u, declar'st thy

Under their bead embodied all in one.

Before him pow'r divine his way prepar'd: FullIl'd, which to fulf! is all my bliss. At bis command th' uprooted hills retir'd Sceptre and power, thy giving, I assume, Each to his place; they heard his voice, and And gladlier shall resigu, when in the end

went Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee

Obsequious; Heav'o his wonted face renew'd, For ever, and in me all whom thou lov'st : And with fresh flow'rets hill and valley smild. But wbom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on

This saw bis hapless foes but stood obdur'd, Thy' terrors, as I put thy mildness on,

And to rebellious fight rallied their powers



Insensate, bope conceiving from despair. Of Th.sones and mighty Scraphim prostrate, lo beav'uly Spirits could such perversevess Thai wisli'd the mountains now might be dwell?

again But to convince the proud what signs avail, Throws on them as a shelter from his ire. Or wondery move tii' obdurate to relent? Vorless on cither sile tempestuous full They harden'd more by what might most re His ai rows from the four fuld-visay'd Four elaim,

Extinct with eyes, and from the living wheels Grieving to see his glory, at the sight

Distinct alike with multitude of eyes; Took envy; and aspiring to lis height, One spirit in them rulil, and cucy eye Stood re-embaltl'd fierce, by furce or fraud Glarul lightning, and shot forth pernicions fire Weening to prosper, and at length prevail Anonim tli accurs'd, that witber'd all their Against God and Messiah, or tu fall

strengili, lo universal ruin last; and now

And of their wonted vigous left them drain'il, To final battle drew, disdaiming flight, Esisalstel, spiritless, afflicted, fali'n. Or faintietreat; when the great Son of God Yet half bis strength be put aut furth, but To all bis host on either band thus spake:

check'd Siand still in bright array, ye Saints, here His thunder in meid volley ; for he meant stand

Not to destroy, bud root then out of leaven : Ve Angels arm’d, this day from battle rest; The overthrowa he rais'd and as a herd Faithful hath becn your warfare, and of God Of goats or timorous flock together throng'il Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause, Drove them before him thunder-struck, pure And as ye have receiv’d, so have ye done

su'd Jovincibly; but of this cursed crew

With terrors and with furies to the bounds The punishment to other band belongs; And cryseal wall of Heav', which opening Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints:

wide, Number to this day's work is not ordain'd Roll'd in ward, and a spacious gap disclos’d Nor multitude; stand only and behold Into the wasteful deep; the monstrous sight God's indignation on these Gudless pour'd Struck them with horror backward, but far By me; not you bul me they bave despis’ıl,

[tbrew Yet envicd; against me all their rage,

Urg'd them behind; headlong themselves they Because the Father, t'whom in Heav'n si Down from the verge of Heav'l; eternal wrath preme

Burrit a ler them to the bottomless pit. Kingdom and pow'r and glory appertains, ilell heard th' unsuficrable noise, Hell saw llath honour'd me according to his will. lleav'n ruining from Heav'n, and would have Therefore to me their doum he liath assigu’dl;

fied That they may have their wish to try with me Aflrighted; but strict Fate bad cast too deep Jo battle which the stronger proves, they all, Her dark foundations, and too fast had lund. Or I alone against them, since by strength Nine days they full; coufuuuded Chaos roar'd, They measure all, of viher excellence

And felt lenfold confusion in their full Not emulous, nor care who idem excels; Through his wild anarchy, so huge a rout Nor other strife with then do I vouchsafe. Incumber'd him with ruin : Hell at last So spake the Son, and into terror chang'd Yawning receiv'd tbein whole, and on thein His count'nance 100 severe to be beheld,

clos'd; And full of wrath hent on his enemies. Hell their fit babitation, fraught with fire At once the four spread out their starry sings I'nquenchable, the house of woe and pain. With dreadful shade contiguous, avd the orbs Disburden'd Heav'n rejoied, and soon reOf liis fierce chariot roll'd, as with the sound

paird of torrent floods, or of a numerous host. Her mural breach, returning whence it rollid. He ou his impious foes right onward drove, Sole victor from the expulsion of bis fues Gloomy as night; under bis burning whecis Messiah bis triumphant chariot turu’d: The stead empyrean shook throughout, To meet him all the saints, who silent stood All but the throne itself of God. Full soon Eye-witnesses of bis almighty acis, Among them he arriv'd, in his right hand With jubilee advanc'd; and as they went, Grasping ten thousand thunders, which lie seut Shaded with branching palm, each order briglit, Before bim, such as in their souls infix'd

Sung triumph, and him sung victorious hing, Plagues; they as!onish'd all resistance lost, Son, Heir, aud Lord, to bim dommion given, All courage ; down their idle weapons dropt; i Worthiest to reign : he celebrated rode O'er shields and balms and he!mcd heads le Triumphant through mid Heav'n, into the rode

courts N. VII.N.S.


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