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And temple of lois mighty father throu'll Who now is plotting how he may seduce
On bigli; who lito glory him receav'd, Thee from all obedience, that with bim
Where now be sits at the right hand of bliss. Bereav'd of happiness thou inay'st partake
Thus measuring things ou Hea vu by things His punishment, eterual misery;
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Which would be all his solace and revenge,
Althy request, and that thou may'st beware As despite done against the most High,
B; what is past, tu thee I have revealed Thee once to gain companion of his woe.
What might have else to buman race been hid; But listen not to his temptations, warn
The discorsi wbich betel, and war in Hear'u Thy weaker; let it profit thee to have beard
Among th'angelic Pow'rs, and the deep full By terrible example the reward
Of those tue bigli aspiring, who rebell's Of disubedience ; firm they might have stood,
With Satan; he who envies now thy state, Yet fell; l'emember, and fear tu lyansgress.

PARADISE LOST.

BOOK VII.

TIIE ARGUMENT. Raplar!, at the request of Adam, relates how and wherefore this world was first created, that God, after the expellings of Satan and his Auge's out of Helsen, declared his pleasure to create an ther world and other creatures to dwell therein; sends his son with glory and attendance of Angels to peitonan the work of eration in six days: the Angels celei sale willi bymus the performance there f, and his ie-asceusiun imio llcavoli,

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Discend from Hear'ı, Crania, by that name

Of Bacchus and liis revelers, the race Ifrightly thou art call'il, whose voice divine Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard Following, above thi Olympian hill I svar, Iu Rhodope, where wouds and rocks had Above the fight of Pegaséan wins. The meaning, vot the name I call: for thou To rapture, till the savage clamour drowu'd Nur of lie Moses nine, mor on the top

Bull harp and voice; nor would the Musc de Of old Olympus dweli'st, but heavu'ly born,

feud Before the lulis appear'd, or fountain fluu'd, Her sou. Su fail not thou, who thee implores ; Thou with cermal wisdom lielst converse',

For Thou art beav'nly, she au empty dream. Wisdom thy sister, and with her didst play Say Goddess, what eilsu'd when Raphaël, In presence of th' alınizlity father, pleas'il The affable Arch-angel, had forewarud With thy celestial song. ip led by thee Adum by diic example to beware Into the licav'o of Heav'us 1 bave presund, Apostasy, by what befel in Heav'u An earthly guest, and drawn empyrcalar, Tulbose a postates, lest the like befall Thy tempring; with like safety guided In Paradise to Adam or bis race, down

Chargid not to touch the interdicted tree, Return me to my native element:

If they transgress, and slight tbul sole come Lest from this tlying steed mureiu'd, (as once mand, Bellerophion, though from lower clime) So easily obey'd amid the choice Dismounted, on th' Aleian field I fall

Of all tastes else to please the appetile. Erroneous there to wander and forlorn. Thoughlı wand'ring. He will his consorted Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound

Eve Within the visible diurnal sphere;

Tlie story heard attentive, and was bli'd Standing ou eartb, vor rapt above the pole, With admiration and deep muse, to bear More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang d | Of things so bigli and strange, things to their To hoarse or mute, though fall'n on evil days, thouglit On'evii days though fall'il, and evil tongues; So unimaginable as bate in Heav'ı), In darkness, and will dangers compass d And war so wear the peace of God in bliss round,

| Witb such confusion : but the evil svou And solitude; yet not alone, wbile thou Driv'u back redounded as a flood on those Visits my slumbers vightly, or when murn From whom it sprung, impossible to mix Purples the east : still govern thon my song, With blessedness. Whence Adam svou re. Lrauid, and lit audience tind, though few.

peal'd But dire far off the barbarvus dissopance The doubts that in his heart arose: and now

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Led 01, yet sinless, with desire to know Obtain : though to recount almighty works What nearer might concern him, how this What words or tongie of Seraplı cau suffice, world

Or heart of man suffice to comprehend! Of le v'n and Earth conspicuous first began, l: Yet what thou cau'st attain, which best may When, and whereof created, for what cause, What within Eden or without was done

To glorify the Maker, and infer Refore his memory, as one whose dronght Thee also happier, shall not be withheld Yet scarce allay'd still eyes the current stream, Thy hearing, such commission from above Whose liquid murmur heard new thrist ex I have receiv'd, to answer thiy desire cites,

Of knowledge witbiu bounds; beyond ab. Proceeded thus to ask his heav'nly guest:

staja Great things, and full of wonder in our cars, To ask, nor let thine own inventions hope l'ar differing from this world, thou hast re. Things not reveal'd, which tl' invisible King, vealid,

1. Only omniscient, bath suppressid in nighi, Divine interpreter, by favour sent

To none communicable in Earth and Heav'll : Down from the empyréan to forewarn

Enough is left beside to search and know. l's timely of what might else have been our But knowledge is as food, and needs no less loss,

{reach : !! Her temp'rance over appetite, to know Unknown, which human knowledge could not Or measure what the mind may well contain ; For which to th’infinitely Good we owe Oppresses else with surfeit, and soon tiirus Immortal thanks, and bis admonishinent Wisdom to fully, as nourishinent to wind. Receive with solemn purpose to observe

know then, that after Lucifer from Heaven Immutably bis sov'reign will, the end

(So call him, brighter once among the host Of what we are. But since thou hast vouch. Of Angels, than that star the stars among) saf d

Fell with his faining legions through the Gently for our instruction to impart

deep Things above earthly thought, which yet con Into his place, and the great Son return'd ceru'd

Victorious witli bis Saints, lli' omnipotent Our knowing, as to highest wisdom seem'd,

Eternal Father from luis throue beheld Deign to descend now lower, and relate Their multitude, and to his Suu thus spake. What may no less perhaps avail us known, At least our envivus fue bath faii'd, who How first began this Heav'n whicb we behold

thought Distant so bigh, with nioving fires adorn’d

All like himself rebellious, by whose aid lanumerable, and this whichi yields or fills

This inaccessible bigb strength, the seat All space; the ambient air wide interfus'd Of Deity supreme, us dispossessid, Embracing round this florid eartb, what cause He trusted to have seiz'd, and into-fraud Mov'd the Creator in bis holy rest

Drew many, whoin their place knows here yo Through all eternity so late to build

more; In Chaos, and the work hegun, how soon Yet far the greater part have kept, I sce, Absolv'd, if uuforbid thou may'st unfold Their station, Heav'ı yet populous retains What we, not to explore the secrets ask Number sufficient to possess her realms Of his eternal empire, but the more

Though wide, and this bigh temple to free To magnify his works, the more we know.

quent And the great light of day yet wants to run

With ministeries due and solemn rites :
Much of his race though steep; suspense in

But lest bis heart exalt him in the barm
Heaven,

Already done, to have dispeopled Heaven, Held by thy voice, thy potent voice, he hcars, My damage fondly deem'd, I can repair And longer will delay to hear thice tell

Tbat detriment, if such it be to lose His generation, and the rising birth

Self-lost, and in a moment will create Of nature from the unapparent deep :

Another world, out of one man a race Or if the star of evening, and the moon Of men innumerable, there to dwell, Haste to the audience, night with her will, Not bere, till by degrees of merit rais'd bring

They open to themselves at length the way Silence, and sleep list’oing to thee will watch, Up bither, under long obedience try'd, Or can we bid his absence, till thy song And Earth be chang'd to Heav'n, and Hear'a End, and dismiss thee ere the morning shine.

and Eailli, Thus Adam lais illustrious guest besought : | One kingilom, joy and union without end. And thus the Godlike Angel answer'd mild. Mean while inhabit lax, ye Pow'rs of Heav'n, This also thy request with caution askd And thou my Word, begotten Son, by the

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This I perform, speak tliou, and be it done: Uplifted, in paternal glory rode
Ny overshadowing spirit and might wirb thee Far into Chaos, and the world unborn;'
I send alooy: ride forth, and bid the Deep For Chaos heard his voice: him all his traia
Within appointed bounds be fleav'o and Earth, 1 Follow'd in brighit procession to be bold
Boundless tlie Deep, because I Am :: hu till Creation, and the wonders of his might.
lufiniasde, nor vacuous the space.

Then stay'd the fervid wheels, and in his hand
Though I uncircumscrib'd myself retire, lle took the golden compasses, prepard
And put not forth my goodness which is free In God's cieroal store, to circumscribe
To act or not, Necessity and Chance

This unriverse, and all created things : Approach not me, and what I will is fate. One foot he center'd, and the other turnd

So spake tl'Almighty, and to what he spake Round through the vast profundity obscure, His Word, the filial Guilhead gave eflect. And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds, Immediate are the acts of God, more swift This be thy just circumference, O World, Than time or motion, but to human ear's Thus God the fear'n created, thus the Earılı, Cannut without process of speech be toid, Matter unform’d and void : darkness profound So told as earthly notion could receive. Corer'd th’abyss : but on the watry calm Greut triumpli and rejoicing was in Heav'n, His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, Wher such was heard declar'd th' Almighty's And vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth

Throughout the fluid mass, but downward Glory they sung to the Most High, good will

purg'd To future nien, and in their dwellings peace: The black tartareonis cold infernal dregs Glory to him, w loose just avenging ire

Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd Had driv'n out th’ungodly from his sight Like things to like, the rest to several place Aud tl' kabitations of the just; to him

Disparted, and between spun out the air, Glory and praise, whose wisdom bath ordain'd And Earth, self-balanc'd, on her center hung. Good out of evil to create, instead

Let there be light, said God, and forthwith Ot spirits maliga a better race to bring

Liglit Into their vacant room, and thence diffuse Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure His good to worlds and ages infinite.

Sprung from the deep, and from her vative So sang the hierarchies : mean while the Son On his grand expeditiou now appear’d, To journey through the aery gloom began, Girt with omviputence, with radiance crown'd Spher'd in a radiant cloud, for yet the sun Of majesty divine ; sapience and love

Was not; she in a cloudy tabernacle Immense, and all his father in him shone.

Sojouru'd the wbile. God saw the light was About his chariot numberless were pour'd

good; Cherub and seraph, potentates and thrones, Aud light from darkness by the hemisphere And virtues, winged spirits, and chariots Divided : light the Day, and darkness Night singd

He nam'd. Thus was the first day ev'u and From th' armoury of God, where stand of old Myriads belween two brazen mountains lodg'd Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung Against a solemn day, harness'd at haud,

By the celestial quires, when orient light Celestial equipage; and now came fortb Exhaling first from darkness they beheld; Spontaneous, for within them spirit liv'd, Birth-day of Heav'n and Eartb; with joy and Attendant on their Lord: Heav'o open'd wide sbout Her ever during gates, harinonious sound The hollow universal orb they fill'd Ou golden bioges moving, to let forth

And touch'il their golden harps, and bymuing The King of Glory in his powerful Word

prais'd And Spirit coming to create new worlds. God and his works, Creator him they sung, On heavenly ground they stood, and from the Both wlien first evening was, and when first

shore They view'd the vast immeasurable abyss

Again, Gud said, Let there be Firmament Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild,

Amid the waters, and let it divide Up from the bottom turu'd by furious winds The waters from the waters : and God made And surging waves, as mountains, to assault The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure, Heav'o's height, and with the centre mix the Transparent, elemental air diffus'd pule.

(peace, lo circuit to the uttermost convex Silence, ye troubled Waves, and thou Deep, || Of this great round: partition form and sure, Said then th'omnific Word, your discord end : The waters underneath from those above Nor stay'd, but on the wings of cherubim Dividing: for as Earth, so be the world

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Built on circumtluous waters, calm and wide Rose as in dance the stately trece, and spread Chrystallin ocean, and the loud misrule Their branches bung with copious fruit, or of Chaos far remov'd, lest fierce extremes

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(crowold, Contiguouis might distemper i he whole frame: Their blossoms: with high wooils the hills were Aud Heav'n he nam'd the Firmament: so even Frith tufts the valleys, and each founta't side, Anworuing chorus sung the second day. With borders long the rivers : tbat Earth now The Earth was furiu'd, but in the womb as Secai'd like to Hear'n, a seat where gods might yet

dwell, Of waters, embryon immature involv'd, Or wander with delight, and love to baunt Appear'd not : over all the face of Earth fler sacred shades: though Gud had not yet Main ocean Quw'l, pot idle, but with warm

raim'd Prolific humor softening all her globe,

Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground Ferrvented the great mother to conceive, Noue w but from the Earth a dewy mist Satiate with genial moisture, when God said, Went up and water'il all the ground, and each Be gather'd now ye wafers under lleur'u Plant of the field, which ere it was in th' Earth Tulu ouc piace, and let dry land appeur. God made, and every herb, before it grew Immediately the mountaius huge appear on the green stem; God saw that it was good: Emergent, and their broad bare backs mphcare So ev'u and moro recorded the third day. Tuto the clouds, their tops ascend the sky: Again th'Almighty spake, Let there be ligula So bigb as heav'd the tumid bills, so low Bigh in th' expanse of Heaven, to divide Dowo sunk a hollow buttoin broad aud deep, The day from night; and let them be for signs, Capaciulis laed of waters: tbither they

For seasons, and for days, and circling years, Hasted with glad precipitauce, oproll'd And let them be for lights as I ordain As drops on duat conglobing from the dry; Their office in the firmament of Heav'n Part rise iu crystal wall, or ridge direct, To give light on the Earth; and it was so. For haste; such laaste the great command im And God made two great lights, great for their

press' On the swift floods: as armies at the call

To man, the greater to lave rule by day, Of trumpet (for of armies thou hast heard) The less by night altern; and made the stars, Troop to their staudard, so the watry throng, And set them in the firmament of Heav'n Wave rolling after ware, where way they found, i To illuminate the Carth, and rule the day If steep, with torrent rapture, if through plain, to their vicissitude, and rule the night, Soft ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill, And liglit from darkness to divide. God saw, But they, or under ground, or circuit wide Surveying his great work, that it was good : With serpent error wandring, found their way, For of celestial bodies first the sua And on the washy oose deep channels wore; A mighty sphere he fraun'd, uniightsome first, Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry, Though of ethereal mold; then form'd the All but within those banks, where rivers now Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train. Glohose, and every magnitude of stars, The dry land Earth, aud the great receptacle Audsow'd with stars theHeav'o thick as a field: Of congregated waters he call'il Seas:

Of light by far the greater part be took, And saw that this was good, and said, Let tl'l Transplanted froin her cloudy shrine, and Earth

plac'd Put forth the verdant grass, hcrb yielding seed, In the sun's vrh, made porous to receive And fruit-tree yielding fruit after hier kind, And drink the liquid light, firm to retain Whose seed is in herself upon the Larth. Her gatherd beams, great palace now of light He scarce had said, when the bare Earth, till Hitber os to their fountain other stars then

Repairiog, in their golden urns draw light, Desert and bare, unsightly, un adorn'd,' [clad And hence the morning planet gilds her horns; Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure By tincture or reflection they augment Her universal face with pleasant green, Their small peculiar, though from buwan sigbt Then herbs of every leaf, that yudden fiower'd So far remote, with diminution seen. Opening their various colours, avd made gay First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, ller bosom smelling sweet: aud ihese scarce Regent of day, and all th' horizon round blowo,

[crept i Invested with bright rays, jocund to rue (gray Furth florish'd thick the clustering vine, forth His longitude ilirough Heav'n's bigh road; the The smelling gourd, up stood the corny reed Dawn, and the Pleides before him danç'd Imbatteld in her field, and thi' humble shrub,

Shedding sweet influence: less hright the muon Aud bush with frizicd buir implicit: last

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His mirror, with full face borrowing her light Their aery caravan high over seas
From him, for other light she needed none

Flying, and over lands witli inutual wing
In that aspect, and still that distance keeps Easing their fight; so steers the prudent
Till night, then in the east her turu she sbines,
Revolvid on Heav'n's great axle, and ber reigo Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air
With thousand lesser liglits dividual holds, Floats, as they pass, faun'd with unnumer'd
Witha thousand thousand stars, that then ap-

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From branch to branch the smaller birds with Spangling the bemisphere: then first adornd Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted With their bright luminaries that set and rose,

wings Glad ev'ning and glad morn crown'd the fourth Till even, nor then the solemo nightingale day.

Ceus'd warbling, but all vight tuo'd ber soft And God said, Let the waters generate

Jays: Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul:

Others op silver lakes and rivers bath'd And let fowl fly above the Earth, with wings

Their downy breast; the swau, with arched Display'd on tli' open firmament of Heav'n.

neck,

[rows And God created the great whales, and each

Between ber white wings mantling proudly, Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously Her state with oary feet; yet uft they quit The waters generated by their kinds,

The dank, and rising on stiff pinions, tower And every bird of wing after his kind;

The mid acrial sky: otbers on ground And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, Walk'd firmly: the crested cock, whose clarion saying,

sounds Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas,

The silent hour, and the other whose gay train And lakes, and running streams the waters fill; A

Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue And let the fowl be multiply'd on th' Earth. Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus Forthwith the suunds and seas, each creek and With fish replenish’d, and the air with fowl, bay

Even and morn solemniz'd the fifth day. With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals

The sixth, of creation last arose Of fish that with their fins and shining scales With evening harps and matin, when God said Glide under the greeu wave, in sculls that oft Let tlı Earth bring forth soul living in her Bank the mid sca : part single or with mate

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[Earth, Graze, the sea weed their pasture, and through || Cattle and creeping things, and beasts of th' groves

Each in their kind. The Earth obey'd, and Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance

strait Sbow to the sun their wav'd coats dropt with || Opening her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth gold,

Innumerable living creatures, perfect forms, Or in their pearly shells, at ease attend Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground up Moist nutriinent, or under rocks their food lu joiuted armour watch: on smooth the seal, || As from his lair the wild beast, where he wong And bevded dolphins play : part buge of bulk In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den; Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait | Among the trees in pairs they rose, they Tempest the ocean: there leviathan,

walk'd : Hugest of living creatures, on the deep The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Stre'eh'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, Those rare and solitary, these in flocks And seems a moving land, and at his gills Pasturing at once, and in broad herds op. Draws in, and at his truuk spouts out a sea.

sprung Dlean while the tepid caves, and feos, and The grassy clods now calvid, now half appear'd shores,

(that soon The tawny lion, pawing to get free Their brood as numerons batch, from thi’egg His hinder parts, then springs as broke from Barsting with kindly rupture forth discios'd

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[onner, Their callow young, but feather'd soon and

And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the fledge

[sublime The libbard and the tiger, as the mole 'They sumru'd their pens, and soaring th' air Rising, the crumbled earth above them tbrew With clang despis’d the ground, onder a cloud In hillocks: the swift stag from ander ground In prospect; there the eagle and the stork Bore up his branching head : scarce from his On cliff's and cedar tops their eyries build :

mold. Partly loose wing the region, part more wise Behemoth, biggest born of Earth, upheavit 1n common, rangd in figure wedge their way, His vastuess: fleec'd the Hucks and bleating lulelligent of seasons, and set forth

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