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Of our omnipotence, and with what arms
To whom the Son with caim aspect and clear,
i 40 Know whether I be dextrous to subdue Thy rebels, or be found the worst in Heav'n. So spake the Son; but Satan with his
powers Far was advanc'd on winged speed, an host Innumerable as the stars of night,
745 Or stars of morning, dew-drops, which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower. Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies Of Seraphim and Potentates and Thrones In their triple degrees ; regions to which 750 All thy dominion, Adam, is no more
Than what this garden is to all the earth,
and Saran to his royal seat
Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, If these magnific titles yet remain (Powers, Not merely titular, since by deeree Another now hath to himself ingross’d 775 All power, and us eclips'd, under the name Of King Anointed, for whom all this haste Of midnight march, and hurried meeting here, This only to consult how ye may best With what may be devis'd of honors new 780 Receive him coming to receive from us
Knee-tribute yet unpaid, prostration vile,
1785 Our minds, and teach us to cast off this yoke? Will ye submit your necks, and chuse to bend The supple knee? ye
will not, if I trust To know ye right, or if ye
know yourselves Natives and sons of Heav'n possess'd before 790 By none, and if not equal all, yet free, Equally free;" for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well consist. Who can in reason then or right assume Monarchy, over such as live by right 795 His equals, if in power and splendor less, In freedom equal ? or can introduce Law and edict on us, who without law Err not? much less for this to be our Lord, And look for adoration to th' abuse
800 Of those imperial titles, which assert Our being ordain'd to govern, not to serve.
Thus far his bold discourse without control Had audience, when among the seraphim Abdiel, than whom none with more zealador'd 805 The Deity', and divine commands obey'd, Stood
and in a flame of zeal severe The current of his fury thus oppos’d.
O argument blasphémous, false and proud! Words which no ear ever to hear in Heav'n 810 Expected, least of all from thee, Ingrate,
In place thyself so high above thy peers.
824 Such as he pleas’d, and circumscrib'd their being? Yet by experience taught we know how good, And of our good and of our dignity How provident he is, how far from thought To make us less, bent rather to exalt Our happy state under one head more near 830 Voited. But to grant it thee unjust, That equal over equals monarch reigns: Thyself through great and glorious dost thou count, Or all angelic nature join'd in one, Equal to him begotten Son ? by whom 835 As by his Word the mighty Father made All things, ev'n thee: and all the spi'rits of By him created in their bright degrees, (Heav'n Crown'd them with glory', and to their glory nam’d Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtucs, powers,
Essential powers ; nor by his reign obscur'd, 841
So spake the fervent angel; but his zeal
That we were form’d then say'st thou ? and the Of secondary hands, by task transferrid [work From Father to his Son? strange point and new! Doctrine which we would know whence learn'd: who saw
856 When this creation was ? remember'st thou Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being ? We know no time when we were not as now; Know none before us, self-begot, self-rais'd 860 By our own quick’ning power, when fatal Course Had circled his full orb, the birth mature Of this our native Heav'n, ethereal sons. Our puissance is our own; our own right hand Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try 863 Who is our equal ; then thou shalt behold Whether by supplication we intend Address, and to begirt th'almighty throne Beseeching or besieging. This report,