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Vriel, though Regent of the Sun, and held
The sharpest sighted Spirit of all in Heav'n;
Who to the fraudulent Impostor foul
In his uprightness. answer thus return’d.
Fair Angel, thy desire which tends to know
The works of God, thereby to glorifie 095
Work-Master, leads to no excess
That reaches blame, but rather merits praise
The more it feems excess, that led thee hither
From thy Empyreal Mansion thus alone,
To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps 700
Contented with report hear only in Heav'n:
For wonderful indeed are all his works,
Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all
Had in remembrance always with delight,
But what created mind can comprehend 705
Their number, or the wisdom infinite
That brought them forth, but hid their causes deep.
I saw when at his Word the formless Mass,
This world's material mould, came to a heap:
Confufion heard his voice, and wild uproar
Stood ruld, stood vast infinitude confin'd;
Till at his second bidding darkness filed,
Light Thon, and order from disorder sprung:
Swift to their several Quarters hafted then
The cumbrous Elements, Earth, Flood, Aire, Fire, 715
And the Ethereal quintessence of Heav'n
Flew upward, ípirited with various forms,
That rowl'd orbicular, and turn'd to Stars
Numberless, as thou seest, and how they move ;
Each had his place appointed, each his course, 720
The rest in circuit walls this Universe.
Look downard on that Globe whose hither side
With light from hence, tho' but reflected, shines ;
That place is Earth the seat of Man, that light
His day, which elfe as th' other Hemisphere 725
Night would invade, but there the neighbouring Moon
(So call that opposite fair Star) her aid
Timely interposes, and her monthly round
Still ending, still renewing, through mid Heav'n ;
With borrow'd light her countenance triform
Hence fills and empties to enlighten th’Earth,
And in her pale dominion checks the night.
That spot to which I point is Paradise,
Adam's abode, those loftie fhades his Bowre.
Tly way thou canst not miss, me mine requires. 735
Thus said, he turn'd, and Satan bowing low, As to superior Spirits is wont in Heav'n, Where honour due and reverence none neglcats, Took leave, and toward the coast of Earth beneath, Down from th’Ecliptic, sped with hop'd success, 740 Throws his steep flight in many an Aeric wheele, Nor staid, till on Niphates top he lights.
The End of the Third Book.
The ARGUMENT. Satan now in prospect of Eden, and nigh
the place where he must now attempt the bold enterprize which he undertook alone against God and Man, falls into many doubts with himself, and many paffions, fear, envy, and despaire; bút ut length confirms himself in evil, journeys
on to Paradise, whose outward proSpect and scituation is described, overleaps the bounds, fits in the mape of a Corynorant on the Tree of life, as highest in the Garden to look about him The Garden describ'd; Satan's first sight of Adam and Eve ; his wonder at their excellent
form and happy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discorsrse, thence gathers that