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With tumult less, and with less hostile din;
That Satan with less toil, and now with ease,
Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light,
And like a weather-beaten vessel holds
Gladly the port, tho' shrouds and tackle torn;
Or in the emptier waste, resembling air,
Weighs his spread wings, at leisure to behold
Far off th' empyreal heaven, extended wide
In circuit, undetermin'd square or round,
With opal tow'rs, and battlements adorn'd
Of living saphir, once his native seat ;
And fast by, hanging in a golden chain,
This pendent world, in bigness as a star
Of smallest magnitude, close by the moon.
Thither full fraught with mischievous revenge,
Accursid, and in a cursed hour he hies.

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END of the SECOND Boox,

ARGUMENT of Book III. God fitting on his throne fees. Satan flying towards this

world, then newly created; hows him to the Son who fat at his right hand; foretells the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own justice and wil dom from all imputation, having created man free, and able enough to have withstood his tempter ; yet declares his purpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but by him seduced, The Son of God renders praises to his Father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose towards man : but God again. declares, that grace cannot be extended towards man without the satisfaction of divine justice. Man hath offended. the majesty of God by aspiring to Godhead; and therefore, with all his progeny, devoted to death, muft die, unless fome one can be found fufficient to answer for his offence, and undergo bis punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself a ransor for man: the Father accepts him, ardains his inearnation, pronounces his exaltation above all names in heaven and earth; commands all the angels to adore him: They obey ; and hymning to their harps in full quire, celebrate the Father and the Son. Mean while Satan alights upon the bare convex of this world's outermost orb; where wandering he first finds a place, since called the Limbo of Vanity: what persons and things fly up tbither: thence comes to the gate of heaven, describd ascending by stairs, and the waters above the firmament that flow about it: his passage thence to the orb of the Sun; he finds there Uriel, the regent of that orb, but first changes himself into the shape of a meaner engel; and pretending a zealous desire to behold the new creation, and man, whom God had placed here, inquires of bim the place of his habitation, and is directed; alights first on mount Niphates.

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Ail, holy Light ! offspring of Heav'n first-born!

Or of th' Eternal coeternal beam !
May I express thee' unblam'd ? fince God is light,
And never but in unapproached light
Dwelt from eternity; dwelt then in thee,

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Bright effluence of bright effence increate.
Or hear'st thou rather pure ethereal .stream,
Whose fountain who shall tell ? Before the fun,
Before the heav'ns thou wert, and at the voice
Of God, as with a mantle didst invest
The rising world of waters dark and deep,
Won from the void and formless infinite.
Thee I revisit now with bolder wing,
Efcap'd the Stygian pool, though long detain'd
In that obscure fojourn ; while in my flight 15
Through utter and through middle darkness borne;
With other notes than to th’Orphéan lyre,
I sung of Chaos and eternal Night ;
Taught by the heay'nly Muse to venture down
The dark deseent, and up to reafcend,

20 Though hard and rare. Thee I revisit fafe, And feel thy sov'reign vital lamp ; but thou Revisitft not these eyes, that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn; So thick a drop serene hath quench'd their orbs, 25

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