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In fong and dance about the facred hill;
Celestial tabernacles, where they slept
664 Thro'pride that fight, and thought himself impair'di Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain, Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour, Friendliest to fleep and filence, he resolv'd With all his legions to dislodge, and leave: Unworshipp'd, unobey'd the throne fupreme
670 Contemptuous, and his next subordinate Awak’ning, thus to him in secret fpake.
Sleep'st thou, companion dear, what fleep can close Thy eyelids ? and remember'st what decree Of yesterday, so late hath pass'd the lips 675 Of heaven's Almighty. Thou to me thy thougłıts Walt wont, I mine to thee was wont to’impart; Both waking we were one; how then can now Thy sleep diffent ? New laws thou feest imposed ; New laws from him who reigns, new minds may raise In us who serve, new counsels, to debate
686 What doubtful may ensue: more in this place To utter is not safe. Assemble thouOf all those myriads which we lead the chief; Tell them that by command, ere yet dim night 685 Her shadowy cloud withdraws, I am to halte, And all who under me their banners wave, Honeward, witb, flying march, where we possess
The quarters of the dorth ; there to prepare
So fpake the false archangel, and infus'd Bad influence into th: unwary breast. Of his associate : he together calls, Or several one by one, the regent powers, Under him regent; tells, as he was taught, That the Most High commanding, now ere night, Now ere dim night had disincumber'd heaven, 700 The great hierarchal standard was to move ; Tells the suggested cause, and casts between Ambiguous words and jealousies, to found Or taint integrity: but all obey'd The wonted signal, and superior voice
705 Of their great potentate ;, for great indeed His name, and high was his degree in heaven; His count'nance, as the morning-star that guides The starry flock, allur'd them, and with lies Drew after him the third part of heaven's host. 710
Mean while th' eternal. Eye, whose sight discerns. Abstrusest thoughts, from forth his holy mount, And from within the golden lamps that burn Nightly before hiin, saw, without their light, Rebellion rifing;: faw in whom, how spread 715 Among the sons of-morn, what multitudes. Were banded to oppose his high decree, And, smiling to his only Son, thus faid.
Son, thou in whom my glory I behold In full resplendence, heir of all my might, 720 Nearly it now. concerns us to be sure Of our omnipotence, and with what arms We mean to hold what anciently we claim
Of deity or empire; such a foe
To whom the Son with calm afpéd and clear,
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 ftars of morning, dew-drops, which the fun Impearls on ev'ry leaf and ev'ry flow'r. Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies Of Seraphim, and Potentates, and Thrones, In their triple degrees ; regions to which All thy dominion, Adam, is no more Than what this garden is to all the earth, And all the sea, from one entire globose Stretch'd into longitude ; which having passid, At length into the limits of the north
755 They came, and Satan to his royal seat High on a hill, far blazing, as a mount Rais'd on a mount, with pyramids and tow'rs
From diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold; ;
770 Of counterfeited truth thus held their ears.
Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers, If these magnific titles yet remain Not merely titular, since by decree Another now bath to himself ingrofs'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, Tbus only to consult how we may best, With what may be devis'd of honours new,
780 Receive him, coming to receive from us Kace-tribute yet unpaid, proftration vile, Too much to one, but double how endur'd, To one and to his image now proclaim'd? But what if better counsels might erect
785 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 truft To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves Natives and fons of heaven pofsefs'd before 790 By none ; and if not equal all, yet free, Equally free ; for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well confift.