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Meanwhile the winged heralds, by command Of fov'reign pow'r, with awful ceremony And trumpets sound, throughout the hoit proclaim A solemn council forth with to be held
755 At Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers : their fummons call'd From ev'ry band and squared regiment By place or choice the worthieft; they anon, With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came Attended : all access was throng'd, the gates
760 And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (Tho' like a cover'd field, where champions bold Wont to ride arm'd, and at the Soldan's chair
Defy'd the best of Panim chivalry
765 To mortal combat, or career with lance) Thick swarm'd, both on the ground and in the air, Brush'd with the hifs of rustling wings. As bees In spring-time, when the Sun with Taurus rides, Pour forth their populous youth about the hive 770 In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro, or on the smoothed plank, The fuburb of their straw-built citadel, New rubb'd with balm, expatiate and confer Their fate-affairs.. So thick the aery croud
775 Swarm'd, and were ftraiten'd; till the fignal given, Behold a wonder! they but now who feein'd In bignefs to furpafs earth's giant fons, Now less than fmallest dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that pygmean race Beyond the Indian mount; or fairy elves, Whose midnight revels by a forest-lide, Or fountain, fome belated peafant fees;, Or dreams he fees"; while over-head the moon: Sits arbitrefs; and nearer to the earth
785 Wheels her pale course; they on their mirth and dance: Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds: Thus incorporeal spi'rits to smalle forms Reduc'd their shapes immenfe,' and were at large; 790 Though without number ftill, amidst the hall Of that infernal court. . But far within, And in their own dimensions like themselves; The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim, In clofé recess and secret conclave fat,
795 A thousand demi-gods on golden feats, Frequent and full. After short filence then, And sumrdons read, the great consult began End of the First Book.
ARGU. ARGUMENT of Book 11.
The consultation begun, Satan debates whether another
battle be to be hazarded for the recovery of heaven : Some advise it, others disuade. A third proposal is preferred, mentioned before by Satan, to search the truth of that propbecy or tradition in heaven cancerning another world, and another kind of creature, equal, or not much inferior, to themfelves, about this time to be created : Their doubt who mall be sent on this difficult search: Satan, their chief, undertakes alone the voyage; is honoured and applauded. The council ihus ended, the reft betake them feveral ways, and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them, to entertain the time till Satan return. He pales on his journey to Hell-gates, finds them put, and who fat there to guard them, by whom at length they are opened, and discover to him the great gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what difficulty he passes through, directed by Chaos, the power of that place, to the fight of this new world which he fought,
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10 Pow'rs and dominions; deities of heav'n; For fince no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigour, though oppress'd and falling, I give not heav'n for loft. From this descent Celestial virtues rising, will appear
15 More glorious and more dread rhan from 10 fall, And trust themselves to fear no second fate. Me though just right, and the fixd laws of heav'ng: Did first create your leader, next free choice, With what besides, in council or in fight, Hath been achiev'd of merit ; yet this loss Thus far at least recover'd, hath much more Establish'd in a safe unenvied throne, Yielded with full consent. The happier fate :
Io heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw.. 25
He ceas'd; and next him Moloch, scepter'd king;
My sentence is for open war: of wiles, :