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This world's material mould, came to a heap:
Thus faid, he turn’d; and Satan bowing low, As to superior spi'rits is wont in heav'n, Where honour due and rev’rence none negle&ts, Took leave, and tow'rd the coast of earth beneath, Down from th' ecliptic, sped with hop'd success, 740 Throws his steep flight in many an airy wheel; Nor stay'd, till on Niphates top he lights.
End of the THIRD Book.
Sátan nou in prospect of Eden, and nigh the place where
he must now attempt the bold enterprise which he une dertook alone against God and man, falls into many doubts with himself, and many passions, fear, ency and despair; but at length confirms himself in evil, journeys : on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and situation is described, overleaps the bounds, sits in the soape of a : cormorant on the tree of life, as highest in the garden, * 10 look about him. The garden described; Satan's first light of Adam and Eve; his wonder at their excel. lent form and happy ftate; but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discourse, thence gathers that the tree of knowledge was forbidden them to eat ofi, under penalty of death ;', and thereon intends to found his temptation, by feducing them to transgress; then leaves them a while, to know further of their ftate by some other means. Meanwhile Uriel defcending on a fun-beam, warns Gabriel, who had in charge the gate of Pardise, that some evil spirit had escaped the deep, and passed at noon by bis fphere in the shape of a good angel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious gestures on the mount, i Gabriel prömises : to find him ere morning. Night coming on, Adanı and Eve discourse of going to their refi: their bower defcribed; their evening worship. Gabriel drawing forth his bands of night-watch to walk the round of Paradise, appuints two strong angels to Adam's bower, lejt the evil spirit should be there doing some harm to Adam or Eve sleeping; there they find him at the ear of Eve, tempting her in a dream, and bring him, though unwilling, 10 Gabriel; by whom questioned, he Scornfully answers; prepares resistance, but hindered by a sign from heaven, flies out of Paradise.
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For that warning voice which he who faw
Th' Apocalyps heard cry in heav'n aloud,
10 To wreak on innocent frail man his loss Of that first battle, and his flight to hell: Yet not rejoicing in his speed, though bold, Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast, Begins his dire attempt, which nigh the birth 15 Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast, And like a dev'lish engine back recoils Upon himself; borror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom stir The hell within him ; for within him hell He brings, and round about him, nor from heil One step, no more than from hinself, can fly By change of place: now conscience wakes despair 7 hat flumber'd, wakes the bitter memory Qf. what he was, what is, and what mul be 25.
Worse; of worse deeds worse fufferings must ensue.
30 Then much revolving, thus in fighs began.
O thou that with furpalling glory crown'd,
As great might have aspir'd, and me though mean
80 None left but by submiflion; and that word Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame Among the spi'rits beneath, whom I seduc'd With other promises and other vaunts Than to submit, boasting I could fubdue Th’Onnipotent. Ay me, they little know How dearly I abide that boast fo vain, Under what torments inwardly I groan, While they adore me on the throne of hell, With diadem and fceptre high advanc'd,
90 The lower ftill I fall, only supreme In misery: such joy ambition finds. But say I could repent, and could obtain By act of grace my former flate; how foon
94 Would height recall high thoughts, how soon unsay What feign'd submission swore? ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void.