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Over this main from Hell to that new world,
Where Satan now prevails, a monument
Of merit high to all th' infernal hoft;
Easing their pasage hence, for intercourse, 260
Or tranfmigration, as their lot shall lead.
Nor can I miss the way, so sirongly drawn
By this new felt attraction and instinct.
Whom thus the meager Shadow answer'd

foon.
Go whither fate and inclination strong 265
Leads thee; I shall not lag behind, nor err
The way, thou leading, such a scent I draw
Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste
The favour of Death from all things there that

live.
Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest 270
Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid. I

So saying, with delight he snuft'd the smell
Of mortal change on earth. As when a flock
Of ravenous fowl, though many a league re-

mote,
Against the day of battel, to a field, 275
Where armies lie incamp'd, come flying, lur'd
With scent of living carcasles, design'd
For death the following day, in bloody fight:
So scented the grim Feature, and upturn'd
His nostrils wide into the murky air, 280
Sagacious of his quarry from so far.
Then both from out Hell-gates; into the waste

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Wide anarchy of Chaos, damp and dark, Flew diverse, and with pow'r: their pow'r

was great. Hovering upon the waters, what they met 285 Solid or slimy, as in raging fea Toft up and down, together crowded drove From each side shoaling towards the mouth of

Hell: As when two polar winds, blowing adverse Upon the Cronian sea, together drive 90 Mountains of ice, that stop th' imagin'd way Beyond Petfora eastward, to the rich Cathaian coast. The aggregated soil Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry, As with a trident smote; and fix'd as firm 295 As Delos floating once: the rest his' look Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move: And with Asphaltic slime, broad as the gate, Deep to the roots of Hell the gather'd beach They fasten'd; and the mole immense vrought

300 Over the foaming deep high arch'd: a bridge, Of length prodigious, joining to the wall Immoveable of this now fenceless world, Forfeit to Death. From hence a passage

broad, Smooth, easy, inoffensive, down to Hell. 305 So, if great things to small may be compar'd, Xerxes, the Liberty of Grece to yoke.

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From Sufa, his Memnonian palace high, Came to the fea; and over Hellefpont., ,,')! Bridging his way, Europe with Alia join'd; 310 And (courg'd with many a stroke th' indignant

waves.

Now had they brought the work, by won.

drous art Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock Over the vex'd Abyss, following the track Of Satan, to the self-fame place, where he: 315 First lighted from his wing, and landed safe ! From out of Chaos to the outside bare Of this round world: with pins of adamant And chains they made all falt; too fast they

made, And durable: And now in little space i 320 The confines met of empyréan Heav'n And of this world, and on the left hand hell. With long reach interpos’d: three lev'ral ways In light, to each of these three places led. And now their way to earth they had descry'd 3-5 To Paradise first tending; when, behold! Satan, in likeness of an Angel bright, Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering His zenith, while the Sun in Aries rose : Dilguis'ul he came; but those his childern

dear

330 Their parent foon discern’d, though in disguise. He, after Eve seduc'd, unminded siunkis

Into the wood fast by; and changing shape
T'observe the sequel, saw his guileful act
By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded 335
Upon her husband; saw their shame, that

sought
Vain covertures : but when he saw descend
The Son of God to judge them, terrify'd
He fled; not hoping to escape, but shunn'd

The present; fearing guilty, what his wrath 340
Might suddenly inflict: that past, return'd
By night, and listening, where the hapless pair
Sat in their fad discourse, and various plaint,
Thence gather'd his own doom: which un-

derstood
Not instant, but of future time, with joy 345
And tidings fraught, to Hell be now return'd:
And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot
Of this new wondrous pontifice, unhop'd
Met, who to meet him came, : his offspring

dear. : Great joy was at their meeting, and at light 350

Of that ftupendous bridge his joy increas’d.
Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair
Inchanting daugther, thus the filence broke.

O parent! these are thy magnific deeds,
Tby trophies, which thou view'st as 'not thine

own;

355 Thou art their author, and prime architect, 24 For I no sooner in my heart divin’d,

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My heart, which by a secret harmony
Still moves with thine, join'd in connexion

sweet, That thou on earth hadst prosper'd, which

thy looks

360 Now also evidence, but straight I felt, Though distant from thee worlds between, yet

felt, That I must after thee with this thy son: Such fatal consequence unites us three ! Hell couid could no longer hold in her bounds;

365 Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure, Detain from following thy illustrious track. Thou haft atchiev'd our liberty, confin'd Within Hell gates till now: Thou us impower'd To fortify thus far, and ever-lay

370 With this portentous bridge the dark Abyss. Thinę now is all this world; thy virtue bath

won, What thy hands builded not: thy wisdom gain'd With odds, what war hath lost: and fully

aveng'd Our foil in Heav'n: here thou shalt Monarch

reign,

375 There didst not: there let him still victor

sway, As battel hath adjudg’d, from this new world Retiring, by his own doom alienated :

And

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