Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

And henceforth Monarchy with thee divide
Of all things, parted by th' empyreal

bounds,

380 His quadrature, from thy orbicular world; Or try thee now more dang'rous to bis throne. Whom thus the Prince of darkness answer'd

glad : Fair Daughter, and thou Son and Grandchild

both! High proof ye now have giv'n to be the

race

385 Of Satan, for I glory in the name, Antagonist of Heav'n's Almighty King Amply have meriter of me, of all Th’ infernal empire, thaf, so near Heav'nos

door Triomphal with triumphal act have met; 390 Mine with this glorious work; and made one

realm Hell and this world, our realm, one continent Of easy thorough-fare. Therefore while I Descent through darkness, on your road with

ease, To my associate Pow'rs, them to acquaint 395 With these fuccelles, and with them rejoice, You two this way, among these numerous Orbs, All yours! right down to Paradise descend : There dwell and reign in bliss; thence on the

earth

B

Dominion exercise, and in the air, 400
Chiefly on Man, sole Lord of all declar'd:
Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill.
My substitutes I send you, and create
Plenipotent on earth, of matchless might
Muing from me; on your joint vigor now 405
My hold of this new kingdom all depends ;
Through sin to death expos’d by my exploit.
If your joint pow'r prevail, th' affairs of hell
No detriment need fear; go and be strong.
So saying he dismiss'd them; they with
speed

410 Their course through thickest constellations

held, Spreading their bane; the blasted stars look'd

wan, And Planets, planet - Gruck, real Eclipse Then suffer'd. Th' other way, Satan went

down The cauley to Hell gate: on either side, 415 Disparted Chaos over built exclaim'd, And with rebounding furge the bars allail'd, That scorn'd his indignation. Through the

gate, Wide open and ungnarded, Satan pals’d, And all about found defolate: for those 420 Appointed to fit there, had left their charge, Flown

world: the rest were all Far to th' inland retir'd, about the walls

the upper

Of Pandaemonium, city and proud seat
Of Lucifer, lo by allusion callid,

425
Of that bright ftar to Satan paragon'd.
There kept their watch the legions, while the

Grand
In council fat, sollicitous what chance
Might intercept their Emperor sent: so he
Departing gave command, and they ob-

serv'd,

430
As when the Tartar from his Rullian foe
By Astracan over the snowy plains,
Retires : or Bactrian Sophy from the horns
Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond
The realm of Aladule, in his retreat 435
To Taurus, or Calbeen: so these, the late
Heav'n-banill'd, holt, left defert utmost Hell
Many a dark league, reduc'd in careful watch
Round their Meiropolis; and now expecting
Each hour their great adventurer from the

search

440 Of foreign worlds: he through the midst un

mark'd,
In Chew plebeian Angel militant
Of lowest order, past; and from the door
Of that Plutonian hall, invisible
Ascended his high throne; which under

state

-445 Of richest texture spread, 'at th: upper end Was plac'd in regal lustre. Down a while

Ba

[ocr errors]

He sat, and round about him saw unseen.
At last as from a cloud, his fulgent head
And shape star - bright appear'd, or brighter,

clad

450 With what permissive glory since his fall Was left him, or false glitter: all amaz'd At that lo sudden blaze, the Stygian throng Bent their aspect, and whom they wilh'd be

held, Their mighty Chief return'd : loud was th' ac

clame!

455 Forth rush'd in haste the great consulting

Peers, Rais'd from their dark Divan, and with like

joy

Congratulant'approach'd him, who with hand Silence, and with these words attention won. Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Pow'rs!

460 For in pollession such, not only of right, I call you and declare you now; return'd Successful beyond hope, to lead you forth Triumphant out of this infernal pit Abominable, accurs'd, the house of woe, 465 And dungeon of our tyrant! now polless, As Lords, a spacious world, t our native

Heav'n Little inferior, by my adventure hard With peril great achiey’d. Long were to tell

1

What I have done, what Cuffer'd, with what

pain

470 Voyag'd th' unreal, valt, unbounded deep Of horrible confufion! over which By Sin and Death a broad way now is pav’d To expedite your glorious march; but I Toild out my uncouth paflege, forc'd to

ride

475 Th' untractable abyfs, plungd in he womb Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild :) That jealous of their secrets fiercely oppos'd My journey ftrange, with clamorous uproar Protesting fate fupreme : thence, how I

found

480 The new created world, which fame in

Heav'n Long had foretold, a fabric wonderful Of absolute perfection: therein Man, Plac'd in a Paradise, by our exile Made happy: him by fraud I have seduc'd 485 From his Creator; and the more t'increase Your wonder, with an apple: he thereat Offended, worth your laughter, hath giv’n up Both his beloved Man and all his world, To Sin and Death a prey, and so to us, 490 Without our hazard, labor, or alarm: To range in, and to dwell, and over man To rule, as over all he should have ruld. True is, me also he hath judg’d, or rather

« ForrigeFortsæt »