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He called so loud that all the hollow deep
once yours; now lost,
320 To slumber here, as in the vales of heaven? Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the Conqueror, who now beholds Cherubo and serapho rolling in the flood With scattered arms and ensigns, till anon His swift pursuers from heaven-gates discern The advantage, and, descending, tread us down Thus drooping, or with linked thunderbolts Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf ? Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!”
330 They heard, and were abashed, and up they sprung Upon the wing; as when men, wont to watch, On duty sleeping found by whom they dread, Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake. Nor did they noto perceive the evil plight In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Yet to their general's voice they soon obeyed, Innumerable. As when the potent rodo
Of Amram's son, in Egypt's evil day,
340 Of locusts, warping on the eastern wind, That o'er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like night, and darkened all the land of Nile; So numberless were those bad angels seen Hovering on wing under the cope of hell, "Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires;
360 Though of their names in heavenly records now Be no memorial, blotted out and rased By their rebellion from the books of life.
Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve
The chief were those, who, from the pit of hell
Within his sanctuary itself their shrines,
390 And with their darkness durst affront his light.
Firsto Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents' tears, Though, for the noise of drums and timbrels loud, Their children's cries unheard, that passed through fire To his grim idol. Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain, In Argob and in Basan, to the stream Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such Audacious neighborhood, the wisest heart Of Solomon he led by fraud to build His templeo right against the temple of God On that opprobrious hill, and made his grove The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence And black Gehenna called, the type of hell. Next, Chemos, the obscene dread of Moab's sons, From Aroar to Nebo and the wild Of southmost Abarim; in Hesebon And Horonaim, Seon's realm, beyond The flowery dale of Sibma clad with vines,
410 And Eleale to the Asphaltico pool; Peor his other pame, when he enticed
Israel in Sittim, on their march from Nile,
430 And works of love or enmity fulfill. For those the race of Israel oft forsook Their Living Strength, and unfrequented left His righteous altar, bowing lowly down To bestial gods; for which their heads, as low Bowed down in battle, sunk before the spear Of despicable foes. With these in troop