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Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore,

585 When Charlemain with all his peorage fell By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess, yet cbserved · Their dread Commander; hc, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly cminent,

600 Stood like a lover: his forın had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appear's l.css than Archangel ruin’d, and the excess Of glory obscured : as wnen the sun, new risen Looks through the horizontal inisty air

595 Shorn of his beams; or from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disas!rous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Porplexes monarchs. Darkend so, yot slono Above them all the Archangel: but his face

600 Deep scars of thunder had intrench'd; and care Sat on his faded check, but under brows Of dauntless courage, and considerate prido Waiting, revenge: cruel his eye, but cast Signs of remorse and passion, to behold

605 The fellows of his crime, the followers rather Far other once beheld in blissi, condemnd For ever now to have their lot in pain; Millions of Spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven, and from eternal splendours flung 610 For his revolt; yet faithful how they stood, Their glory wither'd: as when Heaven's firo llath scathed the forest oaks, or mountain pine ; With singed top their stately growth, though baro; Slands on the blasted heath. He now prepared 615 To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wir:g to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers: Attention held them mutc. Thrice he essay d, and thrice, in spite of scorn, l'ears, such as Angels weep, burst forth : at last 620 Words, interwove with sighs, found out their way

Q Myriads of immortal Spirits! 0 Powera

me,

Matchless, but with the Almighty! and thul strifo
Was not inglorious, though the event was dire,
As this place testifies, and this dire change
Plateful to utt.cr : but what power of mind,
Foresecing or presaging, from the depth
Olknowledge past or present, could have fcar'd,
How such urited force of Gods, how such
As stood like these, could ever know repulse ?

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For who can yet believe, though after loss,
That all these puissant legions, whose exile
Hath enptied Heaven, shall fail to reascend
Self-raised, and repossess their native seat?
For be witness all the lost of Heaven, €35
If counsels different, or dangers shunn'd
By me have lost our hopes. But he, who reigns
Monarch in Heaven, till then as onc secure
Sat on his thirone, upheld by old repute,
Consent or custom; and his rcgal state

640 Put forth at full, but still his strength conceald, Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fali. Henceforth his might we know, and know our ow:1; So as not either to provoke, or dread Now war, provoked: our better part remains 645 To work in close design, by fraud or guile, What force effected not: that he no less At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe. Space may produce new worlds ; whercof so riso 650 There went a fame in Heaven that ho ere long Intended to create, and therein plant A gcncration, whom his choice regard Should savour equal to the sons of Heaven Thither, is but to pry, shall be perhaps

655 Our first eruption ; thither or elsсwhere : For this infernal pit shall never hoid Celestia. Spirits in bondage, nor thc abysa Long under darkness cover. But these thoughts Full counsel must mature · Peace is despair'd; 6910

Foi wlo zum think submission ? War then, War
Open ce un burstood must be resolved.

He spakeand, to confirm his words, out few
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden bluze

CGO Far round illumined hell: Highly they raged Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of war, llurling deriance toward thic vault of heaven.

There stood a hill not far, whose grisiy top G70 Belch'd fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire Shone with a glossy scurf; undoubted sign That in huis womb was hid metallic ore, 'The work of sulphur. Thither, wing’d with spect, A numerous brigade hasten d: as when bands 675 Of pioncere, with spade and pickaxe arm’d, Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, Or cast a rampart. Marmon led them on, Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell [thoughts From Heaven; for e'en in Heaven his looks and Were always downward bent, admiring more 081 The riches of Heaven's pavement, trodden gold, Than ought divine or holy clse enjoy'd In vision beatific: by him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught,

685 Ransack'd the centre, and with impious hands Rifled the boweis of their mother Earth For treasures, better hid. Soon had his crew Open'd into the hill a spacious wound, And digg'd out ribs of gold. Let nono admire 600 That riches grow in Hell; that soil may best Deserve the precious bane. And here let those Vh boast in mortal things, and wondering tell Of Babel, and the works of Memphian kings, Learn how their greatest monuments of fime, 625 And strength, and art, are casily outdono By Spirits reprobate, and in an hour, Whizt in an age th y with incessant toil

And harids innumerablc scarce perform
Nigh on the plain, in many cells prepared, 700
That underncath had veins of liquid fire
Sluiced from the lake, a second multitudo
With wondrous art founded the massy orc,
Bevering cach kind, and scummid the bullion drong.
A third as soon had form'd within the ground 705
A various mould, and from the boiling cells
By stranyn conveyance fiild cach hollow nook ;
As in an organ, from one blast of wind,
To

many a row of pipes thc soundboard breathcs. Anon, out of the earth, a fabric huge

710 Rose like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonics and voices sweet, Built like a ternple, where pilasters round Were sel, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave; nor did there want 715 Cornice or fricze, with bossy sculptures graven: The roof was freited gold. Not Babylon, Nor great Alcairo, such magnificence Equal'd in all their glories, to enshrine Relus or Sérapis, their Gods; or scat

720 Their kings, wlien Egypt with Assyria strove In wealth and luxury. Thc ascending pile Stood fix'd her stately height; and straight the doors, Opening their brazen folds, discover, wide Within, her ample spaces, o'er the smooth And level pavement: from the arched roof Pendant by subtle magic, many a row Of starry lamps and blazen crossets, fed With Naplıtha and Asphaltus, yielded light Ass from a sky. The hasty multitudo

730 Allmiring enter'd; and the work some praim And some the architect: his hand was known In lleaven by inany a tower'd structure high, Where sceptred Angels hold their residence, And sat as princes: whoin the supreme King

733 Exalted to such power, and gave to rulo,

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Each in eis hierarchy, the orders bright.
Nor was his name unheard, or unadored,
In ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land
Men call'd him Mulciber; and how he fell 748
From Alcaven they fabled, thrown by angry Jove
Sicer o'er the crystal bat:lements: from morn
'T noon lic fell, from noon to dewy cvc,
A summer's day; and with the setting sun
Dropp'd from the zenith like a falling star, 745
On Lemnos the Ægean isle : thus they relate,
Erring; for he with his rebellious rout
Foll long before ; ncr aught avail'd lim now
To have built in Heaven high towers; nor did he scapo
By all his engines, but was headlong sent 750
With his industrious crew to build in Hell.

Meanwhile the winged heralds, by command
Of sov'reign power, with awful ceremony
And trumpet's sound, tlıroughout the host proclaim
A solemn council, forchwith to be held

755 At Pandernonium ; the high capital Of Satan and his peers: their summons callid From every band and squared regiment By place or choice the worthiest ; they anon, With hundreds and with thousands, trooping came, Attended : ali access was throng'd; the gates 761 And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (i'nough like a cover'd field, where chanıpions bolu Wont ride in arm’d and at the Soldan's chair Defied thu best of Panim chivalry

785 To mortal combat, or career with lance,) Thick swarmid both on the ground and in the air Brush'd with the hiss of rustling wings. As bees In spring time, when the sun with Taurus ridos, l'our forth their populous youth about the hive In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro, or on the smoothed plank, The suburb of their strawbuilt citadei, Now rubb'd with balas, expatiate and confer

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