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With Naphtha and Asphaltus, yielded light
Meanwhile the winged heralds, by command Of sov'reign pow'r, with awful ceremony And trumpets found, throughout the hoit proclaim A folemn council forthwith to be held
755 At Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers : their fummons call'd From ev'ry band and squared regiment By place or choice the worthieft; they anon, With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came Attended : all access was throng'd, the gates
761 And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (Tho' like a cover'd field, where champions bold Wont to ride arm'd, and at the Soldan's chair
Defy'd the best of. Panim chivalry
795 A thousand demi-gods on golden feats, Frequent and full. After short filence then, And summons read, the great consult beganv End of the FIR&Book.
ARGUMENT of Book II.
The consultation begun, Satan debates whether another
battle be to be hazarded for the recovery of heaven : Some advise it, others dissuade. A third proposal is preferred, mentioned before by Satan, to search the truth of that propbecy or tradition in heaven concerning another world, and another kind of creature, equal, or not much inferior, to themfelves, about this time to be created: Their doubt who shall be sent on this difficult search: Satan, their chief, undertakes alone the voyage; is honoured and applauded. The council ihus ended, the rest betake them several ways, and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them, to entertain the time till Satan return. He pales on his journey to Hell-gates, finds them fhut, and who fat there to guard them, by whom at length they are opened, and discover to him the great gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what difficulty he passes through, directed by Chaos, the power of that place, to the right of this new world which be fought,
IGH'on a throne of royal state, which far
Outlhone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Show’rs on her kings barbaric pearl and gold, Satan exalted fat, by merit rais'd
5 To that bad eminence; and from despair Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires Beyond thus high; insatiate to pursue Vain war with Heav'n; and, by success untaught, His proud imaginations thus display'd.
jo Pow'rs and dominions; deities of heav'n; For fince no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigour, though oppress’d and fall'ng, I give not heav'n for loft. From this descent Celestial virtues rising, will appear
15 More glorious and more dread rhan from no fall, And trust themselves to fear no second fate. Me though just right, and the fixd laws of heav'n, Did first create your leader, next free choice, With what besides, in council or in fight,
20 Hath been achiev'd of merit ; yet this loss Thus far at least recover'd, hath much more Establish'd in a safe unenvied throne, Yielded with full consent. The happier ftate :
lo heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw
He ceas’d; and next him Moloch, scepter'd king;
My sentence is for open war: of wiles, More unexpert, I boast not: them let those Contrive who need ; or when they need, not now. For while they fit contriving, shall the rest, Millions that stand in arms, and longing wait 55 The fignal to ascend, fit ling'ring here Heav'n's fugitives, and for their dwelling-place Accept this dark opprobrious den of shame, The prison of his tyranny who reigns