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Came Astoreth,' whom the Phænicians called
Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns;
To whose bright image nightly by the moon
Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs;
In Sion also not unsung, where stood
Her temple on the offensive mountain, built
By that uxorious kingo whose heart, though large,
Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell
To idols foul. Thammuz° came next behind,
Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured
The Syrian damsels to lament his fate
In amorous ditties all a summer's day,
While smooth Adonis from his native rock
Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood
Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love tale
Infected Sion's daughters with like heat,
Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch
Ezekielo saw, when, by the vision led,
His eye surveyed the dark idolatries
Of alienated Judah. Next cameo one
Who mourned in earnest, when the captive ark
Maimed his brute image, head and hands lopt off,
In his own temple, on the grunselo edge,
Where he fell flat and shamed his worshipers.
Dagon his name, sea-monster, upward man

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And downward fish; yet had his temple high
Rearedo in Azotus, dreaded through the coast
Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon,
And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.
Him followed Rimmon, whose delightful seat
Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks
Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streams.
He also against the house of God was bold:
A lepero once he lost, and gained a king,
Ahaz,' his sottish conqueror, whom he drew
God's altar to disparage and displace
For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn
His odious offerings, and adore the gods
Whom he had vanquished. After these appeared
A crew who, under names of old renown,
Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train,
With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused
Fanatic Egypt and her priests to seek
Their wandering gods disguised in brutish forms
Rather than human. Nor dido Israel scape
The infection, when their borrowed gold composed
The calf in Oreb; and the rebel kingo
Doubled that sin in Bethel and in Dan,
Likening his Maker to the grazed ox --
Jehovah, who in one night, when he passed

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From Egypt marching, equaled with one stroke
Both her firstborn and all her bleating gods.
Belial' came last; than whom a spirit more lewd 490
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for itself. To him no temple stood
Or altar smoked; yet who more oft than he
in temples and at altars, when the priest
Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who filled
With lust and violence the house of God?
In courts and palaces he also reigns,
And in luxurious cities, where the noise
Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers,
And injury and outrage; and, when night

500 Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. .

These were the prime in order and in might: The rest were long to tell; though far renowned The Ionian Gods of Javan's issue held Gods, yet confessed later than Heaven and Earth, Their boasted parents;— Titan, Heaven's firstborn, 510 With his enormous brood, and birthright seized By younger Saturn: he from mightier Jove, His own and Rhea's son, like measure found; So Jove usurping reigned. These, first in Crete And Ida known, thence on the snowy top

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Of cold Olympus ruled the middle air,
Their highest heaven; or on the Delphiano cliff,
Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
Of Doric land; or who with Saturn old
Fled over Adriao to the Hesperian fields,
And o'er the Celtico roamed the utmost isles.

All these and more came flocking; but with looks
Downcast and damp; yet such wherein appeared
Obscure some glimpse of joy to have found their chief
Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost
In loss itself; which on his countenance cast
Like doubtful hue. But he, his wonted pride
Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore
Semblance of worth, not substance, gently raised
Their fainting courage and dispelled their fears;

530 Then straight commands that, at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions, be upreared His mighty standard. That proud honor claimed Azazel as his right, a cherub tall; Who forth with from the glittering staff unfurled The imperial ensign; which, full high advanced, Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind, With gems and golden luster rich emblazed, Seraphic arms and trophies; all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds :

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At which the universal host up-sent
A shout that tore hell's concave, and beyond
Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night.
All in a moment through the gloom were seen
Ten thousand banners rise into the air,
With oriento colors waving: with them rose
A forest huge of spears; and thronging helms
Appeared, and serried shields in thick array
Of depth immeasurable. Anon they move
In perfect phalanx to the Doriano mood
Of flutes and soft recorders — such as raised
To highth of noblest temper heroes old
Arming to battle, and instead of rage
Deliberate valor breathed, firm, and unmoved
With dread of death to flight or foul retreat;
Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase
Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain
From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they,
Breathing united force with fixed thought,
Moved on in silence to soft pipes that charmed
Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil. And now
Advanced in view they stand, a horrid front
Of dreadful length and dazzling arms, in guise
Of warriors old, with ordered spear and shield,

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