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Of fruit-trees over-woody reach'd too far Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round
Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold
Fruitless embraces: or they led the vine

And colors dipt in Heaven, the third his feet
To wed her elm; she, spous'd, about him twines Shadow'd from either heel with feather'd mail,
Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Sky-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia’s son he stood,
Her dower, the adopted clusters, to adorn

And shook his plumes, that heavenly fragrance fill'd
His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld The circuit wide. Straight knew him all the bands
With pity Heaven's high King, and to him callid Of angels under watch; and to his state,
Raphael, the sociable spirit, that deign’d

And to his message high, in honor rise;
To travel with Tobias, and secur'd

For on some message high they guess'd him bound
His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid. Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is come
* Raphael," said he, “thou hear’st what stir on Into the blissful field, through groves of myrrh,
Earth

And flowering odors, cassia, nard, and balm;
Satan, from Hell 'scap'd through the darksome gulf, A wilderness of sweets; for Nature here
Hath rais'd in Paradise ; and how disturbid Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd at will
This night the human pair; how he designs Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet,
In them at once to ruin all mankind.

Wild above rule or art, enormous bliss.
Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend Him through the spicy forest onward come
Converse with Adam, in what bower or shade Adam discern'd, as in the door he sat
Thon find'st him from the heat of noon retir'd, Of his cool bower, while now the mounted Sun
To respite his day-labor with repast,

Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm
Or with repose: and such discourse bring on, Earth's inmost womb, more warmth than Adam
As may advise him of his happy state,

needs:
Happiness in his power left free to will,

And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd
Left to his own free will, his will though free, For dinner sa vory fruits, of taste to please
Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware True appetite, and not disrelish thirst
He swerve not, too secure : tell him withal Of nectarous draughts between, from milky stream,
His danger, and from whom; wbat enemy, | Berry or grape: to whom thus Adam call'd.
Late fall’n himself from Heaven, is plotting now “Haste hither, Eve, and worth thy sight behold
The fall of others from like state of bliss ; Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape
By violence? no, for that shall be withstood ; Comes this way moving; seems another morn
But by deceit and lies: this let him know, Ris'n on mid-noon; some great behest from Heaven
Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend

To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe
Surprisal, unadmonish'd, unforewarn'd.”

This day to be our guest. But go with speed,
So spake the Eternal Father, and fulfill'd And, what thy stores contain, bring forth and pour
All jostice: nor delay'd the winged saint

Abundance, fit to honor and receive
After his charge receiv'd ; but from among Our heavenly stranger; well we may afford
Thousand celestial ardors, where he stood Our givers their own gifts, and large bestow
Veild with his gorgeous wings up springing light From large bestow'd, where Nature multiplies
Flew through the midst of Heaven; the angelic Her fertile growth, and by disburdening grows
quires,

More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare."
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way To whom thus Eve. "Adam, Earth's hallow'd
Thmugh all the empyreal road; till, at the gate

mould,
Of Heaven arriv'd, the gate self-opend wide Of God inspir'd! small store will serve, where store,
On golden hinges turning, as by work

All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk;
Divine the sovran Architect had fram'd.

Save what by frugal storing firmness gains
From hence, no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight, To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes :
Star interpos'd, however small, he sees,

But I will haste, and from each bough and brake, Not unconform to other shining globes,

Each plant and juiciest gourd, will pluck such
Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crown'd

choice
Above all hills. As when by night the glass To entertain our angel-guest, as he
of Galileo, less assur'd, observes

Beholding shall confess, that here on Earth
Imagind lands and regions in the Moon : God hath dispens'd his bounties as in Heaven."
Or pilot, from amidst the Cyclades

So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste
Delos or Samos first appearing, kens

She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent
A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight What choice to choose for delicacy best,
He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky What order so contriv'd as not to mix
Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady wing, Tastes, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring
Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change ;
Winows the buxom air; till, within soar Bestirs her then, and from each tender stalk
of towering eagles, to all the fowls he seems Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields
A phanir, gaz'd by all, as that sole bird,

In India East or West, or middle shore
When, to enshrine his relics in the Sun's

In Pontus or the Punic coast, or where
Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies. Alcinous reign'd, fruit of all kinds, in coat
At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise

Rough, or smooth rind, or bearded husk, or shell
He lights, and to his proper shape returns

She gathers, tribute large, and on the board
A seraph wing'd: six wings he wore, to shade Heaps with unsparing hand; for drink the grape
His lineaments divine; the pair that clad

She crushes, inoffensive must, and meaths
Each shoulder broad, came mantling o'er his breast From many a berry, and from sweet kernels press'd
With regal ornament; the middle pair

She tempers dulcet creams; nor these to hold

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Wants her fit vessels pure; then strows the ground Earth and the sea feed air, the air those fires
With rose and odors from the shrub unfum'd. Ethereal, and as lowest first the Moon ;

Meanwhile our primitive great sire, to meet Whence in her visage round those spots, unpurg'd
His godlike guest, walks forth, without more train Vapors not yet into her substance turn'd.
Accompanied than with his own complete Nor doth the Moon no nourishment exhale
Perfections; in himself was all his state,

From her moist continent to higher orbs. More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits The Sun, that light imparts to all, receives On princes, when their rich retinue long

From all his alimental recompense
Of horses led, and grooms besmear'd with gold, In humid exhalations, and at even
Dazzles the crowd, and sets them all agape. Sups with the Ocean. Though in Heaven the trees
Nearer his presence Adam, though not aw'd, of life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines
Yet with submiss approach and reverence meek, Yield nectar; though from off the boughs each mom
As to a superior nature, bowing low,

We brush mellifluous dews, and find the ground
Thus said. “Native of Heaven, for other place Cover'd with pearly grain : yet God hath here
None can than Heaven such glorious shape contain; Varied his bounty so with new delights,
Since, by descending from the thrones above, As may compare with Heaven; and to taste
Those happy places thou hast deign'd a while Think not I shall be nice.” So down they sat,
To want, and honor these, vouchsafe with us And to their viands fell ; nor seemingly
Two only, who yet by sovran gift possess

The angel, nor in mist, the common gloss
This spacious ground, in yonder shady bower Of theologians; but with keen dispatch
To rest, and what the garden choicest bears of real hunger, and concoctive heat
To sit and taste, till this meridian heat

To transubstantiate : what redounds, transpires
Be over, and the Sun more cool decline."

Through spirits with ease; nor wonder; if by fire
Whom thus the angelic virtue answer'd mild. Of sooty coal the empiric alchymist
“Adam, I therefore came; nor art thou such Can turn, or holds it possible to turn,
Created, or such place hast here to dwell, Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold,
As may not oft invite, though spirits of Heaven, As froin the mine. Meanwhile at table Eve
To visit thee; lead on then where thy bower Minister'd naked, and their flowing cups
O'ershades; for these mid-hours, till evening rise, With pleasant liquors crown'd: 0 innocence
I have at will.” So to the sylvan lodge

Deserving Paradise ! if ever, then,
They came, that like Pomona's arbor smil'd, Then had the sons of God excuse to have been
With flowerets deck'd, and fragrant smells; but Enamor'd at that sight; but in those hearts
Eve,

Love unlibidinous reign'd, nor jealousy
Undeck'd save with herself more lovely fair Was understood, the injur'd lover's Hell.
Than wood-nymph, or the fairest goddess feign'd Thus when with meats and drinks they had suffic'd,
of three that in mount Ida naked strove,

Not burthen'd nature, sudden mind arose
Stood to entertain her guest from Heaven; no veil In Adam, not to let the occasion pass
She needed, virtue-proof; no thought infirm Given him by this great conference to know
Alter'd her cheek. On whom the angel Hail Of things above his world, and of their being
Bestow'd, the holy salutation us'd

Who dwell in Heaven, whose excellence he saw
Long after to blest Mary, second Eve.

Transcend his own so far; whose radiant forms, "Hail, Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful womb Divine effulgence, whose high power, so far Shall fill the world more numerous with thy sons, Exceeded human: and his wary speech Than with these various fruits the trees of God Thus to the empyreal minister he fram’d. Have heap'd this table.”—Rais'd of grassy turf “Inhabitant with God, now know I well Their table was, and mossy seats had round, Thy favor, in this honor done to man; And on her ample square from side to side Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsafd All autumn, pil'd, though Spring and Autumn here To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste, Danc'd hand in hand. Awhile discourse they hold; Food not of angels, yet accepted so, No fear lest dinner cool; when thus began As that more willingly thou couldst not seem Our author. “Heavenly stranger, please to taste At Heaven's high feasts to have fed : yet wha* These bounties, which our Nourisher, from whom

compare ?All perfect good, unmeasur'd out, descends,

To whom the winged hierarch replied. To us for food and for delight hath caus’d “O Adam, one Almighty is, from whom The Earth to yield; unsavory food perhaps All things proceed, and up to him return, To spiritual natures ; only this I know,

If not deprav'd from good, created all
That one celestial Father gives to all.”

Such to perfection, one first matter all.
To whom the angel. “Therefore what he gives Endued with various forms, various degree
(Whose praise be ever sung) to Man in part Of substance, and, in things that live, of life ;
Spiritual, may of purest spirits be found

But more refin'd, more spirituous, and pure,
No ingrateful food; and food alike ihose pure As nearer to him plac'd, or nearer tending
Intelligential substances require,

Each in their several active spheres assign'd, As doth your rational; and both contain

Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Within them every lower faculty

Proportion'd to each kind. So from the root Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, taste, Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate,

leaves And corporeal to incorporeal turn.

More aery, last the bright consummate flower For know, whatever was created, needs

Spirits odórous breathes : flowers and their fruit, To be sustain'd and fed : of elements

Man's nourishment, by gradual scale sublim'd, The grosser feeds the purer, earth the sea, To vital spirits aspira, to animal,

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To intellectual ; give both life and sense, Hath pass'd in Heaven, some doubts within me Fancy and understanding; whence the soul

move, Reason receives, and reason is her being,

But more desire to hear, if thou consent, Discursive, or intuitive; discourse

The full relation, which must needs be strange, Is oftest yours, the latter most is ours,

Worthy of sacred silence to be heard ; Differing but in degree, of kind the same.

And we have yet large day, for scarce the Sun Wonder not then, what God for you saw good Hath finish'd half his journey, and scarce begins If I refuse not, but convert, as you,

His other half in the great zone of Heaven." To proper substance. Time may come, when men Thus Adam made request: and Raphaël, With angels may participate, and find

After short pause assenting, thus began. No inconvenient diet, nor too light fare ;

“ High matter thou enjoin'st me, O prime of men And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Sad task and hard : for how shall I relate Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit,

To human sense the invisible exploits Improv'd by tract of time, and, wing'd, ascend Of warring spirits ? how, without remorse, Ethereal, as we: or may, at choice,

The ruin of so many glorious once Here or in heavenly Paradises dwell;

And perfect while they stood ? how last unfold If ye be found obedient, and retain

The secrets of another worl], perhaps ['nalterably firm his love entire,

Not lawful to reveal ? yet for thy good Whose progeny you are. Meanwhile enjoy This is dispens'd ; and what surmounts the reach Your fill what happiness this happy state

Of human sense, I shall delineate so, Can comprehend, incapable of more."

By likening spiritual to corporal forms, To whom the patriarch of mankind replied. As may express them best ; though what if Earth *O favorable spirit, propitious guest,

Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein Well hast thou taught the way that might direct Each to other like, more than on Earth is thought? Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set

“ As yet this world was not, and Chaos wild From centre to circumference; whereon,

Reign'd where these Heavens now roll, where Earth In contemplation of created things, By steps we may ascend to God. But say, Upon her centre pois'd; when on a day What meant tha. caution join'd, If ye be found (For time, though in eternity, applied Obedient! Can we want obedience then To motion, measures all things durable To him, or possibly his love desert,

By present, past, and future,) on such day Who form'd us from the dust, and plac'd us here As Heaven's great year brings forth, the empyrea! Full to the utmost measure of what bliss

host Hcman desires can seek or apprehend ?"

Of angels by imperial summons calld, To whom the angel. “Son of Heaven and Earth, Innumerable before the Almighty's throne, Attend: that thou art happy, owe to God; Forthwith, from all the ends of Heaven, appear'd That thou continuest such, owe to thyself,

Under their hierarchs in orders bright: That is, to thy obedience ; therein stand.

Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanc'd, This was that caution given thee, be advis’d. Standards and gonfalons 'twixt van and rear God made thee perfect, not immutable;

Stream in the air, and for distinction serve
And good he made thee; but to persevere Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees;
He left it in thy power; ordain'd thy will Or in their glittering tissues bear emblaz'd
By mature free, not over-ruld by fate

Holy memorials, acts of zeal and love
Inextricable, or strict necessity :

Recorded eminent. Thus when in orbs Oar voluntary service he requires,

Of circuit inexpressible they stood,
Not our necessitated; such with him

Orb within orb, the Father Infinite,
Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how By whom in bliss embosom'd sat the Son,
Can hearts, not free, be tried whether they serve Amidst as from a flaming mount, whose top
Wiling or no, who will but what they must Brightness had made invisible, thus spake.
By destiny, and can no other choose ?

Hear, all ye angels, progeny of light,
Mrself, and all the angelic host, that stand Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers,
In sight of God enthron'd, our happy state Hear my decree, which unrevok'd shall stand.
Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds ; This day I have begot whom I declare
On other surety none : freely we serve,

My only Son, and on this holy hill Because we freely love, as in our will

Him have anointed, whom ye now behold To love or not; in this we stand or fall :

At my right hand; your head I him appoint; And some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n,

And by myself have sworn, to him shall bow And so from Heaven to deepest Hell; O fall All knees in Heaven, and shall confess him Lord : From what high state of bliss, into what woe !" Under his great vicegerent reign abide

To whom our great progenitor. “Thy words United, as one individual soul,
Attentive, and with more delighted ear,

For ever happy: him who disobeys,
Divine instructer, I have heard, than when Me disobeys, breaks union, and that day,
Cherubic songs by night from neighboring hills Cast out from God and blessed vision, falls
Aerial music send : nor knew I not

Into utter darkness, deep ingulf'd, his place
To be both will and deed created free;

Ordain'd without redemption, without end.' Yet that we never shall forget to love

“ So spake the Omnipotent, and with his words Our Maker, and obey him whose command All seem'd well pleas'd ; all seem’d, but were not all Single is yet so just, my constant thoughts That day, as other solemn days, they spent Asurd me, and still assure : though what thou In song and dance about the sacred hill: tellist

Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere

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Of planets, and of fix’d, in all her wheels

The quarters of the north ; there to prepare Resembles nearest, mazes intricate,

Fit entertainment to receive our King, Eccentric, intervolv'd, yet regular

The great Messiah, and his new commands,
Then most, when most irregular they seem ; Who speedily through all the hierarchies
And in their motions Harmony divine

Intends to pass triumphant, and give laws.'
So smooths her charming tones, that God's own ear “ So spake the false archangel, and infus'd
Listens delighted. Evening now approach'd, Bad influence into the unwary breast
(For we have also our evening and our morn, Of his associate: he together calls,
We ours for change delectable, not need ;)

Or several one by one, the regent powers,
Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn Under him regent; tells, as he was taught,
Desirous; all in circles as they stood,

That the Most High commanding, now ere night, Tables are set, and on a sudden pild

Now ere dim night had disencumber'd Heaven,
With angel's food, and rubied nectar flows The great hierarchal standard was to move;
In pearl, in diamond, and massy gold,

Tells the suggested cause, and casts between
Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of Heaven. Ambiguous words and jealousies, to sound
On flowers repos'd and with fresh flowerets crown'a, Or taint integrity: but all obey'd
They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet The wonted signal, and superior voice
Quaff immortality and joy, secure

Of their great potentate ; for great indeed
Of surfeit, where full measure only bounds His name, and high was his decree in Heaven;
Excess, before the all-bounteous King, who shower'd His countenance, as the morning-star that guides
With copious hand, rejoicing in their joy.

The starry flock, allur'd them, and with lies
Now when ambrosial night with clouds exhald Drew after him the third part of Heaven's host.
From that high mount of God, whence light and shade Meanwhile the Eternal Eye, whose sight discerns
Spring both, the face of brightest Heaven had Abstrusest thoughts, from forth his holy mount,
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And from within the golden lamps that burn To grateful twilight, (for night comes not there Nightly before him, saw without their light In darker veil,) and roseate dews dispos'd

Rebellion rising, saw in whom, how spread
All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest ; Among the sons of morn, what multitudes
Wide over all the plain, and wider far

Were banded to oppose his high decree;
Than all this globous Earth in plain outspread, And, smiling, to his only Son thus said.
(Such are the courts of God,) the angelic throng “Son, thou in whom my glory I behold
Dispers'd in bands and files, their camp extend In full resplendence, heir of all my might,
By living streams among the trees of life, Nearly it now concerns us to be sure
Pavilions numberless, and sudden rear'd,

of our omnipotence, and with what arms
Celestial tabernacles, where they slept (course We mean to hold what anciently we claim
Fann'd with cool winds; save those, who, in their Of deity or empire : such a foe
Melodious hymns about the sovran throne

Is rising, who intends to erect his throne
Alternate all night long: but not so wak'd

Equal to ours, throughout the spacious north : Satan; so call him now, his former name

Nor so content, hath in his thought to try Is heard no more in Heaven; he of the first, In battle, what our power is, or our right. If not the first archangel, great in power,

Let us advise, and to this hazard draw In favor and pre-eminence, yet fraught

With speed what force is left, and all employ
With envy against the Son of God, that day In our defence ; lest unawares we lose
Honor'd by his great Father, and proclaim'd This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill.'
Messiah King anointed, could not bear

“ To whom the Son with calm aspect and clear
Through pride that sight, and thought himself impair’d. Lightening divine, ineffable, serene,
Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain, Made answer. . Mighty Father, thou thy foes
Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour Justly hast in derision, and, secure,
Friendliest to sleep and silence, he resolv'd Laugh'st at their vain designs and tumults vain,
With all his legions to dislodge, and leave

Matter to me of glory, whom their hate
Unworshipt, unobey'd, the throne supreme,

Illustrates, when they see all regal power Contemptuous; and his next subordinate

Given me to quell their pride, and in event Awakening, thus to him in secret spake :

Know whether I be dextrous to subdue “• Sleep'st thou, companion dear? What sleep can Thy rebels, or be found the worst in Heaven." close

“So spake the Son; but Satan, with his powers, Thy eyelids ? and remember'st what decree Far was advanc'd on winged speed; an host Of yesterday, so late hath pass'd the lips

Innumerable as the stars of night,
Of Heaven's Almighty. Thou to me thy thoughts Or stars of morning, dew-drops, which the Sun
Wast wont, I mine to thee was wont to impart; Impearls on every leaf and every flower.
Both waking we were one: how then can now Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies
Thy sleep dissent ? New laws thou see'st impos'd; Of seraphim, and potentates, and thrones,
New laws from him who reigns, new minds may raise in their triple degrees; regions to which
In us who serve, new counsels, to debate

All thy dominion, Adam, is no more
What doubtful may ensue: more in this place Than what this garden is to all the earth,
To utter is not safe. Assemble thou

And all the sea, from one entire globose
Of all those myriads which we lead the chief; Stretch'd into longitude; which having pass'd,
Tell them, that by command, ere yet dim night At length into the limits of the north
Her shadowy cloud withdraws, I am to haste, They came ; and Satan to his royal seat
And all who under me their banners wave, High on a hill, far blazing, as a mount
Homeward, with flying march, where we possess Rais d on a mount, with pyramids and towers

Frora diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold; How provident he is; how far from thought
The palace of great Lucifer, (so call

To make us less, bent rather to exalt
That structure in the dialect of men

Our happy state, under one head more near Interpreted,) which not long after, he,

United. But to grant it thee unjust, Affecting all equality with God,

That equal over equals monarch reign: In imitation of that mount whereon

Thyself, though great and glorious, dost thou count, Messiah was declar'd in sight of Heaven, Or all angelic nature join'd in one, The Mountain of the Congregation callid; Equal to him begotten son ? by whom, For thither he assembled all his train,

As by his word, the Mighty Father made Pretending, so commanded, to consult

All things, even thee; and all the spirits of Heaven About the great reception of their king,

By him created in their bright degrees, Thither to come, and with calumnious art Crown'd them with glory, and to their glory nam'd Of counterfeited truth thus held their ears : Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers, ** Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, Essential powers; nor by his reign obscur'd, powers;

But more illustrious made ; since he the head If these magnific titles yet remain

One of our number thus reduc'd becomes; Not merely titular, since by decree

His laws our laws; all honor to him done Another now hath to himself engross'd

Returns our own.

Cease then this impious rage All power, and us eclips'd under the name And tempt not these ; but hasten to appease Of King anointed, for whom all this haste The incensed Father, and the incensed Son, Of midnight-march, and hurried meeting here, While pardon may be found in time besought.' This only to consult how we may best,

“ So spake the fervent angel; but his zeal With what may be devis'd of honors now, None seconded, as out of season judg’d, Receive him coming to receive from us

Or singular and rash : whereat rejoic'd Knee-tribute yet unpaid, prostration vile! The apostate, and, more haughty, thus replied. Too much to one! but double how endurid, |. That we were form’d then, say’st thou ? and the To one, and to his image now proclaim'd ?

work But what if better counsels might erect

of secondary hands, by task transferr'd Our minds, and teach us to cast off this yoke ? From Father to his Son? strange point and new! Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend Doctrine which we would know whence learn'd. The supple knee? Ye will not, if I trust

who saw To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves When this creation was ? remember'st thou Natives and sons of Heaven possess'd before Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being ? By none; and if not equal all, yet free,

We know no time when we were not as now; Equally free ; for orders and degrees

Know none before us, self-begot, self-rais'd Jar not with liberty, but well consist.

By our own quickening power, when fatal course Who can in reason then, or right, assume Had circled his full orb, the birth mature Monarchy over such as live by right

Of this our native Heaven, ethereal sons. His equals, if in power and splendor less, Our puissance is our own: our own right hand In freedom equal ? or can introduce

Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try
Law and edíct on us, who without law

Who is our equal: then thou shalt behold
Err not much less for this to be our lord, Whether by supplication we intend
And look for adoration, to the abuse

Address, and to begirt the almighty throne
Of those imperial titles, which assert

Beseeching or besieging. This report,
Our being ordain'd to govern, not to serve.' These tidings carry to the anointed King;

- Thus far his bold discourse without control And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.' Had audience: when among the seraphim

He said ; and, as the sound of waters deep, Abdiel, than whom none with more zeal ador'd Hoarse murmur echo'd to his words applause The Deity, and divine commands obey'd, Through the infinite host: nor less for that Stood up, and in a flame of zeal severe

The flaming seraph fearless, though alone The current of his fury thus oppos'd.

Encompass'd round with foes, thus answer'd bold “O argument blasphémous, false and proud! “O alienate from God, O spirit accurs’d, Words which no ear ever to hear in Heaven Forsaken of all good! I see thy fall Espected, least of all from thee, ingrate,

Determin'd, and thy hapless crew involv'd In place thyself so high above thy peers.

In this perfidious fraud, contagion spread Canst thou with impious obloquy condemn Both of thy crime and punishment; henceforth The just decree of God, pronounc'd and sworn, No more be troubled how to quit the yoke That to his only Son, by right endued

Of God's Messiah ; those indulgent laws With regal sceptre, every soul in Heaven Will not be now vouchsaf'd; other decrees Shall bend the knee, and in that honor due Against thee are gone forth without recall: Confess him rightful king? unjust, thou say’st, That golden sceptre, which thou didst reject, Flaily unjust, to bind with laws the free,

Is now an iron rod to bruise and break And equal over equals to let reign,

Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise ;
One over all with unsucceeded power.

Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly
Shalt thou give law to God ? shalt thou dispute These wicked tents devoted, lest the wrath
With him the points of liberty, who made (Heaven Impendent, raging into sudden flame,
Thee what thou art, and form'd the powers of Distinguish not: for soon expect to feel
Sach as he pleas'd, and circumscrib'd their being ? His thunder on thy head, devouring fire.
Yet

, by experience taught, we know how good, Then who created thee lamenting learn, And of our good and of our dignity

When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.

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