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He prepares to speak.
He now prepared 615 To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers; attention held them mute. Thrice he essayed, and thrice, in spite of scorn, Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth; at last $20 Words interwove with sighs found out their way:—
'O myriads of immortal Spirits! O Powers Matchless, but with the Almighty! — and that
They may yet Self-raised, and repossess their native seat?
return. For me, ^e witness all the host of Heaven, 635
If counsels different, or danger shunned
By me, have lost our hopes. But He who reigns
Monarch in Heaven, till then as one secure
Sat on His throne, upheld by old repute,
Consent, or custom, and His regal state 640
Put forth at full, but still His strength concealed —
Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall.
Fraud must Henceforth His might we know, and know our
effect what ow
not. So as not either to provoke, or dread
Their strife was glorious.
The issue was unexpected.
New 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; whereof so
There went a fame in Heaven that He ere long The new
° world Intended to create, and therein plant mentioned.
A generation whom his choice regard
Should favor equal to the Sons of Heaven.
Thither, if but to pry, shall be perhaps 655
Our first eruption — thither, or elsewhere;
For this infernal pit shall never hold They must
Celestial Spirits in bondage, nor the Abyss escape.
Long under darkness cover. But these thoughts „ „_ . ^ . 6 s No thought of
Full counsel must mature. Peace is despaired; 660 submission.
For who can think submission? War, then, war
Open or understood, must be resolved.'
He spake; and, to confirm his words, outflew
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs The flash of
Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze 665 SWOTds and
o '> > smiting of
Far round illumined Hell. Highly they raged shields.
There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top 6TM
A numerous brigade hastened, as when bands
Mammon led them on —
Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell
Were always downward bent, admiring more „
ine riches of Heaven's pavement, trodden gold,
TharTaught divine or holy else enjoyed
In vision beatific. Bv him first
Men also, and by his suggestion taught, 885
Ransacked the Centre, and with impious hands
Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth
For treasures better hid.
Soon had his cre.w
hat riches grow in Hell; that soil may best
And hands innumerable, scarce perform.
That underneath had veins of liquid fire
Severing each kind, and scummed the bullion
Anon out of the earth a fabric huge
Of dulcet symphonies ana voices sweet —
Built like a temple, where pilasters round
Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid
With golden architrave; nor did there want 6 4 715
Cornice or frieze, with bossy sculptures graven; _ , ,
The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon Piindemon
Nor great Alcairo such magnificence
Equaled in all their glories, to enshrine
Belus or Serapis their gods, or seat 720
Their kings, when Egypt with Assyria strove
In wealth and luxury. The ascending pile
Stood fixed her stately highth; and straight the
And level pavement; from the arched roof
The hasty multitude 730
Admiring entered; and the work some praise,
In Heaven by many a towered structure high,
Where sceptred Angels held their residence,
And sat as Princes, whom the Supreme King 735
Exalted to such power, and gave to rule,
Each in his hierarchy, the Orders bright. The architect ,I , , ,
was Mulciber Nor was his -name unheard or unadored
otherwise jn ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land
Vulcan °8 °r Men called him Mulciber; and how he fell 74°
From heaven they fabled, thrown by angry Jove.
Sheer o'er the crystal battlements; from morn
To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
A summer's day; and with the setting sun
Dropped from the zenith, like a falling star, 74S
On Lemnos, the iEgaean isle. Thus they relate,
Erring; for he with this rebellious rout
Fell long before; nor aught availed him now
To have built in Heaven high towers; nor did he
By all his engines, but was headlong sent, 7B0
With his industrious crew, to build in Hell.
Meanwhile the winged Heralds, by command Of sovran power, with awful ceremony And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim The summons A solemn oouncil forthwith to be held TM
to the council.
At Pandemonium, the high capital
Of Satan and his peers. Their summons called
From every band and squared regiment
By place or choice the worthiest; they, anon,
The internal With hundreds and with thousands trooping estates con-"
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