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Attended. All access was thronged; the gates
To mortal combat, or career with lance),
Whose midnight revels by a forest-side
Wheels her pale course; they, on their mirth and
Reduced their shapes immense, and were at
Though without number still, amidst the hall
But far within,
A thousand demigods on golden seats — conc ave'
Frequent and full. After short silence then,
The consultation begun, Satan debates  whether another battlt) 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 prophecy or tradition in Heaven concerning another world, and another kind of creature, equal, or not much inferior, to themselves, about this time to be created. Their doubt who shall be sent on this difficult search ; Satan, their chief, undertakes alone  the voyage; is honored and applauded . The council thus ended , the rest betake them several ways, and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them [S23], to entertain the time till Satan return. He passes on his journey  to Hell-gates; finds them shut, and who sat 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 sight of this new World  which he sought.
'High on a throne of royal state, which far
To that bad eminence /and, from despair
'Powers and Dominions, Deities of Heaven ! —
More glorious and more dread than from no fall,
Hath been achieved of merit — yet this loss,