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By ancient Tarsus held, or that sea-beast 2c0
Sublim'd with mineral fury, aid the winds,
235 And leave a finged bottom all involvid With stench and smoke: such resting found the sole Of unbleft feet. Him follow'd his next mate, Both glorying to have 'fcap'd the Stygian flood As gods, and by their own recover'd strength, 240: Not by the suff'rance of supernal pow'r.
Is this the region, this the soil, the clime; Said then the lost archangel, this the seat That we must change for heav'n, this mournful gloom For that celestial light ? B' it so, since he 245 Who' now as Sov’reign can dispose and bid What shall be right: farthest from him is best, Whom reas'n hath equalld, force hath made fupreme Above his equals. Farewel, happy fields, Where joy for ever dwells ! Hail horrors, hail 250. Infernal world! and thou profoundest hell Receive thy new poffeffor ; one who brings A mind not to be chang'd by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.
255 What matter where if I be still the same, And what I should be, all but less than he Whom thunder hath made greater? Here at least We shall be free; th’ Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: 26Q; Here we may reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell: Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends, Thassociates and copartners of our losss Lie thus astonish'd on th' oblivious pool, And call them not to share with us their part. In this unhappy mansion, or once more With rallied arms to try what may be.yet:
Regain’d in heav'n, or what more lost in hell? 2;0
So Satan spake, and him Beëlzebub Thus answer'd. Leader of those armies bright, Which but th’Omnipotent none could have foil'd, If once they hear that voice, their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers, heard so oft 275 In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle when it rag'd, in all assaults Their surest signal, they will soon resume New courage and revive, though now they lie Grov'ling and proftrate on yon lake of fire, 280 As we erewhile, astounded and amaz'd, No wonder, falln fuch a pernicious height.
He scarce had ceas'd when the superior fiend Was moving toward the shore; his pond'rous shield, Ethereal temper, maffy, large and round, 285 Behind hiin cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fefolé, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands,
290 Rivers or mountains in her fpotty globe. His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the malt Of some great admiral, were but a wand, He walk'd with to support uneasy steps
295 Over the burning marle, (not like those steps On heaven's azure,) and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides, vavlted with fire: Natbless he so endur'd, till on the beach Of that inflamed sea he stood, and call'd
300 His legions, angel-forms, who lay intranc'd Thick as autunnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa, where th'Etrurian shades High over-arch'd imbow'r ; or scatter'd fedge
Afloat, when with fierce winds Orion arm'd
Wav'd round the coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud 348
355 Forthwith from every squadron and each band The heads and leaders thither halte where food Their great commander; god-like shapes and forms Excelling human, princely dignities, And pow'rs that erst in heaven fat on thrones; 360 Tho' of their names in heav'nly records now Be no memorial, blotted out and raz'd By their rebellion from the books of life. Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve
364 Got them' new names ; till wand'ring o'er the earth, Through God's high sofferanee for the trial of man, By falfities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted to forsake God their Creator, and th' invisible Glory of him that made them to transform Oft to the image of a brute, adorn'd With gay religions full of pomp and gold, And devils to adore for deities : Then were they known to men by various names,