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Wing silently the buxom air, imbalm'd

love With odours; there ye shall be fed and fill'd' , Immeasurably, all things shall be your prey."

He ceas’d, for both seem'd highly pleas'd, and Death 845 Grinn's horrible a ghastly smile, to hear His famine should be fill'd, and blest his mawr o levoodius Destin'd to that good hour: no less rejoica,

i His mother bad, and thus bespake her sire.

“ The key of this infernal pit by due, . 850
And by command of Heay’n’s all-pow'rful King,
I keep, by him forbidden to unlock
These adamantine gates; against all force
Death ready stands to interpose his dart,
Fearless to be o'ermatch'd by living might.

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But what owe I to his commands above
Who hates me, and hath hither thurst me down,',
Into this gloom of Tartarus profound,
To sit in hateful office here confin'd,
Inhabitant of Heav'n, and heav'nly born, till 860
Here in perpetual agony and pain,
With terrors and with clamours compass'd round gir!
Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed? ??
Thou art my father, thou my author, thou. ,
My being gav'st me; whom should I obeyi 865
But thee, whom follow? thou wilt bring me soon!
To that new world of light and bliss, among
The Gods who live at ease, where I shall reign
At thy right hand voluptuous, as beseems
Thy daughter and thy darling without end.”

Thus saying, from her side the fatal key,
Sad instrument of all our woe, she took;
And, tow'ards the gate rolling her bestial train, ...

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Could once have mov'd; then in the key-hole turns
Th’ intricate wards, and every bolt and bar oraya
Of massy ir'on or solid rock with ease

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Unfastens: on a sudden open fly,
With impetuous recoil and jarring sound,
Th’infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Jobs
Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook

Qf Erebus. She open'd, but to shut
Excell'd her pow'r; the gates wide open stood,
That with extended wings a banner'd host,

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Under spread ensigns marching, might pass thro',
With horse and chariots rank'd in loose array ;
So wide they stood, and like a furnace mouth
Cast forth redounding smoke and ruddy flame.
Before their eyes in sudden view appear,
The secrets of the boary deep, a dark
Illimitable ocean, without bound,
Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height,
And time and place, are lost; where eldest Night
And Chaos, ancestors of nature, hold
Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise
Of endless wars, and by confusion stand.
For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four champions fierce,
Strive here for mast'ry, and to battle bring
Their embryon atoms; they around the flag
Of each his faction, in their several clans,
Light-arm's or heavy, sharp, smooth, swift or slow, W10
Swarm populous, unnumber'd as the sands etc.)
Of Barca or Cyrene's torrid soil,
Levied to side with warring winds, and poise : 905

Their lighter wings. To whom these most adhere,
He rules a moment; Chaos umpire sits,
Aud by decision more embroids the fray queeze
By which he reigns ; next him high arbiter
Chance" governs all. Into this wild abyss,
The womb of nature, and perhaps her' grave,
Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mix'd
Confus’dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless the Almighty. Maker them ordain.

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His dark materials to create more worlds; "
Into this wild abyss the wary Fiend.
Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while,
Pond'ring his voyage; for no narrow frith
He had to cross. Nor was his ear less peal'd
With noises loud and ruinous (to compare
Great things with small) than when Bellona storms,
With all her battering engines bent to raze
Some capital city'; or less than if this frame
Of Heaven were falling, and these elements
In mutiny had from her axle torn
The steadfast earth. At last his sail-hroad van's
He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoke
Uplifted spurns the ground thence many a league,
As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides

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Audacious; but, that seat soon failing, meets
A vast vacuity : all unawares,

Fluttering his pennons vain, plumb down he drops
*** Ten thousand fathom deep, and to this hour
c Down had been falling, had not by ill chance

The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud,
Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him
As many miles aloft : that fury stay'd, 2,75 Eu r
Quench'd in a boggy Syrtis, neither sea lake 3* Plzo
Nor good dry land, nigh founder'd, on he fares, 910;
Treading the crude consistence, half on foot, .
Half flying: behoves him now both oar and sail. *.
As when a gryphon through the wilderness
With winged course, o'er hill or moory dale,
Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stealth Votre 915
Had from his wakeful custody purloin'

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The guarded gold : so eagerly the Fiend
O'er bog, or steep, thro' strait, rough, dense, or rare,
With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way,
And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies : 950.
At length a universal hubbub wild !
Of stunning sounds and yoices, all confus'd, ne, team

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Borne through the hollow dark, assaults his ear.. .
With loudest vehemence : thither he plies,
Undaunted to meet there whatever power
Or spirit of the nethermost abyss
Might in that noise reside, of whom to ask .
Which way the nearest coast of darkness lies :
Bordering on light; when strait behold the throne
Of Chaos, and his dark pavillion spread
Wide on the wasteful deep; with him enthron'd, .
Sat sable-vested Night, eldest of things,
The consort of his reign; and by them stood
Orcus and Ades, and the dreaded name
Of Demogorgon; Rumour next, and Chance,
And Tumult, and Confusion, all embroil'd,
And Discord, with a thousand various mouths.

T' whom Satan, turning boldly thus. “ Ye Powers
And Spirts of this nethermost abyss,
Chaos and ancient Night, I come no spy,
With purpose to explore or to disturb
The secrets of your realm, but by constraint
Wand’ring this darksome desert, as my way
Lies through your spacious empire up to light,
Alone, and without guide, half lost, I seek
What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds
Confine with Heaven ; or, if some other place
From your dominion won, the ethereal King
Possesses lately, thither to arrive
I travel this profound; direct my course;
Directed, no mean recompense it brings
To your behoof, if I that region lost, auzo
All usurpation thence expell’d, reduce
To her original darkness and your sway,
(Which is my present journey) and once more
Erect the standard there of ancient Night;
Yours he th' advantage all, mine the revenge.”

Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old,
With falt’ring speech and visage incompos’d,

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That mighty leading Angel, who of late

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Made head against Heav'n's King, tho' overthrown, '?
I saw and heard, for such a numerous host
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep : ANTAR
With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,
Confusion worse confounded; and Heav'n gates
Pour'd out by millions her victorious bands,
Pursuing. I upon my frontiers here
Keep residence ; if all I can will serve
That little which is left so to defend,
Encroach'd on still through your intestine broils,
Weak’ning the sceptre of old Night: first Hell
Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath ;
Now lately Heav'n and Earth, another world,
Hung o'er my realm, linked in a golden chain (.pl
To that side Heav'n from whence your legions fell:
If that way be your walk, you have not far;
So much the nearer danger; go, and speed;
Havoc and spoil and ruin are my gain." 300 10000

He ceas’d; and Satan stay'd not to reply, s 1010
But, glad that now his sea should find a shore,..
With fresh alacrity and force renew'd,
Springs upward, like a pyramid of fire,
Into the wild expanse, and through the shock
Of fighting elements, on all sides round
Environ’d wins his way; harder beset, R
And more endanger'd, than when Argo pass'd
Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks;
Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunn'

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