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A POEM

IN TWELVE BOOKS

BY JOHN MILTON,

A NEW EDITION.

BOSTON: NICHOLS AND HALL,

No. 32 BROMFIELD STREET.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY.

LIBRARY
of Sep 1943

Estate of H.N. Moradion

PARADISE LOST?

S78 nr in armio

Irbene

BOOK I.

de frat Bookworoses, first in brief, the wo!sobjcct, Man': dis

obedience, and the loss there:pon of Piura lise wherein he war piaced en iout hes the prime cause of his Full, the Serpent · or rather Sutan in the serpeit; who, revolting froin God, and

drawing to his side many legions of Angels, was, by the com mand of God, driven out of liever, with all his crew, icto tho peat deep. Which action passed over, ine Puem hastros inta The iniilst of things, presenting Sutan with his Angels now fallmg into llell, described here, not in the centre (tor Ileaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not macie, certainly not yet accurscd.) but in il piace of ulter darkricss litliesi called Chos: llere Sutan with his Angels lying on the burung luke, wunderstruck and astonished, after a certain space recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in order and lignity lav by linn; Ticy conter of their miserable fall, Saran awakens all his legions, who lay :ill then in the same manner contended. They rise; thci- numbers; array of battle; their chief Ierulers named, according to the idols known afterwards in Canan and the countries adjoining. To these Saian directs his speech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining learen, but tells them last y of a new world and new kind of creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy or report in Nearen; for, that Angels

were long before this visible creation, was the opinion of many . - ancient Filthers. To find out the truth of this prophecy, and

what to determine thereon, lic refers to a fuil wuncil. What his associates thence alternpt. Pandemoniuin, le palace of Satan, rises, suiterly built out of the deep: The infernal pcers there sit in council.

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal tasto
Brought death into tle world, and all our wce,
With loss of Eden, tili.one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing, heavenly Muse, that on the secret top
Or Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,
In the beginning how the leavens and Earth
Rose out of Chaos. Or if Silvon hill .
Dob! thee more, and Siloa's brook that flow'd
Fast by the oracle of God; I thence ?
Invoke thy aid to iny adventurous song,
That with no middle fight intends to soar

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