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A POEM.

IN TWELVE BOOKS

BY JOHN MILTON,

Å NEW EDITION.

BOSTON: NICHOLS AND HALL,

No. 32 BROMFIELD STREET.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
of Sep 1943

Estate of H.N. Mo Fadien

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Notrat Bouk porozes, first in brief, the wholo sohicct, Man': dis

obedience, and tire loss thereupon of Paradise wherein ne was fiaccu en rouches the prime cause of his Full, the Serpent · or rather Satan in the serpent; who, revolting truin God, and drawing to his sidic mang bgions of Angels, was, by the com mand of God, driven out of theaven, with all his crew, icto tho Weat deep. Which action prissel over, ine Puem lastros inta Che soulse of things, presenting Stan with his Angeis now fallmg into llell, described bere, not in the centre (tör Ileaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not matie, certainly not yet accurscil,) but in a piace of lies darkness fitliesi called Chaos: Vlero Satan with his Agels lying on the burning like, thunderstruck and astonished, after a certain space recovers, its from confusion, calls up him who next in order and dignity lay by him; Ticy conter of their miserable fall, Saran awakens all his legions, who lay till then in the same manner continued. They rise; thci- numbers; array of bittle; their chief leailers named, ac cording to the idols known afterwards in Canan and the countries all joining to these Saran directs his speech, comtoits them with bope 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 Reaven; for, that Angels were lon: 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 fui! Council. What his aljsociates thence alternpt. Pandemonium, the palace of Satan, rises, suidely built out of the deep: The infernal peers there sit in council.

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Of Man's first disnbedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal tasto
Brought death into t’e 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 Silon hill
Del ! thee more, and Siloa's hrook that flow'd
Fast by the oracle of God; I thence ?
Invoke thy aid to iny adventurous song,
That with no middle fignt intends to soar

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