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To dispossess him, and thyself to reign?
But mark what I arreed thee now, Avant;
Fly thither whence thou fedst ! If from this hour
Within these hallow'd limits thou appear,
Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chain’d,
And seal thee so, as henceforth not to scorn
The facile gates of Hell too slightly barr’d.

So threaten’d he ; but Satan to no threats
Gave heed, but waxing more in rage replied.

Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, Proud limitary Cherub ! but ere then Far heavier load thyself expect to feel From my prevailing arm, though Heaven's King Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy compeers, Us’d to the yoke, draw’st his triumphant wheels In progress through the road of Heaven star-pav'd.

While thus he spake, the angelick squadron bright Turn’d fiery red, sharpening in mooned horns Their phalanx, and began to hem him round With ported spears, as thick as when a field Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded grove of ears, which way the wind Sways them; the careful plowman doubting stands; Lest on the threshing floor his hopeful sheaves Prove chaff. On the other side, Satan, alarm’d, Collecting all his might, dilated stood, Like Teneriff or Atlas, unremov'd: His stature reach'd the sky, and on his c'est

Sat Horrour plum'd; nor wanted in his grasp
What seem'd both spear and shield : Now dreadful

deeds
Might have ensued, nor only Paradise
In this commotion, but the starry cope
Of Heaven perhaps, or all the elements
At least had gone to wrack, disturb’d and torn
With violence of this conflict, had not soon
The Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray,
Hung forth in Heaven his golden scales, yet seen
Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign,
Wherein all things created first he weigh’d,
The pendulous round earth with balanc'd air
In counterpoise, now ponders all events,
Battles and realms: In these he put two weights,
The sequel each of parting and of fight:
The latter quick up flew, and kick'd the beam;
Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the Fiend.
Satan, I know thy strength, and though know?st

mine; Neither our own, but given : What folly then To boast what arms can do ? since thine no more Than Heaven permits, nor mine, though doubled

now

To trample thee as mire: For proof look up,
And read thy lot in yon celestial sign;
Where thou art weigh'd, and shown how light, how

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If thou resist. The Fiend look'd up, and knew
His mounted scale aloft: Nor more; but fled
Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of
night.

1015.

END OF THE FOURTH BOOK.

THE

FIFTH BOOK

OF

PARADISE LOST.

VOL II.

THE ARGUMENT.

Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her trou

blesome dream ; he likes it not, yet comforts her ; They come forth to their day-labours : Their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise ; his appearance described ; his coming discerned by Adam afur off sitting at the door of his bower ; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuades all but only Abdiel a Seraph, who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.

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