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They found, they mingled, and, with subtle art,
Now when fair morn orient in Heaven appear'd,
Arm, Warriours, arm for fight; the foe at hand, Whom fled we thought, will save us long pursuit This day; fear not his fight; so thick a cloud
and settled in his face I see Sad resolution, and secure : Let each His adamantine coat yird well, and each, Fit well his helm, gripe fast his orbed shield, Borne even or high; for this day will pour down, If I conjecture aught, no drizzling shower, But rattling storm of arrows barb’d with fire.
So warn'd he them, aware themselves, and soon In order, quit of all impediment; Instant without disturb they took alarm, And onward mov'd embattled : When behold! Not distant far with heavy pace the foe Approaching gross and huge, in hollow cube Training his devilish enginery, impal'd On every side with shadowing squadrons deep, To hide the fraud. At interview both stood A while ; but suddenly at head appear’d Satan, and thus was heard commanding loud.
Vanguard, to right and left the front unfold; That all may see who hate us, how we seek Peace and composure, and with open breast Stand ready to receive them, if they like Our overture, and turn not back perverse : But that I doubt; however witness Heaven! Heaven, witness thou anon ! while we discharge Freely our part; ye, who appointed stand, Do as you have in charge, and briefly touch What we propound, and loud that all may hear!
So scoffing in ambiguous words, he scarce Had ended; when to right and left the front Divided, and to either Aank retir'd: Which to our eyes discover'd, new and strange, A triple mounted row of pillars laid On wheels (for like to pillars most they seem'd Or hollow'd bodies made of oak or fis, With branches lopt, in wood or mountain fell’d,) Brass, iron, stony mould, had not their mouths With hideous orifice gap'd on us wide, Portending hollow truce: At each behind A Seraph stood, and in his hand a reed Stood waving tipt with fire; while we suspense, Collected stood within our thoughts amus'd Not long; for sudden all at once their reeds Put forth, and to a narrow vent applied With nicest touch. Immediate in a flame, But soon obscur’d with smoke, all Heaven appear'd From those deep-throated engines belch’d, whose
Embowell’d with outrageous noise the air,
The sooner for their arms; unarm’d, they might
O Friends ! why come not on these victors proud?
terms Of composition, straight they chang'd their minds, Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell, As they would dance; yet for a dance they seem'd Somewhat extravagant and wild; perhaps For joy of offer'd peace : But I suppose, If our proposals once again were heard, We should compel them to a quick result.
To whom thus Belial, in like gamesome mood. Leader ! the terms we sent were terms of weight,
Of hard contents, and full of foree urg'd home;
So they among themselves in pleasant vein
:. So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn, And all his host derided, while they stood A while in trouble: But they stood not long Rage prompted them at length, and found them
Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose.