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PARADISE LOST:

BOOK II.

The ARGUMENÍ: The Consultation begun, Satani debates whe

ther another Battel be to be hazarded for the recovery of Heaver : some advise it, others dissuade ! A third proposal is preferd, mentiox'd before by Satan, to search the Truth of that Prophecy or Tradition in Heaven concerning another World, and another kind of Creature, equal, or not much inferior to themselves about this time to be created : Their doubt whá pall be sent on this difficult search: Satan their Chief undertakes alone the Voyage ; is honour'd and applauded. The Council thus ended; the reft betake them several ways, and to sevea ral imployments, as their inclinations lead Ibem; to entertain the time 'till Satan ren

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turn. He passes on bis Journey to Hell Gates, finds them fut, and who fate there to guard them, by whom at length they are open'd, and discover to him the great Gulf between Hell and Heaven; with what difs ficulty be passes through, directed by Chaos, the Power of that place, to the right of this new World which be fought.

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IGH on a Throne of Royal State, which

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Outfhone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind,
Or where the gorgeous East with richest

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Show'rs on her Kings Barbaric Pearl and Gold,
Satan exalted fat, by merit rais'd
To that bad eminence; and from despair
Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue
Vain War with Heav'n, and by successuntaught
His proud imaginations thus display'd.

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Powers and Dominions, Deities of Heav'n,
For since no deep within her gulph can hold
Immortal vigour, though oppress?d and fall’n,
I give not Heav'n for loft. From this descent
Celestial Virtues rising, will appear

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More glorious and more dread than from no fall,
And trust themselves to fear no second fate.
Me though just Right, and the fix'd Laws of Heaven
Did first create your Leader, next free Choice,
With what besides, in Council or in Fight,
Hath been archiey'd of merit, yet this lofs
Thus far at least recoverd, hath much more
Eftablish'd in a safe unenvied Throne,
Yielded with full consent. The happier state
In Heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw
Envy from each inferiour; but who here
Will envy whom the highest place exposes
Foremost to stand against the Thunderer's aim
Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share
of endless pain? Where there is then no good
For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
From Faction ; for none sure will claim in Hell
Precedence; none, whose portion is so small
of present pain, that with ambitious mind

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