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Of Demogorgon ; Rumor next and Chance,

965 And Tumult and Confusion all imbroild, And Discord with a thousand various mouths.

To whom Satan turning boldly, thus. Ye Powets Ànd Spirits of this nethermoft Abyss, Chaos and ancient Night, I come no Spy, · With purpose to explore or to disturb The Secrets of your Realm; but by constraint Wandring this darksom Desart, as my way, Lies through your spacious Empire up to light, Alone, and without guide, half loft, I seek 978 What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds Confine with Hear'n; Or if some other place, From your Dominion won, th Ethercal King Possesses lately, thithér to arrive I travel this Profound, Dire& my course; 980 Directed no mean recompence it brings To your behoof, if Ithat Region loft, All usurpation thence expell’d, reduce To her original darkness and your sway (Which is my present journey) and'once more 985 Erect the Standard chiere of ancient Night; Yours be th' Advantage all, mine the Revenge.

Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old, With fault'ring speech and visage incomposid, Answerd. I know thee, Stranger, who thou art, '990 That mighty leading Angel, who of late, Made head against Heav'ns King, thought overthrown. I law and heard : for such a numerous Hoft. Fled not in silence through the frighted Deep With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,

995 Confusion worfe confounded ; and Heav'n Gates Pour'd out by millions her vi&orious Bands Pursuing. Tupon my Frontiers here Keep residence; if all I can will serve That little which is left so to defend,

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Encroacht on still through our intestine broiles,
Weakning the Sceptre of old Night: first Hell
Your dungeon stretching far and wide bencath;
Now lately Heav'n and Earth, another World
Hung o'er miy Realm, link'd in a golden Chain loos
To that fidc Heav'n from whence your Legions fell.
If that way be your Walk, you have not far;
So much the nearer danger; go' and speed;
Havock and spoil and ruin ate mỳ gaiñ.

He ceas'd; and Satan staid not to reply, lotó Bụt glad that now his Sea should find a Shore, With fresh alacrity and force renew'd Springs upward like a Pýramid of fire Into the wild expanse, and through the shock Of fighting Elements, on all fides round 1૦૧૬ Environ’d, wins his way ; harder beset And more endanger'd, than when Argo pass'd Through Bosphorus betwixt the justling Rocks : Or when vlysses on the Larbord shunn’d Charybdis ; and by ch'other whirlpool steer'd.

lozo So he with difficulty and labour hard Mov'don ; with difficulty and labour he; But he once past, soon after when man fello. (Strange alteration !) Sin and Death amain Following his track, such was the will of Heav'n, rois Pav'd after him a broad and beaten way Over the dark Abyss, whose boiling Gulf Tamely endur'd a Bridge of wond'rous length From Hell continu'd reaching th’ucmoft Orbe of this frail World; by which the Spirits perverse With easie intercourse pass too and fro

1031 To tempt or punish mortals, except whom God and good Angels guard by special grace. But now at last the sacred influence Of light appears, and from the walls of Heay'n Shoots far into the bosom of dim Night

1036 A glimmering dawn; bere Nature first begins

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Her farthest verge, and Chaos to retire
As from her outmost works a broken foe
With' tumult less and with less hostile din : 2046
That Satan with less toil, and now with ease,
Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light,
And like a weather-beaten vessel holds
Gladly the Port, though shrouds and tackle torn;
Or in the emptier wafte, resembling Air, 1645
Weighs his spread wings, at leisure to behold
Far off th’Empyreal Heav'n, extended wide
In circuit, undetermin'd square or round.
With Opal Tow'rs and Battlements adorn'd
Of living Saphire, once his native Seat ; 1050
And fast by hanging in a golden Chain
This pendant world, in bigness as a Star
of smallest Magnitude, close by the Moon:
Thither full fraught with mischievous revenge,
Accuift, and in a cursed hour he hies.

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PARADISE LOST.

BOOK III.

The ARGUMENT.

God fitting on his Throne fees Satan Aying to

wards this World,then newly created; shews him to the Son who sat at his right hand; foretells the success of Satan in perverting Mankind; clears his own Justice and Wif dom from all imputation, having created Man Free and able enough to have withstood bis Tempter; yet declares his purpose of Grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own Malice, as did Satan, but by him seduc'd. The Son of God renders praises to his Father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose towards Man; but God again declares, that Grace cannot be extended towards Man without the Satisfaction of divine Justice; Man hath offended the majesty of God by aspiring to Godhead, and therefore

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with all bis Progeny devoted to death must die, unless Jome one can be found fufficient to answer for his offence; and undergo his Púnisment. The Son of God freely offers bimfelf á Ranfome for Man: the Father acia cepts him, ordains his Incarnation; pronounces his Exaltation above all Names in Heaven and Earth; commands all the An.. gels to adore him; they obey, and hymning to their Harps in full Choir, celebrate the Father and the Son. Mean wbile Satan alights upon the bare Convex of this world's outermost Orb; where wandring he first finds a place, since call'd the Limbo of Vanity; what persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the Gate of Heaven, describ'd ascending by stairs, and the waters above the Firmament that flow about it: His pasage thence to the Orb of the Sun, he finds there Uriel the Regent of that Orb, but first changes himself into the shape of a meaner Angel; and pretending a zealous, desire to behold the new Creation, and Man whom God bath plac'd here, enquires of him the plače of his habitation, and is directed; lights first on Mount Niphates.

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