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Their nature also to thy nature join ;

Loud as from numbers without number, sweet And he thyself Man among men on carth, As from bleft voices, uttering joy, Heav's rung Made flesh, when time shall be, of virgin seed, With jubilee, and loud Hosannas fillid By wond'rous birth : be thou in Adam's room 285 Th' eternal regions : lowly reverent The head of all mankind, though Adam's son. Towards either throne they bow, and to the As in him perish all men, so in thee,

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359 As from a second soot, shall be restor'd

With folemn adoration down they cast As many as are restor'd, without thee none. Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold: His crime makes guilty all his fons; thy merit Immortal amarant, a flow'r which once Imputed thall absolve them who renounce 291 In Paradise, fast by the tree of life, Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds, Began to bloom; but soon for man's ofienfe 355 And live in thee transplanted, and from thee To Heav'n remov’d, where firt i grew, there Receive new life. So Man, as is most just,

grows, Shall satisfy for Man, be judg'd and die, 295 And flow'rs aloft Bading the fount of life And dying rise, and rising with him raise And where the river of bliss through mida of His brethren, ransom'd with his own dear life.

Heaven So heav'nly love shall outdo hellish hate,

Rolls o'er Elysian flow'rs her amber stream; Giving to death, and dying to redeem,

With these that never fide the Spirits eleet 360 So dearly to redeem what hellish hate, 300 Bind their resplendent locks inwreath'd with So easily destroy'd, and still destroys

beanis, In those who, when they may, accept not grace. Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, the bright Nor shalt thou, by descending to assume

Pavement, that like a fua of jasper thone, Man's nature, leffen or degrade thinc own. Impurpled with celciial rofes fail'd. Because thou hast, though thron'd in highest bliss Then crown'd again, their golden harps they Equal to God, and equally enjoying

tools, God-like fruition, quitted all to save

Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by :Yeir fidé A world from utter loss, and hatt been found Likc quivers hung, and with preamble sweat By merit more than birthright Son of God, Of charming fymphony they introduce Found worthiest to be so by being good,

Their sacred in, and waken raptures high ; Far more than great or high ; because in thee No voice exempt, no voice hut will could join 10 Love hath abounded more than glory' abounds, M-lodious part, fuch concord is in licavei. Therefore thy humiliation shall exult

Thee, Father, firii they furg, Onnipoten", With thce thy manhood also to this throne; linnutzhle, Immortal, Infinite, Here shalt thou fit incarnate, here shalt reign 315 Eternal King; the Author of all being, Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man, Fountain of light, th;felf invisible Anointed universal king; all power

Amidst the glorious brighness where they f:' I give thee; reign for ever, and assume

Thrun'a inacceflible, but when thou fuad 'it Thy merits; under thee as head fupreme The full blaze of thy brams, and through ach vi Thrones, Princedoms, Pow'rs, Dominions I re. Drawn round about the like a radiant fhrine, auce;

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Dark with excesive briglie thy skirts appeai, jos All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide Yet dazle Heav'n, that briniteit Seraphim In Heav'n, or Earth, or under Earth in Hell. Approacla not, but with both wings veil their eyes When thou attended gloriously from Heaven Thee next they sang of all creation firth, Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee fend Begotten Son, divine fimilitude, The summoning Arch-Angels to proclaim 325 iu whofe comidi-cous count'nance, without dus Thy dread tribunal; forthwith from all winds Mide visible, th': Alnighty Father thincs, The living, and forthwith the cited dead

Whom else no caure can behold; os chez Of all past ages, to the general doom

Inipreb'o the cffulgence of his glory' abides, Shall haften, such a peal shall roule their sleep. Transfus'd on the ris arole Spirit retts. Then all thy saints assembled, thou shalt judge 330 He Heay'n of Heav'ns ar.d all the Pow'r deres Bad men and Angels; they arraign'd fall link By thee created, and by thee threw down 3, Beneath thy sentence; Hell, her numbers full, Th' aspiring Dominations : thou that day Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Mean while Thy Father's dreadt:. thunder did not ipare, The world shall burn, and from her ashes Spring Nor stop thy faming chariot wheels, that incok New Heav'n and Earth, wherein the just thall Heav'ıı's cvcrlasting frame, while o'er the occas dwell,

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Thou drov'it of warring Angels difarray'd. 3y6 And after all their tribulations long

Back from pursuit thy Pow'rs with loud accine See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, Thee only extollid, Son of thy Father's might With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth. To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. Then thou thy regal Sceptre fhalt lay by,

Not lo on Man: Him through their malice falis, For regal Sceptre then no more shall peed, 340 Father of mercy' and grace, thou did not dovm God shall be all in all. But all ye Gods,

So strictly, but much more to pity' incline : Adore him, who to compass all this dies; No sooner did thy dear and only Son Adore the Son, and honor him as me.

Perceive thee purpos'd not to doom srail Man No sooner had th' Almighty ceas'd, but all So ftrialy, but much more to pity' inclin'd, 455 The multipude of Angels with a fhout 345 He to appease thy wrath, and end the friss

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Borders on Egypt and th' Arabian shore; In vain, though by their pow'rful art they bind So wide the opening seem'd, where bounds were Volatil Hermes, and call up unbound set

11 various shapes old Proteus from the fca, To darkness, such as bound the ocean wave. Drain'd through a limbec to his native form. 605 Saran from hence, now on the lower stair 540 What wonder then if fields and regions here That scal'd up steps of gold to Heaven gate, Breathe forth Elixir pure, and rivers run Looks down with wonder at the sudden view Potable gold, when with one virtuous touch Of all this world at once. As when a scout The arch-chemic sun, su far from us remote, Through dark and desert ways with peril gune Produces, with terrestrial humor mix'd, 610 All night, at last by break of chearful dawn 545 Here in the dark so many precious things Obtains the brow of fume high climbing hill, Of color glorious, and effect so rare? Which to his eye discovers unaware

Here matter new to gaze the Devil met The goodly prospect of some foreign land

Undazled; far and wide his eye commands; Firft seen, or some renown'd metropolis

For fight no obstacle found here, nor shade, 615 With glist'ring spires and pinnacles adorn'd, 550 But all fun-fhine, as when his beains at noon Which now the rising sun gilds with his beams : Culminate from th' equator, as they now Such wonder seis'd, though after Heav'n seen, Shot upward ftill direct, whence no way round The Spi'rit malign, but much more envy seis'd, Shadow from body' opaque can fall; and the air At sight of all this world beheld fo fair.

No where fo clear, Marpen’d his visual ray 620
Round he surveys (and weil might where he stood To objects distant far, whereby he soon
So high above the circling canopy

Saw within ken a glorious Angel ftand,
Of night's extended shade) from eastern point The same whom John saw also in the sun :
Of Libra to the fieccy star that bears

His back was turn'd, but not his brightness hid; Andromeda far off Atlantic seas

560 Of beaming funny rays a golden tiar 625 Beyond the horizon; then from pole to pole Circled his head, nor less his locks behind He views in breadth, and without longer pause Illustrious on his shoulders fledge with wings Down right into the world's first region throws Lay waving round; on some great charge emHis flight precipitant, and winds with ease

ploy'd Through the pure marble air his oblique way He fecun'd, or fix'd in cogitation deep. Amongst innumerable stars, that shone 565 Clad was the Spi'rit impure, as now in hope 630 Staro distant, but nigh hand feem'd other worlds; To find who might direct his wand'ring flight Or other worlds they seem'd, or happy ilcs, To Paradise the happy seat of Man, Like those Hefperian gardens fam'd of old, His journey's end and our beginning woe. Fortunate fields, and groves, and flow'ry vales, But first he casts to change his proper sape, Thrice happy illes, but who dwelt happy there 570 Which elfe night work him danger or delay : 635 He stay'd not to inquire : above them all

And now a fripling Cherub he appears, The golden sun in fplendor likest Heaven

Not of the prime, yet such as in his face Allur'd his eye: thither his course he bends Youth smild celellial, and to every limb Through the calm firmament, (but up or down, Suitable grace diffus'd, so well he feign'd: By centre or eccentric, hard to tell,

575 Under a coronet his flowing hair Or longitude,) where the great luminary In curls on either check play'd; wings he wore Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,

Of many a color'd plume fprinkled with gold, That from his lordly eye keep distance due, His habit fit for speed succinct, and held Dispenses light from far; they as they move Before his decent steps a filver wand. Their Itarry dance in numbers that compute 580 He drew not nigh unheard; the Angel bright, 645 Days, months and years, tow’ards his all-chearing Ere he drew nigh his radiant visage turn'd, lamp

Admonith'd by his ear, and straight was known Turn Iwift their various motions, or are turn'd The Arch-Angel Uriel, onc of the seven By his magnetic beam, that gently warms Who in God's presence, nearest to his throne, The universe, and to each inward part

Stand ready at command, and are his eyes 650 With gentle penetration, though unscen, 585 | That run through all the Heav'ns, or down to tà Shoots invisible virtue ev'n to the deep;

Earth So wondroully was set his station bright.

Bear his swift errands over moist and dry, There lands the Fiend, a spot like which perhaps O'er sea and land: hin Satan thus accorts. Aftronomer in the fun's lucid orb

Uriel, for thou of those feven Spi'rits that stand Through his glaz'd optic tube yet never saw. 590 In light of God's high throne, gloriously bright, The place he found beyond exprefion bright, The first art wont his great authentic will Compar'd with ought on carth, metal or Itone; Interpreter through highest Heav'n to bring, Not all parts like, but all alike inform’d

Where all his sons thy embassy attend;
With radiant light, as glowing ir’on with fire; And here are likeliest by supreme decree
If metal, part secm'd gold, part silver clear; 595 Like honor to obtain, and as his eye
If Itone, carbunci.mof) or chrysolite,

To visit oft this new creation round;
Ruby or topaz, ur the twelve that shone

Unspeakable defire to fee, and know In Aaron's breast-plate, and a stone besides All those his wond'rous works, but chiefly Man, Imagin'd rather oft than elsewhere seen,

His chief delight and favor, him for whom That sone or like to that, which here below 600 All thesc his works fo wondrous he ordain'd, 665 Philofophers in vain so long have fought,

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PARADISE

LOS T.

BOOK IV.

THE ARGUMENT.

Satan now in prospect of Eden, and nigh the place where he must nox attempt the

boid enterprise which ke undertook alone against God and Man, falls into many doubts with himself, and many passions, fear, envy, and despair ; but at length cofirms himself in evil, journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and fituation is described, overleaps the bounds, fits in the shape of a cormorant on the tree of life, as highest in the garden, to look about him. The garden describ'd; Satap’s first fight of Adam and Eve; his wonder at their excellent form and happy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discourfe, thenee gathers that the tree of knowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death ; and thereon intends to found his temptation by feducing them to trapsgress: then leaves them a while, to know further of their ftate by some other means. Mean while Uriel descending on a sunbeam warns Gabriel, who had in charge the gate of Paradise, that fome evil Spirit had escap'd the desp, and pass’d at noon by his {phere in the shape of a good Angel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious geftures in the mount. Gabriel promises to find him ere morning. Night coming on, Adam and Eve discourse of going to their rest : their bower described; their eveņing worship. Gabriel drawing forth his bands of night-watch to walk the round of Paradise, appoints two Angels to Adam's bower, left the evil Spirit should be there doing fome harm to Adam or Eve fleeping; there they find him at the ear of Eve, tempeing her in a dream, and bring him, though unwilling, to Gabriel; by whom queftion'd, he scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but hinder'd by a liga from Heaven, flies out of Paradise.

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For that warning voice, which he who saw Upon himself; horror and doubt distract

Th’ Apocalyps heard cry in Heav'n aloud, His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom lir Then when the Dragon, put to fecond rout, 'The Hell within him; for within him Hell Came furious down to be reveng'd on men, He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell Woc to tb' inbabitants on eartb / that now, 5 One step no more than from himself can fly While time was, our first parents had been warnd By change of place: now conscience wakes despair The coming of their secret foe, and scap'd, That flumber'd, wakes the bitter memory Haply so scap'd his mortal snare : for now Of what he was, what is, and what must be Satan, now first infiam'd with rage came down, Worse; of worfe deeds worse sufferings met The tempter ere th'accuser of mankind.

ensue. To wreak on innocent frail man his loss

Sometimes cow'ards Eden, which now in his vies Of that first battel, and his flight to Hell: Lay pleasant, his griev'd look he fixes fad; Vet not rejoicing in his speed, though bold, Sometimes towards Heav'n and the full-blazing Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast,

sun, Begins his dire attempt, which nigh the birth 15 Which now fat high in his meridian tower : so Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast, Then much revolving, thus in fighs began. Aod like a devilish engin back recoils

O thou that with surpaling glory crown'd,

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