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And ye five other wandöring fires that move By violence? no, for that fhall be with tood;
245 of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run
Su spake th' eternal Father, and fulfill'd Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix
All justice : nor delay'd the winged Saint And nourish all things ; let your ceaselefs change After his charge receiv'd: but from among Vary to our great Maker ftill new praise.
Thousand celestial Ardors, where he stood Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise 185 Veild with his gorgeous wings, up springing light From hill or teaming lake, duiky or gray, Flew through the midft of Heav’n ; th' angelic Till the fun paint your fieecy skirts with gold,
251 In honor to the world's great Author rise, On each hand parting, to his fpeed gave way Whether to deck with clouds the uncolor'd fky, Through all th'cmpyreal road; till at the gate Or wer the thirsty earth with falling showers, 190 Of Heav'n arriv’d, the gate felf-opca'd wide Mailing or falling full advance his praise.
On golden hinges turning, as by work 255
Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes
Or pilor, from amidst the Cyclades
A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade He speeds, and through the valt ethical sky Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise. Sails between worlds and worlds, with it udy wing Hail univerfal Lord, be bountcous ftill 205 Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan To give us only good; and if the night
Winnows the buxom air ; till within foar
270 Have gather'd ought of evil, or concealid, of tow'ring eagles, to' all the fowls he seems Disperse it, as now light dispels dark.
A Phenix, gaz'd by all, as that fole bird, So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts When to inshrine his reliquos in the sun's Firm peace recover'd soon and wonted calm. 210 Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies. On to their morning's rural work they haste At once on th' eastern cliff of Paradise
275 Among sweet dews and flow'rs; where any cow He lights, and to his proper shape returns Of fruit-trees over-woody reach'd too far
A Seraph wing'd ; fix wings he wore, to shade Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check His lineaments divine; the paix that clad Fruitless embraces : or they led the vine 215 Each shoulder broad, came mantling o'cr his breast To wed her elnı; the spous'd about him twines With regal ornament; the middle pair 280 Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Girt like a starry zone his waste, and round Her dow's th' adopted clusters, to adorn
Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld And colors dipe in Heav'ır; the third his feet With pity Heav'n's high king, and to him callid Shadow'd irom either heel with feather'd mail, Raphael, che fociable Spi'rit, that deign'd 221 Sky-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood, To travel with Tobias, and secur'd
And thook his plumes, that heav'nly fragrance His marriage with the sev'ntimes-wedded maid.
286 Raphael, said he, thou hear'lt what stir on Earth The circuit wide. Strait knew him all the bands Satan from Hell scap'd through the darkfome gull of Angels under watch; and to his state, Hath rais'd in Paradise, and how difturb'd And to his message high in honor rise; This night the human pair, how he designs For on fone melluge high they guess'd him bound. lo them at once to ruin all mankind.
Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is come Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend Into the blis-lui field, through groves of myrrh, Converse with Adam, in what bow'r or flade 230 And few'rir.r_ndors, (alfa, nard, and balm; Thou find' st him from the heat of noon retir'd, A wilderness of tweets; for Nature here To respit his day. labor with repast,
Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd it will 275 Or with repose; and such discourse bring on, Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet, As mag advife him of his happy state,
Wild above rule or art; enormous bliss. Happiness in his pow'r left free to will,
Him through the spicy forest onward come Left to his own free will, his will though free, Adam difcern'd, as in the door he fat Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware or his cool bow'r, while now the mounted sun 300 He swerve not too fecure : tell him withal Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm His danger, and from whom; what eneny, Earth's inmost womb, more warmth than Adam Late fall’n himself from Heav'n, is plotting dow
needs : The fall of others from like State of bliss; 241 And Eve within, Jue at her hour prepar'd
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For dinner lavory fruits, of tite to please To want, and honor thel-, vouchsafe with us
To rest, and what the garden choicest bears
Halte hither Eve, and worth thy light behold Be over, and the fun more cool decline. Eattward among those trees, what glorious shape Whom thus th' angelic Virtue answer'd ma Comes this way moving; feems another morn 310 Adam, I therefore came, nor art thou such Ris’n on mid-noun; some great behet from Created, or such place hast here to dwell, Heaven
As may not oft invite, though Spi'rits of Hea To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe
To vilit thee; lead on then where thy bower
315 | They came, that like Pomona's arbor smil'd
Stuod to entertain her guest from Heav'n; 1992
Befcow'd, the holy falutation us'd
Than with these various fruits the trees of God. To entertain our Angel guest, as he
Have licap'd this table. Rais'd of graffy tuf Leholding shall confefs, that here on Earth Their table was, and mofly feats had round, God hath dispens'd his bounties as in Heaven. 330 And on her anıple square from tide to side
So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste All autunin pild, though spring and autumn She turns, on hospicable thoughts istent
Danc'd hand in hand. A while discourse they bar
No fear left dinner cool; wien thus began
Our author. Heav'nly seranger, please to tatt
To fpiritual natures; enly this I know,
340 That one celeftial Father gives to all.
To whom the Angel. Therefore what he gires
345 Intciligential substances require,
Tor know, whatever was created, needs
To be fustain's and fed ; of elements
Thus to th' empyreal minister he fram'd.
afe with life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines Discursive, or intuitive; discourse
Differing but in degree, of kind the same.
490 ictst bezse brujh mellifluous dews, and find the ground Wonder not then, what God for you saw good
heat we'd with pearly grain : yet God hath here If I refuse not, but convert, as you, Ecline. ried his bounty so with new delights, 431
proper substance : tinie may come, when Men aniwer may compare with Heaven; and to talte With Angels may participate, and find thou lucink not I shall be nice. So down they fat, No inconvenient di'et, nor tuo light fare;
495 dwell,d to their viands fell; nor seemingly
And from there corporal nutriments perhaps 'rits of e Angel, nor in mitt, the common gloss 435 Your bodies may at last turn all to fpirit, thy ber Theologians; but with keen dispatch Improv'd by tract of time, and wing'd ascend till creareal hunger, and concoctive heat
Ethereal, as we, or may at choice dge transubitantiate : what redounds, transpires Here or in heav'nly Paradises dwell; Soo rbor is tough Spi'rits with ease; nor wonder; if by fire If yą be found obedient, and retain art inefooty coal ch'empiric alchemist
440 Unalterably firın his love entire, a turn, or holds it poflible to turn,
Whole progeny you are.
Mean while enjoy lovel itals of drollieft ore to perfect gold
Your fill what happiness this happy itate Lairct from the mine. Mean while at table Eve Can comprehend, incapable of more.
505 nister'd naked, and their flowing cups
To whom the patriarch of mankind reply'd. ferorth pleasant liquors crown'd: O innocence 445 O favourable Spi'rit, propitious guest, Hersferving Paradise ! if ever, then,
Well halt thou taught the way that might direct Eughe -en had the sons of God excuse to' have heen Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set Argamour'd at that fight; but in those hearts From center to circumference, whereon
510 Fe unlibidinous rcign'd, nor jealousy
In contemplation of created things Ese is understood, the injur'd lover's Héll. 450 By steps we may afcend to God. But say, eiro Thus when with meats and drinks they had suf What meant that caution join'd, If ye be found fic'd,
Obedient ? can we want obedience then tree it burden'd nature, sudden mind arose
To him, or pollibly his love desert,
515 Adam, not to let th' occafion pats
Who form’d us from the dust, and plac'd us bere s'o him by this great conference to know Full to the utmost measure of what bliss sallehings above his world, and of their being 455 Human desires can seek or apprehend?
Tho dwell in Heav'n, whose excellence he faw To whom the Angel. Son of Heav'n and Earth, ranscend his own so far, whose radiant forms Attend : That thou art happy, owe to God; 520 ivine effulgence, whose high pow'r so far That thou continueft fuch, owe to thyself, cceeded human; and his wary speech
That is, to thy obedience; therein stand.
460 This was that caution giv’n thee; be advis'd. Inhabitant with God, now know I well
God made thee perfect, not immutable; hy favor, in this honor done to Man,
And good lie made thee, but to persevere 525 nder whose lowly roof thou haft vouchsaf'd He left it in thy pow'r; ordain'd thy will o enter, and these earthly fruits to taste,
By nature free, not over-ruld by face ood not of Angels, yet accepted fo, 465 | Inextricable, or tria neceflity :
that more willingly thou could not seem Our voluntary service he requires, . Heav'a's high feasts to have fed: yet what Not our neceilitated; such with him
Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how To whom the winged Hierarch reply'd. Can hearts, not free, he try'd whether they serve 1 Adam, one Almighty is, from whom
Willing or no, who will but what they must lll things proceed, and up to him return, 470 By destiny, and can no other choose ? not deprav'd from good, created all
Myself and all th' angelic hot, that stand 535 luch to perfection, one first matter all,
In fight of God enthron'd, our bappy state Codued with various forms, various degrees Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds; of substance, and in things that live, of life; On other lurety none; freely we ferve, But more refin'd, more spiritous, and pure, 475 Because we freely love, as in our will As nearer to him plac'd or nearer tending
To love or nut : in this we land or fall: Each in their several active spheres assiga'd, and some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n, Till body up to spirit work, in bounds
And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; 'o fall Proportion'd to cach kind. So from the root From what high state of blits into what woc! Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the To whom our great progenitor. Thy words leaves
480 Attentive, and with more delighted ear, 545 More aery, last the bright consummate flower Divine inttructor, I have heard, than when Spirits odorous breathes : flow'rs and their fruit, Cherubic songs by night from neighb’ring hills Man's nourishment, by gradual scale fublim'd, Acreal music fend : nor knew I not To vital fpi'rits alpire, to animal,
To be both will and deed created free; To intelle&ual; give boch life and sense, 485 Yet that we never shall forget to love
550 faecy and underitanding; whence the foul Our Maker, and obey him whore command Reason receives, and reason is her being, Single is yet so just, my constant thoughts
Allurid me', and fill assure : though what thou Cast out from God, and blefled vifion, faks, telliit
Into' utter darkness, deep ingulf'd, his place Hath pals'd in Heav'n, some doubt within me Ordain’d without redemption, without ead. bis move,
So spake th' Omnipotent, and with his word But more desire to hear, if thou consent,
555 All feem'd well pleas'd; all seem'd, but we do The full relation, which must needs be frange,
all. Worthy of sacred silence to be heard;
That day, as other folemn days, they spent And we have yet large day, for scarce the sun In fong and dance about the sacred bili; Hath Enih'd half his journey', and scarce begins Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere 620 His other half in the great zone of Heav'n. 560 Of planets and of fix'd in all her whecis
Thus Adain made request; and Raphaël Refembles neareit, mazes intricate, After short pause asenting, thus began.
Eccentric, inter volv'd, yet regular High matter thou injoin'ít me', O prime of men, Then most, when most irregular they fees; Sad talk and hard; for how shall I relate
And in their motions harmony divine To human sense th’invisible exploits sós | So smooths her charming tones, that God's on Of warring Spirits ? hesw without remorse The ruin of so many glorious once
Liftens delighted. Evening now apprcach'd And perfect while they stood ? how last unfold (For we have also' our evening and our mun, The fecrets of another world, perhaps
We ours for change delectable, not needs Not lawful to reveal? yet for thy good 570 Forthwith frum dance to sweet repati they tan This is dispens'd; and what surmounts the reach Defirous; all in circles as they stood, Of human senfo, I thall delineate so,
Tables are fet, and on a sudden pild By likening Spintual to corporal furms,
With Angels food, and rubied nectar fows As may expreís them beit; though what if Earth In pearl, in diamood, and matiy gold, Be but the Shadow of Heav'n, and things therein Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of Hesse. Each to'other like, more than on earth is thought? On flow'rs repos'd, and with fresh how'sts As yet this world was not, and Chaos wild
636 Reign'd where these Heav'ns now roll, where They eat, they drink, and in communion is: Earth now retts
Quafi in nortality and joy, secure Upon her center pois'd; when on a day
of furfeit where full measure only bounds (For time, though in eternity, apply'd 580 Excefs, before th’all-bountcousKing, who car'i To motion, measures all things durable
With copious hand, rejoicing in their jov, By present, pait, and future, on such day Now when ambrosial night with clouds erhal? As Heav'n's great year brings forth, th' empyreal | From that high mount of God, whence light at host
faade Of Angels by imperial summocs callid,
Spring both, the face of brighteft Hear's Innumerable before th' Almighty's throne 585
chang's Forthwith from all the ends of Heav'n appear'd To grateful twilight (for night comes noz there Under their Hierarchs in orders bright :
in darker veil) and roleat dews disposid Ten thousand thousand enligns high advaric'd, All but th’unfileeping eyes of God to rek; Standards and gonfalons 'twixt vau and rear Wide over all the plain, and wider far Stream in the air, and for distinction serve
590 Than all this globous earth in plain outfpread, Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees;
(Such are the courts of God) th’angelic ebrero Or in their glittering tillues bear imolaz'd Dispers'd in bands and files, their camp extend by Holy memorials, acts of zealand love
By living streams among the trees of life, Recorded eminent. Thus when in orbs
Pavilions numberless, and sudden rear'd, Of circuit inexpressible they itood,
395 Celestial tabernacles, where they flept Orb within orb, the Father infinite,
Fann'd with cool winds; fave those who in the By whom in bliss imbofom'd fat the Son,
course Amidst as from a tlaming mount, whose top Melodious hymns about the fovran throne Brightness had inade invisible, thus fpake.
Alternate all night long : but not so wak'd Hear all ye Angels, progeny of light, 600 | Satan; fu call him now, his former name Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Pow. is heard no more in Heav'n; he of the fra,
If not the first Arch-Angel, great in power,
boo Horms decree, which unrevok'd mall stand. in favor and præeminence, yet fraught This day I hare bogo: whom I declare
With envy' against the Son of God, that day My only Son, and on this holy bill
Howr'd by his great Father, and proclain's Him have anointed, whom ye now behoid 605 Meffiah King anointed, could not bear Az my right hand; your bead I him appoint; Through pride that fight, and thougte Aud by myself hare sworn to him Mall bow
665 Ali knees in Heavin, and shall contcfs him Lord : Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain, Und r his great vice-gerent reigo abide
Soon as midnight hrought on the dusky hour United as one individual foul
610 Friendliclt to fleep and filence, he refolvid For ever happy: Him who disobeys,
With all his legions to dilodge, and leave Medilubeys, breaks union, and that day, Unworshipt, unobey'd the throne fupreme 6.3
Contemptuous, and his next fubordinate
Lightning divine, ineffable, serene, Awak’ning, thus to him in secret spake.
Made answer. Mighty Father, thou thy focs 735
Laugh'st at their vain designs and tumults vain,
745 a us who serve, new counsels, to debate
Or stars of morning, dew drops, which the sun What doubtful may ensue : more in this place Impearls on every leaf and every flower, Outter is not safe. wílemble thou
Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies fall those myriaus which we lead the chief; Of Seraphim and Potentates and Thrones Tell them that by coinmand, ere yet dim night In their triple degrees; regions to which 750 fer shadowy cloud withdraws, lam to haite, 686 All thy dominion, Adam, is no more nd all who under me their barners wave, Than what this garden is to all the carth, omeward with tlying march where we poffefs And all the sea, from one entire globose quarters of the north; there to prepare
Siretch'd into longitude; which having passid I entertainment o receive our king 690 At length into the limits of the north
755 he great Mesiah, and his new commands, They came, and Satan to his royal feat
"ho sperdily through all the hierarchies High on a hill, far blazing, as a mount
influence into th' unwary breast 695 The palace of great Lucifer, (so call 760
That structure in the dialce of men several one by one, the regent Powers, Interpreted) which not long after, he nder him regent; tells, as he was taught, Affecting all equality with God, hat the most High commanding, now ere night, in imitation of that inount whereon ow ere dim night had disincuniber'd Heaven, Melliah was declar'd in light of Heaven, 765 he great hierarchal standard was to move; 701 The Mountain of the Congregation callid; wells the suggested cause, and cafts between For thither he assembled all his train,
mbiguous words and jealousies, to lourd Pretending fo cuminanded to consult taint integrity : but all obey'd
About the great reception of their king, be wonted figual, and superior voice
705 Thither to come, and with calumnionsart 770 great potentate; for great indeed
Of courterfeired truth thus held their ears.
Tew after him the third part of Heav'n's hoft. Not merely titular, since by decree
With what may be devis'd of honors new 780
Receive hini conuing to receive from us Ind smiling to his only Son thus faid.
Knee-tribute yet unpaid, proftration vile, Son, thou in whom my glory I behold
Too much to one, but double how indurid a full resplendence, Heir of all my might, 720 To one and to hisinage now proclaim’d? fearly it now concerns us to be sure
But what if better counsels might erect 785
The lupple krue? ye will not, if I trust
725 To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves
Jar not with liberty, but well confift.
Monarchy over such as live by right 795 This our high place, our fanctuary, our hill. His equals, it in pow'r and Splendor less,
To whom the Son with calm afpéét and clear, In freedom equal? or can introduce