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Of cold Olympus, ruled the middle air,
Their highest heaven ; or on the Delphian cliff,
Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
Of Doric land ; or who with Saturn old
Fled over Adria to the Hesperian fields,
And over the Celtic roamed the utmost isles.

All these and more came flocking; but with looks Downcast and damp; yet such wherein appeared Obscure some mpse of Jøy, to have found their

chief Not in despair, to have found themselves pot lost In loss itself; which on his countenance cast Like doubtful hue : hut be, his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance, gently raised Their fainting courage, and dispelled their fears. Then straight commands, that at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions bo upreared His mighty standard : that proud honour claimed Azazel as his right, a cherub tall; Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurled The imperial ensign ; which, full high advanced, Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind, With gems and golden lustre rich emblazed, Seraphic arms and trophies ; all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds : At which the universal host up-sent A shout, that tore hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air With orient colours waving : with them rose A forest huge of spears ; and thronging helms Appeared, and serried shields in thick array of depth immeasurable: anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood of Autes and soft recorders ; such as raised To height of noblest temper heroes old Arraing to battle ; and instead of rage

Deliberate valour breathed, firm and unmottu
With dread of death to flight or foul retreat:
Nor wanting power to mitigate and 'suage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase
Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pains
l'rom mortal or immortal minds. Thus they,
Breathing united force, with fixed thought,
Moved on in silence to soft pipes, that charmed
Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil: and now" }
Advanced in view they stand ; a horrid front
Of dreadful length and dazzling arms, in guise
Of warriors old with ordered spear and shield:
Awaiting what command their mighty chiet.
Had to impose : be through the armed files
Darts his experienced eye, and soon traverse
The whole battalion views, their order due,
Theil visages and stature as of gods ;
Their number last he sums. And now his heart.
Distends with pride, and handening in his strength,
Glories : for never since created man
Met such embodied force, as named with these
Could merit more than that small infantry
Warred on by cranes: though all the giant brood
Of Phlegra with the heroic race were joined
That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side
Mixed with auxiliar gods, and what resounds
In fable or romance of Uther's son
Begirt with British and Armoric knights;
and all who since, baptized or infidel,
Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalbany
Damasco, or Dlarocco, or Trebisond,
Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore,
When Charlemain with all his peerage fell
By Fontarabia. Thus far these beyond
Compare of mortal prowess, yet observed
Their dread commander; he, above the rest
In shape and gesture proudly eminent,
Slood like a tower ; his forin; had yet not lov
Aų her original brightness ; nor appeared.

Lorss than archangel ruired, and the excess
(of glory obscured : as when the sun, new risen,
Loks through the horizontal misty air
Shorn of his beams; or from behind the moon,
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with fear of change
Perplexes monarchs. Dackened so, yet shone
Above them all the archangel : but his face
Deep scars of thunder had intrenched ; and care
Sat on his faded cheek ; but under brows
Gif dauntless courage, and considerate prila
Waiting revenge : cruel his eye, but cast
Signs of remorse and passion, to behold
The fellows of his crime, the followers rather,
(Far other once beheld in bliss,) condemned
For ever now to have their lot in pain;
Millions of spirits for his fault amerced
Of heaven, and from eternal splendours flung
For his revolt; yet faithful how they stoxd,
Thșir glory withered: as when heaven's tire
Hath scathed the forest oakor mountain pines,
With singed top their stately growth, though bares
Stands on the blasted heath. He pow prepare
To speak ; whereat their doubled raoks they bend
Froni wing to wing, and half enclose him round
With all his peers: attention held them mute.
Thrice he essayed, and thrice, in spite of scorn,
Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth : at last
Words, interwove with siglas, found out their way

“ O myriads of immortal spirits ! () powers
Matchless, but with the Almighty! and that strife
Was not inglorious, though the event was dire,
As this place testifies, and this dire change
Hateful to utter! but what power of mind,
Foreseeing or presaging, from the depth
Of knowledge, past or present, would have feared,
How such united force of gends, how sucha
As slaod like these, could ever know repulse ?
For who can yet believe, though after loss,

That all these puissant legions, whose exile
Hath emptied heaven, shall fail to reascend
Self-raised, and repossess their native seat ?
For me, be witness all the host of heaven,
If counsels different, or dangers sbunned
By me, have lost our hopes. But he who reigns
Monarch in heaven, till then as one secure
Sat on his throne, upheld by old repute,
Consent or custom ; and his regal state
Put forth at full, but still his strength concealed,
Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own i
So as not either to provoke, or dread
New war, provoked ; our better part remains
To work in close design, by fraud or guile,
What force effected not: that he no less
At length from us may find, who overcomes
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
Space may produce new worlds; whereof so rife
There went a fame in heaven that he ere long
Intended to create, and therein plant
A generation, whom his choice regard
Should favour equal to the sons of heaven :
Thither, if but to pry, shall be perhaps
Our first eruption; thither or elsewhere ;
For this infernal pit shall never hold
Celestial spirits in bondage, nor the abyss
loong under darkness cover. But these thoughts
Full counsei must mature : peace is despaired ,
For who can think submission ? War then, war,
Open or understood, must be resolved."

He spake ; and, to confirm his words, out-flew
Millions of Aaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty cherubim : the sudden blaze
Far round illumined hell; highly they raged
Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms
Clashed on their sounding shields the din of war
Purling defiance toward the vault of heaven.

There stood a bill not far, whose grisly top

Belched fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire
Shone with a glossy scurf ; undoubted sign
That in his womb was hid metallic ore,
The work of sulphur. Thither, winged with speed,
A numerous brigade hastened: as when hands
Of pioneers, with spade and pickax armed,
Forerun the royal camp, to trench a tield,
Or cast a rampart. Mammon led them on :
Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell
From heaven; for even in heaven his looks and

Were always downward bent, admiring more
The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold,
Than aught, divine or holy, else enjoyed
In vision beatific: by him first
Men also, and by his suggestion taught,
Ransacked the centre, and with impious hands
Rifled the bowels of their mother earth
For treasures, better bid. Soon had his crew
Opened into the hill a spacious wound,
And digged out ribs of gold. Let none admire
That riches grow ip hell ; that soil may best
Deserve the precious bane. And here let those,
Who boast in mortal things, and wondering toll
Of Babel, and the works of Memphian kingum
Learn how their greatest monuments of famo
And strength and art, are easily outdone
By spirits reprobate, and in an hour
What in an age they with incessant toil
And hands innumerable scarce perform.
Nigh on the plain, in many cells prepared,
That underneath had veins of liquid fire
Sluiced from the lake, a second multitude
With wondrous art founded the massy ore,
Severing eacb kind, and scummed the bullion dross ·
A third as soou had formed within the ground
A various mould, and from the boiling cells,
By strange conveyance, filled each hollow nook ;
As in an organ, from one blast of wiąd,

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