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“«Shalt thou give law to God? shalt thou dispute
• • Thee what thou art, and form'd the powers of heaven 825 “Such as he pleas'd, and circumscrib'd their being ?
“.Yet, by experience taught, we know how good,
Thyself, though great and glorious, dost thou count, “" Or all angelic nature join'd in one,
Equal to him, begotten Son ? by whom, "• As by his word, the Mighty Father made "• All things, even thee; and all the spirits of heaven “By him created in their bright degrees;
“Crown'd them with glory, and to their glory nam’d 840 “• Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers,
“ • Essential Powers; nor by his reign obscur’d,
" • His laws our laws: all honour to him done 845 " • Returns our own.
Cease then this impious rage,
“ So spake the fervent angel; but his zeal 850 “ None seconded, as out of season judg’d,
“Or singular, and rash: whereat rejoic'd
“. That we were form’d then, say'st thou? and the work
". When this creation was? remember'st thou
««• We know no time when we were not as now; 860 “• Know none before us-self-begot-self-rais’d
By our own quick’ning power, when fatal course “ • Had circled his full orb; the birth mature ". Of this our native heaven; ethereal sons.
“Our puissance is our own: our own right hand 865 “• Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try
“Who is our equal: then thou shalt behold
Address, and to begirt the almighty throne
* And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.'
“He said; and, as the sound of waters deep, "Hoarse murmur echo'd to his words applause
Through the infinite host: nor less for that 875 “ The flaming Seraph fearless, though alone,
"Encompass'd round with foes, thus answer'd bold:
“O alienate from God, O spirit accurs'd,
Against thee are gone forth without recal:
Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise :
Impendent, raging into sudden flame,
“ • Then who created thee lamenting learn, 895 “• When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.'
“ So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless—faithful only he; “ Among innumerable false, unmov'd,
“ Unshaken, unseduc'd, unterrified,
“Nor number, nor example, with him wrought
Superior, nor of violence fear'd aught;