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Adverse, that they shall fear we have disarm'd
The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt.
Nor long shall be our labour; yet ere dawn,
Effect shall end our wish. Meanwhile revive;
Abandom fear; to strength and counsel join'd
“Think nothing hard, much less to be despair’d.”
“He ended, and his words their drooping cheer
Enlighten'd, and their languish'd hope reviv'd.
The invention all admir’d, and each, how he
To be the inventor miss'd : so easy it seem'd
Once found, which yet unfound most would have
thought
Impossible: yet, haply, of thy race .
In future days, if malice should abound,
Some one intent on mischief, or inspir’d
With devilish machination, might devise
Ilike instrument to plague the sons of men
For sin, on war and mutual slaughter bent.
Forthwith from council to the work they flew;
None arguing stood ; innumerable hands
Were ready ; in a moment up they turn'd
Wide the celestial soil, and saw beneath
The originals of nature in their crude
Conception ; sulphurous and nitrous foam
They found, they mingled, and, with subtle art,
Concocted and adusted they reduc’d -
Toblackest grain, and into store convey'd :
Part hidden veins digg’d up (nor hath this Earth
Entrails unlike) of mineral and stone,
Whereof to found their engines and their balls
Of missive ruin ; part incentive reed
Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire.
So all ere day-spring, under conscious might,
Secret they finish'd, and in order set,
With silent circumspection, unespied.
“Now when fair morn orient in Heaven ap-
pear'd, -
Tp rose the victor-angels, and to arms
The matin trumpet sung : in arins they stood
Of golden panoply, refulgent host,
Soon banded; others from the dawning hills
Look'd round, and scouts each coast light-armed
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe, [scour,
Where lodgod, or whither fled, or if for fight,
Yn motion or in halt: him soon they met
Under spread ensigns inoving high, in slow
But firm battalion : back with speediest sail
Zophiel, of cherubim the swiftest wing,
Came flying, and in mid air aloud thus cried.
“‘Arm, warriors, arm for fight ; the foe at
hand,
Whom fied we thought, will save us long pursuit
This day; fear not his flight ; so thick a cloud
He comes, and settled in his face I see
Sad resolution, and secure: let each
His adamantine coat gird well, and each
Fit well his helm, gripe fast his orbed shield,
Borne even or high ; for this day will pour down,
If I eonjecture aught, no drizzling shower,
IBut rattling storin of arrows barb’d with fire.”
“So waru’d he them, aware themselves, and
In order, quit of all impediment; [soon
Instaut without disturb they took alarm,
And onward mov’d embattled : when behold !
Not distant far with heavy pace the foe
Approaching gross and huge, in hollow cube
Training his devilish enginery, impal’d
On every side with shadowing squadrons deep,
To hide the fraud. At interview both stood

A while; but suddenly at head appear'd
Satan, and thus was heard commanding loud.
“‘Vanguard, to right and left the front unfold;
That all may see who hate us, how we seek
Peace and composure, and with open breast
Stand ready to receive them, if they like
Our overture, and turn not back perverse:
But that I doubt; however witness Heaven'
Heaven, witness thou anon while we discharge
Freely our part : ye, who appointed stand.
Do as you have in charge, and briefly touch
What we propound, and loud that all may hear!”
“So scoffing in ambiguous words, he scarce
Had ended ; when to right and left the front
Divided, and to either flank retir'd :
Which to our eyes discover'd, new and strange,
A triple mounted row of pillars laid
On wheels (for like to pillars most they seein'd,
Or hollow'd bodies made of oak or fir,
With branches lopt, in wood or mountain fell’d,)
Brass, iron, stony mould, had not their mouths
With hideous orifice gap'd on us wide,
Portending hollow truce : at each behind
A seraph stood, and in his hand a reed
Stood waving tipt with fire; while we, suspense,
Collected stood within our thoughts amus' ti,
Not long; for sudden all at once their reeds
Put forth, and to a narrow vent applied
With nicest touch. Immediate in a flame,
But soon obscur'd with smoke, all Heaves, ap-
pear'd, - [rcar
From these deep-throated engines belch'd, whose
Embowell'd with outrageous noise the air,
And all her entrails tore, disgorging foul
Their devilish glut, chain'd thunderbolts and hail
Of iron globes; which, on the victor host
Levell'd, with such impetuous fury smote,
That, whom they hit, none on their feet might
stand,
Though standing else as rocks, but down they fell
By thousands, angel on arch-angel roll'd ;
The sooner for their arms; unarm’d, they might
Have easily, as spirits, evaded swift
By quick contraction or remove ; but now
Poul dissipation follow'd, and forc’d rout;
Nor serv'd it to relax their serried files.
What should they do? if on they rush'd, repulse
Repeated, and indecent overthrow
Doubled, would render them yet more despisod,
And to their f.es a laughter; for in view
Stood rank'd of seraphim another row,
In posture to displode their second tire
Of thunder: back defeated to return
They worse abhorrod. Satan beheid their plight.
And to his mates thus in derision cali'd.
“‘O friends! why come not on these victors
proud 2
Frc while they fierce were coming; and when we,
To entertain them fair with open front
And breast (what could we more ?) propoanded
terms
Of composition,straight they chang'd their minds,
Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell, 1seem'd
As they would dance; yet for a dance they
Somewhat extravagant and wild : perhaps
For joy of offer'd peace : but I suppose,
! four proposals once again were heard,
We should compel them to a quick result.”
“To whom thus Belial,in like gamesome mood.

‘Jeader! the terms wesent were terms of weight, Of hard contents, and full of force urg’d home; Such as we night perceive amus d them ali, And stumbled many : who receives them right, Had need from head to foot well understand; Not understood, this gift they have besides, They show us when our foes walk not upright.” “So they among themselves in pleasant vein Stood scoffing, heighten’d in their thoughts beAll doubt of victory: Eternal Might [yond To match with their inventions they presumid So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn, And all his host derided, while they stood A while in trouble: but they stood not long; Rage prompted them at length, and sound them ai Ins Aşainst such hellish mischief fit to oppose. Forth with behold the excellence, the power, Which God hath in his mighty angels placid () Their arms away they threw, and to the hills (For Earth hath this variety from Heaven Of pleasure situate in hill and daie,) Light as the lightning glimpse they ran, they flew; From their foundations loosening to and fro, They pluck'd the seated hills, with all their load, Rocks, waters, woods, and by the shaggy tops Up-lifting bore them in their hands: amaze, Bo sure, and terrour, seiz'd the rebel host, When coming towards them so dread they saw The bottom of the mountains upward turn'd ; Till on those cursed engines' triple row They saw them whelm'd, and all their considence Under the weight of mountains buried deep ; Themselves invaded next, and on their heads Main promontories flung, which in the air Came shadowing, and oppress'd whole legions arm'd ; [bruis'd Their armour help'd their harm, crush'd in and Into their substance pent, which wrought them In placable, and many a dolorous groan; [pain Long struggling underneath, ere they could wind Out of such prison, though spirits of purestlight, Pures at first, now gross by sinning grown. The lest, in inlitation, to like arms Betook them, and the neighbouring hills uptore: So hills anid the air encounter'd hills, H.". I'd to and flo with jaculation dire; That under ground they fought in dismal shade; Infernal noise war seen d a civil game To this uproar; horrid confusion heap'd Upon coufusiou rose: and now all leaven Had gone to wrack, with ruin overspread; Had not the Almighty Father, where he sits Shrin'd in his sanctuary of Heaven secure, Consulting on the son of things, foreseen This tumult, and permitted all, advis'd : That his great purpose he might so fulfil, To honour his anointed Sou avens'd Upon his enemies, and to declare All power on him transferr'd : whence to his Son, The assessor of his throne, he thus began. “Effulgence of my glory, Son belov'd, Son, in whose face invisible is beheid Visibly, what by Deity I am ; And in whose hand what by decree I do, Second Omnipotence two days are past, Two days, as we compute the days of Heaven,

Since Michael and his powers went forth to
tarre
These disobedient : sore hath been their fight,
As likeliest was, when two such foes met arm'd ;
For to the inselves I left then; and thou
know'st,
Equal in their creation they were form'd,
Şave what sin hath impaird; which yet hath
insensibly, for I suspend their doom ; [wrought
Whence in perpetual fight they needs thustlast
Pniless, and no solution will be found:
War wearied hath perform'd what war can do,
And to disorder'd rage let loose the reins, -
With nountains, as with weapons, arm'd ; which
- makes [naïu.
Wild work in Heaven, and dangerous to the
Two days are therefore past, the third is thine 3.
For chee I have ordain'd it; and thus far
Have suffer'd, that the glory inay be thine
Of ending this great war, since none but thou
Can end it. Into thee such virtue and grace .
lonmense I have transfus d, that all may know
In Heaven and Hell thy power above compare;
And, this perverse commotion govern'd thus,
To manifest thee wortniest to be Heir
Of all things; to be Heir, and to be King
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
Go then, thou Mightiest, in thy Father's might;
Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels
That shake Heaven's basis, bring forth all my
My bow and thunder, my almighty arms [war,
Gordon, and sword upon thy puissant high s
Pursue these sons of darkness, drive them out
From all Heaven's bounds into the utter deep:
There let them learn, as likes them, to despise
God, and Messiah, his anointed king.”
“He said, and on his son with rays direct
Shone full ; he all his Father full express d
Ineffably into his face receiv'd ;
And thus the filial godhead answering spake.
“O Father, O Supreme of heavenly thrones,
First, Highest, Holiest, Best; thou always
To glorify thy Son; I always thee, [seek'st
As is nost just: this I my glory account,
My exaltation, and my whole desight,
That thou,...in me well pleas'd, declar'st thy

will Fulfill'd, which to fulfil is all my bliss. Sceptre and power, thy giving, I assume, And gladlier shall resign, when in the end Thou shaft be all in all, and l in thee For ever, and in one all whom thou lov'st: But whom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on Thy terrears, as I put thy mildness on, Image of thee in all things; and shal! soon, Aru,'d with thy might, rid Heaven of these rebell'd; To their prepar'd ill mansion driven down, To chains of darkness, and the undying worm; That from thy just obedience could revolt, Whom to obey is happiness entire. Then shall thy saints unmix'd, and from the impure Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned halleluians to thee sing, Hymns of high praise, and I among them chief.” “So said, he, o'er his sceptre bowing, rose From the right hand of Glory where he sat;

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And the third sacred morn began to shine,
Dawning through Heaven, Forth rush'd with
whirlwind sound
The chariot of Paternal Deity, [drawn,
Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel un-
Itself instinct with spirit, but convoy'd
By four cherubic shapes; four faces each
Had wonderous; as with stars, their bodies all
And wings were set with eyes; with eyes the
wheels
Of beril, and careering fires between;
Over their heads a crystal firmament,
Whereon a sapphire throne, inlaid with pure
Amber, and colours of the showery arch.
He, in celestial panoply all arm'd -
Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought,
Ascended ; at his right hand Victory
Sat eagle-wing'd ; beside him hung his bow
And quiver with three bolted thunder stor'd;
And from about him fierce effusion roll'd
Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles
dire:
Attended with ten thousand thousand saints,
He onward came ; far off his coming shone;
And twenty thousand (I their number heard)
Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen:
He on the wings of cherub rode sublime
On the cryställine sky, in sapphire thron'd,
Illustrious far and wide; but by his own
First seen : them unexpected joy surpris'd,
When the great ensign of Messiah blaz'd
Aloft by angels borne, his sign in Heaven;
Under whose conduct Michael soon reduc’d
His army, circumfus'd on either wing,
Under their head imbodied all in one.
Before him Power Divine his way prepard;
At his command the uprooted hills retir’d
Each to his place; they heard his voice, and
went
Obsequious; Heaven his wonted face renew’d,
And with fresh flowerets hill and valley smil’d.
This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd,
And to rebellious fight rallied their powers,
Insensate, hope conceiving from despair.
In heavenly spirits could such perverseness
dwell?
But to convince the proud what signs avail,
Or wonders move the obdurate to relent?
They, harden'd more by what might most re-
claim,
Grieving to see his glory, at the sight
Took envy ; and, aspiring to his height,
Stood re-embattled fierce, by force or fraud
Weening to prosper, and at length prevail
Against God and Messiah, or to fall
In universal ruin last; and now
To final battle drew, disdaining flight,
Or faint retreat; when the great Son of God
To all his host on either hand thus spake.
“‘Stand still in bright array, ye saints; here
stand,
Ye angels arm'd ; this day from battle rest:
Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause;
And as ye have receiv'd, so have ye done,
Invincibly : but of this cursed crew
The punishment to other hand belongs;
Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints:
Number to this day's work is not ordain'd,

Nor multitude; stand only, and behold
God’s indignation on these godless pour'd
By me; not you, but me, they have despis'd,
Yet envied; against me is all their rage,
Because the Father, to whom in Heaven su-
preme
Kingdom, and power, and glory appertains,
Hath honour'd me, according to his will,
Therefore to me their doom he hath assign'd;
That they may have their wish to try with me
In battle which the stronger proves; they all,
Or I alone against them; since by strength
They measure all, of other excellence
Not emulous, nor care who them excels;
Nor other strife with them do I vouchsafe.”
“So spake the Son, and into terrour chang'd
His countenance toosevere to be beheld,
And full of wrath bent on his enemies.
At once the Four spread out their starry wings
With dreadful shade contiguous, and the orbs
Of his fierce chariot roll'd, as with the sound
Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host.
He on his impious foes right onward y
Gloomy as night, under his burning wheels
The stedfast empyrean shook throughout,
All but the throme itself of God. Full soon
Among them he arriv'd; in his right hand
Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent
Before him, such as in their souls infix’d
Plagues: they, astonish'd, all resistance lost,
All courage; down their idle weapons dropt:
O'er shields, and helms, and helmed heads he

e Of thrones and mighty seraphim prostråte, That wish'd the mountains now might be again Thrown on them, as a shelter from his ire. Nor less on either side tempestuous fell His arrows, from the fourfold-visag'd Four Distinct with eyes, and from the living wheels Distinct alike with multitude of eyes; One spirit in them rul’d ; and every eye Glar'd lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire Among the accurs'd, that wither'd all their strength, And of their wonted vigour left them drain'd, Exhausted, spiritless, afflicted, fall'n. Yet half his strength he put not forth, but His thunder in mid volley; for he meant[check'd Not to destroy, but root them out of Heaven: The overthrown he rais'd, and as a herd Of goats or timorous flock together throng'd Drove them before him thunder-struck, pursued With terrours, and with furies, to the bounds And crystal wall of Heaven; which, opening wide, Roll'd inward, and a spacious gap disclos'd Into the wasteful deep: the monstrous sight Struck them with horrour backward, but far worse Urg'd them behind: headlong themselves they threw Down from the verge of Heaven; eternal wrath Burnt after them to the bottomless pit, “Hell heard the unsufferable noise, Hell saw Heaven ruining from Heaven, and would have fled Affrighted; but strict Fate had cast too deep Her dark foundations, and too fast had bound. Nine days they fell: confounded Chaos roard, And felt tenfold confusion in their fall

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Encumber'd him with ruin: Hell at last
Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them
Hell, their fit habitation, fraught with fire[clos'd;
Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain.
Disburden'd Heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair’d
Her mural breach, returning whence it roll’d.
Sole victor, from the expulsion of his foes,
Messiah his triumphal chariot turn'd :
To meet him all his saints, who silent stood
Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts,
With jubilee advane'd ; and, as they went,
Shaded with branching palm, each order bright,
Sung triumph, and him sung victorious King,
Son, Heir, and Lord, to him dominion given,
Worthiest to reign: He, celebrated, rode [courts
Triumphant through mid Heaven, into the
And temple of his mighty Father thron'd
On high; who into glory him receiv'd,
Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss.
“This measuring things in Heaven by things
on Earth,

At thy request, and that thou may’st beware
By what is past, to thee I have reveal’d
What might have else to human race been hid;
The discord which befel, and war in Heaven
Among the angelic powers, and the deep fall
Of those too high aspiring, who rebell'd
With Satan; he who envies now thy state,
Who now is plotting how he may seduce
Thee also from obedience, that, with him
Bereav'd of happhiess, thou may'st partake
His punishment, etermal misery;
Which would be all his solace and revenge,
As a despite done against the Most High,
Thee once to gain companion of his woe.
But sisten not to his temptations, warn
Thy weaker; let it profit thee to have heard,
By terrible example, the reward
Of disobedience; firm they might have stood,
Yet fell; remember, and fear to transgress.”

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Wisdom thy sister, and with her didst play In presence of the Almighty Father, pleas'd With thy celestial song. Up led by thee, Into the Heaven of Heavens I have presum’d, An earthly guest, and drawn empyreal air, Thy tempering : with like safety guided down Return me to my native element: Lest from this flying steed unrein'd, (as once Bellerophon, though from a lower clime,) Dismounted, on the Aleian field I fall, Erroneous there to wander, and forlorn. Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound Within the visible diurnal sphere; Standing on earth, not rapt above the pole, More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang'd To hoarse or mute, though fall'n on evil days, On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues; In darkness, and with dangers compass'd round, And solitude ; yet not alone, while thou Visit'st my slumbers nightly, or when morn Purples the east : still govern thou my song, Urania, and fit audience find, though few. But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race | Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears | To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd Both harp and voice; nor could the Muse defend Her son. So fail not thou, who thee implores: For thou art heavenly, she an empty dream. |... Say, goddess, what ensued when Raphaël, The affable arch-angel, had forewarm'd Adam, by dire example, to beware Apostacy, by what befel in Heaven To those apostates; lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race, Charg’d not to touch the interdicted tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obey'd amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite, Though wandering. He, with his consorted Eve, The story heard attentive, and was fill’d With admiration and deep muse, to hear Of things so high and strange; things, to their thought So unimaginable, as hate in Heaven, And war so near the peace of God in bliss, With such confusion: but the evil, soon Driven back, redounded as a flood on those From whom it sprumg; impossible to mix With blessedness. Whence Adam soon repeal’d The doubts that in his heart arose; and now, Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know What nearer might concern him, how this world Of Heaven and Earth conspicuous first began; When, and whereof created; for what cause s What within Eden, or without, was done Before his memory: as one whose drought Yet scarce allay’d still eyes the current stream, Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites, P. oceeded thus to ask his heavenly guest. “Great things, and full of wonder in our ears, Far differing from this world, thou hast reveal’d, Divine interpreter' by favour sent Down from the empyrëan, to forewarn Us timely of what might else have been our loss, Unknown, which human knowledge could no reach : For which to the infinitely Good we owe

| Immortal thanks, and his admonishment

Receive with solemn purpose to observe
Immutably his sovran will, the end
Of what we are, out since tion hast vouchsaf’d
Gcut!y, for our instruction, to imp |cern'd
Things above earthly thought, which vet con-
Our knowing, as to highest Wisdom seem’d,
Teign to descend new lower, and relate
What may no less perhaps avoil us known,
How first began this Heaven which we behold
Distant so high, with moving fi
Innumerable ; at d this which
All space, the ambient air wide into sus'd
Embracing round this florid Earth what cause
Mov'd the Crentor in his holy rest
Through all eternity so late to build
In Chaos; and the work begun, how soon
Absolv’d ; if unforbid thou unay's unfold
What we, not to explore the secrets ask
Of his etermal empire, but the more
To magnify his works, the more we know.
And the great light of day yet wants to run
Much of his race though steep; suspense in
Heaven,
Held by thy voice, thy potent voice, he hears,
A n longer wiłł de lav to hear thee tell
His generation, and the rising birth
Of Nature from the unapparent deep:
Or if the star of evening and the Moon
Haste to thy audience, Night with her will bring
Silence; and Sleep, listening to thee, will watch;
Or we can bid his absence, till thy soug
End, and dismiss thee ere the morning shine.”
Thus Adam his illustrous guest besong.ht:
And thus the godlike angel answer'd mild.
“This also thy request, with cauti k'd,
Cbtain , though to reevant almighty works
What words or tongue of scraph can suffice,
Or heart of man suffice to comprehend?
Yet what thou canst attain, which best may scrye
To gotify the Maker, and inter
Thee also happier, shall not be withheld
's hy hearing ; such contnission it on above
I have receiv'd, to answer toy desire
O; ; nowledge within bonds; beyond, abstain
"To ask ; nor jet 'hine own inventions hone
Things not reveal’d, which the invisible King,
}..iy Omniscient, hath suppress'd in might;
"To mone communicable in Farth or Heaven:
Inough is left besides to search and know.
J34t knowledge is as f od, and needs no less
Fler temperouse over appetite, to know
In measure what the mind may well contain;
Oporosses else with surfeit, and soon turns
Wisdoon to soily, as mourishment to wind.
“. . . now them, that, after Lucifer from Heaven
(So call him, brigher once amidst the host
Otaru, is, to n that star the sta's aimony,)
Fell with his flaming legions through the deep
Into his place, and he great Son return’d
Victorious with his saints, the Omnipotent
rial Father from his throne beheld
Their multitude, and to his Son thus spoke.
** “At least our envious foe hath fail'd, who
A! like hims, is rebellious, by whose aid [thought
This inaccessibie high strength, the seat
* of Beity supreme, us dispossess'd,
H trusted to have seiz, d, and into fraud
}}r, w mony, whom their place knows here no
Yeo farth, greater part have sept, I see, Luore:

Their station; Heaven, yet populous, retains
Number sufficient to possess her realms
Though wide, and this high temple to frequent
With ministeries due, and solemn rites:
But, lest his heart exalt him in the harm
Already dous, to have dispeopled Heaven,
My dainage fondly deem’d, I can repair
That detriment, if such it be to lose
Seif-lost; and in a moment will create
Another world, out of one man a race
Of men innumerable, there to dwell,
Not here; till, by degrees of merit rais'd,
They open to themselves at length the way
Up hither, under long obedience tried; [Earth,
And Farth be chang'd to Heaven, and Heavento
One kingdom, joy and union without end.
Meanwhile inhabit lax, ye powers of Heaven;
And thou my Word, begotten Son, by thee
This I perform ; speak thou, and be it done!
My overshadowing spirit and might with thee
I send along ; ride forth, and bid the deep
Within appointed bounds be Heaven and Earth;
Boundless the deep, because I am who fill
Infinitude, nor vacuous the space,
Though I, uncircuinscrib'd myself, retire,
And put not forth my goodness, which is free
To act or not, necessity and chance
Approach not me, and what I will is fate.”
“So spake the Alanighty, and to what he spike
His Wood, the fitial Godhead, gave effect.
Immediate are the acts of God, more swift
Than time or motion, but to hunan ears
Cannot without process of speech be told,
So told as earthly notion can receive.
Great from ph and reoicing was in Heaven
When such was heard declared the Almig
will ;
Glory they sung to the Most High, good will
To future men, and in their dwellings peace:
Glory to him, whose just avenging tre
Had driven out the ungodly from his sight
And the habitations of the just; to him
Głory and praise, whose wisdom had ordain'd
‘So do out of evil to create; instead.
Of spirits malign, a better race to bring
Into their vacant room, and thence diffuse
His good to worlds and ages infinite.
“So sang the hierarchies: ween while the Son,
On his great expedition now appear'd,
Girt with omnipoten, ce, with radiance crown'd
Of majesty divine; sapience and love
Immense, and all his Father in him shome.
About his chariot numberiess were pour’d
Therub, and scraph, potentates, and thrures,
And virtues, winged spirits, and charists wingo
From the at thouty cf God; where stand o' ok.
Myriads, between two brazen incuntains iods a
Against a solemn day, harness'd at hand,
Celestial cauipage; and now came forth
Spontaneous, for within them spirit liv'd,
Attendant on their Lord: Heaven open'd wide
Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound
on golden hinges moving, to set forth
The King of Glory, in his powerful Word
And Spirit, coming to create new worlds.
On heavenly ground they stood; and from the
They view'd the vast immeasureable abyss [slics.
Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild,
Up from the botton turn'd by furious winds
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