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Made head against heav'n's King, though overthrown
, you have not far ; So much the nearer danger; go and speed; Havoc and spoil and ruin are my gain.
He ceas’d; and Satan stay'd not to reply, But glad that now his sea should find a shore, With fresh alacrity and force renew'd Springs upward like a pyramid of fire Into the wild expanse, and through the shock Of fighting elements, on all sides round Environ’d wins his way: harder beset And more endanger'd, that when Argo pass'd Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks : Or when Ulysees on the larboard shunn'd Charybdis, and by th' other whirlpool steerd. So he with difficulty and labour hard Moved on, with difficulty and labour he ; But he once past, soon after when man fell, Strange alteration ! Sin and Death amain Following his track, such was the will of heav'n; Pav'd after him a broad and beaten way Over the dark abyss, whose boiling gulf Tamely endur'd a bridge of wond'rous length From hell continu'd reaching th' utmost orb of this frail world ; by which the spirits perverse
easy intercourse pass to and fro
God sitting on his thronc sees Satan flying towards this world, then
newly created; shows hiin to the Son who sat at his right hand ; foretells the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own justice and wisdom from all inputation, having created Man free and able enough to have with stood his templer; yet declares his
purpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Šatan, but by him seduced. The Sun of God renders praises to his Father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose towards Man; but God again declares, that grace cannot be extended towards Man without the satisfaction of divine justice; Man hath offended the majesty of God by aspiring to godhead, and, therefore, with all his progeny devoted to death must die, unless some one can be found sufficient to answer for his offence, and undergo his punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself a ransom for Man: the Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation, pronounces his exaltation above all names in Heaven and Earth; commands all the Angels to adore him ; they obey, and hymning to their harps in full choir, celebrate the Father and the Son. Meanwhile Satan alights upon the bare convex of this world's outermost orb; where wandering, he first finds a place, since called the Limbo of Vanity; what persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the gate of Heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the waters above the firmament that flow about it; his passage thence to the orb of the sun; he finds there Uriel, the regent of that orb, but first chan. ges himself into the shape of a meaner Angel ; and pretending a zealous desire to behold the new creation and Man whom God had placed here, inquires of him the place of his habitation, and is directed : alights first on mount Niphates.
Hail holy Light, offspring of heav'n, first-born,