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Of merit high to all th'infernal hoft,
Eating their passage hence, from intercourse,

Or tranimigration, as their lot shall lead.
Nor can I miss the way, so strongly drawn
By this new felt attraction and initinct.

Whom thus the meagie Ihadow answer'd soon :
Go whither Fate and inclination strong
Leads thee; I thall not lag behind, nor err
The way, thou leading, tuch a scent I draw

carnage, prey innumerable, and taste
The favor of death from all things there that live :
Nor shall I to the work thou enterpriselt

Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid.
So saying, with delight he snuif'd the smell
Of mortal change on earth. As when a flock
Of ravenous fowl, though many a league reniote,
Againīt the day of battie, to a field,
Where armies lie encamp'd, come flying, lur'd
With scent of living carcases design'd
For death, the following day, in bloody fight;
So scented the grim feature, and upturn'd
His noitrils wide into the murky air,

Sagacious of his quarry from so far.
Then both from out Hell gates, into the waste
Wide anarchy of Chaos, damp and dark,
Flew diverse, and with power (their power was great)
Hovering tipon the waters, what they met,
Solid or Nimy, as in raging sea
Toft up and down, together crowded drove
From each side shoaling tow'rds the mouth of Hell;
As when two polar winds, blowing adverse
Upon the Cronian sea, together drive

Mountains of ice, that stop th' imagin'd way
Beyond Petsora eastward, to the rich
Cathaian coast. The aggregated soil
Death, with his mace petrific, cold, and dry,
As with a trident (mote, and fix'd as firm
As Delos floating once ; the rest his look
Bound with Gorgonian rigour not to move;
And with Alphalic slime, broad as the gate,



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Deep to the roots of hell the gather'd beach tercourse,

They falten'd, and the mole immense wrought on lead.

Over the foaming deep high arch'd, a bridge 301 drawn

Of length prodigious, joining to the wall

Immoveable of this now fenceless world,
Olwer'd foon:

Forfeit to Death; from hence a passage broad,
Smooth, easy, inoffensive down to hell.

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So, if great things to small may be compar'd,

Xerxes, the liberty of Greece to yoke, I draw

From Susa his Memnonian palace high

Came to the sea, and over Hellefpont re that live: Bridging his way, Europe with Alia joind,

310 It

4 And scourg'd with many a stroke th’indignant waves.

Now had they brought the work by wondrous art well

Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock,

Over the vex'd abyss, following the track
Of Satan to the self same place where he

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Firit lighted from his wing, and landed safe lur'd

From out of Chaos, to the out fide bare

Of this round world : with pins of adamant ght;

And chains they made all fast, too fast they made
And durable ; and now in little space

320 The confines met of empyréan heav'n

And of this world ; and on the left hand hell ite

With long reach interpos’d; three several ways

In fight, to each of these three places led. vas great

And now their way to Earth they had delcry'd, 325
To Paradise firit tending, when behold
Satan, in likeness of an angel bright,

Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering

His zenith, while the sun in Aries rose :

Disguis'd he came ; but thole his children dear 288

Their parent foon discern'd, though in disguise.
He, after Eve seduc'd, unminded flunk
Into the wood fast by, and changing tape
To observe the fequel, saw his guiletul act
By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded

Upon her husband, saw their fame that fought
Vain covertures; but when he law descend
The Son of God to judge them, terrify'd



He filed, not hoping to escape, but shun
The present, fearing, guilty, what his wrath

Might suddenly. infiict; that past, return'd
By night, and list’ning where the hapless pair
Sat in their fad discourse, and various plaint,
Thence gather'd his own doom, which understood
Not instant, but of future time, with joy

And tidings fraught, to hell he now return'd,
And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot
Of this new wondrous pontifice, unhop'd
Met who to meet him came, his offspring dear.
Great joy was at their meeting, and at sight 350
Of that itupendous bridge his joy increas'd.
Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair
Enchanting daughter, thus the silence broke :

O Parent, thele are thy magnific deeds,
Thy trophies, which thou view'st as not thine own;
Thou art their author and prime architect;

For I no sooner in my heart divin'd,
My heart, which, by a secret harmony,
Still moves with thine, join'd in connexion sweet,
That thou on earth hath prosper'd, which thy looks
Now also evidence, but strait I felt,

361 Though distant from the worlds between, yet felt That I muit after thee with this thy son, Such fatal consequence unites us three : Hell could no longer hold us in her bounds, 365 Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure Detain from following thy illustrious track. Thou haft achiev'd our liberty, confin'd Within hell gates till now; thou us empower'd To fortify thus far, and overlay

370 With this portentous bridge the dark abyss. Thine now is all this world ; thy virtue hath won What thy hands builded not, thy wisdom gain’d With odás what war hath loit, and fully avengd Dur foil in heay’n : here chou shalt monarch reign, There didst not; there let him still victory (way, 370 As battle hath adjudg’d, from this new world Retiring, by his own doom alienated,




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And henceforth monarchy with thee divine
Of all things parted by th’empyreal bounds,
His quadrature, from thy orbicular world,
Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne.

Whom thus the Prince of Darkness answer'd glad :
Fair daughter, and thou fon and grandchild both,
High pooof ye now have giv'n to be the race 385
Of Satan, (for I glory in the name,
Antagonist of heav'n's almighty King ;)
Amply have merited of me, of all
Th' enfernal empire, that fo near heav'n's door
Triumphal with triumphal act have met

Mine with this glorious work, and made one realm
Hell and this world, one realm, one continent,
Of easy thorough-fare. Therefore, while I
Descend through darkness, on your road with ease,
To'my associate powers, them to acquaint 395
With these succefies, and with them rejoice,
You two this way, among these numerous orbs,

yours, right down to Paradise descend;
There dwell and reign in bliss, thence on the earth
Dominion exercise, and in the air ;

Chiefly on man, fole lord of all declar'd :
Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill.
My substitutes I send you,

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Plenipotent on earth, of matchless night
Jluing from me: on your joint vigour now 40g
My hold of this new kingdom all depends,
Through fin to death expos'd by my exploit.
If your joint power prevail, th* affairs of hell
No detriment need fear : go, and be strong.

So saying, he dismiss'd them : they withi speed 410
Their course through thickest constellations held,
Spreading their bane ; the blasted stars look'd wan,
And planets, planet-itruck, real eclipse
Then suffer'd. Th' other way Satan went down
The cauley to Hell gate ; on either side

Disparted Chaos over built exclaim'd,
And with rebounding surge the bars assail'd,
That scorn'd his indignation: through the gate,


Wide open

and unguarded, Satan pass’d,
And all about found desolate ; for those

Appointed to fit there had left their charge,
Flown to the upper world; the rest were all
Far to th' inland retir'd, about the walls
Of Pandemonium, city and proud seat
Of Lucifer, so by allusion callid

Of that bright star to Satan paragon'd.
There kept their watch the legions, while the grand
In council sat, solicitous what chance
Might intercept their emperor sent; so he
Departing gave command, and they observd.

As when the Tartar from his Russian foe,
By Altracan, over the snowy plains,
Retires; or Bactrian Sophi, from the horns
Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond
The realm of Aladule, in his retreat

To Tauris or Caibeen ; so there, the late
Heav'n-banili'd hoft, left defert utmost hell
Many a dark league, reduc'd in careful watch
Round their metropolis, and now expecting
Each hour their great adventurer from the search 440
Of foreign worlds: he through the midst unmark'd,
In show plebeian angel militant,
Of lowest order, pass'd; and from the door
Of that Plutonian hall invisible
Ascended his high throne, which, under state

Of richest texture spread, at th' upper end
Was plac'd in regal luftre.. Down a while
He sat, and round about him law unseen :
At last, as from a cloud, his fulgent head
And Mape star-bright appear'd, or brighter, clad 450
With what permissive glory since his fall
Was left him, or false glitter : all amaz’d,
At that so ludden blaze the Stygian throng
Bent their aspect, and whom they wish'd beheld,
Their mighty Chief return'd : loud was the acclaim:
Forth ruộnd in haste the great consulting peers,

456 Rais'd from their dark divan, and with like joy

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