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Milton, with high and haughty ftalks,
Unfetter'd, in majestic numbers walks:
No vulgar hero can his muse engage,
Nor earth's wide fcene confine his hallow'd rage,
See! fee! he upward fprings, and, tow'ring high,
Spurns the dull province of mortality;
Shakes Heaven's eternal throne with dire alarms,
And lets th' almighty Thunderer in arms.


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The argument. MAN's tranfgreffion known, the giardian angels forsake Paradise, and re. turn up to heaven to approve their vigilance, and are approved, God declar. ing that the entrance of Satan could not be by them prevented. He sends his son to judge the tranfgreffors, who defcends, and gives sentence accord. ingly; then iu pity clothes them both, and re-afcends. Sin and Death, litting till then at the gates of hell, by wondrous fyınpathy feeling the success of Satan in this new world, and the fin by man there comunitted, refove to lit no longer confin'd in hell, but tu follow Satan their fire up to the place of Man: to make the way easier, from hell to this world, to and fro, they pave a broad high-way or bricige over Chaos, according to the track that Satan first inade, then preparing for Earth, they meet him proud of his fuccefs, returning to Hell; their mutual gratulation. Satan arrives at Pandemonium, in full assembly relates with boasting his success against Man; instead of apa plause, is entertained with a general hiss by ah his audience, transform'd with himself alfo fuddenly into ferpents, according to his doom given in Patadife; then deluded with a new of thé forbidden tree fyringin up before them, they greedily reaching to take of the fruit, chew duft and bitter athes, The proceedings of sin and Death; God foretels the final victory of his son over them, and the renewing of all things; but, for the present, commands his angels to make several alterations in the Heavens and Elements. Adam, more and more perceiving his fallen condition, heavily bewails, rejects the condolement of Eve; the perfiits, and at length appeases him: then, to evade the curfe likely to fall on their offspring, propofes to Adam violent ways, which he approves not, but conceiving better hope, puts her in mind of the late promise made them, that her feed should be revenged on the serpent, and exhorts her with him to seek peace of the offended Deity, by repentanc and fupplication.


EAN while the heinous and despiteful act

Of Satan done in Paradise, and how He and the serpent had perverted Eve, Her husband she, to talte the fatal fruit, Was known in heav'n ; for what can scape the eye 5 Of God all-feeing, or deceive his heart Omniscient? wlio, in all things wise and just, Hinder'd not Satan to attempt the mind Of man, with strength entire, and free-will arm’d Complete to have discover'd and repuls’d Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend. For still they knew, and ought t' have still remember'd The high injunction not to taste that fruit, Whoever tempted : which they not obeying, Incurr'd (what could they lefs :) the penalty, And manifold in fin, deferv'd to fall. Up into Heav’n from Paradise in haste Th angelic guards ascended, mute and fad




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For man; for of his fate by this they knew,
Much wond'ring how the subtle fiend had itol'n
Entrance unfeen. Soon as th' unwelcome news
From earth arriv'd at heav'n gate, displeas'd
All were who heard ; dim fadness did not spare
That time celestial visages, yet, mix'd
With pity, violated not their bliss.

About the new-arriv’d, in multitudes
Th'etherial people ran, to hear and know
How all betel : they tow'rds the throne supreme
Accountable made haste to make appear
With righteous plea their utmost vigilance,
And easily approv’d; when the Most High
Eternal Father, from his secret cloud,
Amidst, in thunder utter'd thus his voice :

Assembled angels, and ye pow’rs return'd
From unsuccessful charge, be not dismay'd, 35
Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth,
Which your ficerelt care could not prevent,
Foretold fo lately what would come to pass,
When first this tempter cross'd the gulf from hell.
I told ye then he mould prevail, and speed

On his bad errand; man should be seduc'd,
And flatter'd out of all, believing lies
Against his Maker; no decree of mine
Concurring to neceffitate his fall,
Or touch with lightest moment of impulse

His free will, to her own inclining left
In even scale. But fall’n he is ; and now
What rests, but that the mortal sentence pass
On his transgression, death denounc'd that day ?
Which he presumes, already vain and void, 50
Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd
By fome immediate stroke; but soon shall find
Forbearance no acquittance ere day end.
Justice Niall not reiurn as bounty (corn’d.
But whom send I to judge them? whom but thee, 55
Vicegerent Son ? to thee I have transferr'd
All judginent, whether in heav'n, or earth, er hell,
Ealy it inay be seen that I intend

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