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Our supreme foe, in time, may much remit
His anger : and perhaps thus far remov’d,
Not mind us not offending, satisfy'd
With what is punish'd: whence these raging fires
Will Nacken, if his breath ftir not their fames.
Our purer effence then will overcome

Their noxious vapor ; or enur’d, not feel ;
Or chang'd at length, and to the place conforma
In temper, and in nature, will receive
Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain.
This horror will grow mild, this darkness, light :
Besides what hope the never-ending flight
Of future days may bring, what chance, what change
Worth waiting, fince our present lot appears
For happy, though but ill; for ill, not worst;
If we procure not to our selves more woe. 225

Thus Belial with words cloath'd in reason's garb Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful Noth, Not peace : and after him thus Mammon fpake.

Either to disinthrone the King of heav'n We war, if war be best, or to regain

230 Our own right loft: Him to unthrone we then May hope, when everlasting Fate shall yield To fickle Chance, and Chaos judge the strife : The former vain to hope, argues as vain The latter : for what place can be for us 235 Within heav'n's bound, unless heav'n's Lord fupremo We over-power ? Suppose He should relent And publish grace to all, on promise made Of new subjection ; with what eyes could we

Stand in His presence humble, and receive 240
Strict laws impos'd, to celebrate His throne
With warbled hymns, and to his Godhead fing
Forc'd Hallelujahs ? while He lordly sits
Our envy'd Sov'reign, and His altar breathes
Ambrosial odors, and Ambrofial flow'rs, 245
Our servile offerings ! This muft be our talk
In heav'n, this our delight; how wearifome
Eternity so spent, in worship paid
To whom we hate! Let us not then pursue
By force impoffible, by leave obtain'd

Unacceptable, though in heav'n, our state
Of splendid vaffalage: but rather seek
Our own good from ourselves, and from our own
Live to ourselves ; though in this vast recess,
Free, and to none accountable; preferring 255
Hard liberty before the easie yoke
Of servile pomp. Our greatness will appear
Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse
We can create ; and in what place foe'er 260
Thrive under evil, and work eafe out of pain,
Through labor and indurance. This deep world
Of darkness do we dread ? how oft amidst
Thick clouds and dark, doth heav'n's all-ruling Sire
Chuse to reside, His glory anobfcur'd ? 265
And with the majesty of darkness round
Covers His throne; from whence deep thunders roar
Must'ring their rage, and heav'n resembles hell ?
As He our darkness, cannot we His light

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Imitate when we pleafe? This defert foil 270
Wants not her hidden lustre, gems, and gold :
Nor want we skill or art, from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can heav'n Thew more?
Our torments also may in length of time
Become our elements; these piercing fires 275
As foft as now fevere, our temper chang'd
Into their temper; which must needs remove
The sensible of pain. All things invite
To peaceful counsels, and the settled state
Of order, how in fafety best we may

Compofe our present evils, with regard
Of what we are, and were ; dismissing quite
All thoughts of war.---Ye have what I advise.

He scarce had finish'd, when such murmur fill'd Th' assembly, as when hollow rocks retain The sound of bluft'ring winds, which all night long Had rouz'd the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Sea-faring men o'erwatch'd, whose bark by chance, Or pinnace, anchors in a craggy bay After the tempest: such applause was heard 290 As Mammon ended, and his sentence pleas'd, Advising peace. For, such another field They dreaded worse than hell: so much the fear Of thunder, and the sword of Micbaels Wrought still within them; and no less desire 295 To found this nether empire, which might rise, By policy, and long process of time, In emulation opposite to heav'n. Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd (than whom,





Satan except, none higher fat) with grave
Aspe&t he rose, and in his rising seem'd
A pillar of state : deep on his front engraven,
Deliberation sat, and public care ;
And princely counsel in his face yet thone,
Majestic though in ruin! sage he stood,
With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear
The weight of mightiest monarchies ; his look
Drew audience, and attention still as night,
Or summer's noon-tide air ; while thus he spake.

Thrones, and Imperial Pow'rs, offspring of hear'n,
Ethereal virtues ! or these titles now
Muft we renounce, and changing style, be call’d
Princes of Hell ? For, so the popular vote
Inclines, here to continue, and build up here
A growing empire: doubtless! while we dream, 315
And know not that the King of heav'n hath doom'd
This place our dungeon; not our safe retreat
Beyond his potent arm, to live exempt
From heav'n's high jurisdiction, in new league
Banded against His throne : but to remain
In strictest bondage, though thus far remov'd,
Under th' inevitable curb, reserv'd
His captive multitude : for He, be fure,
In height, or depth, still first and last will reign
Sole King, and of His kingdom lose no part 325
By our revolt; but over hell extend
His empire, and with iron sceptre rule
Us here, as with his golden those in heav'n.
What fit we the

projecting peace and war?


War hath determin'd us, and foil'd with loss 330
Irreparable ; terms of peace yet none
Vouchsaf'd, or fought: for what peace will be giv'n
To us ensay'd, but custody severe,
And stripes, and arbitrary punishment
Inficted ? and what peace can we return ? 335
But, to our pow's, hostility, and hate,
Untam'd reluctance, and revenge; though now,
Yet ever plotting how the conqueror leaft
May reap His conquest; and may least rejoice
In doing ;-what we most in suffering feel? 340
Nor will occafion want, nor shall we need
With dangerous expedition, to invade
Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault or fiege,
Or ambush from the Deep: what if we find
Some easier enterprize? There is a place, 345
(If ancient and prophetic fame in heav'n
Err not) another world, the happy feat
Of some new race call?d Man; about this time
To be created like to us, though less
In pow'r and excellence, but favor'd more

Of Him who rules above: so was His will
Pronounc'd among the Gods, and by an oath,
That shook heav'n's whole circumference, confirm'd.
Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn
What creatures there inhabit, of what mold, 355
Or substance, how endu'd, and what their pow'r,
And where their weakness, how attempted best,
By force, or subtilty. Though heav'n be hut,
And heav'n's high arbitrator fit secure

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