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Like honor to obtain ; and as his eye,

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To visit oft this new creation round:
Unspeakable desire to fee, and know
All these His wondrous works, but chiefly man,
His chief delight, and favor ; him, for whom
All these His works so wondrous He ordain'd, 663
Hath brought me from the choirs of Cherubim
Alone thus wandring: brightest Seraph! tell
In which of all these shining orbs hath man
His fixed seat, or fixed seat hath none,
But all these shining orbs his choice to dwell: 670
That I may find him, and with secret gaze,
Or open admiration, him behold
On whom the great Creator hath bestow'd
Worlds, and on whom hath all these graces pour'd:
That both in him, and all things, as is meet, 675
The universal Maker we may praise ;
Who justly hath driv'n out his rebel foes
To deepest hell; and, to repair their loss,
Created this new happy race of men,
To serve Him better : wise are all His ways ! 680

So spake the false dissembler unperceiv'd;
For neither man, nor Angel, can discern
Hypocrisy (the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone, .

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By His permissive will, through heav'n and earth:
And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion Neeps
At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity
Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
Where no ill seems) which now for once beguil'd

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Uriel, though regent of the sun, and held
The sharpeft-lighted fpirit of all in heav'n :
Who to the fraudulent impoftor foul,
In his uprightness answer thus return'd.

Fair Angel! thy desire, which tends to know
The works of God, thereby to glorify
The great work-mafter, leads to no excess
That reaches blame, but rather merits praise
The more it seems excess, that led thee hither
From thy empyreal manfion thus alone,
To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps, 700
Contented with report, hear only in heav'n :
For wonderful indeed are all His works !
Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all
Had in remembrance always with delight.
But, what created mind can comprehend 705
Their number, or the wisdom infinite
That brought them forth, but hid their causes deep ?
I saw when at His word the formless mass,
This world's material mold, came to a heap :
Confufion heard His voice, and wild uproar 710
Stood ruld, stood vaft infinitude confin'd:
Till at His second bidding darkness fled,
Light Thon, and order from disorder sprung.
Swift to their several quarters hasted then
The cumbrous elements, earth, food, air, fire, 715
And the ethereal quintessence of heav'n
Flew upward, spirited with various forms,
That rowld orbicular, and turn’d to stars,
Numaberless, as thou seest, and how they move ;

Each had his place appointed, each his course ; 720
The rest in circuit walls this universe,
Look downward on that globe whose hither side
With light from hence, tho' but reflected, Tines :
That place is earth, the seat of man; that light
His day, which else, as th'other hemisphere, 725
Night would invade; but there the neighb'ring moon
(So call that opposite fair (tar) her aid
Timely interposes, and her monthly round
Still ending, still renewing through mid heav'n,
With borrow'd light her countenance triform 730
Hence fills, and empties, to enlighten th' earth,
And in her pale dominion checks the night,
That spot to which I point is paradise,
Adam's abode, those lofty Thades his bow'r;
Thy way thou can'ft not miss, me mine requires. 735

Thus faid, he turn'd; and Satan bowing low
(As to superior spirits is wont in heav'n,
Where honor due, and reverence, none neglects)
Took leave, and tow'rd the coast of earth beneath
Down from th'ecliptic, {ped with hop'd success,
Throws his steep flight in many an aery wheel ;
Nor staid, till on Niphates' top he lights.

The end of the third Book.

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Lib. IV.

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