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In temper and in nature, will receive
Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain;
This horror will grow mild, this darkness light; 220
Besides what hope the never-ending flight
Of future days may bring; what chance, what change
Worth waiting; since our present lot appears,
For happy though but ill, for ill not worst,
If we procure not to ourselves more woe. 225

Thus Belial,with werds cloth'd in reafon’s garb,
Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth,
Not peace: and after him thus Mammon spake.
Either to disinthrone the king of Heaven

e heft or to regain 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 supreme We overpow'r? 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 sing Forc'd Halleluiah’s; while he lordly sits Our envied sovran; and his altar breathes Ambrosial odors and ambrosial flowers, 245

Our

Our servile offerings? This must be our talk
In Heav'n, this our delight; how wearisome
Eternity so spent in worship paid
. To whom we hate! Let us not then pursue,
By force impossible, by leave obtain'd

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Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state
Of splendid vassalage; 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 easy yoke
Of servile pomp. Our greatness will appear
Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
Useful of hurtful, prospe rous of adverse,
We can create; and in what place so e'er
Thrive under ev il, and work ease 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 fire
Choose to reside, his glory unobscur’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
Imitate when we please? This desert soil . 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 show more?

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Our torments, also, may, in length of time, .
Become our elements, these piercing fires 275 -
As soft as now severe, 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 safety best we may. 280
Compose our present evils, with regard
Of what we are, and where; dismissing quite i
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 285
The sound of bluft’ring winds, which all night long
Had rous'd the sea, now, with hoarse cadence,lull
Sea-faring men o'erwatch'd, whose bark, by chance,
Or pinnace, anchors în 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 Michaël
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 opposit to Heaven.
Which when Beëlzebub perceiv’d, than whom,
Satan except, none higher sat, with grave , 300
Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd

A pill ar of state; deep on his front ingraven
Deliberation sat, and public care;
And princely counsel in his face yet shone,
Majestic though in ruin: fage he stood, 305
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, Ofspring of Heaven, Ethereal Virtues; or these titles now

311 Must we renounce; and changing sile, 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 Heay’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 - 320 In strictest bondage, though thus far remov'd, Under th' inevitable curb, reserv'd His captive multitude: for he, be sure, In highth 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 scepter rule Us here, as with his golden those in Heaven. What, fit we then projecting peace and war?

War 340

War hath determin’d us, and foild with loss 330
Irreparable; terms of peace yet none
Vouchsaf’d or fought; for what peace will be given
To us inslav’d, but custody severe,
And stripes, and arbitrary punishment
Inflicted? and what peace can we return, 335
But ,to our pow'r, hostility and hate,
Untam'd reluctance, and revenge, though slow,
Yet ever plotting how the conqu’ror least
May reap his conqueft; and may least rejoice
In doing, what we most in suffering feel?
Nor will occasion want; nor shall we need
With dange rous expedition to invade
Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault, or siege,
Or ambush from the deep. What, if we find
Some easier enterprise? There is a place, 345
(If ancient and prophetic fame in Heaven
Err not) another world, the happy seat
Of some new race, calld Man, about this time.
To be created like to us, though less
In pow'r and excellence, but favor’d more 350
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 indued, and what their power,
And where their weakness; how attempted best,

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