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Made head against heav'n's King, though overthrown
have not far ; So much the nearer danger; go and speed; Havoc and spoil and ruin are my gain.
He ceas'd; and Satan stay'd not to reply, But glad that now his sea should find a shore, With fresh alacrity and force renew'd Springs upward like a pyramid of fire Into the wild expanse, and through the shock Of fighting elements, on all sides round Environ’d wins his way: harder beset And more endanger'd, that when Argo pass'd Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunn'd Charybdis, and by th' other whirlpool steer'd. So he with difficulty and labour hard Moved on, with difficulty and labour he ; But he once past, soon after when man fell, Strange alteratinn! Sin and Death ama.n Following his track, such was the will of heav'na Pay'd after hiin a broad and beaten way Over the dark abyss, whose toiling gulf Tamely endur'd a bridge of wond'rous length From hell continu'd reaching th’ utmost orb of this frail world ; by which the spirits perver
W !h easy intercourse pass to and fro
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Hop sitting on his throne sees Satan fying towards this worlu, ttien
newly created; shows hiin to the Son who sat at his right band: foretells the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own justice and wisdom from all imputation, having create: Man free and able enough to have with-tood his tempter; yel rieciares his purpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but by him seduced. The Son of God ren ders praises to his father for the manifestation of his gracioce purpose towards Man; but God again declares, that grace cannot be extended towards Man without the satisfaction of divine justice; Man hath offended the majesty of God by aspiring to godhead, and, therefore, with all his progeny devoted to death must die, unless some one can be found sufficient to answer for his offence, and undergo his punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself a ransom for Man: the Father accepts him. ordains his incarnation, pronounces his exaltation above all names in Heaven and Earth; cominands all the Angels to adore him ; they obey, and hymning to their harps in full choir, celebrate the Father and the Son. Meanwhile Satan alights upon the bare convex of this world's outermost orb; where wandering, he first finds a place, since called the Limbo of Vanity ; what persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the gate of Heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the waters above the firmument that flow about it; his passage thence to the orb of the sun; he finds there Uriel, the regent of that orb, but first chan ges himself into the shape of a meaner Angel ; and pretending a zealous desire to behold the new creation and Man whom God had placed here, inquires of hin the place of his habitation, and es directed · alights first on mount Niphates.
Hail holy Light, offspring of heav'n, first-born,