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Lib. VI.

coming to the place, and causing all His degions to stand still on either side, with His chariot and thunder driving into the midst of His enemies, pursues them, unable to refift, towards the wall of heaven; which opening, they leap down with horror and confusion into the place of punishment prepared for them in the Deep: Meffiah returns with triumph to His Father.


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LL night the dread-less Angel, un-pursu'd,

Thro'heav'n's wide champain held his way; till
Wak'd by the circling Hours, with rofy hand (Morn,
Un-barr'd the gates of light. There is a cave
Within the mount of God, fast by His throne 5
Where light, and darkness, in perpetual round
Lodge, and dis-lodge, by turns; which makes thro'
Grateful viciffitude, like day, and night: [heav'n
Light issues forth, and at the other door
Obsequious darkness enters, till her hour 10
To veil the heav'n, (tho' darkness there might well
Seem twilight here) and now went forth the Morn,
Such as in highest heav'n, array'd in gold
Empyreal; from before her vanish'd night,
Shot thro' with orient beams: when all the plain 15
Cover'd with thick imbattled squadrons bright,
Chariots, and flaming arms, and fiery steeds,
Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view.
War he perceiv’d, war in procinct; and found
Already known, what he for news had thought 20
To have reported: gladly then he mix'd
Among those friendly Pow'rs, who him receiv'd
With joy, and acclamations loud, that One,
That of so many myriads fall'n, yet One
Return'd, not lost. On to the sacred hill

They led him high applauded, and present
Before the seat supreme; from whence a voice,
From midst a golden cloud, thus mild was heard.

Servant of God, well done! well hat thou fought

The better fight, who single haft maintain'd, 30
Against revolted multitudes, the cause
Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms :
And for the testimony of truth hast born
Universal reproach ; far worse to bear
Than violence: for this was all thy care 35
To stand approv'd in light of God, tho' worlds.
Judg’d thee perverse. The easier conquest now
Remains thee, aided by this host of friends,
Back on thy foes more glorious to return,
Than fcorn'd thou didst depart; and to subdue 40
By force, who reason for their law refuse,
Right reason for their law; and for their King
Mefiab, who by right of merit reigns.
Go, Michael! of coelestial armies Prince ;
And thou, in military prowess next,

Gabriel! lead forth to battel these my fons
Invincible ; lead forth thy armed Saints,
By thousands, and by millions, rang'd for fight;
Equal in number to that Godless crew,
Rebellious: them with fire, and hostile arms, s@
Fearless assault; and to the brow of heav'n
Pursuing, drive them out from God, and bliss,
Into their place of punishment, the gulph
Of Tartarus; which ready opens wide
His fiery chaos to receive their fall.

55 So fpake the Sovereign Voice, and clouds began To darken all the hill, and smoke to rowl In dusky wreathes reluctant flames; the fign Of wrath awak'd! Nor with less dread the loud


Ethereal trumpet from on high 'gan blow: At which command, the Power's militant That stood for heav'n, (in mighty quadrate join'd Of union sirresistible) movid on In Glence their bright legions, to the found Of instrumental harmony, that breath'd 65 Heroic ardor to advent'rous deeds, Under their God-like Leaders, in the cause Of God, and His Meffiab. On they move Indissolubly firm; nor obvious hill,

69 Nor strait’ning vale, nor wood, nor stream divides Their perfect ranks : for, high above the ground Their march was, and the passive air up-bore Their nimble tread: as when the total kind Of birds, in orderly array on wing, Came summon'd over Eden, to receive

75 Their names of thee: so, over many a tract Of heav'n they march'd, and many a province wide, Tenfold the length of this terrene, At last, Far in th'horizon to the north appear'd ©From skirt to skirt a fiery region, stretch'd In battailous aspect, and nearer view Bristled with upright beams innumerable Of rigid spears, and helmets throng'd, and Mields Various, with boastful argument portraid, The banded Pow'rs of Satan, hafting on With furious expedition: for they ween'd That self-fame day, by fight, or by surprize, To win the mount of God; and on His throne To set the envier of His state, the pro

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