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Both of thy crime and punishment: kenceforth
No more be troubled how to quit the yoke
of God's Messiah; those indulgent laws
Will not be now vouchsaf'd: other decrees
Against thee are gone forth without recal; 885
That golden sceptre, which thou didst reject,
Is now an iron rod to bruise and break
Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise;
Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly
These wicked tents devoted, lest the wrath 890
Impendent, raging into sudden flame,
Distinguish not: for soon expect to feel
His thunder on thy head, devouring fire.
Then who created thee lamenting learn,
When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.' 895

“ So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful sound
Among the faithless, faithful only he;
Among innumerable false, unmov'd,
Unshaken, unseduc'd, unterrify'd,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;

Nor number, nor example, with him wrought
To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind,
Though single. From amidst them forth be pass'd,
Long way through hostile scorn, which he sustain'd
Superior, nor of violence fear'd ought;

905 And with retorted scorn his back he turn'd On those proud tow'rs to swift destruction doom'd.







Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel

were sent forth to battle against Satan and his angels. The first fight described: Satan and his powers retire under night: he calls a council, invents devilish engines, which, in the second day's fight, put Michael and his angels to some disorder; but they at length, pulling up mountains, overwhelmed both the force and machines of Satan: yet, the tumult not so ending, God, on the third day, sends Messiah his son, for whom he had reserved the glory of that victory: he, in the power of his Father, coming to the place, and causing all his legions to stand still on either side, with his chariot and thunder driving into the midst of his enemies, pursues them, unable to resist, 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: Mes. siah returns with triumph to his Father.




"ALL night the dreadless angel, unpursued, Through Heav'n's wide champaign held his way; till

morn, Wak'd by the circling hours, with


Unbarr'd the gates of light. There is a cave
Within the mount of God, fast by his throne,
Where light and darkness in perpetual round
Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes through

Grateful vicissitude, like day and night;
Light issues forth, and at the other door
Obsequious darkness enters, till her hour

To veil the Heav'n, though 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 through with orient beams; when all the plain,
Cover'd with thick embattled squadrons bright, 16
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

25 They led him high applauded, and present

Before the seat supreme; from whence a voice
From midst a golden cloud thus mild was heard.

6 Servant of God, well done; well hast thou fought The better fight, who single hast maintain'd 30 Against revolted multitudes the cause of truth, in word mightier than they in arms; And for the testimony' of truth hast borne Universal reproach, far worse to bear Than violence; for this was all thy care

35 To stand approv'd in sight of God, though 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 scorn'd thou didst depart, and to subdue By force, who reason for their law refuse, Right reason for their law, and for their king Messiah, who by right of merit reigns. Go, Michael, o' celestial armies prince, And thou, in military prowess next,

45 Gabriel, lead forth to battle these my sons Invincible; lead forth my 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 50 Fearless assault; and, to the brow of Heav'n Pursuing, drive them out from God and bliss Into their place of punishment, the gulf of Tartarus, which ready opens wide His fiery Chaos to receive their fall.'

55 “ So spake the sov'reign voice, and clouds began To darken all the hill, and smoke to roll In dusky wreaths, reluctant flames, the sign of wrath awak'd; nor with less dread the loud Ethereal trumpet from on high 'gan blow: 60 At which command the powers militant, That stood for Heav'n, in mighty quadrate joind of union irresistible, mov'd on In silence their bright legions, to the sound of instrumental harmony, that breath'd


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