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His mighty standard : that proud honour claim'd
Azazel as his right, a Cherub tall ;
Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd

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Th’imperial ensign ; which, full high advanc'd,
Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind,
With gems and golden luftre rich imblaz'd,
Seraphic arms and trophies; all the while
Sonorous metal blowing martial founds :

540 At which the universal hoft up sent A shout that tore hell's concave ; and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. All in a moment thro’ the gloom were feen Ten thousand banners rife into the air,

545, With orient colours waving : with them rose A forest huge of spears; and thronging helms Appear'd, and ferried Thields in thick array, Of depth immeasurable: anon they move In perfect Phalanx, to the Dorian mood

550 Of Autes, and soft recorders; such as rais'd To height of noblest temper Heroes old Arming to battle'; and instead of rage, Deliberate valour breath'd, firm and unmov'd With dread of death to flight, or foul retreat 555 Nor wanting pow'r to mitigate and swage, With foleinn touches, troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and forrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they Breathing united force, with fixed thought Mov'd on in silence to soft pipes, that charm'd Their painful steps o'er the burnt foil : and now Advanc'd in view, they ftand, a horrid front Of dreadful length, and dazling arms, in guise Of warriors old with order'd spear and shield, 565 Awaiting what command their mighty Chief Had to impose : he thro' the armed files Darts his experienc'd eye, and soon traverse The whole battalion views their order due ; Their visages and ftature as of Gods ;

570 Their number last he sums. And now his heart Ditends with pride, and hard'ning in his ftrength

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Glories : for never since created man,
Met such imbodied force, as nam'd with these
Could merit more than that small infantry
Warr'd on by cranes ; tho' all the Giant brood
OF Phlegra with th' Heroic race were join'd,
That fought at Thebes and ILIUM, on each side
Mix'd with auxiliar Gods: and what resounds
In fable or romance of Uther's son,
Begirt with BRITISH and Armoric Knights;
And all who since, baptiz'd or infidel,
Jousted in ASPRAMONT, or MONTALBAN,
DAMASCO, or Morocco, or TREBISOND ;
Or whom Biserta sent from Afric Thoar,
When CHARLEMAIN with all his
By FONTARABBIA. Thus far these beyond
Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd
Their dread Commander : he, above the rest
In shape and gesture proudly eminent,
Stood like a tow'r : his form had yet not loft
All her original brightness, nor appear'd
Less than Arch-Angel tuin'd, and th' excess
Of glory obscur’d: as when the sun new-ris'n
Looks thro' the horizontal misty air,
Shorn of his beams; or from behind the moon,
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the Nations, and with fear of change
Perplexes monarchs ; darken'd so, yet thone
Above them all th' Arch-angel: but his face
Deep scars of thunder had intrench'd, and care
Sat on his faded cheek, but under brows
Of dauntless courage, and consid’rate pride
Waiting revenge: cruel his eye, but caft
Signs of remorse and passion, to behold
The fellows of his crime, the followers rather,
(Far other once beheld in bliss ! condemn'd
For ever now to have their lot in pain ;
Millions of spirits, for his fault amerc'd
Of heav'n, and from eternal splendors flung
For his revolt ; yet faithful how they ftcod,
Their glory wither'd: as when heav'ns fire

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Hath scath'd the forest oaks, or mountain pines,
With singed top, their singled growth, tho' bare,
Stands on the blafted heath. He now prepar'd
To speak, whereat their doubled ranks they bend
From wing to wing, and half inclose him round
With all hi Peers: attention held them mute :
Thrice he aslay'd, and thrice in spight of scorn,
Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth ; at last

620 Words interwove with fighs found out their way:

O myriads of immortal spirits ! O Pow'rs Matchless, but with th'Almighty! and that strife Was not inglorious, tho’th' event was dire, As this place testifies, and this dire change, Hateful to utter : but what pow'r of mind, Foreseeing, or presaging, from the depth, Of knowledge past or present, could have fear'd, How such united force of Gods, how such As stood like these, could ever know repulse ? 630 For who can yet believe, tho' after loss, That all these puissant legions, whose exile Hath emptied heav'n, shall fail to re-ascend, Self-rais’d, and repossess their native seat? For me be witness all the host of heav'n, If counsels different, or danger Thun'd By me, have loft our hopes : But He who reigns Monarch in heav'n, 'till then as one secure Sat on His throne, upheld by old repute, Consent, or custom, and His regal state

640 Put forth at full, but still His strength conceald, Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall. Henceforth His might we know, and know our own ; So as not either to provoke, or dread New war, provok'd. Our better part remains

645 To work in close design, by fraud or guile, What force effected not : that, He no less At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe. Space may produce new worlds ; whereof so rife 650 There went a fame in heav'n, that He ere-long

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Intended to create ; and therein plant
A generation, whom His choice

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Should favor equal to the sons of heav'n:
Thither, if but to pry, shall be perhaps
Our first eruption, thither or elsewhere:
For this infernal pit shall never hold
Cælestial spirits in bondage, nor th’ Abyss
Long under darkness cover.

But these thoughts
Full counsel must mature : peace is despair'd,
For who can think submission ? War then, war,
Open or understood, must be resolv’d.

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He spake: and to confirm his words out-flew
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty Cherubim: the sudden blaze
Far round illumin'd hell; highly they rag'd
Againft the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms
Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of War,
Hurling defiance towards the vault of heav'n.

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There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top 670 Belch'd fire and rowling smoke; the rest entire, Shone with a gloffy scurf; (undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallick ore, The work of sulphur) thither wing'd with speed A numerous brigade haften'd: as when bands Of pioneers, with spade and pickax armid, Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, Or cast a rampart ! MAMMON led them on, Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell From heav'n; for ev'n in heav'n his looks, and thoughts, Were always downward bent; admiring more 681 The riches of heav'ns pavement, troden gold, Than ought divine or holy else, enjoy'd In vision beatific : by him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught, Ransack'd the centre, and with impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother earth, For treasures better hid. Soon had his crew Open'd into the hill a spacious wound,

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And digg'd out ribs of gold. (Let none admire 690 That riches grow in hell ; that soil

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best Deserve the precious bane.) And here let those Who boast in mortal things, and wond'ring tell Of BABEL, and the works of Memphian Kings, Learn how their greatest monuments of fame, 695 And strength, and art, are easily out-done By spirits reprobate, and in an hour, What in an age they with incessant toil, And hands innumerable, scarce perform. Nigh on the plain in many cells prepard,

700 That underneath had veins of liquid fire Sluc'd from the lake, a second multitude With wond'rous art found out the massy ore ;, Severing each kind, and scumm'd the bullion drofs : A third as soon had form'd within the ground 705 A various mold; and from the boiling cells By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook: As in an Organ, from one blaft of wind, To many a row of pipes the found-board breathes. Anon'out of the earth a fabric huge

719 Rose like an exhalation, with the found Of dulcet symphonies, and voices sweet ; Built like a temple, where pilafters round Were set, and Doric pillars, overlaid With golden architrave : nor did there want 715 Cornice, or freeze, with bosiy sculptures grav’n; The roof was fretted gold. Not BABYLON, Nor great ALCARIO, fuch magnificence Equall'd in all their glories, to infhrine BELUs, or Serapis, their Gods; or feat

720 Their Kings, when Ægypt with AssyriA ftrove In wealth and luxury. Th' ascending pile Stood fixt her stately' height: and straight the doors Op’ning their brazen-folds, discover wide. Within, her ample spaces, o'er the smooth

725 And level pavement: from the arched roof, Pendant by subtle magic, many a row Of starry lamps, and blazing creffets, fed With Naphtha and Asphaltus, yielded light

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