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As from a sky. The hasty multitude
730 Admiring enter'd, and the work some praise, And some the architect: his hand was known In heav'n by many a towred structure high, Where fceptred angels held their residence, And fat as Princes; whom the supreme King 735 Exalted to such pow'r, and gave to rule, Each in his Hierarchy, the Orders bright: Nor was his name unheard, or unador'd, In ancient Greece ; and in AUSONIAN land Men call'd him MulciBer; and how he fell 740 From heay'n they fabled, thrown by angry JOVE Sheer o'er the crystal battlements; from morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve, A fummer's day; and with the setting fun Dropt from the Zenith like a falling star,
745 On Lemnos th’Ægean isle: thus they relate, Erring ; for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before ; nor ought availd him now T' have built in heav'n high tow'rs; nor did he scape By all his engins, but was headlong fent
750 With his industrious crew to build in hell.
Mean while the winged heralds by command
761 And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall (Though like a cover'd field, where champions bold Wont ride in arm'd, and at the SOLDAN's Chair Defi'd the best of Panim chivalry
765 To mortal combat, or carriere with lance) Thick swarm’d, both on the ground, and in the air, Brulh'd with the hiss of rufling wings. As bees
In spring time, when the sun with Taurus rides,
791 Of that infernal court. But far within, And in their own dimensions like themselves, The great Seraphic Lords, and Cherubim, In close recess, and secret Conclave fat ; A thousand Demi-Gods on golden seats, Frequent and full! After short filence then, And summons read, the great consult began.
The end of the first Book.
The consultation begrun, Satan debates whether another battel
be to be hazarded for the recovery of heaven: fome advise it, others diffuade. A third proposal is prefer'd, mentioned before by Satan, to search the truth of that prophefy or tradition in heaven concerning another world, and another kind of creature, equal, or not much inferior to themselves about this time to be created: their doubt who shall be sent on this difficult fearch : Saturn their chief undertakes alone the
voyage ; is honour'd and applauded. The council thus ended, the rest betake them feveral ways, and to several employments, as their inclinations lead them, to entertain the time 'till Satan return. He passes on his journey to hell gates, finds them fut, and who fat there' to guard them, by whom at length they are open'd, and discover to him the great gulf between hell and heaven : with what difficulty be passes through, direeted by Chaos, the Power of that place, to the foght of this new world which he fought