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Not more almighty to resist our might,
Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles.
Shall we then live thus vile, the race of heav'n
Thus trampled, thus expell’d, to suffer here 195
Chains and these torments ? Better these than worse,
By my advice ; fince fate inevitable
Subdues us, and omnipotent decree ;
The victor's will. To suffer, as to do,
Our strength is equal, nor the law unjust

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That so ordains : this was at first resolv'd
If we were wise, against so great a foe
Contending, and so doubtful what might fall..
I laugh, when those who at the fpear are bold
And vent'rous, if that fail them, Ihrink and fear 205
What yet they know must follow, to endure
Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain,
The sentence of their conqu’ror : This is now
Our doom! which if we can sustain and bear,
Our supreme foe, in time, may much remit
His anger: and perhaps thus far remov'd,
Not mind us not offending, satisfy'd
With what is punish'd: whence these raging fires
Will slacken, if his breath ftir not their flames.
Our
purer
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Their noxious vapour ; or enur'd, not feel ;
Or chang'd at length, and to the place conform’d
In temper, and in nature, will receive
Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain;
This horror will grow mild, this darkness, light: 220
Besides what hope the never-ending flight
Of future days may bring, what chance, what change
Worth waiting, fince our present lot appears
For happy, though but ill; for ill, not worft;
If we procure not to our selves more woe.

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| Thus BeLIAL with words cloach'd in reason's garb
Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful floth,
Not peace: and after him thus MAMMON (pake.

Either to disinthrone the King of heav'n

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We war, if war be beft, or to regain

230 Our own right loft: Him to unthrone we then May hope, when everlasting Fate fhall yield To fickle Chance, and CHAos judge the strife : The former vain to hope, argues as vain The latter: for what place can be for us

235 Within heav'n's bound, unless heav'n's Lord supreme We over-power? Suppose He should relent And publish grace to all, on promise made Of new subjection : with what eyes could we Stand in His presence humble, and receive Strict laws impos'd, to celebrate His throne With warbled hymns, and to His Godhead sing Forc'd Hallelujahs ? while He lordly fits Our envy'd Sov'reign, and His altar breathes -Ambrosial odors, and Ambrosial fow'rs,

245 Our servile offerings ! This must be our task In heav'n, this our delight; how wearisome Eternity fo spent, in worship paid To whom we hate! Let us not then pursue, By force imposible, by leave obtain'd Unacceptable, though in heav'n, our state Of fplendid vaffalage : but rather seek Our own good from ourselves, and from our own Live to ourselves ; though in this vaft recess, Free, and to none accountable ; preferring,

255 Hard liberty before the easy yoke Of fervile pomp. Our greatness will appear: Then most conspicuous, when great things of small, Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse We can create ; and in what place foe'er

260 Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain, Through labour, and endurance. This deep world. Of darkness do we dread ? how oft amidst Thick clouds and dark doth heav'n's all-ruling Sire Chuse to refide, His glory unobscur'd ?

255 And with the majesty of darkness round Covers His throne ; - from whence deep thunders roar Mult'ring their rage, and heav'n resembles hell ? As He our darkness, cannot we His light

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Imitate when we please? This desert foil
Wants not her hidden luftre, gems, and gold :
Nor want we skill or art, from whence to raise
Magnificence ; and what can heav'n fhew more?
Our torments also may in length of time
Become our elements ; these piercing fires
As soft as now severe, our temper chang’d
Into their temper ; which must needs remove
The sensible of pain, All things invite
To peaceful counsels, and the settled state.
Of order, how in safety best we may
Compose our present evils, with regard
Of what we are, and where; dismiffing quite
All thoughts of war.

-Ye have what I advise ;

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He scarce had finishid, when such murmūr fillid Th'assembly, as when hollow rocks retain

285 The sound of bluft'ring winds, which all night long Had rouz'd the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Sea-faring men o'erwatch'd, whose bark by chance, Or pinnace, anchors in a craggy bay After the tempeft : such applause was heard

290 As MAMMON ended, and his sentence pleas'a, Advising peace. For, such another field They dreaded worse than hell ; so much the fear Of thunder, and the sword of Michael, Wrought ftill within them; and no less desire

295 To found this nether empire, which might rise, By policy, and long process of time, In emulation opposite to heav'n. Which when BeeLZEBUB perceiv'd (than whom, Satan except, none higher sat) with grave

300 Aspect he rose, and in his rising feem'd A pillar of state: deep on his front engraven Deliberation fat, and publick care; And princely counsel in his face yet shone, Majeltic though in ruin! fage he stood,

305 With ATLANTEAN shoulders fit to bear The weight of mightiest monarchies; his look Drew audience, and attention still as night, Os summer's noon-tide air; wliile thus he spake.

Thrones,

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Thrones, l'and Imperial Pow'rs, offspring of heav'n, Ethereal Virtues ! or these titles now

311 Must we renounce, and changing style be call'd Princes of Hell? For so the popular vote Inclines, here to continue, and build up here A growing empire: doubtlefs ! while we dream, 315 And know not that the King of heav'n hath doom'd This place our dungeon ; not our safe retreat Beyond His potent arm, to live exempt From heav'n's high jurisdiction, in new league Banded against His throne : but to remain In strictelt bondage, though thus far remov'd, Under th’inevitable curb, reserv'd His captive multitude : for He, be sure, In heighth or depth, ftill first and last will reign Sole King, and of His Kingdom lose no part 325 By our revolt; but over hell extend His empire, and with iron sceptre rule Us here, as with His golden those in heav'n. What fit we then projecting peace and war? War hath determin'd us, and foild with loss

33.0 Irreparable , terins of peace yet none Vouchfard or fought: for what peace will be giv'n To us en lay'd, but cuftody fevere, And ftripes, and arbitrary punishment Inflicted ? and what peace can we return?

335 But, to our pow'r, hostility, and hate, Untam'd reluctance, and revenge ; though now, Yet ever plotting how the conqueror leaft May reap His conqueft; and may least rejoice In doing what we most in suffering feel;

340 Ncr will occasion want, nor shall we need With dangerous Expedition, to invade Heav'n, whose high walls fear no affault or fiege, Or ambush from the Deep: what if we find Some e fer enterprize? There is a place,

345 (If anrient and prophetic fame in heav'n Err nci) another world, the happy seat Of some new race call'd MAN: about this time

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To be created like to us, though less
In pow'r and excellence, but favour'd more

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Of Him who rules above: so was his will
Pronounc'd among the Gods, and by an oath,
That shook heav'n's whole circumference, confirm'd.
Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn
What creatures there inhabit, of what mo!d, 355
Or substance, how endu'd, and what their pow'r,
And where their weakness, how attempted best,
By force, or fubtilty. Though heav'n be fhut,
And heav'n's high arbitrator fit secure
In His own strength, this place may lie expos'd,
The utmost border of His Kingdom, left
To their defence who hold it: here perhaps
Some advantagious act may be atchiev'd
By sudden onset, either with hell fire
To waste His whole creation; or possess

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All as our own, and drive (as we are driv'n)
The
puny

habitants ; or if not drive,
Seduce them to our party, that their God
May prove their foe, and with repenting hand
Abolish His own works. This would surpass
Common revenge, and interrupt His joy
In our confusion, and our joy upraise
In His disturbance ; when His darling Sons,
Hurld headlong to partake with us, thall curse
Their frail original, and faded bliss :

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Faded so foon! Advise if this be worth
Attempting, .or to fit in darkness here
Hatching vain empires-Thus BeeLZEBUB
Pleaded his devilish counsel, first devis'd
By Satan, and in part propos'd: from whence,
But from the author of all ill, could spring
So deep a malice, to confound the race
Of mankind in one root, and earth with hell
To mingle and involve, done all to spite
The great Creator ? But their spite still serves 385
His glory to augment. The bold design
Pleas'd highly those infernal States, and joy
Sparkled in all their eyes; with full assent

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