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And crystal wall of heaven, which op'ning wide
; Struck them with horror backward; but far worse Urg'd them behind; headlong themselves they
Sole victor from th' expulsion of his foes
868 ruining) Falling down with ruin, from the Italian ruinando. y. Tasso's Gier. lib. ix. 39.
«Gli alberi intorno ruinando atterra.' Thyer. 877 house) Fairfax's Tasso, ix. st. 59. *Fit house for them, the house of grief and pain.'
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With jubilee advanc'd ; and as they went,
Thus measuring things in heaven by things on
900 he] The construction, Bentley observes, requires ‘him.'
RAPHAEL, at the request of Adam, relates how, and wherefore, this world was first created; that God, after the ex pelling of Satan and his angels out of heaven, declared his pleasure to create another world, and other creatures to dwell therein; sends his Son with glory and attendance of angels to perform the work of creation in six days: the angels celebrate with hymns the performance thereof, and his reascension into heaven.
DESCEND from heaven, Urania, by that name
7 old Olympus] cold.' Bentl. MS. 1. 516. 1. 428. 2. 393.
7 old] Some would read "cold,' as in book i. 516 ; but it is called 'old,' as being "fam'd of old,' see book i. 420, ii. 593. Newton.
In presence of th' almighty Father, pleas'd
Up led by thee
slumbers nightly, or when morn Purples the east. Still govern thou my song, Urania, and fit audience find, though few. But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd Both harp and voice; nor could the muse defend
85 ears) Hor. Od. i. xii. v. 11.
'Auritas fidibus canoris
So fail not thou, who thee implores: For thou art heavenly, she an empty dream. Say, goddess, whạt ensu'd when Raphael, The affable arch-angel, had forewarn'd Adam by dire example to beware Apostasy, by what befell in heaven To those apostates, lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race, Charg'd not to touch the interdicted tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obey'd, amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite, Though wand'ring. He with his consorted Eve 50 The story heard attentive, and was fill’d With admiration and deep muse, to hear Of things so high and strange, things to their
thought So unimaginable as hate in heaven, And war so near the peace of God in bliss With such confusion : but the evil soon Driv'n back redounded as a flood on those From whom it sprung, impossible to mix With blessedness. Whence Adam soon repeald The doubts that in his heart arose: and now Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know What nearer might concern him, how this world Of heaven and earth conspicuous first began, When, and whereof created, for what cause, What within Eden or without was done Before his memory, as one whose drouth