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Before bina Power Divine his way prepar'd ; At his command the uprooted hills retir'd Each to his place; they heard his voice, and went Obseqnious; heaven his wonted face renew'd, And with fresh flowerets hill and valley smild. This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd, And tv rebellious fight ralliert their powers, Insensate, hope conceiving from despair. In heavenly spirits could such perverseness dwell But to convince the proud what signs avail, Or wonders move the obdurate to relent? They, harden'd more by what might most reclaira, Grieving to see his glory, at the sight Took envy; and aspiring to his highth, stood re-embattled fierce, by force or fraud Weening to prosper, and at length prevail cigainst God and Messiah, or to fall fu universa) ruin last; and now To final battle drew, disdaining flight, Or faint retreat ; when the great Son of Gol To all his host on either hand thus spake : ".Stand still in bright array, ye saints ; liceren
stand, Ye angels arm'd; this day from battle rest : Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause ; And as ye have receiv'd, so have ye done, Invincibly; but of this cursed crew The punishment to other hand belonge ; Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints Number to this day's work is not ordain'd, Nor multitude ; stand only, and behold God's indignation ou these godless pour'd By me; not you, but me, they have despis’d, Yet envied ; against me is all their rage, Because the Father, to whom in heaven supreme Kingdom, and power, and glory, appertains, Hail honour'd me, according to his will. Therefore to me their doom he hath assigu'd
That they may have their wish, to try with me
“ So spake the Son, and into terror chang'd
Of goats or timorous flock together throngid,
threw Down from the verge of heaven ; eternal wrath Burnt after them to the bottomless pit.
“ Hell heard the unsufferable noise, hell saw Heaven ruining from heaven, and would have fled Affrighted ; but strict fate had cast too deep Her dark foundations, and too fast had bound. Nine days they fell: confounded Chaos roar'd, And felt tenfold confusion in their fall Through his wild anarchy, so huge a rout Encumber'd him with ruin ; hell at last Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them clos'd; Hell, their fit habitation, fraught with fire Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain. Disburden'd heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair'd Her mural breach, returning whence it rollid. Sole Victor, from the expulsion of his foes, Messiah his triumphal chariot turn'd: To meet him all his saints, who silent stood Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts, With jubilee advanc'd; and, as they went, Shading with branching palm, each order bright Sung triumph, and him sung victorious King, Son, Heir, and Lord, to him dominion given, Worthiest to reign: He, celebrated, rode Triumphant through mid heaven, into the courts And temple of his mighty Father thron'd. On high who into glory him receiv’d, Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss. “ Thus measuring things in heaven by things
At thy request, and that thou may'st lieware
THE ARGUMENT Raphael, at the request of Adam, relates how and where fore ihis world was first created ; that God, after the expex ing of Satan and his angels out of heaven, declared his plea. sure to create another world, and other creature to dwell therein ; sends his Son with glory, and attendance of angels, to perform the work of creation in six days: the angels celá brate with hymns the performance thereus, and his reascen. sion into heaven.
Descend from heaven, Urania, by that pamo