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MICHAEL AND GABRIEL BATTLING WITH SATAN AND HIS ANGELS.

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“ Defence; while others bore him on their shields “ Back to his chariot, where it stood retired “ From off the files of war: there they him laid “ Gnashing for anguish, and despite, and shame, 340 To find himseil not matchless, and his pride “Humbled by such rebuke, so far beneath “ His confidence to equal God in power. “Yet soon he healed; for Spirits that live throughout Vital in every part, (not as frail man In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins,) “ Cannot, but by annihilating, die; “Nor in their liquid texture mortal wound “ Receive, no more than can the fluid air : “ All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear, 350 All intellect, all sense; and, as they please, “ They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare.

“ Meanwhile in other parts like deeds deserved “Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought, And with fierce ensigns pierced the deep array “Of Moloch, furious king; who him defied, And at his chariot-wheels to drag him bound “ Threatened, nor from the Holy One of Heaven “Refrained his tongue blasphemous; but anon, “ Down cloven to the waist, with shattered arms "And uncouth pain, fled bellowing. On each wing, “Uriel, and Raphaël, his vaunting foe, “ Though huge and in a rock of diamond armed, Vanquished,-Adramelech and Asmodai, “ Two potent Thrones, that to be less than Gods “ Disdained, but meaner thoughts learned in their flight, “Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. “ Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy “ The atheist crew; but with redoubled blow

370 Ariel, and Arioch, and the violence “Of Ramiel scorched and blasted, overthrew.

“I might relate of thousands, and their names “Eternize here on Earth; but those elect “ Angels, contented with their fame in Heaven, “ Seek not the praise of men; the other sort,

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“In might though wondrous and in acts of war,
“ Nor of renown less eager, yet by doom
“ Cancelled from Heaven and sacred memory,
“ Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell;

380 “ For strength, from truth divided and from just, “ Illaudable, naught merits but dispraise And ignominy; yet to glory aspires “ Vainglorious, and through infamy seeks fame : “ Therefore eternal silence be their doom.

" And now, their mightiest quelled, the battle swerved, “ With many an inroad gored : deformed rout “ Entered, and foul disorder; all the ground “ With shivered armour strown; and on a heap “ Chariot and charioteer lay overturned, “ And fiery-foaming steeds; what stood, recoiled “ O’erwearied, through the faint Satanic host, “ Defensive scarce; or with pale fear surprised, “ (Then first with fear surprised, and sense of pain,) “ Fled ignominious—to such evil brought “ By sin of disobedience; till that hour “Not liable to fear, or flight, or pain. “ Far otherwise the inviolable Saints, “ In cubic phalanx firm, advanced entire, “ Invulnerable-impenetrably armed; “ Such high advantages their innocence “ Gave them above their foes-not to have sinned, “ Not to have disobeyed-in fight they stood “ Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pained “ By wound, though from their place by violence moved.

“Now Night her course began, and, over Heaven “ Inducing darkness, grateful truce imposed, “ And silence, on the odious din of war: “ Under her cloudy covert both retired, Victor and vanquished. On the foughten field “ Michaël and his angels prevalent “ Encamping, placed in guard their watches round, “ Cherubic waving fires: on the other part, “ Satan, with his rebellious, disappeared, “ Far in the dark dislodged; and, void of rest " His Potentates to council called by night;

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