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The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep | Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
Affects me equally ; nor can I like

If better thou belong not to the dawn,
This uncouth dream), of evil sprung, I fear; Sure pledge of day,that crown'st the smiling more
Yet evil whence ? in thee can harbour none, With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
Created pure. But know, that in the soul While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Are many lesser faculties, that serve

Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and soul, Reason as chief; among these Fancy next Acknowledge him thy greater ; sound his praise, Her office holds ; of all external things,

In thy eternal course, both when tbou climb'st, Which the five watchful senses represent,

And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou She forms imaginations, aery shapes,

fall'st. Which Reason, joining or disjoining, frames Moon, that now meet'st the orient Sun, now fly'st, All what we affirm or what deny, and call With the fix'd stars, fix'd in theirorb that flies; Our knowledge or opinion; then retires

And ye five other wandering fires, that move Into her private cell, when nature rests.

In mystic dance not without song, resound Oft in her absence mimic Fancy wakes

His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light. To imitate her ; but, misjoining shapes,

Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams; Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Nl matching words and deeds long past or late. Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix Some such resemblances, metbinks, I find

And nourish all things; let your ceaseless change Of our last evening's talk, in this thy dream, Vary to our great Maker still new praise. But with addition strange; yet be not sad. Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise Evil into the mind of God or Man

From hill or steaming lake, dusky, or gray, May come and go, so unapprov'd, and leave Till the Sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, No spot or blame behind : which gives me hope In honour to the World's great Author rise; That what in sleep thou didst abhor to dream, Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd sky, Waking thou never wilt consent to do.

Or wet the thirsty Earth with falling showers, Be not dishearten'd then, nor cloud those looks, Rising or falling still advance his praise. That wont to be more cheerful and serene, His praise, ye winds, that from four quarters Than wben fair morning first smiles on the world;

blow, And let us to our fresh employments rise

Breathe soft or loud ; and wave your tops, fe Among the groves, the fountains, and the flowers With every plant, in sign of worship ware. That open now their choicest bosom'd smells, Fountains, and ye that warble, as ye flow, Reserv'd from night, and kept for thee in store.” | Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.

So cheer'd he his fair spouse, and she was Join voiccs, all ye living souls : ye birds, But silently a gentle tear let fall [cheerd; That singing up to Heaven-gate ascend, From either eye, and wip'd them with her hair ; Bear on your wings and in your potes his praise. T'wo other precious drops that ready stood, Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk Each in their crystal sluice, he ere they fell The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep; Kissd, as the gracious signs of sweet remorse Witness if I be silent, morn or even, And pious awe, that fear'd to have offended. To hill, or valley, fountain, or fresh shade,

So all was cleard, and to the field they haste. Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise. But first, from under shady arborous roof Hail, universal Lord, be bounteous still Soon as they forth were come to open sight To give us only good; and if the night Of day-spring, and the Sun, who, scarce up-risen, Have gather'd aught of evil or conceal'd, With wheels yet hovering o'er the ocean brim, Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark!" Shot parallel to the Earth his dewy ray,

So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts Discovering in wide landscape all the east Firm peace recover'd soon, and wonted calm. Of Paradise and Eden's happy plains,

On to their morning's rural work they haste, Jowly they bow'd adoring, and began

Among sweet dews and flowers; where any row Their orisons, each morning duly paid

Of fruit-trees over-woody reach'd too far (check In various style ; for neither various style Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise

Fruitless embraces : or they led the vine Their Maker, in fit strains pronounc'd, or sung To wed her elm; she, spous'd, about him twines Unmeditated; such prompt eloquence [verse, Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Flow'd from their lips, in prose or numerous Her dower, the adopted clusters, to adorn More-tuneable than needed Jute or harp

His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld To add more sweetness ; and they thus began. With pity Heaven's high King, and to him calid

“These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Raphael, the sociable spirit, that deign'd Almighty ! Thine this universal frame,

To travel with Tobias, and secur'd Thus wonderous fair ; Thyself how wonderous His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid. Unspeakable, who sitst above these heavens (then! “Raphael,” said he,“ thou hear'st what stir on To us invisible, or dimly seen

Earth

(gull, In these thy lowest works; yet these declare Satan, from Hell'scap'd through the darksome Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine. Hath rais'd in Paradise; and how disturb'd Speak, ye who beșt can tell, ye sons of light, This night the human pair; how he designs Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs In them at once to ruin all mankind. And choral symphonies, day without night, Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend Circle bis throne rejoicing ; ye in Heaven. Converse with Adam, in what bower or shade On Earth join all ye creatures to extol . Thou find'st him from the lient of noon retird, Him first, him last, him midst, and without end. To respite bis day-labour with repast,

Or with repose; and such discourse bring on, | Him through the spicy forest onward come As may advise him of his happy state,

Adam discern'd, as in the door he sat Happiness in his power left free to will, | Of his cool bower, while now the mounted Sun Left to his own free will, his will though free, | Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware Earth's inmost womb, more warmth than Adam He swerve not, too secure : tell him withal

needs : His danger, and from whom ; what enemy, And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd Late fall’n himself from Heaven, is plotting now For dinner savoury fruits, of taste to please The fall of others from like state of bliss; | True appetite, and not disrelish thirst By violence ? no, for that shall be withstood; Of nectarous draughts between, from milky But by deceit and lies: this let him know,

stream, Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend

Berry or grape : to whom thus Adam calPd. Surprisal, unadmonish’d, unforewarn'd.”

“ Haste hither, Eve, and worth thy sight be So spake the Eternal Father, and fulfill'd

hold All justice : nor delay'd the winged saint

Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape After his charge receiv'd ; but from among Comes this way moving; seems another morn Thousand celestial ardours, where he stood Ris'n on mid-noon; some great behest froin Veild with his gorgeous wings, up springing

Heaven light

squires, To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe Flew through the midst of Heaven; the angelic This day to be our guest. But go with speed, On each hand parting, to his speed gave way And, what thy stores contain, bring forth and Through all the empyreal road; till, at the gate

pour Of Heaven arriv'd, the gate self-open'd wide Abundance, fit to honour and receive On golden hinges turning, as by work

Our heavenly stranger ; well we may afford Divine the sovran Architect had fram'd.

| Our givers their own gifts, and large bestow From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct bis sight, From large bestow'd, where Nature multiplies Star interpos'd, however small he sees,

Her fertile growth, and by disburdening grows Not unconform to other shining globes,

More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare. Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars To whom thus Eve. “Adam, Earth's hallow'd crown'd

mould,

[store, Above all hills. As when by night the glass Of God inspir'd! small store will serve, where Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes

All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk; Imagin'd lands and regions in the Moon : Save what by frugal storing firmness gains Or pilot, from amidst the Cyclades

| To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: Delos or Samos first appearing, kens

But I will baste, and from each bough and brake, A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight Each plant and juiciest gourd, will pluck such He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady To entertain our angel-guest, as he wing

Beholding shall confess, that here on Earth Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan God hath dispens'd his bounties as in Heaven.” Winnows the buxom air ; till, within soar

So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste
Of towering eagles, to all the fowls he seems She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent
A phenix, gaz'd by all, as that sole bird, What choice to choose for delicacy best,
When, to enshrine his reliques in the Sum's What order so contriv'd as not to mix
Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies. Tastes, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring
At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise

Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change:
He lights, and to his proper shape returns Bestirs her then, and from each tender stalk
A seraph wing'd: six wings he wore, to shade Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields
His lineaments divine; the pair that clad

In India East or West, or middle shore. Fach shoulder broad, came mantling o'er bis In Pontus or the Punic coast, or where With regal ornament; the middle pair [breast Alcinous reign'd, fruit of all kinds, in coat Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round Rough, or smooth rind, or bearded husk, or shell, Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold She gathers, tribute large, and on the board And colours dipt in Heaven; the third his feet Heaps with unsparing hand; for drink the Shadow'd from either heel with feather'd mail,

grape Sky-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood, She crushes, inoffensive must, and meaths And shook his plumes, that heavenly fragrance From many a berry, and from sweet kernels fill'd

bands The circuit wide. Straight knew him all the She tempers dulcet creams; nor these to hold Of angels under watch ; and to his state, | Wants her fit vessels pure; then strows the And to his message bigh, in honour rise; [bound,

ground For on some message high they guess'd him With rose and odours from the shrub unfum'd. Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is come Mean while our primitive great sire, to meet Into the blissful field, through groves of myrrh, His God-like guest, walks forth, without more And flowering odours, cassia, nard, and balm ; .

train A wilderness of sweets; for Nature here

Accompanied than with his own complete Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd at will . Perfections; in himself was all his state, Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet, More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits Wild above rule or art, enormous bliss,

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of horses led, and grooms besmeard with Ethereal, and as lowest first the Moon;

Whence in her visage round those spots, un
Dazzles the croud, and sets them all agape.

purg'd
Nearer his presence Adam, though not awd, Vapours not yet into her substance turn’d,
Yet with submiss approach and reverence meek, Nor doth the Moon no nourishment exhale
As to a superior nature bowing low,

Prom her moist continent to higher orbs.
Thus said. “Native of Heaven, for other place The Sun, that light imparts to all, receives
None can than Heaven such glorious shape con From all his alimental recoinpense
tain ;
In hunid exhalations, and at even

strees
Since, by descending from the thrones above, Sups with the Ocean. Though in Heaven the
Those happy places thou hast deign'd a while | Of life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines
To want, and honour these, vouchsafe with us Yield nectar; though from off the boughs each
Two only, who yet by sovran gift possess

morn This spacious ground, in yonder shady bower We brush mellifluous dews, and find the ground To rest, and what the garden choicest bears Cover'd with pearly grain : yet God hath To sit and taste, till this meridian heat

here Be over, and the Sun more cool decline."

Varied his bounty so with new delights, Whom thus the angelic virtue answer'd As may compare with Heaven: and to taste mild.

Think not I shall be nice.” So down they sat, “ Adam, I therefore came; nor art thou such | And to their viands fell; nor seemingly Created, or such place hast here to dwell, The angel, nor in mist, the common gloss As may not oft invite, though spirits of Heaven, Of theologians; but with keen dispatch To visit thee; lead on then where thy bower Of real hunger, and concoctive heat O'ershades; for these mid-hours, till evening To trausubstantiate : what redounds, transpires rise,

Through spirits with ease; nor wonder ; if by fire I have at will.” So to the sylvan lodge 01 sooty coal the empiric alchymist. They came, that like Pomona's arbour smild, Can turn, or holds it possible to turn, With flowerets deck'd, and fragrant smells ; but | Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold, Eve,

As from the mine, Mean while at table Ere
Undeck'd save with herself, more lovely fair Minister'd naked, and their flowing cups
Than wood-nymph, or the fairest goddess With pleasant liquors crown'd: O innocence
feign'd

Deserving Paradise ! if ever, then,
Of three that in mount Ida naked strove, (veil | Then had the sons of God excuse to have been
Slood to entertain her guest from Heaven; no Enamour'd at that sight; but in those hearts
She needed, virtue proof; no thought infirm Love unlibidinous reign'd, nor jealousy
Alter'd her cheek. On whom the angel Hail Was understood, the injur'd lover's Hell
Bestow'd, the holy salutation us'd

Thus when with meats and drinks they had Long after to blest Mary, second Eve. [womb

suffic'd, “ Hail, Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful Not burthen'd nature, sudden mind arose Shall fill the world more numerous with thy sons, | In Adam, not to let the occasion pass Than with these various fruits the trees of God | Given him by this great conference to know Have heap'd this table."'-Rais'd of grassy turf Of things above his world, and of their being Their table was, and mossy seats had round, Who dwell in Heaven, whose excellence be saw And on her ample square from side to side Transcend his own so far; whose radiant forins, All autumn pil'd, though Spring and Autumn Divine effulgence, whose high power, so far bere

(hold; Exceeded human : and his wary speech Danc'd hand in hand. A while discourse they Thus to the empyreal minister he fram'd. No tear lest dinner cool; when thus began

“ Inhabitant with God, now know I well Our author. “ Heavenly stranger, please to taste | Thy favour, in this honour done to man; These bounties, which our Nourisher, from lnder whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsaf'd whom

To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste, Allperfect good, unmcasur'd out, descends, | Food not of angels, yet accepted so, To us for food and for delight hath caus'd | As that more willingly thou couldst not seem The Earth to yield; unsavoury food perhaps | At Heaven's high feasts to bave fed : yet what To spiritual natures; only this I know,

compare ?" That one celestial Father gives to all.” (gives To whom the winged hierarch replied.

To whoin the angel. “ Therefore what he “ ( Adam, one Alnighty is, from whom (Whose praise be ever sung) to Man in part All things proceed, and up to him return, Spiritual, may of purest spirits be found

If not deprav'd from good, created all No ingrateful food : and food alike those pure Such to perfection, one first matter all, Intelligential substances require,

Endued with various forms, various degree As doth your rational; and both contain

Of substance, and, in things that live, of life; Within them every lower faculty

But more refin'd, more spiritous, and pure, Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, As nearer to him plac'd, or nearer tending Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate, [taste, Each in their several active spheres assign'd, . And corporeal to incorporeal turn.

Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Tor know, whatever was created, needs

Proportion'd to each kind. So from the root To be sustain'd and fed : of elements

Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the The grosser feeds the purer, earth the sea,

leaves Earth and the sea feed air, the air those tires More aery, last the bright consummate flower

Spirits odorous breathes : flowers and their fruit, | Our Maker, and obey him whose command
Man's nourishment, by gradual scale sublim'd, Single is yet so just, my constant thoughts
To vital spirits aspire, to animal,

Assur'd me, and still assure : though what thou To intellectual ; give both life and sense,

tell'st

[move, Fancy and understanding ; whence the soul Hath pass'd in Heaven, some doubt within me Reason receives, and reason is her being,

But more desire to hear, if thou consent, Discursive, or intuitive ; discourse

The full relation, which must needs be strange, Is oftest yours, the latter most is ours,

Worthy of sacred silence to be heard ; Differing but in degree, of kind the same. And we have yet large day, for scarce the Sun Wonder not then, what God for you saw good Hath finish'd half his journey, and scarce begins If I refuse not, but convert, as you, [men His other half in the great zone of Heaven.” To proper substance. Time may come, when Thus Adam made request : and Raphaël, With angels may participate, and find

After short pause assenting, thus began. [men, No inconvenient diet, nor too light fare;

“ High matter thou enjoin'st me, O prime of And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Sad task and hard: for how shall I relate Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit,

To human sense the invisible exploits
Improv'd by tract of time, and, wing'd, ascend Of warring spirits ? how, without remorse,
Ethereal, as we : or may, at choice,

The ruin of so many glorions once
Here or in heavenly Paradises dwell;

And perfect while they stood ? how last unfold If ye be found obedient, and retain

The secrets of another world, perhaps Unalterably firm his love entire,

Not lawful to reveal ? yet for thy good Whose progeny you are. . Mean while enjoy This is dispens'd; and what surmounts the reach Your fill what happiness this happy state

Of human sepse, I shall delineate so, Can comprehend, incapable of more.”

By likening spiritual to corporal forms, To whom the patriarch of mankind replied. As may express them best; though what if Earth “O favourable spirit, propitious guest,

Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein Well hast thou taught the way that might direct Each to other like, more than on Earth is Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set

thought? From centre to circumference ; whereon,

" As yet this world was not, and Chaos wild In contemplation of created things,

Reign'd where these Heavens now roll, where By steps we may ascend to God. But say,

Earth now rests
What meant that caution join'd, If ye be found Upon her centre pois'd; when on a day
Obedient? Can we want obedience then

(For time, though in eternity, applied To him, or possibly his love desert,

To motion, measures all things durable Who form'd us from the dust, and plac'd us here | By present, past, and future,) on such day Full to the utmost measure of what bliss

As Heaven's great year brings forth, the empy, Human desires can seek or apprchend ?”

real host
To whom the angel. “Son of Heaven and Earth, Of angels by imperial summons call'd,
Attend : that thou art happy, owe to God; Innumerable before the Almighty's throne
That thou continuest such, owe to thyself,

Forthwith, from all the ends of Heaven,appeard
That is, to thy obedience; therein stand. Under their hierarchs in orders bright:
This was that caution given thee, be advis'd. Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanc'd,
God made thee perfect, not immutable;

Standards and gonfalons 'twixt van and rear And good he made thee; but to persevere Stream in the air, and for distinction serve He left it in thy power; ordain'd thy will

Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees; By nature free, not orer-ruld by fate

Or in their glittering tissues bear imblaz'd Inextricable, or strict necessity :

Holy memorials, acts of zeal and love Our voluntary service be requires,

Recorded eminent. Thus when in orbs Not our necessitated ; such with him

Of circuit inexpressible they stood, Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how Orb within orb, the Father Infinite, Can hearts, not free, be tried whether they serve By whom in bliss imbosom'd sat the Son, Willing or no, who will but what they must Amidst as from a flaming mount, whose top By destiny, and can no other choose?

Brightness had made invisible, thus spake. Myself, and all the angelic host, that stand «• Hear, all ye angels, progeny of light, In sight of God, enthron'd our happy state Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds ;

powers, On other surety none : freely we serve,

Hear my decree, which unrevok'd sball stand, Because we freely love, as in our will

This day I have begot whom I declare To love or not; in this we stand or fall:

My only Son, and on this holy hill And some are fall’n, to disobedience fall'n, Him have anointed, whom ye now behold And so from Heaven to deepest Hell; O fall At my right hand ; your head I him appoint; From what high state of bliss, into what woe !" And by myself have sworn, to him shall bow

To whom our great progenitor. “Thy words. All knees in Heaven, and shall confess him Lord; Attentive, and with more delighted ear,

Under his great vice-gerent reign abide
Divine instructer, I have heard, than when | United, as one individual soul,
Cherubic songs by nigat from neighbouring hills For ever happy: him who disobeys,
Aëreal music send : nor knew I not

Me disobeys, breaks union, and that day,
To be both will and deed created free;

Cast out from God and blessed vision, falls Yet that we never shall forget to love

Into utter darkness, deep ingulfd, his place

Ordain'd without redemption, without end." Wast wont, I mine to thee was sont to impart:

“So spake the Omnipotent, and, with his words | Both waking we were one; how then can now All seem'd well pleas'd; all seem'd, but were | Thy sleep dissent ? New laws thou seest impos'd; not all."

New laws from him who reigas, new minds may That day, aś other solemn days, they spent

raise In song and dance about the sacred hill;

In us who serve, new counsels, to debate Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere What doubtful may ensue : more in this place of planets, and of fix'd, in all her wheels To utter is not safe. Assemble thou Resembles nearest, mazes intricate,

Of all those myriads which we lead the chief; Ecoentric, intervoly'd, yet regular

Tell them, that by command, ere yet dim night Then most, when most irregular they seem;

Her shadowy cloud withdraws, I am to haste, And in their motions Harmony divine fear And all who under me their banners ware, So smooths her charming tones, that God's own Homeward, with flying march, where we possess Listens delighted. Evening now approach'd, The quarters of the north; there to prepare (For we have also our evening and our morn, Fit entertajument to teceive our King, We ours for change delectable, not need ;) The great Messiah, and his new commands, Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn Who speedily through all the hierarchies Desirous; all in circles as they stood,

Intends to pass triumphant, and give laws.' Tables are set, and on a sudden pil'd

.“ So spake the false arch-angel, and infus'd With angels food, and rubied nectar flows | Bad influence into the unwary breast In pearl, in diamond, and massy gold,

Of his associate: he together calls, Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of Heaven. Or several one by one, the regent powers, On flowers repos'd, and with fresh flowerets l'nder him regent; tells, as he was taught, crown'd,

T'hat the Most High cominanding, now ero They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet

night, Quaff immortality and joy, secure

Now ere dim night had disencumber'd Heaven, Of surfeit, where full measure only bounds The great hierarchal standard was to move; Excess, before the all-bounteous King, who | Tells the suggested canse, and casts between showerd

Ambiguous words and jealousies, to sound With copious hand, rejoicing in their joy. Or taint integrity : but all obey'd Now when ambrosial night with clouds exhald The wonted signal, and superior voice From that high mount of God, whence light and Of their great potentate ; for great indeed shade

[chang'd His name, and high was his degree in Heaven; Spring both, the face of brighest Heaven had his countenance, as the morning-star that To grateful twilight, (for night comes not there!

guides In darker veil,) and roseat dews dispos'd

The starry flock, allur'd them, and with lies All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest; Drew after him the third part of Heaven's host. Wide over all the plain, and wider far

Mean while the Eternal eye, whose sight disThan all this globous Earth in plain outspread,

cerns (Such are the courts of God) the angelic | Abstrusest thoughts, from forth his holy mount, throng

And from within the golden lamps that burn Dispers'd in bands and files, their camp extend Nightly before him, saw without their light By living streams among the trees of life, Rebellion rising ; saw in whom, how spread Pavilions numberless, and sudden reard, Among the sons of morn, what multitudes Celestial tabernacles, where they slept

Were banded to oppose his high decree; Pann'd with cool winds ; save those, who, in And, smiling, to his only Son thus said. their course,

"Son, thou in whom my glory I behold
Melodious hymns about the sovran throne In full resplendence, heir of all my might,
Alternate all night long : but not so wak'd Nearly it now concerns us to be sure
Satan; so call him now, his former name

Of our omnipotence, and with what arms
Is heard no more in Heaven; he of the first, | We mean to hold what anciently we claim
If not the first arch-angel, great in power, Of deity or empire : such a foe
In favour and pre-eminence, yet fraught

Is rising, who intends tu erect his throne
With envy against the Son of God, that day Equal to ours, throug bout the spacious north;
Honour'd by his great Father, and proclaim'd | Nor su content, hath in his thought to try
Messiah King anointed, could not bear (impair'd. / In battle, what our power is, or our right,
Through pride that sight, and thought himself | Let us advise, and to this hazard draw
Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain, With speed what force is left, and all employ
Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour In our defence; lest unawares we lose
Friendliest to sleep and silence, he resolvid This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill."
With a}l his legions to dislodge, and leave

"To whom the Son with calm aspéct and clear, Unworshipt, inobey'd, the throne supreme, Lightening divine, ineffable, serene, Contemptuous; and his next subordinate

Made answer. Mighty Father, thou thy foes Awakening, thus to him in secret spake:

Justly hast in derisjyn, and, secure, « Sleep'st thou, companjon dear? What sleep Laugh'st at their vain designs and tumalts vain, can close,

Matter to me of glory, whom their hate Thy eye-lids? and rememler'st what decree Illustrates, when they see all regal power Of yesterday, so late hath pass'd the lips Given me to quell their pride, and in event Of Heaven's Almighty. Thou to me thy Know whether I be dextrous to subdue thoughts

| Thy rebels, or be found the worst in Heaven."

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