Paradise Lost

John Milton

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Paradise Lost

Book I
Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful seat, Sing, Heavenly Muse, that, on the secret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed In the beginning how the heavens and earth Rose out of Chaos: or, if Sion hill Delight thee more, and Siloa’s brook that flowed Fast by the oracle of God, I thence Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th’ Aonian mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples th’ upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for thou know’st; thou from the first Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast Abyss, And mad’st it pregnant: what in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That, to the height of this great argument, I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men. 2 of 374

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Say first—for Heaven hides nothing from thy view, Nor the deep tract of Hell—say first what cause Moved our grand parents, in that happy state, Favoured of Heaven so highly, to fall off From their Creator, and transgress his will For one restraint, lords of the World besides. Who first seduced them to that foul revolt? Th’ infernal Serpent; he it was whose guile, Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived The mother of mankind, what time his pride Had cast him out from Heaven, with all his host Of rebel Angels, by whose aid, aspiring To set himself in glory above his peers, He trusted to have equalled the Most High, If he opposed, and with ambitious aim Against the throne and monarchy of God, Raised impious war in Heaven and battle proud, With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power Hurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky, With hideous ruin and combustion, down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire, Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms. Nine times the space that measures day and night To mortal men, he, with his horrid crew, Lay vanquished, rolling in the fiery gulf, Confounded, though immortal. But his doom Reserved him to more wrath; for now the thought Both of lost happiness and lasting pain 3 of 374

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Torments him: round he throws his baleful eyes, That witnessed huge affliction and dismay, Mixed with obdurate pride and steadfast hate. At once, as far as Angels ken, he views The dismal situation waste and wild. A dungeon horrible, on all sides round, As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames No light; but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes That comes to all, but torture without end Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed. Such place Eternal Justice has prepared For those rebellious; here their prison ordained In utter darkness, and their portion set, As far removed from God and light of Heaven As from the centre thrice to th’ utmost pole. Oh how unlike the place from whence they fell! There the companions of his fall, o’erwhelmed With floods and whirlwinds of tempestuous fire, He soon discerns; and, weltering by his side, One next himself in power, and next in crime, Long after known in Palestine, and named Beelzebub. To whom th’ Arch-Enemy, And thence in Heaven called Satan, with bold words Breaking the horrid silence, thus began:— ‘If thou beest he—but O how fallen! how changed 4 of 374

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From him who, in the happy realms of light Clothed with transcendent brightness, didst outshine Myriads, though bright!—if he whom mutual league, United thoughts and counsels, equal hope And hazard in the glorious enterprise Joined with me once, now misery hath joined In equal ruin; into what pit thou seest From what height fallen: so much the stronger proved He with his thunder; and till then who knew The force of those dire arms? Yet not for those, Nor what the potent Victor in his rage Can else inflict, do I repent, or change, Though changed in outward lustre, that fixed mind, And high disdain from sense of injured merit, That with the Mightiest raised me to contend, And to the fierce contentions brought along Innumerable force of Spirits armed, That durst dislike his reign, and, me preferring, His utmost power with adverse power opposed In dubious battle on the plains of Heaven, And shook his throne. What though the field be lost? All is not lost—the unconquerable will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield: And what is else not to be overcome? That glory never shall his wrath or might Extort from me. To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deify his power Who, from the terror of this arm, so late 5 of 374

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Doubted his empire—that were low indeed; That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since, by fate, the strength of Gods, And this empyreal sybstance, cannot fail; Since, through experience of this great event, In arms not worse, in foresight much advanced, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal war, Irreconcilable to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th’ excess of joy Sole reigning holds the tyranny of Heaven.’ So spake th’ apostate Angel, though in pain, Vaunting aloud, but racked with deep despair; And him thus answered soon his bold compeer:— ‘O Prince, O Chief of many throned Powers That led th’ embattled Seraphim to war Under thy conduct, and, in dreadful deeds Fearless, endangered Heaven’s perpetual King, And put to proof his high supremacy, Whether upheld by strength, or chance, or fate, Too well I see and rue the dire event That, with sad overthrow and foul defeat, Hath lost us Heaven, and all this mighty host In horrible destruction laid thus low, As far as Gods and heavenly Essences Can perish: for the mind and spirit remains Invincible, and vigour soon returns, Though all our glory extinct, and happy state Here swallowed up in endless misery. 6 of 374

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But what if he our Conqueror (whom I now Of force believe almighty, since no less Than such could have o’erpowered such force as ours) Have left us this our spirit and strength entire, Strongly to suffer and support our pains, That we may so suffice his vengeful ire, Or do him mightier service as his thralls By right of war, whate’er his business be, Here in the heart of Hell to work in fire, Or do his errands in the gloomy Deep? What can it the avail though yet we feel Strength undiminished, or eternal being To undergo eternal punishment?’ Whereto with speedy words th’ Arch-Fiend replied:— ‘Fallen Cherub, to be weak is miserable, Doing or suffering: but of this be sure— To do aught good never will be our task, But ever to do ill our sole delight, As being the contrary to his high will Whom we resist. If then his providence Out of our evil seek to bring forth good, Our labour must be to pervert that end, And out of good still to find means of evil; Which ofttimes may succeed so as perhaps Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim. But see! the angry Victor hath recalled His ministers of vengeance and pursuit Back to the gates of Heaven: the sulphurous hail, 7 of 374

Let us not slip th’ occasion. Consult how we may henceforth most offend Our enemy. How overcome this dire calamity. If not. With head uplift above the wave. talking to his nearest mate. o’erblown hath laid The fiery surge that from the precipice Of Heaven received us falling. Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Casts pale and dreadful? Thither let us tend From off the tossing of these fiery waves. And. our own loss how repair. or that sea-beast 8 of 374 .’ Thus Satan. if any rest can harbour there. Seest thou yon dreary plain. re-assembling our afflicted powers. his other parts besides Prone on the flood. Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage. There rest. void of light. Titanian or Earth-born. What reinforcement we may gain from hope. forlorn and wild. extended long and large.Paradise Lost Shot after us in storm. and the thunder. Briareos or Typhon. Perhaps hath spent his shafts. and ceases now To bellow through the vast and boundless Deep. Lay floating many a rood. that warred on Jove. what resolution from despair. whom the den By ancient Tarsus held. and eyes That sparkling blazed. in bulk as huge As whom the fables name of monstrous size. The seat of desolation. whether scorn Or satiate fury yield it from our Foe.

Paradise Lost Leviathan. till on dry land He lights—if it were land that ever burned With solid. Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature. but that the will And high permission of all-ruling Heaven Left him at large to his own dark designs. oft. wrath. So stretched out huge in length the Arch-fiend lay. while night Invests the sea. That with reiterated crimes he might Heap on himself damnation. Chained on the burning lake. on each hand the flames Driven backward slope their pointing spires. leave i’ th’ midst a horrid vale.rolled In billows. That felt unusual weight. haply slumbering on the Norway foam. Moors by his side under the lee. and enraged might see How all his malice served but to bring forth Infinite goodness. and wished morn delays. which God of all his works Created hugest that swim th’ ocean-stream. or heaved his head. Him. and. as the lake with liquid fire. as seamen tell. and mercy. but on himself Treble confusion. incumbent on the dusky air. Then with expanded wings he steers his flight Aloft. while he sought Evil to others. The pilot of some small night-foundered skiff. shewn On Man by him seduced. 9 of 374 . nor ever thence Had risen. grace. With fixed anchor in his scaly rind. and vengeance poured. Deeming some island.

happy fields. profoundest Hell. this the soil. What matter where. whose combustible And fuelled entrails. Infernal world! and thou.Paradise Lost And such appeared in hue as when the force Of subterranean wind transprots a hill Torn from Pelorus. ‘this the seat That we must change for Heaven?—this mournful gloom For that celestial light? Be it so. And what I should be. thence conceiving fire. Sublimed with mineral fury. Such resting found the sole Of unblest feet. force hath made supreme Above his equals. or the shattered side Of thundering Etna. if I be still the same.’ Said then the lost Archangel. horrors! hail. Him followed his next mate. Both glorying to have scaped the Stygian flood As gods. Receive thy new possessor—one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time. And leave a singed bottom all involved With stench and smoke. and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell. the clime. ‘Is this the region. and by their own recovered strength. The mind is its own place. since he Who now is sovereign can dispose and bid What shall be right: farthest from him is best Whom reason hath equalled. Where joy for ever dwells! Hail. Farewell. Not by the sufferance of supernal Power. all but less than he Whom thunder hath made greater? Here at least 10 of 374 . aid the winds. a Hell of Heaven.

and him Beelzebub Thus answered:—‘Leader of those armies bright Which. whose orb 11 of 374 . Lie thus astonished on th’ oblivious pool. massy. or once more With rallied arms to try what may be yet Regained in Heaven. fallen such a pernicious height!’ He scare had ceased when the superior Fiend Was moving toward the shore. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends. or what more lost in Hell?’ So Satan spake. astounded and amazed. Ethereal temper. and on the perilous edge Of battle. Behind him cast. though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. though now they lie Grovelling and prostrate on yon lake of fire. To reign is worth ambition. none could have foiled! If once they hear that voice. his ponderous shield. No wonder. will not drive us hence: Here we may reigh secure. As we erewhile. and round. And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy mansion. large. The broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon. th’ Almighty hath not built Here for his envy. their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers—heard so oft In worst extremes. Th’ associates and co-partners of our loss.Paradise Lost We shall be free. in all assaults Their surest signal—they will soon resume New courage and revive. and. when it raged. but th’ Omnipotent. in my choice.

to support uneasy steps Over the burning marl. His spear—to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills. the Flower of Heaven—once yours. covering the flood. and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides. till on the beach Of that inflamed sea he stood. in her spotty globe. who beheld From the safe shore their floating carcases And broken chariot-wheels. or scattered sedge Afloat. vaulted with fire. to be the mast Of some great ammiral. whose waves o’erthrew Busiris and his Memphian chivalry. While with perfidious hatred they pursued The sojourners of Goshen. Warriors. He called so loud that all the hollow deep Of Hell resounded:—‘Princes. Under amazement of their hideous change. So thick bestrown. when with fierce winds Orion armed Hath vexed the Red-Sea coast. Potentates. Nathless he so endured. who lay entranced Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa. were but a wand— He walked with. lay these.Paradise Lost Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening. Abject and lost. now lost. Or in Valdarno. Rivers. from the top of Fesole. where th’ Etrurian shades High over-arched embower. or mountains. and called His legions—Angel Forms. not like those steps On Heaven’s azure. 12 of 374 . to descry new lands.

So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the cope of Hell. as in the vales of Heaven? Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the Conqueror. Yet to their General’s voice they soon obeyed Innumerable. who now beholds Cherub and Seraph rolling in the flood With scattered arms and ensigns. till anon His swift pursuers from Heaven-gates discern Th’ advantage. arise. or be for ever fallen!’ They heard. warping on the eastern wind. Waved round the coast. sleeping found by whom they dread. tread us down Thus drooping.Paradise Lost If such astonishment as this can seize Eternal Spirits! Or have ye chosen this place After the toil of battle to repose Your wearied virtue. and up they sprung Upon the wing. descending. or with linked thunderbolts Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf? Awake. as when men wont to watch On duty. As when the potent rod Of Amram’s son. 13 of 374 . and. Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In which they were. up-called a pitchy cloud Of locusts. in Egypt’s evil day. for the ease you find To slumber here. Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake. and darkened all the land of Nile. or the fierce pains not feel. and were abashed. That o’er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like Night.

Though on their names in Heavenly records now Be no memorial. Through God’s high sufferance for the trial of man. blotted out and rased By their rebellion from the Books of Life. as a signal given. and Forms Excelling human. till. Till. adorned With gay religions full of pomp and gold.Paradise Lost ‘Twixt upper. wandering o’er the earth. And Powers that erst in Heaven sat on thrones. when her barbarous sons Came like a deluge on the South. and fill all the plain: A multitude like which the populous North Poured never from her frozen loins to pass Rhene or the Danaw. th’ uplifted spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Their course. Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve Got them new names. and th’ invisible Glory of him that made them to transform Oft to the image of a brute. and spread Beneath Gibraltar to the Libyan sands. Forthwith. in even balance down they light On the firm brimstone. princely Dignities. The heads and leaders thither haste where stood Their great Commander—godlike Shapes. and surrounding fires. By falsities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted to forsake God their Creator. form every squadron and each band. 14 of 374 . And devils to adore for deities: Then were they known to men by various names. nether.

who last. their names then known. Roused from the slumber on that fiery couch. next the seat of God. and with cursed things His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. Their altars by his altar. While the promiscuous crowd stood yet aloof? The chief were those who. Download the free trial version. to the stream Of utmost Arnon. durst fix Their seats. as next in worth Came singly where he stood on the bare strand. and made his grove 15 of 374 . often placed Within his sanctuary itself their shrines. and edit PDF. from the pit of Hell Roaming to seek their prey on Earth. yea. for the noise of drums and timbrels loud. Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire To his grim idol.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. In Argob and in Basan. and durst abide Jehovah thundering out of Sion. Moloch. view. and parents’ tears. horrid king. Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood. Though. who first. Say. besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice. Abominations. Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain. And various idols through the heathen world. the wisest heart Of Solomon he led by fraoud to build His temple right against the temple of God On that opprobrious hill. gods adored Among the nations round. throned Between the Cherubim. long after. Muse. And with their darkness durst affront his light. First. At their great Emperor’s call.

To do him wanton rites. in Hesebon And Horonaim. Like cumbrous flesh. lust hard by hate. bright or obscure. Can either sex assume.Paradise Lost The pleasant valley of Hinnom. Not tried or manacled with joint or limb. Tophet thence And black Gehenna called. These feminine. And Eleale to th’ Asphaltic Pool: Peor his other name. which cost them woe. For Spirits. Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones. or both. Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. in what shape they choose. With these came they who. when they please. And works of love or enmity fulfil. Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged Even to that hill of scandal. For those the race of Israel oft forsook 16 of 374 . beyond The flowery dale of Sibma clad with vines. Next Chemos. from the bordering flood Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground. From Aroar to Nebo and the wild Of southmost Abarim. Seon’s real. so soft And uncompounded is their essence pure. had general names Of Baalim and Ashtaroth—those male. Can execute their airy purposes. th’ obscene dread of Moab’s sons. Dilated or condensed. when he enticed Israel in Sittim. by the grove Of Moloch homicide. the type of Hell. but. on their march from Nile.

Thammuz came next behind. though large. for which their heads as low Bowed down in battle. when the captive ark Maimed his brute image. Beguiled by fair idolatresses. Next came one Who mourned in earnest. Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer’s day. fell To idols foul. In his own temple. on the grunsel-edge.Paradise Lost Their Living Strength. bowing lowly down To bestial gods. While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea. sunk before the spear Of despicable foes. by the vision led. queen of heaven. In Sion also not unsung. supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love-tale Infected Sion’s daughters with like heat. where stood Her temple on th’ offensive mountain. With these in troop Came Astoreth. To whose bright image nigntly by the moon Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs. and unfrequented left His righteous altar. whom the Phoenicians called Astarte. head and hands lopt off. His eye surveyed the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah. Where he fell flat and shamed his worshippers: 17 of 374 . when. with crescent horns. built By that uxorious king whose heart. Whose wanton passions in the sacred proch Ezekiel saw.

Orus. dreaded through the coast Of Palestine. Nor did Israel scape Th’ infection. He also against the house of God was bold: A leper once he lost. After these appeared A crew who. who. and the rebel king Doubled that sin in Bethel and in Dan. Likening his Maker to the grazed ox— Jehovah. Isis. And Accaron and Gaza’s frontier bounds. in one night. sea-monster.Paradise Lost Dagon his name. Him followed Rimmon. equalled with one stroke Both her first-born and all her bleating gods. Belial came last. when their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb. under names of old renown— Osiris. yet had his temple high Reared in Azotus. and their train— With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused Fanatic Egypt and her priests to seek Their wandering gods disguised in brutish forms Rather than human.upward man And downward fish. than whom a Spirit more lewd 18 of 374 . his sottish conqueror. in Gath and Ascalon. when he passed From Egypt marching. whereon to burn His odious offerings. and gained a king— Ahaz. on the fertile banks Of Abbana and Pharphar. whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus. lucid streams. whom he drew God’s altar to disparage and displace For one of Syrian mode. and adore the gods Whom he had vanquished.

though far renowned Th’ Ionian gods—of Javan’s issue held Gods. Witness the streets of Sodom. first in Crete And Ida known. then wander forth the sons Of Belial. His own and Rhea’s son. when the priest Turns atheist. These. and. or on the Delphian cliff. yet who more oft than he In temples and at altars.—Titan. These were the prime in order and in might: The rest were long to tell. like measure found. To him no temple stood Or altar smoked. when the hospitable door Exposed a matron. or who with Saturn old 19 of 374 . Heaven’s first-born. where the noise Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers. when night Darkens the streets. thence on the snowy top Of cold Olympus ruled the middle air. or more gross to love Vice for itself. flown with insolence and wine. and that night In Gibeah. to avoid worse rape. So Jove usurping reigned. Or in Dodona. Their boasted parents. as did Eli’s sons. and birthright seized By younger Saturn: he from mightier Jove. yet confessed later than Heaven and Earth. Their highest heaven. With his enormous brood. And injury and outrage. And in luxurious cities.Paradise Lost Fell not from Heaven. and through all the bounds Of Doric land. who filled With lust and violence the house of God? In courts and palaces he also reigns.

but with looks Downcast and damp. full high advanced. That proud honour claimed Azazel as his right. All these and more came flocking. all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds: At which the universal host up-sent A shout that tore Hell’s concave. which on his countenance cast Like doubtful hue. and serried shields in thick array 20 of 374 . And o’er the Celtic roamed the utmost Isles. and thronging helms Appeared. yet such wherein appeared Obscure some glimpse of joy to have found their Chief Not in despair. a Cherub tall: Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurled Th’ imperial ensign. to have found themselves not lost In loss itself. gently raised Their fainting courage. his wonted pride Soon recollecting. But he.Paradise Lost Fled over Adria to th’ Hesperian fields. that bore Semblance of worth. With gems and golden lustre rich emblazed. at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions. Seraphic arms and trophies. Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind. and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. not substance. with high words. be upreared His mighty standard. which. With orient colours waving: with them rose A forest huge of spears. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air. Then straight commands that. and dispelled their fears.

Thus they. Their number last he sums. since created Man. Breathing united force with fixed thought. Awaiting what command their mighty Chief Had to impose. He through the armed files Darts his experienced eye. named with these. Moved on in silence to soft pipes that charmed Their painful steps o’er the burnt soil. Glories: for never. and instead of rage Deliberate valour breathed. And now his heart Distends with pride.Paradise Lost Of depth immeasurable. and soon traverse The whole battalion views—their order due. And now Advanced in view they stand—a horrid front Of dreadful length and dazzling arms. and unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat. with ordered spear and shield. firm. Could merit more than that small infantry Warred on by cranes—though all the giant brood Of Phlegra with th’ heroic race were joined 21 of 374 . Met such embodied force as. Their visages and stature as of gods. Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts. in guise Of warriors old. Anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood Of flutes and soft recorders—such as raised To height of noblest temper heroes old Arming to battle. and. hardening in his strength. and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds.

yet shone Above them all th’ Archangel: but his face Deep scars of thunder had intrenched. baptized or infidel. and considerate pride Waiting revenge. He. but cast Signs of remorse and passion. and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs. on each side Mixed with auxiliar gods. Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess. or Trebisond. the followers rather 22 of 374 . disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations. and care Sat on his faded cheek. Darkened so. yet observed Their dread Commander. Stood like a tower. Damasco.Paradise Lost That fought at Thebes and Ilium. Cruel his eye. or. nor appeared Less than Archangel ruined. or Marocco. In dim eclipse. above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent. His form had yet not lost All her original brightness. And all who since. to behold The fellows of his crime. Begirt with British and Armoric knights. from behind the moon. and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther’s son. or Montalban. but under brows Of dauntless courage. Jousted in Aspramont. Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore When Charlemain with all his peerage fell By Fontarabbia. and th’ excess Of glory obscured: as when the sun new-risen Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams.

and from eteranl splendours flung For his revolt—yet faithful how they stood. With singed top their stately growth. how such As stood like these. As this place testifies. whose exile Hath emptied Heaven. and this dire change.Paradise Lost (Far other once beheld in bliss). Stands on the blasted heath. Tears. though bare. That all these puissant legions. in spite of scorn. whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing. but with th’ Almighth!—and that strife Was not inglorious. shall fail to re-ascend. burst forth: at last Words interwove with sighs found out their way:— ‘O myriads of immortal Spirits! O Powers Matchless. He now prepared To speak. as. Their glory withered. Forseeing or presaging. and thrice. from the depth Of knowledge past or present. Hateful to utter. could have feared How such united force of gods. such as Angels weep. though after loss. condemned For ever now to have their lot in pain— Millions of Spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven. But what power of mind. and half enclose him round With all his peers: attention held them mute. when heaven’s fire Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines. Thrice he assayed. and repossess their native seat? For me. be witness all the host of Heaven. 23 of 374 . could ever know repulse? For who can yet believe. Self-raised. though th’ event was dire.

But he who reigns Monarch in Heaven till then as one secure Sat on his throne. and. war Open or understood. who overcomes By force hath overcome but half his foe. What force effected not. shall be perhaps Our first eruption—thither. have lost our hopes. nor th’ Abyss Long under darkness cover. or dread New war provoked: our better part remains To work in close design. outflew Millions of flaming swords. So as not either to provoke. and therein plant A generation whom his choice regard Should favour equal to the Sons of Heaven. and know our own. but still his strength concealed— Which tempted our attempt. Peace is despaired. or danger shunned By me. For who can think submission? War. drawn from the thighs 24 of 374 . Space may produce new Worlds. and his regal state Put forth at full. or elsewhere. to confirm his words. then. and wrought our fall. if but to pry. Consent or custom. upheld by old repute. whereof so rife There went a fame in Heaven that he ere long Intended to create. Thither. Henceforth his might we know.Paradise Lost If counsels different. But these thoughts Full counsel must mature. by fraud or guile. must be resolved.’ He spake. For this infernal pit shall never hold Celestial Spirits in bondage. that he no less At length from us may find.

admiring more The riches of heaven’s pavement. Ransacked the centre. winged with speed. Highly they raged Against the Highest. whose grisly top Belched fire and rolling smoke. the least erected Spirit that fell From Heaven. The work of sulphur.Paradise Lost Of mighty Cherubim. and fierce with grasped arms Clashed on their sounding shields the din of war. for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent. Soon had his crew Opened into the hill a spacious wound. Forerun the royal camp. There stood a hill not far. with spade and pickaxe armed. Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heaven. and by his suggestion taught. that soil may best Deserve the precious bane. Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed In vision beatific. Or cast a rampart. A numerous brigade hastened: as when bands Of pioneers. trodden gold. Let none admire That riches grow in Hell. the rest entire Shone with a glossy scurf—undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallic ore. to trench a field. And here let those Who boast in mortal things. and wondering tell 25 of 374 . And digged out ribs of gold. and with impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth For treasures better hid. Thither. By him first Men also. the sudden blaze Far round illumined Hell. Mammon led them on— Mammon.

The roof was fretted gold. Th’ ascending pile 26 of 374 . A third as soon had formed within the ground A various mould. and in an hour What in an age they. and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave. Learn how their greatest monuments of fame And strength. nor did there want Cornice or frieze. are easily outdone By Spirits reprobate. with incessant toil And hands innumerable. Severing each kind. or seat Their kings. That underneath had veins of liquid fire Sluiced from the lake. Nigh on the plain. to enshrine Belus or Serapis their gods. To many a row of pipes the sound-board breathes. when Egypt with Assyria strove In wealth and luxury. scarce perform. Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose like an exhalation. and the works of Memphian kings. from one blast of wind. with bossy sculptures graven. where pilasters round Were set. in many cells prepared. a second multitude With wondrous art founded the massy ore. and art. Not Babylon Nor great Alcairo such magnificence Equalled in all their glories. with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet— Built like a temple.Paradise Lost Of Babel. and from the boiling cells By strange conveyance filled each hollow nook. and scummed the bullion-dross. As in an organ.

thrown by angry Jove Sheer o’er the crystal battlements: from morn To noon he fell. like a falling star. On Lemnos. yielded light As from a sky. And some the architect. and how he fell From Heaven they fabled. And sat as Princes. Where sceptred Angels held their residence. Stood fixed her stately height. fed With naptha and asphaltus. whom the supreme King Exalted to such power. but was headlong sent. Erring. for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before. view. and the work some praise. wide Within. 27 of 374 . from noon to dewy eve. discover. many a row Of starry lamps and blazing cressets. and edit PDF. and in Ausonian land Men called him Mulciber. and straight the doors. A summer’s day. Opening their brazen folds. th’ Aegaean isle. to build in Hell. and gave to rule. Each in his Hierarchy.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and with the setting sun Dropt from the zenith. The hasty multitude Admiring entered. Pendent by subtle magic. His hand was known In Heaven by many a towered structure high. With his industrious crew. her ample spaces o’er the smooth And level pavement: from the arched roof. Thus they relate. the Orders bright. Download the free trial version. nor aught aviled him now To have built in Heaven high towers. nor did he scape By all his engines. Nor was his name unheard or unadored In ancient Greece.

the gates And porches wide. or career with lance). by command Of sovereign power. All access was thronged. till. with awful ceremony And trumpet’s sound. when the Sun with Taurus rides. Pour forth their populous youth about the hive In clusters. both on the ground and in the air. Now less than smallest dwarfs. throughout the host proclaim A solemn council forthwith to be held At Pandemonium. in narrow room Throng numberless—like that pygmean race 28 of 374 . Brushed with the hiss of rustling wings. The suburb of their straw-built citadel. and confer Their state-affairs: so thick the airy crowd Swarmed and were straitened.Paradise Lost Meanwhile the winged Heralds. As bees In spring-time. expatiate. but chief the spacious hall (Though like a covered field. Thick swarmed. Behold a wonder! They but now who seemed In bigness to surpass Earth’s giant sons. they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro. the high capital Of Satan and his peers. New rubbed with balm. Their summons called From every band and squared regiment By place or choice the worthiest: they anon With hundreds and with thousands trooping came Attended. the signal given. where champions bold Wont ride in armed. or on the smoothed plank. and at the Soldan’s chair Defied the best of Paynim chivalry To mortal combat.

After short silence then. on their mirth and dance Intent. But far within. amidst the hall Of that infernal court. The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat. Frequent and full. 29 of 374 . Or dreams he sees. with jocund music charm his ear. Whose midnight revels. Though without number still. or faery elves. And summons read. by a forest-side Or fountain. the great consult began. A thousand demi-gods on golden seats. and were at large.Paradise Lost Beyond the Indian mount. and nearer to the Earth Wheels her pale course: they. some belated peasant sees. At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds. And in their own dimensions like themselves. Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms Reduced their shapes immense. while overhead the Moon Sits arbitress.

The happier state In Heaven. hath much more Established in a safe. aspires Beyond thus high. and. free choice With what besides in council or in fight Hath been achieved of merit—yet this loss. since no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigour. I give not Heaven for lost: from this descent Celestial Virtues rising will appear More glorious and more dread than from no fall. Deities of Heaven!— For. and. insatiate to pursue Vain war with Heaven.Paradise Lost Book II High on a throne of royal state. Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold. Yielded with full consent. His proud imaginations thus displayed:— ‘Powers and Dominions. by merit raised To that bad eminence. Did first create your leader—next. which far Outshone the wealth or Ormus and of Ind. but who here 30 of 374 . which follows dignity. unenvied throne. from despair Thus high uplifted beyond hope. might draw Envy from each inferior. though oppressed and fallen. Thus far at least recovered. And trust themselves to fear no second fate!— Me though just right. Satan exalted sat. by success untaught. and the fixed laws of Heaven.

and by what best way. or Hell. Of wiles. or when they need. and firm faith. and these words thereafter spake:— ‘My sentence is for open war. then. I boast not: them let those Contrive who need. Surer to prosper than prosperity Could have assured us. and rather than be less Cared not to be at all. while they sit contriving. shall the rest— Millions that stand in arms. we now return To claim our just inheritance of old. sceptred king. no strife can grow up there From faction: for none sure will claim in Hell Precedence. More than can be in Heaven. and next him Moloch. For. not now. then. and condemns to greatest share Of endless pain? Where there is.Paradise Lost Will envy whom the highest place exposes Foremost to stand against the Thunderer’s aim Your bulwark. Who can advise may speak. none whose portion is so small Of present pain that with ambitious mind Will covet more! With this advantage.’ He ceased. More unexpert. Stood up—the strongest and the fiercest Spirit That fought in Heaven. His trust was with th’ Eternal to be deemed Equal in strength. or worse. To union. no good For which to strive. He recked not. with that care lost Went all his fear: of God. now fiercer by despair. and longing wait 31 of 374 . and firm accord. We now debate. Whether of open war or covert guile.

some worse way his wrath may find To our destruction. and pursued us through the Deep. he shall hear Infernal thunder. if the sleepy drench Of that forgetful lake benumb not still. That in our porper motion we ascend Up to our native seat. for lightning. to meet the noise Of his almighty engine. then. Armed with Hell-flames and fury. But perhaps The way seems difficult. when. if there be in Hell 32 of 374 . descent and fall To us is adverse. Who but felt of late. Turning our tortures into horrid arms Against the Torturer.Paradise Lost The signal to ascend—sit lingering here. Th’ event is feared! Should we again provoke Our stronger. When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear Insulting. all at once O’er Heaven’s high towers to force resistless way. see Black fire and horror shot with equal rage Among his Angels. The prison of his ryranny who reigns By our delay? No! let us rather choose. Heaven’s fugitives. and his throne itself Mixed with Tartarean sulphur and strange fire. and. and steep to scale With upright wing against a higher foe! Let such bethink them. and for their dwelling-place Accept this dark opprobrious den of shame. With what compulsion and laborious flight We sunk thus low? Th’ ascent is easy. His own invented torments.

we are at worst On this side nothing. and the torturing hour. and expire. his fatal throne: Which. And with perpetual inroads to alarm. and battle dangerous To less than gods. A fairer person lost not Heaven. though his tongue Dropped manna. he seemed For dignity composed. and could make the worse appear 33 of 374 . if our substance be indeed divine. and his look denounced Desperate revenge. Though inaccessible. is yet revenge. and high exploit. Will either quite consume us. Calls us to penance? More destroyed than thus. in act more graceful and humane. We should be quite abolished. But all was false and hollow.’ He ended frowning. to the height enraged. What fear we then? what doubt we to incense His utmost ire? which. and reduce To nothing this essential—happier far Than miserable to have eternal being!— Or. On th’ other side up rose Belial. And cannot cease to be. if not victory.Paradise Lost Fear to be worse destroyed! What can be worse Than to dwell here. when the scourge Inexorably. condemned In this abhorred deep to utter woe! Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us without hope of end The vassals of his anger. driven out from bliss. and by proof we feel Our power sufficient to disturb his Heaven.

As not behind in hate. would soon expel Her mischief. Yet he pleased the ear. what revenge? The towers of Heaven are filled With armed watch. and th’ ethereal mould. yet our great Enemy. would on his throne Sit unpolluted. In what he counsels and in what excels Mistrustful. and purge off the baser fire. and at our heels all Hell should rise With blackest insurrection to confound Heaven’s purest light. Scorning surprise. but to nobler deeds Timorous and slothful. Victorious. When he who most excels in fact of arms. to perplex and dash Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low— To vice industrious.Paradise Lost The better reason. And with persuasive accent thus began:— ‘I should be much for open war. Thus repulsed. could we break our way By force. or with obscure wing Scout far and wide into the realm of Night. Or. O Peers. and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success. after some dire revenge. Incapable of stain. All incorruptible. First. if what was urged Main reason to persuade immediate war Did not dissuade me most. grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution. as the scope Of all his aim. our final hope 34 of 374 . that render all access Impregnable: oft on the bodering Deep Encamp their legions.

To perish rather. Or when we lay Chained on the burning lake? That sure was worse. To give his enemies their wish. swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated Night.Paradise Lost Is flat despair: we must exasperate Th’ Almighty Victor to spend all his rage. Will he. that must be our cure— To be no more. then?’ Say they who counsel war. and destined to eternal woe. Devoid of sense and motion? And who knows. What if the breath that kindled those grim fires. and end Them in his anger whom his anger saves To punish endless? ‘Wherefore cease we. Those thoughts that wander through eternity. should blow them into sevenfold rage. Let this be good. ‘we are decreed. Whatever doing. What can we suffer worse?’ Is this. Awaked. pursued and struck With Heaven’s afflicting thunder. Reserved. whether our angry Foe Can give it. this intellectual being. 35 of 374 . let loose at once his ire. what can we suffer more. And that must end us. or will ever? How he can Is doubtful. thus in arms? What when we fled amain. thus consulting. Sad cure! for who would lose. and besought The Deep to shelter us? This Hell then seemed A refuge from those wounds. Though full of pain. Belike through impotence or unaware. then. worst— Thus sitting. that he never will is sure. so wise.

unreprieved. whose eye Views all things at one view? He from Heaven’s height All these our motions vain sees and derides. as to do. Ages of hopeless end? This would be worse. while we perhaps. Designing or exhorting glorious war. There to converse with everlasting groans. War. unpitied. open or concealed. the sport and prey Or racking whirlwinds. or who deceive his mind. to suffer here Chains and these torments? Better these than worse. nor the law unjust 36 of 374 . shall be hurled. thus expelled. Caught in a fiery tempest. Not more almighty to resist our might Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles. Impendent horrors.Paradise Lost And plunge us in the flames. then. threatening hideous fall One day upon our heads. since fate inevitable Subdues us. and this firmament Of Hell should spout her cataracts of fire. live thus vile—the race of Heaven Thus trampled. alike My voice dissuades. Each on his rock transfixed. and omnipotent decree. By my advice. Shall we. wrapt in chains. therefore. or for ever sunk Under yon boiling ocean. Our strength is equal. The Victor’s will. or from above Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us? What if all Her stores were opened. Unrespited. To suffer. for what can force or guile With him.

or. Our Supreme Foe in time may much remit His anger. will receive Familiar the fierce heat. or pain. and so doubtful what might fall. and to the place conformed In temper and in nature.Paradise Lost That so ordains. If we were wise. whence these raging fires Will slacken. Counselled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth.’ Thus Belial. what chance. against so great a foe Contending. The sentence of their Conqueror. or bonds. or igominy. changed at length. for ill not worst. and fear What yet they know must follow—to endure Exile. inured. not feel. Not mind us not offending. This is now Our doom. and perhaps. and after him thus Mammon spake:— ‘Either to disenthrone the King of Heaven 37 of 374 . this darkness light. if that fail them. Or. and. with words clothed in reason’s garb. what change Worth waiting—since our present lot appears For happy though but ill. Not peace. void of pain. thus far removed. which if we can sustain and bear. This horror will grow mild. shrink. satisfied With what is punished. This was at first resolved. Our purer essence then will overcome Their noxious vapour. Besides what hope the never-ending flight Of future days may bring. If we procure not to ourselves more woe. I laugh when those who at the spear are bold And venturous. if his breath stir not their flames.

if war be best.Paradise Lost We war. unless Heaven’s Lord supreme We overpower? Suppose he should relent And publish grace to all. our state Of splendid vassalage. Our greatness will appear Then most conspicuous when great things of small. for what place can be for us Within Heaven’s bound. 38 of 374 . and his altar breathes Ambrosial odours and ambrosial flowers. with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble. Him to unthrone we then May hope. or to regain Our own right lost. By force impossible. when everlasting Fate shall yield To fickle Chance. How wearisome Eternity so spent in worship paid To whom we hate! Let us not then pursue. vain to hope. preferring Hard liberty before the easy yoke Of servile pomp. and receive Strict laws imposed. The former. while he lordly sits Our envied sovereign. though in this vast recess. this our delight. to celebrate his throne With warbled hyms. Our servile offerings? This must be our task In Heaven. and to his Godhead sing Forced hallelujahs. on promise made Of new subjection. argues as vain The latter. though in Heaven. Free and to none accountable. by leave obtained Unacceptable. but rather seek Our own good from ourselves. and from our own Live to ourselves. and Chaos judge the strife.

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Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse, We can create, and in what place soe’er 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 Heaven’s all-ruling Sire Choose to reside, his glory unobscured, And with the majesty of darkness round Covers his throne, from whence deep thunders roar. Mustering their rage, and Heaven resembles Hell! As he our darkness, cannot we his light Imitate when we please? This desert soil Wants not her hidden lustre, gems and gold; Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can Heaven show more? Our torments also may, in length of time, Become our elements, these piercing fires As soft as now severe, our temper changed 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, dismissing quite All thoughts of war. Ye have what I advise.’ He scarce had finished, when such murmur filled Th’ assembly as when hollow rocks retain The sound of blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull 39 of 374

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Seafaring men o’erwatched, whose bark by chance Or pinnace, anchors in a craggy bay After the tempest. Such applause was heard As Mammon ended, and his sentence pleased, Advising peace: for such another field They dreaded worse than Hell; so much the fear Of thunder and the sword of Michael Wrought still within them; and no less desire To found this nether empire, which might rise, By policy and long process of time, In emulation opposite to Heaven. Which when Beelzebub perceived—than whom, Satan except, none higher sat—with grave Aspect he rose, and in his rising seemed A pillar of state. Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care; And princely counsel in his face yet shone, Majestic, though in ruin. Sage he stood With Atlantean shoulders, fit to bear The weight of mightiest monarchies; his look Drew audience and attention still as night Or summer’s noontide air, while thus he spake:— ‘Thrones and Imperial Powers, Offspring of Heaven, Ethereal Virtues! or these titles now Must we renounce, and, changing style, be called Princes of Hell? for so the popular vote Inclines—here to continue, and build up here A growing empire; doubtless! while we dream, And know not that the King of Heaven hath doomed 40 of 374

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This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat Beyond his potent arm, to live exempt From Heaven’s high jurisdiction, in new league Banded against his throne, but to remain In strictest bondage, though thus far removed, Under th’ inevitable curb, reserved His captive multitude. For he, to be sure, In height or depth, still first and last will reign Sole king, and of his kingdom lose no part By our revolt, but over Hell extend His empire, and with iron sceptre rule Us here, as with his golden those in Heaven. What sit we then projecting peace and war? War hath determined us and foiled with loss Irreparable; terms of peace yet none Vouchsafed or sought; for what peace will be given To us enslaved, but custody severe, And stripes and arbitrary punishment Inflicted? and what peace can we return, But, to our power, hostility and hate, Untamed reluctance, and revenge, though slow, Yet ever plotting how the Conqueror least May reap his conquest, and may least rejoice In doing what we most in suffering feel? Nor will occasion want, nor shall we need With dangerous expedition to invade Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege, Or ambush from the Deep. What if we find Some easier enterprise? There is a place 41 of 374

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(If ancient and prophetic fame in Heaven Err not)—another World, the happy seat Of some new race, called Man, about this time To be created like to us, though less In power and excellence, but favoured more Of him who rules above; so was his will Pronounced among the Gods, and by an oath That shook Heaven’s whole circumference confirmed. Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn What creatures there inhabit, of what mould Or substance, how endued, and what their power And where their weakness: how attempted best, By force of subtlety. Though Heaven be shut, And Heaven’s high Arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lie exposed, The utmost border of his kingdom, left To their defence who hold it: here, perhaps, Some advantageous act may be achieved By sudden onset—either with Hell-fire To waste his whole creation, or possess All as our own, and drive, as we were driven, 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, Hurled headlong to partake with us, shall curse 42 of 374

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Their frail original, and faded bliss— Faded so soon! Advise if this be worth Attempting, or to sit in darkness here Hatching vain empires.’ Thus beelzebub Pleaded his devilish counsel—first devised By Satan, and in part proposed: for 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 His glory to augment. The bold design Pleased highly those infernal States, and joy Sparkled in all their eyes: with full assent They vote: whereat his speech he thus renews:— ‘Well have ye judged, well ended long debate, Synod of Gods, and, like to what ye are, Great things resolved, which from the lowest deep Will once more lift us up, in spite of fate, Nearer our ancient seat—perhaps in view Of those bright confines, whence, with neighbouring arms, And opportune excursion, we may chance Re-enter Heaven; or else in some mild zone Dwell, not unvisited of Heaven’s fair light, Secure, and at the brightening orient beam Purge off this gloom: the soft delicious air, To heal the scar of these corrosive fires, Shall breathe her balm. But, first, whom shall we send 43 of 374

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In search of this new World? whom shall we find Sufficient? who shall tempt with wandering feet The dark, unbottomed, infinite Abyss, And through the palpable obscure find out His uncouth way, or spread his airy flight, Upborne with indefatigable wings Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive The happy Isle? What strength, what art, can then Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe, Through the strict senteries and stations thick Of Angels watching round? Here he had need All circumspection: and we now no less Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send The weight of all, and our last hope, relies.’ This said, he sat; and expectation held His look suspense, awaiting who appeared To second, or oppose, or undertake The perilous attempt. But all sat mute, Pondering the danger with deep thoughts; and each In other’s countenance read his own dismay, Astonished. None among the choice and prime Of those Heaven-warring champions could be found So hardy as to proffer or accept, Alone, the dreadful voyage; till, at last, Satan, whom now transcendent glory raised Above his fellows, with monarchal pride Conscious of highest worth, unmoved thus spake:— ‘O Progeny of Heaven! Empyreal Thrones! With reason hath deep silence and demur 44 of 374

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Seized us, though undismayed. Long is the way And hard, that out of Hell leads up to light. Our prison strong, this huge convex of fire, Outrageous to devour, immures us round Ninefold; and gates of burning adamant, Barred over us, prohibit all egress. These passed, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next, Wide-gaping, and with utter loss of being Threatens him, plunged in that abortive gulf. If thence he scape, into whatever world, Or unknown region, what remains him less Than unknown dangers, and as hard escape? But I should ill become this throne, O Peers, And this imperial sovereignty, adorned With splendour, armed with power, if aught proposed And judged of public moment in the shape Of difficulty or danger, could deter Me from attempting. Wherefore do I assume These royalties, and not refuse to reign, Refusing to accept as great a share Of hazard as of honour, due alike To him who reigns, and so much to him due Of hazard more as he above the rest High honoured sits? Go, therefore, mighty Powers, Terror of Heaven, though fallen; intend at home, While here shall be our home, what best may ease The present misery, and render Hell More tolerable; if there be cure or charm 45 of 374

Paradise Lost To respite. rejoicing in their matchless Chief: As. or slack the pain Of this ill mansion: intermit no watch Against a wakeful foe. Prudent lest. and as a God Extol him equal to the Highest in Heaven. This enterprise None shall partake with me. from his resolution raised. what erst they feared. while the north wind sleeps. rose The Monarch. and prevented all reply. lest bad men should boast Their specious deeds on earth. so refused. Their rising all at once was as the sound Of thunder heard remote. Thus they their doubtful consultations dark Ended. Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone. which glory excites. while I abroad Through all the coasts of dark destruction seek Deliverance for us all.’ Thus saying. Certain to be refused. when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Ascending. Nor failed they to express how much they praised That for the general safety he despised His own: for neither do the Spirits damned Lose all their virtue. o’erspread 46 of 374 . And. winning cheap the high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn. and at once with him they rose. might in opinion stand His rivals. Others among the chief might offer now. But they Dreaded not more th’ adventure than his voice Forbidding. or deceive. Or close ambition varnished o’er with zeal.

O shame to men! Devil with devil damned Firm concord holds. nor less Than Hell’s dread Emperor. enmity. That day and night for his destruction wait! The Stygian council thus dissolved. the fields revive. If chance the radiant sun. Yet live in hatred. Then of their session ended they bid cry With trumpet’s regal sound the great result: Toward the four winds four speedy Cherubim Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy.Paradise Lost Heaven’s cheerful face. God proclaiming peace. and forth In order came the grand infernal Peers: Midst came their mighty Paramount. that hill and valley rings. and strife Among themselves. and seemed Alone th’ antagonist of Heaven. The birds their notes renew. men only disagree Of creatures rational. By herald’s voice explained. the louring element Scowls o’er the darkened landscape snow or shower. and horrent arms. Extend his evening beam. though under hope Of heavenly grace. and levy cruel wars Wasting the earth. each other to destroy: As if (which might induce us to accord) Man had not hellish foes enow besides. with farewell sweet. and bleating herds Attest their joy. and. with pomp supreme. And god-like imitated state: him round A globe of fiery Seraphim enclosed With bright emblazonry. the hollow Abyss 47 of 374 .

Others. each his several way Pursues.Paradise Lost Heard far adn wide. before each van Prick forth the airy knights. where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts. and ride the air In whirlwind. till his great Chief return. with feats of arms From either end of heaven the welkin burns. or fronted brigades form: As when. Till thickest legions close. And Lichas from the top of Oeta threw Into th’ Euboic sea. more fell. more mild. Part on the plain. Retreated in a silent valley. from Oechalia crowned With conquest. As at th’ Olympian games or Pythian fields. and armies rush To battle in the clouds. Others. or in the air sublime. and couch their spears. Upon the wing or in swift race contend. and. and all the host of Hell With deafening shout returned them loud acclaim. Hell scarce holds the wild uproar:— As when Alcides. Thence more at ease their minds. wandering. as inclination or sad choice Leads him perplexed. war appears Waged in the troubled sky. with vast Typhoean rage. to warn proud cities. sing 48 of 374 . the ranged Powers Disband. Rend up both rocks and hills. or shun the goal With rapid wheels. Part curb their fiery steeds. and tore Through pain up by the roots Thessalian pines. felt th’ envenomed robe. and somewhat raised By false presumptuous hope. and entertain The irksome hours.

Of good and evil much they argued then. Their song was partial. along the banks Of four infernal rivers. or arm th’ obdured breast With stubborn patience as with triple steel. In thoughts more elevate. Of happiness and final misery. and false philosophy!— Yet.Paradise Lost With notes angelical to many a harp Their own heroic deeds. that disgorge Into the burning lake their baleful streams— 49 of 374 . and took with ravishment The thronging audience. In discourse more sweet (For Eloquence the Soul. and reasoned high Of Providence. Another part. And found no end. could charm Pain for a while or anguish. Foreknowledge. Will. in wandering mazes lost. and complain that Fate Free Virtue should enthrall to Force or Chance. and excite Fallacious hope. bend Four ways their flying march. and Fate— Fixed fate. free will. Song charms the Sense) Others apart sat on a hill retired. Passion and apathy. foreknowledge absolute. in squadrons and gross bands. and glory and shame: Vain wisdom all. but the harmony (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing?) Suspended Hell. and hapless fall By doom of battle. if any clime perhaps Might yield them easier habitation. On bold adventure to discover wide That dismal world. with a pleasing sorcery.

whereof who drinks Forthwith his former state and being forgets— Forgets both joy and grief. infixed. Lethe. the flood of deadly hate. Thither. and frozen round Periods of time. beat with perpetual storms Of whirlwind and dire hail. and ruin seems Of ancient pile. fierce Phlegeton. their sorrow to augment.—thence hurried back to fire.Paradise Lost Abhorred Styx. all else deep snow and ice. a slow and silent stream. From beds of raging fire to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth. named of lamentation loud Heard on the rueful stream. but gathers heap. and cold performs th’ effect of fire. Cocytus. which on firm land Thaws not. black and deep. Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air Burns frore. Beyond this flood a frozen continent Lies dark and wild. rolls Her watery labyrinth. Far off from these. extremes by change more fierce. and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes. by harpy-footed Furies haled. Sad Acheron of sorrow. pleasure and pain. 50 of 374 . Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage. They ferry over this Lethean sound Both to and fro. A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old. At certain revolutions all the damned Are brought. and there to pine Immovable. the river of oblivion.

Puts on swift wings. Obominable. to oppose th’ attempt. Perverse. Thus roving on In confused march forlorn. Satan. inutterable. and found No rest. and so near the brink. and edit PDF. and toward the gates of Hell Explores his solitary flight: sometimes He scours the right hand coast. and of itself the water flies All taste of living wight. and Nature breeds. to reach The tempting stream. Rocks. death lives. Gorgons. sometimes the left. and. with thoughts inflamed of highest design. bogs. 51 of 374 . th’ adventurous bands. caves. many a fiery alp. with one small drop to lose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe. all monstrous. Where all life dies. for evil only good. Viewed first their lamentable lot. dens. Meanwhile the Adversary of God and Man. all prodigious things. All in one moment. O’er many a frozen. which God by curse Created evil. Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The ford. But Fate withstands. And wish and struggle.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and Chimeras dire. With shuddering horror pale. as they pass. and many a region dolorous. and shades of death— A universe of death. lakes. Download the free trial version. and Hydras. view. as once it fled The lip of Tantalus. and eyes aghast. Through many a dark and dreary vale They passed. and worse Than fables yet have feigned or fear conceived. fens.

then soars Up to the fiery concave towering high. and rung A hideous peal. Before the gates there sat On either side a formidable Shape. Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape. At last appear Hell-bounds. when. impaled with circling fire. three of adamantine rock. yet there still barked and howled Within unseen. Yet unconsumed. yet. And kennel there.Paradise Lost Now shaves with level wing the deep. or the isles Of Ternate and Tidore. Three iron. bathing in the sea that parts Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore. when they list. Nor uglier follow the night-hag. And thrice threefold the gates. called 52 of 374 . About her middle round A cry of Hell-hounds never-ceasing barked With wide Cerberean mouths full loud. whence merchants bring Their spicy drugs. they on the trading flood. into her womb. Ply stemming nightly toward the pole: so seemed Far off the flying Fiend. Far less abhorred than these Vexed Scylla. by equinoctial winds Close sailing from Bengala. and fair. Impenetrable. Voluminous and vast—a serpent armed With mortal sting. would creep. three folds were brass. The one seemed woman to the waist. As when far off at sea a fleet descried Hangs in the clouds. high reaching to the horrid roof. But ended foul in many a scaly fold. If aught disturbed their noise.

Satan was now at hand. Hell trembled as he strode. Or substance might be called that shadow seemed.’ To whom the Goblin. not to contend with Spirits of Heaven. Lured with the smell of infant blood. to dance With Lapland witches. replied:— ‘Art thou that traitor Angel? art thou he. That be assured. or limb. and learn by proof. though grim and terrible. till then Unbroken. or taste thy folly. And with disdainful look thus first began:— ‘Whence and what art thou. That dar’st. execrable Shape. Hell-born. joint. Created thing naught valued he nor shunned). and in proud rebellious arms 53 of 374 . while the labouring moon Eclipses at their charms. The other Shape— If shape it might be called that shape had none Distinguishable in member. Fierce as ten Furies. terrible as Hell. Th’ undaunted Fiend what this might be admired— Admired. Who first broke peace in Heaven and faith. riding through the air she comes. Retire. without leave asked of thee. not feared (God and his Son except. advance Thy miscreated front athwart my way To yonder gates? Through them I mean to pass. full of wrath. For each seemed either—black it stood as Night. And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on.Paradise Lost In secret. and from his seat The monster moving onward came as fast With horrid strides.

and like a comet burned. outcast from God. and. 54 of 374 .Paradise Lost Drew after him the third part of Heaven’s sons.’ So spake the grisly Terror. With heaven’s artillery fraught.—then stand front to front Hovering a space. So frowned the mighty combatants that Hell Grew darker at their frown. More dreadful and deform. grew tenfold. That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In th’ arctic sky. and such a frown Each cast at th’ other as when two black clouds. Conjured against the Highest—for which both thou And they. are here condemned To waste eternal days in woe and pain? And reckon’st thou thyself with Spirits of Heaven Hell-doomed. so matched they stood. and to thy speed add wings. So speaking and so threatening. and pangs unfelt before. Incensed with indignation. came rattling on Over the Caspian. their fatal hands No second stroke intend. Lest with a whip of scorpions I pursue Thy lingering. Each at the head Levelled his deadly aim. On th’ other side. and breath’st defiance here and scorn. and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war. Where I reign king. or with one stroke of this dart Strange horror seize thee. till winds the signal blow To join their dark encounter in mid-air. Thy king and lord? Back to thy punishment. Satan stood Unterrified. and in shape. False fugitive. to enrage thee more.

and in sight 55 of 374 . Prevented. when at th’ assembly. thus double-formed. and with hideous outcry rushed between. nor ever saw till now Sight more detestable than him and thee. ordained his drudge to execute Whate’er his wrath. whereof all Hell had rung. and why. what intends thy hand. Risen. that sat Fast by Hell-gate and kept the fatal key.’ T’ whom thus the Portress of Hell-gate replied:— ‘Hast thou forgot me. O son. and laughs the while At thee. then. Had not the snaky Sorceress.’ she cried. In this infernal vale first met. till first I know of thee What thing thou art. ‘O father. thou call’st Me father. ‘Against thy only son? What fury. bids— His wrath. spares to tell thee yet by deeds What it intends. which he calls justice. which one day will destroy ye both!’ She spake. and do I seem Now in thine eye so foul?—once deemed so fair In Heaven. Possesses thee to bend that mortal dart Against thy father’s head? And know’st for whom? For him who sits above. and thy words so strange Thou interposest. that my sudden hand. I know thee not. and at her words the hellish Pest Forbore: then these to her Satan returned:— ‘So strange thy outcry. and that phantasm call’st my son.Paradise Lost For never but once more was wither like To meet so great a foe. And now great deeds Had been achieved.

while thy head flames thick and fast Threw forth. Out of thy head I sprung. a goddess armed. Pensive here I sat Alone. dim thine eyes and dizzy swum In darkness. and called me Sin. but long I sat not. Driven headlong from the pitch of Heaven. I pleased. but. till my womb. Then shining heavenly fair. to our part loss and rout Through all the Empyrean. And fields were fought in Heaven: wherein remained (For what could else?) to our Almighty Foe Clear victory. Down they fell. Amazement seized All th’ host of Heaven. full oft Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing. familiar grown. All on a sudden miserable pain Surprised thee. back they recoiled afraid At first. with charge to keep These gates for ever shut. who. Likest to thee in shape and countenance bright. and for a sign Portentous held me. and such joy thou took’st With me in secret that my womb conceived A growing burden. Meanwhile war arose. down Into this Deep. which none can pass Without my opening. and with attractive graces won The most averse—thee chiefly. and in the general fall I also: at which time this powerful key Into my hands was given. 56 of 374 . Becam’st enamoured.Paradise Lost Of all the Seraphim with thee combined In bold conspiracy against Heaven’s King. till on the left side opening wide.

of that rape begot These yelling monsters. it seems. bursting forth Afresh. then. That rest or intermission none I find. for. in embraces forcible and foul Engendering with me. Me overtook. Inflamed with lust than rage). would full soon devour For want of other prey. his mother. that with ceaseless cry Surround me. all dismayed. and knows that I 57 of 374 . when they list. And me. Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes. and back resounded Death! I fled.Paradise Lost Pregnant by thee. Made to destroy. but that he knows His end with mine involved. Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death. Tore through my entrails. swifter far. And. At last this odious offspring whom thou seest. with conscious terrors vex me round. and now excessive grown. that. and. into the womb That bred them they return. who set them on. but he pursued (though more. and howl. and sighed From all her caves. Thine own begotten. all my nether shape thus grew Transformed: but he my inbred enemy Forth issued. with fear and pain Distorted. their repast. with sorrow infinite To me. I fled. brandishing his fatal dart. breaking violent way. and gnaw My bowels. as thou saw’st—hourly conceived And hourly born. his parent. and cried out Death! Hell trembled at the hideous name. my son and foe.

Fell with us from on high. through dire change Befallen us unforeseen. and the subtle Fiend his lore Soon learned. none can resist. to supply Perhaps our vacant room. though more removed. for that mortal dint. 58 of 374 . but to set free From out this dark and dismal house of pain Both him and thee. and one for all Myself expose. Save he who reigns above. From them I go This uncouth errand sole. in our just pretences armed. and through the void immense To search. ere now Created vast and round—a place of bliss In the purlieus of Heaven.’ She finished. by concurring signs. a place foretold Should be—and. now milder. and thus answered smooth:— ‘Dear daughter—since thou claim’st me for thy sire. O father. neither vainly hope To be invulnerable in those bright arms. now sad to mention. shun His deadly arrow. and joys Then sweet. I come no enemy. unthought-of—know. I forewarn thee. surcharged with potent multitude. and his bane. with wandering quest. Lest Heaven. the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in Heaven. and therein placed A race of upstart creatures. with lonely steps to tread Th’ unfounded Deep. And my fair son here show’st me. Whenever that shall be: so Fate pronounced. and all the heavenly host Of Spirits that.Paradise Lost Should prove a bitter morsel. Through tempered heavenly. But thou.

embalmed With odours. Be this. or aught Than this more secret. thou my author. and blessed his maw Destined to that good hour. But what owe I to his commands above. this once known. for both seemed highly pleased. And bring ye to the place where thou and Death Shall dwell at ease. There ye shall be fed and filled Immeasurably. by due And by command of Heaven’s all-powerful King. and Death Grinned horrible a ghastly smile.’ He ceased. shall soon return. and thus bespake her sire:— ‘The key of this infernal Pit. thou My being gav’st me. Fearless to be o’ermatched by living might. To sit in hateful office here confined. I haste To know. and up and down unseen Wing silently the buxom air.Paradise Lost Might hap to move new broils. With terrors and with clamours compassed round Of mine own brood. I keep. Who hates me. Inhabitant of Heaven and heavenly born— Here in perpetual agony and pain. and hath hither thrust me down Into this gloom of Tartarus profound. against all force Death ready stands to interpose his dart. now designed. and. that on my bowels feed? Thou art my father. to hear His famine should be filled. by him forbidden to unlock These adamantine gates. all things shall be your prey. whom should I obey 59 of 374 . No less rejoiced His mother bad.

Paradise Lost But thee? whom follow? Thou wilt bring me soon To that new world of light and bliss. then in the key-hole turns Th’ intricate wards. She opened. and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder. but to shut Excelled her power: the gates wide open stood. from her side the fatal key. Before their eyes in sudden view appear The secrets of the hoary Deep—a dark Illimitable ocean. where eldest Night 60 of 374 . On a sudden open fly. among The gods who live at ease. and place. Th’ infernal doors. Forthwith the huge portcullis high up-drew. Which. Sad instrument of all our woe. and like a furnace-mouth Cast forth redounding smoke and ruddy flame. So wide they stood. Without dimension. are lost. And. With impetuous recoil and jarring sound. not all the Stygian Powers Could once have moved. without end. and height.’ Thus saying. towards the gate rolling her bestial train. That with extended wings a bannered host. Under spread ensigns marching. without bound. and every bolt and bar Of massy iron or solid rock with ease Unfastens. she took. breadth. as beseems Thy daughter and thy darling. mibht pass through With horse and chariots ranked in loose array. And time. but herself. that the lowest bottom shook Of Erebus. where I shall reign At thy right hand voluptuous. where length.

unnumbered as the sands Of Barca or Cyrene’s torrid soil. or slow. four champions fierce. high arbiter. nor air. sharp. Into this wild Abyss. And by decision more embroils the fray By which he reigns: next him. and by confusion stand. For Hot. and Dry. swift. But all these in their pregnant causes mixed Confusedly. hold Eternal anarchy. Unless th’ Almighty Maker them ordain His dark materials to create more worlds— Into this wild Abyss the wary Fiend Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while. Cold. for no narrow frith He had to cross. Pondering his voyage. and perhaps her grave. amidst the noise Of endless wars. smooth. Levied to side with warring winds. and which thus must ever fight. bent to rase 61 of 374 . nor shore. and to battle bring Their embryon atoms: they around the flag Of each his faction. Strive here for mastery.Paradise Lost And Chaos. To whom these most adhere He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits. Swarm populous. nor fire. The womb of Nature. ancestors of Nature. in their several clans. Moist. and poise Their lighter wings. Light-armed or heavy. Nor was his ear less pealed With noises loud and ruinous (to compare Great things with small) than when Bellona storms With all her battering engines. Of neither sea. Chance governs all.

who by stealth Had from his wakeful custody purloined The guarded gold. by ill chance. plumb-down he drops Ten thousand fathom deep. and to this hour Down had been falling. spurns the ground. o’er hill or moory dale. behoves him now both oar and sail. Instinct with fire and nitre. dense. The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud. That fury stayed— Quenched in a boggy Syrtis. meets A vast vacuity. Half flying. pursues his way. neither sea. or feet. half on foot. and these elements In mutiny had from her axle torn The steadfast Earth. or sinks. 62 of 374 . or less than if this frame Of Heaven were falling. and voices all confused. had not. or flies. Treading the crude consistence. but.Paradise Lost Some capital city. Pursues the Arimaspian. At last his sail-broad vans He spread for flight. As in a cloudy chair. Nor good dry land—nigh foundered. or creeps. in the surging smoke Uplifted. or rare. so eagerly the Fiend O’er bog or steep. that seat soon failing. ascending rides Audacious. wings. As when a gryphon through the wilderness With winged course. With head. through strait. Fluttering his pennons vain. At length a universal hubbub wild Of stunning sounds. All unawares. on he fares. And swims. or wades. thence many a league. and. rough. hands. hurried him As many miles aloft.

I come no spy With purpose to explore or to disturb The secrets of your realm. T’ whom Satan. and his dark pavilion spread Wide on the wasteful Deep! With him enthroned Sat sable-vested Night. all embroiled. and the dreaded name Of Demogorgon. and Chance. eldest of things. The consort of his reign.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. or. thus:—‘Ye Powers And Spirtis of this nethermost Abyss. Alone and without guide. view. From your dominion won. Rumour next. What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds Confine with Heaven. by constraint Wandering this darksome desert. when straight behold the throne Of Chaos. to meet there whatever Power Or Spirit of the nethermost Abyss Might in that noise reside. Borne through the hollow dark. assaults his ear With loudest vehemence. Thither he plies Undaunted. Chaos and ancient Night. turning boldly. if some other place. of whom to ask Which way the nearest coast of darkness lies Bordering on light. th’ Ethereal King Possesses lately. And Tumult. I seek. and by them stood Orcus and Ades. half lost. no mean recompense it brings 63 of 374 . Download the free trial version. Direct my course: Directed. as my way Lies through your spacious empire up to light. and Confusion. thither to arrive I travel this profound. And Discord with a thousand various mouths. and edit PDF. but.

linked in a golden chain To that side Heaven from whence your legions fell! If that way be your walk. Confusion worse confounded. I upon my frontiers here Keep residence. and spoil. and ruin. who thou art— *** That mighty leading Angel. and him thus the Anarch old. I saw and heard.’ He ceased. With faltering speech and visage incomposed. and Heaven-gates Poured out by millions her victorious bands. Your dungeon. and once more Erect the standard there of ancient Night. you have not far. Encroached on still through our intestine broils Weakening the sceptre of old Night: first. Havoc. All usurpation thence expelled. are my gain. Hell. and speed. stranger. Go. though overthrown. reduce To her original darkness and your sway (Which is my present journey). stretching far and wide beneath. Pursuing. and Satan stayed not to reply.Paradise Lost To your behoof. if all I can will serve That little which is left so to defend. Answered: ‘I know thee. Yours be th’ advantage all. for such a numerous host Fled not in silence through the frighted Deep. who of late Made head against Heaven’s King. 64 of 374 . if I that region lost. mine the revenge!’ Thus Satan. rout on rout. So much the nearer danger. With ruin upon ruin. another world Hung o’er my realm. Now lately Heaven and Earth.

and Chaos to retire. a broken foe. he once passed. reaching th’ utmost orb Of this frail World. wins his way. except whom God and good Angels guard by special grace. harder beset And more endangered than when Argo passed Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks. like a pyramid of fire. when Man fell. soon after. with difficulty and labour he. Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain. So he with difficulty and labour hard Moved on. glad that now his sea should find a shore. 65 of 374 . As from her outmost works. Following his track (such was the will of Heaven) Paved after him a broad and beaten way Over the dark Abyss. Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunned Charybdis. But now at last the sacred influence Of light appears. on all sides round Environed.Paradise Lost But. and from the walls of Heaven Shoots far into the bosom of dim Night A glimmering dawn. Into the wild expanse. But. and by th’ other whirlpool steered. by which the Spirits perverse With easy intercourse pass to and fro To tempt or punish mortals. and through the shock Of fighting elements. From Hell continued. With fresh alacrity and force renewed Springs upward. Here Nature first begins Her farthest verge. whose boiling gulf Tamely endured a bridge of wondrous length.

And. And. Weighs his spread wings. hanging in a golden chain. Accursed. This pendent World. That Satan with less toil. and in a cursed hour. With opal towers and battlements adorned Of living sapphire. in bigness as a star Of smallest magnitude close by the moon. extended wide In circuit. 66 of 374 . fast by. he hies. full fraught with mischievous revenge. at leisure to behold Far off th’ empyreal Heaven. holds Gladly the port. though shrouds and tackle torn. resembling air. Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light. Thither. and now with ease. undetermined square or round.Paradise Lost With tumult less and with less hostile din. like a weather-beaten vessel. once his native seat. Or in the emptier waste.

Taught by the heavenly Muse to venture down The dark descent. Won from the void and formless infinite. Or dim suffusion veil’d. as with a mantle. and find no dawn. but thou Revisit’st not these eyes. and up to re-ascend. didst invest *** The rising world of waters dark and deep. Thee I re-visit now with bolder wing. while in my flight Through utter and through middle darkness borne. that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray. Or of the Eternal coeternal beam May I express thee unblam’d? since God is light. With other notes than to the Orphean lyre I sung of Chaos and eternal Night. Escap’d the Stygian pool.Paradise Lost Book III Hail. Whose fountain who shall tell? before the sun. Yet not the more 67 of 374 . And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity. Though hard and rare: Thee I revisit safe. though long detain’d In that obscure sojourn. offspring of Heaven firstborn. So thick a drop serene hath quench’d their orbs. And feel thy sovran vital lamp. Before the Heavens thou wert. holy Light. Or hear"st thou rather pure ethereal stream. and at the voice Of God. dwelt then in thee Bright effluence of bright essence increate.

all mist from thence Purge and disperse. from the cheerful ways of men Cut off. prophets old: Then feed on thoughts. Sion. but chief Thee. where the Muses haunt. Or sight of vernal bloom. and Phineus. or the sweet approach of even or morn. or sunny hill. Or flocks. or shady grove. as the wakeful bird Sings darkling. Blind Thamyris. and ever-during dark Surrounds me. and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. and the mind through all her powers Irradiate. and blind Maeonides. celestial Light. that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight. Smit with the love of sacred song. there plant eyes. and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of nature’s works to me expung’d and ras’d. Clear spring. And Tiresias. That wash thy hallow’d feet. 68 of 374 .Paradise Lost Cease I to wander. or herds. And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. Thy sovran command. Shine inward. that Man should find grace. and warbling flow. but not to me returns Day. or human face divine. So much the rather thou. But cloud instead. Thus with the year Seasons return. and the flowery brooks beneath. that voluntary move Harmonious numbers. or summer’s rose. Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget So were I equall’d with them in renown.

he beholds. Uninterrupted joy. on his right The radiant image of his glory sat. present. so bent he seems 69 of 374 . yet the only two Of mankind in the happy garden plac’d Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love. Wherein past. in ocean or in air. His only son. and willing feet.Paradise Lost Now had the Almighty Father from above. From the pure empyrean where he sits High thron’d above all highth. unrivall’d love. Uncertain which. bent down his eye His own works and their works at once to view: About him all the Sanctities of Heaven Stood thick as stars. on earth he first beheld Our two first parents. and Satan there Coasting the wall of Heaven on this side Night In the dun air sublime. and ready now To stoop with wearied wings. and from his sight receiv’d Beatitude past utterance. future. Only begotten Son. Him God beholding from his prospect high. nor all the chains Heap’d on him there. Thus to his only Son foreseeing spake. On the bare outside of this world. can hold. nor yet the main abyss Wide interrupt. seest thou what rage Transports our Adversary? whom no bounds Prescrib’d no bars of Hell. he then survey’d Hell and the gulf between. that seem’d Firm land imbosom’d. without firmament. In blissful solitude.

and them who fail’d. or their fate. with purpose to assay If him by force he can destroy. he had of me All he could have.Paradise Lost On desperate revenge. And easily transgress the sole command. And man there plac’d. Not me? they therefore. worse. 70 of 374 . Not free. Sole pledge of his obedience: So will fall He and his faithless progeny: Whose fault? Whose but his own? ingrate. And now. both them who stood. Where only what they needs must do appear’d. though free to fall. in the precincts of light. or. nor can justly accuse Their Maker. Freely they stood who stood. Sufficient to have stood. Directly towards the new created world. had serv’d necessity. and fell who fell. Made passive both. For man will hearken to his glozing lies. Through all restraint broke loose. constant faith or love. or their making. By some false guile pervert. When will and reason (reason also is choice) Useless and vain. So were created. and shall pervert. he wings his way Not far off Heaven. of freedom both despoil’d. that shall redound Upon his own rebellious head. as to right belong$ ‘d. Such I created all the ethereal Powers And Spirits. what proof could they have given sincere Of true allegiance. Not what they would? what praise could they receive? What pleasure I from such obedience paid. I made him just and right.

and what they choose. Thus while God spake. so shall my glory excel. So without least impulse or shadow of fate. Or aught by me immutably foreseen. ambrosial fragrance fill’d All Heaven. if I foreknew. in him all his Father shone Substantially express’d. But Mercy. Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault.Paradise Lost As if predestination over-rul’d Their will dispos’d by absolute decree Or high foreknowledge they themselves decreed Their own revolt. first and last. They trespass. self-deprav’d: Man falls. Till they enthrall themselves. and in his face Divine compassion visibly appear’d. deceiv’d By the other first: Man therefore shall find grace. authors to themselves in all Both what they judge. and without measure grace. Beyond compare the Son of God was seen Most glorious. Through Heaven and Earth. Self-tempted. The first sort by their own suggestion fell. The other none: In mercy and justice both. Love without end. Which had no less proved certain unforeknown. I else must change Their nature. for so I form’d them free: and free they must remain. eternal. not I. which ordain’d $THeir freedom: they themselves ordain’d their fall. shall brightest shine. and in the blessed Spirits elect Sense of new joy ineffable diffus’d. 71 of 374 . and revoke the high decree Unchangeable.

that Man should find grace. wherewith thy throne Encompass’d shall resound thee ever blest. O son. and effectual might. That far be from thee. in whom my soul hath chief delight. My word. 72 of 374 . should Man. Or shall the Adversary thus obtain His end. with the innumerable sound Of hymns and sacred songs. and frustrate thine? shall he fulfill His malice. Son of my bosom. gracious was that word which clos’d Thy sovran command. To whom the great Creator thus replied. though join’d With his own folly? that be from thee far. Yet with revenge accomplish’d. my wisdom. Or proud return. Father. Thy creature late so lov’d. and judgest only right.Paradise Lost Which uttering. O Father. Fall circumvented thus by fraud. For which both Heaven and earth shall high extol Thy praises. For should Man finally be lost. . and unmake For him. though to his heavier doom. thus he to his Father spake. Son who art alone. and to Hell Draw after him the whole race of mankind. By him corrupted? or wilt thou thyself Abolish thy creation. what for thy glory thou hast made? So should thy goodness and thy greatness both Be question’d and blasphem’d without defence. thy youngest son. and thy goodness bring to nought. who art judge Of all things made. that Man should find grace.

and oft be warn’d Their sinful state. well us’d. Light after light. This my long sufferance. and enthrall’d By sin to foul exorbitant desires. and soften stony hearts To pray. 73 of 374 . repentance. and my day of grace. and obedience due. What may suffice. though forfeit. so is my will: The rest shall hear me call. Man shall not quite be lost. Some I have chosen of peculiar grace. By me upheld. they shall attain. shall never taste. whom if they will hear. but sav’d who will. that he may know how frail His fallen condition is. safe arrive. yet once more he shall stand On even ground against his mortal foe. all As my eternal purpose hath decreed. They who neglect and scorn. mine eye not shut. and to appease betimes The incensed Deity. while offer’d grace Invites. And I will place within them as a guide. persisting. once more I will renew His lapsed powers. Elect above the rest. Yet not of will in him. Though but endeavour’d with sincere intent. and to me owe All his deliverance. repent. and bring obedience due. Upheld by me.Paradise Lost All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are. And to the end. but grace in me Freely vouchsaf’d. My umpire Conscience. Mine ear shall not be slow. for I will clear their senses dark. and to none but me. To prayer.

blind be blinded more. and deeper fall. That they may stumble on. thy word is past. To expiate his treason hath nought left. had not the Son of God.Paradise Lost But hard be harden’d. He. But to destruction sacred and devote. And none but such from mercy I exclude. heavenly Powers. His dearest mediation thus renew’d. Say. Much less that durst upon his own head draw The deadly forfeiture. Man shall find grace. and sins Against the high supremacy of Heaven. but all the heavenly quire stood mute. so losing all. and. In whom the fulness dwells of love divine. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been lost. Affecting God-head. Die he or justice must. where shall we find such love? Which of you will be mortal. But yet all is not done. Man disobeying. must die. Father. death for death. with his whole posterity. adjudg’d to Death and Hell By doom severe. pay The rigid satisfaction. and as willing. and just the unjust to save? Dwells in all Heaven charity so dear? And silence was in Heaven: $ on Man’s behalf He ask’d. to redeem Man’s mortal crime. breaks his fealty. 74 of 374 . unless for him Some other able. Patron or intercessour none appear’d. that finds her way. Disloyal. and ransom set. And shall grace not find means.

or offering meet. by thee I live.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Download the free trial version. All that of me can die. and edit PDF. Account me Man. at the sight Pleased. But I shall rise victorious. and am his due. and for him lastly die Well pleased. view. hath none to bring. and lost. and this glory next to thee Freely put off. and show The powers of darkness bound. To visit all thy creatures. Thou. life for life I offer: on me let thine anger fall. nor suffer my unspotted soul For ever with corruption there to dwell. I through the ample air in triumph high Shall lead Hell captive maugre Hell. yet. and to all Comes unprevented. once dead in sins. I for his sake will leave Thy bosom. spoiled of his vaunted spoil. The speediest of thy winged messengers. and stoop Inglorious. Death his death’s wound shall then receive. Atonement for himself. unsought? Happy for Man. Thou hast given me to possess Life in myself for ever. of his mortal sting disarmed. on me let Death wreak all his rage. out of Heaven shalt look down and smile. he her aid Can never seek. Under his gloomy power I shall not long Lie vanquished. 75 of 374 . that debt paid. Indebted and undone. and subdue My vanquisher. Though now to Death I yield. unimplor’d. so coming. Behold me then: me for him. $ thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave His prey.

with the multitude of my redeemed. but peace assured And reconcilement: wrath shall be no more Thenceforth. what this might mean. when time shall be. long absent. that for him I spare Thee from my bosom and right hand. of virgin seed. whom thou only canst redeem. but in thy presence joy entire. Wondering. above which only shone Filial obedience: as a sacrifice Glad to be offered. therefore. 00021053 Thou. he attends the will Of his great Father. nor Man the least. I ruin all my foes. Death last. and breathed immortal love To mortal men. and return. And be thyself Man among men on Earth. and with his carcase glut the grave. wherein no cloud Of anger shall remain. Though last created. and whither tend. Admiration seized All Heaven. 76 of 374 . but his meek aspect Silent yet spake. but soon th’ Almighty thus replied. the whole race lost. Father. to save. O thou in Heaven and Earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath. His words here ended. Made flesh. O thou My sole complacence! Well thou know’st how dear To me are all my works. Then. Their nature also to thy nature join. By losing thee a while.Paradise Lost While. to see thy face. Shall enter Heaven. by thee raised.

Far more than great or high. be thou in Adam’s room The head of all mankind. As from a second root. And live in thee transplanted. Because thou hast. Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt 77 of 374 . when they may. and from thee Receive new life. to save A world from utter loss. and still destroys In those who. and rising with him raise His brethren. thy merit. because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory abounds. and dying to redeem. though Adam’s son. So Man. and hast been found By merit more than birthright Son of God. without thee none. ransomed with his own dear life. as is most just. Imputed. shall be restored As many as are restored. and equally enjoying God-like fruition. So dearly to redeem what hellish hate So easily destroyed. by descending to assume Man’s nature. So heavenly love shall outdo hellish hate.Paradise Lost By wondrous birth. quitted all. be judged and die. As in him perish all men. Shall satisfy for Man. though throned in highest bliss Equal to God. shall absolve them who renounce Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds. Found worthiest to be so by being good. lessen or degrade thine own. Giving to death. His crime makes guilty all his sons. Nor shalt thou. And dying rise. so in thee. accept not grace.

But. Shalt in the sky appear. shall sink Beneath thy sentence. all power I give thee. Princedoms. 78 of 374 . and fair truth. her numbers full. who to compass all this dies. When thou. wherein the just shall dwell. all ye Gods. For regal scepter then no more shall need. Then thou thy regal scepter shalt lay by. Mean while The world shall burn. or under Earth in Hell. or Earth. Thrones. here shalt reign Both God and Man. The living. thou shalt judge Bad Men and Angels. arraigned. they. forthwith from all winds. and assume Thy merits. Adore him. Dominions. fruitful of golden deeds. And. and from thee send The summoning Arch-Angels to proclaim Thy dread tribunal. Son both of God and Man. all thy saints assembled. God shall be all in all. of them that bide In Heaven. See golden days. Then. after all their tribulations long. I reduce: All knees to thee shall bow. Powers. reign for ever. to the general doom Shall hasten. and from her ashes spring New Heaven and Earth. and forthwith the cited dead Of all past ages. Hell. Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. such a peal shall rouse their sleep.Paradise Lost With thee thy manhood also to this throne: Here shalt thou sit incarnate. as head supreme. attended gloriously from Heaven. With joy and peace triumphing. under thee. Anointed universal King.

that glittering by their side Like quivers hung. sweet As from blest voices. such concord is in Heaven. there grows. and honour him as me. And flowers aloft shading the fount of life. but soon for man’s offence To Heaven removed. but all The multitude of Angels. a flower which once In Paradise. where first it grew. Immortal amarant. fast by the tree of life. Then. and with preamble sweet Of charming symphony they introduce Their sacred song. No sooner had the Almighty ceased. Harps ever tuned. Now in loose garlands thick thrown off. their golden harps they took. Impurpled with celestial roses smiled. Heaven rung With jubilee. No voice exempt. And where the river of bliss through midst of Heaven Rolls o’er Elysian flowers her amber stream. no voice but well could join Melodious part. uttering joy. and loud Hosannas filled The eternal regions: Lowly reverent Towards either throne they bow. that like a sea of jasper shone. Began to bloom.Paradise Lost Adore the Son. with a shout Loud as from numbers without number. With these that never fade the Spirits elect Bind their resplendent locks inwreathed with beams. and waken raptures high. 79 of 374 . crowned again. the bright Pavement. and to the ground With solemn adoration down they cast Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold.

thyself invisible Amidst the glorious brightness where thou sit’st Throned inaccessible. Son of thy Father’s might. Thee next they sang of all creation first. Immortal. that shook Heaven’s everlasting frame. the Almighty Father shines. Immutable. Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear. Father. while o’er the necks Thou drovest of warring Angels disarrayed. first they sung Omnipotent. but when thou shadest The full blaze of thy beams. but with both wings veil their eyes. Infinite. Begotten Son. the Author of all being. through a cloud Drawn round about thee like a radiant shrine. Divine Similitude. In whose conspicuous countenance. on thee Impressed the effulgence of his glory abides. He Heaven of Heavens and all the Powers therein By thee created. Transfused on thee his ample Spirit rests.Paradise Lost Thee. without cloud Made visible. Whom else no creature can behold. To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. Back from pursuit thy Powers with loud acclaim Thee only extolled. that brightest Seraphim Approach not. Fonntain of light. 80 of 374 . Yet dazzle Heaven. Not so on Man: Him through their malice fallen. Eternal King. Nor stop thy flaming chariot-wheels. and by thee threw down The aspiring Dominations: Thou that day Thy Father’s dreadful thunder didst not spare. and.

Mean while upon the firm opacous globe Of this round world. Thus they in Heaven. inclement sky. and the inroad of Darkness old. waste. whose first convex divides The luminous inferiour orbs. Satan alighted walks: A globe far off It seemed. Regardless of the bliss wherein he sat Second to thee. Their happy hours in joy and hymning spent. Though distant far. thou didst not doom So strictly. Save on that side which from the wall of Heaven. enclosed From Chaos. nor from thy Father’s praise disjoin. Love no where to be found less than Divine! Hail. and wild. Saviour of Men! Thy name Shall be the copious matter of my song Henceforth. He to appease thy wrath. but much more to pity incline: No sooner did thy dear and only Son Perceive thee purposed not to doom frail Man So strictly. under the frown of Night Starless exposed. but much more to pity inclined. offered himself to die For Man’s offence. now seems a boundless continent Dark.Paradise Lost Father of mercy and grace. and never shall my heart thy praise Forget. some small reflection gains Of glimmering air less vexed with tempest loud: 81 of 374 . and end the strife Of mercy and justice in thy face discerned. above the starry sphere. and ever-threatening storms Of Chaos blustering round. Son of God. O unexampled love.

All who have their reward on earth. to be found was none. but store hereafter from the earth Up hither like aereal vapours flew Of all things transitory and vain. flies toward the springs Of Ganges or Hydaspes. where Chineses drive With sails and wind their cany waggons light: So. wander here. Living or lifeless. for other creature in this place. empty as their deeds. Till final dissolution. None yet. All the unaccomplished works of Nature’s hand. or unkindly mixed. fleet hither. Nought seeking but the praise of men. But in his way lights on the barren plains Of Sericana. Alone. Or happiness in this or the other life. the Fiend Walked up and down alone. Whose snowy ridge the roving Tartar bounds. Dislodging from a region scarce of prey To gorge the flesh of lambs or yeanling kids. here find Fit retribution. Indian streams. and in vain. monstrous. bent on his prey. Abortive. As when a vultur on Imaus bred. On hills where flocks are fed. the fruits Of painful superstition and blind zeal. 82 of 374 . when sin With vanity had filled the works of men: Both all things vain. on this windy sea of land. Dissolved on earth.Paradise Lost Here walked the Fiend at large in spacious field. and all who in vain things Built their fond hopes of glory or lasting fame.

or middle Spirits hold Betwixt the angelical and human kind. who. Dying. And they. and he. leaped fondly into Aetna flames. Empedocles. to enjoy Plato’s Elysium. eremites. Cleombrotus. Translated Saints. And that crystalling sphere whose balance weighs The trepidation talked. and still with vain design. put on the weeds of Dominick. would build: Others came single. he. and friars White. black. had they wherewithal. when lo A violent cross wind from either coast 83 of 374 . who lives in Heaven. Hither of ill-joined sons and daughters born First from the ancient world those giants came With many a vain exploit. and that first moved. Embryos. They pass the planets seven. though then renowned: The builders next of Babel on the plain Of Sennaar. Here pilgrims roam. with all their trumpery. who. Or in Franciscan think to pass disguised. Those argent fields more likely habitants. and gray. And now Saint Peter at Heaven’s wicket seems To wait them with his keys. that strayed so far to seek In Golgotha him dead.Paradise Lost Not in the neighbouring moon as some have dreamed. and many more too long. and now at foot Of Heaven’s ascent they lift their feet. leaped into the sea. to be deemed A God. New Babels. and idiots. and pass the fixed. who to be sure of Paradise.

Each stair mysteriously was meant. ten thousand leagues awry Into the devious air: Then might ye see Cowls. These stairs were such as whereon Jacob saw Angels ascending and descending. drawn. Indulgences. and habits. appeared The work as of a kingly palace-gate. hoods. bulls. to few unknown Long after.Paradise Lost Blows them transverse. in the field of Luz Dreaming by night under the open sky And waking cried. pardons. upwhirled aloft. tost And fluttered into rags. beads. dispenses. nor stood 84 of 374 . The sport of winds: All these. With frontispiece of diamond and gold Embellished. or by shading pencil. and untrod. Fly o’er the backside of the world far off Into a Limbo large and broad. since called The Paradise of Fools. when he from Esau fled To Padan-Aram. now unpeopled. thick with sparkling orient gems The portal shone. At top whereof. but far more rich. inimitable on earth By model. then reliques. All this dark globe the Fiend found as he passed. with their wearers. till at last a gleam Of dawning light turned thither-ward in haste His travelled steps: far distant he descries Ascending by degrees magnificent Up to the wall of Heaven a structure high. And long he wandered. bands Of guardians bright. This is the gate of Heaven.

On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent. where bounds were set To darkness. failing arrived Wafted by Angels. Wider by far than that of after-times Over mount Sion. whether to dare The Fiend by easy ascent. Over the Promised Land to God so dear. By which. To Beersaba. Satan from hence. or flew o’er the lake Rapt in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds. Through dark?. and his eye with choice regard From Paneas. though that were large. a passage wide. and underneath a bright sea flowed Of jasper.?.t?kast by break of cheerful dawn 85 of 374 . and. A passage down to the Earth. but drawn up to Heaven sometimes Viewless. That scaled by steps of gold to Heaven-gate. the fount of Jordan’s flood.Paradise Lost There always. Looks down with wonder at the sudden view Of all this world at once. As when a scout. The stairs were then let down. So wide the opening seemed. such as bound the ocean wave. whereon Who after came from earth.nd desart ways with?oeril gone All?might. now on the lower stair. to visit oft those happy tribes. Just o’er the blissful seat of Paradise. where the Holy Land Borders on Egypt and the Arabian shore. or aggravate His sad exclusion from the doors of bliss: Direct against which opened from beneath. or of liquid pearl.

(but up or down. then from pole to pole He views in breadth. At sight of all this world beheld so fair. that shone Stars distant. and flowery vales. Round he surveys (and well might. Or other worlds they seemed. Like those Hesperian gardens famed of old. The Spirit malign. but who dwelt happy there He staid not to inquire: Above them all The golden sun. and winds with ease Through the pure marble air his oblique way Amongst innumerable stars. thither his course he bends Through the calm firmament. Allured his eye. Fortunate fields. or some renowned metropolis With glistering spires and pinnacles adorned. but much more envy seised.Paradise Lost Obtains the brow of some high-climbing hill. 86 of 374 .) from eastern point Of Libra to the fleecy star that bears Andromeda far off Atlantick seas Beyond the horizon. Which to his eye discovers unaware The goodly prospect of some foreign land First seen. Which now the rising sun gilds with his beams: Such wonder seised. in splendour likest Heaven. where he stood So high above the circling canopy Of night’s extended shade. though after Heaven seen. and groves. Thrice happy isles. but nigh hand seemed other worlds. or happy isles. and without longer pause Down right into the world’s first region throws His flight precipitant.

eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. that gently warms The universe. That stone. metal or stone. Shoots invisible virtue even to the deep. hard to tell. carbuncle most or chrysolite. part seemed gold. they. Not all parts like. Ruby or topaz. Compared with aught on earth. There lands the Fiend. and call up unbound 87 of 374 . though by their powerful art they bind Volatile Hermes. as glowing iron with fire. In vain. towards his all-cheering lamp Turn swift their various motions. though unseen. The place he found beyond expression bright. Download the free trial version. months. part silver clear. and edit PDF. That from his lordly eye keep distance due. or eccentrick. view. If stone.) where the great luminary Aloof the vulgar constellations thick. If metal. Dispenses light from far. as they move Their starry dance in numbers that compute Days. So wonderously was set his station bright. a spot like which perhaps Astronomer in the sun’s lucent orb Through his glazed optick tube yet never saw. Or longitude. and to each inward part With gentle penetration. and a stone besides Imagined rather oft than elsewhere seen. but all alike informed With radiant light. to the twelve that shone In Aaron’s breast-plate. and years. By center. or like to that which here below Philosophers in vain so long have sought. or are turned By his magnetick beam.

as they now Shot upward still direct. the happy seat of Man. as when his beams at noon Culminate from the equator. so far from us remote. nor shade.Paradise Lost In various shapes old Proteus from the sea. Of beaming sunny rays a golden tiar Circled his head. The same whom John saw also in the sun: His back was turned. but not his brightness hid. on some great charge employed He seemed. as now in hope To find who might direct his wandering flight To Paradise. sharpened his visual ray To objects distant far. For sight no obstacle found here. Here in the dark so many precious things Of colour glorious. nor less his locks behind Illustrious on his shoulders fledge with wings Lay waving round. Produces. whence no way round Shadow from body opaque can fall. or fixed in cogitation deep. and the air. Glad was the Spirit impure. But all sun-shine. with terrestrial humour mixed. Drained through a limbeck to his native form. whereby he soon Saw within ken a glorious Angel stand. 88 of 374 . and effect so rare? Here matter new to gaze the Devil met Undazzled. far and wide his eye commands. No where so clear. What wonder then if fields and regions here Breathe forth Elixir pure. when with one virtuous touch The arch-chemick sun. and rivers run Potable gold.

the Angel bright. yet such as in his face Youth smiled celestial. His habit fit for speed succinct.Paradise Lost His journey’s end and our beginning woe. for thou of those seven Spirits that stand In sight of God’s high throne. and are his eyes That run through all the Heavens. his radiant visage turned. and to every limb Suitable grace diffused. He drew not nigh unheard. Stand ready at command. Not of the prime. one of the seven Who in God’s presence. Uriel. Where all his sons thy embassy attend. gloriously bright. O’er sea and land: him Satan thus accosts. Which else might work him danger or delay: And now a stripling Cherub he appears. And here art likeliest by supreme decree Like honour to obtain. Ere he drew nigh. nearest to his throne. and as his eye To visit oft this new creation round. The first art wont his great authentick will Interpreter through highest Heaven to bring. But first he casts to change his proper shape. and held Before his decent steps a silver wand. sprinkled with gold. or down to the Earth Bear his swift errands over moist and dry. so well he feigned: Under a coronet his flowing hair In curls on either cheek played. Admonished by his ear. wings he wore Of many a coloured plume. 89 of 374 . and straight was known The Arch-Angel Uriel.

the only evil that walks Invisible. tell In which of all these shining orbs hath Man His fixed seat. as is meet. and to simplicity Resigns her charge. The universal Maker we may praise. and with secret gaze Or open admiration him behold. through Heaven and Earth: And oft. and on whom hath all these graces poured. His chief delight and favour. to repair that loss. but chiefly Man. though regent of the sun.Paradise Lost Unspeakable desire to see. So spake the false dissembler unperceived. and held 90 of 374 . while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems: Which now for once beguiled Uriel. except to God alone. or fixed seat hath none. Who justly hath driven out his rebel foes To deepest Hell. That I may find him. Brightest Seraph. suspicion sleeps At wisdom’s gate. On whom the great Creator hath bestowed Worlds. Created this new happy race of Men To serve him better: Wise are all his ways. him for whom All these his works so wonderous he ordained. That both in him and all things. By his permissive will. and know All these his wonderous works. For neither Man nor Angel can discern Hypocrisy. though wisdom wake. But all these shining orbs his choice to dwell. Hath brought me from the quires of Cherubim Alone thus wandering. and.

That rolled orbicular. Fair Angel. came to a heap: Confusion heard his voice. leads to no excess That reaches blame. thy desire. thereby to glorify The great Work-master. and worthiest to be all Had in remembrance always with delight. answer thus returned. or the wisdom infinite That brought them forth. and wild uproar Stood ruled. To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps.Paradise Lost The sharpest-sighted Spirit of all in Heaven. This world’s material mould. Pleasant to know. hear only in Heaven: For wonderful indeed are all his works. earth. 91 of 374 . which tends to know The works of God. that led thee hither From thy empyreal mansion thus alone. And this ethereal quintessence of Heaven Flew upward. fire. stood vast infinitude confined. Contented with report. spirited with various forms. air. but hid their causes deep? I saw when at his word the formless mass. and turned to stars Numberless. and how they move. Till at his second bidding Darkness fled. flood. as thou seest. but rather merits praise The more it seems excess. Who to the fraudulent impostor foul. Light shone. But what created mind can comprehend Their number. In his uprightness. and order from disorder sprung: Swift to their several quarters hasted then The cumbrous elements.

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Each had his place appointed, each his course; The rest in circuit walls this universe. Look downward on that globe, whose hither side With light from hence, though but reflected, shines; That place is Earth, the seat of Man; that light His day, which else, as the other hemisphere, Night would invade; but there the neighbouring moon So call that opposite fair star) her aid Timely interposes, and her monthly round Still ending, still renewing, through mid Heaven, With borrowed light her countenance triform Hence fills and empties to enlighten the Earth, And in her pale dominion checks the night. That spot, to which I point, is Paradise, Adam’s abode; those lofty shades, his bower. Thy way thou canst not miss, me mine requires. Thus said, he turned; and Satan, bowing low, As to superiour Spirits is wont in Heaven, Where honour due and reverence none neglects, Took leave, and toward the coast of earth beneath, Down from the ecliptick, sped with hoped success, Throws his steep flight in many an aery wheel; Nor staid, till on Niphates’ top he lights.

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O, for that warning voice, which he, who saw The Apocalypse, heard cry in Heaven aloud, Then when the Dragon, put to second rout, Came furious down to be revenged on men, Woe to the inhabitants on earth! that now, While time was, our first parents had been warned The coming of their secret foe, and ‘scaped, Haply so ‘scaped his mortal snare: For now Satan, now first inflamed with rage, came down, The tempter ere the accuser of mankind, To wreak on innocent frail Man his loss Of that first battle, and his flight to Hell: Yet, not rejoicing in his speed, though bold Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast, Begins his dire attempt; which nigh the birth Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast, And like a devilish engine back recoils Upon himself; horrour and doubt distract His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom stir The Hell within him; for within him Hell He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell One step, no more than from himself, can fly By change of place: Now conscience wakes despair, That slumbered; wakes the bitter memory Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue. 93 of 374

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Sometimes towards Eden, which now in his view Lay pleasant, his grieved look he fixes sad; Sometimes towards Heaven, and the full-blazing sun, Which now sat high in his meridian tower: Then, much revolving, thus in sighs began. O thou, that, with surpassing glory crowned, Lookest from thy sole dominion like the God Of this new world; at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminished heads; to thee I call, But with no friendly voice, and add thy name, Of Sun! to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere; Till pride and worse ambition threw me down Warring in Heaven against Heaven’s matchless King: Ah, wherefore! he deserved no such return From me, whom he created what I was In that bright eminence, and with his good Upbraided none; nor was his service hard. What could be less than to afford him praise, The easiest recompence, and pay him thanks, How due! yet all his good proved ill in me, And wrought but malice; lifted up so high I sdeined subjection, and thought one step higher Would set me highest, and in a moment quit The debt immense of endless gratitude, So burdensome still paying, still to owe, Forgetful what from him I still received, And understood not that a grateful mind 94 of 374

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By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and discharged; what burden then O, had his powerful destiny ordained Me some inferiour Angel, I had stood Then happy; no unbounded hope had raised Ambition! Yet why not some other Power As great might have aspired, and me, though mean, Drawn to his part; but other Powers as great Fell not, but stand unshaken, from within Or from without, to all temptations armed. Hadst thou the same free will and power to stand? Thou hadst: whom hast thou then or what to accuse, But Heaven’s free love dealt equally to all? Be then his love accursed, since love or hate, To me alike, it deals eternal woe. Nay, cursed be thou; since against his thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues. Me miserable! which way shall I fly Infinite wrath, and infinite despair? Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell; And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep Still threatening to devour me opens wide, To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven. O, then, at last relent: Is there no place Left for repentance, none for pardon left? None left but by submission; and that word Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame Among the Spirits beneath, whom I seduced With other promises and other vaunts 95 of 374

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Than to submit, boasting I could subdue The Omnipotent. Ay me! they little know How dearly I abide that boast so vain, Under what torments inwardly I groan, While they adore me on the throne of Hell. With diadem and scepter high advanced, The lower still I fall, only supreme In misery: Such joy ambition finds. But say I could repent, and could obtain, By act of grace, my former state; how soon Would highth recall high thoughts, how soon unsay What feigned submission swore? Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. For never can true reconcilement grow, Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep: Which would but lead me to a worse relapse And heavier fall: so should I purchase dear Short intermission bought with double smart. This knows my Punisher; therefore as far From granting he, as I from begging, peace; All hope excluded thus, behold, in stead Mankind created, and for him this world. So farewell, hope; and with hope farewell, fear; Farewell, remorse! all good to me is lost; Evil, be thou my good; by thee at least Divided empire with Heaven’s King I hold, By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign; As Man ere long, and this new world, shall know. Thus while he spake, each passion dimmed his face 96 of 374

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Thrice changed with pale, ire, envy, and despair; Which marred his borrowed visage, and betrayed Him counterfeit, if any eye beheld. For heavenly minds from such distempers foul Are ever clear. Whereof he soon aware, Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm, Artificer of fraud; and was the first That practised falsehood under saintly show, Deep malice to conceal, couched with revenge: Yet not enough had practised to deceive Uriel once warned; whose eye pursued him down The way he went, and on the Assyrian mount Saw him disfigured, more than could befall Spirit of happy sort; his gestures fierce He marked and mad demeanour, then alone, As he supposed, all unobserved, unseen. So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champaign head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides Access denied; and overhead upgrew Insuperable height of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and, as the ranks ascend, Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view. Yet higher than their tops The verdurous wall of Paradise upsprung;

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00081429 Which to our general sire gave prospect large Into his nether empire neighbouring round. And higher than that wall a circling row Of goodliest trees, loaden with fairest fruit, Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue, Appeared, with gay enamelled colours mixed: On which the sun more glad impressed his beams Than in fair evening cloud, or humid bow, When God hath showered the earth; so lovely seemed That landskip: And of pure now purer air Meets his approach, and to the heart inspires Vernal delight and joy, able to drive All sadness but despair: Now gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole Those balmy spoils. As when to them who fail Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past Mozambick, off at sea north-east winds blow Sabean odours from the spicy shore Of Araby the blest; with such delay Well pleased they slack their course, and many a league Cheered with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles: So entertained those odorous sweets the Fiend, Who came their bane; though with them better pleased Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume That drove him, though enamoured, from the spouse Of Tobit’s son, and with a vengeance sent From Media post to Egypt, there fast bound. 98 of 374

so thick entwined. As one continued brake. or o’er the tiles: So clomb this first grand thief into God’s fold. Due entrance he disdained. Download the free trial version. and on the tree of life. in contempt. Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey. Sat like a cormorant. yet not true life Thereby regained. and edit PDF. At one flight bound high over-leaped all bound Of hill or highest wall. view. In at the window climbs. but only used For prospect. Now to the ascent of that steep savage hill Satan had journeyed on. nor on the virtue thought Of that life-giving plant. whose substantial doors. One gate there only was. The middle tree and highest there that grew. So since into his church lewd hirelings climb. the undergrowth Of shrubs and tangling bushes had perplexed All path of man or beast that passed that way. and. bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher. Cross-barred and bolted fast. Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve In hurdled cotes amid the field secure. As when a prowling wolf. Leaps o’er the fence with ease into the fold: Or as a thief.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and sheer within Lights on his feet. But further way found none. fear no assault. but sat devising death To them who lived. and that looked east On the other side: which when the arch-felon saw. Thence up he flew. pensive and slow. what well used had been the pledge 99 of 374 .

to value right The good before him. Nor changed his course. and with many a rill 100 of 374 . Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow All trees of noblest kind for sight. And all amid them stood the tree of life. but perverts best things To worst abuse. built by Grecian kings. Nature’s whole wealth. To all delight of human sense exposed. Rose a fresh fountain. but through the shaggy hill Passed underneath ingulfed. Beneath him with new wonder now he views. by him in the east Of Eden planted. taste.Paradise Lost Of immortality. A Heaven on Earth: For blissful Paradise Of God the garden was. Of where the sons of Eden long before Dwelt in Telassar: In this pleasant soil His far more pleasant garden God ordained. the tree of knowledge. smell. through veins Of porous earth with kindly thirst up-drawn. So little knows Any. grew fast by. blooming ambrosial fruit Of vegetable gold. which. yea more. or to their meanest use. but God alone. Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill. Eden stretched her line From Auran eastward to the royal towers Of great Seleucia. Southward through Eden went a river large. Our death. for God had thrown That mountain as his garden-mould high raised Upon the rapid current. In narrow room. and next to life. High eminent.

were interposed. which not nice Art In beds and curious knots. If true. divided into four main streams. and of delicious taste: Betwixt them lawns. And now. Runs diverse. but Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill. Which from his darksome passage now appears. Hung amiable. and met the nether flood. and without thorn the rose: Another side. Or palmy hillock. and flocks Grazing the tender herb. and where the unpierced shade Imbrowned the noontide bowers: Thus was this place A happy rural seat of various view.Paradise Lost Watered the garden. whereof here needs no account. or level downs. o’er which the mantling vine 101 of 374 . wandering many a famous realm And country. Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold. umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess. How from that sapphire fount the crisped brooks. burnished with golden rind. visiting each plant. if Art could tell. or the flowery lap Of some irriguous valley spread her store. Flowers of all hue. Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm. here only. With mazy errour under pendant shades Ran nectar. and plain. Hesperian fables true. Others whose fruit. thence united fell Down the steep glade. and dale. and fed Flowers worthy of Paradise. Both where the morning sun first warmly smote The open field. But rather to tell how.

where the Fiend Saw. Hid Amalthea. unite their streams. Mount Amara. all delight. Herself a fairer flower by gloomy Dis Was gathered. vernal airs. new to sight. where Proserpine gathering flowers. and gently creeps Luxuriant. where old Cham. and her florid son Young Bacchus.Paradise Lost Lays forth her purple grape. Whom Gentiles Ammon call and Libyan Jove. nor that sweet grove Of Daphne by Orontes. might with this Paradise Of Eden strive. Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance. or in a lake. but wide remote From this Assyrian garden. all kind Of living creatures. Breathing the smell of field and grove. nor that Nyseian isle Girt with the river Triton. The birds their quire apply. Nor where Abassin kings their issue guard. airs. That to the fringed bank with myrtle crowned Her crystal mirrour holds. attune The trembling leaves. though this by some supposed True Paradise under the Ethiop line By Nilus’ head. from his stepdame Rhea’s eye. Not that fair field Of Enna. and strange 102 of 374 . mean while murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills. which cost Ceres all that pain To seek her through the world. A whole day’s journey high. dispersed. while universal Pan. enclosed with shining rock. and the inspired Castalian spring. Led on the eternal Spring. undelighted.

Paradise Lost Two of far nobler shape. as a veil. and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering. erect and tall. but required with gentle sway. And by her yielded. but in true filial freedom placed. amorous delay. modest pride. mere shows of seeming pure. Yielded with coy submission. for in their looks divine The image of their glorious Maker shone. Nor those mysterious parts were then concealed. with native honour clad In naked majesty seemed lords of all: And worthy seemed. (Severe. but in wanton ringlets waved As the vine curls her tendrils. 103 of 374 . For contemplation he and valour formed. sanctitude severe and pure. by him best received. Godlike erect. as their sex not equal seemed. honour dishonourable. which implied Subjection. wisdom. Then was not guilty shame.) Whence true authority in men. down to the slender waist Her unadorned golden tresses wore Dishevelled. reluctant. Truth. though both Not equal. Sin-bred. but not beneath his shoulders broad: She. how have ye troubled all mankind With shows instead. she for God in him: His fair large front and eye sublime declared Absolute rule. dishonest shame Of nature’s works. And sweet. For softness she and sweet attractive grace. He for God only.

104 of 374 . the loveliest pair. Alone as they. bears. Adam the goodliest man of men since born His sons. the fairest of her daughters Eve. tigers. pards.Paradise Lost And banished from man’s life his happiest life. Still as they thirsted. the unwieldy elephant. Under a tuft of shade that on a green Stood whispering soft. forest or den. Nor gentle purpose. after no more toil Of their sweet gardening labour than sufficed To recommend cool Zephyr. to their supper-fruits they fell. wholesome thirst and appetite More grateful. for they thought no ill: So hand in hand they passed. scoop the brimming stream. That ever since in love’s embraces met. as beseems Fair couple. and in his paw Dandled the kid. nor youthful dalliance. and made ease More easy. Nectarine fruits which the compliant boughs Yielded them. linked in happy nuptial league. since wild. ounces. About them frisking played All beasts of the earth. Sporting the lion ramped. Gambolled before them. and in the rind. nor shunned the sight Of God or Angel. and of all chase In wood or wilderness. by a fresh fountain side They sat them down. Simplicity and spotless innocence! So passed they naked on. side-long as they sat recline On the soft downy bank damasked with flowers: The savoury pulp they chew. nor endearing smiles Wanted. and.

More woe. 105 of 374 . ye little think how nigh Your change approaches. Insinuating. when all these delights Will vanish. and wreathed His?kithetmroboscis. whom my thoughts pursue With wonder. and deliver ye to woe. and such grace The hand that formed them on their shape hath poured. Declined. for the sun. so lively shines In them divine resemblance. yet no purposed foe To you. Not Spirits. whom I could pity thus forlorn. but for so happy ill secured Long to continue. yet to heavenly Spirits bright Little inferiour. and now filled with pasture gazing sat. and of his fatal guile Gave proof unheeded. O Hell! what do mine eyes with grief behold! Into our room of bliss thus high advanced Creatures of other mould. used all his might. the more your taste is now of joy. and in the ascending scale Of Heaven the stars that usher evening rose: When Satan still in gaze. Ah! gentle pair. as first he stood. others on the grass Couched. Happy.Paradise Lost To make them mirth. Scarce thus at length failed speech recovered sad. wove with Gordian twine His braided train. was hasting now with prone career To the ocean isles. Or bedward ruminating. and this high seat your Heaven Ill fenced for Heaven to keep out such a foe As now is entered. close the serpent sly. and could love. earth-born perhaps.

And send forth all her kings.Paradise Lost Though I unpitied: League with you I seek. yet such Accept your Maker’s work. About them round A lion now he stalks with fiery glare. so strait. Then from his lofty stand on that high tree Down he alights among the sportful herd Of those four-footed kinds. my dwelling haply may not please. That I with you must dwell. Which I as freely give: Hell shall unfold. Now other. compels me now To do what else. though damned. Honour and empire with revenge enlarged. or you with me Henceforth. as their shape served best his end Nearer to view his prey. So spake the Fiend. so close. excused his devilish deeds. Not like these narrow limits. if no better place. Like this fair Paradise. as I do. Thank him who puts me loth to this revenge On you who wrong me not for him who wronged. there will be room. The tyrant’s plea. By word or action marked. And mutual amity. By conquering this new world. your sense. he gave it me. To mark what of their state he more might learn. to receive Your numerous offspring. her widest gates. and with necessity. who by chance hath spied 106 of 374 . unespied. And should I at your harmless innocence Melt. Then as a tiger. I should abhor. To entertain you two. himself now one. and. yet publick reason just.

who at his hand Have nothing merited. Then let us not think hard 107 of 374 . whate’er death is. as one who chose his ground. Griped in each paw: when. he might surest seize them both. this easy charge. rising. Adam first of men To first of women Eve thus moving speech. and dominion given Over all other creatures that possess Earth. Some dreadful thing no doubt. and sea. planted by the tree of life. all ear to hear new utterance flow. changes oft His couchant watch. nor can perform Aught whereof he hath need. for well thou knowest God hath pronounced it death to taste that tree. Straight couches close. he who requires From us no other service than to keep This one. Sole partner. Among so many signs of power and rule Conferred upon us. So near grows death to life. of all the trees In Paradise that bear delicious fruit So various. Whence rushing. Dearer thyself than all. and for us this ample world.Paradise Lost In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play. air. and of his good As liberal and free as infinite. and sole part. That raised us from the dust. Be infinitely good. Turned him. needs must the Power That made us. then. and placed us here In all this happiness. of all these joys. not to taste that only tree Of knowledge. The only sign of our obedience left.

who enjoy So far the happier lot. that to me seemed another sky. O thou for whom And from whom I was formed. and found myself reposed Under a shade on flowers.Paradise Lost One easy prohibition. yet with thee were sweet. Not distant far from thence a murmuring sound Of waters issued from a cave. flesh of thy flesh. To whom thus Eve replied. 108 of 374 . I chiefly. enjoying thee Pre-eminent by so much odds. and extol His bounty. my guide And head! what thou hast said is just and right. and spread Into a liquid plain. As I bent down to look. whence thither brought. to look into the clear Smooth lake. For we to him indeed all praises owe. while thou Like consort to thyself canst no where find. and tend these flowers. following our delightful task. when from sleep I first awaked. and laid me down On the green bank. That day I oft remember. And without whom am to no end. Which were it toilsome. and how. much wondering where And what I was. And daily thanks. who enjoy Free leave so large to all things else. just opposite A shape within the watery gleam appeared. and choice Unlimited of manifold delights: But let us ever praise him. I thither went With unexperienced thought. then stood unmoved Pure as the expanse of Heaven. To prune these growing plants.

and thy soft embraces. to have thee by my side ‘Henceforth an individual solace dear. ‘Part of my soul I seek thee. It started back. ‘His flesh. ‘What there thou seest. ‘What thou seest. is thyself. and thee claim ‘My other half:’ With that thy gentle hand Seised mine: I yielded.and from that time see How beauty is excelled by manly grace. invisibly thus led? Till I espied thee. his bone. of him thou art. to him shalt bear ‘Multitudes like thyself. ‘With thee it came and goes: but follow me. fair Eve. ‘Substantial life. Less winning soft. to give thee being I lent ‘Out of my side to thee. fair Creature.Paradise Lost Bending to look on me: I started back. yet methought less fair. and thence be called ‘Mother of human race. ‘And I will bring thee where no shadow stays ‘Thy coming. less amiably mild. ‘Whom flyest thou? whom thou flyest. and pined with vain desire. fair indeed and tall. Had not a voice thus warned me. Thou following cryedst aloud.’ What could I do. Under a platane. Than that smooth watery image: Back I turned. But follow straight. Pleased it returned as soon with answering looks Of sympathy and love: There I had fixed Mine eyes till now. but pleased I soon returned. nearest my heart. ‘Return. him thou shalt enjoy ‘Inseparably thine. 109 of 374 . he ‘Whose image thou art.

Imparadised in one another’s arms. it seems. and to himself thus plained. And meek surrender. Why should their Lord Envy them that? Can it be sin to know? Can it be death? And do they only stand By ignorance? Is that their happy state. which alone is truly fair. when he impregns the clouds That shed Mayflowers. Smiled with superiour love. yet with jealous leer malign Eyed them askance. 110 of 374 . sight tormenting! thus these two. half-embracing leaned On our first father. One fatal tree there stands. as Jupiter On Juno smiles.Paradise Lost And wisdom. Yet let me not forget what I have gained From their own mouths: All is not theirs. Where neither joy nor love. Still unfulfilled with pain of longing pines. Among our other torments not the least. The happier Eden. and pressed her matron lip With kisses pure: Aside the Devil turned For envy. while I to Hell am thrust. reasonless. and with eyes Of conjugal attraction unreproved. under the flowing gold Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Both of her beauty. Sight hateful. Forbidden them to taste: Knowledge forbidden Suspicious. So spake our general mother. but fierce desire. of knowledge called. shall enjoy their fill Of bliss on bliss. half her swelling breast Naked met his. and submissive charms.

A chance but chance may lead where I may meet Some wandering Spirit of Heaven by fountain side. Yet happy pair. and with right aspect Against the eastern gate of Paradise Levelled his evening rays: It was a rock Of alabaster. view. Live while ye may. and began Through wood. o’er hill. and to reject Envious commands. piled up to the clouds. Or in thick shade retired. the setting sun Slowly descended. his roam Mean while in utmost longitude. invented with design To keep them low. for long woes are to succeed! So saying. winding with one ascent Accessible from earth. whom knowledge might exalt Equal with Gods: aspiring to be such. enjoy. Short pleasures. through waste.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. his proud step he scornful turned. that overhung 111 of 374 . till I return. from him to draw What further would be learned. and no corner leave unspied. o’er dale. The proof of their obedience and their faith? O fair foundation laid whereon to build Their ruin! hence I will excite their minds With more desire to know. They taste and die: What likelier can ensue But first with narrow search I must walk round This garden. The rest was craggy cliff. where Heaven With earth and ocean meets. But with sly circumspection. Conspicuous far. and edit PDF. Download the free trial version. one entrance high.

shields. But in the mount that lies from Eden north.Paradise Lost Still as it rose. hath ventured from the deep. 112 of 374 . swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the night. him thy care must be to find. Where he first lighted. zealous. and marked his aery gait. and spears. to thee thy course by lot hath given Charge and strict watch. awaiting night. Chief of the angelick guards. when vapours fired Impress the air. This day at highth of noon came to my sphere A Spirit. to raise New troubles. Thither came Uriel. To whom the winged warriour thus returned. gliding through the even On a sun-beam. Gabriel. as he seemed. Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat. but under shade Lost sight of him: One of the banished crew. but nigh at hand Celestial armoury. soon discerned his looks Alien from Heaven. helms. I fear. Hung high with diamond flaming. and chiefly Man. with passions foul obscured: Mine eye pursued him still. and shows the mariner From what point of his compass to beware Impetuous winds: He thus began in haste. to know More of the Almighty’s works. impossible to climb. God’s latest image: I described his way Bent all on speed. and with gold. About him exercised heroick games The unarmed youth of Heaven. that to this happy place No evil thing approach or enter in.

had thither rolled Diurnal. So minded. and Uriel to his charge Returned on that bright beam. had left him there Arraying with reflected purple and gold The clouds that on his western throne attend. these to their nests Were slunk. Silence accompanied. Now came still Evening on. She all night long her amorous descant sung. whether the prime orb. By shorter flight to the east. that led 113 of 374 . all but the wakeful nightingale. Silence was pleased: Now glowed the firmament With living sapphires: Hesperus. Amid the sun’s bright circle where thou sitst. They to their grassy couch. But if within the circuit of these walks. So promised he. have o’er-leaped these earthly bounds On purpose. hard thou knowest it to exclude Spiritual substance with corporeal bar. In whatsoever shape he lurk. no wonder if thy perfect sight. by morrow dawning I shall know. or this less volubil earth.Paradise Lost Uriel. for beast and bird. and Twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad. of whom Thou tellest. whose point now raised Bore him slope downward to the sun now fallen Beneath the Azores. and since meridian hour No creature thence: If Spirit of other sort. See far and wide: In at this gate none pass The vigilance here placed. but such as come Well known from Heaven. Incredible how swift.

night bids us rest. rode brightest. To whom thus Eve. And at our pleasant labour. as day and night. till the moon. at length Apparent queen unveiled her peerless light. with perfect beauty adorned 114 of 374 . To-morrow. the hour Of night. with branches overgrown. That lie bestrown. Our walk at noon. ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light. yonder alleys green. we must be risen. which declares his dignity. to men Successive. Mean while. unemployed. and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Those blossoms also. inclines Our eye-lids: Other creatures all day long Rove idle. That mock our scant manuring. Rising in clouded majesty. And the regard of Heaven on all his ways. since God hath set Labour and rest. unsightly and unsmooth. and all things now retired to rest.Paradise Lost The starry host. and less need rest. And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw. Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed. Mind us of like repose. Now falling with soft slumbrous weight. And of their doings God takes no account. When Adam thus to Eve. as Nature wills. and those dropping gums. Ask riddance. if we mean to tread with ease. While other animals unactive range. and the timely dew of sleep. to reform Yon flowery arbours. Fair Consort.

Glistering with dew. fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers. and from land to land In order. accomplished Eve. and their change. when she ascends With charm of earliest birds. flower. With charm of earliest birds: pleasant the sun. her rising sweet. Or glittering star-light. nor walk by moon. God is thy law. then silent Night.Paradise Lost My Author and Disposer. and sweet the coming on Of grateful Evening mild. By morrow evening. These have their course to finish round the earth. But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom This glorious sight. nor silent Night. With this her solemn bird. 115 of 374 . nor herb. without thee is sweet. Daughter of God and Man. nor fragrance after showers. And these the gems of Heaven. on herb. With thee conversing I forget all time. All seasons. Sweet is the breath of Morn. nor rising sun On this delightful land. With this her solemn bird. what thou bidst Unargued I obey: So God ordains. though to nations yet unborn. when sleep hath shut all eyes? To whom our general ancestor replied. Glistering with dew. Nor grateful Evening mild. fruit. all please alike. and this fair moon. and flower. and her praise. tree. When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams. thou mine: To know no more Is woman’s happiest knowledge. her starry train: But neither breath of Morn. fruit.

both when we wake. God want praise: Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen. made hereby apter to receive Perfection from the sun’s more potent ray. though men were none.Paradise Lost Ministring light prepared. These then. or nightly rounding walk. That Heaven would want spectators. their songs Divide the night. Sole. the roof 116 of 374 . Singing their great Creator? oft in bands While they keep watch. or in part shed down Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow On earth. Thus talking. Lest total Darkness should by night regain Her old possession. and lift our thoughts to Heaven. they set and rise. when he framed All things to Man’s delightful use. though unbeheld in deep of night. but with kindly heat Of various influence foment and warm. and extinguish life In Nature and all things. With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds In full harmonick number joined. nor think. hand in hand alone they passed On to their blissful bower: it was a place Chosen by the sovran Planter. and when we sleep: All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night: How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air. or responsive each to others note. Temper or nourish. Shine not in vain. which these soft fires Not only enlighten.

Paradise Lost Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle. at their shady lodge arrived. and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf. or worm. in close recess. whom the Gods Endowed with all their gifts. And heavenly quires the hymenaean sung. Such was their awe of Man. Espoused Eve decked first her nuptial bed. on either side Acanthus. Bird. more coloured than with stone Of costliest emblem: Other creature here. insect. than Pandora. and O! too like In sad event. More lovely. with rich inlay Broidered the ground. garlands. Thus. What day the genial Angel to our sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorned. she ensnared Mankind with her fair looks. durst enter none. though but feigned. and hyacinth. each beauteous flower. nor Nymph Nor Faunus haunted. both stood. and wrought Mosaick. and each odorous bushy shrub. Both turned. and jessamin. to be avenged On him who had stole Jove’s authentick fire. Here. roses. when to the unwiser son Of Japhet brought by Hermes. beast. Crocus. and sweet-smelling herbs. In shadier bower More sacred and sequestered. and under open sky adored 117 of 374 . Iris all hues. With flowers. Reared high their flourished heads between. Fenced up the verdant wall. Pan or Sylvanus never slept. underfoot the violet.

who shall with us extol Thy goodness infinite. eased the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear. in our appointed work employed. And when we seek. into their inmost bower Handed they went. I ween. leaves free to all. where thy abundance wants Partakers. Have finished. and thou the day. and commands to some. Our Maker bids encrease. the crown of all our bliss Ordained by thee. the moon’s resplendent globe. Straight side by side were laid. nor Eve the rites Mysterious of connubial love refused: Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity. true source 118 of 374 . and innocence. who bids abstain But our Destroyer. earth. foe to God and Man? Hail. Which they beheld. And starry pole: Thou also madest the night. air. thy gift of sleep. and this delicious place For us too large. and place. happy in our mutual help And mutual love. Which we. mysterious law. as now.Paradise Lost The God that made both sky. both when we wake. and uncropt falls to the ground. and heaven. But thou hast promised from us two a race To fill the earth. This said unanimous. Defaming as impure what God declares Pure. Adam from his fair spouse. but adoration pure Which God likes best. Maker Omnipotent. and other rites Observing none. wedded Love. nor turned. and.

Relations dear. And from their ivory port the Cherubim. and pure. stood armed 119 of 374 . Casual fruition. loyal. that I should write thee sin or blame. Reigns here and revels. joyless. which the morn repaired. and all the charities Of father. Sleep on. here lights His constant lamp. Or serenate. Mixed dance. Perpetual fountain of domestick sweets. Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced. Present. as saints and patriarchs used. by thee Founded in reason.Paradise Lost Of human offspring. or midnight ball. and waves his purple wings. and know to know no more. or wanton mask. just. Now had night measured with her shadowy cone Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault. Forth issuing at the accustomed hour. which the starved lover sings To his proud fair. not in the bought smile Of harlots. And on their naked limbs the flowery roof Showered roses. lulled by nightingales. and O!yet happiest. son. embracing slept. Blest pair. These. if ye seek No happier state. loveless. sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else! By thee adulterous Lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range. Or think thee unbefitting holiest place. best quitted with disdain. Far be it. and brother. nor in court-amours. Here Love his golden shafts employs. first were known. or past. unendeared.

vain aims. on errand bad no doubt: Such. leave unsearched no nook. So saying. As flame they part. two strong and subtle Spirits he called That near him stood. inspiring venom. half these draw off. seise fast. Our circuit meets full west. Vain hopes. Or if. Ithuriel and Zephon. these other wheel the north. that from pure blood arise Like gentle breaths from rivers pure. Dazzling the moon. and coast the south With strictest watch. where ye find.Paradise Lost To their night watches in warlike parade. he might taint The animal spirits. But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge. secure of harm. 120 of 374 . and with them forge Illusions. This evening from the sun’s decline arrived. discontented thoughts. and hither bring. close at the ear of Eve. half to the spear. as he list. Who tells of some infernal Spirit seen Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) escaped The bars of Hell. From these. on he led his radiant files. Now laid perhaps asleep. thence raise At least distempered. Uzziel. these to the bower direct In search of whom they sought: Him there they found Squat like a toad. phantasms and dreams. inordinate desires. Half wheeling to the shield. Assaying by his devilish art to reach The organs of her fancy. and gave them thus in charge. When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake. with winged speed Search through this garden.

thy shape the same. but returns Of force to its own likeness: Up he starts Discovered and surprised. if ye know. answering scorn with scorn. and superfluous begin Your message.Paradise Lost Blown up with high conceits ingendering pride. filled with scorn. unmoved with fear. As when thou stoodest in Heaven upright and pure. like to end as much in vain? To whom thus Zephon. Here watching at the head of these that sleep? Know ye not then said Satan. there sitting where ye durst not soar: Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. for no falshood can endure Touch of celestial temper. accost him soon. Which of those rebel Spirits adjudged to Hell Comest thou. With sudden blaze diffused. transformed. Why ask ye. So started up in his own shape the Fiend. Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly. or. Yet thus. Back stept those two fair Angels. Or undiminished brightness to be known. 121 of 374 . the smutty grain. escaped thy prison? and. inflames the air. Think not. half amazed So sudden to behold the grisly king. revolted Spirit. laid Fit for the tun some magazine to store Against a rumoured war. Why sat’st thou like an enemy in wait. As when a spark Lights on a heap of nitrous powder. Know ye not me? ye knew me once no mate For you. The lowest of your throng.

said Zephon bold. not else dismayed. where those half-rounding guards Just met. Severe in youthful beauty. like a proud steed reined. and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely. But. Will save us trial what the least can do Single against thee wicked. not the sent. added grace Invincible: Abashed the Devil stood. and these from harm. from the front thus called aloud. and his grave rebuke. Departed from thee. If I must contend. yet seemed Undaunted. and thou resemblest now Thy sin and place of doom obscure and foul. when thou no more wast good. And felt how awful goodness is. To whom their Chief. for thou.Paradise Lost That glory then. Gabriel. So spake the Cherub. Or less be lost. and pined His loss. The Fiend replied not. but chiefly to find here observed His lustre visibly impaired. Or all at once. awe from above had quelled His heart. be sure. more glory will be won. the sender. O friends! I hear the tread of nimble feet 122 of 374 . Best with the best. whose charge is to keep This place inviolable. and closing stood in squadron joined. shalt give account To him who sent us. said he. saw. Champing his iron curb: To strive or fly He held it vain. and thence weak. But come. Thy fear. went haughty on. overcome with rage. A waiting next command. Now drew they nigh The western point.

And with them comes a third of regal port. Not likely to part hence without contest. To thee no reason. Employed. and those Whose dwelling God hath planted here in bliss! To whom thus Satan with contemptuous brow. where found. no doubt And boldly venture to whatever place Farthest from pain. Satan. for in his look defiance lours. broke the bounds prescribed To thy transgressions. Stand firm. 123 of 374 . And such I held thee. it seems. who knowest only good. but this question asked Puts me in doubt. and disturbed the charge Of others. To whom with stern regard thus Gabriel spake. where thou mightst hope to change Torment with ease. view. But faded splendour wan.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Lives there who loves his pain! Who would not. and soonest recompense Dole with delight. And brief related whom they brought. in what form and posture couched. Download the free trial version. to violate sleep. Hasting this way. Why hast thou. How busied. but have power and right To question thy bold entrance on this place. which in this place I sought. break loose from Hell. Though thither doomed! Thou wouldst thyself. Gabriel? thou hadst in Heaven the esteem of wise. when those two approached. finding way. who approve not to transgress By thy example. who by his gait And fierce demeanour seems the Prince of Hell. and edit PDF. He scarce had ended. and now by glimpse discern Ithuriel and Zephon through the shade.

Which thou incurrest by flying. whom folly overthrew. who ask what boldness brought him hither Unlicensed from his bounds in Hell prescribed. Disdainfully half smiling. So wise he judges it to fly from pain However. The warlike Angel moved. or shrink from pain. Which taught thee yet no better. But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with thee Came not all hell broke loose? or thou than they Less hardy to endure? Courageous Chief! The first in flight from pain! hadst thou alleged To thy deserted host this cause of flight. O loss of one in Heaven to judge of wise Since Satan fell. Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wise Or not. and scourge that wisdom back to Hell. To which the Fiend thus answered. thus replied. frowning stern. And now returns him from his prison ‘scaped. presumptuous! till the wrath. But that implies not violence or harm.Paradise Lost But evil hast not tried: and wilt object His will who bounds us! Let him surer bar His iron gates. that no pain Can equal anger infinite provoked. 124 of 374 . meet thy flight Sevenfold. if he intends our stay In that dark durance: Thus much what was asked. and to ‘scape his punishment! So judge thou still. The rest is true. Not that I less endure. Thus he in scorn. they found me where they say. Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

Argue thy inexperience what behoves From hard assays and ill successes past A faithful leader. To say and straight unsay. pretending first Wise to fly pain. and my afflicted Powers To settle here on earth. professing next the spy. O sacred name of faithfulness profaned! Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew? Army of Fiends. And seconded thy else not dreaded spear. and couldst thou faithful add? O name. Was this your discipline and faith engaged. 125 of 374 . and spy This new created world. Though for possession put to try once more What thou and thy gay legions dare against. And practised distances to cringe. Whose easier business were to serve their Lord High up in Heaven. I alone first undertook To wing the desolate abyss. not to hazard all Through ways of danger by himself untried: I. when in battle to thy aid The blasting vollied thunder made all speed. But still thy words at random. whereof in Hell Fame is not silent. as before. Argues no leader but a liear traced. fit body to fit head. therefore. here in hope to find Better abode. not fight. Satan.Paradise Lost Insulting Angel! well thou knowest I stood Thy fiercest. with songs to hymn his throne. To whom the warriour Angel soon replied. or in mid air.

sly hypocrite. but waxing more in rage replied. Us’d to the yoke. Avant. and cringed. and thou with thy compeers. but in hope To dispossess him. and thyself to reign? But mark what I arreed thee now. though Heaven’s King Ride on thy wings. Then when I am thy captive talk of chains. but Satan to no threats Gave heed. and began to hem him round With ported spears.Paradise Lost Your military obedience. Fly neither whence thou fledst! If from this hour Within these hallowed limits thou appear. sharpening in mooned horns Their phalanx. as thick as when a field Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded grove of ears. who now wouldst seem Patron of liberty. While thus he spake. to dissolve Allegiance to the acknowledged Power supreme? And thou. as henceforth not to scorn The facile gates of Hell too slightly barred. and servily adored Heaven’s awful Monarch? wherefore. 126 of 374 . the angelick squadron bright Turned fiery red. Proud limitary Cherub! but ere then Far heavier load thyself expect to feel From my prevailing arm. the careful plowman doubting stands. which way the wind Sways them. And seal thee so. So threatened he. Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained. drawest his triumphant wheels In progress through the road of Heaven star-paved. who more than thou Once fawned.

The sequel each of parting and of fight: The latter quick up flew. or all the elements At least had gone to wrack. nor wanted in his grasp What seemed both spear and shield: Now dreadful deeds Might have ensued. yet seen Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign. nor mine. and kicked the beam. to prevent such horrid fray. disturbed and torn With violence of this conflict.Paradise Lost Left on the threshing floor his hopeless sheaves Prove chaff. On the other side. Neither our own. Wherein all things created first he weighed. how 127 of 374 . Collecting all his might. unremoved: His stature reached the sky. Battles and realms: In these he put two weights. but the starry cope Of Heaven perhaps. alarmed. And read thy lot in yon celestial sign. though doubled now To trample thee as mire: For proof look up. now ponders all events. nor only Paradise In this commotion. and thou knowest mine. thus bespake the Fiend. dilated stood. but given: What folly then To boast what arms can do? since thine no more Than Heaven permits. Satan. and on his crest Sat Horrour plumed. Like Teneriff or Atlas. Hung forth in Heaven his golden scales. Which Gabriel spying. and shown how light. The pendulous round earth with balanced air In counterpoise. Satan. had not soon The Eternal. I know thy strength. Where thou art weighed.

The Fiend looked up. 128 of 374 . If thou resist.Paradise Lost weak. and with him fled the shades of night.but fled Murmuring. and knew His mounted scale aloft: Nor more.

whether waking or asleep. then with voice Mild. My fairest. As through unquiet rest: He. my ever new delight! Awake: The morning shines. Her hand soft touching. on his side Leaning half raised. And temperate vapours bland. so much the more His wonder was to find unwakened Eve With tresses discomposed. as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes. to mark how spring Our tender plants. How nature paints her colours. Heaven’s last best gift. and the shrill matin song Of birds on every bough. how blows the citron grove. her rosy steps in the eastern clime Advancing. and glowing cheek.Paradise Lost Book V Now Morn. we lose the prime. which the only sound Of leaves and fuming rills. sowed the earth with orient pearl. from pure digestion bred. with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamoured. and what the balmy reed. When Adam waked. What drops the myrrh. and the fresh field Calls us. but with startled eye 129 of 374 . Shot forth peculiar graces. my latest found. Such whispering waked her. how the bee Sits on the bloom extracting liquid sweet. Awake. for his sleep Was aery-light. Lightly dispersed. and beheld Beauty. so customed. which. whispered thus. my espoused. Aurora’s fan.

but found thee not. of thee.Paradise Lost On Adam. But of offence and trouble. as I wondering looked. thus she spake. now reigns ‘Full-orbed the moon. Eve? now is the pleasant time. ‘Whom to behold but thee. And on. I thought it thine: It said. beside it stood One shaped and winged like one of those from Heaven 130 of 374 . O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose. My glory. and morn returned. my perfection! glad I see Thy face. which my mind Knew never till this irksome night: Methought. the silent.’ I rose as at thy call. that now awake ‘Tunes sweetest his love-laboured song. in vain. If dreamed. as I oft am wont. ‘Why sleepest thou. ‘The cool. not. Works of day past. Close at mine ear one called me forth to walk With gentle voice. whom embracing. ‘If none regard. Heaven wakes with all his eyes. Much fairer to my fancy than by day: And. for I this night (Such night till this I never passed) have dreamed. save where silence yields ‘To the night-warbling bird. and with more pleasing light ‘Shadowy sets off the face of things. To find thee I directed then my walk. alone I passed through ways That brought me on a sudden to the tree Of interdicted knowledge: fair it seemed. methought. Nature’s desire? ‘In whose sight all things joy. or morrow’s next design. with ravishment ‘Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze.

Even to my mouth of that same fruit held part Which he had plucked. And ‘O fair plant. overjoyed. he paused not. he tasted. nor Man? Is knowledge so despised? ‘Or envy. ‘Happier thou mayest be. by merit thine. but with venturous arm He plucked. on that tree he also gazed.Paradise Lost By us oft seen. none shall from me withhold ‘Longer thy offered good. the pleasant savoury smell 131 of 374 . as we. happy creature. ‘But sometimes in the air. as only fit ‘For Gods. ‘Forbidden here. ‘Sweet of thyself. more abundant grows. sometimes ‘Ascend to Heaven. ‘O fruit divine. ‘Deigns none to ease thy load. why else set here? This said. but much more sweet thus cropt. ‘with fruit surcharged. and to me held. since good. fair angelick Eve! ‘Partake thou also. worthier canst not be: ‘Taste this. and such live thou!’ So saying. not to earth confined. his dewy locks distilled Ambrosia. and be henceforth among the Gods ‘Thyself a Goddess. but honoured more? ‘Here. and see ‘What life the Gods live there. or what reserve forbids to taste? ‘Forbid who will. yet able to make Gods of Men: ‘And why not Gods of Men. ‘Nor God.’ said he. ‘The author not impaired. it seems. happy though thou art. me damp horrour chilled At such bold words vouched with a deed so bold: But he thus. and taste thy sweet. the more ‘Communicated. he drew nigh.

The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Affects me equally. that I. among these Fancy next Her office holds. Which Reason. And fell asleep. Created pure. and dearer half. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties. Forthwith up to the clouds With him I flew. when nature rests. 132 of 374 . methought. and most in dreams. Could not but taste. sunk down. that serve Reason as chief. Ill matching words and deeds long past or late. suddenly My guide was gone. but O. Wild work produces oft. and thus Adam answered sad. then retires Into her private cell. and I. Best image of myself. I fear. frames All what we affirm or what deny. aery shapes. but. joining or disjoining. and underneath beheld The earth outstretched immense. Oft in her absence mimick Fancy wakes To imitate her. a prospect wide And various: Wondering at my flight and change To this high exaltation.Paradise Lost So quickened appetite. misjoining shapes. and call Our knowledge or opinion. of evil sprung. of all external things Which the five watchful senses represent. methought. Yet evil whence? in thee can harbour none. nor can I like This uncouth dream. how glad I waked To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related. She forms imaginations.

who. Than when fair morning first smiles on the world. Be not disheartened then. as the gracious signs of sweet remorse And pious awe. and to the field they haste. that feared to have offended. and leave No spot or blame behind: Which gives me hope That what in sleep thou didst abhor to dream. so unreproved. That wont to be more cheerful and serene. and she was cheered. scarce up-risen. Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray. and the sun.Paradise Lost Some such resemblances. the fountains. Waking thou never will consent to do. and wiped them with her hair. With wheels yet hovering o’er the ocean-brim. But with addition strange. But silently a gentle tear let fall From either eye. Evil into the mind of God or Man May come and go. Each in their crystal sluice. from under shady arborous roof Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of day-spring. So cheered he his fair spouse. I find Of our last evening’s talk. methinks. Discovering in wide landskip all the east 133 of 374 . in this thy dream. and the flowers That open now their choisest bosomed smells. But first. Reserved from night. he ere they fell Kissed. and kept for thee in store. Two other precious drops that ready stood. yet be not sad. And let us to our fresh employments rise Among the groves. nor cloud those looks. So all was cleared.

praise him in thy sphere. ye who best can tell.Paradise Lost Of Paradise and Eden’s happy plains. him midst. him last. for ye behold him. Fairest of stars. and power divine. and with songs And choral symphonies. ye in Heaven On Earth join all ye Creatures to extol Him first. 134 of 374 . day without night. If better thou belong not to the dawn. Lowly they bowed adoring. Speak. Angels. each morning duly paid In various style. that crownest the smiling morn With thy bright circlet. Circle his throne rejoicing. in fit strains pronounced. or dimly seen In these thy lowest works. These are thy glorious works. Thyself how wonderous then! Unspeakable. While day arises. Parent of good. and they thus began. such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips. last in the train of night. Sure pledge of day. Thus wonderous fair. of this great world both eye and soul. and began Their orisons. and without end. More tuneable than needed lute or harp To add more sweetness. ye sons of light. or sung Unmeditated. yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought. in prose or numerous verse. who sitst above these heavens To us invisible. that sweet hour of prime. Thou Sun. for neither various style Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Their Maker. Almighty! Thine this universal frame.

the eldest birth Of Nature’s womb. in sign of worship wave. that in quaternion run Perpetual circle. as ye flow. that now meetest the orient sun. His praise. ye Winds. that now rise From hill or steaming lake. dusky or gray. Air. Acknowledge him thy greater. Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers. Moon. and ye Elements. In honour to the world’s great Author rise. that move In mystick dance not without song. Download the free trial version. who out of darkness called up light. multiform. and. And ye five other wandering Fires. and when thou fallest. Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. now flyest. That singing up to Heaven-gate ascend. Ye that in waters glide. and ye that walk 135 of 374 . Fountains. that from four quarters blow. sound his praise In thy eternal course. Ye Mists and Exhalations. wave your tops. and edit PDF. Rising or falling still advance his praise. With the fixed Stars. Melodious murmurs. view. resound His praise. And when high noon hast gained. Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky. Join voices. both when thou climbest.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and mix And nourish all things. let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise. fixed in their orb that flies. With every plant. Breathe soft or loud. Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold. and ye that warble. warbling tune his praise. ye Pines. all ye living Souls: Ye Birds.

how he designs In them at once to ruin all mankind.Paradise Lost The earth. and if the night Have gathered aught of evil. Hail. from Hell ‘scaped through the darksome gulf. universal Lord. and stately tread. or fresh shade. about him twines Her marriageable arms. spoused. or lowly creep. Among sweet dews and flowers. or valley. Them thus employed beheld With pity Heaven’s high King. Raphael. thou hearest what stir on Earth Satan. and needed hands to check Fruitless embraces: or they led the vine To wed her elm. On to their morning’s rural work they haste. Witness if I be silent. she. and how disturbed This night the human pair. and wonted calm. and taught his praise. Hath raised in Paradise. and with him brings Her dower. the sociable Spirit. and secured His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid. that deigned To travel with Tobias. and to their thoughts Firm peace recovered soon. where any row Of fruit-trees over-woody reached too far Their pampered boughs. Disperse it. as now light dispels the dark! So prayed they innocent. half this day as friend with friend 136 of 374 . fountain. Go therefore. morn or even. and to him called Raphael. Made vocal by my song. be bounteous still To give us only good. the adopted clusters. To hill. or concealed. said he. to adorn His barren leaves.

but from among Thousand celestial Ardours. unforewarned. to his speed gave way Through all the empyreal road. at the gate Of Heaven arrived. too secure: Tell him withal His danger. the angelick quires. however small he sees. Left to his own free will. where he stood Veiled with his gorgeous wings. his will though free. 137 of 374 . or. and such discourse bring on. what enemy. is plotting now The fall of others from like state of bliss. By violence? no. up springing light. On each hand parting.Paradise Lost Converse with Adam. till. unadmonished. to obstruct his sight. Flew through the midst of Heaven. he pretend Surprisal. and fulfilled All justice: Nor delayed the winged Saint After his charge received. wilfully transgressing. for that shall be withstood. Happiness in his power left free to will. To respite his day-labour with repast. So spake the Eternal Father. Or with repose. Late fallen himself from Heaven. As may advise him of his happy state. Yet mutable. in what bower or shade Thou findest him from the heat of noon retired. the gate self-opened wide On golden hinges turning. Star interposed. From hence no cloud. as by work Divine the sovran Architect had framed. But by deceit and lies: This let him know. and from whom. Lest. whence warn him to beware He swerve not.

Straight knew him all the bands 138 of 374 . And shook his plumes. the third his feet Shadowed from either heel with feathered mail. with cedars crowned Above all hills. to enshrine his reliques in the Sun’s Bright temple. came mantling o’er his breast With regal ornament. within soar Of towering eagles. till. Earth. that heavenly fragrance filled The circuit wide. and through the vast ethereal sky Sails between worlds and worlds. kens A cloudy spot. the pair that clad Each shoulder broad. the middle pair Girt like a starry zone his waist. to shade His lineaments divine. and to his proper shape returns A Seraph winged: Six wings he wore.Paradise Lost Not unconformed to other shining globes. Down thither prone in flight He speeds. then with quick fan Winnows the buxom air. Like Maia’s son he stood. from amidst the Cyclades Delos or Samos first appearing. to all the fowls he seems A phoenix. with steady wing Now on the polar winds. and round Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold And colours dipt in Heaven. At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise He lights. to Egyptian Thebes he flies. observes Imagined lands and regions in the moon: Or pilot. As when by night the glass Of Galileo. When. Sky-tinctured grain. less assured. and the garden of God. gazed by all as that sole bird.

through groves of myrrh. Berry or grape: To whom thus Adam called. and worth thy sight behold Eastward among those trees. Haste hither. nard. enormous bliss. as in the door he sat Of his cool bower. and now is come Into the blissful field. seems another morn Risen on mid-noon. Eve. and to his state. Their glittering tents he passed. and not disrelish thirst Of nectarous draughts between. some great behest from Heaven To us perhaps he brings. For on some message high they guessed him bound. and played at will Her virgin fancies pouring forth more sweet. And. and pour Abundance. while now the mounted sun Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm Earth’s inmost womb. more warmth than Adam needs: And Eve within. cassia. And flowering odours. due at her hour prepared For dinner savoury fruits.Paradise Lost Of Angels under watch. in honour rise. and balm. what thy stores contain. But go with speed. A wilderness of sweets. and will vouchsafe This day to be our guest. for Nature here Wantoned as in her prime. bring forth. fit to honour and receive Our heavenly stranger: Well we may afford 139 of 374 . Wild above rule or art. And to his message high. what glorious shape Comes this way moving. from milky stream. of taste to please True appetite. Him through the spicy forest onward come Adam discerned.

fruit of all kinds. that here on Earth God hath dispensed his bounties as in Heaven. or bearded husk. and from each bough and brake. or smooth rind. She gathers. and superfluous moist consumes: But I will haste. yields In India East or West. or middle shore In Pontus or the Punick coast. so contrived as not to mix Tastes. Adam. earth’s hallowed mould. ripe for use hangs on the stalk. and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand. Each plant and juciest gourd. with dispatchful looks in haste She turns. all-bearing mother. Of God inspired! small store will serve. or where Alcinous reigned. as he Beholding shall confess. where Nature multiplies Her fertile growth. will pluck such choice To entertain our Angel-guest. where store. and large bestow From large bestowed. on hospitable thoughts intent What choice to choose for delicacy best. So saying. and by disburthening grows More fruitful. for drink the grape She crushes. inoffensive must. inelegant. Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish. and from each tender stalk Whatever Earth.Paradise Lost Our givers their own gifts. To whom thus Eve. What order. or shell. but bring Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change. All seasons. not well joined. Bestirs her then. in coat Rough. which instructs us not to spare. and meaths 140 of 374 . tribute large.

in himself was all his state. when their rich retinue long Of horses led. who yet by sovran gift possess This spacious ground. Mean while our primitive great sire. in yonder shady bower To rest. nor these to hold Wants her fit vessels pure. then strows the ground With rose and odours from the shrub unfumed. Those happy places thou hast deigned a while To want. and from sweet kernels pressed She tempers dulcet creams. for other place None can than Heaven such glorious shape contain. Native of Heaven. though not awed. vouchsafe with us Two only. I therefore came. by descending from the thrones above. and honour these. and the sun more cool decline. As to a superiour nature bowing low. walks forth. and grooms besmeared with gold. and sets them all agape. Yet with submiss approach and reverence meek. without more train Accompanied than with his own complete Perfections. Dazzles the croud. or such place hast here to dwell. to meet His God-like guest.Paradise Lost From many a berry. till this meridian heat Be over. though Spirits of Heaven. 141 of 374 . Adam. Whom thus the angelick Virtue answered mild. and what the garden choicest bears To sit and taste. As may not oft invite. Thus said. More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits On princes. Nearer his presence Adam. nor art thou such Created. Since.

please to taste These bounties. Mother of Mankind. for these mid-hours. And on her ample square from side to side All autumn piled. and mossy seats had round. that like Pomona’s arbour smiled. descends. With flowerets decked. I have at will. unsavoury food perhaps To spiritual natures. no thought infirm Altered her cheek. till evening rise. Stood to entertain her guest from Heaven. second Eve. the holy salutation used Long after to blest Mary. lead on then where thy bower O’ershades. no veil She needed. Undecked save with herself. unmeasured out. That one celestial Father gives to all. To us for food and for delight hath caused The earth to yield. more lovely fair Than Wood-Nymph. So to the sylvan lodge They came. or the fairest Goddess feigned Of three that in mount Ida naked strove. which our Nourisher. only this I know. Hail. virtue-proof. On whom the Angel Hail Bestowed. A while discourse they hold. Heavenly stranger. 142 of 374 . Than with these various fruits the trees of God Have heaped this table!—Raised of grassy turf Their table was. when thus began Our author. but Eve. No fear lest dinner cool. whose fruitful womb Shall fill the world more numerous with thy sons. though spring and autumn here Danced hand in hand.Paradise Lost To visit thee. from whom All perfect good. and fragrant smells.

see. and vines Yield nectar. As may compare with Heaven. unpurged Vapours not yet into her substance turned.Paradise Lost To whom the Angel. As doth your rational. and both contain Within them every lower faculty Of sense. smell. assimilate. Though in Heaven the trees Of life ambrosial fruitage bear. though from off the boughs each morn We brush mellifluous dews. And corporeal to incorporeal turn. needs To be sustained and fed: Of elements The grosser feeds the purer. and to taste 143 of 374 . the air those fires Ethereal. Whence in her visage round those spots. and find the ground Covered with pearly grain: Yet God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights. taste. earth the sea. touch. The sun that light imparts to all. digest. whatever was created. Tasting concoct. Earth and the sea feed air. receives From all his alimental recompence In humid exhalations. whereby they hear. Therefore what he gives (Whose praise be ever sung) to Man in part Spiritual. may of purest Spirits be found No ingrateful food: And food alike those pure Intelligential substances require. and at even Sups with the ocean. For know. and as lowest first the moon. Nor doth the moon no nourishment exhale From her moist continent to higher orbs.

if by fire Of sooty coal the empirick alchemist Can turn. the injured lover’s hell. As from the mine. and their flowing cups With pleasant liquours crowned: O innocence Deserving Paradise! if ever. Mean while at table Eve Ministered naked. the common gloss Of Theologians. and his wary speech Thus to the empyreal minister he framed.Paradise Lost Think not I shall be nice. Not burdened nature. and of their being Who dwell in Heaven. and concoctive heat To transubstantiate: What redounds. then. nor wonder. but with keen dispatch Of real hunger. but in those hearts Love unlibidinous reigned. now know I well 144 of 374 . So down they sat. whose excellence he saw Transcend his own so far. whose high power. Divine effulgence. transpires Through Spirits with ease. so far Exceeded human. nor jealousy Was understood. Inhabitant with God. nor seemingly The Angel. Thus when with meats and drinks they had sufficed. And to their viands fell. nor in mist. Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold. Then had the sons of God excuse to have been Enamoured at that sight. whose radiant forms. or holds it possible to turn. not to let the occasion pass Given him by this great conference to know Of things above his world. sudden mind arose In Adam.

last the bright consummate flower Spirits odorous breathes: flowers and their fruit. and reason is her being. Endued with various forms. and up to him return. to animal. Discursive. As nearer to him placed. Till body up to spirit work. various degrees Of substance. To vital spirits aspire. yet accepted so. of life. created all Such to perfection. Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsafed To enter. Man’s nourishment. from thence the leaves More aery. in bounds Proportioned to each kind. To intellectual. If not depraved from good. Food not of Angels. from whom All things proceed. in this honour done to Man. Differing but in degree. As that more willingly thou couldst not seem At Heaven’s high feasts to have fed: yet what compare To whom the winged Hierarch replied. and these earthly fruits to taste. in things that live. more spiritous. whence the soul Reason receives. discourse Is oftest yours. by gradual scale sublimed.Paradise Lost Thy favour. Fancy and understanding. one first matter all. 145 of 374 . or nearer tending Each in their several active spheres assigned. of kind the same. So from the root Springs lighter the green stalk. the latter most is ours. One Almighty is. But more refined. and pure. and. O Adam. give both life and sense. or intuitive.

what God for you saw good If I refuse not. Son of Heaven and Earth. 146 of 374 . In contemplation of created things. Well hast thou taught the way that might direct Our knowledge. and. whereon. winged. Improved by tract of time. Time may come. propitious guest. incapable of more. or possibly his love desert. at choice. as you To proper substance. If ye be found Obedient? Can we want obedience then To him. O favourable Spirit. or may. Whose progeny you are. nor too light fare. ascend Ethereal. Here or in heavenly Paradises dwell. If ye be found obedient. Mean while enjoy Your fill what happiness this happy state Can comprehend.Paradise Lost Wonder not then. but convert. when Men With Angels may participate. Who formed us from the dust and placed us here Full to the utmost measure of what bliss Human desires can seek or apprehend? To whom the Angel. and find No inconvenient diet. and retain Unalterably firm his love entire. What meant that caution joined. and the scale of nature set From center to circumference. as we. But say. To whom the patriarch of mankind replied. By steps we may ascend to God. And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit.

God made thee perfect. And so from Heaven to deepest Hell. such with him Finds no acceptance. enthroned. That thou continuest such. therein stand. And good he made thee. O fall From what high state of bliss. That is. in this we stand or fall: And some are fallen. owe to God. our happy state Hold. for how Can hearts. Download the free trial version. and with more delighted ear. This was that caution given thee. or strict necessity: Our voluntary service he requires. Divine instructer. not free. that stand In sight of God. than when Cherubick songs by night from neighbouring hills Aereal musick send: Nor knew I not 147 of 374 . Attend! That thou art happy. as you yours. who will but what they must By destiny. I have heard. as in our will To love or not. and can no other choose? Myself. and edit PDF. Because we freely love. owe to thyself. be advised. not immutable. be tried whether they serve Willing or no. and all the angelick host. to thy obedience. but to persevere He left it in thy power.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. nor can find. while our obedience holds. Thy words Attentive. to disobedience fallen. Not our necessitated. view. not over-ruled by fate Inextricable. On other surety none: Freely we serve. into what woe! To whom our great progenitor. ordained thy will By nature free.

Sad task and hard: For how shall I relate To human sense the invisible exploits Of warring Spirits? how. and Raphael. As may express them best. and things therein Each to other like. O prime of men. for scarce the sun Hath finished half his journey. my constant thoughts Assured me. and what surmounts the reach Of human sense. I shall delineate so.Paradise Lost To be both will and deed created free. and Chaos wild 148 of 374 . The ruin of so many glorious once And perfect while they stood? how last unfold The secrets of another world. thus began. perhaps Not lawful to reveal? yet for thy good This is dispensed. more than on earth is thought? As yet this world was not. and obey him whose command Single is yet so just. And we have yet large day. if thou consent. without remorse. By likening spiritual to corporal forms. Yet that we never shall forget to love Our Maker. some doubt within me move. Thus Adam made request. which must needs be strange. High matter thou enjoinest me. But more desire to hear. Worthy of sacred silence to be heard. though what if Earth Be but a shadow of Heaven. The full relation. and scarce begins His other half in the great zone of Heaven. After short pause assenting. and still assure: Though what thou tellest Hath passed in Heaven.

Dominations. which unrevoked shall stand. whose top Brightness had made invisible. appeared Under their Hierarchs in orders bright: Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced. acts of zeal and love Recorded eminent. progeny of light. Powers. By whom in bliss imbosomed sat the Son. Virtues. Hear my decree. measures all things durable By present. This day I have begot whom I declare My only Son. though in eternity. and for distinction serve Of hierarchies. Thrones. Orb within orb. Hear. applied To motion. Or in their glittering tissues bear imblazed Holy memorials. Amidst as from a flaming mount. when on a day (For time.Paradise Lost Reigned where these Heavens now roll. the Father Infinite. all ye Angels. Standards and gonfalons ‘twixt van and rear Stream in the air. past. Innumerable before the Almighty’s throne Forthwith. the empyreal host Of Angels by imperial summons called. and on this holy hill Him have anointed. Thus when in orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood.) on such day As Heaven’s great year brings forth. where Earth now rests Upon her center poised. from all the ends of Heaven. and degrees. and future. whom ye now behold 149 of 374 . of orders. Princedoms. thus spake.

all seemed. (For we have also our evening and our morn. intervolved. as other solemn days. And by myself have sworn. That day. when most irregular they seem. that God’s own ear Listens delighted. which yonder starry sphere Of planets. and with his words All seemed well pleased. 150 of 374 . not need. Cast out from God and blessed vision. Evening now approached. and that day. So spake the Omnipotent. falls Into utter darkness. Tables are set. but were not all. without end. Eccentrick. and massy gold. in all her wheels Resembles nearest. Mystical dance. and rubied nectar flows In pearl. and of fixed. Me disobeys. And in their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones. his place Ordained without redemption. and on a sudden piled With Angels food. deep ingulfed.) Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn Desirous. your head I him appoint. For ever happy: Him who disobeys. they spent In song and dance about the sacred hill. in diamond. yet regular Then most. all in circles as they stood. to him shall bow All knees in Heaven. and shall confess him Lord: Under his great vice-gerent reign abide United. We ours for change delectable. mazes intricate.Paradise Lost At my right hand. as one individual soul. breaks union.

save those. that day Honoured by his great Father. great in power. Wide over all the plain. Melodious hymns about the sovran throne Alternate all night long: but not so waked Satan. and sudden reared. in their course.Paradise Lost Fruit of delicious vines. their camp extend By living streams among the trees of life. and in communion sweet Quaff immortality and joy. yet fraught With envy against the Son of God. secure Of surfeit. In favour and pre-eminence. who. the growth of Heaven. (Such are the courts of God) the angelick throng. the face of brightest Heaven had changed To grateful twilight. before the all-bounteous King. If not the first Arch-Angel. (for night comes not there In darker veil. and proclaimed 151 of 374 . Pavilions numberless. and wider far Than all this globous earth in plain outspread. rejoicing in their joy. They eat. Now when ambrosial night with clouds exhaled From that high mount of God.) and roseat dews disposed All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest. and with fresh flowerets crowned. whence light and shade Spring both. they drink. he of the first. Dispersed in bands and files. where full measure only bounds Excess. Celestial tabernacles. who showered With copious hand. so call him now. his former name Is heard no more in Heaven. On flowers reposed. where they slept Fanned with cool winds.

new minds may raise In us who serve. Companion dear? What sleep can close Thy eye-lids? and rememberest what decree Of yesterday. how then can now Thy sleep dissent? New laws thou seest imposed. thus to him in secret spake. Assemble thou Of all those myriads which we lead the chief. Homeward. Who speedily through all the hierarchies 152 of 374 . Thou to me thy thoughts Wast wont. that by command. so late hath passed the lips Of Heaven’s Almighty. and his next subordinate Awakening. where we possess The quarters of the north. new counsels to debate What doubtful may ensue: More in this place To utter is not safe. Sleepest thou. Both waking we were one. unobeyed. ere yet dim night Her shadowy cloud withdraws. Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour Friendliest to sleep and silence. he resolved With all his legions to dislodge. there to prepare Fit entertainment to receive our King. New laws from him who reigns. The great Messiah. and his new commands. And all who under me their banners wave. and thought himself impaired. I mine to thee was wont to impart. Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain.Paradise Lost Messiah King anointed. I am to haste. could not bear Through pride that sight. Tell them. and leave Unworshipt. with flying march. Contemptuous. the throne supreme.

Heir of all my might. how spread Among the sons of morn. from forth his holy mount. as the morning-star that guides The starry flock. and superiour voice Of their great Potentate. That the Most High commanding. Under him Regent. now ere night. tells. saw in whom. and give laws. the regent Powers. and with lies Drew after him the third part of Heaven’s host. allured them. thou in whom my glory I behold In full resplendence. And. Now ere dim night had disincumbered Heaven. and infused Bad influence into the unwary breast Of his associate: He together calls. Nearly it now concerns us to be sure 153 of 374 . Tells the suggested cause.Paradise Lost Intends to pass triumphant. as he was taught. Or several one by one. whose sight discerns Abstrusest thoughts. and casts between Ambiguous words and jealousies. what multitudes Were banded to oppose his high decree. to his only Son thus said. So spake the false Arch-Angel. and high was his degree in Heaven. smiling. Son. saw without their light Rebellion rising. Mean while the Eternal eye. His countenance. for great indeed His name. to sound Or taint integrity: But all obeyed The wonted signal. And from within the golden lamps that burn Nightly before him. The great hierarchal standard was to move.

serene. Let us advise. thou thy foes Justly hast in derision. with his Powers. Mighty Father. and to this hazard draw With speed what force is left. our hill. So spake the Son. and all employ In our defence. who intends to erect his throne Equal to ours. Matter to me of glory. our sanctuary. dew-drops. but Satan. Laughest at their vain designs and tumults vain. lest unawares we lose This our high place. secure. which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower. Regions they passed. and Thrones. and in event Know whether I be dextrous to subdue Thy rebels. what our power is. an host Innumerable as the stars of night. and. throughout the spacious north. Made answer. whom their hate Illustrates. or be found the worst in Heaven. To whom the Son with calm aspect and clear. Nor so content. and with what arms We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire: Such a foe Is rising. hath in his thought to try In battle. or our right. and Potentates. Lightning divine. Far was advanced on winged speed. In their triple degrees. ineffable.Paradise Lost Of our Omnipotence. regions to which 154 of 374 . the mighty regencies Of Seraphim. Or stars of morning. when they see all regal power Given me to quell their pride.

Adam. For thither he assembled all his train. And all the sea. The Mountain of the Congregation called. This only to consult how we may best. At length into the limits of the north They came. and us eclipsed under the name Of King anointed.) which not long after. is no more Than what this garden is to all the earth. The palace of great Lucifer. 155 of 374 . (so call That structure in the dialect of men Interpreted. In imitation of that mount whereon Messiah was declared in sight of Heaven. and Satan to his royal seat High on a hill. far blazing. with pyramids and towers From diamond quarries hewn. Virtues.Paradise Lost All thy dominion. for whom all this haste Of midnight-march. from one entire globose Stretched into longitude. which having passed. as a mount Raised on a mount. Thrones. Thither to come. Princedoms. and rocks of gold. he Affecting all equality with God. since by decree Another now hath to himself engrossed All power. and hurried meeting here. If these magnifick titles yet remain Not merely titular. Dominations. Pretending so commanded to consult About the great reception of their King. and with calumnious art Of counterfeited truth thus held their ears. Powers.

if in power and splendour less. Equally free. In freedom equal? or can introduce Law and edict on us. for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty. not to serve. which assert Our being ordained to govern. than whom none with more zeal adored The Deity. And look for adoration. assume Monarchy over such as live by right His equals. and if not equal all. and choose to bend The supple knee? Ye will not. and divine commands obeyed. or right. yet free. who without law Err not? much less for this to be our Lord. prostration vile! Too much to one! but double how endured. 156 of 374 . and to his image now proclaimed? But what if better counsels might erect Our minds. but well consist. Stood up. if I trust To know ye right. Thus far his bold discourse without controul Had audience. when among the Seraphim Abdiel.Paradise Lost With what may be devised of honours new. or if ye know yourselves Natives and sons of Heaven possessed before By none. Who can in reason then. To one. and in a flame of zeal severe The current of his fury thus opposed. Receive him coming to receive from us Knee-tribute yet unpaid. and teach us to cast off this yoke? Will ye submit your necks. to the abuse Of those imperial titles.

Or all angelick nature joined in one. and circumscribed their being? Yet. And equal over equals to let reign. and all the Spirits of Heaven 157 of 374 . That to his only Son. by right endued With regal scepter. and in that honour due Confess him rightful King? unjust. even thee. though great and glorious. One over all with unsucceeded power. how far from thought To make us less. under one head more near United. thou sayest. That equal over equals monarch reign: Thyself. Ingrate. false. least of all from thee. Canst thou with impious obloquy condemn The just decree of God. bent rather to exalt Our happy state. In place thyself so high above thy peers. every soul in Heaven Shall bend the knee. the Mighty Father made All things. dost thou count. As by his Word. pronounced and sworn. we know how good. to bind with laws the free. And of our good and of our dignity How provident he is. who made Thee what thou art. Equal to him begotten Son? by whom. Flatly unjust. and formed the Powers of Heaven Such as he pleased. But to grant it thee unjust. and proud! Words which no ear ever to hear in Heaven Expected. Shalt thou give law to God? shalt thou dispute With him the points of liberty. by experience taught.Paradise Lost O argument blasphemous.

our own right hand Shall teach us highest deeds. ethereal sons. when fatal course Had circled his full orb. and. but his zeal None seconded. all honour to him done Returns our own. more haughty. self-begot. but hasten to appease The incensed Father. the birth mature Of this our native Heaven. So spake the fervent Angel.Paradise Lost By him created in their bright degrees. Know none before us. nor by his reign obscured. Crowned them with glory. Essential Powers. But more illustrious made. as out of season judged. Cease then this impious rage. by task transferred From Father to his Son? strange point and new! Doctrine which we would know whence learned: who saw When this creation was? rememberest thou Thy making. That we were formed then sayest thou? and the work Of secondary hands. Virtues. thus replied. Or singular and rash: Whereat rejoiced The Apostate. while the Maker gave thee being? We know no time when we were not as now. Powers. And tempt not these. and the incensed Son. Dominations. and to their glory named Thrones. since he the head One of our number thus reduced becomes. While pardon may be found in time besought. by proof to try 158 of 374 . Princedoms. self-raised By our own quickening power. His laws our laws. Our puissance is our own.

nor less for that The flaming Seraph fearless. as the sound of waters deep. Well thou didst advise. lest the wrath Impendent. Distinguish not: For soon expect to feel His thunder on thy head. Hoarse murmur echoed to his words applause Through the infinite host.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Forsaken of all good! I see thy fall Determined. devouring fire. thus answered bold. raging into sudden flame. which thou didst reject. This report. These tidings carry to the anointed King. those indulgent laws Will not be now vouchsafed. O Spirit accursed. and to begirt the almighty throne Beseeching or besieging. And fly. and edit PDF. Then who created thee lamenting learn. Is now an iron rod to bruise and break Thy disobedience. other decrees Against thee are gone forth without recall. He said. view. contagion spread Both of thy crime and punishment: Henceforth No more be troubled how to quit the yoke Of God’s Messiah. That golden scepter. Download the free trial version. Who is our equal: Then thou shalt behold Whether by supplication we intend Address. O alienate from God. and thy hapless crew involved In this perfidious fraud. 159 of 374 . ere evil intercept thy flight. Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly These wicked tents devoted. and. though alone Encompassed round with foes.

his back he turned On those proud towers to swift destruction doomed. Though single. Unshaken. So spake the Seraph Abdiel. faithful only he. unmoved. faithful found Among the faithless.Paradise Lost When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know. 160 of 374 . his zeal. Among innumerable false. which he sustained Superiour. Nor number. From amidst them forth he passed. with him wrought To swerve from truth. Long way through hostile scorn. nor of violence feared aught. His loyalty he kept. his love. unterrified. unseduced. nor example. And. with retorted scorn. or change his constant mind.

till her hour To veil the Heaven. when all the plain Covered with thick embattled squadrons bright. till Morn. That of so many myriads fallen.Paradise Lost Book VI All night the dreadless Angel. from before her vanished Night. with rosy hand Unbarred the gates of light. Shot through with orient beams. On to the sacred hill 161 of 374 . yet one Returned not lost. and fiery steeds. and found Already known what he for news had thought To have reported: Gladly then he mixed Among those friendly Powers. unpursued. war in procinct. Light issues forth. There is a cave Within the mount of God. first met his view: War he perceived. Waked by the circling Hours. though darkness there might well Seem twilight here: And now went forth the Morn Such as in highest Heaven arrayed in gold Empyreal. Where light and darkness in perpetual round Lodge and dislodge by turns. who him received With joy and acclamations loud. fast by his throne. like day and night. and at the other door Obsequious darkness enters. Chariots. that one. Reflecting blaze on blaze. which makes through Heaven Grateful vicissitude. Through Heaven’s wide champain held his way. and flaming arms.

for this was all thy care To stand approved in sight of God. and present Before the seat supreme. Gabriel. Servant of God. which ready opens wide 162 of 374 . lead forth my armed Saints. and to subdue By force. From midst a golden cloud. By thousands and by millions. Go. well hast thou fought The better fight. Well done. in military prowess next. Into their place of punishment. the gulf Of Tartarus. drive them out from God and bliss. who reason for their law refuse. lead forth to battle these my sons Invincible. though worlds Judged thee perverse: The easier conquest now Remains thee. of celestial armies prince. in word mightier than they in arms. aided by this host of friends. and. thus mild was heard. far worse to bear Than violence. Equal in number to that Godless crew Rebellious: Them with fire and hostile arms Fearless assault. ranged for fight. Back on thy foes more glorious to return. And for the testimony of truth hast borne Universal reproach. and for their King Messiah. And thou.Paradise Lost They led him high applauded. to the brow of Heaven Pursuing. Right reason for their law. Than scorned thou didst depart. who by right of merit reigns. Michael. who single hast maintained Against revolted multitudes the cause Of truth. from whence a voice.

and clouds began To darken all the hill. in mighty quadrate joined Of union irresistible. so over many a tract Of Heaven they marched. and many a province wide. to the sound Of instrumental harmony. and the passive air upbore Their nimble tread. in orderly array on wing. nor wood. nor obvious hill. the sign Of wrath awaked. So spake the Sovran Voice. Far in the horizon to the north appeared From skirt to skirt a fiery region. nor stream. in the cause Of God and his Messiah. for high above the ground Their march was. That stood for Heaven. On they move Indissolubly firm. Tenfold the length of this terrene: At last. reluctant flames. and smoke to roll In dusky wreaths. Came summoned over Eden to receive Their names of thee. moved on In silence their bright legions. stretched In battailous aspect. that breathed Heroick ardour to adventurous deeds Under their God-like leaders. and helmets thronged. and nearer view Bristled with upright beams innumerable Of rigid spears. as when the total kind Of birds. Nor straitening vale.Paradise Lost His fiery Chaos to receive their fall. and shields 163 of 374 . divides Their perfect ranks. nor with less dread the loud Ethereal trumpet from on high ‘gan blow: At which command the Powers militant.

Came towering. The Apostate in his sun-bright chariot sat. armed in adamant and gold. with boastful argument portrayed. Then lighted from his gorgeous throne. 164 of 374 . A dreadful interval. and rushing sound Of onset ended soon each milder thought. with vast and haughty strides advanced. that Angel should with Angel war. Abdiel that sight endured not. and front to front Presented stood in terrible array Of hideous length: Before the cloudy van. for now ‘twixt host and host but narrow space was left. The banded Powers of Satan hasting on With furious expedition. but their thoughts proved fond and vain In the mid way: Though strange to us it seemed At first. for they weened That self-same day. and on his throne To set the Envier of his state. Satan.Paradise Lost Various. High in the midst. the proud Aspirer. as sons of one great Sire. enclosed With flaming Cherubim. who wont to meet So oft in festivals of joy and love Unanimous. where he stood Among the mightiest. And in fierce hosting meet. On the rough edge of battle ere it joined. Hymning the Eternal Father: But the shout Of battle now began. and golden shields. bent on highest deeds. exalted as a God. by fight or by surprise. Idol of majesty divine. To win the mount of God.

So pondering. Proud. art thou met? thy hope was to have reached The highth of thy aspiring unopposed. whose reason I have tried Unsound and false. The throne of God unguarded. and thus securely him defied.Paradise Lost And thus his own undaunted heart explores. yet so Most reason is that reason overcome. half-way he met His daring foe. without end. could have finished thee. I mean to try. When reason hath to deal with force. where faith and realty Remain not: Wherefore should not strength and might There fail where virtue fails. O Heaven! that such resemblance of the Highest Should yet remain. though to fight unconquerable? His puissance. and from his armed peers Forth stepping opposite. Unaided. at this prevention more Incensed. nor is it aught but just. That he. or with solitary hand Reaching beyond all limit. and his side Abandoned. or weakest prove Where boldest. though brutish that contest and foul. and whelmed 165 of 374 . at one blow. Who out of smallest things could. Have raised incessant armies to defeat Thy folly. who in debate of truth hath won. in both disputes alike Victor. Should win in arms. trusting in the Almighty’s aid. at the terrour of thy power Or potent tongue: Fool!not to think how vain Against the Omnipotent to rise in arms.

who. Whom the grand foe. Inspired with contradiction. though then To thee not visible. As both their deeds compared this day shall prove. that thy success may show Destruction to the rest: This pause between. first sought for. thou returnest From flight. and piety to God. the first assay Of this right hand provoked. with scornful eye askance. in synod met Their deities to assert. But well thou comest Before thy fellows. when thousands err.Paradise Lost Thy legions under darkness: But thou seest All are not of thy train. the minstrelsy of Heaven. 166 of 374 . Servility with freedom to contend. can allow Omnipotence to none. durst oppose A third part of the Gods. there be. while they feel Vigour divine within them. (Unanswered lest thou boast) to let thee know. but in wished hour Of my revenge. Ill for thee. ambitious to win From me some plume. when I alone Seemed in thy world erroneous to dissent From all: My sect thou seest. seditious Angel! to receive Thy merited reward. trained up in feast and song! Such hast thou armed. since first that tongue. who faith Prefer. but now I see that most through sloth had rather serve. Ministring learn too late How few sometimes may know. At first I thought that Liberty and Heaven To heavenly souls had been all one. Thus answered.

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To whom in brief thus Abdiel stern replied. Apostate! still thou errest, nor end wilt find Of erring, from the path of truth remote: Unjustly thou depravest it with the name Of servitude, to serve whom God ordains, Or Nature: God and Nature bid the same, When he who rules is worthiest, and excels Them whom he governs. This is servitude, To serve the unwise, or him who hath rebelled Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee, Thyself not free, but to thyself enthralled; Yet lewdly darest our ministring upbraid. Reign thou in Hell, thy kingdom; let me serve In Heaven God ever blest, and his divine Behests obey, worthiest to be obeyed; Yet chains in Hell, not realms, expect: Mean while From me returned, as erst thou saidst, from flight, This greeting on thy impious crest receive. So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high, Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield, Such ruin intercept: Ten paces huge He back recoiled; the tenth on bended knee His massy spear upstaid; as if on earth Winds under ground, or waters forcing way, Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat, Half sunk with all his pines. Amazement seised The rebel Thrones, but greater rage, to see 167 of 374

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Thus foiled their mightiest; ours joy filled, and shout, Presage of victory, and fierce desire Of battle: Whereat Michael bid sound The Arch-Angel trumpet; through the vast of Heaven It sounded, and the faithful armies rung Hosanna to the Highest: Nor stood at gaze The adverse legions, nor less hideous joined The horrid shock. Now storming fury rose, And clamour such as heard in Heaven till now Was never; arms on armour clashing brayed Horrible discord, and the madding wheels Of brazen chariots raged; dire was the noise Of conflict; over head the dismal hiss Of fiery darts in flaming vollies flew, And flying vaulted either host with fire. So under fiery cope together rushed Both battles main, with ruinous assault And inextinguishable rage. All Heaven Resounded; and had Earth been then, all Earth Had to her center shook. What wonder? when Millions of fierce encountering Angels fought On either side, the least of whom could wield These elements, and arm him with the force Of all their regions: How much more of power Army against army numberless to raise Dreadful combustion warring, and disturb, Though not destroy, their happy native seat; Had not the Eternal King Omnipotent, From his strong hold of Heaven, high over-ruled 168 of 374

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And limited their might; though numbered such As each divided legion might have seemed A numerous host; in strength each armed hand A legion; led in fight, yet leader seemed Each warriour single as in chief, expert When to advance, or stand, or turn the sway Of battle, open when, and when to close The ridges of grim war: No thought of flight, None of retreat, no unbecoming deed That argued fear; each on himself relied, As only in his arm the moment lay Of victory: Deeds of eternal fame Were done, but infinite; for wide was spread That war and various; sometimes on firm ground A standing fight, then, soaring on main wing, Tormented all the air; all air seemed then Conflicting fire. Long time in even scale The battle hung; till Satan, who that day Prodigious power had shown, and met in arms No equal, ranging through the dire attack Of fighting Seraphim confused, at length Saw where the sword of Michael smote, and felled Squadrons at once; with huge two-handed sway Brandished aloft, the horrid edge came down Wide-wasting; such destruction to withstand He hasted, and opposed the rocky orb Of tenfold adamant, his ample shield, A vast circumference. At his approach The great Arch-Angel from his warlike toil 169 of 374

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Surceased, and glad, as hoping here to end Intestine war in Heaven, the arch-foe subdued Or captive dragged in chains, with hostile frown And visage all inflamed first thus began. Author of evil, unknown till thy revolt, Unnamed in Heaven, now plenteous as thou seest These acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, Though heaviest by just measure on thyself, And thy adherents: How hast thou disturbed Heaven’s blessed peace, and into nature brought Misery, uncreated till the crime Of thy rebellion! how hast thou instilled Thy malice into thousands, once upright And faithful, now proved false! But think not here To trouble holy rest; Heaven casts thee out From all her confines. Heaven, the seat of bliss, Brooks not the works of violence and war. Hence then, and evil go with thee along, Thy offspring, to the place of evil, Hell; Thou and thy wicked crew! there mingle broils, Ere this avenging sword begin thy doom, Or some more sudden vengeance, winged from God, Precipitate thee with augmented pain. So spake the Prince of Angels; to whom thus The Adversary. Nor think thou with wind Of aery threats to awe whom yet with deeds Thou canst not. Hast thou turned the least of these To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise Unvanquished, easier to transact with me 170 of 374

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That thou shouldst hope, imperious, and with threats To chase me hence? err not, that so shall end The strife which thou callest evil, but we style The strife of glory; which we mean to win, Or turn this Heaven itself into the Hell Thou fablest; here however to dwell free, If not to reign: Mean while thy utmost force, And join him named Almighty to thy aid, I fly not, but have sought thee far and nigh. They ended parle, and both addressed for fight Unspeakable; for who, though with the tongue Of Angels, can relate, or to what things Liken on earth conspicuous, that may lift Human imagination to such highth Of Godlike power? for likest Gods they seemed, Stood they or moved, in stature, motion, arms, Fit to decide the empire of great Heaven. Now waved their fiery swords, and in the air Made horrid circles; two broad suns their shields Blazed opposite, while Expectation stood In horrour: From each hand with speed retired, Where erst was thickest fight, the angelick throng, And left large field, unsafe within the wind Of such commotion; such as, to set forth Great things by small, if, nature’s concord broke, Among the constellations war were sprung, Two planets, rushing from aspect malign Of fiercest opposition, in mid sky Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound. 171 of 374

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Together both with next to almighty arm Up-lifted imminent, one stroke they aimed That might determine, and not need repeat, As not of power at once; nor odds appeared In might or swift prevention: But the sword Of Michael from the armoury of God Was given him tempered so, that neither keen Nor solid might resist that edge: it met The sword of Satan, with steep force to smite Descending, and in half cut sheer; nor staid, But with swift wheel reverse, deep entering, shared All his right side: Then Satan first knew pain, And writhed him to and fro convolved; so sore The griding sword with discontinuous wound Passed through him: But the ethereal substance closed, Not long divisible; and from the gash A stream of necturous humour issuing flowed Sanguine, such as celestial Spirits may bleed, And all his armour stained, ere while so bright. Forthwith on all sides to his aid was run By Angels many and strong, who interposed 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, To find himself 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 172 of 374

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Vital in every part, not as frail man In entrails, heart of 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, All intellect, all sense; and, as they please, They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size Assume, as?kikes them best, condense or rare. Mean while 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 Raphael, his vaunting foe, Though huge, and in a rock of diamond armed, Vanquished Adramelech, and Asmadai, 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 Ariel, and Arioch, and the violence Of Ramiel scorched and blasted, overthrew. I might relate of thousands, and their names 173 of 374

the battle swerved. recoiled O’er-wearied. to such evil brought By sin of disobedience. deformed rout Entered. Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell. 174 of 374 .Paradise Lost Eternize here on earth. yet to glory aspires Vain-glorious. or pain. not to have sinned. what stood. through the faint Satanick host Defensive scarce. Such high advantages their innocence Gave them above their foes. and from just. In might though wonderous and in acts of war. or with pale fear surprised. Far otherwise the inviolable Saints. Illaudable. and on a heap Chariot and charioteer lay overturned. And now. Seek not the praise of men: The other sort. all the ground With shivered armour strown. With many an inroad gored. advanced entire. or flight. and through infamy seeks fame: Therefore eternal silence be their doom. Then first with fear surprised. For strength from truth divided. Fled ignominious. Invulnerable. but those elect Angels. and sense of pain. And fiery-foaming steeds. yet by doom Cancelled from Heaven and sacred memory. their mightiest quelled. In cubick phalanx firm. Nor of renown less eager. contented with their fame in Heaven. and foul disorder. impenetrably armed. till that hour Not liable to fear. nought merits but dispraise And ignominy.

(And if one day. and. Far in the dark dislodged. Now Night her course began. Found worthy not of liberty alone. why not eternal days?) What Heaven’s Lord had powerfullest to send Against us from about his throne. placed in guard their watches round. Satan with his rebellious disappeared. Honour. over Heaven Inducing darkness. His potentates to council called by night. it seems. and. Of future we may deem him. grateful truce imposed. Companions dear. glory. less firmly armed. But proves not so: Then fallible. dominion. O now in danger tried. And in the midst thus undismayed began. Who have sustained one day in doubtful fight. Victor and vanquished: On the foughten field Michael and his Angels prevalent Encamping. Some disadvantage we endured and pain. unobnoxious to be pained By wound. Cherubick waving fires: On the other part. 175 of 374 . though till now Omniscient thought. True is. And silence on the odious din of war: Under her cloudy covert both retired. and judged Sufficient to subdue us to his will. void of rest.Paradise Lost Not to have disobeyed. in fight they stood Unwearied. now known in arms Not to be overpowered. though from their place by violence moved. Too mean pretence! but what we more affect. and renown.

Since now we find this our empyreal form Incapable of mortal injury. Soon closing.Paradise Lost Till now not known. Against unequal arms to fight in pain. Of evil then so small as easy think The remedy. and worse our foes. and makes remiss the hands Of mightiest? Sense of pleasure we may well Spare out of life perhaps. and. though matchless. 176 of 374 . impassive. leader to free Enjoyment of our right as Gods. and understanding sound. and too unequal work we find. yet hard For Gods. Or equal what between us made the odds. for what avails Valour or strength. Against unpained. As one he stood escaped from cruel fight. perhaps more valid arms. Deliverer from new Lords. and by native vigour healed. In nature none: If other hidden cause Left them superiour. when next we meet. and not repine. of Principalities the prime. his riven arms to havock hewn. quelled with pain Which all subdues. May serve to better us. and in the assembly next upstood Nisroch. but. And cloudy in aspect thus answering spake. He sat. known. as soon contemned. Sore toiled. while we can preserve Unhurt our minds. from which evil Ruin must needs ensue. though pierced with wound. Imperishable. Due search and consultation will disclose. Weapons more violent.

excessive. as not to mind from whence they grow Deep under ground. Thick rammed. they shoot forth So beauteous. and gold. to me deserves No less than for deliverance what we owe. gems. who therefore can invent With what more forcible we may offend Our yet unwounded enemies. Which of us who beholds the bright surface Of this ethereous mould whereon we stand. fruit. pregnant with infernal flame. and. which is the calmest life: But pain is perfect misery. or arm Ourselves with like defence. This continent of spacious Heaven. Whose eye so superficially surveys These things. with thundering noise. and tempered. which thou aright Believest so main to our success. among our foes Such implements of mischief. materials dark and crude. adorned With plant. and o’erwhelm whatever stands 177 of 374 . I bring. Of spiritous and fiery spume. overturns All patience. at the other bore with touch of fire Dilated and infuriate. Which. He. into hollow engines. long and round. flower ambrosial. Not uninvented that. as shall dash To pieces. till touched With Heaven’s ray. Whereto with look composed Satan replied. opening to the ambient light? These in their dark nativity the deep Shall yield us.Paradise Lost But live content. shall send forth From far. the worst Of evils.

Paradise Lost Adverse. sulphurous and nitrous foam They found. haply. on war and mutual slaughter bent. and his words their drooping cheer Enlightened. or inspired With devilish machination. He ended. in a moment up they turned Wide the celestial soil. which yet unfound most would have thought Impossible: Yet. and saw beneath The originals of nature in their crude Conception. Concocted and adusted they reduced To blackest grain. and into store conveyed: Part hidden veins digged up (nor hath this earth Entrails unlike) of mineral and stone. The invention all admired. and their languished hope revived. they mingled. to strength and counsel joined Think nothing hard. Mean while revive. 178 of 374 . Effect shall end our wish. with subtle art. much less to be despaired. might devise Like instrument to plague the sons of men For sin. that they shall fear we have disarmed The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt. Abandon fear. Forthwith from council to the work they flew. Nor long shall be our labour. and each. of thy race In future days. if malice should abound. so easy it seemed Once found. None arguing stood. innumerable hands Were ready. Some one intent on mischief. and. yet ere dawn. how he To be the inventer missed.

and in mid air aloud thus cried. If I conjecture aught. will save us long pursuit This day. the foe at hand. pernicious with one touch to fire. part incentive reed Provide. and in order set. Up rose the victor-Angels. But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. With silent circumspection. Borne even or high. Arm. and settled in his face I see Sad resolution. Now when fair morn orient in Heaven appeared. Whom fled we thought. and each Fit well his thick a cloud He comes.Paradise Lost Whereof to found their engines and their balls Of missive ruin. Came flying. fear not his flight. of Cherubim the swiftest wing. arm for fight. So all ere day-spring. gripe fast his orbed shield. Soon banded. no drizzling shower. Warriours. and secure: Let each His adamantine coat gird well. Where lodged. Secret they finished. refulgent host. back with speediest sail Zophiel. Each quarter to descry the distant foe. and to arms The matin trumpet sung: In arms they stood Of golden panoply. under conscious night. for this day will pour down. or whither fled. unespied. and scouts each coast light-armed scour. In motion or in halt: Him soon they met Under spread ensigns moving nigh. or if for fight. in slow But firm battalion. 179 of 374 . others from the dawning hills Look round.

Or hollowed bodies made of oak or fir. To hide the fraud. witness thou anon! while we discharge Freely our part: ye.Paradise Lost So warned he them. in wood or mountain felled. to right and left the front unfold. Instant without disturb they took alarm. how we seek Peace and composure. impaled On every side with shadowing squadrons deep. in hollow cube Training his devilish enginery. quit of all impediment. and loud that all may hear! So scoffing in ambiguous words. and soon In order. and to either flank retired: Which to our eyes discovered. when to right and left the front Divided. With branches lopt. new and strange. At interview both stood A while. and thus was heard commanding loud. but suddenly at head appeared Satan. and briefly touch What we propound. if they like Our overture. Heaven! Heaven. Vanguard. and with open breast Stand ready to receive them. aware themselves. That all may see who hate us. and turn not back perverse: But that I doubt. he scarce Had ended. however witness. who appointed stand Do as you have in charge.) 180 of 374 . A triple mounted row of pillars laid On wheels (for like to pillars most they seemed. And onward moved embattled: When behold! Not distant far with heavy pace the foe Approaching gross and huge.

evaded swift By quick contraction or remove. Portending hollow truce: At each behind A Seraph stood. while we. chained thunderbolts and hail Of iron globes. on the victor host Levelled. From those deep-throated engines belched. and forced rout. What should they do? if on they rushed. But soon obscured with smoke. stony mould. Immediate in a flame. Nor served it to relax their serried files. Collected stood within our thoughts amused. suspense. And all her entrails tore. whom they hit. iron. disgorging foul Their devilish glut. but now Foul dissipation followed. Though standing else as rocks. but down they fell By thousands. with such impetuous fury smote. none on their feet might stand. would render them yet more despised. had not their mouths With hideous orifice gaped on us wide. Not long. they might Have easily. and in his hand a reed Stood waving tipt with fire. That. 181 of 374 . whose roar Embowelled with outrageous noise the air. as Spirits. unarmed.Paradise Lost Brass. Angel on Arch-Angel rolled. which. And to their foes a laughter. and to a narrow vent applied With nicest touch. all Heaven appeared. for in view Stood ranked of Seraphim another row. The sooner for their arms. repulse Repeated. for sudden all at once their reeds Put forth. and indecent overthrow Doubled.

To entertain them fair with open front And breast. and full of force urged home. Leader! the terms we sent were terms of weight. Satan beheld their plight. while they stood 182 of 374 . Of hard contents. And stumbled many: Who receives them right. hightened in their thoughts beyond All doubt of victory: Eternal Might To match with their inventions they presumed So easy. They show us when our foes walk not upright. As they would dance.Paradise Lost In posture to displode their second tire Of thunder: Back defeated to return They worse abhorred. Flew off. Had need from head to foot well understand. this gift they have besides. and when we. and of his thunder made a scorn. So they among themselves in pleasant vein Stood scoffing. in like gamesome mood. And all his host derided. Such as we might perceive amused them all. We should compel them to a quick result. If our proposals once again were heard. straight they changed their minds. And to his mates thus in derision called. perhaps For joy of offered peace: But I suppose. (what could we more?) propounded terms Of composition. To whom thus Belial. yet for a dance they seemed Somewhat extravagant and wild. O Friends! why come not on these victors proud Ere while they fierce were coming. and into strange vagaries fell. Not understood.

The rest. and on their heads Main promontories flung. Purest at first.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. in imitation. Rage prompted them at length. and many a dolorous groan. Their armour helped their harm. waters. and to the hills (For Earth hath this variety from Heaven Of pleasure situate in hill and dale. A while in trouble: But they stood not long. with all their load. Themselves invaded next. Which God hath in his mighty Angels placed!) Their arms away they threw. and found them arms Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose. From their foundations loosening to and fro. Be sure.) Light as the lightning glimpse they ran. though Spirits of purest light. which wrought them pain Implacable. the power. now gross by sinning grown. ere they could wind Out of such prison. and oppressed whole legions armed. Download the free trial version. woods. Rocks. Long struggling underneath. Till on those cursed engines’ triple-row They saw them whelmed. to like arms 183 of 374 . and by the shaggy tops Up-lifting bore them in their hands: Amaze. When coming towards them so dread they saw The bottom of the mountains upward turned. and terrour. they flew. and all their confidence Under the weight of mountains buried deep. They plucked the seated hills. Forthwith (behold the excellence. which in the air Came shadowing. and edit PDF. view. crushed in and bruised Into their substance pent. seized the rebel host.

horrid confusion heaped Upon confusion rose: And now all Heaven Had gone to wrack. Consulting on the sum of things. Infernal noise! war seemed a civil game To this uproar. advised: That his great purpose he might so fulfil. And in whose hand what by decree I do. as we compute the days of Heaven. and permitted all. and thou knowest. Effulgence of my glory. Equal in their creation they were formed. The Assessour of his throne. foreseen This tumult. Two days. To honour his anointed Son avenged Upon his enemies. As likeliest was. what by Deity I am. Save what sin hath impaired. Son. Had not the Almighty Father. Hurled to and fro with jaculation dire. when two such foes met armed. in whose face invisible is beheld Visibly. and the neighbouring hills uptore: So hills amid the air encountered hills. Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame These disobedient: Sore hath been their fight. which yet hath wrought 184 of 374 . Son beloved. For to themselves I left them. Second Omnipotence! two days are past.Paradise Lost Betook them. That under ground they fought in dismal shade. with ruin overspread. and to declare All power on him transferred: Whence to his Son. he thus began. where he sits Shrined in his sanctuary of Heaven secure.

And to disordered rage let loose the reins With mountains. armed. My bow and thunder. that the glory may be thine Of ending this great war. And. Go then. he all his Father full expressed 185 of 374 . and sword upon thy puissant thigh. drive them out From all Heaven’s bounds into the utter deep: There let them learn. in thy Father’s might. Into thee such virtue and grace Immense I have transfused. He said. To manifest thee worthiest to be Heir Of all things. since none but Thou Can end it. guide the rapid wheels That shake Heaven’s basis. for I suspend their doom. and dangerous to the main. as with weapons. to be Heir. and on his Son with rays direct Shone full.Paradise Lost Insensibly. bring forth all my war. Two days are therefore past. and thus far Have suffered. thy deserved right. to despise God. Pursue these sons of darkness. which makes Wild work in Heaven. Ascend my chariot. Whence in perpetual fight they needs must last Endless. Thou Mightiest. the third is thine. that all may know In Heaven and Hell thy power above compare. my almighty arms Gird on. For thee I have ordained it. and to be King By sacred unction. and Messiah his anointed King. as likes them. this perverse commotion governed thus. and no solution will be found: War wearied hath performed what war can do.

I always thee. and from the impure Far separate. thou always seek’st To glorify thy Son. rose From the right hand of Glory where he sat. and I in thee For ever. as I put thy mildness on. And gladlier shall resign. and can put on Thy terrours.Paradise Lost Ineffably into his face received. That from thy just obedience could revolt. O Father. and my whole delight. First. when in the end Thou shalt be all in all. Unfeigned Halleluiahs to thee sing. in me well pleased. Holiest. thy giving. Image of thee in all things. Forth rushed with whirlwind 186 of 374 . And the third sacred morn began to shine. Scepter and power. and the undying worm. To their prepared ill mansion driven down. Best. and shall soon. Hymns of high praise. Armed with thy might. Dawning through Heaven. To chains of darkness. rid Heaven of these rebelled. As is most just: This I my glory account. and in me all whom thou lovest: But whom thou hatest. And thus the Filial Godhead answering spake. circling thy holy mount. declarest thy will Fulfilled. So said. O Supreme of heavenly Thrones. o’er his scepter bowing. Highest. I assume. Whom to obey is happiness entire. That thou. he. and I among them Chief. I hate. which to fulfil is all my bliss. My exaltation. Then shall thy Saints unmixed.

as with stars. and careering fires between. but by his own First seen: Them unexpected joy surprised. beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stored. his sign in Heaven. and sparkles dire: Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints. and colours of the showery arch. were seen. He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime On the crystalline sky. inlaid with pure Amber. in celestial panoply all armed Of radiant Urim. Illustrious far and wide. with eyes the wheels Of beryl. Over their heads a crystal firmament. When the great ensign of Messiah blazed Aloft by Angels borne. four faces each Had wonderous. work divinely wrought. He onward came. and bickering flame. Flashing thick flames. And from about him fierce effusion rolled Of smoke. Itself instinct with Spirit. but convoyed By four Cherubick shapes. wheel within wheel undrawn. half on each hand. in sapphire throned. far off his coming shone. Under whose conduct Michael soon reduced 187 of 374 . their bodies all And wings were set with eyes. Ascended. He.Paradise Lost sound The chariot of Paternal Deity. at his right hand Victory Sat eagle-winged. And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Chariots of God. Whereon a sapphire throne.

Stood re-embattled fierce. and now To final battle drew. Heaven his wonted face renewed. In heavenly Spirits could such perverseness dwell? But to convince the proud what signs avail. hope conceiving from despair. And as ye have received. And to rebellious fight rallied their Powers. Under their Head imbodied all in one. and. At his command the uprooted hills retired Each to his place. here stand. but stood obdured. hardened more by what might most reclaim. Before him Power Divine his way prepared. Stand still in bright array. and at length prevail Against God and Messiah. aspiring to his highth. by force or fraud Weening to prosper. when the great Son of God To all his host on either hand thus spake. fearless in his righteous cause. or to fall In universal ruin last. so have ye done. they heard his voice. Or faint retreat. at the sight Took envy. This saw his hapless foes.Paradise Lost His army. circumfused on either wing. ye Saints. And with fresh flowerets hill and valley smiled. Insensate. disdaining flight. and of God Accepted. Or wonders move the obdurate to relent? They. Grieving to see his glory. and went Obsequious. Ye Angels armed. this day from battle rest: Faithful hath been your warfare. Invincibly: But of this cursed crew 188 of 374 .

Or I alone against them. and behold God’s indignation on these godless poured By me. since by strength They measure all. they have despised. as with the sound Of torrent floods. Because the Father. And full of wrath bent on his enemies. but me. Gloomy as night. That they may have their wish. and glory appertains. Full soon Among them he arrived. in his right hand 189 of 374 . of other excellence Not emulous. So spake the Son. under his burning wheels The stedfast empyrean shook throughout. or whose he sole appoints: Number to this day’s work is not ordained. All but the throne itself of God. He on his impious foes right onward drove. At once the Four spread out their starry wings With dreadful shade contiguous. they all. not you. or of a numerous host. and into terrour changed His countenance too severe to be beheld. nor care who them excels. Nor multitude. Yet envied. to try with me In battle which the stronger proves. stand only. Nor other strife with them do I vouchsafe. Therefore to me their doom he hath assigned.Paradise Lost The punishment to other hand belongs. Vengeance is his. and power. and the orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. Hath honoured me. according to his will. against me is all their rage. to whom in Heaven s’preme Kingdom.

to the bounds And crystal wall of Heaven. afflicted. and with furies. opening wide. and helms. All courage. and every eye Glared lightning. And of their wonted vigour left them drained. which he sent Before him. and helmed heads he rode Of Thrones and mighty Seraphim prostrate. that withered all their strength. That wished the mountains now might be again Thrown on them. Yet half his strength he put not forth. spiritless. which. but root them out of Heaven: The overthrown he raised. pursued With terrours. all resistance lost. and from the living wheels Distinct alike with multitude of eyes. and shot forth pernicious fire Among the accursed. as a shelter from his ire. and a spacious gap disclosed Into the wasteful deep: The monstrous sight Struck them with horrour backward. from the fourfold-visaged Four Distinct with eyes. One Spirit in them ruled. for he meant Not to destroy. and as a herd Of goats or timorous flock together thronged Drove them before him thunder-struck.Paradise Lost Grasping ten thousand thunders. Exhausted. but far worse Urged them behind: Headlong themselves they threw 190 of 374 . Nor less on either side tempestuous fell His arrows. but checked His thunder in mid volley. such as in their souls infixed Plagues: They. Rolled inward. fallen. astonished. down their idle weapons dropt: O’er shields.

Hell heard the unsufferable noise. and soon repaired Her mural breach. into the courts And temple of his Mighty Father throned On high. measuring things in Heaven by things on Earth. and would have fled Affrighted. Worthiest to reign: He. to him dominion given. eternal wrath Burnt after them to the bottomless pit. returning whence it rolled.Paradise Lost Down from the verge of Heaven. as they went. Son. And felt tenfold confusion in their fall Through his wild anarchy. Heir. Hell. celebrated. fraught with fire Unquenchable. each Order bright. Disburdened Heaven rejoiced. and. so huge a rout Incumbered him with ruin: Hell at last Yawning received them whole. and Lord. With jubilee advanced. Hell saw Heaven ruining from Heaven. Nine days they fell: Confounded Chaos roared. and too fast had bound. rode Triumphant through mid Heaven. who into glory him received. their fit habitation. Sole victor. Messiah his triumphal chariot turned: To meet him all his Saints. Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss. and on them closed. from the expulsion of his foes. Shaded with branching palm. but strict Fate had cast too deep Her dark foundations. the house of woe and pain. who silent stood Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts. Sung triumph. and him sung victorious King. Thus. 191 of 374 .

that. warn Thy weaker. Which would be all his solace and revenge. As a despite done against the Most High. to thee I have revealed What might have else to human race been hid. Thee once to gain companion of his woe.Paradise Lost At thy request. Yet fell. with him Bereaved of happiness. and the deep fall Of those too high aspiring. who rebelled With Satan. eternal misery. the reward Of disobedience. and that thou mayest beware By what is past. But listen not to his temptations. firm they might have stood. 192 of 374 . let it profit thee to have heard. and fear to transgress. remember. thou mayest partake His punishment. Who now is plotting how he may seduce Thee also from obedience. By terrible example. he who envies now thy state. and war in Heaven Among the angelick Powers. The discord which befel.

Up led by thee Into the Heaven of Heavens I have presumed. Standing on earth. Urania. and evil tongues. More safe I sing with mortal voice. I call: for thou Nor of the Muses nine. Erroneous there to wander. and forlorn. Half yet remains unsung. not rapt above the pole. pleased With thy celestial song. and drawn empyreal air. but. unchanged To hoarse or mute.) Dismounted. Wisdom thy sister. and with her didst play In presence of the Almighty Father.Paradise Lost Book VII Descend from Heaven. Thy tempering: with like safety guided down Return me to my native element: Lest from this flying steed unreined. not the name. but narrower bound Within the visible diurnal sphere. though fallen on evil days. nor on the top Of old Olympus dwellest. though from a lower clime. Above the flight of Pegasean wing! The meaning. on the Aleian field I fall. or fountain flowed. by that name If rightly thou art called. (as once Bellerophon. Before the hills appeared. Thou with eternal Wisdom didst converse. An earthly guest. whose voice divine Following. On evil days though fallen. heavenly-born. 193 of 374 . above the Olympian hill I soar.

So fail not thou. by what befel in Heaven To those apostates. The story heard attentive. and was filled With admiration and deep muse. Though wandering. Urania. But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers. she an empty dream. He. where woods and rocks had ears To rapture. to beware Apostasy. and fit audience find. or when morn Purples the east: still govern thou my song. who thee implores: For thou art heavenly. by dire example. as hate in Heaven. though few. lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race. nor could the Muse defend Her son. the race Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope. The affable Arch-Angel. till the savage clamour drowned Both harp and voice. Goddess. things. while thou Visitest my slumbers nightly. And solitude. to hear Of things so high and strange. So easily obeyed amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite. And war so near the peace of God in bliss. with his consorted Eve. 194 of 374 . and with dangers compassed round. If they transgress. Say. Charged not to touch the interdicted tree. to their thought So unimaginable. yet not alone. what ensued when Raphael. had forewarned Adam. and slight that sole command.Paradise Lost In darkness.

and edit PDF. the end Of what we are. yet sinless. Download the free trial version. with desire to know What nearer might concern him. impossible to mix With blessedness. But since thou hast vouchsafed Gently. which yet concerned Our knowing. When. was done Before his memory. and his admonishment Receive. view. For which to the infinitely Good we owe Immortal thanks. What within Eden. Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites. and full of wonder in our ears. Proceeded thus to ask his heavenly guest. Divine interpreter! by favour sent Down from the empyrean. as one whose drouth Yet scarce allayed still eyes the current stream. Whence Adam soon repealed The doubts that in his heart arose: and now Led on.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Deign to descend now lower. soon Driven back. Unknown. with solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovran will. for what cause. for our instruction. Great things. as to highest wisdom seemed. how this world Of Heaven and Earth conspicuous first began. which human knowledge could not reach. Far differing from this world. With such confusion: but the evil. redounded as a flood on those From whom it sprung. thou hast revealed. or without. and whereof created. to impart Things above earthly thought. to forewarn Us timely of what might else have been our loss. and relate 195 of 374 .

in his holy rest Through all eternity. will watch. and Sleep. Thus Adam his illustrious guest besought: And thus the Godlike Angel answered mild. Silence. he hears. how soon Absolved. the ambient air wide interfused Embracing round this floried Earth. This also thy request. though to recount almighty works What words or tongue of Seraph can suffice. and the work begun. Obtain. and the rising birth Of Nature from the unapparent Deep: Or if the star of evening and the moon Haste to thy audience. suspense in Heaven. but the more To magnify his works. and this which yields or fills All space. so late to build In Chaos. And longer will delay to hear thee tell His generation. Or we can bid his absence. with moving fires adorned Innumerable. 196 of 374 . if unforbid thou mayest unfold What we. How first began this Heaven which we behold Distant so high. listening to thee. till thy song End. Night with her will bring. the more we know. not to explore the secrets ask Of his eternal empire.Paradise Lost What may no less perhaps avail us known. and dismiss thee ere the morning shine. thy potent voice. Held by thy voice. And the great light of day yet wants to run Much of his race though steep. what cause Moved the Creator. with caution asked.

and to his Son thus spake. shall not be withheld Thy hearing. us dispossessed. 197 of 374 . brighter once amidst the host Of Angels. abstain To ask. the seat Of Deity supreme. as nourishment to wind. nor let thine own inventions hope Things not revealed. which the invisible King. which best may serve To glorify the Maker. Oppresses else with surfeit.) Fell with his flaming legions through the deep Into his place. the Omnipotent Eternal Father from his throne beheld Their multitude. beyond. At least our envious Foe hath failed. who thought All like himself rebellious. that. to know In measure what the mind may well contain. But knowledge is as food. than that star the stars among. hath suppressed in night. after Lucifer from Heaven (So call him. and needs no less Her temperance over appetite. and the great Son returned Victorious with his Saints. by whose aid This inaccessible high strength. Know then. and infer Thee also happier. and soon turns Wisdom to folly. to answer thy desire Of knowledge within bounds. Only Omniscient. To none communicable in Earth or Heaven: Enough is left besides to search and know.Paradise Lost Or heart of man suffice to comprehend? Yet what thou canst attain. such commission from above I have received.

lest his heart exalt him in the harm Already done. if such it be to lose Self-lost. under long obedience tried. Not here. nor vacuous the space. And thou my Word. whom their place knows here no more: Yet far the greater part have kept. They open to themselves at length the way Up hither. begotten Son. ride forth. which is free 198 of 374 . My damage fondly deemed. retire. Their station. And Earth be changed to Heaven. Mean while inhabit lax. Boundless the Deep. and be it done! My overshadowing Spirit and Might with thee I send along. by thee This I perform. Though I. out of one man a race Of men innumerable. by degrees of merit raised. speak thou. to have dispeopled Heaven. and bid the Deep Within appointed bounds be Heaven and Earth. because I Am who fill Infinitude. and into fraud Drew many. I can repair That detriment. And put not forth my goodness. uncircumscribed myself. till.Paradise Lost He trusted to have seised. and solemn rites: But. and in a moment will create Another world. and Heaven to Earth. yet populous. there to dwell. joy and union without end. Heaven. I see. retains Number sufficient to possess her realms Though wide. One kingdom. and this high temple to frequent With ministeries due. ye Powers of Heaven.

where stand of old 199 of 374 . Immediate are the acts of God. Potentates. Great triumph and rejoicing was in Heaven. sapience and love Immense. winged Spirits. whose wisdom had ordained Good out of evil to create. and thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite. the Filial Godhead. So spake the Almighty. Necessity and Chance Approach not me. Girt with Omnipotence. a better race to bring Into their vacant room. and chariots winged From the armoury of God. And Virtues. When such was heard declared the Almighty’s will. good will To future men. and to what he spake His Word. So told as earthly notion can receive. and in their dwellings peace. and Thrones. Glory to Him. with radiance crowned Of Majesty Divine. gave effect. and all his Father in him shone. So sang the Hierarchies: Mean while the Son On his great expedition now appeared. Glory they sung to the Most High. whose just avenging ire Had driven out the ungodly from his sight And the habitations of the just. and Seraph. more swift Than time or motion. instead Of Spirits malign. and what I will is Fate. About his chariot numberless were poured Cherub.Paradise Lost To act or not. but to human ears Cannot without process of speech be told. to Him Glory and praise.

and the other turned Round through the vast profundity obscure. 200 of 374 . Then staid the fervid wheels. in his powerful Word And Spirit. and from the shore They viewed the vast immeasurable abyss Outrageous as a sea. coming to create new worlds. dark. Said then the Omnifick Word. Silence. as mountains. on the wings of Cherubim Uplifted. but. to behold Creation. prepared In God’s eternal store. your discord end! Nor staid. and all created things: One foot he centered. and now came forth Spontaneous. wasteful. On heavenly ground they stood. in paternal glory rode Far into Chaos. between two brazen mountains lodged Against a solemn day.Paradise Lost Myriads. and the wonders of his might. ye troubled Waves. peace. wild. to let forth The King of Glory. to assault Heaven’s highth. to circumscribe This universe. harnessed at hand. Up from the bottom turned by furious winds And surging waves. Celestial equipage. and the world unborn. harmonious sound On golden hinges moving. and thou Deep. for within them Spirit lived. and with the center mix the pole. For Chaos heard his voice: Him all his train Followed in bright procession. and in his hand He took the golden compasses. Attendant on their Lord: Heaven opened wide Her ever-during gates.

quintessence pure. And touched their golden harps. He named. then conglobed Like things to like. Sprung from the deep. and forthwith Light Ethereal. God saw the light was good. O World! Thus God the Heaven created. Matter unformed and void: Darkness profound Covered the abyss: but on the watery calm His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread. but downward purged The black tartareous cold infernal dregs. with joy and shout The hollow universal orb they filled. for yet the sun Was not. and between spun out the air. Let there be light. and hymning praised 201 of 374 . nor unsung By the celestial quires. and vital warmth Throughout the fluid mass. and from her native east To journey through the aery gloom began. when orient light Exhaling first from darkness they beheld. said God. And light from darkness by the hemisphere Divided: light the Day. Birth-day of Heaven and Earth. thus the Earth. This be thy just circumference. thus far thy bounds. first of things. Thus far extend. and darkness Night. she in a cloudy tabernacle Sojourned the while. Adverse to life: then founded. Sphered in a radiant cloud. And vital virtue infused. And Earth self-balanced on her center hung.Paradise Lost And said. the rest to several place Disparted. Thus was the first day even and morn: Nor past uncelebrated.

diffused In circuit to the uttermost convex Of this great round. when God said. Immediately the mountains huge appear Emergent. not idle. Be gathered now ye waters under Heaven Into one place. so he the world Built on circumfluous waters calm. with warm Prolifick humour softening all her globe. and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds. elemental air. expanse of liquid. and let dry land appear. embryon immature involved. Transparent. Fermented the great mother to conceive. and the loud misrule Of Chaos far removed. The waters underneath from those above Dividing: for as earth. but in the womb as yet Of waters. but. Let there be firmament Amid the waters. their tops ascend the sky: 202 of 374 . and when first morn. Both when first evening was. Creator him they sung. in wide Crystalline ocean. and let it divide The waters from the waters.Paradise Lost God and his works. The Earth was formed. and God made The firmament. lest fierce extremes Contiguous might distemper the whole frame: And Heaven he named the Firmament: So even And morning chorus sung the second day. God said. Appeared not: over all the face of Earth Main ocean flowed. pure. Satiate with genial moisture. partition firm and sure. Again.

nor withstood them rock or hill. so the watery throng. Capacious bed of waters: Thither they Hasted with glad precipitance. if through plain. and the great receptacle Of congregated waters.Paradise Lost So high as heaved the tumid hills. and said. unadorned. he called Seas: And saw that it was good. But they. All but within those banks. The dry land. ere God had bid the ground be dry. For haste. Wave rolling after wave. Earth. with torrent rapture. or under ground. uprolled. If steep. or circuit wide With serpent errour wandering. And on the washy oose deep channels wore. or ridge direct. and perpetual draw their humid train. He scarce had said. till then Desart and bare. such flight the great command impressed On the swift floods: As armies at the call Of trumpet (for of armies thou hast heard) Troop to their standard. whose verdure clad Her universal face with pleasant green. Let the Earth Put forth the verdant grass. so low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep. Whose seed is in herself upon the Earth. herb yielding seed. where way they found. when the bare Earth. unsightly. Easy. Brought forth the tender grass. found their way. 203 of 374 . Soft-ebbing. where rivers now Stream. And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind. As drops on dust conglobing from the dry: Part rise in crystal wall.

and love to haunt Her sacred shades: though God had yet not rained Upon the Earth. and it was so. and for days. And bush with frizzled hair implicit: Last Rose. and every herb. to divide The day from night. these scarce blown. 204 of 374 . and let them be for signs. as I ordain Their office in the firmament of Heaven. ere it was in the Earth. the stately trees. For seasons. To give light on the Earth. smelling sweet: and. forth crept The swelling gourd. God made. Or wander with delight. and made gay Her bosom. With tufts the valleys. and man to till the ground None was. or gemmed Their blossoms: With high woods the hills were crowned. With borders long the rivers: that Earth now Seemed like to Heaven. and watered all the ground. before it grew On the green stem: God saw that it was good: So even and morn recorded the third day. Forth flourished thick the clustering vine. and each fountain side. Let there be lights High in the expanse of Heaven. that sudden flowered Opening their various colours.Paradise Lost Then herbs of every leaf. up stood the corny reed Embattled in her field. as in dance. And let them be for lights. and the humble shrub. but from the Earth a dewy mist Went up. a seat where Gods might dwell. and circling years. Again the Almighty spake. and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit. which. and each Plant of the field.

made porous to receive And drink the liquid light. and made the stars. unlightsome first. and every magnitude of stars. jocund to run His longitude through Heaven’s high road. in their golden urns draw light. other stars Repairing. By tincture or reflection they augment Their small peculiar. the greater to have rule by day. And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns. Transplanted from her cloudy shrine. and all the horizon round Invested with bright rays. great for their use To Man. Though of ethereal mould: then formed the moon Globose. as to their fountain. the gray Dawn. firm to retain Her gathered beams. before him danced. The less by night. And light from darkness to divide. and rule the day In their vicissitude. And set them in the firmament of Heaven To illuminate the Earth. and placed In the sun’s orb. altern. And sowed with stars the Heaven. with diminution seen. Hither. 205 of 374 . God saw. Surveying his great work. and rule the night. though from human sight So far remote. and the Pleiades. Regent of day. thick as a field: Of light by far the greater part he took. that it was good: For of celestial bodies first the sun A mighty sphere he framed.Paradise Lost And God made two great lights. great palace now of light. First in his east the glorious lamp was seen.

And God created the great whales. with wings Displayed on the open firmament of Heaven. And let the fowl be multiplied. 206 of 374 . each creek and bay. and blessed them. saying. With thousand thousand stars. And lakes. for other light she needed none In that aspect. and in the seas. and her reign With thousand lesser lights dividual holds. His mirrour. then in the east her turn she shines. And saw that it was good. Be fruitful.Paradise Lost Shedding sweet influence: Less bright the moon. and still that distance keeps Till night. living soul: And let fowl fly above the Earth. With fry innumerable swarm. And every bird of wing after his kind. Forthwith the sounds and seas. and shoals Of fish that with their fins. Let the waters generate Reptile with spawn abundant. Glad evening and glad morn crowned the fourth day. and shining scales. multiply. Revolved on Heaven’s great axle. And God said. which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds. with full face borrowing her light From him. and running streams. on the Earth. and each Soul living. each that crept. the waters fill. that then appeared Spangling the hemisphere: Then first adorned With their bright luminaries that set and rose. But opposite in levelled west was set. or with mate. in sculls that oft Bank the mid sea: part single. Glide under the green wave.

so steers the prudent crane Her annual voyage. Or. the air Floats as they pass. and over lands. Intelligent of seasons. or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk Wallowing unwieldy. view. enormous in their gait. or. and. Their brood as numerous hatch. and through groves Of coral stray. from the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclosed Their callow young. and at his trunk spouts out. Mean while the tepid caves. Tempest the ocean: there leviathan. sporting with quick glance. part more wise In common. high over seas Flying. borne on winds. soaring the air sublime. and at his gills Draws in. With clang despised the ground.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and fens. Hugest of living creatures. and shores. Graze the sea-weed their pasture. And seems a moving land. a sea. attend Moist nutriment. fanned with unnumbered plumes: 207 of 374 . under a cloud In prospect. and set forth Their aery caravan. but feathered soon and fledge They summed their pens. wedge their way. Download the free trial version. on the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims. in their pearly shells at ease. there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build: Part loosely wing the region. and edit PDF. with mutual wing Easing their flight. Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold. ranged in figure.

Cattle. Among the trees in pairs they rose. but all night tun’d her soft lays: Others. on silver lakes and rivers. The sixth. the swan with arched neck. in thicket. The Earth obeyed. and of creation last. Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind. and. As from his lair. Evening and morn solemnized the fifth day. or den. and the air with fowl. the crested cock whose clarion sounds The silent hours. The waters thus With fish replenished. Between her white wings mantling proudly. and the other whose gay train Adorns him. nor then the solemn nightingale Ceased warbling. Limbed and full grown: Out of the ground up rose. these in flocks 208 of 374 .Paradise Lost From branch to branch the smaller birds with song Solaced the woods. perfect forms. and creeping things. and beast of the Earth. bathed Their downy breast. yet oft they quit The dank. and spread their painted wings Till even. Each in their kind. and straight Opening her fertile womb teemed at a birth Innumerous living creatures. brake. when God said. the wild beast where he wons In forest wild. tower The mid aereal sky: Others on ground Walked firm. coloured with the florid hue Of rainbows and starry eyes. rows Her state with oary feet. arose With evening harps and matin. they walked: The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Those rare and solitary. rising on stiff pennons.

azure and green: These. Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter. involved Their snaky folds. and in broad herds upsprung. as a line. in small room large heart enclosed. The grassy clods now calved. and scaly crocodile. The libbard. the ounce. Streaking the ground with sinuous trace. then springs as broke from bonds. Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans For wings. and added wings. provident Of future. not all Minims of nature. and the tiger. As plants: Ambiguous between sea and land The river-horse. that feeds her husband drone 209 of 374 . now half appeared The tawny lion. and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries decked of summer’s pride With spots of gold and purple. their long dimension drew. First crept The parsimonious emmet. At once came forth whatever creeps the ground. the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: The swift stag from under ground Bore up his branching head: Scarce from his mould Behemoth biggest born of earth upheaved His vastness: Fleeced the flocks and bleating rose. And rampant shakes his brinded mane.Paradise Lost Pasturing at once. Wonderous in length and corpulence. pawing to get free His hinder parts. some of serpent-kind. as the mole Rising. joined in her popular tribes Of commonalty: Swarming next appeared The female bee.

earth. and voice. subtlest beast of all the field. was walked. self-knowing. and from thence Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven. nor unknown The serpent. Now Heaven in all her glory shone. but endued With sanctity of reason. and upright with front serene Govern the rest. But grateful to acknowledge whence his good Descends. was swum. water. and rolled Her motions. By fowl. Frequent. Man 210 of 374 . air. to adore And worship God Supreme. beast. and of the sixth day yet remained: There wanted yet the master-work. and eyes Directed in devotion. Of huge extent sometimes. was flown. who made him chief Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent Eternal Father (for where is not he Present?) thus to his Son audibly spake. with brazen eyes And hairy mane terrifick. but obedient at thy call. the end Of all yet done. as the great first Mover’s hand First wheeled their course: Earth in her rich attire Consummate lovely smiled. and builds her waxen cells With honey stored: The rest are numberless. And thou their natures knowest. Needless to thee repeated.Paradise Lost Deliciously. thither with heart. and gavest them names. might erect His stature. though to thee Not noxious. fish. a creature. not prone And brute as other creatures. Let us make now Man in our image. who.

He brought thee into this delicious grove. and said. all sorts are here that all the Earth yields. Thou mayest not. then blessed mankind. and let them rule Over the fish and fowl of sea and air. Death is the penalty imposed. and throughout dominion hold Over fish of the sea. in the day thou eatest. and thou becamest a living soul. but of the tree. This garden. And govern well thy appetite. Beast of the field. Here finished he. And freely all their pleasant fruit for food Gave thee. for race. and all that he had made 211 of 374 . Which. And every living thing that moves on the Earth. as thou knowest. planted with the trees of God. and over all the Earth. and in thy nostrils breathed The breath of life. thence. thou diest. This said. Dust of the ground. in his own image he Created thee. tasted. Delectable both to behold and taste. Be fruitful. Adam. works knowledge of good and evil. Variety without end. and fill the Earth.Paradise Lost In our similitude. beware. thee. Wherever thus created. for no place Is yet distinct by name. but thy consort Female. he formed thee. in the image of God Express. Male he created thee. and fowl of the air. And every creeping thing that creeps the ground. lest Sin Surprise thee. multiply. O Man. and her black attendant Death. Subdue it.

So even and morn accomplished the sixth day: Yet not till the Creator from his work Desisting. So sung The glorious train ascending: He through Heaven. Open. a World. how good. for thou heardst. Answering his great idea. The planets in their station listening stood. and with frequent intercourse Thither will send his winged messengers On errands of supernal grace. and the sound Symphonious of ten thousand harps. (thou rememberest.) The heavens and all the constellations rung. the air Resounded. Up to the Heaven of Heavens. Open. and henceforth oft. The addition of his empire. A broad and ample road. Open.let in The great Creator from his work returned Magnificent. While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. up returned.Paradise Lost Viewed. for God will deign To visit oft the dwellings of just men. how fair. Delighted. Thence to behold this new created world. ye everlasting gates! they sung. that tuned Angelick harmonies: The earth. led To God’s eternal house direct the way. how it showed In prospect from his throne. and behold all was entirely good. ye Heavens! your living doors. his six days work. That opened wide her blazing portals. his high abode. though unwearied. Up he rode Followed with acclamation. whose dust is gold 212 of 374 .

the solemn pipe. thou seest Powdered with stars. blessed and hallowed the seventh day. Tempered soft tunings. Forerunning night. the imperial throne Of Godhead. all organs of sweet stop. Author and End of all things. The Filial Power arrived. but to create 213 of 374 . Jehovah! infinite Thy power! what thought can measure thee. as a circling zone.Paradise Lost And pavement stars. and twilight from the east came on. when at the holy mount Of Heaven’s high-seated top. Creation and the six days acts they sung: Great are thy works. As resting on that day from all his work. as stars to thee appear. that milky way. All sounds on fret by string or golden wire. And now on Earth the seventh Evening arose in Eden. or tongue Relate thee! Greater now in thy return Than from the giant Angels: Thee that day Thy thunders magnified. hid the mount. for the sun Was set. Seen in the galaxy. fixed for ever firm and sure. for he also went Invisible. But not in silence holy kept: the harp Had work and rested not. and. And dulcimer. (such privilege Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordained. yet staid. from work Now resting. and sat him down With his great Father. intermixed with voice Choral or unison: of incense clouds. Fuming from golden censers. Which nightly.

Earth. Witness this new-made world. against his purpose serves To manifest the more thy might: his evil Thou usest. whom God hath thus advanced! Created in his image. with stars Numerous. or bound Thy empire! Easily the proud attempt Of Spirits apostate. if they know Their happiness. and their counsels vain. founded in view On the clear hyaline. that asked 214 of 374 . and from thee withdraw The number of thy worshippers. and the empyrean rung With halleluiahs: Thus was sabbath kept. the glassy sea. Mighty King. And thy request think now fulfilled. and in reward to rule Over his works. there to dwell And worship him. Who seeks To lessen thee. in sea. Their pleasant dwelling-place. and every star perhaps a world Of destined habitation.Paradise Lost Is greater than created to destroy. but thou knowest Their seasons: among these the seat of Men. and from thence createst more good. And multiply a race of worshippers Holy and just: Thrice happy. Who can impair thee. another Heaven From Heaven-gate not far. or air. Of amplitude almost immense. with her nether ocean circumfused. on earth. and persevere upright! So sung they. Thou hast repelled. while impiously they thought Thee to diminish. Thrice happy Men. And sons of Men.

that posterity. Informed by thee. say. And what before thy memory was done From the beginning. not surpassing human measure. 215 of 374 .Paradise Lost How first this world and face of things began. might know: If else thou seekest Aught.

Then. and vouchsafed This friendly condescension to relate Things. with the firmament compared And all her numbered stars. reasoning I oft admire. as is due. a spot. What thanks sufficient. and. How Nature wise and frugal could commit 216 of 374 . that seem to roll Spaces incomprehensible. Of Heaven and Earth consisting. and in Adam’s ear So charming left his voice. and their swift return Diurnal.Paradise Lost Book VIII The Angel ended. who thus largely hast allayed The thirst I had of knowledge. now heard With wonder. or what recompence Equal. this world. in all her vast survey Useless besides. this punctual spot. When I behold this goodly frame. that he a while Thought him still speaking. still stood fixed to hear. An atom. this Earth. a grain. Which only thy solution can resolve. (for such Their distance argues. as new waked. With glory attributed to the high Creator! Something yet of doubt remains. One day and night. else by me unsearchable. but delight. have I to render thee.) merely to officiate light Round this opacous Earth. divine Historian. thus gratefully replied. and compute Their magnitudes.

To visit how they prospered. to describe whose swiftness number fails. she knew. Rose. and by his countenance seemed Entering on studious thoughts abstruse. and went forth among her fruits and flowers. Her nursery. With lowliness majestick from her seat. with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create. Greater so manifold. she sole auditress. and receives. Adam relating. bud and bloom. her warmth and light. which Eve Perceiving. attains Her end without least motion. would intermix Grateful digressions. they at her coming sprung. gladlier grew. and on their orbs impose Such restless revolution day by day Repeated. such a sumless journey brought Of incorporeal speed. and of him to ask Chose rather. where she sat retired in sight. touched by her fair tendance. and solve high dispute 217 of 374 . And. As tribute. to this one use. And grace that won who saw to wish her stay. So spake our sire. For aught appears. while the sedentary Earth. he. Served by more noble than herself. as not with such discourse Delighted.Paradise Lost Such disproportions. That better might with far less compass move. or not capable her ear Of what was high: such pleasure she reserved. Speed. Yet went she not. Her husband the relater she preferred Before the Angel.

to wish her still in sight. Benevolent and facile thus replied. how build. if they list to try Conjecture. if thou reckon right. perhaps to move His laughter at their quaint opinions wide Hereafter. he his fabrick of the Heavens Hath left to their disputes. or days. in love and mutual honour joined? With Goddess-like demeanour forth she went. Wherein to read his wonderous works. I blame thee not. to Adam’s doubt proposed. And Raphael now. how gird the sphere With centrick and eccentrick scribbled o’er. or months. hours. To ask or search. as Queen. whether Heaven move or Earth. Imports not. and learn His seasons. or years: This to attain. for on her. A pomp of winning Graces waited still. how they will wield The mighty frame. Not unattended. O! when meet now Such pairs. when they come to model Heaven And calculate the stars. orb in orb: 218 of 374 . for Heaven Is as the book of God before thee set. the rest From Man or Angel the great Architect Did wisely to conceal.Paradise Lost With conjugal caresses: from his lip Not words alone pleased her. Cycle and epicycle. contrive To save appearances. And from about her shot darts of desire Into all eyes. unbuild. and not divulge His secrets to be scanned by them who ought Rather admire. or.

unactive else. Download the free trial version. distance inexpressible 219 of 374 . and the rest Ordained for uses to his Lord best known. Whose virtue on itself works no effect. in comparison of Heaven. That to corporeal substances could add Speed almost spiritual: Me thou thinkest not slow. And for the Heaven’s wide circuit. may of solid good contain More plenty than the sun that barren shines. their vigour find. The swiftness of those circles attribute. But in the fruitful Earth. so small. there first received. Who art to lead thy offspring. Yet not to Earth are those bright luminaries Officious. Nor glistering. nor Heaven such journeys run. let it speak The Maker’s high magnificence. Lodged in a small partition. Though numberless. His beams. Earth sitting still. to his Omnipotence.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and edit PDF. Who since the morning-hour set out from Heaven Where God resides. Earth’s habitant. but to thee. and supposest That bodies bright and greater should not serve The less not bright. who built So spacious. when she alone receives The benefit: Consider first. That Man may know he dwells not in his own. and ere mid-day arrived In Eden. view. and his line stretched out so far. that great Or bright infers not excellence: the Earth Though. Already by thy reasoning this I guess. An edifice too large for him to fill.

By his attractive virtue and their own Incited. fetch day Travelling east. might err in things too high. and with her part averse From the sun’s beam meet night. to remove his ways from human sense. 220 of 374 . dance about him various rounds? Their wandering course now high. Insensibly three different motions move? Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe. and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb supposed. God.Paradise Lost By numbers that have name. Or save the sun his labour. Not that I so affirm. Moved contrary with thwart obliquities. What if the sun Be center to the world. retrograde. and what if seventh to these The planet earth. industrious of herself. then hid. Progressive. Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air. though so it seem To thee who hast thy dwelling here on Earth. If it presume. To the terrestrial moon be as a star. And no advantage gain. Admitting motion in the Heavens. If earth. Invisible else above all stars. the wheel Of day and night. Placed Heaven from Earth so far. to show Invalid that which thee to doubt it moved. But this I urge. which needs not thy belief. her other part Still luminous by his ray. In six thou seest. What if that light. or standing still. and other stars. now low. that earthly sight. so stedfast though she seem.

or whether not. But whether the sun. as him pleases best. Rise on the earth. which returns Light back to them. predominant in Heaven. conveyed so far Down to this habitable. He from the east his flaming road begin. while she paces even. and other suns perhaps. Or she from west her silent course advance. With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps On her soft axle. if land be there. him serve. For such vast room in Nature unpossessed By living soul. Communicating male and female light. thou wilt descry. Stored in each orb perhaps with some that live. this Paradise 221 of 374 . and rain produce Fruits in her softened soil for some to eat Allotted there. Fields and inhabitants: Her spots thou seest As clouds. is obvious to dispute. desart and desolate. let him dispose.Paradise Lost Enlightening her by day. and clouds may rain. joy thou In what he gives to thee. Wherever placed. Leave them to God above. Only to shine. and fear! Of other creatures. And bears thee soft with the smooth hair along. With their attendant moons. as she by night This earth? reciprocal. But whether thus these things. Sollicit not thy thoughts with matters hid. Which two great sexes animate the world. or earth rise on the sun. yet scarce to contribute Each orb a glimpse of light.

unless we ourselves Seek them with wandering thoughts. haply. unprepared. But apt the mind or fancy is to rove Unchecked. Dream not of other worlds. How fully hast thou satisfied me. and notions vain. whence. to know That which before us lies in daily life. be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee. To whom thus Adam. And not molest us. That. Or emptiness. Therefore from this high pitch let us descend A lower flight. what creatures there Live. obscure and subtle. nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of life. not to know at large of things remote From use. and speak of things at hand Useful. Unpractised. and of her roving is no end. Heaven is for thee too high To know what passes there. Contented that thus far hath been revealed Not of Earth only. taught to live The easiest way. in things that most concern. replied. pure Intelligence of Heaven. cleared of doubt. Till warned. in what state. condition. or degree. and still to seek. Is the prime wisdom: What is more. she learn. and thy being. from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. freed from intricacies. mention may arise 222 of 374 . but. or fond impertinence: And renders us. Angel serene! And. or by experience taught. is fume.Paradise Lost And thy fair Eve. but of highest Heaven.

or mute. and inquire Gladly into the ways of God with Man: For God. 223 of 374 . And day is not yet spent. at the hour Of sweet repast. as befel. and thy wonted favour. each motion.Paradise Lost Of something not unseasonable to ask. which perhaps thou hast not heard. and set On Man his equal love: Say therefore on. Though pleasant. Nor tongue ineloquent. For I that day was absent. Thee I have heard relating what was done Ere my remembrance: now. hath honoured thee. but thy words. Sire of men. with grace divine Imbued. and soon fill. By sufferance. all comeliness and grace Attends thee. for God on thee Abundantly his gifts hath also poured Inward and outward both. hear me relate My story. forms. deigned. bring to their sweetness no satiety. and each word. To whom thus Raphael answered heavenly meek. his image fair: Speaking. Fond! were it not in hope of thy reply: For. till then thou seest How subtly to detain thee I devise. And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear Than fruits of palm-tree pleasantest to thirst And hunger both. Inviting thee to hear while I relate. Nor less think we in Heaven of thee on Earth Than of our fellow-servant. while I sit with thee. Nor are thy lips ungraceful. from labour. they satiate. I seem in Heaven. we see.

while God was in his work. as Sovran King. Torment. for who himself beginning knew Desire with thee still longer to converse Induced me. Destruction with creation might have mixed. and furious rage. The dismal gates. which with his beams the sun Soon dried. Or enemy. Glad we returned up to the coasts of light Ere sabbath-evening: so we had in charge. till. other than the sound of dance or song. Squared in full legion (such command we had) To see that none thence issued forth a spy. incensed at such eruption bold. fast shut. Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid. For Man to tell how human life began Is hard. In balmy sweat. Lest he. and to inure Our prompt obedience. But long ere our approaching heard within Noise. and barricadoed strong. Not that they durst without his leave attempt. But thy relation now. for I attend. And gazed a while the ample sky. Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes I turned. So spake the Godlike Power. and on the reeking moisture fed. Far on excursion toward the gates of Hell. Fast we found. As new waked from soundest sleep. raised 224 of 374 . Pleased with thy words no less than thou with mine. But us he sends upon his high behests For state. and loud lament.Paradise Lost Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure. and thus our Sire.

as lively vigour led: But who I was. With fragrance and with joy my heart o’erflowed. and first beheld This happy light. Myself I then perused. Creatures that lived and moved. or where. In goodness and in power pre-eminent: Tell me. how here?— Not of myself. if ye saw.— While thus I called. From where I first drew air. and walked. all things smiled. how may I know him. And ye that live and move. said I. And liquid lapse of murmuring streams. Birds on the branches warbling. Pensive I sat me down: There gentle sleep 225 of 374 . and readily could name Whate’er I saw. On a green shady bank. or from what cause. and shady woods. how I came thus. Ye Hills. or flew. and sometimes ran With supple joints.Paradise Lost By quick instinctive motion. how adore. profuse of flowers. dale. and Dales.—by some great Maker then. answer none returned. and forthwith spake. and limb by limb Surveyed. and upright Stood on my feet: about me round I saw Hill. Woods. so fresh and gay. to speak I tried. As thitherward endeavouring. ye Rivers. up I sprung. And thou enlightened Earth. by these. And feel that I am happier than I know. My tongue obeyed. Knew not. Tell. tell. and sunny plains. when. fair light. fair Creatures. From whom I have that thus I move and live. and strayed I knew not whither. Thou Sun. and sometimes went. and Plains.

and ‘Whom thou soughtest I am. stirred in me sudden appetite To pluck and eat. And lived: One came. but with awe.’ 226 of 374 . ‘Thy mansion wants thee. of men innumerable ordained ‘First Father! called by thee. with walks. And over fields and waters. untroubled. In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss: He reared me. Each tree. whereat I waked. enclosed. from among the trees appeared. whose high top was plain.Paradise Lost First found me. of shape divine. as the dream Had lively shadowed: Here had new begun My wandering. and bowers. And said. A circuit wide. I come thy guide ‘To the garden of bliss. Rejoicing. thy seat prepared. that what I saw Of Earth before scarce pleasant seemed. rise. Loaden with fairest fruit that hung to the eye Tempting.’ So saying. had not he. methought. with goodliest trees Planted. and with soft oppression seised My droused sense. and found Before mine eyes all real. and forthwith to dissolve: When suddenly stood at my head a dream. as in air Smooth-sliding without step. ‘First Man. though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible. Presence Divine. Adam. Whose inward apparition gently moved My fancy to believe I yet had being. who was my guide Up hither. last led me up A woody mountain. by the hand he took me raised.

‘From that day mortal. ‘Author of all this thou seest ‘Above. and fowl. my sole command ‘Transgressed. or air. ‘Amid the garden by the tree of life.’ Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction. ‘Or live in sea. and all things that therein live. which resounds Yet dreadful in mine ear. and of the fruit to eat: ‘Of every tree that in the garden grows ‘Eat freely with glad heart. and gracious purpose thus renewed. fear here no dearth: ‘But of the tree whose operation brings ‘Knowledge of good and ill. fish.Paradise Lost Said mildly. though in my choice Not to incur. count it thine ‘To till and keep. and this happy state ‘Shalt lose. expelled from hence into a world ‘Of woe and sorrow. which I have set ‘The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith. I bring them to receive ‘From thee their names. each bird and beast behold ‘After their kinds. ‘And shun the bitter consequence: for know. but soon his clear aspect Returned. beast. ‘The day thou eatest thereof. ‘This Paradise I give thee. ‘In sign whereof. shun to taste. ‘Not only these fair bounds. inevitably thou shalt die. as lords ‘Possess it. but all the Earth ‘To thee and to thy race I give. understand the same 227 of 374 . or round about thee. and pay thee fealty ‘With low subjection. or beneath. ‘Remember what I warn thee.

and the air Replenished. O. What callest thou solitude? Is not the Earth With various living creatures. each bird stooped on his wing. each bird and beast behold Approaching two and two. Or. these cowering low With blandishment. with such knowledge God endued My sudden apprehension: But in these I found not what methought I wanted still. and the Vision bright. And to the heavenly Vision thus presumed. As with a smile more brightened. what contentment find? Thus I presumptuous. as they passed. Above mankind.’ As thus he spake. Surpassest far my naming. Author of this universe. Thou hast provided all things: But with me I see not who partakes. who can enjoy alone. And all this good to man? for whose well being So amply. how may I Adore thee. ‘Not hither summoned. for thou above all these. I named them. and understood Their nature. and all these at thy command To come and play before thee? Knowest thou not Their language and their ways? They also know. all enjoying. by what name. And reason not contemptibly: With these 228 of 374 .Paradise Lost ‘Of fish within their watery residence. or aught than mankind higher. thus replied. In solitude What happiness. and with hands so liberal. since they cannot change ‘Their element. to draw the thinner air.

lion with lioness. Cannot well suit with either. So spake the Universal Lord. and seemed So ordering: I. So fitly them in pairs thou hast combined: Much less can bird with beast. the other still remiss. Adam! and wilt taste No pleasure. A nice and subtle happiness. thus replied. Let not my words offend thee. And these inferiour far beneath me set? Among unequals what society Can sort. Whereto the Almighty answered. solitary. in disparity The one intense. I see. not displeased. Thou to thyself proposest. fit to participate All rational delight: wherein the brute Cannot be human consort: They rejoice Each with their kind. Heavenly Power. What thinkest thou then of me. or true delight? Which must be mutual. what harmony. with leave of speech implored. in the choice Of thy associates. My Maker. And humble deprecation. and this my state? 229 of 374 . but soon prove Tedious alike: Of fellowship I speak Such as I seek. Hast thou not made me here thy substitute. be propitious while I speak. nor with the ox the ape. and least of all. and bear rule. thy realm is large. though in pleasure. Worse then can man with beast. in proportion due Given and received.Paradise Lost Find pastime. but. or fish with fowl So well converse.

and beget Like of his like. Canst raise thy creature to what highth thou wilt Of union or communion. But in degree. And through all numbers absolute. In unity defective. equal much less. which requires Collateral love. Thou in thy secresy although alone.Paradise Lost Seem I to thee sufficiently possessed Of happiness. his image multiplied. for none I know Second to me or like. I lowly answered. though One: But Man by number is to manifest His single imperfection. yet. and dearest amity. and those To me inferiour. by conversing. cannot these erect 230 of 374 . To attain The highth and depth of thy eternal ways All human thoughts come short. seekest not Social communication. Best with thyself accompanied. How have I then with whom to hold converse. so pleased. the cause of his desire By conversation with his like to help Or solace his defects. No need that thou Shouldst propagate. already Infinite. Save with the creatures which I made. infinite descents Beneath what other creatures are to thee? He ceased. Supreme of things! Thou in thyself art perfect. deified: I. or not? who am alone From all eternity. and in thee Is no deficience found: Not so is Man.

and edit PDF. Which it had long stood under. As with an object that excels the sense Dazzled and spent. ere thou spakest. Whose fellowship therefore unmeet for thee Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. nor in their ways complacence find. Thus I emboldened spake. strained to the highth In that celestial colloquy sublime. for trial only brought. 231 of 374 . And no such company as then thou sawest Intended thee. thy other self. and acceptance found. Download the free trial version. thy fit help. Thus far to try thee. And find thee knowing. but open left the cell Of fancy. and sought repair Of sleep. I was pleased. sunk down. not imparted to the brute. and closed mine eyes. or I heard no more. Adam. Expressing well the spirit within thee free. And be so minded still: I. but of thyself. Thy wish exactly to thy heart’s desire. which gained This answer from the gracious Voice Divine. called By Nature as in aid. not of beasts alone. by which. Knew it not good for Man to be alone. Which thou hast rightly named. Mine eyes he closed. From prone. be assured. My image. Thy likeness. which instantly fell on me. for now My earthly by his heavenly overpowered. view. my internal sight. and freedom used Permissive. To see how thou couldest judge of fit and meet: What next I bring shall please thee. He ended.

wide was the wound. Heaven in her eye. could not forbear aloud. And guided by his voice. In every gesture dignity and love. I. behold her. methought I saw.Paradise Lost Abstract as in a trance. She disappeared. unfelt before. in her contained And in her looks. nor uninformed Of nuptial sanctity. Led by her heavenly Maker. though unseen. Man-like. 232 of 374 . or in her summed up. seemed now Mean. which from that time infused Sweetness into my heart. and marriage rites: Grace was in all her steps. and took From thence a rib. adorned With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow To make her amiable: On she came. Under his forming hands a creature grew. I waked To find her. and left me dark. Such as I saw her in my dream. but different sex. Though sleeping. And into all things from her air inspired The spirit of love and amorous delight. overjoyed. with cordial spirits warm. and saw the shape Still glorious before whom awake I stood: Who stooping opened my left side. But suddenly with flesh filled up and healed: The rib he formed and fashioned with his hands. and other pleasures all abjure: When out of hope. That what seemed fair in all the world. or for ever to deplore Her loss. so lovely fair. not far off. And life-blood streaming fresh. where I lay.

to say all.Paradise Lost This turn hath made amends. and bid haste the evening-star 233 of 374 . And happy constellations. fresh gales and gentle airs Whispered it to the woods. Disporting. one heart. thou hast fulfilled Thy words. Joyous the birds. on that hour Shed their selectest influence. till the amorous bird of night Sung spousal. And with obsequious majesty approved My pleaded reason. she what was honour knew. Giver of all things fair! but fairest this Of all thy gifts! nor enviest. or. and virgin modesty. seeing me. and not unsought be won. that. not obtrusive. flesh of my flesh. Not obvious. one soul. flung odours from the spicy shrub. and from their wings Flung rose. but. and though divinely brought. I now see Bone of my bone. the Earth Gave sign of gratulation. And they shall be one flesh.of Man Extracted: for this cause he shall forego Father and mother. To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn: All Heaven. Yet innocence. Creator bounteous and benign. Wrought in her so. myself Before me: Woman is her name. Her virtue. The more desirable. retired. though pure of sinful thought. That would be wooed. She heard me thus. and each hill. and to his wife adhere. Nature herself. she turned: I followed her. and the conscience of her worth.

Commotion strange! in all enjoyments else Superiour and unmoved. took perhaps More than enough. and brought My story to the sum of earthly bliss. so well to know 234 of 374 . and flowers. works in the mind no change. used or not. transported I behold. and less expressing The character of that dominion given O’er other creatures: Yet when I approach Her loveliness. here passion first I felt. here only weak Against the charm of Beauty’s powerful glance. to light the bridal lamp. and must confess to find In all things else delight indeed.Paradise Lost On his hill top. which most excel. fruits. Thus have I told thee all my state. For well I understand in the prime end Of Nature her the inferiour. Walks. herbs. so absolute she seems And in herself complete. of inward less exact. at least on her bestowed Too much of ornament. in outward show Elaborate. in the mind And inward faculties. Or. from my side subducting. Transported touch. but such As. these delicacies I mean of taste. Or Nature failed in me. In outward also her resembling less His image who made both. and the melody of birds: but here Far otherwise. Nor vehement desire. and left some part Not proof enough such object to sustain. smell. sight. Which I enjoy.

Then value: Oft-times nothing profits more Than self-esteem. and be not diffident Of Wisdom. discreetest. she deserts thee not. that what she wills to do or say. Authority and Reason on her wait. thy honouring. as thou thyself perceivest. what transports thee so. to consummate all. Accuse not Nature. grounded on just and right Well managed. For. So awful. that with honour thou mayest love 235 of 374 . As one intended first. she hath done her part. and. And to realities yield all her shows: Made so adorn for thy delight the more. not after made Occasionally. By attributing overmuch to things Less excellent. and create an awe About her. what admirest thou. and thy love. Not thy subjection: Weigh with her thyself. best: All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded. no doubt. virtuousest. as a guard angelick placed. of that skill the more thou knowest.Paradise Lost Her own. An outside? fair. Wisdom in discourse with her Loses discountenanced. and like Folly shows. when most thou needest her nigh. Do thou but thine. if thou Dismiss not her. The more she will acknowledge thee her head. and worthy well Thy cherishing. Seems wisest. To whom the Angel with contracted brow. Greatness of mind and Nobleness their seat Build in her loveliest.

rational. is the scale By which to heavenly love thou mayest ascend. (Though higher of the genial bed by far. Harmony to behold in wedded pair More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. What higher in her society thou findest Attractive. or passion in him move.Paradise Lost Thy mate. or in us both one soul. Wherein true love consists not: Love refines The thoughts. seem such dear delight Beyond all other. 236 of 374 .) So much delights me. And with mysterious reverence I deem. whereby mankind Is propagated. Among the beasts no mate for thee was found. who sees when thou art seen least wise. To whom thus. Those thousand decencies. if aught Therein enjoyed were worthy to subdue The soul of man. which would not be To them made common and divulged. human. hath his seat In reason. as those graceful acts. and is judicious. Neither her outside formed so fair. that daily flow From all her words and actions mixed with love And sweet compliance. think the same vouchsafed To cattle and each beast. Adam replied. But if the sense of touch. which declare unfeigned Union of mind. for which cause. love still. in passion not. and heart enlarges. Not sunk in carnal pleasure. nor aught In procreation common to all kinds. In loving thou dost well. half abashed.

I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel. (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy In eminence. if Spirits embrace. Easier than air with air. not therefore foiled. and without love no happiness. Love’s proper hue. or limb. my signal to depart. and keep His great command. first of all. if lawful what I ask: Love not the heavenly Spirits. yet. still free. Him. But I can now no more. union of pure with pure Desiring. whom to love is to obey. and love! But.Paradise Lost Yet these subject not. As flesh to mix with flesh. take heed lest passion sway 237 of 374 . Approve the best. Let it suffice thee that thou knowest Us happy. joint. nor restrained conveyance need. with a smile that glowed Celestial rosy red. for Love. Leads up to Heaven. Answered. or soul with soul. Total they mix. and how their love Express they? by looks only? or do they mix Irradiance. Who meet with various objects. Bear with me then. thou blamest me not. virtual or immediate touch? To whom the Angel. exclusive bars. Be strong. To love. from the sense Variously representing. and obstacle find none Of membrane. thou sayest. Whatever pure thou in the body enjoyest. is both the way and guide. live happy. and follow what I approve. the parting sun Beyond the Earth’s green Cape and verdant Isles Hesperian sets.

238 of 374 . he arose. whom Adam thus Followed with benediction. And all temptation to transgress repel. and oft return! So parted they.Paradise Lost Thy judgement to do aught. and Adam to his bower. heavenly guest. and shall be honoured ever With grateful memory: Thou to mankind Be good and friendly still. The weal or woe in thee is stand or fall Free in thine own arbitrement it lies. ethereal Messenger. the Angel up to Heaven From the thick shade. Sent from whose sovran goodness I adore! Gentle to me and affable hath been Thy condescension. no outward aid require. Perfect within. and of all thy sons. which else free will Would not admit: thine. beware! I in thy persevering shall rejoice. So saying. Since to part. And all the Blest: Stand fast. Go.

To sit indulgent. distance and distaste. That brought into this world a world of woe. And disobedience: on the part of Heaven Now alienated. foul distrust. or Juno’s. Sin and her shadow Death. familiar us’d. And dictates to me slumbering. and beginning late. 239 of 374 . as with his friend. and with him partake Rural repast. and breach Disloyal on the part of Man. that so long Perplexed the Greek. permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam’d. who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplor’d. revolt. and Misery Death’s harbinger: Sad talk!yet argument Not less but more heroick than the wrath Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued Thrice fugitive about Troy wall. Or Neptune’s ire. and judgement given. and Cytherea’s son: If answerable style I can obtain Of my celestial patroness. I now must change Those notes to tragick. Anger and just rebuke. or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous’d.Paradise Lost Book IX No more of talk where God or Angel guest With Man. or inspires Easy my unpremeditated verse: Since first this subject for heroick song Pleas’d me long choosing.

bent 240 of 374 . then marshall’d feast Serv’d up in hall with sewers and seneshals. or to poem. sufficient of itself to raise That name. whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth. Me. Not that which justly gives heroick name To person. if all be mine. The skill of artifice or office mean.Paradise Lost Not sedulous by nature to indite Wars. who late fled before the threats Of Gabriel out of Eden. now improv’d In meditated fraud and malice. higher argument Remains. the better fortitude Of patience and heroick martyrdom Unsung. or to describe races and games. damp my intended wing Depress’d. Or tilting furniture. and now from end to end Night’s hemisphere had veil’d the horizon round: When satan. who brings it nightly to my ear. The sun was sunk. or cold Climate. unless an age too late. short arbiter ‘twixt day and night. caparisons and steeds. gorgeous knights At joust and tournament. imblazon’d shields. of these Nor skill’d nor studious. and after him the star Of Hesperus. Bases and tinsel trappings. and much they may. hitherto the only argument Heroick deem’d chief mastery to dissect With long and tedious havock fabled knights In battles feign’d. Impresses quaint. or years. Not hers.

From Eden over Pontus and the pool Maeotis. fearless returned From compassing the earth. on the coast averse From entrance or Cherubick watch. thrice the equinoctial line He circled. till part Rose up a fountain by the tree of life: In with the river sunk. regent of the sun. though sin. descried His entrance. On the eighth returned. thence to the land where flows Ganges and Indus: Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search. West from Orontes to the ocean barred At Darien . by stealth Found unsuspected way. Into a gulf shot under ground. and. and in length. The space of seven continued nights he rode With darkness. Since Uriel. not time. and found 241 of 374 . first wrought the change. involved in rising mist. traversing each colure. Downward as far antarctick. which of all Most opportune might serve his wiles. and with inspection deep Considered every creature. then sought Where to lie hid. up beyond the river Ob. There was a place. and with it rose Satan. and foreworned the Cherubim That kept their watch. at the foot of Paradise. cautious of day. sea he had searched. maugre what might hap Of heavier on himself. Where Tigris. and land.Paradise Lost On Man’s destruction. four times crossed the car of night From pole to pole. Now not. thence full of anguish driven.

how like to Heaven. irresolute Of thoughts revolved. reason. in other beasts observed. Him after long debate.Paradise Lost The Serpent subtlest beast of all the field. receivest from all those orbs: in thee. as built With second thoughts. all their known virtue appears Productive in herb. all summed up in Man. as seems. if not preferred For what God. but first from inward grief His bursting passion into plaints thus poured. danced round by other Heavens That shine. sense. Light above light. Doubt might beget of diabolick power Active within. Not in themselves. yet bear their bright officious lamps. his final sentence chose Fit vessel. so thou. and nobler birth Of creatures animate with gradual life Of growth. fittest imp of fraud. in whom To enter. for thee alone. which. reforming what was old! O Earth. Thus he resolved. 242 of 374 . In thee concentring all their precious beams Of sacred influence! As God in Heaven Is center. seat worthier of Gods. plant. in the wily snake Whatever sleights. after better. yet extends to all. and his dark suggestions hide From sharpest sight: for. none would suspicious mark. More justly. beyond the sense of brute. Centring. With what delight could I have walked thee round. worse would build? Terrestrial Heaven. As from his wit and native subtlety Proceeding.

eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. rivers. and the more I see Pleasures about me. Almighty styled. Rocks. in one night. him destroyed. Download the free trial version. dens. unless by mastering Heaven’s Supreme. woods. Or won to what may work his utter loss. 243 of 374 . now sea and shores with forest crowned. and. and who knows how long Before had been contriving? though perhaps Not longer than since I. Now land. view. If I could joy in aught. freed From servitude inglorious well nigh half The angelick name. though thereby worse to me redound: For only in destroying I find ease To my relentless thoughts. no nor in Heaven To dwell. six nights and days Continued making. but others to make such As I. sweet interchange Of hill. and thinner left the throng Of his adorers: He. in one day to have marred What he. and edit PDF. and in Heaven much worse would be my state. In woe then. But neither here seek I. to be avenged. Nor hope to be myself less miserable By what I seek. and caves! But I in none of these Find place or refuge. as from the hateful siege Of contraries: all good to me becomes Bane. as to him linked in weal or woe. and valley. all this will soon Follow. so much more I feel Torment within me. and plains. For whom all this was made. that destruction wide may range: To me shall be the glory sole among The infernal Powers.

He effected. With heavenly spoils. obnoxious. O indignity! Subjected to his service angel-wings. or. O foul descent! that I. am now constrained Into a beast. and. Man he made. and earth his seat. first or last. Revenge. and the dark intent I bring. in whose mazy folds To hide me. Exalted from so base original. to elude. and him endow. mixed with bestial slime. and. Bitter ere long. To basest things. if they at least Are his created. This essence to incarnate and imbrute. and. thus wrapt in mist Of midnight vapour glide obscure. and pry In every bush and brake. at first though sweet. must down as low As high he soared. back on itself recoils: 244 of 374 . Determined to advance into our room A creature formed of earth.Paradise Lost And to repair his numbers thus impaired. And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge: Of these the vigilance I dread. That to the highth of Deity aspired! But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? Who aspires. our spoils: What he decreed. and for him built Magnificent this world. Him lord pronounced. to spite us more. Whether such virtue spent of old now failed More Angels to create. who erst contended With Gods to sit the highest. where hap may find The serpent sleeping.

this new favourite Of Heaven. where soonest he might find The serpent. waiting close the approach of morn. he held on His midnight-search. son of despite. that done. soon inspired With act intelligential. but. on the grassy herb. us the more to spite. on him who next Provokes my envy. And joined their vocal worship to the quire Of creatures wanting voice. partake The season prime for sweetest scents and airs: Then commune. how that day they best may ply 245 of 374 . and his nostrils fill With grateful smell. Since higher I fall short. through each thicket dank or dry. him fast-sleeping soon he found In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled. Nor nocent yet. his Maker raised From dust: Spite then with spite is best repaid. Fearless unfeared he slept: in at his mouth The Devil entered. possessing. I reck not. In heart or head. Whom. and his brutal sense. forth came the human pair. so it light well aimed. Now. this man of clay. So saying. well stored with subtile wiles: Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den. From the Earth’s great altar send up silent praise To the Creator. when as sacred light began to dawn In Eden on the humid flowers. Like a black mist low-creeping. His head the midst. when all things. that breathed Their morning incense. but his sleep Disturbed not. that breathe.Paradise Lost Let it.

In yonder spring of roses intermixed With myrtle. where choice Leads thee. and flower. and the hour of supper comes unearned? To whom mild answer Adam thus returned. One night or two with wanton growth derides Tending to wild. to me beyond Compare above all living creatures dear! Well hast thou motioned. which intermits Our day’s work. Or bear what to my mind first thoughts present: Let us divide our labours. though begun Early. or prune. How we might best fulfil the work which here 246 of 374 . brought to little. but. still to tend plant. while I. well may we labour still to dress This garden.Paradise Lost Their growing work: for much their work out-grew The hands’ dispatch of two gardening so wide. Adam. Sole Eve. herb. associate sole. Thou therefore now advise. whether to wind The woodbine round this arbour. Our pleasant task enjoined. or prop. thou. And Eve first to her husband thus began. while so near each other thus all day Our task we choose. or direct The clasping ivy where to climb. or bind. find what to redress till noon: For. what wonder if so near Looks intervene and smiles. Luxurious by restraint. well thy thoughts employed. the work under our labour grows. what we by day Lop overgrown. or object new Casual discourse draw on. or where most needs. till more hands Aid us.

not the lowest end of human life. nor of me shalt pass Unpraised: for nothing lovelier can be found In woman. And good works in her husband to promote. Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposed Labour. what malicious foe Envying our happiness. us asunder. or talk between. or this sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles. for smiles from reason flow. where each 247 of 374 . with greedy hope to find His wish and best advantage. whether food. if much converse perhaps Thee satiate. These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint hands Will keep from wilderness with ease. seeks to work us woe and shame By sly assault. To brute denied. till younger hands ere long Assist us. no doubt. for thou knowest What hath been warned us. And short retirement urges sweet return. He made us. lest harm Befall thee severed from me. but to delight. But. and somewhere nigh at hand Watches.Paradise Lost God hath assigned us. But other doubt possesses me. and of his own Despairing. Hopeless to circumvent us joined. For not to irksome toil. than to study houshold good. as to debar us when we need Refreshment. to short absence I could yield: For solitude sometimes is best society. Food of the mind. as wide As we need walk. Love. and are of love the food. and delight to reason joined.

But. who seeks Our ruin. Thoughts. The wife. because we have a foe May tempt it. leave not the faithful side That gave thee being. that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced. To whom the virgin majesty of Eve. Who guards her. or can repel. still shades thee. or to disturb Conjugal love. and protects. As in a shady nook I stood behind. being such As we. His fraud is then thy fear. where danger or dishonour lurks. As one who loves. or worse. 248 of 374 . I expected not to hear. Just then returned at shut of evening flowers. Can either not receive. which how found they harbour in thy breast. or with her the worst endures. With sweet austere composure thus replied. Safest and seemliest by her husband stays. which plain infers Thy equal fear. not capable of death or pain. His violence thou fearest not. and some unkindness meets. And from the parting Angel over-heard.Paradise Lost To other speedy aid might lend at need: Whether his first design be to withdraw Our fealty from God. than which perhaps no bliss Enjoyed by us excites his envy more. that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt To God or thee. and all Earth’s Lord! That such an enemy we have. Offspring of Heaven and Earth. both by thee informed I learn. Or this.

Nor thou his malice and false guile contemn. from the influence of thy looks. first on me the assault shall light. mis-thought of her to thee so dear? To whom with healing words Adam replied. If such affront I labour to avert From thee alone. in thy sight More wise. Though ineffectual found: misdeem not then. Why shouldst not thou like sense within thee feel When I am present. and thy trial choose With me. nor think superfluous other’s aid. intended by our foe. receive Access in every virtue. and raised unite. while shame. from sin and blame entire: Not diffident of thee do I dissuade Thy absence from my sight. immortal Eve! For such thou art. For he who tempts. Would utmost vigour raise. best witness of thy virtue tried? 249 of 374 . Subtle he needs must be. not proof Against temptation: Thou thyself with scorn And anger wouldst resent the offered wrong. I. though bold. who could seduce Angels. if need were Of outward strength. more watchful. supposed Not incorruptible of faith. Shame to be overcome or over-reached. thou looking on. will hardly dare. which on us both at once The enemy. Daughter of God and Man. Or daring. though in vain. but to avoid The attempt itself.Paradise Lost Adam. at least asperses The tempted with dishonour foul. stronger.

Subtle or violent. To whom thus Adam fervently replied. wherever met. but Eve. 250 of 374 . And Eden were no Eden. Favour from Heaven. affronts us with his foul esteem Of our integrity: his foul esteem Sticks no dishonour on our front. As not secure to single or combined. How are we happy. Frail is our happiness. virtue. thus to dwell In narrow circuit straitened by a foe. O Woman. without exteriour help sustained? Let us not then suspect our happy state Left so imperfect by the Maker wise. much less Man. our witness. we not endued Single with like defence. who thought Less attributed to her faith sincere. Tempting. best are all things as the will Of God ordained them: His creating hand Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he created. if this be so. but turns Foul on himself. If this be our condition. find peace within. love. from the event. thus exposed. unassayed Alone. And what is faith. then wherefore shunned or feared By us? who rather double honour gain From his surmise proved false. Thus her reply with accent sweet renewed. still in fear of harm? But harm precedes not sin: only our foe.Paradise Lost So spake domestick Adam in his care And matrimonial love.

And fall into deception unaware. is free. if thou think. approve First thy obedience. for thy stay. and Reason he made right. not free. Go in thy native innocence. and most likely if from me Thou sever not: Trial will come unsought. But bid her well be ware. as she was warned. within himself The danger lies. for what obeys Reason. Not keeping strictest watch. absents thee more. yet possible to swerve. That I should mind thee oft. summon all! For God towards thee hath done his part. and still erect. She dictate false. Secure from outward force. but tender love. 251 of 374 . Firm we subsist. and mind thou me. which to avoid Were better. Lest. Not seeing thee attempted. do thine. Wouldst thou approve thy constancy. by some fair-appearing good surprised. Seek not temptation then. But God left free the will. the other who can know. trial unsought may find Us both securer than thus warned thou seemest. Not then mistrust. enjoins. Since Reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the foe suborned. rely On what thou hast of virtue. and mis-inform the will To do what God expressly hath forbid. yet lies within his power: Against his will he can receive no harm. who attest? But.Paradise Lost Or aught that might his happy state secure. Go.

With thy permission then. and. had formed. 252 of 374 . thus adorned. Betook her to the groves. but Eve Persisted. like a Wood-Nymph light. though last. yet submiss. The willinger I go. But with such gardening tools as Art yet rude. Her long with ardent look his eye pursued Delighted. To Pales. Pomona when she fled Vertumnus. and Goddess-like deport.Paradise Lost So spake the patriarch of mankind. Though not as she with bow and quiver armed. Oread or Dryad. or Pomona. from her husband’s hand her hand Soft she withdrew. And all things in best order to invite Noontide repast. replied. but Delia’s self In gait surpassed. that our trial. Oft he to her his charge of quick return Repeated. May find us both perhaps far less prepared. So bent. Thus saying. hapless Eve. or afternoon’s repose. much failing. nor much expect A foe so proud will first the weaker seek. or of Delia’s train. Guiltless of fire. O much deceived. she to him as oft engaged To be returned by noon amid the bower. or to Ceres in her prime. the more shall shame him his repulse. Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove. and thus forewarned Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Touched only. but desiring more her stay. or Angels brought. Likest she seemed. when least sought.

whose head. and storm so nigh. Mere serpent in appearance. his purposed prey. or send thee back Despoiled of innocence. hid among sweet flowers and shades. where she stood. but in them The whole included race. Such ambush. purple. but not with hope Of what so seldom chanced. Their tendance. Veiled in a cloud of fragrance. of bliss! For now. Beyond his hope. mindless the while Herself. Hung drooping unsustained. so thick the roses blushing round About her glowed. Eve separate he spies. or sound repose. Waited with hellish rancour imminent To intercept thy way. though fairest unsupported flower. but wished his hap might find Eve separate. them she upstays Gently with myrtle band. when to his wish. By fountain or by shady rivulet He sought them both. or specked with gold. of faith. 253 of 374 . where any tuft Of grove or garden-plot more pleasant lay. the Fiend. though gay Carnation. or plantation for delight. where likeliest he might find The only two of mankind. he wished. forth was come. From her best prop so far. and since first break of dawn. Half spied. And on his quest. oft stooping to support Each flower of slender stalk.Paradise Lost Of thy presumed return! event perverse! Thou never from that hour in Paradise Foundst either sweet repast. In bower and field he sought. azure.

each rural sound. her every air Of gesture. Then voluble and bold. What pleasing seemed. to breathe Among the pleasant villages and farms Adjoined. from each thing met conceives delight. where the sapient king Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian spouse. She most. the hand of Eve: Spot more delicious than those gardens feigned Or of revived Adonis.Paradise Lost Nearer he drew. each rural sight. for her now pleases more. or palm. with nymph-like step. and feminine. and in her look sums all delight: Such pleasure took the Serpent to behold This flowery plat. Much he the place admired. or renowned Alcinous. the person more. or least action. now hid. As one who long in populous city pent. The smell of grain. and flowers Imbordered on each bank. now seen. Her graceful innocence. pine. and many a walk traversed Of stateliest covert. or tedded grass. but more soft. If chance. Among thick-woven arborets. overawed His malice. or kine. Forth issuing on a summer’s morn. and with rapine sweet bereaved His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought: 254 of 374 . Or that. Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air. the sweet recess of Eve Thus early. Or dairy. thus alone: Her heavenly form Angelick. host of old Laertes’ son. not mystick. fair virgin pass. cedar.

eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. fit love for Gods! Not terrible. soon ended his delight. Thoughts. not love. thus excites. to what I was in Heaven. of revenge: But the hot Hell that always in him burns. of courage haughty. of enmity disarmed. And strength. and pain Enfeebled me. Foe not informidable! exempt from wound. Whose higher intellectual more I shun. And tortures him now more. not for him ordained: then soon Fierce hate he recollects. whither have ye led me! with what sweet Compulsion thus transported. Of guile. hope here to taste Of pleasure. not approached by stronger hate. of hate. Download the free trial version. Though in mid Heaven. for I view far round. I not. opportune to all attempts. 255 of 374 . so much hath Hell debased. not nigh. but all pleasure to destroy. and all his thoughts Of mischief. let me not let pass Occasion which now smiles. Her husband. other joy To me is lost.nor hope Of Paradise for Hell. though of terrestrial mould. gratulating. Then. divinely fair. She fair. That space the Evil-one abstracted stood From his own evil. to forget What hither brought us! hate. the more he sees Of pleasure. view. behold alone The woman. Save what is in destroying. and for the time remained Stupidly good. and edit PDF. and of limb Heroick built. though terrour be in love And beauty. of envy.

as since. heard the sound Of rusling leaves. never since of serpent-kind Lovelier. The way which to her ruin now I tend. but feared To interrupt. He with Olympias. side-long he works his way. enclosed In serpent. this with her who bore Scipio. or the god In Epidaurus. busied. and shifts her sail: So varied he. as used To such disport before her through the field. and carbuncle his eyes. 256 of 374 . To lure her eye. With tract oblique At first. as oft so steers. was seen. With burnished neck of verdant gold. that towered Fold above fold. Hermione and Cadmus. a surging maze! his head Crested aloft. the highth of Rome. but minded not. that on the grass Floated redundant: pleasing was his shape And lovely. So spake the enemy of mankind. under show of love well feigned. Circular base of rising folds. As when a ship. she. Prone on the ground. nor to which transformed Ammonian Jove. or Capitoline. but on his rear. where the wind Veers oft.Paradise Lost Hate stronger. erect Amidst his circling spires. by skilful steersmen wrought Nigh river’s mouth or foreland. not those that in Illyria changed. inmate bad! and toward Eve Addressed his way: not with indented wave. and of his tortuous train Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve. as one who sought access.

Paradise Lost From every beast. Fawning. more duteous at her call. if perhaps Thou canst. with serpent-tongue Organick. more awful thus retired. Beholders rude. I thus single. Who sees thee? and what is one? who should be seen A Goddess among Gods. he. and his proem tuned: 257 of 374 . and shallow to discern Half what in thee is fair.nor have feared Thy awful brow. the Heaven of mildness. glad Of her attention gained. bolder now. with disdain. and thy celestial beauty adore With ravishment beheld! there best beheld. but here In this enclosure wild. So glozed the Tempter. His fraudulent temptation thus began. Displeased that I approach thee thus. these beasts among. who art sole wonder! much less arm Thy looks. Wonder not. uncalled before her stood. Thee all things living gaze on. and licked the ground whereon she trod. Where universally admired. and sleek enamelled neck. or impulse of vocal air. Than at Circean call the herd disguised. sovran Mistress. all things thine By gift. adored and served By Angels numberless. Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair. His gentle dumb expression turned at length The eye of Eve to mark his play. But as in gaze admiring: oft he bowed His turret crest. and gaze Insatiate. He. thy daily train. one man except.

Not unamazed. oft appears. and how To me so friendly grown above the rest Of brutal kind. and human sense expressed? The first. I chanced A goodly tree far distant to behold Loaden with fruit of fairest colours mixed. at length. but not with human voice endued. Though at the voice much marvelling. that daily are in sight? Say. of these I thought denied To beasts. of abject thoughts and low.Paradise Lost Into the heart of Eve his words made way. and say. on a day roving the field. subtlest beast of all the field I knew. 258 of 374 . Serpent. Redouble then this miracle. Created mute to all articulate sound: The latter I demur. and right thou shouldst be obeyed: I was at first as other beasts that graze The trodden herb. Thee. she thus in answer spake. resplendent Eve! Easy to me it is to tell thee all What thou commandest. How camest thou speakable of mute. whom God. To whom the guileful Tempter thus replied. What may this mean? language of man pronounced By tongue of brute. and in their actions. on their creation-day. for in their looks Much reason. and apprehended nothing high: Till. for such wonder claims attention due. nor aught but food discerned Or sex. As was my food. Empress of this fair world. at least.

and speech Wanted not long. where plenty hung Tempting so nigh. for. with like desire Longing and envying stood. To satisfy the sharp desire I had Of tasting those fair apples. that tend their play. Sated at length. Amid the tree now got. but could not reach. hunger and thirst at once. or the teats Of ewe or goat dropping with milk at even. I resolved Not to defer. When from the boughs a savoury odour blown. such pleasure till that hour. all things fair and good: But all that fair and good in thy divine 259 of 374 . never had I found. Unsucked of lamb or kid. though to this shape retained. Grateful to appetite. high from ground. Powerful persuaders. At feed or fountain. the branches would require Thy utmost reach or Adam’s: Round the tree All other beasts that saw. Or Earth. For. urged me so keen. to pluck and eat my fill I spared not. quickened at the scent Of that alluring fruit. more pleased my sense Than smell of sweetest fennel. About the mossy trunk I wound me soon. and with capacious mind Considered all things visible in Heaven. ere long I might perceive Strange alteration in me. Thenceforth to speculations high or deep I turned my thoughts. to degree Of reason in my inward powers. or Middle.Paradise Lost Ruddy and gold: I nearer drew to gaze.

and joy Brightens his crest. and made intricate seem straight. where grows the tree? from hence how far? For many are the trees of God that grow In Paradise. universal Dame! So talked the spirited sly Snake. on a flat. leading. I can bring thee thither soon Lead then. and worship thee of right declared Sovran of creatures. He.Paradise Lost Semblance. thy overpraising leaves in doubt The virtue of that fruit. Fast by a fountain. and Eve. To whom the wily Adder. Empress. United I beheld. the way is ready. to come And gaze. and not long. blithe and glad. and more hands Help to disburden Nature of her birth. no fair to thine Equivalent or second! which compelled Me thus. As leaves a greater store of fruit untouched. Compact of unctuous vapour. and in thy beauty’s heavenly ray. Still hanging incorruptible. Hope elevates. unwary thus replied. Yet more amazed. one small thicket past Of blowing myrrh and balm: if thou accept My conduct. which the night 260 of 374 . yet unknown To us. To mischief swift. in such abundance lies our choice. swiftly rolled In tangles. though importune perhaps. Serpent. said Eve. till men Grow up to their provision. as when a wandering fire. Beyond a row of myrtles. in thee first proved: But say. and various.

Hovering and blazing with delusive light. our credulous mother. To whom the Tempter guilefully replied. when now more bold 261 of 374 . Wonderous indeed. root of all our woe. nor shall ye touch it. She scarce had said. we might have spared our coming hither. Serpent. Ye shall not eat Thereof. yet sinless. But of this tree we may not taste nor touch. So glistered the dire Snake. from succour far. some evil Spirit attends. we live Law to ourselves. Misleads the amazed night-wanderer from his way To bogs and mires. our reason is our law. if cause of such effects. to the tree Of prohibition. the rest. and left that command Sole daughter of his voice. they say. God so commanded. though fruit be here to excess. Indeed! hath God then said that of the fruit Of all these garden-trees ye shall not eat. But of the fruit of this fair tree amidst The garden. lest ye die. thus to her guide she spake. and oft through pond or pool. Fruitless to me. Kindled through agitation to a flame. Which oft. Yet Lords declared of all in earth or air$? To whom thus Eve.Paradise Lost Condenses. Which when she saw. The credit of whose virtue rest with thee. There swallowed up and lost. though brief. and the cold environs round. God hath said. and into fraud Led Eve. Of the fruit Of each tree in the garden we may eat.

by the threatener? look on me. Mother of science! now I feel thy power Within me clear. but to trace the ways Of highest agents. as to passion moved. but with show of zeal and love To Man. and indignation at his wrong. And life more perfect have attained than Fate Meant me. The Tempter. In Athens or free Rome. Shall that be shut to Man. New part puts on. thus began. not only to discern Things in their causes. which to the Beast Is open? or will God incense his ire For such a petty trespass? and not praise 262 of 374 . Sometimes in highth began. through his zeal of right: So standing. Queen of this universe! do not believe Those rigid threats of death: ye shall not die: How should you? by the fruit? it gives you life To knowledge. by venturing higher than my lot. all impassioned. and wisdom-giving Plant. while each part. O sacred. who have touched and tasted. Me. Fluctuates disturbed. Stood in himself collected. as no delay Of preface brooking. as of some great matter to begin. or to highth up grown. since mute! to some great cause addressed. Motion. moving.Paradise Lost The Tempter. and. wise. where eloquence Flourished. yet both live. won audience ere the tongue. yet comely and in act Raised. each act. As when of old some orator renowned. deemed however wise.

whom the pain Of death denounced. why not known. who enclosed 263 of 374 . Deterred not from achieving what might lead To happier life. which no worse than this can bring. for this fair earth I see. and be just. Not just. Of good. Knowing both good and evil. and that advantage use On our belief. So ye shall die perhaps. ye. since easier shunned? God therefore cannot hurt ye. Internal Man. but to keep ye low and ignorant. is but proportion meet. not God. Though threatened. if what is evil Be real. Gods. but to awe. of brute. as they know. Why then was this forbid? Why. participating God-like food? The Gods are first. knowledge of good and evil. how just? of evil. whatever thing death be. Yet are but dim. since I as Man. producing every kind. human. not feared then. I. of human. And what are Gods.Paradise Lost Rather your dauntless virtue. shall perfectly be then Opened and cleared. by putting off Human. Why. Them. that Man may not become As they. nor obeyed: Your fear itself of death removes the fear. your eyes that seem so clear. and ye shall be as Gods. That ye shall be as Gods. death to be wished. that all from them proceeds: I question it. His worshippers? He knows that in the day Ye eat thereof. to put on Gods. Warmed by the sun. nothing: if they all things.

thus to herself she mused. and with truth: Mean while the hour of noon drew on. replete with guile. Whose taste. and waked An eager appetite. naming thee the tree 264 of 374 . these.Paradise Lost Knowledge of good and evil in this tree. and many more Causes import your need of this fair fruit. which to behold Might tempt alone. forthwith attains Wisdom without their leave? and wherein lies The offence. at first assay Gave elocution to the mute. impregned With reason. reach then. to her seeming. and his words. and in her ears the sound Yet rung of his persuasive words. Inclinable now grown to touch or taste. and taught The tongue not made for speech to speak thy praise: Thy praise he also. that Man should thus attain to know? What can your knowledge hurt him. Solicited her longing eye. who forbids thy use. doubtless. Goddess humane. or this tree Impart against his will. yet first Pausing a while. and freely taste! He ended. raised by the smell So savoury of that fruit. too long forborn. and worthy to be admired. which with desire. Though kept from man. best of fruits. Into her heart too easy entrance won: Fixed on the fruit she gazed. if all be his? Or is it envy? and can envy dwell In heavenly breasts? These. That whoso eats thereof. Conceals not from us. Great are thy virtues.

while it infers the good By thee communicated. Friendly to man. and speaks. but brings with joy The good befallen him. But. forbids us to be wise? Such prohibitions bind not. or. Forbids us good. and reasons. far from deceit or guile. And knows. Of God or death. In plain then.Paradise Lost Of knowledge. this fruit divine. is as not had at all. and discerns. inviting to the taste. for beasts reserved? For beasts it seems: yet that one beast which first Hath tasted envies not. what profits then Our inward freedom? In the day we eat Of this fair fruit. Fair to the eye. of law or penalty? Here grows the cure of all. For us alone Was death invented? or to us denied This intellectual food. What fear I then? rather. Irrational till then. and our want: For good unknown sure is not had. author unsuspect. what know to fear Under this ignorance of good and evil. our doom is. Forbids us then to taste! but his forbidding Commends thee more. if death Bind us with after-bands. Of virtue to make wise: What hinders then To reach. had And yet unknown. her rash hand in evil hour 265 of 374 . we shall die! How dies the Serpent? he hath eaten and lives. and feed at once both body and mind? So saying. what forbids he but to know. knowledge both of good and evil.

not following thee. Best guide. it had not here Thus grown. whether true Or fancied so. hitherto obscured. O sovran.Paradise Lost Forth reaching to the fruit. Back to the thicket slunk The guilty Serpent. Experience. I had remained In ignorance. as the Gods. as seemed. but henceforth my early care. In fruit she never tasted. And thy fair fruit let hang. virtuous. precious of all trees In Paradise! of operation blest To sapience. And knew not eating death: Satiate at length. such delight till then. thou openest wisdom’s way.for Eve. each morning. through expectation high Of knowledge. Intent now wholly on her taste. she plucked. Till. gave signs of woe. And hightened as with wine. Shall tend thee. who all things know. Thus to herself she pleasingly began. infamed. Greedily she ingorged without restraint. and the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches offered free to all. had the gift been theirs. 266 of 374 . and due praise. dieted by thee. and well might. as to no end Created. next. and Nature from her seat. to thee I owe. Sighing through all her works. jocund and boon. That all was lost. she eat! Earth felt the wound. not was Godhead from her thought. Though others envy what they cannot give: For. nought else Regarded. I grow mature In knowledge. Not without song.

though secret she retire. and perhaps. But first low reverence done. And death ensue? then I shall be no more! And Adam. But to Adam in what sort Shall I appear? shall I to him make known As yet my change. and edit PDF. and other care perhaps May have diverted from continual watch Our great Forbidder. inferiour. from the tree her step she turned. or rather not. drink of Gods. And render me more equal. I extinct. A death to think! Confirmed then I resolve. Download the free trial version. Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe: So dear I love him. and give him to partake Full happiness with me. derived From nectar. view. who is free This may be well: But what if God have seen.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. without him live no life. Adam the while. sometime Superiour. So saying. wedded to another Eve. And givest access. 267 of 374 . and remote to see from thence distinct Each thing on Earth. And I perhaps am secret: Heaven is high. as to the Power That dwelt within. that with him all deaths I could endure. Shall live with her enjoying. safe with all his spies About him. But keeps the odds of knowledge in my power Without copartner? so to add what wants In female sex. whose presence had infused Into the plant sciential sap. the more to draw his love. A thing not undesirable. for. High.

and make them Gods who taste. to adorn Her tresses. she thus addressed. As reapers oft are wont their harvest-queen. Misgave him. And forth to meet her went. that downy smiled. had wove Of choicest flowers a garland. Scarce from the tree returning. in her face excuse Came prologue. Hast thou not wondered. Which. And hath been tasted such: The serpent wise.Paradise Lost Waiting desirous her return. a tree Of danger tasted. with bland words at will. so long delayed: Yet oft his heart. the way she took That morn when first they parted: by the tree Of knowledge he must pass. in her hand A bough of fairest fruit. at my stay? Thee I have missed. and apology too prompt. for never more Mean I to try. agony of love till now Not felt. deprived Thy presence. what rash untried I sought. and thought it long. and wonderful to hear: This tree is not. but of divine effect To open eyes. The pain of absence from thy sight. 268 of 374 . To him she hasted. and ambrosial smell diffused. nor shall be twice. he the faltering measure felt. and her rural labours crown. divine of something ill. nor to evil unknown Opening the way. But strange Hath been the cause. Great joy he promised to his thoughts. and new Solace in her return. New gathered. as we are told. Adam. there he her met.

and all his joints relaxed. and have also found The effects to correspond. Not dead. On the other side Adam. equal joy. Dim erst. which for thee Chiefly I sought. For bliss. last and best 269 of 374 . while horrour chill Ran through his veins. Thou therefore also taste. amazed. Reasoning to admiration. soon as he heard The fatal trespass done by Eve. But in her cheek distemper flushing glowed. Tedious. Hath eaten of the fruit. different degree Disjoin us. but thenceforth Endued with human voice and human sense. that I Have also tasted. From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve Down dropt. O fairest of Creation. to me is bliss. Thus Eve with countenance blithe her story told. that equal lot May join us. Lest. and all the faded roses shed: Speechless he stood and pale. and odious soon. dilated spirits. as thou hast part. till thus at length First to himself he inward silence broke. or not obeying. ampler heart. without thee can despise.Paradise Lost Or not restrained as we. as equal love. Astonied stood and blank. thou not tasting. and is become. opener mine eyes. when Fate will not permit. unshared with thee. as we are threatened. and I then too late renounce Deity for thee. And growing up to Godhead. and with me Persuasively hath so prevailed.

Much more to taste it under ban to touch. Thus in calm mood his words to Eve he turned. and from thy state Mine never shall be parted. how hast thou yielded to transgress The strict forbiddance. and now to death devote! Rather. and I Another rib afford. and after thoughts disturbed Submitting to what seemed remediless. Had it been only coveting to eye That sacred fruit. who thus hast dared. Holy. no!I feel The link of Nature draw me: flesh of flesh. sacred to abstinence. Defaced. 270 of 374 . how to violate The sacred fruit forbidden! Some cursed fraud Of enemy hath beguiled thee. yet loss of thee Would never from my heart: no.Paradise Lost Of all God’s works. for with thee Certain my resolution is to die: How can I live without thee! how forego Thy sweet converse. bliss or woe. divine. or sweet! How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost. To live again in these wild woods forlorn! Should God create another Eve. So having said. good. deflowered. Bold deed thou hast presumed. amiable. and love so dearly joined. adventurous Eve. And me with thee hath ruined. as one from sad dismay Recomforted. Creature in whom excelled Whatever can to sight or thought be formed. And peril great provoked. Bone of my bone thou art. yet unknown.

will in earnest so destroy Us his prime creatures. and labour lose. Dependant made. as Man. ‘Fickle their state whom God ‘Most favours. inducement strong To us. as thou saidst. However I with thee have fixed my lot. Certain to undergo like doom: If death Consort with thee. now Mankind. perhaps the fact Is not so heinous now. as likely tasting to attain Proportional ascent. or done undo? Not God Omnipotent. or Angels. nor Fate. who can please him long? Me first ‘He ruined. and gains to live. yet would be loth Us to abolish. foretasted fruit. Nor can I think that God. death is to me as life. though his power Creation could repeat. by him first Made common. and unhallowed. Nor yet on him found deadly. not to be given the Foe. Lives. lest the Adversary Triumph. Higher degree of life. Though threatening. ere our taste. needs with us must fail. demi-Gods. yet he lives. Profaned first by the serpent. yet so Perhaps thou shalt not die. who. whom will he next?’ Matter of scorn. For us created. Not well conceived of God. which cannot be But to be Gods. Creator wise. do. so God shall uncreate. which in our fall. undo. 271 of 374 . Set over all his works. and say.Paradise Lost But past who can recall. Be frustrate. dignified so high.

one soul in both. linked in love so dear. declaring thee resolved. I would sustain alone The worst. love unequalled: but I feel 272 of 374 . and thus Eve to him replied. from whose dear side I boast me sprung. to lose thee were to lose myself. Rather than death. or by occasion. So Adam. but. So faithful. example high! Engaging me to emulate. one crime. chiefly assured Remarkably so late of thy so true. than oblige thee with a fact Pernicious to thy peace. hath presented This happy trial of thy love. how shall I attain. O glorious trial of exceeding love. Direct. Whose virtue for of good still good proceeds. whereof good proof This day affords. for what thou art is mine. And gladly of our union hear thee speak. Our state cannot be severed. Shall separate us. Adam. rather die Deserted. Illustrious evidence. My own in thee. short Of thy perfection.Paradise Lost So forcible within my heart I feel The bond of Nature draw me to my own. or aught than death more dread. and not persuade thee. One heart. of tasting this fair fruit. which else So eminently never had been known? Were it I thought death menaced would ensue This my attempt. One flesh. If any be. we are one. To undergo with me one guilt.

but life Augmented. flat seems to this. she embraced him. freely taste. some sad drops Wept at completing of the mortal sin Original: while Adam took no thought. Wherewith to scorn the earth: But that false fruit Far other operation first displayed. nor Eve to iterate Her former trespass feared. and for joy Tenderly wept. Against his better knowledge. as again In pangs. new joys. They swim in mirth. much won. or death. Sky loured. and fancy that they feel Divinity within them breeding wings. and Nature gave a second groan. and harsh.Paradise Lost Far otherwise the event. Earth trembled from her entrails. Taste so divine. As with new wine intoxicated both. In recompence for such compliance bad Such recompence best merits from the bough She gave him of that fair enticing fruit With liberal hand: he scrupled not to eat. 273 of 374 . new hopes. On my experience. opened eyes. that he his love Had so ennobled. that now. and. And fear of death deliver to the winds. not deceived. Eating his fill. But fondly overcome with female charm. the more to sooth Him with her loved society. not death. So saying. as of choice to incur Divine displeasure for her sake. that what of sweet before Hath touched my sense. muttering thunder. Adam.

And hyacinth. well understood Of Eve. He led her nothing loth. Thick over-head with verdant roof imbowered. Eve. of sapience no small part. she him As wantonly repaid. he on Eve Began to cast lascivious eyes. And elegant. Pansies. Since to each meaning savour we apply. and forbore not glance or toy Of amorous intent. now I see thou art exact of taste. For this one tree had been forbidden ten. whose eye darted contagious fire. while we abstained From this delightful fruit. tasting. now let us play. But come. it might be wished. in lust they burn: Till Adam thus ‘gan Eve to dalliance move. For never did thy beauty.Paradise Lost Carnal desire inflaming. so inflame my sense With ardour to enjoy thee. if such pleasure be In things to us forbidden. and asphodel. and violets. I the praise Yield thee. since the day I saw thee first and wedded thee. Earth’s freshest softest lap. so well this day thou hast purveyed. And palate call judicious. adorned With all perfections. after such delicious fare. Much pleasure we have lost. and to a shady bank. so well refreshed. flowers were the couch. fairer now Than ever. As meet is. Her hand he seised. 274 of 374 . bounty of this virtuous tree! So said he. nor known till now True relish.

from the harlot-lap Of Philistean Dalilah. They destitute and bare Of all their virtue: Silent. was now exhaled. now had left them. and grosser sleep. in evil hour thou didst give ear To that false worm. he covered. as strucken mute: Till Adam. of their mutual guilt the seal. of whomsoever taught To counterfeit Man’s voice. innocence. The solace of their sin. true in our fall.Paradise Lost There they their fill of love and love’s disport Took largely. That with exhilarating vapour bland About their spirits had played. O Eve. with conscious dreams Incumbered. wearied with their amorous play. Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit. and native righteousness. each the other viewing. At length gave utterance to these words constrained. though not less than Eve abashed. till dewy sleep Oppressed them. and their minds How darkened. that as a veil Had shadowed them from knowing ill. Just confidence. So rose the Danite strong. naked left To guilty Shame. and inmost powers Made err. from about them. long they sat. And honour. Bred of unkindly fumes. up they rose As from unrest. and in face Confounded. Soon found their eyes how opened. since our eyes 275 of 374 . and. Herculean Samson. and waked Shorn of his strength. False in our promised rising. but his robe Uncovered more. was gone.

There sit not. Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained. and find we know Both good and evil. devise What best may for the present serve to hide The parts of each from other. if this be to know. where highest woods. Shame. that seem most To shame obnoxious. And in our faces evident the signs Of foul concupiscence. that this new comer. good lost. So counselled he. of faith. and reproach us as unclean. whose broad smooth leaves together sewed. ye Pines! Ye Cedars. in some glade Obscured. and evil got. Bad fruit of knowledge. of the first Be sure then.—How shall I behold the face Henceforth of God or Angel. Of innocence. Even shame. as in bad plight. of purity. impenetrable To star or sun-light. with innumerable boughs Hide me. and both together went 276 of 374 . And girded on our loins. O! might I here In solitude live savage. the last of evils. Which leaves us naked thus. spread their umbrage broad And brown as evening: Cover me. whence evil store. may cover round Those middle parts.Paradise Lost Opened we find indeed. and unseemliest seen. Some tree. of honour void. erst with joy And rapture so oft beheld? Those heavenly shapes Will dazzle now this earthly with their blaze Insufferably bright. where I may never see them more!— But let us now.

that in the ground The bended twigs take root.Paradise Lost Into the thickest wood. to Indians known. so girt With feathered cincture. and tends his pasturing herds At loop-holes cut through thickest shade: Those leaves They gathered. not that kind for fruit renowned. And. both in subjection now 277 of 374 . Mistrust. but not at rest or ease of mind. there soon they chose The fig-tree. To gird their waist. discord. if to hide Their guilt and dreaded shame! O. anger. shunning heat. their shame in part Covered. But such as at this day. high passions. and shook sore Their inward state of mind. Shelters in cool. naked else. In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms Branching so broad and long. Thus fenced. how unlike To that first naked glory! Such of late Columbus found the American. with what skill they had. as they thought. and. suspicion. a pillared shade High over-arched. and the Will Heard not her lore. but high winds worse within Began to rise. hate. now tost and turbulent: For Understanding ruled not. nor only tears Rained at their eyes. and wild Among the trees on isles and woody shores. together sewed. They sat them down to weep. and echoing walks between: There oft the Indian herdsman. broad as Amazonian targe. calm region once And full of peace. and daughters grow About the mother tree. vain covering.

naked. To whom. and staid With me. as thou callest it. What words have passed thy lips. the head. Was I to have never parted from thy side? As good have grown there still a lifeless rib. or will Of wandering. Or here the attempt. who from beneath Usurping over sovran Reason claimed Superiour sway: From thus distempered breast. when earnestly they seek Such proof. why didst not thou. Going into such danger. estranged in look and altered style. soon moved with touch of blame. Adam severe! Imputest thou that to my default. we had then Remained still happy. Being as I am. No ground of enmity between us known. I know not whence possessed thee. shamed. Speech intermitted thus to Eve renewed. conclude. or seek to harm. they then begin to fail. thus Eve. Adam. miserable! Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve The faith they owe. not.Paradise Lost To sensual Appetite. this unhappy morn. Would thou hadst hearkened to my words. which who knows But might as ill have happened thou being by. speaking as he spake. thou couldst not have discerned Fraud in the Serpent. as I besought thee. as thou saidst? 278 of 374 . Why he should mean me ill. as now. Or to thyself perhaps? Hadst thou been there. when that strange Desire of wandering. Command me absolutely not to go. despoiled Of all our good.

And. Yet willingly chose rather death with thee? And am I now upbraided as the cause Of thy transgressing? Not enough severe. that I thought No evil durst attempt thee. left to herself. To whom. I admonished thee. in thy restraint: What could I more I warned thee. Lets her will rule: restraint she will not brook. nor thou with me. She first his weak indulgence will accuse. Who might have lived. is this the recompence Of mine to thee. thou didst not much gainsay. Adam replied. who. in overmuch admiring What seemed in thee so perfect. when thou wert lost. had been force. then first incensed. Is this the love. beyond this. and joyed immortal bliss. ingrateful Eve! expressed Immutable. Thus it shall befall Him. and fair dismiss.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Neither had I transgressed. It seems. 279 of 374 . view. didst permit. And thou the accuser. if evil thence ensue. Hadst thou been firm and fixed in thy dissent. and the lurking enemy That lay in wait. but I rue The errour now. foretold The danger. and edit PDF. Download the free trial version. Too facile then. and perhaps I also erred. approve. which is become my crime. secure Either to meet no danger. not I. And force upon free will hath here no place. But confidence then bore thee on. Nay. to worth in women overtrusting. or to find Matter of glorious trial.

And of their vain contest appeared no end. 280 of 374 .Paradise Lost Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours. but neither self-condemning.

Whoever tempted. mute. Soon as the unwelcome news From Earth arrived at Heaven-gate. The high injunction. violated not their bliss. for what can ‘scape the eye Of God all-seeing. not to taste that fruit. For Man. and how He. with strength entire and free will armed. done in Paradise. or deceive his heart Omniscient? who. Her husband she. in the serpent. in all things wise and just. (Incurred what could they less?) the penalty. and sad. Up into Heaven from Paradise in haste The angelick guards ascended.Paradise Lost Book X Mean while the heinous and despiteful act Of Satan. Complete to have discovered and repulsed Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend. And. About the new-arrived. Hindered not Satan to attempt the mind Of Man. which they not obeying. in multitudes 281 of 374 . and ought to have still remembered. for of his state by this they knew. Much wondering how the subtle Fiend had stolen Entrance unseen. mixed With pity. manifold in sin. had perverted Eve. dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages. For still they knew. deserved to fall. to taste the fatal fruit. yet. displeased All were who heard. Was known in Heaven.

When first this tempter crossed the gulf from Hell. Foretold so lately what would come to pass.—death denounced that day? Which he presumes already vain and void. be not dismayed. made haste. from his secret cloud. when the Most High Eternal Father. By some immediate stroke. But fallen he is. I told ye then he should prevail. and ye Powers returned From unsuccessful charge. but that the mortal sentence pass On his transgression. Justice shall not return as bounty scorned. And flattered out of all.Paradise Lost The ethereal people ran. to make appear. as he feared. no decree of mine Concurring to necessitate his fall. and speed On his bad errand. Which your sincerest care could not prevent. their utmost vigilance And easily approved. Man should be seduced. Accountable. With righteous plea. Or touch with lightest moment of impulse His free will. 282 of 374 . Assembled Angels. to hear and know How all befel: They towards the throne supreme. Amidst in thunder uttered thus his voice. But whom send I to judge them? whom but thee. and now What rests. ere day end. to her own inclining left In even scale. Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth. but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance. Because not yet inflicted. believing lies Against his Maker.

When time shall be. unfolding bright Toward the right hand his glory. on the Son Blazed forth unclouded Deity: He full Resplendent all his Father manifest Expressed. for so I undertook Before thee. Mine. and thus divinely answered mild. but thou knowest. And destined Man himself to judge Man fallen. and thee appease. thine is to decree.Paradise Lost Vicegerent Son? To thee I have transferred All judgement. Easy it may be seen that I intend Mercy colleague with justice. Whoever judged. but the judged. that thou in me. Those two. thy Son beloved. or Hell. his Mediator. and. and. 283 of 374 . the third best absent is condemned. and rebel to all law: Conviction to the serpent none belongs. or Earth. both in Heaven and Earth. Father Eternal. nor train. as may illustrate most Them fully satisfied. sending thee Man’s friend. his designed Both ransom and Redeemer voluntary. where none Are to behold the judgement. this obtain Of right. Convict by flight. to do thy will Supreme. not repenting. Mayest ever rest well pleased. I go to judge On earth these thy transgressours. the worst on me must light. So spake the Father. whether in Heaven. yet I shall temper so Justice with mercy. Attendance none shall need. that I may mitigate their doom On me derived.

from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory: Him Thrones. Love was not in their looks. while day declined. and Intercessour both. discountenanced both. And shame. Came the mild Judge. by soft winds Brought to their ears. but apparent guilt. Accompanied to Heaven-gate. both man and wife. To sentence Man: The voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden. thus to Adam called aloud. and all the coast. and gentle airs. and with him Eve. Adam. and perturbation. from wrath more cool. in prospect lay. though with swiftest minutes winged. And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees. Where obvious duty ere while appeared unsought: Or come I less conspicuous. or what change Absents thee. and Powers. Not pleased.Paradise Lost Thus saying. and discomposed. and usher in The evening cool. and despair. due at their hour. when he. Or to each other. thus entertained with solitude. more loth. To fan the earth now waked. and Dominations ministrant. wont with joy to meet My coming seen far off? I miss thee here. either to God. Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon. Princedoms. from whence Eden. or what chance detains?—Come forth! He came. till God. Approaching. they heard. though first To offend. Down he descended straight. the speed of Gods Time counts not. 284 of 374 . Where art thou.

However insupportable. To whom The gracious Judge without revile replied. 285 of 374 . whom thou madest to be my help. and hate. Whereof I gave thee charge thou shouldst not eat? To whom thus Adam sore beset replied. and of thy voice Afraid. and hast not feared. be all Devolved. and guile. O Heaven! in evil strait this day I stand Before my Judge.Paradise Lost Anger. and obstinacy. faltering long. My voice thou oft hast heard.— This Woman. I should conceal. And gavest me as thy perfect gift. I heard thee in the garden. and not expose to blame By my complaint: but strict necessity Subdues me. being naked. Whose failing. So fit. so divine. who Hath told thee? Hast thou eaten of the tree. or to accuse My other self. hid myself. and calamitous constraint. so good. either to undergo Myself the total crime. And what she did. But still rejoiced. so acceptable. Lest on my head both sin and punishment. Her doing seemed to justify the deed. Whence Adam. while her faith to me remains. whatever in itself. how is it now become So dreadful to thee? That thou art naked. yet thou Wouldst easily detect what I conceal. though should I hold my peace. That from her hand I could suspect no ill. the partner of my life. thus answered brief.

So having said. which was thy part And person. As vitiated in nature: More to know Concerned not Man. without delay To judgement he proceeded on the accused Serpent. (since he no further knew) Nor altered his offence. Say. with shame nigh overwhelmed. Woman. to attract Thy love.Paradise Lost She gave me of the tree. that her thou didst obey Before his voice? or was she made thy guide. unable to transfer The guilt on him. and I did eat. he thus to Eve in few. Superiour. yet not before her Judge Bold or loquacious. and polluted from the end Of his creation. whose perfection far excelled Hers in all real dignity? Adorned She was indeed. and lovely. as under government well seemed. and I did eat. or but equal. that to her Thou didst resign thy manhood. Which when the Lord God heard. Was she thy God. justly then accursed. To whom the Sovran Presence thus replied. who made him instrument Of mischief. though brute. Unseemly to bear rule. and the place Wherein God set thee above her made of thee. And for thee. hadst thou known thyself aright. Confessing soon. thus abashed replied. The Serpent me beguiled. what is this which thou hast done? To whom sad Eve. and her gifts Were such. yet God at last 286 of 374 . not thy subjection.

Thou shalt not eat thereof: 287 of 374 . thou bruise his heel. and. and to thy husband’s will Thine shall submit. down from Heaven. And to the Woman thus his sentence turned. and between thine and her seed. Son of Mary. Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply By thy conception. like lightning. And eaten of the tree. Upon thy belly groveling thou shalt go. On Adam last thus judgement he pronounced. Her seed shall bruise thy head. And dust shalt eat all the days of thy life.Paradise Lost To Satan first in sin his doom applied. Captivity led captive through the air. then verified When Jesus. Saw Satan fall. Even he. The realm itself of Satan. he over thee shall rule. Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife. thou art accursed Above all cattle. Between thee and the woman I will put Enmity. saying. Though in mysterious terms. second Eve. children thou shalt bring In sorrow forth. Whom he shall tread at last under our feet. Because thou hast done this. rising from his grave Spoiled Principalities and Powers. with ascension bright. each beast of the field. judged as then best: And on the Serpent thus his curse let fall. So spake this oracle. who now foretold his fatal bruise. long usurped. concerning which I charged thee. Prince of the air. then. triumphed In open show.

that now Must suffer change. so now. 288 of 374 . or slain. as of old. for thou Out of the ground wast taken. with his robe of righteousness. Arraying. Nor he their outward only with the skins Of beasts. know thy birth. and shalt to dust return. he clad Their nakedness with skins of beasts. So judged he Man. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. but inward nakedness. denounced that day. Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid. Opprobrious. then. For dust thou art. Or as the snake with youthful coat repaid. covered from his Father’s sight. disdained not to begin Thenceforth the form of servant to assume. to him appeased All. though all-knowing. To him with swift ascent he up returned. As father of his family. both Judge and Saviour sent. As when he washed his servants feet. much more. thou in sorrow Shalt eat thereof. Into his blissful bosom reassumed In glory. And thought not much to clothe his enemies. Mean while. what had passed with Man Recounted. Removed far off.Paradise Lost Cursed is the ground for thy sake. ere thus was sinned and judged on Earth. And the instant stroke of death. all the days of thy life. mixing intercession sweet. and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. pitying how they stood Before him naked to the air. Till thou return unto the ground.

lest the difficulty of passing back Stay his return perhaps over this gulf Impassable. that now Stood open wide. let us try Adventurous work. since the Fiend passed through. to found a path Over this main from Hell to that new world. Where Satan now prevails. Methinks I feel new strength within me rise.Paradise Lost Within the gates of Hell sat Sin and Death. Or sympathy. Wings growing. thrives In other worlds. or some connatural force. In counterview within the gates. since no place like this Can fit his punishment. Sin opening. or their revenge. if mishap. whatever draws me on. O Son. and happier seat provides For us. and dominion given me large Beyond this deep. belching outrageous flame Far into Chaos. must with me along. Ere this he had returned. his offspring dear? It cannot be But that success attends him. with fury driven By his avengers. But. impervious. yet to thy power and mine Not unagreeable. why sit we here each other viewing Idly. Powerful at greatest distance to unite. our great author. my shade Inseparable. while Satan. a monument 289 of 374 . By secretest conveyance. For Death from Sin no power can separate. With secret amity. things of like kind. Thou. who thus now to Death began.

for intercourse. thou leading. Go. damp and dark. together crouded drove. come flying. and inclination strong. and taste The savour of death from all things there that live: Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest Be wanting. Sagacious of his quarry from so far. Where armies lie encamped. nor err The way. lured With scent of living carcasses designed For death. Then both from out Hell-gates. and with power (their power was great) Hovering upon the waters. Or transmigration. as their lot shall lead. Nor can I miss the way. 290 of 374 . Leads thee. as in raging sea Tost up and down. Whom thus the meager Shadow answered soon. Flew diverse. So saying. prey innumerable. the following day. with delight he snuffed the smell Of mortal change on earth. in bloody fight: So scented the grim Feature. As when a flock Of ravenous fowl. but afford thee equal aid.Paradise Lost Of merit high to all the infernal host. Against the day of battle. though many a league remote. to a field. whither Fate. I shall not lag behind. such a scent I draw Of carnage. Easing their passage hence. into the waste Wide anarchy of Chaos. so strongly drawn By this new-felt attraction and instinct. and upturned His nostril wide into the murky air. what they met Solid or slimy.

the liberty of Greece to yoke. and the mole immense wrought on Over the foaming deep high-arched. a bridge Of length prodigious. Europe with Asia joined. together drive Mountains of ice. that stop the imagined way Beyond Petsora eastward. broad as the gate. And scourged with many a stroke the indignant waves. Came to the sea: and. blowing adverse Upon the Cronian sea. As when two polar winds. smote. and edit PDF. view. Now had they brought the work by wonderous art Pontifical. and landed safe 291 of 374 . Download the free trial version. following the track Of Satan to the self-same place where he First lighted from his wing. From each side shoaling towards the mouth of Hell. The aggregated soil Death with his mace petrifick. Over the vexed abyss. So. From Susa. And with Asphaltick slime. and fixed as firm As Delos. the rest his look Bound with Gorgonian rigour not to move. cold and dry. Deep to the roots of Hell the gathered beach They fastened. down to Hell. a ridge of pendant rock. floating once. his Memnonian palace high. Smooth. Xerxes. joining to the wall Immoveable of this now fenceless world. to the rich Cathaian coast. over Hellespont Bridging his way.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. inoffensive. easy. if great things to small may be compared. from hence a passage broad. Forfeit to Death. As with a trident.

seconded Upon her husband. returned By night. but shun The present. Thence gathered his own doom. saw his guileful act By Eve. behold! Satan. terrified He fled. in likeness of an Angel bright. and listening where the hapless pair Sat in their sad discourse.Paradise Lost From out of Chaos. And now their way to Earth they had descried. Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering His zenith. but when he saw descend The Son of God to judge them. not hoping to escape. though all unweeting. and. while the sun in Aries rose: Disguised he came. To observe the sequel. Hell With long reach interposed. too fast they made And durable! And now in little space The confines met of empyrean Heaven. though in disguise. changing shape. when. To Paradise first tending. with joy 292 of 374 . but those his children dear Their parent soon discerned. saw their shame that sought Vain covertures. what his wrath Might suddenly inflict. fearing. and. and various plaint. He. three several ways In sight. to each of these three places led. that past. which understood Not instant. after Eve seduced. but of future time. unminded slunk Into the wood fast by. on the left hand. guilty. to the outside bare Of this round world: With pins of adamant And chains they made all fast. And of this World.

who to meet him came. and fully avenged 293 of 374 . which by a secret harmony Still moves with thine. yet felt. these are thy magnifick deeds. That thou on earth hadst prospered. near the foot Of this new wonderous pontifice. unhoped Met. Thou hast achieved our liberty.Paradise Lost And tidings fraught. the dark abyss. Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure Detain from following thy illustrious track. but straight I felt. Thou art their author. thy virtue hath won What thy hands builded not. O Parent. his offspring dear. with this thy son. and overlay. thus the silence broke. My heart. thou us impowered To fortify thus far. Such fatal consequence unites us three! Hell could no longer hold us in our bounds. till Sin. With this portentous bridge. That I must after thee. Long he admiring stood. thy wisdom gained With odds what war hath lost. Thy trophies! which thou viewest as not thine own. and at sight Of that stupendious bridge his joy encreased. his fair Enchanting daughter. to Hell he now returned. Though distant from thee worlds between. Great joy was at their meeting. and prime architect: For I no sooner in my heart divined. confined Within Hell-gates till now. which thy looks Now also evidence. joined in connexion sweet. Thine now is all this world. And at the brink of Chaos.

Him first make sure your thrall. from thy orbicular world. by his own doom alienated. while I Descend through darkness. that so near Heaven’s door Triumphal with triumphal act have met. High proof ye now have given to be the race Of Satan (for I glory in the name. from this new world Retiring. there let him still victor sway. You two this way. Chiefly on Man. and with them rejoice. them to acquaint With these successes. of all The infernal empire. His quadrature. To my associate Powers. one continent Of easy thorough-fare. on your road with ease. My substitutes I send ye. There dwell. right down to Paradise descend. Antagonist of Heaven’s Almighty King. and create 294 of 374 . And henceforth monarchy with thee divide Of all things.) Amply have merited of me. and lastly kill. There didst not. Hell and this world. All yours. Mine. here thou shalt monarch reign. and reign in bliss. thence on the earth Dominion exercise and in the air. Whom thus the Prince of darkness answered glad. Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne. Therefore. parted by the empyreal bounds. among these numerous orbs. As battle hath adjudged. one realm. sole lord of all declared.Paradise Lost Our foil in Heaven. with this glorious work. and thou Son and Grandchild both. Fair Daughter. and made one realm.

they with speed Their course through thickest constellations held. solicitous what chance Might intercept their emperour sent. and be strong! So saying he dismissed them. go. And planets. the affairs of Hell No detriment need fear.Paradise Lost Plenipotent on earth. so by allusion called Of that bright star to Satan paragoned. Appointed to sit there. of matchless might Issuing from me: on your joint vigour now My hold of this new kingdom all depends. 295 of 374 . had left their charge. over the snowy plains. By Astracan. Spreading their bane. the rest were all Far to the inland retired. As when the Tartar from his Russian foe. That scorned his indignation: Through the gate. so he Departing gave command. real eclipse Then suffered. planet-struck. There kept their watch the legions. And all about found desolate. Wide open and unguarded. Satan passed. about the walls Of Pandemonium. while the Grand In council sat. Flown to the upper world. and they observed. Through Sin to Death exposed by my exploit. If your joint power prevail. the blasted stars looked wan. The other way Satan went down The causey to Hell-gate: On either side Disparted Chaos overbuilt exclaimed. And with rebounding surge the bars assailed. city and proud seat Of Lucifer. for those.

clad With what permissive glory since his fall Was left him. Virtues. and from the door Of that Plutonian hall. and with like joy Congratulant approached him. as from a cloud. Powers. 296 of 374 . from the search Of foreign worlds: He through the midst unmarked. at the upper end Was placed in regal lustre. his fulgent head And shape star-bright appeared. and now expecting Each hour their great adventurer. leaves all waste beyond The realm of Aladule. or false glitter: All amazed At that so sudden blaze the Stygian throng Bent their aspect. reduced in careful watch Round their metropolis. from the horns Of Turkish crescent. For in possession such. invisible Ascended his high throne. passed. Their mighty Chief returned: loud was the acclaim: Forth rushed in haste the great consulting peers. left desart utmost Hell Many a dark league. Down a while He sat. and with these words attention. under state Of richest texture spread. which. in his retreat To Tauris or Casbeen: So these. Princedoms. Raised from their dark Divan. In show plebeian Angel militant Of lowest order. Dominations. not only of right. won. or brighter. the late Heaven-banished host.Paradise Lost Retires. and whom they wished beheld. who with hand Silence. Thrones. and round about him saw unseen: At last. or Bactrin Sophi.

forced to ride The untractable abyss. jealous of their secrets. plunged in the womb Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild. by our exile Made happy: Him by fraud I have seduced From his Creator. That. Long were to tell What I have done. but I Toiled out my uncouth passage.with what pain Voyaged th’ unreal. the more to encrease Your wonder. fiercely opposed My journey strange. and all his world. accursed. and so to us. he. As Lords. which fame in Heaven Long had foretold. and declare ye now. and. And dungeon of our tyrant: Now possess. what suffered. with clamorous uproar Protesting Fate supreme. thereat Offended. To expedite your glorious march. the house of woe. a spacious world. to our native Heaven Little inferiour. 297 of 374 . by my adventure hard With peril great achieved. thence how I found The new created world. worth your laughter! hath given up Both his beloved Man. over which By Sin and Death a broad way now is paved. to lead ye forth Triumphant out of this infernal pit Abominable. vast. with an apple. a fabrick wonderful Of absolute perfection! therein Man Placed in a Paradise. returned Successful beyond hope. To Sin and Death a prey.Paradise Lost I call ye. unbounded deep Of horrible confusion.

ye Gods. contrary. as over all he should have ruled. and to dwell. from innumerable tongues. and high applause. Or much more grievous pain?—Ye have the account Of my performance: What remains. but in vain. the sound Of publick scorn. but not long Had leisure. and enter now into full bliss? So having said. till supplanted down he fell A monstrous serpent on his belly prone. or rather Me not. But up. punished in the shape he sinned. or alarm. when is not set. but the brute serpent in whose shape Man I deceived: that which to me belongs. when. he hears On all sides. But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue To forked tongue. True is. His arms clung to his ribs. a greater power Now ruled him.Paradise Lost Without our hazard. Is enmity which he will put between Me and mankind. his legs entwining Each other. To fill his ear. and over Man To rule. A dismal universal hiss. His seed. His visage drawn he felt to sharp and spare. I am to bruise his heel. labour. According to his doom: he would have spoke. Reluctant. shall bruise my head: A world who would not purchase with a bruise. me also he hath judged. To range in. for now were all transformed 298 of 374 . a while he stood. he wondered. expecting Their universal shout. wondering at himself now more.

they all Him followed. (not so thick swarmed once the soil Bedropt with blood of Gorgon. Now Dragon grown. Down fell both spear and shield. and Elops drear. like in punishment. triumph to shame Cast on themselves from their own mouths. Scorpion. There stood A grove hard by. for. Sublime with expectation when to see In triumph issuing forth their glorious Chief. horrour on them fell. Huge Python. Thus was the applause they meant. Turned to exploding hiss. now changing. and the dire form Catched.) but still greatest he the midst. larger than whom the sun Ingendered in the Pythian vale or slime. down their arms. And horrid sympathy. or the isle Ophiusa. and Asp. and Amphisbaena dire. to serpents all. 299 of 374 . by contagion. in station stood or just array. Heaven-fallen. Cerastes horned. what they saw.Paradise Lost Alike. down they as fast. And the dire hiss renewed. and his power no less he seemed Above the rest still to retain. thick swarming now With complicated monsters head and tail. Hydrus. but other sight instead! a croud Of ugly serpents. As in their crime. Where all yet left of that revolted rout. And Dipsas. as accessories To his bold riot: Dreadful was the din Of hissing through the hall. sprung up with this their change. They saw. issuing forth to the open field. They felt themselves.

which the offended taste With spattering noise rejected: oft they assayed. imagining For one forbidden tree a multitude Now risen. sat thicker than the snaky locks That curled Megaera: greedily they plucked The fruitage fair to sight. laden with fair fruit. and. parched with scalding thirst and hunger fierce. up the trees Climbing. not as Man Whom they triumphed once lapsed. Till their lost shape. fondly thinking to allay Their appetite with gust. This more delusive. could not abstain. Yet. they. permitted. Hunger and thirst constraining. so oft they fell Into the same illusion. not the touch. Yearly enjoined. Though to delude them sent. they resumed. to aggravate Their penance. long and ceaseless hiss. to work them further woe or shame.Paradise Lost His will who reigns above. This annual humbling certain numbered days. some say. But on they rolled in heaps. Thus were they plagued And worn with famine. the bait of Eve Used by the Tempter: on that prospect strange Their earnest eyes they fixed. With hatefullest disrelish writhed their jaws. but taste Deceived. 300 of 374 . With soot and cinders filled. like that Which grew in Paradise. instead of fruit Chewed bitter ashes. drugged as oft. like that which grew Near that bituminous lake where Sodom flamed. to undergo.

where most with ravine I may meet. and flowers. the wide— Encroaching Eve perhaps. on each beast next. behind her Death. There best. of their purchase got. not mounted yet On his pale horse: to whom Sin thus began. all too little seems To stuff this maw. No homely morsels! and. and thyself half starved? Whom thus the Sin-born monster answered soon. now in body. whom they called Ophion. Unnamed. who with eternal famine pine. all-conquering Death! What thinkest thou of our empire now. However. had first the rule Of high Olympus. Once actual. some tradition they dispersed Among the Heathen. Sin. with Eurynome.Paradise Lost To dash their pride. Close following pace for pace. Alike is Hell. undreaded. though plenteous. Thou therefore on these herbs. or Heaven. Second of Satan sprung. Mean while in Paradise the hellish pair Too soon arrived. and fish. To whom the incestuous mother thus replied. To me. and joy. for Man seduced. though earned With travel difficult. Feed first. ere yet Dictaean Jove was born. there in power before. this vast unhide-bound corps. And fabled how the Serpent. whatever thing 301 of 374 . or Paradise. Which here. thence by Saturn driven And Ops. not better far Than still at Hell’s dark threshold to have sat watch. and to dwell Habitual habitant. and fruits. and fowl.

well-pleasing Son. crammed and gorged. with what heat these dogs of Hell advance To waste and havock yonder world. had not the folly of Man Let in these wasteful furies. at one sling Of thy victorious arm. and. transported with some fit Of passion. til. seem To gratify my scornful enemies. that with so much ease I suffer them to enter and possess A place so heavenly. nigh burst With sucked and glutted offal. so doth the Prince of Hell And his adherents. conniving. That laugh. From his transcendent seat the Saints among. actions. to lick up the draff and filth Which Man’s polluting sin with taint hath shed On what was pure. in Man residing.Paradise Lost The sithe of Time mows down. which the Almighty seeing. words. To those bright Orders uttered thus his voice. And know not that I called. they both betook them several ways. See. and drew them thither. 302 of 374 . I to them had quitted all. Both to destroy. or unimmortal make All kinds. and for destruction to mature Sooner or later. At random yielded up to their misrule. his looks. My Hell-hounds. through the race. Till I. This said. devour unspared. His thoughts. all infect. who impute Folly to me. as if. which I So fair and good created. and had still Kept in that state. And season him thy last and sweetest prey.

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Both Sin, and Death, and yawning Grave, at last, Through Chaos hurled, obstruct the mouth of Hell For ever, and seal up his ravenous jaws. Then Heaven and Earth renewed shall be made pure To sanctity, that shall receive no stain: Till then, the curse pronounced on both precedes. He ended, and the heavenly audience loud Sung Halleluiah, as the sound of seas, Through multitude that sung: Just are thy ways, Righteous are thy decrees on all thy works; Who can extenuate thee? Next, to the Son, Destined Restorer of mankind, by whom New Heaven and Earth shall to the ages rise, Or down from Heaven descend.—Such was their song; While the Creator, calling forth by name His mighty Angels, gave them several charge, As sorted best with present things. The sun Had first his precept so to move, so shine, As might affect the earth with cold and heat Scarce tolerable; and from the north to call Decrepit winter; from the south to bring Solstitial summer’s heat. To the blanc moon Her office they prescribed; to the other five Their planetary motions, and aspects, In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite, Of noxious efficacy, and when to join In synod unbenign; and taught the fixed Their influence malignant when to shower, Which of them rising with the sun, or falling, 303 of 374

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Should prove tempestuous: To the winds they set Their corners, when with bluster to confound Sea, air, and shore; the thunder when to roll With terrour through the dark aereal hall. Some say, he bid his Angels turn ascanse The poles of earth, twice ten degrees and more, From the sun’s axle; they with labour pushed Oblique the centrick globe: Some say, the sun Was bid turn reins from the equinoctial road Like distant breadth to Taurus with the seven Atlantick Sisters, and the Spartan Twins, Up to the Tropick Crab: thence down amain By Leo, and the Virgin, and the Scales, As deep as Capricorn; to bring in change Of seasons to each clime; else had the spring Perpetual smiled on earth with vernant flowers, Equal in days and nights, except to those Beyond the polar circles; to them day Had unbenighted shone, while the low sun, To recompense his distance, in their sight Had rounded still the horizon, and not known Or east or west; which had forbid the snow From cold Estotiland, and south as far Beneath Magellan. At that tasted fruit The sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turned His course intended; else, how had the world Inhabited, though sinless, more than now, Avoided pinching cold and scorching heat? These changes in the Heavens, though slow, produced 304 of 374

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Like change on sea and land; sideral blast, Vapour, and mist, and exhalation hot, Corrupt and pestilent: Now from the north Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, Bursting their brazen dungeon, armed with ice, And snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw, Boreas, and Caecias, and Argestes loud, And Thrascias, rend the woods, and seas upturn; With adverse blast upturns them from the south Notus, and Afer black with thunderous clouds From Serraliona; thwart of these, as fierce, Forth rush the Levant and the Ponent winds, Eurus and Zephyr, with their lateral noise, Sirocco and Libecchio. Thus began Outrage from lifeless things; but Discord first, Daughter of Sin, among the irrational Death introduced, through fierce antipathy: Beast now with beast ‘gan war, and fowl with fowl, And fish with fish; to graze the herb all leaving, Devoured each other; nor stood much in awe Of Man, but fled him; or, with countenance grim, Glared on him passing. These were from without The growing miseries, which Adam saw Already in part, though hid in gloomiest shade, To sorrow abandoned, but worse felt within; And, in a troubled sea of passion tost, Thus to disburden sought with sad complaint. O miserable of happy! Is this the end Of this new glorious world, and me so late 305 of 374

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The glory of that glory, who now become Accursed, of blessed? hide me from the face Of God, whom to behold was then my highth Of happiness!—Yet well, if here would end The misery; I deserved it, and would bear My own deservings; but this will not serve: All that I eat or drink, or shall beget, Is propagated curse. O voice, once heard Delightfully, Encrease and multiply; Now death to hear! for what can I encrease, Or multiply, but curses on my head? Who of all ages to succeed, but, feeling The evil on him brought by me, will curse My head? Ill fare our ancestor impure, For this we may thank Adam! but his thanks Shall be the execration: so, besides Mine own that bide upon me, all from me Shall with a fierce reflux on me rebound; On me, as on their natural center, light Heavy, though in their place. O fleeting joys Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes! Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mould me Man? did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me, or here place In this delicious garden? As my will Concurred not to my being, it were but right And equal to reduce me to my dust; Desirous to resign and render back All I received; unable to perform 306 of 374

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Thy terms too hard, by which I was to hold The good I sought not. To the loss of that, Sufficient penalty, why hast thou added The sense of endless woes? Inexplicable Why am I mocked with death, and lengthened out To deathless pain? How gladly would I meet Mortality my sentence, and be earth Insensible! How glad would lay me down As in my mother’s lap! There I should rest, And sleep secure; his dreadful voice no more Would thunder in my ears; no fear of worse To me, and to my offspring, would torment me With cruel expectation. Yet one doubt Pursues me still, lest all I cannot die; Lest that pure breath of life, the spirit of Man Which God inspired, cannot together perish With this corporeal clod; then, in the grave, Or in some other dismal place, who knows But I shall die a living death? O thought Horrid, if true! Yet why? It was but breath Of life that sinned; what dies but what had life And sin? The body properly had neither, All of me then shall die: let this appease The doubt, since human reach no further knows. For though the Lord of all be infinite, Is his wrath also? Be it, Man is not so, But mortal doomed. How can he exercise Wrath without end on Man, whom death must end? Can he make deathless death? That were to make 307 of 374

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Strange contradiction, which to God himself Impossible is held; as argument Of weakness, not of power. Will he draw out, For anger’s sake, finite to infinite, In punished Man, to satisfy his rigour, Satisfied never? That were to extend His sentence beyond dust and Nature’s law; By which all causes else, according still To the reception of their matter, act; Not to the extent of their own sphere. But say That death be not one stroke, as I supposed, Bereaving sense, but endless misery From this day onward; which I feel begun Both in me, and without me; and so last To perpetuity;—Ay me!that fear Comes thundering back with dreadful revolution On my defenceless head; both Death and I Am found eternal, and incorporate both; Nor I on my part single; in me all Posterity stands cursed: Fair patrimony That I must leave ye, Sons! O, were I able To waste it all myself, and leave ye none! So disinherited, how would you bless Me, now your curse! Ah, why should all mankind, For one man’s fault, thus guiltless be condemned, It guiltless? But from me what can proceed, But all corrupt; both mind and will depraved Not to do only, but to will the same With me? How can they then acquitted stand 308 of 374

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In sight of God? Him, after all disputes, Forced I absolve: all my evasions vain, And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me still But to my own conviction: first and last On me, me only, as the source and spring Of all corruption, all the blame lights due; So might the wrath! Fond wish!couldst thou support That burden, heavier than the earth to bear; Than all the world much heavier, though divided With that bad Woman? Thus, what thou desirest, And what thou fearest, alike destroys all hope Of refuge, and concludes thee miserable Beyond all past example and future; To Satan only like both crime and doom. O Conscience! into what abyss of fears And horrours hast thou driven me; out of which I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged! Thus Adam to himself lamented loud, Through the still night; not now, as ere Man fell, Wholesome, and cool, and mild, but with black air Accompanied; with damps, and dreadful gloom; Which to his evil conscience represented All things with double terrour: On the ground Outstretched he lay, on the cold ground; and oft Cursed his creation; Death as oft accused Of tardy execution, since denounced The day of his offence. Why comes not Death, Said he, with one thrice-acceptable stroke To end me? Shall Truth fail to keep her word, 309 of 374

nothing wants. And understood not all was but a show. O woods. may show Thy inward fraud. and colour serpentine. lest that too heavenly form. with the serpent meeting. pretended To hellish falshood. bent. Rejected my forewarning. Justice Divine Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries. 310 of 374 . snare them! But for thee I had persisted happy. dales. imagined wise. and bowers! With other echo late I taught your shades To answer. him overweening To over-reach. had not thy pride And wandering vanity. but that thy shape. and resound far other song. I by thee To trust thee from my side. Fooled and beguiled. approaching nigh.Paradise Lost Justice Divine not hasten to be just? But Death comes not at call. proof against all assaults. hillocks. Though by the Devil himself. when least was safe. but. Rather than solid virtue. thyself as false And hateful. longing to be seen. by him thou. as now appears.— Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld. Out of my sight. all but a rib Crooked by nature. mature. Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed: But her with stern regard he thus repelled. thou Serpent! That name best Befits thee with him leagued. Constant. O fountains. Desolate where she sat. and disdained Not to be trusted. Like his. to warn all creatures from thee Henceforth.

Adam! witness Heaven 311 of 374 . at his feet Fell humble. embracing them. from me drawn. as supernumerary To my just number found. without feminine. or his happiest choice too late Shall meet. Well if thrown out. and thus proceeded in her plaint. He added not. if she love. Not so repulsed. Creator wise. withheld By parents. already linked and wedlock-bound To a fell adversary. And more that shall befall. but Eve.Paradise Lost More to the part sinister. or mistake. and from her turned. this fair defect Of nature. And strait conjunction with this sex: for either He never shall find out fit mate. besought His peace. that peopled highest Heaven With Spirits masculine. his hate or shame: Which infinite calamity shall cause To human life. but such As some misfortune brings him. or. Or whom he wishes most shall seldom gain Through her perverseness. create at last This novelty on earth. and. Forsake me not thus. as Angels. innumerable Disturbances on earth through female snares. and houshold peace confound. and not fill the world at once With Men. Or find some other way to generate Mankind? This mischief had not been befallen. but shall see her gained By a far worse. with tears that ceased not flowing And tresses all disordered. O! why did God.

me only. Me. and unweeting have offended. in this uttermost distress. and clasp thy knees. thy gentle looks. both joining. Whereon I live. As joined in injuries. sole cause to thee of all this woe. me than thyself More miserable! Both have sinned. Thy counsel. that all The sentence. scarce one short hour perhaps. And to the place of judgement will return. and her lowly plight. thy aid. one enmity Against a foe by doom express assigned us. till peace obtained from fault Acknowledged and deplored. and reverence in my heart I bear thee. may light On me. Between us two let there be peace. and sole delight. Whither shall I betake me. That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this misery befallen. I against God and thee. where subsist? While yet we live.but thou Against God only. just object of his ire! She ended weeping. Now at his feet submissive in distress.Paradise Lost What love sincere. My only strength and stay: Forlorn of thee. There with my cries importune Heaven. from thy head removed. bereave me not. Immoveable. Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking. his life so late. in Adam wrought Commiseration: Soon his heart relented Towards her. 312 of 374 . On me already lost. Unhappily deceived! Thy suppliant I beg.

A long day’s dying. To whom thus Eve.Paradise Lost His counsel. if aught I see. whom she had displeased. recovering heart. his aid: As one disarmed. replied. but a slow-paced evil. how we may lighten Each other’s burden. and be louder heard. ill able to sustain His full wrath. Found so erroneous. as before. If prayers Could alter high decrees.—let us no more contend. thence by just event Found so unfortunate: Nevertheless. I to that place Would speed before thee. alas! Bear thine own first. And thus with peaceful words upraised her soon. his anger all he lost. But rise. hopeful to regain 313 of 374 . And my displeasure bearest so ill. whose thou feelest as yet least part. to augment our pain. to place Of new acceptance. That on my head all might be visited. To me committed. and by me exposed. in our share of woe. blamed enough elsewhere. nor blame Each other. but strive In offices of love. Will prove no sudden. who desirest The punishment all on thyself. Adam. by sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find. and too desirous. So now of what thou knowest not. Restored by thee. Unwary. Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven. And to our seed (O hapless seed!) derived. Since this day’s death denounced. vile as I am.

Tending to some relief of our extremes. But if thou judge it hard and difficult. As in our evils. supply 314 of 374 . from thee I will not hide What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen. the sole contentment of my heart Living or dying. Which must be born to certain woe. let us make short. yet tolerable. devoured By Death at last. looking. That after wretched life must be at last Food for so foul a monster. childless remain: so Death Shall be deceived his glut. Our own begotten. which would be misery And torment less than none of what we dread. — Let us seek Death. and of our loins to bring Into this cursed world a woeful race. And with desire to languish without hope. to being yet unbegot.Paradise Lost Thy love. though sharp and sad. yet ere conception to prevent The race unblest. Before the present object languishing With like desire. to abstain From love’s due rights. If care of our descent perplex us most. Then. and miserable it is To be to others cause of misery. and with us two Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw. nuptial embraces sweet. in thy power It lies. Childless thou art. Or end. both ourselves and seed at once to free From what we fear for both. he not found. — or. Conversing. and of easier choice. loving.

and thus to Eve replied. But self-destruction therefore sought. Not thy contempt. and implies. doubt not but God Hath wiselier armed his vengeful ire. thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To argue in thee something more sublime And excellent.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and edit PDF. rather. To better hopes his more attentive mind Labouring had raised. as utmost end Of misery. view. with such counsel nothing swayed. Download the free trial version. so thinking to evade The penalty pronounced. than what thy mind contemns. That show no end but death. but anguish and regret For loss of life and pleasure overloved. or vehement despair Broke off the rest: so much of death her thoughts Had entertained. So snatched. Of many ways to die the shortest choosing. Eve. such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest To make death in us live: Then let us seek Some safer resolution. Destruction with destruction to destroy? — She ended here. much more I fear lest death. than so To be forestalled. which methinks I have in view. With our own hands his office on ourselves: Why stand we longer shivering under fears. refutes That excellence thought in thee. as dyed her cheeks with pale. calling to mind with heed 315 of 374 . But Adam. and have the power. will not exempt us from the pain We are by doom to pay. Or if thou covet death.

and his hands Clothed us unworthy. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard. Reluctance against God and his just yoke Laid on our necks. and. as thou proposest. with labour I must earn My bread. Without wrath or reviling. Fruit of thy womb: On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground. unbesought. impatience and despite. My labour will sustain me. that thy seed shall bruise The Serpent’s head. hath contrived Against us this deceit: To crush his head Would be revenge indeed! which will be lost By death brought on ourselves. who. Satan. That cuts us off from hope. and savours only Rancour and pride. and wilful barrenness. or childless days Resolved. whom I conjecture. in the serpent. his timely care Hath. And bringing forth. lest cold Or heat should injure us. so our foe Shal ‘scape his punishment ordained. our grand foe. when lo!to thee Pains only in child-bearing were foretold. 316 of 374 . which we thought Was meant by death that day. piteous amends! unless Be meant. pitying while he judged. No more be mentioned then of violence Against ourselves. we expected Immediate dissolution. provided. and judged. and we Instead shall double ours upon our heads. what harm? Idleness had been worse.Paradise Lost Part of our sentence. soon recompensed with joy.

Tine the slant lightning. rain. What better can we do. while the winds Blow moist and keen. and of grace Beseeching him. hail. prostrate fall Before him reverent. And teach us further by what means to shun The inclement seasons. our final rest and native home. to the place Repairing where he judged us. shattering the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees. Or. with various face. begins To show us in this mountain. sustained By him with many comforts. and there confess 317 of 374 . will his ear Be open. by collision of two bodies.Paradise Lost How much more. and snow! Which now the sky. which bids us seek Some better shroud. driven down Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine. He will instruct us praying. And what may else be remedy or cure To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. And sends a comfortable heat from far. how we his gathered beams Reflected may with matter sere foment. whose thwart flame. ere this diurnal star Leave cold the night. Which might supply the sun: Such fire to use. as late the clouds Justling. ice. grind The air attrite to fire. than. so as we need not fear To pass commodiously this life. or pushed with winds. rude in their shock. some better warmth to cherish Our limbs benummed. till we end In dust. and his heart to pity incline. if we pray him.

Paradise Lost Humbly our faults. with tears Watering the ground. and pardon beg. in sign Of sorrow unfeigned. and with our sighs the air Frequenting. and humiliation meek 318 of 374 . sent from hearts contrite.

in whose look serene. prostrate fell Before him reverent. and made new flesh Regenerate grow instead. When angry most he seemed and most severe. and both confessed Humbly their faults. and humiliation meek.Paradise Lost Book XI Undoubtedly he will relent. and with their sighs the air Frequenting. that sighs now breathed Unutterable. and turn From his displeasure. To Heaven their prayers 319 of 374 . for from the mercy-seat above Prevenient grace descending had removed The stony from their hearts. nor important less Seemed their petition. to restore The race of mankind drowned. forthwith to the place Repairing where he judged them. in lowliest plight. and winged for Heaven with speedier flight Than loudest oratory: Yet their port Not of mean suitors. repentant stood Praying. before the shrine Of Themis stood devout. less ancient yet than these. and pardon begged. than when the ancient pair In fables old. Thus they. nor Eve Felt less remorse: they. shone? So spake our father penitent. grace. sent from hearts contrite. which the Spirit of prayer Inspired. What else but favour. with tears Watering the ground. in sign Of sorrow unfeigned. Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha. and mercy.

at least his days Numbered. though sad. bend thine ear To supplication. nor missed the way. his doom. his advocate And propitiation. hear his sighs. came in sight Before the Father’s throne: them the glad Son Presenting. me. from these receive The smell of peace toward mankind: let him live Before thee reconciled. Now therefore. by envious winds Blown vagabond or frustrate: in they passed Dimensionless through heavenly doors. in me. Unskilful with what words to pray. Fruits of more pleasing savour. or not good. and for these my death shall pay. 320 of 374 . which in this golden censer mixed With incense. from thy seed Sown with contrition in his heart. let me Interpret for him. though mute.Paradise Lost Flew up. and. ere fallen From innocence. See$ Father. all his works on me. By their great intercessour. not to reverse. all the trees Of Paradise could have produced. these sighs And prayers. ingraft. (which I To mitigate thus plead. thus to intercede began. my merit those Shall perfect. what first-fruits on earth are sprung From thy implanted grace in Man. where the golden altar fumed. than those Which. then clad With incense. till death.) To better life shall yield him: where with me All my redeemed may dwell in joy and bliss. Accept me. Good. I thy priest before thee bring. his own hand manuring.

Paradise Lost Made one with me. Till I provided death: so death becomes His final remedy. and. Resigns him up with Heaven and Earth renewed. stood more confirmed. And mortal food. And immortality: that fondly lost. accepted Son. that first Distempered all things. and refined By faith and faithful works. Obtain. that know. after life. longer in that Paradise to dwell. without cloud. And in their state. at first. and purge him off. as I with thee am one. Tried in sharp tribulation. This other served but to eternize woe. tainted now. how with mankind I proceed. Eject him. As a distemper. no unharmonious mixture foul. with happiness. The law I gave to Nature him forbids: Those pure immortal elements. I. though firm. gross. But let us call to synod all the Blest. to second life. Waked in the renovation of the just. No gross. 321 of 374 . to air as gross. serene. and of incorrupt Corrupted. All thy request for Man. Through Heaven’s wide bounds: from them I will not hide My judgements. To whom the Father. with two fair gifts Created him endowed. as may dispose him best For dissolution wrought by sin. As how with peccant Angels late they saw. all thy request was my decree: But.

and eat. By the waters of life. and perhaps once more To sound at general doom. Self-left. longer than they move. The angelick blast Filled all the regions: from their blisful bowers Of amarantine shade. dream at least to live For ever. Michael. since his taste Of that defended fruit. O Sons. and evil got. And send him from the garden forth to till The ground whence he was taken. to remove him I decree. resorting to the summons high. the sons of light Hasted. where’er they sat In fellowships of joy. like one of us Man is become To know both good and evil. repents. Happier! had it sufficed him to have known Good by itself. and evil not at all. he blew His trumpet. fountain or spring. but let him boast His knowledge of good lost. and prays contrite. Lest therefore his now bolder hand Reach also of the tree of life. My motions in him. He sorrows now. how variable and vain. And live for ever. Take to thee from among the Cherubim 322 of 374 .Paradise Lost He ended. till from his throne supreme The Almighty thus pronounced his sovran will. heard in Oreb since perhaps When God descended. His heart I know. fitter soil. and the Son gave signal high To the bright minister that watched. And took their seats. this my behest have thou in charge.

(For I behold them softened. all their shape 323 of 374 . and with tears Bewailing their excess. lest they faint At the sad sentence rigorously urged. yet in peace: And on the east side of the garden place.) all terrour hide. and from the Paradise of God Without remorse drive out the sinful pair. If patiently thy bidding they obey. or to invade Vacant possession. with him the cohort bright Of watchful Cherubim: four faces each Had. Cherubick watch. As I shall thee enlighten. He ceased. With whose stolen fruit Man once more to delude. some new trouble raise: Haste thee. Yet. and to their progeny. reveal To Adam what shall come in future days. Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs. intermix My covenant in the Woman’s seed renewed. and of a sword the flame Wide-waving. and the arch-angelick Power prepared For swift descent. And guard all passage to the tree of life: Lest Paradise a receptacle prove To Spirits foul. from thence Perpetual banishment. and all my trees their prey. though sorrowing. and denounce To them. So send them forth. From hallowed ground the unholy. Dismiss them not disconsolate. lest the Fiend. Or in behalf of Man.Paradise Lost Thy choice of flaming warriours. all approach far off to fright. like a double Janus.

new hope to spring Out of despair. Bending his ear. easily my faith admit. when Adam and first matron Eve Had ended now their orisons. Hard to belief may seem. and before him humbled all my heart. that all The good which we enjoy from Heaven descends. 324 of 374 .Paradise Lost Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Of Argus. Charmed with Arcadian pipe. or his opiate rod. Methought I saw him placable and mild. and we shall live. and more wakeful than to drouse. To re-salute the world with sacred light. that thy seed shall bruise our foe. upborne Even to the seat of God. and with fresh dews imbalmed The earth. Eve. Kneeled. that from us aught should ascend to Heaven So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-blest. then not minded in dismay. the pastoral reed Of Hermes. For since I sought By prayer the offended Deity to appease. or to incline his will. But. yet this will prayer Or one short sigh of human breath. Mean while. joy. Which. and to my memory His promise. yet now Assures me that the bitterness of death Is past. Which thus to Eve his welcome words renewed. peace returned Home to my breast. persuasion in me grew That I was heard with favour. Leucothea waked. but with fear yet linked. and found Strength added from above. Whence hail to thee.

impressed On bird. am graced The source of life. became thy snare. That I.Paradise Lost Eve rightly called. 325 of 374 . though in fallen state. But the field To labour calls us. Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsaf’st. Far other name deserving. for thee ordained A help. After short blush of morn. who. till day droop. Where’er our day’s work lies. Two birds of gayest plume before him drove. while here we dwell. air. but Fate Subscribed not: Nature first gave signs. So spake. stooped from his aery tour. air suddenly eclipsed. and all things live for Man. beast. since by thee Man is to live. Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods. begins Her rosy progress smiling: let us forth. mother of all mankind. next favourable thou. to me reproach Rather belongs. and all dispraise: But infinite in pardon was my Judge. To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek. All unconcerned with our unrest. now with sweat imposed. Ill-worthy I such title should belong To me transgressour. I never from thy side henceforth to stray. What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? Here let us live. who first brought death on all. Though after sleepless night. nigh in her sight The bird of Jove. though now enjoined Laborious. content. distrust. so wished much humbled Eve. for see!the morn. Mother of all things living.

Paradise Lost First hunter then. where he saw The field pavilioned with his guardians bright. some further change awaits us nigh. O Eve. Adam observed. Goodliest of all the forest. and with his eye the chase Pursuing. Nor that. Which Heaven. to Eve thus spake. and what till then our life. not unmoved. which on the flaming mount appeared 326 of 374 . One way the self-same hour? why in the east Darkness ere day’s mid-course. Direct to the eastern gate was bent their flight. shows Forerunners of his purpose. had not doubt And carnal fear that day dimmed Adam’s eye. for by this the heavenly bands Down from a sky of jasper lighted now In Paradise. that we are dust. And slow descends with something heavenly fraught? He erred not. haply too secure. of our discharge From penalty. by these mute signs in Nature. pursued a gentle brace. Who knows? or more than this. because from death released Some days: how long. that draws O’er the blue firmament a radiant white. and o’er the ground. when the Angels met Jacob in Mahanaim. Not that more glorious. and on a hill made halt. A glorious apparition. hart and hind. And thither must return. or to warn Us. and morning-light More orient in yon western cloud. and be no more? Why else this double object in our sight Of flight pursued in the air.

such majesty Invests him coming! yet not terrible. From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill. Not unperceived of Adam. took his way.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and edit PDF. He ended: and the Arch-Angel soon drew nigh. Iris had dipt the woof. To find where Adam sheltered. who to surprise One man. and. Download the free trial version. Eve$ now expect great tidings. War unproclaimed. With reverence I must meet. thus spake. nor sociably mild. The princely Hierarch In their bright stand there left his Powers. or impose New laws to be observed. whom not to offend. assassin-like. to seise Possession of the garden. Livelier than Meliboean. covered with a camp of fire. who to Eve. worn by kings and heroes old In time of truce. None of the meanest. Not in his shape celestial. One of the heavenly host. and thou retire. that I should much confide. As Raphael. His starry helm unbuckled showed him prime 327 of 374 . or the grain Of Sarra. Against the Syrian king. he alone. by his gait. but as man Clad to meet man. for I descry. That I should fear. view. which perhaps Of us will soon determine. over his lucid arms A military vest of purple flowed. In Dothan. But solemn and sublime. While the great visitant approached. had levied war. some great Potentate Or of the Thrones above.

appeased. native soil! these happy walks and shades. Redeem thee quite from Death’s rapacious claim. from his state Inclined not. worse than of Death! Must I thus leave thee$ Paradise? thus leave Thee. Fit haunt of Gods? where I had hope to spend. Quiet though sad. Heaven’s high behest no preface needs: Sufficient that thy prayers are heard. Satan’s dire dread. That never will in other climate grow. kingly. And one bad act with many deeds well done Mayest cover: Well may then thy Lord. fitter soil. But longer in this Paradise to dwell Permits not: to remove thee I am come. Eve. O unexpected stroke. Adam. Adam bowed low.Paradise Lost In manhood where youth ended. Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress. O flowers. and Death. wherein thou mayest repent. who unseen Yet all had heard. Defeated of his seisure many days Given thee of grace. with audible lament Discovered soon the place of her retire. he. He added not. As in a glistering zodiack. and in his hand the spear. the respite of that day That must be mortal to us both. That all his senses bound. And send thee from the garden forth to till The ground whence thou wast taken. by his side. 328 of 374 . hung the sword. but his coming thus declared. for Adam at the news Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood.

or rank Your tribes. thy tidings bring. and my last . what besides Of sorrow. which might else in telling wound. accustomed to immortal fruits? Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild. nuptial bower! by me adorned With what to sight or smell was sweet! from thee How shall I part. And in performing end us. our sweet 329 of 374 . Eve. Where he abides. and gave ye names! Who now shall rear ye to the sun. Thus over-fond. and whither wander down Into a lower world. for such of shape may seem Prince above princes! gently hast thou told Thy message. Celestial. but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost.Paradise Lost My early visitation. by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering. or named Of them the highest. which I bred up with tender hand From the first opening bud. Departure from this happy place. To Michael thus his humble words addressed. to this obscure And wild? how shall we breathe in other air Less pure. and his scattered spirits returned. think there thy native soil. Our frailty can sustain. Lament not. with thee goes Thy husband. whether among the Thrones. whom to follow thou art bound. Adam. on that which is not thine: Thy going is not lonely. and dejection.t even. and despair. and water from the ambrosial fount? Thee lastly. nor set thy heart.

Nor knowing us.Paradise Lost Recess. if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can. among these pines his voice ‘I heard. departing hence. or foot-step trace? For though I fled him angry. I now Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts 330 of 374 . yet recalled To life prolonged and promised race. and to my sons relate. deprived His blessed countenance: Here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsafed Presence Divine. and fruits. and desolate. Or monument to ages. and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook. under this tree ‘Stood visible. and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes! all places else Inhospitable appear. Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to his great bidding I submit. and theron Offer sweet-smelling gums. and flowers: In yonder nether world where shall I seek His bright appearances. nor known: And. As from his face I shall be hid. I would not cease To weary him with my assiduous cries: But prayer against his absolute decree No more avails than breath against the wind. here with him at this fountain talked: So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf. that. This most afflicts me. ‘On this mount he appeared. in memory.

To whom thus Michael with regard benign. surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confined Of Paradise. and every kind that lives. I am sent To show thee what shall come in future days To thee. thou knowest Heaven his. No despicable gift. know. sea. supernal grace contending With sinfulness of men. and to thy offspring: good with bad Expect to hear. from whence had spread All generations. brought down To dwell on even ground now with thy sons: Yet doubt not but in valley. and will be found alike Present. or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat. and in plain. their great progenitor. to celebrate And reverence thee. thereby to learn True patience. Adam. Which that thou mayest believe. God is. his Omnipresence fills Land. still compassing thee round With goodness and paternal love.Paradise Lost Of glory. as here. and be confirmed Ere thou from hence depart. and far off his steps adore. and all the Earth. Fomented by his virtual power and warmed: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule. his face Express. and had hither come From all the ends of the earth. and to temper joy with fear 331 of 374 . and of his steps the track divine. and air. But this pre-eminence thou hast lost. Not this rock only. and of his presence many a sign Still following thee.

Ascend. arming to overcome By suffering. from whose top The hemisphere of earth. and thence 332 of 374 . Not higher that hill. seat of Cathaian Can. Stretched out to the amplest reach of prospect lay. And Samarchand by Oxus. the Tempter set Our second Adam. from the destined walls Of Cambalu. Temir’s throne. — So both ascend In the visions of God. To Paquin of Sinaean kings. However chastening. the path Thou leadest me. safe Guide. Prosperous or adverse: so shalt thou lead Safest thy life. let Eve (for I have drenched her eyes) Here sleep below. and earn rest from labour won. nor wider looking round. equally inured By moderation either state to bear. To show him all Earth’s kingdoms. As once thou sleptst. and their glory. while thou to foresight wakest. His eye might there command wherever stood City of old or modern fame. the seat Of mightiest empire. Whereon. in the wilderness. If so I may attain. while she to life was formed. To whom thus Adam gratefully replied. to the evil turn My obvious breast. Of Paradise the highest. in clearest ken.Paradise Lost And pious sorrow. I follow thee. and to the hand of Heaven submit. and best prepared endure Thy mortal passage when it comes.—Ascend This hill. It was a hill. for different cause.

or where the Russian Ksar In Mosco. On Europe thence. Fez and Sus. and Melind. and Angola farthest south. to the realm Of Congo. So deep the power of these ingredients pierced. And Cusco in Peru. And from the well of life three drops instilled. whose great city Geryon’s sons Call El Dorado.Paradise Lost To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul. thought Ophir. or the Sultan in Bizance. or since In Hispahan. or where The Persian in Ecbatan sat. now enforced to close his eyes. and yet unspoiled Guiana. the seat of Montezume. then purged with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve. 333 of 374 . and Algiers. for he had much to see. Which that false fruit that promised clearer sight Had bred. and where Rome was to sway The world: in spirit perhaps he also saw Rich Mexico. Or thence from Niger flood to Atlas mount The kingdoms of Almansor. the richer seat Of Atabalipa. nor could his eye not ken The empire of Negus to his utmost port Ercoco. And Sofala. and Quiloa. Morocco. and the less maritim kings Mombaza. That Adam. But to nobler sights Michael from Adam’s eyes the film removed. Turchestan-born. Down to the golden Chersonese. and Tremisen. Even to the inmost seat of mental sight.

he fell. which thy original crime hath wrought In some to spring from thee. laid The inwards and their fat. the green ear. Groaned out his soul with gushing blood effused. But him the gentle Angel by the hand Soon raised. and first behold The effects. nor with the snake conspired. a shepherd next. The other’s not. and. as came to hand. Choicest and best. the other part sheep-walks and folds. and his attention thus recalled. His eyes he opened. Nor sinned thy sin. of grassy sord. More meek.and. Much at that sight was Adam in his heart 334 of 374 . Whereat he inly raged. Smote him into the midriff with a stone That beat out life. now ope thine eyes. Adam. Part arable and tilth. sacrificing. Unculled. and the yellow sheaf.Paradise Lost Sunk down. with incense strowed. and all due rights performed: His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Consumed with nimble glance. and grateful steam. and beheld a field. then. to bring forth more violent deeds. and all his spirits became entranced. On the cleft wood. for his was not sincere. yet from that sin derive Corruption. thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits. whereon were sheaves New reaped. came with the firstlings of his flock. deadly pale. Rustick. who never touched The excepted tree. I’ the midst an altar as the land-mark stood. as they talked.

who well had sacrificed. and many are the ways that lead To his grim cave. replied. though here thou see him die. Alas! both for the deed. and for the cause! But have I now seen Death? Is this the way I must return to native dust? O sight Of terrour. and to come Out of thy loins. but many shapes Of Death. Immediately a place 335 of 374 . some great mischief hath befallen To that meek man. Some. by intemperance more In meats and drinks. that thou mayest know What misery the inabstinence of Eve Shall bring on Men. Adam. Death thou hast seen In his first shape on Man. approved. he also moved. by violent stroke shall die. yet to sense More terrible at the entrance. To which our sire. but the bloody fact Will be avenged. For envy that his brother’s offering found From Heaven acceptance. Horrid to think. all dismal. By fire. Lose no reward. foul and ugly to behold. These two are brethren. Rolling in dust and gore. Is piety thus and pure devotion paid? To whom Michael thus. than within.Paradise Lost Dismayed. O Teacher. how horrible to feel! To whom thus Michael. the unjust the just hath slain. and the other’s faith. of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear. and thus in haste to the Angel cried. which on the earth shall bring Diseases dire. famine. as thou sawest. flood.

pining atrophy. qualms Of heart-sick agony. colick-pangs. his plaint renewed. And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook. A lazar-house it seemed. moaping melancholy. to what fall Degraded. Convulsions. and wide-wasting pestilence. wherein were laid Numbers of all diseased. epilepsies. Marasmus. to what wretched state reserved! Better end here unborn. if we knew What we receive. Despair Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch. 336 of 374 . all maladies Of ghastly spasm. And moon-struck madness. Though not of woman born. dark. or racking torture. or soon beg to lay it down.Paradise Lost Before his eyes appeared. noisome. though oft invoked With vows. Why is life given To be thus wrested from us? rather. but delayed to strike. scarce recovering words. till firmer thoughts restrained excess. And. but wept. compassion quelled His best of man. fierce catarrhs. and final hope. would either no accept Life offered. Sight so deform what heart of rock could long Dry-eyed behold? Adam could not. all feverous kinds. Dire was the tossing. why Obtruded on us thus? who. and gave him up to tears A space. sad. Intestine stone and ulcer. Demoniack phrenzy. as their chief good. Dropsies. and asthmas. O miserable mankind. and joint-racking rheums. deep the groans.

not gluttonous delight. like ripe fruit. thou drop 337 of 374 . till. but their own. when themselves they vilified To serve ungoverned Appetite.Paradise Lost Glad to be so dismissed in peace. Can thus The image of God in Man. then Forsook them. though faulty since. if thou well observe The rule of Not too much. Disfiguring not God’s likeness. a brutish vice. Therefore so abject is their punishment. Or if his likeness. and mix with our connatural dust? There is. and submit. In what thou eatest and drinkest. Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. by temperance taught. Till many years over thy head return: So mayest thou live. said Adam. from such deformities be free. I yield it just. how we may come To death. created once So goodly and erect. and took His image whom they served. since they God’s image did not reverence in themselves. To such unsightly sufferings be debased Under inhuman pains? Why should not Man. besides These painful passages. said Michael. But is there yet no other way. answered Michael. seeking from thence Due nourishment. Retaining still divine similitude In part. by themselves defaced. worthily. exempt? Their Maker’s image. for his Maker’s image sake. And. While they pervert pure Nature’s healthful rules To loathsome sickness.

In other part stood one who. others. Which I must keep till my appointed day Of rendering up. and. whence the sound Of instruments. Hopeful and cheerful. weak. To whom our ancestor. for the air of youth. of harp and organ. and saw a spacious plain. whereon Were tents of various hue. and. was seen. and patiently attend My dissolution.Paradise Lost Into thy mother’s lap. thy beauty. Instinct through all proportions. who moved Their stops and chords. He looked. at the forge 338 of 374 . bent rather. nor hate. of this cumbrous charge. Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue. and gray. all taste of pleasure must forego. Nor love thy life. in thy blood will reign A melancholy damp of cold and dry To weigh thy spirits down. nor harshly plucked. Michael replied. To what thou hast. permit to Heaven: And now prepare thee for another sight. low and high. by some. or short. thy strength. Obtuse. how long. how I may be quit. his volant touch. for death mature: This is Old Age. Was heard. or be with ease Gathered. but what thou livest Live well. which will change To withered. but then. were herds Of cattle grazing. that made melodious chime. thou must outlive Thy youth. nor would prolong Life much. Henceforth I fly not death. Fairest and easiest. and last consume The balm of life. thy senses then.

and in dance came on: The men. But on the hither side. a different sort From the high neighbouring hills. they liked. then. which was their seat. all in heat They light the nuptial torch. to the harp they sung Soft amorous ditties. which might preserve Freedom and peace to Men. then first to marriage rites invoked: With feast and musick all the tents resound. behold! A bevy of fair women. Such happy interview. and all their study bent To worship God aright. Labouring. and fair event 339 of 374 . And now of love they treat. and edit PDF. till. in the amorous net Fast caught. by their guise Just men they seemed. After these. though grave. two massy clods of iron and brass Had melted. eyed them. richly gay In gems and wanton dress. (whether found where casual fire Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale. appeared. or whether washed by stream From underground. Love’s harbinger. what might else be wrought Fusil or graven in metal. and bid invoke Hymen. then. Down to the plain descended. from which he formed First his own tools. Down to the veins of earth. and let their eyes Rove without rein. till the evening-star. and each his liking chose. when from the tents.) the liquid ore he drained Into fit moulds prepared. they on the plain Long had not walked. and know his works Not hid. Download the free trial version. view. nor those things last. thence gliding hot To some cave’s mouth.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create.

True opener of mine eyes. than those two past. and roll the eye: To these that sober race of men. to nobler end Holy and pure. Yet empty of all good wherein consists Woman’s domestick honour and chief praise. prime Angel blest. Those were of hate and death. to dance. which he thus expressed. Much better seems this vision. conformity divine. and troll the tongue. that seemed Of Goddesses. And charming symphonies. as thou art. whose lives Religious titled them the sons of God. were the tents Of wickedness. The bent of nature. attached the heart Of Adam. but they his gifts acknowledged none. soon inclined to admit delight. Those tents thou sawest so pleasant. Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget. though his Spirit Taught them. Judge not what is best By pleasure. or pain much worse. to sing. wherein shall dwell his race Who slew his brother. Bred only and completed to the taste Of lustful appetence. so smooth. For that fair female troop thou sawest. Unmindful of their Maker. songs. inventers rare. Here Nature seems fulfilled in all her ends. flowers.Paradise Lost Of love and youth not lost. garlands. though to nature seeming meet. Created. studious they appear Of arts that polish life. To dress. so gay. 340 of 374 . and more hope Of peaceful days portends. so blithe. To whom thus Michael.

nor idly mustering stood. Their booty. who to live well Entered so fair. which makes a bloody fray. fierce faces threatening war. But now prepare thee for another scene. 341 of 374 . to the trains and to the smiles Of these fair atheists. should turn aside to tread Paths indirect. Concourse in arms. scarce with life the shepherds fly. from Woman to begin.Paradise Lost Shall yield up all their virtue. of short joy bereft. Erelong to swim at large. or in the mid way faint! But still I see the tenour of Man’s woe Holds on the same. part curb the foaming steed. But call in aid. Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain. Said the Angel. Cities of men with lofty gates and towers. for which The world erelong a world of tears must weep. To whom thus Adam. who should better hold his place By wisdom. that they. and now swim in joy. From a fat meadow ground. and rural works between. fair oxen and fair kine. and saw wide territory spread Before him. Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise. towns. One way a band select from forage drives A herd of beeves. O pity and shame. Part wield their arms. Single or in array of battle ranged Both horse and foot. and laugh. or fleecy flock. From Man’s effeminate slackness it begins. He looked. all their fame Ignobly. and superiour gifts received.

eminent In wise deport. and multiply Ten thousandfold the sin of him who slew His brother: for of whom such massacre Make they. And judgement from above: him old and young Exploded. now scattered lies With carcasses and arms the ensanguined field. stones. with warriours mixed. in the city-gates. Through all the plain. Of justice. Death’s ministers. spake much of right and wrong. In other part the sceptered heralds call To council. scale. truth. Assemble. Assaulting. Of middle age one rising. and to his guide Lamenting turned full sad. and had seized with violent hands. and peace. but of their brethren. but soon. and refuge none was found. and sword-law.Paradise Lost With cruel tournament the squadrons join. and sulphurous fire. men of men 342 of 374 . anon Gray-headed men and grave. encamped. and gigantick deeds. Adam was all in tears. others from the wall defend With dart and javelin. and oppression. or religion. Had not a cloud descending snatched him thence Unseen amid the throng: so violence Proceeded. Deserted: Others to a city strong Lay siege. by battery. O!what are these. and mine. not men? who thus deal death Inhumanly to men. till at last. In factious opposition. On each hand slaughter. Where cattle pastured late. and harangues are heard.

shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory. that God would come To judge them with his Saints. men of high renown. Exempt from death. To overcome in battle. in silence hid. him the Most High Rapt in a balmy cloud with winged steeds Did. and bring home spoils with infinite Man-slaughter. to walk with God High in salvation and the climes of bliss. for daring single to be just. And therefore hated. whom had not Heaven Rescued. had in his righteousness been lost? To whom thus Michael. by imprudence mixed. and subdue Nations. and sons of Gods. And utter odious truth. as thou sawest. These are the product Of those ill-mated marriages thou sawest. And what most merits fame. Where good with bad were matched. and for glory done Of triumph. whom thou beheldst The only righteous in a world preverse. and plagues of men. Thus fame shall be achieved. to be styled great conquerours Patrons of mankind. to show thee what reward 343 of 374 . Destroyers rightlier called. But he. For in those days might only shall be admired.Paradise Lost But who was that just man. Gods. And valour and heroick virtue called. who of themselves Abhor to join. receive. Produce prodigious births of body or mind. and. renown on earth. therefore so beset With foes. the seventh from thee. Such were these giants.

And of their doings great dislike declared. and. Began to build a vessel of huge bulk. The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar. whereso met. and saw the face of things quite changed. a wonder strange! Of every beast. he oft Frequented their assemblies. length. feast and dance. and God made fast the door. Then. and pairs. Triumphs or festivals. and in the side a door Contrived. Marrying or prostituting. and bird. Which now direct thine eyes and soon behold. as to souls In prison. Mean while the south-wind rose. and removed his tents far off. Came sevens. and insect small. the rest what punishment. Measured by cubit. and highth. he ceased Contending. Smeared round with pitch. At length a reverend sire among them came. and to them preached Conversion and repentance. All now was turned to jollity and game. and entered in as taught Their order: last the sire and his three sons. For man and beast: when lo. He looked.Paradise Lost Awaits the good. thence from cups to civil broils. under judgements imminent: But all in vain: which when he saw. And testified against their ways. where passing fair Allured them. with black wings 344 of 374 . from the mountain hewing timber tall. and breadth. With their four wives. and of provisions laid in large. Rape or adultery. To luxury and riot. as befel.

till. And sunk thee as thy sons. on thy feet thou stoodest at last. end so sad. all in view destroyed at once. those now. and them with all their pomp Deep under water rolled. thee also drowned. And scarce to the Angel utter’dst thus thy plaint. gently reared By the Angel. All left. each day’s lot Enough to bear. Depopulation! Thee another flood. Sea without shore. that were dispensed The burden of many ages. Sent up amain. as when a father mourns His children. and exhalation dusk and moist. and continued. and now the thickened sky Like a dark cieling stood. and in their palaces. in one small bottom swum imbarked. O visions ill foreseen! Better had I Lived ignorant of future! so had borne My part of evil only. and secure with beaked prow Rode tilting o’er the waves. sea-monsters whelped And stabled. How didst thou grieve then.Paradise Lost Wide-hovering. so numerous late. sea covered sea. to behold The end of all thy offspring. on me light 345 of 374 . till the earth No more was seen: the floating vessel swum Uplifted. Where luxury late reigned. of mankind. all the clouds together drove From under Heaven. Of tears and sorrow a flood. the hills to their supply Vapour. down rushed the rain Impetuous. Though comfortless. all dwellings else Flood overwhelmed. Adam.

Paradise Lost At once. and sloth. and rich prey. And whether here the race of Man will end. and achieved thereby Fame in the world. whom last thou sawest In triumph and luxurious wealth. and done much wast Subduing nations. Those. Surfeit. peace would have crowned With length of happy days the race of Man. having spilt much blood. All would have then gone well. by my foreknowledge gaining birth Abortive. Wandering that watery desart: I had hope. celestial Guide. till wantonness and pride 346 of 374 . How comes it thus? unfold. Let no man seek Henceforth to be foretold. high titles. Grievous to bear: but that care now is past. With thought that they must be. And he the future evil shall no less In apprehension than in substance feel. are they First seen in acts of prowess eminent And great exploits. Man is not whom to warn: those few escaped Famine and anguish will at last consume. and war on earth. evil he may be sure. To whom thus Michael. to torment me ere their being. for now I see Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste. and lust. ease. Shall change their course to pleasure. but of true virtue void. Which neither his foreknowing can prevent. But I was far deceived. what shall befall Him or his children. Who. When violence was ceased.

invited by a younger son In time of dearth. against example good. and enslaved by war. all depraved. and a world Offended: fearless of reproach and scorn. the only son of light In a dark age. Thenceforth shall practice how to live secure. truth and faith. Against allurement. for the earth shall bear More than enough. departs From Canaan. The conquered also. disgorging at seven mouths Into the sea: To sojourn in that land He comes. whose worthy deeds Raise him to be the second in that realm Of Pharaoh: There he dies. all virtue lose And fear of God. and leaves his race Growing into a nation. Justice and temperance. from whom their piety feigned In sharp contest of battle found no aid Against invaders. and now grown Suspected to a sequent king. The grand-child. with twelve sons encreased. custom.Paradise Lost Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. One man except. Worldly or dissolute. therefore. he of their wicked ways 347 of 374 . forgot. divided by the river Nile. with their freedom lost. on what their lords Shall leave them to enjoy. as inmate guests Or violence. a son. that temperance may be tried: So all shall turn degenerate. See where it flows. who seeks To stop their overgrowth. Shall. to a land hereafter called Egypt. cooled in zeal.

behold. and before them set The paths of righteousness. with them of man and beast Select for life. or therein dwell. Which now abated. and shall return Of them derided. And now. To save himself. and saw the ark hull on the flood. till inundation rise Above the highest hills: Then shall this mount Of Paradise by might of waves be moved Out of his place. He looked. denouncing wrath to come On their impenitence. but of God observed The one just man alive. shall in the ark be lodged. and houshold. shall heave the ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds. and orcs. all fountains of the deep. Down the great river to the opening gulf. but all the cataracts Of Heaven set open on the Earth shall pour Rain. pushed by the horned flood.Paradise Lost Shall them admonish. from amidst A world devote to universal wrack. The haunt of seals. and trees adrift. if none be thither brought By men who there frequent. Broke up. With all his verdure spoiled. what further shall ensue. for the clouds were fled. No sooner he. 348 of 374 . and sea-mews’ clang: To teach thee that God attributes to place No sanctity. And sheltered round. And there take root an island salt and bare. as thou beheldst. by his command Shall build a wonderous ark. how much more safe And full of peace. day and night.

Paradise Lost Driven by a keen north-wind. Grateful to Heaven. whereon his foot may light: The second time returning. Whereat the heart of Adam. appear. And after him. but seems on ground. And the clear sun on his wide watery glass Gazed hot. Towards the retreating sea. which made their flowing shrink From standing lake to tripping ebb. Wrinkled the face of deluge. and thus his joy broke forth. With clamour thence the rapid currents drive. that stole With soft foot towards the deep. Greatly rejoiced. erst so sad. with all his train. who now had stopt His sluces. Betokening peace from God. The ark no more now floats. and from his ark The ancient sire descends. as rocks. that. and of the fresh wave largely drew. blowing dry. Fast on the top of some high mountain fixed. as decayed. their furious tide. and covenant new. over his head beholds A dewy cloud. and eyes devout. O thou. Then with uplifted hands. And now the tops of hills. As after thirst. A dove sent forth once and again to spy Green tree or ground. pacifick sign: Anon dry ground appears. and in the cloud a bow Conspicuous with three lifted colours gay. who future things canst represent 349 of 374 . the surer messenger. in his bill An olive-leaf he brings. Forthwith from out the ark a raven flies. as the Heaven his windows shut.

not to blot out mankind. Such grace shall one just man find in his sight. and all flesh Corrupting each their way. and shower the earth? To whom the Arch-Angel. yet. nor let the sea Surpass his bounds. assured that Man shall live. But say. what mean those coloured streaks in Heaven Distended. And makes a covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood. and their seed preserve. but. as a flowery verge. Seed-time and harvest. and all his anger to forget.Paradise Lost As present. Though late repenting him of Man depraved. So willingly doth God remit his ire. as the brow of God appeased? Or serve they. than I rejoice For one man found so perfect. With all the creatures. With man therein or beast. Grieved at his heart. Far less I now lament for one whole world Of wicked sons destroyed. heavenly Instructer! I revive At this last sight. to bind The fluid skirts of that same watery cloud. will therein set His triple-coloured bow. when he brings Over the earth a cloud. Lest it again dissolve. nor rain to drown the world. That he relents. heat and hoary frost. Dextrously thou aimest. And call to mind his covenant: Day and night. and so just. That God vouchsafes to raise another world From him. those removed. when looking down he saw The whole earth filled with violence. 350 of 374 . whereon to look.

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Thou therefore give due audience. Corn. With some regard to what is just and right Shall lead their lives. If Adam aught perhaps might interpose. and end. lamb.Paradise Lost Book XII As one who in his journey bates at noon. but I perceive Thy mortal sight to fail. and multiply apace. Thus thou hast seen one world begin. Shall spend their days in joy unblamed. fraternal state. while yet but few. with transition sweet. by families and tribes. objects divine Must needs impair and weary human sense: Henceforth what is to come I will relate. new speech resumes. not content With fair equality. Labouring the soil. proceed. so here the Arch-Angel paused Betwixt the world destroyed and world restored. from the herd or flock. as from a second stock. fearing the Deity. This second source of Men. Much thou hast yet to see. With large wine-offerings poured. And while the dread of judgement past remains Fresh in their minds. And Man. 352 of 374 . Then. Though bent on speed. and. who. wine. Oft sacrificing bullock. and oil. and reaping plenteous crop. and dwell Long time in peace. and sacred feast. or kid. and attend. Under paternal rule: till one shall rise Of proud ambitious heart.

Marching from Eden towards the west. and in derision sets Upon their tongues a various spirit. and through their habitations walks To mark their doings. far dispersed In foreign lands. such as refuse Subjection to his empire tyrannous: A mighty hunter thence he shall be styled Before the Lord. whom like ambition joins With him or under him to tyrannize. the mouth of Hell: Of brick. ere the tower Obstruct Heaven-towers. But God. To sow a jangling noise of words unknown: 353 of 374 . to rase Quite out their native language.Paradise Lost Will arrogate dominion undeserved Over his brethren. He with a crew. Though of rebellion others he accuse. lest. shall find The plain. Regardless whether good or evil fame. who oft descends to visit men Unseen. and quite dispossess Concord and law of nature from the earth. And from rebellion shall derive his name. their memory be lost. claiming second sovranty. they cast to build A city and tower. and of that stuff. And get themselves a name. instead. Comes down to see their city. whose top may reach to Heaven. as in despite of Heaven. wherein a black bituminous gurge Boils out from under ground. and. Hunting (and men not beasts shall be his game) With war. and hostile snare. them beholding soon. Or from Heaven.

Paradise Lost Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud. that right we hold By his donation. human left from human free. where thin air Above the clouds will pine his entrails gross. till hoarse. Justly thou abhorrest That son. Among the builders. to God his tower intends Siege and defiance: Wretched man!what food Will he convey up thither. if not of bread? To whom thus Michael. true liberty Is lost. But this usurper his encroachment proud Stays not on Man. to sustain Himself and his rash army. fowl. O execrable son! so to aspire Above his brethren. fish. fatherly displeased. And hear the din: Thus was the building left Ridiculous. to see the hubbub strange. such title to himself Reserving. and the work Confusion named. which always with right reason dwells 354 of 374 . who on the quiet state of men Such trouble brought. and all in rage. And looking down. to himself assuming Authority usurped. but man over men He made not lord. Since thy original lapse. As mocked they storm: great laughter was in Heaven. affecting to subdue Rational liberty. Whereto thus Adam. each to other calls Not understood. And famish him of breath. from God not given: He gave us only over beast. Dominion absolute. yet know withal.

or not obeyed. as the former world. Immediately inordinate desires. And one peculiar nation to select From all the rest. catch the government From reason. Their inward lost: Witness the irreverent son Of him who built the ark. resolving from thenceforth To leave them to their own polluted ways. who. which is reason. of whom to be invoked. and some fatal curse annexed. A nation from one faithful man to spring: 355 of 374 . Though to the tyrant thereby no excuse. Thus will this latter. Therefore. God. and avert His holy eyes. Wearied with their iniquities. on his vicious race. Who oft as undeservedly enthrall His outward freedom: Tyranny must be. since he permits Within himself unworthy powers to reign Over free reason. Yet sometimes nations will decline so low From virtue. Deprives them of their outward liberty. But justice. And upstart passions. Still tend from bad to worse. and from her hath no dividual being: Reason in man obscured. Servant of servants. till God at last. withdraw His presence from among them. and to servitude reduce Man. that no wrong. till then free. heard this heavy curse. Subjects him from without to violent lords. in judgement just. for the shame Done to his father.Paradise Lost Twinned.

that men (Canst thou believe?) should be so stupid grown. from his father’s house. Mount Hermon. though yet unnamed. I see his tents Pitched about Sechem. after him a cumbrous train Of herds and flocks. in a land unknown. but thou canst not. Canaan he now attains. and false Gods. While yet the patriarch lived. and native soil. yonder sea.) From Hermon east to the great western Sea. with what faith He leaves his Gods. into a land Which he will show him. but trusting all his wealth With God. and from him will raise A mighty nation. and numerous servitude. yet firm believes: I see him. who ‘scaped the flood. there by promise he receives Gift to his progeny of all that land. (Things by their names I call. each place behold 356 of 374 . Not knowing to what land. As to forsake the living God. His kindred. and upon him shower His benediction so. passing now the ford To Haran. and the neighbouring plain Of Moreh. his friends. and fall To worship their own work in wood and stone For Gods! Yet him God the Most High vouchsafes To call by vision. that in his seed All nations shall be blest: he straight obeys. Ur of Chaldaea. Bred up in idol-worship: O.Paradise Lost Him on this side Euphrates yet residing. From Hameth northward to the Desart south. who called him. Not wandering poor.

divided by the river Nile See where it flows. Like him in faith. leaves. This ponder. they return. the double-founted stream. A son. who shall bruise The Serpent’s head. There he dies. whence of guests he makes them slaves Inhospitably. as I point them. who seeks To stop their overgrowth. here. and of his son a grand-child. that long ridge of hills. as inmate guests Too numerous. on the shore Mount Carmel. Jordan. departs From Canaan to a land hereafter called Egypt. and now grown Suspected to a sequent king. 357 of 374 . true limit eastward. with twelve sons increased. a son whose worthy deeds Raise him to be the second in that realm Of Pharaoh. invited by a younger son In time of dearth. whereof to thee anon Plainlier shall be revealed. and leaves his race Growing into a nation. in wisdom. To sojourn in that land He comes. disgorging at seven mouths Into the sea. Whom faithful Abraham due time shall call. that all nations of the earth Shall in his seed be blessed: By that seed Is meant thy great Deliverer. and kills their infant males: Till by two brethren (these two brethren call Moses and Aaron) sent from God to claim His people from enthralment. but his sons Shall dwell to Senir.Paradise Lost In prospect. and renown: The grandchild. This patriarch blest.

and oft Humbles his stubborn heart. back to their promised land. the sea Swallows him with his host. and flies. between two crystal walls. the lawless tyrant. till. To blood unshed the rivers must be turned. and blot out three days. must rend the Egyptians sky. 358 of 374 . thunder mixed with hail. As on dry land. till his rescued gain their shore: Such wondrous power God to his saint will lend. But first. Thus with ten wounds The river-dragon tamed at length submits To let his sojourners depart. in his rage Pursuing whom he late dismissed. A darksome cloud of locusts swarming down Must eat. or fruit. who denies To know their God. Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss. or grain. Hail mixed with fire. Must be compelled by signs and judgements dire. Last. and fill all the land. but still. What it devours not. or message to regard. lice. devouring where it rolls. Frogs. and on the ground leave nothing green. His cattle must of rot and murren die.Paradise Lost With glory and spoil. And all his people. all the first-born Of Egypt must lie dead. And wheel on the earth. Darkness must overshadow all his bounds. with one midnight stroke. as ice More hardened after thaw. Palpable darkness. herb. must all his palace fill With loathed intrusion. Awed by the rod of Moses so to stand Divided. but them lets pass.

he descending. and fear Return them back to Egypt. and remove Behind them. the sea his rod obeys. will himself In thunder. Then through the fiery pillar. to rule by laws ordained: God from the mount of Sinai. there they shall found Their government. choosing rather Inglorious life with servitude. This also shall they gain by their delay In the wide wilderness. War terrify them inexpert. and pillar of fire. And overwhelm their war: The race elect Safe toward Canaan from the shore advance Through the wild Desart. To guide them in their journey. Lest. for life To noble and ignoble is more sweet Untrained in arms. and the cloud. lightning. and their great senate choose Through the twelve tribes. By day a cloud. not the readiest way. On their embattled ranks the waves return. while the obdurate king pursues: All night he will pursue. entering on the Canaanite alarmed. but his approach Darkness defends between till morning watch. 359 of 374 . And craze their chariot-wheels: when by command Moses once more his potent rod extends Over the sea.Paradise Lost Though present in his Angel. where rashness leads not on. who shall go Before them in a cloud. and loud trumpets’ sound. by night a pillar of fire. whose gray top Shall tremble. God looking forth will trouble all his host.

and in the ark his testimony. part. informing them.Paradise Lost Ordain them laws. that he vouchsafes Among them to set up his tabernacle. But the voice of God To mortal ear is dreadful: They beseech That Moses might report to them his will. And all the Prophets in their age the times Of great Messiah shall sing. therein An ark. part. by what means he shall achieve Mankind’s deliverance. 360 of 374 . Save when they journey. such as appertain To civil justice. by types And shadows. such delight hath God in Men Obedient to his will. Thus. and at length they come. a fiery gleam by night. he grants what they besought. over these A mercy-seat of gold. And terrour cease. to introduce One greater. over the tent a cloud Shall rest by day. between the wings Of two bright Cherubim. whose high office now Moses in figure bears. Instructed that to God is no access Without Mediator. religious rites Of sacrifice. The Holy One with mortal Men to dwell: By his prescript a sanctuary is framed Of cedar. The records of his covenant. laws and rites Established. before him burn Seven lamps as in a zodiack representing The heavenly fires. of whose day he shall foretel. overlaid with gold. of that destined Seed to bruise The Serpent.

what would become Of me and all mankind: But now I see His day. and from him His whole descent. ‘Sun. ‘Till Israel overcome! so call the third From Abraham. in whom all nations shall be blest. Enlightener of my darkness. to evince 361 of 374 . why to those Among whom God will deign to dwell on earth So many and so various laws are given. O sent from Heaven. and my heart much eased. who sought Forbidden knowledge by forbidden means. which concern Just Abraham and his seed: now first I find Mine eyes true-opening. This yet I apprehend not. and kingdoms won. Favour unmerited by me. how can God with such reside? To whom thus Michael. Erewhile perplexed with thoughts. ‘And thou moon in the vale of Aialon. in Gibeon stand. Here Adam interposed. Man’s voice commanding. those chiefly. And therefore was law given them. as of thee begot. son of Isaac. how many battles fought How many kings destroyed. to the land Promised to Abraham and his seed:—The rest Were long to tell. who thus shall Canaan win. So many laws argue so many sins Among them. Or how the sun shall in mid Heaven stand still A day entire.Paradise Lost Conducted by his Angel. Doubt not but that sin Will reign among them. gracious things Thou hast revealed. and night’s due course adjourn.

Paradise Lost Their natural pravity. they may conclude Some blood more precious must be paid for Man. and but given With purpose to resign them. But Joshua. and. His name and office bearing. in such righteousness To them by faith imputed. cannot live. And therefore shall not Moses. nor Man the mortal part Perform. who shall quell The adversary-Serpent. from flesh to spirit. Long time shall dwell and prosper. works of law to works of faith. Just for unjust. though of God Highly beloved. from servile fear To filial. not performing. that. From imposition of strict laws to free Acceptance of large grace. Mean while they. by stirring up Sin against law to fight: that when they see Law can discover sin. his people into Canaan lead. but when sins 362 of 374 . they may find Justification towards God. whom the Gentiles Jesus call. So law appears imperfect. Save by those shadowy expiations weak. which the law by ceremonies Cannot appease. and peace Of conscience. Up to a better covenant. and bring back Through the world’s wilderness long-wandered Man Safe to eternal Paradise of rest. but not remove. being but the minister Of law. The blood of bulls and goats. in full time. in their earthly Canaan placed. disciplined From shadowy types to truth.

of kings The last. and edit PDF. view. of whom The second. for of his reign shall be no end. that of the royal stock Of David (so I name this king) shall rise A Son. then brings them back. his temple. whose high walls thou sawest Left in confusion. Their city. the like shall sing All Prophecy. that his regal throne For ever shall endure. 363 of 374 . will so incense God. then under Kings. National interrupt their publick peace. a long succession must ensue. And his next son. Whose foul idolatries. part bad. But first. a scorn and prey To that proud city. of bad the longer scroll. Download the free trial version. and his holy ark. Babylon thence called. With all his sacred things. both for piety renowned And puissant deeds. as in whom shall trust All nations. and to kings foretold. The clouded ark of God. a promise shall receive Irrevocable. There in captivity he lets them dwell The space of seventy years. Such follow him. till then in tents Wandering. the Woman’s seed to thee foretold. Foretold to Abraham. and other faults Heaped to the popular sum. for wealth and wisdom famed. From whom as oft he saves them penitent By Judges first.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. as shall be registered Part good. shall in a glorious temple enshrine. and expose their land. as to leave them. Provoking God to raise them enemies.

and should most Endeavour peace: their strife pollution brings Upon the temple itself: at last they seise The scepter. and gold: His place of birth a solemn Angel tells To simple shepherds. till. and his covenant sworn To David. which these he breathed. and regard not David’s sons. Men who attend the altar. proclaims him come. But first among the priests dissention springs. as had like grief been dewed in tears. and by a quire Of squadroned Angels hear his carol sung. to offer incense. that the true Anointed King Messiah might be born Barred of his right. discerning Adam with such joy Surcharged. Without the vent of words. Then lose it to a stranger. keeping watch by night. and for a while In mean estate live moderate. A virgin is his mother. and bound his reign With Earth’s wide bounds. They gladly thither haste. And guides the eastern sages. 364 of 374 . yet at his birth a star. He ceased. but his sire The power of the Most High: He shall ascend The throne hereditary. whom God disposed. the house of God They first re-edify. his glory with the Heavens. factious they grow. Returned from Babylon by leave of kings Their lords. stablished as the days of Heaven. Unseen before in Heaven. who inquire His place. myrrh. grown In wealth and multitude.Paradise Lost Remembering mercy.

nor so is overcome Satan. or the local wounds Of head or heel: Not therefore joins the Son Manhood to Godhead. but his works In thee. and from thy womb the Son Of God Most High: so God with Man unites! Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise Expect with mortal pain: Say where and when Their fight. yet from my loins Thou shalt proceed. Dream not of their fight. To whom thus Michael. As of a duel. with more strength to foil Thy enemy. The penalty to thy transgression due. what stroke shall bruise the victor’s heel. High in the love of Heaven. shall recure. and suffering death. whose fall from Heaven. and in thy seed: Nor can this be. not to give thee thy death’s wound: Which he. Obedience to the law of God. imposed On penalty of death. Not by destroying Satan. a deadlier bruise. The law of God exact he shall fulfil Both by obedience and by love. And due to theirs which out of thine will grow: So only can high Justice rest appaid.Paradise Lost O prophet of glad tidings. Disabled. hail. Why our great Expectation should be called The seed of Woman: Virgin Mother. But by fulfilling that which thou didst want. who comes thy Saviour. though love 365 of 374 . finisher Of utmost hope! now clear I understand What oft my steadiest thoughts have searched in vain.

Imputed. crush his strength. Proclaiming life to all who shall believe In his redemption. Thy ransom paid. and cursed death. ere the third dawning light Return. But soon revives. with him there crucified. be blasphemed. his two main arms. slain for bringing life: But to the cross he nails thy enemies. For this he shall live hated. by coming in the flesh To a reproachful life.Paradise Lost Alone fulfil the law. Death over him no power Shall long usurp. His death for Man. Seised on by force. The law that is against thee. thy punishment He shall endure. the death thou shouldest have died. not their own. though legal. fresh as the dawning light. nailed to the cross By his own nation. and the sins Of all mankind. works. and that his obedience. so he dies. judged. his merits To save them. and the benefit embrace By faith not void of works: This God-like act Annuls thy doom. as many as offered life Neglect not. the stars of morn shall see him rise Out of his grave. and to death condemned A shameful and accursed. In sin for ever lost from life. becomes theirs by faith. which Man from death redeems. Defeating Sin and Death. Never to hurt them more who rightly trust In this his satisfaction. And fix far deeper in his head their stings 366 of 374 . this act Shall bruise the head of Satan.

A gentle wafting to immortal life. like sleep. to them shall leave in charge To teach all nations what of him they learned And his salvation. prince of air.Paradise Lost Than temporal death shall bruise the victor’s heel. So in his seed all nations shall be blest. and resume His seat at God’s right hand. there shall surprise The Serpent. but to the sons Of Abraham’s faith wherever through the world. from that day. them who shall believe Baptizing in the profluent stream. Not only to the sons of Abraham’s loins Salvation shall be preached. Then to the Heaven of Heavens he shall ascend With victory. for. All nations they shall teach. For death. Nor after resurrection shall he stay Longer on earth. and there confounded leave. and thence shall come. When this world’s dissolution shall be ripe. Then enter into glory. and drag in chains Through all his realm. and in mind prepared. Or theirs whom he redeems. if so befall. like that which the Redeemer died. With glory and power to judge both quick and dead. exalted high Above all names in Heaven. To judge the unfaithful dead. the sign Of washing them from guilt of sin to life Pure. a death. men who in his life Still followed him. triumphing through the air Over his foes and thine. but to reward 367 of 374 . than certain times to appear To his disciples.

then paused. for then the Earth Shall all be Paradise. what will betide the few His faithful. thus replied. and the law of faith. O Goodness infinite. Goodness immense! That all this good of evil shall produce. more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness! Full of doubt I stand. So spake the Arch-Angel Michael. and over wrath grace shall abound. Working through love. who shall dwell His Spirit within them. who defend? Will they not deal Worse with his followers than with him they dealt? Be sure they will. and receive them into bliss. that much more good thereof shall spring. The enemies of truth? Who then shall guide His people.Paradise Lost His faithful. and our sire. and occasioned. upon their hearts shall write. but from Heaven He to his own a Comforter will send. and far happier days. The promise of the Father. if our Deliverer up to Heaven Must re-ascend. Replete with joy and wonder. or rejoice Much more. Whether in Heaven or Earth. And evil turn to good. But say. more good-will to Men From God. As at the world’s great period. Whether I should repent me now of sin By me done. left among the unfaithful herd. far happier place Than this of Eden. and also arm 368 of 374 . To guide them in all truth. To God more glory. said the Angel.

Places. and with these to join Secular power. but in their room. Poured first on his Apostles. as they forewarn. grievous wolves. promised alike and given 369 of 374 .Paradise Lost With spiritual armour. and quench his fiery darts. And oft supported so as shall amaze Their proudest persecutors: For the Spirit. then on all Baptized. Though to the death. As did their Lord before them. to themselves appropriating The Spirit of God. Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names. Thus they win Great numbers of each nation to receive With joy the tidings brought from Heaven: At length Their ministry performed. whom he sends To evangelize the nations. and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint. Though not but by the Spirit understood. though feigning still to act By spiritual. Left only in those written records pure. Their doctrine and their story written left. and race well run. What man can do against them. Wolves shall succeed for teachers. able to resist Satan’s assaults. Who all the sacred mysteries of Heaven To their own vile advantages shall turn Of lucre and ambition. and titles. shall them with wonderous gifts endue To speak all tongues. against such cruelties With inward consolations recompensed. not afraid. They die. and do all miracles.

Last. The Woman’s Seed. but unbuild His living temples. at return Of him so lately promised to thy aid. on earth. Their own faith. 370 of 374 . from that pretence. the rest. Under her own weight groaning. to bad men benign. And vengeance to the wicked. Will deem in outward rites and specious forms Religion satisfied. from Heaven to be revealed In glory of the Father. till the day Appear of respiration to the just. built by faith to stand. who in the worship persevere Of spirit and truth. not another’s? for. in the clouds. then raise From the conflagrant mass. purged and refined. obscurely then foretold. Truth shall retire Bestuck with slanderous darts. What will they then But force the Spirit of Grace itself. Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force On every conscience. and. far greater part. or what the Spirit within Shall on the heart engrave. laws which none shall find Left them inrolled.Paradise Lost To all believers. and works of faith Rarely be found: So shall the world go on. Now ampler known thy Saviour and thy Lord. to dissolve Satan with his perverted world. Who against faith and conscience can be heard Infallible? yet many will presume: Whence heavy persecution shall arise On all. and bind His consort Liberty? what. To good malignant.

the race of time. death the gate of life. and worldly wise By simply meek: that suffering for truth’s sake Is fortitude to highest victory. and peace. Greatly-instructed I shall hence depart. and have my fill Of knowledge. and love. Taught this by his example. and all the ethereal powers. by things deemed weak Subverting worldly strong. This having learned.Paradise Lost New Heavens. that to obey is best. Founded in righteousness. 371 of 374 . joy and eternal bliss. ages of endless date. what this vessel can contain. Till time stand fixed! Beyond is all abyss. To whom thus also the Angel last replied. to walk As in his presence. to the faithful. Eternity. Merciful over all his works. whose end no eye can reach. He ended. Seer blest. And. hope no higher. whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest. though all the stars Thou knewest by name. Henceforth I learn. thou hast attained the sum Of wisdom. and by small Accomplishing great things. Beyond which was my folly to aspire. Measured this transient world. new Earth. with good Still overcoming evil. And love with fear the only God. To bring forth fruits. Greatly in peace of thought. and thus Adam last replied. How soon hath thy prediction. and on him sole depend. ever to observe His providence.

and all her spirits composed To meek submission: thou. one empire. temperance. By name to come called charity. He ended. waves fiercely round: We may no longer stay: go. happier far. And all the rule. add love. though sad. all Nature’s works. and they both descend the hill. Or works of God in Heaven. yet much more cheered With meditation on the happy end. With cause. which will be many days. In signal of remove. only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable. add faith. Both in one faith unanimous. The great deliverance by her seed to come (For by the Woman’s seed) on all mankind: That ye may live.— Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation. or sea. for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence. Her also I with gentle dreams have calmed Portending good. expect Their motion. And all the riches of this world enjoyedst. Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard. at season fit. By me encamped on yonder hill. waken Eve. and see!the guards. for evils past. Chiefly what may concern her faith to know.Paradise Lost All secrets of the deep. but shalt possess A Paradise within thee. the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth To leave this Paradise. 372 of 374 . Add virtue. at whose front a flaming sword. air. patience. earth.

as evening-mist Risen from a river o’er the marish glides. The brandished sword of God before them blazed. Is to stay here. Fierce as a comet. and dreams advise. from the other hill To their fixed station. Whence thou returnest. on the ground Gliding meteorous. So spake our mother Eve. I know. And thus with words not sad she him received. In me is no delay. And vapour as the Libyan air adust. thou to me Art all things under $Heaven. And gathers ground fast at the labourer’s heel Homeward returning. with thee to go. Is to go hence unwilling. where Eve Lay sleeping. which with torrid heat. Who for my wilful crime art banished hence. though all by me is lost. without thee here to stay. High in front advanced. and. all in bright array The Cherubim descended. 373 of 374 . For God is also in sleep. all places thou. but found her waked. too nigh The Arch-Angel stood. some great good Presaging. Adam to the bower. By me the Promised Seed shall all restore.Paradise Lost Descended. This further consolation yet secure I carry hence. Which he hath sent propitious. ran before. and whither wentest. but answered not: For now. since with sorrow and heart’s distress Wearied I fell asleep: But now lead on. Such favour I unworthy am vouchsafed. and Adam heard Well pleased.

and Providence their guide: They. so late their happy seat. with wandering steps and slow. John Milton 374 of 374 . Through Eden took their solitary way. They.Paradise Lost Began to parch that temperate clime. and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain. the gate With dreadful faces thronged. but wiped them soon. Waved over by that flaming brand. and fiery arms: Some natural tears they dropt. where to choose Their place of rest. and to the eastern gate Led them direct. The world was all before them. then disappeared. looking back. hand in hand. whereat In either hand the hastening Angel caught Our lingering parents. all the eastern side beheld Of Paradise.

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