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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
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
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
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
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
forlorn and wild. Consult how we may henceforth most offend Our enemy. extended long and large. Titanian or Earth-born. re-assembling our afflicted powers. Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage. if any rest can harbour there. what resolution from despair. whether scorn Or satiate fury yield it from our Foe. Lay floating many a rood.Paradise Lost Shot after us in storm. our own loss how repair. The seat of desolation. And. With head uplift above the wave. Save what the glimmering of these livid flames Casts pale and dreadful? Thither let us tend From off the tossing of these fiery waves. Seest thou yon dreary plain. and ceases now To bellow through the vast and boundless Deep. Briareos or Typhon. that warred on Jove. There rest. his other parts besides Prone on the flood. in bulk as huge As whom the fables name of monstrous size. How overcome this dire calamity. What reinforcement we may gain from hope. and the thunder. void of light. or that sea-beast 8 of 374 . Let us not slip th’ occasion. Perhaps hath spent his shafts. and eyes That sparkling blazed. talking to his nearest mate. If not. whom the den By ancient Tarsus held.’ Thus Satan. o’erblown hath laid The fiery surge that from the precipice Of Heaven received us falling.
rolled In billows. oft. while night Invests the sea. and enraged might see How all his malice served but to bring forth Infinite goodness. and mercy. Him. but that the will And high permission of all-ruling Heaven Left him at large to his own dark designs. while he sought Evil to others. but on himself Treble confusion. nor ever thence Had risen. incumbent on the dusky air. on each hand the flames Driven backward slope their pointing spires. wrath. The pilot of some small night-foundered skiff. and vengeance poured. Deeming some island. Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature. and wished morn delays. or heaved his head. Chained on the burning lake. shewn On Man by him seduced. Moors by his side under the lee. and. Then with expanded wings he steers his flight Aloft. till on dry land He lights—if it were land that ever burned With solid. as the lake with liquid fire. That with reiterated crimes he might Heap on himself damnation. With fixed anchor in his scaly rind. as seamen tell. grace. haply slumbering on the Norway foam.Paradise Lost Leviathan. So stretched out huge in length the Arch-fiend lay. That felt unusual weight. 9 of 374 . which God of all his works Created hugest that swim th’ ocean-stream. leave i’ th’ midst a horrid vale.
this the soil. And leave a singed bottom all involved With stench and smoke. The mind is its own place. Him followed his next mate. profoundest Hell. the clime. And what I should be. happy fields. whose combustible And fuelled entrails. ‘Is this the region. or the shattered side Of thundering Etna. Such resting found the sole Of unblest feet. Where joy for ever dwells! Hail. What matter where. Sublimed with mineral fury.’ Said then the lost Archangel. Receive thy new possessor—one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time. horrors! hail. if I be still the same. and by their own recovered strength. thence conceiving fire. Not by the sufferance of supernal Power. ‘this the seat That we must change for Heaven?—this mournful gloom For that celestial light? Be it so. Infernal world! and thou. and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell.Paradise Lost And such appeared in hue as when the force Of subterranean wind transprots a hill Torn from Pelorus. Farewell. since he Who now is sovereign can dispose and bid What shall be right: farthest from him is best Whom reason hath equalled. a Hell of Heaven. all but less than he Whom thunder hath made greater? Here at least 10 of 374 . Both glorying to have scaped the Stygian flood As gods. force hath made supreme Above his equals. aid the winds.
but th’ Omnipotent. in my choice. Ethereal temper. To reign is worth ambition. Lie thus astonished on th’ oblivious pool. and round. The broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon. large. Behind him cast. But wherefore let we then our faithful friends.Paradise Lost We shall be free. and. whose orb 11 of 374 . astounded and amazed. though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. and him Beelzebub Thus answered:—‘Leader of those armies bright Which. in all assaults Their surest signal—they will soon resume New courage and revive. massy. As we erewhile. fallen such a pernicious height!’ He scare had ceased when the superior Fiend Was moving toward the shore. though now they lie Grovelling and prostrate on yon lake of fire. his ponderous shield. and on the perilous edge Of battle. none could have foiled! If once they hear that voice. No wonder. Th’ associates and co-partners of our loss. or what more lost in Hell?’ So Satan spake. will not drive us hence: Here we may reigh secure. their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers—heard so oft In worst extremes. or once more With rallied arms to try what may be yet Regained in Heaven. th’ Almighty hath not built Here for his envy. And call them not to share with us their part In this unhappy mansion. when it raged.
While with perfidious hatred they pursued The sojourners of Goshen. who lay entranced Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa. 12 of 374 . were but a wand— He walked with. where th’ Etrurian shades High over-arched embower. when with fierce winds Orion armed Hath vexed the Red-Sea coast. who beheld From the safe shore their floating carcases And broken chariot-wheels. to support uneasy steps Over the burning marl. and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides. to be the mast Of some great ammiral. in her spotty globe. Under amazement of their hideous change. whose waves o’erthrew Busiris and his Memphian chivalry. till on the beach Of that inflamed sea he stood. Warriors. vaulted with fire. Abject and lost. not like those steps On Heaven’s azure. from the top of Fesole. Potentates. Nathless he so endured. the Flower of Heaven—once yours. now lost. Or in Valdarno. and called His legions—Angel Forms. covering the flood. lay these. Rivers. or scattered sedge Afloat. He called so loud that all the hollow deep Of Hell resounded:—‘Princes.Paradise Lost Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening. or mountains. His spear—to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills. So thick bestrown. to descry new lands.
descending. 13 of 374 .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. up-called a pitchy cloud Of locusts. for the ease you find To slumber here. and. sleeping found by whom they dread. So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the cope of Hell. or be for ever fallen!’ They heard. or the fierce pains not feel. and darkened all the land of Nile. in Egypt’s evil day. warping on the eastern wind. and were abashed. or with linked thunderbolts Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf? Awake. who now beholds Cherub and Seraph rolling in the flood With scattered arms and ensigns. as in the vales of Heaven? Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the Conqueror. Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake. as when men wont to watch On duty. Waved round the coast. and up they sprung Upon the wing. till anon His swift pursuers from Heaven-gates discern Th’ advantage. arise. tread us down Thus drooping. As when the potent rod Of Amram’s son. Nor did they not perceive the evil plight In which they were. Yet to their General’s voice they soon obeyed Innumerable. That o’er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like Night.
blotted out and rased By their rebellion from the Books of Life. princely Dignities. and Forms Excelling human. and fill all the plain: A multitude like which the populous North Poured never from her frozen loins to pass Rhene or the Danaw. Forthwith. and spread Beneath Gibraltar to the Libyan sands. in even balance down they light On the firm brimstone. Till. form every squadron and each band. and th’ invisible Glory of him that made them to transform Oft to the image of a brute. The heads and leaders thither haste where stood Their great Commander—godlike Shapes.Paradise Lost ‘Twixt upper. adorned With gay religions full of pomp and gold. th’ uplifted spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Their course. And devils to adore for deities: Then were they known to men by various names. till. And Powers that erst in Heaven sat on thrones. when her barbarous sons Came like a deluge on the South. Though on their names in Heavenly records now Be no memorial. Through God’s high sufferance for the trial of man. as a signal given. nether. By falsities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted to forsake God their Creator. Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve Got them new names. and surrounding fires. 14 of 374 . wandering o’er the earth.
Though. their names then known. Moloch. Say. to the stream Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood. the wisest heart Of Solomon he led by fraoud to build His temple right against the temple of God On that opprobrious hill. In Argob and in Basan. throned Between the Cherubim. view. horrid king. Muse. and durst abide Jehovah thundering out of Sion. Abominations. durst fix Their seats. as next in worth Came singly where he stood on the bare strand. Their altars by his altar. Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain. and parents’ tears. besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. who first. who last. While the promiscuous crowd stood yet aloof? The chief were those who. At their great Emperor’s call. First. and with cursed things His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. and edit PDF. Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire To his grim idol. And various idols through the heathen world. from the pit of Hell Roaming to seek their prey on Earth. next the seat of God. and made his grove 15 of 374 . long after. gods adored Among the nations round. And with their darkness durst affront his light. for the noise of drums and timbrels loud. often placed Within his sanctuary itself their shrines. Roused from the slumber on that fiery couch. Download the free trial version. yea.
And Eleale to th’ Asphaltic Pool: Peor his other name. Not tried or manacled with joint or limb. lust hard by hate. For those the race of Israel oft forsook 16 of 374 . in what shape they choose. Dilated or condensed. had general names Of Baalim and Ashtaroth—those male. To do him wanton rites. Tophet thence And black Gehenna called. Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones. the type of Hell. beyond The flowery dale of Sibma clad with vines. Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. Like cumbrous flesh. Seon’s real. With these came they who. Next Chemos. bright or obscure. And works of love or enmity fulfil. in Hesebon And Horonaim. when he enticed Israel in Sittim. or both. on their march from Nile. Can either sex assume. From Aroar to Nebo and the wild Of southmost Abarim. so soft And uncompounded is their essence pure. Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged Even to that hill of scandal. For Spirits. Can execute their airy purposes. when they please. by the grove Of Moloch homicide. These feminine. but.Paradise Lost The pleasant valley of Hinnom. from the bordering flood Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground. which cost them woe. th’ obscene dread of Moab’s sons.
with crescent horns. In Sion also not unsung. where stood Her temple on th’ offensive mountain. Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer’s day. sunk before the spear Of despicable foes. Where he fell flat and shamed his worshippers: 17 of 374 . built By that uxorious king whose heart. whom the Phoenicians called Astarte. While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea. His eye surveyed the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah. though large. queen of heaven. Next came one Who mourned in earnest. and unfrequented left His righteous altar. bowing lowly down To bestial gods. when. when the captive ark Maimed his brute image. head and hands lopt off. To whose bright image nigntly by the moon Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs. by the vision led. supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the love-tale Infected Sion’s daughters with like heat. Thammuz came next behind. Beguiled by fair idolatresses. on the grunsel-edge. In his own temple. With these in troop Came Astoreth. for which their heads as low Bowed down in battle. Whose wanton passions in the sacred proch Ezekiel saw. fell To idols foul.Paradise Lost Their Living Strength.
equalled with one stroke Both her first-born and all her bleating gods. lucid streams. on the fertile banks Of Abbana and Pharphar. who. Nor did Israel scape Th’ infection. Belial came last. when their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb. and adore the gods Whom he had vanquished.Paradise Lost Dagon his name. when he passed From Egypt marching. whereon to burn His odious offerings. Him followed Rimmon. than whom a Spirit more lewd 18 of 374 . sea-monster. and gained a king— Ahaz. 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. yet had his temple high Reared in Azotus. Orus. Likening his Maker to the grazed ox— Jehovah. He also against the house of God was bold: A leper once he lost. under names of old renown— Osiris.upward man And downward fish. And Accaron and Gaza’s frontier bounds. dreaded through the coast Of Palestine. whom he drew God’s altar to disparage and displace For one of Syrian mode. his sottish conqueror. in one night. After these appeared A crew who. whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus. in Gath and Ascalon. Isis. and the rebel king Doubled that sin in Bethel and in Dan.
Heaven’s first-born. and that night In Gibeah. These were the prime in order and in might: The rest were long to tell. To him no temple stood Or altar smoked. to avoid worse rape. These. when night Darkens the streets. And in luxurious cities.—Titan. And injury and outrage. flown with insolence and wine. or on the Delphian cliff. Witness the streets of Sodom. or more gross to love Vice for itself.Paradise Lost Fell not from Heaven. His own and Rhea’s son. though far renowned Th’ Ionian gods—of Javan’s issue held Gods. and through all the bounds Of Doric land. So Jove usurping reigned. or who with Saturn old 19 of 374 . who filled With lust and violence the house of God? In courts and palaces he also reigns. yet who more oft than he In temples and at altars. Or in Dodona. yet confessed later than Heaven and Earth. first in Crete And Ida known. as did Eli’s sons. when the hospitable door Exposed a matron. thence on the snowy top Of cold Olympus ruled the middle air. where the noise Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers. Their highest heaven. like measure found. and. Their boasted parents. With his enormous brood. then wander forth the sons Of Belial. and birthright seized By younger Saturn: he from mightier Jove. when the priest Turns atheist.
but with looks Downcast and damp. Seraphic arms and trophies. be upreared His mighty standard. yet such wherein appeared Obscure some glimpse of joy to have found their Chief Not in despair. That proud honour claimed Azazel as his right. and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. to have found themselves not lost In loss itself. all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds: At which the universal host up-sent A shout that tore Hell’s concave. With orient colours waving: with them rose A forest huge of spears. which. All these and more came flocking. a Cherub tall: Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurled Th’ imperial ensign.Paradise Lost Fled over Adria to th’ Hesperian fields. Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind. and thronging helms Appeared. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air. with high words. Then straight commands that. gently raised Their fainting courage. which on his countenance cast Like doubtful hue. his wonted pride Soon recollecting. And o’er the Celtic roamed the utmost Isles. and serried shields in thick array 20 of 374 . not substance. and dispelled their fears. at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions. full high advanced. But he. With gems and golden lustre rich emblazed. that bore Semblance of worth.
and instead of rage Deliberate valour breathed. since created Man. and soon traverse The whole battalion views—their order due. Breathing united force with fixed thought. with ordered spear and shield. And now Advanced in view they stand—a horrid front Of dreadful length and dazzling arms. Thus they. He through the armed files Darts his experienced eye. Awaiting what command their mighty Chief Had to impose. and unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat. Their number last he sums. named with these. Glories: for never. and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds. firm. Met such embodied force as. hardening in his strength. 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 . Moved on in silence to soft pipes that charmed Their painful steps o’er the burnt soil. Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts.Paradise Lost Of depth immeasurable. Their visages and stature as of gods. 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 now his heart Distends with pride. and. in guise Of warriors old.
Damasco. but under brows Of dauntless courage. His form had yet not lost All her original brightness. In dim eclipse. and considerate pride Waiting revenge. or Marocco. and care Sat on his faded cheek. Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore When Charlemain with all his peerage fell By Fontarabbia. disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations. but cast Signs of remorse and passion. and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther’s son. from behind the moon. to behold The fellows of his crime. or Montalban. nor appeared Less than Archangel ruined. or Trebisond. Stood like a tower. yet shone Above them all th’ Archangel: but his face Deep scars of thunder had intrenched. Darkened so. above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent. yet observed Their dread Commander. and th’ excess Of glory obscured: as when the sun new-risen Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams. and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs.Paradise Lost That fought at Thebes and Ilium. He. baptized or infidel. or. on each side Mixed with auxiliar gods. the followers rather 22 of 374 . Cruel his eye. Jousted in Aspramont. Begirt with British and Armoric knights. And all who since. Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess.
but with th’ Almighth!—and that strife Was not inglorious. be witness all the host of Heaven. though th’ event was dire. could ever know repulse? For who can yet believe. though bare. That all these puissant legions. and half enclose him round With all his peers: attention held them mute. from the depth Of knowledge past or present. Their glory withered. could have feared How such united force of gods. and thrice. As this place testifies. whose exile Hath emptied Heaven. when heaven’s fire Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines. Forseeing or presaging. Tears. But what power of mind. though after loss. With singed top their stately growth. such as Angels weep. and from eteranl splendours flung For his revolt—yet faithful how they stood. condemned For ever now to have their lot in pain— Millions of Spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven. Self-raised. how such As stood like these. 23 of 374 . as. and repossess their native seat? For me. in spite of scorn. Hateful to utter. shall fail to re-ascend. and this dire change. burst forth: at last Words interwove with sighs found out their way:— ‘O myriads of immortal Spirits! O Powers Matchless. Thrice he assayed.Paradise Lost (Far other once beheld in bliss). He now prepared To speak. whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing. Stands on the blasted heath.
by fraud or guile. and. Space may produce new Worlds. Thither. upheld by old repute. or elsewhere. and know our own. or danger shunned By me. But he who reigns Monarch in Heaven till then as one secure Sat on his throne. What force effected not. nor th’ Abyss Long under darkness cover. must be resolved. and wrought our fall. to confirm his words. whereof so rife There went a fame in Heaven that he ere long Intended to create.’ He spake. or dread New war provoked: our better part remains To work in close design. For this infernal pit shall never hold Celestial Spirits in bondage. who overcomes By force hath overcome but half his foe. and his regal state Put forth at full. then. For who can think submission? War. shall be perhaps Our first eruption—thither. but still his strength concealed— Which tempted our attempt. outflew Millions of flaming swords. that he no less At length from us may find. Consent or custom. war Open or understood. Henceforth his might we know. if but to pry. have lost our hopes.Paradise Lost If counsels different. drawn from the thighs 24 of 374 . and therein plant A generation whom his choice regard Should favour equal to the Sons of Heaven. So as not either to provoke. Peace is despaired. But these thoughts Full counsel must mature.
Highly they raged Against the Highest. the sudden blaze Far round illumined Hell. for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent. admiring more The riches of heaven’s pavement. winged with speed. And here let those Who boast in mortal things. with spade and pickaxe armed. A numerous brigade hastened: as when bands Of pioneers. the least erected Spirit that fell From Heaven. to trench a field. that soil may best Deserve the precious bane. Ransacked the centre. trodden gold. Mammon led them on— Mammon. whose grisly top Belched fire and rolling smoke. And digged out ribs of gold. Forerun the royal camp. and by his suggestion taught.Paradise Lost Of mighty Cherubim. Thither. Soon had his crew Opened into the hill a spacious wound. Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed In vision beatific. Let none admire That riches grow in Hell. and wondering tell 25 of 374 . Or cast a rampart. The work of sulphur. the rest entire Shone with a glossy scurf—undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallic ore. Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heaven. and with impious hands Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth For treasures better hid. There stood a hill not far. By him first Men also. and fierce with grasped arms Clashed on their sounding shields the din of war.
with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet— Built like a temple.Paradise Lost Of Babel. As in an organ. Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose like an exhalation. Severing each kind. with bossy sculptures graven. a second multitude With wondrous art founded the massy ore. and art. Nigh on the plain. when Egypt with Assyria strove In wealth and luxury. scarce perform. and from the boiling cells By strange conveyance filled each hollow nook. with incessant toil And hands innumerable. The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon Nor great Alcairo such magnificence Equalled in all their glories. Learn how their greatest monuments of fame And strength. and scummed the bullion-dross. and in an hour What in an age they. nor did there want Cornice or frieze. and the works of Memphian kings. from one blast of wind. That underneath had veins of liquid fire Sluiced from the lake. in many cells prepared. Th’ ascending pile 26 of 374 . To many a row of pipes the sound-board breathes. A third as soon had formed within the ground A various mould. are easily outdone By Spirits reprobate. where pilasters round Were set. and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave. to enshrine Belus or Serapis their gods. or seat Their kings.
but was headlong sent. her ample spaces o’er the smooth And level pavement: from the arched roof. Nor was his name unheard or unadored In ancient Greece. yielded light As from a sky. many a row Of starry lamps and blazing cressets. And sat as Princes. nor did he scape By all his engines. and gave to rule. Stood fixed her stately height. for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before. 27 of 374 . His hand was known In Heaven by many a towered structure high. and the work some praise. On Lemnos. Pendent by subtle magic.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and with the setting sun Dropt from the zenith. With his industrious crew. discover. The hasty multitude Admiring entered. and straight the doors. Opening their brazen folds. Thus they relate. Erring. and how he fell From Heaven they fabled. th’ Aegaean isle. A summer’s day. like a falling star. and in Ausonian land Men called him Mulciber. Each in his Hierarchy. from noon to dewy eve. whom the supreme King Exalted to such power. Download the free trial version. the Orders bright. fed With naptha and asphaltus. And some the architect. view. and edit PDF. nor aught aviled him now To have built in Heaven high towers. wide Within. to build in Hell. Where sceptred Angels held their residence. thrown by angry Jove Sheer o’er the crystal battlements: from morn To noon he fell.
when the Sun with Taurus rides. Brushed with the hiss of rustling wings. they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro. or career with lance). Behold a wonder! They but now who seemed In bigness to surpass Earth’s giant sons.Paradise Lost Meanwhile the winged Heralds. As bees In spring-time. and at the Soldan’s chair Defied the best of Paynim chivalry To mortal combat. Now less than smallest dwarfs. expatiate. Thick swarmed. and confer Their state-affairs: so thick the airy crowd Swarmed and were straitened. the gates And porches wide. but chief the spacious hall (Though like a covered field. where champions bold Wont ride in armed. 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. by command Of sovereign power. with awful ceremony And trumpet’s sound. till. the signal given. The suburb of their straw-built citadel. in narrow room Throng numberless—like that pygmean race 28 of 374 . the high capital Of Satan and his peers. or on the smoothed plank. throughout the host proclaim A solemn council forthwith to be held At Pandemonium. All access was thronged. both on the ground and in the air. Pour forth their populous youth about the hive In clusters.
Though without number still. the great consult began. and nearer to the Earth Wheels her pale course: they. some belated peasant sees. and were at large. The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat. After short silence then. with jocund music charm his ear. 29 of 374 .Paradise Lost Beyond the Indian mount. Frequent and full. Whose midnight revels. At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds. or faery elves. by a forest-side Or fountain. while overhead the Moon Sits arbitress. amidst the hall Of that infernal court. But far within. Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms Reduced their shapes immense. on their mirth and dance Intent. Or dreams he sees. And in their own dimensions like themselves. And summons read. A thousand demi-gods on golden seats.
free choice With what besides in council or in fight Hath been achieved of merit—yet this loss. aspires Beyond thus high. but who here 30 of 374 . which follows dignity. and. And trust themselves to fear no second fate!— Me though just right. Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold. unenvied throne.Paradise Lost Book II High on a throne of royal state. insatiate to pursue Vain war with Heaven. Satan exalted sat. though oppressed and fallen. I give not Heaven for lost: from this descent Celestial Virtues rising will appear More glorious and more dread than from no fall. The happier state In Heaven. and the fixed laws of Heaven. and. Thus far at least recovered. which far Outshone the wealth or Ormus and of Ind. by merit raised To that bad eminence. by success untaught. Deities of Heaven!— For. might draw Envy from each inferior. Yielded with full consent. since no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigour. hath much more Established in a safe. His proud imaginations thus displayed:— ‘Powers and Dominions. Did first create your leader—next. from despair Thus high uplifted beyond hope.
and rather than be less Cared not to be at all. and these words thereafter spake:— ‘My sentence is for open war. then. More than can be in Heaven. and firm accord. and by what best way. Surer to prosper than prosperity Could have assured us. Stood up—the strongest and the fiercest Spirit That fought in Heaven. 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. shall the rest— Millions that stand in arms. sceptred king. Of wiles.’ He ceased. with that care lost Went all his fear: of God. then. His trust was with th’ Eternal to be deemed Equal in strength. For. He recked not. now fiercer by despair. To union. or worse. and next him Moloch. or Hell. no good For which to strive. or when they need. none whose portion is so small Of present pain that with ambitious mind Will covet more! With this advantage. and longing wait 31 of 374 . We now debate. no strife can grow up there From faction: for none sure will claim in Hell Precedence. More unexpert. not now. Who can advise may speak. Whether of open war or covert guile. and firm faith. we now return To claim our just inheritance of old. while they sit contriving. I boast not: them let those Contrive who need.
The prison of his ryranny who reigns By our delay? No! let us rather choose. descent and fall To us is adverse. some worse way his wrath may find To our destruction. With what compulsion and laborious flight We sunk thus low? Th’ ascent is easy. Armed with Hell-flames and fury. see Black fire and horror shot with equal rage Among his Angels. to meet the noise Of his almighty engine. if there be in Hell 32 of 374 . That in our porper motion we ascend Up to our native seat. His own invented torments. then. all at once O’er Heaven’s high towers to force resistless way. he shall hear Infernal thunder. if the sleepy drench Of that forgetful lake benumb not still.Paradise Lost The signal to ascend—sit lingering here. Who but felt of late. and his throne itself Mixed with Tartarean sulphur and strange fire. and for their dwelling-place Accept this dark opprobrious den of shame. and pursued us through the Deep. Th’ event is feared! Should we again provoke Our stronger. Turning our tortures into horrid arms Against the Torturer. Heaven’s fugitives. When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear Insulting. when. and steep to scale With upright wing against a higher foe! Let such bethink them. and. for lightning. But perhaps The way seems difficult.
But all was false and hollow. and expire. We should be quite abolished. and battle dangerous To less than gods. he seemed For dignity composed. his fatal throne: Which. Calls us to penance? More destroyed than thus. if our substance be indeed divine. A fairer person lost not Heaven. when the scourge Inexorably. On th’ other side up rose Belial. and could make the worse appear 33 of 374 . is yet revenge. and reduce To nothing this essential—happier far Than miserable to have eternal being!— Or. and his look denounced Desperate revenge.Paradise Lost Fear to be worse destroyed! What can be worse Than to dwell here. though his tongue Dropped manna. and the torturing hour. and by proof we feel Our power sufficient to disturb his Heaven. and high exploit. What fear we then? what doubt we to incense His utmost ire? which. if not victory. to the height enraged. in act more graceful and humane. And cannot cease to be. we are at worst On this side nothing. 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.’ He ended frowning. Will either quite consume us. Though inaccessible. And with perpetual inroads to alarm. driven out from bliss.
and purge off the baser fire. what revenge? The towers of Heaven are filled With armed watch. When he who most excels in fact of arms. and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success. O Peers. As not behind in hate. And with persuasive accent thus began:— ‘I should be much for open war. Incapable of stain. Or. after some dire revenge. In what he counsels and in what excels Mistrustful. but to nobler deeds Timorous and slothful. our final hope 34 of 374 .Paradise Lost The better reason. would on his throne Sit unpolluted. if what was urged Main reason to persuade immediate war Did not dissuade me most. as the scope Of all his aim. grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution. All incorruptible. Scorning surprise. could we break our way By force. Yet he pleased the ear. yet our great Enemy. and th’ ethereal mould. would soon expel Her mischief. that render all access Impregnable: oft on the bodering Deep Encamp their legions. Victorious. to perplex and dash Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low— To vice industrious. First. or with obscure wing Scout far and wide into the realm of Night. and at our heels all Hell should rise With blackest insurrection to confound Heaven’s purest light. Thus repulsed.
Or when we lay Chained on the burning lake? That sure was worse. what can we suffer more. Let this be good. then?’ Say they who counsel war. so wise. Sad cure! for who would lose. And that must end us. Whatever doing. worst— Thus sitting. whether our angry Foe Can give it. Awaked. this intellectual being. then. Devoid of sense and motion? And who knows. Will he. and end Them in his anger whom his anger saves To punish endless? ‘Wherefore cease we. Though full of pain. that must be our cure— To be no more. thus consulting. or will ever? How he can Is doubtful. To give his enemies their wish. Belike through impotence or unaware. pursued and struck With Heaven’s afflicting thunder. and destined to eternal woe. should blow them into sevenfold rage. thus in arms? What when we fled amain.Paradise Lost Is flat despair: we must exasperate Th’ Almighty Victor to spend all his rage. ‘we are decreed. Reserved. that he never will is sure. To perish rather. What if the breath that kindled those grim fires. let loose at once his ire. 35 of 374 . Those thoughts that wander through eternity. swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated Night. What can we suffer worse?’ Is this. and besought The Deep to shelter us? This Hell then seemed A refuge from those wounds.
Caught in a fiery tempest. Impendent horrors. for what can force or guile With him. while we perhaps. and omnipotent decree. alike My voice dissuades. War. threatening hideous fall One day upon our heads. unpitied. or for ever sunk Under yon boiling ocean. live thus vile—the race of Heaven Thus trampled. By my advice. or from above Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us? What if all Her stores were opened. since fate inevitable Subdues us. Shall we. the sport and prey Or racking whirlwinds. thus expelled.Paradise Lost And plunge us in the flames. To suffer. therefore. whose eye Views all things at one view? He from Heaven’s height All these our motions vain sees and derides. as to do. or who deceive his mind. Ages of hopeless end? This would be worse. open or concealed. shall be hurled. nor the law unjust 36 of 374 . and this firmament Of Hell should spout her cataracts of fire. Our strength is equal. unreprieved. wrapt in chains. The Victor’s will. Designing or exhorting glorious war. to suffer here Chains and these torments? Better these than worse. then. Each on his rock transfixed. There to converse with everlasting groans. Unrespited. Not more almighty to resist our might Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles.
void of pain. I laugh when those who at the spear are bold And venturous. Not mind us not offending. which if we can sustain and bear. or bonds. Our Supreme Foe in time may much remit His anger. this darkness light. and perhaps. for ill not worst. and.’ Thus Belial. This was at first resolved. and to the place conformed In temper and in nature. Not peace. This is now Our doom.Paradise Lost That so ordains. and fear What yet they know must follow—to endure Exile. or igominy. what chance. shrink. if that fail them. if his breath stir not their flames. against so great a foe Contending. thus far removed. and so doubtful what might fall. If we were wise. Besides what hope the never-ending flight Of future days may bring. Counselled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. or pain. inured. with words clothed in reason’s garb. Our purer essence then will overcome Their noxious vapour. If we procure not to ourselves more woe. changed at length. will receive Familiar the fierce heat. or. not feel. Or. and after him thus Mammon spake:— ‘Either to disenthrone the King of Heaven 37 of 374 . The sentence of their Conqueror. whence these raging fires Will slacken. satisfied With what is punished. This horror will grow mild. what change Worth waiting—since our present lot appears For happy though but ill.
with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble. vain to hope. if war be best. on promise made Of new subjection. Our greatness will appear Then most conspicuous when great things of small. The former. while he lordly sits Our envied sovereign. and to his Godhead sing Forced hallelujahs. to celebrate his throne With warbled hyms. unless Heaven’s Lord supreme We overpower? Suppose he should relent And publish grace to all. when everlasting Fate shall yield To fickle Chance. Our servile offerings? This must be our task In Heaven. and from our own Live to ourselves. for what place can be for us Within Heaven’s bound. How wearisome Eternity so spent in worship paid To whom we hate! Let us not then pursue. this our delight.Paradise Lost We war. or to regain Our own right lost. Free and to none accountable. 38 of 374 . though in Heaven. our state Of splendid vassalage. by leave obtained Unacceptable. By force impossible. and his altar breathes Ambrosial odours and ambrosial flowers. but rather seek Our own good from ourselves. and Chaos judge the strife. preferring Hard liberty before the easy yoke Of servile pomp. and receive Strict laws imposed. though in this vast recess. Him to unthrone we then May hope. argues as vain The latter.
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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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
what erst they feared. might in opinion stand His rivals. winning cheap the high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn. Certain to be refused.’ Thus saying. while the north wind sleeps. Prudent lest. This enterprise None shall partake with me. And.Paradise Lost To respite. rejoicing in their matchless Chief: As. and as a God Extol him equal to the Highest in Heaven. lest bad men should boast Their specious deeds on earth. o’erspread 46 of 374 . so refused. Their rising all at once was as the sound Of thunder heard remote. Others among the chief might offer now. rose The Monarch. 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. But they Dreaded not more th’ adventure than his voice Forbidding. and prevented all reply. Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone. from his resolution raised. or slack the pain Of this ill mansion: intermit no watch Against a wakeful foe. and at once with him they rose. which glory excites. when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Ascending. Or close ambition varnished o’er with zeal. Thus they their doubtful consultations dark Ended. while I abroad Through all the coasts of dark destruction seek Deliverance for us all. or deceive.
each other to destroy: As if (which might induce us to accord) Man had not hellish foes enow besides. the fields revive. with farewell sweet. and levy cruel wars Wasting the earth. the hollow Abyss 47 of 374 . Extend his evening beam. 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. and bleating herds Attest their joy. And god-like imitated state: him round A globe of fiery Seraphim enclosed With bright emblazonry. the louring element Scowls o’er the darkened landscape snow or shower. with pomp supreme. and horrent arms. that hill and valley rings. and seemed Alone th’ antagonist of Heaven. That day and night for his destruction wait! The Stygian council thus dissolved. nor less Than Hell’s dread Emperor. though under hope Of heavenly grace. Yet live in hatred. O shame to men! Devil with devil damned Firm concord holds. and strife Among themselves. and. The birds their notes renew. men only disagree Of creatures rational. By herald’s voice explained.Paradise Lost Heaven’s cheerful face. God proclaiming peace. If chance the radiant sun. enmity. and forth In order came the grand infernal Peers: Midst came their mighty Paramount.
And Lichas from the top of Oeta threw Into th’ Euboic sea. Thence more at ease their minds. with feats of arms From either end of heaven the welkin burns. Hell scarce holds the wild uproar:— As when Alcides. each his several way Pursues. as inclination or sad choice Leads him perplexed. As at th’ Olympian games or Pythian fields. and tore Through pain up by the roots Thessalian pines. and. more mild. Rend up both rocks and hills. Others. and ride the air In whirlwind. and all the host of Hell With deafening shout returned them loud acclaim. war appears Waged in the troubled sky. and couch their spears. and somewhat raised By false presumptuous hope. till his great Chief return. Upon the wing or in swift race contend. Part on the plain. before each van Prick forth the airy knights. or in the air sublime. Others. more fell. or fronted brigades form: As when. Part curb their fiery steeds.Paradise Lost Heard far adn wide. from Oechalia crowned With conquest. to warn proud cities. or shun the goal With rapid wheels. where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts. with vast Typhoean rage. wandering. sing 48 of 374 . Retreated in a silent valley. felt th’ envenomed robe. Till thickest legions close. and armies rush To battle in the clouds. and entertain The irksome hours. the ranged Powers Disband.
And found no end. and reasoned high Of Providence. and Fate— Fixed fate. could charm Pain for a while or anguish. In thoughts more elevate. Song charms the Sense) Others apart sat on a hill retired. On bold adventure to discover wide That dismal world. Their song was partial. with a pleasing sorcery. in wandering mazes lost. Of good and evil much they argued then. Will. and excite Fallacious hope. Passion and apathy. if any clime perhaps Might yield them easier habitation. Foreknowledge. but the harmony (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing?) Suspended Hell. and took with ravishment The thronging audience. along the banks Of four infernal rivers. Another part. and false philosophy!— Yet. in squadrons and gross bands. bend Four ways their flying march. that disgorge Into the burning lake their baleful streams— 49 of 374 . and hapless fall By doom of battle. In discourse more sweet (For Eloquence the Soul. foreknowledge absolute. and complain that Fate Free Virtue should enthrall to Force or Chance. and glory and shame: Vain wisdom all. free will. or arm th’ obdured breast With stubborn patience as with triple steel. Of happiness and final misery.Paradise Lost With notes angelical to many a harp Their own heroic deeds.
by harpy-footed Furies haled. Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage.Paradise Lost Abhorred Styx. the river of oblivion. black and deep. rolls Her watery labyrinth. and cold performs th’ effect of fire. pleasure and pain. whereof who drinks Forthwith his former state and being forgets— Forgets both joy and grief. Far off from these.—thence hurried back to fire. extremes by change more fierce. and frozen round Periods of time. A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old. beat with perpetual storms Of whirlwind and dire hail. They ferry over this Lethean sound Both to and fro. Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air Burns frore. the flood of deadly hate. 50 of 374 . but gathers heap. Thither. At certain revolutions all the damned Are brought. Cocytus. their sorrow to augment. Beyond this flood a frozen continent Lies dark and wild. named of lamentation loud Heard on the rueful stream. and there to pine Immovable. all else deep snow and ice. From beds of raging fire to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth. Lethe. and ruin seems Of ancient pile. infixed. which on firm land Thaws not. and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes. a slow and silent stream. fierce Phlegeton. Sad Acheron of sorrow.
51 of 374 . and so near the brink. to oppose th’ attempt. and shades of death— A universe of death. and many a region dolorous. and edit PDF.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Download the free trial version. Puts on swift wings. and Hydras. Rocks. to reach The tempting stream. sometimes the left. bogs. all monstrous. all prodigious things. Where all life dies. for evil only good. caves. All in one moment. and. And wish and struggle. Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The ford. O’er many a frozen. which God by curse Created evil. as they pass. and Chimeras dire. as once it fled The lip of Tantalus. th’ adventurous bands. many a fiery alp. Through many a dark and dreary vale They passed. lakes. and Nature breeds. Meanwhile the Adversary of God and Man. Viewed first their lamentable lot. But Fate withstands. Satan. Gorgons. with thoughts inflamed of highest design. inutterable. and of itself the water flies All taste of living wight. With shuddering horror pale. and toward the gates of Hell Explores his solitary flight: sometimes He scours the right hand coast. and worse Than fables yet have feigned or fear conceived. view. fens. with one small drop to lose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe. and eyes aghast. Thus roving on In confused march forlorn. dens. Obominable. and found No rest. death lives. Perverse.
And thrice threefold the gates. then soars Up to the fiery concave towering high. called 52 of 374 . Impenetrable. yet there still barked and howled Within unseen. and rung A hideous peal. high reaching to the horrid roof. impaled with circling fire. bathing in the sea that parts Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore. But ended foul in many a scaly fold. yet. Ply stemming nightly toward the pole: so seemed Far off the flying Fiend. Before the gates there sat On either side a formidable Shape. Nor uglier follow the night-hag. they on the trading flood. The one seemed woman to the waist. and fair. when. into her womb. by equinoctial winds Close sailing from Bengala. Through the wide Ethiopian to the Cape. About her middle round A cry of Hell-hounds never-ceasing barked With wide Cerberean mouths full loud.Paradise Lost Now shaves with level wing the deep. or the isles Of Ternate and Tidore. If aught disturbed their noise. And kennel there. Far less abhorred than these Vexed Scylla. As when far off at sea a fleet descried Hangs in the clouds. Three iron. At last appear Hell-bounds. three folds were brass. Voluminous and vast—a serpent armed With mortal sting. would creep. three of adamantine rock. whence merchants bring Their spicy drugs. Yet unconsumed. when they list.
replied:— ‘Art thou that traitor Angel? art thou he. and from his seat The monster moving onward came as fast With horrid strides. though grim and terrible. That be assured. riding through the air she comes. and in proud rebellious arms 53 of 374 . Lured with the smell of infant blood. till then Unbroken. Satan was now at hand. terrible as Hell. execrable Shape. joint. full of wrath. not to contend with Spirits of Heaven. or limb. The other Shape— If shape it might be called that shape had none Distinguishable in member. Retire. Hell trembled as he strode.’ To whom the Goblin. For each seemed either—black it stood as Night. without leave asked of thee. Created thing naught valued he nor shunned). Fierce as ten Furies. Th’ undaunted Fiend what this might be admired— Admired.Paradise Lost In secret. not feared (God and his Son except. And with disdainful look thus first began:— ‘Whence and what art thou. and learn by proof. And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on. That dar’st. Hell-born. Or substance might be called that shadow seemed. while the labouring moon Eclipses at their charms. or taste thy folly. Who first broke peace in Heaven and faith. to dance With Lapland witches. advance Thy miscreated front athwart my way To yonder gates? Through them I mean to pass.
—then stand front to front Hovering a space.Paradise Lost Drew after him the third part of Heaven’s sons. and. and like a comet burned. and in shape. On th’ other side. outcast from God. and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war. That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In th’ arctic sky. are here condemned To waste eternal days in woe and pain? And reckon’st thou thyself with Spirits of Heaven Hell-doomed. and to thy speed add wings. so matched they stood. Lest with a whip of scorpions I pursue Thy lingering. More dreadful and deform. came rattling on Over the Caspian.’ So spake the grisly Terror. to enrage thee more. False fugitive. and pangs unfelt before. Each at the head Levelled his deadly aim. 54 of 374 . So speaking and so threatening. Conjured against the Highest—for which both thou And they. Thy king and lord? Back to thy punishment. grew tenfold. With heaven’s artillery fraught. till winds the signal blow To join their dark encounter in mid-air. Where I reign king. So frowned the mighty combatants that Hell Grew darker at their frown. or with one stroke of this dart Strange horror seize thee. Incensed with indignation. Satan stood Unterrified. and such a frown Each cast at th’ other as when two black clouds. and breath’st defiance here and scorn. their fatal hands No second stroke intend.
and in sight 55 of 374 . when at th’ assembly. which one day will destroy ye both!’ She spake.’ T’ whom thus the Portress of Hell-gate replied:— ‘Hast thou forgot me. and do I seem Now in thine eye so foul?—once deemed so fair In Heaven. ‘O father. I know thee not.’ she cried. and why. that sat Fast by Hell-gate and kept the fatal key. which he calls justice. Possesses thee to bend that mortal dart Against thy father’s head? And know’st for whom? For him who sits above. then. O son. In this infernal vale first met. and with hideous outcry rushed between. bids— His wrath. till first I know of thee What thing thou art. thou call’st Me father. that my sudden hand.Paradise Lost For never but once more was wither like To meet so great a foe. And now great deeds Had been achieved. Prevented. and that phantasm call’st my son. spares to tell thee yet by deeds What it intends. and laughs the while At thee. nor ever saw till now Sight more detestable than him and thee. what intends thy hand. and at her words the hellish Pest Forbore: then these to her Satan returned:— ‘So strange thy outcry. Had not the snaky Sorceress. ordained his drudge to execute Whate’er his wrath. and thy words so strange Thou interposest. ‘Against thy only son? What fury. thus double-formed. whereof all Hell had rung. Risen.
Then shining heavenly fair. and in the general fall I also: at which time this powerful key Into my hands was given. and for a sign Portentous held me. Amazement seized All th’ host of Heaven. but long I sat not. down Into this Deep. dim thine eyes and dizzy swum In darkness. Meanwhile war arose. back they recoiled afraid At first. Down they fell. Likest to thee in shape and countenance bright. to our part loss and rout Through all the Empyrean. familiar grown. with charge to keep These gates for ever shut. Out of thy head I sprung. but. and called me Sin. who. full oft Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing. and such joy thou took’st With me in secret that my womb conceived A growing burden. while thy head flames thick and fast Threw forth. I pleased. Becam’st enamoured. Driven headlong from the pitch of Heaven.Paradise Lost Of all the Seraphim with thee combined In bold conspiracy against Heaven’s King. All on a sudden miserable pain Surprised thee. which none can pass Without my opening. a goddess armed. till on the left side opening wide. And fields were fought in Heaven: wherein remained (For what could else?) to our Almighty Foe Clear victory. 56 of 374 . and with attractive graces won The most averse—thee chiefly. till my womb. Pensive here I sat Alone.
and gnaw My bowels.Paradise Lost Pregnant by thee. their repast. with conscious terrors vex me round. Thine own begotten. Made to destroy. And me. but that he knows His end with mine involved. swifter far. breaking violent way. with sorrow infinite To me. my son and foe. into the womb That bred them they return. and. but he pursued (though more. that. and now excessive grown. his mother. Inflamed with lust than rage). as thou saw’st—hourly conceived And hourly born. all my nether shape thus grew Transformed: but he my inbred enemy Forth issued. I fled. in embraces forcible and foul Engendering with me. Me overtook. of that rape begot These yelling monsters. it seems. with fear and pain Distorted. and back resounded Death! I fled. would full soon devour For want of other prey. Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes. At last this odious offspring whom thou seest. for. then. his parent. and cried out Death! Hell trembled at the hideous name. Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death. when they list. who set them on. and knows that I 57 of 374 . and howl. all dismayed. And. and sighed From all her caves. that with ceaseless cry Surround me. brandishing his fatal dart. That rest or intermission none I find. Tore through my entrails. bursting forth Afresh.
for that mortal dint. O father. ere now Created vast and round—a place of bliss In the purlieus of Heaven. Save he who reigns above. to supply Perhaps our vacant room.’ She finished. From them I go This uncouth errand sole. Fell with us from on high. shun His deadly arrow. but to set free From out this dark and dismal house of pain Both him and thee. But thou.Paradise Lost Should prove a bitter morsel. unthought-of—know. Through tempered heavenly. and his bane. none can resist. 58 of 374 . through dire change Befallen us unforeseen. and all the heavenly host Of Spirits that. a place foretold Should be—and. with lonely steps to tread Th’ unfounded Deep. by concurring signs. surcharged with potent multitude. neither vainly hope To be invulnerable in those bright arms. now milder. and therein placed A race of upstart creatures. and the subtle Fiend his lore Soon learned. in our just pretences armed. with wandering quest. though more removed. and thus answered smooth:— ‘Dear daughter—since thou claim’st me for thy sire. Whenever that shall be: so Fate pronounced. the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in Heaven. and through the void immense To search. I forewarn thee. And my fair son here show’st me. and joys Then sweet. now sad to mention. Lest Heaven. I come no enemy. and one for all Myself expose.
But what owe I to his commands above. this once known. and.’ He ceased. and up and down unseen Wing silently the buxom air. now designed. whom should I obey 59 of 374 . to hear His famine should be filled. Fearless to be o’ermatched by living might. and thus bespake her sire:— ‘The key of this infernal Pit. that on my bowels feed? Thou art my father. shall soon return. With terrors and with clamours compassed round Of mine own brood. or aught Than this more secret. thou my author.Paradise Lost Might hap to move new broils. by due And by command of Heaven’s all-powerful King. Who hates me. No less rejoiced His mother bad. and Death Grinned horrible a ghastly smile. To sit in hateful office here confined. thou My being gav’st me. and hath hither thrust me down Into this gloom of Tartarus profound. I haste To know. by him forbidden to unlock These adamantine gates. embalmed With odours. Be this. And bring ye to the place where thou and Death Shall dwell at ease. I keep. and blessed his maw Destined to that good hour. against all force Death ready stands to interpose his dart. all things shall be your prey. for both seemed highly pleased. There ye shall be fed and filled Immeasurably. Inhabitant of Heaven and heavenly born— Here in perpetual agony and pain.
’ Thus saying. So wide they stood. Th’ infernal doors. and place. Sad instrument of all our woe. without bound. With impetuous recoil and jarring sound. she took. And time. are lost. and height. Under spread ensigns marching. where eldest Night 60 of 374 . without end. where I shall reign At thy right hand voluptuous. but herself. breadth.Paradise Lost But thee? whom follow? Thou wilt bring me soon To that new world of light and bliss. as beseems Thy daughter and thy darling. towards the gate rolling her bestial train. then in the key-hole turns Th’ intricate wards. On a sudden open fly. that the lowest bottom shook Of Erebus. among The gods who live at ease. Without dimension. Forthwith the huge portcullis high up-drew. That with extended wings a bannered host. not all the Stygian Powers Could once have moved. and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder. from her side the fatal key. Before their eyes in sudden view appear The secrets of the hoary Deep—a dark Illimitable ocean. And. but to shut Excelled her power: the gates wide open stood. She opened. and like a furnace-mouth Cast forth redounding smoke and ruddy flame. where length. mibht pass through With horse and chariots ranked in loose array. and every bolt and bar Of massy iron or solid rock with ease Unfastens. Which.
Of neither sea. and poise Their lighter wings. bent to rase 61 of 374 . nor shore. and to battle bring Their embryon atoms: they around the flag Of each his faction. and perhaps her grave. or slow. Cold. Light-armed or heavy. Strive here for mastery. sharp. swift. Swarm populous. Moist. smooth. and which thus must ever fight. hold Eternal anarchy. Pondering his voyage. in their several clans. To whom these most adhere He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits. 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. unnumbered as the sands Of Barca or Cyrene’s torrid soil. Levied to side with warring winds. four champions fierce. And by decision more embroils the fray By which he reigns: next him. For Hot. 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. Into this wild Abyss.Paradise Lost And Chaos. and by confusion stand. ancestors of Nature. Chance governs all. for no narrow frith He had to cross. The womb of Nature. and Dry. high arbiter. amidst the noise Of endless wars. nor fire. But all these in their pregnant causes mixed Confusedly. nor air.
ascending rides Audacious. but. or rare. or sinks. plumb-down he drops Ten thousand fathom deep. Pursues the Arimaspian. meets A vast vacuity. that seat soon failing. hurried him As many miles aloft. All unawares. At last his sail-broad vans He spread for flight. o’er hill or moory dale. dense. or less than if this frame Of Heaven were falling. As in a cloudy chair. had not. pursues his way. Treading the crude consistence. or wades.Paradise Lost Some capital city. or feet. and voices all confused. and. or creeps. Instinct with fire and nitre. With head. rough. behoves him now both oar and sail. And swims. As when a gryphon through the wilderness With winged course. The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud. spurns the ground. and these elements In mutiny had from her axle torn The steadfast Earth. on he fares. thence many a league. hands. or flies. Half flying. and to this hour Down had been falling. neither sea. At length a universal hubbub wild Of stunning sounds. That fury stayed— Quenched in a boggy Syrtis. 62 of 374 . in the surging smoke Uplifted. who by stealth Had from his wakeful custody purloined The guarded gold. by ill chance. wings. half on foot. so eagerly the Fiend O’er bog or steep. through strait. Fluttering his pennons vain. Nor good dry land—nigh foundered.
all embroiled. Chaos and ancient Night. Alone and without guide. and edit PDF. I seek. of whom to ask Which way the nearest coast of darkness lies Bordering on light. The consort of his reign. half lost. assaults his ear With loudest vehemence. And Discord with a thousand various mouths. What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds Confine with Heaven. but. T’ whom Satan. thus:—‘Ye Powers And Spirtis of this nethermost Abyss. no mean recompense it brings 63 of 374 . and the dreaded name Of Demogorgon. and Confusion. and by them stood Orcus and Ades. Download the free trial version. and Chance. And Tumult. eldest of things. turning boldly. view. as my way Lies through your spacious empire up to light. Rumour next. From your dominion won. Thither he plies Undaunted. when straight behold the throne Of Chaos. Direct my course: Directed. Borne through the hollow dark. if some other place. and his dark pavilion spread Wide on the wasteful Deep! With him enthroned Sat sable-vested Night.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. or. thither to arrive I travel this profound. th’ Ethereal King Possesses lately. by constraint Wandering this darksome desert. I come no spy With purpose to explore or to disturb The secrets of your realm. to meet there whatever Power Or Spirit of the nethermost Abyss Might in that noise reside.
Confusion worse confounded. With faltering speech and visage incomposed. and Satan stayed not to reply. Your dungeon. who thou art— *** That mighty leading Angel. Answered: ‘I know thee. and Heaven-gates Poured out by millions her victorious bands. I upon my frontiers here Keep residence. and him thus the Anarch old.’ He ceased. and speed. and once more Erect the standard there of ancient Night. rout on rout. if I that region lost. Now lately Heaven and Earth. I saw and heard. another world Hung o’er my realm. and ruin. are my gain. 64 of 374 . All usurpation thence expelled. Havoc. Go. stretching far and wide beneath. and spoil. linked in a golden chain To that side Heaven from whence your legions fell! If that way be your walk. With ruin upon ruin. reduce To her original darkness and your sway (Which is my present journey).Paradise Lost To your behoof. you have not far. Yours be th’ advantage all. if all I can will serve That little which is left so to defend. So much the nearer danger. stranger. though overthrown. Hell. Pursuing. for such a numerous host Fled not in silence through the frighted Deep. who of late Made head against Heaven’s King. mine the revenge!’ Thus Satan. Encroached on still through our intestine broils Weakening the sceptre of old Night: first.
glad that now his sea should find a shore. and Chaos to retire. But. a broken foe. when Man fell. harder beset And more endangered than when Argo passed Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks. 65 of 374 . So he with difficulty and labour hard Moved on. except whom God and good Angels guard by special grace. like a pyramid of fire. whose boiling gulf Tamely endured a bridge of wondrous length. by which the Spirits perverse With easy intercourse pass to and fro To tempt or punish mortals. and by th’ other whirlpool steered. Following his track (such was the will of Heaven) Paved after him a broad and beaten way Over the dark Abyss. and from the walls of Heaven Shoots far into the bosom of dim Night A glimmering dawn. and through the shock Of fighting elements. with difficulty and labour he. he once passed. reaching th’ utmost orb Of this frail World. With fresh alacrity and force renewed Springs upward. wins his way. on all sides round Environed. But now at last the sacred influence Of light appears. Here Nature first begins Her farthest verge. soon after. Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain.Paradise Lost But. Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunned Charybdis. From Hell continued. Into the wild expanse. As from her outmost works.
Paradise Lost With tumult less and with less hostile din. extended wide In circuit. Accursed. he hies. Thither. at leisure to behold Far off th’ empyreal Heaven. though shrouds and tackle torn. and in a cursed hour. and now with ease. hanging in a golden chain. in bigness as a star Of smallest magnitude close by the moon. And. With opal towers and battlements adorned Of living sapphire. And. resembling air. undetermined square or round. This pendent World. fast by. 66 of 374 . like a weather-beaten vessel. holds Gladly the port. That Satan with less toil. Wafts on the calmer wave by dubious light. full fraught with mischievous revenge. Or in the emptier waste. Weighs his spread wings. once his native seat.
Paradise Lost Book III Hail. Taught by the heavenly Muse to venture down The dark descent. Yet not the more 67 of 374 . And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity. didst invest *** The rising world of waters dark and deep. 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. holy Light. So thick a drop serene hath quench’d their orbs. And feel thy sovran vital lamp. offspring of Heaven firstborn. Though hard and rare: Thee I revisit safe. Won from the void and formless infinite. dwelt then in thee Bright effluence of bright essence increate. but thou Revisit’st not these eyes. and up to re-ascend. Or dim suffusion veil’d. while in my flight Through utter and through middle darkness borne. Whose fountain who shall tell? before the sun. Or hear"st thou rather pure ethereal stream. and find no dawn. as with a mantle. that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray. though long detain’d In that obscure sojourn. Thee I re-visit now with bolder wing. Before the Heavens thou wert. Escap’d the Stygian pool. and at the voice Of God.
but not to me returns Day. Sion. But cloud instead. Or sight of vernal bloom. or herds. there plant eyes. Or flocks. or human face divine.Paradise Lost Cease I to wander. 68 of 374 . Clear spring. but chief Thee. And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. from the cheerful ways of men Cut off. prophets old: Then feed on thoughts. and the mind through all her powers Irradiate. or sunny hill. all mist from thence Purge and disperse. and ever-during dark Surrounds me. and Phineus. Smit with the love of sacred song. And Tiresias. Shine inward. or the sweet approach of even or morn. Thy sovran command. celestial Light. that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight. and the flowery brooks beneath. and in shadiest covert hid Tunes her nocturnal note. where the Muses haunt. Blind Thamyris. and blind Maeonides. and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of nature’s works to me expung’d and ras’d. that voluntary move Harmonious numbers. Thus with the year Seasons return. So much the rather thou. or shady grove. as the wakeful bird Sings darkling. that Man should find grace. and warbling flow. or summer’s rose. That wash thy hallow’d feet. Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget So were I equall’d with them in renown.
on his right The radiant image of his glory sat. His only son. nor all the chains Heap’d on him there. present. On the bare outside of this world.Paradise Lost Now had the Almighty Father from above. yet the only two Of mankind in the happy garden plac’d Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love. he beholds. on earth he first beheld Our two first parents. Wherein past. without firmament. Him God beholding from his prospect high. so bent he seems 69 of 374 . nor yet the main abyss Wide interrupt. In blissful solitude. future. in ocean or in air. that seem’d Firm land imbosom’d. From the pure empyrean where he sits High thron’d above all highth. Uninterrupted joy. Uncertain which. and Satan there Coasting the wall of Heaven on this side Night In the dun air sublime. Only begotten Son. unrivall’d love. and willing feet. and from his sight receiv’d Beatitude past utterance. 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. Thus to his only Son foreseeing spake. he then survey’d Hell and the gulf between. seest thou what rage Transports our Adversary? whom no bounds Prescrib’d no bars of Hell. can hold. and ready now To stoop with wearied wings.
Freely they stood who stood. constant faith or love. of freedom both despoil’d. Not me? they therefore. Not what they would? what praise could they receive? What pleasure I from such obedience paid. had serv’d necessity. Such I created all the ethereal Powers And Spirits. For man will hearken to his glozing lies. So were created. 70 of 374 . and fell who fell. in the precincts of light. And easily transgress the sole command. And now. that shall redound Upon his own rebellious head. and shall pervert. with purpose to assay If him by force he can destroy.Paradise Lost On desperate revenge. nor can justly accuse Their Maker. worse. Not free. I made him just and right. and them who fail’d. When will and reason (reason also is choice) Useless and vain. or their making. as to right belong$ ‘d. Directly towards the new created world. he had of me All he could have. or. By some false guile pervert. Where only what they needs must do appear’d. both them who stood. he wings his way Not far off Heaven. Sole pledge of his obedience: So will fall He and his faithless progeny: Whose fault? Whose but his own? ingrate. or their fate. Sufficient to have stood. And man there plac’d. Through all restraint broke loose. Made passive both. what proof could they have given sincere Of true allegiance. though free to fall.
and in the blessed Spirits elect Sense of new joy ineffable diffus’d. not I. so shall my glory excel. ambrosial fragrance fill’d All Heaven. first and last. which ordain’d $THeir freedom: they themselves ordain’d their fall. Thus while God spake. if I foreknew. Or aught by me immutably foreseen. But Mercy. for so I form’d them free: and free they must remain.Paradise Lost As if predestination over-rul’d Their will dispos’d by absolute decree Or high foreknowledge they themselves decreed Their own revolt. in him all his Father shone Substantially express’d. Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault. and revoke the high decree Unchangeable. and without measure grace. Love without end. The other none: In mercy and justice both. Till they enthrall themselves. They trespass. and what they choose. and in his face Divine compassion visibly appear’d. authors to themselves in all Both what they judge. self-deprav’d: Man falls. Beyond compare the Son of God was seen Most glorious. The first sort by their own suggestion fell. So without least impulse or shadow of fate. 71 of 374 . Self-tempted. shall brightest shine. Through Heaven and Earth. Which had no less proved certain unforeknown. I else must change Their nature. deceiv’d By the other first: Man therefore shall find grace. eternal.
what for thy glory thou hast made? So should thy goodness and thy greatness both Be question’d and blasphem’d without defence. with the innumerable sound Of hymns and sacred songs. who art judge Of all things made. and judgest only right. O Father. Thy creature late so lov’d. For should Man finally be lost. Or shall the Adversary thus obtain His end. gracious was that word which clos’d Thy sovran command. though join’d With his own folly? that be from thee far. That far be from thee. my wisdom. thus he to his Father spake. Or proud return. O son. 72 of 374 . . and effectual might. should Man. By him corrupted? or wilt thou thyself Abolish thy creation. My word. To whom the great Creator thus replied. thy youngest son. wherewith thy throne Encompass’d shall resound thee ever blest. Son of my bosom. that Man should find grace. that Man should find grace. Son who art alone.Paradise Lost Which uttering. For which both Heaven and earth shall high extol Thy praises. Yet with revenge accomplish’d. Fall circumvented thus by fraud. and to Hell Draw after him the whole race of mankind. though to his heavier doom. and frustrate thine? shall he fulfill His malice. in whom my soul hath chief delight. and unmake For him. and thy goodness bring to nought. Father.
Light after light. This my long sufferance. whom if they will hear. so is my will: The rest shall hear me call. all As my eternal purpose hath decreed. and my day of grace. And I will place within them as a guide. but sav’d who will. but grace in me Freely vouchsaf’d. What may suffice. Mine ear shall not be slow. My umpire Conscience.Paradise Lost All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are. well us’d. mine eye not shut. and obedience due. and to none but me. and enthrall’d By sin to foul exorbitant desires. They who neglect and scorn. for I will clear their senses dark. Upheld by me. safe arrive. To prayer. and to me owe All his deliverance. Though but endeavour’d with sincere intent. Elect above the rest. once more I will renew His lapsed powers. Yet not of will in him. Man shall not quite be lost. persisting. repent. though forfeit. Some I have chosen of peculiar grace. and to appease betimes The incensed Deity. 73 of 374 . And to the end. that he may know how frail His fallen condition is. and oft be warn’d Their sinful state. while offer’d grace Invites. shall never taste. and bring obedience due. repentance. and soften stony hearts To pray. they shall attain. By me upheld. yet once more he shall stand On even ground against his mortal foe.
Patron or intercessour none appear’d. thy word is past. In whom the fulness dwells of love divine. He. Disloyal. death for death. Much less that durst upon his own head draw The deadly forfeiture. Father. and sins Against the high supremacy of Heaven. Affecting God-head. but all the heavenly quire stood mute. where shall we find such love? Which of you will be mortal. heavenly Powers. and deeper fall. Die he or justice must. And none but such from mercy I exclude. and. His dearest mediation thus renew’d. blind be blinded more. 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. had not the Son of God. That they may stumble on. But yet all is not done. breaks his fealty. must die. Man shall find grace. and ransom set. But to destruction sacred and devote. Man disobeying. pay The rigid satisfaction. And shall grace not find means. that finds her way. with his whole posterity.Paradise Lost But hard be harden’d. Say. To expiate his treason hath nought left. and as willing. unless for him Some other able. 74 of 374 . so losing all. adjudg’d to Death and Hell By doom severe. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been lost. to redeem Man’s mortal crime.
and this glory next to thee Freely put off. and edit PDF. spoiled of his vaunted spoil. and for him lastly die Well pleased. Death his death’s wound shall then receive. or offering meet. Under his gloomy power I shall not long Lie vanquished. by thee I live.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Download the free trial version. To visit all thy creatures. and lost. yet. Though now to Death I yield. life for life I offer: on me let thine anger fall. I for his sake will leave Thy bosom. 75 of 374 . unimplor’d. on me let Death wreak all his rage. I through the ample air in triumph high Shall lead Hell captive maugre Hell. Thou. nor suffer my unspotted soul For ever with corruption there to dwell. unsought? Happy for Man. and to all Comes unprevented. and stoop Inglorious. and am his due. out of Heaven shalt look down and smile. once dead in sins. and show The powers of darkness bound. The speediest of thy winged messengers. Account me Man. $ thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave His prey. But I shall rise victorious. of his mortal sting disarmed. Atonement for himself. that debt paid. at the sight Pleased. hath none to bring. so coming. and subdue My vanquisher. Thou hast given me to possess Life in myself for ever. All that of me can die. Behold me then: me for him. Indebted and undone. he her aid Can never seek. view.
that for him I spare Thee from my bosom and right hand. Father. Made flesh. long absent. but soon th’ Almighty thus replied.Paradise Lost While. he attends the will Of his great Father. Then. of virgin seed. therefore. Wondering. and with his carcase glut the grave. wherein no cloud Of anger shall remain. but his meek aspect Silent yet spake. 76 of 374 . but peace assured And reconcilement: wrath shall be no more Thenceforth. nor Man the least. 00021053 Thou. O thou in Heaven and Earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath. O thou My sole complacence! Well thou know’st how dear To me are all my works. by thee raised. Shall enter Heaven. the whole race lost. what this might mean. And be thyself Man among men on Earth. when time shall be. Death last. but in thy presence joy entire. whom thou only canst redeem. By losing thee a while. and whither tend. and breathed immortal love To mortal men. His words here ended. Admiration seized All Heaven. and return. I ruin all my foes. Their nature also to thy nature join. with the multitude of my redeemed. to save. to see thy face. above which only shone Filial obedience: as a sacrifice Glad to be offered. Though last created.
by descending to assume Man’s nature. lessen or degrade thine own. Far more than great or high. and still destroys In those who. and dying to redeem. accept not grace. Because thou hast. as is most just. when they may. And dying rise. and from thee Receive new life. So dearly to redeem what hellish hate So easily destroyed. to save A world from utter loss. and hast been found By merit more than birthright Son of God. Shall satisfy for Man. without thee none. As in him perish all men. and rising with him raise His brethren. be judged and die. So heavenly love shall outdo hellish hate. and equally enjoying God-like fruition. though throned in highest bliss Equal to God. Imputed. Found worthiest to be so by being good. So Man. His crime makes guilty all his sons. thy merit.Paradise Lost By wondrous birth. Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt 77 of 374 . As from a second root. shall be restored As many as are restored. quitted all. so in thee. Giving to death. shall absolve them who renounce Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds. Nor shalt thou. And live in thee transplanted. ransomed with his own dear life. be thou in Adam’s room The head of all mankind. though Adam’s son. because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory abounds.
to the general doom Shall hasten. With joy and peace triumphing. who to compass all this dies. reign for ever. shall sink Beneath thy sentence. after all their tribulations long. forthwith from all winds. 78 of 374 . Hell. and assume Thy merits. Son both of God and Man. When thou. I reduce: All knees to thee shall bow. See golden days. The living. her numbers full. God shall be all in all. Princedoms. such a peal shall rouse their sleep. under thee. Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Thrones. and fair truth. and from thee send The summoning Arch-Angels to proclaim Thy dread tribunal. thou shalt judge Bad Men and Angels. fruitful of golden deeds. But. Powers.Paradise Lost With thee thy manhood also to this throne: Here shalt thou sit incarnate. and forthwith the cited dead Of all past ages. here shalt reign Both God and Man. And. and from her ashes spring New Heaven and Earth. wherein the just shall dwell. Anointed universal King. For regal scepter then no more shall need. arraigned. of them that bide In Heaven. or under Earth in Hell. they. Adore him. Shalt in the sky appear. or Earth. Dominions. attended gloriously from Heaven. all thy saints assembled. all power I give thee. Mean while The world shall burn. all ye Gods. Then. Then thou thy regal scepter shalt lay by. as head supreme.
uttering joy. and loud Hosannas filled The eternal regions: Lowly reverent Towards either throne they bow. where first it grew. and honour him as me. and to the ground With solemn adoration down they cast Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold. And where the river of bliss through midst of Heaven Rolls o’er Elysian flowers her amber stream. Began to bloom. such concord is in Heaven. sweet As from blest voices. with a shout Loud as from numbers without number. but all The multitude of Angels. but soon for man’s offence To Heaven removed. Immortal amarant. No voice exempt. And flowers aloft shading the fount of life. their golden harps they took.Paradise Lost Adore the Son. Then. No sooner had the Almighty ceased. crowned again. Impurpled with celestial roses smiled. fast by the tree of life. Now in loose garlands thick thrown off. a flower which once In Paradise. With these that never fade the Spirits elect Bind their resplendent locks inwreathed with beams. no voice but well could join Melodious part. that glittering by their side Like quivers hung. there grows. and with preamble sweet Of charming symphony they introduce Their sacred song. and waken raptures high. Heaven rung With jubilee. the bright Pavement. Harps ever tuned. that like a sea of jasper shone. 79 of 374 .
Immortal.Paradise Lost Thee. Infinite. and. without cloud Made visible. 80 of 374 . the Almighty Father shines. first they sung Omnipotent. while o’er the necks Thou drovest of warring Angels disarrayed. Father. Immutable. Thee next they sang of all creation first. To execute fierce vengeance on his foes. Whom else no creature can behold. thyself invisible Amidst the glorious brightness where thou sit’st Throned inaccessible. and by thee threw down The aspiring Dominations: Thou that day Thy Father’s dreadful thunder didst not spare. Yet dazzle Heaven. Back from pursuit thy Powers with loud acclaim Thee only extolled. Eternal King. He Heaven of Heavens and all the Powers therein By thee created. Nor stop thy flaming chariot-wheels. Transfused on thee his ample Spirit rests. through a cloud Drawn round about thee like a radiant shrine. that shook Heaven’s everlasting frame. Not so on Man: Him through their malice fallen. but when thou shadest The full blaze of thy beams. Begotten Son. the Author of all being. Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear. In whose conspicuous countenance. but with both wings veil their eyes. that brightest Seraphim Approach not. Fonntain of light. Son of thy Father’s might. Divine Similitude. on thee Impressed the effulgence of his glory abides.
Save on that side which from the wall of Heaven. now seems a boundless continent Dark. Their happy hours in joy and hymning spent. whose first convex divides The luminous inferiour orbs. nor from thy Father’s praise disjoin. Though distant far. Mean while upon the firm opacous globe Of this round world. above the starry sphere. Thus they in Heaven. waste. some small reflection gains Of glimmering air less vexed with tempest loud: 81 of 374 . inclement sky. and end the strife Of mercy and justice in thy face discerned. O unexampled love. and never shall my heart thy praise Forget. and wild. under the frown of Night Starless exposed. and the inroad of Darkness old. thou didst not doom So strictly. Love no where to be found less than Divine! Hail. He to appease thy wrath. Son of God. but much more to pity incline: No sooner did thy dear and only Son Perceive thee purposed not to doom frail Man So strictly. and ever-threatening storms Of Chaos blustering round. but much more to pity inclined. enclosed From Chaos. Saviour of Men! Thy name Shall be the copious matter of my song Henceforth. offered himself to die For Man’s offence. Satan alighted walks: A globe far off It seemed.Paradise Lost Father of mercy and grace. Regardless of the bliss wherein he sat Second to thee.
and all who in vain things Built their fond hopes of glory or lasting fame. when sin With vanity had filled the works of men: Both all things vain. fleet hither. Living or lifeless. for other creature in this place. All who have their reward on earth. Indian streams. the fruits Of painful superstition and blind zeal. or unkindly mixed. Dislodging from a region scarce of prey To gorge the flesh of lambs or yeanling kids. Dissolved on earth. None yet. where Chineses drive With sails and wind their cany waggons light: So. Whose snowy ridge the roving Tartar bounds. bent on his prey. Nought seeking but the praise of men.Paradise Lost Here walked the Fiend at large in spacious field. here find Fit retribution. empty as their deeds. but store hereafter from the earth Up hither like aereal vapours flew Of all things transitory and vain. 82 of 374 . Or happiness in this or the other life. On hills where flocks are fed. As when a vultur on Imaus bred. monstrous. flies toward the springs Of Ganges or Hydaspes. But in his way lights on the barren plains Of Sericana. and in vain. Abortive. Alone. on this windy sea of land. All the unaccomplished works of Nature’s hand. the Fiend Walked up and down alone. wander here. to be found was none. Till final dissolution.
put on the weeds of Dominick. to enjoy Plato’s Elysium. who. eremites.Paradise Lost Not in the neighbouring moon as some have dreamed. Hither of ill-joined sons and daughters born First from the ancient world those giants came With many a vain exploit. had they wherewithal. New Babels. who to be sure of Paradise. though then renowned: The builders next of Babel on the plain Of Sennaar. leaped fondly into Aetna flames. he. Translated Saints. They pass the planets seven. Those argent fields more likely habitants. and he. and that first moved. Embryos. and friars White. Dying. who lives in Heaven. and many more too long. Cleombrotus. And now Saint Peter at Heaven’s wicket seems To wait them with his keys. and still with vain design. to be deemed A God. Empedocles. who. when lo A violent cross wind from either coast 83 of 374 . and now at foot Of Heaven’s ascent they lift their feet. with all their trumpery. or middle Spirits hold Betwixt the angelical and human kind. would build: Others came single. and gray. And that crystalling sphere whose balance weighs The trepidation talked. that strayed so far to seek In Golgotha him dead. leaped into the sea. and idiots. And they. Or in Franciscan think to pass disguised. Here pilgrims roam. and pass the fixed. black.
now unpeopled. bands Of guardians bright. Indulgences. All this dark globe the Fiend found as he passed. beads. appeared The work as of a kingly palace-gate. in the field of Luz Dreaming by night under the open sky And waking cried. And long he wandered. then reliques. pardons. since called The Paradise of Fools. Fly o’er the backside of the world far off Into a Limbo large and broad. upwhirled aloft. hoods. These stairs were such as whereon Jacob saw Angels ascending and descending. 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. ten thousand leagues awry Into the devious air: Then might ye see Cowls. This is the gate of Heaven. With frontispiece of diamond and gold Embellished. tost And fluttered into rags. thick with sparkling orient gems The portal shone. drawn.Paradise Lost Blows them transverse. inimitable on earth By model. Each stair mysteriously was meant. The sport of winds: All these. dispenses. At top whereof. and habits. but far more rich. bulls. or by shading pencil. when he from Esau fled To Padan-Aram. and untrod. to few unknown Long after. with their wearers. nor stood 84 of 374 .
On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent. Wider by far than that of after-times Over mount Sion. but drawn up to Heaven sometimes Viewless. whether to dare The Fiend by easy ascent. The stairs were then let down. Satan from hence. A passage down to the Earth. and. Through dark?. So wide the opening seemed. now on the lower stair. and his eye with choice regard From Paneas. or of liquid pearl. Looks down with wonder at the sudden view Of all this world at once. To Beersaba. By which. Over the Promised Land to God so dear.?.Paradise Lost There always. where bounds were set To darkness. and underneath a bright sea flowed Of jasper. to visit oft those happy tribes. That scaled by steps of gold to Heaven-gate. whereon Who after came from earth. such as bound the ocean wave. where the Holy Land Borders on Egypt and the Arabian shore. or flew o’er the lake Rapt in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds. the fount of Jordan’s flood. failing arrived Wafted by Angels. As when a scout. a passage wide. or aggravate His sad exclusion from the doors of bliss: Direct against which opened from beneath. though that were large.nd desart ways with?oeril gone All?might.t?kast by break of cheerful dawn 85 of 374 . Just o’er the blissful seat of Paradise.
or some renowned metropolis With glistering spires and pinnacles adorned. The Spirit malign. and winds with ease Through the pure marble air his oblique way Amongst innumerable stars. Fortunate fields. then from pole to pole He views in breadth. and without longer pause Down right into the world’s first region throws His flight precipitant. but nigh hand seemed other worlds. (but up or down. and flowery vales. Which now the rising sun gilds with his beams: Such wonder seised. that shone Stars distant.Paradise Lost Obtains the brow of some high-climbing hill. but who dwelt happy there He staid not to inquire: Above them all The golden sun. though after Heaven seen. but much more envy seised. Thrice happy isles. Round he surveys (and well might. 86 of 374 . thither his course he bends Through the calm firmament. Allured his eye.) from eastern point Of Libra to the fleecy star that bears Andromeda far off Atlantick seas Beyond the horizon. Like those Hesperian gardens famed of old. At sight of all this world beheld so fair. where he stood So high above the circling canopy Of night’s extended shade. or happy isles. in splendour likest Heaven. Or other worlds they seemed. Which to his eye discovers unaware The goodly prospect of some foreign land First seen. and groves.
That from his lordly eye keep distance due. to the twelve that shone In Aaron’s breast-plate. but all alike informed With radiant light. Shoots invisible virtue even to the deep. though by their powerful art they bind Volatile Hermes. Or longitude. and call up unbound 87 of 374 . part seemed gold. hard to tell. though unseen. or like to that which here below Philosophers in vain so long have sought. towards his all-cheering lamp Turn swift their various motions. If stone. and a stone besides Imagined rather oft than elsewhere seen. part silver clear. a spot like which perhaps Astronomer in the sun’s lucent orb Through his glazed optick tube yet never saw. That stone.) where the great luminary Aloof the vulgar constellations thick. and to each inward part With gentle penetration. If metal. and years. Download the free trial version. and edit PDF. By center. The place he found beyond expression bright. There lands the Fiend. view. as glowing iron with fire. or eccentrick. Not all parts like. In vain. as they move Their starry dance in numbers that compute Days. that gently warms The universe. carbuncle most or chrysolite. they. or are turned By his magnetick beam. Ruby or topaz. months.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. metal or stone. Compared with aught on earth. Dispenses light from far. So wonderously was set his station bright.
sharpened his visual ray To objects distant far. far and wide his eye commands. What wonder then if fields and regions here Breathe forth Elixir pure. the happy seat of Man. Drained through a limbeck to his native form. and rivers run Potable gold. 88 of 374 . but not his brightness hid. whereby he soon Saw within ken a glorious Angel stand. No where so clear. nor less his locks behind Illustrious on his shoulders fledge with wings Lay waving round. Of beaming sunny rays a golden tiar Circled his head. nor shade. on some great charge employed He seemed. as they now Shot upward still direct. Glad was the Spirit impure. when with one virtuous touch The arch-chemick sun. with terrestrial humour mixed. as when his beams at noon Culminate from the equator. as now in hope To find who might direct his wandering flight To Paradise. Produces. so far from us remote. whence no way round Shadow from body opaque can fall. The same whom John saw also in the sun: His back was turned. But all sun-shine. or fixed in cogitation deep. and the air. Here in the dark so many precious things Of colour glorious. and effect so rare? Here matter new to gaze the Devil met Undazzled. For sight no obstacle found here.Paradise Lost In various shapes old Proteus from the sea.
and as his eye To visit oft this new creation round. one of the seven Who in God’s presence. He drew not nigh unheard. Uriel. nearest to his throne. and held Before his decent steps a silver wand. yet such as in his face Youth smiled celestial. his radiant visage turned. wings he wore Of many a coloured plume. sprinkled with gold. Ere he drew nigh. so well he feigned: Under a coronet his flowing hair In curls on either cheek played. O’er sea and land: him Satan thus accosts. for thou of those seven Spirits that stand In sight of God’s high throne. or down to the Earth Bear his swift errands over moist and dry. And here art likeliest by supreme decree Like honour to obtain. Stand ready at command. and to every limb Suitable grace diffused. gloriously bright. Not of the prime. the Angel bright. and straight was known The Arch-Angel Uriel. But first he casts to change his proper shape. and are his eyes That run through all the Heavens. The first art wont his great authentick will Interpreter through highest Heaven to bring.Paradise Lost His journey’s end and our beginning woe. Which else might work him danger or delay: And now a stripling Cherub he appears. Admonished by his ear. 89 of 374 . His habit fit for speed succinct. Where all his sons thy embassy attend.
and with secret gaze Or open admiration him behold. Hath brought me from the quires of Cherubim Alone thus wandering. and held 90 of 374 . and to simplicity Resigns her charge. So spake the false dissembler unperceived. and know All these his wonderous works. him for whom All these his works so wonderous he ordained. suspicion sleeps At wisdom’s gate. and. as is meet. while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems: Which now for once beguiled Uriel. to repair that loss. By his permissive will. except to God alone. That both in him and all things. though regent of the sun. but chiefly Man. For neither Man nor Angel can discern Hypocrisy. The universal Maker we may praise. Created this new happy race of Men To serve him better: Wise are all his ways. through Heaven and Earth: And oft. But all these shining orbs his choice to dwell. Who justly hath driven out his rebel foes To deepest Hell. though wisdom wake. or fixed seat hath none. On whom the great Creator hath bestowed Worlds. the only evil that walks Invisible. tell In which of all these shining orbs hath Man His fixed seat. That I may find him. His chief delight and favour. Brightest Seraph.Paradise Lost Unspeakable desire to see. and on whom hath all these graces poured.
but hid their causes deep? I saw when at his word the formless mass. And this ethereal quintessence of Heaven Flew upward. hear only in Heaven: For wonderful indeed are all his works. answer thus returned. leads to no excess That reaches blame. came to a heap: Confusion heard his voice. spirited with various forms. thereby to glorify The great Work-master. stood vast infinitude confined. but rather merits praise The more it seems excess. Till at his second bidding Darkness fled. air. or the wisdom infinite That brought them forth. and turned to stars Numberless. fire. and how they move. Light shone. and wild uproar Stood ruled. That rolled orbicular. and worthiest to be all Had in remembrance always with delight. Who to the fraudulent impostor foul. that led thee hither From thy empyreal mansion thus alone. This world’s material mould.Paradise Lost The sharpest-sighted Spirit of all in Heaven. Contented with report. thy desire. 91 of 374 . and order from disorder sprung: Swift to their several quarters hasted then The cumbrous elements. To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps. flood. as thou seest. Fair Angel. which tends to know The works of God. earth. But what created mind can comprehend Their number. Pleasant to know. In his uprightness.
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
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
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
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
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
As one continued brake. but only used For prospect. but sat devising death To them who lived. what well used had been the pledge 99 of 374 . Download the free trial version. So since into his church lewd hirelings climb. Leaps o’er the fence with ease into the fold: Or as a thief. Now to the ascent of that steep savage hill Satan had journeyed on. nor on the virtue thought Of that life-giving plant. Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey. pensive and slow. But further way found none. or o’er the tiles: So clomb this first grand thief into God’s fold. and. Due entrance he disdained. Thence up he flew. The middle tree and highest there that grew. the undergrowth Of shrubs and tangling bushes had perplexed All path of man or beast that passed that way. In at the window climbs. fear no assault. yet not true life Thereby regained. Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve In hurdled cotes amid the field secure. Sat like a cormorant. in contempt. and sheer within Lights on his feet. so thick entwined. At one flight bound high over-leaped all bound Of hill or highest wall. As when a prowling wolf. whose substantial doors. and on the tree of life. Cross-barred and bolted fast. One gate there only was. view. and edit PDF.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher. and that looked east On the other side: which when the arch-felon saw.
grew fast by. Southward through Eden went a river large. Eden stretched her line From Auran eastward to the royal towers Of great Seleucia. for God had thrown That mountain as his garden-mould high raised Upon the rapid current. Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill. or to their meanest use. but perverts best things To worst abuse. and next to life. And all amid them stood the tree of life. In narrow room. smell. A Heaven on Earth: For blissful Paradise Of God the garden was. built by Grecian kings. which. taste. Nor changed his course. Of where the sons of Eden long before Dwelt in Telassar: In this pleasant soil His far more pleasant garden God ordained. Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow All trees of noblest kind for sight.Paradise Lost Of immortality. blooming ambrosial fruit Of vegetable gold. Rose a fresh fountain. yea more. but through the shaggy hill Passed underneath ingulfed. Beneath him with new wonder now he views. Our death. High eminent. to value right The good before him. the tree of knowledge. and with many a rill 100 of 374 . To all delight of human sense exposed. So little knows Any. through veins Of porous earth with kindly thirst up-drawn. by him in the east Of Eden planted. but God alone. Nature’s whole wealth.
Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm. and where the unpierced shade Imbrowned the noontide bowers: Thus was this place A happy rural seat of various view. o’er which the mantling vine 101 of 374 . wandering many a famous realm And country. Hung amiable. With mazy errour under pendant shades Ran nectar. and met the nether flood. here only. Flowers of all hue. Both where the morning sun first warmly smote The open field. thence united fell Down the steep glade. and dale. but Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill. and fed Flowers worthy of Paradise. which not nice Art In beds and curious knots. Which from his darksome passage now appears. Hesperian fables true. and without thorn the rose: Another side. divided into four main streams. Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold. And now. or the flowery lap Of some irriguous valley spread her store. and of delicious taste: Betwixt them lawns. if Art could tell. If true. were interposed. visiting each plant. whereof here needs no account.Paradise Lost Watered the garden. Runs diverse. Others whose fruit. umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess. But rather to tell how. How from that sapphire fount the crisped brooks. and flocks Grazing the tender herb. and plain. or level downs. Or palmy hillock. burnished with golden rind.
while universal Pan. all kind Of living creatures. nor that sweet grove Of Daphne by Orontes. from his stepdame Rhea’s eye. Nor where Abassin kings their issue guard. That to the fringed bank with myrtle crowned Her crystal mirrour holds. Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance. The birds their quire apply. and the inspired Castalian spring. where Proserpine gathering flowers.Paradise Lost Lays forth her purple grape. attune The trembling leaves. mean while murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills. Breathing the smell of field and grove. airs. and strange 102 of 374 . where the Fiend Saw. and gently creeps Luxuriant. dispersed. Mount Amara. Herself a fairer flower by gloomy Dis Was gathered. unite their streams. where old Cham. vernal airs. A whole day’s journey high. though this by some supposed True Paradise under the Ethiop line By Nilus’ head. nor that Nyseian isle Girt with the river Triton. and her florid son Young Bacchus. or in a lake. enclosed with shining rock. new to sight. Not that fair field Of Enna. Whom Gentiles Ammon call and Libyan Jove. Hid Amalthea. Led on the eternal Spring. but wide remote From this Assyrian garden. all delight. which cost Ceres all that pain To seek her through the world. might with this Paradise Of Eden strive. undelighted.
Sin-bred. erect and tall. for in their looks divine The image of their glorious Maker shone. reluctant. which implied Subjection. honour dishonourable. with native honour clad In naked majesty seemed lords of all: And worthy seemed. Then was not guilty shame. as a veil. down to the slender waist Her unadorned golden tresses wore Dishevelled. Yielded with coy submission. wisdom. but required with gentle sway. but not beneath his shoulders broad: She. sanctitude severe and pure.Paradise Lost Two of far nobler shape. by him best received. And by her yielded. And sweet. amorous delay. He for God only. 103 of 374 . Truth. For softness she and sweet attractive grace. modest pride. mere shows of seeming pure. For contemplation he and valour formed. she for God in him: His fair large front and eye sublime declared Absolute rule. though both Not equal. Godlike erect. (Severe. and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering. Nor those mysterious parts were then concealed. as their sex not equal seemed. but in true filial freedom placed.) Whence true authority in men. but in wanton ringlets waved As the vine curls her tendrils. how have ye troubled all mankind With shows instead. dishonest shame Of nature’s works.
the fairest of her daughters Eve. nor shunned the sight Of God or Angel. nor endearing smiles Wanted. to their supper-fruits they fell. Under a tuft of shade that on a green Stood whispering soft. and. for they thought no ill: So hand in hand they passed. Nor gentle purpose. ounces. Alone as they. bears. Still as they thirsted. as beseems Fair couple. by a fresh fountain side They sat them down. Gambolled before them. since wild. tigers. Nectarine fruits which the compliant boughs Yielded them. the loveliest pair.Paradise Lost And banished from man’s life his happiest life. side-long as they sat recline On the soft downy bank damasked with flowers: The savoury pulp they chew. and in the rind. Sporting the lion ramped. 104 of 374 . That ever since in love’s embraces met. pards. and in his paw Dandled the kid. scoop the brimming stream. the unwieldy elephant. forest or den. and of all chase In wood or wilderness. Simplicity and spotless innocence! So passed they naked on. About them frisking played All beasts of the earth. after no more toil Of their sweet gardening labour than sufficed To recommend cool Zephyr. linked in happy nuptial league. and made ease More easy. nor youthful dalliance. wholesome thirst and appetite More grateful. Adam the goodliest man of men since born His sons.
the more your taste is now of joy. ye little think how nigh Your change approaches. used all his might. others on the grass Couched. and this high seat your Heaven Ill fenced for Heaven to keep out such a foe As now is entered. Declined. but for so happy ill secured Long to continue. and could love. for the sun. 105 of 374 . Or bedward ruminating. and now filled with pasture gazing sat. when all these delights Will vanish. yet no purposed foe To you. yet to heavenly Spirits bright Little inferiour. Ah! gentle pair. Scarce thus at length failed speech recovered sad. was hasting now with prone career To the ocean isles. whom I could pity thus forlorn. O Hell! what do mine eyes with grief behold! Into our room of bliss thus high advanced Creatures of other mould. whom my thoughts pursue With wonder. and deliver ye to woe. Not Spirits. wove with Gordian twine His braided train. and wreathed His?kithetmroboscis. as first he stood. so lively shines In them divine resemblance. and such grace The hand that formed them on their shape hath poured. More woe. earth-born perhaps. close the serpent sly. Happy. and in the ascending scale Of Heaven the stars that usher evening rose: When Satan still in gaze. and of his fatal guile Gave proof unheeded.Paradise Lost To make them mirth. Insinuating.
I should abhor.Paradise Lost Though I unpitied: League with you I seek. my dwelling haply may not please. as their shape served best his end Nearer to view his prey. compels me now To do what else. if no better place. he gave it me. Which I as freely give: Hell shall unfold. Thank him who puts me loth to this revenge On you who wrong me not for him who wronged. The tyrant’s plea. yet such Accept your Maker’s work. And should I at your harmless innocence Melt. there will be room. as I do. to receive Your numerous offspring. so strait. Like this fair Paradise. About them round A lion now he stalks with fiery glare. Honour and empire with revenge enlarged. your sense. though damned. That I with you must dwell. who by chance hath spied 106 of 374 . Then from his lofty stand on that high tree Down he alights among the sportful herd Of those four-footed kinds. her widest gates. Then as a tiger. To entertain you two. And mutual amity. excused his devilish deeds. so close. yet publick reason just. and with necessity. By word or action marked. So spake the Fiend. himself now one. By conquering this new world. To mark what of their state he more might learn. or you with me Henceforth. And send forth all her kings. and. Now other. unespied. Not like these narrow limits.
Whence rushing. and dominion given Over all other creatures that possess Earth. Adam first of men To first of women Eve thus moving speech. of all the trees In Paradise that bear delicious fruit So various. Some dreadful thing no doubt. changes oft His couchant watch. rising. and of his good As liberal and free as infinite. needs must the Power That made us. then. this easy charge. and for us this ample world. Sole partner. Straight couches close. who at his hand Have nothing merited. So near grows death to life. Turned him. Among so many signs of power and rule Conferred upon us. air. nor can perform Aught whereof he hath need. That raised us from the dust. Griped in each paw: when. Dearer thyself than all. Be infinitely good. all ear to hear new utterance flow. and sole part. and placed us here In all this happiness. he who requires From us no other service than to keep This one. of all these joys. Then let us not think hard 107 of 374 . for well thou knowest God hath pronounced it death to taste that tree. as one who chose his ground. whate’er death is. he might surest seize them both. planted by the tree of life.Paradise Lost In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play. and sea. The only sign of our obedience left. not to taste that only tree Of knowledge.
I chiefly. and how. Which were it toilsome. my guide And head! what thou hast said is just and right. yet with thee were sweet. And daily thanks. 108 of 374 . and laid me down On the green bank. who enjoy So far the happier lot. whence thither brought. and spread Into a liquid plain. enjoying thee Pre-eminent by so much odds. to look into the clear Smooth lake. That day I oft remember. For we to him indeed all praises owe. To whom thus Eve replied. and choice Unlimited of manifold delights: But let us ever praise him. and found myself reposed Under a shade on flowers. And without whom am to no end. Not distant far from thence a murmuring sound Of waters issued from a cave. just opposite A shape within the watery gleam appeared. who enjoy Free leave so large to all things else. and extol His bounty. flesh of thy flesh. then stood unmoved Pure as the expanse of Heaven. much wondering where And what I was. and tend these flowers. To prune these growing plants. As I bent down to look. while thou Like consort to thyself canst no where find.Paradise Lost One easy prohibition. following our delightful task. when from sleep I first awaked. that to me seemed another sky. O thou for whom And from whom I was formed. I thither went With unexperienced thought.
him thou shalt enjoy ‘Inseparably thine. and thy soft embraces. he ‘Whose image thou art.’ What could I do. to have thee by my side ‘Henceforth an individual solace dear. fair Eve. ‘Substantial life.Paradise Lost Bending to look on me: I started back. and thence be called ‘Mother of human race. but pleased I soon returned. Pleased it returned as soon with answering looks Of sympathy and love: There I had fixed Mine eyes till now. his bone. ‘His flesh. It started back. invisibly thus led? Till I espied thee.and from that time see How beauty is excelled by manly grace. 109 of 374 . ‘Whom flyest thou? whom thou flyest. to him shalt bear ‘Multitudes like thyself. ‘And I will bring thee where no shadow stays ‘Thy coming. and pined with vain desire. Had not a voice thus warned me. fair Creature. less amiably mild. is thyself. nearest my heart. ‘What there thou seest. of him thou art. and thee claim ‘My other half:’ With that thy gentle hand Seised mine: I yielded. ‘What thou seest. Thou following cryedst aloud. to give thee being I lent ‘Out of my side to thee. ‘Return. Less winning soft. fair indeed and tall. ‘With thee it came and goes: but follow me. Than that smooth watery image: Back I turned. yet methought less fair. But follow straight. ‘Part of my soul I seek thee. Under a platane.
half her swelling breast Naked met his. yet with jealous leer malign Eyed them askance. So spake our general mother. of knowledge called. and with eyes Of conjugal attraction unreproved. and pressed her matron lip With kisses pure: Aside the Devil turned For envy. Yet let me not forget what I have gained From their own mouths: All is not theirs. and to himself thus plained. and submissive charms. half-embracing leaned On our first father. Forbidden them to taste: Knowledge forbidden Suspicious. The happier Eden. reasonless. it seems. One fatal tree there stands. Sight hateful. which alone is truly fair. while I to Hell am thrust. as Jupiter On Juno smiles. Among our other torments not the least. but fierce desire. sight tormenting! thus these two. And meek surrender. Smiled with superiour love. Still unfulfilled with pain of longing pines. shall enjoy their fill Of bliss on bliss. 110 of 374 . 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. Where neither joy nor love.Paradise Lost And wisdom. under the flowing gold Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Both of her beauty. when he impregns the clouds That shed Mayflowers. Imparadised in one another’s arms.
view. Live while ye may. piled up to the clouds. Yet happy pair. They taste and die: What likelier can ensue But first with narrow search I must walk round This garden. o’er hill. where Heaven With earth and ocean meets. and with right aspect Against the eastern gate of Paradise Levelled his evening rays: It was a rock Of alabaster. and began Through wood. from him to draw What further would be learned. for long woes are to succeed! So saying. Or in thick shade retired. his proud step he scornful turned.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. A chance but chance may lead where I may meet Some wandering Spirit of Heaven by fountain side. that overhung 111 of 374 . o’er dale. and to reject Envious commands. The rest was craggy cliff. 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. and no corner leave unspied. till I return. and edit PDF. whom knowledge might exalt Equal with Gods: aspiring to be such. Short pleasures. through waste. invented with design To keep them low. But with sly circumspection. winding with one ascent Accessible from earth. the setting sun Slowly descended. one entrance high. Conspicuous far. enjoy. his roam Mean while in utmost longitude. Download the free trial version.
when vapours fired Impress the air. and marked his aery gait. soon discerned his looks Alien from Heaven. Hung high with diamond flaming. Where he first lighted. that to this happy place No evil thing approach or enter in. helms. with passions foul obscured: Mine eye pursued him still. swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the night. hath ventured from the deep. him thy care must be to find. But in the mount that lies from Eden north. impossible to climb. I fear. Gabriel. to raise New troubles. Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat. but under shade Lost sight of him: One of the banished crew. This day at highth of noon came to my sphere A Spirit. and with gold. zealous.Paradise Lost Still as it rose. Thither came Uriel. but nigh at hand Celestial armoury. God’s latest image: I described his way Bent all on speed. gliding through the even On a sun-beam. as he seemed. To whom the winged warriour thus returned. 112 of 374 . About him exercised heroick games The unarmed youth of Heaven. awaiting night. and spears. to know More of the Almighty’s works. and shows the mariner From what point of his compass to beware Impetuous winds: He thus began in haste. and chiefly Man. to thee thy course by lot hath given Charge and strict watch. shields. Chief of the angelick guards.
They to their grassy couch. By shorter flight to the east. hard thou knowest it to exclude Spiritual substance with corporeal bar. whose point now raised Bore him slope downward to the sun now fallen Beneath the Azores. had left him there Arraying with reflected purple and gold The clouds that on his western throne attend. See far and wide: In at this gate none pass The vigilance here placed. but such as come Well known from Heaven. So promised he. had thither rolled Diurnal. no wonder if thy perfect sight. Now came still Evening on. Incredible how swift. or this less volubil earth. and Twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad. of whom Thou tellest. She all night long her amorous descant sung. for beast and bird. Silence accompanied. that led 113 of 374 .Paradise Lost Uriel. have o’er-leaped these earthly bounds On purpose. whether the prime orb. all but the wakeful nightingale. Silence was pleased: Now glowed the firmament With living sapphires: Hesperus. by morrow dawning I shall know. and since meridian hour No creature thence: If Spirit of other sort. these to their nests Were slunk. In whatsoever shape he lurk. So minded. and Uriel to his charge Returned on that bright beam. Amid the sun’s bright circle where thou sitst. But if within the circuit of these walks.
to men Successive. inclines Our eye-lids: Other creatures all day long Rove idle. That lie bestrown. which declares his dignity. While other animals unactive range. unemployed. as day and night.Paradise Lost The starry host. Mind us of like repose. and the timely dew of sleep. to reform Yon flowery arbours. Rising in clouded majesty. and those dropping gums. Our walk at noon. and all things now retired to rest. To whom thus Eve. That mock our scant manuring. since God hath set Labour and rest. at length Apparent queen unveiled her peerless light. unsightly and unsmooth. and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Those blossoms also. with branches overgrown. with perfect beauty adorned 114 of 374 . When Adam thus to Eve. we must be risen. And the regard of Heaven on all his ways. And of their doings God takes no account. And at our pleasant labour. till the moon. and less need rest. rode brightest. Now falling with soft slumbrous weight. Fair Consort. Mean while. the hour Of night. yonder alleys green. night bids us rest. To-morrow. as Nature wills. Ask riddance. ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light. if we mean to tread with ease. And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw. Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed.
Nor grateful Evening mild. all please alike. thou mine: To know no more Is woman’s happiest knowledge. Or glittering star-light. nor fragrance after showers. 115 of 374 . With charm of earliest birds: pleasant the sun. and sweet the coming on Of grateful Evening mild. nor silent Night. With this her solemn bird. then silent Night. what thou bidst Unargued I obey: So God ordains. With this her solemn bird. her starry train: But neither breath of Morn. and their change. By morrow evening. fruit. when she ascends With charm of earliest birds. nor herb. and her praise. nor rising sun On this delightful land. when sleep hath shut all eyes? To whom our general ancestor replied. Glistering with dew. nor walk by moon. flower. fruit. But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom This glorious sight. without thee is sweet. though to nations yet unborn. and flower. All seasons. Daughter of God and Man. And these the gems of Heaven. With thee conversing I forget all time. Sweet is the breath of Morn. God is thy law. When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams. on herb. and from land to land In order. tree. accomplished Eve. Glistering with dew. fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers.Paradise Lost My Author and Disposer. These have their course to finish round the earth. her rising sweet. and this fair moon.
made hereby apter to receive Perfection from the sun’s more potent ray. These then. the roof 116 of 374 . That Heaven would want spectators. which these soft fires Not only enlighten. Sole. hand in hand alone they passed On to their blissful bower: it was a place Chosen by the sovran Planter.Paradise Lost Ministring light prepared. Singing their great Creator? oft in bands While they keep watch. Lest total Darkness should by night regain Her old possession. nor think. With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds In full harmonick number joined. they set and rise. Thus talking. or nightly rounding walk. both when we wake. though men were none. when he framed All things to Man’s delightful use. or in part shed down Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow On earth. and extinguish life In Nature and all things. though unbeheld in deep of night. their songs Divide the night. 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. and lift our thoughts to Heaven. or responsive each to others note. but with kindly heat Of various influence foment and warm. Shine not in vain. God want praise: Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen. Temper or nourish.
beast. in close recess. garlands. Thus. and hyacinth. What day the genial Angel to our sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorned. she ensnared Mankind with her fair looks. Pan or Sylvanus never slept. underfoot the violet. With flowers. and jessamin. or worm. And heavenly quires the hymenaean sung. though but feigned. In shadier bower More sacred and sequestered. Reared high their flourished heads between. with rich inlay Broidered the ground. when to the unwiser son Of Japhet brought by Hermes. Iris all hues. than Pandora. Fenced up the verdant wall. Crocus. insect. more coloured than with stone Of costliest emblem: Other creature here. More lovely. Both turned. and O! too like In sad event. roses. Here. nor Nymph Nor Faunus haunted. whom the Gods Endowed with all their gifts. to be avenged On him who had stole Jove’s authentick fire. and each odorous bushy shrub. Espoused Eve decked first her nuptial bed. and sweet-smelling herbs. and under open sky adored 117 of 374 . and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf. and wrought Mosaick. both stood.Paradise Lost Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle. at their shady lodge arrived. durst enter none. each beauteous flower. Bird. Such was their awe of Man. on either side Acanthus.
the moon’s resplendent globe. true source 118 of 374 . and heaven. Adam from his fair spouse. Which we. and innocence. Straight side by side were laid. But thou hast promised from us two a race To fill the earth. into their inmost bower Handed they went. Defaming as impure what God declares Pure. Our Maker bids encrease. leaves free to all. And starry pole: Thou also madest the night. nor turned. who shall with us extol Thy goodness infinite. in our appointed work employed. nor Eve the rites Mysterious of connubial love refused: Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity. and commands to some. foe to God and Man? Hail. eased the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear. where thy abundance wants Partakers. as now. And when we seek. Maker Omnipotent. air. happy in our mutual help And mutual love. mysterious law. and thou the day. Have finished. and other rites Observing none. both when we wake. earth. Which they beheld. but adoration pure Which God likes best. thy gift of sleep.Paradise Lost The God that made both sky. and place. and uncropt falls to the ground. wedded Love. and. who bids abstain But our Destroyer. the crown of all our bliss Ordained by thee. and this delicious place For us too large. This said unanimous. I ween.
if ye seek No happier state. These. joyless. sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else! By thee adulterous Lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range. Relations dear. Here Love his golden shafts employs. And from their ivory port the Cherubim. best quitted with disdain. Sleep on. Reigns here and revels. and O!yet happiest. Present. or past. or wanton mask. son. loveless. and brother. Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced. and pure. lulled by nightingales. by thee Founded in reason. Blest pair. which the morn repaired. Perpetual fountain of domestick sweets. Far be it. here lights His constant lamp. or midnight ball. Or serenate. as saints and patriarchs used.Paradise Lost Of human offspring. And on their naked limbs the flowery roof Showered roses. unendeared. nor in court-amours. that I should write thee sin or blame. loyal. Now had night measured with her shadowy cone Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault. not in the bought smile Of harlots. Or think thee unbefitting holiest place. Mixed dance. stood armed 119 of 374 . embracing slept. which the starved lover sings To his proud fair. and all the charities Of father. Forth issuing at the accustomed hour. Casual fruition. just. and waves his purple wings. first were known. and know to know no more.
Uzziel. phantasms and dreams. But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge. inordinate desires. Half wheeling to the shield. and hither bring. thence raise At least distempered. close at the ear of Eve. Assaying by his devilish art to reach The organs of her fancy. inspiring venom. half to the spear. 120 of 374 . and coast the south With strictest watch. and with them forge Illusions. two strong and subtle Spirits he called That near him stood. As flame they part. vain aims. on errand bad no doubt: Such. these other wheel the north. This evening from the sun’s decline arrived. Vain hopes. half these draw off. leave unsearched no nook. on he led his radiant files. secure of harm. where ye find. Or if. Our circuit meets full west. with winged speed Search through this garden. When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake. Who tells of some infernal Spirit seen Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) escaped The bars of Hell. From these. he might taint The animal spirits.Paradise Lost To their night watches in warlike parade. and gave them thus in charge. seise fast. Now laid perhaps asleep. as he list. Ithuriel and Zephon. discontented thoughts. these to the bower direct In search of whom they sought: Him there they found Squat like a toad. So saying. Dazzling the moon. that from pure blood arise Like gentle breaths from rivers pure.
and superfluous begin Your message. there sitting where ye durst not soar: Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. Know ye not me? ye knew me once no mate For you. Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly. Which of those rebel Spirits adjudged to Hell Comest thou. With sudden blaze diffused. filled with scorn. accost him soon. The lowest of your throng. Or undiminished brightness to be known. like to end as much in vain? To whom thus Zephon. half amazed So sudden to behold the grisly king. unmoved with fear. transformed. answering scorn with scorn. inflames the air. So started up in his own shape the Fiend. Why ask ye. As when thou stoodest in Heaven upright and pure. 121 of 374 . the smutty grain. Here watching at the head of these that sleep? Know ye not then said Satan. or. laid Fit for the tun some magazine to store Against a rumoured war. As when a spark Lights on a heap of nitrous powder. Think not. escaped thy prison? and. Why sat’st thou like an enemy in wait. Yet thus. for no falshood can endure Touch of celestial temper. but returns Of force to its own likeness: Up he starts Discovered and surprised. revolted Spirit. Back stept those two fair Angels. thy shape the same. if ye know.Paradise Lost Blown up with high conceits ingendering pride.
awe from above had quelled His heart. But. and thence weak. And felt how awful goodness is. If I must contend. shalt give account To him who sent us. went haughty on. yet seemed Undaunted. Or all at once. Or less be lost. Champing his iron curb: To strive or fly He held it vain. So spake the Cherub. To whom their Chief. Will save us trial what the least can do Single against thee wicked. overcome with rage. Now drew they nigh The western point. saw. Best with the best. the sender. whose charge is to keep This place inviolable. not else dismayed. not the sent. be sure. and his grave rebuke. where those half-rounding guards Just met. Departed from thee. and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely. A waiting next command. more glory will be won. and these from harm. and pined His loss. But come. Gabriel. for thou. like a proud steed reined. added grace Invincible: Abashed the Devil stood. when thou no more wast good. said Zephon bold. Thy fear. said he. from the front thus called aloud. The Fiend replied not. O friends! I hear the tread of nimble feet 122 of 374 . and closing stood in squadron joined.Paradise Lost That glory then. Severe in youthful beauty. and thou resemblest now Thy sin and place of doom obscure and foul. but chiefly to find here observed His lustre visibly impaired.
break loose from Hell. Satan. and now by glimpse discern Ithuriel and Zephon through the shade. where thou mightst hope to change Torment with ease. How busied. but have power and right To question thy bold entrance on this place.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. who knowest only good. and edit PDF. And brief related whom they brought. Hasting this way. when those two approached. who by his gait And fierce demeanour seems the Prince of Hell. in what form and posture couched. which in this place I sought. who approve not to transgress By thy example. but this question asked Puts me in doubt. and soonest recompense Dole with delight. Stand firm. To thee no reason. He scarce had ended. it seems. Download the free trial version. and disturbed the charge Of others. To whom with stern regard thus Gabriel spake. Though thither doomed! Thou wouldst thyself. But faded splendour wan. finding way. Not likely to part hence without contest. where found. for in his look defiance lours. Gabriel? thou hadst in Heaven the esteem of wise. no doubt And boldly venture to whatever place Farthest from pain. Lives there who loves his pain! Who would not. Why hast thou. to violate sleep. 123 of 374 . And such I held thee. broke the bounds prescribed To thy transgressions. Employed. And with them comes a third of regal port. view. and those Whose dwelling God hath planted here in bliss! To whom thus Satan with contemptuous brow.
Not that I less endure. that no pain Can equal anger infinite provoked. whom folly overthrew. But that implies not violence or harm. they found me where they say. So wise he judges it to fly from pain However. The warlike Angel moved. O loss of one in Heaven to judge of wise Since Satan fell. thus replied. or shrink from pain. and to ‘scape his punishment! So judge thou still. 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. presumptuous! till the wrath. The rest is true. And now returns him from his prison ‘scaped. 124 of 374 . frowning stern. meet thy flight Sevenfold. Which thou incurrest by flying. and scourge that wisdom back to Hell. Thus he in scorn. Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wise Or not. Which taught thee yet no better.Paradise Lost But evil hast not tried: and wilt object His will who bounds us! Let him surer bar His iron gates. To which the Fiend thus answered. Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive. who ask what boldness brought him hither Unlicensed from his bounds in Hell prescribed. Disdainfully half smiling. if he intends our stay In that dark durance: Thus much what was asked.
Whose easier business were to serve their Lord High up in Heaven. To say and straight unsay. 125 of 374 . pretending first Wise to fly pain. But still thy words at random. Argue thy inexperience what behoves From hard assays and ill successes past A faithful leader. as before. whereof in Hell Fame is not silent. when in battle to thy aid The blasting vollied thunder made all speed.Paradise Lost Insulting Angel! well thou knowest I stood Thy fiercest. Argues no leader but a liear traced. Was this your discipline and faith engaged. And seconded thy else not dreaded spear. here in hope to find Better abode. fit body to fit head. And practised distances to cringe. I alone first undertook To wing the desolate abyss. Satan. with songs to hymn his throne. Though for possession put to try once more What thou and thy gay legions dare against. and couldst thou faithful add? O name. and spy This new created world. O sacred name of faithfulness profaned! Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew? Army of Fiends. professing next the spy. not to hazard all Through ways of danger by himself untried: I. therefore. not fight. To whom the warriour Angel soon replied. and my afflicted Powers To settle here on earth. or in mid air.
and thou with thy compeers. And seal thee so. Fly neither whence thou fledst! If from this hour Within these hallowed limits thou appear. as thick as when a field Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded grove of ears. Then when I am thy captive talk of chains. who now wouldst seem Patron of liberty. sly hypocrite. the careful plowman doubting stands. to dissolve Allegiance to the acknowledged Power supreme? And thou. and servily adored Heaven’s awful Monarch? wherefore. Proud limitary Cherub! but ere then Far heavier load thyself expect to feel From my prevailing arm. Avant. which way the wind Sways them. though Heaven’s King Ride on thy wings. as henceforth not to scorn The facile gates of Hell too slightly barred. but waxing more in rage replied. and began to hem him round With ported spears. So threatened he. sharpening in mooned horns Their phalanx. Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained.Paradise Lost Your military obedience. and thyself to reign? But mark what I arreed thee now. but in hope To dispossess him. who more than thou Once fawned. but Satan to no threats Gave heed. 126 of 374 . the angelick squadron bright Turned fiery red. drawest his triumphant wheels In progress through the road of Heaven star-paved. Us’d to the yoke. and cringed. While thus he spake.
Like Teneriff or Atlas. And read thy lot in yon celestial sign. to prevent such horrid fray. Satan. alarmed. had not soon The Eternal. The sequel each of parting and of fight: The latter quick up flew. or all the elements At least had gone to wrack. but given: What folly then To boast what arms can do? since thine no more Than Heaven permits. Hung forth in Heaven his golden scales. On the other side. and shown how light. Collecting all his might. dilated stood. nor only Paradise In this commotion. and thou knowest mine. Which Gabriel spying. The pendulous round earth with balanced air In counterpoise. yet seen Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign. and on his crest Sat Horrour plumed. though doubled now To trample thee as mire: For proof look up. nor wanted in his grasp What seemed both spear and shield: Now dreadful deeds Might have ensued. Neither our own. Battles and realms: In these he put two weights. but the starry cope Of Heaven perhaps. disturbed and torn With violence of this conflict. Satan. unremoved: His stature reached the sky. Wherein all things created first he weighed. how 127 of 374 . now ponders all events. thus bespake the Fiend.Paradise Lost Left on the threshing floor his hopeless sheaves Prove chaff. Where thou art weighed. nor mine. and kicked the beam. I know thy strength.
and with him fled the shades of night. If thou resist.but fled Murmuring. The Fiend looked up. 128 of 374 . and knew His mounted scale aloft: Nor more.Paradise Lost weak.
and what the balmy reed. My fairest. for his sleep Was aery-light. and glowing cheek. and beheld Beauty. whether waking or asleep. with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamoured. my espoused. What drops the myrrh. Shot forth peculiar graces. Such whispering waked her. my ever new delight! Awake: The morning shines.Paradise Lost Book V Now Morn. which. which the only sound Of leaves and fuming rills. to mark how spring Our tender plants. we lose the prime. as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes. how the bee Sits on the bloom extracting liquid sweet. whispered thus. Heaven’s last best gift. Lightly dispersed. her rosy steps in the eastern clime Advancing. How nature paints her colours. When Adam waked. then with voice Mild. Her hand soft touching. As through unquiet rest: He. so much the more His wonder was to find unwakened Eve With tresses discomposed. from pure digestion bred. Aurora’s fan. but with startled eye 129 of 374 . And temperate vapours bland. sowed the earth with orient pearl. and the fresh field Calls us. on his side Leaning half raised. how blows the citron grove. my latest found. so customed. Awake. and the shrill matin song Of birds on every bough.
thus she spake. And on. which my mind Knew never till this irksome night: Methought. whom embracing. Eve? now is the pleasant time. But of offence and trouble. beside it stood One shaped and winged like one of those from Heaven 130 of 374 . Works of day past. of thee. now reigns ‘Full-orbed the moon. or morrow’s next design. To find thee I directed then my walk. ‘Why sleepest thou. O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose. for I this night (Such night till this I never passed) have dreamed. and morn returned. that now awake ‘Tunes sweetest his love-laboured song. I thought it thine: It said. Heaven wakes with all his eyes. Much fairer to my fancy than by day: And. ‘Whom to behold but thee. as I oft am wont. My glory. ‘If none regard. the silent. Close at mine ear one called me forth to walk With gentle voice. not. as I wondering looked. my perfection! glad I see Thy face. alone I passed through ways That brought me on a sudden to the tree Of interdicted knowledge: fair it seemed. save where silence yields ‘To the night-warbling bird.Paradise Lost On Adam. in vain. but found thee not. ‘The cool. Nature’s desire? ‘In whose sight all things joy. If dreamed.’ I rose as at thy call. with ravishment ‘Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. methought. and with more pleasing light ‘Shadowy sets off the face of things.
fair angelick Eve! ‘Partake thou also. but honoured more? ‘Here. ‘with fruit surcharged. happy though thou art. his dewy locks distilled Ambrosia. and taste thy sweet. ‘Nor God. ‘Sweet of thyself. on that tree he also gazed. sometimes ‘Ascend to Heaven. as we. and such live thou!’ So saying. ‘O fruit divine. and to me held. not to earth confined. as only fit ‘For Gods. the pleasant savoury smell 131 of 374 . ‘Deigns none to ease thy load. ‘Forbidden here. he paused not. it seems. he tasted. overjoyed. by merit thine. ‘But sometimes in the air. but with venturous arm He plucked. happy creature. ‘Happier thou mayest be.’ said he. or what reserve forbids to taste? ‘Forbid who will. more abundant grows. worthier canst not be: ‘Taste this. ‘The author not impaired. since good. Even to my mouth of that same fruit held part Which he had plucked. And ‘O fair plant. and see ‘What life the Gods live there. me damp horrour chilled At such bold words vouched with a deed so bold: But he thus. and be henceforth among the Gods ‘Thyself a Goddess. nor Man? Is knowledge so despised? ‘Or envy. the more ‘Communicated. yet able to make Gods of Men: ‘And why not Gods of Men. he drew nigh. none shall from me withhold ‘Longer thy offered good. why else set here? This said.Paradise Lost By us oft seen. but much more sweet thus cropt.
methought.Paradise Lost So quickened appetite. frames All what we affirm or what deny. and call Our knowledge or opinion. of all external things Which the five watchful senses represent. Ill matching words and deeds long past or late. when nature rests. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties. Best image of myself. Which Reason. misjoining shapes. and thus Adam answered sad. among these Fancy next Her office holds. how glad I waked To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related. and I. that I. Yet evil whence? in thee can harbour none. Oft in her absence mimick Fancy wakes To imitate her. joining or disjoining. Created pure. sunk down. but. then retires Into her private cell. and dearer half. Could not but taste. Forthwith up to the clouds With him I flew. aery shapes. a prospect wide And various: Wondering at my flight and change To this high exaltation. methought. that serve Reason as chief. 132 of 374 . and most in dreams. and underneath beheld The earth outstretched immense. The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Affects me equally. Wild work produces oft. of evil sprung. suddenly My guide was gone. And fell asleep. but O. I fear. She forms imaginations. nor can I like This uncouth dream.
So all was cleared. And let us to our fresh employments rise Among the groves. But with addition strange. Reserved from night. and leave No spot or blame behind: Which gives me hope That what in sleep thou didst abhor to dream. the fountains. and she was cheered. he ere they fell Kissed. yet be not sad. methinks. that feared to have offended. But first. Be not disheartened then. and the sun. nor cloud those looks.Paradise Lost Some such resemblances. Two other precious drops that ready stood. I find Of our last evening’s talk. who. Waking thou never will consent to do. Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray. scarce up-risen. That wont to be more cheerful and serene. in this thy dream. So cheered he his fair spouse. and the flowers That open now their choisest bosomed smells. Discovering in wide landskip all the east 133 of 374 . But silently a gentle tear let fall From either eye. so unreproved. With wheels yet hovering o’er the ocean-brim. and wiped them with her hair. Evil into the mind of God or Man May come and go. from under shady arborous roof Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of day-spring. as the gracious signs of sweet remorse And pious awe. and kept for thee in store. and to the field they haste. Each in their crystal sluice. Than when fair morning first smiles on the world.
Paradise Lost Of Paradise and Eden’s happy plains. yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought. Angels. Speak. who sitst above these heavens To us invisible. Sure pledge of day. such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips. that sweet hour of prime. of this great world both eye and soul. and they thus began. Thus wonderous fair. Lowly they bowed adoring. and power divine. day without night. Thou Sun. 134 of 374 . Thyself how wonderous then! Unspeakable. While day arises. and began Their orisons. for ye behold him. him last. or sung Unmeditated. Circle his throne rejoicing. Parent of good. him midst. Fairest of stars. in prose or numerous verse. Almighty! Thine this universal frame. or dimly seen In these thy lowest works. that crownest the smiling morn With thy bright circlet. If better thou belong not to the dawn. praise him in thy sphere. ye in Heaven On Earth join all ye Creatures to extol Him first. and with songs And choral symphonies. More tuneable than needed lute or harp To add more sweetness. in fit strains pronounced. and without end. ye sons of light. ye who best can tell. for neither various style Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Their Maker. last in the train of night. These are thy glorious works. each morning duly paid In various style.
Join voices. Fountains. In honour to the world’s great Author rise. resound His praise. view. that from four quarters blow. And ye five other wandering Fires. Ye that in waters glide. that now meetest the orient sun. dusky or gray. and mix And nourish all things. Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky. Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers. let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise. Download the free trial version. Acknowledge him thy greater. That singing up to Heaven-gate ascend. multiform. and ye that warble. Moon. and edit PDF. who out of darkness called up light.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Breathe soft or loud. And when high noon hast gained. wave your tops. Air. Ye Mists and Exhalations. Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. all ye living Souls: Ye Birds. that move In mystick dance not without song. now flyest. and. With the fixed Stars. the eldest birth Of Nature’s womb. and when thou fallest. warbling tune his praise. in sign of worship wave. His praise. ye Winds. and ye that walk 135 of 374 . sound his praise In thy eternal course. that now rise From hill or steaming lake. fixed in their orb that flies. as ye flow. With every plant. ye Pines. both when thou climbest. Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold. Rising or falling still advance his praise. Melodious murmurs. and ye Elements. that in quaternion run Perpetual circle.
and how disturbed This night the human pair. Them thus employed beheld With pity Heaven’s high King. the sociable Spirit. and with him brings Her dower. and to their thoughts Firm peace recovered soon. and if the night Have gathered aught of evil. or lowly creep. To hill. or fresh shade. and stately tread. that deigned To travel with Tobias. half this day as friend with friend 136 of 374 . universal Lord. and taught his praise. On to their morning’s rural work they haste. Witness if I be silent. from Hell ‘scaped through the darksome gulf. said he. and to him called Raphael. as now light dispels the dark! So prayed they innocent. Hail. and wonted calm. or valley. and secured His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid. Made vocal by my song. Disperse it. Raphael. morn or even. where any row Of fruit-trees over-woody reached too far Their pampered boughs. be bounteous still To give us only good.Paradise Lost The earth. Hath raised in Paradise. Go therefore. Among sweet dews and flowers. thou hearest what stir on Earth Satan. fountain. to adorn His barren leaves. she. about him twines Her marriageable arms. and needed hands to check Fruitless embraces: or they led the vine To wed her elm. or concealed. the adopted clusters. spoused. how he designs In them at once to ruin all mankind.
he pretend Surprisal. however small he sees. in what bower or shade Thou findest him from the heat of noon retired. and fulfilled All justice: Nor delayed the winged Saint After his charge received. wilfully transgressing. Star interposed. and such discourse bring on. where he stood Veiled with his gorgeous wings. By violence? no. what enemy. Left to his own free will. Late fallen himself from Heaven. as by work Divine the sovran Architect had framed. Flew through the midst of Heaven. unforewarned. Yet mutable. Or with repose. but from among Thousand celestial Ardours. But by deceit and lies: This let him know. and from whom. Lest. From hence no cloud. As may advise him of his happy state. till. whence warn him to beware He swerve not. the gate self-opened wide On golden hinges turning. or. up springing light. unadmonished. to obstruct his sight. Happiness in his power left free to will. too secure: Tell him withal His danger. at the gate Of Heaven arrived. for that shall be withstood. To respite his day-labour with repast. 137 of 374 . is plotting now The fall of others from like state of bliss. the angelick quires. to his speed gave way Through all the empyreal road. On each hand parting. his will though free. So spake the Eternal Father.Paradise Lost Converse with Adam.
came mantling o’er his breast With regal ornament. with cedars crowned Above all hills. less assured. within soar Of towering eagles. kens A cloudy spot. and to his proper shape returns A Seraph winged: Six wings he wore.Paradise Lost Not unconformed to other shining globes. Like Maia’s son he stood. gazed by all as that sole bird. Earth. and the garden of God. till. to Egyptian Thebes he flies. As when by night the glass Of Galileo. the third his feet Shadowed from either heel with feathered mail. And shook his plumes. At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise He lights. Sky-tinctured grain. observes Imagined lands and regions in the moon: Or pilot. the pair that clad Each shoulder broad. with steady wing Now on the polar winds. that heavenly fragrance filled The circuit wide. and through the vast ethereal sky Sails between worlds and worlds. to enshrine his reliques in the Sun’s Bright temple. then with quick fan Winnows the buxom air. from amidst the Cyclades Delos or Samos first appearing. Down thither prone in flight He speeds. to all the fowls he seems A phoenix. the middle pair Girt like a starry zone his waist. Straight knew him all the bands 138 of 374 . to shade His lineaments divine. and round Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold And colours dipt in Heaven. When.
due at her hour prepared For dinner savoury fruits. from milky stream. Haste hither. while now the mounted sun Shot down direct his fervid rays to warm Earth’s inmost womb. cassia. Their glittering tents he passed. what thy stores contain. and balm. and to his state. and not disrelish thirst Of nectarous draughts between. some great behest from Heaven To us perhaps he brings. nard. through groves of myrrh. as in the door he sat Of his cool bower. A wilderness of sweets. what glorious shape Comes this way moving. And to his message high.Paradise Lost Of Angels under watch. and pour Abundance. and worth thy sight behold Eastward among those trees. fit to honour and receive Our heavenly stranger: Well we may afford 139 of 374 . seems another morn Risen on mid-noon. bring forth. Eve. enormous bliss. For on some message high they guessed him bound. Berry or grape: To whom thus Adam called. And flowering odours. And. But go with speed. and played at will Her virgin fancies pouring forth more sweet. for Nature here Wantoned as in her prime. of taste to please True appetite. Wild above rule or art. more warmth than Adam needs: And Eve within. and now is come Into the blissful field. Him through the spicy forest onward come Adam discerned. and will vouchsafe This day to be our guest. in honour rise.
and by disburthening grows More fruitful. on hospitable thoughts intent What choice to choose for delicacy best. fruit of all kinds. So saying. ripe for use hangs on the stalk. which instructs us not to spare. where Nature multiplies Her fertile growth. Each plant and juciest gourd. tribute large. and large bestow From large bestowed. or middle shore In Pontus or the Punick coast. Of God inspired! small store will serve. Bestirs her then. with dispatchful looks in haste She turns. yields In India East or West. and superfluous moist consumes: But I will haste. inelegant. as he Beholding shall confess. all-bearing mother. All seasons. in coat Rough. where store. not well joined. To whom thus Eve. What order. and from each bough and brake. but bring Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change. or bearded husk. and from each tender stalk Whatever Earth. or where Alcinous reigned. or smooth rind. for drink the grape She crushes. She gathers. inoffensive must. will pluck such choice To entertain our Angel-guest. that here on Earth God hath dispensed his bounties as in Heaven. or shell. Adam. and on the board Heaps with unsparing hand. so contrived as not to mix Tastes.Paradise Lost Our givers their own gifts. earth’s hallowed mould. and meaths 140 of 374 . Save what by frugal storing firmness gains To nourish.
and honour these. As to a superiour nature bowing low. Yet with submiss approach and reverence meek. though not awed. As may not oft invite. to meet His God-like guest. I therefore came. in himself was all his state. or such place hast here to dwell. and grooms besmeared with gold. though Spirits of Heaven. and the sun more cool decline. Since. when their rich retinue long Of horses led. nor art thou such Created. vouchsafe with us Two only. 141 of 374 . who yet by sovran gift possess This spacious ground. by descending from the thrones above. and from sweet kernels pressed She tempers dulcet creams. Nearer his presence Adam. without more train Accompanied than with his own complete Perfections.Paradise Lost From many a berry. Whom thus the angelick Virtue answered mild. for other place None can than Heaven such glorious shape contain. in yonder shady bower To rest. Adam. Thus said. Mean while our primitive great sire. Those happy places thou hast deigned a while To want. then strows the ground With rose and odours from the shrub unfumed. Dazzles the croud. till this meridian heat Be over. and what the garden choicest bears To sit and taste. Native of Heaven. and sets them all agape. nor these to hold Wants her fit vessels pure. walks forth. More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits On princes.
Paradise Lost To visit thee. Stood to entertain her guest from Heaven. which our Nourisher. more lovely fair Than Wood-Nymph. lead on then where thy bower O’ershades. that like Pomona’s arbour smiled. or the fairest Goddess feigned Of three that in mount Ida naked strove. the holy salutation used Long after to blest Mary. only this I know. Than with these various fruits the trees of God Have heaped this table!—Raised of grassy turf Their table was. Heavenly stranger. To us for food and for delight hath caused The earth to yield. unsavoury food perhaps To spiritual natures. from whom All perfect good. So to the sylvan lodge They came. though spring and autumn here Danced hand in hand. Mother of Mankind. no thought infirm Altered her cheek. virtue-proof. and fragrant smells. Undecked save with herself. A while discourse they hold. no veil She needed. descends. second Eve. 142 of 374 . for these mid-hours. No fear lest dinner cool. when thus began Our author. and mossy seats had round. That one celestial Father gives to all. And on her ample square from side to side All autumn piled. Hail. With flowerets decked. I have at will. unmeasured out. On whom the Angel Hail Bestowed. till evening rise. but Eve. whose fruitful womb Shall fill the world more numerous with thy sons. please to taste These bounties.
As doth your rational. and as lowest first the moon. earth the sea. And corporeal to incorporeal turn. Whence in her visage round those spots. taste. touch. As may compare with Heaven. see. the air those fires Ethereal. and both contain Within them every lower faculty Of sense.Paradise Lost To whom the Angel. and at even Sups with the ocean. unpurged Vapours not yet into her substance turned. though from off the boughs each morn We brush mellifluous dews. Earth and the sea feed air. The sun that light imparts to all. needs To be sustained and fed: Of elements The grosser feeds the purer. For know. Though in Heaven the trees Of life ambrosial fruitage bear. and find the ground Covered with pearly grain: Yet God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights. Tasting concoct. smell. and to taste 143 of 374 . assimilate. receives From all his alimental recompence In humid exhalations. and vines Yield nectar. digest. whatever was created. Therefore what he gives (Whose praise be ever sung) to Man in part Spiritual. Nor doth the moon no nourishment exhale From her moist continent to higher orbs. may of purest Spirits be found No ingrateful food: And food alike those pure Intelligential substances require. whereby they hear.
not to let the occasion pass Given him by this great conference to know Of things above his world. Then had the sons of God excuse to have been Enamoured at that sight. nor wonder. and his wary speech Thus to the empyreal minister he framed. Thus when with meats and drinks they had sufficed. Mean while at table Eve Ministered naked. and of their being Who dwell in Heaven. the injured lover’s hell. but with keen dispatch Of real hunger. so far Exceeded human. whose excellence he saw Transcend his own so far. and concoctive heat To transubstantiate: What redounds. So down they sat.if by fire Of sooty coal the empirick alchemist Can turn. Not burdened nature. Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold. Inhabitant with God. transpires Through Spirits with ease. whose radiant forms. whose high power. sudden mind arose In Adam. or holds it possible to turn. nor seemingly The Angel. Divine effulgence. now know I well 144 of 374 . And to their viands fell. nor in mist. nor jealousy Was understood. but in those hearts Love unlibidinous reigned. and their flowing cups With pleasant liquours crowned: O innocence Deserving Paradise! if ever. the common gloss Of Theologians. then. As from the mine.Paradise Lost Think not I shall be nice.
As nearer to him placed. One Almighty is. To intellectual. and these earthly fruits to taste. But more refined. and pure. the latter most is ours. O Adam. Differing but in degree. in things that live. or nearer tending Each in their several active spheres assigned. more spiritous. Fancy and understanding. from thence the leaves More aery. Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsafed To enter. created all Such to perfection. 145 of 374 . of kind the same. in this honour done to Man. last the bright consummate flower Spirits odorous breathes: flowers and their fruit. Endued with various forms. and up to him return. whence the soul Reason receives. in bounds Proportioned to each kind. or intuitive. So from the root Springs lighter the green stalk. 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.Paradise Lost Thy favour. from whom All things proceed. give both life and sense. and. and reason is her being. yet accepted so. If not depraved from good. To vital spirits aspire. of life. Discursive. to animal. Food not of Angels. one first matter all. Man’s nourishment. Till body up to spirit work. various degrees Of substance. by gradual scale sublimed. discourse Is oftest yours.
By steps we may ascend to God. And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit. To whom the patriarch of mankind replied. Mean while enjoy Your fill what happiness this happy state Can comprehend. Time may come. 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.Paradise Lost Wonder not then. and. nor too light fare. Improved by tract of time. What meant that caution joined. Whose progeny you are. as we. as you To proper substance. In contemplation of created things. incapable of more. propitious guest. what God for you saw good If I refuse not. If ye be found Obedient? Can we want obedience then To him. ascend Ethereal. O favourable Spirit. but convert. 146 of 374 . Son of Heaven and Earth. whereon. Here or in heavenly Paradises dwell. when Men With Angels may participate. or may. at choice. and find No inconvenient diet. If ye be found obedient. Well hast thou taught the way that might direct Our knowledge. and retain Unalterably firm his love entire. But say. winged. and the scale of nature set From center to circumference. or possibly his love desert.
And so from Heaven to deepest Hell. Divine instructer. to disobedience fallen. while our obedience holds. This was that caution given thee. or strict necessity: Our voluntary service he requires. in this we stand or fall: And some are fallen. nor can find. enthroned. not over-ruled by fate Inextricable. as in our will To love or not. On other surety none: Freely we serve. to thy obedience. owe to thyself. That is. and edit PDF. Because we freely love. God made thee perfect.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and all the angelick host. be tried whether they serve Willing or no. And good he made thee. our happy state Hold. but to persevere He left it in thy power. owe to God. who will but what they must By destiny. not immutable. Thy words Attentive. for how Can hearts. Attend! That thou art happy. into what woe! To whom our great progenitor. that stand In sight of God. O fall From what high state of bliss. not free. That thou continuest such. view. I have heard. and can no other choose? Myself. ordained thy will By nature free. Download the free trial version. Not our necessitated. be advised. as you yours. such with him Finds no acceptance. than when Cherubick songs by night from neighbouring hills Aereal musick send: Nor knew I not 147 of 374 . therein stand. and with more delighted ear.
As may express them best. for scarce the sun Hath finished half his journey. Sad task and hard: For how shall I relate To human sense the invisible exploits Of warring Spirits? how. though what if Earth Be but a shadow of Heaven. And we have yet large day. perhaps Not lawful to reveal? yet for thy good This is dispensed. and things therein Each to other like. and what surmounts the reach Of human sense. The ruin of so many glorious once And perfect while they stood? how last unfold The secrets of another world. and scarce begins His other half in the great zone of Heaven. thus began. O prime of men. more than on earth is thought? As yet this world was not. I shall delineate so. After short pause assenting.Paradise Lost To be both will and deed created free. Worthy of sacred silence to be heard. some doubt within me move. and Raphael. which must needs be strange. By likening spiritual to corporal forms. without remorse. High matter thou enjoinest me. if thou consent. But more desire to hear. and still assure: Though what thou tellest Hath passed in Heaven. Yet that we never shall forget to love Our Maker. Thus Adam made request. my constant thoughts Assured me. The full relation. and Chaos wild 148 of 374 . and obey him whose command Single is yet so just.
which unrevoked shall stand. from all the ends of Heaven.Paradise Lost Reigned where these Heavens now roll. of orders. though in eternity. Amidst as from a flaming mount. thus spake. and future. Orb within orb.) on such day As Heaven’s great year brings forth. whom ye now behold 149 of 374 . Hear my decree. when on a day (For time. applied To motion. This day I have begot whom I declare My only Son. and degrees. and on this holy hill Him have anointed. Thrones. the empyreal host Of Angels by imperial summons called. Thus when in orbs Of circuit inexpressible they stood. past. whose top Brightness had made invisible. progeny of light. Hear. the Father Infinite. Innumerable before the Almighty’s throne Forthwith. measures all things durable By present. Dominations. and for distinction serve Of hierarchies. Virtues. By whom in bliss imbosomed sat the Son. where Earth now rests Upon her center poised. all ye Angels. acts of zeal and love Recorded eminent. Standards and gonfalons ‘twixt van and rear Stream in the air. Princedoms. Powers. appeared Under their Hierarchs in orders bright: Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced. Or in their glittering tissues bear imblazed Holy memorials.
without end. all seemed. intervolved. and on a sudden piled With Angels food. his place Ordained without redemption. as other solemn days. as one individual soul. So spake the Omnipotent. Me disobeys. when most irregular they seem. but were not all. Tables are set.) Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn Desirous. We ours for change delectable. For ever happy: Him who disobeys. falls Into utter darkness. (For we have also our evening and our morn. Mystical dance. And in their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones. not need. Cast out from God and blessed vision. and shall confess him Lord: Under his great vice-gerent reign abide United. yet regular Then most. to him shall bow All knees in Heaven. all in circles as they stood. your head I him appoint. and massy gold. and rubied nectar flows In pearl. mazes intricate. And by myself have sworn. 150 of 374 . in diamond. and of fixed. in all her wheels Resembles nearest. That day. Eccentrick. which yonder starry sphere Of planets. Evening now approached. they spent In song and dance about the sacred hill. and with his words All seemed well pleased. breaks union. and that day. deep ingulfed.Paradise Lost At my right hand. that God’s own ear Listens delighted.
) and roseat dews disposed All but the unsleeping eyes of God to rest. yet fraught With envy against the Son of God. great in power. where they slept Fanned with cool winds. before the all-bounteous King. whence light and shade Spring both. If not the first Arch-Angel. In favour and pre-eminence. they drink. Pavilions numberless. who. their camp extend By living streams among the trees of life. and proclaimed 151 of 374 . so call him now. (for night comes not there In darker veil. the growth of Heaven. Melodious hymns about the sovran throne Alternate all night long: but not so waked Satan.Paradise Lost Fruit of delicious vines. he of the first. Now when ambrosial night with clouds exhaled From that high mount of God. where full measure only bounds Excess. Wide over all the plain. who showered With copious hand. Celestial tabernacles. Dispersed in bands and files. that day Honoured by his great Father. his former name Is heard no more in Heaven. On flowers reposed. rejoicing in their joy. the face of brightest Heaven had changed To grateful twilight. secure Of surfeit. and sudden reared. (Such are the courts of God) the angelick throng. in their course. They eat. and in communion sweet Quaff immortality and joy. and wider far Than all this globous earth in plain outspread. save those. and with fresh flowerets crowned.
Sleepest thou. Homeward. thus to him in secret spake. Tell them. how then can now Thy sleep dissent? New laws thou seest imposed. Assemble thou Of all those myriads which we lead the chief. The great Messiah. I mine to thee was wont to impart.Paradise Lost Messiah King anointed. where we possess The quarters of the north. Companion dear? What sleep can close Thy eye-lids? and rememberest what decree Of yesterday. the throne supreme. that by command. Who speedily through all the hierarchies 152 of 374 . And all who under me their banners wave. ere yet dim night Her shadowy cloud withdraws. and his new commands. Contemptuous. he resolved With all his legions to dislodge. Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain. so late hath passed the lips Of Heaven’s Almighty. I am to haste. with flying march. could not bear Through pride that sight. and his next subordinate Awakening. and leave Unworshipt. there to prepare Fit entertainment to receive our King. Both waking we were one. and thought himself impaired. new minds may raise In us who serve. Thou to me thy thoughts Wast wont. new counsels to debate What doubtful may ensue: More in this place To utter is not safe. New laws from him who reigns. unobeyed. Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour Friendliest to sleep and silence.
how spread Among the sons of morn. Nearly it now concerns us to be sure 153 of 374 . from forth his holy mount. So spake the false Arch-Angel. as he was taught. allured them. saw without their light Rebellion rising. and casts between Ambiguous words and jealousies. now ere night. to his only Son thus said. as the morning-star that guides The starry flock. His countenance. tells.Paradise Lost Intends to pass triumphant. Or several one by one. Son. Tells the suggested cause. saw in whom. whose sight discerns Abstrusest thoughts. And from within the golden lamps that burn Nightly before him. and high was his degree in Heaven. and superiour voice Of their great Potentate. smiling. the regent Powers. and give laws. Heir of all my might. Mean while the Eternal eye. That the Most High commanding. And. and with lies Drew after him the third part of Heaven’s host. thou in whom my glory I behold In full resplendence. Under him Regent. The great hierarchal standard was to move. to sound Or taint integrity: But all obeyed The wonted signal. Now ere dim night had disincumbered Heaven. for great indeed His name. and infused Bad influence into the unwary breast Of his associate: He together calls. what multitudes Were banded to oppose his high decree.
Or stars of morning. but Satan. the mighty regencies Of Seraphim. lest unawares we lose This our high place. throughout the spacious north. Mighty Father. Laughest at their vain designs and tumults vain. what our power is. and all employ In our defence. or be found the worst in Heaven. and to this hazard draw With speed what force is left. with his Powers. whom their hate Illustrates. which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower. and with what arms We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire: Such a foe Is rising. our sanctuary. Far was advanced on winged speed. In their triple degrees. regions to which 154 of 374 . Regions they passed. an host Innumerable as the stars of night. Nor so content. thou thy foes Justly hast in derision. secure. ineffable. and Potentates. So spake the Son. or our right. hath in his thought to try In battle. Matter to me of glory. dew-drops. Lightning divine. and. serene. and Thrones. when they see all regal power Given me to quell their pride. our hill. who intends to erect his throne Equal to ours.Paradise Lost Of our Omnipotence. Let us advise. and in event Know whether I be dextrous to subdue Thy rebels. Made answer. To whom the Son with calm aspect and clear.
Paradise Lost All thy dominion. Adam. Thither to come. Virtues.) which not long after. far blazing. Pretending so commanded to consult About the great reception of their King. In imitation of that mount whereon Messiah was declared in sight of Heaven. This only to consult how we may best. and with calumnious art Of counterfeited truth thus held their ears. and hurried meeting here. Powers. The Mountain of the Congregation called. 155 of 374 . (so call That structure in the dialect of men Interpreted. since by decree Another now hath to himself engrossed All power. At length into the limits of the north They came. Thrones. he Affecting all equality with God. Dominations. from one entire globose Stretched into longitude. For thither he assembled all his train. and Satan to his royal seat High on a hill. which having passed. with pyramids and towers From diamond quarries hewn. And all the sea. and us eclipsed under the name Of King anointed. as a mount Raised on a mount. If these magnifick titles yet remain Not merely titular. and rocks of gold. Princedoms. is no more Than what this garden is to all the earth. The palace of great Lucifer. for whom all this haste Of midnight-march.
not to serve. and choose to bend The supple knee? Ye will not. yet free. or right. Thus far his bold discourse without controul Had audience. but well consist. which assert Our being ordained to govern. assume Monarchy over such as live by right His equals. if I trust To know ye right. To one. for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty. and if not equal all. Receive him coming to receive from us Knee-tribute yet unpaid. Who can in reason then. than whom none with more zeal adored The Deity. to the abuse Of those imperial titles. Stood up. Equally free. prostration vile! Too much to one! but double how endured. and teach us to cast off this yoke? Will ye submit your necks. And look for adoration. and in a flame of zeal severe The current of his fury thus opposed. when among the Seraphim Abdiel. 156 of 374 . if in power and splendour less. who without law Err not? much less for this to be our Lord. In freedom equal? or can introduce Law and edict on us. and to his image now proclaimed? But what if better counsels might erect Our minds. or if ye know yourselves Natives and sons of Heaven possessed before By none.Paradise Lost With what may be devised of honours new. and divine commands obeyed.
Ingrate. That equal over equals monarch reign: Thyself. to bind with laws the free. the Mighty Father made All things. and all the Spirits of Heaven 157 of 374 . how far from thought To make us less.Paradise Lost O argument blasphemous. thou sayest. by right endued With regal scepter. who made Thee what thou art. and circumscribed their being? Yet. And equal over equals to let reign. under one head more near United. every soul in Heaven Shall bend the knee. And of our good and of our dignity How provident he is. Shalt thou give law to God? shalt thou dispute With him the points of liberty. false. But to grant it thee unjust. In place thyself so high above thy peers. least of all from thee. bent rather to exalt Our happy state. and in that honour due Confess him rightful King? unjust. As by his Word. dost thou count. Equal to him begotten Son? by whom. though great and glorious. Flatly unjust. by experience taught. and formed the Powers of Heaven Such as he pleased. That to his only Son. and proud! Words which no ear ever to hear in Heaven Expected. we know how good. even thee. Or all angelick nature joined in one. Canst thou with impious obloquy condemn The just decree of God. pronounced and sworn. One over all with unsucceeded power.
all honour to him done Returns our own. ethereal sons. But more illustrious made. Know none before us. and. our own right hand Shall teach us highest deeds. Virtues. while the Maker gave thee being? We know no time when we were not as now. thus replied. Princedoms. nor by his reign obscured. His laws our laws. by proof to try 158 of 374 . So spake the fervent Angel. more haughty. when fatal course Had circled his full orb. Our puissance is our own. the birth mature Of this our native Heaven. Essential Powers. Or singular and rash: Whereat rejoiced The Apostate. Cease then this impious rage. Dominations. self-raised By our own quickening power. and the incensed Son. self-begot. Crowned them with glory. but his zeal None seconded. That we were formed then sayest thou? and the work Of secondary hands.Paradise Lost By him created in their bright degrees. since he the head One of our number thus reduced becomes. as out of season judged. and to their glory named Thrones. Powers. And tempt not these. While pardon may be found in time besought. 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. but hasten to appease The incensed Father.
159 of 374 . devouring fire. as the sound of waters deep. those indulgent laws Will not be now vouchsafed. though alone Encompassed round with foes. And fly. This report. Well thou didst advise. and to begirt the almighty throne Beseeching or besieging. Forsaken of all good! I see thy fall Determined. which thou didst reject. other decrees Against thee are gone forth without recall. thus answered bold. These tidings carry to the anointed King. Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly These wicked tents devoted. Download the free trial version. lest the wrath Impendent. ere evil intercept thy flight. He said. O alienate from God.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Who is our equal: Then thou shalt behold Whether by supplication we intend Address. Distinguish not: For soon expect to feel His thunder on thy head. O Spirit accursed. Hoarse murmur echoed to his words applause Through the infinite host. raging into sudden flame. Then who created thee lamenting learn. view. nor less for that The flaming Seraph fearless. and thy hapless crew involved In this perfidious fraud. That golden scepter. Is now an iron rod to bruise and break Thy disobedience. and. and edit PDF. contagion spread Both of thy crime and punishment: Henceforth No more be troubled how to quit the yoke Of God’s Messiah.
Among innumerable false. unmoved. 160 of 374 . or change his constant mind. unseduced. with retorted scorn. Unshaken. So spake the Seraph Abdiel. Though single. nor of violence feared aught. Long way through hostile scorn. his zeal. Nor number. faithful found Among the faithless.Paradise Lost When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know. And. faithful only he. From amidst them forth he passed. his back he turned On those proud towers to swift destruction doomed. His loyalty he kept. his love. unterrified. nor example. which he sustained Superiour. with him wrought To swerve from truth.
Waked by the circling Hours. war in procinct. first met his view: War he perceived. till Morn. till her hour To veil the Heaven. who him received With joy and acclamations loud. though darkness there might well Seem twilight here: And now went forth the Morn Such as in highest Heaven arrayed in gold Empyreal. unpursued. and fiery steeds. and at the other door Obsequious darkness enters. that one. from before her vanished Night. with rosy hand Unbarred the gates of light. Light issues forth. On to the sacred hill 161 of 374 . and found Already known what he for news had thought To have reported: Gladly then he mixed Among those friendly Powers. when all the plain Covered with thick embattled squadrons bright. Reflecting blaze on blaze. which makes through Heaven Grateful vicissitude. like day and night. There is a cave Within the mount of God. fast by his throne. yet one Returned not lost.Paradise Lost Book VI All night the dreadless Angel. That of so many myriads fallen. and flaming arms. Where light and darkness in perpetual round Lodge and dislodge by turns. Chariots. Through Heaven’s wide champain held his way. Shot through with orient beams.
And thou. Back on thy foes more glorious to return. And for the testimony of truth hast borne Universal reproach. in military prowess next. who reason for their law refuse. who by right of merit reigns. Right reason for their law. aided by this host of friends. ranged for fight. By thousands and by millions. From midst a golden cloud. Than scorned thou didst depart. drive them out from God and bliss. Into their place of punishment. though worlds Judged thee perverse: The easier conquest now Remains thee. for this was all thy care To stand approved in sight of God. Well done. Equal in number to that Godless crew Rebellious: Them with fire and hostile arms Fearless assault. in word mightier than they in arms. well hast thou fought The better fight. thus mild was heard. far worse to bear Than violence. and for their King Messiah. lead forth to battle these my sons Invincible. Go. and present Before the seat supreme. Gabriel. of celestial armies prince. Servant of God. to the brow of Heaven Pursuing. Michael. the gulf Of Tartarus. which ready opens wide 162 of 374 . and. from whence a voice. who single hast maintained Against revolted multitudes the cause Of truth. and to subdue By force. lead forth my armed Saints.Paradise Lost They led him high applauded.
Came summoned over Eden to receive Their names of thee. So spake the Sovran Voice. the sign Of wrath awaked. That stood for Heaven.Paradise Lost His fiery Chaos to receive their fall. nor obvious hill. in the cause Of God and his Messiah. and smoke to roll In dusky wreaths. in orderly array on wing. Far in the horizon to the north appeared From skirt to skirt a fiery region. as when the total kind Of birds. stretched In battailous aspect. nor with less dread the loud Ethereal trumpet from on high ‘gan blow: At which command the Powers militant. and the passive air upbore Their nimble tread. Tenfold the length of this terrene: At last. divides Their perfect ranks. for high above the ground Their march was. in mighty quadrate joined Of union irresistible. and many a province wide. and clouds began To darken all the hill. On they move Indissolubly firm. reluctant flames. Nor straitening vale. moved on In silence their bright legions. to the sound Of instrumental harmony. nor stream. and nearer view Bristled with upright beams innumerable Of rigid spears. and helmets thronged. so over many a tract Of Heaven they marched. and shields 163 of 374 . that breathed Heroick ardour to adventurous deeds Under their God-like leaders. nor wood.
and front to front Presented stood in terrible array Of hideous length: Before the cloudy van. bent on highest deeds. that Angel should with Angel war. Abdiel that sight endured not. On the rough edge of battle ere it joined. and rushing sound Of onset ended soon each milder thought. enclosed With flaming Cherubim. 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. and golden shields. exalted as a God. where he stood Among the mightiest. as sons of one great Sire. by fight or by surprise. Came towering. To win the mount of God. Idol of majesty divine. the proud Aspirer. A dreadful interval. The Apostate in his sun-bright chariot sat. and on his throne To set the Envier of his state. for now ‘twixt host and host but narrow space was left. for they weened That self-same day. Satan. armed in adamant and gold. And in fierce hosting meet. with boastful argument portrayed.Paradise Lost Various. who wont to meet So oft in festivals of joy and love Unanimous. Hymning the Eternal Father: But the shout Of battle now began. Then lighted from his gorgeous throne. with vast and haughty strides advanced. 164 of 374 . High in the midst.
at one blow. who in debate of truth hath won. though brutish that contest and foul. in both disputes alike Victor. The throne of God unguarded. at this prevention more Incensed. without end. nor is it aught but just. art thou met? thy hope was to have reached The highth of thy aspiring unopposed. whose reason I have tried Unsound and false. Should win in arms. though to fight unconquerable? His puissance. Proud. half-way he met His daring foe. and thus securely him defied. That he. yet so Most reason is that reason overcome. and whelmed 165 of 374 . Have raised incessant armies to defeat Thy folly. where faith and realty Remain not: Wherefore should not strength and might There fail where virtue fails. trusting in the Almighty’s aid. could have finished thee. and from his armed peers Forth stepping opposite. Who out of smallest things could. Unaided. O Heaven! that such resemblance of the Highest Should yet remain. or with solitary hand Reaching beyond all limit.Paradise Lost And thus his own undaunted heart explores. So pondering. When reason hath to deal with force. and his side Abandoned. or weakest prove Where boldest. I mean to try. at the terrour of thy power Or potent tongue: Fool!not to think how vain Against the Omnipotent to rise in arms.
with scornful eye askance. the minstrelsy of Heaven.now learn too late How few sometimes may know. but in wished hour Of my revenge. (Unanswered lest thou boast) to let thee know. Inspired with contradiction. But well thou comest Before thy fellows. but now I see that most through sloth had rather serve. that thy success may show Destruction to the rest: This pause between. seditious Angel! to receive Thy merited reward. though then To thee not visible. Whom the grand foe. can allow Omnipotence to none. there be. At first I thought that Liberty and Heaven To heavenly souls had been all one. and piety to God. the first assay Of this right hand provoked. while they feel Vigour divine within them. As both their deeds compared this day shall prove. in synod met Their deities to assert. thou returnest From flight. 166 of 374 . ambitious to win From me some plume.Paradise Lost Thy legions under darkness: But thou seest All are not of thy train. durst oppose A third part of the Gods. since first that tongue. who faith Prefer. trained up in feast and song! Such hast thou armed. Ministring Spirits. when thousands err. Ill for thee. when I alone Seemed in thy world erroneous to dissent From all: My sect thou seest. Thus answered. first sought for. who. Servility with freedom to contend.
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
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
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
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
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
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
recoiled O’er-wearied. yet by doom Cancelled from Heaven and sacred memory. or pain. their mightiest quelled. And now. yet to glory aspires Vain-glorious. but those elect Angels. With many an inroad gored. to such evil brought By sin of disobedience. contented with their fame in Heaven. nought merits but dispraise And ignominy. through the faint Satanick host Defensive scarce. Then first with fear surprised. not to have sinned. Illaudable. and sense of pain. and foul disorder. and from just. and on a heap Chariot and charioteer lay overturned. Far otherwise the inviolable Saints. In cubick phalanx firm. Nor of renown less eager. And fiery-foaming steeds. what stood. advanced entire. Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell. 174 of 374 . the battle swerved. till that hour Not liable to fear. Invulnerable. deformed rout Entered. Such high advantages their innocence Gave them above their foes. or with pale fear surprised. or flight. Fled ignominious.Paradise Lost Eternize here on earth. For strength from truth divided. impenetrably armed. and through infamy seeks fame: Therefore eternal silence be their doom. all the ground With shivered armour strown. In might though wonderous and in acts of war. Seek not the praise of men: The other sort.
Now Night her course began. glory. less firmly armed. Found worthy not of liberty alone. though till now Omniscient thought. void of rest. Cherubick waving fires: On the other part. Victor and vanquished: On the foughten field Michael and his Angels prevalent Encamping. But proves not so: Then fallible. now known in arms Not to be overpowered. placed in guard their watches round. Honour. Of future we may deem him. and. O now in danger tried. it seems. And in the midst thus undismayed began. Far in the dark dislodged. His potentates to council called by night. Satan with his rebellious disappeared. dominion. Too mean pretence! but what we more affect. 175 of 374 . why not eternal days?) What Heaven’s Lord had powerfullest to send Against us from about his throne. and renown. (And if one day. Who have sustained one day in doubtful fight. and. grateful truce imposed. in fight they stood Unwearied. And silence on the odious din of war: Under her cloudy covert both retired. unobnoxious to be pained By wound. Companions dear.Paradise Lost Not to have disobeyed. True is. over Heaven Inducing darkness. Some disadvantage we endured and pain. and judged Sufficient to subdue us to his will. though from their place by violence moved.
when next we meet. Against unequal arms to fight in pain. Against unpained. Of evil then so small as easy think The remedy. Imperishable. leader to free Enjoyment of our right as Gods. though pierced with wound. Or equal what between us made the odds. Soon closing. his riven arms to havock hewn. quelled with pain Which all subdues. and makes remiss the hands Of mightiest? Sense of pleasure we may well Spare out of life perhaps. perhaps more valid arms. for what avails Valour or strength. and worse our foes. May serve to better us. Deliverer from new Lords. In nature none: If other hidden cause Left them superiour. and not repine. Due search and consultation will disclose. of Principalities the prime. though matchless. Sore toiled. as soon contemned. He sat. impassive.Paradise Lost Till now not known. from which evil Ruin must needs ensue. and too unequal work we find. but. and by native vigour healed. Weapons more violent. and. As one he stood escaped from cruel fight. known. And cloudy in aspect thus answering spake. while we can preserve Unhurt our minds. and understanding sound. 176 of 374 . yet hard For Gods. and in the assembly next upstood Nisroch. Since now we find this our empyreal form Incapable of mortal injury.
gems. and tempered. Which of us who beholds the bright surface Of this ethereous mould whereon we stand. Which. long and round. Whose eye so superficially surveys These things. Whereto with look composed Satan replied. Not uninvented that. or arm Ourselves with like defence. among our foes Such implements of mischief. opening to the ambient light? These in their dark nativity the deep Shall yield us. the worst Of evils. who therefore can invent With what more forcible we may offend Our yet unwounded enemies. fruit. excessive. This continent of spacious Heaven. which thou aright Believest so main to our success. into hollow engines. to me deserves No less than for deliverance what we owe. they shoot forth So beauteous. at the other bore with touch of fire Dilated and infuriate. and. and gold. which is the calmest life: But pain is perfect misery. shall send forth From far. as shall dash To pieces. Thick rammed. pregnant with infernal flame. adorned With plant. materials dark and crude. as not to mind from whence they grow Deep under ground. He. flower ambrosial. till touched With Heaven’s ray.Paradise Lost But live content. Of spiritous and fiery spume. overturns All patience. and o’erwhelm whatever stands 177 of 374 . I bring. with thundering noise.
yet ere dawn. in a moment up they turned Wide the celestial soil. to strength and counsel joined Think nothing hard. with subtle art. or inspired With devilish machination. if malice should abound. and. Abandon fear.Paradise Lost Adverse. on war and mutual slaughter bent. 178 of 374 . how he To be the inventer missed. and each. The invention all admired. which yet unfound most would have thought Impossible: Yet. of thy race In future days. Forthwith from council to the work they flew. that they shall fear we have disarmed The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt. None arguing stood. Some one intent on mischief. might devise Like instrument to plague the sons of men For sin. He ended. Nor long shall be our labour. Mean while revive. sulphurous and nitrous foam They found. innumerable hands Were ready. and into store conveyed: Part hidden veins digged up (nor hath this earth Entrails unlike) of mineral and stone. so easy it seemed Once found. haply. Concocted and adusted they reduced To blackest grain. Effect shall end our wish. they mingled. and saw beneath The originals of nature in their crude Conception. and his words their drooping cheer Enlightened. and their languished hope revived. much less to be despaired.
Up rose the victor-Angels. in slow But firm battalion. Soon banded. and in mid air aloud thus cried. pernicious with one touch to fire. part incentive reed Provide. back with speediest sail Zophiel. of Cherubim the swiftest wing. will save us long pursuit This day. Each quarter to descry the distant foe. If I conjecture aught. the foe at hand. Warriours. no drizzling shower. refulgent host. and scouts each coast light-armed scour. or if for fight. So all ere day-spring. and secure: Let each His adamantine coat gird well. But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. In motion or in halt: Him soon they met Under spread ensigns moving nigh. Now when fair morn orient in Heaven appeared. under conscious night. unespied. or whither fled. and each Fit well his helm. others from the dawning hills Look round. and in order set. for this day will pour down. Where lodged. gripe fast his orbed shield. 179 of 374 . Borne even or high. and to arms The matin trumpet sung: In arms they stood Of golden panoply.Paradise Lost Whereof to found their engines and their balls Of missive ruin. and settled in his face I see Sad resolution. With silent circumspection. Arm.so thick a cloud He comes. Came flying. Secret they finished. Whom fled we thought. fear not his flight. arm for fight.
Instant without disturb they took alarm. Or hollowed bodies made of oak or fir. Vanguard. who appointed stand Do as you have in charge. and briefly touch What we propound. With branches lopt. and loud that all may hear! So scoffing in ambiguous words. Heaven! Heaven.) 180 of 374 . to right and left the front unfold.Paradise Lost So warned he them. And onward moved embattled: When behold! Not distant far with heavy pace the foe Approaching gross and huge. and turn not back perverse: But that I doubt. and to either flank retired: Which to our eyes discovered. To hide the fraud. in wood or mountain felled. and with open breast Stand ready to receive them. when to right and left the front Divided. but suddenly at head appeared Satan. and soon In order. how we seek Peace and composure. A triple mounted row of pillars laid On wheels (for like to pillars most they seemed. quit of all impediment. and thus was heard commanding loud. aware themselves. witness thou anon! while we discharge Freely our part: ye. At interview both stood A while. new and strange. if they like Our overture. That all may see who hate us. in hollow cube Training his devilish enginery. he scarce Had ended. however witness. impaled On every side with shadowing squadrons deep.
but now Foul dissipation followed. evaded swift By quick contraction or remove. as Spirits. whose roar Embowelled with outrageous noise the air. repulse Repeated. Angel on Arch-Angel rolled. disgorging foul Their devilish glut. And all her entrails tore. while we. with such impetuous fury smote. whom they hit. That. all Heaven appeared. What should they do? if on they rushed. suspense. had not their mouths With hideous orifice gaped on us wide. they might Have easily. stony mould. And to their foes a laughter. Though standing else as rocks. and forced rout. Portending hollow truce: At each behind A Seraph stood. and to a narrow vent applied With nicest touch. would render them yet more despised. But soon obscured with smoke. for sudden all at once their reeds Put forth. Not long. none on their feet might stand. unarmed. and in his hand a reed Stood waving tipt with fire. iron. Immediate in a flame. but down they fell By thousands. The sooner for their arms. 181 of 374 . which. for in view Stood ranked of Seraphim another row. chained thunderbolts and hail Of iron globes. and indecent overthrow Doubled. From those deep-throated engines belched. Collected stood within our thoughts amused.Paradise Lost Brass. on the victor host Levelled. Nor served it to relax their serried files.
So they among themselves in pleasant vein Stood scoffing. And to his mates thus in derision called. We should compel them to a quick result. straight they changed their minds. and into strange vagaries fell. And all his host derided. (what could we more?) propounded terms Of composition. Leader! the terms we sent were terms of weight. and full of force urged home. They show us when our foes walk not upright. Had need from head to foot well understand. If our proposals once again were heard. yet for a dance they seemed Somewhat extravagant and wild. As they would dance. perhaps For joy of offered peace: But I suppose. in like gamesome mood. and when we. To whom thus Belial. and of his thunder made a scorn. Not understood. hightened in their thoughts beyond All doubt of victory: Eternal Might To match with their inventions they presumed So easy. To entertain them fair with open front And breast. while they stood 182 of 374 . this gift they have besides. Flew off. And stumbled many: Who receives them right. Satan beheld their plight. Of hard contents. Such as we might perceive amused them all.Paradise Lost In posture to displode their second tire Of thunder: Back defeated to return They worse abhorred. O Friends! why come not on these victors proud Ere while they fierce were coming.
Download the free trial version. seized the rebel host. When coming towards them so dread they saw The bottom of the mountains upward turned. Which God hath in his mighty Angels placed!) Their arms away they threw. Rage prompted them at length. and edit PDF. which in the air Came shadowing. though Spirits of purest light. Forthwith (behold the excellence. Purest at first. The rest. and by the shaggy tops Up-lifting bore them in their hands: Amaze. and terrour. Long struggling underneath. They plucked the seated hills. Their armour helped their harm. Be sure. Till on those cursed engines’ triple-row They saw them whelmed. and to the hills (For Earth hath this variety from Heaven Of pleasure situate in hill and dale. and found them arms Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose. and oppressed whole legions armed. From their foundations loosening to and fro.) Light as the lightning glimpse they ran. the power. waters. ere they could wind Out of such prison. crushed in and bruised Into their substance pent. Themselves invaded next. they flew. Rocks. and many a dolorous groan. and all their confidence Under the weight of mountains buried deep. now gross by sinning grown. which wrought them pain Implacable. woods. to like arms 183 of 374 . in imitation.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. A while in trouble: But they stood not long. and on their heads Main promontories flung. view. with all their load.
That under ground they fought in dismal shade. Son beloved. what by Deity I am. Second Omnipotence! two days are past. Equal in their creation they were formed. and the neighbouring hills uptore: So hills amid the air encountered hills. in whose face invisible is beheld Visibly. And in whose hand what by decree I do. Save what sin hath impaired. Infernal noise! war seemed a civil game To this uproar. Two days. To honour his anointed Son avenged Upon his enemies.Paradise Lost Betook them. with ruin overspread. Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame These disobedient: Sore hath been their fight. The Assessour of his throne. Had not the Almighty Father. Effulgence of my glory. horrid confusion heaped Upon confusion rose: And now all Heaven Had gone to wrack. Son. and to declare All power on him transferred: Whence to his Son. when two such foes met armed. and thou knowest. As likeliest was. foreseen This tumult. which yet hath wrought 184 of 374 . Hurled to and fro with jaculation dire. where he sits Shrined in his sanctuary of Heaven secure. For to themselves I left them. advised: That his great purpose he might so fulfil. as we compute the days of Heaven. and permitted all. he thus began. Consulting on the sum of things.
and on his Son with rays direct Shone full. Whence in perpetual fight they needs must last Endless. that all may know In Heaven and Hell thy power above compare. Ascend my chariot. and to be King By sacred unction. and thus far Have suffered. guide the rapid wheels That shake Heaven’s basis. He said. as likes them. to be Heir. thy deserved right. Go then. For thee I have ordained it. since none but Thou Can end it. to despise God. Pursue these sons of darkness. armed. and sword upon thy puissant thigh. To manifest thee worthiest to be Heir Of all things. in thy Father’s might. and Messiah his anointed King. which makes Wild work in Heaven. And. bring forth all my war. he all his Father full expressed 185 of 374 . and dangerous to the main.Paradise Lost Insensibly. my almighty arms Gird on. Two days are therefore past. this perverse commotion governed thus. My bow and thunder. Thou Mightiest. and no solution will be found: War wearied hath performed what war can do. as with weapons. for I suspend their doom. that the glory may be thine Of ending this great war. And to disordered rage let loose the reins With mountains. drive them out From all Heaven’s bounds into the utter deep: There let them learn. Into thee such virtue and grace Immense I have transfused. the third is thine.
I assume. circling thy holy mount. Then shall thy Saints unmixed. and my whole delight.Paradise Lost Ineffably into his face received. That thou. Image of thee in all things. First. and I in thee For ever. as I put thy mildness on. which to fulfil is all my bliss. As is most just: This I my glory account. That from thy just obedience could revolt. in me well pleased. I hate. O Supreme of heavenly Thrones. Scepter and power. Holiest. declarest thy will Fulfilled. Highest. Whom to obey is happiness entire. Armed with thy might. and shall soon. I always thee. Forth rushed with whirlwind 186 of 374 . and from the impure Far separate. My exaltation. And gladlier shall resign. rose From the right hand of Glory where he sat. Best. o’er his scepter bowing. To their prepared ill mansion driven down. And thus the Filial Godhead answering spake. he. Hymns of high praise. rid Heaven of these rebelled. Dawning through Heaven. To chains of darkness. and the undying worm. and can put on Thy terrours. and I among them Chief. thou always seek’st To glorify thy Son. Unfeigned Halleluiahs to thee sing. and in me all whom thou lovest: But whom thou hatest. So said. And the third sacred morn began to shine. O Father. thy giving. when in the end Thou shalt be all in all.
He. Under whose conduct Michael soon reduced 187 of 374 . his sign in Heaven. four faces each Had wonderous. far off his coming shone. with eyes the wheels Of beryl. Illustrious far and wide. and colours of the showery arch. but convoyed By four Cherubick shapes. And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Chariots of God. Itself instinct with Spirit. He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime On the crystalline sky. half on each hand.Paradise Lost sound The chariot of Paternal Deity. beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stored. and bickering flame. were seen. at his right hand Victory Sat eagle-winged. their bodies all And wings were set with eyes. and sparkles dire: Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints. wheel within wheel undrawn. Over their heads a crystal firmament. and careering fires between. inlaid with pure Amber. but by his own First seen: Them unexpected joy surprised. When the great ensign of Messiah blazed Aloft by Angels borne. in sapphire throned. Whereon a sapphire throne. in celestial panoply all armed Of radiant Urim. He onward came. Ascended. work divinely wrought. And from about him fierce effusion rolled Of smoke. Flashing thick flames. as with stars.
Stood re-embattled fierce. Grieving to see his glory. Under their Head imbodied all in one. when the great Son of God To all his host on either hand thus spake. Stand still in bright array. and went Obsequious. Or wonders move the obdurate to relent? They. and now To final battle drew. this day from battle rest: Faithful hath been your warfare.Paradise Lost His army. This saw his hapless foes. Insensate. Before him Power Divine his way prepared. ye Saints. hope conceiving from despair. but stood obdured. And with fresh flowerets hill and valley smiled. And to rebellious fight rallied their Powers. fearless in his righteous cause. hardened more by what might most reclaim. so have ye done. In heavenly Spirits could such perverseness dwell? But to convince the proud what signs avail. or to fall In universal ruin last. and at length prevail Against God and Messiah. at the sight Took envy. they heard his voice. Or faint retreat. Heaven his wonted face renewed. Ye Angels armed. by force or fraud Weening to prosper. Invincibly: But of this cursed crew 188 of 374 . here stand. circumfused on either wing. aspiring to his highth. and. and of God Accepted. And as ye have received. disdaining flight. At his command the uprooted hills retired Each to his place.
At once the Four spread out their starry wings With dreadful shade contiguous. He on his impious foes right onward drove. Nor other strife with them do I vouchsafe. All but the throne itself of God. Full soon Among them he arrived. they have despised. Vengeance is his. in his right hand 189 of 374 . since by strength They measure all. or of a numerous host. So spake the Son. against me is all their rage. and into terrour changed His countenance too severe to be beheld. Nor multitude. or whose he sole appoints: Number to this day’s work is not ordained. nor care who them excels. as with the sound Of torrent floods. Because the Father. of other excellence Not emulous. And full of wrath bent on his enemies. according to his will. Yet envied. and power. to try with me In battle which the stronger proves. and glory appertains. but me. and the orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled. not you. Hath honoured me. they all. Or I alone against them.Paradise Lost The punishment to other hand belongs. under his burning wheels The stedfast empyrean shook throughout. to whom in Heaven s’preme Kingdom. Therefore to me their doom he hath assigned. That they may have their wish. stand only. Gloomy as night. and behold God’s indignation on these godless poured By me.
That wished the mountains now might be again Thrown on them.Paradise Lost Grasping ten thousand thunders. Rolled inward. and helms. spiritless. such as in their souls infixed Plagues: They. which he sent Before him. afflicted. and a spacious gap disclosed Into the wasteful deep: The monstrous sight Struck them with horrour backward. Nor less on either side tempestuous fell His arrows. fallen. One Spirit in them ruled. down their idle weapons dropt: O’er shields. but far worse Urged them behind: Headlong themselves they threw 190 of 374 . to the bounds And crystal wall of Heaven. and shot forth pernicious fire Among the accursed. and every eye Glared lightning. and helmed heads he rode Of Thrones and mighty Seraphim prostrate. as a shelter from his ire. for he meant Not to destroy. opening wide. that withered all their strength. but root them out of Heaven: The overthrown he raised. pursued With terrours. and as a herd Of goats or timorous flock together thronged Drove them before him thunder-struck. all resistance lost. from the fourfold-visaged Four Distinct with eyes. but checked His thunder in mid volley. Yet half his strength he put not forth. astonished. and from the living wheels Distinct alike with multitude of eyes. All courage. Exhausted. which. And of their wonted vigour left them drained. and with furies.
and too fast had bound. the house of woe and pain. to him dominion given. each Order bright. returning whence it rolled. who into glory him received. and soon repaired Her mural breach. as they went. measuring things in Heaven by things on Earth. Hell saw Heaven ruining from Heaven. rode Triumphant through mid Heaven. their fit habitation. Hell heard the unsufferable noise.Paradise Lost Down from the verge of Heaven. and. Shaded with branching palm. eternal wrath Burnt after them to the bottomless pit. celebrated. Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss. Sung triumph. Disburdened Heaven rejoiced. 191 of 374 . and him sung victorious King. from the expulsion of his foes. and Lord. Hell. Heir. but strict Fate had cast too deep Her dark foundations. And felt tenfold confusion in their fall Through his wild anarchy. Messiah his triumphal chariot turned: To meet him all his Saints. With jubilee advanced. Worthiest to reign: He. and on them closed. Sole victor. Thus. Son. who silent stood Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts. fraught with fire Unquenchable. and would have fled Affrighted. so huge a rout Incumbered him with ruin: Hell at last Yawning received them whole. Nine days they fell: Confounded Chaos roared. into the courts And temple of his Mighty Father throned On high.
he who envies now thy state. Which would be all his solace and revenge. the reward Of disobedience. thou mayest partake His punishment. to thee I have revealed What might have else to human race been hid. and the deep fall Of those too high aspiring. and war in Heaven Among the angelick Powers. By terrible example. Who now is plotting how he may seduce Thee also from obedience. Thee once to gain companion of his woe.Paradise Lost At thy request. with him Bereaved of happiness. that. who rebelled With Satan. But listen not to his temptations. 192 of 374 . eternal misery. firm they might have stood. As a despite done against the Most High. remember. The discord which befel. warn Thy weaker. and that thou mayest beware By what is past. and fear to transgress. let it profit thee to have heard. Yet fell.
not rapt above the pole. Wisdom thy sister. unchanged To hoarse or mute. and evil tongues. though from a lower clime. Up led by thee Into the Heaven of Heavens I have presumed. nor on the top Of old Olympus dwellest. and drawn empyreal air. or fountain flowed. Erroneous there to wander. though fallen on evil days. by that name If rightly thou art called. and with her didst play In presence of the Almighty Father. above the Olympian hill I soar. (as once Bellerophon. More safe I sing with mortal voice. on the Aleian field I fall. Before the hills appeared. not the name. Above the flight of Pegasean wing! The meaning. but narrower bound Within the visible diurnal sphere. heavenly-born. Urania. 193 of 374 . Thou with eternal Wisdom didst converse.) Dismounted. and forlorn. whose voice divine Following. Standing on earth. Half yet remains unsung. but. On evil days though fallen. I call: for thou Nor of the Muses nine.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. An earthly guest. pleased With thy celestial song.
and was filled With admiration and deep muse. The story heard attentive. by dire example. The affable Arch-Angel. by what befel in Heaven To those apostates. nor could the Muse defend Her son. to hear Of things so high and strange. So fail not thou. who thee implores: For thou art heavenly.Paradise Lost In darkness. the race Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope. as hate in Heaven. Charged not to touch the interdicted tree. If they transgress. He. 194 of 374 . And war so near the peace of God in bliss. So easily obeyed amid the choice Of all tastes else to please their appetite. till the savage clamour drowned Both harp and voice. with his consorted Eve. she an empty dream. and slight that sole command. Goddess. had forewarned Adam. while thou Visitest my slumbers nightly. yet not alone. where woods and rocks had ears To rapture. though few. lest the like befall In Paradise to Adam or his race. and with dangers compassed round. And solitude. or when morn Purples the east: still govern thou my song. what ensued when Raphael. to their thought So unimaginable. But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers. Though wandering. things. Say. Urania. to beware Apostasy. and fit audience find.
as one whose drouth Yet scarce allayed still eyes the current stream. Great things. view. to impart Things above earthly thought. yet sinless. What within Eden. and relate 195 of 374 . for what cause. to forewarn Us timely of what might else have been our loss. Deign to descend now lower. the end Of what we are. and his admonishment Receive. Proceeded thus to ask his heavenly guest. as to highest wisdom seemed. with desire to know What nearer might concern him. Far differing from this world. Download the free trial version. Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites. redounded as a flood on those From whom it sprung.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. or without. With such confusion: but the evil. was done Before his memory. But since thou hast vouchsafed Gently. Divine interpreter! by favour sent Down from the empyrean. with solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovran will. Unknown. impossible to mix With blessedness. and full of wonder in our ears. and whereof created. soon Driven back. and edit PDF. which human knowledge could not reach. how this world Of Heaven and Earth conspicuous first began. For which to the infinitely Good we owe Immortal thanks. thou hast revealed. for our instruction. which yet concerned Our knowing. Whence Adam soon repealed The doubts that in his heart arose: and now Led on. When.
and dismiss thee ere the morning shine. the ambient air wide interfused Embracing round this floried Earth. in his holy rest Through all eternity. with caution asked.Paradise Lost What may no less perhaps avail us known. will watch. Night with her will bring. so late to build In Chaos. Silence. And longer will delay to hear thee tell His generation. and Sleep. what cause Moved the Creator. the more we know. and this which yields or fills All space. he hears. not to explore the secrets ask Of his eternal empire. if unforbid thou mayest unfold What we. suspense in Heaven. and the rising birth Of Nature from the unapparent Deep: Or if the star of evening and the moon Haste to thy audience. This also thy request. and the work begun. listening to thee. 196 of 374 . And the great light of day yet wants to run Much of his race though steep. Or we can bid his absence. Obtain. with moving fires adorned Innumerable. till thy song End. though to recount almighty works What words or tongue of Seraph can suffice. How first began this Heaven which we behold Distant so high. thy potent voice. Held by thy voice. Thus Adam his illustrious guest besought: And thus the Godlike Angel answered mild. how soon Absolved. but the more To magnify his works.
after Lucifer from Heaven (So call him.) Fell with his flaming legions through the deep Into his place. At least our envious Foe hath failed. To none communicable in Earth or Heaven: Enough is left besides to search and know. as nourishment to wind. by whose aid This inaccessible high strength. beyond. the Omnipotent Eternal Father from his throne beheld Their multitude. But knowledge is as food. hath suppressed in night. which best may serve To glorify the Maker. Know then. Oppresses else with surfeit. such commission from above I have received. to answer thy desire Of knowledge within bounds. and needs no less Her temperance over appetite.Paradise Lost Or heart of man suffice to comprehend? Yet what thou canst attain. and soon turns Wisdom to folly. nor let thine own inventions hope Things not revealed. 197 of 374 . and infer Thee also happier. that. than that star the stars among. which the invisible King. shall not be withheld Thy hearing. Only Omniscient. abstain To ask. brighter once amidst the host Of Angels. and to his Son thus spake. to know In measure what the mind may well contain. us dispossessed. the seat Of Deity supreme. who thought All like himself rebellious. and the great Son returned Victorious with his Saints.
Boundless the Deep. And Earth be changed to Heaven. Mean while inhabit lax. whom their place knows here no more: Yet far the greater part have kept. under long obedience tried. Not here. nor vacuous the space. yet populous. speak thou. I see.Paradise Lost He trusted to have seised. by thee This I perform. ride forth. to have dispeopled Heaven. uncircumscribed myself. and in a moment will create Another world. because I Am who fill Infinitude. ye Powers of Heaven. lest his heart exalt him in the harm Already done. and this high temple to frequent With ministeries due. I can repair That detriment. and be it done! My overshadowing Spirit and Might with thee I send along. begotten Son. Though I. and bid the Deep Within appointed bounds be Heaven and Earth. Their station. if such it be to lose Self-lost. And put not forth my goodness. retire. which is free 198 of 374 . and Heaven to Earth. My damage fondly deemed. And thou my Word. by degrees of merit raised. retains Number sufficient to possess her realms Though wide. and into fraud Drew many. out of one man a race Of men innumerable. and solemn rites: But. there to dwell. They open to themselves at length the way Up hither. Heaven. till. One kingdom. joy and union without end.
instead Of Spirits malign. winged Spirits. and all his Father in him shone. and chariots winged From the armoury of God. and what I will is Fate. About his chariot numberless were poured Cherub. So spake the Almighty. the Filial Godhead. gave effect. and to what he spake His Word. Immediate are the acts of God. Great triumph and rejoicing was in Heaven. to Him Glory and praise. Necessity and Chance Approach not me. a better race to bring Into their vacant room. So sang the Hierarchies: Mean while the Son On his great expedition now appeared. where stand of old 199 of 374 . Girt with Omnipotence. with radiance crowned Of Majesty Divine. Potentates. and thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite. When such was heard declared the Almighty’s will. and Thrones. Glory to Him. So told as earthly notion can receive. whose just avenging ire Had driven out the ungodly from his sight And the habitations of the just. sapience and love Immense. but to human ears Cannot without process of speech be told. and Seraph. more swift Than time or motion. and in their dwellings peace.Paradise Lost To act or not. And Virtues. whose wisdom had ordained Good out of evil to create. Glory they sung to the Most High. good will To future men.
peace. and now came forth Spontaneous. to let forth The King of Glory. Silence. For Chaos heard his voice: Him all his train Followed in bright procession. to assault Heaven’s highth. 200 of 374 . Then staid the fervid wheels. and with the center mix the pole. coming to create new worlds. harmonious sound On golden hinges moving. and all created things: One foot he centered. and the world unborn. Up from the bottom turned by furious winds And surging waves. between two brazen mountains lodged Against a solemn day. wild. and in his hand He took the golden compasses. On heavenly ground they stood. dark. and thou Deep. as mountains. wasteful. Attendant on their Lord: Heaven opened wide Her ever-during gates. Celestial equipage. prepared In God’s eternal store.Paradise Lost Myriads. your discord end! Nor staid. for within them Spirit lived. Said then the Omnifick Word. to circumscribe This universe. and from the shore They viewed the vast immeasurable abyss Outrageous as a sea. on the wings of Cherubim Uplifted. but. and the wonders of his might. ye troubled Waves. in paternal glory rode Far into Chaos. in his powerful Word And Spirit. and the other turned Round through the vast profundity obscure. to behold Creation. harnessed at hand.
for yet the sun Was not. thus the Earth. Birth-day of Heaven and Earth. This be thy just circumference. and from her native east To journey through the aery gloom began. Matter unformed and void: Darkness profound Covered the abyss: but on the watery calm His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread. O World! Thus God the Heaven created. and between spun out the air. with joy and shout The hollow universal orb they filled.Paradise Lost And said. And touched their golden harps. first of things. Sprung from the deep. she in a cloudy tabernacle Sojourned the while. the rest to several place Disparted. And Earth self-balanced on her center hung. Let there be light. and vital warmth Throughout the fluid mass. God saw the light was good. And light from darkness by the hemisphere Divided: light the Day. Thus was the first day even and morn: Nor past uncelebrated. when orient light Exhaling first from darkness they beheld. and forthwith Light Ethereal. thus far thy bounds. nor unsung By the celestial quires. and hymning praised 201 of 374 . Sphered in a radiant cloud. quintessence pure. He named. and darkness Night. but downward purged The black tartareous cold infernal dregs. And vital virtue infused. Thus far extend. said God. then conglobed Like things to like. Adverse to life: then founded.
Transparent. but. Let there be firmament Amid the waters. their tops ascend the sky: 202 of 374 . pure. partition firm and sure. The waters underneath from those above Dividing: for as earth. in wide Crystalline ocean. lest fierce extremes Contiguous might distemper the whole frame: And Heaven he named the Firmament: So even And morning chorus sung the second day. and let dry land appear. elemental air. Creator him they sung. with warm Prolifick humour softening all her globe. and when first morn. not idle. and God made The firmament. Immediately the mountains huge appear Emergent. and let it divide The waters from the waters. Appeared not: over all the face of Earth Main ocean flowed. but in the womb as yet Of waters. Fermented the great mother to conceive. The Earth was formed. when God said. Satiate with genial moisture. and the loud misrule Of Chaos far removed.Paradise Lost God and his works. Be gathered now ye waters under Heaven Into one place. expanse of liquid. God said. embryon immature involved. Again. Both when first evening was. so he the world Built on circumfluous waters calm. and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds. diffused In circuit to the uttermost convex Of this great round.
herb yielding seed. And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind. Wave rolling after wave. so the watery throng. uprolled. or under ground. till then Desart and bare. unadorned. where rivers now Stream. so low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep. 203 of 374 . The dry land. if through plain. For haste. or circuit wide With serpent errour wandering. 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. with torrent rapture. unsightly.Paradise Lost So high as heaved the tumid hills. whose verdure clad Her universal face with pleasant green. when the bare Earth. Easy. and the great receptacle Of congregated waters. Let the Earth Put forth the verdant grass. where way they found. And on the washy oose deep channels wore. As drops on dust conglobing from the dry: Part rise in crystal wall. He scarce had said. All but within those banks. ere God had bid the ground be dry. Earth. Brought forth the tender grass. and perpetual draw their humid train. he called Seas: And saw that it was good. Capacious bed of waters: Thither they Hasted with glad precipitance. found their way. If steep. or ridge direct. But they. Soft-ebbing. nor withstood them rock or hill. Whose seed is in herself upon the Earth. and said.
but from the Earth a dewy mist Went up. and for days. Again the Almighty spake. God made. before it grew On the green stem: God saw that it was good: So even and morn recorded the third day. and every herb. and it was so. and made gay Her bosom. and watered all the ground. and each Plant of the field. To give light on the Earth. forth crept The swelling gourd. these scarce blown. ere it was in the Earth. and man to till the ground None was. as I ordain Their office in the firmament of Heaven. Or wander with delight. as in dance. With borders long the rivers: that Earth now Seemed like to Heaven. and the humble shrub. up stood the corny reed Embattled in her field. and let them be for signs. and each fountain side. the stately trees. and love to haunt Her sacred shades: though God had yet not rained Upon the Earth. And let them be for lights. to divide The day from night. For seasons. or gemmed Their blossoms: With high woods the hills were crowned. a seat where Gods might dwell. and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit. With tufts the valleys. smelling sweet: and. that sudden flowered Opening their various colours. which. And bush with frizzled hair implicit: Last Rose.Paradise Lost Then herbs of every leaf. and circling years. 204 of 374 . Let there be lights High in the expanse of Heaven. Forth flourished thick the clustering vine.
205 of 374 . firm to retain Her gathered beams. and all the horizon round Invested with bright rays. and rule the day In their vicissitude. with diminution seen. Transplanted from her cloudy shrine. By tincture or reflection they augment Their small peculiar. First in his east the glorious lamp was seen. Hither. great for their use To Man. the greater to have rule by day. Regent of day. and every magnitude of stars. jocund to run His longitude through Heaven’s high road. in their golden urns draw light. before him danced. other stars Repairing. and the Pleiades. that it was good: For of celestial bodies first the sun A mighty sphere he framed. the gray Dawn. as to their fountain. and rule the night. and placed In the sun’s orb. though from human sight So far remote. thick as a field: Of light by far the greater part he took. And light from darkness to divide. Though of ethereal mould: then formed the moon Globose. altern.Paradise Lost And God made two great lights. Surveying his great work. The less by night. God saw. and made the stars. made porous to receive And drink the liquid light. unlightsome first. And sowed with stars the Heaven. great palace now of light. And set them in the firmament of Heaven To illuminate the Earth. And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns.
with full face borrowing her light From him. And saw that it was good. in sculls that oft Bank the mid sea: part single. and still that distance keeps Till night. and each Soul living. and in the seas. And let the fowl be multiplied. which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds. and her reign With thousand lesser lights dividual holds. and shining scales. for other light she needed none In that aspect. with wings Displayed on the open firmament of Heaven. And God created the great whales. But opposite in levelled west was set. and blessed them. With thousand thousand stars. each that crept. and running streams. And God said. And every bird of wing after his kind. His mirrour. that then appeared Spangling the hemisphere: Then first adorned With their bright luminaries that set and rose. or with mate. then in the east her turn she shines. 206 of 374 . And lakes. multiply.Paradise Lost Shedding sweet influence: Less bright the moon. on the Earth. Revolved on Heaven’s great axle. living soul: And let fowl fly above the Earth. saying. each creek and bay. Be fruitful. Let the waters generate Reptile with spawn abundant. With fry innumerable swarm. the waters fill. and shoals Of fish that with their fins. Forthwith the sounds and seas. Glide under the green wave. Glad evening and glad morn crowned the fourth day.
fanned with unnumbered plumes: 207 of 374 . attend Moist nutriment. or. soaring the air sublime. Hugest of living creatures. Mean while the tepid caves. and through groves Of coral stray. Their brood as numerous hatch. and over lands. in their pearly shells at ease. wedge their way. enormous in their gait. and edit PDF. borne on winds. And seems a moving land. With clang despised the ground. from the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclosed Their callow young. sporting with quick glance. high over seas Flying. but feathered soon and fledge They summed their pens. Tempest the ocean: there leviathan. on the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims. the air Floats as they pass. under a cloud In prospect. and shores. Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold. Intelligent of seasons. Graze the sea-weed their pasture. Or. part more wise In common. and at his trunk spouts out. or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk Wallowing unwieldy. and. a sea. with mutual wing Easing their flight. and set forth Their aery caravan. view. there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build: Part loosely wing the region. Download the free trial version. so steers the prudent crane Her annual voyage. and at his gills Draws in.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. ranged in figure. and fens.
but all night tun’d her soft lays: Others. and creeping things. Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind. these in flocks 208 of 374 . Among the trees in pairs they rose. and spread their painted wings Till even. when God said. and straight Opening her fertile womb teemed at a birth Innumerous living creatures.Paradise Lost From branch to branch the smaller birds with song Solaced the woods. nor then the solemn nightingale Ceased warbling. Between her white wings mantling proudly. in thicket. Cattle. brake. bathed Their downy breast. perfect forms. the swan with arched neck. on silver lakes and rivers. The Earth obeyed. rising on stiff pennons. Limbed and full grown: Out of the ground up rose. yet oft they quit The dank. tower The mid aereal sky: Others on ground Walked firm. and beast of the Earth. and the air with fowl. the wild beast where he wons In forest wild. rows Her state with oary feet. coloured with the florid hue Of rainbows and starry eyes. they walked: The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Those rare and solitary. and. Evening and morn solemnized the fifth day. and the other whose gay train Adorns him. the crested cock whose clarion sounds The silent hours. or den. As from his lair. Each in their kind. The sixth. The waters thus With fish replenished. arose With evening harps and matin. and of creation last.
as the mole Rising. their long dimension drew. Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans For wings. and scaly crocodile. that feeds her husband drone 209 of 374 . not all Minims of nature. Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter. azure and green: These. First crept The parsimonious emmet.Paradise Lost Pasturing at once. At once came forth whatever creeps the ground. as a line. now half appeared The tawny lion. and added wings. then springs as broke from bonds. And rampant shakes his brinded mane. Wonderous in length and corpulence. 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. in small room large heart enclosed. Streaking the ground with sinuous trace. pawing to get free His hinder parts. The libbard. As plants: Ambiguous between sea and land The river-horse. some of serpent-kind. and in broad herds upsprung. provident Of future. and the tiger. the ounce. The grassy clods now calved. involved Their snaky folds. joined in her popular tribes Of commonalty: Swarming next appeared The female bee. and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries decked of summer’s pride With spots of gold and purple.
water. but obedient at thy call. and eyes Directed in devotion. But grateful to acknowledge whence his good Descends. and from thence Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven. and voice. as the great first Mover’s hand First wheeled their course: Earth in her rich attire Consummate lovely smiled. Let us make now Man in our image. with brazen eyes And hairy mane terrifick. Frequent. self-knowing. Needless to thee repeated. And thou their natures knowest. By fowl. nor unknown The serpent. 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. was flown. and upright with front serene Govern the rest. though to thee Not noxious. beast. was swum. air. thither with heart. might erect His stature. and of the sixth day yet remained: There wanted yet the master-work. not prone And brute as other creatures. Man 210 of 374 . but endued With sanctity of reason. earth. to adore And worship God Supreme. was walked. a creature. fish. and gavest them names. who. subtlest beast of all the field. Now Heaven in all her glory shone.Paradise Lost Deliciously. and rolled Her motions. Of huge extent sometimes. the end Of all yet done. and builds her waxen cells With honey stored: The rest are numberless.
And govern well thy appetite. Here finished he. works knowledge of good and evil. in the day thou eatest. multiply. And every living thing that moves on the Earth. and throughout dominion hold Over fish of the sea. And freely all their pleasant fruit for food Gave thee. and let them rule Over the fish and fowl of sea and air. in his own image he Created thee. beware. for no place Is yet distinct by name. lest Sin Surprise thee. thou diest. tasted. Subdue it. he formed thee. Which. Male he created thee. And every creeping thing that creeps the ground. and fill the Earth. and over all the Earth. Thou mayest not. and fowl of the air. but of the tree. O Man. This said. as thou knowest. and her black attendant Death. for race. Variety without end. He brought thee into this delicious grove. Wherever thus created.Paradise Lost In our similitude. in the image of God Express. This garden. thee. and all that he had made 211 of 374 . Adam. all sorts are here that all the Earth yields. Be fruitful. Death is the penalty imposed. planted with the trees of God. then blessed mankind. thence. but thy consort Female. Beast of the field. and thou becamest a living soul. and said. Delectable both to behold and taste. and in thy nostrils breathed The breath of life. Dust of the ground.
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. and behold all was entirely good. led To God’s eternal house direct the way. Answering his great idea.) The heavens and all the constellations rung. ye Heavens! your living doors. ye everlasting gates! they sung. though unwearied. So even and morn accomplished the sixth day: Yet not till the Creator from his work Desisting. Open. (thou rememberest. that tuned Angelick harmonies: The earth. and the sound Symphonious of ten thousand harps. The planets in their station listening stood. up returned. Up he rode Followed with acclamation. Open. Delighted. and with frequent intercourse Thither will send his winged messengers On errands of supernal grace.Paradise Lost Viewed. his high abode. his six days work. for God will deign To visit oft the dwellings of just men. the air Resounded.let in The great Creator from his work returned Magnificent. Open. and henceforth oft. for thou heardst. So sung The glorious train ascending: He through Heaven. whose dust is gold 212 of 374 . how fair. how good. Up to the Heaven of Heavens. That opened wide her blazing portals. The addition of his empire. a World. Thence to behold this new created world. A broad and ample road. how it showed In prospect from his throne.
Tempered soft tunings. And now on Earth the seventh Evening arose in Eden. all organs of sweet stop. and sat him down With his great Father. intermixed with voice Choral or unison: of incense clouds. yet staid. The Filial Power arrived. as stars to thee appear. hid the mount. Which nightly. But not in silence holy kept: the harp Had work and rested not. Fuming from golden censers. Jehovah! infinite Thy power! what thought can measure thee. Author and End of all things. And dulcimer. Seen in the galaxy. Creation and the six days acts they sung: Great are thy works. blessed and hallowed the seventh day. fixed for ever firm and sure. when at the holy mount Of Heaven’s high-seated top. the imperial throne Of Godhead. As resting on that day from all his work. from work Now resting. as a circling zone. for he also went Invisible. or tongue Relate thee! Greater now in thy return Than from the giant Angels: Thee that day Thy thunders magnified. thou seest Powdered with stars. that milky way. but to create 213 of 374 . and. All sounds on fret by string or golden wire.Paradise Lost And pavement stars. the solemn pipe. for the sun Was set. Forerunning night. and twilight from the east came on. (such privilege Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordained.
and from thence createst more good. and in reward to rule Over his works. Thou hast repelled. in sea. Thrice happy Men. or air.Paradise Lost Is greater than created to destroy. Witness this new-made world. on earth. if they know Their happiness. against his purpose serves To manifest the more thy might: his evil Thou usest. there to dwell And worship him. Of amplitude almost immense. founded in view On the clear hyaline. Mighty King. Earth. And thy request think now fulfilled. the glassy sea. that asked 214 of 374 . with her nether ocean circumfused. and the empyrean rung With halleluiahs: Thus was sabbath kept. and their counsels vain. and from thee withdraw The number of thy worshippers. whom God hath thus advanced! Created in his image. another Heaven From Heaven-gate not far. or bound Thy empire! Easily the proud attempt Of Spirits apostate. with stars Numerous. while impiously they thought Thee to diminish. and persevere upright! So sung they. And sons of Men. but thou knowest Their seasons: among these the seat of Men. Their pleasant dwelling-place. And multiply a race of worshippers Holy and just: Thrice happy. Who can impair thee. and every star perhaps a world Of destined habitation. Who seeks To lessen thee.
215 of 374 . And what before thy memory was done From the beginning. say. not surpassing human measure. that posterity. Informed by thee.Paradise Lost How first this world and face of things began. might know: If else thou seekest Aught.
When I behold this goodly frame. Which only thy solution can resolve. How Nature wise and frugal could commit 216 of 374 . and compute Their magnitudes. thus gratefully replied. but delight. and in Adam’s ear So charming left his voice. with the firmament compared And all her numbered stars. and their swift return Diurnal. What thanks sufficient. this world.) merely to officiate light Round this opacous Earth. Of Heaven and Earth consisting. this Earth. that he a while Thought him still speaking. in all her vast survey Useless besides. a grain. reasoning I oft admire. as is due. and vouchsafed This friendly condescension to relate Things. have I to render thee. Then. An atom. as new waked. now heard With wonder. With glory attributed to the high Creator! Something yet of doubt remains. a spot. else by me unsearchable. or what recompence Equal. (for such Their distance argues. One day and night. and.Paradise Lost Book VIII The Angel ended. divine Historian. this punctual spot. who thus largely hast allayed The thirst I had of knowledge. that seem to roll Spaces incomprehensible. still stood fixed to hear.
with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create. to this one use.Paradise Lost Such disproportions. to describe whose swiftness number fails. And grace that won who saw to wish her stay. and solve high dispute 217 of 374 . such a sumless journey brought Of incorporeal speed. To visit how they prospered. So spake our sire. they at her coming sprung. Adam relating. For aught appears. attains Her end without least motion. while the sedentary Earth. Speed. Greater so manifold. and receives. Served by more noble than herself. she sole auditress. Yet went she not. as not with such discourse Delighted. As tribute. would intermix Grateful digressions. he. gladlier grew. or not capable her ear Of what was high: such pleasure she reserved. bud and bloom. and by his countenance seemed Entering on studious thoughts abstruse. Her husband the relater she preferred Before the Angel. her warmth and light. and on their orbs impose Such restless revolution day by day Repeated. and went forth among her fruits and flowers. Her nursery. And. and of him to ask Chose rather. touched by her fair tendance. which Eve Perceiving. Rose. That better might with far less compass move. where she sat retired in sight. With lowliness majestick from her seat. she knew.
to wish her still in sight. or days. for Heaven Is as the book of God before thee set. Benevolent and facile thus replied. unbuild. Cycle and epicycle. and not divulge His secrets to be scanned by them who ought Rather admire. And from about her shot darts of desire Into all eyes.Paradise Lost With conjugal caresses: from his lip Not words alone pleased her. or. O! when meet now Such pairs. for on her. to Adam’s doubt proposed. contrive To save appearances. And Raphael now. in love and mutual honour joined? With Goddess-like demeanour forth she went. when they come to model Heaven And calculate the stars. I blame thee not. and learn His seasons. he his fabrick of the Heavens Hath left to their disputes. the rest From Man or Angel the great Architect Did wisely to conceal. or years: This to attain. Not unattended. how they will wield The mighty frame. A pomp of winning Graces waited still. as Queen. Imports not. Wherein to read his wonderous works. To ask or search. how gird the sphere With centrick and eccentrick scribbled o’er. orb in orb: 218 of 374 . hours. how build. if thou reckon right. if they list to try Conjecture. whether Heaven move or Earth. perhaps to move His laughter at their quaint opinions wide Hereafter. or months.
so small. His beams. Earth sitting still. nor Heaven such journeys run. who built So spacious. That to corporeal substances could add Speed almost spiritual: Me thou thinkest not slow. and ere mid-day arrived In Eden. Though numberless. their vigour find. Whose virtue on itself works no effect. and supposest That bodies bright and greater should not serve The less not bright. An edifice too large for him to fill. Who since the morning-hour set out from Heaven Where God resides.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Who art to lead thy offspring. The swiftness of those circles attribute. Yet not to Earth are those bright luminaries Officious. Already by thy reasoning this I guess. Download the free trial version. when she alone receives The benefit: Consider first. there first received. and the rest Ordained for uses to his Lord best known. Earth’s habitant. That Man may know he dwells not in his own. and his line stretched out so far. distance inexpressible 219 of 374 . But in the fruitful Earth. let it speak The Maker’s high magnificence. but to thee. And for the Heaven’s wide circuit. may of solid good contain More plenty than the sun that barren shines. in comparison of Heaven. view. unactive else. Nor glistering. Lodged in a small partition. to his Omnipotence. that great Or bright infers not excellence: the Earth Though. and edit PDF.
then hid. industrious of herself. Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air. to show Invalid that which thee to doubt it moved. Placed Heaven from Earth so far. her other part Still luminous by his ray.Paradise Lost By numbers that have name. and with her part averse From the sun’s beam meet night. Or save the sun his labour. and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb supposed. God. If it presume. which needs not thy belief. and what if seventh to these The planet earth. Insensibly three different motions move? Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe. and other stars. that earthly sight. the wheel Of day and night. retrograde. In six thou seest. Not that I so affirm. Invisible else above all stars. or standing still. dance about him various rounds? Their wandering course now high. What if the sun Be center to the world. And no advantage gain. Admitting motion in the Heavens. Progressive. To the terrestrial moon be as a star. so stedfast though she seem. 220 of 374 . If earth. might err in things too high. By his attractive virtue and their own Incited. though so it seem To thee who hast thy dwelling here on Earth. What if that light. But this I urge. Moved contrary with thwart obliquities. now low. fetch day Travelling east. to remove his ways from human sense.
and fear! Of other creatures. Communicating male and female light. conveyed so far Down to this habitable. and clouds may rain. Leave them to God above. For such vast room in Nature unpossessed By living soul. But whether thus these things. Only to shine. yet scarce to contribute Each orb a glimpse of light. let him dispose. And bears thee soft with the smooth hair along. Fields and inhabitants: Her spots thou seest As clouds. him serve. joy thou In what he gives to thee. or earth rise on the sun. as she by night This earth? reciprocal. or whether not. Sollicit not thy thoughts with matters hid. as him pleases best. Which two great sexes animate the world. Or she from west her silent course advance. while she paces even. He from the east his flaming road begin.Paradise Lost Enlightening her by day. which returns Light back to them. and rain produce Fruits in her softened soil for some to eat Allotted there. But whether the sun. With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps On her soft axle. if land be there. and other suns perhaps. Stored in each orb perhaps with some that live. desart and desolate. With their attendant moons. Wherever placed. Rise on the earth. predominant in Heaven. this Paradise 221 of 374 . thou wilt descry. is obvious to dispute.
unless we ourselves Seek them with wandering thoughts. and speak of things at hand Useful. Is the prime wisdom: What is more. freed from intricacies. condition.Paradise Lost And thy fair Eve. To whom thus Adam. what creatures there Live. That. Or emptiness. How fully hast thou satisfied me. or degree. unprepared. she learn. Till warned. taught to live The easiest way. in things that most concern. cleared of doubt. And not molest us. or by experience taught. and of her roving is no end. haply. Therefore from this high pitch let us descend A lower flight. from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. whence. replied. and thy being. pure Intelligence of Heaven. obscure and subtle. in what state. not to know at large of things remote From use. Contented that thus far hath been revealed Not of Earth only. Heaven is for thee too high To know what passes there. But apt the mind or fancy is to rove Unchecked. Angel serene! And. and still to seek. but. mention may arise 222 of 374 . is fume. be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee. Dream not of other worlds. Unpractised. nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of life. or fond impertinence: And renders us. to know That which before us lies in daily life. and notions vain. but of highest Heaven.
we see. By sufferance. each motion. Nor are thy lips ungraceful. For I that day was absent. To whom thus Raphael answered heavenly meek. which perhaps thou hast not heard. bring to their sweetness no satiety. or mute. forms. hath honoured thee. but thy words. and inquire Gladly into the ways of God with Man: For God. hear me relate My story. and set On Man his equal love: Say therefore on. Thee I have heard relating what was done Ere my remembrance: now. deigned. from labour. they satiate. Inviting thee to hear while I relate. Sire of men. Fond! were it not in hope of thy reply: For. Nor less think we in Heaven of thee on Earth Than of our fellow-servant. at the hour Of sweet repast. and each word. Nor tongue ineloquent. while I sit with thee. I seem in Heaven. with grace divine Imbued. till then thou seest How subtly to detain thee I devise. 223 of 374 . And day is not yet spent. as befel. Though pleasant.Paradise Lost Of something not unseasonable to ask. his image fair: Speaking. And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear Than fruits of palm-tree pleasantest to thirst And hunger both. and soon fill. all comeliness and grace Attends thee. and thy wonted favour. for God on thee Abundantly his gifts hath also poured Inward and outward both.
and thus our Sire. For Man to tell how human life began Is hard. But long ere our approaching heard within Noise. And gazed a while the ample sky. Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid. and loud lament. But us he sends upon his high behests For state. Pleased with thy words no less than thou with mine. Destruction with creation might have mixed. Not that they durst without his leave attempt. other than the sound of dance or song. for I attend. Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes I turned. raised 224 of 374 . which with his beams the sun Soon dried. Fast we found. Lest he. for who himself beginning knew Desire with thee still longer to converse Induced me. So spake the Godlike Power. But thy relation now.Paradise Lost Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure. and to inure Our prompt obedience. and barricadoed strong. fast shut. while God was in his work. till. and furious rage. In balmy sweat. Torment. Squared in full legion (such command we had) To see that none thence issued forth a spy. The dismal gates. As new waked from soundest sleep. incensed at such eruption bold. and on the reeking moisture fed. Or enemy. Glad we returned up to the coasts of light Ere sabbath-evening: so we had in charge. as Sovran King. Far on excursion toward the gates of Hell.
and Dales. said I. As thitherward endeavouring. Woods.— While thus I called. ye Rivers. profuse of flowers. Creatures that lived and moved. And liquid lapse of murmuring streams. Myself I then perused. by these. and limb by limb Surveyed. Tell. dale. and sunny plains. and sometimes went. and Plains. if ye saw. and walked. up I sprung. And feel that I am happier than I know. all things smiled. and sometimes ran With supple joints. On a green shady bank. to speak I tried.Paradise Lost By quick instinctive motion. Pensive I sat me down: There gentle sleep 225 of 374 . or where. With fragrance and with joy my heart o’erflowed. Thou Sun. And thou enlightened Earth. and shady woods. From where I first drew air. and readily could name Whate’er I saw. how here?— Not of myself. when. tell. My tongue obeyed. how adore. and upright Stood on my feet: about me round I saw Hill. And ye that live and move. Birds on the branches warbling. fair light. how I came thus. fair Creatures. and strayed I knew not whither. Ye Hills. and first beheld This happy light.—by some great Maker then. answer none returned. so fresh and gay. as lively vigour led: But who I was. how may I know him. or from what cause. From whom I have that thus I move and live. or flew. and forthwith spake. Knew not. In goodness and in power pre-eminent: Tell me.
last led me up A woody mountain. Each tree. Loaden with fairest fruit that hung to the eye Tempting. I come thy guide ‘To the garden of bliss. by the hand he took me raised. with goodliest trees Planted. In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss: He reared me. Adam. Whose inward apparition gently moved My fancy to believe I yet had being. and ‘Whom thou soughtest I am. had not he. as the dream Had lively shadowed: Here had new begun My wandering. untroubled. ‘First Man. A circuit wide. And over fields and waters. and with soft oppression seised My droused sense. enclosed.Paradise Lost First found me.’ 226 of 374 . rise. methought. with walks. but with awe. that what I saw Of Earth before scarce pleasant seemed. and found Before mine eyes all real. Rejoicing. though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible. of shape divine. whereat I waked. ‘Thy mansion wants thee. whose high top was plain. who was my guide Up hither. as in air Smooth-sliding without step. and forthwith to dissolve: When suddenly stood at my head a dream.’ So saying. stirred in me sudden appetite To pluck and eat. And said. of men innumerable ordained ‘First Father! called by thee. And lived: One came. Presence Divine. and bowers. thy seat prepared. from among the trees appeared.
‘Amid the garden by the tree of life. fish. ‘Not only these fair bounds. and all things that therein live. and fowl. count it thine ‘To till and keep.’ Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction. and of the fruit to eat: ‘Of every tree that in the garden grows ‘Eat freely with glad heart.Paradise Lost Said mildly. beast. ‘The day thou eatest thereof. ‘Remember what I warn thee. ‘From that day mortal. each bird and beast behold ‘After their kinds. ‘Or live in sea. but all the Earth ‘To thee and to thy race I give. or round about thee. I bring them to receive ‘From thee their names. my sole command ‘Transgressed. ‘And shun the bitter consequence: for know. ‘Author of all this thou seest ‘Above. and pay thee fealty ‘With low subjection. or air. ‘In sign whereof. and this happy state ‘Shalt lose. though in my choice Not to incur. and gracious purpose thus renewed. ‘This Paradise I give thee. which I have set ‘The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith. inevitably thou shalt die. understand the same 227 of 374 . expelled from hence into a world ‘Of woe and sorrow. fear here no dearth: ‘But of the tree whose operation brings ‘Knowledge of good and ill. or beneath. shun to taste. as lords ‘Possess it. which resounds Yet dreadful in mine ear. but soon his clear aspect Returned.
Surpassest far my naming. I named them. all enjoying. what contentment find? Thus I presumptuous. As with a smile more brightened. with such knowledge God endued My sudden apprehension: But in these I found not what methought I wanted still. and with hands so liberal. What callest thou solitude? Is not the Earth With various living creatures.Paradise Lost ‘Of fish within their watery residence. and understood Their nature. each bird stooped on his wing. these cowering low With blandishment. by what name. or aught than mankind higher. ‘Not hither summoned. and the Vision bright. And reason not contemptibly: With these 228 of 374 . each bird and beast behold Approaching two and two. since they cannot change ‘Their element. for thou above all these. O. as they passed. In solitude What happiness. how may I Adore thee. and all these at thy command To come and play before thee? Knowest thou not Their language and their ways? They also know. Above mankind. thus replied. And all this good to man? for whose well being So amply. and the air Replenished. to draw the thinner air. who can enjoy alone.’ As thus he spake. And to the heavenly Vision thus presumed. Author of this universe. Thou hast provided all things: But with me I see not who partakes. Or.
and seemed So ordering: I. what harmony. and least of all. Thou to thyself proposest. A nice and subtle happiness. And these inferiour far beneath me set? Among unequals what society Can sort. I see. or fish with fowl So well converse. in proportion due Given and received. though in pleasure. Worse then can man with beast. Cannot well suit with either. So spake the Universal Lord. Whereto the Almighty answered. thy realm is large. Hast thou not made me here thy substitute. but. So fitly them in pairs thou hast combined: Much less can bird with beast. Heavenly Power. or true delight? Which must be mutual. the other still remiss. in the choice Of thy associates. solitary. What thinkest thou then of me. and this my state? 229 of 374 . lion with lioness. thus replied. fit to participate All rational delight: wherein the brute Cannot be human consort: They rejoice Each with their kind. My Maker.Paradise Lost Find pastime. nor with the ox the ape. be propitious while I speak. with leave of speech implored. and bear rule. not displeased. but soon prove Tedious alike: Of fellowship I speak Such as I seek. in disparity The one intense. Let not my words offend thee. Adam! and wilt taste No pleasure. And humble deprecation.
or not? who am alone From all eternity. infinite descents Beneath what other creatures are to thee? He ceased. for none I know Second to me or like. which requires Collateral love. and in thee Is no deficience found: Not so is Man. Supreme of things! Thou in thyself art perfect. and beget Like of his like. his image multiplied. Canst raise thy creature to what highth thou wilt Of union or communion. seekest not Social communication. so pleased. Best with thyself accompanied. the cause of his desire By conversation with his like to help Or solace his defects. But in degree. To attain The highth and depth of thy eternal ways All human thoughts come short. deified: I. Save with the creatures which I made. and those To me inferiour. though One: But Man by number is to manifest His single imperfection. Thou in thy secresy although alone. How have I then with whom to hold converse. In unity defective. No need that thou Shouldst propagate. And through all numbers absolute. I lowly answered. by conversing. equal much less. already Infinite.Paradise Lost Seem I to thee sufficiently possessed Of happiness. cannot these erect 230 of 374 . yet. and dearest amity.
which instantly fell on me. strained to the highth In that celestial colloquy sublime. for trial only brought. and sought repair Of sleep. Expressing well the spirit within thee free. by which. ere thou spakest. Thy likeness. and acceptance found. Download the free trial version. and freedom used Permissive. My image. Which thou hast rightly named. called By Nature as in aid. Thy wish exactly to thy heart’s desire. I was pleased. Thus I emboldened spake. And no such company as then thou sawest Intended thee. thy fit help. but of thyself. nor in their ways complacence find. but open left the cell Of fancy. Knew it not good for Man to be alone. 231 of 374 . Which it had long stood under. be assured. To see how thou couldest judge of fit and meet: What next I bring shall please thee. not imparted to the brute. which gained This answer from the gracious Voice Divine. And be so minded still: I.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. From prone. and edit PDF. sunk down. or I heard no more. view. Whose fellowship therefore unmeet for thee Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike. my internal sight. for now My earthly by his heavenly overpowered. thy other self. Adam. Mine eyes he closed. He ended. And find thee knowing. Thus far to try thee. not of beasts alone. and closed mine eyes. As with an object that excels the sense Dazzled and spent.
which from that time infused Sweetness into my heart. behold her. and saw the shape Still glorious before whom awake I stood: Who stooping opened my left side. She disappeared. and took From thence a rib. where I lay. wide was the wound. Though sleeping. not far off. with cordial spirits warm. overjoyed.Paradise Lost Abstract as in a trance. And guided by his voice. but different sex. though unseen. or for ever to deplore Her loss. or in her summed up. so lovely fair. nor uninformed Of nuptial sanctity. and marriage rites: Grace was in all her steps. And life-blood streaming fresh. Such as I saw her in my dream. Led by her heavenly Maker. and left me dark. and other pleasures all abjure: When out of hope. in her contained And in her looks. In every gesture dignity and love. methought I saw. 232 of 374 . Man-like. I. And into all things from her air inspired The spirit of love and amorous delight. I waked To find her. unfelt before. could not forbear aloud. That what seemed fair in all the world. Under his forming hands a creature grew. Heaven in her eye. But suddenly with flesh filled up and healed: The rib he formed and fashioned with his hands. adorned With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow To make her amiable: On she came. seemed now Mean.
flesh of my flesh.Paradise Lost This turn hath made amends. I now see Bone of my bone. and bid haste the evening-star 233 of 374 . and the conscience of her worth. till the amorous bird of night Sung spousal. Joyous the birds. and to his wife adhere. flung odours from the spicy shrub. Wrought in her so. one heart. The more desirable. on that hour Shed their selectest influence. Yet innocence. not obtrusive. Giver of all things fair! but fairest this Of all thy gifts! nor enviest. though pure of sinful thought. and though divinely brought. and virgin modesty. And they shall be one flesh. she turned: I followed her. seeing me. one soul. Not obvious. or. That would be wooed. and each hill. She heard me thus. thou hast fulfilled Thy words. to say all. she what was honour knew. myself Before me: Woman is her name. retired. Nature herself. that. Her virtue. Creator bounteous and benign. the Earth Gave sign of gratulation. and not unsought be won. and from their wings Flung rose. And happy constellations. To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn: All Heaven. but. Disporting. fresh gales and gentle airs Whispered it to the woods. And with obsequious majesty approved My pleaded reason.of Man Extracted: for this cause he shall forego Father and mother.
used or not. in outward show Elaborate. and brought My story to the sum of earthly bliss. and must confess to find In all things else delight indeed. and less expressing The character of that dominion given O’er other creatures: Yet when I approach Her loveliness. In outward also her resembling less His image who made both. and flowers. Or. transported I behold. works in the mind no change. Commotion strange! in all enjoyments else Superiour and unmoved. fruits. and the melody of birds: but here Far otherwise. here only weak Against the charm of Beauty’s powerful glance. so well to know 234 of 374 . which most excel. in the mind And inward faculties. sight. For well I understand in the prime end Of Nature her the inferiour. but such As. here passion first I felt. at least on her bestowed Too much of ornament. to light the bridal lamp. Transported touch. Which I enjoy. these delicacies I mean of taste. Walks. of inward less exact. herbs.Paradise Lost On his hill top. and left some part Not proof enough such object to sustain. Thus have I told thee all my state. from my side subducting. took perhaps More than enough. smell. Or Nature failed in me. Nor vehement desire. so absolute she seems And in herself complete.
and create an awe About her. not after made Occasionally. of that skill the more thou knowest. The more she will acknowledge thee her head. she deserts thee not. that with honour thou mayest love 235 of 374 . if thou Dismiss not her. as a guard angelick placed. Seems wisest. discreetest. By attributing overmuch to things Less excellent. Authority and Reason on her wait. Greatness of mind and Nobleness their seat Build in her loveliest. Do thou but thine. So awful.Paradise Lost Her own. that what she wills to do or say. And to realities yield all her shows: Made so adorn for thy delight the more. For. Accuse not Nature. best: All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded. and worthy well Thy cherishing. grounded on just and right Well managed. and like Folly shows. no doubt. thy honouring. she hath done her part. and thy love. and be not diffident Of Wisdom. To whom the Angel with contracted brow. when most thou needest her nigh. as thou thyself perceivest. Not thy subjection: Weigh with her thyself. and. As one intended first. what transports thee so. Wisdom in discourse with her Loses discountenanced. An outside? fair. what admirest thou. to consummate all. Then value: Oft-times nothing profits more Than self-esteem. virtuousest.
or passion in him move. Those thousand decencies. Harmony to behold in wedded pair More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. whereby mankind Is propagated. rational. Among the beasts no mate for thee was found. Adam replied. for which cause. is the scale By which to heavenly love thou mayest ascend. in passion not. What higher in her society thou findest Attractive. half abashed. and heart enlarges.Paradise Lost Thy mate. (Though higher of the genial bed by far.) So much delights me. love still. And with mysterious reverence I deem. which declare unfeigned Union of mind. human. Wherein true love consists not: Love refines The thoughts. Neither her outside formed so fair. who sees when thou art seen least wise. that daily flow From all her words and actions mixed with love And sweet compliance. 236 of 374 . nor aught In procreation common to all kinds. and is judicious. In loving thou dost well. think the same vouchsafed To cattle and each beast. as those graceful acts. which would not be To them made common and divulged. or in us both one soul. But if the sense of touch. hath his seat In reason. To whom thus. if aught Therein enjoyed were worthy to subdue The soul of man. seem such dear delight Beyond all other. Not sunk in carnal pleasure.
and obstacle find none Of membrane. nor restrained conveyance need. exclusive bars. I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel. thou sayest.Paradise Lost Yet these subject not. But I can now no more. Answered. from the sense Variously representing. Be strong. if lawful what I ask: Love not the heavenly Spirits. union of pure with pure Desiring. Whatever pure thou in the body enjoyest. whom to love is to obey. Leads up to Heaven. and follow what I approve. (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy In eminence. the parting sun Beyond the Earth’s green Cape and verdant Isles Hesperian sets. and keep His great command. Bear with me then. take heed lest passion sway 237 of 374 . and how their love Express they? by looks only? or do they mix Irradiance. yet. and without love no happiness. or limb. my signal to depart. Love’s proper hue. thou blamest me not. or soul with soul. still free. Who meet with various objects. virtual or immediate touch? To whom the Angel. if Spirits embrace. not therefore foiled. Total they mix. and love! But. first of all. As flesh to mix with flesh. live happy. with a smile that glowed Celestial rosy red. Approve the best. Let it suffice thee that thou knowest Us happy. Him. joint. is both the way and guide. Easier than air with air. To love. for Love.
Perfect within.to stand or fall Free in thine own arbitrement it lies. Since to part.Paradise Lost Thy judgement to do aught. no outward aid require. The weal or woe in thee is placed. and oft return! So parted they. he arose. and of all thy sons. Go. heavenly guest. 238 of 374 . and shall be honoured ever With grateful memory: Thou to mankind Be good and friendly still. and Adam to his bower. And all temptation to transgress repel. the Angel up to Heaven From the thick shade. And all the Blest: Stand fast. So saying. whom Adam thus Followed with benediction. Sent from whose sovran goodness I adore! Gentle to me and affable hath been Thy condescension. ethereal Messenger. which else free will Would not admit: thine. beware! I in thy persevering shall rejoice.
or inspires Easy my unpremeditated verse: Since first this subject for heroick song Pleas’d me long choosing. That brought into this world a world of woe. who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplor’d. that so long Perplexed the Greek. and breach Disloyal on the part of Man. and Cytherea’s son: If answerable style I can obtain Of my celestial patroness. and judgement given. To sit indulgent. permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam’d. and with him partake Rural repast. foul distrust. and beginning late. And dictates to me slumbering. Sin and her shadow Death. revolt. And disobedience: on the part of Heaven Now alienated. as with his friend. I now must change Those notes to tragick.Paradise Lost Book IX No more of talk where God or Angel guest With Man. 239 of 374 . familiar us’d. 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. Anger and just rebuke. or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous’d. or Juno’s. distance and distaste. Or Neptune’s ire.
bent 240 of 374 .Paradise Lost Not sedulous by nature to indite Wars. the better fortitude Of patience and heroick martyrdom Unsung. and after him the star Of Hesperus. who late fled before the threats Of Gabriel out of Eden. Bases and tinsel trappings. of these Nor skill’d nor studious. The sun was sunk. The skill of artifice or office mean. Not that which justly gives heroick name To person. higher argument Remains. then marshall’d feast Serv’d up in hall with sewers and seneshals. and much they may. short arbiter ‘twixt day and night. and now from end to end Night’s hemisphere had veil’d the horizon round: When satan. Me. Not hers. imblazon’d shields. if all be mine. or cold Climate. who brings it nightly to my ear. or to poem. gorgeous knights At joust and tournament. or years. damp my intended wing Depress’d. Impresses quaint. now improv’d In meditated fraud and malice. unless an age too late. caparisons and steeds. or to describe races and games. Or tilting furniture. whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth. sufficient of itself to raise That name. hitherto the only argument Heroick deem’d chief mastery to dissect With long and tedious havock fabled knights In battles feign’d.
and in length. and with it rose Satan. first wrought the change. maugre what might hap Of heavier on himself. The space of seven continued nights he rode With darkness. West from Orontes to the ocean barred At Darien . thrice the equinoctial line He circled. From Eden over Pontus and the pool Maeotis. thence full of anguish driven. and found 241 of 374 . traversing each colure. There was a place. Downward as far antarctick. descried His entrance. and with inspection deep Considered every creature. and foreworned the Cherubim That kept their watch. till part Rose up a fountain by the tree of life: In with the river sunk. up beyond the river Ob. four times crossed the car of night From pole to pole. Into a gulf shot under ground. Now not. involved in rising mist. which of all Most opportune might serve his wiles. then sought Where to lie hid. at the foot of Paradise. though sin. fearless returned From compassing the earth. by stealth Found unsuspected way. and. Where Tigris. on the coast averse From entrance or Cherubick watch. sea he had searched. Since Uriel. not time.Paradise Lost On Man’s destruction. thence to the land where flows Ganges and Indus: Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search. regent of the sun. On the eighth returned. and land. cautious of day.
Centring. which. beyond the sense of brute. In thee concentring all their precious beams Of sacred influence! As God in Heaven Is center. As from his wit and native subtlety Proceeding. how like to Heaven. all their known virtue appears Productive in herb.Paradise Lost The Serpent subtlest beast of all the field. all summed up in Man. none would suspicious mark. after better. his final sentence chose Fit vessel. yet extends to all. More justly. reforming what was old! O Earth. fittest imp of fraud. Him after long debate. With what delight could I have walked thee round. Thus he resolved. danced round by other Heavens That shine. as seems. 242 of 374 . seat worthier of Gods. plant. so thou. in whom To enter. for thee alone. worse would build? Terrestrial Heaven. yet bear their bright officious lamps. but first from inward grief His bursting passion into plaints thus poured. sense. as built With second thoughts. Doubt might beget of diabolick power Active within. Not in themselves. in other beasts observed. Light above light. in the wily snake Whatever sleights. irresolute Of thoughts revolved. and nobler birth Of creatures animate with gradual life Of growth. reason. if not preferred For what God. receivest from all those orbs: in thee. and his dark suggestions hide From sharpest sight: for.
six nights and days Continued making. For whom all this was made. rivers. 243 of 374 . Rocks. as to him linked in weal or woe. If I could joy in aught. as from the hateful siege Of contraries: all good to me becomes Bane. and valley. in one night. no nor in Heaven To dwell. unless by mastering Heaven’s Supreme. and edit PDF. him destroyed. sweet interchange Of hill. and thinner left the throng Of his adorers: He. but others to make such As I. and the more I see Pleasures about me. though thereby worse to me redound: For only in destroying I find ease To my relentless thoughts. to be avenged. so much more I feel Torment within me. freed From servitude inglorious well nigh half The angelick name. now sea and shores with forest crowned. and. in one day to have marred What he. and in Heaven much worse would be my state. woods. Download the free trial version. Or won to what may work his utter loss. Now land. and caves! But I in none of these Find place or refuge.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. that destruction wide may range: To me shall be the glory sole among The infernal Powers. and plains. In woe then. view. But neither here seek I. Almighty styled. Nor hope to be myself less miserable By what I seek. dens. all this will soon Follow. and who knows how long Before had been contriving? though perhaps Not longer than since I.
Determined to advance into our room A creature formed of earth. Whether such virtue spent of old now failed More Angels to create. To basest things. and for him built Magnificent this world. O foul descent! that I. That to the highth of Deity aspired! But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? Who aspires. at first though sweet. if they at least Are his created.Paradise Lost And to repair his numbers thus impaired. and earth his seat. or. and him endow. Exalted from so base original. Man he made. and. Him lord pronounced. O indignity! Subjected to his service angel-wings. back on itself recoils: 244 of 374 . must down as low As high he soared. thus wrapt in mist Of midnight vapour glide obscure. And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge: Of these the vigilance I dread. and pry In every bush and brake. mixed with bestial slime. obnoxious. and the dark intent I bring. and. am now constrained Into a beast. Bitter ere long. in whose mazy folds To hide me. Revenge. He effected. to elude. where hap may find The serpent sleeping. This essence to incarnate and imbrute. With heavenly spoils. and. our spoils: What he decreed. who erst contended With Gods to sit the highest. first or last. to spite us more.
him fast-sleeping soon he found In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled. His head the midst. he held on His midnight-search. and his nostrils fill With grateful smell. soon inspired With act intelligential. Like a black mist low-creeping. that breathe. possessing. And joined their vocal worship to the quire Of creatures wanting voice. when as sacred light began to dawn In Eden on the humid flowers. on him who next Provokes my envy. that breathed Their morning incense. on the grassy herb. So saying. this new favourite Of Heaven. when all things. his Maker raised From dust: Spite then with spite is best repaid. that done. but. where soonest he might find The serpent. well stored with subtile wiles: Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den. waiting close the approach of morn. From the Earth’s great altar send up silent praise To the Creator. In heart or head. Since higher I fall short. how that day they best may ply 245 of 374 . Now. Nor nocent yet. forth came the human pair. I reck not. but his sleep Disturbed not. son of despite. this man of clay. Whom. through each thicket dank or dry. Fearless unfeared he slept: in at his mouth The Devil entered. and his brutal sense. partake The season prime for sweetest scents and airs: Then commune. so it light well aimed.Paradise Lost Let it. us the more to spite.
And Eve first to her husband thus began. where choice Leads thee. In yonder spring of roses intermixed With myrtle.Paradise Lost Their growing work: for much their work out-grew The hands’ dispatch of two gardening so wide. till more hands Aid us. herb. or where most needs. the work under our labour grows. what we by day Lop overgrown. Our pleasant task enjoined. or prune. what wonder if so near Looks intervene and smiles. thou. One night or two with wanton growth derides Tending to wild. and flower. How we might best fulfil the work which here 246 of 374 . though begun Early. which intermits Our day’s work. well thy thoughts employed. and the hour of supper comes unearned? To whom mild answer Adam thus returned. or direct The clasping ivy where to climb. still to tend plant. associate sole. while I. to me beyond Compare above all living creatures dear! Well hast thou motioned. well may we labour still to dress This garden. Sole Eve. whether to wind The woodbine round this arbour. Or bear what to my mind first thoughts present: Let us divide our labours. Luxurious by restraint. brought to little. but. Adam. or bind. Thou therefore now advise. find what to redress till noon: For. while so near each other thus all day Our task we choose. or prop. or object new Casual discourse draw on.
and delight to reason joined. not the lowest end of human life. and are of love the food. with greedy hope to find His wish and best advantage. Food of the mind. lest harm Befall thee severed from me. He made us. And short retirement urges sweet return. but to delight. To brute denied. or this sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles. But. seeks to work us woe and shame By sly assault. or talk between. And good works in her husband to promote. us asunder. no doubt. Hopeless to circumvent us joined. where each 247 of 374 . But other doubt possesses me. as to debar us when we need Refreshment. for smiles from reason flow. whether food. Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposed Labour. Love. These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint hands Will keep from wilderness with ease. till younger hands ere long Assist us. for thou knowest What hath been warned us. For not to irksome toil. as wide As we need walk. nor of me shalt pass Unpraised: for nothing lovelier can be found In woman. to short absence I could yield: For solitude sometimes is best society. than to study houshold good. and somewhere nigh at hand Watches. what malicious foe Envying our happiness.Paradise Lost God hath assigned us. if much converse perhaps Thee satiate. and of his own Despairing.
The wife. both by thee informed I learn. who seeks Our ruin. Just then returned at shut of evening flowers. With sweet austere composure thus replied. that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt To God or thee. because we have a foe May tempt it. being such As we. or can repel.Paradise Lost To other speedy aid might lend at need: Whether his first design be to withdraw Our fealty from God. still shades thee. Can either not receive. than which perhaps no bliss Enjoyed by us excites his envy more. which plain infers Thy equal fear. and some unkindness meets. and all Earth’s Lord! That such an enemy we have. Offspring of Heaven and Earth. 248 of 374 . But. His fraud is then thy fear. Who guards her. that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced. or worse. As one who loves. not capable of death or pain. or to disturb Conjugal love. I expected not to hear. And from the parting Angel over-heard. which how found they harbour in thy breast. Thoughts. As in a shady nook I stood behind. or with her the worst endures. and protects. where danger or dishonour lurks. leave not the faithful side That gave thee being. To whom the virgin majesty of Eve. Safest and seemliest by her husband stays. Or this. His violence thou fearest not.
though in vain. For he who tempts.Paradise Lost Adam. from the influence of thy looks. Why shouldst not thou like sense within thee feel When I am present. though bold. immortal Eve! For such thou art. will hardly dare. Nor thou his malice and false guile contemn. supposed Not incorruptible of faith. at least asperses The tempted with dishonour foul. not proof Against temptation: Thou thyself with scorn And anger wouldst resent the offered wrong. nor think superfluous other’s aid. more watchful. first on me the assault shall light. Shame to be overcome or over-reached. Though ineffectual found: misdeem not then. who could seduce Angels. stronger. best witness of thy virtue tried? 249 of 374 . Daughter of God and Man. mis-thought of her to thee so dear? To whom with healing words Adam replied. thou looking on. in thy sight More wise. I. Would utmost vigour raise. If such affront I labour to avert From thee alone. which on us both at once The enemy. and raised unite. Or daring. if need were Of outward strength. intended by our foe. from sin and blame entire: Not diffident of thee do I dissuade Thy absence from my sight. receive Access in every virtue. but to avoid The attempt itself. and thy trial choose With me. while shame. Subtle he needs must be.
wherever met. And Eden were no Eden. best are all things as the will Of God ordained them: His creating hand Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he created. but Eve. Frail is our happiness. but turns Foul on himself.Paradise Lost So spake domestick Adam in his care And matrimonial love. unassayed Alone. from the event. then wherefore shunned or feared By us? who rather double honour gain From his surmise proved false. To whom thus Adam fervently replied. Favour from Heaven. love. thus to dwell In narrow circuit straitened by a foe. Subtle or violent. without exteriour help sustained? Let us not then suspect our happy state Left so imperfect by the Maker wise. Tempting. If this be our condition. How are we happy. much less Man. our witness. we not endued Single with like defence. if this be so. who thought Less attributed to her faith sincere. still in fear of harm? But harm precedes not sin: only our foe. O Woman. virtue. find peace within. 250 of 374 . And what is faith. As not secure to single or combined. thus exposed. affronts us with his foul esteem Of our integrity: his foul esteem Sticks no dishonour on our front. Thus her reply with accent sweet renewed.
yet lies within his power: Against his will he can receive no harm. and most likely if from me Thou sever not: Trial will come unsought. Go in thy native innocence. and still erect. But bid her well be ware. Secure from outward force. Not then mistrust. Firm we subsist. but tender love. summon all! For God towards thee hath done his part. approve First thy obedience. rely On what thou hast of virtue. 251 of 374 . Seek not temptation then. by some fair-appearing good surprised. yet possible to swerve. the other who can know. if thou think. and mind thou me. and Reason he made right. Go. Not seeing thee attempted. And fall into deception unaware. But God left free the will. which to avoid Were better. is free. trial unsought may find Us both securer than thus warned thou seemest. within himself The danger lies.Paradise Lost Or aught that might his happy state secure. for what obeys Reason. Not keeping strictest watch. do thine. and mis-inform the will To do what God expressly hath forbid. as she was warned. absents thee more. for thy stay. That I should mind thee oft. Wouldst thou approve thy constancy. enjoins. not free. She dictate false. who attest? But. Since Reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the foe suborned. Lest.
or of Delia’s train. or Pomona. Betook her to the groves. that our trial. she to him as oft engaged To be returned by noon amid the bower. though last. Likest she seemed. much failing. and Goddess-like deport. yet submiss. or afternoon’s repose. O much deceived. To Pales. or Angels brought. And all things in best order to invite Noontide repast. the more shall shame him his repulse. Her long with ardent look his eye pursued Delighted. With thy permission then. Oft he to her his charge of quick return Repeated. But with such gardening tools as Art yet rude. like a Wood-Nymph light. Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove. 252 of 374 . but Delia’s self In gait surpassed. Pomona when she fled Vertumnus. So bent. hapless Eve. and thus forewarned Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Touched only. nor much expect A foe so proud will first the weaker seek. May find us both perhaps far less prepared. thus adorned. Though not as she with bow and quiver armed. Guiltless of fire. but Eve Persisted. Oread or Dryad. replied.Paradise Lost So spake the patriarch of mankind. and. when least sought. from her husband’s hand her hand Soft she withdrew. Thus saying. but desiring more her stay. or to Ceres in her prime. The willinger I go. had formed.
though gay Carnation. but in them The whole included race. Beyond his hope. or send thee back Despoiled of innocence. though fairest unsupported flower. where likeliest he might find The only two of mankind. whose head. where she stood. 253 of 374 . purple. In bower and field he sought. Waited with hellish rancour imminent To intercept thy way. mindless the while Herself. Half spied. Such ambush. the Fiend. oft stooping to support Each flower of slender stalk. them she upstays Gently with myrtle band. Eve separate he spies. And on his quest. or plantation for delight. so thick the roses blushing round About her glowed. he wished. By fountain or by shady rivulet He sought them both. Veiled in a cloud of fragrance. and storm so nigh. forth was come. or sound repose. his purposed prey.Paradise Lost Of thy presumed return! event perverse! Thou never from that hour in Paradise Foundst either sweet repast. but not with hope Of what so seldom chanced. Mere serpent in appearance. when to his wish. but wished his hap might find Eve separate. Their tendance. From her best prop so far. and since first break of dawn. of bliss! For now. hid among sweet flowers and shades. azure. or specked with gold. where any tuft Of grove or garden-plot more pleasant lay. of faith. Hung drooping unsustained.
each rural sound. with nymph-like step. and feminine. The smell of grain. now seen. but more soft. the hand of Eve: Spot more delicious than those gardens feigned Or of revived Adonis. for her now pleases more. She most. each rural sight. host of old Laertes’ son. and in her look sums all delight: Such pleasure took the Serpent to behold This flowery plat. Among thick-woven arborets. now hid. What pleasing seemed. Or that. Her graceful innocence. pine. the person more. not mystick. and many a walk traversed Of stateliest covert. cedar. As one who long in populous city pent. Or dairy. If chance. her every air Of gesture. Much he the place admired. or renowned Alcinous. Forth issuing on a summer’s morn. from each thing met conceives delight.Paradise Lost Nearer he drew. or tedded grass. and with rapine sweet bereaved His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought: 254 of 374 . and flowers Imbordered on each bank. fair virgin pass. or kine. overawed His malice. or palm. the sweet recess of Eve Thus early. thus alone: Her heavenly form Angelick. where the sapient king Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian spouse. or least action. to breathe Among the pleasant villages and farms Adjoined. Then voluble and bold. Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air.
and of limb Heroick built. Thoughts. hope here to taste Of pleasure. soon ended his delight. of revenge: But the hot Hell that always in him burns. And strength.nor hope Of Paradise for Hell. of envy. let me not let pass Occasion which now smiles. not for him ordained: then soon Fierce hate he recollects. but all pleasure to destroy. She fair. gratulating. though of terrestrial mould. of enmity disarmed. Then. and all his thoughts Of mischief. opportune to all attempts. so much hath Hell debased. the more he sees Of pleasure. Of guile. Though in mid Heaven. divinely fair. whither have ye led me! with what sweet Compulsion thus transported. not approached by stronger hate. other joy To me is lost. and pain Enfeebled me. Download the free trial version. to forget What hither brought us! hate. though terrour be in love And beauty. not love. Foe not informidable! exempt from wound. for I view far round. That space the Evil-one abstracted stood From his own evil. and for the time remained Stupidly good. Save what is in destroying.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. of hate. Her husband. 255 of 374 . And tortures him now more. view. behold alone The woman. and edit PDF. to what I was in Heaven. of courage haughty. thus excites. I not. Whose higher intellectual more I shun. fit love for Gods! Not terrible. not nigh.
that towered Fold above fold. as one who sought access. by skilful steersmen wrought Nigh river’s mouth or foreland. The way which to her ruin now I tend. side-long he works his way. or Capitoline. as used To such disport before her through the field. was seen. never since of serpent-kind Lovelier. To lure her eye. as oft so steers. He with Olympias. As when a ship. a surging maze! his head Crested aloft. but on his rear. So spake the enemy of mankind. but feared To interrupt. nor to which transformed Ammonian Jove. or the god In Epidaurus. as since. inmate bad! and toward Eve Addressed his way: not with indented wave. erect Amidst his circling spires. under show of love well feigned. With burnished neck of verdant gold. heard the sound Of rusling leaves.Paradise Lost Hate stronger. and of his tortuous train Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve. Prone on the ground. 256 of 374 . that on the grass Floated redundant: pleasing was his shape And lovely. With tract oblique At first. busied. the highth of Rome. this with her who bore Scipio. not those that in Illyria changed. Hermione and Cadmus. and shifts her sail: So varied he. where the wind Veers oft. enclosed In serpent. she. but minded not. Circular base of rising folds. and carbuncle his eyes.
Wonder not. glad Of her attention gained. Beholders rude. uncalled before her stood. I thus single. His gentle dumb expression turned at length The eye of Eve to mark his play. more awful thus retired. bolder now. and gaze Insatiate. with disdain. Displeased that I approach thee thus. He. Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair. he. with serpent-tongue Organick. But as in gaze admiring: oft he bowed His turret crest. Than at Circean call the herd disguised. So glozed the Tempter. or impulse of vocal air. one man except. Who sees thee? and what is one? who should be seen A Goddess among Gods. and sleek enamelled neck. and shallow to discern Half what in thee is fair. Thee all things living gaze on. who art sole wonder! much less arm Thy looks. adored and served By Angels numberless. and thy celestial beauty adore With ravishment beheld! there best beheld. thy daily train. more duteous at her call. Fawning. if perhaps Thou canst. these beasts among. Where universally admired. and licked the ground whereon she trod. the Heaven of mildness. His fraudulent temptation thus began.Paradise Lost From every beast.nor have feared Thy awful brow. but here In this enclosure wild. all things thine By gift. and his proem tuned: 257 of 374 . sovran Mistress.
Paradise Lost Into the heart of Eve his words made way. and human sense expressed? The first. nor aught but food discerned Or sex. that daily are in sight? Say. Thee. and in their actions. oft appears. and how To me so friendly grown above the rest Of brutal kind. for such wonder claims attention due. and right thou shouldst be obeyed: I was at first as other beasts that graze The trodden herb. How camest thou speakable of mute. As was my food. Not unamazed. for in their looks Much reason. at least. I chanced A goodly tree far distant to behold Loaden with fruit of fairest colours mixed. on their creation-day. What may this mean? language of man pronounced By tongue of brute. Empress of this fair world. resplendent Eve! Easy to me it is to tell thee all What thou commandest. Serpent. 258 of 374 . Though at the voice much marvelling. whom God. Created mute to all articulate sound: The latter I demur. she thus in answer spake. subtlest beast of all the field I knew. but not with human voice endued. and apprehended nothing high: Till. of these I thought denied To beasts. on a day roving the field. and say. Redouble then this miracle. To whom the guileful Tempter thus replied. at length. of abject thoughts and low.
such pleasure till that hour. though to this shape retained. that tend their play.Paradise Lost Ruddy and gold: I nearer drew to gaze. Unsucked of lamb or kid. Grateful to appetite. and with capacious mind Considered all things visible in Heaven. never had I found. for. but could not reach. Amid the tree now got. to degree Of reason in my inward powers. Powerful persuaders. I resolved Not to defer. or the teats Of ewe or goat dropping with milk at even. the branches would require Thy utmost reach or Adam’s: Round the tree All other beasts that saw. where plenty hung Tempting so nigh. Or Earth. Thenceforth to speculations high or deep I turned my thoughts. and speech Wanted not long. all things fair and good: But all that fair and good in thy divine 259 of 374 . with like desire Longing and envying stood. About the mossy trunk I wound me soon. Sated at length. When from the boughs a savoury odour blown. At feed or fountain. hunger and thirst at once. high from ground. to pluck and eat my fill I spared not. ere long I might perceive Strange alteration in me. urged me so keen. To satisfy the sharp desire I had Of tasting those fair apples. For. quickened at the scent Of that alluring fruit. more pleased my sense Than smell of sweetest fennel. or Middle.
though importune perhaps. Serpent. on a flat. which the night 260 of 374 . To mischief swift. swiftly rolled In tangles. Beyond a row of myrtles. leading. universal Dame! So talked the spirited sly Snake. in thee first proved: But say. and Eve. Yet more amazed.Paradise Lost Semblance. Still hanging incorruptible. and more hands Help to disburden Nature of her birth. where grows the tree? from hence how far? For many are the trees of God that grow In Paradise. yet unknown To us. Hope elevates. to come And gaze. To whom the wily Adder. Empress. unwary thus replied. blithe and glad. He. and worship thee of right declared Sovran of creatures. in such abundance lies our choice. and various. no fair to thine Equivalent or second! which compelled Me thus. Compact of unctuous vapour. and not long. and made intricate seem straight. and joy Brightens his crest. and in thy beauty’s heavenly ray. said Eve. Fast by a fountain. the way is ready. I can bring thee thither soon Lead then. United I beheld. one small thicket past Of blowing myrrh and balm: if thou accept My conduct. thy overpraising leaves in doubt The virtue of that fruit. as when a wandering fire. till men Grow up to their provision. As leaves a greater store of fruit untouched.
The credit of whose virtue rest with thee. There swallowed up and lost. thus to her guide she spake. though brief. Fruitless to me. and oft through pond or pool. the rest. and the cold environs round. our reason is our law. Hovering and blazing with delusive light. from succour far. to the tree Of prohibition. Misleads the amazed night-wanderer from his way To bogs and mires. So glistered the dire Snake. God so commanded. nor shall ye touch it. She scarce had said. Which when she saw. our credulous mother. Wonderous indeed. Of the fruit Of each tree in the garden we may eat. But of this tree we may not taste nor touch. Yet Lords declared of all in earth or air$? To whom thus Eve. though fruit be here to excess. Ye shall not eat Thereof.Paradise Lost Condenses. and into fraud Led Eve. when now more bold 261 of 374 . To whom the Tempter guilefully replied. root of all our woe. yet sinless. some evil Spirit attends. if cause of such effects. But of the fruit of this fair tree amidst The garden. they say. Which oft. Serpent. we might have spared our coming hither. lest ye die. God hath said. Indeed! hath God then said that of the fruit Of all these garden-trees ye shall not eat. and left that command Sole daughter of his voice. Kindled through agitation to a flame. we live Law to ourselves.
won audience ere the tongue. 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. deemed however wise. As when of old some orator renowned. each act. Motion. And life more perfect have attained than Fate Meant me. and. since mute! to some great cause addressed. Fluctuates disturbed. Sometimes in highth began. Mother of science! now I feel thy power Within me clear. by venturing higher than my lot.Paradise Lost The Tempter. and indignation at his wrong. New part puts on. thus began. but with show of zeal and love To Man. yet both live. which to the Beast Is open? or will God incense his ire For such a petty trespass? and not praise 262 of 374 . through his zeal of right: So standing. wise. as of some great matter to begin. In Athens or free Rome. but to trace the ways Of highest agents. Stood in himself collected. moving. and wisdom-giving Plant. all impassioned. yet comely and in act Raised. The Tempter. by the threatener? look on me. while each part. O sacred. or to highth up grown. Me. Shall that be shut to Man. not only to discern Things in their causes. where eloquence Flourished. as to passion moved. as no delay Of preface brooking. who have touched and tasted.
if what is evil Be real. that Man may not become As they. human. ye. of human. how just? of evil. Yet are but dim. and that advantage use On our belief. to put on Gods. Though threatened. Deterred not from achieving what might lead To happier life. shall perfectly be then Opened and cleared. knowledge of good and evil. not God. that all from them proceeds: I question it. Knowing both good and evil. Them. His worshippers? He knows that in the day Ye eat thereof. whom the pain Of death denounced. as they know. and be just. by putting off Human. Not just. not feared then. but to awe. and ye shall be as Gods. producing every kind. Internal Man. Of good. is but proportion meet.Paradise Lost Rather your dauntless virtue. whatever thing death be. Gods. That ye shall be as Gods. since I as Man. for this fair earth I see. participating God-like food? The Gods are first. So ye shall die perhaps. why not known. nor obeyed: Your fear itself of death removes the fear. of brute. your eyes that seem so clear. I. since easier shunned? God therefore cannot hurt ye. Why. Why then was this forbid? Why. who enclosed 263 of 374 . And what are Gods. Warmed by the sun. nothing: if they all things. which no worse than this can bring. but to keep ye low and ignorant. death to be wished.
Great are thy virtues. Whose taste. yet first Pausing a while. reach then. Into her heart too easy entrance won: Fixed on the fruit she gazed. Conceals not from us. or this tree Impart against his will. and with truth: Mean while the hour of noon drew on. and freely taste! He ended. raised by the smell So savoury of that fruit. and many more Causes import your need of this fair fruit.Paradise Lost Knowledge of good and evil in this tree. and worthy to be admired. and his words. naming thee the tree 264 of 374 . and in her ears the sound Yet rung of his persuasive words. and taught The tongue not made for speech to speak thy praise: Thy praise he also. That whoso eats thereof. thus to herself she mused. if all be his? Or is it envy? and can envy dwell In heavenly breasts? These. to her seeming. Inclinable now grown to touch or taste. doubtless. forthwith attains Wisdom without their leave? and wherein lies The offence. which to behold Might tempt alone. Solicited her longing eye. replete with guile. Though kept from man. and waked An eager appetite. these. that Man should thus attain to know? What can your knowledge hurt him. which with desire. impregned With reason. Goddess humane. best of fruits. at first assay Gave elocution to the mute. too long forborn. who forbids thy use.
Paradise Lost Of knowledge. Of God or death. or. what profits then Our inward freedom? In the day we eat Of this fair fruit. for beasts reserved? For beasts it seems: yet that one beast which first Hath tasted envies not. Friendly to man. if death Bind us with after-bands. this fruit divine. while it infers the good By thee communicated. had And yet unknown. and our want: For good unknown sure is not had. of law or penalty? Here grows the cure of all. and discerns. far from deceit or guile. Forbids us good. author unsuspect. knowledge both of good and evil. and speaks. In plain then. and feed at once both body and mind? So saying. And knows. what know to fear Under this ignorance of good and evil. inviting to the taste. what forbids he but to know. For us alone Was death invented? or to us denied This intellectual food. our doom is. we shall die! How dies the Serpent? he hath eaten and lives. her rash hand in evil hour 265 of 374 . is as not had at all. But. but brings with joy The good befallen him. Irrational till then. Fair to the eye. Forbids us then to taste! but his forbidding Commends thee more. What fear I then? rather. Of virtue to make wise: What hinders then To reach. forbids us to be wise? Such prohibitions bind not. and reasons.
to thee I owe. hitherto obscured. next. who all things know. O sovran. Back to the thicket slunk The guilty Serpent. I grow mature In knowledge. and the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches offered free to all. had the gift been theirs. Sighing through all her works. Experience. Not without song. whether true Or fancied so. she eat! Earth felt the wound. nought else Regarded. And thy fair fruit let hang. jocund and boon. through expectation high Of knowledge. but henceforth my early care. not was Godhead from her thought. Shall tend thee. Though others envy what they cannot give: For. each morning. Best guide. virtuous. That all was lost. gave signs of woe. not following thee. 266 of 374 . and well might. as the Gods. I had remained In ignorance.Paradise Lost Forth reaching to the fruit. And hightened as with wine. and Nature from her seat. and due praise. she plucked. In fruit she never tasted. it had not here Thus grown. as seemed.for Eve. And knew not eating death: Satiate at length. such delight till then. Intent now wholly on her taste. Thus to herself she pleasingly began. precious of all trees In Paradise! of operation blest To sapience. dieted by thee. thou openest wisdom’s way. infamed. Greedily she ingorged without restraint. as to no end Created. Till.
and give him to partake Full happiness with me. or rather not. Download the free trial version. But to Adam in what sort Shall I appear? shall I to him make known As yet my change. safe with all his spies About him. Shall live with her enjoying. High. whose presence had infused Into the plant sciential sap. inferiour. without him live no life. and remote to see from thence distinct Each thing on Earth. I extinct.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. that with him all deaths I could endure. derived From nectar. drink of Gods. And I perhaps am secret: Heaven is high. for. A thing not undesirable. Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe: So dear I love him. and other care perhaps May have diverted from continual watch Our great Forbidder. A death to think! Confirmed then I resolve. though secret she retire. and perhaps. But keeps the odds of knowledge in my power Without copartner? so to add what wants In female sex. So saying. who is free This may be well: But what if God have seen. And givest access. But first low reverence done. And render me more equal. Adam the while. view. wedded to another Eve. sometime Superiour. from the tree her step she turned. the more to draw his love. 267 of 374 . And death ensue? then I shall be no more! And Adam. as to the Power That dwelt within. and edit PDF.
had wove Of choicest flowers a garland. agony of love till now Not felt. a tree Of danger tasted. Scarce from the tree returning. so long delayed: Yet oft his heart. nor to evil unknown Opening the way. As reapers oft are wont their harvest-queen. to adorn Her tresses. And forth to meet her went. there he her met. and thought it long. but of divine effect To open eyes. deprived Thy presence. To him she hasted. But strange Hath been the cause. and her rural labours crown. in her face excuse Came prologue. and new Solace in her return. And hath been tasted such: The serpent wise. at my stay? Thee I have missed. he the faltering measure felt. Hast thou not wondered. as we are told. Adam. 268 of 374 . The pain of absence from thy sight. what rash untried I sought. Which. and wonderful to hear: This tree is not. the way she took That morn when first they parted: by the tree Of knowledge he must pass. Great joy he promised to his thoughts. and apology too prompt. New gathered. she thus addressed. in her hand A bough of fairest fruit. Misgave him. with bland words at will. that downy smiled. and make them Gods who taste. nor shall be twice. for never more Mean I to try.Paradise Lost Waiting desirous her return. divine of something ill. and ambrosial smell diffused.
On the other side Adam. last and best 269 of 374 . while horrour chill Ran through his veins. Not dead. Thou therefore also taste. equal joy. as we are threatened. which for thee Chiefly I sought. Dim erst. dilated spirits. And growing up to Godhead. amazed. Astonied stood and blank. thou not tasting. and have also found The effects to correspond. when Fate will not permit. without thee can despise. and is become. or not obeying. Reasoning to admiration.Paradise Lost Or not restrained as we. Lest. and I then too late renounce Deity for thee. unshared with thee. different degree Disjoin us. that I Have also tasted. For bliss. but thenceforth Endued with human voice and human sense. and with me Persuasively hath so prevailed. and all the faded roses shed: Speechless he stood and pale. as equal love. as thou hast part. that equal lot May join us. to me is bliss. Thus Eve with countenance blithe her story told. From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve Down dropt. and odious soon. Hath eaten of the fruit. O fairest of Creation. ampler heart. Tedious. soon as he heard The fatal trespass done by Eve. opener mine eyes. till thus at length First to himself he inward silence broke. But in her cheek distemper flushing glowed. and all his joints relaxed.
Holy. Defaced. or sweet! How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost. deflowered. Much more to taste it under ban to touch. divine. 270 of 374 . And peril great provoked. To live again in these wild woods forlorn! Should God create another Eve. good. and now to death devote! Rather. yet loss of thee Would never from my heart: no. no!I feel The link of Nature draw me: flesh of flesh. Creature in whom excelled Whatever can to sight or thought be formed. and love so dearly joined. sacred to abstinence. Bone of my bone thou art. And me with thee hath ruined. Thus in calm mood his words to Eve he turned. how to violate The sacred fruit forbidden! Some cursed fraud Of enemy hath beguiled thee. amiable. as one from sad dismay Recomforted. and I Another rib afford. adventurous Eve. for with thee Certain my resolution is to die: How can I live without thee! how forego Thy sweet converse. Bold deed thou hast presumed. and after thoughts disturbed Submitting to what seemed remediless. who thus hast dared. bliss or woe. yet unknown. Had it been only coveting to eye That sacred fruit.Paradise Lost Of all God’s works. So having said. how hast thou yielded to transgress The strict forbiddance. and from thy state Mine never shall be parted.
Lives. as Man. Set over all his works. will in earnest so destroy Us his prime creatures. Be frustrate. undo. Nor yet on him found deadly. Certain to undergo like doom: If death Consort with thee. though his power Creation could repeat. which in our fall. Not well conceived of God. inducement strong To us. who can please him long? Me first ‘He ruined. whom will he next?’ Matter of scorn. Nor can I think that God. or Angels. death is to me as life. 271 of 374 . and say. as likely tasting to attain Proportional ascent. demi-Gods. lest the Adversary Triumph. perhaps the fact Is not so heinous now. by him first Made common. yet would be loth Us to abolish. ‘Fickle their state whom God ‘Most favours. who. For us created. so God shall uncreate. and labour lose. However I with thee have fixed my lot. which cannot be But to be Gods. Though threatening. now Mankind. Dependant made. foretasted fruit. or done undo? Not God Omnipotent. dignified so high. needs with us must fail. and gains to live. ere our taste. do. Profaned first by the serpent. and unhallowed. nor Fate. Higher degree of life. yet so Perhaps thou shalt not die. Creator wise. yet he lives.Paradise Lost But past who can recall. not to be given the Foe. as thou saidst.
which else So eminently never had been known? Were it I thought death menaced would ensue This my attempt. we are one.Paradise Lost So forcible within my heart I feel The bond of Nature draw me to my own. to lose thee were to lose myself. Shall separate us. linked in love so dear. of tasting this fair fruit. or aught than death more dread. Direct. but. If any be. declaring thee resolved. Rather than death. how shall I attain. one soul in both. chiefly assured Remarkably so late of thy so true. than oblige thee with a fact Pernicious to thy peace. example high! Engaging me to emulate. So Adam. One heart. Adam. and thus Eve to him replied. And gladly of our union hear thee speak. To undergo with me one guilt. short Of thy perfection. I would sustain alone The worst. One flesh. from whose dear side I boast me sprung. My own in thee. O glorious trial of exceeding love. Our state cannot be severed. and not persuade thee. Whose virtue for of good still good proceeds. or by occasion. rather die Deserted. for what thou art is mine. So faithful. hath presented This happy trial of thy love. whereof good proof This day affords. love unequalled: but I feel 272 of 374 . Illustrious evidence. one crime.
On my experience. Eating his fill. as again In pangs. or death. 273 of 374 . Earth trembled from her entrails. flat seems to this. freely taste. They swim in mirth. opened eyes. that what of sweet before Hath touched my sense. she embraced him. But fondly overcome with female charm. as of choice to incur Divine displeasure for her sake. And fear of death deliver to the winds. Taste so divine. and. that he his love Had so ennobled. and Nature gave a second groan.Paradise Lost Far otherwise the event. that now. As with new wine intoxicated both. much won. new hopes. Against his better knowledge. nor Eve to iterate Her former trespass feared. Adam. Sky loured. but life Augmented. 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. new joys. some sad drops Wept at completing of the mortal sin Original: while Adam took no thought. not deceived. and harsh. not death. and for joy Tenderly wept. Wherewith to scorn the earth: But that false fruit Far other operation first displayed. muttering thunder. the more to sooth Him with her loved society. So saying. and fancy that they feel Divinity within them breeding wings.
in lust they burn: Till Adam thus ‘gan Eve to dalliance move. since the day I saw thee first and wedded thee.Paradise Lost Carnal desire inflaming. he on Eve Began to cast lascivious eyes. For never did thy beauty. Much pleasure we have lost. it might be wished. Earth’s freshest softest lap. He led her nothing loth. after such delicious fare. whose eye darted contagious fire. and to a shady bank. fairer now Than ever. now let us play. adorned With all perfections. well understood Of Eve. so well refreshed. while we abstained From this delightful fruit. And palate call judicious. 274 of 374 . if such pleasure be In things to us forbidden. Since to each meaning savour we apply. so inflame my sense With ardour to enjoy thee. she him As wantonly repaid. Pansies. Her hand he seised. I the praise Yield thee. As meet is. and asphodel. Eve. Thick over-head with verdant roof imbowered. bounty of this virtuous tree! So said he. tasting. But come. For this one tree had been forbidden ten. of sapience no small part. so well this day thou hast purveyed. flowers were the couch. and forbore not glance or toy Of amorous intent. and violets. And elegant. now I see thou art exact of taste. And hyacinth. nor known till now True relish.
and in face Confounded. innocence. he covered. of their mutual guilt the seal. from the harlot-lap Of Philistean Dalilah. wearied with their amorous play. naked left To guilty Shame. So rose the Danite strong.Paradise Lost There they their fill of love and love’s disport Took largely. in evil hour thou didst give ear To that false worm. of whomsoever taught To counterfeit Man’s voice. and waked Shorn of his strength. And honour. till dewy sleep Oppressed them. Bred of unkindly fumes. and. now had left them. and inmost powers Made err. as strucken mute: Till Adam. Herculean Samson. each the other viewing. Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit. and grosser sleep. and their minds How darkened. They destitute and bare Of all their virtue: Silent. and native righteousness. from about them. up they rose As from unrest. though not less than Eve abashed. that as a veil Had shadowed them from knowing ill. The solace of their sin. That with exhilarating vapour bland About their spirits had played. Soon found their eyes how opened. At length gave utterance to these words constrained. Just confidence. true in our fall. since our eyes 275 of 374 . but his robe Uncovered more. with conscious dreams Incumbered. long they sat. was now exhaled. O Eve. was gone. False in our promised rising.
erst with joy And rapture so oft beheld? Those heavenly shapes Will dazzle now this earthly with their blaze Insufferably bright. of the first Be sure then. ye Pines! Ye Cedars. Which leaves us naked thus. good lost. with innumerable boughs Hide me. and find we know Both good and evil. of honour void. where highest woods. Some tree. and evil got. Shame. And girded on our loins. Bad fruit of knowledge. may cover round Those middle parts. devise What best may for the present serve to hide The parts of each from other. spread their umbrage broad And brown as evening: Cover me. if this be to know. and reproach us as unclean.—How shall I behold the face Henceforth of God or Angel. Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained. of faith. impenetrable To star or sun-light. Even shame. where I may never see them more!— But let us now. of purity. So counselled he.Paradise Lost Opened we find indeed. O! might I here In solitude live savage. and both together went 276 of 374 . that seem most To shame obnoxious. There sit not. the last of evils. that this new comer. and unseemliest seen. as in bad plight. whence evil store. And in our faces evident the signs Of foul concupiscence. in some glade Obscured. Of innocence. whose broad smooth leaves together sewed.
not that kind for fruit renowned.Paradise Lost Into the thickest wood. as they thought. nor only tears Rained at their eyes. suspicion. They sat them down to weep. But such as at this day. Thus fenced. a pillared shade High over-arched. And. and daughters grow About the mother tree. In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms Branching so broad and long. together sewed. hate. but high winds worse within Began to rise. naked else. vain covering. and shook sore Their inward state of mind. but not at rest or ease of mind. and echoing walks between: There oft the Indian herdsman. high passions. that in the ground The bended twigs take root. Shelters in cool. and tends his pasturing herds At loop-holes cut through thickest shade: Those leaves They gathered. how unlike To that first naked glory! Such of late Columbus found the American. and. discord. if to hide Their guilt and dreaded shame! O. so girt With feathered cincture. with what skill they had. there soon they chose The fig-tree. To gird their waist. both in subjection now 277 of 374 . shunning heat. now tost and turbulent: For Understanding ruled not. and the Will Heard not her lore. Mistrust. calm region once And full of peace. and wild Among the trees on isles and woody shores. broad as Amazonian targe. to Indians known. their shame in part Covered. anger.
as thou saidst? 278 of 374 . I know not whence possessed thee. and staid With me. when that strange Desire of wandering. Would thou hadst hearkened to my words. estranged in look and altered style. as now. Why he should mean me ill. Speech intermitted thus to Eve renewed. Command me absolutely not to go. Was I to have never parted from thy side? As good have grown there still a lifeless rib. the head. soon moved with touch of blame. as thou callest it. as I besought thee. Or to thyself perhaps? Hadst thou been there. Or here the attempt. No ground of enmity between us known. What words have passed thy lips. when earnestly they seek Such proof. conclude.Paradise Lost To sensual Appetite. why didst not thou. To whom. Going into such danger. despoiled Of all our good. thus Eve. Being as I am. this unhappy morn. Adam. we had then Remained still happy. speaking as he spake. they then begin to fail. shamed. naked. Adam severe! Imputest thou that to my default. miserable! Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve The faith they owe. who from beneath Usurping over sovran Reason claimed Superiour sway: From thus distempered breast. which who knows But might as ill have happened thou being by. or will Of wandering. or seek to harm. not. thou couldst not have discerned Fraud in the Serpent.
and perhaps I also erred. And thou the accuser. Too facile then. then first incensed. 279 of 374 . Nay. But confidence then bore thee on. She first his weak indulgence will accuse. is this the recompence Of mine to thee. Neither had I transgressed. left to herself. and joyed immortal bliss. foretold The danger. to worth in women overtrusting. Yet willingly chose rather death with thee? And am I now upbraided as the cause Of thy transgressing? Not enough severe. in overmuch admiring What seemed in thee so perfect. secure Either to meet no danger. To whom. Thus it shall befall Him. and edit PDF. And. not I. approve.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. And force upon free will hath here no place. thou didst not much gainsay. had been force. which is become my crime. in thy restraint: What could I more I warned thee. if evil thence ensue. and fair dismiss. didst permit. view. but I rue The errour now. and the lurking enemy That lay in wait. Download the free trial version. It seems. Is this the love. Hadst thou been firm and fixed in thy dissent. Lets her will rule: restraint she will not brook. ingrateful Eve! expressed Immutable. who. beyond this. or to find Matter of glorious trial. Adam replied. when thou wert lost. Who might have lived. I admonished thee. that I thought No evil durst attempt thee. nor thou with me.
Paradise Lost Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours. And of their vain contest appeared no end. but neither self-condemning. 280 of 374 .
mute. The high injunction. for of his state by this they knew. Soon as the unwelcome news From Earth arrived at Heaven-gate. in the serpent. For still they knew. in multitudes 281 of 374 . and ought to have still remembered. with strength entire and free will armed. deserved to fall. to taste the fatal fruit. And. Much wondering how the subtle Fiend had stolen Entrance unseen. Her husband she. For Man. (Incurred what could they less?) the penalty. and how He. not to taste that fruit. yet. violated not their bliss. in all things wise and just. displeased All were who heard. dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages. Up into Heaven from Paradise in haste The angelick guards ascended. Was known in Heaven. mixed With pity. done in Paradise. Hindered not Satan to attempt the mind Of Man. Complete to have discovered and repulsed Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend. had perverted Eve. or deceive his heart Omniscient? who. for what can ‘scape the eye Of God all-seeing. which they not obeying.Paradise Lost Book X Mean while the heinous and despiteful act Of Satan. and sad. About the new-arrived. Whoever tempted. manifold in sin.
When first this tempter crossed the gulf from Hell. Which your sincerest care could not prevent. Because not yet inflicted. Assembled Angels. to hear and know How all befel: They towards the throne supreme. Accountable. Amidst in thunder uttered thus his voice. be not dismayed. 282 of 374 . but that the mortal sentence pass On his transgression. And flattered out of all. But whom send I to judge them? whom but thee. and speed On his bad errand. ere day end. With righteous plea. to make appear. made haste. Justice shall not return as bounty scorned. to her own inclining left In even scale. Foretold so lately what would come to pass. when the Most High Eternal Father.—death denounced that day? Which he presumes already vain and void. But fallen he is. believing lies Against his Maker. Or touch with lightest moment of impulse His free will. as he feared. no decree of mine Concurring to necessitate his fall. I told ye then he should prevail. Man should be seduced. By some immediate stroke. but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance. and ye Powers returned From unsuccessful charge. Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth. and now What rests. their utmost vigilance And easily approved.Paradise Lost The ethereal people ran. from his secret cloud.
the worst on me must light. this obtain Of right. the third best absent is condemned. Mine. 283 of 374 . Attendance none shall need. Father Eternal. And destined Man himself to judge Man fallen. to do thy will Supreme. and rebel to all law: Conviction to the serpent none belongs. sending thee Man’s friend. or Hell. Convict by flight. and. on the Son Blazed forth unclouded Deity: He full Resplendent all his Father manifest Expressed. I go to judge On earth these thy transgressours.Paradise Lost Vicegerent Son? To thee I have transferred All judgement. but thou knowest. Whoever judged. where none Are to behold the judgement. or Earth. and. So spake the Father. as may illustrate most Them fully satisfied. and thee appease. When time shall be. whether in Heaven. thine is to decree. thy Son beloved. yet I shall temper so Justice with mercy. for so I undertook Before thee. that I may mitigate their doom On me derived. both in Heaven and Earth. not repenting. his designed Both ransom and Redeemer voluntary. his Mediator. but the judged. Mayest ever rest well pleased. that thou in me. Easy it may be seen that I intend Mercy colleague with justice. Those two. unfolding bright Toward the right hand his glory. nor train. and thus divinely answered mild.
till God. Down he descended straight. though with swiftest minutes winged. Accompanied to Heaven-gate. and perturbation. though first To offend. Love was not in their looks. the speed of Gods Time counts not. both man and wife. from wrath more cool. thus entertained with solitude. by soft winds Brought to their ears. To sentence Man: The voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden. thus to Adam called aloud. and with him Eve. or what chance detains?—Come forth! He came. and Powers. 284 of 374 . and gentle airs. Came the mild Judge. due at their hour. discountenanced both. and all the coast. To fan the earth now waked. Where art thou. or what change Absents thee. and usher in The evening cool. from whence Eden. more loth. while day declined. and discomposed. from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory: Him Thrones. Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon. in prospect lay. Approaching. either to God. Or to each other. when he. and Dominations ministrant. And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees. Princedoms. they heard. and despair. but apparent guilt. wont with joy to meet My coming seen far off? I miss thee here. Not pleased. and Intercessour both.Paradise Lost Thus saying. Where obvious duty ere while appeared unsought: Or come I less conspicuous. Adam. And shame.
And what she did. thus answered brief. Her doing seemed to justify the deed. and not expose to blame By my complaint: but strict necessity Subdues me. My voice thou oft hast heard. so divine. whatever in itself.— This Woman. though should I hold my peace. and of thy voice Afraid.Paradise Lost Anger. who Hath told thee? Hast thou eaten of the tree. Whereof I gave thee charge thou shouldst not eat? To whom thus Adam sore beset replied. I should conceal. so acceptable. yet thou Wouldst easily detect what I conceal. and obstinacy. whom thou madest to be my help. That from her hand I could suspect no ill. So fit. But still rejoiced. Whose failing. and hate. be all Devolved. while her faith to me remains. Whence Adam. either to undergo Myself the total crime. I heard thee in the garden. And gavest me as thy perfect gift. To whom The gracious Judge without revile replied. and guile. hid myself. and calamitous constraint. so good. However insupportable. Lest on my head both sin and punishment. how is it now become So dreadful to thee? That thou art naked. or to accuse My other self. and hast not feared. faltering long. being naked. 285 of 374 . the partner of my life. O Heaven! in evil strait this day I stand Before my Judge.
Superiour. And for thee. unable to transfer The guilt on him. that to her Thou didst resign thy manhood. and polluted from the end Of his creation. Unseemly to bear rule. and lovely. to attract Thy love. yet not before her Judge Bold or loquacious. and her gifts Were such. thus abashed replied. or but equal. what is this which thou hast done? To whom sad Eve.Paradise Lost She gave me of the tree. that her thou didst obey Before his voice? or was she made thy guide. and the place Wherein God set thee above her made of thee. Was she thy God. So having said. he thus to Eve in few. justly then accursed. Which when the Lord God heard. though brute. and I did eat. as under government well seemed. which was thy part And person. To whom the Sovran Presence thus replied. (since he no further knew) Nor altered his offence. whose perfection far excelled Hers in all real dignity? Adorned She was indeed. who made him instrument Of mischief. As vitiated in nature: More to know Concerned not Man. Confessing soon. and I did eat. with shame nigh overwhelmed. The Serpent me beguiled. yet God at last 286 of 374 . without delay To judgement he proceeded on the accused Serpent. not thy subjection. Woman. Say. hadst thou known thyself aright.
judged as then best: And on the Serpent thus his curse let fall. triumphed In open show. Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife. Between thee and the woman I will put Enmity. who now foretold his fatal bruise. Though in mysterious terms. On Adam last thus judgement he pronounced. Upon thy belly groveling thou shalt go. each beast of the field. The realm itself of Satan. and to thy husband’s will Thine shall submit. like lightning. Her seed shall bruise thy head. Because thou hast done this. with ascension bright. down from Heaven. rising from his grave Spoiled Principalities and Powers. Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply By thy conception. thou art accursed Above all cattle. Thou shalt not eat thereof: 287 of 374 . thou bruise his heel. second Eve. Son of Mary. And to the Woman thus his sentence turned. Captivity led captive through the air. saying. and. then verified When Jesus. and between thine and her seed. And dust shalt eat all the days of thy life. long usurped. children thou shalt bring In sorrow forth. Even he. Prince of the air.Paradise Lost To Satan first in sin his doom applied. And eaten of the tree. he over thee shall rule. Whom he shall tread at last under our feet. So spake this oracle. then. concerning which I charged thee. Saw Satan fall.
Opprobrious. that now Must suffer change. 288 of 374 . to him appeased All. then. For dust thou art. Mean while. though all-knowing. with his robe of righteousness. mixing intercession sweet. but inward nakedness. And thought not much to clothe his enemies. pitying how they stood Before him naked to the air. disdained not to begin Thenceforth the form of servant to assume. Nor he their outward only with the skins Of beasts. So judged he Man.Paradise Lost Cursed is the ground for thy sake. as of old. As father of his family. As when he washed his servants feet. and shalt to dust return. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. for thou Out of the ground wast taken. what had passed with Man Recounted. both Judge and Saviour sent. so now. Arraying. Into his blissful bosom reassumed In glory. thou in sorrow Shalt eat thereof. and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. or slain. To him with swift ascent he up returned. all the days of thy life. much more. denounced that day. he clad Their nakedness with skins of beasts. Or as the snake with youthful coat repaid. ere thus was sinned and judged on Earth. And the instant stroke of death. Till thou return unto the ground. covered from his Father’s sight. Removed far off. know thy birth. Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid.
things of like kind. whatever draws me on. O Son. to found a path Over this main from Hell to that new world. why sit we here each other viewing Idly. Or sympathy. With secret amity. impervious. a monument 289 of 374 . thrives In other worlds. who thus now to Death began. For Death from Sin no power can separate. Wings growing. Powerful at greatest distance to unite. with fury driven By his avengers.Paradise Lost Within the gates of Hell sat Sin and Death. yet to thy power and mine Not unagreeable. lest the difficulty of passing back Stay his return perhaps over this gulf Impassable. and dominion given me large Beyond this deep. or some connatural force. since no place like this Can fit his punishment. his offspring dear? It cannot be But that success attends him. and happier seat provides For us. if mishap. let us try Adventurous work. By secretest conveyance. our great author. But. or their revenge. that now Stood open wide. Where Satan now prevails. Sin opening. must with me along. while Satan. my shade Inseparable. In counterview within the gates. Methinks I feel new strength within me rise. belching outrageous flame Far into Chaos. Thou. since the Fiend passed through. Ere this he had returned.
so strongly drawn By this new-felt attraction and instinct. Flew diverse. into the waste Wide anarchy of Chaos. I shall not lag behind. Sagacious of his quarry from so far. but afford thee equal aid. As when a flock Of ravenous fowl. Nor can I miss the way. the following day. to a field. and upturned His nostril wide into the murky air. prey innumerable. and with power (their power was great) Hovering upon the waters. Or transmigration. Against the day of battle. Where armies lie encamped. thou leading. Easing their passage hence. and inclination strong. So saying. damp and dark.Paradise Lost Of merit high to all the infernal host. together crouded drove. though many a league remote. with delight he snuffed the smell Of mortal change on earth. Then both from out Hell-gates. Whom thus the meager Shadow answered soon. 290 of 374 . Go. whither Fate. as their lot shall lead. and taste The savour of death from all things there that live: Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest Be wanting. come flying. nor err The way. such a scent I draw Of carnage. lured With scent of living carcasses designed For death. for intercourse. what they met Solid or slimy. in bloody fight: So scented the grim Feature. Leads thee. as in raging sea Tost up and down.
smote. Deep to the roots of Hell the gathered beach They fastened. a bridge Of length prodigious. his Memnonian palace high. Over the vexed abyss. Now had they brought the work by wonderous art Pontifical. following the track Of Satan to the self-same place where he First lighted from his wing. As with a trident.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. the liberty of Greece to yoke. Europe with Asia joined. Download the free trial version. broad as the gate. So. and landed safe 291 of 374 . to the rich Cathaian coast. inoffensive. and fixed as firm As Delos. together drive Mountains of ice. Xerxes. view. and edit PDF. the rest his look Bound with Gorgonian rigour not to move. joining to the wall Immoveable of this now fenceless world. over Hellespont Bridging his way. As when two polar winds. cold and dry. floating once. if great things to small may be compared. and the mole immense wrought on Over the foaming deep high-arched. easy. From Susa. And scourged with many a stroke the indignant waves. down to Hell. a ridge of pendant rock. Forfeit to Death. Smooth. From each side shoaling towards the mouth of Hell. that stop the imagined way Beyond Petsora eastward. Came to the sea: and. And with Asphaltick slime. The aggregated soil Death with his mace petrifick. blowing adverse Upon the Cronian sea. from hence a passage broad.
with joy 292 of 374 . though in disguise. unminded slunk Into the wood fast by. seconded Upon her husband. And now their way to Earth they had descried. but shun The present. Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering His zenith. in likeness of an Angel bright. after Eve seduced. Hell With long reach interposed. fearing. and listening where the hapless pair Sat in their sad discourse. three several ways In sight. what his wrath Might suddenly inflict. to each of these three places led. but when he saw descend The Son of God to judge them. while the sun in Aries rose: Disguised he came. guilty. And of this World. Thence gathered his own doom. to the outside bare Of this round world: With pins of adamant And chains they made all fast. behold! Satan. and.Paradise Lost From out of Chaos. terrified He fled. but of future time. which understood Not instant. too fast they made And durable! And now in little space The confines met of empyrean Heaven. when. but those his children dear Their parent soon discerned. changing shape. saw his guileful act By Eve. He. and various plaint. and. returned By night. To Paradise first tending. though all unweeting. To observe the sequel. saw their shame that sought Vain covertures. that past. on the left hand. not hoping to escape.
his offspring dear. And at the brink of Chaos. Thy trophies! which thou viewest as not thine own. Great joy was at their meeting. thus the silence broke. yet felt. to Hell he now returned. but straight I felt. and overlay. Thou hast achieved our liberty. till Sin. these are thy magnifick deeds. which by a secret harmony Still moves with thine. O Parent. his fair Enchanting daughter. thy wisdom gained With odds what war hath lost. Though distant from thee worlds between. and fully avenged 293 of 374 . and at sight Of that stupendious bridge his joy encreased. joined in connexion sweet. unhoped Met. With this portentous bridge. My heart. Such fatal consequence unites us three! Hell could no longer hold us in our bounds. Thou art their author. Long he admiring stood. which thy looks Now also evidence. Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure Detain from following thy illustrious track. confined Within Hell-gates till now. with this thy son. the dark abyss. who to meet him came. That I must after thee. near the foot Of this new wonderous pontifice. and prime architect: For I no sooner in my heart divined. That thou on earth hadst prospered. thou us impowered To fortify thus far.Paradise Lost And tidings fraught. thy virtue hath won What thy hands builded not. Thine now is all this world.
High proof ye now have given to be the race Of Satan (for I glory in the name. them to acquaint With these successes. here thou shalt monarch reign. one continent Of easy thorough-fare. To my associate Powers. parted by the empyreal bounds. As battle hath adjudged. that so near Heaven’s door Triumphal with triumphal act have met. My substitutes I send ye.Paradise Lost Our foil in Heaven. right down to Paradise descend. Chiefly on Man. You two this way. There dwell. Whom thus the Prince of darkness answered glad. by his own doom alienated. Him first make sure your thrall.) Amply have merited of me. and lastly kill. among these numerous orbs. of all The infernal empire. and with them rejoice. thence on the earth Dominion exercise and in the air. And henceforth monarchy with thee divide Of all things. and made one realm. Hell and this world. from thy orbicular world. and thou Son and Grandchild both. Mine. one realm. His quadrature. sole lord of all declared. All yours. Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne. Therefore. while I Descend through darkness. from this new world Retiring. There didst not. and reign in bliss. and create 294 of 374 . Antagonist of Heaven’s Almighty King. there let him still victor sway. with this glorious work. on your road with ease. Fair Daughter.
so he Departing gave command. the blasted stars looked wan. solicitous what chance Might intercept their emperour sent. Satan passed. By Astracan. And with rebounding surge the bars assailed. Spreading their bane. and they observed. 295 of 374 . Flown to the upper world. There kept their watch the legions. they with speed Their course through thickest constellations held. city and proud seat Of Lucifer. That scorned his indignation: Through the gate. the affairs of Hell No detriment need fear. over the snowy plains. while the Grand In council sat. And all about found desolate. planet-struck. and be strong! So saying he dismissed them. so by allusion called Of that bright star to Satan paragoned. If your joint power prevail. Through Sin to Death exposed by my exploit. Wide open and unguarded. real eclipse Then suffered. for those. about the walls Of Pandemonium. As when the Tartar from his Russian foe. go. of matchless might Issuing from me: on your joint vigour now My hold of this new kingdom all depends. And planets. the rest were all Far to the inland retired. The other way Satan went down The causey to Hell-gate: On either side Disparted Chaos overbuilt exclaimed. had left their charge.Paradise Lost Plenipotent on earth. Appointed to sit there.
Their mighty Chief returned: loud was the acclaim: Forth rushed in haste the great consulting peers. or brighter. as from a cloud. who with hand Silence. which. Thrones. and whom they wished beheld. and round about him saw unseen: At last. reduced in careful watch Round their metropolis. in his retreat To Tauris or Casbeen: So these. Princedoms. or false glitter: All amazed At that so sudden blaze the Stygian throng Bent their aspect. In show plebeian Angel militant Of lowest order. For in possession such. Dominations. and with these words attention. and with like joy Congratulant approached him. at the upper end Was placed in regal lustre. invisible Ascended his high throne. clad With what permissive glory since his fall Was left him. and from the door Of that Plutonian hall. 296 of 374 . from the search Of foreign worlds: He through the midst unmarked. passed. and now expecting Each hour their great adventurer. the late Heaven-banished host. Virtues. under state Of richest texture spread. or Bactrin Sophi. Powers. not only of right. his fulgent head And shape star-bright appeared. left desart utmost Hell Many a dark league. won.Paradise Lost Retires. leaves all waste beyond The realm of Aladule. from the horns Of Turkish crescent. Down a while He sat. Raised from their dark Divan.
to lead ye forth Triumphant out of this infernal pit Abominable. and so to us. And dungeon of our tyrant: Now possess. what suffered. unbounded deep Of horrible confusion. To expedite your glorious march. the more to encrease Your wonder. jealous of their secrets. the house of woe. plunged in the womb Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild.Paradise Lost I call ye. a fabrick wonderful Of absolute perfection! therein Man Placed in a Paradise. he. a spacious world. with an apple. That. by our exile Made happy: Him by fraud I have seduced From his Creator.with what pain Voyaged th’ unreal. but I Toiled out my uncouth passage. vast. worth your laughter! hath given up Both his beloved Man. thereat Offended. thence how I found The new created world. accursed. over which By Sin and Death a broad way now is paved. Long were to tell What I have done. and all his world. forced to ride The untractable abyss. To Sin and Death a prey. by my adventure hard With peril great achieved. which fame in Heaven Long had foretold. and declare ye now. returned Successful beyond hope. fiercely opposed My journey strange. As Lords. to our native Heaven Little inferiour. 297 of 374 . with clamorous uproar Protesting Fate supreme. and.
True is. His arms clung to his ribs. for now were all transformed 298 of 374 . he hears On all sides. contrary. expecting Their universal shout. the sound Of publick scorn. he wondered.Paradise Lost Without our hazard. and over Man To rule. a greater power Now ruled him. Or much more grievous pain?—Ye have the account Of my performance: What remains. when. or rather Me not. but the brute serpent in whose shape Man I deceived: that which to me belongs. but not long Had leisure. till supplanted down he fell A monstrous serpent on his belly prone. wondering at himself now more. A dismal universal hiss. According to his doom: he would have spoke. me also he hath judged. ye Gods. punished in the shape he sinned. his legs entwining Each other. Is enmity which he will put between Me and mankind. To range in. but in vain. I am to bruise his heel. and enter now into full bliss? So having said. a while he stood. and to dwell. shall bruise my head: A world who would not purchase with a bruise. and high applause. labour. To fill his ear. when is not set. His visage drawn he felt to sharp and spare. Reluctant. His seed. or alarm. from innumerable tongues. But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue To forked tongue. as over all he should have ruled. But up.
As in their crime. Hydrus. triumph to shame Cast on themselves from their own mouths. Turned to exploding hiss. to serpents all. like in punishment. Thus was the applause they meant. in station stood or just array. they all Him followed. (not so thick swarmed once the soil Bedropt with blood of Gorgon. Scorpion. and Asp. They saw. but other sight instead! a croud Of ugly serpents. Now Dragon grown. what they saw. And horrid sympathy. and Elops drear. issuing forth to the open field. now changing.) but still greatest he the midst. Sublime with expectation when to see In triumph issuing forth their glorious Chief. and Amphisbaena dire. Down fell both spear and shield. Where all yet left of that revolted rout. sprung up with this their change. There stood A grove hard by. as accessories To his bold riot: Dreadful was the din Of hissing through the hall. horrour on them fell. And Dipsas. down they as fast. thick swarming now With complicated monsters head and tail. Huge Python. larger than whom the sun Ingendered in the Pythian vale or slime. and his power no less he seemed Above the rest still to retain. Heaven-fallen. They felt themselves. for. down their arms. And the dire hiss renewed. by contagion. Cerastes horned. and the dire form Catched. 299 of 374 . or the isle Ophiusa.Paradise Lost Alike.
This annual humbling certain numbered days. Though to delude them sent. permitted. up the trees Climbing. so oft they fell Into the same illusion. imagining For one forbidden tree a multitude Now risen. to work them further woe or shame. instead of fruit Chewed bitter ashes. Yearly enjoined. Hunger and thirst constraining. like that which grew Near that bituminous lake where Sodom flamed. Yet. could not abstain. But on they rolled in heaps. some say. laden with fair fruit. long and ceaseless hiss. With hatefullest disrelish writhed their jaws. Till their lost shape. and. not the touch. to undergo. they. This more delusive. the bait of Eve Used by the Tempter: on that prospect strange Their earnest eyes they fixed. but taste Deceived. fondly thinking to allay Their appetite with gust.Paradise Lost His will who reigns above. to aggravate Their penance. drugged as oft. With soot and cinders filled. not as Man Whom they triumphed once lapsed. Thus were they plagued And worn with famine. which the offended taste With spattering noise rejected: oft they assayed. 300 of 374 . they resumed. sat thicker than the snaky locks That curled Megaera: greedily they plucked The fruitage fair to sight. parched with scalding thirst and hunger fierce. like that Which grew in Paradise.
whom they called Ophion. However. with Eurynome. To me. and joy. where most with ravine I may meet. and fowl. or Paradise. Thou therefore on these herbs. though earned With travel difficult. Close following pace for pace. To whom the incestuous mother thus replied. and fish. There best. this vast unhide-bound corps. Which here. Unnamed. ere yet Dictaean Jove was born. of their purchase got. Mean while in Paradise the hellish pair Too soon arrived. thence by Saturn driven And Ops. and to dwell Habitual habitant. Sin. on each beast next. No homely morsels! and. and thyself half starved? Whom thus the Sin-born monster answered soon. all too little seems To stuff this maw. not better far Than still at Hell’s dark threshold to have sat watch. some tradition they dispersed Among the Heathen. and flowers. the wide— Encroaching Eve perhaps. Second of Satan sprung. though plenteous. Feed first. now in body. And fabled how the Serpent. and fruits. or Heaven. whatever thing 301 of 374 . had first the rule Of high Olympus. who with eternal famine pine. undreaded. not mounted yet On his pale horse: to whom Sin thus began.Paradise Lost To dash their pride. for Man seduced. there in power before. Once actual. all-conquering Death! What thinkest thou of our empire now. behind her Death. Alike is Hell.
all infect. crammed and gorged. words. His thoughts. as if. that with so much ease I suffer them to enter and possess A place so heavenly. I to them had quitted all. And know not that I called. 302 of 374 . transported with some fit Of passion. which the Almighty seeing. they both betook them several ways. actions. conniving. devour unspared. seem To gratify my scornful enemies. At random yielded up to their misrule. and had still Kept in that state. so doth the Prince of Hell And his adherents. To those bright Orders uttered thus his voice. and for destruction to mature Sooner or later. at one sling Of thy victorious arm. who impute Folly to me. and. That laugh. and drew them thither. My Hell-hounds. See. well-pleasing Son. which I So fair and good created. nigh burst With sucked and glutted offal. From his transcendent seat the Saints among. And season him thy last and sweetest prey. Till I. had not the folly of Man Let in these wasteful furies. Both to destroy. or unimmortal make All kinds.Paradise Lost The sithe of Time mows down. til. This said. in Man residing. his looks. with what heat these dogs of Hell advance To waste and havock yonder world. through the race. to lick up the draff and filth Which Man’s polluting sin with taint hath shed On what was pure.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
O fountains. but that thy shape. Though by the Devil himself. Justice Divine Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries.— Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld. Out of my sight. Rather than solid virtue. bent. and bowers! With other echo late I taught your shades To answer. by him thou. And understood not all was but a show. longing to be seen. lest that too heavenly form. but. as now appears. with the serpent meeting. mature. to warn all creatures from thee Henceforth. imagined wise. Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed: But her with stern regard he thus repelled. Desolate where she sat. and disdained Not to be trusted. dales. Constant. 310 of 374 . approaching nigh. hillocks. O woods. Like his. and resound far other song. nothing wants. Fooled and beguiled. Rejected my forewarning.Paradise Lost Justice Divine not hasten to be just? But Death comes not at call. thyself as false And hateful. him overweening To over-reach. proof against all assaults. when least was safe. thou Serpent! That name best Befits thee with him leagued. I by thee To trust thee from my side. and colour serpentine. snare them! But for thee I had persisted happy. pretended To hellish falshood. had not thy pride And wandering vanity. all but a rib Crooked by nature. may show Thy inward fraud.
withheld By parents. He added not. And more that shall befall. at his feet Fell humble. O! why did God. and not fill the world at once With Men. and. Not so repulsed. if she love. or his happiest choice too late Shall meet. Adam! witness Heaven 311 of 374 . innumerable Disturbances on earth through female snares. as supernumerary To my just number found. and thus proceeded in her plaint. but shall see her gained By a far worse. create at last This novelty on earth. Well if thrown out. And strait conjunction with this sex: for either He never shall find out fit mate. besought His peace. this fair defect Of nature. and from her turned. Forsake me not thus. Or find some other way to generate Mankind? This mischief had not been befallen. Or whom he wishes most shall seldom gain Through her perverseness. already linked and wedlock-bound To a fell adversary. and houshold peace confound. from me drawn. but such As some misfortune brings him. but Eve. Creator wise. without feminine. with tears that ceased not flowing And tresses all disordered. as Angels. or. embracing them. his hate or shame: Which infinite calamity shall cause To human life. or mistake. that peopled highest Heaven With Spirits masculine.Paradise Lost More to the part sinister.
that all The sentence. sole cause to thee of all this woe. and her lowly plight. and unweeting have offended. in this uttermost distress. Me. and clasp thy knees. As joined in injuries. and sole delight. and reverence in my heart I bear thee. till peace obtained from fault Acknowledged and deplored. where subsist? While yet we live. 312 of 374 .Paradise Lost What love sincere. Thy counsel. one enmity Against a foe by doom express assigned us. his life so late. That cruel Serpent: On me exercise not Thy hatred for this misery befallen. Whereon I live. scarce one short hour perhaps. On me already lost. And to the place of judgement will return. may light On me. me than thyself More miserable! Both have sinned.but thou Against God only. There with my cries importune Heaven. both joining. Now at his feet submissive in distress. Immoveable. bereave me not. Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking. just object of his ire! She ended weeping. Whither shall I betake me. Between us two let there be peace. in Adam wrought Commiseration: Soon his heart relented Towards her. I against God and thee. thy aid. thy gentle looks. Unhappily deceived! Thy suppliant I beg. from thy head removed. My only strength and stay: Forlorn of thee. me only.
how we may lighten Each other’s burden. his aid: As one disarmed. If prayers Could alter high decrees. vile as I am.Paradise Lost His counsel. in our share of woe. ill able to sustain His full wrath. That on my head all might be visited. by sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find. blamed enough elsewhere. his anger all he lost. recovering heart. but strive In offices of love. and by me exposed. Adam. but a slow-paced evil. And my displeasure bearest so ill. A long day’s dying. I to that place Would speed before thee. who desirest The punishment all on thyself. to place Of new acceptance. Will prove no sudden. as before. And to our seed (O hapless seed!) derived. to augment our pain. Restored by thee. and be louder heard. Unwary. and too desirous. nor blame Each other. Since this day’s death denounced. whom she had displeased. To whom thus Eve. alas! Bear thine own first. And thus with peaceful words upraised her soon. thence by just event Found so unfortunate: Nevertheless. replied. So now of what thou knowest not. Found so erroneous. if aught I see. But rise. To me committed.—let us no more contend. hopeful to regain 313 of 374 . whose thou feelest as yet least part. Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven.
childless remain: so Death Shall be deceived his glut. devoured By Death at last. let us make short. — Let us seek Death. As in our evils. though sharp and sad. Or end. Our own begotten. Conversing. Then. and of easier choice. in thy power It lies. both ourselves and seed at once to free From what we fear for both. he not found. and with us two Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw. — or. yet ere conception to prevent The race unblest. which would be misery And torment less than none of what we dread. If care of our descent perplex us most. yet tolerable. Which must be born to certain woe. Tending to some relief of our extremes. That after wretched life must be at last Food for so foul a monster. the sole contentment of my heart Living or dying. looking. to being yet unbegot. Childless thou art. nuptial embraces sweet. But if thou judge it hard and difficult. and miserable it is To be to others cause of misery. and of our loins to bring Into this cursed world a woeful race. from thee I will not hide What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen. to abstain From love’s due rights. And with desire to languish without hope.Paradise Lost Thy love. loving. Before the present object languishing With like desire. supply 314 of 374 .
much more I fear lest death. So snatched. Destruction with destruction to destroy? — She ended here. will not exempt us from the pain We are by doom to pay. But Adam. doubt not but God Hath wiselier armed his vengeful ire. Or if thou covet death. and thus to Eve replied. than so To be forestalled. such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest To make death in us live: Then let us seek Some safer resolution. than what thy mind contemns. With our own hands his office on ourselves: Why stand we longer shivering under fears. and implies. That show no end but death. Not thy contempt. But self-destruction therefore sought. and edit PDF. which methinks I have in view. as dyed her cheeks with pale. with such counsel nothing swayed. calling to mind with heed 315 of 374 . or vehement despair Broke off the rest: so much of death her thoughts Had entertained. rather. refutes That excellence thought in thee. but anguish and regret For loss of life and pleasure overloved. thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To argue in thee something more sublime And excellent. Eve. To better hopes his more attentive mind Labouring had raised. view. and have the power.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. as utmost end Of misery. Download the free trial version. so thinking to evade The penalty pronounced. Of many ways to die the shortest choosing.
lest cold Or heat should injure us. provided. piteous amends! unless Be meant. soon recompensed with joy. pitying while he judged. Satan. with labour I must earn My bread. what harm? Idleness had been worse. so our foe Shal ‘scape his punishment ordained. My labour will sustain me. 316 of 374 .Paradise Lost Part of our sentence. No more be mentioned then of violence Against ourselves. who. our grand foe. and. Without wrath or reviling. and wilful barrenness. that thy seed shall bruise The Serpent’s head. his timely care Hath. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard. That cuts us off from hope. And bringing forth. Fruit of thy womb: On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground. and his hands Clothed us unworthy. hath contrived Against us this deceit: To crush his head Would be revenge indeed! which will be lost By death brought on ourselves. whom I conjecture. in the serpent. impatience and despite. which we thought Was meant by death that day. we expected Immediate dissolution. Reluctance against God and his just yoke Laid on our necks. and we Instead shall double ours upon our heads. or childless days Resolved. as thou proposest. and judged. when lo!to thee Pains only in child-bearing were foretold. unbesought. and savours only Rancour and pride.
ere this diurnal star Leave cold the night. and his heart to pity incline. And teach us further by what means to shun The inclement seasons. our final rest and native home. shattering the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees. Or. and of grace Beseeching him. prostrate fall Before him reverent. He will instruct us praying. how we his gathered beams Reflected may with matter sere foment. than. if we pray him. And what may else be remedy or cure To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. hail. and there confess 317 of 374 . by collision of two bodies. with various face. or pushed with winds. ice. some better warmth to cherish Our limbs benummed.Paradise Lost How much more. Tine the slant lightning. grind The air attrite to fire. and snow! Which now the sky. so as we need not fear To pass commodiously this life. sustained By him with many comforts. will his ear Be open. And sends a comfortable heat from far. begins To show us in this mountain. Which might supply the sun: Such fire to use. while the winds Blow moist and keen. What better can we do. rain. whose thwart flame. as late the clouds Justling. till we end In dust. which bids us seek Some better shroud. to the place Repairing where he judged us. driven down Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine. rude in their shock.
in sign Of sorrow unfeigned. and pardon beg. and humiliation meek 318 of 374 .Paradise Lost Humbly our faults. and with our sighs the air Frequenting. sent from hearts contrite. with tears Watering the ground.
shone? So spake our father penitent. and mercy. and with their sighs the air Frequenting. nor Eve Felt less remorse: they. and both confessed Humbly their faults. before the shrine Of Themis stood devout. in sign Of sorrow unfeigned. less ancient yet than these. grace. to restore The race of mankind drowned. prostrate fell Before him reverent. Thus they. and humiliation meek. that sighs now breathed Unutterable.Paradise Lost Book XI Undoubtedly he will relent. and turn From his displeasure. in lowliest plight. forthwith to the place Repairing where he judged them. Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha. sent from hearts contrite. than when the ancient pair In fables old. and winged for Heaven with speedier flight Than loudest oratory: Yet their port Not of mean suitors. which the Spirit of prayer Inspired. What else but favour. and pardon begged. To Heaven their prayers 319 of 374 . and made new flesh Regenerate grow instead. nor important less Seemed their petition. in whose look serene. When angry most he seemed and most severe. with tears Watering the ground. for from the mercy-seat above Prevenient grace descending had removed The stony from their hearts. repentant stood Praying.
my merit those Shall perfect.) To better life shall yield him: where with me All my redeemed may dwell in joy and bliss. Good. these sighs And prayers. though mute. (which I To mitigate thus plead. nor missed the way. Now therefore. or not good. Accept me. hear his sighs. from thy seed Sown with contrition in his heart. all his works on me. what first-fruits on earth are sprung From thy implanted grace in Man. then clad With incense. all the trees Of Paradise could have produced. Fruits of more pleasing savour. till death. and. See$ Father. Unskilful with what words to pray. By their great intercessour. in me. at least his days Numbered. not to reverse. and for these my death shall pay. bend thine ear To supplication. which in this golden censer mixed With incense. where the golden altar fumed. me. though sad. came in sight Before the Father’s throne: them the glad Son Presenting. his own hand manuring. by envious winds Blown vagabond or frustrate: in they passed Dimensionless through heavenly doors.Paradise Lost Flew up. I thy priest before thee bring. ingraft. his advocate And propitiation. from these receive The smell of peace toward mankind: let him live Before thee reconciled. ere fallen From innocence. his doom. 320 of 374 . thus to intercede began. than those Which. let me Interpret for him.
stood more confirmed. I. And immortality: that fondly lost. But let us call to synod all the Blest. Tried in sharp tribulation. As how with peccant Angels late they saw. with two fair gifts Created him endowed. The law I gave to Nature him forbids: Those pure immortal elements. To whom the Father. with happiness. after life. longer in that Paradise to dwell. Resigns him up with Heaven and Earth renewed.Paradise Lost Made one with me. all thy request was my decree: But. at first. 321 of 374 . gross. as I with thee am one. Through Heaven’s wide bounds: from them I will not hide My judgements. As a distemper. how with mankind I proceed. All thy request for Man. though firm. Eject him. no unharmonious mixture foul. Till I provided death: so death becomes His final remedy. to air as gross. This other served but to eternize woe. and purge him off. Waked in the renovation of the just. And in their state. serene. accepted Son. that first Distempered all things. Obtain. to second life. that know. tainted now. and of incorrupt Corrupted. No gross. And mortal food. without cloud. and. as may dispose him best For dissolution wrought by sin. and refined By faith and faithful works.
He sorrows now. this my behest have thou in charge. dream at least to live For ever. heard in Oreb since perhaps When God descended.Paradise Lost He ended. By the waters of life. Self-left. resorting to the summons high. and prays contrite. where’er they sat In fellowships of joy. like one of us Man is become To know both good and evil. how variable and vain. The angelick blast Filled all the regions: from their blisful bowers Of amarantine shade. and eat. longer than they move. till from his throne supreme The Almighty thus pronounced his sovran will. Happier! had it sufficed him to have known Good by itself. and perhaps once more To sound at general doom. Lest therefore his now bolder hand Reach also of the tree of life. My motions in him. to remove him I decree. since his taste Of that defended fruit. His heart I know. but let him boast His knowledge of good lost. fountain or spring. And send him from the garden forth to till The ground whence he was taken. and evil not at all. And live for ever. O Sons. he blew His trumpet. And took their seats. the sons of light Hasted. and the Son gave signal high To the bright minister that watched. and evil got. repents. Michael. Take to thee from among the Cherubim 322 of 374 . fitter soil.
from thence Perpetual banishment. all approach far off to fright. reveal To Adam what shall come in future days. and the arch-angelick Power prepared For swift descent. like a double Janus.Paradise Lost Thy choice of flaming warriours. With whose stolen fruit Man once more to delude. yet in peace: And on the east side of the garden place. some new trouble raise: Haste thee. or to invade Vacant possession. all their shape 323 of 374 . Yet. So send them forth. Cherubick watch. though sorrowing. Dismiss them not disconsolate. and to their progeny. and all my trees their prey. and denounce To them. lest the Fiend. and of a sword the flame Wide-waving. and with tears Bewailing their excess. Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs. (For I behold them softened. lest they faint At the sad sentence rigorously urged. As I shall thee enlighten. If patiently thy bidding they obey. with him the cohort bright Of watchful Cherubim: four faces each Had. and from the Paradise of God Without remorse drive out the sinful pair. From hallowed ground the unholy. intermix My covenant in the Woman’s seed renewed. He ceased.) all terrour hide. And guard all passage to the tree of life: Lest Paradise a receptacle prove To Spirits foul. Or in behalf of Man.
Charmed with Arcadian pipe. and before him humbled all my heart. Eve. Which thus to Eve his welcome words renewed. But. and found Strength added from above. then not minded in dismay. that thy seed shall bruise our foe. when Adam and first matron Eve Had ended now their orisons. easily my faith admit. Leucothea waked. joy. peace returned Home to my breast. Mean while. and more wakeful than to drouse. Kneeled. and we shall live. the pastoral reed Of Hermes. upborne Even to the seat of God. Hard to belief may seem. 324 of 374 . new hope to spring Out of despair. Which. or to incline his will. Bending his ear. yet this will prayer Or one short sigh of human breath. that all The good which we enjoy from Heaven descends. Methought I saw him placable and mild. and to my memory His promise. persuasion in me grew That I was heard with favour.Paradise Lost Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Of Argus. For since I sought By prayer the offended Deity to appease. and with fresh dews imbalmed The earth. Whence hail to thee. To re-salute the world with sacred light. yet now Assures me that the bitterness of death Is past. but with fear yet linked. or his opiate rod. that from us aught should ascend to Heaven So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-blest.
Far other name deserving. and all dispraise: But infinite in pardon was my Judge. content. for see!the morn. stooped from his aery tour. That I. beast. and all things live for Man. but Fate Subscribed not: Nature first gave signs. next favourable thou. To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek. Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsaf’st. But the field To labour calls us. 325 of 374 . Though after sleepless night. so wished much humbled Eve. though in fallen state. distrust. impressed On bird. Mother of all things living. What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? Here let us live. air suddenly eclipsed. Two birds of gayest plume before him drove. till day droop. All unconcerned with our unrest. while here we dwell.Paradise Lost Eve rightly called. So spake. I never from thy side henceforth to stray. Where’er our day’s work lies. who. though now enjoined Laborious. After short blush of morn. air. Ill-worthy I such title should belong To me transgressour. mother of all mankind. who first brought death on all. Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods. nigh in her sight The bird of Jove. became thy snare. since by thee Man is to live. now with sweat imposed. to me reproach Rather belongs. for thee ordained A help. begins Her rosy progress smiling: let us forth. am graced The source of life.
had not doubt And carnal fear that day dimmed Adam’s eye. because from death released Some days: how long. Not that more glorious. Direct to the eastern gate was bent their flight. O Eve. by these mute signs in Nature. pursued a gentle brace. and morning-light More orient in yon western cloud. and what till then our life. Which Heaven. Adam observed. that draws O’er the blue firmament a radiant white. hart and hind. One way the self-same hour? why in the east Darkness ere day’s mid-course. Goodliest of all the forest. when the Angels met Jacob in Mahanaim. where he saw The field pavilioned with his guardians bright. to Eve thus spake. some further change awaits us nigh. and be no more? Why else this double object in our sight Of flight pursued in the air. Nor that. And slow descends with something heavenly fraught? He erred not. Who knows? or more than this. A glorious apparition. And thither must return. that we are dust. of our discharge From penalty. not unmoved. shows Forerunners of his purpose. which on the flaming mount appeared 326 of 374 . and with his eye the chase Pursuing. for by this the heavenly bands Down from a sky of jasper lighted now In Paradise. and on a hill made halt. and o’er the ground.Paradise Lost First hunter then. or to warn Us. haply too secure.
assassin-like. War unproclaimed. and edit PDF. To find where Adam sheltered. Against the Syrian king. to seise Possession of the garden. some great Potentate Or of the Thrones above. While the great visitant approached. who to Eve.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and. That I should fear. thus spake. by his gait. His starry helm unbuckled showed him prime 327 of 374 . Not in his shape celestial. In Dothan. whom not to offend. From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill. Livelier than Meliboean. Download the free trial version. and thou retire. As Raphael. Iris had dipt the woof. He ended: and the Arch-Angel soon drew nigh. he alone. for I descry. such majesty Invests him coming! yet not terrible. view. or the grain Of Sarra. took his way. covered with a camp of fire. None of the meanest. which perhaps Of us will soon determine. or impose New laws to be observed. Eve$ now expect great tidings. Not unperceived of Adam. nor sociably mild. worn by kings and heroes old In time of truce. With reverence I must meet. but as man Clad to meet man. over his lucid arms A military vest of purple flowed. had levied war. The princely Hierarch In their bright stand there left his Powers. One of the heavenly host. that I should much confide. But solemn and sublime. who to surprise One man.
As in a glistering zodiack. and in his hand the spear. fitter soil. hung the sword. Quiet though sad. But longer in this Paradise to dwell Permits not: to remove thee I am come. by his side. kingly. for Adam at the news Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood. That never will in other climate grow. O unexpected stroke. Defeated of his seisure many days Given thee of grace. but his coming thus declared. O flowers. and Death. Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress. the respite of that day That must be mortal to us both. 328 of 374 . And send thee from the garden forth to till The ground whence thou wast taken. he. Redeem thee quite from Death’s rapacious claim. worse than of Death! Must I thus leave thee$ Paradise? thus leave Thee. He added not. And one bad act with many deeds well done Mayest cover: Well may then thy Lord. wherein thou mayest repent. Heaven’s high behest no preface needs: Sufficient that thy prayers are heard. That all his senses bound. appeased. Satan’s dire dread. with audible lament Discovered soon the place of her retire. Adam. who unseen Yet all had heard. Fit haunt of Gods? where I had hope to spend. Eve. native soil! these happy walks and shades. Adam bowed low. from his state Inclined not.Paradise Lost In manhood where youth ended.
nor set thy heart. thy tidings bring. but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost.Paradise Lost My early visitation. and his scattered spirits returned. Our frailty can sustain. think there thy native soil. nuptial bower! by me adorned With what to sight or smell was sweet! from thee How shall I part. Eve. accustomed to immortal fruits? Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild. for such of shape may seem Prince above princes! gently hast thou told Thy message. or rank Your tribes. or named Of them the highest. whom to follow thou art bound. Where he abides. Thus over-fond. our sweet 329 of 374 . what besides Of sorrow. Departure from this happy place. To Michael thus his humble words addressed. And in performing end us. and despair. Lament not. and whither wander down Into a lower world.t even. Adam. on that which is not thine: Thy going is not lonely. with thee goes Thy husband. whether among the Thrones. which I bred up with tender hand From the first opening bud. to this obscure And wild? how shall we breathe in other air Less pure. and gave ye names! Who now shall rear ye to the sun. and water from the ambrosial fount? Thee lastly. and dejection. Celestial. which might else in telling wound. and my last . by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering.
Paradise Lost Recess. if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can. departing hence. and to my sons relate. yet recalled To life prolonged and promised race. among these pines his voice ‘I heard. deprived His blessed countenance: Here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsafed Presence Divine. ‘On this mount he appeared. I now Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts 330 of 374 . 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. This most afflicts me. and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook. here with him at this fountain talked: So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf. nor known: And. As from his face I shall be hid. and desolate. and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes! all places else Inhospitable appear. Or monument to ages. and flowers: In yonder nether world where shall I seek His bright appearances. under this tree ‘Stood visible. that. Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to his great bidding I submit. Nor knowing us. or foot-step trace? For though I fled him angry. in memory. and fruits. and theron Offer sweet-smelling gums.
brought down To dwell on even ground now with thy sons: Yet doubt not but in valley. and will be found alike Present. know. I am sent To show thee what shall come in future days To thee. their great progenitor. from whence had spread All generations. Which that thou mayest believe. But this pre-eminence thou hast lost. supernal grace contending With sinfulness of men. still compassing thee round With goodness and paternal love. Adam. and be confirmed Ere thou from hence depart. and air.Paradise Lost Of glory. and every kind that lives. and far off his steps adore. and had hither come From all the ends of the earth. thou knowest Heaven his. and all the Earth. No despicable gift. sea. and to thy offspring: good with bad Expect to hear. To whom thus Michael with regard benign. Fomented by his virtual power and warmed: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule. and of his steps the track divine. his Omnipresence fills Land. Not this rock only. and to temper joy with fear 331 of 374 . and of his presence many a sign Still following thee. and in plain. as here. thereby to learn True patience. his face Express. surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confined Of Paradise. or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat. to celebrate And reverence thee. God is.
and best prepared endure Thy mortal passage when it comes. Of Paradise the highest. To show him all Earth’s kingdoms. to the evil turn My obvious breast. seat of Cathaian Can. and thence 332 of 374 . Whereon. while thou to foresight wakest. safe Guide. the Tempter set Our second Adam. To whom thus Adam gratefully replied.—Ascend This hill. And Samarchand by Oxus. equally inured By moderation either state to bear. His eye might there command wherever stood City of old or modern fame. and their glory. Temir’s throne. It was a hill. while she to life was formed. If so I may attain. in the wilderness. for different cause.Paradise Lost And pious sorrow. I follow thee. the seat Of mightiest empire. — So both ascend In the visions of God. nor wider looking round. Ascend. and to the hand of Heaven submit. arming to overcome By suffering. To Paquin of Sinaean kings. from whose top The hemisphere of earth. Stretched out to the amplest reach of prospect lay. Not higher that hill. However chastening. As once thou sleptst. the path Thou leadest me. in clearest ken. from the destined walls Of Cambalu. and earn rest from labour won. Prosperous or adverse: so shalt thou lead Safest thy life. let Eve (for I have drenched her eyes) Here sleep below.
and Quiloa.Paradise Lost To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul. whose great city Geryon’s sons Call El Dorado. or where the Russian Ksar In Mosco. and the less maritim kings Mombaza. Morocco. and yet unspoiled Guiana. Turchestan-born. And from the well of life three drops instilled. and Angola farthest south. Which that false fruit that promised clearer sight Had bred. So deep the power of these ingredients pierced. On Europe thence. But to nobler sights Michael from Adam’s eyes the film removed. now enforced to close his eyes. or since In Hispahan. or the Sultan in Bizance. for he had much to see. or where The Persian in Ecbatan sat. Even to the inmost seat of mental sight. thought Ophir. and Melind. Or thence from Niger flood to Atlas mount The kingdoms of Almansor. That Adam. Fez and Sus. nor could his eye not ken The empire of Negus to his utmost port Ercoco. then purged with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve. And Cusco in Peru. Down to the golden Chersonese. and Tremisen. And Sofala. the seat of Montezume. and where Rome was to sway The world: in spirit perhaps he also saw Rich Mexico. 333 of 374 . to the realm Of Congo. and Algiers. the richer seat Of Atabalipa.
now ope thine eyes. On the cleft wood. sacrificing. The other’s not. Adam. and grateful steam. with incense strowed. for his was not sincere. and his attention thus recalled. Whereat he inly raged. Rustick. as came to hand. then. Groaned out his soul with gushing blood effused. Unculled. More meek. But him the gentle Angel by the hand Soon raised. Much at that sight was Adam in his heart 334 of 374 . Smote him into the midriff with a stone That beat out life. to bring forth more violent deeds. he fell. the other part sheep-walks and folds. His eyes he opened. Nor sinned thy sin. Choicest and best. thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits.Paradise Lost Sunk down. and beheld a field. I’ the midst an altar as the land-mark stood. Part arable and tilth. which thy original crime hath wrought In some to spring from thee. and all due rights performed: His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Consumed with nimble glance. and first behold The effects. who never touched The excepted tree. deadly pale.and. nor with the snake conspired. whereon were sheaves New reaped. and. came with the firstlings of his flock. laid The inwards and their fat. as they talked. the green ear. and all his spirits became entranced. a shepherd next. yet from that sin derive Corruption. of grassy sord. and the yellow sheaf.
and to come Out of thy loins. Is piety thus and pure devotion paid? To whom Michael thus. though here thou see him die. Immediately a place 335 of 374 . of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear. which on the earth shall bring Diseases dire. as thou sawest.Paradise Lost Dismayed. flood. These two are brethren. than within. and many are the ways that lead To his grim cave. and the other’s faith. To which our sire. approved. that thou mayest know What misery the inabstinence of Eve Shall bring on Men. Death thou hast seen In his first shape on Man. Alas! both for the deed. and thus in haste to the Angel cried. For envy that his brother’s offering found From Heaven acceptance. but the bloody fact Will be avenged. and for the cause! But have I now seen Death? Is this the way I must return to native dust? O sight Of terrour. all dismal. Lose no reward. O Teacher. the unjust the just hath slain. famine. Horrid to think. who well had sacrificed. by violent stroke shall die. By fire. replied. some great mischief hath befallen To that meek man. yet to sense More terrible at the entrance. by intemperance more In meats and drinks. he also moved. how horrible to feel! To whom thus Michael. but many shapes Of Death. foul and ugly to behold. Adam. Rolling in dust and gore. Some.
till firmer thoughts restrained excess. would either no accept Life offered. but wept. Dropsies. And. sad. dark. And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook. his plaint renewed. and final hope. but delayed to strike. Despair Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch. to what fall Degraded. deep the groans. colick-pangs. Though not of woman born. O miserable mankind. epilepsies. A lazar-house it seemed. qualms Of heart-sick agony. and wide-wasting pestilence. Marasmus.Paradise Lost Before his eyes appeared. Sight so deform what heart of rock could long Dry-eyed behold? Adam could not. wherein were laid Numbers of all diseased. and asthmas. Demoniack phrenzy. Intestine stone and ulcer. why Obtruded on us thus? who. scarce recovering words. compassion quelled His best of man. noisome. pining atrophy. if we knew What we receive. though oft invoked With vows. and gave him up to tears A space. or racking torture. all maladies Of ghastly spasm. 336 of 374 . And moon-struck madness. as their chief good. and joint-racking rheums. Convulsions. Why is life given To be thus wrested from us? rather. fierce catarrhs. all feverous kinds. or soon beg to lay it down. Dire was the tossing. to what wretched state reserved! Better end here unborn. moaping melancholy.
In what thou eatest and drinkest. like ripe fruit. Can thus The image of God in Man. Till many years over thy head return: So mayest thou live. exempt? Their Maker’s image. Retaining still divine similitude In part. from such deformities be free. seeking from thence Due nourishment. Disfiguring not God’s likeness. said Michael. then Forsook them. if thou well observe The rule of Not too much. for his Maker’s image sake. But is there yet no other way. Or if his likeness. by temperance taught. thou drop 337 of 374 . not gluttonous delight. To such unsightly sufferings be debased Under inhuman pains? Why should not Man. worthily. Therefore so abject is their punishment. till. a brutish vice. though faulty since. since they God’s image did not reverence in themselves. answered Michael. Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. created once So goodly and erect. by themselves defaced. but their own. and mix with our connatural dust? There is. besides These painful passages. While they pervert pure Nature’s healthful rules To loathsome sickness. how we may come To death. I yield it just.Paradise Lost Glad to be so dismissed in peace. and took His image whom they served. and submit. And. said Adam. when themselves they vilified To serve ungoverned Appetite.
but then. Fairest and easiest. Michael replied. Henceforth I fly not death. but what thou livest Live well. To whom our ancestor. of harp and organ. all taste of pleasure must forego. and gray. low and high. weak. for death mature: This is Old Age. of this cumbrous charge. and last consume The balm of life. thy strength. and saw a spacious plain. for the air of youth. He looked. permit to Heaven: And now prepare thee for another sight. or short.Paradise Lost Into thy mother’s lap. was seen. nor would prolong Life much. that made melodious chime. bent rather. thou must outlive Thy youth. Instinct through all proportions. thy senses then. at the forge 338 of 374 . In other part stood one who. by some. Which I must keep till my appointed day Of rendering up. who moved Their stops and chords. nor hate. in thy blood will reign A melancholy damp of cold and dry To weigh thy spirits down. and. and. his volant touch. or be with ease Gathered. and patiently attend My dissolution. whereon Were tents of various hue. Nor love thy life. nor harshly plucked. Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue. were herds Of cattle grazing. thy beauty. others. Obtuse. Was heard. whence the sound Of instruments. how I may be quit. Hopeful and cheerful. how long. which will change To withered. To what thou hast.
by their guise Just men they seemed. and fair event 339 of 374 . and edit PDF. and in dance came on: The men. in the amorous net Fast caught. which was their seat. then first to marriage rites invoked: With feast and musick all the tents resound. or whether washed by stream From underground. But on the hither side. behold! A bevy of fair women. And now of love they treat. two massy clods of iron and brass Had melted. which might preserve Freedom and peace to Men. a different sort From the high neighbouring hills.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. Love’s harbinger. though grave. Down to the plain descended. Such happy interview. and bid invoke Hymen. appeared. then. from which he formed First his own tools. Labouring. all in heat They light the nuptial torch. till the evening-star. they liked. eyed them. when from the tents. After these. and know his works Not hid. till. thence gliding hot To some cave’s mouth. and let their eyes Rove without rein. and each his liking chose. then. to the harp they sung Soft amorous ditties. they on the plain Long had not walked.) the liquid ore he drained Into fit moulds prepared. (whether found where casual fire Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale. Download the free trial version. Down to the veins of earth. what might else be wrought Fusil or graven in metal. richly gay In gems and wanton dress. and all their study bent To worship God aright. nor those things last. view.
The bent of nature. wherein shall dwell his race Who slew his brother. to dance. conformity divine. inventers rare. True opener of mine eyes. flowers. Those were of hate and death. garlands. so gay. For that fair female troop thou sawest. than those two past. studious they appear Of arts that polish life. that seemed Of Goddesses. so blithe.Paradise Lost Of love and youth not lost. whose lives Religious titled them the sons of God. to nobler end Holy and pure. were the tents Of wickedness. or pain much worse. and roll the eye: To these that sober race of men. To whom thus Michael. Yet empty of all good wherein consists Woman’s domestick honour and chief praise. though his Spirit Taught them. Judge not what is best By pleasure. To dress. attached the heart Of Adam. And charming symphonies. but they his gifts acknowledged none. 340 of 374 . to sing. songs. Created. Those tents thou sawest so pleasant. though to nature seeming meet. which he thus expressed. and troll the tongue. prime Angel blest. Much better seems this vision. Bred only and completed to the taste Of lustful appetence. Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget. as thou art. so smooth. and more hope Of peaceful days portends. Here Nature seems fulfilled in all her ends. Unmindful of their Maker. soon inclined to admit delight.
O pity and shame. from Woman to begin. towns. One way a band select from forage drives A herd of beeves. who should better hold his place By wisdom. From Man’s effeminate slackness it begins. He looked. scarce with life the shepherds fly. Said the Angel. Part wield their arms. Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain. Erelong to swim at large. that they. part curb the foaming steed. But now prepare thee for another scene. or fleecy flock. But call in aid. to the trains and to the smiles Of these fair atheists. Concourse in arms. Cities of men with lofty gates and towers. and rural works between. who to live well Entered so fair. 341 of 374 . of short joy bereft. and superiour gifts received. To whom thus Adam. or in the mid way faint! But still I see the tenour of Man’s woe Holds on the same. fierce faces threatening war. Their booty. fair oxen and fair kine. and laugh. Single or in array of battle ranged Both horse and foot. and saw wide territory spread Before him. which makes a bloody fray.Paradise Lost Shall yield up all their virtue. for which The world erelong a world of tears must weep. all their fame Ignobly. Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise. nor idly mustering stood. and now swim in joy. should turn aside to tread Paths indirect. From a fat meadow ground.
not men? who thus deal death Inhumanly to men. truth. in the city-gates. and oppression. with warriours mixed. or religion. eminent In wise deport. now scattered lies With carcasses and arms the ensanguined field. scale. In factious opposition. Death’s ministers. Of justice. by battery. and refuge none was found. Assaulting. and multiply Ten thousandfold the sin of him who slew His brother: for of whom such massacre Make they. men of men 342 of 374 . and peace. and harangues are heard. Where cattle pastured late. others from the wall defend With dart and javelin. and sulphurous fire. but of their brethren. Assemble. and sword-law. Deserted: Others to a city strong Lay siege. anon Gray-headed men and grave. Adam was all in tears. And judgement from above: him old and young Exploded. encamped. and to his guide Lamenting turned full sad. Of middle age one rising. and had seized with violent hands. till at last. Had not a cloud descending snatched him thence Unseen amid the throng: so violence Proceeded. but soon. On each hand slaughter. spake much of right and wrong.Paradise Lost With cruel tournament the squadrons join. O!what are these. Through all the plain. and mine. and gigantick deeds. stones. In other part the sceptered heralds call To council.
had in his righteousness been lost? To whom thus Michael.Paradise Lost But who was that just man. and sons of Gods. For in those days might only shall be admired. and subdue Nations. These are the product Of those ill-mated marriages thou sawest. him the Most High Rapt in a balmy cloud with winged steeds Did. Thus fame shall be achieved. men of high renown. And what most merits fame. And valour and heroick virtue called. Such were these giants. to show thee what reward 343 of 374 . Produce prodigious births of body or mind. in silence hid. who of themselves Abhor to join. for daring single to be just. renown on earth. whom thou beheldst The only righteous in a world preverse. And therefore hated. Destroyers rightlier called. But he. therefore so beset With foes. that God would come To judge them with his Saints. the seventh from thee. To overcome in battle. by imprudence mixed. Exempt from death. whom had not Heaven Rescued. to be styled great conquerours Patrons of mankind. shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory. to walk with God High in salvation and the climes of bliss. and for glory done Of triumph. and plagues of men. And utter odious truth. and. Where good with bad were matched. and bring home spoils with infinite Man-slaughter. receive. as thou sawest. Gods.
and removed his tents far off. and saw the face of things quite changed. as to souls In prison. and in the side a door Contrived. length. To luxury and riot. With their four wives. he ceased Contending. For man and beast: when lo. where passing fair Allured them. Came sevens. and bird. a wonder strange! Of every beast.Paradise Lost Awaits the good. Rape or adultery. And of their doings great dislike declared. whereso met. the rest what punishment. The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar. He looked. and of provisions laid in large. All now was turned to jollity and game. from the mountain hewing timber tall. Which now direct thine eyes and soon behold. Measured by cubit. and entered in as taught Their order: last the sire and his three sons. And testified against their ways. under judgements imminent: But all in vain: which when he saw. Mean while the south-wind rose. and insect small. Began to build a vessel of huge bulk. and pairs. Triumphs or festivals. Then. Smeared round with pitch. At length a reverend sire among them came. and God made fast the door. with black wings 344 of 374 . and highth. thence from cups to civil broils. and breadth. feast and dance. and. as befel. Marrying or prostituting. and to them preached Conversion and repentance. he oft Frequented their assemblies.
Adam. Sea without shore. the hills to their supply Vapour. of mankind. Sent up amain. and continued. How didst thou grieve then. and them with all their pomp Deep under water rolled. so numerous late. as when a father mourns His children. on thy feet thou stoodest at last. end so sad. and exhalation dusk and moist.Paradise Lost Wide-hovering. those now. till the earth No more was seen: the floating vessel swum Uplifted. that were dispensed The burden of many ages. gently reared By the Angel. sea-monsters whelped And stabled. O visions ill foreseen! Better had I Lived ignorant of future! so had borne My part of evil only. And sunk thee as thy sons. till. And scarce to the Angel utter’dst thus thy plaint. sea covered sea. and in their palaces. thee also drowned. Where luxury late reigned. Though comfortless. and now the thickened sky Like a dark cieling stood. and secure with beaked prow Rode tilting o’er the waves. to behold The end of all thy offspring. down rushed the rain Impetuous. Of tears and sorrow a flood. all dwellings else Flood overwhelmed. all the clouds together drove From under Heaven. All left. on me light 345 of 374 . all in view destroyed at once. Depopulation! Thee another flood. each day’s lot Enough to bear. in one small bottom swum imbarked.
celestial Guide. And he the future evil shall no less In apprehension than in substance feel. Those. With thought that they must be. and done much wast Subduing nations. Surfeit. and rich prey. All would have then gone well. till wantonness and pride 346 of 374 . To whom thus Michael. Let no man seek Henceforth to be foretold. for now I see Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste. and lust. high titles. are they First seen in acts of prowess eminent And great exploits. How comes it thus? unfold. and sloth. Who. And whether here the race of Man will end. evil he may be sure. When violence was ceased. whom last thou sawest In triumph and luxurious wealth. Which neither his foreknowing can prevent. and war on earth. Man is not whom to warn: those few escaped Famine and anguish will at last consume. having spilt much blood. peace would have crowned With length of happy days the race of Man.Paradise Lost At once. But I was far deceived. ease. but of true virtue void. Wandering that watery desart: I had hope. by my foreknowledge gaining birth Abortive. Grievous to bear: but that care now is past. Shall change their course to pleasure. and achieved thereby Fame in the world. to torment me ere their being. what shall befall Him or his children.
custom. the only son of light In a dark age. as inmate guests Or violence. truth and faith. Against allurement. with their freedom lost. departs From Canaan. Worldly or dissolute. disgorging at seven mouths Into the sea: To sojourn in that land He comes. See where it flows. a son.Paradise Lost Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. and leaves his race Growing into a nation. who seeks To stop their overgrowth. Thenceforth shall practice how to live secure. he of their wicked ways 347 of 374 . to a land hereafter called Egypt. One man except. all depraved. The conquered also. with twelve sons encreased. whose worthy deeds Raise him to be the second in that realm Of Pharaoh: There he dies. that temperance may be tried: So all shall turn degenerate. cooled in zeal. forgot. The grand-child. Shall. divided by the river Nile. from whom their piety feigned In sharp contest of battle found no aid Against invaders. for the earth shall bear More than enough. all virtue lose And fear of God. and enslaved by war. and now grown Suspected to a sequent king. Justice and temperance. against example good. and a world Offended: fearless of reproach and scorn. therefore. invited by a younger son In time of dearth. on what their lords Shall leave them to enjoy.
No sooner he. till inundation rise Above the highest hills: Then shall this mount Of Paradise by might of waves be moved Out of his place. Which now abated. with them of man and beast Select for life. pushed by the horned flood. and trees adrift. and sea-mews’ clang: To teach thee that God attributes to place No sanctity. Broke up.Paradise Lost Shall them admonish. and houshold. day and night. what further shall ensue. And now. or therein dwell. and orcs. Down the great river to the opening gulf. and shall return Of them derided. He looked. by his command Shall build a wonderous ark. if none be thither brought By men who there frequent. denouncing wrath to come On their impenitence. To save himself. how much more safe And full of peace. for the clouds were fled. from amidst A world devote to universal wrack. as thou beheldst. and saw the ark hull on the flood. behold. 348 of 374 . The haunt of seals. And sheltered round. but of God observed The one just man alive. And there take root an island salt and bare. and before them set The paths of righteousness. but all the cataracts Of Heaven set open on the Earth shall pour Rain. With all his verdure spoiled. shall heave the ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds. all fountains of the deep. shall in the ark be lodged.
Then with uplifted hands. but seems on ground. pacifick sign: Anon dry ground appears. Forthwith from out the ark a raven flies. and of the fresh wave largely drew. Wrinkled the face of deluge. With clamour thence the rapid currents drive.Paradise Lost Driven by a keen north-wind. Towards the retreating sea. who now had stopt His sluces. blowing dry. in his bill An olive-leaf he brings. that. which made their flowing shrink From standing lake to tripping ebb. the surer messenger. O thou. that stole With soft foot towards the deep. erst so sad. And now the tops of hills. and covenant new. appear. And the clear sun on his wide watery glass Gazed hot. as decayed. Greatly rejoiced. as rocks. as the Heaven his windows shut. Grateful to Heaven. As after thirst. The ark no more now floats. and from his ark The ancient sire descends. and eyes devout. who future things canst represent 349 of 374 . Betokening peace from God. Whereat the heart of Adam. their furious tide. And after him. Fast on the top of some high mountain fixed. over his head beholds A dewy cloud. A dove sent forth once and again to spy Green tree or ground. and thus his joy broke forth. with all his train. whereon his foot may light: The second time returning. and in the cloud a bow Conspicuous with three lifted colours gay.
but. That he relents. Seed-time and harvest. Far less I now lament for one whole world Of wicked sons destroyed. assured that Man shall live. and shower the earth? To whom the Arch-Angel. With all the creatures. And call to mind his covenant: Day and night. With man therein or beast.Paradise Lost As present. heat and hoary frost. heavenly Instructer! I revive At this last sight. what mean those coloured streaks in Heaven Distended. than I rejoice For one man found so perfect. when he brings Over the earth a cloud. But say. And makes a covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood. nor let the sea Surpass his bounds. not to blot out mankind. So willingly doth God remit his ire. yet. to bind The fluid skirts of that same watery cloud. will therein set His triple-coloured bow. and all his anger to forget. and their seed preserve. as a flowery verge. and all flesh Corrupting each their way. Such grace shall one just man find in his sight. Lest it again dissolve. and so just. as the brow of God appeased? Or serve they. Though late repenting him of Man depraved. That God vouchsafes to raise another world From him. nor rain to drown the world. whereon to look. Dextrously thou aimest. when looking down he saw The whole earth filled with violence. those removed. Grieved at his heart. 350 of 374 .
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Labouring the soil. by families and tribes. as from a second stock. Under paternal rule: till one shall rise Of proud ambitious heart. Corn. and multiply apace. and end. fearing the Deity. so here the Arch-Angel paused Betwixt the world destroyed and world restored. Much thou hast yet to see. fraternal state. Though bent on speed. 352 of 374 . and sacred feast. With large wine-offerings poured. while yet but few. Oft sacrificing bullock. Thou therefore give due audience. This second source of Men. with transition sweet. wine. And Man. from the herd or flock. and oil. or kid. not content With fair equality. Shall spend their days in joy unblamed. and dwell Long time in peace. With some regard to what is just and right Shall lead their lives. new speech resumes. If Adam aught perhaps might interpose. but I perceive Thy mortal sight to fail. and. lamb. And while the dread of judgement past remains Fresh in their minds. Thus thou hast seen one world begin. who. proceed.Paradise Lost Book XII As one who in his journey bates at noon. and reaping plenteous crop. Then. objects divine Must needs impair and weary human sense: Henceforth what is to come I will relate. and attend.
their memory be lost. Comes down to see their city. ere the tower Obstruct Heaven-towers. and in derision sets Upon their tongues a various spirit.Paradise Lost Will arrogate dominion undeserved Over his brethren. Marching from Eden towards the west. and. and quite dispossess Concord and law of nature from the earth. claiming second sovranty. shall find The plain. But God. and of that stuff. as in despite of Heaven. and through their habitations walks To mark their doings. Though of rebellion others he accuse. Hunting (and men not beasts shall be his game) With war. whose top may reach to Heaven. whom like ambition joins With him or under him to tyrannize. the mouth of Hell: Of brick. instead. To sow a jangling noise of words unknown: 353 of 374 . to rase Quite out their native language. Regardless whether good or evil fame. they cast to build A city and tower. such as refuse Subjection to his empire tyrannous: A mighty hunter thence he shall be styled Before the Lord. He with a crew. and hostile snare. And get themselves a name. And from rebellion shall derive his name. Or from Heaven. them beholding soon. lest. far dispersed In foreign lands. wherein a black bituminous gurge Boils out from under ground. who oft descends to visit men Unseen.
to himself assuming Authority usurped. but man over men He made not lord. to see the hubbub strange. to sustain Himself and his rash army. where thin air Above the clouds will pine his entrails gross. O execrable son! so to aspire Above his brethren. and all in rage. such title to himself Reserving. to God his tower intends Siege and defiance: Wretched man!what food Will he convey up thither. each to other calls Not understood. that right we hold By his donation. yet know withal. And hear the din: Thus was the building left Ridiculous. true liberty Is lost. And looking down. and the work Confusion named. Whereto thus Adam. Among the builders. who on the quiet state of men Such trouble brought. And famish him of breath. Since thy original lapse. till hoarse. human left from human free. fowl. which always with right reason dwells 354 of 374 . fatherly displeased. Dominion absolute. if not of bread? To whom thus Michael.Paradise Lost Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud. fish. As mocked they storm: great laughter was in Heaven. Justly thou abhorrest That son. But this usurper his encroachment proud Stays not on Man. affecting to subdue Rational liberty. from God not given: He gave us only over beast.
Who oft as undeservedly enthrall His outward freedom: Tyranny must be. Therefore. Deprives them of their outward liberty. for the shame Done to his father. in judgement just. since he permits Within himself unworthy powers to reign Over free reason. or not obeyed. withdraw His presence from among them. Immediately inordinate desires. A nation from one faithful man to spring: 355 of 374 . on his vicious race. till God at last. God. till then free. Subjects him from without to violent lords. Though to the tyrant thereby no excuse. that no wrong. But justice. who. as the former world. catch the government From reason. And one peculiar nation to select From all the rest. and some fatal curse annexed. of whom to be invoked. and from her hath no dividual being: Reason in man obscured. Their inward lost: Witness the irreverent son Of him who built the ark. Yet sometimes nations will decline so low From virtue. Still tend from bad to worse.Paradise Lost Twinned. Servant of servants. Thus will this latter. resolving from thenceforth To leave them to their own polluted ways. which is reason. Wearied with their iniquities. and avert His holy eyes. heard this heavy curse. and to servitude reduce Man. And upstart passions.
that in his seed All nations shall be blest: he straight obeys. his friends. who ‘scaped the flood. and from him will raise A mighty nation. from his father’s house. with what faith He leaves his Gods. and native soil. Ur of Chaldaea. and false Gods. yonder sea. who called him. but thou canst not. but trusting all his wealth With God. and upon him shower His benediction so. and the neighbouring plain Of Moreh. Bred up in idol-worship: O. each place behold 356 of 374 .Paradise Lost Him on this side Euphrates yet residing. though yet unnamed. Mount Hermon. I see his tents Pitched about Sechem. in a land unknown. Not wandering poor. As to forsake the living God. passing now the ford To Haran. 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 men (Canst thou believe?) should be so stupid grown. While yet the patriarch lived. there by promise he receives Gift to his progeny of all that land. into a land Which he will show him. yet firm believes: I see him. after him a cumbrous train Of herds and flocks.) From Hermon east to the great western Sea. From Hameth northward to the Desart south. and numerous servitude. Canaan he now attains. (Things by their names I call. Not knowing to what land. His kindred.
and leaves his race Growing into a nation. A son.Paradise Lost In prospect. Like him in faith. To sojourn in that land He comes. whereof to thee anon Plainlier shall be revealed. leaves. here. with twelve sons increased. This patriarch blest. 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. they return. whence of guests he makes them slaves Inhospitably. invited by a younger son In time of dearth. the double-founted stream. as inmate guests Too numerous. who shall bruise The Serpent’s head. as I point them. that all nations of the earth Shall in his seed be blessed: By that seed Is meant thy great Deliverer. a son whose worthy deeds Raise him to be the second in that realm Of Pharaoh. Whom faithful Abraham due time shall call. 357 of 374 . and of his son a grand-child. in wisdom. disgorging at seven mouths Into the sea. on the shore Mount Carmel. true limit eastward. divided by the river Nile See where it flows. departs From Canaan to a land hereafter called Egypt. and now grown Suspected to a sequent king. There he dies. that long ridge of hills. who seeks To stop their overgrowth. Jordan. This ponder. and renown: The grandchild.
And wheel on the earth. and blot out three days. till. all the first-born Of Egypt must lie dead. with one midnight stroke. Awed by the rod of Moses so to stand Divided. must all his palace fill With loathed intrusion. Darkness must overshadow all his bounds. who denies To know their God. but them lets pass. or message to regard. and fill all the land. To blood unshed the rivers must be turned. and flies. as ice More hardened after thaw. between two crystal walls. Must be compelled by signs and judgements dire. As on dry land. and oft Humbles his stubborn heart. Hail mixed with fire. Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss. His cattle must of rot and murren die. What it devours not. back to their promised land. till his rescued gain their shore: Such wondrous power God to his saint will lend. the sea Swallows him with his host. Palpable darkness. or fruit. thunder mixed with hail. Thus with ten wounds The river-dragon tamed at length submits To let his sojourners depart. A darksome cloud of locusts swarming down Must eat. Last. 358 of 374 . But first. in his rage Pursuing whom he late dismissed. devouring where it rolls. the lawless tyrant. Frogs. but still. And all his people. and on the ground leave nothing green. herb. lice.Paradise Lost With glory and spoil. or grain. must rend the Egyptians sky.
and the cloud. Then through the fiery pillar. there they shall found Their government. by night a pillar of fire. he descending. but his approach Darkness defends between till morning watch. Lest. And craze their chariot-wheels: when by command Moses once more his potent rod extends Over the sea. On their embattled ranks the waves return. and fear Return them back to Egypt. where rashness leads not on. while the obdurate king pursues: All night he will pursue. and remove Behind them. and loud trumpets’ sound. lightning. and pillar of fire. entering on the Canaanite alarmed. 359 of 374 . whose gray top Shall tremble. and their great senate choose Through the twelve tribes. War terrify them inexpert.Paradise Lost Though present in his Angel. And overwhelm their war: The race elect Safe toward Canaan from the shore advance Through the wild Desart. God looking forth will trouble all his host. will himself In thunder. To guide them in their journey. choosing rather Inglorious life with servitude. not the readiest way. who shall go Before them in a cloud. for life To noble and ignoble is more sweet Untrained in arms. This also shall they gain by their delay In the wide wilderness. By day a cloud. the sea his rod obeys. to rule by laws ordained: God from the mount of Sinai.
by types And shadows. to introduce One greater. laws and rites Established. whose high office now Moses in figure bears. religious rites Of sacrifice. The Holy One with mortal Men to dwell: By his prescript a sanctuary is framed Of cedar. and in the ark his testimony. part. overlaid with gold. between the wings Of two bright Cherubim. But the voice of God To mortal ear is dreadful: They beseech That Moses might report to them his will. And terrour cease. And all the Prophets in their age the times Of great Messiah shall sing. and at length they come. Instructed that to God is no access Without Mediator.Paradise Lost Ordain them laws. of that destined Seed to bruise The Serpent. before him burn Seven lamps as in a zodiack representing The heavenly fires. such as appertain To civil justice. a fiery gleam by night. part. such delight hath God in Men Obedient to his will. that he vouchsafes Among them to set up his tabernacle. Save when they journey. he grants what they besought. therein An ark. over the tent a cloud Shall rest by day. informing them. over these A mercy-seat of gold. of whose day he shall foretel. by what means he shall achieve Mankind’s deliverance. The records of his covenant. 360 of 374 . Thus.
‘And thou moon in the vale of Aialon. Enlightener of my darkness. to evince 361 of 374 . how can God with such reside? To whom thus Michael. This yet I apprehend not. Here Adam interposed. and night’s due course adjourn. who sought Forbidden knowledge by forbidden means. O sent from Heaven. Man’s voice commanding. who thus shall Canaan win. and my heart much eased.Paradise Lost Conducted by his Angel. And therefore was law given them. which concern Just Abraham and his seed: now first I find Mine eyes true-opening. son of Isaac. Or how the sun shall in mid Heaven stand still A day entire. Doubt not but that sin Will reign among them. in whom all nations shall be blest. ‘Sun. to the land Promised to Abraham and his seed:—The rest Were long to tell. and kingdoms won. in Gibeon stand. So many laws argue so many sins Among them. Erewhile perplexed with thoughts. ‘Till Israel overcome! so call the third From Abraham. gracious things Thou hast revealed. Favour unmerited by me. and from him His whole descent. how many battles fought How many kings destroyed. what would become Of me and all mankind: But now I see His day. why to those Among whom God will deign to dwell on earth So many and so various laws are given. those chiefly. as of thee begot.
they may find Justification towards God. his people into Canaan lead. from servile fear To filial. by stirring up Sin against law to fight: that when they see Law can discover sin. and but given With purpose to resign them. From imposition of strict laws to free Acceptance of large grace. not performing. And therefore shall not Moses. in full time. from flesh to spirit. and. they may conclude Some blood more precious must be paid for Man. in such righteousness To them by faith imputed. but not remove. which the law by ceremonies Cannot appease. His name and office bearing. though of God Highly beloved. Long time shall dwell and prosper. who shall quell The adversary-Serpent. So law appears imperfect. Up to a better covenant. Mean while they. that. nor Man the mortal part Perform. works of law to works of faith. in their earthly Canaan placed. But Joshua. cannot live. and bring back Through the world’s wilderness long-wandered Man Safe to eternal Paradise of rest. Just for unjust. and peace Of conscience.Paradise Lost Their natural pravity. The blood of bulls and goats. Save by those shadowy expiations weak. disciplined From shadowy types to truth. but when sins 362 of 374 . whom the Gentiles Jesus call. being but the minister Of law.
that of the royal stock Of David (so I name this king) shall rise A Son. of whom The second. and his holy ark. Whose foul idolatries. But first. as shall be registered Part good. both for piety renowned And puissant deeds. of kings The last. and to kings foretold. 363 of 374 . a promise shall receive Irrevocable. The clouded ark of God. that his regal throne For ever shall endure. and expose their land. Such follow him. till then in tents Wandering. view. With all his sacred things. National interrupt their publick peace. as in whom shall trust All nations. for of his reign shall be no end. Babylon thence called. a scorn and prey To that proud city. And his next son. whose high walls thou sawest Left in confusion. shall in a glorious temple enshrine. There in captivity he lets them dwell The space of seventy years. Foretold to Abraham. for wealth and wisdom famed. part bad. and edit PDF. then under Kings. Provoking God to raise them enemies. his temple. then brings them back. of bad the longer scroll. Their city. the Woman’s seed to thee foretold. Download the free trial version. will so incense God. a long succession must ensue. the like shall sing All Prophecy. as to leave them. From whom as oft he saves them penitent By Judges first.eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create. and other faults Heaped to the popular sum.
that the true Anointed King Messiah might be born Barred of his right. keeping watch by night. proclaims him come. factious they grow. stablished as the days of Heaven.Paradise Lost Remembering mercy. and gold: His place of birth a solemn Angel tells To simple shepherds. But first among the priests dissention springs. Then lose it to a stranger. He ceased. And guides the eastern sages. and regard not David’s sons. A virgin is his mother. Men who attend the altar. Unseen before in Heaven. Without the vent of words. and for a while In mean estate live moderate. as had like grief been dewed in tears. till. yet at his birth a star. myrrh. and bound his reign With Earth’s wide bounds. Returned from Babylon by leave of kings Their lords. They gladly thither haste. his glory with the Heavens. and should most Endeavour peace: their strife pollution brings Upon the temple itself: at last they seise The scepter. but his sire The power of the Most High: He shall ascend The throne hereditary. grown In wealth and multitude. whom God disposed. who inquire His place. discerning Adam with such joy Surcharged. which these he breathed. the house of God They first re-edify. to offer incense. and his covenant sworn To David. 364 of 374 . and by a quire Of squadroned Angels hear his carol sung.
Why our great Expectation should be called The seed of Woman: Virgin Mother. nor so is overcome Satan. But by fulfilling that which thou didst want. and suffering death. finisher Of utmost hope! now clear I understand What oft my steadiest thoughts have searched in vain. Not by destroying Satan. and in thy seed: Nor can this be. The penalty to thy transgression due. with more strength to foil Thy enemy. Obedience to the law of God. 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. shall recure.Paradise Lost O prophet of glad tidings. not to give thee thy death’s wound: Which he. To whom thus Michael. whose fall from Heaven. Dream not of their fight. Disabled. who comes thy Saviour. what stroke shall bruise the victor’s heel. though love 365 of 374 . High in the love of Heaven. hail. yet from my loins Thou shalt proceed. The law of God exact he shall fulfil Both by obedience and by love. but his works In thee. As of a duel. And due to theirs which out of thine will grow: So only can high Justice rest appaid. a deadlier bruise. imposed On penalty of death. or the local wounds Of head or heel: Not therefore joins the Son Manhood to Godhead.
His death for Man. But soon revives. the stars of morn shall see him rise Out of his grave. his merits To save them. and to death condemned A shameful and accursed. Defeating Sin and Death. and the benefit embrace By faith not void of works: This God-like act Annuls thy doom. becomes theirs by faith.Paradise Lost Alone fulfil the law. Proclaiming life to all who shall believe In his redemption. which Man from death redeems. Death over him no power Shall long usurp. judged. as many as offered life Neglect not. ere the third dawning light Return. crush his strength. For this he shall live hated. not their own. though legal. and cursed death. the death thou shouldest have died. thy punishment He shall endure. nailed to the cross By his own nation. The law that is against thee. and that his obedience. his two main arms. so he dies. works. with him there crucified. Thy ransom paid. Seised on by force. Imputed. be blasphemed. and the sins Of all mankind. In sin for ever lost from life. Never to hurt them more who rightly trust In this his satisfaction. by coming in the flesh To a reproachful life. this act Shall bruise the head of Satan. fresh as the dawning light. And fix far deeper in his head their stings 366 of 374 . slain for bringing life: But to the cross he nails thy enemies.
exalted high Above all names in Heaven. than certain times to appear To his disciples. like sleep. Or theirs whom he redeems. Nor after resurrection shall he stay Longer on earth. Then to the Heaven of Heavens he shall ascend With victory.Paradise Lost Than temporal death shall bruise the victor’s heel. them who shall believe Baptizing in the profluent stream. prince of air. When this world’s dissolution shall be ripe. to them shall leave in charge To teach all nations what of him they learned And his salvation. So in his seed all nations shall be blest. from that day. and in mind prepared. triumphing through the air Over his foes and thine. there shall surprise The Serpent. and there confounded leave. For death. the sign Of washing them from guilt of sin to life Pure. for. Not only to the sons of Abraham’s loins Salvation shall be preached. and thence shall come. but to reward 367 of 374 . and resume His seat at God’s right hand. but to the sons Of Abraham’s faith wherever through the world. With glory and power to judge both quick and dead. To judge the unfaithful dead. Then enter into glory. if so befall. a death. like that which the Redeemer died. and drag in chains Through all his realm. men who in his life Still followed him. A gentle wafting to immortal life. All nations they shall teach.
said the Angel. Whether I should repent me now of sin By me done. if our Deliverer up to Heaven Must re-ascend. thus replied. that much more good thereof shall spring. then paused. more good-will to Men From God. But say. Goodness immense! That all this good of evil shall produce.Paradise Lost His faithful. far happier place Than this of Eden. left among the unfaithful herd. for then the Earth Shall all be Paradise. and the law of faith. Whether in Heaven or Earth. O Goodness infinite. and over wrath grace shall abound. So spake the Arch-Angel Michael. As at the world’s great period. and also arm 368 of 374 . and far happier days. and our sire. The promise of the Father. To guide them in all truth. The enemies of truth? Who then shall guide His people. what will betide the few His faithful. but from Heaven He to his own a Comforter will send. or rejoice Much more. Replete with joy and wonder. And evil turn to good. who defend? Will they not deal Worse with his followers than with him they dealt? Be sure they will. To God more glory. who shall dwell His Spirit within them. upon their hearts shall write. and receive them into bliss. Working through love. and occasioned. more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness! Full of doubt I stand.
Though not but by the Spirit understood. and with these to join Secular power.Paradise Lost With spiritual armour. as they forewarn. As did their Lord before them. to themselves appropriating The Spirit of God. Who all the sacred mysteries of Heaven To their own vile advantages shall turn Of lucre and ambition. whom he sends To evangelize the nations. though feigning still to act By spiritual. Though to the death. grievous wolves. not afraid. and titles. Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names. and race well run. Wolves shall succeed for teachers. against such cruelties With inward consolations recompensed. shall them with wonderous gifts endue To speak all tongues. And oft supported so as shall amaze Their proudest persecutors: For the Spirit. able to resist Satan’s assaults. then on all Baptized. What man can do against them. and quench his fiery darts. Thus they win Great numbers of each nation to receive With joy the tidings brought from Heaven: At length Their ministry performed. and do all miracles. but in their room. Places. They die. promised alike and given 369 of 374 . Their doctrine and their story written left. Poured first on his Apostles. and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint. Left only in those written records pure.
to dissolve Satan with his perverted world. on earth. laws which none shall find Left them inrolled. Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force On every conscience. but unbuild His living temples. at return Of him so lately promised to thy aid. till the day Appear of respiration to the just. and. The Woman’s Seed. far greater part. Last. or what the Spirit within Shall on the heart engrave. and bind His consort Liberty? what. Their own faith. from Heaven to be revealed In glory of the Father. to bad men benign. And vengeance to the wicked. in the clouds. and works of faith Rarely be found: So shall the world go on. Truth shall retire Bestuck with slanderous darts. built by faith to stand. not another’s? for. Under her own weight groaning. the rest. obscurely then foretold. 370 of 374 . then raise From the conflagrant mass. from that pretence. What will they then But force the Spirit of Grace itself. purged and refined. Will deem in outward rites and specious forms Religion satisfied. who in the worship persevere Of spirit and truth. Who against faith and conscience can be heard Infallible? yet many will presume: Whence heavy persecution shall arise On all. Now ampler known thy Saviour and thy Lord. To good malignant.Paradise Lost To all believers.
Greatly-instructed I shall hence depart. and on him sole depend. And. and by small Accomplishing great things. He ended. 371 of 374 . Eternity. whose end no eye can reach. Founded in righteousness. thou hast attained the sum Of wisdom. what this vessel can contain. and all the ethereal powers. Taught this by his example. with good Still overcoming evil. To bring forth fruits. to walk As in his presence. whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest. Beyond which was my folly to aspire. joy and eternal bliss. and worldly wise By simply meek: that suffering for truth’s sake Is fortitude to highest victory. and thus Adam last replied. How soon hath thy prediction. to the faithful. Measured this transient world. and peace. the race of time. ever to observe His providence. and love. Greatly in peace of thought. death the gate of life. by things deemed weak Subverting worldly strong.Paradise Lost New Heavens. Henceforth I learn. Merciful over all his works. Seer blest. This having learned. hope no higher. though all the stars Thou knewest by name. Till time stand fixed! Beyond is all abyss. that to obey is best. ages of endless date. And love with fear the only God. and have my fill Of knowledge. To whom thus also the Angel last replied. new Earth.
the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth To leave this Paradise.— Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation. The great deliverance by her seed to come (For by the Woman’s seed) on all mankind: That ye may live. By name to come called charity. earth. and they both descend the hill. 372 of 374 . all Nature’s works. happier far. add faith. for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence. patience. one empire. He ended. Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard. or sea. at whose front a flaming sword. And all the riches of this world enjoyedst. Chiefly what may concern her faith to know. In signal of remove. air. With cause. expect Their motion. Add virtue. and see!the guards. waken Eve. yet much more cheered With meditation on the happy end. only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable. add love. for evils past. Or works of God in Heaven. and all her spirits composed To meek submission: thou. temperance. Both in one faith unanimous. Her also I with gentle dreams have calmed Portending good. though sad. which will be many days.Paradise Lost All secrets of the deep. And all the rule. waves fiercely round: We may no longer stay: go. at season fit. By me encamped on yonder hill. but shalt possess A Paradise within thee.
some great good Presaging. as evening-mist Risen from a river o’er the marish glides.Paradise Lost Descended. Such favour I unworthy am vouchsafed. and whither wentest. ran before. too nigh The Arch-Angel stood. And thus with words not sad she him received. Is to go hence unwilling. where Eve Lay sleeping. So spake our mother Eve. Whence thou returnest. all in bright array The Cherubim descended. I know. The brandished sword of God before them blazed. without thee here to stay. In me is no delay. which with torrid heat. Who for my wilful crime art banished hence. This further consolation yet secure I carry hence. And vapour as the Libyan air adust. but found her waked. Adam to the bower. all places thou. Which he hath sent propitious. High in front advanced. from the other hill To their fixed station. Is to stay here. but answered not: For now. since with sorrow and heart’s distress Wearied I fell asleep: But now lead on. 373 of 374 . and. And gathers ground fast at the labourer’s heel Homeward returning. For God is also in sleep. thou to me Art all things under $Heaven. and dreams advise. on the ground Gliding meteorous. though all by me is lost. Fierce as a comet. By me the Promised Seed shall all restore. with thee to go. and Adam heard Well pleased.
with wandering steps and slow. and to the eastern gate Led them direct. Waved over by that flaming brand. where to choose Their place of rest. whereat In either hand the hastening Angel caught Our lingering parents. all the eastern side beheld Of Paradise. and fiery arms: Some natural tears they dropt. and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain. but wiped them soon. then disappeared. The world was all before them. John Milton 374 of 374 . so late their happy seat. the gate With dreadful faces thronged.Paradise Lost Began to parch that temperate clime. hand in hand. and Providence their guide: They. Through Eden took their solitary way. They. looking back.
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