Paradise Lost

John Milton

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Paradise Lost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and instead of rage Deliberate valour breathed. He through the armed files Darts his experienced eye. and unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat. with ordered spear and shield.Paradise Lost Of depth immeasurable. And now his heart Distends with pride. Thus they. and. Met such embodied force as. 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. Glories: for never. Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts. Awaiting what command their mighty Chief Had to impose. Their visages and stature as of gods. Breathing united force with fixed thought. and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds. hardening in his strength. named with these. firm. since created Man. and soon traverse The whole battalion views—their order due. And now Advanced in view they stand—a horrid front Of dreadful length and dazzling arms. Their number last he sums. in guise Of warriors old. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse, We can create, and in what place soe’er Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain Through labour and endurance. This deep world Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst Thick clouds and dark doth Heaven’s all-ruling Sire Choose to reside, his glory unobscured, And with the majesty of darkness round Covers his throne, from whence deep thunders roar. Mustering their rage, and Heaven resembles Hell! As he our darkness, cannot we his light Imitate when we please? This desert soil Wants not her hidden lustre, gems and gold; Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can Heaven show more? Our torments also may, in length of time, Become our elements, these piercing fires As soft as now severe, our temper changed Into their temper; which must needs remove The sensible of pain. All things invite To peaceful counsels, and the settled state Of order, how in safety best we may Compose our present evils, with regard Of what we are and where, dismissing quite All thoughts of war. Ye have what I advise.’ He scarce had finished, when such murmur filled Th’ assembly as when hollow rocks retain The sound of blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull 39 of 374

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

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

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

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

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

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

or deceive. and as a God Extol him equal to the Highest in Heaven. Certain to be refused. But they Dreaded not more th’ adventure than his voice Forbidding. or slack the pain Of this ill mansion: intermit no watch Against a wakeful foe. rejoicing in their matchless Chief: As. Prudent lest. winning cheap the high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn. while I abroad Through all the coasts of dark destruction seek Deliverance for us all. lest bad men should boast Their specious deeds on earth. Their rising all at once was as the sound Of thunder heard remote. while the north wind sleeps. when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Ascending. Or close ambition varnished o’er with zeal. o’erspread 46 of 374 . from his resolution raised. which glory excites. Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone. and at once with him they rose. 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. Thus they their doubtful consultations dark Ended.’ Thus saying. Others among the chief might offer now. rose The Monarch. And. and prevented all reply. so refused. might in opinion stand His rivals. what erst they feared.Paradise Lost To respite. This enterprise None shall partake with me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of neither sea. sharp. or slow. 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. And by decision more embroils the fray By which he reigns: next him. and perhaps her grave. and to battle bring Their embryon atoms: they around the flag Of each his faction. smooth. Cold. swift. four champions fierce. Chance governs all. nor air. nor shore. But all these in their pregnant causes mixed Confusedly. Levied to side with warring winds. Swarm populous. For Hot. 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. Moist. Light-armed or heavy. high arbiter. nor fire. for no narrow frith He had to cross. and which thus must ever fight.Paradise Lost And Chaos. and poise Their lighter wings. unnumbered as the sands Of Barca or Cyrene’s torrid soil. ancestors of Nature. Pondering his voyage. To whom these most adhere He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits. Into this wild Abyss. The womb of Nature. and Dry. and by confusion stand. amidst the noise Of endless wars. in their several clans. Strive here for mastery. hold Eternal anarchy. bent to rase 61 of 374 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Together both with next to almighty arm Up-lifted imminent, one stroke they aimed That might determine, and not need repeat, As not of power at once; nor odds appeared In might or swift prevention: But the sword Of Michael from the armoury of God Was given him tempered so, that neither keen Nor solid might resist that edge: it met The sword of Satan, with steep force to smite Descending, and in half cut sheer; nor staid, But with swift wheel reverse, deep entering, shared All his right side: Then Satan first knew pain, And writhed him to and fro convolved; so sore The griding sword with discontinuous wound Passed through him: But the ethereal substance closed, Not long divisible; and from the gash A stream of necturous humour issuing flowed Sanguine, such as celestial Spirits may bleed, And all his armour stained, ere while so bright. Forthwith on all sides to his aid was run By Angels many and strong, who interposed Defence, while others bore him on their shields Back to his chariot, where it stood retired From off the files of war: There they him laid Gnashing for anguish, and despite, and shame, To find himself not matchless, and his pride Humbled by such rebuke, so far beneath His confidence to equal God in power. Yet soon he healed; for Spirits that live throughout 172 of 374

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Vital in every part, not as frail man In entrails, heart of head, liver or reins, Cannot but by annihilating die; Nor in their liquid texture mortal wound Receive, no more than can the fluid air: All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear, All intellect, all sense; and, as they please, They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size Assume, as?kikes them best, condense or rare. Mean while in other parts like deeds deserved Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought, And with fierce ensigns pierced the deep array Of Moloch, furious king; who him defied, And at his chariot-wheels to drag him bound Threatened, nor from the Holy One of Heaven Refrained his tongue blasphemous; but anon Down cloven to the waist, with shattered arms And uncouth pain fled bellowing. On each wing Uriel, and Raphael, his vaunting foe, Though huge, and in a rock of diamond armed, Vanquished Adramelech, and Asmadai, Two potent Thrones, that to be less than Gods Disdained, but meaner thoughts learned in their flight, Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy The atheist crew, but with redoubled blow Ariel, and Arioch, and the violence Of Ramiel scorched and blasted, overthrew. I might relate of thousands, and their names 173 of 374

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and beginning late. and judgement given. Or Neptune’s ire. foul distrust. distance and distaste. I now must change Those notes to tragick. Anger and just rebuke. as with his friend. and with him partake Rural repast. and breach Disloyal on the part of Man. permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam’d. or Juno’s. And disobedience: on the part of Heaven Now alienated. That brought into this world a world of woe. or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous’d. 239 of 374 . who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplor’d. revolt.Paradise Lost Book IX No more of talk where God or Angel guest With Man. Sin and her shadow Death. To sit indulgent. and Cytherea’s son: If answerable style I can obtain Of my celestial patroness. that so long Perplexed the Greek. And dictates to me slumbering. familiar us’d. or inspires Easy my unpremeditated verse: Since first this subject for heroick song Pleas’d me long choosing. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘On this mount he appeared. deprived His blessed countenance: Here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsafed Presence Divine.Paradise Lost Recess. and to my sons relate. and desolate. and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes! all places else Inhospitable appear. among these pines his voice ‘I heard. and fruits. or foot-step trace? For though I fled him angry. As from his face I shall be hid. under this tree ‘Stood visible. 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. Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to his great bidding I submit. here with him at this fountain talked: So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf. This most afflicts me. nor known: And. Or monument to ages. if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can. departing hence. and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook. Nor knowing us. in memory. and flowers: In yonder nether world where shall I seek His bright appearances. and theron Offer sweet-smelling gums. that. yet recalled To life prolonged and promised race.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shall hold their course. and edit PDF. till fire purge all things new. Both Heaven and Earth. Download the free trial version. view. wherein the just shall dwell. 351 of 374 .eBook brought to you by Paradise Lost Create.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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