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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And with perpetual inroads to alarm. driven out from bliss. if our substance be indeed divine. and the torturing hour. and by proof we feel Our power sufficient to disturb his Heaven. and high exploit. in act more graceful and humane. if not victory. Though inaccessible. we are at worst On this side nothing. What fear we then? what doubt we to incense His utmost ire? which. We should be quite abolished.’ He ended frowning. he seemed For dignity composed. and reduce To nothing this essential—happier far Than miserable to have eternal being!— Or. But all was false and hollow. 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. And cannot cease to be. and his look denounced Desperate revenge. when the scourge Inexorably. his fatal throne: Which. though his tongue Dropped manna.Paradise Lost Fear to be worse destroyed! What can be worse Than to dwell here. Calls us to penance? More destroyed than thus. and could make the worse appear 33 of 374 . Will either quite consume us. to the height enraged. A fairer person lost not Heaven. and expire. is yet revenge. On th’ other side up rose Belial. and battle dangerous To less than gods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can. in memory.Paradise Lost Recess. deprived His blessed countenance: Here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsafed Presence Divine. As from his face I shall be hid. yet recalled To life prolonged and promised race. departing hence. and desolate. Nor knowing us. that. Or monument to ages. nor known: And. I now Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts 330 of 374 . and theron Offer sweet-smelling gums. among these pines his voice ‘I heard. and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes! all places else Inhospitable appear. and flowers: In yonder nether world where shall I seek His bright appearances. and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook. here with him at this fountain talked: So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf. or foot-step trace? For though I fled him angry. and fruits. ‘On this mount he appeared. This most afflicts me. and to my sons relate. under this tree ‘Stood visible. Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to his great bidding I submit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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