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Deep to the roots of Hell the gather'd beach
They fasten'd, and the mole immense wrought on
Over the foaming deep high arch'd, a bridge 301
Of length prodigious, joining to the wall
Immoveable of this now fenceless world
Forfeit to Death; from hence a passage broad,
Smooth, easy, inoffensive down to Hell.
So, if great things to small may be compar'd,
Xerxes, the liberty of Greece to yoke, .
From Susa his Memnonian palace high
Came to the sea, and over Hellespont
Bridging his way, Europe with Asia join'd, 310
And scourg'd with many a stroke th' indignant waves.
Now had they brought the work by wondrous art
Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock,
Over the vex'd abyss, following the track
Of Satan to the self same place where he
First lighted from his wing, and landed safe
From out of Chaos, to the outside bare
of this round world: with pins of adamant
And chains they made all fast, too fast they made
And durable; and now in little space
The confines met of empyréan Heay'n
And of this world, and on the left hand Hell
With long reach interpos’d; three several ways
In sight, to each of these three places led.
And now their way to Earth ihey had descry'd,
To Paradise first tending, when behold
Satan in likeness of an Angel bright
Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering
His zenith, while the sun in Aries rose :
Disguis'd he came, but those his children dear
Their parent soon discern'd, though in disguise.
He after Eve seduc'd, unminded slunk..
Into the wood fast by, and changiog shape
To' observe the sequel, saw his guileful act
By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded
Upon her husband, saw their shame that sought
Vain covertures ; but when he saw descend .
The Son of God to judge them, terrify'd
He fled, not hoping to escape, but shun
The present, fearing guilty what his wrath 340
Might suddenly indict; that past, return'd
By night, and list’ning where the hapless pair
Sat in their sad discourse, and various plaint,'
Thence gatherid his own doom, which understood
Not instant, but of future time, with joy
And tidings fraught, to Hell he now return'd, 4.
Ard at the brink of Chaos, near the foot i
Of this new wondrous pontifice, unhop'd
Met who to meet him came, his offspring dear.
Great joy, was at their meeting, and at sight 350
Of that stupendous bridge his joy increas'd.
Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair
Lochanting daughter, thus the silence broke:
O Parent, these are thy, magnific deeds,
T Thy trophies, which thou view'st as not thine own;. Thou art their author and prime architect: For I no sooner in my heart divin’d, My heart, which by a secret harmony
Ştill moves with thine, join'd in connexion sweet,
That thou on earth hadst prosper'd, which thy looks
Now also evidence, but strait I felt
Though distant from thee worlds between, yet felt
That I must after thee with this thy son,
Such fatal consequence unites us three ::.
Hell could no longer hold us in her bounds,
Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure,
Detain from following thy illustrious track.
Thou hast achiev'd our liberty, confin'd
Within Hellgates till now, thou us impower'd
To fortify thus far, and overlay
With this portentous bridge the dark abyss.
Thine now is all this world; thy virtue' hath won
What thy hands builded not, thy wisdom gain'd
With odds what war hạth lost, and fully: aveng'd
Our foil in Heav'n; here thou shalt monarch reign,
There didst not; there let him still vjetor sway,
As battle hath adjudg'd, from his new world
Retiring, by his own doom alienated,
And henceforth monarchy. with thee divide
Of all things parted by the empyreal bounds, 3805
His quadrature, from thy orbicular world,
Or try thee now more dange'rous to his throne.
Whom thus the Prince of Darkness answer'd glad: do Fair daughter, and thou son and grandchild both, High proof ye now have giv'n to be the race Of Satan, (for I glory in the name, Antagonist of Heav'n's almighty King) Amply have merited of me, of all
Th’infernal empire, that so near Heav'n's door
Triumphal with triumphal act have met, 390
Mine with this glorious work, and made one realm
Hell and this world, one realm, one continent
Of easy thorough-fare. Therefore while I
Descend through darkness, on your road with ease,
To my associate powers, them to acquaint.
With these successes, and with them rejoice,
You two this way, among these numerous orbs
All yours, right down to Paradise descend;
There dwell and reign in bliss, thence on the earth
Dominion exercise and in the air,
400 Chiefly on man, sole lord of all declar'd, Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill.
My substitutes I send ye, and create
-- Plenipotent on earth, of matchless might
Issuing from me: on your joint vigour now
My hold of this new kingdom all depends,
Through sin to death expos’d by my exploit.
If your joint power prevail, th'affairs of Hell
No detriment need fear; go and be strong.
So saying, he dismiss'd them; they with speed 410
Their course through thickest constellations held,
Spreading their bane; the blasted stars look'd wan,
And planets, planet-struck, real eclipse
Then suffer'd. Th' other way Satan went down
The causey to Hell gate; on either side :
Disparted Chaos over built exclaim'd,
And with rebounding surge the bars assail'd,
That scorn'd his ind tion: through the gate,
Wide open and unguarded, Satan pass'd,
And all about found desolate; for those
Appointed to sit there had left their charge,
Flown to the upper world; the rest were all
Far to th' inland retir'd, about the walls
Of Pandemonium, city and proud seat
Of Lucifer, so by allusion call'd
Of that bright star to Satan paragon'd.
There kept their watch the legions, while the Grand
In council sat, solicitous what chance
Might intercept their empe’ror sent; so hé
Departing gave command, and they observ'd:
As when the Tartar from his Russian foe
By Astracan over the snowy plains :
Retires, or Bactrian Sophi from the horns
Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond
The realm of Aladule, in his retreat
To Tauris or Casbeen: so these the late
Heav'n-banish'd host left desert utmost Hell
Many a dark league, reduc'd in careful watch
Round their metropolis, and now expecting
Each hour their great adventurer from the search 440
Of foreign worlds : he through the midst unmark'd,
In show plebeian angel militant
Of lowest order, pass'd; and from the door
Of that Plutonian hall, invisible'
Ascended his high-throne, which under state
Ofrichest texture spread, 'at th' upper end
Was plac'd in regal lustre. Down a while
He sat, and round about him saw unseen: