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Some natural tears they dropt, but whiped them soon.
They beseech, That Moses might report to them his will, And terror cease.
All dwellings else, Flood overwhelmd, and them, with all their pomp.
Began to build a vessel of huge bulk.
The heavenly bands
This said, they both betook them several ways.
Dreadful was the din
And now expecting, Each hour their great adventurer from the search, Of Foreign Worlds
They heard, And from his presence hid themselves among, The thickest Trees
Nor only tears, Rained at their eyes, but high winds worse within, Began to rise
Back to the Thicket slunk, The guilty Serpent.
Nearer he drew, and many a walk traversed, Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm.
Him fast sleeping soon he found, In Labyrinth of many a round self-rolled
O Earth, how like to Heav’n, if not preferr’d, More justly
In with the River sunk, and with it rose, Satan
So parted they, the Angel up to Heav’n, From the thick shade, and Adam to his Bower.
And now on Earth the Seventh, Eev’ning arose in Eden
Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch
And seems a moving Land, and at his Gills, Draws in, and at his Trunk spouts out a Sea.
And God said, let the Waters generate, Reptile with Spawn abundant, living Soul: And let Fowl fly above the Earth
Wave rolling after wave, where way they found, If steep, with torrent rapture
Hell at last, Yawning received them whole.
Nine days they fell.
On the foughten field
Now Night her course began.
Then Satan first knew pain, And writhed him to and fro.
Now storming fury rose, And clamor such as heard in Heaven till now
This greeting on thy impious crest receive.
To whom the wing’d Hierarch replied
Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape
Leaning half raised, with looks of cordial love, Hung over her enamoured
Nor more; but fled, Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of night.
These to the bower direct, In search of whom they sought
So promised he and Uriel to his charge
The savoury pulp they chew, and in the rind, Still as they thirsted, scoop the brimming stream
A happy rural seat of various view.
Now to the ascent of that steep savage hill
Me miserable! Which way shall I fly, Infinite wrath, and infinite despair?
Toward the coast of earth beneath, Down from the ecliptick, sped with hoped success, Throws his steep flight in many an aery wheel.
Embryos, and idiots, eremites, and friars
Heaven rung, With jubilee, and loud Hosannas filled, The eternal regions.
With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
Before the gates there sat, On either side a formidable Shape
Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.
High on a throne of royal state, which far
Meanwhile the winged Heralds, by command
So numberless were those bad Angels seen
They heard, and were abashed, and up they sprung
Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool
Him the Almighty Power