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Fell long before; nor aught availed him now
To have built in Heaven high towers; nor did he scape
By all his engines, but was headlong sent
With his industrious crew to build in Hell.

Meanwhile, the winged heralds, by command
Of sovran power, with awful ceremony
And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council, forthwith to be held
At Pandemonium'; the high capital
Of Satan and his peers: their summons called
From every band and squarèd regiment
By place or choice the worthiest; they anon,
With hundreds and with thousands, trooping came, 615
Attended : all access was thronged; the gates
And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall
(Though like a covered field where champions bold
Wont2 ride in armed, and at the Soldan's chair
Defy the best of Panim 3 chivalry

620 To mortal combat, or career with lance,) Thick swarmed, both on the ground and in the air Brushed with the hiss of rustling wings. As bees In spring time, when the sun with Taurus rides, Pour forth their populous youth about the hive 625 In clusters : they among fresh dews and flowers Fly to and fro, or on the smoothèd plank, The suburb of their straw-built citadel, New rubbed with balm, expatiate 4, and confer Their state affairs. So thick the aery crowd

630 Swarmed and were straitened; till, the signal given, Behold a wonder ! They but now who seemed In bigness to surpass Earth's giant sons, Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow space Throng numberless, like that Pygmæan race

635 Beyond the Indian mount5; or fairy elves, Whose midnight revels, by a forest side Or fountain, some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course; they, on their mirth and dance 1 Pandemonium - the palace of all 5 Pagan, infidel. demons, as Pantheon — the temple of 4 Walk, or crawl about. all the gods.

5 See ante, line 430. % Are accustomed to.

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Intent, with jocund music charm his ear;
At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms
Reduced their shapes immense, and were at large,
Though without number still, amidst the hall
Of that infernal court. But far within,
And in their own dimensions, like themselves,
The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim
In close recess and secret conclave sat ;
A thousand demi-gods on golden seats,
Frequentl and full. After short silence then,
And summons read, the great consult began.



1. State the subject of the poem. 2. Quote some of the most beautiful passages in this book. 3. What is meant by the word “Beëlzebub,” and where was this deity

worshipped ? 4. What means the word “ Mammon?" 5. What is the general character of the poetry in this book ? 6. From what languages does Milton draw many of his forms of expres

sion? 7. What mythological allusions are there in this book ? 8. What form of metre is adopted in this poem ? 9. Explain it. 10. State some of the geographical references in this book. 11. Quote some comparisons, and other figures. 12. Quote some cases of words used in a Latin sense in this book. 13. What may be generally remarked of Milton's versification ? 14. With whom does Milton identify the leaders of the fallen angels? 15. Explain the terms “ Ausonia,” and “Mulciber." 16. From what language is the word “Pandemonium” derived; and what

does it mean? 17. What difference is there between a simile and a comparison? Give

examples of both from this book. 18. Give the meaning of the word “Satan.” 19. Explain the original meaning of the terms “expatiate," " horrent," erst,” “ anon,"

" " virtue,” “ afflict,” and “ adamantine." 20. What were the Lydian, Phrygian, and Dorian“ modes”?

1 Crowded together in great numbers.




The consultation begins. It is debated whether another battle shall be

fought for the recovery of Heaven. The various speeches and opinions of the infernal Spirits on this point. Another proposal is made by Satan; to search for the truth of the prophecy in Heaven, concerning another world, and its inhabitant, Man. They doubt who shall undertake this search. Satan offers himself; he is applauded, and the council breaks up. While the rest employ themselves variously, Satan passes on his journey to Hell gates; with difficulty, he passes through the gulf between Hell and Heaven, to the sight of the New World.


High on a throne of royal state, which far
Outshone the wealth of Ormusl or of Ind,
Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand
Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold,
Satan exalted sat, by merit raised
To that bad eminence; and from despair
Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires
Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue
Vain war with Heaven; and, by success untaught,
His proud imaginations thus displayed :-




“ Powers and Dominions, Deities of Heaven !-
For since no deep within her gulf can hold
Immortal vigour, though oppressed and fallen,
I give not Heaven for lost. From this descent,
Celestial virtues rising, will appear
More glorious and more dread than from no fall,
And trust themselves to fear no second fate.
Me2 though just right, and the fixed laws of Heaven,
Did first create your leader; next, free choice,
With what besides, in counsel or in fight,
Hath been achieved of merit3; yet this loss,
Thus far at least recovered, hath much more
Established 4 in a safe unenvied throne,

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1 An island in the Persian Gulf. 3 “Created me your leader” is here

2 “ Me” is here the object to the understood. verb “ create" in the next line.

4 “Me" is understood after “established.”


Yielded with full consent. The happier state
In Heaven, which follows dignity, might draw
Envy from each inferior; but who here
Will envy whom the highest place exposes
Foremost to stand against the Thunderer's aim,
Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share
Of endless pain? Where there is then no good 30
For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
From faction. With this advantage then
To union, and firm faith, and firm accord,
More than can be in Heaven, we now return
To claim our just inheritance of old,

Surer to prosper than prosperity
Could have assured us7; and by what best way,
Whether of open war, or covert guile,
We now debate: who can advise, may speak.”

He ceased ; and next him, Moloch, sceptered king,
Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest Spirit
That fought in Heaven,

now fiercer by despair :
His trust was with the Eternal to be deemed
Equal in strength; and rather than be less,
Cared not to be at all ; with that care lost
Went all his fear: of God, or Hell, or worse,
He recked not, and these words thereafter spake:-

“ Mý sentence is for open war :-of wiles,
More unexpert, I boast not: them let those
Contrive who need, or when they need, not now.
For, while they sit contriving, shall the rest,
Millions that stand in arms, and longing wait
The signal to ascend, sit lingering here
Heaven's fugitives, and for their dwelling place
Accept this dark opprobious den of shame,
The prison of his tyranny who reigns
By our delay ? No, let us choose,
Armed with Hell flames and fury, all at once,
O’er Heaven's high towers to force resistless way,
Turning our tortures into horrid arms

60 Against the Torturer; when, to meet the noise of his Almighty engine, he shall hear 1 Addison condemns this passage and“ assured;"" prosper” and “prosfor the play on the words “surer” perity.” See Spectator.



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Infernal thunder; and, for lightning, see
Black fire and horror shot with equal rage
Among his Angels; and his throne itself
Mixed with Tartarean sulphur, and strange fire
His own invented torments. But, perhaps,
The way seems difficult and steep to scale
With upright wing against a higher foe.
Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench

Of that forgetful lake benumb not still,
That in our proper motion we ascend
Up to our native seat : descent and fall
To us is adverse. Who but felt of late,
When the fierce Foe hung on our broken rear
Insulting, and pursued us through the Deep,
With what compulsion and laborious flight
We sunk thus low? The ascent is easy then;
The event is feared ; should we again provoke
Our Stronger, some worse way his wrath may find
To our destruction ; if there be in Hell
Fear to be worse destroyed : what can be worse
Than to dwell here, driven out from bliss, condemned
In this abhorrèd deep to utter woe;
Where pain of unextinguishable fire

85 Must exercise? us without hope of end, The vassals of his anger, when the scourge Inexorably, and the torturing hour, Calls us to penance ? More destroyed than this We should be quite abolished, and expire.

90 What fear we then ?3 what doubt we to incense His utmost ire? which, to the height enraged, Will either quite consume us, and reduce To nothing this essential ; happier far Than miserable to have eternal being:

95 Or if our substance be indeed divine, And cannot cease to be, we are at worst On this side nothing; and by proof we feel Our power sufficient to disturb his Heaven, And with perpetual inroads to alarm,

100 Though inaccessible, his fatal throne:

1 From Tartarus; according to the 3 “What” is here used for “why;" poets, the place in the lower world i.e. why do we fear, why do we where the spirits of the wicked are doubt, &c. punished for their crimes.

4 Depending on fate. 2 Vex, trouble.

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