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Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast,
“O thou, that, with surpassing glory crowned, Look’st 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, O Sun! to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what height 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, i Compare book i. line 254., et 2 “'Sdeined,” for disdained; from seq.
the Ital.“ sdegnare.”
And understood not that a grateful mind
55 By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and discharged; what burden then ? O, had his powerful destiny ordained Me some inferior 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 ;
75 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 3 beneath, whom I seduced With other promises and other vaunts Than to submit, boasting I could subdue The Omnipotent. Ah 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 sceptre high advanced The lower still I fall, only supreme In misery: Such joy ambition finds. But say I could repent, and could obtain,
1 Wrath is the object of the verb diminishing an object beyond reality.
3 The word “Spirits" must be 2 An example of the figure hyper- scanned as one syllable. bole, which consists in magnifying or 4 Suppose.
By act of grace, my former state ; how soon
, be thou my good; by thee at least
Thus while he spake, each passion dimmed his face
So on he fares, and to the border comes
A sylvan scene; and, as the ranks ascend
Now to the ascent of that steep savage 3 hill
1 From Saba (or Sheba), the capital
2 See the book of Tobit. Apocryof a district of Arabia Felix on the pha, iii. borders of the Red Sea, in the N. part 3 Covered with wood. of the modern Yemen.
On the other side: which when the Arch-Felon saw,
1 Another example of play upon A town of Assyria, on the W. words. See book ii. line 37.
bank of the Tigris, built by Seleucus ? The old form of the past tense Nicator; it was a heap of ruins in the of " to climb."
time of the emperor Julian. 3 The beautiful description of Para- 5 See Genesis, xiv. 9. dise, beginning at the words " for 6 Ambrosia was the food of the blissful Paradise," down to line 248., gods, by which their immortality was is among the finest specimens of de- confirmed. scriptive poetry in our language.