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Or I alone against them, since by strength
So spake the Son, and into terror chang'd
Among them he arriv'd, in his right hand
At once the Four spread out their starry wings
Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent
Plagues; they astonish'd all resistance lost,
All courage; down their idle weapons dropt;
O'er shields and helms and helmed heads he rode 840 Of Thrones and mighty Seraphim prostrate,
That wish'd the mountains now might be again
Thrown on them as a shelter from his ire.
Nor less on either side tempestuous fell
One spirit in them rul'd, and every eye
Glar'd lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire
Among th' accurs'd, that wither'd all their strength,
Yet half his strength he put not forth, but check'd
Not to destroy, but root them out of Heaven : 855
Of goats or timorous flock together throng'd
And crystal wall of Heav'n, which opening wide, 860
Struck them with horror backward, but far worse
Urg'd them behind; headlong themselves they threw Down from the verge of Heav'n; eternal wrath
Burnt after them to the bottomless pit.
HELL heard th' unsufferable noise, Hell saw
Nine days they fell; confounded Chaos roar'd,
Through his wild anarchy, so huge a rout
Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them clos'd;
Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain.
Disburden'd Heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair'd
To meet him all his Saints, who silent stood
With jubilee advanc'd; and as they went,
Shading with branching palm, each order bright, 885
Son, Heir, and Lord, to him dominion given,
Triumphant through mid Heav'n, into the courts
On high; who into glory him receiv'd,
Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss.
THUS measuring things in Heav'n by things on
At thy request, and that thou may'st beware
By what is past, to thee I have reveal'd
What might have else to human race been hid;
Which would be all his solace and revenge,
As a despite done against the most High,
Of disobedience; firm they might have stood,
THE END OF THE SIXTH BOOK.
Raphael at the request of Adam relates how and wherefore this world was first created; that God, after the expelling of Satan and his Angels out of Heaven, declared his pleasure to create another world and other creatures to dwell therein; sends his Son with glory and attendance of Angels to perform the work of creation in six days: the Angels celebrate with hymns the performance thereof, and his reascension into Heaven..
DESCEND from Heav'n, Urania, by that name
If rightly thou art call'd, whose voice divine
The meaning, not the name I call: for thou
Lest from this flying steed unrein'd, (as once