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Proud limitary Cherub; but ere then
Far heavier load thyself expect to feel
From my prevailing arm, tho' Heav'n's King Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy compeers, Us'd to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels In progress thro' the road of Heav'n star-pav'd. While thus he spake, th' angelic squadron bright
Turn'd fiery red, sharp'ning in mooned horns Their phalanx, and began to hem him round With ported spears, as thick as when a field 980 Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends
Her bearded grove of ears, which way the wind Sways them; the careful plowman doubting stands,
Lest on the threshing-floor his hopeful sheaves
His stature reach'd the sky, and on his crest
Sat horror plum'd; nor wanted in his grasp
What seem'd both spear and shield. Now dread
Might have ensu'd, nor only Paradise
In this commotion, but the starry cope
Of Heav'n perhaps, or all the elements
At least had gone to wrack, disturb'd and torn With violence of this conflict, had not soon 995 Th' Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray,
Hung forth in Heav'n his golden scales, yet seen
Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign,
Wherein all things created first he weigh'd,
Neither our own, but giv'n. What folly then
If thou resist. The Fiend look'd up, and knew His mounted scale aloft: nor more; but fled Murm'ring, and with him fled the shades of night.
END OF THE FOURTH BOOK.
Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her troublesome dream; be likes it not, yet comforts her: They
come forth to their day labours: hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonish him of bis obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at band, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance described, his coming discerned by Adam afar off, sitting at the door of his bower; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state and of h's enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiel a Seraph; who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.
BOOK THE FIFTH.
[OW Morn her rosy steps in th'eastern clime
When Adam wak'd, so custom'd, for his sleep