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AND

REGAINED,
WITH THE LATIN AND OTHER POEMS,

OF

JOHN MILTON.

NOTES AND TRANSLATIONS
BY W. COWPER,

AND

LIFE BY WILLIAM HAYLEY.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.
Vol. II.

Nec satis hoc visum est in utrumque et nec pia cessant officia in tumulo.

HANgUS.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR HENRY WASHBOURNE,

SALISBURY SdUARE.

THE

FIRST BOOK

OF

PARADISE LOST.

VOL. II.

B

THE ARGUMENT.

The first book proposes, first in brief, the whole subject, Man's disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he mas placed: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent or rather Satan in the Serpent; who, revoltingfromGod, and drawing to his side many legions of angels, was, by th? com nand of God, driven out of Heaven with all his crew, into the great deep. Whi h action passed over, the poem hastens into the midst oj things, presenting Satan and his angels now falling into Hell described here, not in the center (for Heaven and Earth may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed) but in a place of utter darkness, Jitliest called Chaos: here Satan with his angels lying on the burning lake, thunder-struck and astonished, after a certain space recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in order and dignity lay by him: they confer of their miserable fall; Satan awakens all his legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded. They rise; their numbers; array of battle; their chief leaders named, according to the idols known afterwards in Canaan and the countries adjoining. To these Satan directs his speech, comforts them tcilh hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly of a ncw world and new kind of creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy or report in Heaven; for, that angels were long before this visible creation, was the opinion of many ancient fathers. Tofind out the truth of this prophecy, and what to determine thereon, he refers to a full council. What his associates thence attempt. Pandemonium, the palace of Satan, rises, suddenly built out of the deep: the infernal peers there sit in council.

PARADISE LOST.

BOOK I.

OF man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing, heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,
In the beginning how the heaven and earth
Rose out of Chaos: or, if Sion hill
Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flow'd
Fast by the oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar

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