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Hell-doom'd, and breath'st defiance here and scom
O Father! what intends thy hand, she cry'd, Against thy only son? What fury', O Son! Possesses thee to bend that mortal dart Against thy father's head ? and know'st for whom ; For him who sits above and laughs the while 731 At thee ordain'd his drudge, to execute Whatc'er his wrath, which he calls Justice, bids ; His wrath, which one day will destroy ye both.
She spake, and at her words the hellish pest 735 Forbore, then these to her Satan return'd.
So strange thy outcry, and thy words so strange Thou interposest, that my sudden hand Prevented
spares to tell thee yet by deeds WVhat it intends ; till first I know of thee, 140 What thing thou art, thus double-form'd, and why In this infernal vale first met thou call'st Me Father, and that phantasm call'st my Son; I know thee not, nor ever saw till now Sight more detestable than him and thee. 1745
To'whom thus the portress of Hell gate reply'd. Hast thou forgot me then, and do I seem Now in thine eye so foul? once deem'd so fair In Heav'n, when at th’assembly, and in sight Of all the seraphim with thee combin'd 750 In bold conspiracy against Heav'n's King, All on a sudden miserable pain Surpris’d thee, dim thine eyes, and dizzy swum In darkness, while thy head flames thick and fast Threw forth, till on the left side opening wide, 755 Likest to thee in shape and count'nance bright,
Then shining heav'nly fair, a goddess arm’d
my hand was given, with charge to keep 773 These
gatcs for ever shut, which none can pass Without iny ope’ning. Pensive here I sac Alone, but long I sat not, till my wołnb Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown, Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.
780 At last this odious offspring whom thou seest Thine own begotten, breaking violent way Tore through my entrails, that, with fear and pain Distorted, all my nether shape thus grew Transform’d: but he my inbred enemy
783 Forth issued, brandishing his fatal dart
Made to destroy : I fled, and cry'd out Death:
She finish’d, and the subtle Fiend his lore 815 Soon learn’d now milder, and thus answer'd smooch.
Dear Daughter! since thou claim’st me for thy sire, And my fair son here show'st me, the dear pledge Of dalliance had with thee in Heav'n, and joys Then sweet, now sad to mention, through dire change Befall’n us unforeseen, unthought of ; know 821 I come no enemy, but to set free From out this dark and dismal house of pain Both him and thee, and all the heav'nly host Of spi'rits that in our just pretences arm’d 825 Fell with us from on high : from them I go This uncouth errand sole, and one for all Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread Th’unfounded deep, and through the void immense To search with wand'ring quest a place foretold Should be, and, by concurring signs, ere now 831 Created vast and round, a place of bliss In the purlieus of Heav'n, and therein placid A race of upstart creatures, to supply Perhaps our vacant room, though more remov’d, Lest Heav'n surcharg’d with potent multitude 836 Might hap to move new broils: be this or aught Than this more secret now design'd, I haste To know, and this once known, shall soon return, And bring ye to the place where thou and Death Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen 811 Wing silently the buxom air, imbalm'd With odors; there ye shall be fed and fill'd Immeasurably, all things shall be your prey. He ceas’d, for both scem’d highly pleas’d, and Death