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stored in some treasure-house of mighty kings,
So might some old man speak in the aftertime
But now much honour and much fame were lost.
OT Iris, in her pride and bravery,
adorns her arch with such variety;
nor doth the milk-white way, in frosty night,
appear so fair and beautiful in sight,
as don these fields and groves, and sweetest bowers,
that at the bottom doth in silence slide:
1286 MICHAEL AND GABRIEL WITH THE LEGIONS of HEAVEN PREPARING TO DO BATTLE WITH SATAN AND HIS ANGELS
So the sovren ill, and smoke to roll
O spake the sovran voice, and clouds began
in dusky wreaths reluctant flames, the sign
at which command the Powers militant,
that stood for Heaven, in mighty quadrate joined
in silence their bright legions, to the sound
of instrumental harmony, that breathed
heroic ardour to adventurous deeds
under their godlike leaders, in the cause
nor straitening vale, nor wood, nor stream divides
came, summoned over Eden, to receive
their names of thee. So over many a tract
of heaven they marched, and many a province wide,
unanimous, as sons of one great Sire,
hymning the Eternal Father; but the shout
of onset ended soon each milder thought.
1287 THE ENCounter of michAEL AND SATAN
HEY ended parle, and both addressed for fight
of godlike power? for likest Gods they seemed,
in horror. From each hand with speed retired,
of fiercest opposition, in mid sky
should combat, and their jarring spheres confound. 1288 Together both, with next to almighty arm uplifted imminent, one stroke they aimed that might determine, and not need repeat, as not of power at once; nor odds appeared in might or swift prevention. But the sword of Michael from the armoury of God was given him tempered so, that neither keen nor solid might resist that edge: it met the sword of Satan, with steep force to smite descending, and in half cut sheer; nor stayed, but, with swift wheel reverse, deep entering shared all his right side: then Satan first knew pain, and writhed him to and fro convolved; so sore the griding sword with discontinuous wound passed through him. But the ethereal substance closed, not long divisible; and from the gash
a stream of nectarous humour issuing flowed
HERO IN THE TEMPLE OF VENUS
BUT far above the loveliest Hero shin'd,
and stole away th' enchanted gazer's mind; for like sea-nymphs' inveigling harmony, so was her beauty to the standers by; nor that night-wandering, pale and watery star (when yawning dragons draw her thirling car from Latmus' mount up to the gloomy sky, where crowned with blazing light and majesty she proudly sits) more overrules the flood
than she the hearts of those that near her stood. Even as when gaudy nymphs pursue the chase, wretched Ixion's shaggy-footed race,
incensed with savage heat, gallop amain
from steep pine-bearing mountains to the plain, so ran the people forth to gaze upon her
and all that view'd her were enamour'd on her.
So fair a church as this had Venus none:
UNA AND THE LION
ORSAKEN, wofull, solitarie mayd,
Fone day, nigh wearie of the yrkesome way,
from her unhastie beast she did alight;
and made a sunshine in the shady place;
did never mortall eye behold such heavenly grace.
It fortunéd, out of the thickest wood
and, with the sight amazd, forgat his furious forse.
Instead thereof he kist her wearie feet,
O how can beautie maister the most strong, and simple truth subdue avenging wrong! whose yielded pryde and proud submission, still dreading death, when she had marked long, her hart gan melt in great compassion; and drizling teares did shed for pure affection.
HEY pas the bitter waves of Acheron,
and come to fiery flood of Phlegeton, whereas the damnéd ghost in torments fry, and with sharp shrilling shriekes doe bootlesse cry, cursing high Jove, the which them thither sent, the House of endlesse Paine is built thereby, in which ten thousand sorts of punishment, the cursed creatures doe eternally torment.
Before the threshold dreadfull Cerberus
did him appease: then downe his taile he hong,
for she in hell and heaven had power equally.