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Severing each kind, and scumm'd the bullion dross:
A third as soon had form’d within the ground
A various mould; and from the boiling cells
By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook :
As in an organ, from one blast of wind,
To many a row of pipes the sound-board breathes.
Anon out of the earth a fabric huge
Rose like an exhalation, with the sound
Of dulcet symphonies, and voices sweet,
Built like a temple, where pilasters round
Were set, and Doric pillars, overlaid
With golden architrave: nor did ibere want
Cornice, or frieze, with bossy sculptures graven;
The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon,
Nor great Alcairo, such magnificence
Equall'd in all their glories, to inshrine
Belus, or Serapis, their gods; or seat
Their kiogs, when Egypt with Assyria strove
In.wealth and luxury. Tl'ascending pile
Stood fix'd her stately beigu: and straight the doors
Op'ning their brazen folds, discover wide
Within her ample spaces o'er the smooth
And level pavement: from the arched roof,
Pendent by subtle magic, many a row
Of starry lamps, and blazing.cressets, fed
With Naphiha and Asphaltus, yielded light
As from a sky. The hasty multitude
Adiniring enter'd, and the work some praise,
And some the architect: his hand was known
In heaven by many a tow'red structure high,
Wbere sceptred angels held their residence,
And sat as princes; whom the supreme King
Exalted to such power, and gave to rule,
Eacb in his hierarchy, the orders bright:
Nor was his name unheard, or unador'd,
In ancient Greece; and in Ausonian land
Men callid bim Mulciber; and how he fell
From heaven they fabled, thrown by angry Jove
Sheer o'er the crystal battlements; from morn
To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
A summer's day; god with the setting sun

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Severing each kind, and scumm'd the bullion dross:
A third as soon had form'd within the ground
A various mould; and from the boiling cells
By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook :
As in an organ, from one blast of wind,
To many a row of pipes the sound board breathes.
Anon out of the earth a fabric buge
Rose like an exbalation, with the sound
Of dulcet symphonies, and voices sweet,
Built like a temple, where pilasters round
Were set, and Doric pillars, overlaid
With golden architrave: nor did tbere want
Cornice, or frieze, with bossy -sculptures graven;
The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon,
Nor great Alcairo, such magnificence
Equall'd in all their glories, to inshrine
Belus, or Serapis, their gods; or seat
Their kings, when Egypt with Assyria strove
In-wealth and luxury. Tl'ascending pile
Stood fix'd her stately beiglıt: and straight the doors
Op'ning their brazen folds, discover wide
Within her ample spaces o'er the-smooth
And level pavement: from the arched roof,
Pendent by subtle magic, many a row
Of starry lamps, and blazing.cressets, fed
With Naphtha and Asphaltus, yielded liglat
As from a sky. The hasty multitude
Adiniring enter'd, and the work some praise,
And some the architect: his hand was known
In heaven by many a tow'red structure high,
Where sceptred angels held their residence,
And sat as princes; whom the supreme King
Exalted to such power, and gave to rule,
Eacb in his bierarchy, the orders bright:
Nor was his name unheard, or unador'd,
In ancient Greece; and io Ausonian land
Men call'd him Mulciber; and how he fel
Froin heaven they fabled, thrown by angry Jove
Sheer o'er the crystal battlements; from morn
To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
A summer's day; and with the setting sun

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Dropp'd from the zenith like a falling star,
On Lemnos th' Ægean isle: thus they relate,
Erring; for he with this rebellious rout
Fell long before ; nor ought avail'd hiin now
T' have built in heaven bigb towers; nor did he 'scape
By all his engines, but was lieadlong sent
With his industrious crew to build in hell.

Meanwhile the winged heralds by command
Of sov'reign power, with awful ceremony
And trumpets' sound, throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council forth with to be held
At Pandemonium, the high capital
Of Satan and his peers : their summons callid,
From every band and squared regiment,
By place or choice the worthiest, they anon
With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came
Attended : all access was throng'd, the gates
And porches wide, but chief the spacious hall
(Though like a cover'd field, where champions bold
Wont ride in arm’d, and at the soldan's chair
Defied the best of Panim chivalry
To mortal combat, or career with lance)
Thick swarm’d, both on the ground, and in the air,
Brush'd with the hiss of rustling wings. As bees
In spring time, when the sun with Taurus rides,
Pour forth their populous youth about the hive
In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers,
Fly to and fro, or on the smoothed plank,
(The suburb of their straw-built citadel,)
New rubb'd with balm, expatiate and confer,
Their state-affairs: so thick the airy crowd
Swarm'd and were straiten'd; till the signal given,
Behold a wonder! they but now who seem'd
In bigness to surpass earth's giant sons,
Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow room
Throng numberless, like that pygmean race
Beyond the Indian mount; or fairy elves,
Whose midnight revels, by a forest side,
Or fountain, some belated peasant sees,
Or dreams he sees; while overhead the moon
Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth.

Wheels her pale corse; they on their mirth and dance
Intent, with jocund music charm his ear:
At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Thus incorporeal spirits to smallest forms
Reduc'd their shapes immense; and were at large,
Though without number still, amidst the ball
Of that inferpal court. But far within,
And in their own dimensions like themselves,
The great seraphic lords and cherubim,
In close recess and secret conclave sat;
A thousand demi-gods on golden seats,
Frequent and full! After short silence then,
And summons read, the great consult began.

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