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PARADISE LOST.

Let in these wasteful furies, who impute620
Folly to me—so doth the Prince of Hell
And his adherents—that with so much ease
I suffer them to enter and possess
A place so heavenly, and conniving seem
To gratify my scornful enemies,
That laugh, as if, transported with some fit
Of passion, I to them had quitted all,
At random yielded up to their misrule;
And know not that I called and drew them thither,
My hell-hounds, to lick up the draff and filth630
Which Man's polluting sin with taint hath shed
On what was pure; till, crammed and gorged nigh burst,
With sucked and glutted offal, at one sling
Of thy victorious arm, well-pleasing Son,
Both Sin and Death, and yawning Grave at last.
Through Chaos hurled, obstruct the mouth of Hell
For ever, and seal up his ravenous jaws.
Then Heaven and Earth renewed shall be made pure
To sanctity that shall receive no stain.
Till then the curse pronounced on both precedes."
He ended, and the heavenly audience loud641
Sung Hallelujah, as the sound of seas,
Through multitude that sung:—"Just are thy ways,
Righteous are thy decrees on all thy works;