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Nor will occasion want, nor shall we need
With dangerous expedition to invade
Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or seige
Or ambush from the Deep. What if we find
Some easier enterprise! There is a place—
If ancient and prophetic fame in Heaven
Err not—another world, the happy seat
Of some new race called Man, about this time
To be created like to us, though less
In power and excellence, but favoured more350
Of him who rules above; so was his will
Pronounced among the Gods, and by an oath,
That shook Heaven's whole circumference, confirmed.
Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn
What creatures there inhabit, of what mould
Or substance, how endued, and what their power,
And where their weakness, how attempted best,
By force or subtlety. Though Heaven be shut,
And Heaven's high arbitrator sit secure
In his own strength, this place may lie exposed,360
The utmost border of his kingdom, left
To their defence who hold it. Here perhaps
Some advantageous act may be achieved
By sudden onset; either with Hell-fire