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Top of some high Hill, which unawares discovers to his Sight the pleasant Prospect of some foreign Country he had never seen before, or fome renowned Mecropolis, adorned with glittering Towers and Spires, which the rising Sun gilds with his Beams : Suche Wonder seized the malignant Spirit, though he had seen Heaven, but Envy seized him much more at Sight of all this World, which he beheld so beautiful. : Round he surveys, (and well he might where he stood so high above the circling Canopy of the extended Shade of Night) from East to West, and then from North to South he views in Breadth; and without any longer Pause throws himself downright into the World's first 'Region, and winds this Way and that Way through the clear Air, among numberless Stars that at a Distance shone like nothing but what they appear to us, but nigh Hand they seemed other Worlds, or happy. Isands like those HESPERIAN (r) Gardens, so famous of old, plentiful Fields, pleasant Groves, and lowery Vales, thrice happy Habitations; but who dwelt happy there, SATAN staid not to enquire. Above them all the golden Sun, likeft in Splendor to Heaven allured his Eye; thither he bends his Course through the calm Firmament; but'tis hard to tell his Course thither, whether upwards or downwards, or in a direct Line ; where the great Luminary, among the thick Constellations, that keep due Distance from him, dispenfes Light from afar : They as they move turn their swift and various Motions, which compute Days, Months, and Years, towards his all-chearing Lamp; or else are turned by his ac
(r) Hesperian; Lat. Gr. i. e. the Greeks and Latins call Hefpo. Western.
The famous Gardens rus and l'esperus) wherein were of Hefperus the Brother of Atlas Golden Apples, kept by a watch. (faid to be in the weftern Islands ful Dragon. The Fable is taken of Cape Verd or the Canaries) from the Garden of Eden, and which belong to Africa, and lie the glorious Fruits chere. under the Evening Scar, (which
tractive Power that warms the Universe gently, and with kind Influence darts invisible Virtue,
even to the Bottom of the Ocean ; fo marvelloully was he sat in his bright Station: There landed SATAN, a Spot, like which perhaps no Astronomer in the Sun's shining Orb, though helped by perspective Glasses, ever faw: He found the Place bright beyond all Expression,.compared with any Thing on Earth, either Metal or Stone; not all the Parts alike, but all alike enlightened in all Parts, as red hot Iron is by Fire; if Metal, Part of it seemed Gold, and Part clear Silver ; if Stone, most Carbuncle (s), or Chrysolite (t), or Ruby (u), or Topaz (*), or the twelve that shone in the Breast
u Carbuncle ; Dut. Teut. Ital. precious Stone of a glorious red Span. Lat. i. e. A little burring Colour, as red as Blood. In Coal. A precious Stone, relem Heb. Achlama, from which the bling a burning Coal in its Luftre Greeks call it Amethyst, i. e. or Colour. In Heb. Bareketh, Not to inebriate ; for iç is reie Lightning In Gr. Smag ported to be an Antidote to ragdos, i. e. Light. It was the Drunkenness. It is found in the third of the first Row of precious East Indies; the Stony Arabia, Stones in Aaron's Breait-plate, Armenia, Egypt, Cyprus, &c. It whereon the Name of Levi was was the lait of the third Row, engraved, to thew that Divine whereon Gad was inscribed ; to Knowledge thould fine in the teach him Watchfulness and Priests of the Lord, to illumi Temperance; and was also a nate the Church, Exod. xxviii 17. Sign of his Victories, which Mat. y. 14, 16. It is an antient were predicted, Gen. xlix. 19. but a valgar Error, to say, a Exod. xxviii. 19 and fulfilled, i Carbuncle gives Light in the
Chron. v. 18, 19. Dark.
(x) Topaz; Heb. from which (9) Cbryfolite'; Lat. Gr. i. é. the Greeks formed Topazion, i. e. A Golden Stone : because it shines Golden. A Stone of a golden like Gold. It was the firft of the and green Colour, found in E: fourth Row on which Aber was thiopia, Job xxix. 19. And in cut. It is of a Sca-green Colour, the Inland Topazium, which lies which shewed that his Habita. in the Arabian Gulph. It was tion should be near the Sea, the second of the first Row where. Exod. xxviii. 20. Joh. xix. 24. on the Name of Simeon was enRev. xxi. 20.
graven, Exod. xxviii. 17. Rev, (4) Ruby; Lat. i.e. Red: A xxi. zo.
Plate of AARON (9), or that, seen-rather in Imagina, tion than elsewhere, Alchymists have so long been in vain Search after, though by their powerful Art they bind Quicksilver, and change Matter into all Manz ner of Forms; What Wonder then if the Fields and Regions here breathe forth pure Elixir, and Rivers run
with liquid Gold ; when with one powerful Touch the Sun, though so far remote from us, and mixed with earthly Matter, here in the Dark produces so many precious Things, of Colour fo glorious, and of so rare Effect? Here the Devil met new Matter to gaze at, nor was he dazzled by so much Light, his Eye commands far and wide, for here was no Shade or Obstacle to Sight, for all was Sunshine ; as at Noon; so now the Sun-Beams shoot upward, itill direct, whence noWay round can fall any Shadow from dark Bodies, and the Air sharpened the Eyes of SA, TAN, to Objects far distant, whereby he foon discovered within Sight a glorious Angel stand within, the same whom St. JOHN (2) saw also in the Sun; his
) Aaron ; Heb. i. e. A 1 Chron. xli. 12. Jer. xii. 11. Mountain. This Name was gi. Fobn the Baptif, John the 4yen him by Inspiration, predict- pofle, John Marł, &c. Here, ing his own Advancement and the Apostle and Author of the Dignicy, and his Death upon Book of the Revelations, who Mount Hor, Heb. i. e. A Moun- faw an Angel in the Sun." And fain. The eldest Son of Amram, “ I saw an Angel standing in older than Moses by three Years, " the Sun; and he cried with yet named laft; born in Egypt, a loud Voice, saying to all about A. M. 2460. The first " the Fowls that fly in the midst High-Priest of the Jews by di of Heaven, Come and gather vine Election. He died Å. M. “ yourselves together unto the 2583, in the hundred and twen Supper of the great God. ty third Year of his Age, before “ That ye may eat the Fleh of ejus Chris 1448, in the Land “ Kings, and the Flesh of Capof Edom. uffin through a gross tains, and the Flesh of mighty Miltake calls him Arvas and Men, and the Flesh of Horses, the Son of Mofes.
rand of them that fit on them, (z) John ; Heb. Jebochanan ; “ and the Flesh of all Men both i. e. Gracious. A proper Name of “ free and bond, both small and Men among the Jews, mentioned great.
Back was turned, but his Brightness was not hid; a golden Crown of his Beams of the Sun's Rays encircled his Head, nor less bright were his Locks that hung behind waving on his Shoulders, which were covered with Wings; he seemed employed on some great and important Affair, or fixed in very deep Cone templation.
The impure Spirit was glad of this, as being now in Hope to find one who might direct his wandering Flight to PARADISE, the happy Seat of MAN, the proposed End of his Journey, and the Beginning of our Woe: But firft he considers how he might change his Shape, which else might bring him into Danger, or be the Cause of Delay; and now he appears like a youthful Cherub, not one of the Chief, yet such as Youth smiled heavenly in his Face, and to every Limb diffused suitable Grace; so well did he contrive to feign : Under a Coronet his flowing Hair played upon either Cheek in Curls; he wore Wings of many party-coloured Feathers sprinkled with Gold; his Habit was girt about him, as fit for Travel, and he held in his Hand, to help his Steps, a silver Wand. SATAN did not draw nigh without being heard ; the bright Angel in the Sun, admonished by his Ear of his Approach, turned his radiant Visage, and immediately was known by him, to be the Arch-Angel Uriel (a), one of the seven who stand in the Presence of God, nearest to his Throne, ready at
(a) Uriel; Heb. i. e. The Orbs. One of the seven Arch. Light of God. Millon, from the Angels of the Presence; which Sense of his Name very proper seems to be taken from Zech. iv. ly imagines this Angel to be the 10, &c. not from Tobit xii. 15. President of the Sun: 'For the For that Number mentioned Antients thought that all the there is an Apocryphal Story, Superior Orbs were governed by However, this Name is not found fome Divine Intelligence, which in Holy Scripture, but in the Apemoved them to worship those crypha, 2 Efdras, iv. I, 36.
MILTON'S Book III. Command, and are as his Eyes that run through all the Heavens, or bear his swift Errands down to the Earth, over Sea and Land; to him Satan approaches, and thus addresses himself: ".
URIEL! for thou art wont to be the first of those feven Spirits, that stand in the Sight of God's high Throne, gloriously bright, to bring his great authentick Will
through the highest Heaven, and to be the Interpreter of it; where all the other Angels attend to hear thy Embassy, and here are likelieft by fupreme Decree to obtain like Honour, and as his Eye give frequent Visitation to this new created World: An un fpeakable Desire to see and know all these his wonderful Works, but chiefly Man, whom he delights in and favours so much, and for whom he hath ordained all these, hath brought me thus wandering alone from the Choirs of Cherubim: Tell me, brightest Seraph, in which of all these shining Orbs hath Man his fixed Seat ? (or has he his Choice to dwell in which may please him best?) that I may find him out, gaze on him in secret, or openly admire, that I may behold him on whom the great Creator hath bestowed Worlds, and on whom he hath poured all these Graces; that in him and all Things else, as is but ineet, we may praise the Universal Maker, who justly hath driven out to deepest Hell his rebellious Foes; and to repair their Loss, created this new happy Race of Men, to serve him better ; Wisdom is in all his Ways!
So spoke the false Deceiver, without being perceived, for neither MAN nor Angel can discover Hypocrisy, which is the only Evil that walks invisible through Heaven and Earth, except to God alone, left so by his permissive Will; and oftentimes though Wisdom keeps awake, Suspicion fleeps, and while Goodness thinks no Ill, where no Ill seems to be, to