Paradise Lost

Rereading the Expulsion

Satan's account

I

169: But see the angry victor hath recalled

170: His ministers of vengeance and pursuit

171: Back to the gates of heaven: the sulphurous hail

172: Shot after us in storm, o'erblown hath laid

173: The fiery surge, that from the precipice

174: Of heaven received us falling, and the thunder,

175: Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage,

176: Perhaps hath spent his shafts, and ceases now

177: To bellow through the vast and boundless deep.

Chaos' account

II

992: Made head against heaven's king, though overthrown.

993: I saw and heard, for such a numerous host

994: Fled not in silence through the frighted deep

995: With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,

996: Confusion worse confounded; and heaven gates

997: Poured out by millions her victorious bands

998: Pursuing. I upon my frontiers here

999: Keep residence; if all I can will serve,

1000: That little which is left so to defend

1001: Encroached on still through our intestine broils

1002: Weakening the sceptre of old Night: first hell

1003: Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath;

1004: Now lately heaven and earth, another world

1005: Hung o'er my realm, linked in a golden chain

1006: To that side heaven from whence your legions fell:

narrator's account

III

390: He...

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