Powers and Dominions , Deities of Heav'n , For since no deep within her gulf can hold Immortal vigor , though opprest and fall'n , I give not Heav'n for lost. From this descent Celestial vertues rising, will appear [ 15 ] More glorious and more dread then from no fall, And trust themselves to fear no second fate: Mee though just right, and the fixt Laws of Heav'n Did first create your Leader, next free choice, With what besides, in Counsel or in Fight, [ 20 ] Hath bin achievd of merit, yet this loss Thus farr at least recover'd , hath much more Establisht in a safe unenvied Throne Yielded with full consent.
The happier state In Heav'n , which follows dignity, might draw [ 25 ] Envy from each inferior; but who here Will envy whom the highest place exposes Formost to stand against the Thunderers aim Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share Of endless pain? With this advantage then [ 35 ] To union, and firm Faith, and firm accord, More then can be in Heav'n , we now return To claim our just inheritance of old, Surer to prosper then prosperity Could have assur'd us; and by what best way, [ 40 ] Whether of open Warr or covert guile, We now debate; who can advise, may speak.
He ceas'd , and next him Moloc , Scepter'd King Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest Spirit That fought in Heav'n ; now fiercer by despair: [ 45 ] His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd Equal in strength, and rather then be less Care'd not to be at all; with that care lost Went all his fear: of God, or Hell, or worse He reck'd not , and these words thereafter spake.
My sentence is for open Warr : Of Wiles, More unexpert , I boast not: them let those Contrive who need, or when they need, not now. For while they sit contriving, shall the rest, Millions that stand in Arms, and longing wait [ 55 ] The Signal to ascend, sit lingring here Heav'ns fugitives, and for thir dwelling place Accept this dark opprobrious Den of shame, The Prison of his Tyranny who Reigns By our delay? But perhaps [ 70 ] The way seems difficult and steep to scale With upright wing against a higher foe.
Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench Of that forgetful Lake benumm not still, That in our proper motion we ascend [ 75 ] Up to our native seat: descent and fall To us is adverse. Who but felt of late When the fierce Foe hung on our brok'n Rear Insulting , and pursu'd us through the Deep, With what compulsion and laborious flight [ 80 ] We sunk thus low? Th' ascent is easie then; Th' event is fear'd ; should we again provoke Our stronger, some worse way his wrath may find To our destruction: if there be in Hell Fear to be worse destroy'd : what can be worse [ 85 ] Then to dwell here, driv'n out from bliss, condemn'd In this abhorred deep to utter woe; Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us without hope of end The Vassals of his anger, when the Scourge [ 90 ] Inexorably, and the torturing hour Calls us to Penance?
More destroy'd then thus We should be quite abolisht and expire. What fear we then? He ended frowning, and his look denounc'd Desperate revenge, and Battel dangerous To less then Gods. On th' other side up rose Belial, in act more graceful and humane; A fairer person lost not Heav'n ; he seemd [ ] For dignity compos'd and high exploit: But all was false and hollow; though his Tongue Dropt Manna , and could make the worse appear The better reason , to perplex and dash Maturest Counsels: for his thoughts were low; [ ] To vice industrious, but to Nobler deeds Timorous and slothful: yet he pleas'd the ear, And with perswasive accent thus began.
I should be much for open Warr , O Peers, As not behind in hate; if what was urg'd [ ] Main reason to persuade immediate Warr , Did not disswade me most, and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success: When he who most excels in fact of Arms, In what he counsels and in what excels [ ] Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair And utter dissolution, as the scope Of all his aim, after some dire revenge.
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Or could we break our way By force, and at our heels all Hell should rise [ ] With blackest Insurrection, to confound Heav'ns purest Light, yet our great Enemy All incorruptible would on his Throne Sit unpolluted, and th' Ethereal mould Incapable of stain would soon expel [ ] Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire Victorious.
Thus repuls'd , our final hope Is flat despair; we must exasperate Th' Almighty Victor to spend all his rage, And that must end us, that must be our cure, [ ] To be no more; sad cure; for who would loose , Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through Eternity, To perish rather, swallowd up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night, [ ] Devoid of sense and motion?
Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire, [ ] Belike through impotence, or unaware, To give his Enemies thir wish, and end Them in his anger, whom his anger saves To punish endless? Say they who counsel Warr , we are decreed, [ ] Reserv'd and destin'd to Eternal woe; Whatever doing, what can we suffer more, What can we suffer worse? What when we fled amain , pursu'd and strook [ ] With Heav'ns afflicting Thunder, and besought The Deep to shelter us?
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What if the breath that kindl'd those grim fires [ ] Awak'd should blow them into sevenfold rage And plunge us in the flames? Warr therefore, open or conceal'd , alike My voice disswades ; for what can force or guile With him, or who deceive his mind, whose eye Views all things at one view? Shall we then live thus vile, the race of Heav'n Thus trampl'd , thus expell'd to suffer here [ ] Chains and these Torments? To suffer, as to doe , Our strength is equal, nor the Law unjust [ ] That so ordains: this was at first resolv'd , If we were wise, against so great a foe Contending, and so doubtful what might fall.
I laugh, when those who at the Spear are bold And vent'rous , if that fail them, shrink and fear [ ] What yet they know must follow, to endure Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain, The sentence of thir Conquerour : This is now Our doom; which if we can sustain and bear, Our Supream Foe in time may much remit [ ] His anger, and perhaps thus farr remov'd Not mind us not offending, satisfi'd With what is punish't ; whence these raging fires Will slack'n , if his breath stir not thir flames.
Our purer essence then will overcome [ ] Thir noxious vapour , or enur'd not feel, Or chang'd at length, and to the place conformd In temper and in nature, will receive Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain; This horror will grow milde , this darkness light, [ ] Besides what hope the never-ending flight Of future dayes may bring, what chance, what change Worth waiting, since our present lot appeers For happy though but ill, for ill not worst, If we procure not to our selves more woe.
Thus Belial with words cloath'd in reasons garb Counsell'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloath , Not peace: and after him thus Mammon spake. Either to disinthrone the King of Heav'n We warr , if Warr be best, or to regain [ ] Our own right lost: him to unthrone we then May hope when everlasting Fate shall yeild To fickle Chance, and Chaos judge the strife: The former vain to hope argues as vain The latter: for what place can be for us [ ] Within Heav'ns bound, unless Heav'ns Lord supream We overpower?
Suppose he should relent And publish Grace to all, on promise made Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we Stand in his presence humble, and receive [ ] Strict Laws impos'd , to celebrate his Throne With warbl'd Hymns, and to his Godhead sing Forc't Halleluiah's ; while he Lordly sits Our envied Sovran , and his Altar breathes Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers , [ ] Our servile offerings. This must be our task In Heav'n , this our delight; how wearisom Eternity so spent in worship paid To whom we hate.
Let us not then pursue By force impossible, by leave obtain'd [ ] Unacceptable, though in Heav'n , our state Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek Our own good from our selves, and from our own Live to our selves, though in this vast recess, Free, and to none accountable, preferring [ ] Hard liberty before the easie yoke Of servile Pomp. Our greatness will appeer Then most conspicuous, when great things of small, Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse We can create, and in what place so e're [ ] Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain Through labour and indurance.
This deep world Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst Thick clouds and dark doth Heav'ns all-ruling Sire Choose to reside, his Glory unobscur'd , [ ] And with the Majesty of darkness round Covers his Throne; from whence deep thunders roar Must'ring thir rage, and Heav'n resembles Hell? As he our darkness, cannot we his Light Imitate when we please? This Desart soile [ ] Wants not her hidden lustre , Gemms and Gold; Nor want we skill or Art , from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can Heav'n shew more? Our torments also may in length of time Become our Elements , these piercing Fires [ ] As soft as now severe, our temper chang'd Into their temper; which must needs remove The sensible of pain.
All things invite To peaceful Counsels , and the settl'd State Of order, how in safety best we may [ ] Compose our present evils, with regard Of what we are and were , dismissing quite All thoughts of warr : ye have what I advise.
He scarce had finisht, when such murmur filld Th' Assembly, as when hollow Rocks retain [ ] The sound of blustring winds, which all night long Had rous'd the Sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Sea-faring men orewatcht , whose Bark by chance Or Pinnace anchors in a craggy Bay After the Tempest: Such applause was heard [ ] As Mammon ended, and his Sentence pleas'd , Advising peace: for such another Field They dreaded worse then Hell: so much the fear Of Thunder and the Sword of Michael Wrought still within them; and no less desire [ ] To found this nether Empire, which might rise By pollicy , and long process of time, In emulation opposite to Heav'n.
Which when Beelzebub perceiv'd , then whom, Satan except, none higher sat, with grave [ ] Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd A Pillar of State; deep on his Front engraven Deliberation sat and public care; And Princely counsel in his face yet shon , Majestic though in ruin: sage he stood [ ] With Atlantean shoulders fit to bear The weight of mightiest Monarchies; his look Drew audience and attention still as Night Or Summers Noon-tide air, while thus he spake. Thrones and Imperial Powers, off-spring of heav'n [ ] Ethereal Vertues ; or these Titles now Must we renounce, and changing stile be call'd Princes of Hell?
What sit we then projecting peace and Warr? Warr hath determin'd us, and foild with loss [ ] Irreparable; tearms of peace yet none Voutsaf't or sought; for what peace will be giv'n To us enslav'd , but custody severe, And stripes, and arbitrary punishment Inflicted? What if we find Some easier enterprize? There is a place [ ] If ancient and prophetic fame in Heav'n Err not another World, the happy seat Of some new Race call'd Man, about this time To be created like to us, though less In power and excellence, but favour'd more [ ] Of him who rules above; so was his will Pronounc'd among the Gods , and by an Oath , That shook Heav'ns whol circumference, confirm'd.
Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn What creatures there inhabit, of what mould , [ ] Or substance, how endu'd , and what thir Power, And where thir weakness, how attempted best, By force or suttlety : Though Heav'n be shut, And Heav'ns high Arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lye expos'd [ ] The utmost border of his Kingdom, left To their defence who hold it: here perhaps Som advantagious act may be achiev'd By sudden onset, either with Hell fire To waste his whole Creation, or possess [ ] All as our own, and drive as we were driven, The punie habitants, or if not drive, Seduce them to our Party, that thir God May prove thir foe, and with repenting hand Abolish his own works.
This would surpass [ ] Common revenge, and interrupt his joy In our Confusion , and our Joy upraise In his disturbance; when his darling Sons Hurl'd headlong to partake with us, shall curse Thir frail Original , and faded bliss, [ ] Faded so soon. Advise if this be worth Attempting, or to sit in darkness here Hatching vain Empires. Thus Beelzebub Pleaded his devilish Counsel, first devis'd By Satan, and in part propos'd : for whence, [ ] But from the Author of all ill could Spring So deep a malice, to confound the race Of mankind in one root , and Earth with Hell To mingle and involve, done all to spite The great Creatour?
But thir spite still serves [ ] His glory to augment. The bold design Pleas'd highly those infernal States , and joy Sparkl'd in all thir eyes; with full assent They vote : whereat his speech he thus renews.
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Well have ye judg'd , well ended long debate, [ ] Synod of Gods , and like to what ye are, Great things resolv'd ; which from the lowest deep Will once more lift us up, in spight of Fate, Neerer our ancient Seat ; perhaps in view Of those bright confines, whence with neighbouring Arms [ ] And opportune excursion we may chance Re-enter Heav'n ; or else in some milde Zone Dwell not unvisited of Heav'ns fair Light Secure, and at the brightning Orient beam Purge off this gloom; the soft delicious Air, [ ] To heal the scarr of these corrosive Fires Shall breath her balme.
But first whom shall we send In search of this new world, whom shall we find Sufficient? Here he had need All circumspection, and we now no less Choice in our suffrage; for on whom we send, [ ] The weight of all and our last hope relies. This said, he sat; and expectation held His look suspence , awaiting who appeer'd To second, or oppose, or undertake The perilous attempt; but all sat mute, [ ] Pondering the danger with deep thoughts; and each In others count'nance read his own dismay Astonisht : none among the choice and prime Of those Heav'n -warring Champions could be found So hardie as to proffer or accept [ ] Alone the dreadful voyage; till at last Satan, whom now transcendent glory rais'd Above his fellows, with Monarchal pride Conscious of highest worth, unmov'd thus spake.
O Progeny of Heav'n , Empyreal Thrones, [ ] With reason hath deep silence and demurr Seis'd us, though undismaid : long is the way And hard, that out of Hell leads up to light; Our prison strong, this huge convex of Fire , Outrageous to devour, immures us round [ ] Ninefold, and gates of burning Adamant Barr'd over us prohibit all egress.
These past, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being [ ] Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf. If thence he scape into whatever world, Or unknown Region, what remains him less Then unknown dangers and as hard escape.
But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers, [ ] And this Imperial Sov'ranty , adorn'd With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd And judg'd of public moment , in the shape Of difficulty or danger could deterr Mee from attempting. Wherefore do I assume [ ] These Royalties, and not refuse to Reign, Refusing to accept as great a share Of hazard as of honour , due alike To him who Reigns, and so much to him due Of hazard more, as he above the rest [ ] High honourd sits?
Go therefore mighty Powers, Terror of Heav'n , though fall'n ; intend at home, While here shall be our home, what best may ease The present misery, and render Hell More tollerable ; if there be cure or charm [ ] To respite or deceive, or slack the pain Of this ill Mansion: intermit no watch Against a wakeful Foe, while I abroad Through all the Coasts of dark destruction seek Deliverance for us all: this enterprize [ ] None shall partake with me.
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Rick gives Summer a ride to her job, which is helping out an eccentric old man run a 'vintage thrift store' called Needful Things. The shop is run by Mr. Needful , and has just opened recently. Before Rick and Summer arrive, Mr.
Goldenfold arrives on accident thinking the shop was a Jamba Juice. Needful knows his name without introduction and gives him an aftershave to help capture female attention. The aftershave is free, but Mr. Needful states "Nobody ever pays here Summer and Rick arrive into the shop, and Rick is immediately suspicious of Mr. Needful, asking whether he is the devil.
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This accusation startles Mr. Needful who quickly tries to give Rick a microscope, which Rick reluctantly takes as Summer pushes him out the door. Meanwhile, Jerry and Morty begin to work on a solar system model for his science project.