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PARADISE LOST
BOOK NINE

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John Milton's Paradise Lost
IN PLAIN ENGLISH

IX-48. The Sun was sunk, and after him the Starr / Of Hesperus, whose Office is to bring / Twilight upon the Earth, short Arbiter / Twixt Day and Night,

IX-48. The Sun had set and Venus, the twilight star, was gone also.

IX-51. and now from end to end / Nights Hemisphere had veild the Horizon round:

IX-51. Night covered the entire horizon.

IX-53. When Satan who late fled before the threats / Of Gabriel out of Eden,

IX-53. Gabriel had thrown Satan out of Eden, but he was coming back now.

IX-55. now improv'd / In meditated fraud and malice, bent / On mans destruction, maugre what might hap / Of heavier on himself, fearless return'd.

IX-55. He had worked out his plan for man's destruction and he was so determined he didn't care how risky it was.

IX-58. By Night he fled, and at Midnight return'd. / From compassing the Earth, cautious of day, / Since Uriel Regent of the Sun descri'd / His entrance, and forewarnd the Cherubim / That kept thir watch; thence full of anguish driv'n,

IX-58. He returned in the middle of the night, the same as he had fled when Uriel spotted him and alerted the angel guards.

IX-63. The space of seven continu'd Nights he rode / With darkness, thrice the Equinoctial Line / He circl'd, four times cross'd the Carr of Night / From Pole to Pole, traversing each Colure; On the eighth return'd,

IX-63. He had circled the Earth for seven continuous nights, staying on the dark side of the Earth, and came down on the eighth.

IX-67. / and on the Coast averse / From entrance or Cherubic Watch, by stealth / Found unsuspected way.

IX-67. He found a secret way into the garden.

IX-69. There was a place, / Now not, though Sin, not Time, first wraught the change, / Where Tigris at the foot of Paradise / Into a Gulf shot under ground, till part / Rose up a Fountain by the Tree of Life;

IX-69. There was a place (not there anymore, not because of time, but because sin destroyed it)—a place where the Tigris river went underground at the foot of the mountain and eventually came up as a stream in the garden, near the Tree of Life.

IX-74. In with the River sunk, and with it rose / Satan involv'd in rising Mist,

IX-74. He swam through this tunnel and came up in the garden, surrounded by mist.

IX-76. then sought / Where to lie hid;

IX-76. He had been searching for a good way to hide his presence here.

IX-77. Sea he had searcht and Land / From Eden over Pontus, and the Poole / Mćotis, up beyond the River Ob; / Downward as farr Antartic; and in length / West from Orontes to the Ocean barr'd / At Darien, thence to the Land where flowes / Ganges and Indus:

IX-77. He had searched land and sea, from the Black Sea up as far as Siberia and down to Antarctica, then from Syria west to Panama and India.

IX-83. thus the Orb he roam'd / With narrow search; and with inspection deep / Consider'd every Creature, which of all / Most opportune might serve his Wiles, and found / The Serpent suttlest Beast of all the Field. / Him after long debate, irresolute / Of thoughts revolv'd, his final sentence chose / Fit Vessel, fittest Imp of fraud, in whom / To enter, and his dark suggestions hide / From sharpest sight:

IX-83. He roamed the whole world and carefully studied every kind of creature and decided that the snake was the best one for him to sneak around in.

IX-91. for in the wilie Snake, / Whatever sleights none would suspicious mark, / As from his wit and native suttletie / Proceeding, which in other Beasts observ'd / Doubt might beget of Diabolic pow'r / Active within beyond the sense of brute.

IX-91. He figured that it was such a sneaky looking creature already that nobody would suspect anything unusual about his strange behavior once he was inside the snake.

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