ITHURIEL and ZEPHON, with wingd speed Search through this Garden, leav unsearcht no nook, But chiefly where those two fair Creatures Lodge, Now laid perhaps asleep secure of harme.
Thy fear, said ZEPHON bold, Will save us trial what the least can doe Single against thee wicked, and thence weak.
O friends, I hear the tread of nimble feet Hasting this way, and now by glimps discerne ITHURIEL and ZEPHON through the shade, And with them comes a third of Regal port, But faded splendor wan; who by his gate And fierce demeanour seems the Prince of Hell, Not likely to part hence without contest; Stand firm, for in his look defiance lours.
260), Rosenblatt not only illuminates some of the darker corners of seventeenth-century thought but also throws fresh light on familiar material: the lists of pagan deities in Milton's 'Nativity Ode' and Book I Paradise Lost, the encounter between Satan and Zephon in Book IV of Milton's epic, the divorce tracts and Samson Agonistes--Milton's 'most Hebraic prose' and 'most explicitly Hebraic poetry' (p.
Here we find some startling revelations, for example, about the cherub Zephon, a "reminder of the first time that Satan changed his identity" (74); and about Moloch, the Ammonite god delighting in child sacrifice, whose name comes dangerously close to the Hebrew word for "king" (91).