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Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike; | And happy constellations, on that hour And be so minded still: I, ere thou spak'st, Shed their selectest influence; the Earth knew it not good for Man to be alone ;

Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill, And no such company as then thou saw'st

Joyous the birds; fresh gales and gentle airs Intended thee; for trial only brought,

Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings To see how thou couldst judge of fit and meet: Flung rose, flung odors from the spicy shrub, What next I bring shall please thee, be assurd, Disporting, till the amorous bird of night Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self,

Sung spousal, and bid haste the evening-star Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.'

On his hill-iop, to light the bridal lamp. * He ended, or I heard no more; for now Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought My earthly by his heavenly overpower'd,

My story to the sum of earthly bliss, Which it had long stood under, strain'd to the height Which I enjoy; and must confess to find In that celestial colloquy sublime,

In all things eise delight indeed, but such
As with an object that excels the sense,

As, us'd or not, works in the mind no change
Dazzled and spent, sunk down, and sought repair Nor vehement desire: these delicacies
Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, callid

I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and Rovers
By Nature as in aid, and clos'd mine eyes. Walks, and the melody of birds : but here
Mine eyes he clos'd, but open left the cell

Far otherwise, transported I behold, Of fancy, my interna: sight; by which,

· Transported touch; here passion first I felt, Abstract as in a trance, methought I saw,

Commotion strange! in all enjoyments else Though sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape Superior and unmov'd; here only weak Still glorious before whom awake I stood :

Against the charm or beauty's powerful glance. Who stooping opend my left side, and took

Or nature faild in me, and left some part
From thence a rib, with cordial spirits warm, Not proof enough such object to sustain ;
And life-blood streaming fresh: wide was the wourd, Or, from my side subducting, took perhaps
But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heald: Mure than enough; at least on her bestow'd
The rib he form'd and fashion'd with his hands : Too much of ornament, in outward show
l'nder his forming hands a creature grew,

Eiaborate, of inward less exact.
Man-like, but different sex; so lovely fa,

For well I understand in the prime end That what seern'd fair in all the wc id, seem'd now Of Nature her the inferior, in the mind Mean, or in her summ'd up in her contain'd, And inward faculties, which most excel. And in her looks; which from that time infus'd In outward also her resembling less Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before,

His image who made both, and less expressing And into all things from her air inspir'd

The character of that dominion given
The spirit of love and amorous delighi,

O’er other creatures: yet when I approach
She disappeard, and left me dark; I wak'd Her loveliness, so absolute she seems
To find her, or for ever to deplore

And in herself complete, so well to know
Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure :

Her own, that what she wills to do or say When out of hope, behold her, not far off,

Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best : Sch as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd

All higher knowledge in her presence falls
With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow Degraded ; Wisdom in discourse with her
To make her amiable: on she came,

Loses discountenanc'd, and like Folly shows;
Led by her heavenly Maker, though unseen, Authority and Reason on her wait,
And guided by his voice ; nor uninformd

As one intended first, not after made
Ot' nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites :

Occasionally; and, to consummate all,
Grace was in all her steps, Heaven in her eye, Greatness of mind, and Nobleness, their seat
In every gesture dignity and love.

Build in her loveliest, and create an awe
I, overjoyd, could not forbear aloud.

| About her, as a guard angelic plac'd." ** This turn hath made amends; thou hast fulfillid To whom the angel with contracted brow. Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign,

* Accuse not Nature, she hath done her pari : Giver of all things fair! but fairest this

Do thou but thine; and be not diflident Of all thy gifts! nor enviest. I now see

Of Wisdom; she deserts thee not, if thou Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself

Disiniss not her, when most thou need'st her nigl: Before me: woman is her name ; of man

By attributing over-much to things Extracted : for this cause he shall forego

Less excellent, as thou thyself perceiv'st. Father and mother, and to his wife adhere;

For, what admir'st thou, what transports thee so, And they shall be one flesh, one heart, one soul.' An outside ? fair, no doubt, and worthy well

“She heard me thus; and though divinely brought, Thy cherishing, thy honoring, and thy love; Vet innocence, and virgin modesty,

Not thy subjection; weigh with her thysell, Her virtue, and the conscience of her worth, Then value: ofl-uimes nothing profits more That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won, Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right Not obvious, not obtrusive, but, retir'd,

Well-inanag’d; of ihat skill the more thou knowist, The more desirable; or, to say all

The more she will acknowledge thee her head, Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought, And to realities yield all her shows : Wrought in her so, that, seeing me, she turn'd : Made so adorn for thy delight the more, I followed her; she what was honor knew,

So awful, that with honor thou may'st love And with obsequious majesty approv'd

Thy mate, who sees when thou art seen least wie My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower

But if the sense of touch, whereby mankind I led her blushing like the morn: all Heaven, Is propagated, seem such dear delight

Beyond all other; think the same vouchsaf'd With grateful memory: thou to mankind
To cattle and each beast; which would not be Be good and friendly still, and oft return!"
To them made common and divulg'd, if aught So parted they; the angel up to Heaven
Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue

From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower
The soul of man, or passion in him move.
What higher in her society thou find'st
Attractive, human, rationai, love still;

BOOK IX. In loving thou dost well, in passion not,

THE ARGUMENT. Wherein true love consists not: Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges; hath his seat Satan, having compassed the Earth, with meditate! In reason, and is judicious; is the scale

guile returns, as a mist, by night into Paradise ; By which to heavenly love thou may'st ascend, enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve Not sunk in carnal pleasure ; for which cause, in the morning go forth to their labors, which Among the beasts no mate for thee was found." Eve proposes to divide in several places, each

To whom thus, half abash'd, Adam replied. laboring apart: Adam consents not, alleging the “Neither her outside form'd so fair, nor aught danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were In procreation common to ail kinds,

forewarned, should attempt her found alone : (Though higher of the genial bed by far,

Eve, loth to be thought not circumspect or firm And with mysterious reverence I deem)

enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous So much delights me, as those graceful acts,

to make trial of her strength ; Adam at last l'hose thousand decencies, that daily flow

yields : the serpent finds her alone ; his subtle From all her words and actions mix'd with love approach, first gazing, then speaking ; with much And sweet coinpliance, which declare unseign'd flattery extolling Eve above all other creatures Union of mind, or in us both one soul;

Eve, wondering to hear the serpent speak, asks Harmony to beho'd in wedded pair

how he attained to human speech, and such un. More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. derstanding, not till now; the serpent answers, Yet these subject not: I to thee disclose

that by tasting of a certain tree in the garden he What inward thence I feel, not therefore foil'd attained both to speech and reason, till then void Who meet with various objects, from the sense of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that Variously representing: yet, still free,

tree, and finds it to be the tree of knowledge Approve the best, and follow what I approve.

forbidden: the serpent, now grown bolder, with To love, thou blam'st me not; for Love, thou say'st, many wiles and arguments, induces her at length Leads up to Heaven, is both the way and guide; to eat; she, pleased with the taste, deliberates a Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask :

while whether to impart thereof 10 Adam or not; Love not the heavenly spirits, and how their love at last brings him of the fruit; relates what perExpress they? by looks only? or do they mix

suaded her to eat thereof: Adam, at first amazed, Irradiance; virtual or immediate touch ?"

but perceiving her lost, resolves, through reTo whom the angel, with a smile that glow'd hemence of love, to perish with her: and, exCelestial rosy red, Love's proper hue,

tenuating the trespass, eats also of the fruit: the Answered : “ Let it suffice thee that thou know'st effects thereof in them both ; they seek to cover Us happy, and without love no happiness.

their nakedness ; then fall to variance and acWhatever pure thou in the body enjoy'st,

cusation of one another. (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy In eminence; and obstacle find none

No more of talk where God or angel guest Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars; With Man, as with his friend, familiar us'd Easier than air with air, if spirits embrace,

To sit indulgent, and with him partake Total they mix, union of pure with pure

Rural repast ; permitting him the while Desiring ; nor restrain'd conveyance need,

Venial discourse unblam'd. I now must change As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul. Those notes to tragic; foul distrust, and breach But I can now no more; the parting Sun

Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt
Beyond the Earth's green cape and verdant isles And disobedience : on the part of Heaven
Hesperian sets, my signal to depart.

Now alienated, distance and distaste,
Be strong, live happy, and love! but, first of all, | Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given,
Him, whom to love is to obey, and keep

That brought into this world a world of woe,
His great command : take heed lest passion swar Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery
Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will Death's harbinger: sad task, yet argument
Would not admit: thine, and of all thy sons, Not less but more heroic than the wrath
The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware! Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued
I in thy persevering shall rejoice,

Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage
And all the blest : stand fast; to stand or fall Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous'd ;
Free in thine own arbitrement it lies.

Or Neptune's ire, or Juno's, that so long
Perfect within, no outward aid require ;

Perplex'd the Greek, and Cytherea's son; And all temptation w transgress repel."

If answerable style I can obtain So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus

Of my celestial patroness, who deigns Follow'd with benediction. “Since to part, Her nightly visitation unimplor’d, Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger,

And dictates to me slumbering; or inspires Seni from whose sovran goodness I adore !

Easy my unpremeditated verse :
Gentle to me and affable hath been

Since first this subject for heroic song
Thy condescension, and shall be honor'd ever | Pleas'd me long choosing, and beginning late;

Not sedulous by nature to indite

Active within, beyond the sense of brute. Wars, hitherto the only argument

Thus he resolvid, but first from inward grief Heroic deem'd; chief mastery to dissect

His bursting passion into plaints thus pour'd. With long and tediv'is havoc fabled knights

“O Earth, how like to Heaven, if not preferr'd In battles feign'd; the better fortitude

More justly, seat worthier of Gods, as built of patience and heroic martyrdom

With second thoughts, reforming what was old! Unsung; or to describe races and games,

For what god, after better, worse would build ? Or tilting furniture, emblazon'd shields,

Terrestrial Heaven, danc'd round by other Heareas Impresses quaint, caparisons and steeas,

That shine, yet bear their bright officious lamps, Bases and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights Light above light, for thee alone as seems, At joust and tournament; then marshall'd feast In thee concentring all their precious beams Serv'd up in hall with sewers and seneschals; Of sacred influence! as God in Heaven The skill of artifice or office mean,

Is centre, yet extends to all ; so thou, Not that which justly gives heroic name

Centring, receiv'st from all those orbs : in thee, To person or to poem. Me, of these

Not in themselves, all their known virtue appears Nor skill'd nor studious, higher argument

Productive in herb, plant, and nobler birth Remains; sufficient of itself to raise

Of creatures animate with gradual life That name, unless an age too late, or cold

Of growth, sense, reason, all summ'd up in Man. Climate, or years, damp my intended wing

With what delight could I have walk'd thee round, Depress'd ; and much they may, if all be mine, If I could joy in aught, sweet interchange Not hers, who brings it nightly to my ear.

Of hill, and valley, rivers, woods, and plains, The Sun was sunk, and after him the star Now land, now sea, and shores with forest crown'd Of Hesperus, whose office is to bring

Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these Twilight upon the Earth, short arbiter

Find place or refuge; and the more I see
"Twixt day and night, and now from end to end Pleasures about me, so much more I feel
Night's hemisphere had veild the horizon round : Torment within me, as from the hateful siege
When Satan, who late fled before the threals Of contraries : all good to me becomes
Of Gabriel out of Eden, now improv'd

Bane, and in Heaven much worse would be my state. In meditated fraud and malice, bent

But neither here seek I, no nor in Heaven On Man's destruction, maugre what might hap To dwell, unless by mastering Heaven's Supreme Of heavier on himself, fearless return'd.

Nor hope to be myself less miserable By nigh: he fled, and at midnight return'd

By what I seek, but others to make such From compassing the Earth ; cautious of day, As I, though thereby worse to me redound : Since Uriel, regent of the Sun, descried

For only in destroying I find ease His entrance, and forewarn'd the cherubim

To my relentless thoughts; and, him destroy'd, That kept their watch; thence full of anguish driv'n, Or won to what may work his utter loss, The space of seven continued nights he rode For whom all this was made, all this will soon With darkness, thrice the equinoctial line

Follow, as to him link'd in weal or woe; He circled; four times crossd the car of night In woe then; that destruction wide may range : From pole to pole traversing each colúre;

To me shall be the glory sole among On the eighth return'd; and on the coast averse The infernal powers, in one day to have marr'd From entrance or cherubic watch, by stealth What he, Almighty styl’d, six nights and days Found unsuspected way. There was a place, Continued making; and who knows how long Now not, though sin, not time, first wrought the change, Before had been contriving? though perhaps Where Tigris at the foot of Paradise,

Not longer than since I, in one night, freed. Into a gulf shot under ground, till part

From servitude inglorious well nigh half Rose up a fountain by the tree of life:

The angelic name, and thinner left the throng in with the river sunk, and with it rose

Of his adorers : he, to be aveng'd, Satan, involva in rising mist; then sought

And to repair his numbers thus impair'd, Where to lie hid ; sea he had search'd, and land, Whether such virtue spent of old now fail'd From Eden over Pontus and the pool

More angels to create, if they at least Marotis, up beyond the river Ob;

Are his created, or, to spite us more, Downward as far antarctic; and in length,

Determin'd to advance into our room
West from Orontes to the ocean barr'd

A creature form'd of earth, and him endow,
At Darien ; thence to the land where flows Exalted from so base original,
Ganges and Indus: thus the orb he roam'd

With heavenly spoils, our spoils : what he decreer With narrow search; and with inspection deep He effected ; Man he made, and for him built Consider'd every creature, which of all

Magnificent this world, and Earth his seat, Most opportune might serve his wiles; and found Him lord pronounc'd ; and, O indignity! The serpent subtlest beast of all the field.

Subjected to his service angel-wings,
Him, after long debate, irresolute

And flaming ministers to watch and tend
Of thoughts revolv'd, his final sentence chose Their earthly charge: of these the vigilance
Fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom

I dread : and, to elude, thus wrapt in mist
To enter, and his dark suggestions hide

Of midnight vapor glide obscure, and pry From sharpest sight: for, in the wily snake In every bush and brake, where hap may find Whatever sleights, none would suspicious mark, The serpent sleeping ; in whose mazy folds As from his wit and native subtlety

To hide me, and the dark intent I bring. Proceeding; which, in other beasts observ'd, O foul descent! that I, who erst contended Duubt might beget of diabolic power

With Gods to sit the highest, am now constrnine

Into a beast; and, mix'd with bestial slime, Yet not so strictly hath our Lord impos'd
This essence to incarnate and imbrute,

Labor, as to debar us when we need
That to the height of deity aspir'd !

Refreshment, whether food, or talk between, But what will not ambition and revenge

Food of the mind, or this sweet intercourse Descend to? Who aspires, must down as low Of looks and smiles; for smiles from reason flow, As high he soar'd; obnoxious, first or last,

To brute denied, and are of love the food; To basest things. Revenge, at first though swcet, Love, not the lowest end of human life. Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils :

For not to irksome toil, but to delight, Let it; I reck not, so it light well aim'd,

Ile made us, and delight to reason join'd. Since higher I fall short, on him who next

These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint hurts Provokes my envy, this new favorite

Will keep from wilderness with ease, as wide Of Heaven, this man of clay, son of despite, As we need walk, till younger hands ere long Whom, us the more to spite, his Maker rais'd Assist us: but, if much converse perhaps From dust: spite then with spite is best repaid." Thee satiate, to short absence I could yield:

So saying, through each thicket dank or dry, For solitude sometimes is best society, Like a black mist low-creeping, he held on

And short retirement urges sweet return. His midnight-search, where soonest he might find But other doubt possesses me, lest harm The serpent: him fast sleeping soon he found Befall thee sever'd from me; for thou know'st In labyrinth of many a round self-roll’d,

What hath been warn'd us, what malicious foe, His head the midst, well stor'd with subtle wiles: Envying our happiness, and of his own Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den,

Despairing, seeks to work us woe and shame Nor nocent yet; but, on the grassy herb, . By sly assault; and somewhere nigh at hand Fearless, unfear'd he slept: in at his mouth Watches, no doubt, with greedy hope to find The Devil enter'd; and his brutal sense,

His wish and best advantage, us asunder; In heart or head, possessing, soon inspir'd

Hopeless to circumvent us joind, where each With act intelligential; but his sleep

To other speedy aid might lend at need:
Disturb'd not, waiting close the approach of morn. Whether his first design be to withdraw
Now, when as sacred light began to dawn Our fealty from God, or to disturb
In Eden on the humid flowers, that breath'd Conjugal love, than which perhaps no bliss
Their morning incense, when all things, that breathe, Enjoy'd by us excites his envy more ;
From the Earth's great altar send up silent praise Or this, or worse, leave not the faithful side
To the Creator, and his nostrils fill

That gave thee being, still shades thee, and protects
With grateful smell, forth came the human pair, The wife, where danger or dishonor lurks,
And join'd their vocal worship to the quire Safest and seemliest by her husband stays,
Of creatures wanting voice; that done, partake Who guards her, or with her the worst endures."
The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs To whom the virgin majesty of Eve,
Then commune, how that day they best may ply As one who loves, and some unkindness meets,
Their growing work: for much their work outgrew With sweet austere composure thus replied.
The hands' dispatch of two gardening so wide, “Oflspring of Heaven and Earth, and all Earth's
And Eve first to her husband thus began.

Lord! "Adam, well may we labor still to dress

That such an enemy we have, who seeks This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower, Our ruin, both by thee inform'd I learn, Our pleasant task enjoin'd; but till more hands | And from the parting angel overheard, Aid us, the work under our labor grows,

As in a shady nook I stood behind, Luxurious by restraint; what we by day

Just then return'd at shut of evening flowers. Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doub! One night or two with wanton growth derides, |To God or thee, because we have a foe Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise, May tempt it, I expected not to hear. Or bear what to my mind first thoughts present : His violence thou fear'st not, being such Let us divide our labors; thou, where choice As we, not capable of death or pain, Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind Can either not receive, or can repel. The woodbine round this arbor, or direct

His fraud is then thy fear; which plain infers The clasping ivy where to climb; while I, |Thy equal fear, that my firm faith and love In yonder spring of roses intermix'd

Can by his fraud be shaken or seduc'd ; With myrtle, find what to redress till noon : | Thoughts, which how found they harbor in thy breast. For, while so near each other thus all day

Adam, mis-thought of her to thee so dear ?" Our task we choose, what wonder if so near

To whom with healing words Adam replied. Looks intervene and smiles, or object new

“ Daughter of God and Man, immortal Eve! Casual discourse draw on; which intermits

For such thou art; from sin and blame entire : Our day's work, brought to little, though begun Not diffident of thee do I dissuade Early, and the hour of supper comes unearn'd ?" Thy absence from my sight, but to avoid

To whom mild answer Adam thus return'd. |The attempt itself, intended by our foe. “Sole Eve, associate sole, to me beyond

For he who tempts, though in vain, at least aspersus Compare above all living creatures dear!

The templed with dishonor foul; suppos'd
Well hast thou motion'd, well thy thoughts employ'd, Not incorruptible of faith, not proof
How we might best fulfil the work which here Against temptation : thou thyself with scorn
God hath assign'd us; nor of me shall pass And anger wouldst resent the offer'd wrong,
Unprais'd : for nothing lovelier can be found Though ineffectual found : misdeem not then,
In woman than to study household good,

If such affront I labor to avert
And good works in her husband to promote. From thee alone, which on os both at once

The enemy, though bold, will hardly dare ; JOn what thou hast of virtue; summon all! .
Or daring, first on me the assault shall light. For God towards thee hath done his part, do thine."
Nor thou his malice and false guile conten;

So spake the patriarch of mankind; but Eve Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce Persisted; yet submiss, though last, replied. Angels ; nor think superfluous other's aid.

“With thy permission then, and thus forewarn'd I from the influence of thy looks receive

Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Access in every virtue; in thy sight

Touch'd only; that our trial, when least sought, More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were, May find us both perhaps far less prepard, Of outward strength; while shame, thou looking on, The willinger I go, nor much expect Shame to be overcome or over-reach'd,

A foe so proud will first the weaker seek; Would utmost vigor raise, and rais’d, unite. So bent, the more shall shame him his repulse." Why shouldst not thou like sense within thee feel Thus saying, from her husband's hand her hand When I am present, and thy trial choose

Soft she withdrew; and, like a wood-nymph light, With me, best witness of thy virtue tried ?" Oread or Dryad, or of Delia's train, So spake domestic Adam in his care

Betook her to the groves; but Delia's self And matrimonial love; but Eve, who thought In gait surpass'd, and goddess-like deport, Less attributed to her faith sincere,

Though not as she with bow and quiver arm’d, Thus her reply with accent sweet renew'd. But with such gardening tools as art yet rude. *If this be our condition, thus to dwell

Guiltless of fire, had form’d, or angels brought In narrow circuit straiten'd by a foe,

To Pales, or Pomona, thus adorn'd, Subtle or violent, we not endued

Likest she seem'd, Pomona when she fled Single with like defence, wherever met;

Vertumnus, or to Ceres in her prime, How are we happy, still in fear of harm?

Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove. But harm precedes not sin : only our foe,

Her long with ardent look his eye pursued Tempting, affronts us with his foul esteem

Delighted, but desiring more her stay, Of our integrity: his foul esteem

Oft he to her his charge of quick return
Sticks no dishonor on our front, but turns

Repeated; she to him as oft engag'd
Foul on himself; then wherefore shunn'd or fear'd To be return'd by noon amid the bower,
By us? who rather double honor gain

And all things in best order to invite
From his surmise prov'd false ; find peace within, Noontide repast, or afternoon's repose.
Favor from Heaven, our witness, from the event. O much deceiv'd, much failing, hapless Eve,
And what is faith, love, virtue, unassay'd

Of thy presum'd return! event perverse!
Alone, without exterior help sustain'd ?

Thou never from that hour in Paradise Let us not then suspect our happy state

Found'st either sweet repast, or sound repose; Left so imperfect by the Maker wise,

Such ambush, hid among sweet flowers and shades As not secure to single or combin'd.

Waited with hellish rancor imminent Frail is our happiness, if this be so,

To intercept thy way, or send thee back And Eden were no Eden, thus expos'd."

Despoil'd of innocence, of faith, of bliss! To whom thus Adam fervently replied.

For now, and since first break of dawn, the fiend, O Woman, best are all things as the will

Mere serpent in appearance, forth was come; Of God ordaind them: his creating hand

And on his quest, where likeliest he might find Nothing imperfect or deficient left

The only two of mankind, but in them Of all that he created, much less Man,

The whole included race, his purpos'd prey. Or aught that might his happy state secure, In bower and field he sought where any tuft Secure from outward force; within himself of grove or garden-plot more pleasant lay, The danger lies, vet lies within his power:

Their tendance, or plantation for delight; Against his will he can receive no harm.

By fountain or by shady rivulet But God left free the will; for what obeys He sought them both, but wish'd his hap might find Reason, is free; and reason he made right, Eve separate; he wish'd, but not with hope But bid her well beware, and still erect;

Of what so seldom chanc'd; when to his wish, Lest, by some fair-appearing govu surpris'd, Beyond his hope, Eve separate he spies, She dictate false ; and misinform the will

Veil'd in a cloud of fragrance, where she stood, To do what God expressly hath forbid.

Half spied, so thick the roses blushing round Not then mistrust, but tender love, enjoins, About her glow'd, oft stooping to support That I should mind thee oft: and mind thou me Each flower of slender stalk, whose head, though gay Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve,

Carnation, purple, azure, or speckd with gold, Since reason not impossibly may meet

Ilung drooping unsustain'd; them she upstays Some specious object by the foe suborn'd,

Gently with myrtle band, mindless the while And fall into deception unaware,

Herself, though fairest unsupported flower, Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warn'd. From her best prop so far, and storm so nigh. Seek not temptation then, which to avoid

Nearer he drew, and many a walk travérs'd Were better, and most likely if from me

Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm ; Thru sever not: trial will come unsought.

Then voluble and bold, now hid, now seen, Wouldst thou approve thy constancy, approve Among thick-woven arborets, and flowers First thy obedience; the other who can know, Imborder'd on each bank, the hand of Eve: Not seeing thee attempted, who attest ?

Spot more delicious than those gardens feign'd But if thou think, trial unsought may find

Or of reviv'd Adonis, or renown'd l's both securer than thus warn'd thou seem'st, Alcinous, host of old Laertes' son ; Go; for thy stay not free, absents thee more; Or that, not mystic, where the sapient king bio in thy native innocence, rely

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