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What think'st thou of our empire now, though earn'd In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite,
With travel difficult, not better far

Of noxious efficacy, and when to join
Than still at Hell's dark threshold to have sat watch, In synod unbenign; and taught the fix'd
Unnam’d, undreaded, and thyself half-starv'd ?" Their influence malignant when to shower,

Whum thus the Sin-born monster answer'd soon. Which of them rising with the Sun, or falling, " To me, who with eternal famine pine,

Should prove tempestuous; to the winds they set Alike is Hell, or Paradise, or Heaven;

Their corners, when with bluster to confound
There best, where most with ravine I may meet; Sea, air, and shore; the thunder when to roll
Which here, though plenteous, all too little seems With terror through the dark aëreal hall.
To stuff this maw, this vast unhide-boud corps.' Some say he bid his angels turn askance

To whom the incestuous mother thus replied. | The poles of Earth, twice ten degrees and more “ Thou therefore on these herbs, and fruits, and From the Sun's axle; they with labor push'd flowers,

Oblique the centrie globe: some say, the Sun
Feed first ; on each beast next, and fish and lowl; Was bid turn reins from the equinoctial road
No homely morsels! and whatever thing

Like distant breadth to Taurus with the seven
The scythe of Time mows down, devour unspar'd; Atlantic Sisters, and the Spartan Twins,
Tilli, in Man residing, through the race,

Up to the tropic Crab: thence down arnain
His thoughts, his looks, words, actions, all infect | By Leo, and the Virgin, and the Scales,
And season him thy last and sweetest prey."

As deep as Capricorn; to bring in change
This said, they both betook them several wayı of seasons to each clime; else had the spring
Both to destroy, or unimmortal make

Perpetual smild on Earth with vernant flow'rs.
All kinds, and for destruction to mature

Equal in days and nights, except to those
Sooner or later; which the Almighty seeing Beyond the polar circles; to them day
From his transcendent seat the saints among Had unbenighted shone, while the low Sun,
To those bright orders uttered thus his voice. To recompense his distance, in their sight

“See, with what heat these dogs of Hell advance Had rounded still the horizon, and not known To waste and havoc yonder world, which I Or east or west; which had forbid the snow So fair and good created ; and had still

From cold Estotiland, and south as far Kept in that state, had not the folly of Man Beneath Magellan. At that tasted fruit Let in these wasteful furies, who impute

The Sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turn'd Folly to me; so doth the prince of Hell

His course intended; else, how had the world And his adherents, that with so much ease

Inhabited, though sinless, more than now, I suffer them to enter and possess

Avoided pinching cold and scorching heat? A place so heavenly: and, conniving, seem: These changes in the Heavens, though slow, produc'd To gratify my scornful enemies,

Like change on sea and land ; sideral blast, That laugh, as if, transported with some fit

Vapor, and mist, and exhalation hot, Of passion. I to them had quitted all.

Corrupt and pesulent: now, from the north At random yielded up to their misrule;

Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, And know not that I call'd, and drew them thither, Bursting their brazen dungeon, arm'd with ice, My Hell-hounds, to lick up the draft and filth And snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw, Which Man's polluting sin with taint hath shed Boreas, and Cæcias, and Argestes loud, On what was pure; ull cramm'd and gorg'd, nigh And Thrascias, rend the woods, and seas upturn, burst

With adverse blast upturns them from the south With suck'd and glutted offal, at one sling

Notus, and Afer black with thunderous clouds Of thy victorious arm, well pleasing Son,

From Serraliona; thwart of these, as fierce,
Both Sin, and Death, and yawning Grave, at last, Forth rush the Lévant and the Ponent winds,
Through Chaos hurl'd, obstruct the mouth of Hell Eurus and Zephyr, with their lateral noise,
For ever, and seal up his ravenous jaws.

Sirocco and Libecchio. Thus began
Then Heaven and Earth renew'd shall be made pure Outrage from lifeless things; but Discord first,
To sanctity, that shall receive no stain:

| Daughter of Sin, among the irrational
Till then, the curse pronounc'd on both precedes." Death introduc'd, through fierce antipathy:

He ended, and the heavenly audience loud Beast now with beast 'gan war, and fowl with foxl, Sung Halleluiah, as the sound of seas,

And fish with fish: to graze the herb all leaving, Through multitude that sung : “Just are thy ways, Devour'd each other; nor stood much in awe Righteous are thy decrees on all thy works ; Of man, but fled him: or, with countenance grim. Who can extenuate thee? Next, to the Son, Glar'd on him passing. These were from without Destin'd Restorer of mankind, by whom

The growing miseries, which Adam saw
New Heaven and Earth shall to the ages rise, Already in part, though hid in gloomiest shades
Or down from Heaven descend."-Such was their To sorrow abandon'd, but worse felt within ;
song ;

And, in a troubled sea of passion tost,
While the Creator, calling forth by name

Thus to disburden sought with sad complaint His mighty angels, gave them several charge,

"O miserable of happy! Is this the end As sorted best with present things. The Sun Of this new glorious world, and me so lale Had first his precept so to move, so shine,

The glory of that glory, who now become As might affect the Earth with cold and heat Accurs'd, of blessed ? hide me from the face Scarce tolerable, and from the north to call

Of God, whom to behold was then my height Decrepit winter; from the south to bring

Of happiness ! -Yet well, if here would end Solstitial summer's heat. To the 'blanc Moon The misery; I deserv’d it, and would bear Her office they prescribed ; to the other five My own deservings; but this will not serve. Their planetary motions, and aspécis,

All that I eat or drink, or shall begei,

is propagated curse. O voice, once heard Strange contradiction, which to God himself Delightfully, Increase and multiply;

Impossible is held; as argument Now death to hear! for what can I increase, Of weakness, not of power. Will he draw out, Or muitiply, but curses on my head ?

For anger's sake, finite to infinite, Who of all ages to succeed, but, feeling

In punish'd Man, to satisfy his rigor, The evil on him brought by me, will curse

Satisfied never! That were to extend
My head? Il fare our ancestor impure,

His sentence beyond dust and Nature's law.
For this we may thank Adam! but his thanks By which all causes else, according still
Shall be the execration: 20, besides

To the reception of their matier, act;
Mine own that bide uçon me, all from me

Not to the extent of their own sphere. But say Shall with a fierce reflux on me rebound;

That death be not one stroke, as I suppos'd,
On me, as on their natural centre, light

Bereaving sense, but endless misery
Heavy, though in their place. O fleeting joys From this day onward; which I feel beşur.
Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes! Both in me, and without me: and so last
Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To perpetuity :-Ay me! that fear
To mould me Man? Did I solicit thee

Comes thundering back with dreadful revolution
From darkness to promote me, or here place On my defenceless head; both Death and I
In this delicious garden? As my will

Are found eternal, and incorporate both;
Cuncurrd not to my being, it were but right Nor I on my part single; in me all
And equal to reduce me to my dust;

Posterity stanas curs'd: fair patrimony
Desirous to resign and render back

That I must leave ye, sons! O, were I able All I receiv'd ; unable to perform

To waste it all myself, and leave ye none ! The terms too hard, by which I was to hold So disinherited, how would you bless The good I sought not. Ta the loss of thai, Me, now your curse! Ah, why should all mank:n! Sufficient penalty, why hast thou added

| For one man's fault, thus guiltless be condenin'd. The sense of endless woes? Inexplicable

If guiltless! But from me what can proceed. Thy justice seems; yet, to say truth, too late But all corrupt; both mind and will deprav'd I thus contest; then should have been refus d Not to do only, but to will the same Those terms, whatever, when they were propos'd: With me? How can they then acquitted stand Thou didst accept them: wilt thou enjoy the good, in sight of God ? Him, after all disputes, Then caril the conditions ? and, though God Forc'd I absolve: all my evasions vain, Made thee without thy leave, what if thy son And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me stil Prove disobedient; and, reprov'd, retort,

But to my own conviction: first and last Wherefore didst thou beget me? I sought it not :' On me, me only, as the source and spring Wouldst thou admit for his contempt of thee Of all corruption, all the blame lights due ; That proud excuse? yet him not thy election, So might the wrath! fond wish! couldst thou support But natural necessity, begot.

That burden, heavier than the Earth to bear; God made thee of choice his own, and of his own Than all the world much heavier, though divide:! To serve him; thy reward was of his grace; With that bad woman? Thus, what thou desir'zi, Thy punishment then justly is at his will.

And what thou fear'st, alike destroys all hope Be it so, for I submit; his doom is fair,

Of refuge, and concludes thee miserable That dust I am, and shall to dust return :

Beyond all past example and future; O welcome hour whenever! Why delays

|To Satan only like both crime and doom. His hand to execute what his decree

O Conscience! into what abyss of fears Fird on this day! Why do I overlive?

And horrors hast thou driven me; out of when Why am I mock'd with death, and lengthen'd out I find no way, from deep to deeper plung'd!" To deathless pain? How gladly would I meet Thus Adam to himself lamented loud, Mortality my sentence, and be earth

Through the still night; not now, as ere Man fell. lisensible! How glad would lay me down Wholesome, and cool, and mild, but with black air As in my mother's lap! There I should rest Accompanied ; with damps, and dreadful gloom ; And sleep secure; his dreadful voice no more Which to his evil conscience represented Would thunder in my ears; no fear of worse All things with double terror : on the ground To me, and to my offspring, would torment me Outstreteh'd he lay, on the cold ground; and oft With cruel expectation. Yet one doubt

Curs'd his creation ; Death as oft accus'd Pursues me still, lest all I cannot die;

of tardy execution since denounc'd Let that pure breath of life, the spirit of Man The day of his offence. Why comes not Death,' Wuch God inspir'd, cannot together perish

Said he, “ with one thrice-acceptable stroke With this corporeal clod; then, in the grave, To end me? Shall Truth fail to keep her word, Or in some other dismal place, who knows

Justice Divine not hasten to be just ? But I shall die a living death? O thought

But Death comes not at call; Justice Divine Hornid, if true! Yet why? It was but breath Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries. Of life that sinn'd: what dies but what had lise 10 woods, O fountains, hillocks, dales, and bowers! And sin? The body properly hath neither.

With other echo late I taught your shades All of me then shall die : let this appease

To answer, and resound far other song."The doubt, since human reach rr further knows. Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld For though the Lord of all be infinite,

Desolate where she sat, approaching nigh, Is his wrath also! Be it, Man is not so,

Soft words to his fierce passion she assay'd: But mortal doom'd. How can he exercise

But her with stern regard he thus repell’d. Wrath without end on Man, whom death must end?! “Out of my sight, thou serpent! That name bost Can he make deathless death? That were to make Befits thee with him leagu'd, thyself as false

And hateful; nothing wants, but that thy shape, Acknowledg’d and deplord in Adam wrought Like his, and color serpentine, may show

Commiseration : soon his heart relented Thy inward fraud ; to warn all creatures from thee Towards her, his life so late, and sole delight. Henceforth; lest that too heavenly form, pretended Now at his feet submissive in distress, To hellish falsehood, snare ther! But for thee Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking. I had persisted happy ; had not thy pride

His counsel, whom she had displeas'd, his aid. And wandering vanity, when least was safe, As one disarm’d, his anger all he lost, Rejected my forewarning, and disdain'd

And thus with peaceful words uprais d her soor Not to be trusted ; longing to be seen,

“Unwary, and too desirous, as before, Though by the Devil himself; him overweening So now of what thou know'st not, who desir st To over-reach ; but, with the serpent meeting, The punishment all on thyself; alas! Fool'd and beguild; by him thou, I by thee, Bear thine own first, ill able to sustain To trust thee from my side; imagin’d wise, His full wrath, whose thou feel'st as yet least part Constant, mature, proof against all assaults ; And my displeasure bear'st so ill. If prayers And understood not all was but a show,

Could alter high decrees, I to that place Rather than solid virtue; all but a rib

Would speed before thee, and be louder heard, Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears,

That on my head all might be visited; More to the part sinister, from me drawn;

Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven, Well if thrown out, as supernumerary

To me committed, and by me expos d. To my just number found. O! why did God, . But rise ;-let us no more contend, nor blame Creator wise, that peopled highest Heaven

Each other, blam'd enough elsewhere; but strive With spirits masculine, create at last

In offices of love, how we may lighten This novelty on Earth, this fair defect

Each other's burthen, in our share of woe; Of Nature, and not fill the world at once

Since this day's death denounc'd, if aught I see, With men, as angels, without feminine ;

Will prove no sudden, but a slow-pac'd, evil; Or find some other way to generate

A long day's dying to augment our pain, Mankind ? This mischief had not then befall'n, And to our seed (O hapless seed!) deriv'd.” And more that shall befall; innumerable

To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, replied.
Disturbances on Earth through female snares, “ Adam, by sad experiment I know
And straight conjunction with this sex: for either How little weight my words with thee can find,
He never shall find out fit mate, but such

Found so erroneous; thence by just event
As some misfortune brings him, or mistake; Found so unfortunate: nevertheless,
Or whom he wishes most shall seldom gain | Restor'd by thee, vile as I am, 10 place
Through her perverseness, but shall see her gain’d Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain
By a far worse; or, if she love, withheld

Thy love, the sole contentment of my heart
By parents; or his happiest choice too late

Living or dying, from thee I will not hide Shall meet, already link'd and wedlock-bound What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen, To a fell adversary, his hate or shame;

Tending to some relief of our extremes, Which infinite calamity shall cause

Or end ; though sharp and sad, yet tolerable, To human life, and household peace confound.” As in our evils, and of easier choice.

He added not, and from her turn'd; but Eve, If care of our descent perplex us mosl.
Not so repuls d, with tears that ceas'd not flowing Which must be born to certain woe, devour'd
And tresses all disorder'd, at his feet

By Death at last ; and miserable it is,
Fell humble; and, embracing them, besought To be to others cause of misery,
His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint. Our own begotten, and of our loins to bring

"Forsake me not thus, Adam! witness Heaven Into this cursed world a woful race, What love sincere, and reverence in my heart That after wretched life must be at last I bear thee, and unweeting have offended,

Food for so foul a monster; in ihy power
L'nhappily deceiv'd! Thy suppliant

It lies, yet ere conception, to prevent
I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me noi, The race unblest, to being yet unbegot.
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,

Childless thou art, childless remain : so Death Thy counsel, in this uttermost distress,

Shall be deceiv'd his glut, and with us two My only strength and stay : forlorn of thee, Be forc'd to satisfy his ravenous maw. Whither shall I betake me, where subsist?

But if thou judge it hard and difficult, While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps, Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain Between us two let there be peace; both joining, From love's due riles, nuptial embraces sweet, As join'd in injuries, one enmity

And with desire to languish without hope, Against a foe by doom express assign'd us,

Before the present object languishing That cruel serpent : on me exercise not

With like desire; which would be misery Thy hatred for this misery befall'n;

And torment less than none of what we dread: On me already lost, me than myself

Then, both ourselves and seed at once to free More miserable! Both have sinn'd; but thou From what we fear for both, let us make short, Against God only; I against God and thee; Let us seek Death ;-or, he not found, supply And to the place of judgment will return, With our own hands his office on ourselves : There with my crimes impórtune Heaven; that all Why stand we longer shivering under fears, The sentence, from thy head remov'd, may light That show no end but death, and have the power, On me, sole cause to thee of all this woe;

Of many ways to die the shortest choosing, Me, me only, just object of his ire!"

Destruction with destruction to destroy ?"She ended weeping; and her lowly plight, She ended here, or vehement despair Immovable, till peace obtain'd from fault

| Broke off the rest · so much of death her thoughts

Hlad entertain'd, as dy'd her cheeks with pale. Which might supply the Sun: such fire to use
But Adam, with such counsel nothing sway'd, | And what may else be remedy or cure
l'o better hopes his more attentive mind

To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought Laboring had rais'd ; and thus to Eve replied. He will instruct us praying, and of grace

"Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems Beseeching him; so as we need not fear To argue in thee something more sublime

To pass commodiously this life, sustain'd And excellent, than what thy mind contemns ; By him with many comforts, till we end But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes In dust, our final rest and native home. That excellence thought in thee; and implies, What better can we do, than, to the place Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret

Repairing where he judg'u us, prostrate fall For loss of life and pleasure overlov'd.

Before him reverent; and there confess Or if thou covet death, as utmost end

Humbly our faults, and pardon beg; with tears Of misery, so thinking to evade

Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air The penalty pronounc'd ; doubt not but God . Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign Hath wisolier arm'd his vengeful ire, than so Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek ? To be forestallid ; much more I fear lest death, Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn So snatch'd, will not exempt us from the pain From his displeasure ; in whose looks serene, We are by doom to pay; rather, such acts When angry most he seem'd and most severe, Of contumacy will provoke the Highest

What else but favor, grace, and mercy, shone !" To make death in us live: then let us seek

So spake our father penitent; nor Eve Some safer resolution, which methinks

Felt less remorse: they, forthwith to the place I have in view, calling to mind with heed

Repairing where he judg'd them, prostrate fell Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise Before him reverent; and both confess'd l'he serpent's head; piteous amends! unless Humbly their faults, and pardon begg'd; with tears Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foe, Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air Satan; who, in the serpent, hath contriv'd

Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Against us this deceit: to crush his head

Of sorrow unseign'd, and humiliation merk
Would be revenge indeed! which will be lost
By death brought on ourselves, or childless days
Resolv'd, as thou proposest: so our foe

BOOK XI.
Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we
Instead shall double ours upon our heads

THE ARGUMENT.
No more be mention'd then of violence
Against ourselves; and wilful barrenness,

The Son of God presents to his Father the pravers That cuts us off from hope; and savors only

of our first parents now repenting, and inerRancor and pride, impatience and despite,

cedes for them : God accepts them, but declares Reluctance against God and his just yoke

that they must no longer abide in Paradise. sends Lad on our necks. Remember with what mild Michael with a band of cherubim to dispossess And gracious temper he both heard, and judg'd, them; but first to reveal to Adam future things Without wrath or reviling; we expected

Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve Immediate dissolution, which we thought

certain ominous signs ; he discerns Michael's apWas meant by death that day; when lo! to thee proach ; goes out to meet him : the angel de. Pains only in child-bearing were foretold,

nounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam And bringing forth ; soon recompens'd with joy, pleads, but submits; the angel leads him up to a Fruit of thy womb: on me the curse aslope

high hill; sets before him in vision what shall Glanc'd on the ground; with labor I must carn happen till the Flood. My bread; what harm ? Idleness had been worse ; My labor will sustain me; and, lest cold

Thus they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood Or heat should injure us, his timely care

Praying; for from the mercy-seat above Hath, unbesought, provided ; and his hands Prevenient grace descending had remov'd Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg'di. The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh How much more if we pray him, will his ear Regenerate grow instead ; that sighs now breath'd Be open, and his heart to pity incline,

Unutterable; which the spirit of prayer And teach us further by what means to shun Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heaven with speedier flight

inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow? Than loudest oratory: yet their port Which now the sky, with various face, begins Not of mean suitors; nor important less

ow us in this mountain ; while the winds Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks In fables old, less ancient yet than these, se fair spreading trees; which bids us seek Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore

Deller shroud, some better warmth to cherish The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine If limbs benumb'd, ere this diurnal star

Of Themis stood devout. To Heaven their prayers cold the night, how we his gather'd beams Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds erted may with matter sere foment;

Blown vagabond or frustrate : in they pass d f, by collision of two bodies, grind

Dimensionless through heavenly doors; then clad be air attrite to fire: as late the clouds

With incense, where the golden altar fum'd, . or push'd with winds, rude in their shock, By their great Intercessor, came in sight slant lightning; whose thwart flame, driven Before the Father's throne : them the giad Son

Presenting, thus to intercede began. es the gummy bark of fir or pine ;

"See, Father, what first-fruits on Earth are sprung du sends a comfortable heat from far

From thy implanted grace in Man; these sighs

Of these fair spreadin Some better shroud,

Leave cold the "

Justling, or push'd
Tine the slant lightning

Kindles the gumm

down,

And prayers, which in this golden censer, mix'd His heart I know, how variable and vain,
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring ; Self-left. Lest therefore his now bolder hand
Fruits of more pleasing savor, from. thy seed Reach also of the tree of life, and eat,
Sown with contrition in his heart, than those | And live for ever, dream at least to live
Which, his own hand manuring, all the trees For ever, to remove him I decree
Of Paradise could have produc'd ere fallin

And send him from the garden forth to till
From innocence. Now, therefore, bend thine ear | The ground whence he was taken, fitter soil.
To supplication; hear his sighs, though mute; “ Michael, this my behest have thou in charge
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me

Take to thee from among the cherubim Interpret for him , me, his advocate

Thy choice of flaming warriors, lest the fiend, And propitiation; all his works on me,

Or in behalf of Man, or to invade Good, or not good, ingraft; my merit those

Vacant possession, some new trouble raise ; Shall perfect, and for these ry death shall pay. Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God Accept me; and, in me, from these receive Without remorse drive out the sinful pair; The smell of peace toward mankind : let him live From hallow'd ground the unholy; and denounce Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days

To them, and in their progeny, from thence
Number'd though sad ; till death his doom (which I Perpetual banishment. Yet, lest they faint
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse,)

| At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd,
To better life shall yield him: where with me |(For I behold them sofien'd, and with tears
All my redeem'd may duell in joy and bliss; Bewailing their excess,) all terror hide.
Made one with me, as I with thee am one." If patiently thy bidding they obey,

To whom the Father, without cloud, serene. Dismiss them not disconsolate ; reveal “ All thy request for Man, accepted Son,

To Adam what shall come in future days, Obtain ; all thy request was my decree:

As I shall thee enlighten; intermix But, longer in that Paradise to dwell,

My covenant in the woman's seed renew'd : The law I gave to Nature him forbids :

So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peace Those pure immortal elements, that know

And on the east side of the garden place, No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,

Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs, Eject him, tainted now; and purge him off, Cherubic watch ; and of a sword the flame As a distemper, gross, to air as gross,

Wide-waving; all approach far off to fright, And mortal food; as may dispose him best

And guard all passage to the tree of life: For dissolution wrought by sin, that first

Lest Paradise a receptacle prove Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt

To spirits foul, and all my vees their prey; Corrupted. I, at first, with two fair gifts

With whose stol'n fruit man once more to delude. Created him endow'd; with happiness,

He ceas'd ; and the archangelic power prepar'd And immortality: that fondly lost,

For swift descent; with him the cohort bright This other serv'd but to eternize woe;

Of watchful cherubim : four faces each Till I provided death : sū death becomes

Had, like a double Janus; all their shape His final remedy; and, after life,

Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Tried in sharp tribulation, and refin'd

Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drowse, By faith and faithful works, io second life,

Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Wak'd in the renovation of the just,

Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Meanwhile, Resigns him up with Heaven and Earth renew'd. | To re-salute the world with sacred light, But let us call to synod all the blesi,

Leucothea wak'd; and with fresh dews embalın'd Through Heaven's wide bounds : from them I will The Earth; when Adam and first matron Eve

Had ended now their orisons, and found My judgments; how with mankind I proceed, Strength added from above ; new hope to spring As how with peccant angels late they saw, Out of despair; joy, but with fear yet link'd; And in their state, though firm, stood more con- Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd. firm'd."

“Eve, easily may faith admit, that all He ended, and the Son gave signal high

The good which we enjoy, from Heaven descends To the bright minister that watch'd; he blew But, that from us aught should ascend to Heaven His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps

So prevalent as to concern the mind When God descended, and perhaps once more Of God high-blest, or to incline his will, To sound at general doom. The angelic blast Hard to belief may seem ; yet this will prayer Fillid all the regions : from their blissful bowers Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne Of amaranthine shade, fountain or spring,

Even to the seat of God. For since I sought By the waters of life, where'er they sat

By prayer the offended Deity to appease ; In fellowships of joy, the sons of light

Kneeld, and before him humbled all my henrı ; Hasted, resorting to the summons high:

Methought I saw him placable and mild,
And took their seats : till from his throne supreme Bending his ear; persuasion in me grew
The Almighty thus pronounc'd his sovran will. That I was heard with favor; peace return'd
“O sons, like one of us Man is become

Home to my breast, and to my memory
To know both good and evil, since his taste His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe;
Of that defended fruit; but let him boast

Whieh, then not minded in dismay, yet now His knowledge of good lost, and evil got;

Assures me that the bitterness of death Happier! had it suffic'd him to have known Is past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thee, Good by itself, and evil not at all.

Eve rightly call'd, mother of all mankind, He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite, Mother of all things living, since by thee My motions in him; longer than they move, Man is to live; and all things live for Man"

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