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From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin’d,
New Heav'ns, new Earth, ages of endless date
Founded in righteousness and peace and love, 1559
To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss.

He ended; and thus Adam last reply'd.
How foon hath thy prediction, Seer blest,
Measur'd this tranfient world, the race of time,
Till time stand fix'd? beyond is all abyss, 555
Eternity, whose end no eye can reach.
Greatly instructed I shall hence depart,
Greatly in peace of thought, and have


fill Of knowledge, what this vefsel can contain; Beyond, which was my folly to aspire. 560 Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best, And love with fear the only God, to walk As in his presence, ever to observe

His 11, 12. Seeing then that all these things after the conflagration, and made the mall be dissolved &c. the Heavens habitation of Angels and just men being on fire shall be diffolved. And made perfect, was very pleasing to he had mention'd before, ver. 459. our author, as it was to Dr. Burnet, this world's diffolution.

and must be to every one of a fine

and exalted imagination ; and Mil549. New Heav'ns, new Earth,] ton has inlarged upon it in several The very words of St. Peter, 2 Pet. parts of his works, and particularly III. 13. Nevertheless we, according in this poem, III. 333, &c. X. 638. to his promise, look for new Heavens XI. 65, 900. XII. 462. and a new Earth, wherein dwelleth rigbteousness. This notion, of the 568. Subverting worldly strong, &c.} Heavens and Earth being renew'd 1 Cor. I. 27. God hash chefen the


His providence, and on him sole depend,
Merciful over all his works, with good

Still overcoming evil, and by small
Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
Subverting worldly strong, and wordly wise
By simply meek; that suffering for truth's fake
Is fortitude to highest victory,

570 And to the faithful death the gate of life; Taught this by his example whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest.

To whom thus also th’ Angel last reply'd. This having learn’d, thou haft attain’d the sum 575 Of wisdom; hope no high'er, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th'ethereal pow'rs, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or sea,

And foolish things of the world to confound 574. To whom thus also th' Angel the wise; and God bath chosen the last reply'd.] This is the last aveak things of the world to confound speech of the Angel, as the forethe things which are mighty. And going one was the last speech of fo in the rest there is the sense of Adam; and they are both introduc's Scripture, if not the very words, in the fame manner. It was said As to cbey is beft, 1 Sam. XV. 22. before, Behold to obey is better than sacrifice.

thus Adam laft reply'd: And on him fole depend, 1 Pet. V.7. and here it is said again, Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. And merciful over

- thus also th' Angel last reply'd. all bis works, Psal. CXLV.9. His This repetition is not below our mercits are over all his works, &c. notice.

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And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst,
And all the rule, one empire; only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith,
Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
By name to come callid charity, the soul
Of all the rest : then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A Paradise within thee, happier far.
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence ; and see the guards,
By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword,
In signal of remove, waves fiercely round;
We may no longer stay: go, waken Eve ;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd


595 Por

581. only add &c.] See the 588.

from this top 2d of Pet. I. 5, &c. And besides this, Of speculation ;] From this vifiogiving all diligence, add to your faith, nary highth, from this hill of provirtue; and to virtue, knowledge; phecy and prediction. Speculation, a and to knowledge, temperance; and to watching on a tower or high place, temperance, patience; and to patience, thence a discovery, therefore applied godliness; and to godliness, brotherly to the prophets in the sacred page, kindness; and to brosherly kindness, who are called seers and watchmen, charity. A text that the reader may speculatores of specula Latin, a watchhave the pleasure of seeing excel tower ; Son of man, I have made thee lently explain'd and illustrated in a a watchman unto the house of Ifrael. anost ingenious discourse by Mr.War. Ezek. III. 17. more exactly described burton.

chap. XXXIII. 3, 4, 5,6,7. Hume.


Portending good, and all her spi'rits compos’d
To meek submission : thou at season fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come 600
(For by the Woman's seed) on all mankind :
That ye may live, which will be many days,
Both in one faith unanimous though sad,
With cause for evils past, yet much more chear'd
With meditation on the happy end.

He ended, and they both descend the hill;
Descended, Adam to the bow'r where Eve
Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak’d;
And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd.

Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I

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So Parad. Reg. IV. 236. This spe- Angel are full of moral and instruccular mount.

Richardson. tive sentiments. The sleep that fell 608. but found her wak’d;] upon Eve, and the Effects it had in There is some inconsistence between quieting the disorders of her mind, this and what is said in the argu- produce the same kind of consolament to this book, which was writ- tion in the reader, who cannot perten afterwards. There it is said that use the last beautiful speech, which Adam wakens Eve, but here that he is ascribed to the mother of manfound her wak'd.

kind, without a secret pleasure and 609. And thus with words not fad fatisfaction. The following lines,

she him receiv'd.] Milton's which conclude the poem, rise in a poem ends very nobly. The last molt glorious blaze of poetical ima{peeches of Adam and the Arch- ges and expresions. Addison.

611. For

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For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise, 611
Which he hath sent propitious, some great good
Presaging, since with forrow' and heart's distress
Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on;
In me is no delay; with thee to go,
Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling ; thou to me
Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou,
Who for


wilful crime art banish'd hence. This further confolation yet secure

620 I carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favor I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,

Ву 611. For God is also in fleep, and her husband is, as the Angel had

dreams advise,] is also in taught her before, XI. 290. sleep, and admonishes by dreams as Thy going is not lonely; with thee well as by visions, according to Numb. XII. 6. If there be a prophet Thy husband; him to follow thou

goes among you, I the Lord will make

art bound; myself known unto him in a vision,

Where he abides, think there thy and I will speak unto him in a dream.

native soil. And thus Homer, Iliad. I. 63. Kau gap n'ovap en soesi. Nam So that the author makes Woman's et fomnium quoque ab Jove eft. Paradise to be in company with her And the application is very elegant husband, but Man's to be in himin this place, as Adam's was a vi self, ver. 587. fion, and Eve's a dream, and God

A Paradise within thre, happier far. was in the one as well as in the other.

625. for now too nigh 6:5. In me is no delay;] In me mora Tb' Arch- Angel food,] Our poet non erit ulla. Virg. Ecl. III. 52. observes the 7o open cv, the decorum

616. Is 10 ftay here; &c.] She is to the last degree, making our first now come to that temper of mind, parents such perfect patterns of moas to think it Paradise, wherever . defty, as to forbear their indear


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