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To prune these growing plants, and tend these “Sight hateful, sight tormenting; thus the flowers,

Imparadis'd in one another's arms, Which were it toilsome, yet with thee were sweet." The happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill

To whom thus Eve replied. “O thou for whom Of bliss on bliss; while I to Hell am thrust, And from whom I was form'd, flesh of thy flesh, Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desir And without whom am to no end, my guide Among our other torments not the least And head! what thou hast said is just and right. Still unfulfilld, with pain of longing pines For we to Him indeed all praises owe,

Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd And daily thanks; I chiefly, who enjoy From their own mouths: all is not theirs, it So far the happier lot, enjoying thee

One fatal tree there stands, of knowledge Pre-eminent hy so much odds, while thou Forbidden them to taste : Knowledge forbid Like consort to thyself canst nowhere find. Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their L That day I oft remember, when from sleep Envy them that? Can it be sin to know I first awak'd, and found myself repos'd

Can it be death? And do they only stand Under a shade on flowers, much wondering where By ignorance? Is that their happy state, And what I was, whence thither brought, and how. The proof of their obedience and their faith Not distant far from thence a murmuring sound O fair foundation laid whereon to build Of waters issued from a cave, and spread

Their ruin! Hence I will excite their minds Into a liquid plain, then stood unmoy'd

With more desire to know, and to reject Pure as the expanse of Heaven; I thither went Envious commands, invented with design With unexperienced thought, and laid me down To keep them low, whom knowledge migh On the green bank, to look into the clear

Equal with gods : aspiring to be such, Smooth lake, that to me seem'd another sky. They taste and die: what likelier can ens As I bent down to look, just opposite

But first with narrow search I must walk A shape within the watery gleam appear'd, This garden, and no corner leave unspied Bending to look on me: I started back,

A chance but chance may lead where I m It started hack ; but pleas'd I soon return'd, Some wandering spirit of Heaven by fount Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answering looks Or in thiek shade retir'd, from him to draw Of sympathy and love: there I had fix'd

What further would be learn'd. Live while Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire, Yet happy pair; enjoy, till I return, Had not a voice thus warn’d me; 'What thou seest, Short pleasures, for long woes are to succee What there thou seest, fair creature, is thyself; So saying, his proud step he scornful ture With thee it came and goes: but follow me, But with sly circumspection, and began And I will bring thee where no shadow stays Through wood, through waste, o'er hill, o Thy coming, and thy soft embraces, he

his roam. Whose image thou art; him thou shalt enjoy Meanwhile in utmost longitude, where H Inseparably thine, to him shalt bear

With earth and ocean meets, the settings Multitudes like thyself, and thence be call’d Slowly descended, and with right aspéct Mother of human race.' What could I do, Against the eastern gate of Paradise But follow straight, invisibly thus led ?

Levell d his evening rays: it was a rock Till I espied thee, fair indeed and tall,

Of alabaster, pil'd up to the clouds, Under a platane; yet methought less fair, Conspicuous far, winding with one ascen Less winning soft, less amiably mild,

Accessible from Earth, one entrance high Than that smooth watery image: back I turn'd; The rest was craggy cliff, that overhung Thou following cry'dst aloud, • Return, fair Eve, Still as it rose, impossible to climb. Whom fly'st thou ? whom thou fly'st, of him thou Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat, art,

Chief of the angelic guards, awaiting night His flesh, his bone ; to give thee being I lent About him exercis'd heroic games Out of my side to thee, nearest my heart, The unarm'd youth of Heaven, but nigh Substantial life, to have thee by my side Celestial armory, shields, helms, and spears Henceforth an individual solace dear;

Hung high, with diamond flaming and wit Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claim Thither came Uriel, gliding through the e My other half.' With that thy gentle hand On a sun-beam, swift as a shooting star Seiz'd mine: I yielded ; and from that time see In autumn thwarts the night, when vapor How beauty is excell'd by manly grace,

Impress the air, and shows the mariner And wisdom, which alone is truly fair." From what point of his compass to bewar

So spake our general mother, and with eyes Impetuous winds: he thus began in haste. Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd,

“Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hath And meek surrender, half-embracing lean'd Charge and strict watch, that to this happy On our first father; half her swelling breast No evil thing approach or enter in. Naked met his, under the flowing gold

This day at height of noon came to my sph Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight

A spirit, zealous, as he seem'd, to know Both of her beauty, and submissive charms, More of the Almighty's works, and chiefly Smild with superior love, as Jupiter

God's latest image : I describ'd his way On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds Bent all on speed, and mark'd his aery z That shed May flowers; and press'd her matron lip But in the mount that lies from Eden north With kisses pure : aside the Devil turn'd Where he first lighted, soon discern'd his For envy; yet with jealous leer malign Alien from Heaven, with passions foul obsEy'd them askance, and to himself thus 'plain'd. Mine eye pursued him still, but under sha

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Lost sight of him: one of the banish'd crew, When first on this delightful land he spreads
I fear, hath ventur'd from the deep to raise His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower,
New troubles; him thy care must be to find.” Glistering with dew: fragrant the fertile Earth

To whom the winged warrior thus return'd. After soft showers; and sweet the coming on “Uriel, no wonder if thy perfect sight,

Of grateful Evening mild ; then silent Night, Amid the Sun's bright circle where thou sit'st, With this her solemn bird, and this fair Moon, See far and wide: in at this gate none pass And these the gems of Heaven, her starry train: The vigilance here plac'd, but such as come But neither breath of Morn, when she ascends Well known from Heaven; and since meridian hour With charm of earliest birds; nor rising Sun No creature thence : if spirit of other sort, On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flower, So minded, have o'erleap'd these earthy bounds Glistering with dew; nor fragrance after showers; On purpose, hard thou know'st it to exclude Nor grateful Evening mild; nor silent Night, Spiritual substance with corporeal bar.

With this her solemn bird ; nor walk by Moon, But if within the circuit of these walks, Or glittering star-light, without thee is sweet. In whatsoever shape he lurk, of whom

But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom Thou tellist, by morrow dawning I shall know." This glorious sight, when sleep haih shut all eyes ?” So promis'd he; and Uriel to his charge

To whom our general ancestor replied. Return'd on that bright beam, whose point now rais'd " Daughter of God and Man, accomplish'd Eve. Bore him slope downward to the Sun now fallin These have their course to finish round the Earth, Beneath the Azores; whether the prime orb, By morrow evening, and from laud to land Incredible how swift, had thither rollid

In order, though to nations yet unborn, Diurnal, or this less volúbil Earth,

Minist’ring light prepar'd, they set and rise ; By shorter flight to the east, had left him there Lest total Darkness should by night regain Arraying with reflected purple and gold Her old possession, and extinguish life, The clouds that on his western throne attend. In Nature, and all things; which these soft fires Now came still Evening on, and Twilight grey Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat Had in her sober livery all things clad;

of various influence foment and warm, Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, Temper or nourish, or in part shed down They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale; On Earth, made hereby apter to receive She all night long her amorous descant sung; Persection from the Sun's more potent ray. Silence was pleas'd: now glow'd the firmament These then, though unbeheld in deep_of night, With living sapphires : Hesperus, that led Shine not in vain; nor think, though men were none, The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon, That Heaven would want spectators, God want Rising in clouded majesty, at length

praise : Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, Millions of spiritual creatures walk the Earth And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw. Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep:

When Adam thus to Eve. “Fair consort, the hour All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest, Both day and night: how often from the steep Mind us of like repose ; since God hath set Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Celestial voices to the midnight air, Successive; and the timely dew of sleep, Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight, inclines Singing their great Creator? Oft in bands Our eye-lids : other creatures all day long While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk, Rove idle, unemploy'd, and less need rest; With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds Man hath his daily work of body or mind In full barmonic number join'd, their songs Appointed, which declares his dignity,

Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heaven." And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;

Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass d' While other animals unactive range,

On to their blissful bower: it was a place And of their doings God takes no account. Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east All things to Man's delightful use; the roof With first approach of light, we must be risen, Of thickest covert was inwoven shade And at our pleasant labor to reform

Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Yon flowery arbors, yonder alleys green, Of firm and fragrant leaf: on either side Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub, That mock our scant manuring, and require Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flowe, More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth : Iris all hues, roses, and jessamin, (wrough. Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums, Rear'd high their flourish'd heads between, and T'hat lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth, Mosaic; underfoot the violet, Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay Meanwhile. as Nature wills, night bids us rest.' Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with stone

To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty adornia. Of costliest emblem: other creature here, “My author and disposer, what thou bidst Bird, beast, insect, or worm, durst enter none, Unargued I obey: so God ordains ;

Such was their awe of Man. In shadier bower God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more More sacred and sequesterd, though but feign'd, Is woman's happiest knowledge, and her praise. Pan or Sylvanus never slept, nor nymph With thee conversing I forget all time;

Nor Faunus haunted. Here, in close recess, All seasons, and their change, all please alike. With flowers, garlands, and sweet-smelling herbal Sweet is the breath of Morn, her rising sweet, Espous'd Eve deck'd first her nuptial bed; With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the Sun, And heavenly quires the hymenean sung,

nook;

What day the genial angel to our sire

To their night watches in warlike parade ; Brought her, in naked beauty more adorn’d, When Gabriel to his next in power thus st More lovely, than Pandora, whom the gods

“ Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast th Endow'd with all their gifts, and O too like With strictest watch; these other wheel the In sad event, when to the unwiser son

Our circuit nieets full west." As flame the Of Japhet brought by Hermes, she ensnar'd Half wheeling to the shield, half to the s Mankind with her fair looks, to be aveng'd From these two strong and subtle spirits he On him who had stole Jove's authentic fire. That near him stood, and gave them thus in

Thus, at their shady lodge arriv'd, both stood, “Ithuriel and Zephon, with wing'd speed Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd

Search through this garden, leave unsear The God that made both sky, air, Earth, and Heaven,

But chiefly where those two fair creatures l Which they beheld, the Moon's resplendent globe, Now laid perhaps asleep, secure of harm. And starry pole: “Thou also mad'st the night, This evening from the Sun's decline arriv Maker Omnipotent, and thou the day,

Who tells of some infernal spirit seen Which we, in our appointed work employ'd, Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help

The bars of Hell, on errand bad no doubt: And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss Such, where ye find, seize fast, and hithert Ordain’d by thee; and this delicious place

So saying, on he led his radiant files, For us too large, where thy abundance wants Dazzling the Moon; these to the bower dire Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground. In search of whom they sought: him the But thou hast promis'd from us two a race

found To fill the Earth, who shall with us extol

Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve, Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake, Assaying by his devilish art to reach And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep." The organs of her fancy, and with them for This said unanimous, and other rites

Illusions, as he list, phantasms and dreams Observing none, but adoration pure

Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint Which God likes best, into their inmost bower The animal spirits, that from pure blood ar Handed they went; and, eas'd the putting off Like gentle breaths from rivers pure, thenc These troublesome disguises which we wear, At least distemper'd, discontented thoughts Straight side by side were laid ; nor turn'd, I ween, Vain hopes, vain aims, inordinate desires, Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Blown up with high conceits engendering Mysterious of connubial love refus'd :

Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Whatever hypocrites austerely talk

Touch'd lightly; for no falsehood can end Of purity, and place, and innocence,

Touch of celestial temper, but relurns Defaming as impure what God declares

Of force to its own likeness : up he starts Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. Discover'd and surpris'd. As when a spark Our Maker bids increase ; who bids abstain Lights on a heap of nitrous powder, laid But our destroyer, foe to God and Man?

Fit for the tun some magazine to store Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source Against a rumor'd war, the smutty gmin, Of human offspring, sole propriety

With sudden blaze diffus'd, inflames the a In Paradise of all things common else.

So started up in his own shape the fiend. By thee adulterous Lust was driven from men Back stept those two fair angels, half amaz Among the bestial herds to range ; by thee So sudden to behold the grisly king; Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure,

Yet thus, unmov'd with fear, accost him so Relations dear, and all the charities

“Which of those rebel spirits adjudg'd ta Of father, son, and brother, first were known. Com'st thou, escap'd thy prison ? and, tran Far be it, that I should write thee sin or blame, Why sat'st thou like an enemy in wait, Or think thee unbefitting holiest place,

Here watching at the head of these that sl. Perpetual fountain of domestic sweets,

“Know ye not then," said Satan, fillid wi Whose bed is undefil'd and chaste pronounc'd, “Know ye not me? ye knew me once no Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs us'd. For you, there sitting where ye durst not so Here Love his golden shafts employs, here lights Not to know me argues yourselves unknow His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, The lowest of your throng; or if ye know Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile Why ask ye, and superfluous begin of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendear'd,

Your message, like 10 end as much in vain. Casual fruition ; nor in court-amours,

To whom thus Zephon, answering sco Mix'd dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball, Or serenade, which the starv'd lover sings “Think not, revolted spirit, thy shape the To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain. Or undiminish'd brightness to be known, These, lull'd by nightingales, embracing slept, As when thou stood'st in Heaven upright ar And on their naked limbs the flowery roof That glory then, when thou no more wast Shower'd roses, which the morn repair'd. Sleep on, Departed from thee; and thou resemblest n Blest pair ; and O yet happiest, if ye seek Thy sin and place of doom obscure and fo No happier state, and know to know no more. But come, for thou, be sure, shall give acco

Now had Night measur'd with her shadowy cone To him who sent us, whose charge is to k. I[alf way up hill this vast sublunar vault, This place inviolable, and these from harm And from their ivory port the cherubim,

So spake the cherub; and his grave reis Forth issuing at the aocustom'd hour, stood arm’d | Severe in youthful beauty, added grace

scorn.

Invincible: abash'd the Devil stood,

Sevenfold, and scourge that wisdom back to Hell And felt how awful goodness is, and saw

Which taught thee yet no better, that no pain Virtue in her shape how lovely; saw, and pin'd Can equal anger infinite provok'd. His loss; but chiefly to find here observ'd But wherefore thou alone! wherefore with thee His lustre visibly impair'd; yet seemd

Came not all Hell broke loose? is pain to them Undaunted. “If I must contend,” said he, Less pain, less to be fled; or thou than they * Best with the best, the sender not the sent, Less hardy to endure? courageous chief! Or all at once; more glory will be won, The first in flight from pain! hadst thou alleg'd Or less be lost.” “Thy fear," said Zephon bold, To thy deserted host this cause of Aight, “ Will save us trial what the least can do

Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive."
Single against the wicked, and thence weak.” 'To which the fiend thus answer'd, frowning stern

The fiend replied not, overcome with rage ; “Not that I less endure or shrink from pain,
But, like a proud steed rein'd, went haughty on, Insulting angel! well thou know'st I stood
Champing his iron curb: to strive or fly Thy fiercest, when in battle to thy aid
He held it vain; awe from above had quell'd The blasting vollied thunder made all speed,
His heart, not else dismayd. Now drew they nigh And seconded thy else not dreaded spear.
The western point, where those half-rounding guards But still thy words at random, as before,
Just met, and closing stood in squadron join'd, Argue thy inexperience what behoves
Awaiting next command. To whom their chief, From hard assays and ill successes past
Gabriel, from the front thus call'd aloud.

A faithful leader, not to hazard all
“O friends! I hear the tread of nimble feet Through ways of danger by himself untried.
Hasting this way, and now by glimpse discern I therefore, I alone first undertook
Ithuriel and Zephon through the shade;

To wing the desolate abyss, and spy
And with them comes a third of regal port, This new-created world, whereof in Hell
But faded splendor wan; who by his gait Fame is not silent, here in hope to find
And fierce demeanor seems the prince of Hell, Better abode, and my afflicted powers
Not likely to part hence without contest;

To settle here on Earth, or in mid air;
Stand firm, for in his look defiance lours." Though for possession put to try once more

He scarce had ended, when those two approach'd, What thou and thy gay legions dare against; And brief related whom they brought, where found, Whose easier business were to serve their Lord How busied, in what form and posture couch'd. High up in Heaven, with songs to hymn his throne,

To whom with stern regard thus Gabriel spake. And practis'd distances to cringe, not fight." “Why hast thou, Satan, broke the bounds prescrib'd To whom the warrior-angel soon replied, To thy transgressions, and disturb’d the charge "To say and straight unsay, pretending first Of others, who approve not to transgress

Wise to fly pain, professing next the spy, By thy example, but have power and right Argues no leader but a liar trac’d, To question thy bold entrance on this place; Satan, and couldst thou faithful add ? O name Employ'd, it seems, to violate sleep, and those O sacred name of faithfulness profan'd! Whose dwelling God hath planted here in bliss ?" Faithful to whom ? to thy rebellious crew?

To whom thus Satan with contemptuous brow. Army of fiends, fit body to fit head. “Gabriel! thou hadst in Heaven the esteem of wise, Was this your discipline and faith engag'd, And such I held thee; but this question ask'd Your military obedience, to dissolve Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain? Allegiance to the acknowledged Power suprema, Who would not, finding way, break loose from Hell, And thou, sly hypocrite, who now wouldst seer Though thither doom'd? Thou wouldst thyself, no Patron of liberty, who more than thou doubt,

Once fawn'd, and cring'd, and servilely ador'd And boldly venture to whatever place

Heaven's awful Monarch? wherefore, but in pe Farthest from pain, where thou mightst hope to To dispossess him, and thyself to reign? change

But mark what I aread thee now: Avaunt! Torment with ease, and soonest recompense Fly thither whence thou fledst! If from this hour Dole with delight, which in this place I sought; Within these hallow'd limits thou appear, To thee no reason, who know'st only good, Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chaind, But evil hast not tried : and wilt object

And seal thee so, as henceforth not to scorn His will who bound us? Let him surer bar The facile gates of Hell 100 slightly barr’d." His iron gates, if he intends our stay

So threaten'd he; but Satan to no threats In that dark durance: thus much what was ask'd. Gave heed, but waxing more in rage replied. The rest is true, they found me where they say ; "Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, But that implies not violence or harm."

Proud limitary cherub! but ere then Thus he in scorn. The warlike angel moved, Far heavier load thyself expect to feel Disdainfully half smiling, thus replied.

From my prevailing arm, though Heaven's King “O loss of one in Heaven to judge of wise Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy compeers, Since Satan fell, whom folly overthrew,

Us'd to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels And now returns him from his prison scap'd, In progress through the road of Heaven star-pav'd" Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wise While thus he spake, the angelic squadron bright Or not, who ask what boldness brought him hither Tum'd fiery red, sharpening in mooned horns Unlicens'd from his bounds in Hell prescrib'd; Their phalanx, and began to hem him round So wise he judges it to fly from pain

With ported spears, as thick as when a field However, and to 'scape his punishment! of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends So judge thou still, presumptuous! till the wrath, Her bearded grove of ears, which way the wind Which thou incurr’st by flying, meet thy fight Sways them; the careful plowman doubting stands

now

Lest on the threshing-floor his hopeful sheaves And temperate vapors bland, which the only sound Prove chaff. On the other side, Satan, alarm'd, Of leaves and fuming rills, Aurora's fan, Collecting all his might, dilated stood,

Lightly dispers d, and the shrill matin song Like Teneriffe or Atlas, unremov'd :

of birds on every bough ; so much the more His stature reach'd the sky, and on his crest Ilis wonder was to find unwaken'd Eve Sat Horror plum'd; nor wanted in his grasp With tresses discompos'd, and glowing cheek, What seem'd both spear and shield: now dreadful As through unquiet rest : he, on his side, deeds

Leaning half rais'd, with looks of cordial love Might have ensued, nor only Paradise

Hung over her enamor'd, and beheld In this commotion, but the starry cope

Beauty, which, whether waking or asleep, Of Heaven perhaps, or all the elements Shot forth peculiar graces; then with voice At least had gone to wrack, disturb'd and torn Mild, as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes, With violence of this conflict, had not soon Her hand soft touching, whisper'd thus: “Awake, The Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray, My fairest, my espous'd, my latest found, Hung forth in Heaven his golden scales, yet seen Heaven's last best gist, my ever-new delight! Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign,

Awake: the morning shines, and the fresh field Wherein all things created first he weigh’d, Calls us; we lose the prime, to mark how spring The pendulous round Earth with balanc'd air Our tender plants, how blows the citron grove, In counterpoise, now ponders all events,

What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed, Battles and realms: in these he put two weights, How Nature paints her colors, how the bee The sequel each of parting and of fight:

Sits on the bloom extracting liquid sweet." The latter quick up-fiew, and kick'd the beam; Such whispering wak'd her, but with startled eye Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the fiend. On Adam, whom embracing, thus she spake. “Satan, I know thy strength, and thou know'st

“O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose, mine;'

My glory, my perfection! glad I see Neither our own, but given: what folly then Thy face, and morn return’d; for I this night To boast what arms can do! since thine no more (Such night till ihis I never pass'd) have dream'd, Than Heaven permits, nor mine, though doubled If dream'd, not, as I oft am wont, of thee,

Works of day pasi, or morrow's next design, To trample thee as mire: for proof look up, But of offence and trouble, which my mind And read thy lot in yon celestial sign;

Knew never till this irksome night: methought Where thou art weigh'd, and shown how light, how Close at mine ear one call’d me forth to walk weak

With gentle voice; I thought it thine: it said, If thou resist." The fiend look'd up, and knew · Why sleep'st thou, Eve? now is the pleasant time, His mounted scale aloft: nor more ; but fled The cool, the silent, save where silence yields Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of night. To the night-warbling bird, that now awake

Tunes sweetest his love-labor'd song: now reigns

Full-orb'd the Moon, and with more pleasing light BOOK V.

Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain, THE ARGUMENT.

If none regard : Heaven wakes with all his eyes,

Whom to behold but thee, Nature's desire ? Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment

troublesome dream; he likes it not, yet comforis Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze.' her: they come forth to their day-labors : their I rose as at thy call, but found thee not; morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, To find thee I directed then my walk; to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to And on, methought, alone I pass'd through ways admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, That brought me on a sudden to the tree of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why of interdicted knowledge: fair it seem'd, his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to Much fairer to my fancy than by day : know. Raphael comes down to Paradise ; his And, as I wondering look'd, beside it stood appearance described ; his coming discerned by One shap'd and wing'd like one of those from Adam afar off sitting at the door of his bower;

Heaven he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, By us oft seen: his dewy locks distillid entertains him with the choicest fruits of Para-Ambrosia ; on that tree he also gaz'd; dise got together by Eve; their discourse at And O fair plant,' said he, 'with fruit surcharg'd, table: Raphael performs his message, minds Deigns none to ease thy load, and taste thy sweet, Adam of his state and of his enemy; relates, at Nor God, nor Man? Is knowledge so despis'd ? Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he Or envy, or what reserve forbids to taste ? came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold Heaven, and the occasion thereof; bow he drew Longer thy offer'd good; why else set here? his legions after him to the parts of the north, This said, he paus'd not, but with venturous arm and there incited them to rebel with him, per- He pluck’d, he tasted; me damp horror chilla suading all but only Abdiel a seraph, who in At such bold words vouch'd with a deed so bold: argument dissuades and opposes him, then for- But he thus, overjoy'd; O fruit divine, sakes him.

Sweet of thyself, but much more sweet thus cropt.

Forbidden here, it seems, as only fit Now Morn, her rosy steps in the eastern clime For gods, yet able to make gods of men: Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl, And why not gods of men; since good, the more When Adam wakid, so custom'd; for his sleep Communicated, more abundant grows, Was dery-light, from pure digestion bred, | The author not impair'd, but honor'd more?

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