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As resting on that day from all his work,
610 Thou hast repell’d, while impiously they thought Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw The number of thy worshipers. Who seeks To lessen thee, against his purpose serves To manifest the more thy might: his evil Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good. Witness this new-made world, another Heaven From Heaven gate not far, founded in view On the clear hyaline, the glasly sea ; Of amplitude almost immense, with stars
620 Numerous, and every star perhaps a world Of destin'd habitation; but thou know'st
Their seasons: among these the seat of Men,
630 Holy and just : thrice happy if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright.
So sung they, and the empyréan rung With halleluiahs : Thus was sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd llow first this world and face of things began, And what before thy memory was done From the beginning, that pofterity Inform’d by thee might know; if else thou seek'st Ought, not surpassing human measure, say. 640
THE END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubt.
fully answer'd, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge : Adam assents; and, ftill desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he 'remember'd since his own creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning folitude and fit fociety, his firit meeting and nuptials with Eve, his discourse with the Angel thereupon ; who
i after admonitions repeated departs.
So charming left his voice, that he a while
What thanks sufficient, or what recompense 5