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Man's transgression known, the guardian angels forsake Para. dise, and return up to heaven to approve their vigilance ; and are approved; God declaring that the entrance of Satan could not be by them prevented. He sends his Son to judge the transgressors, who descends and gives sentence accordingly; then in pity clothes them both, and re-ascends. Sin and Death, sitting till then at the gates of hell, by wondrous sympathy, feeling the success of Satan in this new world, and the sin by man there committed, resolve to sit no longer confined in hell, but to follow Satan their sire up to the place of man. To make the way easier from hell to this world to and fro, they pave a broad highway or bridge over Chaos, according to the track that Satan first made; then preparing for earth, they meet him, proud of his success, returning to hell; their mutual gratulation. Satan arrives at Pandemonium, in full assembly relates, with boasting, his sue. bess against man; instead of applause is entertained with a general hiss by all his audience, transformed with himself also suddenly into serpents, according to his doom given in Paradise: then, deluded with a show of the forbidden tree springing up before them, they, greedily reaching to take of the fruit, chew dust and bitter ashes. The proceedings of Sin and Death. God foretells the final victory of his Son over them, and the renew. ing of all things; but, for the present, commands his angels to make several alterations in the heavens and elements. Adam, more and more perceiving his fallen condition, heavily bewails; rejects the condolement of Eve; she persists, and at length appeases him : then, to evade the curse likely to fall on their off. spring, proposes to Adam violent ways, which he approves not, but conceiving better hope, puts her in mind of the late promise made them, that her seed should be revenged on the Serpent, and exhorts her, with hini, to seek peace with the offended Deity by repentance and supplication,
MEANWHILE the heinous and despiteful act
Of man, with strength entire, and free-will arm'd,
Up into heaven from Paradise in haste
“ Assembled angels, and ye powers returp'd From unsuccessful cbarge, be not dismay'd, Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth, Which your sincerest care could not prevent; Foretold so lately what would come to pass When first this tempter cross'd the gulf from bello I told you then he should prevail and speed On his bad errand, man should be seduc'd And Aatter'd out of all, believing lies Against his Maker; no deeree of mine Concurring to necessitate his fall, Or touch witla lightest moment of impulse His free-will, to her own inclining left In even seale. But fallen be is; and now What rests, but that the mortal sentence pass Of his transgression, dea:la denounc'd that day?
Which he presumes already vain and void
So spake the Father, and unfolding bright
" Father Eternal, thine is to decree, Dline, both in heaven and earth, to do thy will Supreme, that thou in me thy Son belov'd May'st ever rest well pleas'd. I go to judge On earth these thy transgressors; but thou know'st Whoever judgʻd, the worst on me must light, When time shall be, for so I undertook Before thee'; and not repenting, this obtain Of right, that I may mitigate their doom On me deriv'd; yet I shalt temper so Justice with mercy', as may illustrate most Them fully satisfied, and thee appease. Attendance nune shall need, por train, where none Are to behold the judgment, but the judg’d, Those two; the third best absent is condemn’d, Convict by flight, and rebel to al law : Conviction to the serpent none belongs."
Thus saying, from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory'; him, thrones and powers, Princedoms and domioations, ministrant, Accompanied to beaven-gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended straight; ibe speed of gods
Time counts not, tho' with swiftest minutes wing d.
" Where art thou, Adam, wont with joy to meet
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, tho' first To offend, discount'nanc'd both, and discompos'd; Love was not in their looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despair, Anger, and olsstinacy', and bate, and guile. Whence Adam falt'ring long, thus answer'd brief;
“ I heard thee in the garden, and of thy voice Afraid, being naked, bid myself.” To whom The gracious Judge without revile replied:
My voice thou oft hast heard, and bast not fear'd,
To whom thus Adam, sore beset, replied:
Subitues me, and calamitous constraint,
To whom the sov’reign Presence thus replied:
So having said, be thus to Eve in few : " Say, Woman, what is this which thou bast done?"
To whom sad Eve, with shame nigh overwhelm’d, Confessing soon, yet not before her Judge Bold or loquacious thus abash'd, replied : - The serpent me beguil'd, and I did eat."
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay Tu judgment he proceeded on th’aceurs d Serpent, though brute, unable to transfer The guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation ; justly then accurs’d, As vitiated in nature: more to know Concerp'd not man (since he no farther knew) Nor alter'd bis offence; yet God at last To Satan, first in siv, bis doon applied,