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Look'it from thy fole dominion like the God Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
Of this new world; at whofe fight all the itars For never can true reconcilement grow
Hide their diniinish'd heads; to thee I call, 35 Where ivounds of deadly hats have piercid fo deep:
But with no friendly voice, and add thy name

Which would but lead me to.a worse relapse 100 O Sun, to tell thee how i hate thy beams,

di dliravis fall: folliould I purchase dear That bring to my remembrance from what state Short intermiflion bought with double smart. I fell, how glorious once above thy íphere; This knows my punisher; thereíore as far Till pride and worfe ambition threw me down 40 From granting he, as I from begging peace : Warringin Heav'n against Heav'n's matchlets king: All hope excluded thus, behold in stead Ah wherefore! he deferv'd no such reiurn

Of lo oul-ciutt, exil'd, his new delight, From me, whom he created what I was

Mankind created, and for him this world. In that bright eminence, and with his good So warewel lope, and with hope farewel fear, Upbraided none; nor was his service hard. 45 Farewel reinorle : all good to me is lost; What could be less than to aiford him praise, Evil be thou my good, by thee at least

ITO The easiest recompense, and pay him thanks, Divided empire with Heav'n's king I hold, How due! yet all his good prov'd ill in me, By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign; And wrought but nalice; lifted up so high As Man ere long, and this new world íhald know. I fdeind subjection, and thought one step higher 50 Thus while ne fpako, each pallion dimm'd his Would fet mc hig'heft, and in a moment quit

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114 The debt immense of endless gratitude,

Thrice chang'd with pale, ire, envy, and despair; So burdensome itill paying, fill to owe,

Which narr d his borrow'd visage, and betray'd Forgetful what from him I fill receiv’d,

Him counterfdir, if any eye beheld. And understood not that a grateful mind 55 For heav'nly minds from such distempers foul By owing owes not, but still pays, at once

İre ever clear. Whercof he fuon aware, Indebted and dischargid; whit burden then? Each perturbation (mooth'd with outward calm, O had his pow'rsul destiny ordain'd

Artificer of fraud; and was the first

I2 Me some inferior Angel, I had stood

Thas practis'd faithood under saintly show, Then happy; no unbounded hope had rais'd 60 Deep malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge : Ambition. Yet why not? fome other Power Yet 110t enough had practis'd to deceive As great might have aspir'd, and me though mean Uriel once waru'd; whose eye pursued him down Drawn to his part ; but other Pow'rs as grcat The way he went, and on th' Aliyrian mount 126 Fell not, but it and unshaken, from within Saw him disfigur'i, more than could befall Or from without, to all temptatiuns arm’d. 65 Spirit of happy fort: his gestures fierce Hadit thou the fame free will and pow'r to land? ile mark'd and mad demeanour, then alone, Thou harit: whom haft thou thto or what t'accuse, As he fuppos'd, all unobserv'd, unfven.

130 But Heav'n's free love dealt equally to all? Soon he fares, and to the horder comes Be then his love accurs'u, fince love or hate, of Eden, where delicious Paradise, To me alike, it deals cternal woe.

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Now neuit", c't wns with her inclosure green, Nay curs'd be thou; ficce avainit his t'y will As with a rural mound, the champaign head Chote freely what it now iw juttly nues.

Of & fcep wiklernels, whule hairy fides

135 Me miserable! which way thailly

Wil thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Ininite wrath, and infinite dipxair?

Acceis dy'd; and over head up grew Which way I fly is Hell; myself an Hell; Infuperabl: highth of luftiel Thade, And in the lowest deep a lower dep

Cedar, and prine, anu fir, and branching palm, Still threatening to devour me opens wide, Asyiväll scene, and as the ranks afcend

140 To which the Hell I luffer Icems a Fleaven. Shade above thade, a woody throtre O then at last relent: is there no place

Of lateliest view. Yet higher chin their tops Lift for repentance, none for pardon left? 80 The yerdrola wall of Paradise up sprung : None left but by submifiion, and that word Wuch to libido fueral fire gave prospect large Dain forbids me, and my dread of shame Intohis nether empire dieigh'bring round.

145 Among the spi'rits beneath, whom I lexluc'd Arch higher than that wall a circling row With other promises and other vunes

Of gnouilicit trees loaden with fair<st fruit, Than to lubmit, boalting i.could lutuine

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blodoms ard fruits at once of goldwa hue, TH' Omnipotcne. Ay me, they little know Amprar'd, with gay channel'd colors mix'el: How dcarly I abide that boast fo vain,

On which the fun mior: glad impress at his beams Under what torments inwardly i groan,

Than in fair evening cloud, or humid bow, 151 While they adure nie on the throne of Hell. When God hath fhow'r'd the curth; so lovely With diadem and scepter high advanc'd, 90

fermid The lower still I fall, anly supreme

That landskip : And of pure now purer air In misery; such joy ambition firrus.

Meets his approach, and in the heart inspires But say I could repent, and could obtain

Vernal delight and joy, able to drive 155 By ad of grace my former itate; how foon All fadness but despair: now geride gales Would highth recall high thoughts, how soun un Fanning their odoriferous wings difpenfe fay

95 Native periumes, and whifuer whence they stole What feign'd submission swore? cafe would recapt Those balmy ipoils. As when to them who fail VOL. II.

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Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past 160 , Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill. Mozambic, off at sea north-east winds blow Southward through Eden went a river large, Saben odor: from the spicy thore

Nor chang'd his course, but through the shaggy Of Araby the bleit; with such delay

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224 Well pleas'd they flack their course, and many a Pass’d underneath ingulf'd; for God had thrown league

That mountain as his garden mound high rais'd Chcar'd with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles: Upon the rapid current, which through veins So entertain'd those odorous sweets the Fiend 160 Of porous earth with kindly thirst up drawn, Who came their bane, though with them better Rare a fresh fountain, and with many a rill pleas'd

Water'd the garden ; thence united fell 230 Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume

Down the steep glade, and met the nether flood, That drove him, though enamour'd, from the Which from his darkfome plage now appears, spouse

And now divided into four main ftreams, of Tobit's son, and with a vengeance fent 170 Runs diverse, wand'riny many a famous realm From Media post to Egypt, there fait bound. And country, whereof here needs no account; 235

Now to th' ascent of that ftetp savage hill But rather to tell how, if Art could tell, Satan hid journey'd on, pensive and il w;

How from that saphir fount the crifp_d brooks, but further way found none, so thick intwin'd, Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold, As one continued brake, the undergruwih 115 With mazy’error under pendent shades Cf shrubs and tangling bushes had perplex’d Ran rectar, visiting each plant, and fed All path of man or beart that pass'd that way: Flow'rs, worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art One gate there only was, and that look'd east In beds and citious knots, but Nature boon On th' other side: which when th' arch felon faw, Pour'd forth prolufe on hill and dale and plain, Die entrance he disdain'd, and in contempt, 180 Both where the morning sun firit warmly imote sit one flight bound high over leap'd all bound The open field, and where the ur pieri'd shade 145 Of hill or highest wall, and theer within

Imbrowu'd the noontide buw'rs: Thus was ebis Lights on his feet, As when a prowling wolf,

place Whon honger drives to seck new hannt (or prey, A hanpy rurai seat of various view; Watching where shepherds pen their ilocks at eve Groves whole rich trees wept odorous gums and in hurdied cotes amid the field secure, 186

balm, Loups o'er the fence with eafc into the fold: Others whnic fruit hurnish'd with golden rind Or as a thief beut to unbord the cath

Hung amiable, Hefperian fables true, 259 Of som rich burgher, whose fubitantial doors, li true, here only', and of delicious taste: Cross-barr'd and bolted falt, far no atsault, 190 Betwixt them lawns, or level downs, and flocks In at the window climbs, or o'er the tiles :

Grazing the inder herh, were interros'd, So clomb chis firit grand thicf into God's fuld; Or palmy lilioc; or the flow'ry lap So since into his church lcwd hirrlings climb. Of fine irriguous valley spread her itore, 235 Thence up he few, and on the tree of life, Flow'rs of aid hue, and without thorn the rose : The middle tree and highet there that grew, 195 Another file, umbrageous grots and caves Sa: like a cormorant; yrt no: true line

Of coolrreukt, o'er woich the mantling vine Thereby reyani'd, but fat devfing death

Lays furth her purple grape, and gently creeps To them who liv'd; nor on the virtue thought Luxuriant; mean while murm'ring waters fall Of tha: life-giving plani, but only us'd

Down the rope hills, Jispers'd, or in a lake, 261 For prospect, what will u:'d had been the pledge That to the fringed bank with myrtle crown'd Of immortality. So little knows

Her cryftal mirror holds, unite their streams. Any, but God alone, to value righi

The birds their quire apply : airs, vernal airs, The good before him, Luc perverts best things Breathing the smell of field and grove, atrune 265 To worit abuse, or to their meanit ufe.

The trembling leaves, while universal Pan. Beneath him with new wonder now he views 205 Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance To all delight of human sense expor'd

Led on th' eternal spring. Not that fair field In narrow rucm Nature's whole wealth, yea more, of Enna, where Proserpino gathering flowers, A Hav'n on Earth : for blissful Paradise

Herself a fairer tiow'r, by gloomy Dis ' 270 of God the garden was, by him in th' eart Was gather'd, which cott Ceres all the pain Of Eden planted; Edci stretch'd her line

To seek her through the world; nor dat sweet From Auran caitward to the royal towers

grove Of great Seleucia, built by Grecian kings, of Daphne by Orontes, and th' inspir'd Or where the funs os Eden long before

Caltalian spring, might with this Paradise Dwelt in Telular: in this pleasant foil

Of Eden strive; nor that Nyfcian ile His far more pleafant garden God orde in'd; 215 Girt with the river Triton, where old Cham, Out of the fertile ground he caus'd to grow Whum Gentiles Ammon call and Libyan Jove, All trees of noblcit kind for fight, fmcil, taste; Hd Amalthea and her forid son sind all amid themi stood the free of life,

Young Bacchus from his stepdame Rhea's eye; lligh e'nineni, blooming ambrosial fruit

Nor where Abailin kings their issue guard, 280 Of vegetable gold; and next to life,

Mount Amara, though this by some fuppos'd Our death the tree of knowledge grew fast by, True Paradise, under the Ethiop line

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Dearer thyself than all; needs must the Power Mother of human race. What could I do, 475
That made us, and for us this ample world, But follow ftrait, invisibly thus led ?
Be infinitely gond, and of his good

Till lofpy'd thec, fair indied and tall,
As liberal and frec as infinite;

415 Under a platan; yet methought Icss fair, That rais'd us from the dust and plac'd us here Less winning fost, lors amiably mild, 479 In all this happiness, who at his hand

Than that smooth watry image : back I turn'd; Have nothing merited, nor can perform

Thou following cry'ait aloud, Rcturn fair Eve, Ought whereof he hath need, he who requires Whun fiy'it thou? whom thou fly'ft, of him From us no other service than to keep This one, this easy charge, of all the trees His flesh, his bone; to give thee be’ing I leat In Paradise that bear delicious fruit

Out of my lide to thee, neareft my heart So various, not to taste that only tree

Subllantial life, to have thee by my lide 485 of knowledge, planted hy the tree of life ; Henceforth an individual solace dear; So near grows death to life, whare'er death is, 475 Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee clame Sone dreadful thing no doubt; for well thou Niy other half. With that thy gentle hand know'st

Seis'd mine; 1 yielded, and from that time fee God hath pronounc'd it death to taste that tree, How beauty is excell'd by manly grace The only ñign of our obedience left

Ard wisdom, which alone is truly fair. Among so many signs of pow's and me

Co spake our general mother, and with eyes Conferr’d upon us, and dominion given 430 Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd, Over all other creatures that poffefs

And meck furrender, half embracing lean'd Earth, sea, and air. Then let us not think hard On our art father; half her swelling breast 493 One caly prohibition, who enjoy

Naked met his por der the flowing gold Free leave so large to all things ekle, and chcice Of her loose ir Tes hid: heir delight Urlimited of manifold delights:

435 Loth of her beauty and submillive charms Bit let us ever prailchim, and extol

Smil'J with fuperior love, as Jupiter Fis bounty, following our delightful tall:

On Jing Grilles, when he impregns the clouds 303 To prune these growing plants, and tend these That med May flow'rs; and press d ber matron lip flowers,

With kisies pure : aside the Devil turn'd Which were it roilsome, yet with thee were sweet. For envy, yet with jealous Icer malign

To whom thus Eve reply'd. O thou for whom Ey'd then aikance, and to himself thus plain'd. And from whom I was form'd feíh of thy flcih, Sight hateful, fight tormenting! thus these two And without whom am to no end, y guide Imparadis'd in one another's arms, And head, what thou hast said is juit and right. The happier Edin, fall enjoy their fll For we to hini indeed all praises owe,

Of blits on blifs; while I to Hell am thrut, And daily thanks; I chiclly who enjoy 415 Where neither joy nor love, but fierce deure, So far the happier lot, enjoying thee

Among cur other torments not the least, 510 Przeminent by so much odds, while thou till uníusli'd with pain of longing pines. Like confort to thyself canst no v:here find. Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd That day I oft remember, when frem sleep From their own mouths: all is not theirs it seems; I first awak'd, and found myself repos'd

One fatal tree there itands of knowledge cald, Under a fade on flow'rs, much woud'ring where Forbidien them iv taste: Krowledge forhidden? And what I was, whence thither brought and bow. Sufpicious, reafunless. Why Iould their Lord Not distant far from thence a murm'ning iwurd Envy them that? can it be fin to know? Of waters issued from a cave, and fyread

Can it be death? and do they only ftand into a liquid plain, then stood unmovil 455 By ignorant ? is that their happy state, Pure as th' expanse of Heav'n; I thither went The proof of their obedience and their faith? 527 With experienc'd thought, and laick me down O fair foundation laid whereon to build On the green bank, to look into the char

Their ruin! Hince I will cocite their minds Sms och lake, that to me feem'd anoilo ksy. With more di fire to know, and to reject Asi bent down to look, jutt oppefite 460 Envious connarus, invented with design 524 A shape within the wairy gleam appear’d, To keep them low whom knowluige might exak Bending to look on me: I farted back,

Equal with Gods : aspiring to be such It started back; but plas'd I foon return'il; They taste and die: what likulier can enfae? Pleas'd it return'd as soon with arfw'sing looks But firal with narrow search I must walk round Of sympathy and love : there I had fx'd 465

This gard. n., and no corner leave unípy'd; $19 Mine eyes till now, and pin’d with vai dolini, A chince to chance may lead where i may meet Had not a voice thus warnd me, What then, Sone wand'ring spi'rit of Heav'n by fountain bide, What there thou fiet, fuir Crearuri, is thyidf; Or in thicfhade ritir'd, from bim to draw With thee it came and goes : but follow me, What further would be learn'd. Live while yoa Ard I will bring thce where no thacow itwys 470

incs, 'Thy coming, and thy loft embraces, he

Yet happy pair; enjoy, till I return, | Wiole imaye thou art; him thou shalt enjoy Short pleasures, for long woes are to succeed. 533 Infeparably thine, to him thalt bear

So saying, his proud step he scorpful turn'd, Multitudes like thyself, and thence be call'd But with ly circumspection, and began

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Through woord, through waste, o'er hill, o'er dale, | Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, 600 his roan.

They to their grasly couch, these to their nests Mean while in utmost longitude, where Heaven Were sunk, all but the wakeful nightingale; With earth and ocean meets, the ferting fun 540 She all night long her amorous defcant sung; Slowly descended, and with right aspect

Silence was pleas'd: now glow'd the firmanicnt Agair.ft the eastern gate of Paradise

With living saphirs : Huperus, that led Levellid his evening rays : it was a rock

The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon Of alabaster, pil'd up to the clouds,

Rising in clouded majetty, at length Conspicuous far, winding with one ascent 545 Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, Acceltible from earth, one entrance ligh;

And o'tr the dark her Giver mantle threw. The rest was craggy cliff, that overhung

When Adam thus to Eve. Fair Confort, th' Still as it rose, impoffible to climb.

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610 Betwist these rocky pillars Gabriel fat,

Of night, and all things now recir'd to rest Chief of th' angelic guards, awaiting night; 550 Mind us of like repole, since God hath sec About him exercis'd heroic games

Labor and rest, as day and night to men 'Th'unarmed youth of Heav'ı, but nigh at hand Succeflive; and the timely dew of fcep Celestial armory, shields, helms, and spears, Now falling with fost slumb'rous weight inclines Hung high with diamond flaming, and with gold. Our eye-lids; other creatures all day long 616 Thither came Urici, gliding through the eveu 555 Rove idle unemploy'd, and less need rest; On a fun-beam, swift as a shooting star

Man hath his daily work of body or mind In aucumn thwarts the night, when vapors fir'd Arpointed, which declares his dignity, Impress the air, and shows the mariner

And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways; 620 From what point of his compass to beware While other animals unactive range, Impetuous winds: he thus began in haste. 560 And of their doirgs God takts no accoun:.

Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hach given Tomorrow ere freth morning itreak the east Charge and strict watch, that to this happy place with first approach of light, we must be risen, No evil thing approach or enter in.

And at our pleasant labor, to reform This day at highth of noon came to my sphere Yon flow'ry arbors, yonder alleys green, A Spirit, zealous, as he ferni'd, to know, $65 Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, More of th' Almighty's works, and chiefly Man, That mock our scant manuring, and require God's latest image: 1 describ'd his way

More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Bent all on speed, and mark'd his aery gait: Thuse blofsonis also, and those dropping gums, 630 But in the mount that lies from Eden north, That lie bestrown unlightly and unfmooth, Where he first lighted, soon discern'd his looks 570 Ak riddance, if we niean to tread with ease; Alien from Heav'n, with passions foul obscur'd : Mean while, as Nature wills, night bids us reft. Mine eye pursued him ftill, but under shade To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty'adorn'd. Lost fight of him: one of the banilh'd crew, My Author and Disposer, what thou bidit

635 I fear, hath ventur'd from the deep, to raise Unargued I obey; so God ordains; New troubles; him thy care must be to find. 575 God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more

To whom the winged warrior thus return'd. is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. Uriel, no wonder if thy perfect light,

With thee converfing I forget all time; Amid the sun's bright circle where thou sitit, All feafons and their change, all plcafe alike. 64. See far and wide : in at this gate none pass Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, The vigilance here plac'd, but such as come

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With charm of earlicít birds; pleafant the sun, Well known from Hcay'n; and since meridian When firit on this delightful land he fpreads hour

His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, No creature thence : if Spi'rit of other fort, Gliít'ring with dew; fragrant the scriil earth 645 So minded, have o'er-leap'd these eartísy bounds After soft show'rs; and sweet the coming on On purpose, hard thou know'rt it to exclude Of grateful evening mild; then silent night Spiritual substance with corporeal bar. 585 With this her folemn bird, and this fair moon, But if within the circuit of these walks,

And these the gems of Heav'n, her starry train : In whatsoever fape he lurk, of whom

But neither breath of morn, when she ascends 650 Thou tell'it, by morrow dawning I shall know. With charm of earliest birds; nor rising sun

So promis'u he; and Urici to his charge On this delightful land; nor herl, fruit, flower, Return'd on that bright beam, whose point now Glift'ring with dew; nor fragrance after showers: rais'd

590 Nor grateful evening mild; nor silent night Bore him slope downward to the fun now fallin With this her folemni bird, nor walk by moon, 655 Beneath th' Azores; whether the prime orb, Or glittering star-ligit without thee is swect. Incredible how swift, had thither rollid

But wherefore all night long ihine these? for whom Diurnal, or this less volúbil earth,

This glorious fight, when flccp hath shut alleyes? By shorter flight to th’ealt, had left him there 595 To whom our general ancestor reply'd : Arraying with reflected purple' and gold

Daughter of God and Man, accomplish d Eve, 660 The clouds that on his western throne attend. These have their course to finish round the earth, Now came ftill evening on, and twilight gray

By morrow cvening, and from land to land Had in her suber livery all things slad;

In order, though to nations yet unborn,

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