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Ministring light prepar'd, they set and rise; Maker omnipotent, and thon the day,
Which we in our appointed work employ'd iler old poffeffion, and extinguish life
Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help In nature and all things, which these reft fires And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss Not only' inlighren, but with kindly heat
Ordain'd by thee, and this delicious place Of various influence foment and warm,
For us too large, where thy abundance wants 7.30 Temper er nourish, or in part shed down 670 Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground. Thuir fellar viruc on all kinds that grow
But thou hast promis'd from us two a race Ontdith, made hereby apter to receive
To fill the earth, who shall with us extol Perfuction from the sun's more potent ray. Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake, Thefe ther, though unbeheld in deep of night, And when we feek, as now, thy gift of leep. 72 Shine no: in vain; nor think, though nen were This said unanimous, and other rites 1101.4,
Observing none, but adoration pure That tient'n would want fpe&tators, God want Which God likes beft, into their inmoft bower praise :
Handed they went; and, cas'd the putting off 1.1illions of spiritual creatures walk the earth These troublesome disguises which we wear, 740 Unteen, both when we wake, and when we sleep: Strait side by side were laid; nor turn'd I ween All these wiih ceaseless praise his works behold Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Both day and night : how often from the flecp 680 Myserious of connubial love rcfus'd: Of echoing hill or thicker have we heard
Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Celestial voices to the midnight air,
of purity and place and innocence,
745 Sole, or responsive each to others note,
Defaming as impure what God declares Singing their great Creator? oft in bands
Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk Our Maker bids increase; who bids abstain With hưav'nly touch of inftrumental sounds 686 But our Destroyer, foe to God and Man ? In full harmonic number join'd, their fongs Hail wedded Love, mysterious law, true suurte Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heaven. Of human offspring, sole propriety
Thus talking, hand in hand along they pals'd In Paradise of all things common else. On to their blissful bow'r; it was a place 690 By thee adult'rous lust was driv'n from men Chos'n by the lovran Planter, when be fram'd Among the bestial herds to range; by thee All things to Man's delightful use; the roof Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, 753 of thicket covert was inwoven shade
Relations dear, and all the charities Laure! und myrtie, and what higher grew
Of father, son, and brother, first were known. Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either lide 695 Far be'it, that I should write thee fin or blame, Acanthus, and each odorous buthy shrub
Or think thee unbcfirting holiest place, Ferc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flower, Perpetual fountain of domestic sweets, 760 'iris all hues, roses, and jeflanin,
Whofe bed is undefil'd and chaste pronounc'd, Rear's high their fourish'd heads between, and Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs us’d. wrought
Here Love his golden shafts employs, here lights Mosaie; underfoot the violet,
700 His conftant lamp, and waves his purple wings, Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay
Reigns here and revels; not in the buoght smile Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with stone Of harlots, loveless, joyless unindear'd,
765 Of coitlicít emblem: other creature here,
Casual fruition ; nor in court amours, Beaft, bird, insect, or worm, durit enter none, Mix'd dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball, Such was their awe of Man. In ihadier bower 705 Or serenate, which the starv'd lover firg's More facred and sequefter’d, though but feign'd, To his proud fair, heft quitted with cisdair. 770 Pan or Sylvanus de ver llept, por Nymph,
Thefe lullid hy nightingalis embracing fept, Nor Faunu, hauisted. Here in close reculs
And on their naked limt,n the flow'ry roof With lowers, farlands, and sweet smelling herbs how'r'd roses, which the morn repair'd. Sleep taprincd Eve deck'd first her nuptial bed, 710 Ard heavriy quires the liymenik u fung,
Blest pair; and yet happiest, if ye seek i hat day the genial Arged to our fire
No happier state, and know to know no more. 775 Brouclie her in naked lreauty more adornd,
Now had night mealur’d with her shadowy coce díoriovely than F'andorn, when the Gods Ha! way up hill this vast fublurar vault, Endow'd with all their gifts, and ( too like 715 And form their ivory post the Cherubim Indid ever!, when to th' unwiser fun
Torth ifuing at th' accuftom'd hour food arm'd Of jupiet brought by Hermes, she insnar'd To their night watches in war like parade, ;& Niannind with lier fair looks, to be aveng'd When Gabriel to his next in pow's thus svake. On him who liad fé le Jove's authelitic fire.
Czziil, haif the fe draw off, and coast the south Thus at their shady lodge arriv'd, both food, With ricest watch; there other wheel the north; Both turn'd and under open sky ador'd 721 Our circuit meets full west As flame they part, The God that made both sky, air, earth, and Half whecling to the shield, half to the spear. 78 heaven,
From these, two firong and subtle spi'rits he callid Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe, That near hira scud, and gave them thus ir Aud narty pole: Thou also mad it the night in
Ithuriel and Zephon, with wing'd speed His loss; but chiefly to find here obseru'd
789 | Undaunted. If I must contend, said he, But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge, Best with the best, the fender not the fent, Now laid perhaps alleep secure of harm.
Or all at once; more glory will be won,
Will save us trial what the least can do Hitherward bent (who could have thought ?) Single against thee wicked, and thence weak. escap'd
The Fiend reply'd not, overcome with rage; 7:53. The bars of Hell, on crrand bad no doubt : 795 But, like a proud steed rein'd, went haughty on,
Such where ye find, seife fast, and hither bring. Champing his iron curb: to strive or fly
He held it vain : awe from above had quell'd 860 ! Dazzling the moon;
these to the bow'r direct His heart, not else disinay'd. Now drew they nigh lo search of whom they fought ; him there they | The western point, where those half-rounding found
guards Squat, like a toad, close at the ear of Eve, 800 Just met, and closing stood in squadron join'd, Affaying by his devilish art to reach
Awaiting next command. To whom their chief The organs of her fancy', and with them forge Gabriel from the front thus call'd aloud. Lilufions as he list, phantasms and dreams,
O friends, I hear tread of nimble feet
Hasting this way, and now by glimpse discern
At least distemper'd, discontented thoughts, But faded fplendor wan; who by his gait
Not likcly to part hence without contest; Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
810 Stand firm, for in his look defiance lours. Touch'd lightly; for no fallhood can indure He scarce had ended, when those two approach'd, Touch of celeftial temper, but returns
And brief related whom they brought where Of force to its own likeness: up he starts
* '875 Discover'd and surpris'd. As when a spark
How buứed, in what form and posture couch'd. Lights on a heap of nitrous powder, laid
To whom with ftern regard thus Gabriel spake. Fit for the tun some magazine to store
Why halt thou, Satan, broke the bounds prescrib'd Against a rumor'd war, the smutty grain
Tothy transgresions, and disturb’d the charge for With sudden blaze diffus'd infames the air : Of others, who approve not to transgress 880 So started up in his own shape the Fiend.
By thy example, but have pow'r and right Back Itepe those two fair Angels half amaz'd 8 20 To question thy bold entrance on this place ; So sudden to behold the grisly king ;
Employ'd it seems to violate sleep, and those Yet thus, unmov'd with fear, accoit him soon. Whiose dwelling God hath planted here in bliss ? Which of those rebel Spi'rits adjudg'd to Hell
To whom thus Satan with contemptuous brow. Com't thou, escap'd thy prison? and transform’d, Gabriel, thou hadít in Heav'n thieftecm of wise, Why fatst thou like an enemy in wait, 825 And fuch I held thee ; but this question afk'd Here watching at the head of these that sleep? Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain?
Know ye not then, said Satan fill'À with scorn, Who would not, finding way, break loose from Know ye not me? ye knew me once no mate
Hell, For y
or you, there fitting where ye durft not luar: Though thither doom'd? Thou wouldst thyself, no Not to kuow me argues yourselves unknown, 830
890 The lowest of your throng; or if ye know,
And boldly venture to whatever place Why ask ye, and superfluous begin
Farthest from pain, where thousmight's hope to Your message, like to end as niuch in vain?
change To whom thus Zephon, answ'ring scorn with Torment with ease, and soonest recompense scorn.
Dole with delight, which in this place I fought; Think not, revolted Spi'rit, thy thape the fame, 835 To thee no reafun, who know's only good, 875 Or undiminish'd brightness to be known,
But evil halt not try'd : and wilt object As when thou stood'st in Heav'n upright and pure;
His will who hound us? let him furer bar "That glory then, when thou no more wait good, His iron gates, if he intends our stay Departed from thee'; and thou resembleft now In that dark durance ; thus much what was ask'd. Thy sin and place of deom obfcure ad fou!. 840 | The rest is true, they found me where they say; But come, for thou, be fure, shalt give account Lut that implies not violence or harm.
gor To him who femë us, whose charge is to keep Thus he in scorn. The warlike Angel mov'd, This place inviolable, and these from harm. Disdainfully half smiling thus reply'd.
So fpake the Cheruh; and his grave rebuke, O loss of one in Heav'n to judge of wise, Severe in youthful beauty, added grace 845 Since Satan fell, whom fully overthrew,
905 Invincible : abash'd the Devil ftood,
And now returns him from his prison fcap'd, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wile Virtue' in her Shape how lovely; saw, and pind Or not, who ask what boldness brought him hither
Back to th' infernal pit I drag thee chain'd, 965
So threaten's he; but Satan to no threats
Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, 970 Proud limitary Cherub, but ere then l'ar heavier load thyself expect to feel From my prevailing arm, thrugh Heaven's king Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy compeers
, Us’d to the yoke, draw'it his triumphant wheels In progress through the road of Heav'n star-por'd.
While thus he spake, th' ang lic squadron bright Turn'd fiery red, sharp’ning in mooned horns Their phalanx, and began to hem him round With ported spears, as thick as when a field g&o Of Ceres ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded grove of ears, which way the wied Sways them; the careful plowman doubting Stands, Lett on the threshing floor his hopeful sheaves Prove chaft. On t'other side Satan alarm'd 985 Collecting all his might dilated stoodi, Like Teneriff or Atlas unremov'd: His ftature reach'd the sky, and on his crest Sat horror plum'd; nor wanted in his grasp What seem'd both spear and field : now dreadful
deeds Might have ensu’d, nor only Paradise In this commotion, but the starry cope Of Heav’u perhaps, or all the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturb'd and torn With violence of this corfiat, had not foon 991 Th’ Eternal to prevent such horril fray Hung forth in Heav’n his golden scales, yet seen Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign, Wherein all things created first he weigh'd, The pendulous round earth with balanc'd air 1009 In counterpoise, now ponders üll events, Battels and realms : in thefe he put two weights I he fequel each of parting and of fight; The latter quick up flw, and kick'd the beest; Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the Ficod. Satan, I know thy strength, and thou know it
Unlicens'd from his bounds in Hell prescrib'd;
To whom the warrior Angel foon reply'd.
To trample thee as mire : for proof look up, 1000
THE 2ND OF THE FOURTH BOOK,
And on, methought, alone ! pass'd through ways Some such resemblances methinks I find
Evil into the Mind of God or Man
55 That what in sleep thou didst abhor to dream, 120 By us ost feen; hij dcwy locks dinill's
Waking thou never wilt consent to do. Ambrosia ; on that tree he also gaz'd;
Be not dishearten'd then, nor cloud those looks, And O fair plant, fuid he, with fruit surcharg'd, That wont to be more chearsui and ferene, Deigns none to ease thy load and taste thy sweet, Than when fair morning firit smiles on the world; Nor God, nor Man? is knowledge fo despis'd? 60 And let us to our freih employments rise Or er vy' or what reserve forbids to taile?
Among the groves, the fountains, and the flowers I'orbid who will, none shall from me withhold That open now their choicelt bosom'd smells, Longer thy offer'd good, why else fet here? . Reserv'd from night, and kept for thee in store.
This said, he paus'd not, but with ventrous arni So chear d he his fair spouse, and he was He pluck’d, he taited; me damp horror chill'd 65
chear'd, At luch hold words vouch'd with a decd lu bold : But filently a gentle tear lee fall
130 Bat he thus overjoy'd, O fruit divine,
From either eye, and wip'd them with her hair; Swect of thyselí, but much more sweet thus cropt, Two other precions drops that ready stood, Forbidden here, it seems, as only fit
Each in their cryiłal fluce, he ere they fell For Gocs, yet able to makc Gods of Men : 70 Kiss'd, as the gracious figos of sweet remorse And why not Gods of Men, fince good, the more And pious awe, that fear'd to have offended. 135 Communicated, inore abundant grows;
So all was clear's, and to the field they hake. The author not impair'd, bui honor'd more? But first, from under shady arbo'rous roof Here, happy creature, fair angclic Eve,
Soon as they forth were conie to npen light Partake thuu also: happy though thou art, 75 Of day-spring, and the sun, who scarce up tiken, Happier thou may't be, worthier capit noche : With wheels yet hoveri' go'er the ocean brim, 140 Talte this, and be lienceforth among the Gods Shol parailel to the carth his dewy ray, Thyiek a Goddess, not to tarth conan'd,
Discovering in wide lundikip all the eait But fometimes in the air, as we', fonctimes Of Paradiie and Ejen's happy plains, Afzend to Hcav'n, by merit thine, and fie 80 Lowly they bow'd arloring, and began What life the Gods live there, and fuch live thou. Their orifun, tach morning duly paid So saying, he drew nigh, and to nic held,
In various file; for neither various itile Ev'n to my mouth of that fame iruit held part Nor hoiy rapture wanted they to praise Which he had pluck'd; the pleasant lavory imell Their Niaker, in fit strains pronounc'i or furg So quicken'd appetite, that!, methoughi, 85 Uoinecitated, such pr«mpt eloquence Could not but taite. Forthwith up to the clouds Flow'd írom their lips, in profcor numerous verfs, With him I fiew, and underneath bcheld
Mere tuneable than needed lute or liarp IST The earth outstretch'd immense, a prosp.ct wide To add more sweetreis; and they thus begao. And various: wond'ring at my flight and change These are thy giorious works, Parent of good, To this high exaltation ; suddenly
Almig.ty, thine th's univerfalframe, My guide was gone, and I, methought, funk down, Thus wond'rous füir; thyseis how wond'roustben! And fell asleep; but o how glad I wak'd
Unspeakable, who ficft above these heavens 156 To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Tous inviGhle, or dimly icen Related, and thus Adam answer'd fad.
In these try lowett works; yet these declare Best image of myself and dearer hall,
95 Thy goodnes beyond thought, and pow'r divise. The trouble of thy thoughts this night in ficep Speak ye who beit can tell, ye fons of light, lóc Afices me equally; nor can I like
Angels; for ye behoki him, and with fongs This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I liur; And choral Symphonies, day without night, Yet evil whenee? in thee can harbour pone, Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in Heaven, Created pure. But know that in the soul ICO On Earth join all ye Creatures to extol Are many lefser faculties, that serve
Him firit, him lait, hin miúil, and without es Reaton as bief; among these fancy next
Fairest of llars, lait in the train of night, Her office holds; of all external inings,
If better thou belong not to the dawil, Which the five watchful senses repreient,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'il the smiling mort She forms imaginations, aery rapes, 105 With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy iphere, Which reaton joining or disjoining, frames While day arises, that sweet hour of prinie. 170 All what we' aflirm or what deny, and call Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and lows, Our knowledge or opinion; then retires
Acknowledge him thy greater; found bis praise 1:0w her private cell when nature reis.
In thy eternal course, both when thou diabitt, Oft in her absence mimic fancy wakes
And when high noon halt gain'd, and when thou Toimitare her: but misjoining snapcs,
fall'a. Will worka produces ost, and moit in dreams, Moon, that now meet'il the orient sun, now by's, Il catching words and duids long part or late. With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that diss,