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For dinner lavory fruits, of tite to please To want, and honor thel-, vouchsafe with us
True appetite, and not difrelish thirit 305 Two' only, who yet by sovran gist possess
Of necta'rous draughts between, from milky This spacious ground, in yonder shady bower
stream,

To rest, and what the garden choicest bears
Berry or grape : to whom thus Adam cali'd. To fit and taste, till this meridian heat

Halte hither Eve, and worth thy light behold Be over, and the fun more cool decline. Eattward among those trees, what glorious shape Whom thus th' angelic Virtue answer'd ma Comes this way moving; feems another morn 310 Adam, I therefore came, nor art thou such Ris’n on mid-noun; some great behet from Created, or such place hast here to dwell, Heaven

As may not oft invite, though Spi'rits of Hea To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe

To vilit thee; lead on then where thy bower
This day to be our guest. But go with speed, O'erfitades; for these mid-hours, till evening
And what thy stores contain, bring forth, and pour I have at will. So to the sylvau lodge
Abundance, fit to honor and receive

315 | They came, that like Pomona's arbor smil'd
Qur heav'nly stranger : well we may afford With dow'rets deck'd, and fragrant smells ;
Our givers their own gifts, and large beltow
Prona large bestow'd, where Nature multiplies. Undeck’s fave with herself, more lovely fair
Her fertil growti), and by disburd’ning grows Than Woud-Nymph, or the faireft God
More fruitful, which instructs us not to ipare. 320

feign'd To whom thus Eve. Adam, earth's hallow'd Of three that in mount Ida naked strove, mold,

Stuod to entertain her guest from Heav'n; 1992 Of God inspir'd, small store will surve, where tore, She needed; virtue prool, no thought infira All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the fialk; Alter'd her cheek. On whom the Angel Haz Save what by frugal ftoring firmness gains

Befcow'd, the holy falutation us'd To nourish, and superfluous molt consumes : 325 Long after to bleli Mary, second Eve. but I will baste, and from each bough and brake, Hail Mother of Mankind, whose fruitful wa Each plant and juciest gourd, will pluck fuch Shall fill the world more numerous with thy choice

Than with these various fruits the trees of God. To entertain our Angel guest, as he

Have licap'd this table. Rais'd of graffy tuf Leholding shall confefs, that here on Earth Their table was, and mofly feats had round, God hath dispens'd his bounties as in Heaven. 330 And on her anıple square from tide to side

So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste All autunin pild, though spring and autumn She turns, on hospicable thoughts istent

Danc'd hand in hand. A while discourse they bar What choice to choose for delicacy beit,

No fear left dinner cool; wien thus began What order, fo contriv'd as not to mix

Our author. Heav'nly seranger, please to tatt Taites, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring 335 These bounties, which our Nourisher, from the Taste after taste upheld with kindliest change; All perfect good, unmeasur'd out, descends, Beltirs her then, and from each tender italk To us for food and for delight hath caus'd Whatever Earth all-bearing mother yields The earth to yield; unsavory food perhaps In lidia Eat? or Weft, or middle kore

To fpiritual natures; enly this I know, In Pontus or the Punic coal, or where

340 That one celeftial Father gives to all. Alcinous reign'd, fruit of all kinds, in coat

To whom the Angel. Therefore what he gires Rough or finooth rind, or bearded hulk, or feil, (Whose praise be ever tung) 10 Man in part She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Spiritual, may of purest Spi'rits be found Heaps with unfparing hand; for drink the grape No' ingrateful tood : and food alike those pare She crushes, inoffensive mult, and meaths

345 Intciligential substances require,
From many a berry', and from swert kernels dretsu As dcth your rational; and both contain
She tempers duicct crcams, nor thefe to hold Within then every lower faculty
Wants her fit vessels pure, then strows die ground Of fenfe, wherely they hear, les, smell, 2013
With rose and odors from the thrub untun'd. 349

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Mean while our primitive great lire, to meet Tasting concoa, digeft, assimilate,
His God-likeguett,walks forth, without more train Ard corporcal to incorporeal turn.
Accompanied than with his own complete

Tor know, whatever was created, needs
Perfections; in himself was all his state,

To be fustain's and fed ; of elements More folemn than the tedious pomp that waits The protir feeds thc purer, earth the sea, On princes, when their rich retinue ling 355 Earth and the lia feed air, the air those fires Of horses ledi, and groon, befineart with gold, Ethereal, and as lowest first the moon; Dazzles the croud, and lets them ail agape. Whence in her vifaye round those fpots, unperia Nearer his presence Adam though not aw'd, Vapors not yet into her lubstance turn'd. Yct with submiss approach and reverence meck, Nor drth the moon po nourishment exhale As to'a fuperior nature, bowing low, 360 From her moist continent to higher orbs. Thus said. Native of Hear'n, for other place The fun, that light imparts to all, receives None can than Heav'n such glorious hape contain; From all his aliniental recompenso Sirce by descending from the throras above, In humii cahalations, and at even Those happy plases shou hast deigo'd a while Sups with the ocean. Though in Hear’n the trees

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Differing but in degree, of kind the same.

490 ictst bezse brujh mellifluous dews, and find the ground Wonder not then, what God for you saw good

heat we'd with pearly grain : yet God hath here If I refuse not, but convert, as you, Ecline. ried his bounty so with new delights, 431

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proper substance : tinie may come, when Men aniwer may compare with Heaven; and to talte With Angels may participate, and find thou lucink not I shall be nice. So down they fat, No inconvenient di'et, nor tuo light fare;

495 dwell,d to their viands fell; nor seemingly

And from there corporal nutriments perhaps 'rits of e Angel, nor in mitt, the common gloss 435 Your bodies may at last turn all to fpirit, thy ber Theologians; but with keen dispatch Improv'd by tract of time, and wing'd ascend till creareal hunger, and concoctive heat

Ethereal, as we, or may at choice dge transubitantiate : what redounds, transpires Here or in heav'nly Paradises dwell; Soo rbor is tough Spi'rits with ease; nor wonder; if by fire If yą be found obedient, and retain art inefooty coal ch'empiric alchemist

440 Unalterably firın his love entire, a turn, or holds it poflible to turn,

Whole progeny you are.

Mean while enjoy lovel itals of drollieft ore to perfect gold

Your fill what happiness this happy itate Lairct from the mine. Mean while at table Eve Can comprehend, incapable of more.

505 nister'd naked, and their flowing cups

To whom the patriarch of mankind reply'd. ferorth pleasant liquors crown'd: O innocence 445 O favourable Spi'rit, propitious guest, Hersferving Paradise ! if ever, then,

Well halt thou taught the way that might direct Eughe -en had the sons of God excuse to' have heen Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set Argamour'd at that fight; but in those hearts From center to circumference, whereon

510 Fe unlibidinous rcign'd, nor jealousy

In contemplation of created things Ese is understood, the injur'd lover's Héll. 450 By steps we may afcend to God. But say, eiro Thus when with meats and drinks they had suf What meant that caution join'd, If ye be found fic'd,

Obedient ? can we want obedience then tree it burden'd nature, sudden mind arose

To him, or pollibly his love desert,

515 Adam, not to let th' occafion pats

Who form’d us from the dust, and plac'd us bere s'o him by this great conference to know Full to the utmost measure of what bliss sallehings above his world, and of their being 455 Human desires can seek or apprehend?

Tho dwell in Heav'n, whose excellence he faw To whom the Angel. Son of Heav'n and Earth, ranscend his own so far, whose radiant forms Attend : That thou art happy, owe to God; 520 ivine effulgence, whose high pow'r so far That thou continueft fuch, owe to thyself, cceeded human; and his wary speech

That is, to thy obedience; therein stand.

460 This was that caution giv’n thee; be advis'd. Inhabitant with God, now know I well

God made thee perfect, not immutable; hy favor, in this honor done to Man,

And good lie made thee, but to persevere 525 nder whose lowly roof thou haft vouchsaf'd He left it in thy pow'r; ordain'd thy will o enter, and these earthly fruits to taste,

By nature free, not over-ruld by face ood not of Angels, yet accepted fo, 465 | Inextricable, or tria neceflity :

that more willingly thou could not seem Our voluntary service he requires, . Heav'a's high feasts to have fed: yet what Not our neceilitated; such with him

530 compare?

Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how To whom the winged Hierarch reply'd. Can hearts, not free, he try'd whether they serve 1 Adam, one Almighty is, from whom

Willing or no, who will but what they must lll things proceed, and up to him return, 470 By destiny, and can no other choose ? not deprav'd from good, created all

Myself and all th' angelic hot, that stand 535 luch to perfection, one first matter all,

In fight of God enthron'd, our bappy state Codued with various forms, various degrees Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds; of substance, and in things that live, of life; On other lurety none; freely we ferve, But more refin'd, more spiritous, and pure, 475 Because we freely love, as in our will As nearer to him plac'd or nearer tending

To love or nut : in this we land or fall: Each in their several active spheres assiga'd, and some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n, Till body up to spirit work, in bounds

And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; 'o fall Proportion'd to cach kind. So from the root From what high state of blits into what woc! Springs lighter the green stalk, from thence the To whom our great progenitor. Thy words leaves

480 Attentive, and with more delighted ear, 545 More aery, last the bright consummate flower Divine inttructor, I have heard, than when Spirits odorous breathes : flow'rs and their fruit, Cherubic songs by night from neighb’ring hills Man's nourishment, by gradual scale fublim'd, Acreal music fend : nor knew I not To vital fpi'rits alpire, to animal,

To be both will and deed created free; To intelle&ual; give boch life and sense, 485 Yet that we never shall forget to love

550 faecy and underitanding; whence the foul Our Maker, and obey him whore command Reason receives, and reason is her being, Single is yet so just, my constant thoughts

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Allurid me', and fill assure : though what thou Cast out from God, and blefled vifion, faks, telliit

Into' utter darkness, deep ingulf'd, his place Hath pals'd in Heav'n, some doubt within me Ordain’d without redemption, without ead. bis move,

So spake th' Omnipotent, and with his word But more desire to hear, if thou consent,

555 All feem'd well pleas'd; all seem'd, but we do The full relation, which must needs be frange,

all. Worthy of sacred silence to be heard;

That day, as other folemn days, they spent And we have yet large day, for scarce the sun In fong and dance about the sacred bili; Hath Enih'd half his journey', and scarce begins Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere 620 His other half in the great zone of Heav'n. 560 Of planets and of fix'd in all her whecis

Thus Adain made request; and Raphaël Refembles neareit, mazes intricate, After short pause asenting, thus began.

Eccentric, inter volv'd, yet regular High matter thou injoin'ít me', O prime of men, Then most, when most irregular they fees; Sad talk and hard; for how shall I relate

And in their motions harmony divine To human sense th’invisible exploits sós | So smooths her charming tones, that God's on Of warring Spirits ? hesw without remorse The ruin of so many glorious once

Liftens delighted. Evening now apprcach'd And perfect while they stood ? how last unfold (For we have also' our evening and our mun, The fecrets of another world, perhaps

We ours for change delectable, not needs Not lawful to reveal? yet for thy good 570 Forthwith frum dance to sweet repati they tan This is dispens'd; and what surmounts the reach Defirous; all in circles as they stood, Of human senfo, I thall delineate so,

Tables are fet, and on a sudden pild By likening Spintual to corporal furms,

With Angels food, and rubied nectar fows As may expreís them beit; though what if Earth In pearl, in diamood, and matiy gold, Be but the Shadow of Heav'n, and things therein Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of Hesse. Each to'other like, more than on earth is thought? On flow'rs repos'd, and with fresh how'sts As yet this world was not, and Chaos wild

crown'd,

636 Reign'd where these Heav'ns now roll, where They eat, they drink, and in communion is: Earth now retts

Quafi in nortality and joy, secure Upon her center pois'd; when on a day

of furfeit where full measure only bounds (For time, though in eternity, apply'd 580 Excefs, before th’all-bountcousKing, who car'i To motion, measures all things durable

With copious hand, rejoicing in their jov, By present, pait, and future, on such day Now when ambrosial night with clouds erhal? As Heav'n's great year brings forth, th' empyreal | From that high mount of God, whence light at host

faade Of Angels by imperial summocs callid,

Spring both, the face of brighteft Hear's Innumerable before th' Almighty's throne 585

chang's Forthwith from all the ends of Heav'n appear'd To grateful twilight (for night comes noz there Under their Hierarchs in orders bright :

in darker veil) and roleat dews disposid Ten thousand thousand enligns high advaric'd, All but th’unfileeping eyes of God to rek; Standards and gonfalons 'twixt vau and rear Wide over all the plain, and wider far Stream in the air, and for distinction serve

590 Than all this globous earth in plain outfpread, Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees;

(Such are the courts of God) th’angelic ebrero Or in their glittering tillues bear imolaz'd Dispers'd in bands and files, their camp extend by Holy memorials, acts of zealand love

By living streams among the trees of life, Recorded eminent. Thus when in orbs

Pavilions numberless, and sudden rear'd, Of circuit inexpressible they itood,

395 Celestial tabernacles, where they flept Orb within orb, the Father infinite,

Fann'd with cool winds; fave those who in the By whom in bliss imbofom'd fat the Son,

course Amidst as from a tlaming mount, whose top Melodious hymns about the fovran throne Brightness had inade invisible, thus fpake.

Alternate all night long : but not so wak'd Hear all ye Angels, progeny of light, 600 | Satan; fu call him now, his former name Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Pow. is heard no more in Heav'n; he of the fra,

If not the first Arch-Angel, great in power,

boo Horms decree, which unrevok'd mall stand. in favor and præeminence, yet fraught This day I hare bogo: whom I declare

With envy' against the Son of God, that day My only Son, and on this holy bill

Howr'd by his great Father, and proclain's Him have anointed, whom ye now behoid 605 Meffiah King anointed, could not bear Az my right hand; your bead I him appoint; Through pride that fight, and thougte Aud by myself hare sworn to him Mall bow

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665 Ali knees in Heavin, and shall contcfs him Lord : Deep malice thence conceiving and disdain, Und r his great vice-gerent reigo abide

Soon as midnight hrought on the dusky hour United as one individual foul

610 Friendliclt to fleep and filence, he refolvid For ever happy: Him who disobeys,

With all his legions to dilodge, and leave Medilubeys, breaks union, and that day, Unworshipt, unobey'd the throne fupreme 6.3

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Lightning divine, ineffable, serene, Awak’ning, thus to him in secret spake.

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Laugh'st at their vain designs and tumults vain,
Thy eye-lids! and remember'ft what decree Matter to me of glory, whom their hate
Of yesterday, so late hath pass'd the lips 675 Illustrates, when they see all regal power
Of Heav'a's Almighty. Thus to me thy thoughts Giv'n me to quell their pride, and in event 740
Waft wont, I mine to thee was wont to' impart; Know whether I be dextrous to subdue
..Both waking we were one; how then can now Thy rebels, or be found the worst in I-Ieaven.
Thy deep dissent ? New law's thou fecit impos'd; So Ipake the Son; but Satan with ! is powers
Vew laws from him who reigns, new minds may Far was advanc'd on winged speed, an host
raise
680 Innumerable as the stars of night,

745 a us who serve, new counsels, to debate

Or stars of morning, dew drops, which the sun What doubtful may ensue : more in this place Impearls on every leaf and every flower, Outter is not safe. wílemble thou

Regions they pass'd, the mighty regencies fall those myriaus which we lead the chief; Of Seraphim and Potentates and Thrones Tell them that by coinmand, ere yet dim night In their triple degrees; regions to which 750 fer shadowy cloud withdraws, lam to haite, 686 All thy dominion, Adam, is no more nd all who under me their barners wave, Than what this garden is to all the carth, omeward with tlying march where we poffefs And all the sea, from one entire globose quarters of the north; there to prepare

Siretch'd into longitude; which having passid I entertainment o receive our king 690 At length into the limits of the north

755 he great Mesiah, and his new commands, They came, and Satan to his royal feat

"ho sperdily through all the hierarchies High on a hill, far blazing, as a mount tends to pass triumphant, and give laws. Rais'd on a mount, with pyramids and towers Sospake the false Arch-Angel, and infus'd From diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold;

influence into th' unwary breast 695 The palace of great Lucifer, (so call 760 I his associate : he together calls,

That structure in the dialce of men several one by one, the regent Powers, Interpreted) which not long after, he nder him regent; tells, as he was taught, Affecting all equality with God, hat the most High commanding, now ere night, in imitation of that inount whereon ow ere dim night had disincuniber'd Heaven, Melliah was declar'd in light of Heaven, 765 he great hierarchal standard was to move; 701 The Mountain of the Congregation callid; wells the suggested cause, and cafts between For thither he assembled all his train,

mbiguous words and jealousies, to lourd Pretending fo cuminanded to consult taint integrity : but all obey'd

About the great reception of their king, be wonted figual, and superior voice

705 Thither to come, and with calumnionsart 770 great potentate; for great indeed

Of courterfeired truth thus held their ears. name, and high was his degree in Heaven ; Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, is count'nance, as the morning star that guides

Powers,
Go he starry fiock, allur'd them, and with lics If these magnific titles yet remain

Tew after him the third part of Heav'n's hoft. Not merely titular, since by decree
lean while th' eternal eye, whose fighe difceros Another now hath to himself ingross'd 775
btrusest thoughts, from forth his holy mount All pow'r, and us eclips'd under the name
ud from within the golden lamps that burn Of King anointed, for whom all this hafte
lightly before him, law without their light Of midnight march, and hurried meeting here,
ebellion rising, saw in whom, how spread 715 'This only to consult, how we may best
mong the sons of morn, what maltitudes

With what may be devis'd of honors new 780 Pere banded to oppose his high dccrce;

Receive hini conuing to receive from us Ind smiling to his only Son thus faid.

Knee-tribute yet unpaid, proftration vile, Son, thou in whom my glory I behold

Too much to one, but double how indurid a full resplendence, Heir of all my might, 720 To one and to hisinage now proclaim’d? fearly it now concerns us to be sure

But what if better counsels might erect 785 Tour omnipotence, and with what arms Our minds, and teach us to cait off this yoke? We mean to hold what anciently we clame Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend Di deity or empire ; such a fue

The lupple krue? ye will not, if I trust Briling, who intends to'ered his throne

725 To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves Equal in ours, throughout the spacious north; Natives and fons of Heav'n possess'd before 796 Nor lo content, hath in his thought to try By none, and if not equal all, yet free, In battel, what onr pow'r is, or our right. Equally free ; for orders and degrees Let us advise, and to this hazard draw

Jar not with liberty, but well confift. With speed what force is lest, and all employ 730 Who can in reason then or right assuinc In our defense, left unawarcs we lose

Monarchy over such as live by right 795 This our high place, our fanctuary, our hill. His equals, it in pow'r and Splendor less,

To whom the Son with calm afpéét and clear, In freedom equal? or can introduce

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