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know'st, The more she will acknowledge thee her head, And to realities yield all her shows :

575 Made so adorn for thy delight the more, So awful, that with honor thou may'lt love Thy mate, who fees when thou art feen least wise. But if the sense of touch whereby mankind Is propagated seem such dear delight Beyond all other, think the same vouchfil'd To cattel and each beast; which would not be To them made common and divulg'd, if ought Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue The foul of man, or pallion in him move. 585 What high'er in her society thou find'it Attractive, human, rational, love ftill; In loving thou dost well, in paffion not, Wherein true love corfifts not; love refines The thoughts, and heart inlarges, hath his scat In rea'son, and is judicious, is the scale 591 By which to heav'nly love thou may'st ascend, Not funk in carnal pleasure, for which cause Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.

To whom thus half abah'd Adam reply'd. 595 Neither her outside formi'd fo fair, nor ought In procreation common to all kinds (Though higher of the genial bed by far, And with mysterious reverence I deum) So much delights me, as those gracefulads, 600 Those thoufand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions niix'd with love And sweet eonipliance, which declare infeigu'd Union of mind, or in us both one foul; Harmony to behold in wedded pair More gratefnl than harnionious found to th' ear. Yet these subject not; I to thes disclose What inward thence I feel, not therefore feild, Who meet with various objects, from the sense Varioufly reprefenting; yet stilt free Approve the best, and follow what) approve. To love thon blam't me not, for love thru luy'lt Leads up to Heav'n, is both the w.y and guide;

Bear with me then, if lawful wliat I ask;
Love nor the heav’oly Spi'rits, and how their love
Express they, by looks only', or do they mix 616
Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch!

To whom the Angel with a smile that glow'd
Celestialrofy red, love's proper hue,
Answer'd. Let it suffice thee that thou know's
Us happy', and without love no happiness. 62!
Whatever pure thou in the body' enjoy'it
(And pure thou wert created) we enjoy
in eminence, and obitacle find r.one
Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars; bas
Easier than air with air, if Spi'rits erbrace,
Total they mix, union of pure with pare
Defiring ; nor reftraiu'd conveyance need
As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with fool
But I can now no more; the parting fun 630
Beyond the earth's green Cape and verdant les
Hesperian scts, my signal to depart.
Be Itrong, live happy', and love, but firf of all
Him whom to love is to obey, and keep 634
His great command; take heed kit passion sway
Thy judgment to do ought, which else free will
Would not admit ; thine and of all thy fons,
The weal or woc in thee is plac'd; beware.
I in thy persevering Mall rejoice,
And all the Bleft : stand fait; to stand or fall time
Free in thy own arbitrement it lies
Perfect within, no outward aid require;
And all temptation to transgress repel.

So faying, he arose; whom Adam thus Follow'd with benediction. Since to part, til Go heav'nly Gucít, ethereal Meslenger, Sent from whose fuvran goodress I adore. Gentle to me and affable hath been Thy condefcenfion, and shall be' honor'd ever With grateful memory: thou to mankind Le good and friendly itill, and oft return.

So parted they, the Angel up to Heaven From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower.

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To person or to poem. Me of these

Light above light, for thee alone, as seeme, 105 Nor skill'd nor ftudious, higher argument

In thec concentring all their precious beams Remains, sufficient of itself to raise

Of lacred infiuence! As God in Heaven That nanie, unless an agt too late, or cold Is center, yet extends to all, so thou Climate, or years damp ny intended wing 45 Centring receiv'st from all those orbs; in thee, Depress’d, and much they may, if all be mine Not in themselves, all their known virtue' appears Not hers who brings it nightly to my ear.

Produdive in herb, plant, and nobler birth in The sun was sunk, and after him the star Of creatures animate with gradual life Of Hefperus, whose office is to bring

Of growth, sense, reason, all fumm'd up in Man. Twilight upon the earth, fhort arbiter 50 With what delight could I have walk'd thee round, 'Twixt day and night, and now from end to end If I could joy ir ought, sweet interchange ING Night's bumilphere had veil'd th' horizon round: of hill, and valley, rivers, woods, and plains, When Satan who late fed before the threats Now land, now sea, and shores with forei Of Gabriel out of Eden, now improv'd

crown's, In meditated fraud and malice, bent

35 Rocks, dens, and caves! but I in none of thek On Man's deltruction, maugre what might hap Find place or reíuge ; and the more I see Of heavier on himself, fearless return'd.

Pleasures about me, so much more I feel By night he fled, and at midnight return'd Torment within me', as from the hateful lege From compassing the earth, cautius of day, Of contraries; all good to me becomes Since Uriel rey e!it of the sun desery'd 60 Bane, and in Heav'n much worse would be moj His entrance, and forewarn’d the Cherubim

ftate. That kept their watch; thence full of any uifh driven, But neither here seek I, no nor in Heaven The space of fev’n continued nights he rode To dwell, unless by mast'ring Heav'n's Supreme; With darkness, thrice the equinoctial line Nor hope to be myself less miserable

126 He circled, four timies cross'd the car of night 65 By what I seek, but others to make such From pole to pole, travérsing each colure; As I, though thereby worse to me redound : On th' eighth return'd, and on the coat averse For only in destroying I find ease From entrance or Cherubic watch, hy stealth To my relentless thoughts; and him destroy'd, 130 Found unsuspected way. There was a place, Or won to what may work his utter loss, Now not, though lin, not time, first wrought the For whom all this was made, all this will soon change,

70 Foilow, as to him link'd in weal or wne; Where Tigris at the foot of Paradise

In woe then ; that destruction wide may range: Into a guli thot under ground, till part

To me shall be the glory folc among 133 Rofe up a fountain by the tree of life;

Th' infernal Pow'rs, in one day to have mari'd In with the river funk, and with it rose

What he Almighty ftild, six days and rights Satan involv’d-in rising milt, then fought 75 Continued making, and who knows how long Where to lie hid; sea he had search'd and land Before had been contriving, though perhaps From Eden over Pontus, and the pool

Not longer than fincel in one night freed 149 Mæotis, up beyond the river Ob;

From servitude inglorious well nigh half 1. wnward as far antardic; and in length Th' angciic name, and thinner left the throng Wett from Orontes to the ocean barr'd 80 of his adorers: he to be aveng'd, At Dariei, thence to the land where flows And to repair his numbers thus impair'd, Ganges and Indus : thus the orb he roam'd Whether such virtue fpene of old now fail'd 145 With narrow search, and with inspection deep More Angels to create, if they at least Confider'd every creature, which of all

Are his created, or to fpite us more, Moit opportune might farve his wiles, and found Determin'd to advance into our room The Serpent fubiicit beast of all tbe field. 86 A crea:ure form'd of earth, and him endow, Him after loug debate, irrefolute

Exalted frem so base original,

150 of thoughts revolv'd, his final sentence chose With hcav'..ly spoils, our {poils: What he decreed Fit veloi, ficteft imp of fraud, in whom

He'effected; Mau he made, and for him built To enter, and his dark suggeitions hide 90 Magnificent this world, and carth his feat, From faroeit fight : fur in the wily snake, Hin lord pronounc'd, and, O indignity! Whatever fieights none would suspicious mark, Subjected to his service Angel wings, 155 As from his wit and native subilety

And flaming minifters to watch and tend Proceeding, which in other beasts observ'd Their earthly charge: Of those the vigilance Doubt might leget of diabolic power

I dread, and to eluie, thus wrapt in mitt Active within beyond the sense of brute.

Of midnighe vapor glide obscure, and pry Thuy he refulv’d, buie first from inward grief In every buih and brake, where hap may find 166 His burning passion into plaints thus pour d. The ferpent Necping, in whole mazy folds

O Larth, how like to Heav'n, if not preferi'd | To hide me, and the siark intent i bring. More juitly, fcat worthier of Gods, as built O foul descent! that I who erit contended With fcond thoughts, reforming what was old! With Gocs to fit the high'eil, am now constrain'd For what God afir better worst would builu ? Into a beast, anu mix'd with beftial flime, 10; Terreftrial Heav'n, danc'd round by other Heavens This essence to incarnate and imbrute, That thine, yet bear thcir bright officious lanaps, That to the highth of Deity afpir’d;

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But what will not ambition and revenge

How we might best fulfil the work which here 230
Descend to? who aspires must down as low God hath alliga'd us, nor of me shalt pass
As high he foar'd, obnoxious first or last 170 Unprais'd : for nothing lovelier can be found
To baseft things. Revenge, at first though sweet, In woman, than to study houshold good,
Bitter ere long back on itself recoils;

And good works in her husband to promote.
Let it; I reck not, so it light well aim'd,

Yet not so strictly hath our Lord impos'd

235 Since higher I fall short, on him who next

Labor, as to debar us when we need
Provokes my envy, this new favorite

Refre!hment, whether food, or talk between,
Of Heav'n, this man of clay, son of despite, Food of the mind, or this sweet intercourse
Whom us the more to spite his Maker rais'd Of looks and smiles, for smiles from realon flow,
From dust: spite then with spite is best repaid. To brute deny'd, and are of love the food, 240

So saying, through each thicket dank or dry, Love not the lowest end of human life.
Like a black mist low creeping, he held on

180 For not to irksome toil, but to delight
His midnight search, where soonest he might find He made us, and delight to reason join'd.
The serpent: him faft sleeping foon he found These paths and bow'rs doubt not but our joint
In labyrinth of many a round self rollid,

hands His head the midlt, well stor'd with subtle wiles : Will keep from wilderness with ease, as wide 245

yet in horrid shade or dismal den, 185 As we need walk, till younger hands ere long Nor nocent yet, but on the grassy herb

Alitt us : but if much converse perhaps Fearless unfear'd he slept: in at his mouth Thee fatiate, to short absence I could yield : The Devil enter'd, and his brutal sense,

For folitude fometimes is best society, In heart or head, poflefling soon inspir'd

And short retirement urges (weet return. 250 With act intelligential; but his sleep 190 But other doubt poffeffes me, left harm Disturb'd not, waiting close th' approach of morn.

Befall thee sever'd from me ; for thou know'st Now when as facred light began to dawn

What hath been warn'd us, what malicious toe In Eden on the humid flow'rs, that breach'd Envying our happiness, and of his own Their morning incense, when all things that Delpairing, seeks to work us woe and shame 255 breathe,

By sly assault; and somewhere nigh at hand From th’ earth's great altar send up silent praise Watches, no doubt, with greedy hope to find To the Creator, and his nostrils fill

196 His wish and best advantage, us afunder, With grateful smell, forth came the human pair, Hopeless to circumvent us join'd, where each And join'd their vocal worship to the quire To other speedy aid might lend at need; 260 Of creatures wanting voice; that donc, partake Whether his firit design he to withdraw The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs : Our fcälty from God, or to disturb Then commune how that day they belt may ply Conjugal love, than which perhaps no bliss Their growing work : for much their work Enjoy'd by us excites his envy more; outgrew

Or this, or worse, leave not the faithful Gide 265 The hands dispatch of two gard’ning so wide, That gave thee be'ing, till thades thce and And Eve first to her husband thus began.

protects. Adam, well may we labor still to dress 205 The wife, where danger or dishonor lurks, This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower, Safest and seemlies by her husband stays, Our pleasant task injoin'd, but till more hands Who guards her, or with her the worit indures. Aid us, the work under our labor grows

To whom the virgin majesty of Eve, 270 Luxurious by restraint ; what we by day

As one who loves, and some unkindness meets, Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, 210 With sweet austere composure thus reply'd. One night or two with wanton growth derides Offspring of Heav'n and Earth, and all Earth's Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise,

Lord, Or bear what to my mind first thoughts present; That such an enemy we have, who seeks Let us divide our labors, thou where choice Our ruin, both by thee inform’d I learn, 275 Leads chee, or where most needs, whether to wind And from the parting Angel over-heard, The woodbine round this arbor, or direct 216 As in a shady nook I food behind, The clasping ivy where to climb, while I Just then return'd at shut of evening flowers. In yonder spring of roses intermix'd

But that thou shouldīt my firmness therefore doubt With myrtle, find what to redress till noon : To God or thee, because we have a fue 280 For while so near each other thus all day 220 May tempt it, I expected not to hear. Our task we choose, what wonder if so near His violence thou fear'lt not, being such Looks intervene and smiles, or object new As we, not capable of death or pain, Casual discourse draw on, which intermits

Can either not receive, or can repel. Our day's work brought to little, though begun His fraud is then thy fear, which plain infers 285 Early, and th' hour of supper comes unearn d. 225 Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love

To whom mild answer Adam thus return'd. Can by his fraud be shaken or seduc'd; Sole Eve, associate fole, to me beyond

Thoughts, which how found they harbour in thy Compare above all living creatures dear,

breast, Well haft thou motion'd, well thy thoughts Adam, mif-thought of her to thee so dear? employ'd

To whom with hcaling words Adam reply'd. 295

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Daughter of God and Nan, inmortal Eve, Lest by some fair appearing good surpris'd
For such thou art, from sin and blame entire : She dictare false, and misinform the will 355
Not diffident of thee do I diffuade

To do what God exprefly hath forbid.
Thy absence from my sight, but to avoid

Not then mittrust, but tender love injoins, 'Th' attempt itself, intcoded by our foe.

29.5 That I should mind thee oft, and mind thou me. Tor he who tempts, thongh' in vain, at least Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve, asperles

Since reason not imposibly may meet The tempted with dishonor foul, suppos'd

Sonie specious object by the foc subord'd, Not incorruptible of faith, not proof

And fall into deception unaware, Against temptation : thou thyself with fcorn Not keeping stridelt watch, as she was warn'd. And anger wouldse resent the offer'd wrong, 300 Seek not temptation then, which to avoid 'Though ineffectual found : misdeem not then, Were better, and most likely if from me if such affront I labor to avert

Thou sever not : trial will come unfought. From thee alone, which on us both at once Would thou approve thy constancy, approve The enemy, though bold, will hardly dare, First thy obedience; th' other who can know, Or daring, firit on me th' assault inall light. 305 Not seeing thee attempted, who attest? Nor thou his malice and false guile contemn; But if thou think trial unfought may find 370 Subile he needs must be, who could seduce Us both securer than thus warn'd thou seem'i, Angeis; nor think superfluous others aid.

Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more; 1 from the influence of thy looks receive

Go in thy native innocence, rely Access in every virtue, in thy fight

310 On what thou hast of virtue, summon all, More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were For God tow’ards thee hath done his part, do thine. Of outward Arength; while shame, thou looking So fpake the patriarch of mankind; but Eve

Persisting, yet submiss, though lait, reply'd. Shame to be overcome or over-reach'd

With thy permiflion then, and thus forewarn'd Would utmost sigor raise, and rais'd unite. Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Why shouldst thou not like sense within thee feel | Touch'd only, that our trial, when least fought, When I am present, and thy trial choose 316 May find us both perhaps far less prepar’d, 3& With me, best witness of thy virtue try’d? The willinger I go, nor much expect So spake domestic Adam in his care

A foe so proud will first the weaker seek; And matrimonial love; but Eve, who thought So bent, the more shall shame him his repulse. Less attributed to her faith sincere,

320 Thus saying, from her husband's hand her hand Thus her reply with accent sweet renew'd. Soft she withdrew, and like a Wood-Nymph light, If this be our condition, thus to dwell

Oread or Dryad, or of Delia's train, In narrow circuit ftraiten'd by a foe,

Betook her to the groves, but Delia's felf Subtle or violent, we not indued

In gait surpass’d, and Goddess-like deport, Single with like defense, wherever met, 325 Though not as she with bow and quiver arm'd, How are we happy, ftill in fear of harm? But with such gard’ning tools as art yet rude, 371 But harm precedes not fin: only our fie

Guiltless of fire, had form’d, or Angels brought. Tempting affronts us with his foul eilcem

To Pales, or Poniona, thus adorn'd, Of our integrity: his foul esteem

Iikes she fecm'd, Pomona when she fled
Sticks no difhonor on our front; but turns 330 Vertumnus, or to Ceres in her prime, 395
Foul on himself; then wherefore thuna'd or fear d Yet virgin of Proferpina from Jave.
By us? who rather double honor gain

Her long with ardent look his eye pursued
From his surmise prov'd false, find peace within, Delighted, but defiring more her stay.
Faror from Heav'n, our witness, from th' event. Oft he to her his charge of quick return
And what is faith, love, virtue, unaffay'd 335 Repeated, she to him as oft engag'd
Alone, without exterior help sustain'd?

To be return'd by noon amid the bower,
Let us not then suspect our happy state

And all things in best order to invite Left fu imperfect by the Maker wise,

Noontide repart, or afternoon's repose. dsnot secure to fingie or combin'd.

O much deceiv'd, much failing, hapless Eve, Frail is our happiness, if this be so,

340 of thy presum'd return . event perverse! And Eden were no Eden thus expos’d.

Thou never from that hour in Paradise To whom thus Adam fervently reply'd. Found'rt either sweet repast, or found repose; O Woman, best are all things as the will

Such ambush hid among sweet fow'rs and shades Of Goci ordain'd them; his creating hand

Waited with hellish rancor imminent Nothing imperf-arr dificient left

315 To intercept thy way, or send theebick Of all that he created, much less Man,

Despoil'd of innocence, of faith, of bliss. Or ought that might his happy itate fecure, For now, and fince first break of dawn the Ficad, Secure from outward force; within himself Mere serpent in as carance, forth was corne. The danger lies, yet lies within his power : And or his qucft, where likeliest he might fod Against his will he can recrive no hari. 350 The only two of mankind, but in thein Pit God left free the will, for what obeys The whole included race, his purpos'd prey. Reason, is free, and reason he made right, In bow'r and field he fought, where any tuft Barbid her well be ware, and fill crect,

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