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Their tendence or plantation for delight : Her husband, for I vicw far round, not nigh,
Whofe higher intellectual more I fhun,
I not; so much hath Hell debas'd, and pain Veil'd in a cloud of fragrance, where she itood, Infeebled me, to what I was in Heaven. Half fpy'd, fo thick the roses blufing round 426 She fair, divinely fair, fit love for Gods, About her glow'd, oft stooping to support Not terrible, though terror be in love
490 Each flow'r of dender ítalk, whose head though And beauty, not approach'd by Itronger hate, gay
Hate stronger, under fhow of love well feign'd, Carnation, purple', azure, or fpeck'd with gold, The
which to her ruin now I tend. Hung dronpirg unfustain'd; them fhe upstays 430 So spake the enemy' of mankind, inclos'd Gently with myrtle band, mindicis the while In ferpent, inmate bad, and toward Eve
495 & Herself, though faireft unsupported flower, Address’d his way, not with indented wave, 1 From her best prop so far, and form fo nigh. Prone on the ground, as fince, but on his rear,
Nearer he drear, and many a walk travérs'd Circular base of rising folds, that tower'd
Crefteri alos:, and carbuncle his eyes;
500 Anong thick-woven arborets and flowers
With burnithi'd neck of verdant gold, erect - Imborder'd on each bank, the hand of Eve : Amidit his circling Ipires, that on the grass
Sput more delicious than those gardens feiga'd Floted redundant : pleasing was his fhape
440 And lovely ; never since of serpent kind Alcinous, host of old !aertes' con,
Lovelier, not those that in Illyria chang'd 505 Or that, not myftic, where the sapicnt king Hermione and Cadmus, or the GodHeld calliance with his fair Egyprian (pouse. In Epidaurus; nor to which transform'd Much he the place admir'd, the person more.
Ammonian Jove, or Capitoline was seen, As one who long in populous city pent, 445 He with Olympias, this with her who bore Whicre houfes thick and sewers annoy the air, Scipio the lighth of Rome. With tract oblique Forth illuing or, a funimer's morn to breathe At first, as one who suught access, but fear'd SII Airong the pleasant villages and farms
To interrupt, fide-long he works his way. Adjoin'd, from each thing mer conceives delight, As when a fhip by skilful steersman wrought The smell of grain, or tedded grafs, or kine, 450 Nigh river's mouth or foreland, where the wind Or dziry', each rural fight, cach rural sound; Vcers oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her fail : 515 If chance with nymphlike step fair virgin pals,
So varied he, and of his tortuous train What pleasing feem'd, for her now pleafes more, Curi'd many a wanton wreath in fight of Eve, She most, and in her look sums all delight : To lure her eye; she busied heard the found Sach pleasure took the Serpent to behold 455
Of rulling leaves, but minded not, as us'd . This tiow'ry plas, the fweec recefs of Eve
To fuch difport bifore her through the field, 520 "Thus carly, thus alone; her herv'nly form From every beast, more duteous at her call, Angelic, but more cost, and feminine,
Than at Circean call the herd disguis'd. Her graceful innocence, her every air
He bolder now, uncall'd before her itood, : Of geiiure or least action overaw'd 460 But as in gaze admiring : oft he bow'd
His nulice, and with rapin sweet bereav’d His turret crest, and fleek enamel'd neck, 525 His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought : Fawning, and lick'd the ground whereon she trod. That space the Evil-unc abstracted stood
His gentle dumb exprefiion turn'd at length From his urn ev'il, and for the time remain d The eye of Eve to mark liis play; he glad Stupidly good, of enmity difarm'ét,
Of her attention gain’dl, with ferpent tongue Of guile, of hate, os envy, of revenge ;
Organic, or impulse of vocal air,
530 But the hot Hell that always in him burns, His fraudulent temptation thus began. Though in mid Heav'n, foon ended his delight, Wonder not, fovran Mistress, if perhaps And tortures him now more, the more he lees Tlou canit, who art fole wonder; much less Of pleasure not for him ordain'd: then foon 470 Fierce hate he recollects, and all his thouglies Thy looks, the Heav'n of mildness, with disdain, of mischicf, gratulating, thus excites.
Displeas'd that I approach thee thus, and gaze 535 Thoughts, whither have ye led me! with what Infutiate, I thus fingle, nor have fear'd Iweet
Thy avful brow, more awful thus retir'd. Compulsion thus transported to forget
*Faireit resemblance of thy Maker fair, What hither brought us! hate, noe love, nor hope Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine Of Paradise for Hell, hope here to tafte 476 | By gift, and thy celestial beauty' adore 540 Of pleasure, but all pleafare to destroy,
With ravishment beheld, there best beheld Save what is in dcftroying; other joy
Where universally admir’d; but here
In this inclosure wild, these beasts among,
Half what in thce is fair, one man except,
545 VOL. II,
Who sees thee'? (and what is one ?) who shouldft | Equivalent or second, which compellid be seen
Me thus, though importune perhaps, to come 610 A Goddess among Gods, ador'd and serv'd
And gaze, and worship thee of right declar'd By Angels numberless, thy daily train.
Sovran of creatures, universal Dame.
The virtue of that fruit, in thee firit prov'd : What may this mean? language of man pronounc'd But say, where grows the tree, from hence box By tongue of brute, and bumian sense express'd ?
To us, in such abundance lies our choice, 620 The latter I demur, for in their looks
As leaves a greater store of fruit untouch'd,
Help to disburden Nature of her birth.
To whom the wily Adder, hlithe and glad. 625 How cam'it thou speakable of mute, and how Enpress, the way is ready, and not long, To me so friendly grown above the ret
Beyond a row of myrtles, on a flat, Of brutal kind, that daily are in light : 565 Fait by a fountain, one small thicket past Say, for such wonder clames attention d'ur. of blowing myrrh and balm; if thou accept
To whom the guilcful Tempter thus reply'd. My couduct, I can bring thee thither soon. 630 Empress of this fair world, refplendent Eve, Lead then, said Eve. He leading swiftly roll?! Easy to me it is to tell thee all
In tangles, and made intricate seem ftrait, What thou command'ft, and right thou shoulda To milchief swis:. Hope elevates, and joy be' uvey'di :
570 Brightens his ereft; as when a wand'ring fire, I was at firit as other heals that graze
Compact of unduous vapor, which the night 635 The trodden herb, of ahjce thoughts and low, Condenses, and the cold environs round, As was any food; nur euglit but food discern'd Kindlcd through agitation to a flame, Or sex, and apprehendid nothing high :
Which oft, they say, some evil Spi'rit attends, Till on a day roving the field, I chanc'd 575 Hovering and blazing with delufive light, A goodly tree far distant to behold
Misleads ch'amaz'd night-wand'rer from his way Loaden with fruit of fairelt colors mix'd, To bogs and mịres, and ost through pond or pool
, Ruddy and gold : I nearer drew to gaze;
There Swallow'd up and lost, from succour far. When from the bouglis a favory odor blown, So glitter'd the dire Snake, and into fraud Gratelui e appetite, more pleas'd my sense 580 | Leu Eve our credulous mother, to the tree Than smell of sweetest fenel, or the tcats
Of prohibition, root of all our woe; Of ewe or goat dropping with milk at even, Which when the faw, thus to her guide the fpake. Unfuck'd of lanıb or kid, that tend their play. Serpent, we might have spar'd our coming To fatisfy the sharp delire I had
bither, Of tasting those fair apples, I resolv'd
585 Fruitless to me, though fruit be here to excess; Not to deler; bunger and thirst at once
|-The credit of whose virtue rest with thee, Pow'rful persuaders, quicken'd at the scent Wondrous indeed, if cause of such effects.
650 Of that alluring fruit, urg'd me to keen.
But of this tree we may not tafte nor touch; About the mofy irunk I wound me soon,
God fo commanded, and left that command For high from ground the branches would require Sole daughter of his voice; the rest, we live Thy utmost reach or Adam's : Ruund the tree 591 Law to ourselves, our reason is our law. All other beasts that law, with like desire
To whom the Tempter guilefully reply'd. 655 Longing and envying food, but could not reach. Indeed! hath God then said that of the fruit Amid the tree now got, where plenty hung of all these garden trees ye shall not eat, Tempting so nigh, to pluck and eat my fill 595
Yet Lords declar'd of all in carth or air? I spar'd not, for such pleasure till that hour
To whoni thus Eve yet finless. Of the fruit At feed or fountain never had I found.
Of each tree in the garden we may eat, 660 Sated at length, ere long I might perceive
But of the fruit of this fair tree amidst Strange alteration in me, to degree
The garden, God hath said, Ye hall not eat Of reason in my inward pow'rs, and speech 600 | Thereof, nor fall ye touch it, left ye die. Wanted not long, though to this shape retain'd. She scarce had said, though briel, when now Thenceforth to speculations high or deep
more bold I turn’d my thoughts, and with capacious mind The Tempter, but with show of zeal and love 665 Consider'd all things visible in Heaven,
To Man, and indignation at his wrong,
As when of old fome orator renown'd
in Athens, or free Rome, where eloquence Into her heart too easy entrance wắn: Florin'd, since mute, to some great cause Fix'd on the fruit she gaz'd, which to behold 735 address'd
Might tempt alone, and in her ears the found Scoad in himself collected, while each part, Yet rung of his persuasive words, impregn'd Motion, each act won audience ere the tongue, With reason, tu her seeming, and with truth; Sametimes in highth began, as no delay 675 | Mean while the hour of noon drew on, and Of preface brooking through his zeal of right;
wak'd So ftanding, moving, or to highth up grown, An eager appetite, rais'd by the finel!
740 The Tempter all impassion'd thus began.
So favory of that fruit, which with desire, O sacred, wise, and wisdom-giving Plant, Inclinable now grown to touch or talte, Alother of science, now I feel thy power
680 Solicited her longing eyes; yet first Within me clear, not only to discern
Pausing a while, thus to herself she mus'd. Things in ;heir causes, but to trace the ways
Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits, Of highest agents, deem'd however wise. Though kepe from man, and worthy to be' Queen of this universe, do not believe
admir'd, Those rigid threats of death; ye thall not die : Whose talle, too long sorborn, at first assay How kould you? by the fruit? it gives you life Gave elocution to the mute, and taught To knowledge; by the threatner? look on me, The congue nut made for speech to speak thy Me who have touch'd and tasted, yet both live,
praise : And life more perfect have attain'd than fate Thy praise he also who forbids thy use, 750 Meant me, by vent'ring higłır than my lot. 690 Conceals not from us, naging thee the tree Stail that be shut to Man, which to the Beast of knowledge, knowledge both of good and evil; k open? or will God incense his ire
Forbids us then to taste, but his forbidding For fuch a petty trespass, and not praise
Commends thee more, while it infers the good Rather your dauntless virtue, whom the pain By thce communicated, and our want : 755 of death denounc'd, whatever thing death be, 695 For good unknown, sure is not had, or had De:er'd not from achieving what might lead And yet unknown, is as pot had at all. To happier life, knowledge of good and evil ; In plain then, what forbids he but to know, Of good, how just ? of evil, if what is evil Forbids us good, forbids us to be wise? Be real, why not known, since casier fhunn'd? Such prohibitions bind not. But if death 760 God therefore cannot hurt you, and be just; 700 Binds us with after-bands, what proộts then Noe juft, not God; not fear'd then, nor obey'd ; Our inward freedom ? In the day we eat Your sear itself of death removes the fear.
Of this fair fruit, our doom is, we shall die. Why then was this forbid ? Why but to awe, How dies the Serpent? he hath eat 'n and lives, Why but to keep you low and ignorant,
And knows, and speaks, and reasons, and discerns, His worhippers; he knows that in the day 705
Irrational till then. For us alone
766 We eat thereof, your eyes that seem so clear, Was death invented ? or to us deny'd Fet are but dim, fall perfectly be then
This intellectual food, for healts reserv'd ? Ofend and clear'd, and ye shall be as Gods, For beasts it seems: yet that one heast which first krowing both good and evil as they know. Hath talied, envics not, but brings with joy 770 That ye ihall be as Gods, lince I as Plan, 710 The good befall’n him, auther unsuspect, letal Man, is but proportion neet;
Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile. 1. brute human, ye of human Geds.
What fear I then, rather what know to fear Sose fhail die perhaps, by putting off
Under this ignorance of good and evil, Human, to put on Gods; death to be willid, of God or death, of law or penalty? 775 Tovugh theiden'u, which no worse than this can Here grows the cure of all, this fruit divine, bring.
715 Fair to the eye, inviting to the taste, And what are Gods that Man may not become Of virtue to make wise; what hinders then As they, participating God-like food ?
To reach, and feed at once both body and mind? The Gods are firit, and that advantige use
So saying, her rain hand in evil hour 780 Or, cur belief, that all from than procceds; forth reaching to the fruit, the pluck'd, she eat :
question it, for this fair earth Idee, 720 Earih felt the wound, and Nature from her seat bi senz'd by the fun, producing every kind,
Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe, Daim nothing : if they all;hings, who invas'd That all was lost. Back to the thicket flunk Kukdge of good and evil in this tree,
The guilty Serpent, anal well might, for Eve 785 isi whois cats therosit, forthwith attains Intent now wholly on her cate, nought else
umn without their lave? ind wherein lies 725 Regarded, such delight till then, as seem'd Ti Peuls, that sien thould srus attain to know? In fruit Me never tasted, whether true Wat can you: knowie igeiurt him, of this true Or fancy'd lo, through expectation high it again it his will it all be his?
of knowledge, nor was God-head from he Uaistavy, and can envy dwell
790 li teav'cly breasts? there, these and many more Greedily the ingorg’d without restraint, lates in.port your need of this fair iruit. 731 And knew not eating death : Satiate at length, extes humane, reach then, and freely tulte. And highten'd as with wine, jocund and bcon, He endes, and his words replete with guile
Thusto herself the pleasingly began.
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O sovran, virtuous, precious of all trees 795 Mean I to try, what rash untry'd I sought, 860 In Paradise, of operation bleft
The pain of absence from thy fight. But ftrange To sapience, hitherto obfcur’d, infam'd,
Hath been the cause, and wonderful to hear : And thy fair fruit let hang, as to no end
This tree is not as we are told, a tree Created; but henceforth my early care,
Of danger tafted, nor to' evil unknown Not without song, each morning, and due praise, Opering the way, but of divine effic
263 Shall tend thee, and the fertil burden case 801 To open eyes, and make them Gore who taste; Of thy full branches offer'd free to all;
And hath been tafted such; the ferpent wife, Till dieted by thee I grow mature
Or not restrain'd as we, or not obeying, In knowledge, as the Gous who all things know; Hath eaten of the fruit, and is licone, 'Though others envy what they cannot give; 805 Not dead, as we are threaten'd, but thenceforh For had the gift been theirs, it had not here Irdued with human voice and human sense, 8.1 Thus grown. Experience, next to theelowe, Reasoning in admiration, and with me Best guide; not following thee, I had remain'd Perful.vely hath fo prevail'd, that I In ignorance; thou open'it wisdom's way,
Have tío tasted, and have also found And giv'st access, though secret fhe retire. 810 Th’etleets to correspond : open-t mine eyes, 8:15 AndI perhaps am secret; Heav'n is high,
Dim erst, dilated fpirits, ampler heart, High, and remote to see from thence distinct And growing up to Godhead; which for thee Iach thing on earth; and other care per laps Chictly 1 ght, without thee can defpiíe. May have diverted from continual watch
For bliss, as thou hast part, to me is bliis, Our great forbidder, safe with all his fpies 215 Tedious, unihar'd with tice, and odious foon. About him. But to Adam in what lort
Thou therefore aro taste, that equal lot Shall I appear? Mall I to him make known May join us, equal joy, ás’equal love; As yet my change, and give him to partake Left, thou not tafting, different degree Full happiness with me, or rather not,
Disjoin us, and I then too late renounce But keep the odds of knowledge in my power 820 Deity for thee, when fate will not permit. 88 Without copartner? so to add what wants
Thus Eve with count’nance blithe her foryonid; In female fer, the more to draw his love,
But in her cheek diftemper flushing glcw'd. And render me more equal, and perhaps,
On th' other side, Adam, foon as he heard A thing not undesirable, sometime
The fatal trespass done by Eve, amaz’d, Superior; for inferior who is free?
Adunied food and blank, while horror chill &;? This may be weil : but what if God hath seen, Ran through his veins, and all his joints reluid. And death ensuc? then I shall be no more, From his tlack hand the gariard wreath'd for b. And Adam weddled to another Eve,
Down dropr, and all the faded roies thed; Shail live with her enjoying, I extinet;
Speechless he stood and pale, tiil thus at knyth A death to think. Confirmi'd then I refolre, 830 Firk to himself he inward silence broke. Adam fhall share with me in bliss or woe:
O fairel of creation, loft and best So dear I love him, that with him all dvachs Of all God's works, Creature in whom excel I could indure, without him live no life.
Whatever can to fight or thought be fornid, So saying, from the trec her step she turn d, Holy, divinc, good, amiable, or sweet! But first low reverence done, as to the lower 835 How art thou loft, how on a sudden lort, 9 That dwelt within, whose presence had infus'd Defac'd, deflower'd, and now to death devote! Into the plant sciential fap, deriv'd
Rather how hait thou yielded to transgres From nedar, drink of Gods. Adam the while, The frict forbiddance, how to violate Waiting desirous her return, had wore
The sacred fruit forbidd'o ? fome curtid fraed Of choicest fiow'rs a garland to adorn 840 of enemy hath beguild thee, yet unknowr, , 1 Her tresses, and her rural labors crown,
And me with thee hath ruin'd, for with the As reapers oft are wont their harvest queen. Certain my resolution is to die : Great joy he promis'd to his thoughts, und new How can live without thee, how form Solace in her return, fo long deluy'd;
Thy sweet converse and love so dearly jind, Yet oft his heart, divine of fonchigill, 845 To live again in these wild woods forkrn gia Misgave him; he the faltring measure felt; Should God create another Eve, and I And forth to meet her went, the way for took Arcther rib afiord, yet loss of thee That morn when first they parted; by the tree Would never from my heart ; 119, re, 15 Of knowledge he must pass, there he hirm, The link of nature draw me: fith ci feth, Scarce from the tree returning; in her hand 850 Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy ftare 315 A bough of fairelt fruit, that downy fmild, Mine never inall be parted, blifs or woc. New gather'd, and ambrosial smcildirius'd.
So having faid, as one from fad difrey To him she hated; in her face excuse
Recomforted, and after thoughts dillurb'i Came prologue, and apology tro prom.pt,
Subnitting to what feeni'd remedilcis, Which with bland words at will she thus addrefs'd. Thus in calo mood his words to Eve he turn 4.
Haft thou not wonder'd, Adam, at my ila? 856 Bold decd thou hast presum'd, adventrousers 'Thee I have miss'd, and theught it long, depriv'd And peril great provok'd, who thus haft dar'd, Thy presence, agony of love till now
Had it been orly covcting to cye
Miuch more to taste it under ban to touch.
925 So saying, she embrac'd him, and for jay 990 But part who can recall, or done undo?
Tenderly wept, much won that he his love Not God omnipotent, nor Fate ; yet so
Had so ennobled, as of choice to' incur Perhaps thou shalt not die, perhaps the fact Divine displeasure for her fake, or death. Is not fo hainous now, foretasted fruit,
In recompense (for such compliance bad Profan'd firit by the serpent, by him first 930 Such recompense best merits) from the bough 995 Made common and unhallow'dere our taste; She gave him of that fair enticing fruit Nor yet on him found deadly, he yet lives, With liberal hand: he scrupled not to eat Lives, as thou faidst, and gains to live as Man Against his better knowledge, not deceiv'd, Higher degree of life, inducement strong
But fondly overcome with female charm. To us, as likely tasting to attain
Earth trembled from her entrails, as again 1000 Proportional ascent, which cannot be
In pangs, and Nature gave a second groan, But to be Gods, or Angels Demi-Gods.
Sky lour'd, and muttering thunder, somie sad drops Nor can I think that God, Creator wise,
Weptat completing of the mortal sin Though threatning, will in earnest so destroy Original; while Adam took no thought, Us his prime creatures, dignified so high, 940 Eating his fill, nor Eve to iterate
IC05 Sct over all his works, which in our fall,
Her former trespass fear'd, the more to sooth For us created, needs with us must fail,
Him with her lov'd society : that now Dependent madc; so God shall uncrcate,
As with new wine intoxicated both Be frustrate, do, undo, and labor lose,
They swim in mirth, and fancy that they feel Not well conceiv'd of God, who though his power Divinity within them breeding wings, Creation could repeat, yet would be loath
Wherewith to scorn the earth : but that false fruit sto abolish, left the Adversary
Far other operation first display'd, Tr mph and say; Fickle their state whom God Carnal desire inflaming; he on Eve Aloft favors; who can please him long? Me first Began to cast lascivious eyes, she him He ruin'd, now mankind; whom will he next? As wantonly repaid ; in luft they burn: 1015 Marter of scorn not to be given the Foe. 951
Till Adam thus'gan Eve to dalliance move. However I with thee have fix'd my lot,
Lvc, now I see thou art exact of taste, Certain to undergo like doom; if death
And elegant, of fapience no small part, Confort with thec, death is to me as life;
Since to each meaning favor we apply, So forcible within my heart I feel
955 And palate call judicious; I the praise I020 The bond of nature draw me to niy own,
Yield thee, so well this day thou hast purvey'd. My own in thee, for what thou art is mine; Much pleasure we have lost, while we abstain'd Our state cannot be sever'd, we are one,
From this delightful fruit, nor known till now One fich; to lose thee were to lose myself. True relish, tasting; if such pleasure be Sn Adam, and thus Eve to him reply'd. 960 In things to us forbida'n, it might he wish'd, 1025 O gloricus trial of exceeding love,
For this one tree had been forbidden ten. Iliustrious evidence, example high!
But come, fo well refreshid, now let us play, Engaging me to emulate, but short
As meet is, after such delicious fare; Of thy perfectiou, how thall I attain,
For never did thy beauty since the day Adam? from whose dear fide I boast mie sprung, I saw thee first and wedded thee, adorn'd
1030 And gladly of our union hear thee spcak, 966 With all perfections, so inflame my sense Coe heart, one soul in both; whereof good proof With ardor to enjoy thee, fairer now This day affords, declaring thee resolv'd,
Than cver, bounty of this virtuous tree. Rather than death or ought than death more dread So faid he, and forbore not glance or toy Shall separate 11s, link'd in love so dear, 970 Of amorous intent, well understood 1035 To undergo with me one guilt, one crime, Of Eve, whose cye darted contagious fire, If any be, of tasting this fair fruit,
He hand he feiz'd, and to a shady bank, Whofe virtue (for of good ftill good proceeds,
Thick overhead with verdant roof imbowcr'd, Direa, or by occafion) hath presented
He led her nothing loath; flow'rs were the couch, This happy trial of thy love, which else 975 Pansics and violets, and asphodel,
1040 So eminently never had been known.
And hyacinth, earth's freshest softest lap. Were it I thought death menac'd would ensue There they their fill of love and love's disport This my attempt, I would sustain alone
Took largely, of their mutual guilt the séal, The worst, and not persuade thee, rather die The fulace of their fin, till dewy sleep Deserted, than oblige thee with a fact 980 Oppress’d them, wearied with their amorous play, Pernicious to thy peace, chiefly assur’d
Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit, 1046 Remarkably fo late of thy so true,
That with exhilarating vapor bland So faithful love unequal'd; but I feel
About their spi'rits had play'd, and inmost powers Far otherwise th' event, not death, but life Made err, was now exhal'd; and grosser sleep Augmented, open'd eyes, new hopes, new joys, Bred of unkindly fumes, with conscious dreams Taite fo divine, that what of sweet before 986 | Incumber'd, now had left them; up they rose Hath touch'd my sense, flat feems to this, and harfh. As from unrest, and each the other viewing, On my experience, Adam, freely taste,
Soon found their cyes how open'd, and their minds And fear of death deliver to the winds,
How darken'd; innocence, that as a veil