With cause, for evils pass'd, yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.”
He ended ; and they both descend the hill :
Descended, Adam, to the bower where Eve
Lay sleeping, ran before ; but found her waked :
And thus with words 'not sad, she him received.
“Whence thou return'st, & whither went'st I know;
For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise,
Which he hath sent propitious, some great good
Presaging, since with sorrow & heart's distress
Wearied I fell asleep. But now lead on,
In me is no delay; with thee to go,
Is to stay here; without thee, here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heaven, all places thou,
Who, for my wilful crime, art banish'd hence,
This further consolation, yet secure,
I carry hence; though all by me is lost,
Such favour I unworthy, am vouchsafed,
By me, the promised Seed shall all restore."
So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard
Well pleased, but answer'd not ; for now too high
The Arch-angel stood; and from the other hill
To their fix'd station, all in bright array
The Cherubim descended ; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist,
Risen from a river, o'er the marish glides,
And gathers ground fast at the labourer's heel,
Homeward returning. Higl in front advanced,
The brandish'd sword of God before them blazed
Fierce, as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapour, as the Libyan air adust
Began to parch that temperate clime : whereat,
In either hand, the hastening Angel caught
Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast,
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.
They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Waved over by that flaming brand; the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms:
Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wiped them soon.
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide :
They, hand in hand, with wandering steps & slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.
THE END OF PARADISE LOST.