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The ground whence he was taken, sitter soil.
He ceas'd ; and the archangelic pouver prepar'd For swift descent; with him the cohort bright Of watchful cherubim : four faces each Had, like a double Janus; all their shape Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drowse, Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Meanwhile, To re-salute the world with sacred light, Lcueothea wak'd, and with fresh dews embalm's
The earth; when Adam' and first matron Eve Lad ended now their orixons, and found Strength added from above ; new hope to spring Dit of despair ; joy, but with fear yet link'd ; Which thus to Eve his welcome words renewid :
“ Eve, easily may faith admit, that all The good which we enjoy from heaven descends : But, that from us aught should ascend to heaven So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-hlest, or to incline bis will, Hard to belief may seem ; yet this will prayer, Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne Even to the seat of God. For since I sught By prayer tne offended Deity to appease, Kneel’d, and before him humbled all my heart ; Methought I saw him placable and mild, Bending his ear; persuasion in me grei That I was heard with favour ; peace return'd Home to my breast, and to my memory His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe; Which, then not minded in dismay, yet now Assures me that the hitterness of death Is past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thes, Eve rightly callod, mother of all mankind, Mother of all things living, since by thee Man is to live ; and all things live for man."
To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek “ Ill-worthy I such title should belong To me transgressor; who, for thee ordain'd A help, became thy snare; to me reproach Rather belongs, distrust, and all dispraise : But infinite in pardon was my Judge, 'That I, who first brought death on all, am grac'à The source of life; next favourable thou, Who highly trus to entitle me vouchsafest, Far other name deserving. But the field To labour calls us, now with sweat impos'd, 'Though after sleepless night; for see! the morn, Ali neoncern'd with var unrest, begins
Her rosy progress smiling : let us forth ;
“ O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, Which Heaven, by these mute signs in nature, Forerunners of his purpose; or to warn (slows Us, haply too secure of our discharge From penalty, because from death releas'd Some days : how long, and what till then our life, Who knows? or more than this, that we are dust, And thither must return, and be no more? Why else this double object in our sight Of Aight pursued in the air, and o'er the ground, One way the self-same hour ? why in the east Darkness ere day's mid-course, and morning-light More orient in yon western cloud, that draws O'er the blue firmament å radiant white, And slow descends with something heavenly
fraught?” He err'd not; for by this the heavenly banda Down from a sky of jasper lighted now lu Paradise, and on a hill made halt: A glorious apparition, had not doubt
And carnal fear that day diinm'd Adan's mye.
“ Eve, now expect great tidings, which perlaps
He ended ; and the archangel soon drew nigh, Not in his shape celestial, but as man Clad to meet man; over his lucid arms A military vest of purple flow'd, Livelier than Melibean, or the grain Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old In time of truce: Iris had dipt the woof His starry helm unbuckled show'd hina prime In manhood where youth ended ; by his side, Is in a glistering zodiac, hung the sword, darau's dire dread; and in his hand the speab, Adam bow'd low; he, kingly, from his stato Suelin'd not, but his coming thus declar'da
" Adam, Heaven's high behest Buy preface uerda Sufficient that thy prayers are heard ; and death, Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress Defeated of his seizure many days Given thee of grace; wherein thou mayst repenting And one bad act with many deeds well done Mayst cover : well may then thy Lord, appeas'd, Redeem thee quite from death's rapacious claim; But longer in this Paradise to dwell Permits not: to remove thee I am come, And send thee from the garden forth to till The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil.*.
He added not ; for Adam at the news Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood, Tbat all his senses bound; Eve, who unseen Yet all had heard, with audible lament Discover'd soon the place of her retire : “O
unexpected stroke, worse than of death!
Whom thus the angel interrupted mill: