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Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes
Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp
“ Celestial, whetheramong the thrones, or nam'd Of them the highest ; for such of shape may seem Prince above princes! gently hast thou told Thy message, which might else in telling wound, And in performing end us ; what besides Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring, Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess, and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes! all places else Inhospitable appear, and desolate ; Nor knowing us, nor known : and, if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of him who all things can, I would not cease To weary him with my assiduous cries : But prayer against his absolute decree No more avails than breath against the wind, Blown stilling back on him that breathes it forth s Therefore to his great bidding 1 submit. This most afflicts me, that, departing hence, As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd , His blessed countenance : here I could frequent With worship place by place where he vouchsafed Presence Divine ; and to my sons relate, “ On this mount he appear'd ; under this tree Stood visible; among these pines his voice I heard ; here with him at this fountain talk'd :" So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook, in memory Or monument to ages; and thereon Offersweet-emelling gums, and fruits, and flowers, In yonder nether world where shall I seek
His luright appearances, or footstep trace?
To whom thus Michael with regard benign: “ Adam, thou know'st heaven his, and all the
Not this rock only; his omnipresence fills
mly mortirà passage when it comes. Ascend This hill ; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes) Here sleep below, while thon to foresight wakest í As once thou slept'st, while she to life was form’d.'
To whom thus Adam gratefully replied : • Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path Thou lead'st me ; and to the band of Heaven
submit, However chastening ; to the evil turn My obvious breast ; arming to overcome By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, , If so I may attain.” So both ascend In the visions of God. It was a hill, Of Paradise the highest ; from whose top The hemisphere of earth, in clearest ken, Stretch'd out to the amplest reach of prospect lay. Not higher that hill, nor wider looking round, Whereon, for different cause, the Tempter set Our second Adam, in the wilderness ; To show him all earth 8 kingdoms, and their glory His eye might there command wherever stood City of old or modern fame, the seat Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walan Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can, And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throno, To Paquin of Sinæan kings; and thence To Agra and Lahor of Great Mogul, Down to the Golden Chersonese; or where The Persian in Ecbatan sat, or since In Hispahan; or where the Russian kzar, In Mosco; or the sultan in Bizance, Turchestan-born ; nor could his eye pot ken The empire of Negus to his utmost.port Ercoco, and the less maritime kings Mombaza, and Quiloa, and Melind, : And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm Of Congo, and Angola farthest south; Or thence from Niger food to Atlas mount The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez and Sus,
Blorocco, and Algiers, and Tremisen ; On Europe thence, and where Rome was to sıray The world : in spirit perhaps he also saw Rich Mexico, the seat of Montezume, And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat Of Atabalipa ; and yet unspoil'd Guiana, whose great city Geryon's sons Call El Dorado. But to nobler sights Michael from Adam's eyes the film remov'd, Which that false fruit that promis'd clearer sight Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see ; And from the well of life three drops instill'd. So deep the power of these ingredients pierc'd, Even to the inmost seat of mental sight, That Adam, now enforc'd to close his eyes, Sunk down, and all his spirits became ontranood But him the gentle angel by the hand Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recall'd : -“ Adam, now ope thine eyes; and first behold The effects, which thyoriginal crime hath wrought In some to spring from thee; who never touch'd The excepted tree ; nor with the snake conspir'd Nor sinn'd thy sin ; yet from that sin derive Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds."
His eyes he open'd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves New-reap'd; the other part sheep-walks ard folds l' the midst an altar as the land-mark stood, Rustic, oi -ward : thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, Uncull'd, as came to hand ; a shepherd next, More meek, came with the firstlings of his flock. Choicest and best; then, sacrificing, laid The inwards and their fat, with incense strew'd, On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform'd : His offering soon propitious fire from heaven Connam'd with nimble glancr, and grateful steama
The other's not, for his was not sincere ;
“ O teacher, some great mischief hath befallen To that meek man, who well had sacrific'd ; Is piety thus and pure devotion paid ?"
To whom Michael thus, he also mov'd, replied : “ These two are brethren, Adam, and to come Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain, For envy that his brother's offering found From Heaven acceptanne; but the bloody fact Will be aveng'd; and the other's faith, approv'd, Lose no reward ; though here thou ste him die, Rolling in dust and gere." To which our sire:
- Alas! both for the deed, and for the canse! But have I now seen death? Is this the way I must return to native dust ? O sight Of terror, foul and ugly to behold, Horrid to think, how horrible to feel !” [seen
To whom thus Michael : “ Death thou hast In his first shape on man; but many shapes Of death, and many are the ways that lead
To his grim cave, all dismal ; yet to sense More terrible at the entrance, than within. Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die; By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more In meats and drinks, which on the earth shall bring Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear; that thou mayst know What misery the inabiștinence of Eve. Shall bring on man.” Immediately a place Before his eyes appear'd, sad, noisome, dark ; A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid Numbers of all diseas'd: all máladies Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, quafias