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Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds,
“O miserable mankind, to what fall
" then Forsook them, when themselves they vilified To serve ungovern'd appetite ; and took His image whom they sery'd, a brutish vice, anductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
Therefore s.) atvject is their punishment,
“ I yield it just," said Adam, “and submit. But is there yet no other way, besides These painful passages, how we may come *o death, and inix with our connatural dust ?" " There is," said Michael, “ if thou well ob.
(taughty The rule of • Not too much ;' by temperance In what thou eat’st and drink'st ; seeking from
thence Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight, Till many years over thy head return: So mayst thou live; till, like ripe fruit, thou drop onto thy mother's lap; or be with ease Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd; for death mature : This is old age ; but then, thon must outlive Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty ; which will
change To wither’d, weak, and grey; thy senses then, Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego, 'To what thou hast ; and for the air of youth Hopeful and cheerful, in thy blood will reign A melancholy damp of cold and dry, To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume The balm of life." To whom our ancestor :
« Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong Life much; bent rather, how I may be quit, Fairest and easiest, of this cumbirous charge : Which I must keep till my appointed day ?,f rendering up, and patiently attend My dissolution." Michael replied :
[livest • Nor love thy life, nor hate ; but what thou Lire pell; how long, or short, permit to Heaven :
KE wpare thee for another sight."
He look'd, and saw a spacious plain, whereof Were tents of various hue; by some, were herus Of cattle grazing; others, whence the sound Oi instruments, that made melodious chime, Was heard, of harp and organ; and, who mor'd Their stops and chords, was seen; his volant toucı Instinct through all proportions, low and higli, Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue. In other part stood one who, at the forge Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass Had melted, (whether found where casual tire Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Down to the veins of earth; thence gliding furt Tosome cave's mouth; or whether wash'd by streans From under ground ;) the liquid ore he drain' Into fit moulds prepar'd; from which he forni'! First his own tools; then, what might else le Fusil or graven in metal. After these, (wronglie But on the hicher side, a different sort (seai, From the high neighbouring hills, which was their Down to the plain descended; by their guise Just men they seem'd, and all their study lent To worship Gud aright, and know his works Not hid; nor those things last, which might prea. Freedom and peace to men: they on the plain Long bad not walk'd, when from the tents, behold ! A bevy of fair women, richly gay In gems and wanton dress ; to the harp they sung Soft amorous diities, and in dance came on: The men, though grave, eyed them; and let their
eyes Rove without rein; till, in the amorous net Fast caught, they liked ; and each his liking chose And now of love they treat, till the evening statin Love's harbinger, appear'd; tben, all in heal, They light the nuptial torch, and bid invoke Hymen, then first to marriage rites invok'd : With feast and music all the tenis resound
Such happy interview, and fair event
“ True opener of mine eyes, prime angel blest;
best By pleasure, though tu nature seeming meet; Created, as thou art, to nobler end Huly and pure, conformity divine. Those leninihou saw'st 80 pleasant, were the terou Of wickedne: s, wherein shall dwell bis race Who slew his brother ; studious they appear Of arts that polish life, inventors rare ; Uumindful of their Maker, though his Spirit Taught them ; but they his gifts acknowledg'd Yet they a krauteous offspring shall beget ; For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seeni'a Of goddess+s, so blithe, so smooth, s gay, Yet empty of all good, wherein consists Woman's domestic honour and chief praise ; Bred only and completed to the taste Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance, To dress, and troll the congue, and roll the eye. To these that sober race of men, whose lives Religious titled them the Sons of God, Sball yield up all their virtue, all their fame Ignolly, to the trains and to the smiles Of these fair atheists; and cow swim in joy, Ere long to swim at large; and laugh, for which The world ere long a world of tears must weep."
To wboy thus Adam, of short joy bereft: " () pity and shame, ehnt they, who to live well Eirier'd sa dir, should turn aside in tread
Paths indirect, or in the midway faint !
“ From man's effeminate slackness it begins,"
He look'd, and saw wide territory spread Before him, towns, and rural works between ; Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, Concourse in arms, fierce faces threatening war Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise ; Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steedy Single or in array of battle rang'd Both horse and foot, nor idly mustering stood : One way a band select from forage drives A herd of heeves, fair oxen and fair kine, From a fat meadow.ground; or fleecy Aock, Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain, Their booty; scarce with life the shepherds tly But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray ; With cruel tournament the squadrons join ; Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies With carcasses and arms the ensanguin'd field, Deserted : others to a city strong Lay siege, encamp'd ; by battery, scale, and mins, Assaulting: others from the wall defena With dart and javelin, stones, and sulphurous fires On each hand slaughter, and gigantic deeds. In other part the sceptred heralds call To council, in the city-gates ; anon Grey-headed men and grave, with warriors mixida Assemble, and harangues are heard ; but soon, In factious opposition ; till at lasty Of middle age one rising, eminent In wise deport, spake much of right and wrong, Of justice, of religion, truth, and peace, And judgment from above ; him old and young Exploded, and had seiz'd with violent lands, Had not id cloud descending snatch'd him thence,