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Which tasted works knowledge of good and evil
“ Here finished He, and all that he had made
560 Resounded (thou remember’st, for thou heard'st), The heavens and all the constellations rung, The planets in their stations listening stood, While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. Open, ye everlasting gates !' they sung; 'Open, ye Heavens, your living doors ! let in The great Creator, from his work returned Magnificent, his six days' work, a World ! Open, and henceforth oft; for God will deign To visit oft the dwellings of just men
570 Delighted, and with frequent intercourse Thither will send his winged messengers On errands of supernal grace. So sung The glorious train ascending. He through Heaven, That opened wide her blazing portals, led To God's eternal house direct the way, A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,
And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear
590 Author and end of all things, and, from work Now resting, blessed and hallowed the seventh Day, As resting on that day from all his work ; But not in silence holy kept : the harp Had work, and rested not; the solemn pipe And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop, All sounds on fret by string or golden wire, Tempered soft tunings, intermixed with voice Choral or unison ; of incense clouds, Fuming from golden censers, hid the Mount. 600 Creation and the Six Days' acts they sung : Great are thy works, Jehovah ! infinite Thy power! what thought can measure thee, or tongue Relate thee greater now in thy return Than from the Giant-angels? Thee that day Thy thunders magnified; but to create Is greater than created to destroy. Who can impair thee, mighty King, or bound Thy empire ? Easily the proud attempt Of Spirits apostate, and their counsels vain,
610 Thou hast repelled, while impiously they thought Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
The number of thy worshipers. Who seeks
630 Holy and just ! thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright!'
“ So sung they, and the Empyrean rung With halleluiahs. Thus was Sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfilled, that asked How first this World and face of things began, And what before thy memory was done From the beginning, that posterity, Informed by thee, might know. If else thou seek'st Aught, not surpassing human measure, say.
THE END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge. Adam assents, and, still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own creation—his placing in Paradise ; his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society ; his first meeting and nuptials with Eve. His discourse with the Angel thereupon ; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
THE Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
“ What thanks sufficient, or what recompense
An atom, with the Firmament compared
So spake our Sire, and by his countenance seemed Entering on studious thoughts abstruse ; which Eve 40 Perceiving, where she sat retired in sight, With lowliness majestic from her seat, And grace that won who saw to wish her stay, Rose, and went forth among her fruits and flowers, To visit how they prospered, bud and bloom, Her nursery ; they at her coming sprung, And, touched by her fair tendance, gladlier grew. Yet went she not as not with such discourse Delighted, or not capable her ear Of what was high. Such pleasure she reserved,
50 Adam relating, she sole auditress; Her husband the relater she preferred