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Invisible, yet staid, (such privilege
“ Author and End of all things; and, from work
“But not in silence holy kept: the harp
“ And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
“Choral, or unison : of incense clouds,
“ 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
“ • Thou hast repell’d; while impiously they thought
“To lessen thee, against his purpose serves 615 “ To manifest the more thy might: his evil
" " Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.
“ * On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;
“• Numerous, and every star perhaps a world
Earth, with her nether ocean circumfus'd, 625 “ • Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy men,
"And sons of men, whom God hath thus advanc'd !
« « Created in his image, there to dwell
Holy and just: thrice happy, if they know
“So sung they, and the empyréan rung
“And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd
Aught not surpassing human measure, say."
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
Then, as new-wak’d, thus gratefully replied: 5
“ What thanks sufficient, or what recompense Equal, have I to render thee, divine “ Historian! who thus largely hast allay'd “ The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd
“ This friendly condescension to relate
“ With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
“When I behold this goodly frame, this world, “ Of heaven and earth consisting, and compute “ Their magnitudes; this earth a spot, a grain, “An atom, with the firmament compar'd
“ And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll 20 “Spaces incomprehensible, (for such
“ Their distance argues, and their swift return