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Remor'd far off; then, pitying how they stood His nostril wide into the murky air ;
Before him naked to the air, that now . Sagacious of his quarry from so far.”
Must suffer change, disdain'd not to begin Then both from out Hell-gates, into the waste
Thenceforth the form of servant to assume; Wide anarchy of Chaos, damp and dark,
As when he wash'd his servants' feet; so now, Flew diverse; and with power (their power was
As father of his family, he clad

great)
Their nakedness with skins of beasts, or slain, Hovering upon the waters, what they met
Or as the snake with youthful coat repaid; Solid or slimy, as in raging sea
And thought not much to clothe his enemies : Tost up and down, together crouded drove,
Nor he their outward only with the skins From each side shoaling towards the mouth of
Of beasts, but inward nakedness, much more

Hell :
Opprobrious, with his robe of righteousness, As when two polar winds, blowing adverse
Arraying, cover'd from his Father's sight. Upon the Cronian sea, together drive
To him with swift ascent he up return'd,

Mountains of ice, that stop the imagin'd way Into his blissful bosom reassum'd

Beyond Petsora eastward, to the rich
In glory, as of old ; to him appeas'd, [Man Cathajan coast. The aggregated soil
All, though all-knowing, what had pass'd with Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry,
Recounted, mixing intercession sweet.

As with a trident smote, and fix'd as firm
Mean while, ere thus was sim'd and judg'd on As Delos, floating once; the rest his look
Earth,

Bound with Gorgonian rigour not to move;
Within the gates of Hell sat Sin and Death, And with Asphaltic slime, broad as the gate,
In counterview within the gates, that now Deep to the roots of Hell the gather'd beach (on
Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame They fasten'd, and the mole immense wrought
Far into Chaos, since the fiend pass'd through, Over the foaming deep high-arch'd, a bridge
Sin opening; who thus now to Death began. Of length prodigious, joining to the wall

“O son, why sit we here each other viewing Immoveable of this now fenceless world,
Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives Forfeit to Death; from hence a passage broad, -
In other worlds, and happier seat provides Smooth, easy, inoffensive, down to Hell.
For us, his offspring dear? It cannot be

So, if great things to small may be compar'd, But that success attends him; if misbap,

Xerxes, the liberty of Greece to yoke,
Ere this he had return'd, with fury driven From Susa, his Memnonian palace high,
By his avengers; since no place like this

Came to the sea ; and, over Hellespont
Can fit his punishment, or their revenge.

Bridging his way, Europe with Asia join'd, Methinks I feel new strength within me rise, And scourg'd with many a stroke the indignant Wings growing, and dominion given me large,

waves.

art Beyond this deep; whatever draws me on, Now had they brought the work by wonderous Or sympathy, or some connatural force,

Pontifical, a ridge of pendant rock, Powerful at greatest distance to unite,

Over the vex'd abyss, following the track With secret amity, things of like kind.

Of Satan to the self-same place where he By secretest conveyance. Thou, my shade First lighted from his wing, and landed safe Inseparable, must with me along :

From out of Chaos, to the outside bare For Death from Sin no power can separate. Of this round world : with pins of adamant But, lest the difficulty of passing back

And chains they made all fast, too fast they made Stay his return perhaps over this gulf

And durable! And now in little space Impassable, impervious ; let us try

The confines met of empyréan Heaven, Adventurous work, yet to thy power and mine And of this world ; and, on the left hand, Hell Not anagreeable, to found a path

With long reach interpos'd; three several ways Over this main from Hell to that new world, In sight, to each of these three places led. Where Satan now prevails; a monument And now their way to Earth they had descried, Of merit high to all the infernal host,

To Paradise first tending; when, behold ! Fasing their passage hence, for intercourse, Satan, in likeness of an angel bright, Or transmigration, as their lot shall lead. Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering Vor can I miss the way, so strongly drawn

His zenith, while the Sun in Aries rose : By this new felt-attraction and instinct."

Disguis'd he came; but those his children dear Whom thus the meagre shadow answer'd soon. Their parent soon discern'd, though in disguise. “Go, whither Fate, and inclination strong, He, after Eve seduc'd, unminded slunk Leads thee ; I shall not lag behind, nor err Into the wood fast by; and, changing shape, The way, thou leading; such a scent I draw To observe the sequel, saw his guileful act Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste

By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded The savour of death from all things there that Upon her husband; saw their shame that sought Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest (live: Vain covertures; but when he saw descend Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid.”

The Son of God to judge them, terrified So saying, with delight he snuff'd the smell He fled; not hoping to escape, but shun Of mortal change on Earth. As when a flock The present; fearing, guilty, what his wrath Of ravenous fowl, though many a league remote, Might suddenly inflict; that past, return'd Against the day of battle, to a field,

By night, and listening where the hapless pair Where armies lie encamp'd, come Alying, lur'd Sat in their sad discourse, and various plaint, With scent of living carcasses design'd

Thence gather'd his own doom; which underPor death, the following day, in bloody fight:

stood So scented the grim feature, and upturn'd | Not instant, but of future time, with joy

And tidings fraught, to Hell he now return'd: 1 So saying he dismiss'd them: thow with
And at the brink of Chaos, near the foot | Their course through thickest constellations
Of this new wonderous pontifice, unhop'd

held,

[wan, Met, who to meet him came, his offspring dear. Spreading their bane; the blasted stars look'd Great joy was at their meeting, and at sight And planets, planet-struck, real eclipse Of that stupendous bridge his joy increas'd. Then suffer'd. The other way Satan went down Long he admiring stood, till Sin, his fair . The causey to Hell-gate: on either side Enchanting daughter, thus the silence broke, Disparted Chaos over built exclaim'd,'

“ parent, these are thy magnific deeds, And with rebounding surge the bars assaild, Thy trophies ! which thou view'st as not thine That scorn'd his indignation : through the gate, own;

Wide open and unguarded, Satan pass'd, Thou art their author, and prime architect: And all about found desolate; for those, For I no sooner in my heart divin'd,

Appointed to sit there, had left their charge, My heart, which by a secret harmony

Flown to the upper world; the rest were all Still moves with thine, join'd in connexion sweet, Far to the inland retir'd, about the walls That thou on Earth hadst prosper'd, which thy Of Pandemonium ; city and proud seat Now also evidence, but straight I felt, [looks Of Lucifer, so by allusion callid Though distant from thee worlds between, yet Of that bright star to Satan paragon'd; That I must after thee, with this thy son ; [felt There kept their watch the legions, while the Such fatal consequence unites us three;

In council sat, solicitous what chance [grand Hell could no longer hold us in our bounds, Might intercept their emperor sent ; so he Nor this unvoyageable gulf obscure

Departing gave command, and they observ'd. Detain from following thy illustrious track: As when the Tartar from his Russian foe, Thou hast achiev'd our liberty, confin'd

By Astracan, over the snowy plains, Within Hell-gates till now; thou us impower'd Retires; or Bactrian Sophi, from the horns To fortify thus far, and overlay,

Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond With this portentous bridge, the dark abyss. . The realm of Aladule, in his retreat Thine now is all this world; thy virtue hath won To Tauris or Casbeen : so these, the late What thy hands builded not; thy wisdom gain'd Heaven-banish'd host, left desert utmost Hell With odds what war hath lost, and fully aveng'd | Many a dark league, reduc'd in careful watch Our foil in Heaven ; here thou shalt monarch Round their metropolis; and now expecting reign,

Each hour their great adventurer, from the There didst not; there let him still victor sway,

search

[mark'd, As battle hath adjudg'd; from this new world Of foreign worlds : he through the midst unRetiring, by his own doom alienated ;:

In show plebejau angel militant And henceforth monarchy with thee divide Of lowest order, pass'd ; and from the door Of all things, parted by the empyreal bounds, Of that Plutonian hall, invisible His quadrature, from thy orbicular world; Ascended his high throne ; which, under state Or try thee now more dangerous to his throne." Of richest texture spread, at the upper end Whom thus the prince of darkness answer'd Was plac'd in regal lustre. Down a while glad.

[both; | He sat, and round about him saw, unseen: « Fair daughter, and thou son and grandchild At last, as from a cloud, his fulgent head High proof ye now have given to be the race And shape star-bright appear'd, or brighter; Of Satan, (for I glory in the name,

clad Antagonist of Heaven's Almighty King,) With what permissive glory since his fall Amply have merited of me, of all

Was left him, or false glitter : all amaz'd The infernal empire, that so near Heaven's door At that so sudden blaze, the Stygian throng Triumphal with triumphal act have met,

Bent their aspect, and whom they wish'd ben Mine, with this glorious work; and made one

held, .

[claim: realm,

Their mighty chief return'd : loud was the acHell and this world, one realm, une continent Forth rush'd in haste the great consulting peers, Of easy thorough-fare. Therefore, while I Rais'd from their dark divan, and with like joy Descend through darkness, on your road with Congratulant approach'd him ; who with hand ease,

Silence, and with these words attention, won. To my associate powers, them to acquaint

“ Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, With these successes, and with them rejoice;

powers;
You two this way, among these numerous orbs, For in possession such, not only of right,
All yours, right down to Paradise descend; I call ye, and declare ye now ; return'd
There dwell, and reign in bliss; thence on the Successful beyond hope, to lead ye forth
Dominion exercise and in the air, [Earth | Triumphant out of this infernal pit
Chiefly on man, sole lord of all declar'd; Abominable, accurs'd, the house of woe,
Him first make sure your thrall, and lastly kill. And dungeon of our tyrant : now possess,
My substitutes 1 send ye, and create

As lords, a spacious world, to our native Heaven
Plenipotent on Earth, of matchless might Little inferior, by my adventure hard
Issuing from me: on your joint vigour now With peril great achiev'd. Long were to tell
My hold of this new kingdom all depends, What I have done ; what suffer'd; with what pain
Through Sin to Death expos'd by my exploit. Voyag'd th' unreal, vast, unbounded deep
If your joint power prevail, the affairs of Hell Of horrible confusion; over which
No detriment need fear; go, and be strong!” By Sin and Death a broad way now is par'd,

To expedite your glorious march; but I | Down fell both spear and shield ; down they as
Toil'd out my uncouth passage, forc'd to ride And the dire hiss renew'd, and the dire form[fast;
The untractable abyss, plung'd in the womb Catch'd, by contagion ; like in punishment,
Of unoriginal Night and Chaos wild ;

As in their crime. Thus was the applause they That, jealous of their secrets, fiercely oppos'd

meant, My journey strange, with clamorous uproar Turn'd to exploding hiss, triumph to shame Protesting Fate supreme; thence how I found Cast on themselves from their own mouths. There The new created world, which fame in Heaven

stood Long had foretold, a fabric wonderful

A grove hard by, sprung up with this their change, Of absolute perfection ! therein Man

His will who reigns above, to aggravate Plac'd in a Paradise, by our exíle

Their penance, laden with fair fruit, like that
Made happy: him by fraud I have seduc'd Which grew in Paradise, the bait of Eve
From his Creator; and, the more to increase | Us'd by the tempter : on that prospect strange
Your wonder, with an apple ; he, thereat

Their earnest eyes they fix'd, imagining
Offended, worth your laughter! hath given up For one forbidden tree a multitude
Both his beloved Man and all his world,

Now ris'n, to work them further woe or shame; To Sin and Death a prey, and so to us,

Yet, parch'd with scalding thirst and hunger Without our hazard, labour, or alarm;

fierce, To range in, and to dwell, and over Man

Though to delude them sent, could not abstains To rule, as over all he should have rul'd.

But on they roll'd in heaps, and, up the trees True is, me also he hath judg'd, or rather Climbing, sat thicker than the snaky locks Me not, but the brute serpent in whose shape That curl'd Megæra : greedily they pluck'd Man 1 deceiv'd: that which to me belongs, The fruitage fair to sight, like that which grew Is enmity, which he will put between

Near that bituminous lake where Sodom fam'd; Me and mankind; I am to bruise his heel ; This more delusive, not the touch, but taste His seed, when is not set, shall bruise my head: | Deceiv'd; they, fondly thinking to 'allay A world who would not purchase with a bruise, Their appetite with gust, instead of fruit Or much more grievous pain ?-Ye have the ac Chew'd bitter ashes, which the offended taste count

With spattering noise rejected : oft they assay'd Of my performance : what remains, ye gods, Hunger and thirst constraining ; drugg'd as oft, But up, and enter now into full bliss ?”

With hatefullest disrelish writh'd their jaws, So having said, a while he stood, expecting With soot and cinders fill'd ; so oft they fell Their universal shout, and high applause, Into the same illusion, not as Man To fill his ear; when, contrary, he hears Whom they triumph'd once laps'd. Thus were On all sides, from innumerable tongues,

they plagu'd A dismal universal hiss, the sound

And worn with famine, long and ceaseless hiss, Of public scorn; he wonder'd, but not long Till their lost shape, permitted, they resuia'd ; Hau leisure, wondering at himself now more ; Yearly enjoin'd, some say, to undergo, His visage drawn he felt to sharp and spare ; This annual humbling certain number'd days, His arms clung to his ribs ; his legs entwining To dash their pride, and joy, for Man seduc'd. Each other, till supplanted down he fell

However, some tradition they dispers'd A monstrous serpent on his belly prone,

Among the Heathen, of their purchase got, Reluctant, but in vain; a greater power

And fabled how the serpent, whom they calld Now rul'd him, punish'd in the shape he sinn'd, Ophion, with Eurynome, the wideAccording to his doom: he would have spoke, Encroaching Eve perhaps, had first the rule But hiss for hiss return'd with forked tongue Of high Olympus; thence by Saturn driven To forked tongue; for now were all transform'd And Ops, ere yet Dictæan Jove was born. Alike, to serpents all, as accessories

Mean while in Paradise the hellish pair To his bold riot : dreadful was the din

Too soon arriv'd ; Sin, there in power before, Of hissing through the hall, thick swarming now Once actual ; now in body, and to dwell With complicated monsters head and tail, Habitual habitant ; behind her Death, Scorpion, and asp, and amphisbæna dire, Close following pace for pace, not mounted yet Cerastes horn’d, hydrus, and elops drear, On his pale horse: to whom Sin thus began. And dipsas ; ( not so thick swarm’d once the soil I “ Second of Satan sprung, all-conquering Bedropt with blood of Gorgon, or the isle

Death!

(earn'd Ophiusa,) but still greatest he the midst, What think'st thou of our empire now, though Now dragon grown, larger than whom the Sun With travel difficult, not better far (watch, Engenderd in the Pythian vale or slime,

Than still at Hell's dark threshold to have sat Huge Python, and his power no less he seem'd Unnam'd, undreaded, and thyself half starv'd ?” Above the rest still to retain ; they all

Whom thus the Sin-born monster answered Him follow'd, issuing forth to the open field, “ To me, who with eternal famine pine, (soon, Vhere all yet left of that revolted rout,

Alike is Hell, or Paradise, or Heaven; Heaven-fall'n, in station stood or just array ; There best, where most with ravine I may meet; Sublime with expectation when to see

Which here, though plenteous, all too little n triumph issuing forth their glorious chief;

. seems They saw, but other sight instead ! a croud To stuff this maw, this vast unhide-bound corps." Of ugly serpents; borrour on them fell,

To whom the incestuous mother thus replied. und horrid sympathy; for, what they saw, “ Thou therefore on these herbs and fruits, and They felt themselves, now changing ; down their - flowers, arms,

Feed first ; on each beast next, and fish, and fowl ; VOL. VII,

No homely morsels! and whatever thing

Sea, air, and shore; the thunder when to rob The sithe of Time mows down, devour un- | With terrour through the dark aëreal hall. spard;

Some say he bid his angels turn ascanse Till I, in Man residing, through the race, The poles of Earth, twice ten degrees and more, His thoughts, his looks, words, actions, all in- | From the Sun's axle; they with labour push'd fect;

Oblique the centric globe : some say, the Sun And season him thy last and sweetest prey." Was bid turn reins from the equinoctial road

This said, they both betook them several ways, Like distant breadth to Taurus with the seven Both to destroy, or unimmortal make

Atlantic Sisters, and the Spartan Twins, All kinds, and for destruction to mature

Up to the tropic Crab: thence down amain Sooner or later ; which the Almighty seeing, | By Leo, and the Virgin, and the Scales, From his transcendent seat the saints among, As deep as Capricorn ; to bring in change To those bright orders utter'd thus his voice. Of seasons to each clime ; else had the spring “See, with what heat these dogs of Hell | Perpetual smil'd on Earth with vernant flowers, advance

Equal in days and nigbts, except to those To waste and havoc yonder world, which I Beyond the polar circles; to them day So fair and good created ; and had still

Had unbenighted shone, while the low Sun, Kept in that state, had not the folly of Man To recompense his distance, in their sight Let in these wasteful furies, who impute

Had rounded still the horizon, and not knowa Folly to me; so doth the prince of Hell

Or east or west; which had forbid the snow And his adberents, that with so much ease

From cold Estotiland, and south as far I suffer them to enter and possess

Beneath Magellan. At that tasted fruit A place so heavenly; and, conniving, seem The Sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turn'd To gratify my scornfnl enemies,

His course intended; else, how bad the world That laugh, as if, transported with some fit Inhabited, though sinless, more than now, Of passion, I to them had quitted all,

Avoided pinching cold and scorching heat? At random yielded up to their misrule; These changes in the Heavens, though slow, proAnd know not that I call'd, and drew them

duc'd thither,

Like change on sea and land ; sideral blast, My Hell-hounds, to lick up the draff and filth | Vapour, and mist, and exhalation hot, Which Man's polluting sin with taint hath shed Corrupt and pestilent : now, from the north On what was pure; till cramm'd and gorg'd, Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, nigh burst

Bursting their brazen dungeon, arm'd with ice, With suck'd and glutted offal, at one sling And snow, and bail, and stormy gust and flar, Of thy victorious arm, well pleasing Son,

Boreas, and Cæcias, and Argestes loud, Both Sin, and Death, and yawning Grave, at last, And Thrascias, rend the woods, and seas upturn; Through Chaos hurl'd, obstruct the mouth of With adverse blast upturns them from the south Hell

Notus, add Afer black with thunderous clovds For ever, and seal up his ravenous jaws. From Serraliona; thwart of these, as fierce, Then Heaven and Earth renew'd shall be Forth rush the Lévant and the Ponent winds, made pure

| Eurus and Zephyr, with their lateral noise, To sanctity, that shall receive no stain :

Sirocco and Libecchio. Thus began Till then, the curse pronounc'd on both precedes.” | Outrage from lifeless things; but Discord first,

He ended, and the heavenly audience loud Daughter of Sin, among the irrational Sung Hallelujah, as the sound of seas, (ways, Death introduc'd, through firce antipathy: Through multitude that sung : “ Just are thy | Beast now with beast 'gan war, and fowl with Righteous are thy decrees on all thy works;

fowl, Who can extenuate thee? Next, to the Son, And fish with fish: to graze the herb all leaving Destin'd Restorer of mankind, by whom

Devour'd each other; nor stood much in awe New Heaven and Earth shall to the ages rise, Of Man, but fled him; or, with countenance Or down from Heaven descend."--Such was their song;

Glar'd on him passing. These were from without While the Creator, calling forth by name The growing miseries, which Adam saw His mighty angels, gave them several charge, Already in part, though hid in glooniest shade, As sorted best with present things. The Sun To sorrow abandon'd, but worse felt within ; Had first his precept so to move, so sbine, And, in a troubled sea of passion tost, As might affect the Earth with cold and heat Thus to disburden sought with sad complaint. Scarce tolerable, and from the north to call “O miserable of happy! Is this the end Decrepit winter; from the south to bring Of this new glorious world, and me so late Solstitial summer's heat. To the blanc Moon The glory of that glory, who now become Her office they prescribed ; to the other five Accurs'd, of blessed hide me from the face Their planetary motions, and aspects,

Of God, whom to behold was then my height In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite, Of happiness !-Yet well, if here would end Of noxious efficacy, and when to join

The misery; I deservd it, and would bear In synod unbenign; and taught the fix'd

My own deservings; but this will not serve: Their influence malignant when to shower, All that I eat or drink, or shall beget, Which of them rising with the Sun, or falling, Is propagated curse. O voice, once heard Should prove tempestuous : to the winds they set | Delightfully, Increase and multiply; Their corners, when with bluster to confound Now death to hear! for what can I increase,

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Or multiply, but curses on my head?

| Strange contradiction, which to God himself Who of all ages to succeed, but, feeling

Impossible is held; as argument
The evil on hiin brought by me, will curse Of weakness, not of power. Will he draw out,
My head ? Ill fare our ancestor impure, | For anger's sake, finite to infinite,
For this we may thank Adam ! but his thanks | In punish's Man, to satisfy his rigour,
Shall be the execration : so, besides

Satisfied never? That were to extend
Mine own that bide upon me, all from me His sentence beyond dust and Nature's law:
Shall with a fierce reflux on me rebound;

By which all causes else, 'according still
On me, as on their patural centre, light

To the reception of their matter, act; Heavy, though in their place. O fleeting joys Not to the extent of their own sphere. But say Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes! That death be not one stroke, as I suppos'd, Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay Bereaving sense, but endless misery To mould me Man? Did I solicit thee

From this day onward; which I feel begun From darkness to promote me, or here place Both in me, and without me; and so last In this delicious garden? As my will

To perpetuity :-Ay me! that fear [tion Concurr'd not to my being, it were but right Comes thundering back with dreadful revolu. And equal to reduce me to my dust;

On my defenceless head; both Death and I Desirous to resign and render back

| Are found eternal, and incorporate both; All I receiv'd; unable to perform

Nor I on my part single; in me all
Tby terms too hard, by which I was to hold Posterity stands curs'd: fair patrimony
The good I sought not. To the loss of that, That I must leave ye, sons! 0, were I able
Sufficient penalty, why hast thou added

To waste it all myself, and leave ye none!
The sense of endless woes? Inexplicable

So disinherited, how would you bless skind, Thy justice seems; yet, to say truth, too late Me, now your curse! Ah, why should all manI thus contest; then should have been refus'd For one man's fault, thus guiltless be condemn'd, Those terms, whatever, when they were propos'd: If guiltless? But from me what can proceed, Thou didst accept them: wilt thou enjoy the But all corrupt; both mind and will depravid good,

Not to do only, but to will the same Then cavil the conditions and, though God With me? How can they then acquitted stand Made thee without thy leave, what if thy son ? In sight of God ? Him, after all disputes, Prore disobedient; and, reprov'd, retort,

Forc'd I absolve: all my evasions vain, [still • Wherefore didst thou beget me? I sought it And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me not:'

But to my own conviction : first and last Wouldst thou admit for his contempt of thee On me, me only, as the source and spring That proud excuse? yet him not thy election, Of all corruption, all the blame lights due; But natural necessity, begot.

So might the wrath! fond wish! couldst thou God made thee of choice his own, and of his own

support To serve him; thy reward was of his grace ; That burden, heavier than the Earth to bear; Thy punishment then justly is at bis will. Than all the world much heavier, though divided Be it so, for I submit; his doom is fair,

With that bad woman ? Thus, what thou desir'st, That dust I am, and shall to dust retum :

And what thou fear'st, alike destroys all hope O welcome hour whenever! Why delays

Of refuge, and concludes thee miserable His hand to execute what his decree

Beyond all past example and future; Fix'd on this day? Why do I overlive? sout To Satan only like both crime and doom. Why am I mock'd with death, and lengthen'd | o Conscience! into what abyss of fears To deathless pain? How gladly wonld I meet And horrours hast thou driven me; out of which Mortality my sentence, and be earth

I find no way, from deep to deeper plung'd!" Insensible! How glad would lay me down

Thus Adam to himself lamented loud, As in my mother's lap! There I should rest Through the still night; not now, as ere Man And sleep secure; his dreadful voice no more

fell,

sair Would thunder in my ears; no fear of worse Wholesome, and cool, and mild, but with black To me, and to my offspring, would torment me Accompanied ; with damps, and dreadful gloom; With cruel expectation. Yet one doubt

Which to his evil conscience represented Pursues me still, lest all I cannot die;

All things with double terrour : on the ground Lest that pure breath of life, the spirit of Man Outstretch'd he lay, on the cold ground; and oft Which God inspird, cannot together perish Curs'd his creation; Death as oft accus'd With this corporeal clod; then, in the grave, of tardy execution, since denounc'd .. Or in some other dismal place, who knows The day of his offence. “Why comes not Death," But I shall die a living death? O thought Said he, “ with one thrice-acceptable stroke Horrid, if true! Yet why? It was but breath To end me? Shall Truth fail to keep her word, Of life that sinn'd; what dies but what had life Justice Divine not hasten to be just ? And sin? The body properly hath neither. But Death comes not at call; Justice Divine All of me then shall die : let this appease Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries." The doubt, since human reach no further knows. () woods, O fountains, hillocks, dales, and bowers! For though the Lord of all be infinite,

With other echo late I taught your shades Is his wrath also ? Be it, Man is not so,

To answer, and resound far other song."But mortal doom'd. How can he exercise send ? | Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld, Wrath without end on Man, whom death must Desolate where she sat, approaching uigh, Can be make deathless death? That were to make Soft words to his fierce passion she assay'd :

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