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Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest j If Earth, industrious of herself, fetch day ; . From man ur angel the great Architect

Travelling east, and with her part averse Did wisely to conceal, and not divulge,

From the Sun's beam meet night, her other part His secrets to be scann'd by them who ought Still luminous by his ray. What if that light, Rather admire; or, if they list to try

Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air, Conjecture, he his fabric of the Heavens

To the terrestrial Moon be as a star, Hath left to their disputes, perhaps.to move Enlightening her by day as she by night His laughter at their quaint opinions wide

This Earth? reciprocal ifland be there, .'. Hereafter; when they come to model Heaven Fields and inhabitants : her spots thou seest And calculate the stars, how they will wield As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce The mighty frame; how build, unbuild, contrive Fruits in her soften'd soil, for some to eat To save appearances ; how gird the sphere Allotted there ; and other súns perhaps, With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er,

With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry, - : Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb:

Communicating male and female light;
Already by thy reasoning this I guess,

Which two great sexes animate the world,
Who art to lead thy offspring, and supposest Stor'd in each orb perhaps with some that live
That bodies bright and greater should not serre For such vast room in Nature unpossess'd
The less not bright, nor Heaven such journeys By living soul, desert, and desolate,
Earth sitting still, when she alone receives (run, Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute
The benefit: consider first, that great . Each orb a glimpse of light, convey'd so far
Or bright infers not excellence : the Earth Down to this habitable, which returns
Though, in comparison of Heaven, so small, Light back to them, is obvious to dispute.
Nor glistering, may of solid good contain

But whether thus these things, or whether not; More plenty than the Sun that barren shines; Whether the Sun, predominant in Heaven, Whose virtue on itself works no effect,

Rise on the Earth; or Earth rise on the Sun;
But in the fruitful Earth; there first receiv'd, He from the east his flaming road begin ;
His beams, unactive else, their vigour find. Or she from west her silent course advance,
Yet not to Earth are those bright luminaries With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps
Officious; but to thee, Earth's habitant.

On her sof: axle, while she paces even,
And for the Heaven's wide circuit, let it speak And bears thee soft with the smooth air along;
The Maker's high magnificence, who built Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid ; ;
So spacious, and his line stretch'd out so far, Leave them to God abuve ; him serve, and fear!
That man may know he dwells not in his own; Of other creatures, as him pleases best,..
An edifice too large for him to fill,

Wherever plac'd, let him dispose ; joy thou Lodg'd in a small partition; and the fest

In what he gives to thee, this Paradise Ordain'd for uses to his Lord best known.

And thy fair Eve; Heaven is for thee too high The swiftness of those circles áttribute,

To know what passes there ; be lowly wise : Though numberless, to his omnipotence,

Think only what concerns thee, and thy being; That to corporeal substances could add [slow, Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there. Speed almost spiritual: me · thou think'st not Live, in what state, condition, or degree; . Who since the morning-hour set out from Hea- Contented that thus far hath been reveal'd ven

Not of Earth only, but of highest Heaven." Where God resides, and ere mid-day arriv'd To whom ihus Adam; cleard of doubt, replieda In Eden ; distance inexpressible

How fully hast thou satisfied me, pure By numbers that have name. But this I urge, Intelligence of Heaven, angel serene ! Admitting motion in the Heavens, to show

And freed from intricacies, taught to live i Invalid that which thee to doubt it mov'd; The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts Not that I so affirm, though so it seem

To interrupt the sweet of life, from which To thee who hast thy dwelling here on Earth. God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares, God, to remove his ways from human sense, And not molest us; unless we ourselves Plac'd Heaven from Earth so far, that earthly Seek them with wandering thoughts, and nosight,

But apt the mind or fancy is to rove [tions vain. If it presume, might err in things too high, Uncheck'd, and of her roring is no end ; si And no advantage gain. What if the Sun Till warn'd, or by experience taught, she learn, Be centre to the world; and other stars,

That not to know at large of things remote By his attractive virtue and their own

Prom use, obscure and subtle; but to know Incited, dance about him various rounds ?

That which before us lies in daily life, Their wandering course now high, now low, Is the prime wisdom : what is more, is fume, 1 then hid,

Or emptiness, or fond impertinence: Progressive, retrograde, or standing still, And renders us, in things that most concem, In six thou seest; and what if seventh to these Unpractis'd, unprepar'd, and still to seek. » The planet Earth, so stedfast though she seem, Therefore from this high pitch let us descend Insensibly three different motions move?

A lower fight, and speak of things at hand Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Useful; whence, baply, mention may arise Mor'd contrary with thwart obliquities; Of something not unseasonable to ask, Or save the Sun his labour, and that swift By sufferance, and thy wonted favour, deign'di'. Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb suppos'd,

Thee I have heard relating what was done Invisible else above all stars, the wheel

Ere my remembrance : now, hear me relate Of day and night; which needs not thy belief, My story, which perhaps thou hast bot heard;

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And day is not yet spent ; till thert thou seest With supple joints, as livelg vigour led : How subtly to detain thee I devise ;

But who I was, or where, or from what cause, Inviting thee to hear while I relate;

Knew not; to speak 1 tried, and forth with Fond, weteit not in hope of thy reply:

spake; For, while I sit with thee, I seem in Heaven; My tongue obey'd, and readily coald name And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear. Whate'er I saw. Thou Sun,' said I, fair Than fruits of palm-tree pleasantest to thirst

light, And hunger both, from labour at the hour And thou enlighten'd Earth, so fresh and gay. Of sweet repast; they satiate, and soon fill, Ye bills, and dales, ye rivers, woors, and Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace

plains, divine .

And ye that live and move, fair creatures, Hell, Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety." Tell, if ye saw, how I came thus, how here ? To whom thus Raphael answer'd heavenly Not of myself ;-by some great Maker then, meek.

In goodness and in power pre-eminent : “ Nor are thy lips ungraceful, sire of men, Tell me, how may I know him, how adore, Nor tongue ineloquent ; for God on thee Prom whom I have that thus I move and live, Abundantly his gifts hath also pour'd

And feet that I am happier than I'know.' Inward and outward both, his image fair: - While thus I call'd, and stray'd I knew not Speaking, or mute, all comeliness and grace

whither, Attends thee; and each word, each motion, From where I first drew air, and first beheld

This happy light; when answer nohe return'd Nor less think we in Heaven of thee on Earth. On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers, Than of our fellow-servant, and inquire

Pensive I sat me down : there gentle sleep Gladly into the ways of God with Man:

First found me, and with soft oppression seiz'd For God, we see, hath honour'd thee, and set My drowsed sense, untroubled, though I thought On Man his equal love: say therefore on; I then was passing to my former state For I that day was absent, as befel,

Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve: Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure, When suddenly stuod at my head a dream, Far on excursion toward the gates of Hell; Whose inward apparition gently mord Squard in full legion (sach command we had) My fancy to believe I yet had being, (divine, To see that none thence issued forth a spy, And liv'd: one came, methought, of shape Ot enemy, while God was in his work ;

And said, “Thy mansion wants thee, Adam; Lest he, incens'd at such eruption bold, Destruction with creation might have mix'd. First man, of men innumerable ordain'd Not that they durst without his leave attempt; First father! calPd by thee, I come thy guide But us He sends upon his high behests

To the Garden of Bliss, thy seat prepard." for state, as' Sovran King; and to inure

So saying, by the hand he took me rais'd,
Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut, And over fields and waters, as in air
The dismal gates, and barricado'd strong; Smooth-sliding without step, last led me up
But long. ere our approaching heard within A woody mountain; whose high top was plaitt,
Noise, &her than the sound of dance or song, A circuit wide, enclosd, with goodliest trees
Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage. Planted, with walks, and bowers; that what I
Glad we returnd up to the coasts of light

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(tree, Ere sabbath-evening : sowe had in charge. Of Earth before scarce pleasant seern'd. Each But thy relation now; for I attendin

Loaten with fairest fruit that hang to the eye Pleas'd with thy words no less than thou with | Tempting, stirrin me sudden appetite tine's

To pluck and eat; whereat I wak'd, and found . So spake the godlike power, and thus our sire Before mine eyes all real, as the dream « For Man to tell how human life began

Had lively shadow'd: here had new begun Is hard; for who himself beginning knew? My wandering, had not he, who was my guide Desire with thee still longer to converse

Up hither, from among the trees appeard, Induc'd die. As new wak'd from soundest sleep, Presence Divine. Rejoicing, but with awe, Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid,

In adoration at his feet I fell In balmy sweat; which with his beams the Sun Submiss: he reard me, and "Whom thodSoon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed...

sought'st I am, Straighe toward Heaven my wondering eyes I Said mildly, Author of all this thou seest turn'd,

Above, or round about thee, or beneatha And gar'd a while the ample sky; till, rais'd This Paradise I give thee; count it thine By quick instinctive motion, up k sprang,

To till and keep, and of the fruit to eat : As thitberward endeavouring, and upright . | Of every tree that in the garden grows Stood on my fect: about me round I saw Eat freely' with glad heart; fear here no dearth: Hill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains, But of the tree whose operation brings And liquid lapse of mummuring streams; by these, | Knowledge of good and ill, which I have set Creatures that lind and mord, and waik'd, or The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith, few;

.. Amid the garden by the tree of life, Birdion the branebes warbling; all things smild; Remember what I warn thee, shun to taste, With fragrance and with joy my heart oerflowd and shun the bitter consequence: for know, Myself I then perustd, and limb' by limb The day thou eat'st thereof, my sole command Survey'dy and spatetimes wenty: amul sampatimies Transgiest'; inevitably thou shalt die, . ran

From that day mortal; and this happy state

Shalt loge, expelPd from hence into a world | "Whereto the Almighty answer'd, not displeas'd. Of woe and sorrow.' Sternly he pronounc'd

A nice and subtle happiness. I see. The rigid interdiction, which resounds

Thou to thyself proposest, in the choice Yet dreadful in mine ear, though in my choice Of thy associates, Adam ! and wilt taste Not to incur; but soon his clear aspect

No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. Return’d, and gracious purpose thus renew'd. What think'st thou then of me, and this my state? • Not only these fair bounds, but all the Earth Seem I to thee sufficiently possess'd To thee and to thy race I give; as lords

Of happiness, or not? who am alone Possess it, and all things that therein live, From all eternity; for none I know Or live in sea, or air ; beast, fish, and fowl. Second to me or like, equal much less. In sign whereof, each bird and beast behold How have I then with whom to hold convérse, After their kinds; I bring them to receive Save with the creatures which I made, and those From thee their names, and pay thee feälty To me inferior, infinite descents With low subjection; understand the same Beneath what other creatures are to thee?" Of fish within their watery residence,

He ceas'd; I lowly answer'd. “To attain Not hither summon'd, since they cannot change The height and depth of thy eternal ways Their element, to draw the thinner air.'

All human thoughts come short, Supreme of As thus he spake, each bird and beast behold

things!
Approaching two and two; these cowering low | Thou in thyself art perfect, and in thee
With blandishment ; each bird stoop'd on his Is no deficience found: not so is Man,
wing.

But in degree; the cause of his desire
I nam'd them, as they pass'd, and understood By conversation with his like to help,
Their nature, with such knowledge God endued Or solace his defects. No need that thou
My sudden apprehension : but in these

Shouldst propagate, already infinite;
I found not what methought I wanted still; And through all numbers absolute, though one:
And to the heavenly vision thus presum'd. But Man by number is to manifest

"O, by what name, for thou above all these, His single imperfection, and beget Above mankind, or aught than mankind higher, Like of his like, his image multiplied, Surpassest far my naming ; how may I

In unity defective; which requires
Adore thee, Author of this universe,

Collateral love, and dearest amity. .
And all this good to Man? for whose well being Thou in thy secresy although alone,
So amply, and with hands so liberal,

Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not
Thou hast provided all things : but with me Social communication; yet, so pleas'd,
I see not who partakes. In solitude

Canst raise thy creature to what height thou What happiness, who can enjoy alone,

Of union or communion, deised:

wilt Or, all enjoying, what contentment find

I, by conversing, cannot these erect Thus I presumptuous; and the vision bright, From prone; nor in their ways complacence find.' As with a smile more brightened, thus replied. Thus i embolden'd spake, and freedom us'd

«. What call'st thou solitude? Is not the Earth | Permissive, and acceptance found ; which gain'd With various living creatures, and the air This answer from the gracious voice divine. Replenish’d, and all these at thy command | ““Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleas'd; To come and play before thee? Know'st thou not | And find thee knowing, not of beasts alone, Their language and their ways? They also Which thou hast rightly nam’d, but of thyself; know,

Expressing well the spirit within thee free, And reason not contemptibly: with these My image, not imparted to the brute: Find pastime, and bear rule; thy realm is large.' Whose fellowship therefore unmeet for thee So spake the Universal Lord, and seem'd | Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike; So ordering: I, with leave of speech implor'd, And be yo minded still : I, ere thou spak'st; And humble deprecation, thus replied.

knew it not good for Man to be alone; “ Let not my words offend thee, Heavenly And no such company as then thou saw'st Power,

Intended thee; for trial only brought, My Maker, be propitious while I speak. To see how thou could'st judge of fit and meet : Hast thou not made me here thy substitute, What next I bring shall please thee, be assur'd, And these inferior far beneath me set ?

Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self, Among unequals what society

Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.' Can sort, what harmony, or true delight?

"He ended, or I heard no more; for now Which must be matual, in proportion due My earthly by his heavenly overpower'd, Given and receiv'd; but in disparity

Which it had long stood under, strain'd to the The one intense, the other still remiss

In that celestial colloquy snblime, [height Cannot well suit with either, but soon prove As with an object that excels the sense Tedious alike: of fellowship I speak

Dazzled and spent, simk down, and sought re. Such as I seek, fit to participate

pair All rational delight: wherein the brute ! Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, call'd Cannot be human consort: they rejoice

By Nature as in aid, and clos'd mine cyes. Each with their kind, lion with lioness;

Mine eyes he clos'd, but open left the cell So fitly them in pairs thou hast combin'd: Of fancy, my internal sight; by which, Much less can bird with beast, or fish with fowl Abstract as in a trance, methought I saw, So well converse, nor with the ox the ape; Though sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape Worse then can man with beast, and least of | Still glorious before whom awake I stood : . all,'

I who stooping open'd my left side, and took TOL. VII,

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From thence a rib, with cordial spirits warm, Commotion strange ! in all enjoyinents else And life-blood streaming fresh: wide was the Superior and unmov'd; here only weak wound,

Against the charm of beauty's powerful glance. But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heal'd: Or Nature fail'd in me, and left some part The rib he form'd and fashion'd with his hands ; Not proof enough such object to sustain; Under his forming hands a creature grew, Or, from my side subducting, took perhaps Man-like, but different sex; so lovely fair, More than enough; at least on her bestow'd That what seem'd fair in all the world, seem'd Too much of ornament, in outward show now

Elaborate, of inward less exact. . Mean, or in her summ'd up, in her contain'd For well I understand in the prime end And in her looks; which from that time infus'd Of Nature her the inferior, in the mind Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before,

And inward faculties, which most excel; And into all things from her air inspir'd

In outward also her resembling less The spirit of love and amorous delight. ' His image who made both, and less expressing She disappear’d, and left me dark; I wak'd The character of that dominion given To find her, or for ever to deplore

O'er other creatures : yet when I approach Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure : Her loveliness, so absolute she seems When out of hope, behold her, not far off, Aud in herself complete, so well to know Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd

Her own, that what she wills to do or say With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best : To make her amiable: on she came,

All higher knowledge in her presence falls Led by her heavenly Maker, though unseen, Degraded ; Wisdom in discourse with ber And guided by his voice; nor uninform'd. Loses discountenanc'd, and like Folly shows; Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites : | Authority and Reason on her wait, Grace was in all her steps, Heaven in her eye, As one intended first, not after made In every gesture dignity and love,

Occasionally; and, to consummate all, I, overjoy'd, could not forbear aloud,

Greatness of mind, and Nobleness, their seat *This turn hath made amends; thou hast Build in her loveliest, and create an awe fufill'd

About her, as a guard angelic plac'd." Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign,

To whom the angel with contracted brow. Giver of all things fair! but fairest this

“ Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Of all tby gifts! por enviest. I now see

Do thou but thine; and be not diffident Bone of my bone, flesh of my Aesh, myself Of Wisdom; she deserts thee not, if thou Before me: woman is her name; of man

Dismiss not her, when most thou need'st her nigh, Extracted : for this cause he shall forego

By attributing overmuch to things Father and mother, and to his wife adhere; Less excellent, as thou thyself perceiv'st. And they shall be one flesh, one heart, one soul.' For, what admir'st thou, what transports thee so, “She heard me thus; and though divinely An outside ? fair, no doubt, and worthy well brought,

Thy cherishing, thy honouring, and thy love; Yet innocence, and virgin modesty,

Not thy subjection : weigh with her thyself; Hler virtue, and the conscience of her worth, Then value: oft-times nothing profits more That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won, Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right Not obvious, not obtrusive, but, retird,

Well manag'd ; of that skill the more thon The more desirable ; or, to say all,

know'st, Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought, The more she will acknowledge thee her head, Wrought in her so, that, seeing me, she turn'd: And to realities yield all her shows : I follow'd her; she what was honour knew, Made so adorn for thy delight the more, And with obsequious majesty approv'd

So awful, that with honour thou may'st love My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower Thy mate, who sees when thou art seen least I led her blushing like the morn : all Heaven,

wise. And happy constellations, on that hour

But if the sense of touch, whereby mankind Shed their selectest influence ; the Earth

Is propagated, seem such dear delight Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill ;

Beyond all other ; think the same vouchsaf'd Joyous the birds ; fresh gales and gentle airs To cattle and each beast; which would not be Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings | To them made common and divulg'd, if aught Flung rose, flung odours from the spicy shrub, Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue Disporting, till the amorous bird of night

The soul of man, or passion in him more. Sung spousal, and bid haste the evening-star What higher in her society thou find'st On his hill-top, to light the bridal lamp.

Attractive, human, rational, love still; Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought In loving thou dost well, in passion not, My story to the sum of earthly bliss,

Wherein true love consists not : Love refines Which I enjoy; and must confess to find

The thoughts, and heart eplarges; hath his seat In all things else delight indeed, but such

In reason, and is judicious; is the scale As, us'd or not, works in the mind no change, By which to Heavenly love thou may'st ascend, Nor vehement desire; these delicacies (flowers, | Not sunk in carnal pleasure ; for which cause, I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and | Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.

found." Walks, and the melody of birds : but here

To whom thus, half abash'd, Adam replied. Far otherwise, transported I behold,

“ Neither ber outside form'd so fair, nor aught Transported touch ; here passion first I felt, In procreation cominon to all kinds,

(Though higher of the genial bed by far, . | Paradise ; enters into the serpent sleeping. And with mysterious reverence I deem,)

Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their So much delights me, as those graceful acts, labours, which Eve proposes to divide in seThose thousand decencies, that daily flow

veral places, each labouring apart : Adam conFrom all her words and actions mix'd with love sents not, alleging the danger, lest that eneAnd sweet compliance, which declare unfeign'd my, of whom they were forewarned, should atUnion of mind, or in us both one soul;

tempt her found alone : Eve, loth to be thought Harmony to behold in wedded pair

not circumspect or firm enough, urges her More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. going apart, the rather desirous to make trial Yet these subject not : I to thee disclose

of her strength ; Adam at last yields : the What inward thence I feel, not therefore foild, serpent finds her alone ; his subtle approach, Who meet with various objects, from the sense first gazing, then speaking ; with much flatVariously representing : yet, still free,

tery extolling Eve above all other creatures. Approve the best, and follow what I approve. Eve, wondering to hear the serpent speak, To love, thou blam'st me not ; for Love, thou

asks how he attained to human speech, and say'st,

such understanding, not till now ; the serpent Leads up to Heaven, is both the way and guide ; answers, that by tasting of a certain tree in Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask :

the garden he attained both to speech and reaLove not the heavenly spirits, and how their love gon, till then void of both : Eve requires him. Express they? by looks only or do they mix to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?” .* tree of knowledge forbidden : the serpent now

To whom the angel, with a smile that glow'd grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments, Celestial rosy red, Love's proper hue,

induces her at length to eat; she, pleased Answer'd. “Let it suffice thee that thou know'st with the taste, deliberates a while whether to Us happy, and without love no happiness.

impart thereof to Adam or not; at last brings Whatever pure thou in the body enjoy'st,

him of the fruit ; relates what persuaded her (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy

to eat thereof: Adam, at first amazed, but In eminence; and obstacle find none

perceiving her lost, resolves, through vehemence Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars ; of love, to perish with her: and, extenuating Easier than air with air, if spirits embrace,

the trespass, eats also of the fruit : the effects, Total they mix, union of pure with pure

thereof in them both; they seek to cover their Desiring; nor restrain'd conveyance need,

nakedness; then fall to variance and accusaAs flesh to mix with fesh, or soul with soul. tion of one another. . But I can now no more ; the parting Sun Beyond the Earth's green cape and verdant isles

| No more of talk where God or angel guest Hesperian sets, my signal to depart. .

With Man, as with his friend, familiar us'd
Be strong, live happy, and love ! but, first of all, To sit indulgent, and with him partake
Him, whom to love is to obey, and keep

Rural repast ; permitting him the while
His great command : take heed lest passion sway Venial discourse unblam'd. I now must change.
Thy judgment to do 'aught, which else free will Those notes to tragic; foul distrust, and
Would not admit: thine, and of all thy sons,

breach
The weal or woe in thee is plac'd ; beware! Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt
I in thy persevering shall rejoice,

And disobedience : on the part of Heaven
And all the blest : stand fast ; to stand or fall Now alienated, distance and distaste,
Free in thise own arbitrement it lies.

Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given,
Perfect within, no outward aid require;

That brought into this world a world of woe, And all temptation to transgress repel.”

Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus

Death's harbinger: sad task, yet argument Follow'd with benediction. “ Since to part,

Not less but more heroic than the wrath Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger,

Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued Sent from whose sovran goodness I adore !

Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage Gentle to me and affable hath been

Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous'd; Thy condescension, and shall be honour'd ever

Or Neptune's ire, or Juno's, that so long
With grateful memory : thou to mankind

Perplex'd the Greek, and Cytherea's son ;
Be good and friendly still, and oft return !!! If answerable style I can obtain
· So parted they ; the angel up to Heaven Of my celestial patroness, who deigns
From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower.

Her nightly visitation unimplor'd,
And dictates to me slumbering ; or inspires
Easy my unpremeditated verse :

Since first this subject for heroic song
PARADISE LOST.

Pleas'd me long choosing, and beginning late;

Not sedulous by nature to indite
BOOK IX.

Wars, hitherto the only argument
Heroic deem'd; chief mastery to dissect

With long and tedious havoc fabled knights
THE ARGUMENT.

In battles feign'd; the better fortitude

Of patience and heroic martyrdom
Satan, having compassed the Earth, with medi- Unsung ; or to describe races and games,

tated guile returns, as a mist, by night into | Or tilting furniture, imblazon'd shields,

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