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Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
END OF THE TENTH BOOK.
THE Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our first pa
rents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them : but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise; sends Michael with a band of cherubim to dispossess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things: Michael's coming down.Adam shows to Eve certain ominous signs: he discerns Michael's approach, goes out to meet him : the angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits : the angel leads him up to a high hill, sets before him in vision what shall happen till the flood.
Thus they in lowliest plight repentant stood
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
Fruits of more pleasing savour from thy seed
peace toward mankind; let him live
To whom the Father, without cloud, serene :