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Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike ; I led her blushing like the morn: all Heaven,
Aud be so minded still: I, ere thou spak'st, And happy constellations, on that hour
Knew it not good for Map to be alone ;

Shed their selectest influence; the Earth
And no such company as then thou saw'st Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill ;
Intended thee ; for trial only brought,

Joyous the birds ; fresh gales and gentle airs To see how thou could’st judge of fit and meet : Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings What next I bring shall please thee, be assurd, Flung rose, flung odours from the spicy shrub, Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self,

Disporting, till the amorous bird of night Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.'

Sung spousal, and bid haste the evening-star “ He ended, or I heard no more; for now On his hill-top, to light the bridal lamp. My earthly by his heavenly overpower'd,

Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought Which it had long stood under, strain’d to the height My story to the sum of earthly bliss, In that celestial colloquy sublime,

Which I enjoy ; and must confess to find As with an object that excels the sense

In all things else delight indeed, but such Dazzled and spent, sunk down, and sought repair As, us'd or not, works in the mind no change Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, call’d

Nor vehement desire : these delicacies (flowers, By Nature as in aid, and clos'd mine eyes.

I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and he clos'd, but open left the cell

Walks, and the melody of birds : but here Of fancy, my internal sight ; by which,

Far otherwise, transported I behold, Abstract as in a trance, methought I saw,

Transported touch ; here passion first I felt, Though sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape Commotion strange! in all enjoyments else Still glorious before whom awake I stood : Superior and unmov'd; here only weak Who stooping open'd my left side, and took Against the chai of beauty's powerful glance. From thence a rib, with cordial spirits warm,

Or Nature fail'd in me, and left some part And life-blood streaming fresh: wide was the Not proof enough such object to sustain ; wound,

Or, from my side subducting, took perhaps But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heal'd: More than enough ; at least on her bestow'd The rib he form’d and fashion'd with his hands : Too much of ornament, in outward show Under his forming hands a creature grew,

Elaborate, of inward less exact. Man-bike, but different sex; so lovely fair,

For well I understand in the prime end That what seem'd fair in all the world, scem'd now Of Nature her the inferior, in the mind Mean, or in her summ'd up, in her contain'd And inward faculties, which most excel; And in her looks; which from that time infus'd In outward also her resembling less Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before,

His image who made both, and less expressing And into all things from her air inspir'd

The character of that dominion given
The spirit of love and amorous delight.

O'er other creatures : yet when I approach
She disappear'd, and left me dark; I wak'd Her loveliness, so absolute she seems
To find her, or for ever to deplore

And in herself complete, so well to know
Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure :

Her own, that what she wills to do or say When out of hope, behold her, not far off,

Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best : Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd

All higher knowledge in her presence falls With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow Degraded ; Wisdom in discourse with her To make lier amiable: on she came,

Loses discountenanc'd, and like Folly shows; Led by her heavenly Maker, though unseen, Authority and reason on her wait, And guided by his voice; nor uninform’d As one intended first, not after made Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites :

Occasionally; and, to consummate all, Grace was in all her steps, Heaven in her eye, Greatness of mind, and Nobleness, their seat every gesture dignity and love.

Build in her loveliest, and create an awe I, overjoy'd, could not forbear aloud. (fillid About her, as a guard angelic plac'd.

* * This turn hath made amends; thou hast ful To whom the angel with contracted brow. The words, Creator bounteous and benign, “ Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Giver of all things fair! but fairest this

Do thou but thine ; and be not diffident Of all thy gifts! nor enviest. I now see

Of Wisdom ; she deserts thee not, if thou Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself Dismiss not her, when most thou need’st her nigh, Before me: woman is her name ; of man

By attributing overmuch to things Extracted : for this cause he shall forego

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

Not thy subjection ; weigh with her thyself ; Yet innocence, and virgin modesty,

Then value: oft-times nothing profits more Her virtue, and the conscience of her worth, Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won, Well manag'd; of that skill the more thou know'st, Not obvious, not obtrusive, but, retir’d,

The more she will acknowledge thee her head, The more desirable ; or, to say all

And to realities yield all her shows : Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought, Made so adorn for thy delight the more, Wrought in her so, that, seeing me, she turn’d: So awful, that with honour thou may’st love I followed her ; she what was honour knew, Thy mate, who sees when thou art seen least wise, And with obsequious majesty approv'd

But if the sense of touch, whereby mankind My pleaded reason.

To the nuptial bower Is propagated, seem such dear delight

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Beyond all other ; think the same vouchsafid With grateful memory: thou to mankind
To cattle and each beast; which would not be Be good and friendly still, and oft return!"
To them made common and divulg'd, if aught So parted they; the angel up to Heaven
Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue

From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower.
The soul of man, or passion in him move.
What higher in her society thou find'st
Attractive, human, rational, love still ;

Book IX.
In loving thou dost well, in passion not,
Wherein true love consists not: Love refines

The Argument.
The thoughts, and heart enlarges; hath his seat
In reason, and is judicious; is the scale

Satan, having compassed the Earth, with mediBy which to Heavenly love thou may'st ascend, tated guile returns, as a mist, by night into Not sunk in carnal pleasure ; for which cause, Paradise; enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.” and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours,

To whom thus, half abash'd, Adam replied. which Eve proposes to divide in several places, “ Neither her outside form’d so fair, nor aught each labouring apart: Adam consents not, alIn procreation common to all kinds,

leging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they (Though higher of the genial bed by far,

were forewarned, should attempt her found And with mysterious reverence I deem,)

alone: Eve, loth to be thought not circumSo much delights me, as those graceful acts,

spect or firm enough, urges her going apart, Those thousand decencies, that daily flow

the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; From all her words and actions mix'd with love Adam at last yields : the serpent finds her alone; And sweet compliance, which declare unfeign'd his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking ; Union of mind, or in us both one soul;

with much flattery extolling Eve above all other Harmony to behold in wedded pair

creatures. Eve, wondering to hear the serpent More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. speak, asks how he attained to human speech, Yet these subject not : I to thec disclose

and such understanding, not till now; the ser. What inward thence I feel, not therefore foil'd pent answers, that by tasting of a certain tree in Who meet with various objects, from the sense the garden he attained both to speech and reason, Variously representing : yet, still free,

till then void of both: Eve requires him to bring Approve the best, and follow what I approve.

her to that tree, and finds it to be the tree of To love, thou blam'st me not; for Love, thou say'st, knowledge forbidden: the serpent now grown Leads up to Heaven, is both the way and guide ; bolder, with many wiles and arguments, induces Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask:

her at length to eat ; she, pleased with the taste, Love not the heavenly spirits, and how their love deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Express they? by looks only? or do they mix Adam or not; at last brings him of the fruit; Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch ?"

relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam, To whom the angel, with a smile that glow'd at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves, Celestial rosy red, Love's proper hue,

through vehemence of love, to perish with her : Answered : “ Let it suffice thee that thou know'st and, extenuating the trespass, eats also of the Us happy, and without love no happiness.

fruit: the effects thereof in them both; they seek Whatever pure thou in the body enjoy'st,

to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy

and accusation of one another.
In eminence; and obstacle find none
Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars ; No more of talk where God or angel guest
Easier than air with air, if spirits embrace,

With Man, as with his friend, familiar us'd
Total they mix, union of pure with pure

To sit indulgent, and with him partake Desiring; nor restrain’d conveyance need, Rural repast; permitting him the while As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul. Venial discourse unblam'd. I now must change But I can now no more; the parting Sun

Those notes to tragic; foul distrust, and breach
Beyond the Earth's green cape and verdant isles Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt
Hesperian sets, my signal to depart.

And disobedience : on the part of Heaven
Be strong, live happy, and love! but, first of all, Now alienated, distance and distaste,
Him, whom to love is to obey, and keep

Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given,
His great command: take heed lest passion sway That brought into this world a world of woe,
Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery
Would not admit: thine, and of all thy sons, Death's harbinger : sad task, yet argument
The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware! Not less but more heroic than the wrath
I in thy persevering shall rejoice,

Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued
And all the blest: stand fast; to stand or fall Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage
Free in thine own arbitrement it lies.

Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous'd ;
Perfect within, no outward aid require ;

Or Neptune's ire, or Juno's, that so long And all temptation to transgress repel.”

Perplex'd the Greek, and Cytherea's son ; So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus

If answerable style I can obtain Follow'd with benediction. “ Since to part,

Of my celestial patroness, who deigns
Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger,

Her nightly visitation unimplor'd,
Sent from whose sovran goodness I adore ! And dictates to me slumbering; or inspires
Gentle to me and aflable hath been

Easy my unpremeditated verse :
Thy condescension, and shall be honour'd ever Since first this subject for heroic song

Pleas'd me long choosing, and beginning late ;

Not sedulous by nature to indite

Doubt might beget of diabolic power Wars, hitherto the only argument

Active within, beyond the sense of brute. Heroic deem'd; chief mastery to dissect

Thus he resolvid, but first from inward grief With long and tedious havoc fabled knights His bursting passion into plaints thus pour'a. In battles feign'd; the better fortitude

“ O Earth, how like to Heaven, if not preferr'd Of patience and heroic martyrdom

More justly, seat worthier of Gods, as built Unsung; or to describe races and games,

With second thoughts, reforming what was old! Or tilting furniture, imblazon'd shields,

For what god, after better, worse would build ? Impresses quaint, caparisons and steeds,

Terrestrial Heaven, danc'd round by other Heavens Bases and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights That shine, yet bear their bright officious lamps, At joust and tournament ; then marshall’d feast Light above light, for thee alone as seems, Serv'd up in hall with sewers and seneshals; In thee concentring all their precious beams The skill of artifice or office mean,

Of sacred influence! As God in Heaven Not that which justly gives heroic name

Is centre, yet extends to all ; so thou, To person or to poem. Me, of these

Centring, receiv'st from all those orbs : in thee, Nor skill'd nor studious, higher argument

Not in themselves, all their known virtue appears Remains; sufficient of itself to raise

Productive in herb, plant, and nobler birth That name, unless an age too late, or cold

Of creatures animate with gradual life Climate, or years, damp my intended wing Of growth, sense, reason, all summ'd up in Man. Depressid ; and much they may, if all be mine, With what delight could I have walk'd thee round, Not hers, who brings it nightly to my ear.

If I could joy in aught, sweet interchange The Sun was sunk, and after him the star Of hill, and valley, rivers, woods, and plains, Of Hesperus, whose office is to bring

Now land, now sea, and shores with forest crown'd, Twilight upon the Earth, short arbiter

Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these 'Twist day and night, and now from end to end Find place or refuge; and the more I see Night's hemisphere had veil'd the horizon round : Pleasures about me, so much more I feel When Satan, who late fied before the threats Torment within me, as from the hateful siege Of Gabriel out of Eden, now improv'd

Of contraries : all good to me becomes (state. In melitated fraud and malice, bent

Bane, and in Heaven much worse would be my On Man's destruction, maugre what might hap But neither here seek I, no nor in Heaven Of heavier on himself, fearless return'd.

To dwell, unless by mastering Heaven's Supreme; By night he fled, and at midnight return'd Nor hope to be myself less miserable From compassing the Earth ; cautious of day, By what I seek, but others to make such Since Uriel, regent of the Sun, descried

As I, though thereby worse to me redound: His entrance, and forewarn'd the cherubim For only in destroying I find case That kept their watch; thence full of anguish | To my relentless thoughts; and, him destroyed, driven,

Or won to what may work his utter loss, The space of seven continued nights he rode For whom all this was made, all this will soon With darkness, thrice the equinoctial line

Follow, as to him link'd in weal or woe; He circled; four times cross'd the car of night In woe then ; that destruction wide may range : From pole to pole traversing each colúre;

To me shall be the glory sole among On the eighth return'd; and on the coast averse The infernal powers, in one day to have marr’d From entrance or cherubic watch, by stealth What he, Almighty styl’d, six nights and days Found unsuspected way. There was a place, Continued making; and who knows how long Nos not, though sin, not time, first wrought the Before had been contriving? though perhaps change,

Not longer than since I, in one night, freed Where Tigris at the foot of Paradise,

From servitude inglorious well nigh half Into a gulf shot under ground, till part

The angelic name, and thinner left the throng Rose up a fountain by the tree of life:

Of his adorers : he, to be aveng'd,
In with the river sunk, and with it rose

And to repair his numbers thus impair’d,
Satan, involv'd in rising mist; then sought Whether such virtue spent of old now fail'd
Where to lie hid ; sea he had search'd, and land, More angels to create, if they at least
Froon Eden over Pontus and the pool

Are his created, or, to spite us more,
Maotis, up beyond the river Ob;

Determin’d to advance into our room Downward as far antarctic; and in length, A creature form'd of earth, and him endow, West from Orontes to the ocean barr'd

Exalted from so base original,
At Darien ; thence to the land where flows With heavenly spoils, our spoils : what he decreed,
Ganges and Indus: thus the orb he roam'd He effected; Man he made, and for him built
With narrow search; and with inspection deep Magnificent this world, and Earth his seat,
Consider'd every creature, which of all

Him lord pronounc'd; and, O indignity!
Most opportune might serve his wiles; and found Subjected to his service angel-wings,
The serpent subtlest beast of all the field.

And flaming ministers to watch and tend
Flim after long debate, irresolute

Their earthy charge: of these the vigilance Of thoughts revolv'd, his final sentence chose I dread : and, to elude, thus wrapt in mist Fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom

Of midnight vapour glide obscure, and pry To enter, and his dark suggestions hide

In every bush and brake, where hap may find Proto sharpest sight: for, in the wily snake The serpent sleeping ; in whose mazy folds Whatever sleights, none would suspicious mark, To hide me, and the dark intent I bring. As from his wit and native subtlety

O foul descent! that I, who erst contended Proceeding; which, in other beasts observ'd, With Gods to sit the highest, am now constrain'd

Into a beast; and, mix'd with bestial slime, Yet not so strictly hath our Lord impos'd
This essence to incarnate and imbrute,

Labour, as to debar us when we need
That to the height of deity aspir'd!

Refreshment, whether food, or talk between, But what will not ambition and revenge

Food of the mind, or this sweet intercourse Descend to? Who aspires, must down as low Of looks and smiles ; for smiles from reason flow, As high he soar'd ; obnoxious, first or last,

To brute denied, and are of love the food ; To basest things. Revenge, at first though sweet, Love, not the lowest end of human life. Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils :

For not to irksome toil, but to delight, Let it ; I reck not, so it light well aim'd,

He made us, and delight to reason join'd. (hands Since higher I fall short, on him who next

These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint Provokes my envy, this new favourite

Will keep from wilderness with ease, as wide
Of Heaven, this man of clay, son of despite, As we need walk, till younger hands ere long
Whom, us the more to spite, his Maker rais'd Assist us: but, if much converse perhaps
From dust: spite then with spite is best repaid.” Thee satiate, to short absence I could yield :

So saying, through each thicket dank or dry, For solitude sometimes is best society,
Like a black mist low-creeping, he held on

And short retirement urges sweet return.
His midnight-search, where soonest he might find But other doubt possesses me, lest barm
The serpent : him fast sleeping soon he found Befall thee sever'd from me; for thou know'st
In labyrinth of many a round self-roll’d,

What hath been warn'd us, what malicious foe
His head the midst, well stor’d with subtle wiles : Envying our happiness, and of his own
Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den,

Despairing, seeks to work us woe and share
Nor nocent yet ; but, on the grassy herb,

By sly assault; and somewhere nigh at hand Fearless unfear'd he slept: in at his mouth

Watches, no doubt, with greedy hope to find The Devil enter'd; and his brutal sense,

His wish and best advantage, us asunder; In heart or head, possessing, soon inspir'd

Hopeless to circumvent us join’d, where each With act intelligential ; but his sleep

To other speedy aid might lend at need :
Disturb'd not, waiting close the approach of morn. Whether his first design be to withdraw
Now, when as sacred light began to dawn

Our feälty from God, or to disturb
In Eden on the humid Howers, that breath'd Conjugal love, than which perhaps no bliss
Their morning incense, when all things, that breathe, Enjoy'd by us excites his envy more ;
From the Earth's great altar send up silent praise Or this, or worse, leave not the faithful side
To the Creator, and his nostrils till

That gave thee being, still shades thee, and protects
With grateful smell, forth came the human pair, The wife, where danger or dishonour lurks,
And join’d their vocal worship to the quire Safest and seemliest by her husband stays,
Of creatures wanting voice; that done, partake Who guards her, or with her the worst endures.”
The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs : To whom the virgin majesty of Eve,
Then commune, how that day they best may ply As one who loves, and some unkindness meets,
Their growing work : for much their work outgrew With sweet austere composure thus replied.
The hands' despatch of two gardening so wide, “ Offspring of Heaven and Earth, and all Earth's
And Eve first to her husband thus began.

“ Adam, well may we labour still to dress That such an enemy we have, who seeks
This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower, Our ruin, both by thee inform'd I learn,
Our pleasant task enjoin'd; but till more hands And from the parting angel over-heard,
Aid us, the work under our labour grows,

As in a shady nook I stood behind,
Luxurious by restraint; what we by day

Just then return'd at shut of evening flowers. Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt One night or two with wanton growth derides To God or thee, because we have a foe Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise, May tempt it, I expected not to hear. Or bear what to my mind first thoughts present : His violence thou fear’st not, being such Let us divide our labours; thou, where choice As we, not capable of death or pain, Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind Can either not receive, or can repel. The woodbine round this arbour, or direct

His fraud is then thy fear; which plain infers The clasping ivy where to climb; while I,

Thy equal fear, that my firm faith and love In yonder spring of roses interinix'd

Can by his fraud be shaken or seduc'd ; With myrtle, find what to redress till noon : Thoughts, which how found they harbour in thy For, while so near each other thus all day

Adam, mis-thought of her to thee so dear?” Our task we choose, what wonder if so near

To whom with healing words Adam replied. Looks intervene and smiles, or object new

Daughter of God and Man, immortal Eve! Casual discourse draw on; which interinits

For such thou art; froin sin and blame entire :
Our day's work, brought to little, though begun Not diffident of thee do I dissuade
Early, and the hour of supper comes uearn'd?" Thy absence from my sight, but to avoid

To whom mild answer Adam thus return'd. The attempt itself, intended by our foe. “ Sole Eve, associate sole, to me beyond

For he who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses Compare above all living creatures dear!

The tempted with dishonour foul ; suppos'd
Well hast thou motion’d, well thy thoughts employ'd, Not incorruptible of faith, not proof
How we might best fulfil the work which here Against temptation : thou thyself with scorn
God hath assign'd us ; nor of me shalt pass And anger wouldst resent the offer'd wrong,
Unpreis'd : for nothing lovelier can be found Though ineffectual found: misdeem not then,
In woman, than to study household good,

If such aflront I labour to avert
And good works in her husband to promote.

l'rom thee alone, wluch on us both at once


The enery, though bold, will hardly dare ; On what thou hast of virtue; summon all!
Or daring, first on me the assault shall light. For God towards thee hath done his part, do thine."
Nor thou his malice and false guile contemn; So spake the patriarch of mankind; but Eve
Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce Persisted; yet submiss, though last, replied.
Angels; nor think superfluous other's aid.

“ With thy permission then, and thus forewarn'd I from the influence of thy looks receive

Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Aa'ess in every virtue ; in thy sight

Touchi'd only; that our trial, when least sought, More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were May find us both perhaps far less prepar'd, Of outward strength; while shame, thou looking on, The willinger I go, nor much expect Starne to be overcome or over-reach'd,

A foe so proud will first the weaker seek; Would utmost vigour raise, and rais'd unite. So bent, the more shall shame him his repulse." Why shouldst not thou like sense within thee feel Thus saying, from her husband's hand her hand When I am present, and thy trial choose

Soft she withdrew; and, like a wood-nymph light, With me, best witness of thy virtue tried ?” Oread or Dryad, or of Delia's train, So spake domestic Adam in his care

Betook her to the groves ; but Delia's self And matrimonial love ; but Eve, who thought In gait surpass'd, and goddess-like deport, Less attributed to her faith sincere,

Though not as she with bow and quiver arm'd, Thus her reply with accent sweet renew'd. But with such gardening tools as art yet rude, “ If this be our condition, thus to dwell

Guiltless of fire, had form’d, or angels brought In narrow circuit straiten’d by a foe,

To Pales, or Pomona, thus adorn’d, Subtle or violent, we not endued

Likest she seem'd, Pomona when she fled Single with like defence, wherever met;

Vertumnus, or to Ceres in her prime, How are we happy, still in fear of harm?

Yet virgin of Proserpina from Jove. But harm precedes not sin : only our foe,

Her long with ardent look his eye pursued Tempting, affronts us with his foul esteem

Delighted, but desiring more her stay.
Of our integrity : bis foul esteem

Oft he to her his charge of quick return
Sticks nó dishonour on our front, but turns Repeated; she to him as oft engag'd
Foil on himself; then wherefore shunn'd or fear'd To be return'd by noon amid the bower,
By us? who rather double honour gain

And all things in best order to invite
From his surmise prov'd false; find peace within, Noontide repast, or afternoon's repose.
Favour from Heaven, our witness, from the event. O much deceiv'd, much failing, hapless Eve,
And what is faith, love, virtue, unassay'd

Of thy presum'd return ! event perverse !
Alone, without exterior help sustain'd ?

Thou never from that hour in Paradise Let us not then suspect our happy state

Found'st either sweet repast, or sound repose ; Left so imperfect by the Maker wise,

Such ambush, hid among sweet flowers and shades, As not secure to single or combin’d.

Waited with hellish rancour imminent Frail is our happiness, if this be so,

To intercept thy way, or send thee back And Eden were no Eden, thus expos’d."

Despoil'd of innocence, of faith, of bliss ! To whom thus Adam fervently replied.

For now, and since first break of dawn, the fiend, * O Woman, best are all things as the will Mere serpent in appearance, forth was come; Of God ordain'd them : his creating hand

And on his quest, where likeliest he might find Nothing imperfect or deficient left

The only two of mankind, but in them Of all that he created, much less Man,

The whole included race, his purpos'd prey. Or auglit that might his happy state secure, In bower and field he sought where any tuft Secure from outward force; within himself Of grove or garden-plot more pleasant lay, The danger lies, yet lies within his power : Their tendance, or plantation for delight; izainst his will he can receive no harm.

By fountain or by shady rivulet But God left free the will; for what obeys He sought them both, but wish'd his hap might find Reason, is free; and reason he made right, Eve separate ; he wish’d, but not with hope But bid her well beware, and still erect;

Of what so seldom chanc'd; when to his wish, Lest, by some fair-appearing good surpris’d, Beyond his hope, Eve separate he spies, She dictate false ; and mis-inform the will Veild in a cloud of fragrance, where she stood, To do what God expressly hath forbid.

Half spied, so thick the roses blushing round Not then mistrust, but tender love, enjoins, About her glow'd, oft stooping to support That I should mind thee oft : and mind thou me. Each flower of slender stalk, whose head, though gay Fimm we subsist, yet possible to swerve;

Carnation, purple, azure, or speck'd with gold, Siace reason not impossibly may meet

Hung drooping unsustain'd; them she upstays Sunne specious object by the foe suborn'd,

Gently with myrtle band, mindless the while Asd fall into deception unaware,

Herself, though fairest unsupported flower, ce kceping strictest watch, as she was warn’d. From her best prop so far, and storm so nigh. Seek not temptation then, which to avoid

Nearer he drew, and many a walk travérs'd Were better, and most likely if from me

Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm ; Thou sever not : trial will come unsought.

Then voluble and bold, now hid, now seen, Wouidst thou approve thy constancy, approve Among thick-woven arborets, and flowers First thry obedience; the other who can know, Imborder'd on each bank, the hand of Eve: Not seeing thee attempted, who attest?

Spot more delicious than those gardens feign'd But, if thou think, trial unsought may find Or of reviv'd Adonis, or renown'd Is both securer than thus warn'd thou seem'st, Alcinous, host of old Laertes' son ; Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more; Or that, not mystic, where the sapient king Go in thy native innocence, rely

Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian spouse.

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