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Much he the place admir'd, the person more. As when a ship, by skilful steersman wrought As one who long in populous city pent,

Nigh river's mouth or foreland, where the wind Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air, Veers oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her sail : Forth issuing on a summer's morn, to breathe So varied he, and of his tortuous train Among the pleasant villages and farms

Curl'd many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve, Adjoin'd, from each thing met conceives delight; To lure her eye; she, busied, heard the sound The smell of grain, or tedded grass, or kine, Of rustling leaves, but minded not, as us'd Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound; To such disport before her through the field, If chance, with nymph-like step, fair virgin pass, From every beast; more duteous at her call, What pleasing seem'd, for her now pleases more Than at Circean call the herd disguis’d. She most, and in her look sums all delight: He, bolder now, uncall'd before her stood, Such pleasure took the serpent to behold

But as in gaze admiring : oft he bow'd This flowery plat, the sweet recess of Eve

His turret crest, and sleek enamell'd neck, Thus early, thus alone : her heavenly form Fawning; and lick'd the ground whereon she trod Angelic, but more soft, and feminine,

His gentle dumb expression turn'd at length Her graceful innocence, her every air

The eye of Eve, to mark his play ; he, glad Of gesture, or least action, overaw'd

Of her attention gain'd, with serpent-tongue His malice, and with rapine sweet bereav'd Organic, or impulse of vocal air, liis fierceness of the fierce intent it brought : His fraudulent temptation thus began. That space the evil-one abstracted stood

“ Wonder not, sovran mistress, if perhaps From his own evil, and for the time remain'd Thou canst who art sole wonder! much less arm Stupidly good; of enmity disarm’d,

Thy looks, the Heaven of mildness, with disdain, Of guile, of hate, of envy, of revenge.

Dispieas'd that I approach thee thus, and gaze But the hot Hell that always in him burns,

Insatiate ; I thus single ; nor have fear’d Though in mid Heaven, soon ended his delight, Thy awful brow, more awful thus retir'd. And tortures him now more, the more he sees Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair, Of pleasure, not for him ordain'd: then soon Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine Fierce hate he recollects, and all his thoughts By gift, and thy celestial beauty adore Of mischief, gratulating, thus excites.

With ravishment beheld! there best beheld, “ Thoughts, whither have ye led me! with what Where universally admir’d; but here sweet

In this enclosure wild, these beasts among, Coinpulsion thus transported, to forget

Beholders rude, and shallow to discern What hither brought us! hate, not love; nor hope

Half what in thee is fair, one man except, Of Paradise for Hell, hope here to taste

Who sees thee? (and what is one?) who should be Of pleasure ; but all pleasure to destroy,

A goddess among gods, ador'd and serv'd Save what is in destroying ; other joy

By angels numberless, thy daily train." To me is lost. Then, let me not let pass

So gloz'd the tempter, and his proem tun'd: Occasion which now smiles; behold alone

Into the heart of Eve his words made way, The woman, opportune to all attempts,

Thougli at the voice much marvelling; at length, Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh, Not unamaz'd), she thus in answer spake. (nounc'd Whose higher intellectual more I shun,

“ What may this mean? language of man proAnd strength, of courage haughty, and of lim! By tongue of brute, and human sense express'd? Heroic built, though of terrestrial mould;

The first, at least, of these I thought denied Foe not informidable ! exeinpt from wound, To beasts ; whom God, on their creation-day, I not ; so much hath Hell debas'd, and pain Created mute to ali articulate sound : Enfeebled me, to what I was in Heaven.

The latter I demur; for in their looks She fair, divinely fair, fit love for gods !

Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears. Not terrible, though terrour be in love

Thee, serpent, subtlest beast of all the field
And beauty, not approach'd by stronger hate, I knew, but not with human voice endued;
Hate stronger, under show of love well feign'd; Redouble then this miracle, and say,
The way which to her ruin now I tend.”

How cam’st thou speakable of mute, and how
So spake the enemy of mankind, enclos'd To me so friendly grown above the rest
In serpent, inmate bad! and toward Eve

Of brutal kind, that daily are in sight? Address’d his way: not with indented wave, Say, for such wonder claims attention due." Prone on the ground, as since; but on his rear, To whom the guileful tempter thus replied. Circular base of rising folds, that tower'd

“ Empress of this fair world, resplendent Eve! Fold above fold, a surging maze! his head Easy to me it is to tell thee all Crested aloft, and carbuncle his eyes;

What thou command'st; and right thou should With burnish'd neck of verdant gold, erect

I was at first as other beasts that graze Amidst his circling spires, that on the grass The trodden herb, of abject thoughts and low, Floated redundant : pleasing was his shape As was my food; nor aught but food discern'd And lovely ; never since of serpent-kind

Or sex, and apprehended nothing high : Lovelier, not those that in Illyria chang'd

Till, on a day roving the field, I chanc'd Hermione and Cadmus, or the god

A goodly tree far distant to behold In Epidaurus; nor to which transform'd

Loaden with fruit of fairest colours mixid, Ammonian Jove, or Capitoline was seen ;

Ruddy and gold ; I nearer drew to gaze ; He with Olympias ; this with her who bore When from the boughs a savoury odour blownl, Seipio, the height of Rome. With tract oblique Grateful to appetite, more pleas'd my sense At first, as one who sought access, but fear'd Than smell of sweetest fennel, or the teats To interrupt, side long he works his way.

Of ewe or goat, dropping with milk at even,

(be obet'd

Unsuck'd of lamb or kid, that tend their play God so commanded, and left that command
To satisfy the sharp desire I had

Sole daughter of his voice; the rest, we live
Of tasting those fair apples, I resolvid

Law to ourselves; our reason is our law. Not to defer; hunger and thirst at once,

To whom the tempter guilefully replied. Powerful persuaders, quicken'd at the scent “ Indeed! hath God then said that of the fruit Of that alluring fruit, urg'd me so keen.

Of all these garden-trees ye shall not eat, About the mossy trunk I wound me soon ; Yet lords declar'd of all in Earth or Air ?" For, high from ground, the branches would require To whom thus Eve, yet sinless. “Of the fruit Thy utmost reach or Adam's : round the tree Of each tree in the garden we may eat ; All other beasts that saw, with like desire

But of the fruit of this fair tree amidst Langing and envying stood, but could not reach. The garden, God hath said, “ Ye shall not cat Amid the tree now got, where plenty hung Thereof, nor shall ye touch it, lest ye die.' Tempting so nigh, to pluck and eat my fill

She scarce had said, though brief, when now I spar'd not ; for, such pleasure till that hour,

more bold At feed or fountain, never had I found.

The tempter, but with show of zeal and love Sated at length, ere long I might perceive

To Man, and indignation at his wrong, Strange alteration in me, to degree

New part puts on; and, as to passion mov'd, Of reason in my inward powers; and speech Fluctuates disturb'd, yet comely and in act Wanted not long; though to this shape retain'd. Rais'd, as of some great matter to begin. Thenceforth to speculations high or deep

As when of old some orator renown'd, leuro'd my thoughts, and with capacious mind In Athens or free Rome, where eloquence Consider d all things visible in Heaven,

Flourish'd, since mute! to some great cause adOr Earth, or Middle; all things fair and good :

dress’d, But all that fair and good in thy divine

Stood in himself collected; while each part, Semblance, and in thy beauty's heavenly ray, Motion, each act, won audience ere the tongue; L'nited I beheld; no fair to thine

Sometimes in height began, as no delay Equivalent or second! which compell’d

Of preface brooking, through his zeal of right: Me thus, though importune perhaps, to come So standing, moving, or to height up grown, And gaze, and worship thee of right declar'd The tempter, all impassion'd, thus began. Sovran of creatures, universal dame !"

“ O sacred, wise, and wisdom.giving plant, So talk d the spirited sly snake; and Eve,

Mother of science! now I feel thy power
Yet more amaz'd, unwary thus replied.

Within me clear; not only to discern
Serpent, thy overpraising leaves in doubt Things in their causes, but to trace the ways
The virtue of that fruit, in thee first prov'd : Of highest agents, deem'd however wise.
But say, where grows the tree? from hence how far? Queen of this universe ! do not believe
For many are the trees of God that grow

Those rigid threats of death : ye shall not die : In Paradise, and various, yet unknown

How should you ? by the fruit ? it gives you life To us; in such abundance lies our choice,

To knowledge ; by the threatener ? look on me, As leaves a greater store of fruit untouch'd, Me, who have touch'd and tasted; yet both live, Scill hanging incorruptible, till men

And life more perfect have attain'd than Fate Grow up to their provision, and more hands Meant me, by venturing higher than my lot. Help to disburden Nature of her birth.”

Shall that be shut to man, which to the beast
To whom the wily adder, blithe and glad. Is open ? or will God incense his ire
* Empress, the way is ready, and not long; For such a petty trespass ? and not praise
Beyond a row of myrtles, on a flat,

Rather your dauntless virtue, whom the pain lai by a fountain, one small thicket past

Of death denounc'd, whatever thing death be, Of blowing myrrh and balm : if thou accept Deterr'd not from achieving what might lead My conduct, I can bring thee thither soon. [roll's To happier life, knowledge of good and evil ;

“ Lead then,” said Eve. He, leading, swiftly Of good, how just? of evil, if what is evil In tangles, and made intricate seem straight, Be real, why not known, since easier shunn'd ? To mischief swift. Hope elevates, and joy God therefore cannot hurt ye, and be just ; Brightens his crest; as when a wandering fire, Not just, not God: not fear’d then, nor obey'd : Counpact of unctuous vapour, which the night Your fear itself of death removes the fear. Condenses, and the cold environs round,

Why then was this forbid? Why, but to awe; Kindled through agitation to a flame,

Why, but to keep ye low and ignorant,
Which oft, they say, some evil spirit attends, His worshippers ? He knows that in the day
Hovering and blazing with delusive light,

Ye eat thereof, your eyes that seem so clear,
Misleads the amaz'd night-wanderer from his way Yet are but dim, shall perfectly be then
To bogs and mires, and oft through pond or pool; Open'd and clear’d, and ye shall be as gods,
There swallow'd up and lost, from succour far : Knowing both good and evil, as they know.
So glister'd the dire snake, and into fraud

That ye shall be as gods, since I as Man,
Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the tree

Internal Man, is but proportion meet; Of prohibition, root of all our woe;

I, of brute, human; ye, of human, gods. Which when she saw, thus to her guide she spake. So ye shall die, perhaps, by putting off “ Serpent, we might have spar’d our coming Human, to put on gods ; death to be wish’d, hither,

Though threaten'd, which no worse than this can Fruitless to me, though fruit be here to excess,

bring, The credit of whose virtue rest with thee;

And what are gods, that man may not become Wondronis indeed, if cause of such effects.

As they, participating god-like food ?
But of this tree we may not taste nor touch ; The gods are first, and that advantage use

On our belief, that all from them proceeds : Or fancied so, through expectation high
I question it ; for this fair Earth I see,

Of knowledge ; nor was godhead from her thought.
Warm'd by the Sun, producing every kind; Greedily she engorg'd without restraint,
Them, nothing: if they all things, who enclos'd And knew not eating death : satiate at length,
Knowledge of good and evil in this tree,

And heightend as with wine, jocund and boon, That whoso eats thereof forthwith attains

Thus to herself she pleasingly began.
Wisdom without their leave ? and wherein lies “() sovran, virtuous, precious of all trees
The offence, that man should thus attain to know ? | In Paradise ! of operation blest
What can your knowledge hurt hiin, or this tree To sapience, hitherto obscur'd, infam'd,
Impart against his will, if all be his?

And thy fair fruit let hang, as to no end
Or is it envy? and can envy dwell (more Created ; but henceforth my early care,
In heavenly breasts? - These, these, and many Not without song, each morning, and due praise,
Causes import your need of this fair fruit.

Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease Goddess huinane, reach then, and freely taste. Of thy full branches offer'd free to all ;

He ended; and his words, replete with guile Till, dieted by thee, I grow mature Into her heart too easy entrance won :

In knowledge, as the gods, who all things know; Fix'd on the fruit she gaz'd, which to behold Though others envy what, they cannot give. Miglit tempt alone; and in her ears the sound For, lad the gift been theirs, it had not here Yet rung of his persuasive words, impregn'd Thus grown. Experience, next, to thee I owe, With reason, to her seeming, and with truth : Best guide : not following thee, I had remain'd Meanwhile the hour of noon drew on, and wak'd In ignorance ; thou open'st wisdom's way, An eager appetite, rais'd by the smell

And giv'st access, though secret she retire. So savoury of that fruit, which with desire, And I perhaps am secret : Heaven is high, Inclinable now grown to touch or taste,

High, and remote to see from thence distinct Solicited her longing eye; yet first

Each thing on Earth ; and other care perhaps Pausing a while, thus to herself she mus'd.

May have diverted from continual watch
“ Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits, Our great Forbidder, safe with all his spies
Though kept from man, and worthy to be admir'd; About him. But to Adam in what sort
Whose taste, too long forborn, at first assay

Shall I appear? shall I to him make known
Gave elocution to the mute, and taught (praise : As yet my change, and give him to partake
The tongue not made for speech, to speak thy Full happiness with me, or rather not,
Thy praise he also, who forbids thy use,

But keep the odds of knowledge in my power
Conceals not from us, naming thee the tree Without copartner ? so to add what wants
Of knowledge, knowledge both of good and evil; In female sex, the more to draw his love,
Forbids us then to taste! but his forbidding And render me more equal ; and perhaps,
Commends thee more, while it infers the good A thing not undesirable, sometime
By thee communicated, and our want :

Superior : for, inferior, who is free? For good unknown sure is not had ; or, had This may be well : but what if God have seen, And yet unknown, is as not had at all.

And death ensue? then I shall be no more! In plain then, what forbids he but to know,

And Adam, wedded to another Eve, Forbids us good, forbids us to be wise ?

Shall live with her enjoying, I extinct; Such prohibitions bind not. But, if death

A death to think! Confirm'd then I resolve, Bind us with after-bands, what profits then Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe: Our inward freedom ? In the day we cat

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths Of this fair fruit, our doom is, we shall die ! I could endure, without him live no life.” How dies the serpent ? he hath eat'n and lives, So saying, from the tree her step she turn'd; And knows, and speaks, and reasons, and discerns, But first low reverence done, as to the Power Irrational, till then. For us alone

That dwelt within, whose presence had infus'd Was death invented ? or to us denied

Into the plant sciential sap, deriv'd This intellectual food, for beasts reserv'd?

From nectar, drink of gods, Adam the while For beasts it seems : yet that one beast which first Waiting desirous her return, had wove Hath tasted envies not, but brings with joy

Of choicest flowers a garland, to adorn The good befall’n him, author unsuspect,

Her tresses, and her rural labours crown; Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile.

As reapers oft are wont their harvest-queen. What fear I then ? rather, what know to fear Great joy he promis'd to his thoughts, and new Under this ignorance of good and evil,

Solace in her return, so long delay'd : Of God or death, of law or penalty ?

Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill, Here grows the cure of all, this fruit divine, Misgave him; he the faltering measure felt; Fair to the eye, inviting to the taste,

And forth to meet her went, the way she took Of virtue to make wise : what hinders then

That morn when first they parted: by the tree To reach, and feed at once both body and mind?" Of knowledge he must pass; there he her met, So saying, her rash hand in evil hour

Scarce from the tree returning; in her hand Forth reaching to the fruit, she pluck'd, she eat! A bough of fairest fruit, that downy smil'd, Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat, New gather'd, and ambrosial smell diffus'd. Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe, To him she hasted ; in her face excuse That all was lost. Back to the thicket slunk Came prologue, and apology too prompt ; The guilty serpent; and well might; for Eve, Which, with bland words at will, she thus address'd. Intent now wholly on her taste, nought else

“ Hast thou not wonder'd, Adam, at my stay? Regarded ; such delight tiil then, as seem'd, Thee I have miss'd, and thought it long, depriv'd In fruit she never tasted, whether true

Thy presence ; agony of love till now

Not felt, nor shall be twice ; for never more | Is not so heinous now, foretasted fruit,
Mean I to try, what rashi untried I sought, Profan’d first by the serpent, by him first
The pain of absence from thy sight. But strange Made common, and unhallow'd, ere our taste :
Hath been the cause, and wonderful to hear : Nor yet on him found deadly; he yet lives;
This tree is not, as we are told, a tree

Lives, as thou saidst, and gains to live, as Man, Of danger tasted, nor to evil unknown

Higher degree of life : inducement strong
Opening the way, but of divine effect

To us, as likely tasting to attain
"To open eyes, and make them gods who taste ; Proportional ascent; which cannot be
And hath been tasted such : the serpent wise, But to be gods, or angels, demi-gods.
Or not restrain’d as we, or not obeying,

Nor can I think that God, Creator wise,
Hath eaten of the fruit; and is become,

Though threatening, will in earnest so destroy Not dead, as we are threaten'd, but thenceforth Us his prime creatures, dignified so high, Endued with human voice and human sense, Set over all his works; which in our fall, Reasoning to admiration; and with me

For us created, needs with us must fail, Persuasively hath so prevail'd, that I

Dependant made ; so God shall uncreate, Have also tasted, and have also found

Be frustrate, do, undo, and labour lose ; The effects to correspond ; opener mine eyes

Not well conceiv'd of God, who, though his power Dim erst, dilated spirits, ampler heart,

Creation could repeat, yet would be loth
And growing up to godhead; which for thee Us to abolish, lest the adversary
Chiefly I sought, without thee can despise,

Triumph, and say;

• Fickle their state whom God For bliss, as thou hast part, to me is bliss;

Most favours; who can please him long ? Me first Tedious, unshar'd with thee, and odious soon. He ruin'd, now Mankind ; whom will he next ?' Thou therefore also taste, that equal lot

Matter of scorn, not to be given the foe. May join us, equal joy, as equal love;

However I with thee have fix'd my lot, Lest, thou not tasting, different degree

Certain to 1:adergo like doom: if death Di-join us, and I then too late renounce

Consort with thee, death is to me as life;
Deity for thee when Fate will not permit.'

So forcible within my heart I feel
Thus Eve with countenance blithe her story told; The bond of Nature draw me to my own ;
But in her clieek distemper flushing glow'd. My own in thee, for what thou art is mine;
On the other side, Adain, soon as he heard

Our state cannot be sever'd; we are one,
The fatal trespass done by Eve, amaz’d,

One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself.”
Astonied stood and blank, while horrour chill So Adain ; and thus Eve to him replied.
Plan through his veins, and all his joints relax’d; “ O glorious trial of exceeding love,
From luis stack hand the garland wreath'd for Eve Illustrious evidence, example high!
Down dropt, and all the faded roses shed : Engaging me to emulate ; but, short
Speechless he stood and pale, till thus at length Of thy perfection, how shall I attain,
First to himself he inward silence broke.

Adam ? from whose dear side I boast me sprung, “O fairest of creation, last and best

And gladly of our union hear thee speak, Of all God's works, creature in whoin excell’d One heart, one soul in both ; whereof good proof Whatever can to sight or thought be form’d, This day affords, declaring thee resolv'd, Hoiy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet!

Rather than deatlı, or aught than death more dread, How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost,

Shall separate us, link'd in love so dear,
Defae'd, detlower’d, and now to death devote! To undergo with me one guilt, one crime,
Rather, how hast thou yielded to transgress If any be, of tasting this fair fruit;
The strict forbiddance, how to violate

Whose virtue, (for of good still good proceeds;
The sacred fruit forbidden! Some cursed fraud Direct, or by cccasion,) hath presented
Of enemy hath beguild thee, yet unknown, This happy trial of thy love, which else
And me with thee hath ruin'd; for with thee Su erminently never had been known.
Certain my resolution is to die :

Were it I thouglit death inenac'd would ensue How can I live without thee ! how forego This my attempt, I would sustain alone Thy sweet convérse, and love so dearly join’d, The worst, and not persuade thee, rather die To live again in these wild woods forlorn! Deserted, than oblige thee with a fact Should God create another Eve, and I

Pernicious to thy peace; chiefly, assur'd Another rib afford, yet loss of thee

Remarkably so late of thy so true, Would never from my heart : nó, no! I feel So faithful, love unequall’d: but I feel The link of Nature draw me: flesh of flesh, Far otherwise the event; not death, but life Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state. Augmented, open'd eyes, new hopes, new joys, Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.”

Taste so divine, that what of sweet before So having said, as one from sad dismay

Hath touch'd my sense, flat seems to this, and harsh. Recornforted, and after thoughts disturb'd

On my experience, Adam, freely taste, Submitting to what seem'd remediless,

And fear of death deliver to the winds."
Thus in calm mood his words to Eve he turn'd. So saying, she embrac'd him, and for joy

“ Bold deed thou hast presum'd, adventurous Eve, Tenderly wept; much won, that he his love
And peril great provok'd, who thus hast dar'd, Had so ennobled, as of choice to incur
Had it been only coveting to eye

Divine displeasure for her sake, or death.
That sacred fruit, sacred to abstinence,

In recompense (for such compliance bad Much more to taste it under ban to touch

Such recompense best merits) from the bough Bat past who can recall, or done undo?

She gave him of that fair enticing fruit Not God Omnipotent, nor Fate; yet so

With liberal hand: he scrupled not to cat, Perhaps thou shalt not die, perhaps the fact Against his better knowledge; not decciv’d,

But fondly overcome with female charm.

To counterfeit man's voice; true in our fall,
Earth trembled from her entrails, as again

False in our promis'd rising ; since our eyes
In pangs; and Nature gave a second groan; Open'd we find indeed, and find we know
Sky lour'd; and, muttering thunder, some sad drops Both good and evil; good lost, and evil got ;
Wept at completing of the
mortal sin

Bad fruit of knowledge; if this be to know;
Original : while Adam took no thought,

Which leaves us naked thus, of honour void,
Eating his fill: nor Eve to iterate

Of innocence, of faith, of purity,
Her former trespass fear'd, the more to sooth Our wonted ornaments now soil'd and stain'd.
Him with her lov'd society ; that now,

And in our faces evident the signs
As with new wine intoxicated both,

Of foul concupiscence; whence evil store
They swim in mirth, and fancy that they feel Even shame, the last of evils ; of the first
Divinity within them breeding wings,

Be sure then. — How shall I behold the face
Wherewith to scorn the Earth : but that false fruit Henceforth of God or angel, erst with joy
Far other operation first display'd,

And rapture so oft beheld? Those heavenly shapes Carnal desire inflaming : he on Eve

Will dazzle now this earthly with their blaze Began to cast lascivious eyes; she him

Insufferably bright. 0! might I here
As wantonly repaid ; in lust they burn :

In solitude live savage ; in some glade
Till Adam thus 'gan Eve to dalliance move. Obscur’d, where highest woods, impenetrable

“ Eve, now I see thou art exact of taste, To star or sun-light, spread their umbrage broad And elegant, of sapience no small part ;

And brown as evening : cover me, ye pines ! Since to each meaning savour we apply

Ye cedars, with innumerable boughs And palate call judicious; I the praise

Hide me, where I may never see them more!Yield thee, so well this day thou hast purvey'd. But let us now, as in bad plight, devise Much pleasure we have lost, while we abstain'd What best may for the present serve to hide From this delightful fruit, nor known till now The parts of each from other, that seem most True relish, tasting ; if such pleasure be

To shame obnoxious, and unseemliest seen; In things to us forbidd'n, it might be wishid, Some tree, whose broad smooth leaves together sew'd, For this one tree had been forbidden ten.

And girded on our loins, may cover round But come, so well refresh’d, now let us play, Those middle parts; that this new comer, Shame, As meet is, after such delicious fare ;

There sit not, and reproach us as unclean.” For never did thy beauty, since the day

So counsell'd he, and both together went I saw thee first and wedded thee, adorn'd

Into the thickest wood; there soon they chose With all perfections, so inflame my sense

The fig-tree; not that kind for fruit renown'd, With ardour to enjoy thee, fairer now

But such as at this day, to Indians known, Than ever : bounty of this virtuous tree !"

In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms So said he, and forbore not glance or toy Branching so broad and long, that in the ground Of amorous intent ; well understood

The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow Of Eve, whose eye darted contagious fire.

About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade Her hand he seiz'd; and to a shady bank,

High over-arch’d, and echoing walks between : Thick over-head with verdant roof imbower'd, There oft the Indian berdsman, shunning heat, He led her nothing loth ; flowers were the couch, Shelters in cool, and tends his pasturing herds Pansies, and violets, and asphodel,

At loop-holes cut through thickest shade: those And hyacinths; Earth's freshest softest lap.

leaves There they their fill of love and love's disport They gather'd, broad as Amazonian targe; Took largely, of their mutual guilt the seal, And, with what skill they had, together sew'd, The solace of their sin : till dewy sleep

To gird their waist ; vain covering, if to hide Oppress'd them, wearied with their amorous play. Their guilt and dreaded shame! 0, how unlike Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit,

To that first naked glory! Such of late That with exhilarating vapour bland

Columbus found the American, so girt About their spirits had play'd, and inmost powers With feather’d cincture ; naked else, and wild Made err, was now exhal’d; and grosser sleep, Among the trees on isles and woody shores. (part Bred of unkindly fumes, with conscious dreams Thus fenc'd, and, as they thought, their shame in Encumber'd, now had left them ; up they rose Cover'd, but not at rest or ease of mind, As from unrest; and, each the other viewing, They sat them down to weep ; nor only tears Soon found their eyes how open'd, and their minds Rain' at their eyes, but high winds worse within How darken'd: innocence, that as a veil

Began to rise, high passions, anger, hate, Had shadow'd them from knowing ill, was gone; Mistrust, suspicion, discord; and shook sore Just confidence, and native righteousness,

Their inward state of mind, calm region once And honour, from about them, naked left

And full of peace, now tost and turbulent : To guilty shame; he cover'd, but his robe For Understanding rul’d not, and the Will Uncover'd more. So rose the Danite strong, Heard not her lore ; both in subjection now Herculean Samson, from the harlot-lap

To Sensual Appetite, who from beneath
Of Philistéan Dalilah, and wak'd

Usurping over sovran Reason claim'd
Shorn of his strength, they destitute and bare Superior sway: from thus distemper'd breast,
Of all their virtue: silent, and in face

Adam, estrang'd in look and alter'd style
Confounded, long they sat, as strucken mute : Speech intermitted thus to Eve renew'd. (staid
Till Adam, though not less than Eve abash’d, “ Would thou hadst hearkened to my words, and
At length gave utterance to these words constrain'd. With me, as I besought thee, when that strange
" O Eve, in evil hour thou didst give ear

Desire of wandering, this unhappy morn, To that false worm, of whomsoever taught

I know not whence possess’d thee; we had then

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