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Seems wifeft, virtuouseft, discreeteit, belt;
550 All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded; wisdom in discourse with her Loses discount'nance’d, and like folly ihows; Authority and reason on her wait, As one intended first, not after made
555 Occasionally; and to consummate all, Greatness of mind, and nobleness, their seat Build in the loveliest, and create an awe About her, as a guard angelic place’d.
To whom the angel, with contracted brow. 5.60 Accuse not nature, she hath done her part; Do thou but thine ; and be not diffident Of Wisdom; she deserts thee not, if thou Dismiss not her, when most thou need'st her nigh, By attributing overmuch to things
565 Less excellent, as thou thyself perceiv'st. For what admir'st thou, what transports thee fo, An outside ? fair no doubt, and worthy well Thy cherishing, thy honouring, and thy love, Not thy subjection. Weigh with her thyself; 570 Then value: ofttimes nothing profits more Than self esteem, grounded on just and right Well manage’d; of that skill the more thou know'st, The more she will acknowledge thee her head, And to realities yield all her shows :
575 Made so adorn for thy delight the more, So awful, that with honour thou mayst love Thy mate, who sees when thou art seen least wise. But if the sense of touch whereby mankind Is propagated seem such dear delight Beyond all other,' think the same vouchfafa To cattle and each beast; which would not be To them made common, and divulge’d, if aught Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue
The foul of man, or passion in him move, 585
To whom thus half abash'd Adam reply'd. 595
603 More grateful than harmonious found to th' ear. Yet these subject not : I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel ; not therefore foild, Who meet with various objects, from the sense Variously representing ; yet ftill free
610 Approve the best, and follow what I approve. To love thou blam'st me not; for love thou say'st Leads up to heaven, is both the way and guide : Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask ; Love not the heavenly spi'rits, and how their love 615 Express they, by looks only', or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch ?
To whom the angel, with a smile that glow'd Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue, Answer'd, Let it fuffice thee that thou know'A 620
Us happy', and without love no happiness.
640 Free in thine own arbitrement it lies. Perfect within, no outward aid require ; And all temptation to transgress repel.
So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus
So parted they ; the angel up to heaven
End of the EIGHTH Book,
ARGUMENT of Book IX.
Satan having compaffed the earth, with meditated guile
returns as a mift by night into Paradise, and enters into the serpent fleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours; which-Eve proposes to divide in several places, cach labouring apart : Adam confents sot, alleging the danger, left that enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her, found alone : Eve, loath to be thought not circumspect or farm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last yields.
The ferpent finds her alone; his fübtle approach, first gazing, then: speaking, with much flattery extolling Evé above all other creatures. Eve, wondering to hear the serpent speak, asks how he attained to human speech and such understanding not till now; the ferpent answers, that by tasting of a certain tree in the garden he attained both to speech and reafon, till then 'void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the tree of knowledge forbidden : the serpent www grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces ber at length to eat; me, pleased with the taste, deliberates a while whether to impart tbereaf to Adam, or not; at laf brings him of the fruit, relates what per. suaded her to eat thereof : Adam at first amazed, but perceiving her loft, refolves through vehemence of love 'to perish with her; and extenuating the trespass, eats also of the fruit : the effeEts thereof in them both: they seek to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance, and Arculation of one another.