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The ARGUMENT of Book VIII.
ADAM inquires concerning celestial mutions; is doubtfully anfower'd, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge : Adam asents; and, fill defirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remember'd fince his own creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit fociety; his first meeting and nuptials with Eus this difcourse with the angel thereupon : who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
HE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while
Then as new wak'd thus gratefully reply'd :
What thanks fufficient, or what recompense
When I behold this goodly frame, this world,
and their swift return
Such disproportions, with superfluous hand
nobler bodies to create,
So spake our fire, and by his count'nance seemd
, And from about her shot darts of desire