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From the sun's beam meet night her other part Still luminous by his ray. What if that light Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air To the terrestrial moon be as the star, Enlightening her by day, as she by night This Earth ? riciprocal, if land be there, Fields, and inhabitants: Her spots thou seest As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce Fruits in her soften'd soil for some to eat Allotted there; and other Suns perhaps, With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry, Communicating male and female light; Which two great sexes animate the World, Stored in each orb perhaps with some that live. For such vast room in nature unpossess'd By living soul, desert and desolate, Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute Each orb a glimse of light, convey'd so far Down to this habitable, which returns Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. But whether thus these things, or whether not; Whether the Sun, predominant in Heaven, Rise on the Earth; or Earth rise on the Sun, He from the east his flaming road begin; Or she from west her silent course advance, With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps On her soft axle, while she paces even, And bears thee soft with the smooth air along; Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid ; Leave them to God above; him serve and fear! Of other creatures, as him pleases best, Wherever placed, let him dispose; joy thou In what he gives to thee, this Paradise And thy fair Eve, Heaven is for thee too high To know what passes there; but lowly wise ; Think only what concerns thee, and thy being; Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there

Live, in what state, condition, or degree;
Contended that thus far hath been reveal'd
Not of Earth only, but of highest Heaven.
To whom thus Adam, cleard of doubt, replied;
How fully hast thou satisfied me, pure
Intelligence of Heaven, Angel, serene !
And, freed from intricacies taught to live
The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts
To interrupt the sweet of life, from which
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares,
And not molest us ; unless we ourselves
Seek them with wandering thoughts and notions vairr.
But apt the mind or fancy is to rove
Uncheck'd, and of her roving is no end;
Till warn'd, or by experience taught, she learn,
That, not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle ; but, to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom; What is more is fume,
Or emptiness, or fond impertinence:
And renders us, in things that most concern,
Unpractised, unprepared, and still to seek.
Therefore from this high pitch let us descend
A lower flight, and speak of things at hand
Useful; whence, haply, mention

may

arise
Of something not unseasonable to ask,
By sufferance, and thy wonted favour, deign'd.
Thee I have heard relating what was done
Ere my remembrance : now, hear me relate
My story, which perhaps thou hast not heard;
And day is not yet spent; till then thou seest
How subtly to detain thee I devise;
Inviting thee to hear while I relate;
Fond! were it not in hope of thy reply:
For, while I sit with thee, 'I seem in Heaven:
And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear
Than fruits of palm trees pleasantest to thirst

!

And hunger both, from labor, at the hour
Of sweet repast ; they satiate, and soon fill,
Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace divine
Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety."

“To whom thus Raphael answer'd Heavenly meek:
Nor are thy lips ungraceful, sire of men,
Nor tongue ineloquent; for God on thee
Abundantly his gifts hath also pour’d
Inward and outward both, his image fair;
Speaking, or mute, all comliness and grace
Attend thee ; and each word, each motion, form,
Norless think we in Heaven of thee on Earth
Than of our fellow-servant, and inquire
Gladly into the ways of God with man:
For God, we see, hath honor'd thee, and set
On man his equal love: Say therefore on;
For I that day was absent, as befel,
Bound on a yoyage uncouth and obscure,
Far on excursion towards the gates of Hell;
Squared in full legion (such command we had,)
To see that none thence issued forth a spy,
Or enemy, while God was in his work;
Lest he, incensed at such eruption bold,
Destruction with creation might have mix'd.
Not that they durst without his leave attempt;
But us he sends upon his high behest
For state, as Sov'reign King; and to inure
Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut
The dismal gates, and barricadoed strong;
But long ere our approaching heard within
Noise, other than the sound of dance or song,
Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage.
Glad we return'd up to the coasts of light
Ere sabbath evening ; so we had in charge.
But thy relation now; for I attend,
Pleased with thy words no less than thou with mine.»
"So spake the Godlike Power, and thus our Sire :

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For man to tell how human life begån Is hard: for who himself beginning knew? Desire with thee still longer to converse Induced me. As new waked from soundest sleep Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid, In balmy sweat ; which with his beams the sun Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed. Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes I tuin'd, And gazing awhile the ample sky ; till, raised By quick instinctive motion, up I sprung, As thitherward endeavoring, and upright Stood on my feet ; about me ro’nd I saw IIill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains, And liquid lapse of murmering streams; by these Creatures that lived and moved, and walked or flew Birds on the branches warbling; all things smiled ; With fragrance and with joy my heart o'erflow'd. Myself I then perused, and limb by limb Survey'd, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran With supple joints, as lively vigour led : But who I was, or where, or from what cause, Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake; My tongue obey'd, and readily could name Whate'er I saw. Thou'sun, said I, fair light, And thou enlighten'd Earth; so fresh and gay, Ye hills, and dales, ye rivers, woods, and plains, And ye that live and move, fair creatures, tell, Tell, if ye saw, how I came thus, how here! Not of myself; - by some great Maker then, In goodness and in power pre-eminent: Tell me how may I know him, how adore, From whom I have that thus I move and live, And feel that I am happier than I know.While thus I call'd, and strayed I knew not whither, From where I first drew air, and first beheld This happy light ; when, answer none return'd, On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers,

Pensive I sat me down: there gentle sleep First found me, and with soft oppression seized My drowsied sense, antroubled, though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve: When suddenly stood at my head a dream, Whose inward apparition gently moved My fancy to believe I yet had being, And lived : One came, methought, of shape divine. And said, thy mansion wants thee Adam: rise, First man, of men innumerable ordain'd First father! call'd by thee, I come thy guide To the garden of bliss, thy seat prepared. So saying, by the hand he took me raised, And over fields and waters, as in air Smooth sliding without step, last led me up A woody mountain ; whose high top was plain, A circuit wide, enclosed with goodliest trees Planted, with walks and bowers that what I saw Of Earth before scarce pleasant seem'd. Each tree, Loaded with fairest fruit that hung to the eye Templing, stirr'd in me sudden appetite To pluck and eat ; whereat I waked, and found Before mine eyes all real, as the dream Had lively shadow'd : Here had new began My wandering, had not he, who was my guide Up hither, from among the trees appear'd, Presence Divine. Rejoicing, but with awe, In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss: He reard me, and whom thou sough'st I am, Said mildly, author of all this thou seest Above, or round about thee, or beneath. This Paradise I give thee, count it thine "To till and keep, and of the fruit to eat : Of every tree that in the garden grows Eat freely with glad heart ; fear here no dearth: But of the tree whose operation brings

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