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Religion satisfy'd; truth shall retire
He ended ; and thus Adam last reply'd :
Merciful over all his works, with good
565 Still overcoming evil, and by small Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise By simply meek; that suffering for truth's sake Is fortitude to highest victory, And to the faithful death the gate of life; Taught this by his example whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest.
To whom thus also th’Angel last reply'd: This having learn'd, thou hast attaind the sum 575 Of wisdom ; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th' ethereal pow'rs, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst,
580 And all the rule, one empire; only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, By name to come call'd charity, the soul of all the rest : then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation; for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards,
590 By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword, In signal of remove, waves fiercely round; We may no longer stay: go waken Eve :
Her also I with gentle dreams have calmid 595
600 (For by the Woman's seed) on all mankind : 'l hat ye may live, which will be many days, Both in one faith unanimous though sad, With cause for evils past, yet much more cheer'd With meditation on the happy end.
.He ended, and they both descend the hill;
Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I know;
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard,
Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too high 626
630 And gathers ground fast at the lab’rer's heel Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd "The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the Libyan air adust,
635 Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat In either hand the hast'ning Angel'caught Our ling’ring parents, and to th'eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld Of Paradise, so late their happy seat, Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms : Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon; The world was all before them, where to choose 646 Their place of rest, and Providence their guide : They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.