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A faithful leader, not to hazard all
To whom the warrior angel soon reply'd.
say and straight unsay, pretending first
945 And] With’ is understood. Pearce.
To dispossess him, and thyself to reign?
So threaten'd he: but Satan to no threats
Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, Proud limitary cherub; but ere then Far heavier load thy self expect to feel From my prevailing arm; though heaven's King Ride on thy wings, and thou with thy compeers, Us’d to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels 975 In progress through the road of heaven star-pav'd.
While thus he spake, th' angelic squadron bright
the wind Sways them; the careful plowman doubting stands,
962 arreed] See Lisle's Dubartas, p. 173.
• Arreed in books of heaven the summe.'
• The casements large of Heaven have open set,
Lest on the threshing floor his hopeful sheaves
mine: Neither our own but giv'n; what folly then To boast what arms can do, since thine no more
1008 thine] “Thine' and 'mine' refer to strength, ver. 1006. not to arms. Neroton.
Than heaven permits, nor mine, though doubled now
Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her troublesome dream; he likes it not, yet comforts her: they come forth to their day-labours: their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to paradise ; his appearance described, his coming discerned by Adam afar off, sitting at the door of his bower; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table: Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state, and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him; persuading all but only Abdiel a seraph, who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.
Now morn, her rosy steps in th’ eastern clime Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl,
1 rosy steps] Quintus Smyrnæus applies the epithet, go8bo qupos to Aurora. v. lib. i. 137. A. Dyce.
2 sow'd] · Ambo de comis calorem, et ambo radios conserunt.' See Anthol. Lat. vol. i. p. 8, ed. Burm. Avieni, Orb. Desc. ver. 580. and Fragm. in Aristot. Poet.
Σπείρων θεοκτίσταν φλόγα. Upton.