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Build in her loveliest, and create an awe
To whom the Angel, with contracted brow :- 560
570 Then value. Oft-times nothing profits more Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right Well managed. Of that skill the more thou know'st, The more she will acknowledge thee her head, And to realities yield all her showsMade so adorn for thy delight the more, So awful, that with honour thou may'st 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 voutsafed To cattle and each beast ; which would not be To them made common and divulged, if aught Therein enjoyed were worthy to subdue The soul of Man, or passion in him move. What higher in her society thou find'st Attractive, human, rational, love still : In loving thou dost well ; in passion not, Wherein true Love consists not. Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges—hath his seat 590 In Reason, and is judicious, is the scale By which to Heavenly Love thou may'st ascend, Not sunk in carnal pleasure; for which cause
Among the beasts no mate for thee was found."
To whom thus, half abashed, Adam replied :“ Neither her outside formed so fair, nor aught In procreation, common to all kinds (Though higher of the genial bed by far, And with mysterious reverence, I deem), So much delights me as those graceful acts, 600 Those thousand decencies, that daily flow From all her words and actions, mixed with love And sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned Union of mind, or in us both one soulHarmony to behold in wedded pair More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear. Yet these subject not; I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel, not therefore foiled, Who meet with various objects, from the sense Variously representing, yet, still free,
oro 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 Spirits, and how their love Express they—by looks only, or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch ?”
To whom the Angel, with a smile that glowed Celestial rosy-red, Love's proper hue, Answered :-“ Let it suffice thee that thou know'st 620 Us happy, and without Love no happiness. Whatever pure thou in the body enjoy'st (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy In eminence, and obstacle find none Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars. Easier than air with air, if Spirits embrace, Total they mix, union of pure with pure Desiring, nor restrained conveyance need As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul.
But I can now no more: the parting Sun 630
So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus
Thou to Mankind
So parted they, the Angel up to Heaven From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower.
THE END OF THE EIGHTH BOOK.
Satan, having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by night into Paradise ; enters into the Serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labouring apart : Adam consents not, alleging the danger lest that enemy of whom they were forewarned should attempt her found alone. Eve, loth to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at lasts yields. The Serpent finds her alone : his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with much flattery extolling Eve 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 Serpent answers that by tasting of a certain tree in the Garden he attained both to speech and reason, 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, now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat. She, pleased with the taste, deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not; at last brings him of the fruit; relates what persuaded her to eat thereof. Adam, at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves, through vehemence of love, to perish with her, and, extenuating the trespass, eats also of the fruit. The effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance and accusation of one another. O more of talk where God or Angel Guest
With Man, as with his friend, familiar used
Now alienated, distance and distaste,