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Not to incur; but soon his clear aspect
Not only these fair bounds, but all the earth
O by what name, for thou above all these,
365 Or all enjoying, what contentment tind ? Thus I presumptuous; and the Vision bright, As with a smile more brighten d, thus reply'd:
What call'st thou solitude ? Is not the earth With various living creatures, and the air 370 Replenish'd ? and all these at thy command To come and play before thee? Know'st thou not Their language and their ways? They also know, And reason not contemptibly. With these Find pastime, and bear rule; thy realm is large. So spake the Universal Lord, and seem'd 376 So ordering. 1, with leave of speech implored,
342. Gen. ii. 19, 20.
And humble deprecation, thus reply'd:
Let not my words offend thee, Heav'nly Pow'r! My Maker, be propitious while I speak!
380 Hast thou not made me here thy substitute, And these inferior far beneath me set? Among unequals what society Can sort? what harmony or true delight? Which must be mutual, in proportion due 385 Giv'n and received; but in disparity, The one intense, the other still remiss Cannot well suit with either, but soon prove Tedious alike: Of fellowship I speak Such as I seek, fit to participate
890 All rational delight, wherein the brute Cannot be human consort: they rejoice Each with their kind; lion with lioness; So fitly them in pairs thou hast combined; Much less can bird with beast, or fish with fowl 395 So well converse ; nor with the ox the ape : Worse then can man with beast, and least of all.
Whereto th' Almighty answer'd not displeased: A nice and subtle happiness I see Thou to thyself proposest in the choice
400 Of thy associates, Adam, and wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary, What think'st thou then of me, and this my state? Seem I to thee sufficiently possess'd Of happiness, or not, who am alone
405 From all eternity? for nune I know Second to me, or like, equal much less. How have I then with whom to hold converse Save with the creatures which I made ? and those To me inferior! infinite descents
410 Beneath what other creatures are to thee.
He ceased; I lowly answer'd: To attain The height and depth of thy eternal ways, All human though's come short, Supreme of things! Thou in thyself art perfect, and in thee
415 Is 11o deficience found. Not so is Man, But in degree; the cause of his desire By conversation with his like to help, Or solace his defects. No need that thou
413. Rom. xi. 33.
Should'st propagate, already infinite,
420) And through all numbers absolute, though one ; But Man by number is to manifest His single imperfection, and beget Like of his like, his image multiply'd In unity defective, which requires
425 Collat'ral love, and dearest amity. Thou in thy secrecy, although alone, Best with thyself accompany'd, seek'st not Social communication; yet so pleased, Canst raise thy creature to what height thou wilt 430 Of union or communion, deify'd : I by conversing canuot these erect From prone, nor in their ways complacence find. Thus I embolden'd spake, and freedom used Permissive, and acceptance found; which gain'd 435 This answer from the gracious voice divine:
Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleased ; And find thee knowing not of beasts alone, Which thou hast rightly named, but of thyself; Expressing well the spirit within thee free, 440 My image not imparted to the brute, Whose fellowship therefore unmeet for thee, Good reason was thou freely should'st dislike : And be so minded still. I, ere thou spak'st, Knew it not good for Man to be alone;
445 And no such company as then thou saw'st Intended thee; for trial only brought, To see how thou could st judge of fit and meet. What next I bring shall please thee, be assured ; Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self,
450 Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.
He ended, or I heard no more, for now My earthly by his heav'nly overpower'd, Which it had long stood under, strain’d to th' highth In that celestial colloquy sublime,
455 As with an object that excels the sense Dazzled and spent, sunk down, and sought repair Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, call'd By nature as in aid, and closed mine eyes. Mine eyes he closed, but open left the cell 460
421. and through, &c. perfect, complete in all its parts. 453. A beautiful idea to express the cause of Adam'e deep s.eep.
Of fancy, my internal sight; by which
475 And into all things from her air inspired The spirit of love and amorous delight. She disappear'd, and left me dark. I waked To find her, or for ever to deplore Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure :
480 When, vui ut hope, behold her, not far off, Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow To make her amiable! Or she came, Led by her Heav'nly Maker, though unseen 485 And guided by his voice; nor uninform’d Of nuptial sanctity and marriage rites. Grace was in all her steps! Heav’n in her eye! In ev'ry gesture dignity and love! I overjoy’d, could not forbear aloud:
490 This turn hath made amends! Thou hast fulfill'ů Thy words, Creator bountevus and benign,
of all things fair, but fairest this Of all thy gifts, nor enviest! I now see Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself 495 Before me! Woman is her name ; of Man Extracted. For this cause he shall forego Father and mother, and to' bis wife adhere: And they shall be one flesh, one heart, ɔne soul.
She heard me thus; and tho' divinely brought, 300 462. Alstrarl; that is, the spirit was so separated from the body that it did not see things as before with its material organs u! vision. 483. Gen. ii. 22.
198, Gen. xxiii, 24.
Yet innocence and virgin modesty,
520 Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought My story to the sum of earthly bliss Which I enjoy; and must confess to find In all things else delight indeed, but such As used or not, works in the mind no change, 525 Nor vehement desire ; these delicacies I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flow'rs, Walks, and the melody of birds; but here Far otherwise, transported I behold, Transported touch. Here passion first I felt, 530 Commution strange, in all enjoyments else Superior and unmoved ; here only weak Against charm of beauty's pow'rful glance. Or nature fail'd in me, and left some part Not proof enough such ohject to sustain ;
535 Or from my side subducting, took perhaps More than enough : at least ou her bestow'd Too much of ornament; in outward show Elaborate ; of inward, less exact.
302. The consrience; the knowledge of.
513. Taken from Homer, 11. xiv. 347. 520. It was the custom of the ancientu to light their bridal lamp:
when the evening star appeared.