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Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself
She heard me thus : and though divinely brought,
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 us'd or not, works in the mind no change, No 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; her passion first I felt; Commotion strange, in all enjoyments else Superior and unmov'd, here only weak Against the charm of beauty's pow'rful glance. Or nature fail'd in me, and left some part
Not proof enough such object to sustain:
To whom the Angel, with contracted brow:
And to realities yield all her shows:
To whom thus, half abash'd, Adam reply'd:
nious sound to th'ear. Yet these subject not: I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel; not therefore foil'd, -Who meet with various objects, from the sense Variously representing ; yet still free Approve the best, and follow what I approve. To love thou blain'st me not; for love, thou say'st, Leads up to heav'n, is both the way and guide: Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask;
Love not the heav'nly sp’rits, and how their love Express they, by looks only, or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or inmediate touch?
To whom the Angel, with a smile that glow'd Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue, Answer'd: Let it suffice thee that thou know'st Us happy, and without love no lrappiness. 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 linb, exclusive bars; Easier than air with air, if spirits embrace, Total they mix, union of pure with pure Desiring; nor restrain'd conveyance need, As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul. But I can now no more; the parting sun Beyond the earth's green cape and verdant isles Hesperian sets, my signal to depart. Be strong, live happy, and love; but first of all Him, whom to love is to obey, and keep His great command; take heed lest passion sway Thy judgment to do ought, which else free will Would not admit: thine, and of all thy sons, The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware. Lin thy persevering shall rejoice, And all the bless'd: stand fast; to stand or fall Tree in thine own arbitrement it lies.. Perfect within, no outward aid require: And all temptation to transgress repel.
So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus' Follow'd with benediction: Since to part, Go heav'nly guest, ethereal messenger, Sent from whose sov'reign goodness I adoro. Gentle to me, and aflable, hath been Thy condescension, and shall be honour'd ever With grateful memory: thou to mankind Be good and friendly still, and oft return.
So parted they; the Angel up to heav'n Froin the thick shade, and Adam to his bow'r.
Book the Pinth.
THE ARGUMENT. Satan having compassed the earth, with meditated
guile, returns, as a mist by night, into Paradise, and enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning goforth to their labours; which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labour. ing apart: Adam consents not, alledging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were forewarned should attempt her found alone: Eve, loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last 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 tasie, deliberates awhile 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 na. kedness; then fall to variance, and accusation of one another,