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Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claiin
490 And wisdom, which alone is truly fair. So spake our general mother, and with eyes
. Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd, And meek surrender, half embracing lean'd On our first father ; half her swelling breast 495 Naked met his, under the flowing gold Of her loose tresses hid : he in delight, Both of her beauty and submissive charms, , Smild with superiour love, as Jupiter On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds 500 That shed May flowers; and press'd her matron lip. With kisses pure. Aside the Devil turn'd For envy; yet with jealous leer malign Ey'd them alkance, and to himself thus plain'd.
Sight hatelul, light tormenting! thus these two, 595 Imparadis'd in one another's arms, The happier Eden, fhall enjoy their fill Of bliss on bliss; while I to hell am thrust, Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire, Among our other torments not the least,
510 Still unfulfill'd with pain of longing pines. Yet let me not forget what I have gain’d From their own mouths: all is not theirs, it seems; One fatal tree there stands, of knowledge callid, Forbidden them to taste. Knowledge forbidden ? 515 Suspicious, reafonless. Why should their Lord Envy them that ? can it be lin to know? Can it be death ? and do they only stand By ignorance? is that their happy state, The proof of their obedience, and their faith?
520 O fair foundation laid whereon to build Their ruin! Hence I will excite their minds
With more desire to know, and to reject
So saying, his proud step he seornful turn'd,
From what point of his compass to beware
Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hath given
575 To whom the-winged warriour thus return'd. Uriel, no-wonder if thy perfe& fight, Amid the sun's bright circle where thou fitt'st, See far and wide : in at this gate, none passi The vigilance here plac'd, but such as come 580 Well known from heav'n; and fince meridian hour No creature thence : if spi'rit of other fort, So minded, have o'erleap'd thefe earthly bounds On purpose, hard thou know'st it to exclude Spiritual substance with corporeal bar,
585 But if within the circuit of these walks, . In whatsoever shape he lurk, of whom Thou tell'it, by morrow dawning I shall know.
So promis'd he ; and Uriel to his charge Return'd on that bright beam, whose point now rais d Bore him slope downward to the sun now fall'a 591 Beneath th’ Azores; whether the prime orb, Incredible how swift, had thither rollid Diurnal, or this less, volubile earth,
By fhorter flight to th'east, had left him there
595 Arraying with reflected purple’ and gold The clouds that on his western throne attend:
Now came ftill evening on, and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad; Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, 600 They to their graffy couch, these to their nests Were funk; all but the wakeful nightingale; She all night long her amorous descant fung; Silence was pleas'd : now glow'd the firmament With living sapphires : Hefperus, that led
605 The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon Rising in clouded majesty, at length Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, And o'er the dark her filver mantle threw,
When Adam thus to Eve. Fair confort, th' hour Of night, and all things now retir'd to relt, :6 Mind us of like repose, fince God hath fet Labour and rest, as day and night, to men Succeflive; and the timely dew of sleep Now falling with soft slumbrous weight, inclines 615 Our eyelids : other creatures all day long Rove idle unemploy'd, and less need relt; Man hath his daily work of body' or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of heav'n on all his ways; 620 While other animals unactive range, And of their doings God takes no account. To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light, we must be risen, And at our present labour, to reform
625 Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green, Qur walk at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our fcant manuring, and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth : Those blossoms allo, and those dropping gums, 680
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty' adorn'd. My author and disposer, what thou bid'It
635 Unargu'd I obey: fo God ordains ; 3. God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more
Is woman's happiest knowledge, and her praise.'
To whom our general ancestor reply'd.