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Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claiin
My other bralf. With that thy gentle hand
Seiz'd 'mine: I yielded; and from that time fee
How beauty is excell’d by manly grace,

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
Envious commands, invented with delign
To keep them low, whom knowledge might exalt 525
Equal with gods : aspiring to be such,
They taste, and die: what likelier can ensue?
But first with narrow search I must walk round
This garden, and no corner leave unspy'd ;
A chance but chance may lead where I may meet 5307
Some wand'ring fpi'rit of heav'n, by fountain-side,
Or in thick shade retir’d, from him to draw
What further would be learn’d. Live while ye may,
Yet happy pair ; enjoy, till I return,
Short pleasures, for long woes are to succeed. 535

So saying, his proud step he seornful turn'd,
But with fly circumspection, and began
Thro'wood, thro’waste, o'er hill, o'er dale, his roam..
Mean while in utmost longitude, where heaven
With earth and ocean meets, the setting sun 540
Slowly defcended, and with right afpéct
Against the eastern gate of Paradise
Levelld his evening-rays: it was a rock
Of alabaster, pild up to the clouds,
Conspicuous far, winding with one ascent.
Accessible from earth, .one entrance high;
The rest was craggy cliff, that overhung
Still as it rose, impossible to climb.
Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel fat,
Chief of th' angelic guards, awaiting night;
About him exercis'd heroic games
Th’unarmed youth of heav'n, but nigh at hand
Celestial armoury, shields, helms, and spears,
Hung high, with diamond fláming, and with gold.
Thither came Uriel, gliding thro' the even
On a funbeam, swift as a shooting star
In autumn thwarts the night, when vapours fir'd
Impress the air, and shows the mariner

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From what point of his compass to beware
Impetuous winds: he thus began in halte. 560

Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot hath given
Charge and strict watch, that to this happy-place
No evil thing approach or enter in.
This day at height of noon came to my sphere
A spirit, zealous, as he seem'd, to know

More of th' Almighty's works, and chiefly man,
God's latest-image: I describ'd his way,
Bent all on speed, and mark'd his airy gate ;
But on the mount that lies from Eden north,
Where he firk lighted, soon discern'd his looks 370
Alien from heav'n, with passions foul obscur'd;
Mine eye pursu'd him still, but under shade
Loft fight of him: one of the banish'd crew,
I fear, hath ventur'd from the deep, to raise
New troubles; him thy care must be to find.

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,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease:
Meanwhile, as Nature wills, night bids us rest.

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.'
With thee conversing I forget all time;
All seasons, and their change, all please alike. 640
Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun,
When first on this delighful land he spreads
His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower,
Glift'ring with dew; fragrant the fertile earth
After soft showers; and sweet the coming on
Of grateful evening mild ; then filent night,
With this her folemn bird, and this fair moon,
And these the gems of heaven, her starry train:
But neither breath of morn, when she ascends 650
With charm of earliest birds ; nor rising fun
On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flower,
Glift'ring with dew; nor fragrance after showers;
Nor grateful evening mild; nor filent night,
With this her folemn bird, nor walk by moon,
Or glittring star-light, without thee is sweet.
But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom
This glorious fight, when sleep hath fhut all eyes?

To whom our general ancestor reply'd.
Daughter of God and man, accomplish'd Eve, 660
These have their course to finish round the earth
By morrow ev’ning, and from land to land
In order, though to nations yet unborn,
Minist’ring light prepar'd, they set and rise ;
Lest total darkness should by night regain



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