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To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related, and thus Adam answer'd sad.
Best image of myself and dearer half, The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Affects me equally; nor can I like This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I fear: Yet evil whence? in thee can harbour none, Created pure. But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties that serve Reason as chief: among these fancy next Her office holds; of all external things, Which the five watchful senses represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes, Which reason joining, or disjoining, frames All what we affirm, or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private cell when nature rests. Oft in her absence mimic fancy wakes To imitate her; but, misjoining shapes, Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams, Ill matching words and deeds long past or late. Some such resemblances methinks I find
Of our last evening's talk in this thy dream,
93 night] for the "dreams of night." v. S. Ital. iii. 216. Promissa evolvit somni, noctemque retractat.' Hume.
117 God] God here signifies angel.' See ver. 59 and 70.
No spot or blame behind; which gives me hope That what in sleep thou didst abhor to dream, 120 Waking thou never wilt consent to do.
Be not dishearten'd then, nor cloud those looks
So cheer'd he his fair spouse, and she was cheer'd ; But silently a gentle tear let fall From either eye, and wip'd them with her hair: Two other precious drops that ready stood, Each in their crystal sluice, he ere they fell Kiss'd as the gracious signs of sweet remorse, And pious awe that fear'd to have offended.
So all was clear'd, and to the field they haste. But first, from under shady arborous roof Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of dayspring and the sun, who, scarce uprisen With wheels yet hov'ring o'er the ocean brim, 140 Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray, Discovering in wide landscape all the east Of paradise and Eden's happy plains, Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began
127 bosom❜d] 'Bosom.' Bentl. MS.
137 roof] In Milton's own edition, a comma stands after 'roof,' which Tickell, Fenton, Bentley followed. Pearce properly corrected it.
Their orisons, each morning duly paid
Flow'd from their lips, in prose or numerous verse,
In these thy lowest works; yet these declare
150 numerous] 'To enter David's numerous fane.' Sandy's Psalms: Ded. 166 Fairest] Hom. Il. xxii. 318. and Ov. Met. ii. 114.
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul, Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise In thy eternal course, both when thou clim'st' And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou fall'st.
Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fly'st,
And nourish all things, let your ceaseless change
177 five] Verum etiam quinque stellas, quæ vulgo vaga nuncupantur.'
v. Apul. de Deo Socratis, ed. Delph. vol. ii. p. 666. 181 quaternion] Heywood's Hier. p. 193.
What ternions and classes be
Fountains and ye that warble, as ye flow,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise;
So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts Firm peace recover'd soon and wonted calm. On to their morning's rural work they haste, Among sweet dews and flowers, where any row Of fruit-trees overwoody reach'd too far Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check Fruitless embraces; or they led the vine To wed her elm; she spous'd about him twines Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Her dow'r, th' adopted clusters, to adorn
198 heaven-gate] So in Cymbeline, act ii. sc. 3. 'Hark! hark, the lark at heaven's gate sings.' Newton.
200 Ye that] How could the fish witness? Bentl. MS.
206 give] Not unlike the Prayer of Clytemnestra in Soph. Elect. 646. A. Dyce.
217 marriageable] See Apulei Apolog. p. 540. ed. Delph.