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Express they? by looks only? or do they mix
To whom the angel with a smile that glow'd
Answer'd. Let it suffice thee that thou know'st 620
Be strong, live happy, and love! but first of all
His great command; take heed lest passion sway Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will 636 Would not admit; thine and of all thy sons
The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware!
I in thy persevering shall rejoice,
And all the blest: stand fast; to stand or fall 640
631 green Cape] See Lisle's Du Bartas, p. 94.
"Thrusts out the Cape of Fesse, the green Cape and the white.'
637 admit] Used in the Latin sense, as in Ter. Heaut. act v. sc. ii. 'Quid ego tantum sceleris admisi miser? Newton.
Free in thine own arbitrement it lies;
So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
So parted they, the angel up to heaven
641 Free] See Dante Il Purgat. c. xxvii. v. 127.
Libero, dritto, e sano è tuo arbitrio ;
—ἡ μὲν ἔπειτα
̓Εις ἅλα ἆλτο βαθεῖαν ἀπ' αἰγλήεντος ̓Ολύμπου,
653 bower] Compare the parting of Jupiter and Thetis in Hom. II. 1. 532
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 go forth to their labours, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labouring apart: Adam consents not, alleging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone: Eve, loth 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 taste, deliberates a while 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 nakedness: then fall to variance and accusation of one another.
No more of talk where GoD or angel guest With man, as with his friend, familiar used
To sit indulgent, and with him partake
And disobedience: on the part of heaven
my celestial patroness, who deigns
Since first this subject for heroic song
Pleas'd me, long choosing and beginning late;
11 world] Atterbury proposed reading
'That brought into this world (a world of woe),'
but such is not Milton's manner.
a world of woe] See Davison's Poetical Rhapsody, ii. 178. ed.
'a private hell, a very world of woe.'
Wars, hitherto the only argument
Not that which justly gives heroic name
The sun was sunk, and after him the star Of Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth, short arbiter
41 of these] The construction adopted by Milton occurs in Harrington's Ariosto, c. iv. st. 42.
'As holy men of humane manners skill'd.
45 years] Grief, want, wars, clime, or say, years. Bentl. MS. 50 arbiter] Sydney, in his Arcadia, calls the sun, about the time of the Equinox,
'An indifferent arbiter between the night and the day!'