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Till time ftand fix'd? beyond is all abyfs,
Eternity, whofe end no eye can reach.
Greatly inftru&ted I fhall hence depart,

Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill
Of knowledge, what this veffel can contain;
Beyond which was my folly to afpire.
Henceforth I learn, that to obey is belt,

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And love with fear the only God, to walk

As in his prefence, ever to observe

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His providence, and on him fole depend,
Merciful over all his works, with good
Still overcoming evil, and by fmall

Accomplishing, great things, by things deem'd weak

Subverting worldly ftrong, and worldly wife

By fimply meek; that fuffering for truth's fake
Is fortitude to higheit victory,

And to the faithful death the gate of life;
Taught this by his example whom I now
Acknowledge my Redeemer ever bleft,

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To whom thus also th' Angel last reply'd. This having learn'd, thou haft attain'd the fum

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Of wisdom; hope no high'er, though all the stars
Thou knew'ft by name; and all th' ethereal pow'rs,
All fecrets of the deep, all Nature's works,
Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or fea,
And all the riches of this world enjoy'dft,
And all the rule, oue empire; only add

Deeds to thy knowledge anfwerable, add faith,
Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
By name to come call'd charity, the foul

Of all the reft: then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradife, but fhalt poffefs
A Paradife within thee, happier far

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Let us defcend now therefore from this top Of speculation; for the hour precife par Mozk Exacts our parting hence; and fee the guards, 590 By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect Their motion, at whofe front a flaming fword, In fignal of remove, waves fiercely round; We may no longer ftay; go, waken Eve; Her alfo I with gentle dreams have calin'd Portending good, and all her pi'rits compos'd To meek fubmiffion: thou at feafon fit Let her with thee partake what thou haft heard, Chiefly what may concern her faith to know, The great deliverance by her feed to come (For by the Woman's feed) on all mankind: That ye may live, which will be many days, Both in one faith unanimous, though fad With caule for evils paft, yet much more chear'd With meditation on the happy end. 605

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He ended, and they both defcend the hill;
Defcended, Adam to the bow'r where Eve
Lay fleeping ran before, but found her wak'd;
And thus with words not fad the him receiv'd.
Whence thou return'ft, and whither went it, I know;
For God is allo' in fleep, and dreams advise,
Which he hath fent propitious, fome great good
Prefaging, fince with forrow' and heart's diftrefs
Wearied I fell afleep: but now lead on,
In me is no delay, with thee to go,

Is to ftay here; without thee here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence.
This further confolation yet fecure.

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I carry hence; though all by me is loft,
Such favor I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,
By me the promis'd Seed fhall all restore.

So fpake our inother Eve, and Adam heard

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Th' Arch-Angel ftood, and from the other hill
To their fix'd ftation, all in bright array
The Cherubim defcended; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Ris'n from a river o'er the marifh glides,
And gathers ground faft at the lab'rer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd
The brandifh'd fword of God before them blaz'd
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapor as the Libyan air aduft,
Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat
In either hand the hat'ning Angel caught
Our ling'ring parents, and to th' eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as faft
To the fubjected plain; then diffappear'd.
They looking back, all th' eastern fide beheld
Of Paradife, fo lare their happy feat,

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Wav'd over by that flaining brand, the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms:
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them foon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of reft, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wand'ring fteps and flow,
Through Eden took their folitary way.

THE END OF PARADISE LOST.

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