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Plac'd heav'n from earth fo far, that earthly fight, 120 If it prefume, might err in things too high, And no advantage gain. What if the Sun Be centre to the world; and other stars (By his attractive virtue, and their own, Incited) dance about him various rounds? Their wandring courfe now high, now low, then hid, Progreffive, retrograde, or ftanding ftill, In fix thou feeft: and what if fev'nth to these The planet Earth (fo ftedfaft though the feem) Infenfibly three different motions move? Which elfe to feveral spheres thou must ascribe, Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities; Or fave the Sun his labor, and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb fuppos'd, Invifible elfe above all ftars, the wheel Of day and night: which needs not thy belief, If earth, induftrious of her felf, fetch day Travelling eaft; and with her part averfe From the Sun's beam, meet night; her other part Still luminous by his ray. What if that light, (Sent from her through the wide tranfpicuous air) To the terreftrial moon be as a ftar, Inlightning her by day, as the by night This earth, reciprocal? if land be there, Fields and inhabitants: her fpots thou feeft As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce Fruits in her foften'd foil, for fome to eat Allotted there: and other Suns perhaps, With their attendent moons, thou wilt defery, Communicating male and female light, (Which two great fexes animate the world) Stor'd in each orb, perhaps, with fome that live. For fuch vast room in nature unpoffefs'd By living foul, defert and defolate, Only to thine, yet fcarce to contribute Each orb a glimpse of light, convey'd fo far Down to this habitable, which returns

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Light back to them, is obvious to difpute.
But whether thus thefe things, or whether not;
Whether the Sun, predominant in heav'n,
Rife on the earth; or earth rife on the Sun;
He, from the eaft his flaming road begin;
Or the, from weft her filent courfe advance,
With inoffenfive pace (that spinning fleeps
On her foft axle, while fhe paces ev'n,
And bears thee foft with the fmooth air along)
Sollicit not thy thoughts with matters hid,
Leave them to GoD above, him ferve and fear.
Of other creatures, as him pleases best,
Where-ever plac'd, let him difpofe: joy thou
In what he gives to thee, this Paradife
And thy fair EVE: Heav'n is for thee too high
To know what paffes there; be lowly wife:
Think only what concerns thee, and thy being;
Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there 175
Live, in what ftate, condition or degree;
Contented that thus far hath been reveal'd,
Not of earth only, but of highest Heav'n.

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To whom thus ADAM, clear'd of doubt, reply'd. How fully halt thou fatisfy'd me, pure Intelligence of Heav'n, Angel ferene! And freed from intricacies taught to live, The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the fweet of life, from which

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GOD hath bid dwell far-off all anxious cares,
And not moleft us, unless we our felves
Seek them with wandring thoughts, and notions vain.
But apt the mind, or fancy, is to rove
Uncheck'd, and of her roving is no end:

'Till warn'd, or by experience taught, fhe learn, 190
That not to know at large of things remote
From ufe, obfcure and fubtile, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wifdom: what is more, is fume,

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