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Raphael, at the request of Adam, relates how, and where

fore, this world was first created; that God, after the expelling of Satan, and his Angels, out of heaven, declared His pleasure to create another world, and other creatures to dwell therein; sends His Son with glory, and attendance of

Angels to perform the work of Creation in fex days : the Angels celebrate with hymns the performance thereof, and His re-afcenfion into heaven.

Escend from heav'n, URANIA! (by that

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If rightly thou art call’d) whose Voice di

vine Following, above th' OLYMPIAN hill I

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Above the flight of PegasēAN wing.
The meaning, not the name, I call: for thcu,
Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top
Of old OLYMPU$ dwell'It ; but heav'nly born,

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Before the hills appear'd, or fountain flow'd,
Thou with Eternal WISDOM didft converse,
Wisdom thy fifter, and with her didst play
In presence of th' Almighty Father, pleas'd
With thy cælestial song Up-led by thee,
Into the heav'n of heav'ns I have presum'd,
(An earthly guest) and drawn empyreal air,
Thy temp'ring. With like safety guided down, 15
Return me to my native element :
Lest from this flying steed unrein'd (as once
BELLEROPHON, though from a lower clime)
Dismounted, on th’ Aleinn field I fall,
Erroneous there to wander, and forlorn.
Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound,
Within the visible diurnal sphere:
Standing on earth, not rap'd above the Pole,
More safe I sing with mortal voice ; unchang'd
To hoarfe or mute, though fall'non evil days, 25
On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues ;
In darkness, and with dangers compass'd round,
And solitude! Yet not alone, while thou
Visit'st my slumbers nightly; or, when morn
Purples the east. Still govern thou my song,

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URANIA! and fit audience find, though few.
But drive far off the barbarous diffonance
Of BACCHUS and his revellers ; the race
Of that wild rout that tore the THRACIAN bard
In RHODOPE, where woods and rocks had ears 35
To rapture, 'till the salvage clamor drown'd
Both harp, and voice ; nor could the Muse defend
Her son. So fail not thou, who thee implores ;
For thou art heav'nly, she an empty dream.

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Say, Goddess, what ensu'd when RAPHAEL,
The affable Arch-Angel, had forewarn'd
Adam, by dire example, to beware
Apostasy, by what befel in heav'n
To those apoftates ; left the like befal
In Paradise to ADAM, or his race,
(Charg'd not to touch the interdicted Tree)

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If they tranfgrefs, and flight that sole command;
So easily obey'd, amid the choice
Of all tastes else to please their appetite,
Though wand'ring-He, with his conforted Eve, ,
The story heard attentive, and was fillid

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With admiration, and deep mufe, to hear
Of things so high, and strange ; things, to their thought
So un-imaginable, as hate in heav'n,
And war so near the peace of God in bliss,

55 With such confusion; but the evil soon Driv’n back, redounded (as a flood) on those From whom it sprung; impossible to mix With blessedness. Whence ADAM soon repeal'd The doubts that in his heart arose : and now

60 Led on, yet finless, with desire to know (What nearer might concern him) how this world Of heav'n, and earth conspicuous, first began ; When, and whereof created ; for what cause; What within Eden, or without, was done

65 Before his memory (as one whose drouth Yet scarce allay'd, ftill eyes the current stream, Whose liquid murmur heard, new thirst excites) Proceeded thus to ask his heav'nly guest.

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Great things, and full of wonder in our ears, Far diff'ring from this world, thou hast reveald, Divine interpreter! by favour sent Down from the empyrean, to fore-warn Us timely of what might else have been our loss 74 Unknown ; which human knowledge could not reach : For which to th’ Infinitely Good we owe Immortal thanks, and His admonishment Receive, with folemn purpose to observe Immutably His sovereign will, the end Of what we are. But since thou haft vouchsaf'd 80 Gently, for our instruction, to impart Things above earthly thought (which yet concern'd Our knowing, as to Highest Wisdom leem'd) Deign to descend now lower, and relate (What may no less, perhaps, avail us known) 85

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