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To whom the Father, without cloud, serene.
All Thy request for man, Accepted Son!
Obtain ; all Thy request was My decree.
But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
The law I gave to nature him forbids.
pure immortal elements, that know
No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,
Eject him, tainted now ; and purge him off,
(As a diftemper) gross, to air as gross,
And mortal food; as may dispose him beft
For dissolution wrought by fin, that first
55 Diftemper'd all things; and of incorrupt, Corrupted. I, at first, with two fair gifts Created him endow'd, with happiness, And immortality: that, fondly lost ; This other, serv'd but to eternize woe ;
60 'Till I provided death ; so death becomes His final remedy: and (after life Try'd in sharp tribulation, and refin’d By faith and faithful works ;) to second life, (Wak'd in the renovation of the juft) Resigns him up, with heav'n and earth renew'd. But let US call to fynod all the Bleft, Thro' heav'n's wide bounds : from them I will not hide My judgments, how with mankind I proceed ; As how with peccant Angels late they saw: And in their state, tho' firm, stood more confirm'd.
He ended, and the Son gave signal high
To the bright'Minifter that watch'di he blew
His trumpet (heard in OREB fince, perhaps,
When God descended ; and, perhaps, once more
To sound at general doom.) Th'angelic blast
Fill'd all the regions: from their blissful bow'rs
Of amarantin shade, fountain or spring,
By the waters of life, where-e'er they fat
In fellowships of joy, the Sons of Light
Hafted, resorting to the summons high;
And took their seats : 'till from his throne supreme
Thi Almighty thus pronounc'd His Sov'reign Will.
O Sons ! like one of Us man is become To know both good and evil, since his taste
85 Of that defended fruit: but let him boaft His knowledge of good loft, and evil got: Happier! had it fuffic'd him to have known Good by it self, and evil not at all. He forrows now, repents, and prays contrite ;
90 My motions in him : longer than they move, His heart I know how variable, and vain, Self-left. Lest therefore his now bolder hand Reach also of the tree of life, and eat, And live for ever (dream at least to live
For ever) to remove him I decree,
And send him from the garden forth, to till
The ground whence he was taken ; fitter foil!
Michael, this My behest have thou in charge :
Take to thee from among the Cherubim
Thy choice of Alaming warriors ; left the fiend,
(Or in behalf of man, or to invade
Vacant poffeffion) fome new trouble raise.
Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God,
Without remorse, drive out the sinful pair ;
From hallow'd ground th’unholy: and denounce
To them and to their progeny, from thence
Perpetual banishment. Yet left they faint,
At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd,
(For I behold them foften'd, and with tears
Bewailing their excess) all terror hide.
If patiently thy bidding they obey,
Bismiss them not disconsolate : reveal
To Adam what shall come in future days,
As I shall thee inlighten: intermix
115 My covenant in the woman's feed renewd: So send them forth, tho' sorrowing, yet in peace. And on the east-side of the garden place (Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs) Cherubic watch ; and of a sword the flame Wide-waving; all approach far off to fright,
And guard all passage to the tree of life :
Left Paradise a receptacle prove
To spirits foul, and all My trees their prey ;
With whose ftol'n fruit man once more to delude.
He ceas'd; and th' Arch-Angelic Pow'r prepar'd
For Twist descent; with him the cohort bright
Of watchful Cherubim : four faces each
Had like a double Janus; all their shape
Spangled with eyes, more numerous than those
Of ARGUS ; and more wakeful than to drouze,
Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the past'ral reed
OF HERMES, or his opiate rod. Mean-while,
To re-falute the world with facred light
LEUCOTHEA wak'd; and with fresh dews imbalm'd
The earth ; when Adam, and first matron Eve,
Had ended now their orisons; and found
Strength added from above ; new hope to fpring
Out of despair ; joy, but with fear yet link'd ;
Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd.
Eve! easily may faith admit, that all
14.1 The good which we enjoy, from heav'n descends : But, that from us ought should ascend to heav'n, So prevalent, as to concern the mind Of God High-Bleit; or, to incline His Will ; 145 Hard to belief may seem : y. t, this will pray'r, Or one short figh of human breath, up-born Ev'n to the seat of God. For since I sought By pray'r th' offended Deity t'appease ; Kneeld, and before Him humbled all my heart ; 150 Methought I saw Him placable, and mild, Bending His eat: persuasion in me grew That i was heard with favour; peace return'd Home to my breaft and to my memory.
154 His promise, that, “ Thy feed shall bruise our foe:” Which, then not minded in dismay, yet now Affures me that the bitterness of death Is past, and we shall live. Whence, hail to thee Eve rightly call's, mother of all mankind,
280 PARADISE Lost. Book XI. Mother of all things living, fince by thee
160 Man is to live ; and all things live for man!
To whom thus Eve, with sad demeanor meek:
Ill-worthy I, such title should belong
To me tranfgreffor! who, for thee ordain'd
A help, became thy snare : to me reproach 165
Rather belongs, dittrust, and all difpraise !
But infinite in pardon was my Judge,
That I, who first brought death on all, am grac'd
The source of life, next favourable, thou;
Who highly thus t'intitle me vouchsaf'ft;
Far other name deserving! But the field
To labour calls us, now with sweat impos'd,
Though after sleepless night: for see! the morn,
All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins
Her roʻy progress smi ing: let us forth ;
I never from thy side henceforth to fray,
Where-e'er our day's work lies ; tho' now enjoind
Laborious, till day droop : while here we dwell,
What can be toillom in these pleasant walks ?
Here let us live, though in fallin ftate, content! iso
So fpake, fo with'd much-humbled Eve; but fate
Subscrib'd not: nature first gave signs, impress’d
On bird, beaft, air ; air suddenly eclips'd,
After short blush of morn: nigh in her sight,
The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour,
Two birds of gayeft plume before him drove :
Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods,
(First hunter then) pursu'd a gentle brace,
Goodliest of all the forest, hart and kind ;
Direct to th'eastern gate was bent their flight. 190
ADAM observ'd, and with his eye the chase
Pursuing, not unmov'd, to Eve thus spake.
O Eve! fome further change awaits us nigh,
Which heav'n, by these mute figns in nature, news
Forerunners of His purpose : or to warn
195 Us, haply too fecure, of our discharge
From penalty, because from death releas'd
Some days: how long, and what till then our life,
Who knows? Or more than this, that we are duft;
And thither must return, and be no more ?
Why else this double object in our sight,
OF Aight.pursu'd in th’air, and o'er the ground,
One way the self-fame hour; Why in the cast
Darkness ere day's mid-course ? and morning-light
More orient in yon western cloud, that draws
205 O’er the blue firmament a radiant white, And flow descends, with something heavenly fraught?
He. err'd not, for by this the heav'nly bands.
Down from a sky of jafper lighted now
In paradise, and on a hill made halt:
A glorious apparition ! had not doubt,
And carnal fear, that day dim'd ADAM's eye.
Not that more glorious, when the Angels met:
Jacoe in MAHANAIM; where he saw
The field pavilion'd with his guardians bright :
Nor that, which on the flaming mount appear'd.
In DOTHAN, cover'd with a camp of fire,
Against the Syrian king ; who to surprize
One man, asfassine like, had levy'd war ; ,
War unproclaim'd. The Princely Hierarch
In their bright stand there left his pow'rs, to feise
P3feffion of the garden: he alone,
To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way ;;
Not unperceiv'd of ADAM, who to Eve,
While the great Vifitant approach'd, thus spake.
Eve! now expect great tidings, which perhaps
Of us will soon determine ; or impofe.
Hew laws to be observd : for I defcry,
From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill,
One of the heav'rly host ; and, by his gait,
None of the meanest : fome great potentate,
Or of she Thrones above, such majesty,
Invests him coming! yet not terrible,
That I should sear; nor sociably mild,,