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From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd,
New heav'ns, new earth, ages of endless date,
Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love ; 550
To bring forth fruits, joy, and eternal bliss.

He ended ; and thus Apam laft reply'd.
How soon hath thy prediction, Seer bleft!
Measur'd this transient world the race of time ;
'Till time stand fix'd ? Beyond is all abyss,

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Eternity, whose end no eye can reach !
Greatly instructed I fall hence depart ;
Greatly in peace of thought; and have my fill
Of knowledge, what this vessel can contain:
Beyond which was my folly to aspire !
Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best,
And love with fear the only God; to walk
As in His presence ; ever to observe
His providence; and on Him fole depend;
Merciful over all His works! with good

565 Still overcoming evil; and by small Accomplishing great things ; by things deem'd weak Subverting worldly strong ; , and worldly wise, By simply meek; that suffering for truth's fake, Is fortitude to highest victory;

570 And, to the faithful, death the gate of life; Taught this by His example, Whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest !

To whom thus also th' Angel last replied: This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum 575 Of wisdom ; hope no higher ; though all the stars Thou knew'st by name; and all th' ethereal pow'rs.; All secrets of the Deep; all nature's works ; Or works of God in heav'n, air, earth, or sea ; And all the riches of this world enjoy'dft ;

580 And all the rule, one empire; only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable ; add faith ; : Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, (By name to come call'd charity, the soul Of all the rest) then wilt thou not be loth

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To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A Paradise within thee, happier far!-
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation ; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence : and feel the Guards,

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By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion ; at whose front a flaming sword,
In signal of remove, waves fiercely round.
We may no longer stay: go! waken Eve ;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm’d, 595
Portending good; and all her spirits compos'd
To meek submission; thou, at season fit,
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard ;
Chiefly, what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come

600 (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 cause !) for evils past; yet, much more cheer'd With meditation on the happy end.

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He ended; and they both defcend the hill:
Descended, Adam to the bow'r, where Eve
Lay fleeping, ran before ; but found her wak’d;
And thus with words not sad the him receiv'd.

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Whence thou return'it, and whither went'it, I know ; For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise ;

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Which he hath fent propitious, some great good
Prefaging, fince with forrow, and heart's distress
Wearied I fell asleep: but now, lead on!
In me is no delay; with thee to go,
Is to stay here ; without thee here to stay,

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 secure

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I carry hence; though all by me is loft,
Such favour I unworthy am vouchsat'J,
By me the Promisd Seed hall all restore.'

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So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard Well-pleas’d, but answer'd not: for now, too nigh Th’ Arch-Angel stood ; and from the other hill 626 To their fix'd station, all in bright array, The Cherubim descended, on the ground Gliding meteorous, as ev'ning mist, Ris'n from a river,'o'er the marifh glides ;

630 And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's heel, Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd, The brandith'd sword of God before them blaz'd; Fierce as a Comet'; which with torrid heat, And vapours as the LIBYAN air a duft, Began to parch that temperate clime: whereat In either hand the haft’ning Angel caught Our lingring Parents; and to th' eastern gate Led them direct ; and down the cliff as fast, To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. They looking back, all th' eastern fide beheld Of Paradise, so late their happy seat! Wav'd over by that flaming brand ; the gate With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms. Some natural tears they drop d, but wip'd them foon: The world was all before them, where to chuse Their place of reft, and Providence their guide. They, hand in hand, with wand'ring steps, and flow, Through Eden took their folitary way.

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Book Line Aron and Mofes, their miffion to Egypt

170 Abdiel (a Seraph) opposes Satan promoting the. Angels revolt, &c.

5. 803.. Reply to his answer

5 877 His fidelity, &c. celebrated Retreat from Satan's party

6 Soliloquy on view of him at their head*

6. 114 Speech. to him thereon

6 130 Reply to his answer Encounters him in the battel

6 189 Vanquifbes Ariel, Arioc and Ramiel (fallen

Angels)
Abel and Cain, their story related"

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Abraham's and the fatriarchs
All nations bis fons by faith

12. 446 Acheron, a river of ball

570 Adam and Eve describ'd generally particularly

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4 492 Their fate of innocence.

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510 Wide Innocence. Night orai ox

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Book Line Morning oraison

5 153 Preparations to entertain the Angel Raphael

5 313 The Table and Entertainment describd

5 391 Their nuptial bed.

4 708 Nuptials celebrated Parting preceding the Temptation

9385 Behaviour after their fall

9 1004 Find themsolves naked

9 1051 Make themselves coverings of fig leaves

9 1099 Recriminate on, and-reproach each otber

9 1187 Hide themselves from God (the. Son).

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97 Appearance before-him

IO 109 Repentance

10 1098 Expulsion from Paradise

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Vide Similes. Adam, bis discourse with Eve on the prohibition of the Tree of Knowledge

4 411; To her at night Answer to her question about the nightly lumi-.

naries Viewing her sleeping

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8 Answer to her relating her dream, (the Subject of Satan's firft illufive Temptation) 5 94

5 129 Invites the Angel Raphael to his bow'r, &c.

5 36I Discourse with bim

5 46а Continud on various subjects

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Vide Raphael. His creation and dominion, &c. over the crea

9 524 Prohibited the Tree of Kvowledge

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2 Account of himself, and the obječts about him,

&c. on his creation Of bis first view of the Divine Presence, in fta-

tion in Paradise, &c. Speech to God thereon, and on

his. folitude there. Reply to God's answer

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