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Those two; the third best absent is condemn'd, Convict by flight, and rebel to all law ; Conviction to the serpent none belongs.
Thus saying, from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory: him thrones and powers, Princedoms and dominations ministrant Actompany'd to heaven-gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended straight; the speed of gods 90 Time counts not, tho' with swiftest minutes wing’d. Now was the sun in western cadence low From
noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now wak’d, and usher in The ev’ning cool, when he from wrath more cool 95 Came, the mild judge and intercessor both, To sentence man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden, by soft winds Brought to their ears, while day declin'd, they heard, And from his presence hid themselves among 100 The thickest trees, both man and wife, till GOD Approaching thus to Adam call'd aloud.
Where art thou Adam, wont with joy to meet
86 collateral] Shakesp. All's Well that Ends Well, act i. scene i.
In his bright radiance and collateral light,
Steevens. 103 Where art thou] See A. Ramsæi Poem. Sacr. p.
vocisque volutat imago, Per nemus ingeminans, Adam! Adam! quæ loca, quæ te
My coming seen far off? I miss thee here,
I heard thee in the garden, and of thy voice 116 Afraid, being naked, hid myself. To whom The gracious Judge without revile reply'd.
My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not feard, But still rejoic'd; how is it now become So dreadful to thee ? that thou art naked, who Hath told thee? hast thou eaten of the tree Whereof I gave thee charge thou shouldst not eat?
To whom thus Adam sore beset reply'd. O heaven ! in evil strait this day I stand Before my Judge, either to undergo
Terrarumque tenent sedes ? Commercia nostra
• Audivi truces,
-membra concussit pavor,
Myself the total crime, or to accuse
To whom the sov’reign Presence thus reply'd.
187 This woman) · Consortem dederas thalami
per te dotale venenum
A. Rams. P. 8., p. 37.
Hers in all real dignity ? adorn'd
So having said, he thus to Eve in few :
To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm’d, Confessing soon, yet not before her Judge Bold or loquacious, thus abash'd reply'd. The serpent me beguild, and I did eat.
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer The guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation; justly then accurs'd, As vitiated in nature : more to know Concern'd not man, since he no further knew, 170 Nor alter'd his offence: yet God at last To Satan first in sin his doom apply'd,
165 thy part) A pure Latinism, the personæ dramatis. So Cic. pro Mur. c. 2. • Has partes lenitatis et misericordiæ, quas me Natura ipsa docuit, semper ago libenter: illam vero gravitatis, severitatis personam non appetivi.' Richardson. 157 in few] So K. Hen. IV. P. ii. act i. s. 1.
• In few; his death, whose spirit lent a fire.' and Warner's Alb. Engl. 1608, p. 40.
• In few; the wars are full of woes.' Todd.
Though in mysterious terms, judg'd as then best : And on the serpent thus his curse let fall.
Because thou hast done this, thou art accurs'd Above all cattle, each beast of the field ; Upon thy belly groveling thou shalt go, And dust shalt eat all the days of thy life. Between thee and the woman I will put Enmity, and between thine and her seed; Her seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel.
So spake this oracle, then verify'd
Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd. Because thou hast hearken'd to the voice of thy
wife, And eaten of the tree concerning which I charg'd thee, saying: Thou shalt not eat thereof, Curs’d is the ground for thy sake, thou in sorrow