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Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love, To bring forth fruits joy and eternal bliss.

He ended ; and thus Adam last reply'd. How soon hath thy prediction, Seer bless'd, Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Till time stand fix'd ? beyond is all abyss, Eternity, whose end no eye can reach : Greatly instructed I shall 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 sole depend, Merciful over all his works, with good 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 sake Is fortitude to highest victory, And, to the faithful, death the gate of life ; Taught this by his example, whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever bless'd.

To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd. This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum Of wisdom ; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th' ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in heaven, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst,




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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 loath
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 see the guards,
By me encamp'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
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,
(For by the woman's seed, on all mankind :
That ye may live, which will be many days,
Both in one faith unanimous, though sad
With cause for evils past; yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.

He ended, and they both descend the hill ;
Descended, Adam to the bower, where Eve
Lay sleeping, ran before, but found her wak’d;
And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd.




589 speculation) So in Par. Reg. iv. 236.

this specular mount.' Richardson.





Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I

know; For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise, Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Presaging, since with sorrow 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 Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heaven, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence. This further consolation yet secure I carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf’d, By me the promis'd Seed shall all restore.

So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh Th' archangel stood, and from the other hill 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 marish glides, And gathers round fast at the labourer's heel Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,


615 In me) Virg. Eclog. iii. 52,

'In me mora non erit ulla. Newton. 630 glides] See Dante Il Purgat. c. v. 37.

• Vapori accesi non vid' io si tosto

Di prima notte mai fender sereno,
Nè, sol calando, nuvole d'Agosto.'



And vapour as the Libyan air adust,
Began to parch that temperate clime: whereat
In either hand th' hast’ning angel caught
Our ling’ring parents, and to the eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain ; then disappear'd.
They looking back all th' eastern side 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 dropp'd, but wip'd them

soon ;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They, hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.


685 vapour] Hor. Epod. iii. 15.

* Nec tantus unquam siderum insedit vapor
Siticulosæ Apuliæ.'

Richardson. 685 air adust] Tasso Gier. Lib. vii. 52.

Qual con le chiome sanguinose horrende

Splender cometa suol per l' aria adusta.' Bowle. 643 brand] Sword. Gen. i. 24. Blade, xi. 120. Bentl. MS. 640 world] Shakesp. Rich. II. act. i. sc. 3. all the world's my way.'

Johnson. 648 hand]

A small but artful paradise they walk'd,

And hand in hand sad gentle things they talk'd.' See Cowley's Davideis, p. 20. 648 wand ring] Wearied. Careful. Social. Bentl. MS.



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