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Fountains and ye that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise:
Join voices, all ye living souls, ye birds,
That singing up to heaven gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise;
Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk
The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep;
Witness if I be silent, morn or even,
To hill, or valley, fountain, or fresh shade,
Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise.
Hail universal Lord, be bounteous still
To give us only good; and if the night
Have gather'd aught of evil, or conceal'd,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.

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So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts Firm peace recover'd soon and wonted calm, 210 On to their morning's rural work they haste, Among sweet dews and flowers, where any row Of fruit-trees overwoody reach'd too far Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check Fruitless embraces; or they led the vine To wed her elm; she spous'd about him twines Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Her dow'r, th' adopted clusters, to adorn

198 heaven gate] So in Cymbeline, act ii. sc. 3.

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• Hark! hark, the lark at heaven's gate sings.' Newton. 200 Ye that] How could the fish witness? Bentl. MS. 206 give] Not unlike the Prayer of Clytemnestra in Soph. Elect. 646. A. Dyce.

217 marriageable] See Apulei Apolog. p. 540. ed. Delph.

His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld
With pity heav'n's high King, and to him call'd
Raphael, the sociable spirit, that deign'd
To travel with Tobias, and secur'd

His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid.
Raphael, said he, thou hear'st what stir on earth
Satan, from hell scap'd through the darksome gulf,
Hath rais'd in paradise, and how disturb'd
This night the human pair, how he designs
In them at once to ruin all mankind:
Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend
Converse with Adam, in what bower or shade 230
Thou find'st him from the heat of noon retir'd,
To respit his day-labour with repast,
Or with repose; and such discourse bring on,
As may advise him of his happy state,
Happiness in his power left free to will,
Left to his own free will, his will though free,
Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware
He swerve not too secure: tell him withal.
His danger, and from whom; what enemy
Late fall'n himself from heaven, is plotting now
The fall of others from like state of bliss;
By violence? no; for that shall be withstood,
But by deceit and lies; this let him know,
Lest wilfully transgressing he pretend
Surprisal, unadmonish'd, unforewarn'd.

So spake th' eternal Father, and fulfill'd
All justice: nor delay'd the winged saint
After his charge receiv'd; but from among

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Thousand celestial ardours, where he stood
Veil'd with his gorgeous wings, up springing light
Flew through the midst of heav'n; th' angelic

choirs,

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On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Through all th' empyreal road; till at the gate
Of heav'n arriv'd, the gate self-open'd wide
On golden hinges turning, as by work
Divine the sov❜reign Architect had fram'd.
From hence, no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
Star interpos'd, however small he sees,
Not unconform to other shining globes,

Earth and the garden of God, with cedars crown'd
Above all hills: as when by night the glass
Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes

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Imagin'd lands and regions in the moon:
Or pilot from amidst the Cyclades
Delos, or Samos, first appearing kens
A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight
He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky
Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady wing
Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan
Winnows the buxom air; till within soar
Of tow'ring eagles, to all the fowls he seems
A phoenix, gaz'd by all, as that sole bird,
When, to inshrine his reliques in the sun's

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249 ardours] ardours,' mean the 'seraphim.' It is one of the words used by Dante for angels. Todd.

266 prone] Virg. Æn. iv. 253.

'Toto præceps se corpore ad undas
Misit.'

Newton.

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Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies.
At once on th' eastern cliff of paradise
He lights, and to his proper shape returns
A seraph wing'd: six wings he wore, to shade
His lineaments divine; the pair that clad
Each shoulder broad came mantling o'er his breast
With regal ornament; the middle pair

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Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round
Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold
And colours dipp'd in heav'n; the third his feet
Shadow'd from either heel with feather'd mail
.Sky-tinctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he stood, 285

277 shade] Statii Silv. iii. 4. 30.

'Ex humeris nullæ fulgentibus umbræ,'

281 starry zone] Compare Marino's Sl. of the Innocents, r. 50, st. xcvi. describing an angel.

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When in celestial colours art contends

With azure gold, and white with purest red.
For skirts girt at the waste, then each depends
Loosely, nor further than the knees are spread.
Which, lest thy waving be too much display'd,
A golden clasp restrains, with gems inlay'd.
Extended on his shining back a pair
Of ample wings their glorious colours show;
Most choice perfumes enrich his curling hair,
And to the air the graceful tresses flow,' &c.
son] See Dante, Il Purg. c. 8.

⚫E vidi uscir dell' alto, e scender giue
Du' Angeli con due spade affocate,

Verdi, come fogliette pur mo nate,
Erano 'n veste, che da verdi penne
Percosse traén dietro e ventilate.

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And shook his plumes, that heav'nly fragrance fill'd
The circuit wide. Straight knew him all the bands
Of angels under watch; and to his state,
And to his message high, in honour rise;
For on some message high they guess'd him bound.
Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is come
Into the blissful field, through groves of myrrh,
And flow'ring odors, cassia, nard, and balm;
A wilderness of sweets; for nature here
Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd at will 295
Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet,
Wild above rule or art; enormous bliss.
Him through the spicy forest onward come
Adam discern'd, as in the door he sat

Of his cool bower, while now the mounted sun 300
Shot down direct his fervid rays, to warm [needs;
Earth's inmost womb, more warmth than Adam
And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd
For dinner savoury fruits, of taste to please
True appetite, and not disrelish thirst

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Of nectarous draughts between, from milky stream, Berry, or grape, to whom thus Adam call'd. Haste hither, Eve, and worth thy sight behold

286 shook] Sannaz de Partu Virg. i. 107.

ingentes explicat alas

Ac tectis late insuetum diffundit odorem.'

and Fairfax's Tasso, Lib. i. st. 14. Newton. Todd. 306 milky stream] v. Apulei Metam i. p. 27. ed. Delph. 'En, inquam, explere latice fontes lacteo.'

Beaumont's Psyche, c. iii. st. 56.

And from the milkie shore of the next spring!'

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