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MORNING approached, Eye relates to Adam her troublesome dream; he likes it not, yet comforts her : they come forth to their day-labours : their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to paradise ; his appearance described, his coming discerned by Adam afar off, sitting at the door of his bower ; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state, and of his enemy ; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him ; persuading all but only Abdiel a seraph, who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.
rosy steps in th' eastern clime Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl,
rosy steps] Quintus Smyınæus applies the epithet, podoopupos to Aurora. v. Lib. i. 137. A. Dyce.
sow'd] • Ambo de comis calorem, et ambo radios conserunt. See Anthol. Lat. vol. i. p. 8, ed. Burm. Avieni, Orb. Desc. ver. 580. and Fragm. in Aristot. Poet.
Σπείρων θεοκτίσταν φλόγα. Upton.
When Adam wak’d, so custom'd, for his sleep
• As if the only sound thereof she fear'd.' fuming] v. Lucretii. lib. vi. Virg. Geo. ii. 217. o fan] Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 116. • Calls forth the winds. Oh Heaven's fresh fans, quoth he:' and P. 161;
now began Aurora's usher with his windy fan
Gently to shake the woods on every side.' ? matin] Virg. Æn. viii. 456. • Et matutini volucrum sub culminc cantus.' Newton. 17 awake] See Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, ver. 10012. (Marchant's Tale.)
• Rise up, my wif, my love, my lady free,
My fairest, my espous'd, my latest found,
Such whisp'ring wak'd her, but with startled eye
O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose,
23 balmy reed] Evoducû kalaudio. v. Dionysii Geog. ver. 937.
4l his] In the other passages, where the song of the nightingale is described, the bird is of the feminine gender ; v üi. 40. iv. 602. vii. 436. Newton.
Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain,
envy, or what reserve forbids to taste?
44 wakes] G. Fletcher's Christ's Victorie, p. 1. st. 78.
• Heaven awakened all his eyes.'. Todd. 87 Ambrosia] Virg. Æn. i. 403.
. Ambrosiæque comæ divinum vertice odorem