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RAPHAEL DISCOURSING WITH ADAM AND EVE.

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And from these corporal nutriments, perhaps,
“ Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit,
“ Improved by tract of time, and, winged, ascend
“ Ethereal, as we; or may, at choice,
“Here, or in Heavenly Paradises dwell,
If ye be found obedient, and retain,
“ Unalterably firm, his love entire,
“ Whose progeny you are. Meanwhile, enjoy
“ Your fill what happiness this happy state
“ Can comprehend, incapable of more.

To whom the patriarch of mankind replied:
O favourable spirit, propitious guest !
“ Well hast thou taught the way that might direct
“ Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set
“ From centre to circumference; whereon,
“ In contemplation of created things,
“ By steps we may ascend to God. But say,
What meant that caution joined, "If ye be found
“ Obedient ? Can we want obedience then
To him, or possibly his love desert,
Who formed us from the dust, and placed us here
“ Full, to the utmost measure, of what bliss
“ Human desires can seek or apprehend ?"

To whom the angel: “Son of Heaven and Earth! “ Attend. That thou art happy, owe to God; “ That thou continuest such, owe to thyself, “ That is, to thy obedience; therein stand. “ This was that caution given thee; be advised. God made thee perfect, not immutable; “ And good he made thee, but to persevere “ He left it in thy power; ordained thy will “ By nature free, not overruled by fate “ Inextricable, or strict necessity : “ Our voluntary service he requires, “ Not our necessitated; such with him “ Finds no acceptance, nor can find; for how Can hearts, not free, be tried whether they serve “ Willing or no, who will but what they must “ By destiny, and can no other choose? “ Myself, and all the angelic host, that stand

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