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And prayers, which in this golden censer mird
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring,
Fruits of more pleasing savour from thy seed
Sown with contrition in his urt, than those
Which his own hand manuring all the trees
Of paradise could have produced, ere fall’n
From innocence. Now therefore bend thino ear
To supplication, hear his sighs though mute;
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me
Interpret for him, me his advocate
And propitiation; all his works on me
Good or not good ingratt, my merit those
Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay.
Accept me, and in me from these receive
The smell of peace toward mankind, let him live
Before thee reconciled, at least his days
Number'd, though sad, till death his doom, (which I
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse,)
To better life shall yield him, where with me
All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss;
Made one with me as I with thee am one.”

To whom the Father, without cloud, serene;
All thy request for man, accepted Son,
Obtain ; all thy request was my decree:
But longer in that Paradise to dwell
The law I gave to nature him forbids:
Those pure immortal elements, that know
No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,
Eject him tainted now, and purge him off
As a distemper gross, to air as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by sin, that first
Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted. I, at first, with two fair gifts
Created him endow'd, with happiness
And immortality: that fondly lost,
This other served but to eternize woe,
Till I provided death; so death becomes

1 1 John IL 1, 2

2 John xvii. 21, 22

His final remedy, and after life
Tried in sharp tribulation, and refined
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Waked in the renovation of the just,
Resigns him up with heav'n and earth renew'd.
But let us call to svnod all the blest
Through heav'n's wide bounds; from them I will not hide
My judgments; how with mankind I proceed,
As how with peccant angels late they saw;
And in their state, though firm, stood more confirm’d.

He ended, and the Son gave signal high
To the bright minister that watch'd; he blew
His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps
When God descended, and perhaps once more
To sound at general doom. Th' angelic blast
Filld all the regions : from their blissful bow'rs
Of Amaranthine shade, fountain or spring,
By the waters of life, where ere they sat
In fellowships of joy, the sons of light
Hasted, resorting to the summons high,
And took their seats; till from His throne supreme
Th’ Almighty thus pronounced His sov’reign will

O Sons, like one of us man is become
To know both good and evil, since his taste
Of that defended' fruit; but let him boast
His knowledge of good lost, and evil got;
Happier, had it sufficed him to have known
Good by itself, and evil not at all
He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite,
My motions in him, longer than they move,
His heart I know how variable and vain
Self-left. Lest therefore his now bolder hand
Reach also of the Tree of Life, and eat,
And live for ever, dream at least to live
For ever, to remove him I decree,
And send him from the garden forth to till
The ground whence he was taken, fitter soil.
Michael, this my behest have thou in charge,

1 Forbidden.

Take to thee from among the Cherubim
Thy choice of flaming warriors, lest the fiend,
Or in behalf of man, or to invade
Vacant possession, some new trouble raise :
Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God
Without remorse drive out the sinful pair,
From hallow'd ground th' unholy, and denounce
To them and to their progeny from thence
Perpetual banishment. Yet lest they faint
At the sad sentence rigorously urged,
For I behold them soften'd and with tears
Bewailing their excess, all terror hide.
If patiently thy bidding they obey,
Dismiss them not disconsolate; reveal
To Adam what shall come in future days,
As I shall thee enlighten; intermix
My cov'nant in the woman's seed renew'd;
So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peacər
And on the east side of the garden place,
Where entrance op from Eden easiest climbs,
Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame
Wide waving, all approach far off to frighty
And guard all passage to the Tree of Life:
Lest paradise a receptacle prove
To spirits foul, and all my trees their prey,
With whose stol'n fruit man once more to delade.

He ceased; and th' archangelic pow'r prepared
For swift descent, with him the cohort bright
Of watchful Cherubim; four faces each
Had, like a double Janas;' all their shape
Spangled with eyes more numerous than those
Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drowse,
Charm'd with Arcadian Pipe, the pastoral reed
Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Meanwhile,
To resalute the world with sacred light
Leucothea Swaked, and with fresh dews imbalma

1 Ezek. x. 12, 14.

9 Argus, the spy of Juno, who had a bun irei cyes, was lulled to sleep and killed by Mercury (or Herines, by the command of Jupiter. The Caduceus of Mercury is called an "opiato rod," be

cause with it he could charm sleep on any eyelids he pleased.

8 “The white goddess," or Dawn. Tho silme with Matuta, or early morning, in Latin. She precederi Aurora. - NEWTON,

The earth, when Adam and first matron Eve Had ended now their orisons, and found Strength added from above, new hope to spring Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet link'd; Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd

Eve, easily may faith admit, that all The good which we enjoy from heav'n descends ; But that from us aught should ascend to hear's So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-bless'd, or to incline His will, Hard to belief may seem ; get this will prayer, Or one short sigh of human breath, apborne Ev'n to the seat of GOD. For since I sought By prayer th' offended Deity to appease, Kneelid and before Him humbled all my heart, Methought I saw Him placable and mild, Bending His ear: persuasion in me grew That I was heard with favour; peace return'd Home to my breast, and to my memory His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our fos; Which, then not minded in dismay, yet now Assures me that the bitterness of death Ts past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thee, Eve' rightly call d, mother of all mankind, Mother of all things living, since by thee Man is to live, and all things live for man.

To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek. Il worthy I such title should belong To me transgressor, who, for thee ordain'd A help, became thy snare: to me reproach Rather belongs, distrust, and all dispraise : But infinite in pardon was my Judge, That I, who first brought death on all, am graced The source of life; next favourable thou, Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsafsto Far other name deserving. But the field To labour calls us now with sweat imposed, Though after sleepless night; for see, the morn,

1 Eve signifies Life.

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All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins
Her rosy progress smiling; let us forth,
I never from thy side henceforth to stray,
Where'er our day's work lies, though now enjoin'd
Laborious, till day droop; while here we dwell,
What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks?
Here let us live, though in fall’n state, content.

So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve; but fato
Subscribed not; nature first gave signs, impress'd
On bird, beast, air; air suddenly eclipsed
After short blush of morn: nigh in her sight
The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tow'r,
Two birds of gayest plume before him drove :
Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods,
First hunter then, pursued a gentle brace,
Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind;
Direct to th' eastern gate was bent their flights
Adam observed, and, with his eye the chase
Pursuing, not unmoved to Eve thus spake.

O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh,
Which heav'n by these mute signs in nature shows
Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn
Us haply too secure of our discharge
From penalty, because from death released
Some days; how long, and what till then our life,
Who knows, or more than this, that we are dust,
And thither must return and be no more?
Why else this double object in our sight
Of flight pursued in th' air, and o'er the ground,
One way the selfsame hour? Why in the east
Darkness ere day's mid-course, and morning light
More orient in yon western cloud, that draws
D'er the blue firmament a radiant white,
And slow descends, with something heav'nly fraught P

He err'd not, for by this the heav'nly bands
Down from a sky of jasper lighted now
In Paradise, and on a hil made halt,
A glorious apparition, had not doubt
And carral fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye.
Not that more glorious, when the angels met

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