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I beg, and clasp thy knees ; bereave me not, If care of our descent perplex us most,
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,

Which must be born to certain woe, devour'd Thy counsel in this uttermost distress,

By Death at last; and miserable it is My only strength and stay: forlorn of thee, To be to others cause of misery, Whither shall I betake me, where subsist ?

Our own begotten, and of our loins to bring While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps, Into this cursed world a woeful race, Between us two let there be peace;

both joining,

That after wretched life must be at last,
As join'd in injuries, one enmity

Food for so foul a monster; in thy power
Against a foe by doom express'd assign'd us, It lies, yet ere conception to prevent
That cruel serpent : on me exercise not

The race unblest, to being yet unbegot.
Thy hatred for this misery befall'n,

Childless thou art, childless remain: so Death On me already lost, me than thyself

Shall be deceiv'd his glut, and with us two More miserable ; both have sinn'd, but thou Be forc'd to satisfy his ravenous maw. Against God only, I against God and thee,

But if thou judge it hard and difficult, And to the place of judgment will return,

Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain There with my cries importune Heav'n, that all From love's due rites, nuptial embraces sweet, The sentence from thy head remov'd may light And with desire to languish without hope, On me, sole cause to thee of all this woe,

Before the present object languishing Me, me only, just object of his ire.

With like desire, which would be misery She ended weeping; and her lowly plight, And torment less than none of what we dread; Immoveable till peace obtain'd for fault

Then both ourselves and seed at once to free Acknowledg'd and deplor’d, in Adam wrought From what we fear for both, let us make short, Commiseration ; soon his heart relented

Let us seek Death, or he not found, supply Tow'rds her, his life so late and sole delight, With our own hands his office on ourselves: ! Now at his feet submissive in distress,

Why stand we longer shivering under fears Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking,

That shew no end but death, and have the power, His counsel, whom she had displeas'd, his aid; Of many ways to die, the shortest choosing, As one disarm’d, his anger all he lost,

Destruction with destruction to destroy? And thus with peaceful words uprais'd her soon. She ended here, or vehement despair Unwary, and too desirous, as before,

Broke off the rest; so much of death her thoughts So now of what thou know'st not, who desir’st Had entertain'd, as dy'd her cheeks with pale. The punishment all on thyself; alas,

But Adam with such counsel nothing sway'd, Bear thine own first, ill able to sustain

To better hopes his more attentive mind His full wrath, whose thou feel'st as yet least part Lab'ring had rais'd, and thus to Eve reply'd: And my displeasure bear’st so ill. If prayers Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems Could alter high decrees, I to that place

To argue in thee something more sublime Would speed before thee, and be louder heard, And excellent than what thy mind contemns; That on my head all might be visited,

But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes | Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven,

That excellence thought in thee, and implies, To me committed and by me expos’d.

Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret
Bat rise; let us no more contend, nor blame For loss of life and pleasure overlov’d.
Each other, blam'd enough elsewhere, but strive Or if thou covet death, as utmost end
In offices of love how we may lighten

Of misery, so thinking to evade
Each other's burden in our share of woe;

The penalty pronounc'd, doubt not but God Since this day's death denounc'd, if aught I see,

Hath wiselier arın’d his vengeful ire than so Will prove no sudden, but a slow-pac'd evil, To be forestall'd; much more I fear lest death A long day's dying to augment our pain,

So snatch'd will not exempt us from the pain And to our seed (O hapless seed !) deriv’d.

We are by doom to pay; rather such acts To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, reply'd: Of contumacy will provoke the Highest Adam, by sad experiment I know

To make death in us live: then let us seek How little weight my words with thee can find,

Some safer resolution, which methinks Found so erroneous, thence by just event

I have in view, calling to mind with heed Pound so unfortunate ; nevertheless,

Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise Restor'd to thee, vile as I am, to place

The serpent's head; piteous amends, unless Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain

Be meant, whum I conjecture, our grand foe Tby love, the sole contentment of my heart

Satan, who in the serpent hath contriv'd Living or dying, from thee I will not hide

Against us this deceit: to crush his head What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen,

Would be revenge indeed; which will be lost Tending to some relief of our extremes,

By death brought on ourselves, or childless days Of end, though sharp and sad, yet tolerable, Resolv'd as thou proposest; so our foe 4s in our evils, and of easier choice.

Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we

Instead shall double ours upon our heads.

Humbly their faults, and pardon begg'd with tears No more be mention'd then of violence

Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air Against ourselves, and wilful barrenness,

Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign That cuts us off from hope, and savours only Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek. Rancour and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God and his just yoke Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild


And gracious temper he both heard and judg'd
Without wrath or reviling; we expected

Immediate dissolution, which we thought

To re-salute the world with sacred light Was meant by death that day, when lo, to thee Leucothea wak’d, and with fresh dews imbalm'd Pains only in child-bearing were foretold,

The earth, when Adam, and first matron Eve And bringing forth, soon recompens'd with joy, Had ended now their orisons, and found Fruit of thy womb: on me the curse aslope

Strength added from above, new hope to spring Glanc'd on the ground; with labour I must earn Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet link'd; My bread; what harm? Idleness had been worse; Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd: My labour will sustain me; and lest cold

Eve, easily may faith admit, that all Or heat should injure us, his timely care

The good which we enjoy from Heav'n descends; Hath unbesought provided, and his hands

But that from us aught should ascend to Heaven Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg’d; So prevalent as to concern the mind How much more, if we pray him, will his ear Of God high-blest, or to incline his will, Be open, and his heart to pity incline,

Hard to belief may seem ; yet this will prayer, And teach us further by what means to shun Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne The inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow? Ev'n to the seat of God. For since I sought Which now the sky with various face begins By pray’r th' offended Deity to appease, To shew us in this mountain, while the winds Kneel'd and before him humbled all my heart, Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks Methought I saw him placable and mild, Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek Bending his ear; persuasion in me grew Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish That I was heard with favour; peace return'd Our lips benumb’d, ere this diurnal star

Home to my breast, and to my memory Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe; Reflected, may with matter sere foment,

Which then not minded in dismay, yet now Or by collision of two bodies grind

Assures me that the bitterness of death The air attrite to fire, as late the clouds

Is past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thee, Justling or push'd with winds rude in their shock Eve rightly callid Mother of all Mankind, Tine the slant lightning, whose thwart flame driven Mother of all things living, since by thee Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, [down Man is to live, and all things live for man. And sends a comfortable heat from far,

To whom thus Eve with sad demeanor meek. Which might supply the sun: such fire to use, Ill worthy I such title should belong And what may else be remedy or cure

To me transgressor, who for thee ordain'd To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, A help, became thy snare; to me reproach He will instruct us praying, and of grace

Rather belongs, distrust and all dispraise : Beseeching him, so as we need not fear

But infinite in pardon was my Judge, To pass commodiously this life sustain'd

That I who first brought death on all, am grac'd By him with many comforts, till we end

The source of life; next favourable thou, In dust, our final rest and native home.

Who highly thus t' entitle me vouchsaf'st, What better can we do, than to the place

Far other name deserving. But the field Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall To labour calls us now with sweat impos’d, Before him reverent, and there confess

Tho' after sleepless night; for see the morn, Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air Her rosy progress smiling; let us forth, Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign I never from thy side henceforth to stray, Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek? Where'er our day's work lies, though now injoin'd Undoubtedly he will relent and turn

Laborious, till day droop; while here we dwell, From his displeasure; in whose look serene, What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? When angry most he seem'd and most severe, Here let us live, tho' in fall'o state, content. What else but favour, grace, and mercy shone? So spake, so wish'd much humbled Eve, but Fate So spake our Father penitent, nor Eve

Subscrib'd not; Nature first gave signs, impressid Felt less remorse: they forthwith to the place On bird, beast, air, air suddenly eclips'd Repairing where he judg’d them, prostrate fell After short blush of morn; nigh in her sight Before him reverent, and both confess'd

The bird of Jove stoop'd from his airy tour,

Two birds of gayest plume before him drove; As in a glist'ring zodiac, hung the sword, Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods, Satan's dire dread, and in his hand the spear. First hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace,

Adam bow'd low; he kingly from his state Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind;

Inclin'd not; but his coming thus declar'd: Direct to th' eastern gate was bent their flight. Adam, Heav'n's high behest no preface needs: Adam observ’d, and with his eyes the chace Sufficient that thy pray’rs are heard, and Death, Pursuing, not unmov'd, to Eve thus spake:

Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress, O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh,

Defeated of his seizure many days Which Heav'n by these mute signs in Nature shews, Giv’n thee of grace, wherein thou may'st repent, Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn

And one bad act with many deeds well done L's haply too secure of our discharge

May'st cover; well may then thy Lord appeas'd From penalty because from death releas'd

Redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim; Some days; how long, and what till then our life, But longer in this paradise to dwell Who knows, or more than this, that we are dust, Permits not; to remove thee I am come, And thither must return, and be no more?

And send thee from the garden forth to till Why else this double object in our sight

The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil. Of fight pursu'd in th' air, and o'er the ground, He added not, for Adam at the news One way the self-same hour? why in the east Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood, Darkness ere day's mid-course, and morning-light That all his senses bound; Eve, who unseen More orient in yon western cloud that draws Yet all had heard, with audible lament O'er the blue firmament a radiant white,

Discover'd soon the place of her retire. And slowdescends with something heav'nlyfraught? O unexpected stroke, worse than of death!

He err'd not; for by this the heav'nly bands Must I thus leave thee, Paradise thus leave Down from a sky of jasper lighted now

Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades, In paradise, and on a bill made halt,

Fit haunt of Gods ? where I had hope to spend, A glorious apparition, had not doubt

Quiet though sad, the respite of that day And carnal fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye.

That must be mortal to us both. O flowers, Not that more glorious, when the angels met

That never will in other climate

grow, Jacob in Mahanaim, where he saw

My early visitation, and my last
The field pavilion’d with his guardians bright; At even, which I bred up with tender hand
Nor that which on the flaming mount appear'd

From the first opening bud, and give ye names, In Dothan, cover'd with a camp of fire,

Who now shall rear ye to the sun, or rank Against the Syrian king, who, to surprise

Your tribes, and water from th' ambrosial fount? One man, assassin-like had levied war,

Thee lastly, nuptial bow'r, by me adorn'd War unproclaim'd. The princely Hierarch

With what to sight or smell was sweet, from thee In their bright stand there left his pow’rs to seize How shall I part, and whither wander down Possession of the garden; he alone,

Into a lower world, to this obscure To find where Adam shelter'd took his way,

And wild ? how shall we breathe in other air Not unperceiv'd of Adam, who to Eve,

Less pure, accustom'd to immortal fruits ? While the great visitant approach'd, thus spake: Whom thus the angel interrupted mild :

Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign Of us will soon determine, or impose

What justly thou hast lost: nor set thy heart, New laws to be observ'd; for I descry

Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine; From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill, Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes One of the heav'nly host, and by his gait

Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound; None of the meanest, some great potentate,

Where he abides, think there thy native soil. Or of the thrones above, such majesty

Adam by this from the cold sudden damp Invests him coming ; yet not terrible,

Recovering, and his scatter'd spirits return'd, That I should fear, nor sociably mild,

To Michael thus his humble words address'd. As Raphael, that I should much confide,

Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam'd But solemn and sublime, whom not t' offend, Of them the highest, for such of shape may seem With reverence I must meet, and thou retire. Prince above princes, gently hast thou told

He ended; and th’ Archangel soon drew nigh, Thy message, which might else in telling wound, Not in his shape celestial, but as man

And in performing end us; what besides Clad to meet man; over his lucid arms

Of sorrow and dejection and despair A military vest of purple flow'd

Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring, Livelier than Melibæan, or the grain

Departure from this happy place, our sweet Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old

Recess, and only consolation left In time of truce; Iris had dipt the woof,

Familiar to our eyes, all places else His starry helm unbuckled shew'd him prime Inhospitable appear, and desolate, In manbood, where youth ended; by his side, Nor knowing us nor known; and if by pray'r

Incessant I could hope to change the will

ADAM AND EVE DRIVEN OUT OF Of him who all things can, I would not cease

PARADISE. To weary him with my assiduous cries:

He ended, and thus Adam last reply'd : But pray’r against his absolute decree

How soon hath thy prediction, Seer blest, No more avails than breath against the wind, Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Till time stand fix'd ? beyond is all abyss, Therefore to his great bidding I submit.

Eternity, whose end no eye can reach. This most afflicts me, that departing hence,

Greatly instructed I shall hence depart, As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd

Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill His blessed count'nance; here I could frequent Of knowledge, what this vessel can contain; With worship place by place where he vouchsaf’d

Beyond which was my folly to aspire. Presence divine, and to my sons relate,

Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best, On this mount he appear'd, under this tree

And love with fear the only God, to walk Stood visible, among these pines his voice

As in his presence, ever to observe I heard, here with him at this fountain talk'd:

His providence, and on him sole depend, So many grateful altars I would rear

Merciful over all his works, with good Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone

Still overcoming evil, and by small Of lustre from the brook, in memory,

Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak Or monument to ages, and thereon

Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise Offer sweet-smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers: By simply meek: that suffering for truth's sake In yonder nether world where shall I seek

Is fortitude to highest victory, His bright appearances, or footsteps trace ?

And to the faithful death the gate of life; For though I fled him angry, yet recall'd

Taught this by his example whom I now To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now

Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest. Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts

To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd: Of glory, and far off his steps adore.

Thus having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum To whom thus Michael, with regard benign: Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars Adam, thou know'st Heav'n his, and all the earth, Thou knew'st by name, and all th'ethereal powers, Not this rock only; his omnipresence fills

All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or sea, Fomented by his virtual pow'r, and warm’d: And all the riches of this world enjoyʻdst, All th' earth he gave thee to possess and rule, And all the rule, one empire; only add No despicable gift; surmise not then

Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd

Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, Of Paradise or Eden: this had been

By name to come call's Charity, the soul Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth All generations, and had hither come

To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess From all the ends of th' earth, to celebrate

A paradise within thee, happier far. And reverence thee, their great progenitor. Let us descend now therefore from this top But this pre-eminence thou hast lost, brought down Of speculation; for the hour precise To dwell on even ground now with thy sons: Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards, Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain

By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect God is as here, and will be found alike

Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword, Present, and of his presence many a sign

In signal of remove, waves fiercely round; Still following thee, still compassing thee round

We may no longer stay: go, waken Eve; With goodness and paternal love, his face

Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd Express, and of bis steps the track divine.

Portending good, and all her spirits compos'd Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd To meek submission: thou at season fit Ere thou from hence depart, know I am sent

Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard, To shew thee what shall come in future days

Chiefly what may concern her faith to know, To thee and to thy offspring; good with bad

The great deliverance by her seed to come Expect to hear, supernal grace contending

(For by the woman's seed) on all mankind: With sinfulness of man; thereby to learn

That ye may live, which will be many days, True patience, and to temper joy with fear

Both in one faith unanimous though sad, And pious sorrow, equally inur'd

With cause, for evils past, yet much more cheer'd By moderation either state to bear,

With meditation on the happy end. Prosperous or adverse: so shalt thou lead

He ended; and they both descend the hill: Safest thy life, and best prepar'd endure

Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve Thy mortal passage when it comes. Ascend

Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak’d; This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes) And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd. Here sleep below, while thou to foresight wak'st; Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st I As once thou slept'st, while she to life was form'd. For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise, [know; Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Belial, in much uņeven scale thou weigh'st Presaging, since with sorrow and heart's distress All others by thyself; because of old Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on,

Thou thyself doat'st on womankind, admiring In me is no delay; with thee to go,

Their shape, their colour, and attractive grace, Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,

None are, thou think'st, but taken with such toys. Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me

Before the flood, thou with thy lusty crew, Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou, False titled sons of God, roaming the earth, Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence. Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men, This further consolation yet secure

And coupled with them, and begot a race. I carry hence; though all by me is lost,

Have we not seen, or by relation heard, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,

In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk’st, By me the promis'd seed shall all restore.

In wood or grove, by mossy fountain side,
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard In valley or green meadow, to way-lay
Well pleas’d, but answer'd not; for now too nigh Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene,
Th’ Archangel stood, and from the other hill Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa,
To their fix'd station, all in bright array

Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more,
The cherubim descended; on the ground

Too long; then lay'st thy scapes on names ador'd, Gliding meteorous, as evening mist

Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan, Ris’n from a river o'er the marish glides,

Satyr, or Faun, or Sylvan? But these haunts And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer’s heel Delight not all; among the sons of men, Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd, How many have with a smile made small account The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Of beauty and her lures, easily scorn'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,

All her assaults, on worthier things intent? And vapour as the Lybian air adust,

Remember that Pellean conqueror, Began to parch that temp’rate clime; whereat A youth, how all the beauties of the East In either hand the hast’ning angel caught

He slightly view'd, and slightly overpass’d; Our ling’ring parents, and to the eastern gate How he surnam'd of Africa dismiss'd Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast

In his prime youth the fair Iberian maid; To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.

For Solomon, he liv'd at ease, and full They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld Of honour, wealth, high fare, aim'd not beyond Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,

Higher design than to enjoy his state; War'd over by that flaming brand, the gate

Thence to the bait of women lay expos'd:
With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms: But he whom we attempt is wiser far
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon; Than Solomon, of more exalted mind,
The world was all before them, where to choose Made and set wholly on th' accomplishment
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: Of greatest things; what woman will you find,
They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow, Tho' of this age the wonder and the fame,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

On whom his leisure will vouchsafe an eye
Of foul desire ? Or should she confident,

As sitting queen ador'd on Beauty's throne, FROM PARADISE REGAINED.-THE Descend with all her winning charms begirt POWER OF BEAUTY.

T enamour, as the zone of Venus once Set women in his eye, and in his walk,

Wrought that effect on Jove, so fables tell; Among the daughters of men the fairest found; How would one look from his majestic brow, Many are in each region passing fair

Seated as on the top of Virtue's hill, As the noon sky; more like to goddesses

Discount'nance her despis'd, and put to rout Than mortal creatures, graceful and discreet,

All her array; her female pride deject, Expert in amorous arts, enchanting tongues

Or turn to reverent awe; for Beauty stands Persuasive, virgin majesty with mild

In th' admiration only of weak minds And sweet allay'd, yet terrible t'approach, Led captive; cease ť admire, and all her plumes Skill’d to retire, and in retiring draw

Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy, Hearts after them, tangled in amorous nets.

At every sudden slighting quite abash'd: Such object hath the power to soft'n and tame Therefore with manlier objects we must try Severest temper, smooth the rugged’st brow, His constancy, with such as have more shew Enerve, and with voluptuous hope dissolve, Of worth, of honour, glory, and popular praise ; Draw out with credulous desire, and lead

Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck’d. At will the manliest, resolutest breast, As the magnetic hardest iron draws. Women, when nothing else, beguild the heart

DESCRIPTION OF GREECE. Of wisest Solomon, and made him build,

To whom the Fiend with fear abash'd reply'd : And made him bow to the gods of his wives. Be not so sore offended, Son of God,

To whom quick answer Satan thus return’d: Though sons of God both angels are and men,

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