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To shew him all eartb's kingdoms and their First fruits, the greeu ear, and the yellow glory.

sheaf, His eye might there comunand wherever stood Unculld, as came to hand; a shepherd next City of old or inodern fame, the seat

More meek came with the firstlings of bis flock Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walls Choicest and best; then sacrificing, laid Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,

The inwards and their fat, with incense And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne,

strowd, To Pacquin of Sinæan kings, and thence On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform'). To Agra and Labor of girat Mogul

His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Down to the golden Chersonese, or where

Consuni'd with nimble glauce, and grateful The Persian iu Echatan sat, or since

steam; Io Hispaban, or wbere the Russian Ksar The other's not, for his was not sincere; In Moscow, or the Sultan in Bizance,

Whereat be inly rag'd, and as they talk'd Turchestan-born; nor could his eye not ken

Smote him into the midriff with a stone Th'empire of Negus to his utmost port

That beat out life; he fell, and deadly pale Ercoco, and the less maritime kings

Groau'd out his soul with gushing blood efMonbaza, and Quiloa, avd Melind,

fus'u. Aud Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm

Much at that sight was Adam in his heart of Congo, and Angola farthest south;

Dismay'd, and thus iu baste to the Angel Orthence froin Niger flood to Atlas mount

(fallen The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez, and Sus,

O Teacher, some great mischief halb be Morocco and Algiers, and Tremisen ;

To that meek man, who well bad sacrificd; On Europe thence, and where Rome was to

Is piety thus and pure devotion paid?

T' whom Michael thus, he alsu mur'd, resway The world: in spirit perbaps be also saw

ply'd. Rich Mexico the great seat of Montozume,

These two are brethren, Adam, and to come And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat

Out of thy loins ; the unjut the just hatb slaiu, Of Atahalipa, and yet unspoil'd

For envy that his brother's offering found Guiana, whose great city Geryou's sons

From Heav'u acceptance: but the bloody fact Call El Dorado : but to nobler sights

Will be aveng'd, and the other's faith approv'd Michael from Adam's eyes the film remov’d,

Lose r:o reward, though here thou see bin die, Which that false fruit that promis'd clearer

Rolling in dust and gore. To which our Sire. sight


Alas, both for the deed and for the cause! Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and

But have I now seen death? Is this the way The visual nerve, for he had much to see;

I must return to native dust? O sight Aud from the well of life three drops io

Of terror, foul and ugly to behold, stillid.

Horrid to think, how horrible to feel ! [seen Su deep the pow'r of these ingredients pierc'd,

To whom thus Micbaël. Death tbou hast E'en to the inmost seat of mental sight,

In his first shape on man; but many shapes. That Allam now enforc'd to close his eyes,

Of Death, and many are the ways that lead Suuk down, and all bis spirits became eli

To his grim cave, all dismal; yet to sense tranc'd;

More terrible at th' entrance than withio. But bim the gentle Angel by the hand

Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die, Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recallid. By fire, flood, famine, by intemp'rance more

Adam, now ope thine eyes, and first behold In meats and drinks, which on the earth shall Th' effects which thy original crime hath

bring wrought

Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew In some to spring from thee, who never touch'd

Before thee shall appear; that thou may'st Th' excepted tree, nor with the Snake con

koow spirid,

What misery th’inabstinence of Eve Nor siuu'd thy sin, yet from that sin derive

Shall briug on men. Imniediately a place Corruption to bring forth more violent deeds. Before his eyes appear’d, sad, noisome, dark, His eyes be opeu’d, and beheld a field,

Numbers of all diseas'il, all maladies; Part arable and tiltli, whereon were sbeaves

A lazar-bouse it seem'd, wherein were laid New-'eap'd, the viber part sheep-walks and Of gastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms folds;

Of heart sick agony, all severous kinds, l'th' midst an altar as the land-mark stood, Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhis, Rustic, of grassy sord; thither anon

Jutestine stone and ulcer, colic pangs,
A sweaty. reaper fronı his tillage brought Delnoniac phreuzy, moping melancholy,

man, and

And moon-struck madness, piping atrophy, 11 Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego, Alarasmus, and wide wasting pestilence, To what thou hast; and for the air of youth, Dropsit's, and asthmas, and joint-raching Hopeful and cheerful, in thy blood will reign rhenms.

A melancholy damp of coid and dry
Dire was the tossing, deep the groans; Despair To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume
Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch; The balm of life. To whom our ancestor.
Aud over them triumplant Death his dart Henceforth I ly not death, nor would prolong
Shouk, but delay'd to strike, though oft invok'd | Life much, bent rather how I may be quit
With rows, as their chief good, and final bope. Fairest and easiest of this camb’rous charge,
Sigbt so deform wliat heart of rock could long Which I must keep till my appointed day
Dry.ey'd behold? Adam could not, but wept, Ofrend'ring up, and patiently attend
Though not of woman born; compassion quell'a My dissolutivo. Michael reply'd.
Ilis best of

gave bim
up to tears

Nor love thy life, nor bate; but what thou A space, tili firmer thoughts restrain'd excess;

lis'st And scarce recovering words bis plaint renewid. Live well, how long or short permit to Heaven: O miserable mankind, to what fall

Aud now prepare thee for another sight. Degraded, to what wretched state reserv’d! He look’d, and saw a spacious plain, whereon Better end here unboro. Why is life given Were tents of various hue; by some were To be thus wrested from us? Rather why

herds Obtruded on us this? Who if we knew Of cattle grazing; otliers, whence the sound What we receive, would either not accept Of instruments that made delicious chime Life offer'd, or soon beg tulay it down, Was heard, of harp and organ; and who mov'd Glad to be so dismiss'd in peace. Can thus Their stops and chords was seen : bis volant Th’image of God in man created once

touch So goodly and erect, thougb faulty since, Instinct through all proportions low and high To such ansightiy sufferings be debas'd Fled and pursu'd transverse the resonant Under jubuman pain? Why should not man,

fugue. Retaining still divine similitude

In other part stood one who at the forge Tu part, from such deformities be free,

Lab'ring, two massy clods of iron and brass And for his Maker's image sake exempt? Had melted, (whether found where casual fire

Their Maker's image, answer'd Michael, then | Had wasted woods in mountain or in vale, Forsook ebem, when themselves they vilify'd Down to the veins of earth, thence glidmg hot To serve ugoveru'd appetite, and took To some cave's mouth, or whether waslı’d by His image whom they serv'd, a brutislı vice,

stream Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.

From under-ground) the liquid ore he draiu'd Therefore so abject is their punishment, Into fit moulds prepard; from whence he Disfiguring not God's likeness, but their own, form'a

[wrought Or if his likeness, by themselves defac'd, First his own tools; then, what might else be While they pervert pure nature's healthful rules Fusile or grav'o in metal. After these, To loathsome sickness, worthily, since they But on the hither side, a different sort God's image did not reverence in themselves. From the bigh ueighb'ring hills, which was I yield it just, said Adam, and submit.

their seat, But is there no other way, besides

Down to the plain descended: by their guise These paiuful passages, how we may come Just men they seem'd, and all their study bent To death, and mix with our connatural dust? To worship God aright, and know his works

Tbere is, said Michael, if thou well observe Not bid, nor those things last which might The rule of not too much, by temp'rance taught, preserve In what thou eat'st and drink'st, seeking from Freedom and peace to men : they on the plain thence

Long had not walk'd, when from the teuts beDue nourishment, not gluttopous delight,

hold Till many years over thy head return :

A bevy of fair women, richly gay [sung So may'st thou live, till likeripe fruit thou drop || In gems and wanton dress; to th’harp they Into thy mother's lap, or be with ease

Soft amorus ditties, and in dapce came on : Gather'd, not barshly pluck’d, for death ma The men though grave, ey'd them, aud let

ture: This is old age; but then thou must outlive Rove without rein, till in the amorous net Thy youth, thy strength, tly beauty which Fast caught, they lik’d, and eacb bis liking will change

chose ; Tu wither'd, weak, and grey; thy senses then And now of love they treat, till th' evening star

their eyes

Love's harbinger, appear’d; then all in heat Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, They light the nuptial torch, and bid invoke Coucourse in arms, fierce faces threat’aing Hyinen, then first to marriage rites invok'd :

war, With feast and music all the tents resouud. Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise; Such happy interview and fair event

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming of love and youth not lost, songs, garlands, steed, Aowers,

Single or in array of battle rangd And charming symphonies attacb'd the heart Both horse and foot, nor idly must'ring stood; OF Adam, sovn inclind t'admit delight, One way a band select from forage drives The bent of nature; which he thus express'd : | A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine True opener of mine eyes, prime angel From a fat ineadow ground; or fleecy flock, blest,

Ewes and their blealing lambs over the plain, Much better seems this vision, and more hope Their booty; scarce with life shepherds fly, of peaceful days portends, than those two But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray; past;

With cruel torneament the squadrous joiu; Those were of bate and death, or pain much | Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies worse,

With carcasses and arms tl'insanguin'd field Here nature seems fulfild in all her ends. Deserted; otbers to a city strong To wbom thus Michael. Judge not what is Lay siege, incamp'd; by battery, scale, and best

mine, By pleasure, though to Nature seeming meet, Assaulting; others from the wall defend Created, as thou art, to pobler end

With dart and javelin, stones aud sulphurous Holy aud pure, conformity divine.

fire; Those tents thou sawist so pleasant, were the On each hand slaughter and gigantic deeds. tents

In other part the scepter'd heralds call or Wickedness, wherein shall dwell his race To council in the city gates : anon Who slew his brother; studious they appear Grey-headed men and grave, with warriors Of arts that polish life, inventors rare,

mix'd, Unmindful of their Maker, though his spirit Assemble, and harangues are heard, but soon Taught them, but they his gifts acknowledg’d|| In factious opposition, till at last

Of middle age one rising, eminent Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget; In wise deport, spake much of right and For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that wrong, seem's

Of justice, of religion, truth and peace, Of goddesses, so blithe, so smooth, so gay, And judgment from above: him old and young Yet empty of all good, wherein consists Exploded and bad seiz'd with violent hands, Woman's domestic bonour and chief praise ; Had not a cloud descending snatch'd him Bred only and completed to the taste

thence Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance, Unseen amid the throng: so violence To dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. | Procecder', and oppression, and sword-law To those that sober race oi men, whose lives Throngh all the plain, and refuge none was Religious titled them the sons of God,

found. Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame Adam was all in tears, and to his guide Jynobly, to the trains and to the smiles Lamenting turnod full sad : O what are these, Of these fair atheists, and now swim in joy, Death's ministers, not men, who thus deal Erelong to swim at large; and laugh, for which death The world erelong a world of tears must weep Inhumanly to men, and multiply

To whom thus Adam of short joy hereft. Tep thousandfold the sin of him who slew O pity and shame, that they who to live well His brotber: for of whom such massacre Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread Make they but of their brethren, men of men ? Patbs indirect, or in the mid way faint! But who was that just man, whom had not But still I see the tenor of man's woe

Heav'n Hoids on the same, from woman to begin. Rescu'd, had in bis righteousness been lost?

From mau's effeminate slackness it begins, To whom thus Michael. These are the Said th' angel, who should better hold his place product By wisdom and superior gifts receiv'd : Of those ill-mated marriages thon saw'st; But now prepare thee for another scene. Wbere good with bad were wiatch'd, who of He louk'd, and saw wide territory spread

themselves Before him, towns, and rural works between, Abhor to join; and by imprudence mix'd,


Produce prodigious births of body or mind. Meanwhile the south-wind rose, and with hinc Such were these giants, men of high renown;

wings For in those days might only shall be admir'd, Wide hovering, all the clouds together drore Aud valour and beroic virtue cail'd;

From under Heav'n ; the hills to their supply To overcome in battle, and subdue

Vapour and exhalation dusk and moist, Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Sent up amain; and now the thicken'd sky Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Like a dark cieling stood; down rush'd the Of human glory, and for glory done

rain Of triumph, to be stild greater conquerors, Impetuous, and continued till the earth Patrous of mankind, Gods and sons of Gods, No more was seen ; the floating vessel swam Destroyers rightlier callid and plagues of men. Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow Thus fame shall be achiev'd, renown on earth, Rode tilting o'er the waves; all dwellings else And what most merits fame in silence hid. Flood overwhelm'd, and them with all their But he the sev’uth from thee, whom thou be

pomp heldst

Deep under water roll'd; sea cover'd sea, The only righteous in a world perverse,

Sea without shore; and in their palaces And therefore bated, therefore so beset Where luxury late reign'd, sea-monsters With foes for daring single to be just,

whelp'd And utter odious truth, that God should come Aud stabled; of mankind, so numerous late, To judge them with his saints: him the most All left in one small bottom swam imbark d. High

How didst thou grieve thep, Adam, lo behold Rapt in a balmy cloud, with winged steeds The end of all thy offsprig, end so sad, Did, as thou saw'st, receive, to walk with God Depopulation? thee another floud, High in salvation and the climes of bliss, Of tears and sorrow a flood thee also drown'd, Exempt from death; to show thee what re And suvk thee as thy sons; till gently rear'd ward

By the angel, on thy feet thou stood'st at last, Awaits the good, the rest wbat punishment; Though comfortless, as when a father mourns Which now direct thine eyes and soon behold. His children, all in view destroy'd at once; He look'd, and saw the face of things quite Aud scarce to th' angel utter'dst thus thy chang'd;

plaiut. The brazen throat of war bad ceas'd to roar;

O visions ill foreseen! better had I All Bow was turu'd to jollity and game, Liv'd ignorant of future, so bad borne To luxury and rivt, feast and dance,

My part of evil only, cach day's lot (pens'd Marrying or prostituting, as befel,

Enough to hear; those now that were disRape or adultery, where passing fair

The burd'n of many ages, on me light Allur'd them; thence from cups to civil broils. | At once by my foreknowledge gaining birth At length a reverend sire among them came, A bortive, to torment me ere their being, And of their doings great dislike declar'd, With thought that they must be. And testify'd against their ways ; be oft

man seek Frequented their assemblies, whereso met,

Henceforth to be foretold wbat shall befal Triumpbs of festivals, and to them preach'd

Him or his children ; evil he may be sure, Conversion and repentance, as to souls

Which neither his foreknowing can prevent, In prison under judgments imminent:

And he the future evil shall no less But all in vain : which when be saw, he ceas'd In apprehension than in substance feel Cootending, and remov'd his tents far off;

Grievous to bear: but that care now is past, Then froin the mountain hewing timber tall,

Man is not whom to warn: those few escap'ú Began to build a vessel of huge bulk,

Famine and anguish will at last consume Measur'd by cubit, length, and breadth, and Wandring that wat’ry desert: I had hope heighth,

When violence was ceas'd, and war on earth, Smear'd round with pitch, and in the side a

All would have then gone well, peace would Contriv'd, and of provisions laid in large

have crown'd For man and beast : when low a wonder With length of happy days the race of man; straoge!

But I was far deceiv'd; for now I see Of every beast and bird, and insect small Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste. Came sev'ns, and pairs, and enter'd in, 2s How comes it thus ? unfold, celestial Guide, taught

Avd whether here the face of man will end. Their order : last the sire, and bis three sons To whom thus Michael. Those whom last With their four wives; and God made fast the tb ,u saw'st door.

In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they

l.ct no


bad stopt

First seen iu acts of prowess eminent

No sanctity, if noue be thither brought And great exploits, but of true virtue void; By men who there frequent, or thereio dwell. Who having spilt much blood, and done much Aud now what further shall ensue bebold. waste

|| He look'd, and saw the ark hull on the flood Subduing nations, and achiev'd thereby Which now abated; for the clouds were fled, Fame in the world, high titles, and rich prey, Driv'u by a keen oorth-wind, that blowing Shall change their course to pleasure, ease, and dry sloth,

Wrinkled the face of Deluge, as decay'd ; Surfeit, and lust, till wantonness and pride And the clear sun on his wide watry glass Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. Gazd hot, and of the fresh wave largely drew, The conquer'd also, and inslav'd by war As after thirst, which made their fowiug Shall with their freedom lost all virtac lose

sbriok And fear of God, from whom their piety From standing lake to tripping ebb, that feign'd

stole In slrarp contest of battle found no aid With soft foot towards thee Deep, who now Against invaders ; therefore cool'l in zeal Tbenceforth shall practice bww to live secure, His sluices, as the Hear'n his windows shut. Worldly or dissolute, on what their lords The ark no more now floats, but seems on Shall leave them to enjoy; for thi' carth shall ground bear

Past on the top of some loigh mountain fix'd. More than enougly, that temp'rance may be

And now the tops of bills as rocks appear; tryd :

With clamour thence tlie rapid currents drive So all shall turn degenerate, all deprav’d,

Towards the retreating sea their furious tide. Justice and temp'rance, truth and faith for

Forthwith from out the ark a raven flies, got:

And after him the surer messenger, One man except, the only son of Liglit

A dove sent forth once and again to spy In a dark age, against example good,

Green tree or ground whereon his foot may Against allureinent, custom, and a world

light; Offended; fearless of reproach and scorn,

The second time returning, in his bill Or violence, he of their wicked ways

An olive leaf he brings, pacific sign : Shall them admonish, aud before them set Anon dry ground appears and from his ark The paths of righteousness, how much more The ancient sire descends with all his train; safe

Then with uplifted hands, and eyes devout, And full of peace, denouncing wratlı to come Grateful to Heav'n, over bis head beholds On their impenitence; and shall return A dewy clond, and in the cloud a bow Oftbem derided, but of God observ'd

Conspicuous with three listed colours gay, The one just man alive; by bis command Betukeving peace from God, and covenant Shall build a wondrous ark, as thou beheldst, To save himself and bousbold from amidst Whereat the heart of Adam erst so sad A world devote to universal wrack.

Greatly rejoie'd, and thus bis joy broke forth. No sooner be with them of inan and beast O thou who future things capst represent Select for life shall in the ark be lodg'd, As present, hear'oly Instructor, I revive And shelter'd round, but all the cataracts At this last sight, assur'd that man shall live Of Heav'o set open on the earth shall pour

With all the creatures, and their seed pre Rain day and night; all fountains of the deep

Far less I now lament for one whole world Broke up, shall beave the ocean to usurp

Of wicked sous destroy'd, than I rejoice Beyond all bounds, till inundation rise

For one man found so perfect and so just,

That God vouchsafes to raise another world Abore the bighest bills: then shall this

From bim, and all his anger to forget. mount

But say what mean those colour'd streakes in Of Paradise by might of waves be mov'd

Heav'n Out of his place, push'd by the horned food

Distended as the brow of God appeasid, With all his verdure spoil'd, and trets adrift,

Or serve they as a fow'ry verge to bind Down the great river to the opening gulf, The Auid skirts of that same watry cloud, And there take root an island salt and bare,

Lest it again dissolve and show'r the earth? The haunt of seals and orcs, and sea-mews To whom th' arcb.angel. Dext'rously thou clang:

aim'st; To teach thee that God attributes to place

So willingly duth God remit his ire,



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