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Satan now in prospect of Eden, and nigh the place where he must now attempt the bold enterprize which he usdertook alone against God aud Man, falls into many doubts with hiuseli, and many passions, fear, envy, and despair; but at length confirms himself in evil, journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and situation is described, overleaps tire bounds, sits in the shape of a cormorant on the tree of Life, as highest in the garden, to look about itu. The garden described ; Satan's first sight of Adam and Eve; his wonder at their excellent form and happy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discourse, thence gathers that the tree of Kuowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under peualty of death; and therend intends to found his temptation, by:educing them to transgress: then leaves them awhile, to kuow further of their state hy some other meaus. Mean while liiel descending on a sun-bram warns Gabriel, who had in charge the gate of Paradise, that sonue evil Spirit had escaped the deep, and passed at noou by his sphere in the shape of a good Augel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious fistures in the mount, Gabriel promises to fiud him ere moruing. Nighit coming on, Adam and Eve discourse of going to their rest : their bower described ; their evening worsliip. Gabriel drawing furtla his bands of night-witch to walk the grouud of Paradise, appoints two strong Angels to Adain's bower, Jest the evil Spirit should be there doing soine barn to Auam or Eve sleeping; there they find bin at the ear of Eve, tempting her iu a dream, and bring him, though unwilling, to Gabriel; by wloni questioned, he scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but hindred by a sigu licin Heaven, thies out of Paradise.

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O FOR that warning voice, which he who saw Which now sat high in his meridian tower: Th' Apocalypse heard cry in Heav’a aloud Then much revolving, thus in sighs began. Then when the Dragon, put to second rout, O thou that with surpassing glory crown'd, Came furious down to be reveng'd on men, Lookist from thy sole dominion like the God « Woe to th' inbabitants on earth!" that now, Of this new world; at whose sight all the stars While time was, our first parents had been Hide their diminislı'd heads; to thee I call, warna

But with no friendly voice, and add thy name The coming of their secret foe, and 'scap'd, O Sun, lo tell thee how I hate thy beams, Haply so 'scap'd his mortal snare: for now That bring to my remembrance from what Salan, now first inflam'd with rage, came down,

I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere; The tempter ere th' accuser of mankind, Till pride, and worse ambition threw me down To wreck on innocent frail map his loss Warring in Heav'u against Heav'n's matchless ofthat first battle, and his fight to Hell:

king: Yet not rejoicing in bis speed, though bold Ah wherefore! he deservd no such retura Faroff and fearless, nor with cause to boast, From me, whom be created what I was Begins his dire attempt, which migh the birth In that bright eminence, and with his goud Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast, Upbraided none; nor was bis service hard. Aird like a devilish engine back recoils What could be less than to afford bim praise, Upou himself; horror and doubt distract The easiest recompence, and pay him thauks, His troubled thoughts, and froin the bottom How duc! yet all his good prov'd ill in me, stir

Aud wrought but malice; lifted up so high The Hell within him; for within him Hell I 'sdain'd subjection, and thought one step He brings, and rouird about him, nor from higher Hell

Would set me bigb'st, and in a moment quit One step no more than from himself can fly The debt immense of endless gratitude, By change of place: now conscience wakes So burdensome still paying, still to owe, despair

Forgetful what from him I still receiv’d, That slumber'd, wakes the bitter memory And understood not that a grateful mind Of what he was, what is, and what must be By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Worse ; of worse deeds worse sufferings must indebted and discharg'd; what burden then?

O had his pow'rful destiny ordain'd Sometimes towards Eden, which now in his Me some inferior Angel, I had stood view

Then bappy; no unbounded hope had rais'd Lay pleasant, his griev'd look he fixes sad; Ambition. Yet why not? Some other Power Sometimes towards Heav'u and the full-blaz- As great might have aspir'd, and me though

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Drawn to his part; but other Pow'rs as great Thrice chang'd with paic, ire, envy, avid de. Fell not, but stand unshaken, from within

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(tray'd Or from without, to all temptations arm’d. Which marr'd his borrow'd visage, and beHadst thou the same free will aud pow'r to Him counterfeit, ii any eje hehell. stand ?

For heav’oly minds from such distempers fuut Thou hadst : wbom last thou then or what to | Are ever clear. Whereut' he soon aware, accuse,

Each perturbation smoothi'd with outward But Heav'u's free love dealt equally to all?

calm, Be then his lore accurs'd, since luve or bate, Artificer of frand; and was the first To we alike, it deals eternal woe.

That practis'd falsehood under saintly shon, Nay, curs'd be thou; since against his thy will Decp malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge: Chosc freely what it now so justly rues. Yet not enough had practis'd tu deceive Me miserable! which way shall I fly

Uriel once warn'd; whose eye pursued him Infinite wrath, and infinite despair ?

down Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell; The way he went, and ou tli' Assyrian mount And in the lowest deep a lower deep

Saw him disfigur'd, more than could befal Still threat'oing to devour me opens wide, Spirit of happy sort: his gestures fierce To which the Hell I sufier seeis a Heaven. He nark'd, and mad demeanour, then alone, O then at last relent: is there no place As lic suppos'd, all unobservd, unseen. Left for repentance, none for pardon left? So on he fares, and to the border comes None left but hy submission ; and that word Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame Now wearer, crowns with ber inclosure green, Among the Spirits beneath, whom I seduc'd As with a rural mound, the champain lead With other promises and other vaunts Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides Than to submit, boasting I could subdue With thicket overgrown, grotesque aud wild, Th’Omnipotent. Ay ine, they little know Access denyul; iilid over licad upgrew How dearly I abide that boast so vain,

Insuperable heiglt of lofticst shade, Uuder what torments inwardly I groan,

Cedar, anti pine, and tir, and branching While they adore me on the throne of Hell.

palm, With diadem and sceptre bigb advanc'd, A sylvan scene, and as the ranks ascend The lower still I fall, only supreme

Shade above shade, a woody theatre In inisery; such joy ambition finds.

Of stateliest view. Yet higher than their tops But say I could repent and could obtain The verd'rous wall of Paradise up sprung: By act of grace my former state; how soon Wbich to our general sire gave prospect large Would height recal high thoughts, how soon Iuto bis nether empire' neighb'ring round unsay

And higher than that wall a circling row What feign'd submission swore! case would of goodliest trees loaden with fairest fruit, recant

Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue, Vows made in pain, as violent and void. Appear'd with gly enainei'd colours unis it? For never can true reconcilement grow, On which the sun more glad impresii la Where wounds of deadly hate have pierc'd so beams dcep :

Then iu fair crening cloud, or humid bun, Which would but lead me to a worse relapse

When God hath show i'd the earth; su lure's And heavier fall: so should I purchase dear

scem'd Sliort intermission bonght with double smart. || Tbat landskip: and of pure now purer air This kuows my punisher; therefore as far Meets bis approach, and to the beart inspires From granting he, as I from berging peace : Verval delight and joy, able to drive All bope excluded thus, behold in stead All sadness but despair : now gentle gales Of us out-cast, exil'd, his new delight, Fanning their vdoriferous wings dispense Mankind created, and for him this world. Native perfumes, and whisper whence they So farewel hope, and with hope farewel fear,

stole Farewel remorse: all good to me is lost; Those balmy spoils. As when to them who sail Evil he thou my good; by thee at least Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past Divided empire with Heav'n's king 1 hold, Mozambic, oft' at sea north-east winds blow By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign; || Sabeau odours from the spicy shore As Man erė long, and this new world shall || Of Araby the blest; with such delay koow.

Well pleas'd they slack their course, and many Thus while he spake, each passion dimm'd a league

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Cheer 'd with the grateful smell old Ocean'

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Su entertamu'il luse ouoouissier is the field And all amid them stood the tree of Like, Wlw caire llieis bove, ibuugb with them beiter High emineul, blooming ambrosial fruit pieasid

Ofregetable gold; and next to life, Than As:deus with the fishy fume

Our death the tree of knowledge grew fast by, That drove him, though evalvurid, tiom the Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing

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and with a vengcance sent Southward ihrorgh Eden went a river large, Iron Mestia post to Egypt, there fast bemd. Nup chang'd bis everse, but through the Now to th'ascent of that sierp sarige bill

shagny bill Sitian lusi juurvey'l on, pensive and slo:; l'ass d underreath ingullu; fur Gud had But further way found none, so thick iutujua

Ibrow $s one continued bralie, the undergiou tla That mountain as his garden mond high sais'd of wlwubs and tapyling bushes had perplexi l'pon the rapid current, which through veins Ali pails of man or beast that pass'u that way : Of porous earth willi lindly thirst op drawn, Our ate ibere only was, and that looks east Rose a fresh fountain, and with many a vill Out'oiber side: which when thi' arca telon Waterdile garden ; thence suited fell sale,

Down the steep slide, and met the nelber Due cutiatice he disilain', and in contempt,

flood, Ai one singlit mund higli everleapil all bulud Which from his darksome passage bow appears, Oi bilor bughest 'wall, and sheer within And now divided jutu futs main streams, Lights on his feet. As u ben a prowling wolf, Runs diverse, wand'ving many a famous realma Wlws bunger drives to seek new baunt, for

And country, wbereof here needs no account prey,

Bit rather to tell bow, if Art could tell, Watching where shepherds pon their fucks llow from that sappliire fount the crisped

brooks, Do budied cotes amid tbe field secure,

Rolling ou orient pearl and sands of gold, I.caps o'er the fence with case into the fuld: Withi mazy error under pendent shades Or as a thief bent to unboard the cash

Ran nectar, visiting each plaut, and fed Of some rich burglier, whose substantial doors, Flow’rs, worthy of Paradise, which not nice Cross-berr't and bolted fast, fear no assault,

Art lu al the window climbs, or v'er the tiles : In beds and curious knots, hul Nature boon Su clomb this first grand thief into God's fold; Pour'd forth profuse on billand dale and plain So since into bis cburcb lewe hirelings climb, Both where the morning sun first warmly Theuce up he llew, and on the tree of Life,

smote The widule tree and bighest there that grew, The open field, and where the unpierc'd shade Sat like a cormorant; yet not true life

Inbrowu'd the noontide bow'rs: thus was Therely regaiu’d, but sal devising death

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To them who liv'd; vor vo the virtue thought A happy rural seat of various view;
Oribat life-giving plaut, but only usd

Groves whose rich trees wept odurous gams For prospect, what well usd had been the

and balm, plerleye

Others wbose fruit burnish'd with golden rind Ofimassortality. So little knows

Hung amiable, Hesperiau fables true, Ány, bul Giud alone, to value right

Iftrue, here ouly, and of delicious taste : The good before him, but perverts best things Betwixt them lawns, or level downs and flocks To worst abuse, or to their meanest use. Grazing the tender berb, were interpos'd, Bencath hin with new wonder now be views

Or palmy billoc; or the flow'ry lap To all delight of hunlan scuse expos’d

Of some irriguous valley spread her store, lu varrow room Nature's whole wealth, yca Flow'rs of all hue, and without tburn the

more, A Heav'n on Earth: for blissful Paradise Another side, umbrageons grotes and caves Or Gud the garden was, by him in th'east Of cool recess, o'er wbicb the mantling vine Of Eden planted; Eden stretch'd her line Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps From Auran eastward to the royal towers Luxuriant ; mean while murm'ring waters fall Ofgreat Seleucia, built by Grecian kings, Down the slope bills, dispers'd, or ju a lake, Or where the sons of Edep long before That to the fringed bank with myrtle crowu'd Dwelt in Telassar: in this pleasant soil Her crystal mirror holds, unite their streais. Uis far more pleasant garden God ordaind; The birds their quire apply; airs, verpal airs, Out ofile fertile ground he caus’d to grow Breathing the smell of field and grove, attune All trets of noblest kiud for sight, smell, taste, !| The trembling leaves, while universal Pan

rose :

Knit with the Graces and the l!ours in dance

Su pass'd they baked un, nor shuun'd the Led on til eierual spring Nut that fair

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Of God or Ingel, for they thought 110 ili : Of Emma, where Proserpine gathering flowers Su hand in tand they päss'd, the lustlicst flersi If a fairer flow'r byloniy Dis

pair Was gaiker'i, which cost Ceres all that pain Thai (try since in love's cinbraces met; Tuseck her through the world; nor that sweet Adam the goodlist man of uen since born more

Ilis suns, th:e fairest of her daughters Ere. Of Done by Orontes, and tl' inspirid Under a tuft of shine that una green Cartalian spring, miglit with this Paradise Stuud wiispring suit, by a treshe fountain Of Eden strive; nor that Nyscian isle

side Girt with the river Triton, where oki Cham, They sal then down: and after no more torii Wh2014 Gentiles Ammou call and Lybian Of their sweet garining labour cher suscd fure,

To reconinend cool Zephyr, ad iuade eine Ilid Amalthea and her florid son

Morecasy, wholesome ihirst and appetite Yousty Bacchus from his stepdame Riea's Mure grateful, to their supper fruits they cye;

full, Nor where Ahassin kings their issuie guard, Nectarine fruits which the compliant bongles Mount A7?a, though this isy some suppos'ul Yielded them, side-long as they sat recline True Paradise under the Elliop line

on the soft clowny bank damask'd wille By Nilus' head, inclos'il with staining rock,

fiuwers; A whole day's journey boight, love wile remote The sacvary palp they chew, and in thicrivd From this Assyriau garden, where the find Szill as they thisted scoop the limuing Saw undelighted add eliylit, all kind

stream; Of living crcatures view to sight and strange. Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles Two of lar bler shape, erort ins tall, Wanted, nor youthful dalliauce as beseems Godlike erect, with nalive lawoww clad Fair couple, link'd in happy nuptial leagte, In oaked majesty, seeni'il lorils of all,

Alone as they. About them frisking play'd And worthy seenedl; for in their 10:3ks' divine All boasts of th' castle, since wild, aud vi all The iru age of their glorious Moker shone,

chase Truth, wisdom, sanctitude severe and pure, lu woods or wilderness, forest or den; (Severe, but in true filial freedom plac'i) Sporting the lion rampd, and in liis paw Whence true authority in men ; though hoti Dandied the kid ; bears, tigers, ounces, parr!s, Not equal, as their sex not equal seem'd; Gambul'd before them; th'unwieldy cleplant For contemplation he and valour foru'il, To make ikem mirth ws'd all bis migli, and For softuess she and sweet aldı aclive grave,

wreath'd He for God only, she for God in him :

Ilis lithe probocis ; close the serpent sly His fair Jarge front and eye sublime deciar'd

(usinuating, wove with Gordian twine Absoleti rule; and hyacinthine locks

His brajdled train, and of his fatal yuile Round from bis parted furclock minly lung Gave proof unliccded; others on the grass Clust'ring, but not beneath his shoulders Couch'd, and wow fill'd with pasture g:12:15 broad:

sat, She as a reil down to the slender waist

Or bedward'ruminating; for the sun Her unadorned goiden tresses wore

Declio'd was basting now with prone carrer Dislevel'd, but in wautu ringleis war'd Toll' occau isles, and in tli'ascending scale As the vine curls ber tendrils, which imply'd Of Heav'n the stars that usher overing rose : Subjection, but requir'd with geutle sway, When Sittan still in gaze, as first be sioud, And by her yielded, !» him best receird, Scarce thus ut leugih taild speech recover's Yielded will coy submission, modest pride,

sad. And ywect reluctant amorous delay.

O Hell! what do inine eyes with grief btNor those mysi’rious parts were then con. luto our roum of bliss ihiis liigh acivancil ceal'a,

Creatures of other word, earth-born perhaps, Then was not guilty slame, dishonest shame Not Spirits, yet to beavoiy Spirits bright Of Nature's works, honour disbonourable, Lutie inferior ; whom my ilionglils pursuit Sin-bred, how bave ye troubled all mankind Will wonder, wel cuellore', so lively s fuines Wich shows instead, mere shows of sceming11, thein dirimereseimilance, and surligrace pure,

The band that fou'd tliem on their sivape And baniste'l fruia man's life his lappiest life', bath powrot. Simplicity aud spoiluss inu leuce !

Ah goutie gair, it buttle think how rig!

Tour change approaches, when all these de. Have wothing merited, nor can perform . lights

Ought wbereof lie hath need, he who requires Will vanisb aud.deliver ye to woe,

From us no other service than to keep More woe, the more your taste is vow of joy; | Tbis ove, this easy charge, of all the trees IIappy, but for so happy illisccord

In Paradise that bears delicious fruit Long to coutique, and this high seat your Su various, not to laste that only tree Heaven

Of Knowledge, planted by the tree of Life; ni feuc'd for ficav'u to keep out such a fue So near grow's death to life, whate'er death is, As yow is enter:d ; yet no purpos'd fue Some dreadfui thing no doubt; for well thuu To you, whom I could pity thus forlorn,

kuow'st Though I uupitied: league with you I seek, God hath pronouve'd it death to taste that tree, Aud mutual amity so strail, so close,

The only sign of vur obedience left That I with you must dwell, or you with me Among so many signs of pow'r and rule Henceforth; my dwelling haply may not Conferr’d upon us, and dominion gir'a please,

Over all other creatures that possess Like this fair Pıradise, yoar sense, yet such Earth, air, and sea. Then let us not think Accept your Maker's work; be gave it me,

hard, Which I as frecly give; Hell shall unfold, One casy prohibition, who enjoy To entertain you two, her widest gates, Free leave so large to all things clse, and And send forth all her kings; there will be choice room,

Uulimited of manifold delights: Not like these narrow limits, to receive But let us ever praise liim, and extol Your numerous offspring; if no better place, His bounty, following our delightful task Thank loim who puts me loath to this revenge To prune these growing plants, and tend these On you who wrong ine not, for him who flowers,

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Which were it toilsome, yet with thee were And should I at your harmless innocence To whom thus Eve reply'd. O thou for Mell, as I do, yet public reason just,

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[flesh, Honour and empire with revenge enlarg’d, And from whom I was form'd Aesh of thy By congu’ring this new world, compels me And without whom am to no end, my guide

(hor. And head, what thou hast said is just and *To do what else though damn'd I should ab.

right. So spake the Fiend, and with vecessity, For we to him indeed all praises owe, The tyrant's plea, excus'd his devilish deeds. Aud daily thanks; I chiefly who enjoy Then from his lofty stand on that bigh tree So far the happier lot, enjoying thee Down he alights among the sportive herd Pre-emiveut hy so much odds, while thou Of those four-footed kinds, himself now one, Like concert to thyself canst no where find. Now other, as their shape serv'd best his end That day I oft remember, when from sleep Nearer to riew his prey, and unespy'd I first awak'd, and found anyself repos'd To mark what of their state he wore might l'uder a shade on How'rs, much wond'ring learn

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show. By word or action mark’d: about them round And what I was, whence thither brought, and A lion now l:c stalks with fiery glare;

Not distant far from thence a murm'ring Then as a tiger, wlio by chance bath spy'd

sound In some purlieu (wo gentle fawns at play, Of waters issued from a cave, and spread Strait couches close, then rising changes oft finto a liquid plain, then stood unmor'd His couchant watch, as one who close his | Pure as the expauce of Heav'o ; I thither went ground,

(both With unexperienc'd thought, and laid me Whence rushing he iglt surest seize them

down Grip'd in each paw: when Adam first of men On the green bank, to look into the clear To first of women Eve thus moving speecb, Smooth lake, that to me seem'd another skye Turn’d him all ear to hear new utterance Auw, As I bens down tu look, just opposite

Sole partner, and sole part, of all these jys, | A shape within the wat'ry gleam appear’d, Dearer thyself than all; needs must the Power | Bending to look on ine : I started back, That made us, and for us this ample world, It started back; but pleas'd I soon returu'd, As liberal and free as intimite;

Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answ'ring That rais'd us from the dust and plac'd us looks here

Of sympathy and love : there I had fix'd 20 all tbis happiness, wlio at his hand Vine eyes till now, and piu'd with vaiu desire.

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