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Had not a voice thus warn'd me. What thou Cau it be death? And do they only stand seest,

By ignorance? Is that their happy state, What there tbou seest, fair Creature, is thyself, The proof of their obedience and their faith? With thee it comes and goes : but follow me, O fair foundation lain whereon to build And I will bring thee where no shadow stays Their ruju! Hence I will excite tlieir minds Thy coming, and thy soft embraces, he With more desire to kuow, and to reject Whose image thoa art; bim thou shalt enjoy Envious commands, invented with design Inseparably thine, to bim shalt bear

To keep them low whom knowledge might Multitudes like thyself, and thence be called

exalt Mother of human race. What could I do, Equal with Gods : aspiring to be such, But follow straight, invisibly thus led ? They taste aıd die : what likelier can ensue? Till I espy'd thee, fair indeed and tall,

But first with parrow search I must walk Under a plantan; yet.methought less fair,

round Less winning soît, less amiably mild,

This garden, and no corner leave unspy'd; Than that smooth wat'ry image: back I turn d; || A chance but chance may lead where I may Thou following cry'dat aloud, Telurn fair Eve,

meet Whom Ay’st thou ? whom thou fly'sl, of him some wand'ring Spirit of Heav'n by fountain tbou art,

side, His flesh, bis bone; to give thee being I lent Or in thick shade retir'd, from him to draw Out of my side to thee, nearest my heart

What further would be learn'd. Lire while ye Substantial life, to have thee by my side

may, Henceforth an individual solace dear;

Yet happy pair; enjoy, till I return, Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claim Short pleasures, for long wees are to succeed. My other half: with that thy gentle hand So saying, his proud step be scornful turn'd, Seiz'd mine; I yielded, and from that time But with sly circumspection, and began

Through wood, through wasie, o'er bill, o'er How beauty is excell'd by manly grace

dale, bis roam.

(ven And wisdom, which alone is truly fair. Mean while, in utmost longitude, where Hea. So spake our gentle mother, and with eyes

With earth and ocean meets, the setting sur Of conjugal attraction uoreprov'u,

Slowly descended, and with right aspect
And meek surrender, balf embracing lean'd Against the eastern gate of Paradise
On our first father; half her swelling breast Leveld his evening rays: it was a rock
Naked met his under the flowing gold

Of alabaster pild up to the clouds,
Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Conspicuous far, winding with one ascent
Both of her beauty and submissive charms Accessible from earth, one entrance high;
Smild with superior love, as Jupiter

The rest was craggy cliff, that overhung On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds Still as it rose, impossible to climb. That shed May flow'rs; and press'd her inatros betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat, lip

Chief of the angelic guards, awaiting night; With kisses pure : aside the Devil turn'd

About him exercis'd heroic games For envy, yet with jealous leer malign Th’unarm'd youth of Heav'n, but nigh af Ey'd them askarce, and to himself thus band plain'd:

Celestial armoury, shields, helms, and spears, Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus these Hung high with diamond Alaming, and with two

goid. Imparadis'd in one another's arms

Thither came Uriel, gliding through the even The happier Eden, va!! enjoy incir fill On a sun-beam, swift as a shooting star Of bliss on bliss ; while I to hell am thrust,

lo autumn thwarts the night, when vapours Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire, fir'd Amongst our other torments not the least, Impress the air, and shews the mariner Still unfill'd with pain of longing pines. From wbat point of his compass to beware Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd Impetuous winds: he thus began in haste. From their own mouths : all is not theirs it Gabriel, to thee thy course by lot bath given seems;

Charge and strick watch, that to this bappy One fatal tree there stands of knowledge callid, place Forbidden them to taste : Knowledge for. No evil thing approach or enter in. bidden?

This day at height of noou came to my Suspicious, reasonless. Why sbould their Lord sphere Envy them that? Can it be sin to know? A Spirit, zealous, as he seem'd, to know

No.V.-N. $. Continued from the Poetical Part of No. IV. F

More of the Almighty's works, and chiefly : Our eye-lids: other creatures all day long Man,

Rove idly unemploy'd, and less need rest; God's latest image: I describ'd his way Man hath his daily work of body or miud Bent all on speed, and mark'd his airy gait; Appointed, which declares his dignity. But in the mount that lies from Eden north, And the regard of Heav'n on all liis ways; Where he first lighted, soon discern'd his While other animals unactive range, looks

[scur'd: And of their doings God takes no account. Alien from Hear'n, with passions foul ob To-morrow ere fresh morning streak the east Mine eyes pursu'd him still, but under shade With first approach of light we must be riseu, Lost sight of him : one of the banishid crew, And at our pleasaut labour, to reform I fear, hath ventur'd from the deep, to raise Yon flow'ry arbours, youder alleys green, New troubles; him thy care must be to find. Our walk at noon, with branches over-grown, To whom the winged warrior thus returu'd. That mock our scant manuring, and require Uriel, no wonder if thy perfect sight,

More hauds than ours to lop their wantoa Amid the sun's bright circle where thou silt'st, growth: So far and wide : in at this gate none pass Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums, The vigilance here plac'd, but such as come That lie bestrown unsightly and unsmooth, Well known from Heav'n; and since meridian Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; hour

Mean while, as Nature wills, night bids us rest. No creature thence: if Spirit of other sort To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty So minded, have over-leap'd these earthy adorn'd. bounds

My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst On purpose, hard thou know'st it to exclude Unargued I obey; so God ordaius; Spiritual substance with corporeal bar. God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more But if within the circuit of these walks, Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise; In whatsoever shape he lurk, of whom With thee conversiog I forget all time; Thou tell'st, by morrow dawning I shall know. All seasons and their change, all please alike.

So promis'd he: and Uriel to his charge Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, Return'd on that bright beam, whose point with charm of earliest birds; pleasant the now rais'd

(fallin

sun, Bore bim slope downward to the sun now When first on this delightful land he spreads Beneath th' Azores ; wbether the prime orb, His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and Incredible how swift, had thither rollid

flower, Diurnal, or this less voluble earth,

Glist'ring with dew; fragrant the fertile earth By shorter Aight to th' east, had left him After soft showers : and sweet the coming on there

Of grateful evening mild ; then silent night Arraying with reflected purple and gold With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon,

The clouds that on his western throne attend. All these the gems of Heav'ı, her starry train; Now came still evening on, and twilight grey But neither breath of morn, when she ascende Had in her sober livery all things clad; With charms of earliest birds ; nor rising sun Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, On this delightful land; nor berb, fruit, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests flower,

(showers; Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale; Glist'ring with dew; nor fragrance after She all night long her amorous descaut sung; Nor grateful evening mild; nor silent nigha Silence was pleas'd: now glow'd the firma- | With this her solemn bird, nor walk by moon, ment

Or glitt'ring star-light without thee is sweet, With livid saphires : Hesperus, that led But wherefore all night long shine those? For The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon whom

[eyes! Rising in clouded majesty, at length

This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, To wbom our general ancestor reply'd. And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.

Daughter of God and Man, accomplish'd Eve, Wben Adam thus to Eve. Fair Consort, th' | These have their course to finish round the hour

earth, Of nigbt, and all things now retir'd to rest

By morrow morning, and from land to land Mind us of like repose, since God bath set In order, though to nations yet anhorn, Labour and rest, as day and night, to men Minist'ring light prepard, they set and Successive; and the timely dew of sleep

rise; Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight in- Lest total darkness should by night regaia cliues

He old possession, and extinguish life

In nature and in all things, which these soft And heav'nly quires the hymencap sung, fires

What day the genial Angel to our sire Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, Of various influence foment and warm, More lovely than Pandora, whom the Gods Temper or nourish, or in part shed down Endow'd with all their gifts, and too like Their stellar virtue on all things that grow In sad event, when to th' unwiser son On earth, made hereby apter to receive Of Japbet brought by Hermes, she ensnard Perfection from the sun's more potent ray. Mankind by her fair looks, to be aveng'd These then, though unbcheld in depth of On bim who stole Jove's authentic fire. night,

Thus at their shady lodge arriv'd, both Shine not in vain; vor think, though men stood, were none,

Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd That Heav'n would want spectators, God want The God that made botb sky, earth, air, and praise:

heaven, Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent Unseei, both when we wake, and when we globe, sleep :

And starry pole: Thou also mad'st the night, All these with ceaseless praise his works be- || Maker Omwipotent, and thou the day, hold

Which we in our appointed work employ'd Buth day and night : how often from the steep || Have finish’d, happy in our mutual help Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss Celestial voices to the midnight air,

Ordain’d by thee, and this delicious place Sole, or responsive to each other's note, For us too large, where thy abundance wants Singing their great Creator? Oft iu bands Partakers, aud ucropt falls to the ground, While they keep watch, of nightly rounding But thou bast promis'd from us two a race walk

To fill the earth, who shall with us extol With heav'nly touch of instrumental sounds Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake, Io full harmonic vumber join'd, their songs And when we seek, as now, the gift of sleep. Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to This said unanimous, and other rites Heaven.

Observing none, but adoration pure Thus talking hand in hand alone they passid | Which God likes best, into their inmost On to their blissful bowir; it was a place

bower Chos'n by the sov'reign Planter, when he Handed they went; and eas'd the putting off fram'd

These troublesome disguises which we wear, All things to man's delightful use; the roof Straight side by side were laid ; nor turn'd I Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle, and what bigher grew Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side Mysterious of connubial bliss refus'd : Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Fenc'd up the yerdant wall; each beauteous Of purity, and place, and innocence, flower

Defaming as impure what God declares ļriş aļl hues, roses, and jessamine

Pure, and commands to some, leaves free Rear'd high their Aourish'd heads between,

to all. and wrought

Our Maker bids increase; who bids abstain Mosaic; underfoot the violet,

But our Destroyer, foe to God and man? Crocus, and hyacinth with rich inlay

Hail wedded Love, mysterious law, true source Broider'd the ground, more colourd than with of human offspring, sole propriety

In Paradise of all things common else. Of costliest emblem: other creature here,

By thee adult'rous lust was driv'n from men Beast, bird, ingect, or worm, durşt enter none;

Among the bestial herds to range; by theç Such was their awe of Man. In shadier Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, bower

Relations dear, and all the charities More sacred and sequester’d, though but

Of father, son, and brother first were known. feign'd,

Far þe it, that I should write thee sin or Pan or Sylvanuş never slept, nor Nymph,

blame, Nor Faunus haunted. Here in close recess,

Or think thee unbefitting holiest place, With Rowers, garlands, and sweet-smelling Perpetual fountain of domestic sweets, herbs

Whose bed is undefil'd and chaste pronounc'd, Espoused Eve deck'd first her nuptial bed, Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs usid

ween

stone

cone

Here love his golden shafts employs, bere Th' animal spirits that from pure blood arise lights

Like gentle breaths from rivers pure, thence His constant lamp, and waves his purple raise wings,

At least distemper’d, discontented thoughts, Reigns bere and revels ; not in the bought Vain bopes, vain aims, inordinate desires, smile

Blown up with high conceits engend'ring Or harlots, loveless, joyless, unendear'd,

pride. Causeless fruition ; nor in court amours,

Him thus intent, Ithuriel with his spear Mix'd dauce, or wanton mask, or midnight Touch'd lightly; for no falsehood can endure ball,

Touch of celestial temper, but returns Or serenade, which the starv'd lover sings Of force to its own likeness : up he starts To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain. Discover'd and surpris'd. As when a spark These lull'd by nightingales embracing slept Lights on a heap of nitrous powder, laid And on their naked limbs the flow'ry roof Fit for the tun some magazine to store Show'r'd roses, which the morn repair'd. | Against a rumour'd war, the smutty grain Sleep on,

With sudden blaze diffus'd inflames the air : Blest pair; and O yet happiest, if ye

seek

So started up in bis own shape the Fieud. No bappier state, and know to know no more. Back stept those two fair angels half amaz'd Now had night measur'd with her shadowy i So sudden to behold the grisly king;

Yet thus gumov'd with fear, accost him soon; Half way up bill this vast sublunar vault, Which of those rebel Spirits adjudg'd ta And from their ivory port tbe Cherubim

Hell Forth issuing at the accustom'd bour stood | Com'st thou, escap'd thy prison ? and trangarm'd

form'd, To their night watches in warlike parade, Why sat'st tbou like an enemy in wait, When Gabriel to his next in pow'r thus spake: Here watching at the head of these that Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast the sleep? south

Know ye not then, said Satan, filled with With strictest watch; these other u heel the

scorn, north;

Know ye pot me? Ye knew me once no mate Our circuit meets full west. As flame they For you, there sitting where ye darst not soar: part,

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown, Half wheeling to the shield, balf to the spear. The lowest of your thrung; or if ye kuow, From these, two strong and subtle Spirits he Why ask ye, and superduous begin call'd

Your message, like to end as much in vaio ? Tbat near him stood, and gave them thus iu To whom thus Zephon, answ'ring scora with

charge. Ithuriel and Zephon, with wing'd speed Think not, revolted Spirit, thy sbape the Search through this garden, leave unsearch'd

same, no nook ;

Or undiminish'd brightness to be known, But chiefly where those two fair creatures As when thou stood in Heav'n upright and lodge,

pure; Now laid perhaps asleep secure of harm. That glory then, when thou no more wast This evening from the sun's decline arriv'd

good, Who tells of some infernal Spirit seen

Departed from thee; and thou resemblest now Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) Thy siu and place of doom obscure and foul. escap'd

But come, for thou, be sure, shalt give account The bars of Hell, on errand bad no doubt : To him who sent us, whose charge is to keep Such where ye find, seize fast, and bither This place inviolable, and these from harm. bring.

So spake the Cherub; and his grave rebuke, So saying, on he led his radiant files, Severe in youthful beauty, added grace Dazzliug the moon; these to the bow'r direct Invincible: abash'd the Devil stood, Jn search of whom they sought: him there And felt how awful goodness is, and saw they found

Virtue in her shape how lovely; saw, and Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve,

piu'd Assaying by his devilish art to reach

His loss; but chiefly to find here observ'd The organs of her fancy, and with them forge His lustre visibly impair'd; yet seem'd Illusions as he list, phantasms and dreams, Undaunted. If I must contend, said he, Or if, inspiring venow, he might taint Best with the kest, the sender not the sent,

scoril:

Or all at once; more glory will be won, In that dark durance: thus much what was Or less be lost. Tby fear, said Zephon bold,

ask'd. Will save us trial what the least can do The rest is true, they found me where they say; Single against thee wicked, and thence weak. But that implies not violence or harın The Fiend reply'd not, overcome witb rage;

Thus he in scorn. The warlike angel mov'd, But like a proud steed rein’d, went haughty on, Disdainfully half smiling thus reply'd ; Champing bis iron curb: to strive or fly O loss of one in Heav'n to judge of wise, He held it vain ; awe from above had quell’d Since Satan fell, whom folly overthrew, His beart, not else dismayed. Now drew they | And now returns him from his prison 'scap'd, nigh

Gravely in doubt whether to hold them wise The western point, where those half-rounding Or not, who ask what boldness brought him guards

bither Just met, and closing stood in squadroa join'd, | Unlicens'd from his hourds in Hell prescrib’d; Awaiting next command. To whom their So wise lie judges it to fly from pain chier,

However, and to 'scape his puuishment. Gabriel, from the front thus call'd aloud : So judge thou still, presumptuous, till the O friends, I liear the tread of nimble feet

wrath, Hasting this way, and now by glimpse discern Which thou incurrist by Aying, meet thy flight Ithuriel and Zephon through the shade, Sev’nfold, and scourge that wisdom back to And with them comes a third of regal port,

Hell, But faded splendor wan; who by bis gait Which taught thee yet no better, that no pain And fierce demeanour, seems the Prince of Can equal anger ivfinite provok'd. Hell,

But wherefore thou alone? wherefore with Not likely to part hence without contest;

thee Stand firm, for in his look defiance lours. Came not all Hell broke loose? is pain to theme He scarce had ended, when those two ap Less pain, less to be fied? or thou than they proach'd,

Less hardy to endure? courageous Chief, And brief related whom they brought, where | The first in flight from pain, badst thou alfound,

ledg'd How busied, in what form and posture coucid. To thy deserted host this cause of Aight, To whom with stern regard thus Gabriel Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive. spake :

To which the Fiend thus auswer'd frowning Why hast thou, Satan, broke the bounds

pre. scrib'd

No: that I less endure, or shrink from pain, To thy transgressions, and disturb’d the charge Insulting angel; well thou know'st I stood Of others, who approve not to transgress Thy fiercest, when in battle to thy aid By thy example, but bare power and right The blasting volied thunder made all speed, To question thy bold entrance on this place; And seconded thy else vot dreaded spear. Employ'd it seems to violate sleep, and those But still thy words at random, as before, Whose dwelling God hath planted here is bliss ? Argue thy inexperience what behoves To whom thus Satan with contemptuous From hard assays and ill successes past brow;

A faithful leader, not to hazard all Gabriel, thou hadst in Heav'n th'esteem of wise, || Through ways of danger by himself untry'd: And such I held thee; but this question ask'd I therefore, I alone first undertook Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his To wing the desolate abyss, and spy pain?

[Hell, This new created world, whereof in Hell Who would not, finding way break loose from Fame is not silent, here in hope to find Tho'thither doom'd ? Thou wouldst thyself, no Better abode and my afflicted powers doubt,

To settle here on earth, or in mid air; And boldly venture to whatever place

Though for possession put to try once more Farthest from pain, where thou might'st hope What thou and thy gay legions dare against; to change

Whose casier business were to serve tbeir Lord Torment with ease, and soonest recompense High up in Hear'n, with songs to hymn bio Dole with delight, which in this place I sought;

throne, To thee no reason, who know'st only good, And practis'd distances to cringe not fight. But evil hast not try'd: and wilt object

To whom the warrior angel soon reply'd : His will who bound us? Let him surer bar To say and strait unsay, pretending first His iron gates, if he intends our stay

Wise to fly pain, professiog next the spy,

stern:

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