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Argues no leader but a liar trac'd,

Lest on the threshing door bis hopeful sheaves Satan, and couldst thou faithful add ? O name, Prove chaff. On t’utber side Satan alarn'd O sacred name of faithfulness profan'd! Collecting all his might dilated stood, Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew ? Like Teneriff or Atlas unremor'd : Army of fiends, fit body to fit head.

His stature reacb'd the sky, and on his crest Was this your discipline and faith engag'd, Sat Horror plum’d; nor wanted in his grasp Your military obedience, to dissolve

What seem'd both spear and shield : now dreadAllegiance to th'acknowledg’d Power supreme? fui deeds And thou, sly hypocrite, who now wouldst | Might bave ensu'd, nor only Paradise

In this con motion, but the starry cope Patron of liberty, who more than thou Of Heav'n, perhaps, or all the elements Once fawn'd, and criny'd, and servilely ador'd At least had gone to wreck, disturb'd and torn Heav'n's awful Monarcb? Wherefore but in With violence of this conflict, had not soon hope

Th’ Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray To dispossess him, and thyself to reign? Hung forth in Heay'n his golden scales, yet But mark, what I arreed thee now, Avaunt! Fly thither wbence thou fledst; if from this

Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sigu, hour

Wherein all things created first he weighid, Within these hallow'd limits thou appear,

The pendulous round earth with balanc'd air Back to th' inferual pit I drag thee chain'd, In counterpoise now ponders all events, And seal thee so, as henceforth not to scora Battles and realıns: in these he puts two The facil gates of Hell too slightly barr’d.

weights So threaten'd he; but Satan to no threats The sequel each of parting and of fight; Gave heed, but waxing more in rage reply'd :

The latter quick up flew, and kick'd the beam; Then when I am thy captive talk of chains, Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the Fiend: Proud limitary cherub, but ere then

Satan, I know thy strength, and thou know'st Far heavier load thyself expect to feel

mine, From my prevailing arm, though Heaven's Neither our own but giv'n; what folly then King

To boast what arms can do ? since thiue no Ride on thy-wings, and thou with thy compeers, Us'd to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels || Than Heav'n permits, nor mine, though don. In progress through the road of Heav'n star

bled now pav'd.

Ta trample thee as mire: for proof look up, While thys he spake, th' angelic squadron

And read thy lot in yon celestial sign, bright,

Where thou art weighd, and shown how light, Turu'd fiery red, sharp'ning in mooned horns

how weak, Their phalanx, and began to hem him round If thou resist. The Fiend look'd up, and knew With ported spears as thick as when a field

His mounted scale aloft: nor more; but fled Of Ceres ripe for barvest waving bends

Murm'ring, and with þim fled the shades of Her bearded grove of ears, whicb way the wind

Night Bways them; the careful ploughman doubting stands

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PARADISE LOST.

BOOK V.

THE ARGUMENT. Norning approached, Eve relates to Adam her troublesome dream; lie likes it not, yet comforts her; they come forth to their day labours : their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God to render Man inexcusable sends Raphael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy dear at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance describ'd, his coming discern'd by Adam afar off sitting at the door of his bower; he goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of Paradise got togetber by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael per: forms his message, minds Adain of his state and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thetcof: how he drew his legious after him to the parts of the North, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiele seraph, who in argament dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.

Now Morn her rosy steps in th'eastern clime || Why sleep'st thou Eve? Now is the pleasant advancing, sow'd the Earth with orient pearl, time, When Adam wak’d, so custom’d, for his sleep | The cool, the silent, save where silence yields Was airy light from pure digestion bred, To the night. warbling bird, that now awake And temp'rate vapours bland, which th' only | Tunes sweetest his love-labour'd song; now sound

reigns Of leaves and fuming rills, Anrora's fan, Full orb'd the moon, and with more pleasing Lightly dispers’d, and the shrill matin song

light Of birds on every bough; so much the more Shadowy sets off the face of things, in vain, His wonder was to find unwakend Eve If none regard ; Heav'n wakes with all his eyes, With tresses discompos'd, and glowing cheek, Whom to behold but thee, Nature's desire! As through unquiet rest: he on his side In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment Leaning half rais'd, with looks of cordial love Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. Hung over ber enamour'd, and beheld

I rose as at thy call, but found thee not; Beauty, which whether waking or asleep, To find thee I directed then my walk; Shot forth peculiar graces; then with voice Aud on, methought, alone I pass'd through Mild, as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes,

way's Her band soft touching, whisper'd thus. Awake That brought me on a sudden to the tree My fairest, my espous'd, my latest found, Of interdicted Knowledge: fair it seem'd, Heav'n's last best gift, my ever new delight, Much fairer to my fancy than by day : Awake; the morning shines, and the fresh field And as I wond'ring look'd, beside it stood Calls us; we lose the prime, to mark how One shap'd and wing'd like one of those from spring

Heav'n
Our tender plants, how blows the citron grove, | By us oft seen; bis dewy locks distilra
Wbat drops the myrrh, and what tbe balony i Ambrosia; on that tree he also gaz'd;
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Aud O! fair plaut, said he, with fruit sur. How Nature paiuts her colours, how the bee

charg'd,

[sweet, Sits ou ine bloom extracting liquid sweet. Deigns uone to ease thy load, and taste thy Such whisp’ring wak'd her, but with startled Nor God, oor Man? is knowledge so despisid! eye

Or envy, or what reserve forbids to taste? OR Adam, whom embracing, thus she spake: Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold

O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose, Longer thiy vffer'd good, why else set here? Dly glory, my perfection, glad I see

This said, he paus'd uot, but with vent'rous Thy face, and morn return'd; for I this night (Such night till this I never passed) bave | He pluck’d, he tasted; me damp horror chillid dream'd,

At such bold words vouchd with a deed so If dream'd, not as I oft am wont, of thee, Works of day past, or morrow's next design, But he ibus overjoy'd, O finit divine, But of offence and trouble, which my mind Sweet of thyse f but muc. more sweei thus Knew never till this irksome night : Methought cropt, Close at mine ear one call'd me forth to walk Forbiddeu here, it secms, as only fit Witb gentle voice, I tbouglas it lhine; it said, For Gods, : et able to moc gluis f men:

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And why not gods of men, since good, the That wont to be more cheerful and serene

Than when fair Moruing first smiles on the Communicated, more abundant grows,

world; The Author not impair'd, but honor'd more? And let us to our fresh employments rise Here, happy creature, fair angelic Eve, Among the groves, the fountains, and the Partake thou also; happy though thou art,

flowers Happier thou may'st be, worthier canst not be: That open now their choicest bosom d smells, Taste this, and be benceforth among the gods Reserv'd from night, and kept for thee in store. Thyself a goddess, not to earth confin’d, So cheerd he bis fair spouse, and she was But sometimes in the air, as we, sometimes

cheerd, Ascend to Heav'n, by merit thine, and see But silently a gentle tear let fall What life the gods live there, and such live From either eye and wip'd them with her hair; thou.

Two other precious drops that ready stood, So saying, he drew nigh, and to me held, Each in their crystal sluce, he ere they fell Ev'n to my mouth of that same fruit held part Kiss'd as the gracious signs of sweet remorse Which he had pluck’d; the pleasant savory And pious awe, that fear'd to have offended. smell

So all was clear'd, and to the field they haste, So quicken’d appetite, that I, methought, But first, from under shady arborous roof Could not but taste. Forthwith up to the Soon as they forth were come to open sight clouds

Of day-spring, and the sun, who scarce up With him I few, and underneath bebeld

risen, The earth outstretch'd immense, a prospect | With wheels yet hovering o'er the ocean brim, wide

(change Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray, And various: wond'ring at my Aight and Discovering in wide laudskip all the east To this high exaltation; suddenly

Of Paradise and Eden's happy plains, My guide was gone, and I, methought, sunk Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began down,

Their orisons, each morning duly paid And fell asleep; but O how glad I wak'd In various stile; for neither various stile To find this but a dream ! Thus Eve her night | Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Related, and thus Adam answer'd sad: Their Maker, in fit strains pronounc'd or surg

Best image of myself and dearer balf, Unmeditated, such prompt eloquence The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Flow'd from their lips in prose or numerous Affects me equally; nor can I like

verse, This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I fear; More tuneable than needed lute or harp Yet evil whence? in thee can barbour none, To add more sweetncss; and they thus began : Created pure. But know that in the soul These are thy glorious works, Parent of Are many lesser faculties, that serve

good, Reason as chief; among these Fancy next Almighty, thine is universal frame, Her office bolds of all external things,

Thus wondrous fair! Thyself how wondrons Which the five watchful senses represent,

then! Sbe forms imaginations, airy shapes,

Unspeakable, who sitst above these heav'ns Which Reason joining or disjoiving, frames To us invisible, or dimly seen All what we affirm or what deuy, and call In these thy lowest works; yet iliesc declare Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Tby goodness beyond thought, and power Into her private cell when Nature rests,

vine. Oft in her absence mimic Fancy wakes Speak ye who best can tell, ye sons of Ligbt, To imitate her; but misjoining shapes,

Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams, And choral symphouies, day without night, Ill matching words and deeds long past or late.

Circle his throne rejoicing; ye iu Hear'n, Some such resemblance methinks I find On Earth join all ye creatures to extol Of our last evening's talk, in this thy dream, Him first, bim last, him midst, and without But with addition strange; yet be not sad.

end. Evil into the mind of God or man

Fairest of Stars, last in the train of Night, May come and go, so unapprov'd, and leave

If better thou belong nol to the dawn, No spot or blame behind : which gives me hope | Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling That what thou didst in sleep abhor to dream,

Morn

[sphere, Waking thou never wilt consent to do. With thy bright circlet, praise bim in thy Be not disbearteu'd thew, aor cloud those looky While day arises, that sweet hour of prime,

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gold,

Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and Towed her elm; she spous'd about lovu soul,

twines Acknowledge bim thy greater, sound liis praise Her marriageable arms, and with her lings In thy eternal course, both when thou climb’st, Her dow'r ib'adopied clusters, io adorn And when high noon hast gain'd, and when

His barreu leuves. Then this employ'd be. thou fall'st.

held Moon that now meets the orient sun, now

With pity Heav'u's high King, and to him

calid fly'st, With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that fies, Rapbael, the sociable Spirit, Ibat deigo'd And ye five other wand'riug fires that move

To travel with Tobias, and secur'u In mystic dance not without song, resverad His marriage with the sev'u times weddcd His praise, who out of darkness called up

maid. light.

Raphael, said he, thou bear'st what stir on Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth

earth Of wature's womb, that in quaternion run

Satan from Hell, scap'd through the darksome Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix

gulf And voorish all things; let your ceaseless

Hath rais'd in Paradise, and how disturb'd change

This vight the human påvir, how be designs Vary to our great Maker still new praise.

them at once to ruin all maukiud. Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise Go, therefore, half this day, as friend with From bill or steaming lake, dusky or grey,

friend Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with Converse with Adam, in what bow'r or shade

Thou find'st hiin from the heat of non reIn honour to the world's great Author rise,

tiril, Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd To respite his day-labour with repast, sky,

Or with repose ; and sach discourse bring on Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, As may advise him of his bappy-state, Rising or falling still advance his praise. Happiness in his pow'r leit free to will, His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters Left to his own free will, bis will though blow,

free, Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops ye | Yet mutable; whence warn hiin to beware Pines,

He swerve not tou secure: tell him withal With every plant, in sign of worship wave. His danger, and from whom ; what enemy, Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow, Late fallin himself from Heav'n, is plotting Melodious murmurs, warbling tune bis praise. Join voices all ye living Souls; ye Birds,

The fall of others from like state of bliss; Tbat singing up to Heaven gate ascend, By violence? No, for that shall be with. Bear on your wings and in your votes his stood; praise.

But by deceit and lies ; this let him know, Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk Lest wilfully travsgressing be pretend The earth, and stately tread, or slowly creep; Surprisal, unadmonish'd, unforwarn'd. Witness if I be silent, morn or even,

So spake the eternal Fatber, and fulfill'd To hill, or valley, fountain, or fresh shade All justice: nor delay'd the wing'd Saint Made vocal by my song, and taught his After his charge receiv'd; but from among praise.

Thousand celestial Ardors, where he stood Hail! universal Lord, be bounteous still

Veild with bis gorgeous wings, up springing To give us only good; and if the night

light Have gather'd thought of evil or conceal'd, Flew tbrough the midst of Heav'n; th’augelic Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.

quires, So pray'd they innocent, and to their On each hand parting, to his speed gave way thoughts

Through all th' empyreal road; till at the Firm peace recover'd soon and wanted calm.

gate On to their morning's rural work they haste Of Heav'o arriv'd, the gate self-opend wide Among sweet dews and flow'rs; where any On golden hinges turning, aş by work

Divive the sov'reign Architect bad fram'd. Of fruit trees over-woody reach'd too far From heuce, no cloud, or to obstruct, bis Their pamper'd boughs, and needed bands to sight, check

Star interpos'd, however small he sees, Fruitless embraces : or they led the vine Not unconforms to other shining globes, No. VII.-N. S.

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Earth and the gard'n of God, with cedars Haste liitber Eve, and worth thy sight be. crowu'd

hold Above all bills. As when by night the glass

Eastward among those trees, whet glorious Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes

shape Imagi'd lands and regions in the moon : Coines this way moving; seems another morn Or pilot, from amidst the Cyclades

Ris'n on mid-noon; sunie great hehest from Delos or Samos tirst appearing, kens

Heaven A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight To us perhaps he brings, and will vouchsafe He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky This day to be our guest. But go with speed, Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady And what our stores contain, bring forth and wing

pour Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan Abundance, fit to honour and receive Windows the buxom air : till witbin soar Our hearinly stranger : well may we afford Of tow'ring eagles, to all the fowls he seenis Our givers their own gifts, and large bestow A Phenix, gaz'd by all, as that sole bird, From large bestow'd, where Nature multiplies When to enshrine his reliques in the sun's Her fertile growth, and by disburd'ving grows Bright temple, te Egyptian Thebes he fies. More fruitful, which instructs us not to spare. At once on th'eastern cliff of Paradise

To whom thus Eve : Adam, Earth's ballowed He lights, and to his proper shape returns

mold, A Seraph wing'd; six wings he wore, to shade of God inspir'd, small store will serve, where His lineaments divine; the pair that clad

store, Each shoulder broad, came mantling o'er his Ali seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk; breast

Sav: what by frugal'storing firmness gains With regal ornament; the middle pair To nourish, and superfluous moist consumes: Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round But I will haste, and from each bough and Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold

brake, And colours dipt in Hear'n; the third his Each plant and juciest gourd, will pluck such feet

choice Shadou'd from either heel with feather'd mail,!! To entertain our angel guest, as be Sky-tiuctur'd grain. Like Maia's son he Beholding shall confess, that here on earth stood

God hath dispens'd bis bounties as in Heav'n. And shook his plumes, that heav'uly fragrance So saying, with dispatchful looks in haste filled

She turus, on hospitable thoughts intent The circuit wile. Straight knew him all the What choice to chuse for delicacy best, bands

What order so contriv'd as not to mix Of Angels ouder watch; and to his state, Tastes, not well join'd, inelegant, but bring And to his message bigh in honour rise ; Taste after laste upheld with kindliest change; For on some message bigh they guess'd him Bestirs her then, and from each tender stalk bound,

Whatever Earth all-bearing mother yields Their glittering tents he pass'd, and now is In India East or West, or middle shore

Io Poutus or the Punic coast, or where Into tbe blissful field, through grores of niyrrh, Alcinus reign’d, fruit of all kinds, in coat And How'ring odours, cassia, nard, and balm; | Rough or smooth riu'd, or bearded husk, or A wilderness of sweets; for Nature here

shell, Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd at will She gathers, tribute large, and on the board Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweet, Heaps with unsparing hand; for drink the Wild above rule or art; enormous bliss.

grape Him through the spicy forest onward come She crusbes, inoffensive must, and meaths Adam discern'd, as at the door be sat

From many a berry, and from sweet kernels Of his cool bow'r, while now the mounted sun pressa Shut down direct bis fervid rays to warm She tempers dulcet creams, por these to hold Earth's in most womb,mure warmth than Adam Wants her fit vessels pure, then strows the needs ;

ground And Eve within, due at her hour prepard With rose and odors from the shrub unfum'd. For dinner savvury fruits, of taste to please Mean while our primitive great Sire, to True appetite, and not disrelish thirst,

meet Of nectaruus draughts between, froin milky || His god-like guest walks forth, without more stream,

train Berry or grape ; to whom tbus Adam call'd: Accompanied than with his own complete

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