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Why wiand we longer shivering under fears,

My labour will sustain me; and best cold Thatshew no end but death, and have the power

Or beat should injure is, his timely care of inany ways to die, the shortest chousing,

Hath unbesought provided, and his hands Destructivo with destructiou to destroy.

Cloih'd us unworthy, pilying while he judg'd; She ended bere, or vehement despair

How much more, if we pray him, will his ear Broke off the rest; so much of death her opeu, and his beast to pity incline, thoughits

And teach us foriher by what means to shun Ilad entertain'il, as dy'd her checks with pale. Tl incleinent seasons, rain, ice, hail, and But Adam with such counsel nothing sway'd

snow? To better hopes his more attentive mind Which now the sky with various face begins Lab'ring had rais'd, and thus to Evereply'J. To sheir us in this mountain, while the winds

Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful To argue iu thee something more sublime

locks Aud excellent than what thy mind contenuns; Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us But self destruction therefore sought, refutes


[cherish That excellence thought in thee, and implies Some better shirond, some better warmih to Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret Our limbs beaumb'u, cre this diurnal star For less of life and pleasure overlov'd.

Leave cold the night, how wc his gatherid Or if thou covet death, as utnost end

beamus Of wisery, so thinking to evade

Refected, may with matter sere foment The penalty pronouncu, doubt not but God Or by collision of two budies grind Hash wiselier armid bis vengeful ire than so The air attrite to fire, as late the clouds To be forestalld; much more I fear lest death Justling or pusled with winils rudc in their So swatch'd will not exempt us from the pain


{drivin down We are by doom to pay; rather such acts Tine the slant lightning, whose thwart Game Of conluinacy will provuke the Highest Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, To inake death in us live: then let us seek And sends a comfortable heat from far, Some saler resolution, which methinks Which might supply the sun: such fire to use, I have in view, calling to mind with heel And what may else be remedy or cure Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, The serpent's head; piteous amends, unless He will instruct us praying, and of grace Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand fue Beseecbing hin, so as we need not fear Satan, who in the serpeut hath contriv'd To pass comniodiously this life, sustaiu'd Against us this deceit: to crush his head By bim with many comforts, till we end Would be revenge indeed; which will be lost In dust, our final rest and native home. By death brought on ourselves, or childless

I\'bat better can we do, than to the place days

Repairing wliere he judg'd us, prostrute fall Resolv'd as thou proposest; so our foe

Before hin reverent, and there confess Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we

Thumbly our fuults, and pardon beg, with tears lustead shall double ours upon our heads.

Watering the ground, and with our sighis the No niøre be mentioned then of violence

air, Against ourselves, and willul barreuness, Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign That cuts us off from hope, and savours ouly

Of sorrow unfeigu'd, and humiliation weck? Rancour and pride, impatience and despite,

Undoubtedly lie will relent and turn Reluctance agaiust God and his just yoke

From his displeasure; in whose look serenc, Laid on our uecks. Remember with what

When angry most he seemid and most severe, mild

What else but favont, grace, and mercy slone?

So mpake our father penitent, nor Eve
And gracious temper he hoth heard and judga
Without wrath or reviling; we expected

Felt less remorse: they furthu ith to the place

Repairing where he judg'd them, prostrate fell Immediate dissolution, which we thought

Before him reverent, and both contessid Was meant by death that day, when lo, to thee

Humbly their faults, and pardou begg‘d, with Paius only in child-bearing were foretold, And bringing forth, soon recompens'd with joy,

Watering the ground, and with their sighs the Fruit of thy womb: •! me the curse aslupe

Frequenting, seut from hearts coutrite, iu sign Glanc'd on the ground; with labour I must

Of sorrow unfeign'd, and huiniliation meek.

(worse; My bread; what lariu? Taleness bad been






TRE ARGUMENT. The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our First Parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: Bod accepts them, but declares that they must no lovger abide in Paradise, sends Michael with a band of Cherubim to sispossess thein , but first to reveal to Adam future things : Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain ominous sigus: be discerns Michael's approach, goes out tu meet bim; the angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but submils : the angel leads him up to a high bill, sets before him in vision wiat shall happen till the ldvoc.

The smell of peace toward mankind; let him

lire Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days Number'd, though sad, till death, bis doom,

(wbich 1 To initigate thus plead, not to reverse) To better life shall yield him, where with me All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss, Made one with me as I with thee am ope.

To whom the Father, without cloud, se


Thus they in lowliest plight repentant stood
Praying, for from the mercy-seat above
Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
The stony from their hearts, and maile new

[breath'd Regenerate grow instead, that sighis now Uuulterable, which the spirit of prayer Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier

flight Than loudest oratory: yet their port Not of mean suiters, vor important less Seem'd their petition, than when th' ancient

pair In fables old, less ancient than these, Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrive

(pray'rs Of Theinis stood devout. To Heav'n their Flew up, mor miss'd the way, by envious winds Blowe vagabond, or frustrate: in they pass'd Dimensionless througb beav'nly doors; tben

clad With incense, where the golden altar fum’d, By their great Intercessor, came in sight Before the Father's throne: then the glad Son Presenting, thus to intercede began. See, Fatber, wbat first fruits on earth are

sprang From thy implanted grace in man, these sighs And pray’rs which in this golden censer, mix'd With incense, I thy priest befure tbee bring, Fruits of more pleasing savor from thy seed Sown with contrition in his heart, than those Wbich bis own hand manuring all the trees Of Paradise could bave produc'd, ere fallin From ivvocence. Now therefore bend thine

All ihy request for man, aecepted Son,
Obtain ; all thy request was my decree :
But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
The law I gave to Nature him forbids :
Those pure immortal elements that know
No gross, no un harmonial mixture fuul,
Eject bimy taiuted now, and purge bim off
As a distemper gross to air as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by sin, that first
Distemper*d all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted. I at first with two fair gifts
Created bim endow'd, with happiness
And immortality: that fondly lost,
This other serv'd but to eleroize woe;
Till I provided death; so death becomes
His final remedy, and after life
Try'd in sharp tribulation, and refin'd
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Wak'd in the renovation of tbe just,
Resigns bim up with Heav'u aud Earth na

new'd But let us call to Synod all the blest Through Heav'u's wide bounds, from them I

I will not bide My judgineuts, how with mankind I proceed. As how with peccant Angels late they saw, And in their state, tho' firm, stood wore con

tirto'd. He ended, and the Sop gave signal high To the bright minister that watch'd; he blew His trumpel, heard in Oreb sioce perhaps When God descended, and perbaps once more


To snpplication, hear his sighs though mute;
Uoskilful with what words to pray, let me
Interpret for bim, me his advocate
And propitiation : all his works on me
Good or not good ingraft, my merit those
Shall perfect, and fur these my death shall pay.
Accept me, and in me from these receive

To sound at general doom. Th' angelic blast Of Argus, and more wakefut ihan to drowse,
Fill'd all the regions: frosn their blissful bowers Charm’d with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed
Of amarantine shade, fountain or spring, Of Herines, or his opiate rod. Mean while
By the waters of life, where'er they sat

To re-salute the world with sacred light
In fellowships of joy, the sous of light Leucothea wak'd, and with fresh dew's im-
Hasted, resorting to the summons higli,

balm'd And took their seats; till from his tbrone su The earth, when Adam and first inatron Ere preme

(will. Had ended uow their orisons, and fuuud Th’ Almighty thus pronounc'd his sov'reign Strength added from above, new hopes tu O Suns, like one of us inan is becoine

spring To know buth good wd evil, since his taste Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet link'd; Of that defended fruit; but let him boast Which thus to Eve his welcome words re. His know ledge of good lost, and evil got,

new'd. Happier had it suffic'd him to have known Eve, easily may faith admit, that all Good by itself, and evil not at all.

The good which we enjoy, from Hear'a de He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite,


[Heaven My motions in hiun: longer than they inove, But that from us ought should ascend to His heart I know, how variable and vain So prevalent as to concern the mind Self left. Lest therefore his now bolder hand Of God bigh-blest, or to incline bis will, Reach also of the tree of life, and cat,

Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer Aud live for ever, dream at least to live Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne For ever, to remove him I decree,

Ev'n to the seat of God. For since I souglat And send him from the garden forth to till By prayer th' offended Deity to appease, The ground whence he was taken, fitter soil. Kneel'd and before him humbled all my heart,

Michael, this my bebest have thou in charge, Methought I saw him placable and wild, Take to thee from among the Cherubim Bending his ear; persuasion in me grew Thy choice of Aaming warriors, lest the Fiend, !| That I was beard with favour; peace return'd Or iu behalf of Mau, or to juvade

Home to my breast, and to nay memory Vacant possession, some new trouble raise: His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe;. Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God Which then not minded in dismay, yet now Without remorse drive out the sinful pair, Assures me that the bilterness of deatla From hallow'd ground th' unboly, and de Is past, and we shall live. Whence bail to thee,

Eve rightly callid, mother of all mankind, To them and to their progeny from thence Mother of all things living, since by thee Perpetual banishinent. Yet lest they faint Man is to live, and all thiugs lire for Man. At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd,

To whom thus Eve with gad deineanonr For I behold them soften'd and with tears

meek. Bewailing their excess, all terror bide.

Ill worthy I such title should belong If patiently thy bidding they obey,

To me transgressor, who for thee ordain'd Dismiss them not disconsolate; reveal A help, became thy snare; to me reproach To Adam what sball come in future days Rather belongs distrust and all dispraise : As I shall thee enlighten; intermix

But infinite in pardon was my Judge, My covenant in the Woman's seed renew'd; That I who first brought death on all, am So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in grac'd peace:

The source of life; next favourable thou, And on the east side of the garden place, Who highly thus to intitle me vouchsaf'st, Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs, Far other name deserving. But the field Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame To labour calls us with sweat impos'd, Wide waving, all approach far off to fright, Though after sleepless night, for see the morn, And guard all passage to the tree of life : All unconcerned with our unrest, begins Lest Paradise a receptacle prove

Her rosy progress smiling; let us forth, To Spirits foul, and all my trees their prey, I never from thy side henceforth to stray, With whose stol'o fruit Man once more to Where'er our day's work lies, though now endelude.

join'd He ceas'd; and th' angelic Pow'r prepar'd Laborious, till day droop; while here we dwell, For swift descent, with him the cohort bright What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks ? Of watchful Cherubim ; four faces each Here let us live, though in fall'n state, content. Had, like a double Janus, all their shape So spake, so wish'd much-bumbled Eve, but Spangled with eyes, more numerous thay those



Subscribd not; Na'ure first gave signs, im. None of the meavest, some great Puteptate press'd

Or of the Thrones above, such majesty On bird, least, air, air suddenly cclips d' Invests him coning; yet not terrible, After short blush of morn ; nigh in her sight Tbat I should fear, vor sociably mild, The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his airy tour, As Raphaël, that I should much conde, Two birds of gyest plume before him drove: But solcain and sublime, wbom not to offend, Down from a bill the beast that reigns in With reverence I minst meet, and thou retire. woods,

He ended; and the Arch-Augel soon drew First hunter then pursu'd a gentle brace,

Goodliest of all the foresi, hait and hind; Not in his shape celestial, but as man
Direct 10 th' eastern gate was bent their flight Clad to meet man; over his lncid arms
Adam observ'd and with his eye the chase A military vest of purple flow'd,
Pursuing, not unmov'd to Eve thus spake. Livelier than Melibcean, or the grain

O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, i of Sarrahı, woru hy kings and heroes old Wbicb Hear'u by these mutc signs in nature In time of trice; Iris had dipt the woof; shews,

His starry helm unbuckled shew'd him prime Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn In manliood where youth ended; by his side Us haply too secure of our discharge

As in glist'ring zodiac hung the sword, Frvin pevally, becalise from death releas'd Satan's dire dread, and in his hand the spear. Suine days; how long, and what till then our Adam buwid low; he kingly from his state life,

[dust, l, Inclin'd not, but his coming thus declar'd. Who knows, or more than this, that we are Adam, Heav'u's bigb Lehest no preface And thither must return and he no inore

needs :

[Death, Why else this double object in our sight Sufficient that thy pray'rs are heard, and Of flight pursu'd in th' air, and v'er the Tben due by sentence when thou didst transground,

gress, One way

the self-same hour! why in the east Defcated of his seizure nany days (pent, Darkness ere day's mid-cuurse, aud moruing Giv'n thee of grace, wherein thou may'st re. light

And one bad act with many deeds well done More orient in yon western cloud, that draws | May'st cover: well may then thy Lord ap. O'er the blue firmament a radiant white,


(claim; And slow descends, with something beav'nly Redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious franght?

But longer in this Paradise to dwell He err'd not, for hy this the heavenly bands Permits not; to remove ibee I am come, Down from a sky of jasper lighted now And seud thee from the garden furth to till In Paradise, and on a hill made halt,

The ground whence thou wast lakey, fitter A glorious apparition, had not doubt

soil. And carnal fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye. He arided not, for Adam at the news Not that more glorious, when the Angels met Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorror Jabob in Mahanain, where he saw

stood, The field pavillion'd with his guardians That all his senses boand; Eve, who unseen bright;

[pcard i Yet all had heard, with audible lament Nor that which on the flaming mount ap Discover'd soon the place of lier retire. In Dothau, cover'd with a camp of tire,

O unexpected stroke, worse than of death! Against the Syrian king, who to surprise Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ? thus leave One mar, assasin-like, bad levied war,

T'hee, native soil, these happy walks and War unproclaim'd. The princely Hierarch

shades, In their bright stand there left his Pow'rs to Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, seize

Quiet though sad, the respite of that day Possession of the garden; he alone,

That must be mortal-to us both. O flowers, To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way, That never will in other climate grow, Not unperceiv'd of Adam, who to Eve,

My early visitation, and my last While the great visitant approach'd, thus

At even which I bred up with tender hand spake.

[haps From the first opening bud, and gare se Eve, now expect great tidings, wbich per

names, Of us will soon deterınine, or impose

Who now shall rear ye to the sun, or rank New laws to be observ'd; for I descry

Your tribes, and water from th' ambrosial From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill

fount? One of the beav'nly host, and by his gait Thee lastly, vuptial bow'r, by me adora'd

With what to sight or smell was sweet, from To whom thus Michael with regard benign. tbee

Adam, thou knowost Heav'n his, and all the How sball I part, and whither wander down

Earth, Into a lower world, to this obscure

Not this rock only; lis omnipresence fills And wild? how shall we breathe in open air Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Less pure, accustomed to immortal fruits? Fomented by his virtual pow'r aud warm'd: Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild.

All th' carth he gave thee to possess and rule Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign

No despicable gift; surmise not then What justly thou hast lost; uor set thy heart, | His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd Thus oper-fund, on that which is not thine;

Of Paradise or Eden: this had been Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound; spread Where he abides, think there thy native soil. All generations, and had hither come Adam by this from the cold sudden damp

From all the ends of th' earth to celebrate Recovering, and his scatter'd spirits return’d,

And reverence thee their great progenitor. To Michael thus bis humble words address d. But this pre-eminence thou hast lost, brought Celestial, whether among the Thrones, or

down nam'd

[seem to dwell on even ground now with thy sons : Of them the high'st, for such of shape may

Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain Priuce above princes, gently hast thou told God is as here, and will be found alike Thy message, which might else in telling | Present, and of his presence many a sign wound,

Still following thee, still compassing thee And in performing end us; what besides

round, Of sorrow and dejection and despair

With goodness and paternal love, his face Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings briog, Express, and of his steps the l:ack divine. Departure from this happy place, our sweet Which that thou may'st believe, and be eonRecess, and only consolation left

Grma Familiar to our eyes, all places else

Ere thou from hence depart, know I am sent In hospitable appear and desolate,

To shew thee what shall come in future days Nor knowing us por kuown: and if by prayer To thee and to thy offspring; good with bad Incessant I could hope to change the will Expect to hear, supernal grace contending Of him who all things can, I would not cease With sinfulness of meu; thereby to learn To weary him with my assiduous cries : True patience, and to temper joy with feac But pray'r against his absolute decree

And pioni3 sorrow, equally imur'd No more avails than breath against the wind, By moderation cither state to bear, Blown stilling back on him that breathes it Prosperous or adverse: so shalt thou lead forth:

Safest thy life, and best prepard endure Therefore to bis great bidding I submit. Thy mortal passage, when it comes. Ascend This most afflicts me, that departing hence, This hill; let Eve (for I bave drench'd her As from his face I shall be bid, depriv'd


(wak'st; His blessed count'nance: here I could frequent Here sleep below, while thou to foresight With worship place by place where he vouch- As once thou slept, while she to life was saf'd

form d. Presence divine, and to my sons relate,

To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd. On this mount he appear’d, under this tree Ascend, I follow thee, safe Guide, the path Stood visible, among these pincs bis voice Thou lead'st me, and to the band of Heav'a I heard, here with hinı at this fountain talk'd :

submit, So many grateful altars I would rear

However chast’ning, to the evil turn
Of grassy turî, and pile up every stone My obvious breast, arming to overcome
Of lustre from the brook, in memory,

By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, Or monument to ages, and thereon

If so I may altain. So both ascend Offer sweet-smelling gums and fruits and In the vision of God: it was a bill flowers :

Of Paradise the big best, from whose top In yonder nether world where shall I seek The hemisphere of earth iu clearest ken His bright appearances, or foot-step trace? Strech'd out to th’amplest reach of prospect For though I fled hiin angry, yet recall'd

lay. To life prolong’d and promis'd race, I now Not higher that bill or wider looking round, Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts Whereon for different cause the Tempter set Of glory, and far off his steps adore.

Our second Adam in the wilderness, No. VII.--.VS.

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