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By quick instinctive motion up 1 sprung,
270 Knew not; to speak I try'd, and forthwith spake; My tongue obey'd, and readily could name Whate'er I saw. Thou Sun, said
ye that live and move, fair Creatures tell,
My droused sense, untroubled, though I thought
of men innumerable ordain'd First Father, call’d by thee I come thy guide To the garden of bliss, thy seat prepar'd. So saying, by the hand he took me rais'd, And over fields and waters, as in air Smooth sliding without step, last led me up A woody mountain ; whose high top was plain, A circuit wide, inclos'd, with goodliest trees Planted, with walks, and bow'rs, that what I saw 305 Of earth before scarce pleasant seem'd. Each tree Loaden with fairest fruit, that hung to th' eye Tempting, stirr'd iņ me sudden appetite To pluck and eat : whereat I wak’d, and found Before mine cyes all real, as the dream
310 Had lively shadow'd: Here bad new begun My wand'ring, had not he who was my guide Up hither, from among the trees appear’d, Presence divine. Rejoicing, but In adoration at his feet I fell
315 Submiss: he rear'd me, and whom thou sought'st I am, Said mildly, Author of all this thou seest Above, or round about thee, or beneath.
This Paradise I give thee, count it thine
As thus he spake, each bird and beast behold
O by what name, for thou above all these,
What call'st thou solitude ? s not the earth With various living creatures, and the air
370 Replenish'd, and all these at thy command To come and play before thee? now'st thou not Their language and their ways? They also know, And reason not contemptibly; with these Find pastime, and bear rule; thy realm is large. 375 So spake the universal Lord, and seem'd So ord'ring. I with leave of speech implor'd, And humble deprecation thus reply'd.
Let not my words offend thee, heav'nly My Maker, be propitious while I speak. Hast thou not made me here thy substitute, And these inferior far beneath me set? Among unequals what society Can sort, what harmony and true delight? Which must be mutual, in proportion due Giv'n and receiv'd ; but in disparity The one intense, the other still remiss Cannot well suit with either, but soon prove Tedious alike: Of fellowship I speak Such as I seek, fit to participate All rational delight, wherein the brute Cannot be human consort; they rejoice Each with their kind, lion with lioness; So fitly them in pairs thou hast combin'd; Much less can bird with beast, or fish with fowl So well converse, nor with the ox the ape ; Worse then can man with beast, and least of all. Whereto th’Almighty answer'd not displeas'd. A nice and subtle happiness I see Thou to thyself proposest, in the choice Of thy associates, Adam, and wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. What think'st thou then of and this
state? Seem I to thee sufficiently possess'd Of happiness, or not? Who am alone
403 From all eternity, for none I know Second to me or like, equal much less. Who have I then with whom to hold converse