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Resplendent all his Father manifest
Express'd, and thus divinely answer'd mild.

FATHER eternal, thine is to decree,
Mine both in Heav'n and Earth to do thy will
Supreme, that thou in me thy Son belov'd
May'st ever rest well pleas'd. I go to judge
On earth these thy transgressors, but thou know'st,
Whoever judg'd, the worst on me must light,
When time shall be, for so I undertook
Before thee'; and not repenting, this obtain
Of right, that I may mitigate their doom
On me deriv'd, yet I shall temper so
Justice with mercy', as may illustrate most
Them fully satisfied, and thee appease.
Attendance none shall need, nor train, where none
Are to behold the judgment, but the judg'd,
Those two; the third best absent is condemn'd,
Convict by flight, and rebel to all law:
Conviction to the serpent none belongs.

Taus saying, from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory', him Thrones and Powers, Princedoms, and Dominations ministrant Accompanied to Heaven gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended straight; the speed of Gods Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing' Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now wak’d, and usher in

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The evening cool, when he from wrath more cool

95 Came the mild judge and intercessor both To sentence Man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden, by soft winds Brought to their ears, while day declin’d; they heard, And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees, both man and wife, till God Approaching, thus to Adam call' aloud. Where art thou Adam, wont with joy to meet My coming seen far off? I miss thee here, Not pleas'd, thus entertain'd with solitude, 105 Where obvious duty' ere while appear'd unsought : Or come I less conspicuous, or what change Absents thee, or what chance detains? Come forth.

He came, and with him Eve, more loath, though first To offend, discount'nanc'd both, and discompos'd; Love was not in their looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despair, Anger, and obstinacy', and hate, and guile. Whence Adam falt'ring long, thus answer'd brief. I heard thee in the gard’n, and of thy voice 116 Afraid, being naked, hid myself. To whom The gracious Judge without revile reply'd. My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd, But still rejoic'd; how is it now become So dreadful to thee? That thou art naked, who Hath told thee? Hast thou eaten of the tree, Whereof I gave thee charge thou shoulds't not eat? To whom thus Adam sore beset reply'd.

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O Heav'n in evil straight this day I stand 125
Before my judge, either to undergo
Myself the total crime, or to accuse
My other self, the partner of my life;
Whose failing, while her faith to me remains,
I should conceal, and not expose to blame

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By my complaint; but strict necessity
Subdues me, and calamitous constraint,
Lest on my head both sin and punishment,
However insupportable, be all
Devolv'd; though should I hold my peace, yet thou
Wouldst easily detect what I conceal.

136 This Woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help, And gav'st me as thy perfect gift, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so divine, That from her hand I could suspect no ill,

140 And what she did, whatever in itself, Her doing seem'd to justify the deed; She gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

To whom the sov'reign Presence thus reply'd. Was she thy God, that her thou didst obey 145 Before his voice, or was she made thy guide, Superior, or but equal, that to her Thou didst resign thy manhood, and the place Wherein God set thee' above her made of thee, And for thee, whose perfection far excell'd Her's in all real dignity ? Adorn'd She was indeed, and lovely to attract 'Thy love, not thy subjection ; and her gifts Were such as under government well seem'd,

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Unseemly to bear rule, which was thy part 155 And person,

hadst thou known thyself aright. So having said, he thus to Eve in few. Say Woman, What is this which thou hast done ?

To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm'd, Confessing soon, yet not before her judge

160 Bold or loquacious, thus abash'd reply'd. The Serpent me beguil'd, and I did eat.

Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer

165 The guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation; justly then accurs'd, As vitiated in nature : more to know Concern'd not Man (since he no further knew) 170 Nor alter'd his offence ; yet God at last To Satan first in sin his doom apply'd, Though in mysterious terms, judg'd as then best : And on the serpent thus his curse let fall. Because thou hast done this, thou art accurs'd

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Above all cattle, each beast of the field;
Upon thy belly groveling thou shalt go,
And dust shalt eat all the days of thy life.
Between thee and the Woman I will put
Enmity, and between thine and her seed; 180
Her seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel.

So spake this oracle, then verify'd
When Jesus son of Mary, second Eve,
Saw Satan fall like lightning down from Heaven,

Prince of the air ; then rising from his grave 185
Spoil'd Principalities and Pow'rs, triumph'd
In open show, and with ascension bright
Captivity led captive through the air,
The realm itself of Satan long usurp’d,
Whom he shall tread at last under our feet; 190
Ev'n he who now foretold his fatal bruise,
And to the Woman thus his sentence turn'd.
Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply
By thy conception ; children thou shalt bring
In sorrow forth; and to thy husband's will 195
Thine shall submit; he over thee shall rule.

On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd. Because thou' hast hearken’d to the voice of thy wife, And eaten of the tree, concerning which

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1 charg'd thee, say'ing, thou shalt not eat thereof :
Curs'd is the ground for thy sake; thou in sorrow
Shalt eat thereof all the days of thy life;
Thorns also' and thistles it shall bring thee forth
Unbid; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
Tiil thou return unto the ground; for thou
Out of the ground wast taken, know thy birth,
For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return.

So judg'd he man, both judge and saviour sent,
And th' instant stroke of death denounc'd, that day
Remov'd far off; then pitying how they stood
Before him naked to the air, that now
Must suffer change, disdain'd not to begin
Thenceforth the form of servant to assume,

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