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Fruit of thy womb : on me the curse maslope
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
THE END OF THE TENTH BOOK.
BOOK THE ELEVENTH.
THE ARGUMENT. The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our first parents now
repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, but declares that they inust no longer abide in Paradise ; sends Michael with a band of Cherubim to dispossess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things : Michael's coming down. Adam shews to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's approach, goes out to meet him: the Angel de nounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Admit pleads, but submits : The Angel leads him up to a high hill, sets before him in vision what shall happen till the flood.
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 made new flesh Regenerate grow instead, that sighs now breath'd S Unutterable, which the Spi'rit of prayer Inspir’d, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight Than loudest oratory : yet their port Not of mean suitors, nor important less Seem'd their petition, than when th' ancient pair In fables old, less ancient yet than these, Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine Of Themis stood devout. To Heav'n their prayers Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds 15 Blown vagabond or frustrate : in they pass'd Dimensionless through heav'nly doors; then clad With incense, where the golden altar fum'd,
By their great intercessor, came in sight
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
30 To supplication, hear his sighs though mute; Unskilful with what words to pray, let me Interpret for him, me his advocate And propitiation; all his works on me Good or not good ingraft, my merit those
35 Shall perfect, and for these may death shall pay. Accept me, and in me from these receive The smell of peace toward mankind; let him live Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days Number'd, though sad, till death, his doom (which I To mitigate 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 one.
To whom the Father, without cloud, serene. 45 All thy requests for Man, accepted Son, Obtain ; all thy request was my decree ; But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
The law I gave to nature him forbids :
60 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 the just,
65 Resigns him up with Heav'n and Earth renew'd. But let us call to synod all the Blest Through Heav'n's wide bounds, from them I will not hide My judgments, how with mankind 1 proceed. As how with peccant Angels late they saw, 70 And in their state, though firm, stood more confirm'd.
He ended, and the Son gave signal high To the bright minister that watch’d; he blew His trumpet, heard in Qreb since perhaps When God descended, and perhaps once more 75 To sound at general doom. Th' angelic blast Fill'd all the regions: from their blissful bowers Of amarantine shade, fountain or spring, By the waters of life, where'er they sat