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Fruit of thy womb : on me the curseyaslope
down Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, And sends a comfortable heat from far, Which might supply the sun : súch fire to use, And what may else be remedy or cure To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, 108 He will instruct us praying, and of grace
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 must no longer abide in Paradise ; sends Michael with a band of Che. rubim 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 nou aces 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 low liest 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 suitorš, 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
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, Resigns him up with Heav'n and Earth renewid. 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