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And with what skill they had, together sow'd,
To gird their waist, vain covering if to hide
Their guilt and dreaded shame ; O how unlike
To that first naked glory! Such of late
Columbus found th' American, so girt
With feather'd cincture, naked else and wild
Among the trees on isles and woody shores.
Thus fenc'd, and as they thought, their shame in

Cover'd, but not at rest or ease of mind, 1120
They sat them down to weep; nor only tears
Rain'd at their eyes, but high winds worse within
Began to rise, high passions, anger, hate,
Mistrust, suspicion, discord, and shook sore
Their inward state of mind, calm region once
And full of peace, now tost and turbulent:
For understanding rul'd not, and the will
Heard not her lore, both in subjection now
To sensual appetite, who from bencath
Usurping over sovran reason claim'd 1130
Superior sway: from thus distemper'd breast,
Adam, estrang'd in look and alter'd style,
Speech intermitted thus to Eve renew'd:
Would thou hadst hearken’d to my words and

stay'd With me, as I besought thee, when that strange Desire of wand'ring this unhappy morn, I know not whence possess’d thee, we had then Remain'd still happy, not as now, despoild Of all our goud, sham'd, naked, miserable. 1139

Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve
The faith they owe; when earnestly they, seek
Such proof, conclude, they then begin to fail,
To whom, soon moy'd with touch of blame, thus

Eve :
What words have pass'd thy lips, Adam severe !
Imput'st thou that to my default, or will
Of wandering, as thou call'st it, which who knows
But might as ill have happen'd thou being by,
Or to thyself perhaps ? Hadst thou been there,
Or here th' attempt, thou could'st not have dis-

cern'd Fraud in the serpent, speaking as he spake ; 1150 No ground of enmity between us known, Why he should mean me ill, or seek to harm. Was I to' have never parted from thy side ? As good have grown there still a lifeless rib, Being as I am, why didst not thou, the head, Command me absolutely not to go, Going into such danger as thou saidst ? Too facile then thou didst not much gainsay, Nay didst permit, approve, and fair dismiss. Hadst thou been firm and fix'd in thy dissent, 1160 Neither had I transgress’d, nor thou with me.

To whom, then first incens’d, Adam reply'd: Is this the love, is this the recompense Of mine to thee, ingrateful Eve, express'd Immutable when thou wert lost, not I, Who might have liv'd and joy'd immortal bliss, Yet willingly chose rather death with thee?

And am I now upbraided as the cause .
Of thy transgressing? not enough severe,
It seems, in thy restraint: what could I mors ?
I warn'd thee, I admonish'd thee, foretold 1171
The danger, and the lurking enemy
That lay in wait ; beyond this had been force,
And force upon free will hath here no place.
But confidence then bore thee on, secure
Either to meet no danger or to find
Matter of glorious trial ; and perhaps
I also err'd in overmuch admiring
What seem'd in thee só perfect, that I thought
No evil durst attempt thee, but I rue 1180
That error now, which is become my crime,
And thou th' accuser. Thus it shall befal
Him who to worth in women overtrusting
Lets her will rule: restraint she will not brook,
And left to herself, if evil thence ensue,
She first his weak indulgence will accuse.

Thus they in mutual accusation spent
The fruitless hours, but neither self-condemning,
And of their vain contest appear'd no end. 1189

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The End of the Ninth Book.


Che Argument, Man's transgression known, the guardian Angels forsake Para

dise, and return up to Heaven to approve their vigilance, and are approved, God declaring that the entrance of Satan could not be by them prevented. He sends his Son to judge the transgressors, who descends and gives sentence accordingly; then in pity clothes them both, and re-ascends. Sin and Death sitting till then at the gates of Hell, by wondrous sympathy feeling the success of Satan in this new world, and the sin by man there committed, resolve to sit no longer confined in Hell, but to follow Satan, their sire, up to the place of Man: to make the way easier from Hell to this world to and fro, they pave a broad high-way or bridge over Chaos, according to the track that Satan first made ; then preparing for Earth, they meet him, proud of his success, returning to Hell; their mutual gratulation. Satan arrives at Pandemonium, in full assembly relates with boasting his success against Man; instead of applause is entertained with a general blss by all his audience, transformed with himself also suddenly into serpents, according to his doom given in Paradise ; then deluded with a shew of the forbidden Tree springing up before them, they greedily reaching to take of the fruit, chew dust and bitter ashes. The proceedings of Sin and Death; God fcretels the final victory of his Son over them, and the renewing of all things; but for the present commands his angels to make several alterations in the heavens and elements. Adam more and more perceiving his fallen condition, heavily bewails, rejects the condolement of Eve; she persists, and at length appeases him: then to evade the curse likely to fall on their offspring, proposes to Adam violent ways, which he approves not, but conceiving better hope, puts her in mind of the late promise inade them, that her seed should be revenged on the serpent, and exhoris her with him to seek peace of the of fended Deity, by repentance and supplication. M EANWHILE the heinous and despiteful act Of Satan done in Paradise, and how

He in the serpent had perverted Eve,
Her husband she, to taste the fatal fruit,
Was known in Heav'n; for what can scape the eye
Of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart
Omniscient? who, in all things wise and just,
Hinder'd not Satan to attempt the mind
Of Man, with strength entire, and free-will arm'd
Complete to have discover'd and repuls'd 10
Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend.
For still they knew, and ought to have still re-

The high injunction not to taste that fruit,
Whoever tempted; which they not obeying,
Incurr'd (what could they less?) the penalty,
And manifold in sin, deserv'd to fall.
Up into Heav'n from Paradise in haste
Th' angelic guards ascended, mute and sad
For man, for of his state by this they knew,
Much wond’ring how the subtle Fiend had stoln 20
Entrance unseen. Soon as th' unwelcome news
From Earth arriv'd at Heaven gate, displeas'd
All were who heard; dim Sadness did not spare
That time celestial visages, yet mix'd
With pity, violated not their bliss.
About the new-arriv'd, in multitudes
Th' ethereal people ran, to hear and know
How all befel: they towards the throne supreme
Accountable made haste to

ake appear With righteous plea their utmost vigilance, 30 And easily approv'd; when the Most High

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