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Had entertain'd, as dy'd her cheeks with pale. Which might supply the Sun : such fire to use,
But Adam, with such counsel nothing sway'd, And what may else be remedy or cure
To better hopes his more attentive mind

To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, Laboring had rais'd; and thus to Eve replied. He will instruct us praying, and of grace

“ Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems Beseeching him ; so as we need not fear To argue in thee something more sublime To pass commodiously this life, sustain'd And excellent, than what thy mind contemns; By him with many comforts, till we end But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes In dust, our final rest and native home. That excellence thought in thee; and implies, What better can we do, than, to the place Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret

Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall For loss of life and pleasure overlov'd.

Before him reverent; and there confess Or if thou covet death, as utmost end

Humbly our faults, and pardon beg; with tears Of misery, so thinking to evade

Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air The penalty pronounc'd; doubt not but God Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign Hath wiselier arm'd his vengeful ire, than so Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek? To be forestallid ; much more I fear lest death, Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn So snatch'd, will not exempt us from the pain From his displeasure; in whose looks serene, We are by doom to pay ; rather, such acts When angry most he seem'd and most severe, Of contumacy will provoke the Highest

What else but favor, grace, and mercy, shone ?" To make death in us live: then let us seek

So spake our father penitent; nor Eve Some safer resolution, which methinks

Felt less remorse : they, forth with to the place
I have in view, calling to mind with heed Repairing where he judg’d them, prostrate fell
Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise Before him reverent; and both confess'd
The serpent's head ; piteous amends! unless Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d; with tears
Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foe, Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Satan; who, in the serpent, hath contriv'd Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, sign
Against us this deceit: to crush his head

Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek.
Would be revenge indeed! which will be lost
By death brought on ourselves, or childless days
Resolv'd, as thou proposest: so our foe

Shall 'scape his punishment ordain’d, and we
Instead shall double ours upon our heads.

No more be mention'd then of violence
Against ourselves; and wilful barrenness,

The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers That cuts us off from hope; and savors only of our first parents now repenting, and interRancor and pride, impatience and despite,

cedes for them: God accepts them, but declares Reluctance against God and his just yoke

that they must no longer abide in Paradise. sends Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild Michael with a band of cherubirn to dispossess And gracious temper he both heard, and judg'd, them; but first to reveal to Adam future things. Without wrath or reviling; we expected

Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve Immediate dissolution, which we thought

certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's apWas meant by death that day; when lo! to thee proach ; goes out to meet him : the angel dePains only in child-bearing were foretold,

nounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam And bringing forth ; soon recompens'd with joy, pleads, but submits; the angel leads him up to a Fruit of thy womb: on me the curse aslope

high hill; sets before him in vision what shall Glanc'd on the ground; with labor I must earn happen till the Flood. My bread; what harm? Idleness had been worse ; My labor will sustain me; and, lest cold

Thus they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood Or heat should injure us, his timely care

Praying; for from the mercy-seat above Hath, unbesought, provided; and his hands Prevenient grace descending had remov'd Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg’d; The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh How much more if we pray him, will his ear Regenerate grow instead ; that sighs now breath'd Be open, and his heart to pity incline,

Unutterable; which the spirit of prayer And teach us further by what means to shun Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heaven with speedier flight The inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow? Than loudest oratory: yet their port Which now the sky, with various face, begins Not of mean suitors; nor important less To show us in this mountain ; while the winds Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks In fables old, less ancient yet than these, Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine Our limbs benumb'd, ere this diurnal star

Of Themis stood devout. To Heaven their prayers Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds Reflected may with matter sere foment;

Blown vagabond or frustrate: in they pass'd Or, by collision of two bodies, grind

Dimensionless through heavenly doors; then clad The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds

With incense, where the golden altar fund, Justling, or push'd with winds, rude in their shock, By their great Intercessor, came in sight Tine the slant lightning; whose thwart flame, driven Before the Father's throne : them the glad Son down,

Presenting, thus to intercede began. Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine;

“ See. Father, what first-fruits on Earth are sprung And sends a comfortable heat from far

From thy implanted grace in Man; these sighs

And prayers, which in this golden censer, mix'd His heart I know, how variable and vain,
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring ; Self-left. Lest therefore his now bolder hand
Fruits of more pleasing savor, from thy seed Reach also of the tree of life, and eat,
Sown with contrition in his heart, than those And live for ever, dream at least to live
Which, his own hand manuring, all the trees For ever, to remove him I decree,
Of Paradise could have produc'd ere fallin

And send him from the garden forth to till
From innocence. Now, therefore, bend thine ear The ground whence he was taken, fitter soil.
To supplication; hear his sighs, though mute; “ Michael, this my behest have thou in charge •
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me Take to thee from among the cherubim
Interpret for him ; me, his advocate

Thy choice of flaming warriors, lest the fiend, And propitiation; all his works on me,

Or in behalf of Man, or to invade Good, or not good, ingraft; my merit those

Vacant possession, some new trouble raise ; Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay. Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God Accept me; and, in me, from these receive Without remorse drive out the sinful pair; The smell of peace toward mankind : let him live From hallow'd ground the unholy; and denounce Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days

To them, and to their progeny, from thence
Number'd though sad ; till death his doom (which I Perpetual banishment. Yet, lest they faint
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse,)

At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd,
To better life shall yield him : where with me (For I behold them sofien'd, and with tears
All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss; Bewailing their excess,) all terror hide.
Made one with me, as I with thee am one." If patiently thy bidding they obey,

To whom the Father, without cloud, serene. Dismiss them not disconsolate ; reveal “ All thy request for Man, accepted Son,

To Adam what shall come in future days, Obtain ; all thy request was my decree:

As I shall thee enlighten; intermix But, longer in that Paradise to dwell,

My covenant in the woman's seed renewid : The law I gave to Nature him forbids :

So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peace Those pure immortal elements, that know

And on the east side of the garden place, No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,

Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs, Eject him, tainted now; and purge him off, Cherubic watch; and of a sword the flame As a distemper, gross, to air as gross,

Wide-waving; all approach far off to fright, And mortal food; as may dispose him best And guard all passage to the tree of life : For dissolution wrought by sin, that first

Lest Paradise a receptacle prove Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt

To spirits foul, and all my trees their prey ; Corrupted. I, at first, with two fair gifts

With whose stol'n fruit man once more to delude.' Created him endow'd ; with happiness,

He ceas'd; and the archangelic power prepar'd And immortality: that fondly lost,

For swift descent; with him the cohort bright This other serv'd but to eternize woe;

Of watchful cherubim : four faces each Till I provided death : so death becomes

Had, like a double Janus; all their shape His final remedy; and, after life,

Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Tried in sharp tribulation, and refin'd

Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drowse, By faith and faithful works, to second life, Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Wak'd in the renovation of the just,

Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Meanwhile, Resigns him up with Heaven and Earth renew'd. To re-salute the world with sacred light, But let us call to synod all the blest,

Leucothea wak'd ; and with fresh dews embalm'd Through Heaven's wide bounds : from them I will The Earth; when Adam and first matron Eve not hide

Had ended now their orisons, and found My judgments; how with mankind I proceed, Strength added from above; new hope to spring As how with peccant angels late they saw, Out of despair; joy, but with fear yet link'd ; And in their state, though firm, stood more con- Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd. firm'd."

· Eve, easily may faith admit, that all He ended, and the Son gave signal high The good which we enjoy, from Heaven descends To the bright minister that watch'd ; he blew But, that from us aught should ascend to Heaven His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps

So prevalent as to concern the mind When God descended, and perhaps once more Of God high-blest, or to incline his will, To sound at general doom. The angelic blast Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer Fillid all the regions : from their blissful bowers Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne Of amaranthine shade, fountain or spring,

Even to the seat of God. For since I sought By the waters of life, where'er they sat

By prayer the offended Deity to appease ; In fellowships of joy, the sons of light

Kneel'd, and before him humbled all my heart; Hasted, resorting to the summons high :

Methought I saw him placable and mild,
And took their seats : till from his throne supreme Bending his ear; persuasion in me grew
The Almighty thus pronounc'd his sovran will. That I was heard with favor ; peace return'd
“O sons, like one of us Man is become

Home to my breast, and to my memory
To know both good and evil, since his taste His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe;
Of that defended fruit; but let him boast

Which, then not minded in dismay, yet now His knowledge of good lost, and evil got;

Assures me that the bitterness of death Happier! had it suffic'd him to have known Is past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thee, Good by itself, and evil not at all.

Eve rightly call'd, mother of all mankind, He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite, Mother of all things living, since by thee My motions in him; longer than they move, Man is to live; and all things live for Man."


To whom thus Eve with sad demeanor meek. One of the heavenly host; and, by his gait, - Ill-worthy I such uitle should belong

None of the meanest; some great potentate
To me transgressor ; who, for thee ordain'd Or of the thrones above; such majesty
A help, became thy snare; to me reproach Invests him coming! yet not terrible,
Rather belongs, distrust, and all dispraise :

That I should fear; nor sociably mild,
But infinite in pardon was my judge,

As Raphaël, that I should much confide; That I, who first brought death on all, am grac'd But solemn and sublime; whom not to offend, The source of life; next favorable thou,

With reverence I must meet, and thou retire." Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsafst,

He ended ; and the archangel soon drew nigh, Far other name deserving. But the field

Not in his shape celestial, but as man
To labor calls us, now with sweat impos'd, Clad to meet man; over his lucid arms
Though after sleepless night; for see! the Morn, A military vest of purple flow'd,
All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins

Livelier than Melibaan, or the grain ller rosy progress smiling : let us forth ;

Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old I never from thy side henceforth to stray, In time of truce; Iris had dipt the woof; Where'er our day's work lies, though now enjoin'd His starry helm unbuckled show'd him prime Laborious till day droop; while here we dwell, In manhood where youth ended; by his side, What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? As in a glistering zodiac, hung the sword, Here let us live, though in fall’n state, content.” Satan's dire dread; and in his hand the spear.

So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve; but Fate Adam bow'd low; he, kingly, from his state Subscrib'd not; Nature first gave signs, impressid Inclin'd not, but his coming thus declar'd. On bird, beast, air ; air suddenly eclips'd,

Adam, Heaven's high behest no preface needs : After short blush of morn: nigh in her sight Sufficient that thy prayers are heard ; and Death, The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour, Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress, Two birds of gayest plume before him drove; Defeated of his seizure many days Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods, Given thee of grace; wherein thou may'st repent, First hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace

And one bad act with many deeds well done Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind:

May'st cover: well may then ihy Lord, appeas'd, Direct to the eastern gate was bent their flight. Redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim; Adam observ'd, and with his eye the chase But longer in this Paradise to dwell Pursuing, not unmov'd, to Eve thus, spake. Permits not: to remove thee I am come,

* O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, And send thee from the garden forth to till Which Heaven, by these mute signs in Nature, The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil. shows

He added not; for Adam at the news Forerunners of his purpose ; or to warn

Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood, L's, haply too secure, of our discharge

That all his senses bound; Eve, who unseen From penalty, because from death releas'd Yet all had heard, with audible lament Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Discover'd soon the place of her retire. Who knows? or more than this, that we are dust, “O unexpected stroke, worse than of Death : And ihither must return, and be no more?

Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ? thus leave Why else this double object in our sight

Thee, native soil! these happy walks and shades, of flight pursued in the air, and o'er the ground, Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, One way the self-same hour? why in the east Quiet though sad, the respite of that day Darkness ere day's mid-course, and morning-light That must be mortal to us both. O fowers, More orient in yon western cloud, that draws That never will in other climate grow, O'er the blue firmament a radiant white,

My early visitation, and my last And slow descends with something heavenly At even, which I bred up with tender hand fraught ?"

From the first opening bud, and gave ye names ! He err'd not; for by this the heavenly bands Who now shall rear ye to the Sun, or rank Down from a sky of jasper lighted now

Your tribes, and water from the ambrosial fount? In Paradise, and on a hill made halt;

Thee lastly, nuptial bower! by me adorn'd A glorious apparition, had not doubt

With what to sight or smell was sweet! from thee And carnal fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye. How shall I part, and whither wander down Not that more glorious, when the angels met Into a lower world ; to this obscure Jacob in Mahanaim, where he saw

And wild ? how shall we breathe in other air The field pavilion'd with his guardians bright; Less pure, accustom'd to immortal fruits ?” Nor that, which on the flaming mount appear'd Whom thus the angel interrupted mild. In Dothan, cover'd with a camp of fire,

Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign Against the Syrian king, who to surprise

What justly thou hast lost, nor set thy heart,
One man, assassin-like, had levied war,

Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine :
War un proclaim'd. The princely hierarch Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes
In their bright stand there left his powers, to seize Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound ;
Possession of the garden; he alone,

Where he abides, think there thy native soil."
To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way, Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp
Not unperceiv'd of Adam: who to Eve,

Recovering, and his scatter'd spirits return'd, While the great visitant approach'd, thus spake. To Michael thus his humble words address'd.

“ Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam'd of us will soon determine, or impose

of them the highest ; for such of shape may seem New laws to be observ'd; for I descry,

Prince above princes! gently hast thou told From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill, | Thy message, which might clse in telling wound,

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And in performing end us; what besides

To whom thus Adam gratefully replied. Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair,

Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path Our frailly can sustain, thy tidings bring,

Thou lead'st me; and to the hand of Heaven Departure from this happy place, our sweet

submit, Recess, and only consolation left

However chastening; to the evil turn Familiar to our eyes! all places else

My obvious breast; arming to overcome Inhospitable appear, and desolate;

By suffering, and earn rest from labor won,
Nor knowing us, nor known: and, if by prayer If so I may attain.”—So both ascend
Incessant I could hope to change the will

In the visions of God. It was a hill,
Of him who all things can, I would not cease Of Paradise the highest; from whose top
To weary him with my assiduous cries :

The hemisphere of Earth, in clearest ken,
But prayer against his absolute decree

Stretch'd out to the amplest reach of prospect lay. No more avails than breath against the wind, Not higher that hill, nor wider looking round, Blown stilling back on him that breathes it forth : Whereon, for different cause, the Templer set Therefore to his great bidding I submit.

Our second Adam, in the wilderness;
This most afflicts me, that, departing hence, To show him all Earth's kingdoms, and their
As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd

His blessed countenance : here I could frequent His eye might there command wherever stood
With worship place by place where he vouchsaf'd City of old or modern fame, the seat
Presence Divine; and to my sons relate,

Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walls
On this mount he appear'd; under this tree Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
Stood visible; among these pines his voice And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne,
I heard ; here with him at this fountain talk'd: To Paquin of Sinæan kings; and thence
So many grateful altars I would rear

To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul,
Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone

Down to the golden Chersonese; or where Of lustre from the brook, in memory

The Persian in Ecbatan sat, or since
Or monument to ages; and thereon

In Hispahan; or where the Russian ksar
Offer sweet-smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers: In Mosco; or the sultan in Bizance,
In yonder nether world where shall I seek Turchestan born; nor could his eye not ken
His bright appearances, or footstep trace? The empire of Negus to his utmost port
For though I fled him angry, yet, recallid Ercoco, and the less marítime kings
To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now

Mombaza, ond Quiloa, and Melind,
Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm
Of glory; and far off his steps adore."

of Congo, and Angola farthest south ; To whom thus Michael with regard benign. Or thence from Niger food to Atlas mount, “ Adam, thou know'st Heaven his, and all the Earth; The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez and Sus, Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills Morocco, and Algiers, and Tremisen; Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, On Europe thence, and where Rome was to sway Fomented by his virtual power and warm'd : The world : in spirit perhaps he also saw All the Earth he gave thee to possess and rule, Rich Mexico, the seat of Montezume, No despicable gifi ; surmise not then

And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd Of Atabalipa ; and yet unspoil'd Of Paradise, or Eden• this had been

Guiana, whose great city Geryon's sons Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread Call El Dorado. But to nobler sights All generations; and had hither come

Michael from Adam's eyes the film remov'd, From all the ends of the Earth, to celebrate Which that false fruit that promis'd clearer sight And reverence thee, their great progenitor. Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and rue But this pre-eminence thou hast lost, brought down The visual nerve, for he had much to see; To dwell on even ground now with thy sons : And from the well of life three drops instill’u. Yet doubt not but in valley, and in plain,

So deep the power of these ingredients piered, God is, as here; and will be found alike

Even to the inmost seat of mental sight, Present; and of his presence many a sign That Adam, now enforc'd to close his eyes, Still following thee, still compassing thee round Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc'd ; With goodness and paternal love, his face

But him the gentle angel by the hand Express, and of his steps the track divine.

Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recalld. Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd "Adam, now ope thine eyes; and first behold Ere thou from hence depart; know, I am sent The effects, which thy original crime hath wrought To show thee what shall come in future days In some to spring from thee; who never touch'd To thee, and to thy offspring : good with bad The excepted tree; nor with the snake conspir'd; Expect to hear; supernal grace contending Nor sinn'd thy sin; yet from that sin derive With sinfulness of men; thereby to learn

Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds." True patience, and to temper joy with fear

His eyes he open'd, and beheld a field, And pious sorrow; equally inur'd

Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves By moderation either state to bear,

New reap'd ; the other part sheep-walks and folds ; Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead

l' the midst an altar as the landmark stood Safest thy life, and best prepar'd endure

Rustic, of grassy sord; thither anon Thy morial passage when it comes.-Ascend A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes) First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, Here sleep below; while thou to foresight wak’st; Unculld, as came to hand; a shepherd next, As once thou slepst, while she to life was form'd." More meek, came with the firstlings of his flock,

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Choicest and best; then, sacrificing, laid

The image of God in Man, created once The inwards and their fat, with incense strow'd, So goodly and erect, though faulty since, On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform’d : To such unsightly sufferings be debas'd His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Under inhuman pains ? Why should not Man, Consum'd with nimble glance, and grateful steam; Retaining still divine similitude The other's not, for his was not sincere;

In part, from such deformities be free, Whereat he only rag'd, and, as they talk'd, And, for his Maker's image sake, exempt ?' Smote him into the midriff with a stone

Their Maker's image,” answer'd Michael, That beat out life! he fell; and, deadly pale,

“ then Groand out his soul with gushing blood effus d. Forsook them, when themselves they vilified Much at that sight was Adam in his heart

To serve ungovernd Appetite; and took Dismay'd, and thus in haste to the angel cried. His image whom they serv'd, a brutish vice,

“O teacher, some great mischief hath befall'n Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. To that meek man, who well had sacrificd; Therefore so abject is their punishment, Is piety thus and pure devotion paid ?"

Disfiguring not God's likeness, but their own; To whom Michael thus, he also mov'd, replied. Or if his likeness, by themselves defac'd; These two are brethren, Adam, and to come While they pervert pure Nature's healthful rules Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain, To lothesome sickness ; worthily, since they For envy that his brother's offering found

God's image did not reverence in themselves." From Heaven acceptance; but the bloody fact "I yield it just," said Adam, “and submit. Will be aveng’d; and the other's faith, approv'd, But is there yet no other way, besides Lose no reward; though here thou see him die, These painful passages, how we may come Rolling in dust and gore.” To which our sire, To death, and mix with our connatural dust ?"

“ Alas! both for the deed, and for the cause! « There is," said Michael, “if thou well observe But have I now seen Death? Is this the way The rule of Not too much ; by temperance taught, I must return to native dust ? O sight

In what thou eat'st and drink'st; seeking from Of terror, foul and ugly to behold,

thence Horrid to think, how horrible to feel!"

Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight, To whom thus Michael. “ Death thou hast seen Till many years over thy head return: In his first shape on Man; but many shapes So may'st thou live; till like ripe fruit, thou drop Of Death, and many are the ways that lead Into thy mother's lap; or be with ease To his grim cave, all dismal; yet to sense Gather'd, not harshly pluck’d; for death mature : More terrible at the entrance, than within. This is Old Age; but then, thou must outlive Some, as thou sawist, by violent stroke shall die; Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty; which will By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more

change In meats and drinks, which on the Earth shall bring To wither'd, weak, and grey; thy senses then, Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew

Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego,
Before thee shall appear; that thou may'st know To what thou hast ; and, for the air of youth,
What misery the inabstinence of Evo

Hopeful and cheerful in thy blood will reign
Shall bring on men.” Immediately a place A melancholy damp of cold and dry
Before his eyes appear'd, sad, noisome, dark; To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume
A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid The balm of life." To whom our ancestor.
Numbers of all diseas'd : all maladies

Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong
Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Life much; bent rather, how I may be quit,
Or heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds,

Fairest and easiest of this cumbrous charge; Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs,

Which I must keep till my appointed day Intestine stone and ulcer, colic-pangs,

Of rendering up, and patiently attend Demoniac phrensy, moping melancholy,

My dissolution.” Michael replied. And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy,

"Nor love thy life, nor hate ; but what thou liv'st, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence,

Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven: Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums. And now prepare thee for another sight.” Dire was the tossing, deep the groans; Despair He look’d, and saw a spacious plain, whereon Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch; Were tents of various hue; by some, were herds And over them triumphant Death his dart Of cattle grazing; others, whence the sound Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invok'd Of instruments, that made melodious chime, With vows, as their chief good, and final hope. Was heard, of harp and organ; and, who mov'd Sight so deform what heart of rock could long Their stops and chords, was seen ; his volant touch, Dry-ey'd behold ? Adam could not, but wept, Instinct through all proportions, low and high, Though not of woman born; compassion quell'd Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue, His best of man, and gave him up to tears

In other part stood one who, at the forge A space, till firmer thoughts restrain'd excess ; Laboring, two massy clods of iron and brass And, scarce recovering words, his plaint renew'd. Had melted, (whether found where casual fire “ () miserable mankind, to what fall

Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Degraded, to what wretched state reserv'd! Down to the veins of Earth; thence gliding hot Better end here unborn. Why is life given To some cave's mouth; or whether wash'd by stream To be thus wrested from us? rather, why

From under-ground ;) the liquid ore he drain'd Obtruded on us thus? who, if we knew

Into fit moulds prepar'd; from which he formid What we receive, would either not accept

First his own tools; then, what might else be Lise offer'd, or soon beg to lay it down;

wrought Glad to be so dismiss'd in peace. Can thus Fusil or graven in metal. After these,



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