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them she upstays
Carnation, purple', azure or speck'd with gold,
Her graceful innocence, her every air
the Evil one abstracted stood
465 Of guile, of hate, of envy, of revenge; But the hot Hell that always in him burns, 'Though in mid Heav'n, soon ended his delight, And tortures him now more, the more he sees Of pleasure not for him ordain'd: then soon
470 Fierce hate he recollects, and all his thoughts Of mischief, gratulating, thus excites.
Thoughts, whither have ye led me? With what sweet Compulsion thus transported to forget What hither brought us! Hate, not love, nor hope 475 Of Paradise for Hell, hope here to taste Of pleasure, but all pleasure to destroy, Save what is in destroying; other joy To me is lost. Then let me not let pass Occasion which now smiles; behold alone
480 The woman, opportune to all attempts, Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh, Whose higher intellectual more I shun, And strength, of courage haughty, and of limb Heroic built, though of terrestrial mould, 485 Foe not informidable, exempt from wound, I not; so much hath Hell debas'd, and pain Enfeebled me, to what I was in Heaven,
She fair, divinely fair, fit love for Gods,
So spake the enemy' of mankind, inclos'd
Of rustling leaves, but minded not, as us'd
530 His fraudulent temptation thus began.
Wonder not, sov'reign Mistress, if perhaps Thou canst, who art sole wonder; much less arm 'Thy looks, the Heav'n of mildness, with disdain, Displeas'd that I approach thee thus, and gaze 535 Insatiate, I thus single, nor have fear's Thy awful brow, more awful thus retir'd. Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair, Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine By gift, and thy celestial beauty' adore
540 With ravishment beheld, there best beheld Where universally admir'd; but here In this inclosure wild, these beasts among, Beholders rude, and shallow to discern Half what in thee is fair, one man except,
545 Who sees thee? (And what is one?) Who shouldst be seen A Goddess among Gods, ador'd and serv'd By Angels numberless, thy daily train.
So gloz'd the Tempter, and his proem tun'd; Into the heart of Eve his words made way, Though at the voice much marvelling; at length Not unamaz'd she thus in answer spake.
What may this mean? Language of man pronounc'd By tongue of brute, and human sense express’d? The first at least of these I thought deny'd
555 To beasts, whom God on their creation-day Created mute to all articulate sound; The latter I demur, for in their looks Much reas'on, and in their actions oft appears. Thee, Serpent, subtlest beast of all the field 560 I knew, but not with human voice endued; Redouble then this miracle, and say, How cam’st thou speakable of mute, and how To me so friendly grown above the rest Of brutal kind that daily are in sight:
565 Say, for such wonder claims attention due.
To whom the guileful Tempter thus reply'd. Empress of this fair world, resplendent Eve, Easy to me it is to tell thee all What thou command'st, and right thou should'st be obey'd :
570 I was at first as other beasts that graze The trodden herb, of abject thoughts and low, As was my food : nor ought but food discern'd Or sex, and apprehended nothing high: Till on a day roving the field, I chanc'd
575 A goodly tree far distant to behold Loaden with fruit of fairest colours mix'd,