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Resplendent all his Father manifest
Express'd, and thus divinely answer'd mild.
Attendance none shall need, nor train, where none 80 Are to behold the judgment, but the judg'd,
Those two; the third best absent is condemn'd,
Convict by flight, and rebel to all law :
Conviction to the serpent none belongs.
THUS saying, from his radiant seat he rose
Of high collateral glory', him Thrones and Powers,
Princedoms, and Dominations ministrant
Accompanied to Heaven gate, from whence
Eden and all the coast in prospect lay.
Down he descended straight; the speed of Gods
Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing'd.
Now was the sun in western cadence low
From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour
To fạn the earth now wak’d, and usher in
The evening cool, when he from wrath more cool 95
To sentence Man: the voice of God they heard
Brought to their ears, while day declin'd; they heard,
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, though first To offend, discount'nanc'd both, and discompos'd; Love was not in their looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despair, Anger, and obstinacy', and hate, and guile. Whence Adam falt`ring long, thus answer'd brief. I heard thee in the gard'n, and of thy voice Afraid, being naked, hid myself. To whom The gracious Judge without revile reply'd.
My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd,
So dreadful to thee? That thou' art naked, who
O Heav'n in evil straight this day I stand
Before my judge, either to undergo
Myself the total crime, or to accuse
My other self, the partner of my life;
Whose failing, while her faith to me remains,
I should conceal, and not expose to blame
By my complaint; but strict necessity
However insupportable, be all
Devolv'd; though should I hold my peace, yet thou
"This Woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help,
And gav'st me as thy perfect gift, so good,
So fit, so acceptable, so divine,
That from her hand I could suspect no ill,
And what she did, whatever in itself,
Her doing seem'd to justify the deed;
She gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
To whom the sov'reign Presence thus reply'd.
Was she thy God, that her thou didst obey
Thou didst resign thy manhood, and the place
'Thy love, not thy subjection; and her gifts
Unseemly to bear rule, which was thy part
Say Woman, What is this which thou hast done?
WHICH When the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer
The guilt on him who made him instrument
Of mischief, and polluted from the end
Concern'd not Man (since he no further knew)
Nor alter'd his offence; yet God at last
To Satan first in sin his doom apply'd,
Though in mysterious terms, judg'd as then best:
And on the serpent thus his curse let fall.
Because thou hast done this, thou art accurs'd
Her seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel.
So spake this oracle, then verify'd
When Jesus son of Mary, second Eve,
Saw Satan fall like lightning down from Heaven,
Prince of the air; then rising from his grave
I charg'd thee, say'ing, thou shalt not eat thereof:
So judg'd he man, both judge and saviour sent,