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To me alike, it deals eternal woe :
say I could repent, and could obtain
Which would but lead me to a worse relapse 100
Thus while he spake, each passion dimm'd his face Thrice chang’d with pale, ire, envy, and despair, 115 Which marr'd his borrow'd visage, and betray'd Him counterfeit, if any eye beheld: For heavenly minds from such distempers foul Are ever clear. Whereof he soon aware Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm, Artificer of fraud ; and was the first That practis’d falsehood under saintly show, Deep malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge. Yet not enough had practis'd to deceive Uriel once warn’d; whose eye pursu'd him down 125 The way he went, and on th’ Assyrian mount Saw him disfigurd, more than could befall Spirit of happy sort: his gestures fierce He mark’d and mad demeanour, then alone,
As he suppos’d, all unobserv'd, unseen. So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champain head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Access deny’d; and over-head up-grew Insuperable highth of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and, as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view. Yet higher than their tops The verdurous wall of paradise up sprung; Which to our general sire gave prospect large Into his nether empire neighbouring round. | And higher than that wall a circling row Of goodliest trees loaden with fairest fruit, Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue Appear’d, with gay enameld colours mixt: On which the sun more glad impress’d his beams, 150 Than in fair evening cloud, or humid bow,
138 shade] shaft.' Bentl. MS. and again, ver. 141. “Shaft above shaft.' 141 woody theatre] v. Senecæ Troades, ver. 1127.
• Erecta medium vallis includens locum,
Crescit theatri more.' Virg. Æn. v. 288. and Solini Polyhist. c. xxxviii. v. Lycophr. Cassan. dra, ver. 600.
θεατρομόρφω κλίτει. . 151 in) Hume, Bentley, and Warton would read 'on fair evening cloud.'
When God hath shower'd the earth ; so lovely seemd
162 Sabean odours) See Plin. Nat. Hist. lib. xii. c. 42. 19. • Magnique Alexandri classibus Arabiam odore primum nuntiatam in altum.' Compare a passage in Ovington's Voyage to Surat, p. 55 (1696). “We were pleased with the prospect of this island, because we had been long strangers to such a sight; and it gratified us with the fragrant smells which were wafted from the shore, from whence, at three leagues distance, we scented the odours of flowers and fresh herbs; and what is very observable, when after a tedious stretch at sea, we have deemed ourselves to be near land by our observation and course, our smell in dark and misty weather has outdone the acuteness of our sight, and we have discovered land by the fresh smells. before we discovered it with our eyes.' See also Davenport's City Night-cap,' act v.
"The Indian winds
Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume,
Now to th' ascent of that steep Savage hill
183 wolf] 'Keen as the Evening wolf.'
Benlowe's Theophila, p. 44. 190 Cross-barrd] Cross-barr'd and double lockt.'
Heywood's Hierarchie, p. 510, folio, (1635). 191 In at the window) v. Spenser's Fairy Queen, lib. i. c. 3. ver. 17.
• He was to weet a stout and sturdy thief,
Then he by cunning slights in at the window crept.'