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Or heat should injure us, his timely care
Hath unbefought provided, and his hands
Cloath'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg'd;
How much more, it we pray him will his ear 1060
Be open, and his heart to pity incline,
And teach us further by what means to Thun
Th’inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow?
Which now the sky with various face begins
To show us in this mountain, while the winds 1065
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of those fair spreading trees; which bids us seek
Some better Niroud, some better warmth to cherish
Our limbs benumb’d, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams 1070
Reflected may with matter lere foment,
Or by collision of two bodies grind
The air attrite to fire, as late the clouds
Justling or push'd with winds rude in their Mock 1074
Tine the fant lightning, whose thwart Hame driv'n down
Kindles the guinmy bark of fir or pine,
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the lun: such fire to use,
And what may elle be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, 1080
He will inttroet us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
To pais commodiously this life, sustain'd
By him with many comforts, till we end
In duit, our final rest and rative home,

What better can we do, than to the place
Repairing where he judg'd us, proitrate fall
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears
Watering the ground, and with our fighs the air 1090
Frequenting, jent from hearts contrite, in fign
Of forrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
From his diipleasure ; in whole look serene,
When angry most he seem'd and most severe, 1095
What elle but favour, grace, and mercy (hone ?

So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
Félt less remorse: they forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judg’d them, prostrate fell
Before him rev’rent, and bo:h centers'd
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d, with tears
Watering the ground, and with their lighs the air
Frequenting, lent from hearts contrite, in fign
Of sorrow unfeignod, and humiliation meek.

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The argument. THE Son of God presents to his father the prayers of our First Parente now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts thein, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradife; fends Michael with a band of Cherubiin to d fpurrets them; but first to reveal to Adam tuture things: Michael's comi' 8 down. Adam thows to Eve certain o ningus ligns; he viscerns Michael's approach, goes out to meet him; the angel denounces ther departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but fubmits: the angel leads hinn up to a high hill and fets before him in vision what shall happen till the flood.

"HUS they in lowliest plight repentant stood

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Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
'The itony from their hearts, and made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead, that fighs now breath'd

Unutterable, which the spirit of prayer.
Inipir’d, ani wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight
Thin loudert oratory: yet their port
Nut of mean lvitors, nor important less
Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair
In tables old, lets ancient yet than these,
Deucalion and chaite Pyrrha, to restore
The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine
Of Themis stood devout. To Heavon their prayers
Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds 15
Biown vagabond, or frustrate : in they pass’d
Dimensionless through heav'nly doors; then clad
With incense, where the golden altar fum'd,

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By their great Intercessor, came in light
Before the Father's throne: them the glad Son
Presenting, thus to intercede began :

See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
From thy implanted grace in man, these sighs
And pray’rs, which in this golden censer, mix'd
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring, 25
Fruits of more pleasing favour from thy feed
Sown with contrition in his heart, than those
Which his own hand manuring all the trees
Of Paradise could have produc'd, ere fallin
From innocence. Now therefore bend thine ear 30
To fupplication, hear his sighs, though mute ;
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me,
Interpret for him, me his advocate
And propitiation; all his works on me,
Good or not gocd, ingraft; my merit those 35
Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay.
Accept me, and in me from these receive
The smell of peace tow’rd mankind ; let him live
Before thee reconcild, at least his days

Number'd, though fad, till death, his doom, (which I
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse)
To better life shall yield him, where with me
All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss,
Made one with me as I with thee am one.

To whom the Father', without cloud, serene:
All thy request for man, accepted Son,
Obtain; all thy request was my decree :
But longer in that Paradise to dwell
The law I gave to Nature him forbids :
Those pure immortal elements, that know
No gross, no unharm us mixture foul,
Ejedt him tainted now, and purge him off
As a distemper, gross to air as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For diffolution wrought by sin, that first

Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted. I at firit with two fair gifts
Created him endow'd, with happiness


And immortality : that fondly lost,
This other sery'd but to eternize woe,

Till I provided death; so death becomes
His final remedy, and after life
Try'd in sharp tribulation, and refin'],
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Wak'd in the renovation of the just,

65 Resigns him


with heav'n and earth renew'd. But let us call to fynod all the blest

[hide Thro' heav'n's wide bounds; from them I will not My judgments, how with mankind I proceed, As how with peccant angels late they law,

70 And in their state, though firm, stood more confirm'd.

He ended, and the Son gave signal high To the bright minifter that watch'd; he blew His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps When God defcended, and perhaps once more 75 To found at general doom. Th'angelic blast Fill'd all the region's : from their blissful bowers Of amarantine Made, fountain or spring, By the waters of life, where'er they sat In fellowships of joy, the sons of Light

80 Hafted, resorting to the summons high, And took their leats; till from his throne supreme Th’Almighty thus pronounc'd his fov’reign will:

O Sons, like one of us Man is become To know both good and evil, since his talte

85 Of that defended fruit; but let him boast His knowledge of good lost, and evil got ; Happier, had it fuffic'd him to have known Good by itself, and evil not at all. He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite, 90 My motions in him ; longer than they move, His heart I know, how variable and vain Self-left. Left therefore now his bolder hand Reach also of the tree of life, and eat, And live for ever, dream at leait to live

95 For ever ; to remove him I decree, And send him from the garden forth to till The ground whence he was taken, fitter fpil.




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Michael, tliis my beheit have thou in charge ; Take tu thee from among the cherubim Thy choice of flaming warriors, leit the Fiend, Or in behalf of man, or to invade Vacant pofiession, some new trouble raise : Haíte thee, and from the Paradise of God Without remorse drive out the fintul pair, From hallow'd ground th’unholy, anu denounce To them and to their progeny from thence Perpetual banishment. Yet left they faint At the sad fentence rigoroudly urg'd, For I behold them foiten'd, and with tears Bewailing their excels, all terror hide. If patiently thy bidding they obey, Dismiss them not disconsolate; reveal To Adain what shall come in future days, As I shall thee enlighten; intermix My covenant in the Woman's feedi renew'd; So send them forth, though forrowing, yet in peace : And on the east side of the garden place, Where entrance up from Eien eaficit climbs, Cherubic watch, and of the sword the fame Wide waving, all approach far off to tright, And guard all passage to the Tree of Life; Left Paradise a receptacle prove To spirits foul, and all my trees their prey, With whose stol’n fruit Man once more to delude. 125

He ceas'd; and the arch angelic Power prepar'd For swift descent, with him the cohort bright Of watchful cherubin; four faces each Had, like a double Janus, all their inape Spangled with eyes, more numerous than those Izo Of Argus, and more wakeful thar. to drowse, Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the past'ial reed Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Mean while To re-falute the world with lacred light Leucothea wak'd, and with treh dews imbalm'd The earth, when Adam and firit matron Eve Had ended now their orilons, and found Strength added from above, new hope to spring



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