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Or heat should injure us, his timely care
So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
THE END OF THE TENTH BOOK.
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
, for above
Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
By their great Intercessor, came in light
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
To whom the Father', without cloud, serene:
And immortality : that fondly lost,
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.
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