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So many grateful altars I would rear
Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone
Of lustre from the brook, in memory
Or monument to ages; and thereon
Offer sweet-smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers :
In yonder nether world where shall I seek
His bright appearances, or foot-step trace?
For though I fed him angry, yet, recallid
To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now
Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts
Of glory; and far off his steps adore."

To whom thus Michael with regard benign. " Adam, thou know'st Heaven his, and all the


Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills
Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives,
Fomented by his virtual power and warm’d:
All the Earth he gave thee to possess and rule,
No despicable gift ; surmise not then
His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd
Of Paradise, or Eden : this had been
Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread
All generations; and had hither come
From all the ends of the Earth, to celebrate
And reverence thee, their great progenitor.
But this pre-eminence thou hast lost, brought down
To dwell on even ground now with thy sons:
Yet doubt not but in valley, and in plain,
God is, as here ; and will be found alike
Present; and of his presence many a sign
Still following thee, still compassing thee round
With goodness and paternal love, his face

Express, and of his steps the track divine.
Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd
Ere thou from hence depart; know, I am sent
To show thee what shall come in future days
To thee, and to thy offspring : good with bad
Expect to hear ; supernal grace contending
With sinfulness of men ; thereby to learn
True patience, and to temper joy with fear
And pious sorrow; equally, inur'd
By moderation either state to bear,
Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead
Safest thy life, and best prepar'd endure
Thy mortal passage when it comes. — - Ascend
This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes)
Here sleep below; while thou to foresight wak'st ;
As once thou slept'st, while she to life was

To whom thus Adam gratefully replied.
“ Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path
Thou lead'st me; and to the hand of Heaven submit,
However chastening ; to the evil turn
My obvious breast; arming to overcome
By suffering, and earn rest from labour won,
If so I may attain.”- So both ascend
In the visions of God. It was a hill,
Of Paradise the highest ; from whose top
The hemisphere of Earth, in clearest ken,
Stretch'd out to the amplest reach of prospect lay.
Not higher that hill, nor wider looking round,
Whereon, for different cause, the Tempter set
Our second Adam, in the wilderness;
To show him all Earth's kingdoms, and their glory.

His eye might there command wherever stood
City of old or modern fame, the seat
Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walls
Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne,
To Paquin of Şinæan kings; and thence
To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul,
Down to the golden Chersonese; or where
The Persian in Ecbatan sat, or since
In Hispahan ; or where the Russian ksar
In Mosco; or the sultan in Bizance,
Turchestan-born ; nor could his eye not ken
The empire of Negus to his utmost port
Ercoco, and the less marítim kings
Mombaza, and Quiloa, and Melind,
And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm
Of Congo, and Angola farthest south;
Or thence from Niger flood to Atlas mount
The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez and Sus,
Morocco, and Algiers, and Tremisen ;
On Europe thence, and where Rome was to sway
The world : in spirit perhaps he also saw
Rich Mexico, the seat of Montezume,
And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat
Of Atabalipa ; and yet unspoil'd
Guiana, whose great city Geryon's sons
Call El Dorado. But to nobler sights
Michael from Adam's eyes the film remov'd,
Which that false fruit that promis'd clearer sight
Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and rue
The visual nerve, for he had much to see ;
And from the well of life three drops instill’d.

So deep the power of these ingredients pierc'd,
Even to the inmost seat of mental sight,
That Adam, now enforc'd to close his eyes,
Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc'd;
But him the gentle angel by the hand
Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recall’d.

Adam, now ope thine eyes ; and first behold The effects, which thy original crime hath wrought In some to spring from thee ; who never touch'd The excepted tree; nor with the snake conspir'd ; Nor sinn'd thy sin ; yet from that sin derive Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds."

His eyes he open'd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves New reap'd; the other part sheep-walks and folds ; I' the midst an altar as the land-mark stood Rustic, of grassy sord; thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, Uucull'd, as came to hand; a shepherd next, More meek, came with the firstlings of his flock, Choicest and best ; then, sacrificing, laid The inwards and their fat, with incense strow'd, On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform’d: His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Consum'd with nimble glance, and grateful steam ; The other's not, for his was not sincere; Whereat he inly rag'd, and, as they talk'd, Smote him into the midriff with a stone That beat out life ! he fell; and, deadly pale, Groan'd out his soul with gushing blood effus'd. Much at that sight was Adam in his heart Dismay'd, and thus in haste to the angel cried.

“ O teacher, some great mischief hath befall’n To that meek man, who well had sacrific'd; Is piety thus and pure devotion paid ?”

To whom Michael thus, he also mov'd, replied.
“ These two are brethren, Adam, and to come
Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain,
For envy that his brother's offering found
From Heaven acceptance ; but the bloody fact
Will be aveng'd; and the other's faith, approv'd,
Lose no reward ; though here thou see him die,
Rolling in dust and gore.” To which our sire.

“ Alas! both for the deed, and for the cause !
But have I now seen Death? Is this the way
I must return to native dust ? O sight
Of terrour, foul and ugly to behold,
Horrid to think, how horrible to feel !”

To whom thus Michael. “Death thou hast seen
In his first shape on Man; but many shapes
Of Death, and many are the ways that lead
To his grim cave, all dismal ; yet to sense
More terrible at the entrance, than within.
Sonie, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die;
By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more
In meats and drinks, which on the Earth shall bring
Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew
Before thee shall appear ; that thou may'st know
What misery the inabstinence of Eve
Shall bring on men.” Immediately a place
Before his eyes appear’d, sad, noisome, dark;
A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid
Numbers of all diseas'd: all maladies
Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms

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