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Would be revenge indeed! which will be lost
By death brought on ourselves, our childless duya
Resolv'd, as thou proposest ; so onr foe
Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we
Instead shall double ours upon our heads.
No more be mentioned then of violence
Against ourselves; and wilful barrenness
That cuts us off from hope ; and savours only
Rancour and pride, impatience and despite,
Reluctance against God and his just yoke
Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild
And gracious temper he both heard, and judg'd,
Without wrath or reviling; we expected
Immediate dissolution, which we thought
Was meant by death that day; when lo! to thee
Pains only in childbearing were foretold,
And bringing forth ; soon recompens'd with joy
Fruit of thy womb : on me the curse aslope
Glanc'd on the ground ; with labour I must earn
My bread; what harm ? Idleness had been worse
My labour will sustain me ; and, lest cold
Or heat should injure us, his timely care
Hath, unbesought, provided ; and his hands
Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judy'd :
How much more, if we pray him, will his ear
Be open, and his heart to pity incline,
And teach us further by what means to shun
The inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and snow !
Which now the sky, with various face, begins
To show us in this mountain; while the winds
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair-spreading trees; which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherisb
Our limbs benumb'd, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams
Reflected may with matter sere foment ;
Or, by collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire ; as late the clouds
Justlins, or push'd with wind, rude in their shock,

Tine the slant lightning; whose thwart Aamedriven
Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, (down
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the sun : such fire to use,
And what may else be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought,
He will instruct us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him ; so as we need not fear
To pass commodiously this life, sustain'd
By him with many comforts, till we end
In dust, our final rest and native home.
What better can we do, than, to the place
Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall
Before him reverent; and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg; with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
From his displeasure ; in whose look serene,
When angry most he seem'd and most severe,
Wiat else but favour, gr:ce, and mercy, shore ?**

So spake our father penitent; nor Eve
Felt less remorse : they, forth with to the olace
Repairing where he judg'd them, prostrate fell
Before him reverent; and both confess'd
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg'd; with tears
M'atering the ground, and with their sighs the old
Frequenting, seat from hearts contrite, in sigu
Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meck.


THE ARGUMENT. The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our Arst parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise ; sends Michael with a band of cherubim to dis possess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things; Mi. chael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's approach ; goes out to rrect aim : the angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamenta. tion.. Adam pleads, but submits; the angel leads him up to a high hill; sets before him in vision what shall happon tdk the Flood.

Thus they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood
Praying ; for from the mercy-seat above
Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead ; that sighs now breath'd
Unutterable; which the Spirit of prayer
Inspir'd, and wing'd for beaven with speedier Highs
Than loudest oratory: yet their port
Not of mean suitors; nor important less
Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair
In fables oid, less ancient yet than these,
Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore
The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine
Of Themis stood devout. To heaven their prayern
Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds
Blown vagabond or frustrate ; in they pass’d
Dimensionless through heavenly doors; then olad
With incense, where the golden altar fum'd,
By their great Intercessor, came in sight
Before the Father's throne: them the glad Son
Presenting, thus to intercede began :

* See, Father, what first-fruits on carth 8:**

sprung From thy implanted grace in man ; these sighs And prayers, which in this golden censer, mix'd With incense, I thy priest before thee bring ; Fruits of more pleasing savour, from thy seed Sown with contrition in his heart, than those Which, his own hand manuring, all the trees Of Paradise could have produc'd, ere fallen Froin innocence. Now, therefore, bend thine est. To supplication ; 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 good, ingraft; my merit those Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay accept me; and, in mo, for these receive The smell of peace toward mankind : let him live Before thee reconcil'd, at least his dar's Numler'd though sad; til death, his doom, (which) 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 ; Alade one with me, as I with thee am one.

To whom the Father, without cloud, sereno : “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 hiin forbids : Those pure immortal elements that know No gross, no nnharmonious mixture foil, Eject him, tainied now ; and purge him off, As a distemper, gross, to air as gross, And mortal food; as may dispose him best For dissolution 'ivrought by sin, that first Dis:-mper'd all things, and of incorrupt Corrupted. I, at first, with two fair gitu f'rpated him endlowot; wish hoppines And yomortality: thai fondly lust,

This other serv'd but to eternize woe
Till I provided death : so death becomes
His final remedy; and, after life,
Tried in sharp tribulation, and refin'd,
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Wak'd in the renovation of the just,
Resigns him up with heaven and earth renewid.
But let us cali to synod all the blest

(not hide
Through heaven's wide bounds: from them I wil
My judgments; bow with mankind I proceed,
As how with peccant angels late they saw,
And in their state, though firm, stood more con-

lle ended, and the Son gave signal hign
To the bright minis:er that watch'd; he blew
His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps
When God descended, and per saps once more

To sound at general doom. The angelic blast
Fill'd all the regions: from their blissful bowers
Of amarantine shade, fountain or spring,
By the waters of life, where'er they sat
In fellowships of joy, the sons of light
Hasted, resorting to the summons high ;
And took their seats : till from his throne sapremo
The Almighty tbus pronounc'd his sovran wil :

“O sons, like one of us man is become
To know both good and evil, since his taste
Of that defended fruit; but let him boast
His kuowledge of good lost, and evil got ;
Happier, had it suffic'd him to have known
Good by itself, and evil not at all.
He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite,
My motions in him; longer than they move,
His heart I know how variable and vain,
Self-left. Lest, therefore, his now bolder hand
Reach also to the tree of life, and eat,
And live for ever, dream at least to live
For ever, to remove him I decree,
And send Lim from the garden forili to till

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