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Travelling east, and with her part adverse From the sun's beam meet night, her other part Still luminous by his ray. What if that light 140 Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air, To the terrestrial moon be as a star, Enlightening her by day, as she by night This earth ? reciprocal, if land be there,. Fields, and inhabitants : Her spots thou seest 145 As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce Fruits in her soften'd soil for sume to eat. Allotted there; and other suns perhaps, With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry, Communicating male and female light;
150 Which two great sexes animate the world, Stored in each orb perhaps with some that live. For such vast room in Nature unpossess'd By living soul, desert and desolate, Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute Each orb a glimpse of light, convey'd so far Down to this habitable, which returns Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. But whether thus these things, or whether not; Whether the sun, predominant in Heaven, 160 Rise on the earth; or earth rise on the sun; He from the east his flaming road begin ; Or she from west her silent course advance, With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps On her soft axle, while she paces even, . 165 And bears thee soft with the smooth air along; Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid; Leave them to God above ; him serve, and fear! Of other creatures, as him pleases best, Wherever placed, let him dispose ; joy thou In what he gives to thee, this Paradise And thy fair Eve; Heaven is for thee too high . To know what passes there ; be lowly wise : Think only what concerns thee, and thy being; . Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there. 175
Live, in what state, condition, or degree;
195 And renders us, in things that most concern, Unpractised, unprepared, and still to seek. Therefore from this high pitch let us descend A lower flight, and speak of things at hand Useful; whence, haply, mention may arise Of something not unseasonable to ask, By sufferance, and thy wonted favour, deign'd. Thee I have heard relating what was done Ere my remembrance : now, hear me relate My story, which perhaps thou hast not heard ; 205 And day is not yet spent; till then thou seest How subtly to detain thee I devise ; Inviting thee to hear while I relate; Fond! were it not in hope of thy reply: For, while I sit with thee, I seem in Heaven; 210 And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear Than fruits of palm tree pleasantest to thirst And hunger both, from labour, at the hour
Of sweet repast; they satiate, and soon fill,
To whom thus Raphael answer'd heavenly meek :
2,20 Inward and outward both, his image fair : Speaking, or mute, all comeliness and grace Attend thee ; and each word, each motion, form; Nor less think we in Heaven of thee on Earth Than of our fellow-servant, and inquire Gladly into the ways of God with Man: For God, we see, hath honour'd thee, and set On Man his equal love : Say therefore on; For I that day was absent, as befel, Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure, 230 Far on excursion toward the gates of Hell; Squared in full legion (such command we had,) To see that none thence issued forth a spy, Or enemy, while God was in his work; Lest he, incensed at such eruption bold,“ 235 Destruction with creation might have mix'd. Not that they durst without his leave attempt ; But us he sends upon his high behests For state, as Sov’reign King; and to inure Our proinpt obedience.. Fast we found, fast shut 240 The dismal gates, and barricadoed strong; But long ere our approaching heard within Noise, other than the sound of dance or song, Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage. Glad we return'd up to the coasts of light Ere sabbath-evening : so we had in charge. But thy relation now ; for I attend, Pleased with thy words no less than thou with mine.
So spake the Godlike Power, and thus our Sire : For Man to tell how human life began
250 Is hard : for who himself beginning know?
Desire with thee still longer to converse
I then was passing to my former state