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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;
Contented that thus far hath been reveal'd
Not of Earth only, but of highest Heaven.
To whom thus Adam, clear'd of doubt, replied :

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Intelligence of Heaven, Angel serene! .
And, freed from intricacies, taught to live
The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts
To interrupt the sweet of life, from which
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares, 185-
And not molest us; unless we ourselves
Seek them with wandering thoughts and notions vain.
But apt the mind or fancy is to rove
Uncheck'd, and of her roving is no end ;
Till warn'd, or by experience taught, she learn, 190
That, not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle ; but, to know
That which before nis lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom : What is more is fume,
Or emptiness, or fond impertinence :

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

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Of sweet repast; they satiate, and soon fill,
Though pleasant ; but thy words, with grace divine
Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety. 216

To whom thus Raphael answer'd heavenly meek :
Nor are thy lips ungraceful, Sire of men,
Nor tongue ineloquent; for God on thee
Abundantly his gifts hath also pour'd

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

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Desire with thee still longer to converse
Induced me. As new waked from soundest sleep,
Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid,
In balmy sweat; which with his beams the sun 255
Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes I turn'd,
And gazed awhile the ample sky; till, raised
By quick instinctive motion, up I sprung,
As thitherward endeavouring, and upright 260
Stood on my feet : about me round I saw .
Hill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains,
And liquid lapse of murmuring streams; by these
Creatures that lived and moved, and walk'd, or flew;
Birds on the branches warbling; all things smiled; '.
With fragrance and with joy my heart o'erflow'd. 266
Myself I then perused, and limb by limb
Survey'd, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran
With supple joints, as lively vigour led :
But who I was, or where, or from what cause, 270
Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake ;
My tongue obey'd, and readily could name.
Whate'er I saw. Thou Sun, said I, fair light,
And thou enlightend Earth, so fresh and gay,
Ye Hills, and Dales,'ye Rivers, Woods, and Plains,
And yo that live and move, fair Creatures, tell, 276
Tell, if ye saw, how I came thus, how here?
Not of myself ;- by some great Maker then,
In goodness and in power preeminent :
Tell me, how may I know him, how adore, 230
From whom I have that thus I move and live,
And feel that I am happier than I know.
While thus I call’d, and strayed I knew not whither,
From where I first drew air, and first beheld
This happy light; when, answer none return'd, 285
On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers,
Pensive I sat me down : there gentle sleep
First found me, and with soft oppression seized
My drowsied sense, untroubled, though I thought

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I then was passing to my former state

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Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve:
When suddenly.stood at my head a dream, .
Whose inward apparition gently moved
My fancy to believe I yet had being,
And lived: One came, methought, of shape divine,
And said, Thy mansion wants thee, Adam : rise, 296
First Man, of men innumerable ordain'd
First Father! call’d by thee, I come thy guide
To the garden of bliss, thy seat prepared.
Lo saying, by the hand he took me raised,
And over fields and waters, as in air
Smooth sliding without step, last led me up
A woody mountain ; whose high top was plain,
A circuit wide, enclosed, with goodliest trees
Planted, with walks and bowers; that what I saw 305
Of Earth before scarce pleasant seem’d. Each tree,
Loaden with fairest fruit that hung to the eye
Tempting, stirr'd in me sudden appetite
To pluck and eat; whereat I waked, and found
Before mine eyes all real, as the dream

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Had lively shadow'd : Here had new begun
My wandering, had not he, who was my guide
Up hither, from among the trees appear'd,
Presence Divine. Rejoicing, but with awe,
In adoration at his feet I fell

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Submiss: He rear'd me, and Whom thou sought'st I am,
Said mildly, Author of all this thou seest
Above, or round about thee, or beneath.
This Paradise I give thee, count it thine
To till and keep, and of the fruit to cat :

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Of every tree that in the garden grows
Eat freely with glad heart; fear here no dearth;
But of the tree whose operation brings
Knowledge of good and ill, which I have set
The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith, 325
Amid the garden by the tree of life,
Remember what I warn thee, shun to taste,

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