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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 1065
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks.
Of these fair spreading treos; which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish

Leave cold the night, how we bis gather'd beams 1070
Reflected mạy with matter sere foment;
Or, by collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire ; as late the clouds
Justling, or push'd with winds, rude in their shoek,
Tine the slant lightning ; whose thwart flame, driven

Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine;

1076 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, 1080 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. . 1085 What better can we do than, to the place Repairing where he judged 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 1090 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, 1995 What else but favour, grace, and mercy, shone ?

So spake our father penitent; nor Eve

Repairing where he judged them, prostratè føll

Before him reverent; and both confessed 1100
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d: with tears
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sigo
Of sorrow unfeigo'd and humiliation meek



The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our first pa.

rents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts thom, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise; sends Michael with a band of Cherubim to dispossess them: but first to reveal to Adam future things: Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's approach; goes out to meet him; the Angel denounces their departure. Eve's Lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits: The Angel leads him up to a high hill; sets before him in vision what shall happen till the Flood.

Thus they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood
Praying ; for from the mercy-seat above
Prevenient grace descending had removed
The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead ; that sighs now breathed 5
Unutterable ; which the Spirit of prayer
Inspired, and wing'd for Heaven with speedier flight
Than loudest oratory: yet their port
Not of mean suitors ; nor important less
Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair 10
In fables old, 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 prayers
Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds 15
Blown vagabond or frustrate : in they pass'd
Dimensionless through heavenly doors; then clad
With incense, where the golden altar fumed
By their great Intercessor, came in sight
Before the Father's throne : them the glad Son 20
Prosenting, thus to intercede began :

See, Father, what first-fruits on earth are 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 produced, ere fallen From innocence. Now, therefore, bend thine ear 30 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 35 Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay.

The smell of peace toward mankind : let him live
Before thee reconciled, at least his days .
Number'd, though sad ; till death, his doom (which I
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;
Made one with me, as I with thee am one.

To whom the Father, without cloud, serene; 45
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 him forbids :
Those pure immortal elements, that know
No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,
Eject him, tainted now; and purge him off,
As a distemper, gross, to air as gross, .
And mortal food; as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by sin, that first
Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted. I, at first, with too fair gifts
treated him endow'd ;, with liappiness

And immortality: that fondly lost,
This other served but to eternize woe;
Till I provided death : so death becomes
His final remedy; and, after life,
Tried in sharp tribulation, and refined
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Waked in the renovation of the just,
Resigns him up with Heaven and Earth renew'd.
But let us call to synod all the Bless'd

Through Heaven's wide bounds : from them I will not
My judgments; how with mankind I proceed,
As how with peccant Angels late they saw, 70
And in their state, though firm, stood more confirm'd.

He ended, and the Son gave signal high
To the bright minister that watch'd ; he blev
His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps
When God descended, and perhaps once more
To sound at general dooin. 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 supreme
The Almighty thus pronounced his sov’reign will :

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 knowledge of good lost, and evil got;
Happier, had it sufficed 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 of the tree of life, and eat,
And live for ever, dream at least to live

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