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Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild :
Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign
What justly thou hast lost, nor set thy heart,
Thus overfond, on that which is not thine :
Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes

290 Thy husband ; him to follow thou art bound; Where he abides, think there thy native soil.

Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering, and his scatter'd spirits return'd, To Michaël thus his humble words address'd: 295

Celestial, whether among the Thrones, or named Of them the highest ; for such of shape may seem Prince above princes : gantly hast thou told Thy message, which might else in telling wound, And in perforining end us; what besides 300 Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring, Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess, and only consolation left

Inhospitable appear, and desolate ;
Nor knowing us, nor known: and, if by prayer
Incessant I could hope to change the will
Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
To weary him with my assiduous cries:

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But prayer against his absolute decree ,
No more avails than breath against the wind,
Blown stilling back on him that breathes it forth:
Therefore to his great bidding I submit.
This most afflicts me, that, departing hence, 315
As from his face I shall be hid, deprived
His blessed countenance : here I could frequent
With worship place by place where he vouchsafed
Presence Divine ; and to my sons relate,
On this mount he appear'd; under this tree 3.20
Stood visible ; among these pines his voice

I heard; here with him at this fountain talk'd : · So many grateful altars I would rear

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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 footstep trace ?
For though I fled him angry, yet, recall'd 330
To life prolong'd and promised race, I now
Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts
Of glory; and far off his steps adore.

To whom thus Michaël with regard benign :
Adam, thou know'st Heaven his, and all the Earth;
Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills 336
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 confined
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 345
And reverence thee, their great progenitor.
But this preeminence thou hast lost, brought down
To dwell on even ground now with thy sons:
Yet doubt not but in valley and on plain
God is, as here ; and will be found alike

350 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 mayst believe, and be confirm'd 355 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 360 Truo patience, and to temper joy with fear

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And pious sorrow; equally inured
By moderation either state to bear,
Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead
Safest thy life, and best prepared 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 wakest;
As once thou slept'st, while she to life was form’d.

To whom thus Adam gratefully replied: 370
Ascend ; I follow thee, safe Guide, the path
Thơu lead'st me; and to the hand of Heaven submit,
However chasteniny ; to the evil turn
My obvious breast; arming to overcome
By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, 375
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. 380
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 385
City of old or modern fame, the seat
Of mightiest empire, from the destined wall
Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne,
To Paquin of Sinæan 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 maritime kings
Mombaza, and Quiloa, and Melind,

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And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm
Of Congo, and Angola furthest 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 405
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

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Call El Dorado. But to nobler sights
Michael from Adam's eyes the film removed,
Which that false fruit that promised clearer sight
Had bred; then purged with euphrasy and rue
The visual nerve, for he had much to see ;

415 And from the well of life three drops instillid. So deep the power of these ingredients pierced, Even to the inmost seat of mental sight, That Adam, now enforced to close his eyes, Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranced ; 420 But him the gentle Angel by the hand Soon raised, 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 touched 425 The excepted tree; nor with the snake conspired; Nor sinned thy sin ; yet from that sin derive Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds.

His eyes he opened, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves 430 New reap'd; the other part sheep-walks and folas; I' the midst an altar as the landmark stood,

Rustic, of grassy sord : thither anon 5 A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought

First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, 435 Uncull'd, as came to hand : a shepherd nest,

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 performed. 440
His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven
Consumed with nimble glance and grateful steam ;
The other's not, for his was not sincere;
Whereat he inly raged, and, as they talk'd,
Smote him into the midriff with a stone

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That beat out life ; he fell; and, deadly pale,
Groan'd out his soul with gushing blood effused.
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 befallen 450 To that meek man, who well had sacrificed ; Is piety thus and pure devotion paid ?

To whom Michaël thus, he also moved, replied: These two are brethren, Adam, and to come Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain, 455 For envy that his brother's offering found From Heaven acceptance ; but the bloody fact Will be avenged; and the other's faith, approved, Lose no reward ; though here thou see him die, Rolling in dust and gore. To which our sire: 460

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 terror, foul and ugly to behold, Horrid to think, how horrible to feel ! • To whom thus Michaël : 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, 470 Some, as thou saw’st, by violent stroke shall did; By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more In meats and drinks, which on the earth shall bring

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