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Possession of the garden: he alone,
To find where Adam sheltered, took his way;
Not unperceived of Adam, who to Eve,
While the great visitant approached, thus spake:
"Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps
"Adam! Heaven's high behest no preface needs:
1 So called from a city of Thessaly, famous for the tutrvm, or purple-fish, there caught. 3 i. e. the Tyrian purple.
He added not; for Adam at the news Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood That all his senses bound: Eve, who unseen Yet all had heard, with audible lament Discovered soon the place of her retire:
"Oh, unexpected stroke, worse than of death!
Whom thus the angel interrupted mild:
Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp
"Celestial, whether among the thrones, or named Of them the highest, for such of shape may seem Prince above princes, gently hast thou told Thy message, which might else in telling wound, And in performing end us; what besides 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 Familiar to our eyes; all places else Inhospitable appear and desolate,