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Clothed us unworthy ; pitying while he judged :
How much more, if we pray him, will his ear
Be open, and his heart to pity incline,
And teach us further by what means to shun
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
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair-spreading trees; which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth, to cherish
Our limbs benumbed ; ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gathered beams
Reflected, may with matter sere foment;
Or, by collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds
Justling, or pushed with winds, rude in their shock,
Tine the slant lightning ; whose thwart flame, driven

down,
Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine ;
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,
He will instruct us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him : so as we need not fear
To pass commodiously this life, sustained
By him with many comforts, till we end
In dust, our final rest and native home.
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
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeigned, and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
From his displeasure; in whose look serene,
When angry most he seemed and most severe,
What else but favour, grace, and mercy, shone ?

So spake our father penitent; nor Eve
Felt less remorse : they forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judged them, prostrate fell
Before him reverent; and both confessed
Humbly their faults, and pardon begged; with tears
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeigned, and humiliation meek.

END OF THE TENTH BOOK.

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THE

ELEVENTH BOOK

OF

PARADISE LOST.

ARGUMENT.

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

parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, 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, and sets before him in vision what shall happen till the Flood.

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