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The time indeed when Eve the fruite did gripe,
150. (Alas poore Adam) now thou feel'st thy hurt, The air all cold doth make thy body smart, Weakens thy limbs, benummeth much thy
of the rest,
How many weeks, yeares, months, or count of
hath sent, The world and all can give us scarce content, But still we strive, and at thy secrets aim, Till thou our reason in our Sense doth maime Here is the glory of the Eternal Crowne, Mans earthly wisdome utterly throwes downe:
T'hough in Gods booke we love to pry and
peeke, In things divine some times we are to seeke.
154. But Time againe to God himself retiring, Where all his daughters were with joy admiring, To see the Devil damn'd to the lowest Hell, Adam expulst, themselves contented well. After a gentle kinde respectful awe, Before his eyes that all mens actions saw, Takes sacred justice by her reverent hand, That nobly, grave, within that place did stand, Leads her along in mild majestick state, Plact bothe her feete upon the Eastern gate. In scarlet robes down to her anckles trailing, A crowne of gold her browes all chaste impaling, Her hands are clean, not carried with a tale, Her modest eyes are covered with a vaile, Out from her mouth as heavens eternal cryer, There streames a blade of purest burnisht fire, A sword (which shakes) that upwards, down
wards curld, Like blazing stars amazing all the world.
155. Just by her side (at her right hand) Time places The goodliest Dame mongst all the Nymphs and
Bewails mans fall with teares bedews her cheeks,
pass the clouds and fiery frozen aire The Earth to leave, unto her to repair; Even in an instant at that happy time What heaven so high, but love divine will climb? Scale up the throne of God himself above, Thrice noble Lady full of grace and love. Nature amazed as wondering what it meant, To see thy looks betray a discontent. Enquires the cause that makes thy face so sad, The newes below she thinks is worse than bad.
158. But when she heard and understood the cause, That Eve and Adam brake their Makers lawes, Incurr'd a curse on all their future seed, She thought the world and all therein would bleed, And that Gods anger for so foul offence, Would not be pleas'd unless she went from thence. Not staying now to heare the matter scand, She takes her lovely sister by the hand. Descending both in all their rich attire, Downe the hot region of heavens burnisht fire,
Through the cold air beneath the moone they
dived And at the last in Paradise arrived. Here she stood by and saw Gods judgement past, And oftentimes forth from her eyes she cast A sea of salt and burning briny tears, Her love alas was ever full of feares, To make her venture in the heat and cold And mount the skies, as even but late I told : Bring nature downe in speedy post apace, To appease Gods Justice in that sacred place.
159. Time spies her forth, and takes her by the hand, Which lovely there within that place did stand: And as before he us'd each other Sister, So now this Lady first of all he kist her. Then leads her forth much like a lovely Queene, Spangled in jewels, wrought with gold in greene: Brings her to Justice, plact her by her side, In future ages ever more to bide. That till this world by power divine shall stand These sisters both should be on either hand, To guide the Earth and keepe her feet upright, And govern
all under the Prince of might: When mercy, justice both from love do flow, The scarlet garment seemes as white as snow.
160. Time back retires as heretofore he did, When now the place was of the Lady rid, And on a Dame of noble birth doth light, Cald Truth his daughter cloathed all in white: He takes her gently by her lilly hand, Wherein Gods booke did at that instant stand. Brought her along (as all the rest before) Over the gate upon the sacred dore, In all her robes with comely pompe and grace, And plact her right before Dame Justice face, O heavenly God, may I not well resemble The flaming sword which made the Earth to
tremble, When all the world thy sacred justice saw, To dear Elias living in the law,