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More grateful, to their supper-fruits they fell, So spake the Fiend; and with necessity,
Nearer to view his prey, and unespy'd,
A lion now he stalks with fiery glare ;
In some purlieu, two gentle fawns at play,
Strait couches close, then rising changes oft
To first of women, Eve, thus moving speech,
Turn'd him, all ear, to hear new utterance flow.
Sole partner, and sole part of all these joys! Gave proof unheeded; others on the grass
Dearer thyself than all! needs must the Pow'r
That made us, and for us this ample world,
Be infinitely good, and of his good
As liberal and free, as infinite,
That rais'd us from the dust, and plac'd us here
Have nothing merited, nor can perform
From us no other service than to keep
This one, this easy charge, of all the trees
In Paradise, that bear delicious fruit
So various, not to taste that only tree
Of knowledge, planted by the tree of life ;
Some dreadful thing no doubt; for well thou know'st,
God hath pronounc'd it death to taste that tree,
The only sign of our obedience left
Among so many signs of pow'r and rule
Conferr'd upon us, and dominion given
Over all other creatures that possess
Earth, air, and sea. Then let us not think hard
One easy prohibition, who enjoy
Free leave so large to all things else, and choice
Unlimited of manifold delights:
But let us ever praise him, and extol
His bounty, following our delightful task, [flowers,
To prune these growing plants, and tend these That I with you must dwell, or you with me
Which were it toilsome, yet with thee were sweet. Henceforth : my dwelling haply may not please,
To whom thus Eve replied. Othou for whom Like this fair Paradise, your sense ; yet such
And from whom I was form’d, flesh of thy flesh,
And without whom am to no end, my guide
And head, what thou hast said is just and right:
For we to him indeed all praises owe,
And daily thanks; I chiefly, who enjoy
So far the happier lot, enjoying thee
Pre-eminent by so much odds, while thou
Like consort to thyself canst no where find.
That day I oft remember, when from sleep
I first awak'd, and found myself repos'd
Under a shade on flow'rs, much wond'ring where
And what I was; whence thither brought, and how: Honour and empire with revenge enlarg’d,
Not distant far from thence a murm'ring sound
Of waters issued from a cave, and spread
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(MILTON. Into a liquid plain, then stood unmov'd
Envy them that? Can it be sin to know?
The proof of their obedience and their faith?
O fair foundation laid whereon to build
Their ruin. Hence I will excite their minds
With mere desire to know, and to reject
Envious commands, invented with design
They taste and die: what likelier can ensue?
eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire, But first with narrow search I must walk round
What further would be learn'd. Live while you
Short pleasures, for long woes are to succeed.
THE CONVERSATION OF ADAM AND
So promis'd he; and Uriel to his charge
Return'don that bright beam, whose point now rais'd
By shorter flight to th' east, had left him there Substantial life, to have thee by my side
Arraying with reflected purple and gold Henceforth an individual solace dear;
The clouds that on his western throne attend. Part of my soul I seek thee, and thee claim
Now came still evening on, and twilight grey My other half; with that thy gentle hand
Had in her sober livery all things clad; Seiz'd mine; I yielded, and from that time see
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, How beauty is excell'd by manly grace
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests And wisdom, which alone is truly fair.
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale;
Silence was pleas’d: now glow'd the firmament
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, Both of her beauty and submissive charms
And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw. Smil'd with superior love, as Jupiter
When Adam thus to Eve. Fair consort, the hour On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest, That shed May flow'rs; and press'd her matron lip Mind us of like repose, since God hath set With kisses pure: aside the Devil turn'd
Labour and rest, as day and night to men For envy; yet with jealous leer malign
Successive; and the timely dew of sleep Ey'd them askance, and to himself thus plain'd.
Now falling with soft slumbrous weight inclines Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus these two Our eye-lids: other creatures all day long Imparadis'd in one another's arms,
Rove idly unemploy'd, and less need rest; The happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill
Man hath his daily work of body or mind Of bliss on bliss; while I to Hell am thrust, Appointed, which declares his dignity, Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire, And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways, Among our other torments not the least,
While other animals unactive range, Still unfulfill’d with pain of longing pines.
And of their doings God takes no account. Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd
To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east From their own mouths: all is not theirs, it seems ;
With first approach of light, we must be risen, One fatal tree there stands, of knowledge callid,
And at our pleasant labour to reform Forbidden them to taste. Knowledge forbidden? Yon flow'ry arbors, yonder alleys green, Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
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To whom thus Eve with perfect beauty adorn'd. Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub
Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flower,
Iris all hues, roses, and jessamine,
Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay
morn, her rising sweet, Of costliest emblem: other creature here,
In sad event, when to th' unwiser son
Both turn’d, and under open sky ador'd
And starry pole: Thou also mad’st the night,
Maker omnipotent, and thou the day,
Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help
And mutual love, the crown of all our blisk
For us too large, where thy abundance wants
Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground.
But thou hast promis'd from us two a race
To fill the earth, who shall with us extol
Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake,
And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep.
Handed they went; and eas'd the putting off
These troublesome disguises which we wear,
Straight side by side were laid; nor turn'd I wees
Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites
Mysterious of connubial love refus'd;
Whatever hypocrites austerely talk
Of purity, and place, and innocence,
Defaming as impure what God declares
Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all.
Our Maker bids increase ; who bids abstain
But our destroyer, foe to God and man:
Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source
Of human offspring, sole propriety
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(MILTON. In Paradise of all things common else. By thee adult'rous lust was driv'n from men
Close at mine ear one call'd me forth to walk Among the bestial herds to range; by thee,
With gentle voice, I thought it thine; it said, Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure,
Why sleep'st thou, Eve? Now is the pleasant time, Relations dear and all the charities
The cool, the silent, save where silence yields Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
To the night-warbling bird, that now awake Far be it, that I should write thee sin or blame,
Tunes sweetest his love-labour'd song; now reigns
Full orb'd the moon, and with more pleasing light
Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain,
If none regard; Heav'n wakes with all his eyes,
Whom to behold but thee, Nature's desire ? Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs us’d. In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment Here love his golden shafts employs, here lights
Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, I rose as at thy call, but found thee not ; Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile To find thee I directed then my walk; Of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendear'd,
And on, methought, alone I pass'd through ways Casual fruition; nor in court amours,
That brought me on a sudden to the tree
Much fairer to my fancy than by day:
By us oft seen; his dewy locks distillid
And, O fair plant! said he, with fruit surcharg'd, No happier state, and know to know no more. Deigns none to ease thy load, and taste thy sweet,
Nor God, nor man? Is knowledge so despis’d?
Or envy, or what reserve forbids to taste ?
Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold
At such bold words, vouch'd with a deed so bold:
Sweet of thyself, but much more sweet thus cropt,
Forbidden here, it seems, as only fit
And why not Gods of men, since good, the more
The Author not impair’d, but honour'd more?
Here, happy creature, fair angelic Eve,
Partake thou also, happy tho' thou art,
Happier thou may'st be, worthier canst not be:
Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods,
Ascend to Heav'n, by merit thine, and see
What life the Gods live there, and such live thou.
With him I flew, and underneath beheld
Such whisp’ring wak'd her, but with startled eye The earth outstretch'd immense, a prospect wide On Adam, whom embracing, thus she spake. And various: wond'ring at my flight and change
O sole, in whom my thoughts find all repose, To this high exaltation; suddenly
My guide was goue, and I, methought, sunk down,
Related, and thus Adam answer'd sad.
Best image of myself, and dearer half, But of offence and trouble, which my mind
The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Knew never till this irksome night: Methought Affects me equally; nor can I like ,
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125 This uncouth dream, of evil sprung I fear;
Speak ye who best can tell, ye sons of light,
And choral symphonies, day without night,
Circle his throne, rejoicing; ye in Heaven,
On earth join all ye creatures to extol
Him first, him last, him midst, and without end.
Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
If better thou belong not to the dawn,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn
With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul,
Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise To imitate her; but misjoining shapes,
In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st, Wild works produces oft, and most in dreams,
And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou Il matching words and deeds long past or late.
fall'st. Some such resemblances, methinks, I find
Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fy'st,
And ye five other wand'ring fires that move
In mystic dance, not without song, resound
His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light.
Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth
Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix
Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
From hill or steaming lake, dusky or grey,
Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
Socheer'd he his fair spouse, and she was cheer'd, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers,
Rising or falling, still advance his praise.
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye pines,
That, singing, up to Heaven gate ascend,
Bear on your wings, and in your notes his praise.
The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep;
Witness if I be silent, morn, or even,
To hill or valley, fountain or fresh shade,
Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise.
Hail! universal Lord, be bounteous still
To give us only good; and the night
Have gather'd aught of evil, or conceal’d,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.
THE ANGEL RAPHAEL SENT TO WARN
ADAM OF HIS DANGER.
So spake th' eternal Father, and fulfill'd
All justice: nor delay'd the winged Saint
After his charge receiv’d; but from among
Thousand celestial Ardors, where he stood
Flew thro' the midst of Heav'n; th’angelic choirs,
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Thus wondrous fair; thyself how wondrous then!
, who sit'st above these Heavens
La these thy lowest works; yet these declare