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Resplendent all his Father manifest
FATHER eternal, thine is to decree,
Taus saying, from his radiant seat he rose Of high collateral glory', him Thrones and Powers, Princedoms, and Dominations ministrant Accompanied to Heaven gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended straight; the speed of Gods Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing' Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth now wak’d, and usher in
The evening cool, when he from wrath more cool
95 Came the mild judge and intercessor both To sentence Man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden, by soft winds Brought to their ears, while day declin’d; they heard, And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees, both man and wife, till God Approaching, thus to Adam call' aloud. Where art thou Adam, wont with joy to meet My coming seen far off? I miss thee here, Not pleas'd, thus entertain'd with solitude, 105 Where obvious duty' ere while appear'd unsought : Or come I less conspicuous, or what change Absents thee, or what chance detains? Come forth.
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, though first To offend, discount'nanc'd both, and discompos'd; Love was not in their looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despair, Anger, and obstinacy', and hate, and guile. Whence Adam falt'ring long, thus answer'd brief. I heard thee in the gard’n, and of thy voice 116 Afraid, being naked, hid myself. To whom The gracious Judge without revile reply'd. My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd, But still rejoic'd; how is it now become So dreadful to thee? That thou art naked, who Hath told thee? Hast thou eaten of the tree, Whereof I gave thee charge thou shoulds't not eat? To whom thus Adam sore beset reply'd.
O Heav'n in evil straight this day I stand 125
136 This Woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help, And gav'st me as thy perfect gift, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so divine, That from her hand I could suspect no ill,
140 And what she did, whatever in itself, Her doing seem'd to justify the deed; She gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
To whom the sov'reign Presence thus reply'd. Was she thy God, that her thou didst obey 145 Before his voice, or was she made thy guide, Superior, or but equal, that to her Thou didst resign thy manhood, and the place Wherein God set thee' above her made of thee, And for thee, whose perfection far excell'd Her's in all real dignity ? Adorn'd She was indeed, and lovely to attract 'Thy love, not thy subjection ; and her gifts Were such as under government well seem'd,
Unseemly to bear rule, which was thy part 155 And person,
hadst thou known thyself aright. So having said, he thus to Eve in few. Say Woman, What is this which thou hast done ?
To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm'd, Confessing soon, yet not before her judge
160 Bold or loquacious, thus abash'd reply'd. The Serpent me beguil'd, and I did eat.
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer
165 The guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation; justly then accurs'd, As vitiated in nature : more to know Concern'd not Man (since he no further knew) 170 Nor alter'd his offence ; yet God at last To Satan first in sin his doom apply'd, Though in mysterious terms, judg'd as then best : And on the serpent thus his curse let fall. Because thou hast done this, thou art accurs'd
So spake this oracle, then verify'd
Prince of the air ; then rising from his grave 185
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd. Because thou' hast hearken’d to the voice of thy wife, And eaten of the tree, concerning which
So judg'd he man, both judge and saviour sent,