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Reserv'd from night, and kept for thee in store.

So cheer'd he his fair spouse, and she was cheer'd; But silently a gentle tear let fall From either eye, and wip'd them with her hair; Two other precious drops that ready stood, Each in their chrystal sluice, he ere they fell Kiss'd, as the gracious signs of sweet remorse And pious awe, that fear'd to have offended.

So all was clear'd, and to the field they haste. But first, from under shady arborous roof. Soon as they forth were come to open sight Of day-spring, and the sun, who, scarce up-risen, With wheels yet hovering o'er the ocean-brim, Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray, Discovering in wide landskip all the east Of Paradise and Eden's happy plains, Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began Their orisons, each morning duly paid In various style ; for neither various style Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Their Maker, in fit strains pronounc'd, or sung Unmeditated; such' prompt eloquence Flow'd from their lips, in prose or numerous verse, More tuneable than needed lute or harp To add more sweetness; and they thus began.

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty! Thine this universal frame, Thus wonderous fair; Thyself how wonderous then !

power divine.

Unspeakable, who sitst above these heavens
To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy loweșt works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and
Speak, ye who best can tell, ye sons of light,
Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs
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
In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st,
And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou

fall'st.
Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fly'st,
With the fix'd Stars, fix’d in their orb that fies;
And

ye

five other wandering Fires, that move
In mystick dance not without song, resound
His praise, who out of darkness call’d up light.
Air, and ye Elements, the eldest birth
Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run
Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix

And nourish all things; let your ceaseless change
Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Ye Mists and Exhalations, that now rise
From hill or steaming lake, dusky or gray,
Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
In honour to the world's great Author rise;
Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd sky,
Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers,
Rising or falling still advance his praise.
His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters blow,
Breathe soft or loud ; and, wave your tops, ye Pines,
With every plant, in sign of worship wave.
Fountains, and ye that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Join voices all ye living Souls: Ye Birds,
That singing up to Heaven-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise.
Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk
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 if the night
Have gather'd aught of evil, or conceald,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark !

So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts Firm peace recover'd soon, and wonted calm.

On to their morning's rural work they haste,
Among sweet dews and flowers; where any row
Of fruit-trees over-woody reach'd too far
Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check
Fruitless embraces : or they led the vine
To wed her elm; she, spous’d, about him twines
Her marriageable arms, and with her brings
Her dower, the adopted clusters, to adorn
His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld
With pity Heaven's high King, and to him call’d
Raphael, the sociable Spirit, that deign'd
To travel with Tobias, and secur'd
His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid.

Raphael, said he, thou hear’st what stir on Earth Satan, from Hell 'scap'd through the darksome

gulf,
Hath rais'd in Paradise ; and how disturb'd
This night the human pair; how he designs
In them at once to ruin all mankind.
Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend
Converse with Adam, in what bower or shade
Thou find'st him from the heat of noon retir'd
To respite his day-labour with repast,
Or with repose' ; and such discourse bring on,
As may advise him of his happy state,
Happiness in his power left free to will,
Left to his own free will, his will though free,
Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware

He swerve not, too secure : Tell him withal
His danger, and from whom; what enemy,
Late fall’n himself from Heaven, is plotting now
The fall of others from like state of bliss;
By violence ? no, for that shall be withstood;
But by deceit and lies : This let him know,
Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend
Surprisal, unadmonish’d, unforewarn’d.

So spake the Eternal Father, and fulfill'd
All justice: Nor delay'd the winged Saint
After his charge receiv'd; but from among
Thousand celestial Ardours, where he stood
Veild with his gorgeous wings, up springing light,
Flew through the midst of Heaven; the angelick quires
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Through all the cmpyreal road; till, at the gate
Of Heaven arriv'd, the gate self-open’d wide
On golden hinges turning, as by work
Divine the sovran Architect had fram’d.
From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight,
Star interpos'd, however small he sees,
Not unconform’d to other shining globes,
Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crown'd
Above all hills. As when by night the glass
Of Galileo, less assur'd, observes
Imagin'd lands and regions in the moon :
Or pilot, from amidst the Cyclades
Delos or Samos first appearing, kens

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