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Approaching, thus to Adam call’d 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,
Where obvious duty erewhile appear'd unsought:
Or come I less conspicuous, or what change
Absents thee, or what chance detain ? Come forth
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, tho
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 briel,
I heard thee in the garden, and of thy voice
Afraid, being naked, hid myself. :: To whom
The gracious judge, without rerile 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 shouldst not eat ?
To whom thus Adam sore beset replied: O heav'n! in evil strait this day I stand Before my judge, either to undergo Myself the total crime, or to accuse My other self, the partner of my life; Whose failing, while her faith to me remains, I should conceal, and not expose to blame By my complaint; but strict necessity Subdues me, and calamitous constraint. Lest on my head both sin and punishment, However insupportable, be all Devolv'd : though should I hold my peace, yet thou Wouldst easily detect what I conceal. This woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help, dud gav’st me as thy perfect gift, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so divine.
That from her hand I could suspect no ill
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
Before his voice, or was she made thy guide
Superior, or but equal, that to her
Thou didst thy manhood, and the place
Wherein God set thee above her made of thec,
And for thee, whose perfection far excell'd
Hers in 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
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 shamie nigh overwhelmid
Confessing soon, yet not before her judge
Bold or loquacious, thus abash'd reply'd :
The serpent me beguild and I did eat.
Which when the Lord God heard, without delas To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer 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) Nor alter'd his offence; yet God at last To satan first in sin his doom apply'd, Though in mysterious terms, judged as then best: And on the serpent thus his curse let fall : Because thou hast done this, thou art accurs'd Above all cattle, each beast of the field ; Upon thy belly groveling thou shalt go, A nu dusi shall eat all the days of thy life.
Between thee and the woman, I will put
Enmity, and between thine and her seed ;
Her sced shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel
So spake this oracle, then verify'd
When Jesus son of Mary, second Eve,
Saw Satan fall like lighining down from heav'n,
Prince of the air; then rising from his grave
Spoild principalities and pow'rs, triumph'd
In open show, and with ascension bright,
Captivity led captive through the air,
The realm itself of Satan long usurp’d,
Whom he shall tread at last under our feet :
Ev'n he who now foretold his fatal bruise,
And to the woman thus his sentence vorn'd:
Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply
By thy conception; children thou shalt bring
In sorrow forth ; and to thy husband's will
'I hine shall submit; he over thee shall rule.
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd:
Because thou hast hearken’d to the voice of thy wite
And eaten of the tree, concerning which
I charg'd thee saying, Thus shalt not eat thereof :
Cursid is the ground for thy sake; thou in sorrow
Shalt eat thereof all the days of thy life ;
Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth
Unbid ; and thou shalt eat th' herb of the ficid.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat breast,
Till thou return unto the ground; for thou
Out of the ground wast taken, know thy birth,
For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return.
So judg'd he man, both judge and saviour sent, And th' instant stroke of death denounc'd that day Remov'd far off: then pitying how they stood Before him naked to the air, that now Must suffer change, disdain'd not to begin Thenceforth the form of servant to assume. As when he wash'd his servants' feet, so now. As father of his family he clad Their nakedness with skins of beasts, or slamu,
Or as ihe snake with youthful coat repaid;
And thought not much to clothe his enemies;
Nor he their outward only with the skins
Of beasts, but inward nakedness, much more
Opprobrious, with his robe of righteousness,
Arraying cover'd from his Father's sight.
To him with swift ascent he up return’d.
Into his blissful bosom reassum'd
In glory as of old ; to him appeas'd
All, though all-knowing, what had pass’d with man
Recounted, mixing intercession sweet.
Meanwhile ere thus was sinn’d and judg'd on Earán
Within the gates of hell sat Sin and Death,
In counterview within the gates, that now
Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame
Far into Chaos, since the fiend pass'd through,
Sin opening, v ho thus now to Death began :
O son, why sit we here each other veiwing
Idly, while Satan our great author thrives
In other worlds, and happier seat provides
For us his offspring dear? It cannot be
But that success attends him ; if mishap,
Ere this he had return'd, with fury driven
By his avengers, since no place like this
Căn fit his punishment, or their revenge.
Methinks I feel new strength within me rise,
Wings growing, and dominion given me large
Beyond this deep; whatever draws me on,
Or sympathy, or some connatural force
Pow'rful at greatest distance to unite
With secret amity things of like kind
By secretest conveyance
Inseparable must with me along :
For Death from Sin no pow'r can separate.
But lest the difficulty of passing back
Stay his return perhaps over this gulf
Impassable, impervious, let us try
Advent'rous work, yet to thy pow'r and mine.
Nit unagreeable. to found a path
Over this main from hell to that new world
Where Satan now prevails, a monument
Of merit high to all th’infernal host,
Easing their passage hence, for intercourse,
Or trans.nigration, as their lot shall lead.
Nor can I miss the way, so strongly drawn
By inis new felt attraction and instinct.
Whom thus the meagre shadow answer?d soon ·
Go whither fate and inclination strong
Leads thee; I shall not lag behind, nor err
way, thou leading, such a scent I draw Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste The savour of death from all things there that live Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid,
So saying, with delight he snuff''d the smell Of montal change on earth. As when a flock Of ravenous fowl, though many a league remote, Against the day of battle, to a field, N here armies lie encamp'd, come flying, lur'd With scent of living carcasses design'd For death the following day, in bloody fight: So scented the grim feature, and upturn'd His nostril wide into the murky air, Sagacious of his quarry from so far. Then both from out hell gates into the waste Wide anarchy of Chaos damp and dark Flew diverse, and with pow'r (their pow'r was great) Hovering upon the waters, what they met Solid or slimy, as in raging sea Tost up and down, together crowded drove from each side shoaling towards the mouth of hell As when two polar winds, blowing adverse, Upon the Cronian sea, together drive Mountains of ice, that stop th' imagin'd way Beyond Petsora eastward, to the rich Cathaian coast. The aggregated soil Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry, As with a trident smote, and fix'd as firm