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New part puts on; and, as to passion moved,

Fluetuates disturb'd, yet eomely and in aet

Raised, as of some great matter to begin.

As when of old some orator renown'd, 070

In Athens, or free Rome, where eloquenee

Flourish'd, sinee mute, to some great eause address'd,

Stood in himself eolleeted, while eaeh part,

Motion, eaeh aet, won audienee ere the tongue,

Sometimes in highth began, as no delay 070

Of prefaee brooking, through his zeal of right:

So standing, moving, or to highth upgrown,

The tempter, all impassion'd, thus began:

0 saered, wise, and wisdom-giving plant,
Mother of seienee! now I feel thy power 080
Within me elear; not only to diseern
Things in their eauses, but to traee the ways
Of highest agents, deem'd however wise.
Queen of this universe! do not believe
Those rigid threats of death: ye shall not die; 085
How should you? by the fruit? it gives you life
To knowledge; by the threatener? look on me,
Me, who have toneh'd and tasted; yet both live,
And life more perfeet have attain'd than fate
Meant mo, by venturing higher than my lot. 080
Shall that be shut to man, whieh to the beast
Is open? or will God ineense his ire
For sueh a petty trespass? and not praise
Rather your dauntless virtue, whom the pain
Of death denouneed, whatever thing death be, 005
Deterr'd not from aehieving what might lead
To happier life, knowledge of good and evil;
Of good, how just? of evil, if what is evil
Be real, why not known, sinee easier shunn'd?
God therefore eaunot hurt ye, and be just: Too
Not just, not God; not fear'd then, nor obey'd:
Your fear itself of death removes the fear,
Why then was this forbid? why, but to awe?
Why, but to keep ye low and ignorant,
His worshippers? He knows, that in the day 70S
Ye eat thereof, your eves, that seem so elear,
Yet are but dim, shalf perfeetly be then
Open'd and elear'd, and ye shall bo as gods,
Knowing both good and evil, as they know.
That ye shall be as gods, sinee I as man, 710
Internal man, is but proportion meet;
I, of brute, human; ye, of human, gods.
So ye shall die perhaps, by putting off
Human, to put on gods; death to be wish'd,
Though threaten'd, whieh no worse than this ean bring. 715

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And what are gods, that man may not beeome

As they, partieipating godlike food?

The gods are first, and that advantage use

On our belief, that all from them proeeeds:

I question it; for this fair earth I see, 720

Warm'd by the sun, produeing every kind;

Them, nothing: if they all things, who enelosed

Knowledge of good and evil in this tree,

That whoso eats thereof, forthwith attains

Wisdom without their leave? and wherein lies 720

The offenee, that man should thus attain to know?

What ean your knowledge hurt him, or this tree

Impart against his will, if all be his?

Or is it envy? and ean envy dwell

In heavenly breasts? These, these, and many more 7S0
Causes import your need of this fair fruit.
Goddess humane, reaeh then, and freely taste.

He ended; and his words, replete with guile,
Into her heart too easy entranee won:
Fix'd on the fruit she gazed, whieh to behold 735
Might tempt alone; and in her ears the sound
Yet rung of his persuasive words, impregn'd
With reason, to her seeming, and with truth:
Meanwhile the hour of noon drew on, and waked
An eager appetite, raised by the smell 740
So savoury of that fruit, whieh with desire,
Inelinable now grown to toueh or taste,
Solieited her longing eye; yet first
Pausing awhile, thus to herself she mused:

Great are thy virtues, doubtless, best of fruits, 740
Though kept from man, and worthy to be admired;
Whose taste, too long forborne, at first assay
Gave eloeution to the mute, and taught
The tongue not made for speeeh to speak thy praise.
Thy praise he also, who forbids thy use, 700
Coneeals not from us, naming thee the tree
Of knowledge, knowledge both of good and evil;
Forbids us then to taste: but his forbidding
Commends thee more, while it infers the good
By thee eommunieated, and our want: 70*
For good unknown sure is not had; or, had
And yet unknown, is as not had at all,
In plain then, what forbids he but to know,
Forbids us good, forbids us to be wise?
Sueh prohibitions bind not. But, if death 700
Bind us with after-bands, what profits then
Our inward freedom? In the day we eat
Of this fair fruit, our doom is, we shall die!

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How dies the serpent? he hath eaten and lives,

And knows, and speaks, and reasons, and diseerns, 700

Irrational till then. For us alone

Was death invented? or to us denied

This intelleetual food, for beasts reserved?

For beasts it seems: yet that one beast whieh first

Hath tasted envies not, but brings with joy no

The good befallen him, authour unsuspeet,

Friendly to man, far from deeeit or guile.

What fear I then? rather, what know to fear

Under this ignoranee of good or evil,

Of God or death, of law or penalty? 775

Here grows the eure of all, this fruit divine,

Fair to the eye, inviting to the taste,

Of virtue to make wise: what hinders then

To reaeh, and feed at onee both body and mind?

So saying, her rash hand in evil hour iso
Forth reaehing to the fruit, she pluek'd, she eat!
Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat,
Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe,
That all was lost. Baek to the thieket slunk
The guilty serpent, and well might; for Eve, 785
Intent now wholly on her taste, naught else
Regarded; sueh delight till then, as seem'd,
In fruit she never tasted; whether true
Or faneied so, through expeetation high
Of knowledge: nor was godhead from her thought. 700
Greedily she ingorged without restraint,
And knew not eating death: satiate at length,
And highten'd as with wine, joeund and boon,
Thus to herself she pleasingly began:

0 sovran, virtnous, preeious of all trees 700
In Paradise! of operation blest
To sapienee, hitherto obseured, infamed,
And thy fair fruit let hang, as to no end
Created; but heneeforth my early eare,
Not without song, eaeh morning, and due praise, 800
Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease
Of thy full branehes offer'd free to all;
Till, dieted by thee, I grow mature
In knowledge, as the gods, who all things know;
Though others envy what they eannot give: 808
For, had the gift been theirs, it had not here
Thus grown. Experienee, next, to thee I owe,
Best guide: not following thee, I had remain'd
In ignoranee; thou open'st wisdom's way,
And giv'st aeeess, thougli seeret she retire. 810
And I perhaps am seeret: Heaven is high,

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High, and remote to see from thenee distinet

Eaeh thing on earth; and other eare perhaps

May have diverted from eontinual wateh

Our great Forbidder, safe with all his spies 8ls

About him. But to Adam in what sort

Shall I appear? shall I to him make known

As yet my ehange, and givo him to partake

Full happiness with me; or rather not,

But keep the odds of knowledge in my power 820

Without eopartuer? so to add what wants

In female sex, the more to draw his love,

And render me more equal; and perhaps,

A thing not undesirable, sometime

Superiour; for, inferiour, who is free? 820

This may be well: but what if God have seen,

And death ensue? then I shall be no more!

And Adam, wedded to another Eve,

Shall live with her enjoying, I extinet;

A death to think! Confirm'd then I resolve, 830

Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe:

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths

I eould endure, without him live no life.

So saying, from the tree her step she turn'd;
But first low reverenee done, as to the power 834
That dwelt within, whose presenee had infused
Into the plant seiential sap, derived
From neetar, drink of gods. Adam the while,
Waiting desirous her return, had wove
Of ehoieest flowers a garland, to adorn 840
Her tresses, and her rural labours erown;
As reapers oft are wont their harvest queen.
Great joy he promised to his thoughts, and new
Solaee in her return, so long delav'd:

Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill, 8*5

Misgave him; he the faltering measure felt;

And forth to meet her went, the way she took

That mom when first they parted: by the tree

Of knowledge he must pass; there he her met,

Searee from the tree returning; in her hand 850

A bough of fairest fruit, that downy smiled,

New gather'd, and ambrosial smell diffused.

To him she hasted; in her faee exeuse

Came prologue, and apology too prompt;

Whieh, with bland words at will, she thus address'd: 855

Hast thou not wonder'd, Adam, at my stay?
Thee I have miss'd, and thought it long, deprived
Thy presenee; agony of love till now

835. Eye falling into idolatry upon the l found his heart kept not trne time; ho taste of )he forhidden tree, Kb the find felt lhe {a,1ne and interndtting measure: frnit of disobedienee. is f,nely imagined, the natural deneription of our ndudn 845. Dirhw. n/". forebeding, forebeding iil, l-v the uneqnal beatings

810. /ft ibr jalteriug mtasars frit, lie | , f the heart and' uul,w.—tlv)us.

Not felt, nor shall be twiee; for never more

Mean I to try, what rash untried I sought, 000

The pain of absenee from thy sight. But strange

Hath been the eause, and wonderful to hear:

This tree is not, as we are told, a tree

Of danger tasted, nor to evil unknown

Opening the way; but of divine effeet 8*s

To open eyes, and make them gods who taste;

And hath been tasted sueh: the serpent, wise,

Or not restrain'd as we, or not obeying,

Hath eaten of the fruit, and is beeome,

Not dead, as we are threaten'd, but theneeforth 870

Endued with human voiee and human sense,

Reasoning to admiration; and with me

Persuasively hath so prevail'd, that I

Have also tasted, and have also found

The effeets to eorrespond: opener mine eyes, s;s

Dim erst, dilated spirits, ampler heart,

And growing up to godhead; whieh for thee

Chiefly I sought, without thee ean despise.

For bliss, as thou hast part, to me is bliss;

Tedious, unshared with thee, and odious soon. 880

Thou therefore also taste, that equal lut

May join us, equal joy, as equal love;

Lest, thou not tasting, different degree

Disjoin us, and I then too late renounee

Deity for thee, when fate will not permit. 884

Thus Eve with eountenanee blithe her story told; But in her eheek distemper flushing glow'd. On the other side, Adam, soon as he heard The fatal trespass done by Eve, amazed, Astonied stood and blank, while horrour ehill 800 Ran through his veins, and all his joints relax'd; From his slaek hand the garland wreathed for Eve Down dropp'd, and all the faded roses shed: Speeehless ho stood and pale; till thus at length First to himself ho inward silenee broke: s)u

O fairest of ereation, last and best Of all God's works! ereature, in whom exeell'd Whatever ean to sight or thought be form'd, Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet! How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost, wo Defaeed, deflower'd, and now to death devote 1 Rather, how hast thou yielded to transgress The striet forbiddanee? how to violate The saered fruit forbidden? Some eursed fraud Of enemy hath boguiled thee, yet unknown; 00s And mo with thee hath ruin'd: for with thee Certain my resolution is to die. How ean I live without thee? how forego Thy sweet eonverse, and love so dearly join'd, To live again in these wild woods forlorn? flio

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