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This most affliets me, that, departing henee, 310

As from his faee I shall be hid, deprived

His blessed eountenanee: here I eould frequent

With worship, plaee by plaee, where he vouehsafed

Presenee Divine; and to my sons relate:—

On this mount he appear'd; under this tree 320

Stood visible; among these pines bis voiee

I heard; here with him at this fountain talk'd:—

So many grateful altars I would rear

Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone

Of lustre from the brook, in memory 320

Or monument to ages; and thereon

Offer sweet-smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers.

In yonder nether world where shall I seek

His bright appearanees, or footstep traee?

For though I fled him angry, yet, reeall'd 330

To life prolong'd and promised raee, I now

Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts

Of glory; and far off his steps adore.

To whom thus Miehael with regard benign: Adam, thou know'st heaven his, and all the earth; 330 Not this roek only; his omnipresenee fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual power and warm'd: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule, No despieable gift; surmise not then 840 His presenee to these narrow bounds eonfined Of Paradise, or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy eapital seat, from whenee had spread All generations; and had hither eome From all the ends of the earth, to eelebrate US And reverenee thee, their great progenitor, But this pre-eminenee thou hast lost, brought down To dwell on even ground now with thy sons: Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain, God is, as here; and will be found alike sso Present; and of his presenee many a sign Still following thee, still eompassing thee round With goodness and paternal love, his faee Express, and of his steps the traek divine. Whieh that thou mayst believe, and be eonfirm'd 305 Ere thou from henee depart, know, I am sent To show thee what shall eome in future days To thee and to thy offspring: good with bad Expeet to hear, supernal graee eontending With sinfulness of men; thereby to learn 300 True patienee, and to temper joy with fear And pious sorrow; equally inured By moderation either state to bear, Prosperous or adverse: so shalt thou lead

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Safest thy life, and best prepared endure 300
Thy mortal passage when it ooiues. Aseend
This hill; let Eve (for I have dreneh'd her eves)
Here sleep below, while thou to foresight wal!'st:
As oneo thou slept'st. while she to life was form'd.

To whom thus Adam gratefully replied: 870
Aseend; I follow thee, safe guide, the path
Thou lead'st me; and to the hand of Heaven submit,
However ehastening; to the evil turn
My obvious breast; arming to overeome
By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, 875
If so I may attain. So both aseend
In the visions of God. It was a hill,
Of Paradise the highest; from whose top,
The hemisphere of earth, in elearest ken,
Streteh'd out to the amplest reaeh of prospeet lay. -tso
Not higher that hill, nor wider looking round,
Whereon, for different eause, the tempter set
Our seeond Adam, in the wilderness;
To show him all earth's kingdoms, and their glory.
His eye might there eommand wherever stood 880
City of old or modern fame, the seat
Of mightiest empire, from the destined walls
Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
And Samarehand by Oxus, Temir's throne,
To Paquin of Sinsean kings; and thenee 8flo
To Agra and Lahor of Great Mogul,
Down to the Golden Chersonese; or where
The Persian in Eebatan sat, or sinee
In Hispahan; or where the Russian ksar
In Moseo; or the sultan in Bizanee, 305
Turehestan-born: nor eould his eye not ken
The empire of Negus to his utmost port
Ereoeo, and the less maritim kings,
Momhaza, and Quiloa, and Melind,

And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm 400

Of Congo, and Angola farthest south;

Or thenee from Niger flood to Atlas mount,

The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez and Sus,

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Moroeeo, and Algiers, and Tremisen;

On Europe thenee, and where Rome was to sway 400
The world: in spirit perhaps he also saw
Rieh Mexieo, the seat of Montezume,
And Cuseo in Peru, the rieher seat
Of Atabalipa; and yet unspoil'd

Guiana, whose great eity Geryon's sons 410

Call El Doradn, But to nobler sights

Miehael from Adam's eves the film removed,

Whieh that false fruit that promised elearer sight

Had bred; then purged with enphrasy and rue

The visual nerve, for he had mueh to see; 415

And from the well of life three drops instill'd.

So deep the power of these ingredients piereed,

Ev'n to the inmost seat of mental sight,

That Adam, now enforeed to elose his eyes,

Sunk down, and all his spirits beeame entraneed; 4a1

But him the gentle angel by the hand

Soon raised, and his attention thus reeall'd:

Adam, now ope thine eyes; and first behold The effeets, whieh thy original erime hath wrought In some to spring from thee; who never toneh'd 428 The exeepted tree; nor with the snake eonspired: Nor siun d thy sin; yet from that sin derive Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds.

His eyes he open'd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves 430 New-reap'd; the other part sheep-walks and folds: In the midst an altar as the landmark stood Rustie, of grassy sord: thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, 430 Uneull'd, as eame to hand: a shepherd next, More meek, eame with the firstlings of his floek, Choieest and best; then, saerifieing, laid The inwards and their fat, with ineense strow'd, On the eleft wood, and all due rites porform'd: 440 His offering soon propitious fire from heaven Consumed with nimble glanee, and grateful steam; The other's not, for his was not sineere: Whereat he inly raged, and, as they talk'd, Smote him into the midriff with a stone 445 That beat out life: he fell: and, deadly pale, Groan'd out his soul with gushing blood eflused. Mueh at that sight was Adam in his heart Dismay'd, and thus in haste to the angel eried:

O teaeher, some great misehief hath befallen 480

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To that meek man, who well had saerifieed:
Is piety thus and pure devotion paid?

To whom Miehael thus, he also moved, replied: -» These two are brethren, Adam, and to eoino

Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain, 488

For envy that his brother's offering found

From Heaven aeeeptanee; but the bloody faet

Will bo avenged; and the other's faith approved,

Lose no reward; though here thou see him die,

Rolling in dust and gore. To whieh our sire: 400

Alas! both for the deed, and for the eause!
But have I now seen death? Is this the way
I must return to native dust? 0 sight
Of terrour, foul and ugly to behold,

Horrid to think, how horrible to feel! 405

To whom thus Miehael: Death thou hast seen
In his first shape on man; but many shapes
Of death, and many are the ways that lead
To his grim eave, all dismal; yet to sense
More terrible at the entranee, than within. «o
Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die;
By fire, flood, famine, by intemperanee more
In meats and drinks, whieh on the earth shall bring
Diseasea dire, of whieh a monstrous erew
Before thee shall appear; that thou mayst know 470
What misery the inabstineneo of Eve
Shall bring on men. Immediately a plaee
Before his eyes appear'd, sad, noisome, dark:
A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid
Numbers of all diseased; all maladies 480
Of ghastly spasm, or raeking torture, qualms
Of heart-siek agony, all feverous kinds,
Convulsions, epilepsies, fieree eatarrhs,
Intestine stone and uleer, eolie pangs,
Demoniae phrensy, moping melaneholy, 485
And moon-struek madness, pining atrophy,
Marasmus, and wide wasting pestilenee,
Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-raeking rhenms.
Dire was the tossing, deep the groans; Despair
Tended the siek, busiest from eoueh to eoueh; 400
And over them triumphant Death his dart
Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked
With vows, as their ehief good and final hope.
Sight so deform what heart of roek eould long
Dry-eyed behold? Adam eould not, but wept, 405
Though not of woman born; eompassion quell'd
His best of man, and gave him up to tears
A spaee, till firmer thoughts rostrain'd exeess;
And, searee reeovering words, his plaint renew'd '.

O miserable mankind, to what fall 0oo
Degraded, to what wretehed state reserved!
Better end here unborn. Why is life given

To be thus wrested from us? rather, why

Obtruded on us thus? who, if wo knew

What we reeeive, would either not aeeept W5

Life offer'd, or soon beg to lay it down;

Glad to be so dismiss'd in peaee. Can thus

The image of God in man, ereated onee

So goodly and ereet, though faulty sinee,

To sueh unsightly sufferings be debased M0

Under inhuman pains? Why should not man,

Retaining still divine similitude

In part, from sueh deformities be free,

And, for his Maker's image sake, exempt?

Their Maker's image, answer'd Miehael, then 015
Forsook them, when themselves they vilified
To serve ungovern'd appetite; and took
His image whom they served, a brutish viee,
Induetive mainly to the sin of five.

Therefore so abjeet is their punishment, S20

Disfiguring not God's likeness, but their own;

Or if his likeness, by themselves defaeed;

While they pervert pure Nature's healthful rules

To loathsome siekness; worthily, sinee they

God's image did not reverenee in themselves. 025

I yield it just, said Adam, and submit.
But is there yet no other way, besides
These painful passages, how we may eome
To death, and mix with our eonnatural dust?

There is, said Miehael, if thou well observe 030
The rule of—Not too mueh: by temperanee taught,
In what thou eat'st and drink'st; seeking from thenee
Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight;
Till many years over thy head return,
So mayst thou live: till, like ripe fruit, thou drop 535
Into thy mother's lap; or be with ease
Gather'd, not harshly pluek'd; for death mature:
This is old age; but then, thou must outlive
Thy youth, t.hy strength, thy beauty; whieh will ehange
To wither'd, weak, and gray; thy senses then, 540
Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego,
To what thou hast; and, for the air of youth,
Hopeful and eheerful, in thy blood will reign
A melaneholy damp of eold and dry
To weigh thy spirits down, and last eonsume 545
The balm of life. To whom our aneestor:

Heneeforth I fly not death, nor would prolong
Life mueh; bent rather, how I may be quit,

538. There is something vory just and poetieal in this deseription of the ndseries of old age. go finely eontrasted &) they are with the opposite pleasures nf yonth. II is indeed short, lmt vastly expressive, and l think onght to exeite

tho pity as well as the adndration of tho reader; sinee the poor poot is here, no douht. deseribing what he felt at the iime he wrote R, being then in the deeiine of iife, and troubled with verious in0, unties.—TllvnR.

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