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Fairest and easiest, of this eumbrous eharge;

Whieh I must keep till my appointed day 500

Of rendering up, and patiently attend

My dissolution. Miehael replied:

Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest
Live well; how long or short permit to Heaven:
And now prepare thee for another sight. 555

He look'd, and saw a spaeious plain, whereon
Were tents of various hue; by some, were herds
Of eattle grazing; others, whenee the sound
Of instruments, that made melodious ehime,
Was heard, of harp and organ; and who moved Mo
Their stops and ehords was seen; his volant toueh
Instinet through all proportions, low and high,
Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue.
In other part stood one who, at the forge
Labouring, two massy elods of iron and brass 505
Had melted,lwhether found where easual fire
Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale,
Down to the veins of earth, thenee gliding hot
To some eave's mouth, or whether wash'd by stream
From under ground), the liquid ore he drain'd 570
Into fit moulds prepared; from whieh he form'd
First his own tools: then, what might else be wrought
Fusil or graven in metal, After these,
But on the hither side, a different sort
From the high neighbouring hills, whieh was their seat, 575
Down to the plain deseended: by their guise
Just men they seem'd, and all their study bent
To worship God aright, and know his works
Not hid; nor those things last, whieh might preserve
Freedom and peaee to men: they on the plain 580
Long had not walk'd, when from the tents, behold!
A bevy of fair women, riehly gay
In gems and wanton dress; to the harp they sung
Soft amorous ditties, and in danee eame on.
The men, though grave, eyed them, and let their eyes 085
Rove without rein; till, in the amorous net
Fast eaught, they liked: and eaeh his liking ehose.
And now of love they treat, till the evening star,
Love's harbinger, appear'd; then, all in heat,
They light the nuptial toreh, and bid invoke 000
Hymen, then first to marriage rites invoked:
AY ith feast and musie all the tents resound.
Sueh happy interview, and fair event

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Of love and youth not lost, songs, garlands, flowers,
And eharming symphonies, attaoh'd the heart 585
Of Adam, soon inelined to admit delight,
The bent of nature; whieh ho thus express'd:

True opener of mine eyes, prime angel blest;
Mueh better seems this vision, and more hope
Of peaeeful days portends, than those two past: 800
Those were of hate and death, or pain mueh worse;
Here nature seems fulfill'd in all her ends.

To whom thus Miehael: Judge not what is best By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet; Created as thou art, to nobler end 000 Holy and pure, eonformity divine. Those tents thou saw'st so pleasant, were the tents Of wiekedness, wherein shall dwell his raee Who slew his brother; studious they appear Of arts that polish life, inventors rare; 010 Unmindful of their Maker, though his Spirit Taught them; but they his gifts aeknowledged none. Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget; For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seem'd Of goddesses, so blithe, so smooth, so gay, 010 Yet empty of all good, wherein eonsists Woman's domestie honour and ehief praise; Bred only and eompleted to the taste Of lustful appetenee, to sing, to danee, To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye;— 020 To these that sober raee of men, whoso lives Relierious titled them the sons of God, Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame, Ignobly, to the trains and to the smiles Of these fair atheists; and now swim in joy, 825 Ere long to swim at large; and laugh, for whieh The world ero long a world of tears must weep.

To whom thus Adam, of short joy bereft: 0 pity and shame, that they, who to live well Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread 030 Paths indireet, or in the midway faint! But still I see the tenour of man's woe Holds on the same, from woman to begin.

From man's effeminate slaekness it begins, Said the angel, who should bettor hold his plaee 635 By wisdom, and superiour gifts reeeived. But now prepare thee for another seene.

He look'd, and saw wide territory spread Before him, towns, and rural works between; Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, 040 Coneourse in arms, lieree faees threatening war, Giants of mighty bone aud bold emprise; Part wield their arms, part eurb the foaming steed, Single or in array of battle ranged

Both horse and foot, nor idly mustering stood: 545 One way a band seleet from forage drives Of trinmph, to be styled great oonquerours, ees

A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine,

From a fat meadow-ground; or fleeey floek,

Ewes and their bloating lambs over the plain,

Their booty; searee with life the shepherds fly, 000

But eall in aid, whieh makes a bloody fray:

With eruel tournament the squadrons join;

Where eattle pastured late, now seatter'd lies

With eareases and arms the ensanguined field,

Deserted: others to a eity strong 05S

Lay siege, eneamp'd; by battery, seale, and mine,

Assaulting: others from the wall defend

With dart and javelin, stones, and sulphurous fire;

On eaeh hand slaughter, and gigantie deeds.

In other part the seeptred heralds eall 000

To eouneil, in the eity-gates; anon

Gray-headed men and grave, with warriours mix'd,

Assemble, and harangues are heard, but soon

In faetious opposition; till at last

Of middle age one rising, eminent 00s

In wise deport, spake mueh of right and wrong,

Of justiee, of religion, truth, and peaee,

And judgment from above: him old and young

Exploded, and had seized with violent hands,

Had not a eloud deseending snateh'd him thenee, en

Unseen amid the throng: so violenee

Proeeeded, and oppression, and sword-law,

Through all the plain, and refuge none was found.

Adam was all in tears, and to his guide

Lamenting turn'd full sad: 0, what are these, 070

Death's ministers, not men? who thus deal death

Inhumanly to men, and multiply

Ten thousand-fold the sin of him who slow

His brother: for of whom sueh massaere

Make they, but of their brethren; men of men? 080

But who was that just man, whom had not Heaven

Reseued, had in his righteousness been lost?

To whom thus Miehael: These are the produet
Of those ill-mated marriages thou saw'st;
Where good with bad were mateh'd, who of themselves 085
Abhor to join; and, by imprudenee mix'd,
Produee prodigious births of body or mind.
Sueh were these giants, men of high renown;
For in those days might only shall be admired,
And valour and herow virtue eall'd: 000
To overeome in battle, and subdue
Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite
Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest piteh
Of human glory, and for glory done

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Patrons of mankind, gods, and sons of gods;

Destroyers rightlier eall'd, and plagues of men.

Thus fame shall be aehieved, renown on earth;

And what most merits fame in silenee hid.

But he, the seventh from thee, whom thou beheldst 700

The only righteous in a world perverse,

And therefore hated, therefore so beset

With foes, for daring single to be just.

And utter odious truth, that God would eome

To judge them with his saints; him the Most High, 708

Rapt in a balmy eloud with winged steeds,

Did, as thou saw'st, reeeive, to walk with God

High in salvation and the elimes of bliss,

Exempt from death; to show thee what reward

Awaits the good, the rest what punishment; 710

Whieh now direet thine eyes, and soon behold.

He look'd, and saw the faee of things quite ehanged;
The brazen throat of war had eeased to roar;
All now was turn'd to jollity and game,
To luxury and riot, feast and danee; us
Marrying or prostituting, as befell,
Rape or adultery, where passing fair
Allured them; thenee from eups to eivil broils.
At length a reverend sire among them eame,
And of their doings great dislike deelared, 720
And testified against their ways: he oft
Frequented their assemblies, whereso met.
Triumphs or festivals; and to them preaeh'd
Conversion and repentanee, as to souls
In prison, under judgments imminent; 720
But all in vain: whieh when he saw, ho eeased
Contending, and removed his tents far off:
Then, from the mountain hewing timber tall,
Began to build a vessel of huge bulk;
Measured by eubit, length, and breadth, and highth; 73i
Smear'd round with piteh; and in the side a door
Contrived; and of provisions laid in large,
For man and beast: when, lo, a wonder strange!
Of every beast, and bird, and inseet small.
Came sevens and pairs, and enter'd in as taught 735
Their order: last the sire and his three sons,
With their four wives; and God made fast the door,
Meanwhile the south wind rose, and with blaek wings
Wide-hovering, all the elouds together drove
From under heaven; the hills to their supply 740
Vapour, and exhalation, dusk and moist,
Sent up amain: and now the thieken'd sky
Like a dark eeiling stood; down rush'd the rain

those glorious deeds done.) to be styled, l 710. Reverend sire, Noah.

4e.—711. Whieb, governed by behold. I 724. To souls in prison. 1 Pet . iii. 10. 20. Impetnous; and eontinued, till the earth

No more was seen: the floating vessel swum 7«

Uplifted, and seeure with beaked prow

Rode tilting o'er the waves: all dwellings else

Flood overwhelm'd, and them with all their pomp

Deep under water roll'd: sea eover'd sea,

Sea without shore; and in their palaees, "50

Where luxury late reign'd, sea-monsters whelp'd

And stabled: of mankind, so numerous late,

All left in one small bottom swum imbark'd.

How didst thou grieve then, Adam, to behold

The end of all thv offspring, end so sad, 758

Depopulation! Thee another flood,

Of tears and sorrow a flood, thee also drown'd,

And sunk thee as thy sons; till, gently rear'd

By the angel, on thy feet thou stood'st at last,

Though eomfortless; as when a father mourns 7fl0

His ehildren all in view destrov'd at onee;

And searee to the angel utter'Jst thus thy plaint:

0 visions ill foreseen! better had I Lived ignorant of future! so had borne My part of evil only, eaeh day's lot 705 Knough to bear; those now, that were dispensed The burden of many ages, on me light At onee, by my foreknowledge gaining birth Abortive, to torment me ere their being, With thought that they must be. Let no man seek 770 Heneeforth to be foretold, what shall befall Him or his ehildren; evil he may be sure, Whieh neither his foreknowing ean prevent; And he the future evil shall no less

In apprehension than in substanee feel, 775

Grievous to bear: but that eare now is past;

Man is not whom to warn: those few eseaped

Famine and anguish will at last eonsume,

Wandering that watery desert: I had hope,

When violenee was eeased, and war on earth, 780

All would have then gone well; peaee would have erown'd

With length of happy days the raee of man;

But I was far deeeived; for now I see

Peaee to eorrupt no less than war to waste.

How eomes it thus? unfold, eelestial ijuide, 785

And whether here the raee of man will end.

To whom thus Miehael: Those, whom last thou saw'st
In trinmph and luxurious wealth, are they
First seen in aets of prowess eminent
And great exploits, but of true virtue void; '79o

Who, having spilt mueh blood, and done mueh waste,
Subduing nations, and aehieved thereby
Fame in the world, high titles, and rieh prey,
Shall ehange their eourse to pleasure, ease, and sloth,
Surfeit, and lust; till wantonness and pride 705

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