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Without remorse drive out the sinful pair,
From hallow'd ground th' unholy, and denounce
To them and to their progeny from thence
Perpetual banishment. Yet lest they faint
At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd,
For I behold them soften'd and with tears 116
Bewailing their excess, all terror hide.
If patiently thy bidding they obey,
Dismiss them not disconsolate ; reveal
To Adam what shall come in future days,
As I shall thee inlighten ; intermix
My covenant in the Woman's seed renew'd;
So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet

in

peace ; And on the east side of the garden place, Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs, Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame 120 Wide-waving, all approach far off to fright, And guard all passage to the Tree of Life : Lest Paradise a receptacle prove To spi'rits foul, and all my trees their prey, With whose stol'n fruit Man once more to delude.

He ceas'd : and th’arch-angelic Power prepar'd For swift descent, with him the cohort bright Of watchful cherubim ; four faces each Had, like a double Janus, all their shape Spangled with eyes, more numerous than those 130 Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drouse, Charm'd with Arcadian pipe, the past'ral reed Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Meanwhile To re-salute the world with sacred light

Leucothea wak’d, and with fresh dews imbalm’d
The earth, when Adam and first matron Eve
Had ended now their orisons, aud found
Strength added from above, new hope to spring
Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet link'd;
Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd:

Eve, easily may faith admit, that all 141
The good which we enjoy from Heav'n descends ;
But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n
So prevalent as to concern the mind
Of God high-blest, or to incline his will
Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer
Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne
Ev'n to the seat of God. For since I sought
By pray'r th' offended Deity to’ appease,
Kneeld and before him humbled all my heart, 150
Methought I saw him placable and mild,
Bending his car; persuasion in me grew
That I was heard with favor ; peace return'd
Home to my breast, and to my memory
His promise, that thy seed shall bruise our foe;
Which then not minded in dismay, yet now
Assures me that the bitterness of death
Is past, and we shall live. Whence hail to thee,
Eve rightly call’d, Mother of all mankind,
Mother of all things living, since by thee 160
Man is to live, and all things live for man.

To whom Eve with sad demeanor meek: Ill worthy I such title should belong To me transgressor, who for thee ordain'd

A help, became thy snare; to me reproach
Rather belongs, distrust and all dispraise ;
But infinite in pardon was my Judge,
That I who first brought death on all, am grac'd
The source of life ; next favorable thou,
Who highly thus to’intitle me vouchsaf 'st, 170
Far other name deserving. But the field
To labor calls us now with sweat impos’d,
Though after sleepless night ; for see the Morn,
All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins
Her rosy progress smiling ; let us forth,
I never from thy side henceforth to stray,
Where'er our day's work lies, though now injoin'd
Laborious, till day droop; while here we dwell,
What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks ?
Here let us live, though in fall’n state, content. 180
So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve, but

Fate
Subscrib'd not; Nature first gave signs impress'd
On bird, beast, air, air suddenly eclips'd
After short blush of Morn; nigh in her sight
The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour,
Two birds of gayest plume before him drove;
Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods,
First hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace,
Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind;
Direct to th' eastern gate was bent their flight.
Adam observ'd, and with his eye the chase 191
Pursuing, not unmov'd to Eve thus spake :

O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh,

Which Heav'n by these mute signs in Nature

shows, Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn_ Us haply too secure of our discharge From penalty, because from death releas'd Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Who knows, or more than this, that we are dust, And thither must return and be no more ? 200 Why clse this double object in our sight Of flight pursu'd in th' air, and o'er the ground, One way the self-same hour ?, why in the east Darkness e'er day's mid-course, and morning light More orient in yon western cloud, that draws O'er the blue firmament a radiant white, And slow descends, with something heav'nly

fraught? He err'd not, for by this the heav'nly bands Down from a sky of jasper lighted now In Paradise, and on a hill made halt, 210 A glorious apparition, had no doubt And carnal fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye. Not that more glorious, when the Angels met Jacob in Mahanaim, where he saw The field pavillion’d with his guardians bright; Nor that which on the flaming mount appear'd In Dothan, cover'd with a camp of fire, Against the Syrian king, who to surprise One man, assassin-like, had levy'd war, War unproclaim'd. The princely Hierarch 220 In their bright stand there left his pow'rs to seize

Possession of the garden ; he alone,
To find where Adam shelter'd took his way,
Not unperceiv'd of Adam, who to Eve,
While the great visitant approach'd, thus spake :

Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps
Of us will soon determine, or impose
New laws to be observ'd; for I descry
From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill
One of the heav'nly host, and by his gait 230,
None of the meanest, some great potentate
Or of the thrones above, such majesty
Invests him coming ; yet not terrible,
That I should fear, not sociably mild,
As Raphael, that I should much confide,
But solemn and sublime, whom not to' offend,
With reverence I must meet, and thou retire.

He ended ; and th' Arch-angel soon drew nigh, Not in his shape celestial, but as man Clad to meet man: over his lucid arms

240 A military vest of purple flow'd, Livelier than Melibaan, or the grain Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old In time of truce; Iris had dipt the woof; His starry helm unbuckled show'd him prime In manhood where youth ended; by his side As in a glist'ring zodiac hung the sword, Satan's dire dread, and in his hand the spear. Adam bow'd low ; he kingly from his state Inclin'd not, but his coming thus declar'd: 250

Adam, Heav'n's high behest no preface needs :

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