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Sufficient that thy pray’rs are heard, and Death,
Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress,
Defeated of his seisure many days
Giv’n thee of grace, wherein thou may’st repent,
And one bad act with many deeds well done
May'st cover: well may then thy Lord appeas'd
Redeem thee quite from Death’s rapacious claim;
But longer in this Paradise to dwell
Permits not; to remove thee I am come, 260
And send thee from the garden forth to till
The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil.

He added not, for Adam at the news
Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood,
That all his senses bound; Eve, who unseen
Yet all had heard, with audible lament
Discover'd soon the place of her retire :

O unexpected stroke, worse than of death! Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ? thus leave Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades, Fit haunt of gods ? where I had hope to spend, Quiet though sad, the respite of that day 272 That must be mortal to us both. O flowers, That never will in other climate grow, My early visitation, and my last At even, which I bred up with tender hand From the first opening bud, and gave ye names, Who now sball rear ye to the sun, or rank Your tribes, and wa er from th' ambrosial fount? Thec lastly, nuptial bow'r, by me adorn'd 280 With what to sight or smell was sweet, from thee

How shall I part, and whither wander dowa
Into a lower world, to this obscure
And wild ? how shall we breathe in other air
Less pure, accustom'd to immortal fruits ?

Whom thus the Angel interrupted mild:
Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign
What justly thou hast lost; nor set thy heart,
Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine ;
Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes 290
Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound;
Where he abides, think there thy native soil.

Adam by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering, and his scatter'd spi'rits return'd : To Michael thus his humble words addressid :

Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam'd Of them the high'est, for such of shape may seem Prince above princes, gently hast thou told Thy message, which might else in telling wound, And in performing end us ; what besides 300 Of sorrow and dejection and despair Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring, Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess, and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes, all places' else Inhospitable’appear and desolate, Nor knowing us nor known: and if by pray's Incessant I could hope to change the will Of him who all things can, I will not cease To weary him with my assiduous cries: 310 But pray'r against his absolute decree

No more avails than breath against the wind,
Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth :
Therefore to his great bidding I submit.
This most afflicts me, that departing hence,
As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd
His blessed count'nance ; here I could frequent
With worship place by place where he vouchsaf'd
Presence divine, and to my sons relate,
On this mount he appear’d, under this tree 320
Stood visible, among these pines his voice
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,
Or monument to ages, and thereon
Offer sweet-smelling gums and fruits and flowers :
In yonder nether world where shall I seek
His bright appearances, or footstep trace ?
For though I fled him angry, yet recall'd 330
To life prolong’d and promis'd

race,

I Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts Of glory, and far off his steps adore :

To whom thus Michael with regard benign: Adam, thou know'st Heav'n his, and all the earth, Not this rock only'; his omnipresence fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual pow'r and warm'd : All th' earth he gave thee to possess and rule, No despicable gift; surmise not then 340 His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd

now

Of Paradise or Eden: this had been
Perhaps thy capi’tal seat, from whence had spread
All generations, and had hither come
From all the ends of th' earth, to celebrate
And reverence thee their great Progenitor.
But this pre-eminence 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 350
Present, and of his presence many a sign
Still following thee, still compassing thee round
With goodness and paternal love, his face
Express, and of his steps the track divine.
Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd
Ere thou from hence depart, know I am sent
To show thee what shall come in future days
To thee and to thy offspring; good with bad
Expect to hear, supernal grace contending
With sinfulness of man ; thereby to learn

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True patience, and to temper joy with fear
And pious sorrow, equally inur’d
By moderation either state to bear,
Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead
Safest thy life, and best prepar'd endure
Thy mortal passage when it comes. Ascend
This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes)
Here sleep below, while thou to foresight wak’st ;
As once thou slept'st, while she to life was form’d.

To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd: 370 Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path

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Thou lead'st me', and to the hand of Heav'n sub-
However chast’ning, to the evil turn (mit,
My obvious breast, arming to overcoine
By suffering, and earn rest from labor won,
*If so I may attain. So both ascend
In the visions of God: It was a hill
Of Paradise the highest, from whose top
The hemisphere of earth in clearest ken 379
Stretch'd out to th’amplest reach of prospect lay.
Not high'er than hill nor wider looking round,
Whereon for different cause the Tempter set
Our second Adam in the wilderness,
To shew him all Earth's kingdoms and their glory.
His eye might there command whatever stood
City of old or modern fame, the seat
Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walls
Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne,
To Paquin of Sincan kings, and thence 390
To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul
Down to the golden Chersonese, or where
The Persian in Ecbatan sat, or since
In Hispahan, or where the Russian Ksar
In Mosco, or the Sultan in Bizance,
Turchestan-born; nor could his eye not kea
Th' empire of Negus to his utmost port
Ercoco, and the less maritime kings
Mombaza, and Quiloa, and Melind,
And Sofala thought Ophir, to the realm

400 Of Congo, and Angola farthest south ;

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