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Insensible! How glad would lay me down,

As in my mother's lap! There I should rest,

And sleep seeure; his dreadful voiee no more

Would thunder in my ears; no fear of worse "80

To me and to my offspring would torment me

With eruel expeetation. Yet one doubt

Pursues me still, lest all I eaunot die;

Lest that pure breath of life, the spirit of man

Whieh God inspired, eannot together perish 78S

With this eorporeal elod: then, in the grave,

Or in some other dismal plaee, who knows

But I shall die a living death? O thought

Horrid, if true! Yet why? It was but breath

Of life that siun'd; what dies but what had life 700

And sin? The body properly hath neither,

All of me then shall die: let this appease

The doubt, sinee human reaeh no further knows:

For, though the Lord of all be infinite,

Is his wrath also? Be it, man is not so, 705

But mortal doom'd. How ean he exoreise

Wrath without end on man, whom death must end?

Can he make deathless death? That were to make

Strange eontradietion, whieh to God himself

Impossible is held; as argument soo

Of weakness, not of power, Will he draw out,

For anger's sake, finite to infinite,

In punish'd man, to satisfy his rigour,

Satisfied never? That were to extend

His sentenee beyond dust and nature's law, 804

By whieh all eauses else, aeeording still

To the reeeption of their matter, aet;

Not to the extent of their own sphere. But say

That death be not one stroke, as I supposed,

Bereaving sense, but endless misery 8io

From this day onward; whieh I feel begun

Both in me, and without me; and so last

To perpetuity:—ay, me! that fear

Comes thundering baek with dreadful revolution

On my defeneeless head; both death and I 815

Am found eternal, and ineorporate both:

Nor I on my part single; in me all

Posterity stands eursed: fair patrimony

That I must leave ye, sons! 0, were I able

To waste it all myself, and leave yo none! 820

So disiuheritedT, how would you bless

Mo, now your eurse! Ah, why should all mankind,

783. Lrst all I. 8o Homos, non omnit noriar, " l ahall not al l die;" that is. not every thing eomprehended in the word /, wiil die.

805. llegond duai. That is, for Ged to punish him after death, would he to extend the seatenet beyond dtut.

800. By tahiek, 4e . That is, all agents aet in proportion to the reer) or eapaeity of the suhjeet matter, not to the ntmost extent of their

For one man's fault, thus guiltless be eondemn'd,

If guiltless? But from me what ean proeeed,

But all eorrupt: both mind and will depraved, 8S

Not to do only, but to will the same

With me? How ean they then aequitted stand

In sight of God? Him, after all disputes,

Foreed I absolve: all my evasions vain,

And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me still 830

But to my own eonvietion: first and last

On me, me only, as the souree and spring

Of all eorruption, all the blame lights due;

So might the wrath! Fond wish! eouldst thou support

That burden, heavier than the earth to bear; 835

Than all the world mueh heavier, though divided

With that bad woman? Thus, what thou desir'st,

And what thou fear'st, alike destroys all hope

Of refuge, and eoneludes thee miserable

Beyond all past example and future: 840

To Satan only like both erime and doom.

0 eonseienee! into what abyss of fears

And horrours hast thou driven me; out of whieh

1 find no way, from deep to deeper plunged!

Thus Adam to himself lamented loud, 845
Through the still night; not now, as ere man fell,
Wholesome, and eool, and mild, but with blaek air
Aeeompanied; with damps and dreadful gloom;
Whieh to his evil eonseienee represented
All things with double terrour: on the ground 830
Outstreteh'd he lay, on the eold ground; and oft
Cursed his ereation; death as oft aeeused
Of tardy exeeution, sinee denouneed
The day of his offenee. Why eomes not death,
Said he, with one thriee-aeeeptable stroke 855
To end me? Shall truth fail to keep her word,
Justiee divine not hasten to be just?
But death eomes not at eall; justiee divine
Mends not her slowest paee for prayers or eries.
0 woods, 0 fountains, hilloeks, dales, and bowers! seo
With other eeho late I taught your shades
To answer and resound far other song.
Whom thus afflieted when sad Eve beheld,
Desolate where she sat, approaehing nigh,
Soft words to his fieree passion sho assay'd; 805
But her with stern regard he thus repoll'd:

Out of my sight, thou serpent! That name best
Befits thee with him leagued, thyself as false
And hateful; nothing wants, but that thy shape,
Like his, and eolour serpentine, may show 870

8501 Her slowest pwe . Ae. The most beaatiful passages eommonly want the fewest notes; and we are sure the reader most not only pereeive, hut really foel

them, if he has any feeiing at ali. No thing in all the aneient tragedies is more moving and pathetie.—Newto5.

Thy inward fraud; to warn all ereatures from theo

Heneeforth; lest that too heavenly form, pretended

To hellish falsehood, snare them! But for thee

I had persisted happy: had not thy pride

And wandering vanity, when least was safe, 875

Rejeeted my forewarning, and disdain'd

Not to be trusted; longing to be seen,

Though by the devil himself, him overweening

To over-reaeh; but, with the serpent meeting,

FooI'd and beguiled; by him thou, I by thee, sso

To trust thee irom my side, imagined wise,

Constant, mature, proof against all assaults;

And understood not all was but a show,

Rather than solid virtue; all but a rib

Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears, 885

More to the part sinister, from me drawn;

Well if thrown out, as supernumerary

To my just number found. O! why did God,

Creator wise, that peopled highest heaven

With spirits maseuline, ereate at last 800

This novelty on earth, this fair defeet

Of nature, and not fill the world at onee

With men, as angels, without feminine;

Or find some other way to generate

Mankind? This misehief had not then befallen, 805

And more that shall befall; iunumerable

Disturbanees on earth through female snares,

And strait eonjunetion with this sex: for either

He never shall find out fit mate, but sueh

As some misfortune brings him, or mistake; ooo

Or whom he wishes most shall seldom gain,

Through her perverseness, but shall see her gain'd

By a far worse; or, if she love, withheld

By parents; or his happiest ehoiee too late

Shall meet, already link'd and wedloek-bound 9os

To a fell adversary, his hate or shame:

Whieh infinite ealamity shall eause

To human life, and household peaee eonfound.

He added not, and from her turn'd; but Eve,
Not so repulsed, with tears that eeased not flowing, 010
And tresses all disorder'd, at his feet
Fell humble; and, embraeing them, besought
His peaee, and thus proeeeded in her plaint.

Forsake me not thus, Adam! wituess, Heaven,
What love sineere, and reverenee in my heart 015
I bear thee, and unweeting have offended,
Unhappily deeeived! Thy suppliant,
I beg, and elasp thy knees: bereave me not,
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,

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Thy eounsel, in this uttermost distress, wo

My only strength and stay: forlorn of thee,

whither shall I betake me, where subsist?

While yet we live, searee one short hour perhaps,

Between us two let there be peaee; both joining,

As join'd in injuries, one enmity 02s

Against a foe by doom express assign'd us,

That eruel serpent: on me exereise not

Thy hatred for this misery befallen;

On me already lost, me than thyself

More miserable! both have siun'd; but thou wo

Against God only, I against God and thee;

And to the plaee of judgment will return,

There with my eries importune Heaven, that all

The sentenee, from thy head removed, may light

On me, sole eause to thee of all this woe; 035

Me, me only, just objeet of his ire!

She ended weeping; and her lowly plight,
Immoveable, till peaee obtain'd from fault
Aeknowledged and deplored, in Adam wrought
Commiseration; soon his heart relented 840
Towards her, his life so late, and sole delight,
Now at his feet submissive in distress;
Creature so fair his reeoneilement seeking,
Ilis eounsel, whom she had displeased, his aid:
As one disarm'd, his anger all he lost; MS
And thus with peaeeful words upraised her soon:

Unwary, and too desirous, as before,
So now, of what thou know'st not, who desirest
The punishment all on thyself; alas!

Bear thine own first, ill able to sustain 050

His full wrath, whose thou feel'st as yet least part,

And my displeasure bear'st so ill, If prayers

Could alter high deerees, I to that plaee

Would speed before thee, and be louder heard,

That on my head all might be visited; 088

Thy frailty and infirmer sex forgiven,

To me eommitted, and by me exposed.

But rise; let us no more eontend, nor blame

Eaeh other, blamed enough elsewhere; but strive

In offiees of love, how we may lighten 000

Eaeh other's burden, in our share of woe;

Sinee this day's death denouneed, if aught I see,

Will prove no sudden, but a slow-paeed evil;

A long day's dying, to augment our pain;

And to our seed (O hapless seed!) derived. 00o

To whom thus Eve, reeovering heart, replied:
Adam, by sad experiment I know

940. This pieture of Rvo'm dist ress. her to her, are extremely beautifui. l had snbmtadve, tender eddress to her hus- almost ltatrl beyond any thing .n the hand, and hia feuerone reeuurtiemenl whole poem.—Tbtol

How little weight my words with thee ean find,

Found so erroneous; thenee by just event

Found so unfortunate: nevertheless, 070

Restored by thee, vile as I am, to plaee

Of new aeeeptanee, hopeful to regain

Thy love, the sole eontentment of my heart,

Living or dying, from thee I will not hide

What thoughts in my unquiet breast are risen, 075

Tending to some relief of our extremes,

Or end; though sharp and sad, yet tolerable,

As in our evils, and of easier ehoiee.

If eare of our deseent perplex us most,

Whieh must be born to eertain woe, devour'd eso

By Death at hist; and miserable it is,

To be to others eause of misery,

Our own begotten, and of our loins to bring

Into this eursed world a woful raee,

That after wretehed life must be at last MS

Food for so foul a monster; in thy power

It lies, yet ere eoneeption, to prevent

The raee unblest, to being yet unbegot.

Childless thou art, ehildless remain: so Death

Shall be deeeived his glut, and with us two M

Be foreed to satisfy his ravenous maw.

But if thou judge it hard and diffieult.

Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain

From love's due rites, nuptial embraees sweet;

And with desire to languish without hope, W5

Before the present object languishing

With like desire; whieh would be misery

And torment less than none of what we dread;

Then, both ourselves and seed at onee to free

From what we fear for both, let us make short,— 1000

Let us seek death; or, he not found, supply

With our own hands his offiee on ourselves.

Why stand we longer shivering under fears,

That show no end but death; and have the power,

Of many ways to die the shortest ehoosing, 1005

Destruetion with destruetion to destroy?

She ended here, or vehement despair
Broke off1 the rest; so mueh of death her thoughts
Had entertain'd, as dy'd her eheeks with pale.
But Adam, with sueh eounsel nothing sway'd. low
To better hopes his more attentive mind
Labouring had raised; and thus to Eve replied:

Eve, thy eontempt of life and pleasure seems
To argue in thee something more sublime

1000. The eonstruetion is, "and hare the power to destroy destruetion with destruetion, ehoosing the shortest of many waya to die.''

1012. Eve's speeeh, as Dv. Giiiies remnrks, breathes the langunge of despair; Adam's, the sentiments of a mind eniightened and eneonraged by the ,corrf q/ Gad.—Tonn.

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