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Thou in thy self art perfect, and in thee 415
Is no deficience found. Not so is Man,
But in degree; the cause of his defire,
By conversation with his like to help,
Or folace his defects. No need that thou
Should'st propagate, already Infinite;

And through all numbers absolute, though ONE.
But Man by number is to manifest
His single imperfection; and beget
Like of his like, his image multiply'd :
In unity defective, which requires

425 Collateral love, and dearest amity. Thou in thy fęcresy although alone, Best with thy self accompany'd, seek'st not Social communication : yet, so pleas'd, Canit raise thy creature, to what height thou wilt Of union or communion, deify'd:

435 I by converfing cannot these erect From prone, nor in their ways complacence find.

Thus I imbolden'd spake, and freedom us'd Permissive, and acceptance found; which gain'd 435 This answer from the gracious Voice Divine.

Thus far to try thee, ADAM, I was pleas'd; And find thee knowing, not of beasts alone, ( Which thou hast rightly nam'd) but of thy self: Expresling well the spirit within thee free, 440 My Image, not imparted to the brute: Whose fellowhip therefore unmeet for thee, Good reason was thou freely shouldit dislike; And be so minded Itill. I, 'e're thou spak'it, Knew it not good for man to be alone : 445 And no such company as then thou saw'st Intended thee; for tryal only brought , To see how thou couldst judge of fit and meet. What next I bring shall please thee, be assurd, Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other felf, 450 Thy wish, exactly to thy heart's defire.


He ended, or I heard no more, for now My earthly by his heav'nly overpower'd, Which it had long stood under, ftrain'd to th' height In that cæleftial colloquy sublime ,

455 (As with an object that excels the sense, Dazi'd and spent) funk down, and fought repair Of fleep, which inftantly fell on me, call'd By nature as in aid, and clos'd mine eyes. Mine eyes he clos'd, but open left the cell 460 Of fancy, my internal fight; by which (Abstract as in a transe) methought I saw Though sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape Still glorious before whom awake I stood: Who stooping open'd my left side, and took 465 From thence a rih, with cordial spirits warm, And life-blood streaming fresh: wide was the wound, But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heald. The rib he forın'a and fashion'd with his hands: Under his forming hands a creature, grew

470 Man-like, but different sex: so lovely fair! That what seem'd fair in all the world, seem'd now Mean, or in her summ'd up, in her contain'd, And in her looks; which from that time infus'd Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before : 475 And into all things from her air inspir’d The spirit of love, and amorous delight. She disappear'd, and left me dark! I wak'd To find her, or for ever to deplore Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure. When out of hope, behold her! not far off; Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd With what all earth or heaven could beltow , To make her amiable: On the came, Led by her heav'nly Maker (though unseen) 485 And guided by his voice; nor uninform’d Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites: Grace was in all her steps, heav'n in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love ! overjoy'd could not forbear aloud.




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