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Of wisdom : The deserts thee not, if thou
Dismiss not her, when most thou need'st her nigh;
By attributing over-much to things

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Leis excellent, as thou thy self perceiv'ft.
For what adinit'st thou, what transports thee so ?
An outside? fair no doubt, and worthy well
Thy cherishng, thy honoring, and thy love;
Not thy subjection. Weigh with her thy self; 570
Then value: oft-times nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right,
Well manag’d: of that skill the more thou know'st;
The more she will acknowledge thee her Head,
And to realities yield all her shews :

575 Made so adorn for thy delight the more; So awful, that with honor thou may'st love Thy mate; who sees, when thou art seen least wise. But if the sense of touch, whereby mankind Is propagated, seem such dear delight

580 Beyond all other; think the same vouchsafd To cattel, and each beast; which would not be To them made common, and divulg'd, if ought Therein enjoy'd were worthy to subdue The soul of man, or passion in him move. What higher in her society thou findst Attractive, human, rational, love ftill: In loving thou doft well, in passion not; Wherein true love consists not. Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges; hath his feat 590 In reason, and is judicious; is the scale By which to heav'nly love thou may'st afcend; Not funk in carnal pleasure ; for which cause, Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.

To whom thus, half abalh’d, Adam reply'd. 595 Neither her out-fide form'd so fair, nor onght In procreation common to all kinds, (Though higher of the genial bed by far, And with mysterious reverence I deem)

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So much delights me, as those graceful acts, 600
Those thousand decencies that daily flow
From all her words, and actions, mix'd with love,
And sweet compliance, which declare unfeign'd
Union of mind, or in ús both one soul;
Harmony to behold in wedded pair,

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More grateful than harmonious sound to tho ear.
Yet these subject not: I to thee disclose
What inward thence I feel; not therefore foil'd ;
Who meet with various objects, from the sense
Varioufly representing; yet still free,
Approve the best, and follow what I approve.
To love thou blam'st me not; for love thou say'st
Leads up to Heav'n, is both the way and guide;
Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask :
Love not the heav'nly spirits ? And how their love
Express they? By looks only? Or do they mix 616
Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?

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To whom thự Àngel, (with a smile that glow'd
Coelestial rosy-red, love's proper hue)
Answer'd. Let it suffice thee that thou know'st 620
Us happy, and without love no happiness.
Whatever pure thou in thy body enjoy'st,
(And pure thou wert created) we enjoy
In eminence: and obstacle find none
Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars : 625
Easier than air with air, if spirits embrace,
Total they mix; union of pure with pure,
Defiring: nor restrain'd conveyance need,
As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul.
But I can now no more : the parting Sun 630
Beyond the earth's green cape , and verdant isles,
HESPERE AN fets, my signal to depart.
Be strong, live happy, and love! But, first of all,
HIM, whom to love is to obey, and keep
His great command: take heed lest passion sway 635
Thy judgment to do ought, which else free will

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Would not admit: thine, and of all thy sons,
The weal or woe in thee is plac'd; beware!
I in, thy persevering shall rejoyce,
And all the bieft. Stand fast! to stand or fall
Free in thine own arbitrement it lies:
Perfect within, no outward aid requires,
And all temptation to trangress repel.

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So saying, he arose: whom ADAM thus
Follow'd with benediction. Since to part !
Go heav'nly guet, ethereal meffenger,
Sent from whose sov'reign goodness I adore !
Gentle to me, and affable, hath been
Thy condescension, and shall be honor'd ever
With grateful memory: thou to mankind, 650
Be good, and friendly still, and oft return!

So parted they, the Angel up to Heav'n
From the thick Thade, and ADAM to his bow': .

PARADISE LOST.

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IX.

The AR G U M E N T. Satan having compaft the earth, with meditated guile re

turns as a misi by night into Paradise, and enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labors, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each laboring apart : Adam confents not, alleging the danger left that enemy, of whom they

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