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To seek her thro' the world: nor that sweet grove
OF DAPHNE by O RONTES, and th' inspir'd
CASTALIAN Spring, might with this Paradise
OF EDEN ftrive: nor that NYSÀIAN isle 275
Girt with the river TRITON, where old Cham,
(Whom Gentiles Ammon call and LIBYAN JOVE)
Hid AMAL THEA, and her florid son
Young BACCHUS, from his stepdame Rhea's eye:
Nor where A BASSIN Kings their issue guard, 280
Mount AMARA (though this by some fuppos'd
True Paradise) under the, ÆTHIỚP Line
By NiLUs' head, inclos'd with thining rock,
A whole day's journey high, but wide remote
From this ASSYRIAN garden ; where the Fiend 285
Saw undelighted all delight, all kind
Of living creatures new to light and strange.

Two of far nobler shape erect and tall,
Godlike erect ! with native honor clad
In naked majesty, seem'd Lords of all; 2go
And worthy feem'd: for in their looks divine
The image of their glorious maker thone,
Truth, wisdom, fanctitude fevere and pure;
Severe, but in true filial freedom plac'd,
Whence true authority in men: though both

295 Not equal, as their sex not equal seem'd; For contemplation he, and valor form’d, For softness ihe, and sweet attractive grace; He for God only, she for God in him. His fair large front, and eye subliine, declar'd 300 Abfolute rule; and hyacinthin locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Cluftring, but not beneath his shoulders broad. She, as a veil, down to the flender waist Her unadorned golden tresses wore,

303 Dissheveld, but in wanton ringlets wav'd, As the vine curls her tendrils, which imply'd Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway,


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And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd,
Yielded with coy submission, modest pride , 310
And sweet reluctant amorous delay.
Nor those myiterioris parts were then conceald;
Then was not guilty Ihame, dishonest shame
Of nature's works; honor dishonorable ;
Sin-bred! how have ye troubled all inankind 315
With thews instead, mere Thews, of seeming pure,
And banish'd from man's life his happiest life,
Simplicity, and spotless innocence ?
So país d'they naked on, por shun'd the fight
Of God or Angel, for they thought no ill: 320
So hand in hand they pass’d, the lovlieft pair
That ever since in loves embraces met;
A DAM the goodliest man of men since born
Hiis fons; the faireft of her daughters Eve.
Under a tutt of shade, that on a green 325
Stood whisp'ring foft, by a fresh fountain fide
They fat them down; and after no more toil
Of their sweet gard'ning labor than fuffic'd
To recommend cool ZEPHYR, and made ease
More ealie, wholfom thirst and appetite 330
More grateful, to their supper-fruits they fell,
Nectarine fruits ! which the compliant boughs
Yielded them, fide-long as they sat recline
On the soft downy bank damask'd with flow'rs.
The favoury palp they chew, and in the rind

Still as they thirfted scoop the brimming stream;
Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles
Wanted, nor youthful dalliance as beseems
Fair couple, link'd in happy nuptial league,
Alone as they. About them frisking plaid

340 All bearts of th' earth , since wild, and of all chase In wood or wilderness, forest or den; Sporting the lion ramp'd, and in his paw Dandled the kid; bears, tigers, ounces, pards, Gambol'd before them, th' unwieldy elephant 345 To make them mirth us'd all his might, and wreath'd

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His lithe proboscis: close the serpent fly
Infinuating, wove with gordian twine
His braided train, and of his fatal guile
Gave proof unheeded: others on the grass 350
Couch'd, and now fill'd with pasture gazing fat,
Or bedward ruminating: for the Sun
Declin'd was hasting now with prone career
To th'ocean isles, and in th' ascending scale
Of heav'n the stars that usher evening rose : 355
When SATAN still in gaze, as first he stood,
Scarce, thus at length fail'd speech recover'd fad.

O Hell, what do mine eyes with grief behold!
Into our room of bliss thus high advanc'd
Creatures of other mold; earth-born perhaps, 360
Not spirits, yet to heav'nly spirits bright
Litle inferior; whom my thoughts persue
With wonder, and could love, so lively shines
In them divine resemblance, and such grace
The hand that form'd'em on their shape hath pour’d.
Ah gentle pair, ye little think how nigh
Your change approaches, when all these delights
Will vanish, and deliver you to woe,
More woe, the more your taste is now of joy:
Happy, but for so happy ill secur'd

370 Long to continue; and this high seat your Heav'n Ill fenc'd for Heav'n, to keep out such a foe As now is enter'd: yet no purpos'd foe To you, whom I could pity thus forlorn, Though I unpitied., League with you I seek, 375 And mutual amity so ftrait, so close , That I with you must dwell, or you with me Hencefortn: my dwelling haply may not please, Like this fair Paradise, your sense ; yet such Accept your maker's work; he gave it me, Which I as freely give: Hell thall unfold, To entertain you two, her widest gates, And send forth all her Kings: there will be room,




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