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Not like these narrow limits, to receive
Your numerous offspring: if no better place, 385
Thank him who puts me loth to this revenge
On you who wrong me not, for him who wrong'd.
And should I at your harmless innocence
Melt, (as I do) yet publick realon jult,
Honor and empire with revenge enlarg'd, 390
By conqu’ring this new world, compels me now
To do, what else (though damn'd) I should abhor,

So spake the Fiend, and with necessity,
The tyrant's plea , excus'd his devilish deeds.
Then from his lofty land on that high tree, 395
Down he alights among the sportful herd
Of those four-footed kinds; himself now one ,
Now other, as their shape serv'd bent his end
Nearer to view his prey, and unery'd
To mark what of their fate he more might learn, 409
By word or action mark'd : about them round
A lion now he stalks with fiery glare,
Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spy'd
In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play,
Straight couches clofe, then rising changes oft
His couchant watch, as one who chote his ground,
Whence rushing he might surelt seize them both
Grip'd in each paw: when A D Am firit of men

To first of women Eve thus moving speech, Turn'd him, all ear, to hear new uiterance flow. 419

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Sole partner and sole part of all these joys,
Dearer thy self than all I needs must the Pow'r
That made us, and for us this ample world,
Be infinitely good, and of his good
As liberal and free as infinite,

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That rais'd us from the dust, and piac'd us here
In all this happiness, who at his hand
Have nothing merited, nor can perform
Ought whereof he hath need, he who requires

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From us no other service than to keep
This one, this eafie charge, of all the trees
In Paradise that bear delicious fruit
So various, not to taste that only Tree
Of Knowledge, planted by the Tree of Life,
So near grows death to life, whate'er death is, 425
Some dreadful thing no doubt: for well thou know it
God hath pronounc'd it de

to taste that tree,
The only sign of our obedience left,
Among so many signs of pow'r and rule
Confer'd upon us, and dominion giv'n 430
Over all other creatures that posseis
Earth, air, and fea. Then let us not think hard
One easie prohibition, who enjoy
Free leave lo large to all things elle, and choice
Unlimited of manifold delights:

435 But let us ever praise him, and extoll His bounty, following our delightful task To prune these growing plants, & tend these flow'rs; Which were it toilsome , yet with thee.were sweet.

To whom thus Eve reply'd. O thou for whom 440 And from whom I was form’d, flesh of thy flesh, And without whom am to no end, my guide And head! what thou hast said is just and right: For we to him indeed all praises owe, And daily thanks; I chiefly, who enjoy 445 So far the happier lot, enjoying thee Præeminent by so much odds, while thou Like confort to thy self canst no where find. That day I oft remember, when from fleep I first awak'd, and found my self repos'd 450 Under a shade of flow'rs, much wond'ring where And what I was, whence thither brought, and how. Not distant far from thence a murmuring found Of waters issu'd from a cave, and spread Into a liquid plain, then ftood unmov'd 455 Pure as th' expanse of heav'n: I thither went

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With unexperienc'd thought, and laid me down
On the green bank, to look into the clear
Smooth lake, that to me seem'd another sky.
As I bent down to look , juft opposite 460
A shape within the watry gleam appear'd,
Bending to look on me. I tarted back,
It started back; but pleas'd I soon return'd,
Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answering looks
Of sympathy and love: there I had fix'd 465
Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire,
Had not a voice thus warn'd me, “What thou seest,
“ What there thou feest, fair Creature, is thy self,
“ With thee it came and goes: but follow me,
“ And I will bring thee where no shadow lays 470
“ Thy coming, and thy soft embraces, he
“ Whose image thou art, him thou thalt enjoy
" Infeparably thine, to him shalt bear
“ Multitudes like thy self, and thence be call'd !
« Mother of human race.” What could I do, 475
But follow straight, invisibly thus led?
TiH i elpy'd thee, fair indeed and tall,
Under a plantan, yet methought lefs fair,
Less winning soft, less amiably mild,
Than that smooth watry image: back I turn'd, 480
Thou following cry'dft aloud, return fair Eve,
Whom fly it thou? whom thou fly it, of him thou art,
His fleih, his bone; to give thee being I lent
Out of my side to thee, nearest my heart
Substantial life, to have thee by my side
Henceforth an individual solace dear.
Part of my soul, I seek thee, and thee claim
My other self !

with that thy gentle hand
Seis'd mine, I yielded, and from that time see
How beauty is excell'd by manly grace, 490
And wisdom, which alone is truly fair,

So spake our general mother, and with eyes
Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd,

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