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Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answer'd, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge. Adam assents; and still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remember'd since his own creation; his placing in Paradise; his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society; his first meeting and nuptials with Eve. His discourse with the angel thereupon; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
THE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
What thanks sufficient, or what recompence
1 The angel] In the first edition of this poem in ten books, here was only this line,
To whom thus Adam gratefully replied. This would have been too abrupt a beginning for a new book.
Newton. 6 What thanks] See Beaumont's Psyche, c. xii. st. 171.
• My soule's sweet friend, what thanks can I repay
The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd
nobler bodies to create,
8 The thirst] See Dante Il Purgator. C. xviii. ver. 4.
Ed io, cui nuova sete ancor frugava,
Di fuor taceva, e dentro dicea.' 9 condescension Conversation, ver. 649. Bentl. MS 14 solution] Decision. Bentl. MS. 15 goodly] Hamlet, act ii. scene ii.
• This goodly frame the Earth.'
Repeated, while the sedentary earth,
So spake our sire, and by his count'nance seem'd Entering on studious thoughts abstruse ; which
Eve Perceiving where she sat retird in sight, With lowliness majestic from her seat, And grace that won who saw to wish her stay, Rose, and went forth among her fruits and flowers, To visit how they prosper'd, bud and bloom, Her nursery; they' at her coming sprung, And touch'd by her fair tendance gladlier grew. Yet went she not, as not with such discourse Delighted, or not capable her ear Of what was high : such pleasure she reserv’d, 50 Adam relating, she sole auditress ; Her husband the relater she preferr'd Before the angel, and of him to ask Chose rather; he, she knew, would intermix
46 sprurig] So Marino Adon. c. iii. st. 65, and c. vi. st. 146.
• Tutto al venir d'Adon par che ridenti
Rivesta il bel giardin novi colori.' Thyer. 58 to ask] In accordance with St. Paul, 1. Corinth. xiv. 35. 'And if they (women) will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home.'
Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute
To ask or search I blame thee not, for heaven
55 solve] ‘Sic ait, ac mediis interserit oscula verbis.
Ovid. Met. x. 559. and Epist. xiii. ver. 119, ed. Burm. vol. i. p.
Promtior est dulci lingua retenta mora.'
* His bow of steele, darts of fire
Conjecture, he his fabric of the heavens
79 when] Manilii Astr. iv. 158.
Inveniunt et in astra vias, numerisque modisque
Consummant orbem,'88 eccentric) See Dekker's If this be not a good Play the Devil is in it, p. 43. •In gibberish no man understands of quartiles, aspects, centricall, eccentrical, cosmial, acronicall,' &c.; and Lisle's Du Bartas, 174. Concentrike, excen tricke, epicycle, apogee.' Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 140142.