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Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg'd. How much more, if we pray him, will his ear 1060 Be
open, and his heart to pity incline, And teach us further by what means to shun Th’ inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail, and
snow, Which now the sky with various face begins To show us in this mountain, while the winds 1065 Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks Of these fair spreading trees, which bids us seek Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish Our limbs benumb’d, ere this diurnal star Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams Reflected may with matter sere foment, Or by collision of two bodies grind The air attrite to fire, as late the clouds Justling or push'd with winds rude in their shock Tine the slant lightning, whose thwart flame driv'n Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, [down And sends a comfortable heat from far, Which might supply the sun.
Such fire to use, And what may else be remedy or cure To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, He will instruct us praying, and of grace
1071 foment] Virg. Æn. i. 175.
• Suscepitque ignem foliis, atque arida circum
Hume. 1078 fire] ‘Be tired with holy fire.' Quarles' Emblems,
1076 or pine) Fenton and Bentley read and pine.'
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
mercy shone? So spake our father penitent, nor Eve Felt less remorse : they forthwith, to the place Repairing where he judg’d them, prostrate fell Before him reverent, and both confess'd Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d, with tears Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign Of sorrow unfeign’d and humiliation meek.
1091 Frequenting] Tempesting. Bentl. MS. so in line 1103.
THE Son of God presents to his father the prayers of our first parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide in paradise; sends Michael with a band of cherubim to dispossess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things: Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's approach; goes out to meet him: the angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits: the angel leads him up to a high hill; sets before him in vision what shall happen till the flood.
Thus they in lowliest plight repentant stood
11 In fables old] Fables told this. Bentl. MS.
Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
15 envious] Ov. Met. x. 642.
Detulit aura preces ad me non invida blandas.
Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days Number'd, though sad, till death, his doom(which I To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse), To better life shall yield him, where with me AU my redeem'd may
dwell in joy and bliss : Made one with me as I with thee am one.
To whom the Father," without cloud, serene.
pure immortal elements, that know No
gross, no unharmonious mixture foul, Eject him tainted now, and purge him off As a distemper, gross to air as gross, And mortal food, as may dispose him best For dissolution wrought by sin, that first Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt Corrupted. I at first with two fair gifts Created him endow'd, with happiness And immortality: that fondly lost, This other serv'd but to eternize woe, Til I provided death ; so death becomes His final remedy, and after life Try'd in sharp tribulation, and refin'd By faith and faithful works, to second life, Wak’d in the renovation of the just, Resigns him up with heaven and earth renewid. But let us call to synod all the blest [hide Thro’ heaven's wide bounds; from them I will not VOL. II.