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Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love, To bring forth fruits joy and eternal bliss.
He ended ; and thus Adam last reply'd. How soon hath thy prediction, Seer bless'd, Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Till time stand fix'd ? beyond is all abyss, Eternity, whose end no eye can reach : Greatly instructed I shall hence depart, Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill Of knowledge, what this vessel can contain ; Beyond which was my folly to aspire. Henceforth I learn that to obey is best, And love with fear the only God, to walk. As in his presence, ever to observe His providence, and on him sole depend, Merciful over all his works, with good Still overcoming evil; and by small Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise By simply meek; that suffering for truth's sake Is fortitude to highest victory, And, to the faithful, death the gate of life ; Taught this by his example, whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever bless'd.
To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd. This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum Of wisdom ; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th' ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in heaven, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst,
And all the rule, one empire ; only add
He ended, and they both descend the hill ;
589 speculation) So in Par. Reg. iv. 236.
this specular mount.' Richardson.
Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I
know; For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise, Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Presaging, since with sorrow and heart's distress Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on; In me is no delay; with thee to go Is to stay here; without thee here to stay Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heaven, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence. This further consolation yet secure I carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf’d, By me the promis'd Seed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh Th' archangel stood, and from the other hill To their fix'd station all in bright array The cherubim descended ; on the ground Gliding meteorous, as ev'ning mist Ris'n from a river o'er the marish glides, And gathers round fast at the labourer's heel Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
615 In me) Virg. Eclog. iii. 52,
'In me mora non erit ulla. Newton. 630 glides] See Dante Il Purgat. c. v. 37.
• Vapori accesi non vid' io si tosto
Di prima notte mai fender sereno,
And vapour as the Libyan air adust,
685 vapour] Hor. Epod. iii. 15.
* Nec tantus unquam siderum insedit vapor
Richardson. 685 air adust] Tasso Gier. Lib. vii. 52.
Qual con le chiome sanguinose horrende
Splender cometa suol per l' aria adusta.' Bowle. 643 brand] Sword. Gen. i. 24. Blade, xi. 120. Bentl. MS. 640 world] Shakesp. Rich. II. act. i. sc. 3. all the world's my way.'
Johnson. 648 hand]
A small but artful paradise they walk'd,
And hand in hand sad gentle things they talk'd.' See Cowley's Davideis, p. 20. 648 wand ring] Wearied. Careful. Social. Bentl. MS.