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And said, 'Thy mansion wants thee, Adam ; rise,
First man, of men innumerable ordain'd
First father! call'd by thee, I come thy guide
To the garden of bliss, thy seat prepard.'
So saying, by the hand he took me rais'd,
And over fields and waters, as in air
Smooth sliding without step, last led me up
A woody mountain ; whose high top was plain,
A circuit wide, enclos'd with goodliest trees
Planted with walks and bowers; that what I saw
Of earth before scarce pleasant seem'd. Each tree,
Loaden with fairest fruit that hung to the eye
Tempting, stirr'd in me sudden appetite
To pluck and eat; whereat I wak'd, and found
Before mine eyes all real, as the dream
Had lively shadowed : here had new begun
My wandering, had not He, who was my guide
Up nither, from among the trees appear'd,
Presence Divine. Rejoicing, but with awe,
In adoration at his feet I fell
Submiss: he rear'd me, and, : Whom thou sought'st
Said mildly, • Author of all this thou seest
Above, or round about thee, or beneath.
This Paradise I give thee, count it thine
To till and keep, and of the fruit to eat :
Of every tree that in the garden grows
Eat freely with glad heart ; fear here no dearta
But of the tree whose operation brings
Knowledge of good and ill, which I bave set
The pledge of ihy obedience and thy faith,
Amid the garden by the tree of life,
Remember what I warn thee, shun to taste,
And shun the bitter consequence : for know,
The day thou eatest thereof, my sole comnand
Transgress'd, inevitably thou shalt die,
From that day mortal ; and this happy state
Shalt lose, expell'd from hence into a world
Of woe and sorrow.' Sternly he pronounc'i
The rigid interdiction, which resounds

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Yet virexiiful in mine ear, though in my choice
Nue to incur; billt soon his clear aspect
Return'd, and gracious purpose thus renew'd :

Not only these fair bounds, but all the earth
To thee and to thy race I give; as lords
Possess it, and all things that therein live,
Or live in sea, or air , beast, fish, and fowl.
In sign whereof, each bird and beast behold
After their kinds; I bring them to receive

From thee their names, and pay thee feälty
W’ith low subjection ; understand the same
Of fish within their watery residence,
Not hither summon'd, since they cannot change
Their element, to draw the thinner air.
As thus he spake, each bird and beast behold
Approaching two and two; these cowering low
With blandishment; each bird stoop'd on his

wing. I nam'd them, as they pass'd, and understood Their nature, with such knowledge God endued My sudden apprehension : but in these I found not what mechonght I wanted still : And to the heavenly vision thus presum'd:

« « , by what name, for thou above all these, Above mankind, or aught than mankind higher, Surpassest far my naming ; how may I Adore thee, Author of this universe, And all this good to man? for whose well-being So amply, and with hands so liberal, Thou hast provided all things : but with me I see not who partakes. In solitude What happiness ? who can enjoy alone, Or, a: enjoying, what contentment find ?' Thus I presumptuous; and the vision bright, As with a smile more brighten'd, thus replied :

• What call'st thou solitude? Is not the earth Wnh various living creatures, and the air Keplenish'd, and all these at thy command To come and play before thee? Know'st tbou noc


Inetr .anguage and their ways. They also know,
And reason not contemptibly; with these
Find pastime, and bear rule; thy realm is large.'
So spake the Universal Lord, and seem'd
So ordering : 1, with leave of speech implor'd,
And humble deprecation, thus replied :

“Let not my words offend thee, heavenly
My Maker, be propitious while I speak. [Power
Hast thou not made me here thy substitute,
And these inferior far beneath me set ?
Among unequals what society
Can sort, what harmony, or true delight ?
Which must be mutnal, in proportion due
Given and receiv'd: but ip disparity
The one intense, the other still remiss,
Cannot well suit with either, but soon provo
Tedious alike : of fellowship I speak
such as I seek, fit to participate
All rational delight ; wherein the brute
Cannot be human consort: they rejoice
Each with their kind, lion with lioness ;
So fitly them in pairs thou hast combin'ds
Much less can bird with beast, or fish with tow
So well converse, nor with the ox the ape :
Worse then can man with beast, and least of all.'
“ Whereto the Almighty answer'd, oof die

pleas'd : 'A nice and subtile happiness, I see, Thou to thyself proposest, in the choice Of thy associates, Adam! and will taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. What think'st thou then of me, and this my stare? Seem I to thee sufficiently possess'd Of happiness, yr not? who am alone From all eternity; for none I know Second to me, or like, equal much less. How have I tben with whom to hold converse, Save with the oreatures which I made, and thos To me inferior, infinite descerts Beneath what other creatures ar to thee ?'


“ He ceas'd; I lowly answer'd : . To attain The highth and depth of thy eternal ways All human thoughts come short, Supreme of things Thou in thyself art perfect, and in thee Is no deficience found : not so is man, But in degree; the cause of his desire By conversation with his like to help Or solace his defects. No need that thou Shouldst propagate, already infinité ; And throngh all numbers absolute, though over But man by number is to manifest His single imperfection, and beget Like of his like, his image multiplied, In unity defective; whieh requires Collateral love, and dearest amity. Thou in thy secresy although alone, Best with thyself accompanied, seekest nos Social communication yet so pleas'd Canst raise thy creature to what highth thou will Of union or communion, deified : 1 I, by conversing, cannot these ereet From prone; nor in their ways complacence And. Thus I embolden'd spake, and freedom usd Permissive, and acceptance found; which gain'a This answer from the gracious voice divine :

“ « Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleased And find thee knowing, not of beasts alone, Which thou hast rightly nam'd, but of thyself, Expressing well the spirit within thee free, My image, not imparted to the brute : Whose fellowship therefore unmeet for thee Good reason was thou freely shouldst dislike And be so minded still : 1, ere thon spakest, Knew it not good for man to be alone ; And no such company as then thou sa west Intended thee ; for trial only brought, To see how thou couldst judge of fit and meet What next I bring shall please thee, be assur'd Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self, Thy wish exactly to thy heart's dodira

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a Ho endeu, or I heard no more ; for now
My earthly by his heavenly overpower'd,
Which it had long stood under, strain’d to the highth
In that celestial colloquy sublime,
As with an object that excels the sense
Dazzled and spent, sunk down, and sought repair
Of sleep, which instantly fell on ine, call's
By nature as in aid, and clos'd mine eyes.
Mine eyes he clos'd, but open left the cell
Of fancy, my internal sight; by which,
Abstract as in a trance, methought I saw,

Though sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape
Still glorious before whom awake I stood :
Who stooping open'd my left side, and took
From thence a rib, with cordial spirits Walm,
And life-blood streaming fresh: wide was the

But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heal'd :
The rib he form'd and fashion'd with his hands;
Under his forming hands a creature grew,
Man-like, but different sex ; 8o lovely fair,
That what seem'd fair in all the world, seem'd


Mean, or in her summ’d up, in her contain'd
And in her looks; which from that time infus'd
Sweetness into my heart unfelt before,
And into all things from her air inspir'd
The spirit of love and amorous delight.
She disappear'd, and left me dark; I wak'd
To find her, or for ever to deplore
Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure ;
When out of hope, behold her, not far off,
Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd
With what all earth or heaven could bestow
To make her amiable ; on she came,
Led by her heavenly Maker, though unseer,
And guided by his voice ; nor uninform’il
Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rices :
Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,

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