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This essence to incarnate and imbrute,
So saying, through each thicket dank or dry,
Now, when as sacred light began to dawn In Eden on the humid flowers, that breath'd Their morning incense, when all things, that
breathe, From the earth's great altar send up silent praise To the Creator, and his nostrils fill With grateful smell, forth came the human pair, And join'd their vocal worship to the quire Of creatures wanting voice ; that done, partake The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs : Then commune, how that day they best may ply Their growing work: for much their work outgrew The hands' dispatch of two gardening, so wide, And Eve first to her busband thus began i
Adam, well may we labour still to dress This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower, Pur pleasant task enjoin'd; but till more hands Aid us, the work under our labour grows, Luxurions by restraint; what we by day, Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, One night or two with wanton growth derides Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise, Or hear what to my mind first ihoughts present Let us divide our labours ; thou, where choice Leads ther, or where most weeds, whether to wind The woodbine round chis arbour, or direct The clasping ivy where to climb; while 1, In yonder spring of roses intermix'd With myrtle, find what to redress till noon; For, while so near each other thus all day Our task we choose, what wonder if so near Looks intervene and smiles, or object new Casual discourse draw on; which intermits Our day's work, brought to little, though begun Early, and the hour of supper comes unearn'd ?"
To whom mild answer Adam thus return'd: so Sole Eve, associate sole, to me beyond Compare above all living creatures deur ! Well hast thou motion's, well thy thoughts eine
ploy'd How we mig!ıt hest fulfil the work which here God hath assign’d 18; nor of me shalt pass Unprais'd : for nothing lovelier can be found In woman, than to study household good, And good works in her husband to promute, Yet not so strictly hath our Lord impos'd Labour, as to debar us when we need Refreshment, whether food, or talk between, Food of the mind, or this sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles ; for smiles from reason fign, To brute denied, and are of love the food ; Love, not the lowest end of human life. For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
lle made ur, and delight to reason join'd. (hands
To whom the virgin majesty of Ere,
“ Offspring of heaven and earth, and all earth's That such an enemy we have, who seeks [lord ! Our ruin, both by thee inform'd l' learn, And from the parting angel overheard, As in a shady nook I stood behind, Just then return'd at shut of evening flowers. But, that thou shouldst my firmness thereforedouby To God or thee, liecause we have a foc Mlay tempt it, I expected not to hear.
His vivienué thon fear`st not, being suck
To whom, with healing words, Adam replied:
Daughter of God and man, importal Eve! For such thou art; from sin and blame entire : Not diffident of thee do I dissunde Thy absence from my sight, but to avoid 'The attempt itself, intended by our foe. For he who tempts, though in vain, at least aspersie The tempted with dishonour foul; suppos'd Not incorruptible of faith, not proof Against temptation : thou thyeelf with scorn And anger wouldst resent the offer'd wrong, Though ineffectual found : misdeem not then, If such affront I labour to avert From thee alone, which on us both at once The enemy, though bold, will hardly dare ; Or daring, first on me the assault shall ligiit. Nor thou his malice and false guile conte:1111; Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce Angels; nor think superfluous others' aid. 1, from the influence of thy looks, receive Access in every virtue ; in thy sight More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were Of outward strength; whileshame, thou lowking oila Shame to be overcome or over-reach'd, Would utmost vigour raise, and rais'd unites Why shouldst not thou like cense within thee fech When I am present, and thy trial chorige With me, best witness of tły virtue tried ?"
So spake domestic Adem in his care dud succidoniul love ; but I've, who thought
Less attributed to her faith sincere,
“ If this be our condition, thus to dwell
To whom thus Adam fervently replied :