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On all who in the worship persevere
54 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid The Woman's Seed, obscurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord, Last in the clouds from Heav'n to be reveal'd
545 In glory of the Father, to disolve Satan with his perverted world, then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd, New Heav'ns, new Earth, ages of endless date 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 bleft, Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Till time stand fix’d? beyond is all abyss, 555 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.
560 Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best,
And love with fear the only God, to walk
570 And to the faithful death the gate of life; Taught this by his example whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest.
To whom thus also th’ Angel last reply'd. This having learn’d, thou hast attaind the sum 575 Of wisdom; hope no high’er, though all the stars Thou hew'st by name, and all th' ethereal pow'rs, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dít, 580 And all the rule, one empire; only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue, patience, teniperance, add love, By name to come callid charity, the soul Of all the rest : then wilt thou not be loath 585 To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation; for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards, 590 By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword,
He ended, and they both descend the hill;
Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I know;
620 I carry hence; though all by me is lost,
Such favor I unworthy am vouchsaf’d,
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard
635 Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat In either hand the haft'ning Angel caught Our ling’ring parents, and to the eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. They looking back, all th’ eastern fide beheld Of Paradise, fo late their happy feat, Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the
gate With dreadful faces throng’d and fiery arms : Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them foon ; The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and flow, Through Eden took their folitary way.
THE END OF PARADISE LOST.