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In woman, than to ftudy houthold good,
Of looks and fimiles, for fmiles from reafon flow,
Love not the lowest end of human life.
For not to irksome toil, but to delight
He made us, and delight to reafon join'd.
Thefe paths and bow'rs doubt not but our joint hands
Thee fatiate, to short abfence I could yield:
And fhort retirement urges fweet return.
Conjugal love, than which perhaps no bliss
Or this, or worse, leave not the faithful fide
That gave thee be'ing, still shades thee and protects.
Who guards her, or with her the worst indures.
To whom the virgin majefty of Eve,
As one who loves, and fome unkindness meets,
Offspring of Heav'n and Earth, and all Earth's Lord,
That fuch an enemy we have, who seeks
Just then return'd at fhut of evening flowers.
But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt
To God or thee, because we have a foe
May tempt it, I expected not to hear.
His violence thou fear'ft not, being fuch
As we, not capable of death or pain,
Can either not receive, or can repel.
His fraud is then thy fear, which plain infers
Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love
Can by his fraud be fhaken or feduc'd;
Thoughts, which how found they harbour in thy breast, Adam, mis-thought of her to thee fo dear?
To whom with healing words Adam reply'd.
Daughter of God and Man, immortal Eve,
Not diffident of thee do I diffuade
Thy abfence from my fight, but to avoid
Th' attempt itself, intended by our foe.
For he who tempts, though' in vain, at least afperfes
Against temptation: thou thyfelf with fcorn
From thee alone, which on us both at once
More wife, more watchful, ftronger, if need were
Of outward strength; while fhame, thou looking on, Shame to be overcome or over-reach'd
Would utmost vigor raife, and rais'd unite.
Why shouldft not thou like fenfe within thee feel 315
When I am prefent, and thy trial choose
With me, beft witnefs of thy virtue try'd?
So fpake domeftic Adam in his care
And matrimonial love; but Eve, who thought
Lefs attribúted to her faith fincere,
Thus her reply with accent fweet renew'd.
If this be our condition, thus to dwell
In narrow circuit ftraiten'd by a foe,
Sticks no difhonor on our front, but turns
Foul on himself; then wherefore fhunn'd or fear'd
By us? who rather double honor gain
From his furmife prov'd falfe, find peace within,
Favor from Heav'n, our witnefs from th' event.
And what is faith, love, virtue unaffay'd
Alone, without exterior help fuftain'd ?
To whom thus Adam fervently reply'd.
O Woman, beft are all things as the will
Of all that he created, much lefs Man,
Or ought that might his happy ftate fecure,
But bid her well be ware, and still erect,
To do what God exprefly hath forbid.
Not then mistrust, but tender love injoins,
That I fhould mind thee oft, and mind thou me.
Firm we fubfift, yet poffible to swerve,
Since reafon not impoffibly may meet
Some fpecious object by the foe fuborn'd,
And fall into deception unaware,
Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warn'd.
Seek not temptation then, which to avoid
Were better, and most likely if from me
Us both fecurer than thus warn'd thou feem'ft,
Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more;
On what thou haft of virtue, fummon all,
For God towards thee hath done his part, do thine. So fpake the patriarch of mankind; but Eve Perfifted, yet fubmifs, though laft, reply'd.
With thy permiffion then, and thus forewarn'd Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Touch'd only, that our trial, when leaft fought, 380 May find us both perhaps far less prepar'd,
The willinger I go, nor much expect