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Number'd, though sad, till death his doom, (which I To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse,) To better life shall yield him, where with me All my redeem'd
may dwell in joy and bliss; Made one with me as I with thee am one.
To whom the Father, without cloud, serene. All thy request for man, accepted Son, Obtain; all thy request was my decree: But longer in that paradise to dwell The law I gave to nature him forbids : Those pure immortal elements, that know No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul, Eject him tainted now, and purge him off As a distemper, gross to air as gross, And mortal food, as may dispose him best For dissolution wrought by sin, that first Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt Corrupted. I at first with two fair gifts Created him endow'd, with happiness And immortality: that fondly lost, This other serv'd but to eternize woe, Till I provided death; so death becomes His final remedy, and after life Try'd in sharp tribulation, and refind By faith and faithful works, to second life, Wak’d in the renovation of the just, Resigns him up with heaven and earth renew'd. But let us call to synod all the blest Thro' heaven's wide bounds; from them I will not
My judgments, how with mankind I proceed,
He ended, and the Son gave signal high
O Sons, like one of us man is become
Michael, this my behest have thou in charge;
the cherubim Thy choice of flaming warriors, lest the fiend, Or in behalf of man, or to invade Vacant possession, some new trouble raise : Haste thee, and from the paradise of God Without remorse drive out the sinful pair, From hallow'd ground th’ unholy, and denounce To them and to their progeny from thence Perpetual banishment. Yet lest they faint At the sad sentence rigorously urg'd, (For I behold them soften'd and with tears Bewailing their excess,) all terror hide. If patiently thy bidding they obey, Dismiss them not disconsolate ; reveal To Adam what shall come in future days, As I shall thee enlighten ; intermix My covenant in the woman's seed renew'd; So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peace: And on the east side of the garden place, Where entrance up from Eden easiest climbs,
105 drive out] See Adamus Exsul of Grotius, p. 72.
· Vos ergo, Cherubi Cælites! mihi quos ego
Legi Ministros, ite! et horto pellite
Glebasque quærant, et parentem exerceant !
· Vos state in aditu nemoris, ortivam ad plagam,
Et impedite flammeo versatilis
Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame
He ceas'd ; and th’ archangelic power prepard
Eve, easily may faith admit, that all The good which we enjoy from heaven descends; But that from us aught should ascend to heaven So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-bless'd, or to incline his will, Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer, Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne Even to the seat of God.
For since I sought
131 Of] ‘Of fabled Argus, wakeful not to drouze.'
By prayer th’ offended Deity to appease,
To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek.
174 begins] Shakesp. Hen. IV. p. i. act iii. sc. 1.
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