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To me committed and by me expos’d.
But rile; let us no more contend, nor blame
Each other blam'd enough elsewhere! But

In offices of love, how we may lighten 960
Each other's burden, in our share of woe:
Since this day's death denounc'd, if ought I

Will prove no sudden but a flow-pac'd evil;
A long day's dying to augment our pain,
And to our seed, 0 hapless seed! deriv'd. 965
To whom thus Eve, recov’ring heart,

Adam by sad experiment, I know
How little weight my words with thee can

Found so erroneous; thence by just event
Found so unfortunate; nevertheless,
Restor'd by thee,, vile as I am, to place
Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain
Thy love, the sole contentment of my

Living or dying, from thee I will not hide,
What thoughts in my unquiet breast are

ris'n :

Tending to some relief of our extremes,
Or end, though sharp and lad, yet tolerable
As in our evils, and of easier choice.
If care of our descent perplex us most,



Which must be born to certain woe, de


980 By Death at last; and miserable it is To be to others cause of misery, Our own begotten, and of our loins to bring Into this cursed world a woeful race; That after wretched life must be at last 985 Food for so foul a monster: in thy pow'r It lies, yet e're conception to prevent The race unblest, to being yet unbegot. Childless thou art, childless remain: so Death Shall be deceiv'd his glut; and with us


990 Be forc'd to satisfy his rav’nous maw. But if thou judge it hard and difficult, Conversing, looking , loving, to abstain From love's due rites, nuptial embraces sweet, And with desire to languilh without hope, 995 Before the present object languishing With like desire, which would be misery, And torment less than none of what we dread; Then both ourselves and feed at once to free, From what we fear for both, let us make

short, Let us seek Death: or he not found, supply With our own hands his office on ourselves, Why stand we longer shivering under fears, That show no end but death; and have the



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Of many ways to die the shortest choosing 1005
Destruction with destruction to destroy?

She ended here, or vehement despair
Broke off the rest : so much of death her

Had entertain'd, as dy'd her cheeks with

But Adam , with such counsel nothing

To better hopes his more attentive mind
Lab’ring had rais'd; and thus to Eve replyd.
Eve, thy contempt of life and pleafure

To ague in thee fomeeting more sublime,
And excellent than what thy mind con-


But self-destruction therefore fought, refutes
That excellence thought in thee; and implies,
Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret
For lofs of life' and pleasure overlov’d.
Or if thou covet death, as utmost end
Of misery; so thinking to evade
The penalty pronounc'd; doubt not, but God
Hath wifelier arm'd his vengeful ire, than so
To be forestall'd: much more I fear lest death,
So snatch'd, will not exempt us from the


1025 We are by doom to pay. Rather such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest,

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To make death in us live! Then, let us seek
Some safer resolution, which methinks
I have in view, calling to mind with heed 1030
Part of our sentence, that „thy feed shall

bruise The Serpents head:Piteous amends! unless Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foc Satan: who in the Serpent hath contriv'd Against us this deceit: to crush his head 1035 Would be revenge indeed, which will be lost By death brought on ourselves; or childless

days Resolv'd, as thou proposest: so, our foe Shall 'shape his punishment ordaind; and we Instead shall double ours upon our heads. 1040 No more be mention’d then of violence Against ourselves; and wilful barrenness, That cuts us off from hope; and favors only Rancor and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God, and his just yoke 1045 Faid on our necks. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard and judg'd Without wrath, or reviling: we expected Immediate dissolution, which we thought Was meant by death that day, when lo! to


1050 Pains only in child-bearing were foretold, And bringing forth foon recompens'd with joy, Fruit of thy womb; on me the curse aflope


Glanc'd on the ground; with labor I must earn My bread: what harm ? Idleness had been


1055 My labor will sustain me: and left cold Or heat should injure us, his timely care Hath unbesought provided; and his hànds Cloth'd us unworthy; pitying while he judg’d. How much more, if we pray him, will his

1060 Be open, and his heart to pity incline, And teach us further, by what means to shun Th'inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail and snow; Which now the sky with various face begins To shew us in this mountain; while the


1065 Blow moist and keen, Thattering the graceful

locks Of those fair spreading trees; which bids us

seek Some better shrowd, some better warmth to

cherish Our limbs benumm'd; e're this diurnal star Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd


1070 Reflected, may with matter fere foment Or by collision of two bodies grind The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds Justling, or push'd with winds, rude in their


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