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Tine the flant lightning; whose thwar flame

driv'n down, 1075 Kindles the gummy bark of Fir, and Pine, And sends a comfortable heat from far, Which might fupply the Sun. Such fire to use, And what may else be remedy or cure To evils, which our own misdeeds have

wrought,

1080 He will instruct us praying, and of grace Beseeching him. So as we need not fear To pass commodiously this life, fustain'd By him with many comforts; till we end In dust, our final rest, and native home. 1085 What better can we do, than to the place Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall Before him reverent; and there confess Humbly our faults, and pardon heg; with tears Wat'ring the ground, and with our lighs the

air

1090 Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in

sign Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek? Undoubtedly he will relent and turn From his displeasure: in whose look serene, When angry moft he feem'd and most fe

vere,

1095 What else but favor, grace,

Thone? So spake our father penitent: nor Eve Felt less remorse. They forth with to the place Repairing where he judg'd them, prostrate fell Before him reverent; and both confess'd 1100 Humbly their faults; and pardon begg'd, with

and mercy

tears

Wat’ring the ground; and with their fighs the

air Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite; in fign Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek.

The End of the Tenth Book.

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BOOK XI.

Thus

hus thcy in lowliest plight repentant stood Praying; for from the mercy-seat above, Prevenient grace defcending, had remov'd The stony from their hearts, and made new

flelli Regenerate grow instead ; that fighs now breath'd

5 Unutterable, with the spirit of pray'r Inspir’d: and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier

flight Than lou est oratory. Yet their port Not of mean suitors; nor important less Seem'd their petition, than when th' ancient

pair

10 In fables old, less ancient yet than these, Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore The race of mankind drown'd, before the

shrine Of Themis stood devout. To Heav'n their,

pray're

D

Flew up, nor miss’d the way, by envious

winds

15 Blown vagabond, or frustrate: in they pass'd Dimensionless thro' heav'nly doors; then clad With incense, where the golden altar fum'd, By their great intercessor, came in fight Before the Father's throne : them the glad

Son

20 Presenting, thus to intercede began. See, Father, what first fruits on earth are

sprung From 'thy implanted grace in man! these fighs And pray’rs, which in this golden censer,

mix'd With incense, Ithy Priest before thee bring: 25 Fruits of more pleasing favor from thy seed, Sown with contrition in his heart, than those Which his own hand manuring all the trees Of Paradise could have produc'd, e're fall’n From innocence. Now therefore bend thine

30 To supplication; hear his fighs though mute! Unthilful with what words to pray, let me Interpret for him; me, his advocate And propitiation; all his works on me, Good or not good ingraft: My merit those 35 Shall perfect; and for these my death shall

pay. Accept me; and in me from these receive

ear

reie.

The smell of peace tow'rd mankind: let him

live Before thee reconcild, at least his days Number'd, tho' sad., till Death, his doom,

which I

40 To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse, To better life (ball 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, se

45 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 50 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 dilsolution wrought by fim, that first 55 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, 60 Till I provided Death: so Death becomes His final remedy: and after life, Try'd in Charp tribulation, and refin'd

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