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Marocco, and Algiers, and Tremisen:
On Europe thence, and where: Rome was to

sway

405 The world: in fpirit perhaps he also saw Rich Mexico, the seat of Montezume, And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat Of Atabalipa; and yet unspoil'd Guiana;' whose *) great city Geryon's sons Call El Dorado. But to nobler fights, 410 Michael from Adam's eyes the film'remov'd, Which that false fruit, that promis'd clearer

fight, Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see ; 415 And from the well of life three drops inftillid. So deep the pow'r of these ingredients pierc'd, Ev'n to the inmost seat of mental light, That Adam, now inforc'd to close his eyes, Sunk down, and all his fpirits became in

tranc'd:

420 But him the gentle Angel by the hand Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recall'd. Adam, now'ope thine eyes, and first be

hold Th' effects, which thy original crime hath

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In some to spring from thee: who never

touch'd

425 Th’excepted tree;

nor with the snake con

spir'd; Nor finn'd thy sin: yet from that sin derive Corruption, to bring forth inore violent deeds.

His eyes he open'd, ond beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were shea

430 New reap'd: the other part, sheep-walks and

folds : In the midst an altar as the land-mark food, Rustic, of grally fod : thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow

(heaf,

435 Uncull'd, as came to hand. A shepherd next More meek, came with the firstlings of his

flock,

Choicest and best: then sacrificing, laid
The inwards and their fat, with incense

strow'd, On the cleft wood, and all due rites per

formid,

440 His offering foon propitious fire from Heav'n Confum'd with nimble glance, and grateful

steam. The other's not, for his was not sincere. Whereat he inly rag'd, and as they talk'd

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Smote him into the midriff with a stone, 445 That beat out life: he fell, and deadly pale Groan'd out his soul with gushing blood

effus'd! Much at that fight was Adam in his heart Dismay'd, and thus in haste to th' Angel cry'd. O Teacher! fome great mischief hath befali'n

450. To that meek man, who well had sacrificid: Is piety thus, end pure devotion paid? To whom Michael th:118, he also mov'd, re

ply'd: These two are brethren, Adam, and to come Out of thy loins: th' unjust the just hath

Main;

455 For envy, that his brother's offering found From Heav'n acceptance: but the bloody fact Will be aveng'd; and th' other's faith ap

prov'd, Lose no reward, though here thou see him

die, - Rolling in duft and gore. To which our

460 Alas, both for the deed and for the cause! But have I now seen Dearh? is this the way I must return to native dust? O fight Of terror, foul and ugly to behold, Horrid to think, how horrible to feel! 465

fire:

To whom thus Michael. Death thou hast seen

In his first shape on man: but many shapes Of Death, and many are the ways that lead To his grim cave: all dismal! yet to sense - More terrible at th' entrance than within. 470 Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall

die :: By fire, flood, famine: by intemperance

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In meats and drinks, which on the earth

shall bring Diseases dire: of which a monstrous crew Before thee shall appear; that thou may'st

know,

475 What misery th' inabstinence of Eve Shall bring on men. Immediately a place Befere his eyes appear’d, sad, noisome, dark, A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid Numbers of all diseas'd: all maladies 480 Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Of heart-lick agony, all fev'rous kind's, Convulsions, epilepfies, fierce catarrhs, Intestin stone, and ulcer, cholic pangs, Daemoniac phrenzy, moaping melancholy, 485 And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence, Droplies, and asthmas, and joint - raching

rheums. Dire was the toffing, deep the groans !

Despair

hold

Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch: 490
And over them triumphant Death his dart
Shook; but delay'd to strike, though oft in-

vok'd
With vows, as their chief good, and final

hope, Sight so deform what heart of rock could

long Dry-ey'd behold?

Adam could not, but
wept,

495 Though not of woman born; compaflion

quell'd
His best of man, and gave him up to tears
A space; till firmer thoughts restrain'd excess,
And scarce recovering words his plaint re-

new'd.
O miserable mankind! to what fall 500
Degraded, to what wretched state reserv'd!
Better end here unborn! Way is life giv’n
To be thus wrested from us? rather, why
Obtruded on us thus ? who, if we knew, i
What, we receive, would either not

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Life offer'd; or soon beg to lay it dówn;
Glad to be so dismiss’d in peace. Can thus
Th’image of God in man, created once
So goodly and erect, though faulty since
To such unsightly sufferings be debas'd, 510
Under inhuman pains ? Why should not man,

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