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And of their doings God takes no account., .. ini.
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With first approach of light, we must be risen, > It
And at our pleasant labour, to reform

Yon flow'ry arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manwing, and require Cutter
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Haille
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums, 630
That lie bestrown unsightly and unsmooth, Pete
Ask riddance,, if we mean to tread with ease;
Meanwhile, as Nature wills, night bids us rest.”

To whom thus Eve with perfect heauty' adorn'd. My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst Unargued I obey ; so God ordains; God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise.. With thee conversing I forget all time; All seasons and their change, all please alike. Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds, pleasant the sun, When first on this delightful land he spreads .. His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, . Glist’ring with dew ; fragrant the fertile earth After soft show'rs; and sweet the coming on Of grateful evening mild; then silent night, With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon, And these the gems of Heav'n, her starry train: But neither breath of morn, when she ascends . With charm of earliest birds ; nor'rising sun On this delightful land; nor herb, fruit, flower, Glist’ring with dew; nor fragrance after showers; . Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent night With this her solemn bird, nor walk by moon, in655 Or glitt'ring starlight, without thee is sweet. But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom

This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes ?” ..

To whom our general ancestor reply'd. « Daughter of God and Man, accomplish'd Eve,. . These have their course to finish round the earth

: By morrow evening, and from land to land In order, though to nations yet unborn, Minist'ring light prepar’d, they set 'and rise'; Lest total darkness should hy night regain Her old possession, and extinguish life In nature and all things, which these soft fires Not only' enlighten, but with kindly heat Of various influence foment and warm, Temper or nourish, or in part shed down Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow On earth, made hereby apter to receive , Perfection from the sun's more potent ray. These then, tho' unbeheld in deep of night, Shine not in vain; nor think, tho' men were none, 675 That Heav'n would want spectators, God want praise. Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep: All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night. How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Singing their great Creator? oft in bands

While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk, * With heav'nly touch of instrumental sounds

In full harmonic number join'd, their songs
Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heaven." "
Thus talking, hand in hand alone they pass’d
On to their blissful bow'r; it was a place i pit Bgó o
Chos’n by the sov’reign Planter, when he fram'd Vaconincs
All things to Man's delightful use; the roof. U: .
Of thickest covert was interwoven shade

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Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side ligonin 695
Acanthus, and each odorous bushy :shrub,,ha
Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flower,':',,,,
Iris all hues, roses, and jessamine, as die wees
Rear'd high their flourish'd heads between, and wrought
Mosaic; underfoot the violet,. . ..,?. 700
Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay :

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Broider'd the ground, more colour'd than with stone ;'
Of costliest emblem: other creature here; i n 1941703
Beast, bird, insect, or worm, durst enter none;
Such was their awe of Man. In shadier hower
More sacred and sequester'd, though but feign'd,
Pan or Sylvanus never slept, nor nymph,
Nor Faunus haunted. Here in close recess,'s.
With flowers, garlands, and sweet-smelling herbs," ..
Espoused Eve deck'a first her nuptial bed,
And heav'nly quires the hymenæap sung,
What day, the genial Angel to our sire
Brought her, in naked beauty more adornd, ..
More lovely than Pandora, whom the Gods
Endow'd with all their gifts, and Ô too like
In şad event, when to th’unwiser son
Of Japhet brought by Hermes, she ensnar'd '.
Mankind with her fair looks, to be avengd.
On him who had stole Jove's authentic fire.

Thus, at their shady lodge arriv’d, both stood, 720 Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd. The God that made both sky, air, earth, and heaven, sexy Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe, als : And starry pole: “ Thou also mad'st the night, a s Maker Omnipotent, and thou the day, si H 725 Which we in our appointed work employ'

d ivisi Have finish’d, happy in our mutual help

i And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss !!! A Ordain’d by thee, and this delicious place : ,;?;!, For us too large, where thy abundance wants ' - 930

Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground.
But thou hast promis'd from us two a race
To fill the earth, who shall with us extol
Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake,
And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep."

This said unanimous, and other rites
Observing none, but adoration pure
Which God likes best, into their immost boweri
Handed they went; and, eas'd the putting off
These troublesome disguises which we wear,
Straight side by side were laid; nor turn'd I ween Drea m
Adam from his fair spouse, nor 'Eve the rites
Mysterious of connubial love refus'd:
Whatever hypocrites austerely talk
Of purity, and place, and innocence, . ; . 746
Defaming as impure what God declares
Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. Obatut.8.4
Qur Maker bids increase; who bids abstaina !
But our destroyer, foe to God and Man? O r we mgle
Hail, wedded Love, mysterious law, true source 750
Of human offspring, sole propriety
In Paradise, of all things common else!
By thee adult'rous lust was driven from men
Among the bestial herds to range; by thee,
Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure,
Relations dear, and all the charities
Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
Far be it that I should write thee sin or blame,
Or think thee unbefitting holiest place,
Perpetual'fountain of domestic sweets,
Whose bed is undefil'd and chaste pronounc'd,
Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs us'd! . 1
Heré love his golden shafts employs, here lights ?
His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings,:.
Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile. i. 765
Of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendear'd,

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Casual fruition; por in court amours,
Mix'd dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball,
Or serenade, which the starv'd lover sings
To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain.

These lull’d by nightingales embracing slept,
And on their naked limbs the flow'ry roof
Show'r'd roses, which the morn repair’d. Sleep on,
Blest pair; and O yet happiest, if ye seek
No happier state, and know to know no more.

Now had night measur’d with her shadowy.cone
Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault,
And from their ivory port the Cherubim
Forth issuing at th' accustom'd hour stood arm'd
To their night watches in warlike parade,

780 When Gabriel to his next in pow'r thus spake.

“ Uzziel, half these draw off and coast the south With strictest watch; these other wheel the north; Our circuit meets full west.” As flame they part, aty Half wheeling to the shield, half to the spear. 785 From these, two strong and subtle Spi'rits he call'd That near him stood, and gave them thus in charge.

" Ithuriel and Zephon, with wing'd speed Search thro' this garden, leave unsearch'd nó nook ; But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge, 790 Now laid perhaps asleep secure of harm., .. This evening from the sun's decline arriv'd Who tells of some infernal Spirit seen Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) escap'd The bars of Hell, on errand bad no doubt :

795 Such where ye find, seize fast, and hither bring.”

So saying,.on he led his radiant files, Dazzling the moon; these to the bower direct In search of whom they sought : him there they found :) Squat like a toad, close at the .ear of Eve, num Boo Assaying by his devilish art to reach' . . . . The organs of her fancy', and with them forge

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