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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
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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'
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Now had night measur’d with her shadowy.cone
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 dá Boo Assaying by his devilish art to reach' . . . . The organs of her fancy', and with them forge