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Seen in the galaxy, that milky way,
Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest

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Powder'd with stars. And now on earth the seventh
Evening arose in Eden, for the sun
Was set, and twilighit from the east came on,
Forerunning night; when at the holy mount
Of Heav'n's high-seated top, th' imperial throne 585
Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The Filial Pow'r arriv’d, and sat him down
With his great Father, for he also went
Invisible, yet stay'd (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd,

590 Author and end of all things, and from work, Now resting, bless’d and hallow'd the seventh day As resting on that day from all his work, But not in silence holy kept; the harp Had work and rested not, the solemn pipe

595 And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop, All sounds on fret by string or golden wire, Temper'd soft tunings intermix'd with voice Choral or unison: of incense clouds Fuming from golden censers hid the mount.

600 Creation and the six days acts they sung, 'Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite Thy pow'r; what thought can measure thee, or tongue Relate thee? greater now in thy return Than from the giant Angels; thee that day

605 Thy thunders magnify’d; but to create Is greater than, created, to destroy. Who can impair thee, mighty King, or bound Thy empire? easily the proud attempt Of Spi'rits apostate and their counsels vain

610 Thou hast repell’d, while impiously they thought Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks To lessen thee, against his purpose serves

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To manifest the more thy might: his evil
Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.
Witness this new-made world, another Heaven
From Heaven-gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea ;
Of amplitude almost immense, with stars
Numerous, and every star perhaps a world
Of destin'd habitation; but thou know'st
Their seasons: among these the seat of Men,
Earth with her nether ocean circumfus'd,
Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy Men,
And sons of Men, whom God hath thus advanc'd,
Created in his image, there to dwell
And worship him, and in reward to rule
Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air,
And multiply a race of worshippers
Holy and just: thrice happy if they know
Their happiness, and persevere upright.'

“ So sung they, and the empyréan rung
With Halleluiahs: thus was sabhath kept.
And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd
How first this world and face of things began,
And what before thy memory was done
From the beginning, that posterity
Inform’d by thee might know; if else thou seek'st
Ought, not surpassing human measure, say.”

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END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.

PARADISE LOST.

BOOK VIII.

ARGUMENT.

Adam enquires concerning celestial motions; is douhtfully

answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam assents, and, still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society, his first meeting and nuptials with Eve; his discourse with the Angel thereupon, who, after admonitions repeated, departs.

BOOK VIII.

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THE Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while
Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear;
Then, as new-wak’d, thus gratefully replied.

" What thanks sufficient, or what recompense
Equal have I to render thee, divine
Historian, who thus largely hast allay'd
The thirst I had of kuowledge, and vouchsaf’d
This friendly condescension, to relate
Things else by me unsearchable, now heard
With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
With glory attributed to the high
Creator? Something yet of doubt remains,
Which only thy solution can resolve.
When I behold this goodly frame, this world,
Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute
Their magnitudes, this earth a spot, a grain,
An atom, with the firmament compar'd
And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll
Spaces incomprehensible (for such
Their distance argues and their swift return
Diurnal), merely to officiate light
Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot,
One day and night, in all their vast survey
Useless besides ; reasoning, I oft admire,
How nature, wise and frugal, could commit
Such disproportions, with superfluous hand
So many nobler bodies to create,

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