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So fit, so acceptable, so divine,
To whom the sovran Presence thus replied :
So having said, he thus to Eve in few : “ Say, woman, what is this which thou hast done?”
To whom sad Eve, with shame nigh overwhelmed, Confessing soon, yet not before her Judge
160 Bold or loquacious, thus abashed replied : “ The serpent me beguiled, and I did eat.”
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on the accused
141. whatever in itself, whatever it might be in itself, in its own character.
143. She gare. “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." Genesis iii. 12.
147. but, only ; even.
154. well seemned, showed well; were well becoming.
156. person, character, as in a play; the Latin “ persona."
157. in few, in few words.
162. beguiled. See Genesis iii. 13.
Serpent, though brute, unable to transfer
165 The guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his creation ; justly then accursed, As vitiated in nature. More to know Concerned not man (since he no further knew) 170 Nor altered his offence: yet God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied, Though in mysterious terms, judged as then best, And on the serpent thus his curse let fall : “ Because thou hast done this, thou art accursed 175 Above all cattle, each beast of the field; Upon thy belly grovelling thou shalt go, And dust shalt eat all the days of thy life. Between thee and the woman I will put Enmity, and between thine and her seed;
180 Her seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel.”
So spake this oracle, then verified When Jesus, son of Mary, second Eve, Saw Satan fall like lightning down from heaven, Prince of the air; then rising from his grave Spoiled principalities and powers, triúmphed In open show, and with ascension bright Captivity led captive through the air, The realm itself of Satan long usurped, Whom he shall tread at last under our feet; 190 Even he who now foretold his fatal bruise, And to the woman thus his sentence turned : “ Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply By thy conception; children thou shalt bring
167. end, purpose, object. 184. Saw Satan fall. “ And
169. More to know, that is, that he said unto them, I beheld Satan was the real tempter. Satan as lightning fall from 171. at last, finally.
heaven." Luke x. 18. 173. judged as then best, con- 188. Captivity led captive. See sidered to be best at that time. Ephesians iv. 8.
175. See Genesis iii. 14, 15. 192. See Genesis iii. 16.
| In sorrow forth, and to thy husband's will
Thine shall submit; he over thee shall rule.”
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounced : “ Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy
wife, And eaten of the tree concerning which [ charged thee, saying, “ Thou shalt not eat thereof,' Cursed is the ground for thy sake; thou in sorrow Shalt eat thereof all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid ; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, 205 Till thou return unto the ground; for thou Out of the ground wast taken : know thy birth, For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return."
So judged he Man, both Judge and Saviour sent, And the instant stroke of death denounced that day Removed far off; then, pitying how they stood 211 Before him naked to the air that now Must suffer change, disdained not to begin Thenceforth the form of servant to assume ; As when he washed his servants' feet, so now, 215 As father of his family, he clad Their nakedness with skins of beasts, or slain, Or as the snake with youthful coat repaid; And thought not much to clothe his enemies : Nor he their outward only with the skins
197. On Adam last. See Gen. 219. not much, it not too much. esis iii. 17-19.
220-224. And he not only cov210. instant, immediate.
ered from his Father's sight their 214. the form of servant. See outward nakedness with the skins Philippians ii. 7.
of beasts, but he also covered 215. As when. See John xiii. their inward nakedness, which 1-16.
was much more shameful, array217. or, whether.
ing it with his robe of righteous218. Or anew provided, like the ness. See Isaiah lxi. 10. snake, with youthful coat.
Of beasts, but inward nakedness much more
Meanwhile, ere thus was sinned and judged on
“O son, why sit we here each other viewing
226. as of old. See John xvii. 231. In counterview, opposite 5.
to each other; face to face. 229. was sinned and judged. 234. Sin opening. See II. These verbs are impersonal, the 871-883. meaning being, ere thus there 240. had, would have. were on earth sin and judgment. 246. Or, whether. - connatu
ral, of a common nature.
By secretest conveyance. Thou, my shade
Whom thus the meagre Shadow answered soon: “ Go whither fate and inclination strong 265 Leads thee; I shall not lag behind, nor err The way, thou leading, such a scent I draw Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste The savor of death from all things there that live: Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid.”
So saying, with delight he snuffed the smell i Of mortal change on earth. As when a flock Of ravenous fowl, though many a league remote, Against the day of battle to a field
275 Where armies lie encamped come flying, lured With scent of living carcasses designed 250. must, must go.
migration, either for passing to 254. impervious, without way and fro, or for removing altothrough.
gether. — as their lot shall lead, 256. unagreeable, unsuitable. as shall be determined for them.
257. this main. See 245 ; also 266. err, mistake. II. 890-910.
270. enterprisest, undertakest. 260, 261. for intercourse or trans