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Save with the creatures which I made, and those
410 Beneath what other creatures are to thee?
He ccas’d, I lowly answer'd. To attain
425 Collateral love, and dearest amity. Thou in thy secrecy although alone, Best with thyself accompanied, scek’st not Social communication, yet so pleas’d, Canst raise thy creature to what height thou wilt Of union or communion, deify'd;
431 I by conversing cannot these erect From prone, nor in their ways complacence find, Thus I embolden'd spake, and freedom us’d Permissive, and acceptance found, which gain'd 435 This answer from the gracious voice divine.
Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleas’d, And find thce knowing not of beasts alone,
Which thou hast rightly nam’d, but of thyself,
445 And no such company as then thou saw'st Intended thee, for trial only brought, To see how thou could’st judge of fit and meet : What next I bring shall please thee, be assur’d, Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self, Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.
He ended, or I heard no more, for now My earthly by his heav'nly overpower'd, Which it had long stood under, strain'd to th' height In that celestial colloquy sublime,
455 As with an object that excels the sense Dazzled and spent, sunk down, and songht repair Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, call'd By nature as in aid, and clos'd mine eyes. Mine eyes he clos’d, but open left the cell Of fancy my internal sight, by which Abstract as in a trance methought I saw, Though slecping, where I lay, and saw the shape Still glorious before whom awake I stood; Who stooping opend my left side, and took
46; From thence a rib, with cordial spirits warm, And life-blood streaming fresh; wide was the wound, But suddenly with flesh fill'd up and heal'd :
The rib he form'd and fashion'd with his hands;
490 This turn hath made amends; thou hast fulfillid Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign, Giver of all things fair, but fairest this Of all thy gifts, nor enviest. I now see Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself 495 Before me; Woman is her name, of Man Extracted; for this cause he shall forego
Father and mother, and to' his wife adhere;
She heard me thus, and though divinely brought, 500
505 Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought, Wrought in her so, that seeing me, she turn'd; I follow'd her, she what was honour knew, And with obsequious majesty approv'd My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower
510 I led her blushing like the morn: all Heaven, And happy constellations on that hour Shed their selectest influence; the earth Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill; Joyous the birds; fresh gales and gentle air 515 Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings Flung rose, Aung odours from the spicy shrub, Disporting, till the amorous bird of night Sung spousal, and bid haste the evening star On his hill top, to light the bridal lamp.
Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought My story to the sum of earthly bliss Which I enjoy, and must confess to find In all things else delight indeed, but such As us'd or not, works in the mind no change, 525 Nor vehement desire, these delicacies
I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers,
540 Of nature her th' inferior, in the mind And inward faculties, which most excel, In outward also her resembling less His image who made both, and less expressing The character of that dominion given
545 O’er other creatures; yet when I approach Her loveliness, so absolute she seems And in herself complete, so well to know Her own, that what she wills to do or say, Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best ;
550 All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded, wisdom in discourse with her Loses discount'nanc'd, and like folly shows; Authority and reason on her wait, As one intended first, not after made
$55 Occasionally; and to consummate all,