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Adam inquires concerning celestial Motionsy

is doubtfully answer'd, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowe ledge: Adam assents, and still defirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he rea member'd fince his own Creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit Society, his first meeting and Nuptials with Eve, bis difcourse with the Angel thereupon; who after admonitions repeated departs.

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HE Angel ended, and in Adam's Ear
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So Charming left his voice, that he a While
Thought him ftill speaking, ftill food fixt

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Then as new wak'd thus gratefully reply'd.

What thanks fufficient, or what recompence $ Equal have to render thee, Divine Historian, who thus largely haft allay'd The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd This friendly condefcension to relate Things else by meanfearchable, 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 Is Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute Their magnitudes, this Earth a fpot, a grain, An atom, with the Firmament compar'd And all her number'd Stars, that seem to rowl Spaces incomprehensible, (for such Their distance argues, and their swift recurn Diurnal) meerly to officiate light Round this opacous Earth, this punétual spot, One day and night; in all their vast survey Useless besides, seasoning loft admire,

15 How Nature wife and frugal could commit Such disproportions, with superfluous hand, So many nobler Bodies to create, Greater so manifold, to this one use, For ought appears, and on their Orbs impofe Such restless revolution day by day Repeated ; while the Sedentary Earth, That better might with far less compass move, Serv’d by more noble than her self, attains Her end without least motion, and receives

35 As Tribute such a fumless journey brought

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Of incorporeal speed, her warmth and light;
Speed, to describe whose fwiftdess Number fails.

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So spake our Sire, and by his count'nance feem'd
Entring on stadious thoughts abftrufe, which Eve
Perceiving where she fat retir'd in fight,
With lowliness Majestick from her seat,
And Grace that won who saw to wish her stay,
Rose, and went forth among her Fruits and Flours,
To visit how they prosper’d, bud and bloom,
Her Nursery; they at her coming sprung
And touch'd by her fairtendance gladlier grew.
Yet went she not, as pot with such discourse
Delighted, or not Capable her ear
Of what was High: such pleasure she reservid,

Adam relating, the sole Auditress;
Her Husband the Relater she preferr'd
Before the Angel, and of him to ask
Chose rather: He, she know, would intermix !
Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute
With conjugal Catesses: from his Lip,
Not Words alone pleas'd her. O when meet now
Such pairs, in Love and mutual Honour joyn'd?
With Goddess-like demeanour forth she went ;
Not unattended, for on her ás Qucen
A pomp of winning Graceś waited ftill,
And from about her shot Darts of desire
Into all Eyes to wish her ftill in light.
And Raphael now to Adam's doubt propos d
Benevolent and facil thus reply'd.

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To ask or search I blame thee not, for Heav'n is as the Book of God before thee let, Wherein to read his wondrous Works, and learn His Seasons, Hours, or Days, or Months, or Years: 70 This to attain, whether Heav'n move or Earth, Imports not, if thou reckon right, the ref From Man or Angel the great Architect

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