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VIII. PARADISE L'óst
. 201 As Flesh to mix with Flesh, or Soul with Soul. But I can now no more; the parting Sun
630 Beyond the Earth's green Cape and verdant Illes Hesperian sets, my Signal to depart. Be strong, live happy, and love, but first of all Him whom to love is to obey, and keep His great command; take heed left Passion sway Thy Judgment to do ought, which else free Will Would not admit; thine and of all thy Sons The weal or woc in Thee is plac'd ; beware. I in thy persevering shall rejoyce, And all the Bleft : stand fast; to stand or fall Free in thine own Arbitrement it lies, Perfect within, no outward aid require; And all temptation to tranfgress repel.
So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
So parted they, the Angel up to Heav'n From the thick shade, and Adam to his Bowre.
The End of the Eighth Book.
BO O K IX.
Satan having compaft the Eartb, with me. ditated
gaile returns as a mist by Night into Paradise, and enters into the Serpent
sleep. ing. Adam and Eve in the Morning go forth to their labours, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each laboxring apart : Adam consents not, alledging the danger left that Enemy, of whom they were forewarn'd should attempt ber found alone : Eve, loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges ber going apart, the rather desirous to make tryal of her Strength ; Adam at last yields : The Serpent finds her alone ; bis subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with
much flattery extolling Eve above all other Creatures. Eve wondring to hear the Serpent speak, asks bow be attain'd to ha man speech and such understanding not 'till now; the Serpent answers, that by tasting of a certain Tree in the Garden he attain'd both to Speech and Reason, 'till then void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that Tree, and finds it to be the Tree of Knowledge forbidden : The Ser. pent now grown bolder, with many wiles and agruments induces her åt length to eat; jhe pleas'd with the taste deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam er not, at lajt brings him of the Fruit; relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam at first amaz'd, but perceiving bei löft, resolves through vehemence of love to pea rijs with her. ; and extenuating the trefpass eats also of the Fruit : The Effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness; then fall ta variance and accufation of one another.
O more of talk where God or Angel Guest
With Man, as with his Friend, familiar 'N
To fit indulgent, and with him partake