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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.

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So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
Follow'd with benedi&ion. Since to part,
Go heav'nly Gueft, Ethereal Messenger,
Sent from whose sov’reign goodness I adore.
Gentleto me and affable hath been
Thy condescension, and shall be honour'd ever
With grateful Memorie: thou to mankind
Be good and friendly still, and oft return.

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So parted they, the Angel up to Heav'n From the thick shade, and Adam to his Bowre.

The End of the Eighth Book.

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PARADISE LOST.

BO O K IX.

The ARGUMENT.

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

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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.

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O more of talk where God or Angel Guest

With Man, as with his Friend, familiar 'N

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To fit indulgent, and with him partake
Rural repast, permitting him the while
Venial discourse unblam'd: I now must change
Those Notes to Tragic: foul diftruft, and breach
Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt,
And disobedience: On the part of Heav'n
Now alienated, distance and distaste,
Anger and just rebuke, and judgment giv'n,
That brought into this World a World of woe,
Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery
Death's Harbinger : Sad task, yet argument
Nor less but more Heroic than the wrath
Offtern Achilles on his Foe pursu'd

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Thrice Fugitive about Troy Wall; or rage
of Turnus for Lavinia dif-espous'd,
Or Neptune's irę, or Juno's that so long
Perplex'd the Greek and Cytherea's Son
If answerable style I can obtain
Ofmy Celestial Patroness, who deigns
Her nightly visitation unimplor'd,
And di&tates to mesumb’ring, or inspires
Easie my unpremeditated Verse:
Since first this Subje&t for Heroic Song
Pleas'd melong chusing, and beginning late;
Not fedulous by Nature to indite
Wars, hitherto the only Argument
Heroic Deem'd, chief mastry to diffect
With long and tedious havoc fabled Knights 30
In Battles feign'd; the better fortitude
of Patience and Heroic Martyrdom
Unsung; or to describe Races and Games,
Or tilting Furniture, emblazon'd Shields,
impresses quaint, Caparisons and Steeds,

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