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Of refuge, and concludes thee miserable
Beyond all past example and future,
To Satan only like both crime and doom.
o Conscience, into what Abyss of fears
Apd horrors haft thou driv’n me; out of which
I find no way, from deep to deeper plungod!

Thus Adam to himselflamented loud
Through the still Night, not now, as ere man fell,
Wholsom and cool, and mild, but with black Air
Accompany'd, with damps and dreadful gloom,
Which to his evil Conscience represented
All things with double terror : on the Ground 850
Outstretch'd he lay, on the cold ground, and oft
Curs'd his Creation, Death as oft accus
oftardy execution, since denounc'd
The day of his Offence. Why comes not Death,
Said he, with one thrice acceptable stroke 555
To end me? shall Truth fail to keep her word,
Justice Divine not hasten to be just ?
But Death comes not at ćall, Justice Divine
Mends not her flowest pace for prayers or crics.
o Woods, O Fountains, Hillocks, Dales and Bow'rs,
with other echo late I taught your Shades
To answer, and resound far other Song,
Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld,
Desolate where she sate, approaching nigh,
Soft words to his fierce Passion she assay'd:
But her with stern regard he thus repell’d.

Out of my sight, thou Serpent! 'that name best
Befits thee, with him leagu’d, thy self as false

And hateful ; nothing wants, but that thy shape,
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Thy inward fraud, to warn all Creatures from thee
Henceforth; left that too heav'nly form pretendeď
To hellish fallhood snare them. But for thee
I had perlifted happy, had not thy pride

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Reje&ed my forewarning, and disdain'd
Not to be trusted, longing to be seen
Though by the Devil himself, him overweening
To over-reach, but with the Serpent meeting
Fool'd and beguild, by him thou, I by thee
To trust thee from my lide, imagin'd wise,
Conftant, mature, proof against all assaults,
And understood not all was but a Shew
Rather than solid Virtue, all but a Rib
Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears,

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More to the part finister from me drawn,
Well ifthrown out, as supernumerary
Tomy just number found. Owhy did God;
Creator wise, that peopl’d highest Heav'n
With Spirits Masculine, create at last

890 This Novelty on Earth, this fair Defect of Nature, and not fill the World at once With Men as Angels without Feminine, Orfind some other way to generate Mankind this mischief had not then befall'n, And more that shall befal, innumerable Disturbances on Earth through Female snares, And strait conjunction with this Sex; for either He never shall find out fit Mate, but such As some misfortune brings him, or mistake ; goo Or, whom he wishes most shall seldom gain Through her perverseness, but shall see her gain'd By a far worse, or if she love, with-held By Parents, or his happiest choice too late Shall meet, already link'd and Wedlock-bound 905 To a fell adversary, his hate or shame : Which infinite calamity shall cause To human Life, and houshold peace confound.

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He added not, and from her turn'd; but Eve Not so repulft, with Tears that ceas' act Auwing, And tresses all disorder'd, at his feet

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Fell humble, and embracing them, befaught
His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint,

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Forsake me not thus, Adam ; witness Hearin
What love sincere, and reverence in my heart
I bear thee, and unweeting have offended,
Unhappily deceiv'd; thy suppliant
I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not,
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,
Thy counsel in this uttermoft diftress,
My only strength and ftay: forlorn of thee,
Whither shall I betake me, where fubfift:
While yet we live, fcarce one fort hour perhaps,
Between us tivo let there be Peace, both joining,
As join'd in injuries, one enmity
Against a Foe by doom exprefs affign'dus,
That cruel Serpent : on me exercife not
Thy hatred forthis misery befall’n,
On me already loft, me than thy felf.
More miserable ; both have finn'd, but thou
Against God only, I against God and thee,
And to the place of judgment will return,
There with my cries importune Heav'n, that all
The sentence from thy Head renov'd may light
On me, fole cause to thee of alfthis woc,
Me, me only just Object ofhis Ite.

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She ended weeping, and her lowly plight,
Immoveable till peace obtain'd from fault
Acknowledg’d and deplor'd, in Adam wraught
Commiseration; foon his heart relented
Towards her, his life fo late and sole delight,
Now at his feet fubmiffivein diftress,
Creature fo fair his reconcilement feeking,
His counsel, whom she had displeas'd, his aid.
As one disarmd, his anger all he loft,
And thus with peaceful words uprais'd her soon,

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So now of what thou know'ft not, who defiritti
The punishment all on thy self; alas,
Bear thine own firft, ill able ro futain
His Full wrath whose thou feelft as yet leaft paxt
And My displeasure bear'it foill. If Prayers
Could alter high Decrees, Iđo that place
Would speed before thee, and be louder heard,
That on my head all might be visited,
Thy frailty and infitmer Sex forgiv'n,
To me committed and by me expos'de

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Since this day's Death denounc'd, ifought I feestros
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Into this cursed World á woful Race,
That after wretched Life must be at laft

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Food for so foul a Monster, in thy Power: 61!
It lies, yet ere Conception, to prevent
The Race unbleft, to being yet unbegot.
Childless thou art, Childless remain : So Death
Shall be deceiv'd his glut, and with us two
Be forc'd to satisfie his Ravinous Maw.

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But if thou judge it hard and diffîcult,
Conversing, looking, loving, to abftain
From Love's due Rites, Nuptial embraces sweet,
And with desire to languish without hope,

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Before the present obje& languifhing
With like desire, which would be misery
And torment lefs than none of what we dread;
Then both our selves and Seed at once to free
From what we fear for let both us make fort,
Let us seek Death, or he not found, supply
With our own hands his office on our selves, ,
Why stand we longer shivering under fears,
That shew no end but Death, and have the power,
Of many ways to die the shortest chuling,
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She ended here, or vehement despair
Broke of the rest; so much of Death her thoughts
Had entertain'd, as dy'd her Cheeks with pale.
But Adam with such counsel nothing sway'd,
To better hopes his more attentive mind
Labouring had rais’d, and thus to Eve reply'd :

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Eve, thy contempt of life, and pleasure seems
To argue in thee something more sublime
And excellent than what thy mind contemns ;
But self-deftru&ion therefore sought, refutes
That excellence thought in thee, and implies,
Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret
For loss of life and pleasure over-lov'd.

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