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Or ifthou covet Death, as utmost end

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of misery, so thinking to evade
The penalty pronounc'd, doubt not but God
Hath wiselier arm'd his vengeful ire than to
To be forestall'd; much more I fear left Death
So snatch'd will not exempt us from the pain ? 1025
We are by doom to pay ; rather such aêts ....Tas
Of contumacy will provoke the highest
To make Death in us live: Then let us seek
Some fafer resolution, which methinks
I have in view, calling to mind with heed 1030
Part of our Sentence, that thy Seed shall bruise
The Serpent's head; piteous amends, unless
Be meant, whom I conje&ure, our grand Foe"."
Satan, who in the Serpent hath contriv'd
Against us this deceit : to crush his head>

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Would be revenge indeed; which will be loft.
By Death brought on our selves, or Childless days
Resolvd as thou proposest; so our Foc
Shall scape his punilhment ordain'd, and we
Instead shall double ours upon our heads. 1046
No more be mention'd then of violence
Against our selves, and wilful barrenness
That cuts us off from hope, and favours only
Rancour and pride, impatience and despite,
Reluctance against God and his just yoke

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Laid on our Necks. Remember with what mild
And gracious temper he both heard and judg’d
Without wrath or reviling; we expected
immediate dissolution, which we thought
Was meant by Death that day; when lo, to Thee
Pains only in Child-bearing were foretold, JOSI
And bringing forth, soon recompenc'd with joy,
Fruit of thy Womb : On Me the Curse allope
Glanc'd on the Ground, with Labour I must earn
My breads what harm? Idleness had been worses
My labour will sustain me; and left Cold

1056 Or Heat should injure us, his timely care

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Hath unbesought provided, and his hands
Cloath'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg'd.
How much more, if we pray him, will his car 1060
Be open, and his heart to pity incline,
And teach us further by what means to shun
Th'inclement Seasons, Rain, Ice, Hail and Snow,
Which now the Sky with various Face begins
To shew us in this Mountain, while the Winds 1066
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair spreading Trecs ; which bids us leek
Some better throud, some better warmth to cherish
Our Limbs benum'd, e'rcthis diurnal Star
Leave cold the Night, how we his gather'd beams
Reflected may wich matter serc foment,
Or by collision of two bodies grind:
The Air attrife to Fire, as late the Clouds
Juftling or push'd with winds tude in their shock
Tine the flant Lightning, whose thwart Alame driv'n
Kindles the gummy bark of Fir and Pine, down
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the Sun : fuch Fire to use,
And what may else be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought,
He will instruct us praying, and of Grace 1081
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
To pass commodiously this life, fustain'd
By him with many comforts, till we end
In Duft, our final rest and native home.

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What better can we do, than to the place
Repairing where he judg'dus; proftrate fall
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the Air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
of forrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meck.
Vndoubtedly he will relent and turn
From his displeasure ; in whose look ferene,

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When angry moft he seem'd and most severe,

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So Spake our Father penitent, nor Eve,
Felt less remorse: they forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judg'd them proftrate fell
Before him rererent, and both confefs'd
Humbly their faults, and pardon beg'd, with tears
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the Air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of forrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek.

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The Son of God, presents to bis Father the prayers of our first Parents now repenting, and intercedes for them : God accepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise ; fends Michael with a Band of Cherubim to disposess them ; but first to reveal to Adam future things. Michael's coming down.

Adam hews to Eve certain ominous higns; he decerns Michael's approach, goes out to meet him : the Angel denounces their departure. Eve's Lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits : The Angel leads him up to a high Hill, sets before him in a vision what mall bappen till the Flood.

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