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The second time returning, in his Bill
An Olive leaf he brings, pacific sign:

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Anon dry ground appears, and from his Ark
The ancient Sire descends with all his Train;
Then with uplifted hands, and eyes devouc
Grateful to Heav'n, over his head beholds
A dewy Cloud, and in the Cloud a Bow

865 Conspicuous with three lifted colours gay, Becok’ning peace from God, and Coy'nant new Whereat the heart of Adam erft so sad Greatly rejoyc'd, and thus his joy broke forth.

Othou who future things canst represent 870 As present, Heav'nly Instructor, I revive At this last fight, assur'd that Man shall live With all the Creatures, and their seed preserve. Far less I now lament for one whole World Of wicked Sons destroy'd, than I rejoice

875 For one Man found so perfect and so just, That God voutsafes to raise another World: From him, and all his anger to forget. But say, what mean those colour'd streaks in Heav'n, Diftended as the Brow of God appeas'd,

986 Dr serve they as a floury verge to bind The fluid skirts of that same watry Cloud, Left it again diffolve and show'r the Earth :

To whom th’ Archangel. Dextrously thou aim't ; So willingly doth God remit his Ire,

885 Though late repenting him of Man depravid; Griev'd at his heart when looking down he saw The whole Earth fill'd with violence, and all flesh Corrupting each their way; yet those remov'd, Such grace shall One just Man find in his fight, 896 That he relents, not to blot out Mankind, And makes a Covenant never to destroy

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The Earth again by flood, nor let the Sea
Surpass his bounds, nor Rain to drown the World
With Man therein or Beast ; but when he brings 89'5
Over the Earth a Cloud, will therein set
His triple-colour'd Bow, whereon to look
And call to mind his Cov’nant: Day and Night,
Seed time and Harveft, Heat and hoary Frost
Shall hold their course, till fire purge all things new
Both Heav’n’and Earth, wherein the just shall dweli.

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The Angel Michael continues from the Flood to relate what shall succeed ; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who , that Seed of the Woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the Fall; his Incarnation, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension; the State of the Church till his second Corning. Adam greatly satisfied and recomforted by these Relations and Promises descends the Hill with Michael ; wakens Eve, who all this while had Nept, but with gentle dreams compos’d to quietness of mind and submission. Michael wakens Eve who all this while had Nept, but with gentle dreams composid to quietness of mind and submillion. Michael in either hand leads them out of Paradise, the fiery Sword waving behind them, and the Cherubim taking their Stations to guard the Place,

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Tho'bent on speed, so here the Archangel

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Betwixt the World destroy'd and World

restor'd, If Adam aught perhaps might interpose; Then with Transition sweet new speech resumes.

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Thus thou hast seen one World begin and end;
And Man as from a second stock proceed.
Much thou hast yet to see, but I perceive
Thy mortal fight to fail; objects divine
Must needs impair and weary human sense:
Henceforth what is to come I will relato,
Thou therefore give due audience, and attend.
This second source of Men, while yet but few,
And while the dread of Judgment paft remains
Fresh in their minds fearing the Deity,
With some regard to what is juft and right
Shall lead their lives, and multiply apace,
Labouring the soil, and reaping plentcous crop,
Corn, wine and oyl; and from the herd or flock,
Oft facrificing Bulloek, Lamb, or Kid,
With large Wine-offerings pour'd, and sacred Feast,
Shall spend their days in joy unblam'd, and dwell
Long time in peace by Families and Tribes
Under paternal rule; till One shall risc
Of proud ambitious heart, who not content
With fair cquality, fraternal state,
Will arrogate Dominion undeservid
Over his brethren, and quite dispostess
Concord and law of Nature from the Earth,
Hunting (and Men not Beafts shall be his game)
With War and hoftile snare such as refuse
Subjection to his Empire tyrannous:
A mighty Hunter thence he shall be styl'd
before the Lord, as in despite of Heav'n,

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