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The second time returning, in his Bill
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
The Earth again by flood, nor let the Sea
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,
S one who in his journey bates at Noon,
restor'd, If Adam aught perhaps might interpose; Then with Transition sweet new speech resumes.
Thus thou hast seen one World begin and end;