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His chief delight and favour, him for whom
All these his works so wond'rous he ordain'd, 665
Hath brought me from the Choirs of Cherubim
Alonethus wand'ring. Brightest Seraph, tell
In which of all these thining Orbes hath Man
His fixed seat, og fixed seat hath nong,
But all these sħining Orbeş his choice to dwell;

That I may find him, and with secret gaze,
Oropen admirațion him behold,
On whom the great Creator hath bestow'd
Worlds, and on whom hath all these graces powrd:
That both in him and all things, as is meet, 675
The Universal Maker we may praise ;
Who justly hath driv'n out his Rebel Foes
To deepest Hell, and co repair their loss
Created this new happy. Race of Men
To serve him better : Wise are all his ways.



So spake the false difsembler unperceiv'd;
For neither Man nor Angel can discern
Hypocrisie, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone,
By his permiflive will, through Heav'n and Earth :
And oft though Wisdom wake, Suspicion Aeeps
At wisdom's Gate, and to simplicitie
Refign's her charge, while Goodness thinks no ill
Where no ill seems : Which now for once beguild
Vriel, though Regent of the San, and held
The sharpest sighted Spirit of all in Heav'n:
Who to the fraudulent Impoftor fout
In his uprightness answer thus return'd.
Fair Angel, thy desire which tends to know
The works of God, thereby to glorifie
The great Work-Master, leads to no excess

That reaches blame, but rather merits praise
The more it seems excess, that led thee hither
From thy Empyreal Mansion thus alone,




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To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps 790
Contented with report hear only in Heav'n.
For wonderful indeed are all his works,
Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all
Had in remembrance always with delight,
But what created mind can comprehend
Their number, or the wisdom infinite
That brought them forth, but hid their causes deep?
I saw when at his Word the formless Mass,
This world's material-mould, came to an heap :
Confufion heard his voice, and wild Uproar

Stood rul'd, stood vast infinitude confin'd;'
Till at his second bidding Darkness fled,
Light Ihon, and Order from Disorder sprung.
Swift to their several Quarters hafted then
The cumbrous Elements, Earth, Flood, Air, Fire, 715
And the Ethereal quintessence of Heav'n
Flew upward, spirited with various forms,
That rowld orbicular, andtürn'd to Stars
Numberless, as thou seest, and how they move;
Each had his place appointed, each his course, 720
The rest in circuit walls this Universe.
Look downward on that Globe whose hither side
With light from hence, tho? but reflected, shines ;
That place is Earth the seat of Man, tharlight
His day, which else as th' other Hemisphere 735
Night would invade, but therethe neighb'ring Moon
(So call that oppofitę fair Star) her aid
Timely interposes, and her monthly round
Still ending, still renewing, țbrough mid Hear'n,
With borrow'd light her countenance triform 730
Hence fills and empties to enlighten th' Earth,
And in her pale dominion checks the night.
That Spot to which I point is Paradise,
Adam's abode, those loftie shades his Bowre.
Thy way thou canst not miss, me mine requires. 735

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Thus faid, he turn'd; and Satan bowing low, As to superior Spirits is wont in Heav'n, Where honour due and reverence none negle&ts, Took leave, and towards the coast of Earth beneath, Down from th'Écliptic, sped with hop'd success, 740 Throws his steep flight in many an Aerie wheele, Norstaid, till on Niphates top he lights,

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The ARGUMENT.Satan, now in prospect of Eden, and nigh the

place where he must now attempt the bold enterprize which he undertook alone against God

and Man, falls into many doubts with himself, and many passions, féar, envy, and despair ; but at length confirms himself in evil, journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and situation is described, over-leaps the bounds, fits in the shape of a Cormorant on the Tree of life, as highest in the Garden to look about him. The Garden describ'd; Satan's first sight of Adam and Eve ; his wonder at their excellent form and happy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overhears their discourse, thence gathers that the Tree of knowledge



was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death; and thereon intends to found bis Temptation, by feducing them to tranfgrefs : * tben leaves then a while, to know further of their state by some other means. Mean while Uriel descending on a Sunbeam warns Gabriel, who had in charge the Gate of Paradise, that some evil Spirit had eo scaped the Deep, and paft at Noon by his Sphere, in the shape of a good Angel down to Paradise, discover'd afterwards by his furious gestures in the Mount. Gabriel promises to find bim ere morning. Night coming on, Adam and Eve difcourse of going to their reft: their Bower. defcribdi their Evening worspip. Gabriel drawing forth his Bands of Night-watch-to walk the raund af Paradise, appoints two strong Angels to Adam's Bower, left

. the evil spirit should be their doing some harm to Adam er Eye sleeping; there they find him at the ear of Eve; tempting ber in a dreań, and bring him, tho' unwilling, to Gabriel ; by:whom question'd, he scornfully answers, prepares to refiftance, but binder’d by a Sign from Heaven, flies out of Paradise,

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