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To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek. One of the heavenly host; and, by his gait, “ IIl-worthy I such title should belong

None of the meanest ; some great potentate
To me transgressor ; who, for thee ordain'd Or of the thrones above; such majesty
A help, became thy snare ; to me reproach Invests him coming! yet not terrible,
Rather belongs, distrust, and all dispraise :

That I should fear; nor sociably mild,
But infinite in pardon was my judge,

As Raphaël, that I should much confide; That I, who first brought death on all, am grac'd But solemn and sublime ; whom not to offend, The source of life; next favourable thou,

With reverence I must meet, and thou retire." Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsaf'st,

He ended ; and the arch-angel soon drew nigh, Far other name deserving. But the field

Not in his shape celestial, but as man
To labour calls us, now with sweat impos'd, Clad to meet man; over his lucid arms
Though after sleepless night; for see! the Morn, A military vest of purple flow'd,
All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins

Livelier than Meliboan, or the grain
Her rosy progress smiling : let us forth ;

Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old I never from thy side henceforth to stray,

In time of truce; Iris had dipt the woof; Where'er our day's work lies, though now enjoin'd His starry helm unbuckled show'd him prime Laborious till day droop; while here we dwell, In manhood where youth ended; by his side, What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks ? As in a glistering zodiac, bung the sword, Here let us live, though in fall'n state, content." Satan's dire dread; and in his hand the spear.

So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve; but Fate Adam bow'd low; he, kingly, from his state Subscrib'd not ; Nature first gave signs, impress'd Inclin'd not, but his coming thus declar'd. On bird, beast, air ; air suddenly eclips'd,

“ Adam, Heaven's high behest no preface needs: After short blush of morn: nigh in her sight Sufficient that thy prayers are heard ; and Death, The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour,

Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress, Two birds of gayest plume before him drove : Defeated of his seizure many days Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods, Given thee of grace; wherein thou may'st repent, First hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace

And one bad act with many deeds well done Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind

May'st cover : well may then thy Lord, appeasid, Direct to the eastern gate was bent their flight. Redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim; Adam observ'd, and with his eye the chase

But longer in this Paradise to dwell Pursuing, not unmor'd, to Eve thus spake. Permits not : to remove thee I am come,

* O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, And send thee from the garden forth to till Which Heaven, by these mute signs in Nature, The ground whence thou wast taken, fitter soil.” shows

He added not ; for Adam at the news Forerunners of his purpose; or to warn

Heart-struck with chilling gripe of sorrow stood, Us, haply too secure, of our discharge

That all his senses bound; Eve, who unseen Fromn penalty, because from death releas'd

Yet all had heard, with audible lament Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Discover'd soon the place of her retire. Who knows? or more than this, that we are dust, “ O unexpected stroke, worse than of Death : And thither must return, and be no more ?

Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ? thus leave Why else this double object in our sight

Thee, native soil! these happy walks and shades, Of Hight pursued in the air, and o'er the ground, Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, One way the self-same hour ? why in the east Quiet though sad, the respite of that day Darkness ere day's mid-course, and morning-light That must be mortal to us both. O flowers, More orient in yon western cloud, that draws That never will in other climate grow, O'er the blue firmament a radiant white,

My early visitation, and my last And slow descends with something heavenly At even, which I bred up with tender hand fraught?"

From the first opening bud, and gave ye names ! He err'd not; for by this the heavenly bands Who now shall rear ye to the Sun, or rank Down from a sky of jasper lighted now

Your tribes, and water from the ambrosial fount ? In Paradise, and on a hill made halt;

Thee lastly, nuptial bower! by me adorn'd A glorious apparition, had not doubt

With what to sight or smell was sweet! from thee
And carnal fear that day dimm'd Adam's eye. How shall I part, and whither wander down
Not that more glorious, when the angels met Into a lower world; to this obscure
Jacob in Mahanaim, where he saw

And wild ? how shall we breathe in other air
The field pavilion'd with his guardians bright; Less pure, accustom'd to immortal fruits ?"
Nor that, which on the flaming mount appear'd Whom thus the angel interrupted mild.
In Dothan, cover'd with a camp of fire,

“ Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign Against the Syrian king, who to surprise

What justly thou hast lost, nor set thy heart, One man, assassin-like, had levied war,

Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine: War unproclaim'd. The princely hierarch Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes In their bright stand there left his powers, to seize Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound; Possession of the garden; he alone,

Where he abides, think there thy native soil.” To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way,

Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp Not unperceiv'd of Adam: who to Eve,

Recovering, and his scatter'd spirits return'd, While the great visitant approach'd, thus spake. To Michael thus his humble words address’d.

* Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps “ Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam’d Of us will soon determine, or impose

Of them the highest ; for such of shape may seem New laws to be observ'd; for I descry,

Prince above princes! gently hast thou told From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill, Thy message, which might else in telling wound,

And in performing end us; what besides

As once thou slept'st, while she to life was Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair,

form'd.” Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring,

To whom thus Adam gratefully replied. Departure from this happy place, our sweet “ Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path Recess, and only consolation left

Thou lead'st me; and to the hand of Heaven submit

, Familiar to our eyes! all places else

However chastening; to the evil turn Inhospitable appear, and desolate;

My obvious breast; arming to overcome Nor knowing us, nor known: and, if by prayer By suffering, and earn rest from labour won, Incessant I could hope to change the will

If so I may attain.”- So both ascend Of him who all things can, I would not cease In the visions of God. It was a hill, To weary him with my assiduous cries :

Of Paradise the highest ; from whose top But prayer against his absolute decree

The hemisphere of Earth, in clearest ken, No more avails than breath against the wind, Stretch'd out to the amplest reach of prospect lay. Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth : Not higher that hill, nor wider looking round, Therefore to his great bidding I submit.

Whereon, for different cause, the Tempter set This most afflicts me, that, departing hence, Our second Adam, in the wilderness; As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd

To show him all Earth's kingdoms, and their glory. His blessed countenance : here I could frequent His eye might there command wherever stood With worship place by place where he vouchsaf'd City of old or modern fame, the seat Presence Divine; and to my sons relate,

Of mightiest empire, from the destin'd walls • On this mount he appear'd; under this tree Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can, Stood visible ; among these pines his voice

And Samarchand by Oxus, Temir's throne, I heard; here with him at this fountain talk'd : To Paquin of Sinæan kings; and thence So many grateful altars I would rear

To Agra and Lahor of great Mogul, Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone

Down to the golden Chersonese; or where Of lustre from the brook, in memory

The Persian in Ecbatan sat, or since
Or monument to ages; and thereon

In Hispahan; or where the Russian ksar
Offer sweet-smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers : In Mosco; or the sultan in Bizance,
In yonder nether world where shall I seek

Turchestan-born ; nor could his eye not ken His bright appearances, or foot-step trace?

The empire of Negus to his utmost port
For though I fled him angry, yet, recallid

Ercoco, and the less marítim kings
To life prolong'd and promis'd race, I now Mombaza, and Quiloa, and Melind,
Gladly behold though but his utmost skirts And Sofala, thought Ophir, to the realm
Of glory; and far off his steps adore.”

Of Congo, and Angola farthest south;
To whom thus Michael with regard benign. Or thence from Niger flood to Atlas mount
“ Adam, thou know'st Heaven his, and all the The kingdoms of Almansor, Fez and Sus,
Earth;

Morocco, and Algiers, and Tremisen ;
Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills On Europe thence, and where Rome was to sway
Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, The world : in spirit perhaps he also saw
Fomented by his virtual power and warm’d: Rich Mexico, the seat of Montezume,
All the Earth he gave thee to possess and rule, And Cusco in Peru, the richer seat
No despicable gift; surmise not then

Of Atabalipa ; and yet unspoil'd
His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd Guiana, whose great city Geryon's sons
Of Paradise, or Eden : this had been

Call El Dorado. But to nobler sights Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread Michael from Adam's eyes the film remor'd, All generations; and had hither come

Which that false fruit that promis'd clearer sight From all the ends of the Earth, to celebrate Had bred; then purg'd with euphrasy and rue And reverence thee, their great progenitor.

The visual nerve, for he had much to see ; But this pre-eminence thou hast lost

, brought down And from the well of life three drops instill’d. To dwell on even ground now with thy sons : So deep the power of these ingredients pierc'd, Yet doubt not but in valley, and in plain,

Even to the inmost seat of mental sight, God is, as here; and will be found alike

That Adam, now enforc'd to close his eyes, Present; and of his presence many a sign

Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc'd ; Still following thee, still compassing thee round But him the gentle angel by the hand With goodness and paternal love, his face

Soon rais'd, and his attention thus recall’d. Express, and of his steps the track divine.

Adam, now ope thine eyes; and first behold Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirm'd The effects, which thy original crime hath wrought Ere thou from hence depart ; know, I am sent In some to spring from thee; who never touch'd To show thee what shall come in future days The excepted tree; nor with the snake conspir'd; To thee, and to thy offspring : good with bad Nor sinn'd thy sin ; yet from that sin derive Expect to hear ; supernal grace contending Corruption, to bring forth more violent deeds.' With sinfulness of men; thereby to learn

His eyes he open'd, and beheld a field, True patience, and to temper joy with fear

Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves And pious sorrow; equally inur'd

New reap'd; the other part sheep-walks and folds ; By moderation either state to bear,

I' the midst an altar as the land-mark stood Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead

Rustic, of grassy sord; thither anon Safest thy life, and best prepar'd endure

A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought Thy mortal passage when it comes. — - Ascend First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, This hill ; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes) Uncull’d, as came to hand; a shepherd next, Here sleep below; while thou to foresight wak'st ; More meek, came with the firstlings of his flock,

Choicest and best ; then, sacrificing, laid

The image of God in Man, created once The inwards and their fat, with incense strow'd, So goodly and erect, though faulty since, On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform’d: To such unsightly sufferings be debas'd His offering soon propitious fire from Heaven Under inhuman pains ? Why should not Man, Consum'd with nimble glance, and grateful steam; Retaining still divine similitude The other's not, for his was not sincere ;

In part, from such deforınities be free, Whereat he inly rag'd, and, as they talk’d,

And, for his Maker's image sake, exempt ?' Sinote him into the midriff with a stone

“ Their Maker's image," answer'd Michael, That beat out life! he fell; and, deadly pale,

“ then Groan'd out his soul with gushing blood effus'd. Forsook them, when themselves they vilified Much at that sight was Adam in his heart

To serve ungovern'd Appetite ; and took
Dismay'd, and thus in haste to the angel cried. His image whom they serv’d, a brutish vice,

“ O teacher, some great mischief hath befall'n Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
To that meek man, who well had sacrific'd; Therefore so abject is their punishment,
Is piety thus and pure devotion paid ?”

Disfiguring not God's likeness, but their own;
To whom Michael thus, he also mov'd, replied. Or if his likeness, by themselves defac'd;
“ These two are brethren, Adam, and to come While they pervert pure Nature's healthful rules
Out of thy loins; the unjust the just hath slain, To loathsome sickness; worthily, since they
For envy that his brother's offering found

God's image did not reverence in themselves.” From Heaven acceptance; but the bloody fact “ I yield it just,” said Adam, “and submit. Will be aveng'd; and the other's faith, approv'd, But is there yet no other way, besides Lose no reward, though here thou see him die, These painful passages, how we may come Rolling in dust and gore.” To which our sire. To death, and mix with our connatural dust ?”

“ Alas! both for the deed, and for the cause ! “ There is," said Michael, “ if thou well observe But have I now seen Death? Is this the way

The rule of Not too much ; by temperance taught, I must return to native dust ? O sight

In what thou eat'st and drink'st ; seeking from Of terrour, foul and ugly to behold,

thence Horrid to think, how horrible to feel !"

Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight, To whom thus Michael. “ Death thou hast seen Till many years over thy head return: In his first shape on Man; but many shapes So may’st thou live; till, like ripe fruit, thou drop Of Death, and many are the ways that lead Into thy mother's lap; or be with ease To his grim cave, all dismal ; yet to sense

Gather'd, not harshly pluck’d; for death mature: More terrible at the entrance, than within.

This is Old Age; but then, thou must outlive Some, as thou saw'st, by violent stroke shall die ; Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty; which will By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more

change In meats and drinks, which on the Earth shall bring To wither’d, weak, and gray; thy senses then, Diseases dire, of which a monstrous crew

Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego, Before thee shall appear; that thou may’st know

To what thou hast; and, for the air of youth, What misery the inabstinence of Eve

Hopeful and cheerful in thy blood will reign
Suall bring on men.” Immediately a place A melancholy damp of cold and dry
Before his eyes appear'd, sad, noisome, dark ; To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume
A lazar-house it seem'd; wherein were laid

The balm of life." To whom our ancestor.
Nurnbers of all diseas'd: all maladies

“ Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Life much ; bent rather, how I may be quit, Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds,

Fairest and easiest of this cumbrous charge; Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs,

Which I must keep till my appointed day Intestine stone and ulcer, colic-pangs,

Of rendering up, and patiently attend Demoniac phrensy, moping melancholy,

My dissolution."

Michael replied. (liv'st, And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy,

“ Nor love thy life, nor hate ; but what thou Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence,

Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven: Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums. And now prepare thee for another sight.”. Dire was the tossing, deep the groans; Despair He look’d, and saw a spacious plain, whereon Tended the sick busiest from couch to couch; Were tents of various hue; by some, were herds And over them triumphant Death his dart

Of cattle grazing; others, whence the sound Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invok'd Of instruments, that made melodious chime, With vows, as their chief good, and final hope. Was heard, of harp and organ; and, who mov'd Sight so deforn what heart of rock could long Their stops and chords, was seen ; his volant touch, Dry-ey'd behold ? Adam could not, but wept, Instinct through all proportions, low and high, Though not of woman born; compassion quell'd Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue. His best of man, and gave him up to tears

In other part stood one who, at the forge A space, till firmer thoughts restrain'd excess ; Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass And, scarce recovering words, his plaint renew'd. Had melted, (whether found where casual fire “ O miserable mankind, to what fall

Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Degraded, to what wretched state reserv'd ! Down to the veins of Earth ; thence gliding hot Better end bere unborn. Why is life given To some cave's mouth; or whether wash'd by stream To be thus wrested from us? rather, why

From underground ;) the liquid ore he drain'd Obtruded on us thus ? who, if we knew

Into fit moulds prepar’d; from which he form'd What we receive, would either not accept

First his own tools; then, what might else be Life offer'd, or soon beg to lay it down;

wrought Glad to be so dismiss'd in peace. Can thus Fusil or graven in metal. After these,

But on the hither side, a different surt (seat, | Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise ;
From the high neighbouring hills, which was their Part wield their arıns, part curb the foaming steed,
Down to the plain descended; by their guise Single or in array of battle rang'd
Just men they seem'd, and all their study bent Both horse and foot, nor idly mustering stood
To worship God aright, and know his works One way a band select from forage drives
Not hid; nor those things last, which might preserve A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine,
Freedom and peace to men : they on the plain From a fat meadow ground; or fleecy flock,
Long had not walk’d, when from the tents, behold! Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain,
A bevy of fair women, richly gay

Their booty ; scarce with life the shepherds fly,
In gems and wanton dress; to the harp they sung But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray;
Soft amorous ditties, and in dance caine on : With cruel tournament the squadrons join;
The men, though grave, ey'd them; and let their Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies
eyes

With carcasses and arms the ensanguin'd field, Rove without rein ; till, in the amorous net Deserted : others to a city strong Fast caught, they lik’d; and each his liking chose; Lay siege, encamp'd; by battery, scale, and mine, And now of love they treat, till the evening-star, Assaulting ; others from the wall defend Love's harbinger, appear'd; then, all in heat With dart and javelin, stones, and sulphurous fire ; They light the nuptial torch, and bid invoke On each hand slaughter, and gigantic deeds. Hymen, then first to marriage rites invok'd: In other part the scepter'd heralds call With feast and music all the tents resound. | To council, in the city-gates; anon Such happy interview, and fair event

Gray-headed men and grave, with warriours mix'd, Of love and youth not lost, songs, garlands, flowers, Assemble, and harangues are heard; but soon, And charming symphonies, attach'd the heart In factious opposition; till at last, Of Adam, soon inclin'd to admit delight,

Of middle age one rising, eminent The bent of nature; which he thus express'd. In wise deport, spake much of right and wrong,

“ True opener of mine eyes, prime angel blest; Of justice, of religion, truth, and peace, Much better seems this vision, and more hope And judgment from above : him old and young Of peaceful days portends, than those two past; Exploded, and had seiz'd with violent hands; Those were of hate and death, or pain much worse; Had not a cloud descending snatch'd him thence Here Nature seems fulfill'd in all her ends." Unseen amid the throng : so violence

To whom thus Michael. “ Judge not what is best Proceeded, and oppression, and sword-law, By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet; Through all the plain, and refuge none was found. Created, as thou art, to nobler end

Adam was all in tears, and to his guide Holy and pure, conformity divine.

Lamenting turn'd full sad: “O! what are these, Those tents thou saw'st so pleasant, were the tents Death's ministers, not men ? who thus deal death Of wickedness, wherein shall dwell his race Inhumanly to men, and multiply Who slew his brother; studious they appear Ten thousandfold the sin of him who slew Of arts that polish life, inventers rare ;

Ilis brother : for of whom such massacre Unmindful of their Maker, though his spirit Make they, but of their brethren; men of men ? Taught them; but they his gifts acknowledg’d But who was that just man, whom had not Heaven

Rescued, had in his righteousness been lost?" Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget;

To whom thus Michael. “ These are the product For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seem'd. Of those ill-mated marriages thou saw'st; [selves Of goddesses, so blithe, so smooth, so gay,

Where good with bad were match’d, who of them. Yet empty of all good wherein consists

Abhor to join ; and, by imprudence mix 'd, Woman's domestic honour and chief praise ; Produce prodigious births of body or mind. Bred only and completed to the taste

Such were these giants, men of high renown;
Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance,

For in those days might only shall be adınir'd,
To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. And valour and heroic virtue call'd;
To these that sober race of men, whose lives

To overcome in battle, and subdue
Religious titled them the sons of God,

Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Ignobly, to the trains and to the smiles

Of human glory; and for glory done Of these fair atheists; and now swim in joy, Of triumph, to be styl’d great conquerors, Ere long to swim at large ; and laugh, for which Patrons of mankind, gods and sons of gods; The world ere long a world of tears must weep." Destroyers rightlier callid, and plagues of men.

To whom thus Adam, of short joy bereft. Thus fame shall be achiev'd, renown on Earth; “O pity and shame, that they, who to live well And what most merits fame, in silence hid. Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread

But he, the seventh from thee, whom thou beheldst Paths indirect, or in the mid way faint !

The only righteous in a world perverse, But still I see the tenour of man's woe

And therefore hated, therefore so beset Holds on the same, from woman to begin.”. With foes, for daring single to be just,

“ From man's effeminate slackness it begins," And utter odious truth, that God would come Said the angel, “who should better hold his place To judge them with his saints : him the Most High By wisdom, and superior gifts receiv'd.

Rapt in a balmy cloud with winged steeds But now prepare thee for another scene.”

Did, as thou saw'st, receive, to walk with God He look’d, and saw wide territory spread High in salvation and thie climes of bliss, Before him, towns, and rural works between ; Exempt from death; to show thee what reward Cities of men with lofty gates and towers,

Awaits the good : the rest what punishment; Concourse in arms, fierce faces threatening war, Which now direct thine eyes and soon behold.”

none.

He look'd, and saw the face of things quite When violence was ceas'd, and war on Earth, chang'd;

All would have then gone well ; peace would have The brazen throat of war had ceas'd to roar

crown'd All now was turn'd to jollity and game,

With length of happy days the race of Man ; To luxury and riot, feast and dance;

But I was far deceived; for now I see Marrying or prostituting, as befell,

Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste, Rape or adultery, where passing fair

How comes it thus? unfold, celestial guide, Allur'd them; thence from cups to civil broils. And whether here the race of Man will end." At length a reverend sire among them came,

To whom thus Michael. “ Those, whom last And of their doings great dislike declar'd

thou saw'st And testified against their ways; he oft

In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they Frequented their assemblies, whereso met,

First seen in acts of prowess eminent Triumphs or festivals; and to them preach'd And great exploits, but of true virtue void ; Conversion and repentance, as to souls

Who, having spilt much blood, and done much waste In prison, under judgments imminent :

Subduing nations, and achiev'd thereby Bat all in vain : which when he saw, he ceas'd Fame in the world, high titles, and rich prey; Contending, and remov'd his tents far off : Shall change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth, Then, from the mountain hewing timber tall, Surfeit, and lust ; till wantonness and pride Began to build a vessel of huge bulk ;

Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. Measur'd by cubit, length, and breadth, and height; The conquer'd also, and enslav'd by war, Smear'd round with pitch; and in the side a door Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose Contrix'd; and of provisions laid in large,

And fear of God; from whom their piety feign'd For man and beast : when lo, a wonder strange! In sharp contést of battle found no aid Of every beast, and bird, and insect small,

Against invaders; therefore, cool'd in zeal, Carne sevens and pairs; and enter'd in as taught Thenceforth shall practise how to live secure, Their order : last the sire and his three sons, Worldly or dissolute, on what their lords With their four wives; and God made fast the door. Shall leave them to enjoy ; for the Earth shall bear Meanwhile the south-wind rose, and, with black More than enough, that temperance may be tried : wings

So all shall turn degenerate, all depravid;
Wide-hovering, all the clouds together drove Justice and temperance, truth and faith, forgot ;
From under Heaven; the hills to their supply One man except, the only son of light
Vapour, and exhalation dusk and moist,

In a dark age, against example good,
Seot up amain; and now the thicken'd sky Against allurement, custom, and a world
Like a dark ceiling stood ; down rush'd the rain Oitended : fearless of reproach and scorn,
Impetuous; and continued, till the Earth

Or violence, he of their wicked ways
No more was seen : the floating vessel swum Shall them admonish ; and before them se
Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow

The paths of righteousness, how much more safe
Rode tilting o'er the waves; all dwellings else And full of peace; denouncing wrath to come
Flood overwhelm’d, and them with all their pomp On their impenitence; and shall return
Deep under water rollid; sea cover'd sea,

Of them derided, but of God obsery'd
Sa without shore; and in their palaces,

The one just man alive; by his command
Where luxury late reign'd, sea-monsters whelp'd Shall build a wondrous ark, as thou beheldst,
And stabled; of mankind, so numerous late, To save himself, and household, from amidst
All left, in one small bottom swum imbark'd. A world devote to universal wrack.
How didst thou grieve, then, Adam, to behold No sooner he, with them of man and beast
The end of all thy offspring, end so sad,

Select for life, shall in the ark be lodg’d,
Depopulation! Thee another food,

And shelter'd round; but all the cataracts of tears and sorrow a flood, thee also drown'd, Of Heaven set open on the Earth shall pour And sunk thee as thy sons ; till, gently rear’d Rain, day and night; all fountains of the deep, By the angel, on thy feet thou stood’st at last ; Broke up, shall heave the ocean to usurp Though comfortless ; as when a father mourns Beyond all bounds; till inundation rise His children, all in view destroy'd at once;

Above the highest hills : then shall this mount And scarce to the angel utter'dst thus thy plaint. Of Paradise by might of waves be mov'd “ O visions ill foreseen! better had I

Out of his place, push'd by the horned food, Lir'd ignorant of future! so had borne

With all his verdure spoil'd, and trees adrift, My part of evil only, each day's lot

Down the great river to the opening gulf, Enough to bear ; those now, that were dispens'd And there take root an island salt and bare, The burden of many ages, on me light

The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' clang : At once, by my foreknowledge gaining birth To teach thee that God attributes to place Abortive, to torment me ere their being,

No sanctity, if none be thither brought With thought that they must be. Let no man seek By men who there frequent, or therein dwell. Henceforth to be foretold, what shall befall

And now, what further shall ensue, behold." Him or his children ; evil he may be sure,

He look'd, and saw the ark hull on the flood, Which neither his foreknowing can prevent; Which now abated; for the clouds were filed, And he the future evil shall no less

Driven by a keen north-wind, that, blowing dry, la apprehension than in substance feel,

Wrinkled the face of deluge, as decay'd ; Grievous to bear : but that care now is past, And the clear Sun on his wide watery glass Man is not whom to warn : those few escap'd Gaz'd hot, and of the fresh wave largely drew, Famine and anguish will at last consume,

As after thirst; which made their flowing shrink Wandering that watery desert: I had hope From standing lake to tripping ebb, that stole

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