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Eternity, whose end po eye can reach..
Greatly instructed I shall hence depart,
Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill
of knowledge, what this vessel can coutain,
Beyond which was my folly to aspire.
Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best,
And love with fear the only God, to walk
as in his presence, ever to observe
His providence, and on him sole depend,
Merciful over all his works, with good
Still overcoming evil, and by small
Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise
By simply meek; ibat suffering for truth's sake
Is fortitude to highest victory,
And to the faithful death the gate of life;
Taugbt this by his example, whom I now
Acknowledge my Redeemer ever bless'd."
To whom thus also th' angel last replied :
This having learn'd, thou hast allain'd the sum
Of wisdom ; hope no higher, though all the stars
Thou knew'st by name, and all th'ethereal powers,
All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works,
Or works of God in heaven, air, earth, or sea,
And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst,
And all the rule, one empire; only add
Peeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith,
Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
By name to same call'd charity, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradise, bụt shalt possess.
A Paradise within thee, happier far.
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation ; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion; at whose front a flaming sword,
In sigoal of remove, waves fiercely round:
We may no longer stay. Go, waken Eve;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd,
Portending, good, and all lier spirits.composiu
To meek submission : thou at season fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come
(For by the Woman's Seed) on all mankind;
That ye may live, which will be many days,
Both in one faith unanimous though sad,
With cause, for evils past, yet much more cheerd
With meditation on the happy end."
He ended and they both descend the hill;
Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve
Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak’d;
And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd :
" Whence thou return'st, and whether went'st I
know; For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise, Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Presaging, since with sorrow and heart's distress. Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on; In me is no delay; with thee to go Is to stay here ; without thee here to stay, Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heaven, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence. This further consolation yet secure
carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd, By me tbe promis'd Seed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard Well pleas'd, but answer'd not ; for now too nigh Th' archangel stood, and from the other hill To their fix'd station, all in bright array, The cherubim descended : on the ground Gliding meteorous, as évening mist Risen from a river o'er the marish glides, And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's heel Homeward returning. High in front advanced, The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the Libyan air adust, Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat
In either hand the hastning angel cauglic
Our ling'ring parents, and to th' eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.
They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Wav'd over by that flaming brand; the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms.
Some natural tears they dropp’d, but wip'd them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They, hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow
Through Eden took their solitary way.