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Henceforth of God or angel, earst with joy
And capture so oft beheld ? those heav'nly shapes
Will dazle now this earthly, with their blaze
Insufferably bright. O might I here
In folitude-live favage, in some glade
Obscur'd, where highest woods impenetrable
To ftar or sun-light, spread their umbrage broad,
And brown as eevening: cover me ye pines,
Ye cedars, with innumerable boughs
Hide me, where I may never see them more.
But let us now, as in bad plight, devise
What best may * for the present serve to hide
The parts of each from other, that seem most
To shame obnoxious, and unseemlieft seen,
Some tree Whose broad-smooth leaves together fow'd,
And girded on our loyns, may cover round
Those middle parts, that this new comer, shame,
There fit not, and reproach us as unclean.

So counsel'd he, and both together went
Into the thickest wood, there soon they chose
The figtree, not that kind for fruit renown'd,
But such as at this day to Indians known
In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms
Branching so broad and long, that in the ground
The bending twigs take root, and daughters grow
About the mother-tree, a pillar'd hade
High overarch't, and echoing walks between ;
There oft the Indian herdsman shunning heat
Shelters in coole, and tends his pasturing herds
At loopholes cut through thickest Thade : those leaves
They gather'd, broad as Amazonian targe,

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And with what kill they had, together fow'd,
To gird their wafte, vain covering, if to hide

Their guilt and dreaded shame; O how unlike
To that first naked glorie.' 'Such of fate
Columbus found th’American ro girt
With featherd cincture, naked else and wild
Among the trees on ifles and woodie thores.
Thus fenc't, and as they thought, their shame in part
Cover'd, but not at rest or ease of mind,
They fat them down to weep, nor only tears
Rain'd at their eyes, but high winds worse within
Began to rise, high passions, anger, hate,
Miftrust, suspicion, difcord, and thook fore
Their inward state of mind, calm region once
And full of peace, now toft and turbulent :
For understanding ruld not, and the will
Heard not her lore, both in fubjection now
To sensual appetite, who from beneath
Usurping over sovran reason claim'd
Superior sway: from thus diftemper'd breaft,
Adam, estrang'd in look and alter'd stile,
Speech intermitted thus to Eve renewd.

Would thou hadft heark'n'd to my words, and fai’d With me, as I besought thee, when that strange Desire of wandring this unhappie morn, I know not whence poffefs'd thee; we had then Remain'd still happie, not as now, despoild Of all our good, Tham'd, naked, miserable. Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve The faith they owe; when earnestly they feek Such proof, conclude, they then begin to fail.

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To whom soon mov'd with touch of blame thus Eve.
What words have past thy lips, Adam severe,
Imput'it thou that to my default, or will
Of wandring, as thou callt it, which who knows
But might as ill have happen'd thou being by,
Or to thyself perhaps : hadit thou been there,
Or here th’attempt, thou couldst not have discern'd
Fraud in the serpent, speaking as he spake;
No ground of enmitie between us known,
Why he should mean me ill, or seek to harme.
Was I to have never parted from thy fide ?
As good have grown there still a lifeless-rib.
Being as I am, why didît not thou the head
Command me absolutely not to go,
Going into fuch danger as thou saidt ?
Too facil then thou didft not much gainsay,
Nay, didît permit, approve, and fair dismiss.
Hadft thou been firm and fixt in thy diffent,
Neither had I transgress’d, nor thou with me.

To whom then first incenst Adam repli’d..
Is this the love, is this the recompencs
Of mine to thee, ingrateful Eve, expreft.
Immutable when thou wert loft, not I,
Who might have liv'd and joy'd immortal bliss,
Yet willingly chose rather death with thee :
And am I now upbraided, as the cause
Of thy transgressing? not enough severe,
It seems, in thy restraint: what could I more?
I warn’d thee, I admonish'd thee, foretold
The danger, and the lurking enemie
That lay in wait ; beyond this had been force,

And force upon free will hath here no place.
But confidence then bore thee on, secure
Either to meet no danger, or to find
Matter of glorious trial; and perhaps
I also err'd in overmuch admiring
What seem'd in thee so perfect, that I thought
No evil durft attempt thee, but I rue
That errour now, which is become my crime,
And thou th'accuser. Thus it shall befall
Him who to worth in women overtrusting
Lets her will rule ; restraint she will not brook
And left to herself, if evil thence ensue,
She first his weak indulgence will accuse.

Thus they in mutual accusation spent
The fruitless hours, but neither felf-condemning,
And of their vain contest appeer'd no end.

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Her husband the, to tafte the fatal fruit,
Was known in heav'n; for what can fcape the eye
Of God al-Seeing, or deceave his heart
Omniscient, who'in all things wife and juft;
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Whatever wiles of foe or feeming friend.
For still they knew, and ought to have still remember'd
The high injunction not to taste that fruit,
Whoever tempted ; which they not obeying,
Incurr'd, what could they less, the penaltie,
And manifold in sin, deserv'd to fall.
Up into heav'n from Paradise in haste
Th'angelic guards ascended, mute and fad
For man, for of his state by this they knew,
Much wondring how the futtle fiend had stoln
Entrance unseen. Soon as th'unwelcome news
From earth arriv'd at heav'n gate, difpleas'd
All were who heard, dim sadness did not spare
That time celestial visages, yet mixt
With pitie, violated not their bliss.
About the new-arriv'd, in multitudes

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