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For anger's sake, finite to infinite
In punisht man to satisfie his rigour
Satisfi'd never ; that were to extend
His sentence beyond dust and nature's law,
By which all causes else according still
To the reception of their matter act,
Not to th’extent of their own spheare. But say
That death be not one stroak, as I suppos’d,
Bereaving sense, but endless miserie
From this day onward, which I feel begun
Both in me, and without me, and so last
To perpetuitie ; ay me, that fear
Comes thundring back with dreadful revolution
On my defenceless head; both death and I
Am found eternal, and incorporate both,
Nor I on my part fingle, in me all
Pofteritie stands curft : faire patrimonie.
That I must leave ye, fons; O were I able
To waste it all myself, and leave ye none !
So disinherited how would ye bless
Me now your curse! ah, why should all mankind
For one man's fault thus guiltless be condemn'd,
If guiltless ? but from me what can proceed,
But all corrupt, both mind and will depravid
Not to do only, but to will the same
With me? how can they then acquitted stand
In fight of God? him after all disputes.
Forc't I absolve: all my evasions vain,
And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me fill
But to my own convi&tion: first and last
On me, me only, as the fource and spring

Of all corruption, all the blame lights due;
So might the wrauth. Fond wish! couldīt thou support
That burthen heavier than the earth to bear,
Than all the world much heavier, though divided
With that bad woman ? thus what thou defir'it,
And what thou fear'ft, alike destroys all hope
Of refuge, and concludes thee miserable
Beyond all past example and future,
To Satan onely like both crime and doom.
O conscience, into what abyss of fears
And horrours haft thou driv'n me: out of which
I find no way, from deep to deeper plung'd!

Thus Adam to himself lamented loud
Through the still night, not now, as ere man fell,
Wholsome and cool, and mild, but with black air
Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom,
Which to his evil conscience represented
All things with double terror : on the ground
Outstretcht he lay, 'on the cold ground, and oft
Curs'd his creation, death as oft accus'd
Of tardie execution, since denounc't
The day of his offence. Why comes not death,
Said he, with one thrice acceptable stroke
To end me? fhall truth fail to keep her word,
Justice divine not haften to be just ?
But death comes not at call, justice divine
Mends not her Nowest pace for prayers or cries.
O woods, O fountains, hillocks, dales and bowers,
With other echo late I taught your shades
To answer, and resound far other song.
Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld.


Desolate where the fate, approaching nigh,
Soft words to his fierce passion the affayd:
But her with ftern regard he thus repelld.

Out of my fight, thou serpent, that name beft
Befits thee with him leagu'd, thyself -as falfe
And hateful; nothing wants, but that thy shape,
Like his, and colour serpentine may thew
Thy inward fraud, to warn all creatures from thee
Henceforth ; leaft that too heav'nly form, pretended
To hellish fallhood, fnare them. But for thee
I had perfifted happie, had not thy pride
And wandring vanitie, when leaft was fafe,
Rejected my forewarning, and disdain'd
Not to be trufted, longing to be seen
Though by the devil himfelf, him overweening
To over-reach, but with the serpent meeting
Fool'd and beguild, by him thou, I by thee,
To trust thee from my side, -imagin’d wise
Constant, mature, proof against all affaults,
And understood not was but a thew
Rather than folid vertue, all but a rib
Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears,
More to the part finifter from-me drawn,
Well if thrown out, as supernumerarie
To my just number found. O why did God,
Creator wise, that peopl'd highest heaven
With fpirits masculine, create at last
This noveltie on earth, this fair defect
Of nature, and not fill the world at once
With men as angels without feminine,
Or find some other way to generate

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Mankind ? this mischief had not then befall'n,
And more that shall befall, innumerable
Disturbances on earth through female fnares,
And straight conjunction with this sex! for either
He never shall find out fit mate, but such
As some misfortune brings him or miftake,
Or whom he wishes most fall feldom gain
Through her perverseness, but shall see her gain'd
By a far worse, or if the love, withheld
By parents, or his happiest choice too late
Shall meet, alreadie.linkt and wedlock-bound
To a fell adversarie, his hate or Thame :
Which infinite calamitie shall cause
To human life, and houshold peace confound.

He added not, and from her turn'd, but Eve
Not fo repult, with tears that ceas'd not flowing,
And treffes all disorder'd, at his-feet-
Fell humble, and embracing them, besaught
His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint.

Forsake me not thus, Adam, witness heav'a
What love sincere, and reverence in my heart
I beare thee, and unweeting have offended,
Unhappilie deceav'd; thy suppliant
I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not,
Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid,
Thy counsel in this uttermost distress,
My only strength and stay : forlorn of thee,
Whither shall I betake me, where subfift?
While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps,
Between us two let there be peace, both joyning,
As join'd in injuries, one enmitie

Against a foe by doom express assign'd us.
That cruel serpent: on me exercise not
Thy hatred for this miserie befall'n,
On me alreadie loft, me than thyself
More miserable; both have find, but thou
Against God only, I against God and thee,
And to the place of judgment will return,
There with my cries importune heav'n, that all
The sentence from thy head remov'd may light
On me fole cause to thee of all this woe,
Me, me only just object of his ire.

She ended weeping, and her lowlie plight
Immoveable till peace obtain'd from fault
Acknowledg?d and deplor'd, in Adam wraught
Commiseration ; foon his heart relented
Towards her, his life so late and fole delight,
Now at his feet submissive in distress,
Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking,
His counsel whom she had displeas'd, his aide:
As one difarm'd his anger all he loft,
And thus with peaceful words uprais'd her soon.

Unwarie, and too desirous, as before, So now of what thou knoweft not; who desir'it The punishment all on thy self; alas, Bear thine own first, ill able to sustain His full wrauth whose thou feelft as yet least part, And my displeasure bearst so ill. If prayers Could altar high decrees, I to that place Would speed before thee, and be louder heard. That on my head all might be visited, Thy frailtic and infirmes sex forgiv'n,

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