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THUS they in lowliest plight repentant stood
Praying, for from the mercie-seat above
Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
The stonie from their hearts, and made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead, that sighs now breath'd
Unutterable, which the spirit prayer
Inspir’d, and wing'd for heav'n with speedier flight
Than loudest oratorie : yet their port
Not of mean fuiters, nor important less
Seem'd their petition, than when the ancient pair
In fables old, less ancient yet than these,
Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha to restore
The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine
Of Themis stood devout. To heav'n their prayers
Flew up, nor miss'd the way, by envious winds
Blown vagabond or frustrate : in they pafs'd
Dimentionless through heav'nly dores ; then clad
With incense, where the golden altar fum'd,
By their great Intercessor, came in fight
Before the Father's throne : them the glad Son
Presenting, thus to intercede bogan.
See Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
From thy implanted grace in man, these fighs
And prayers, which in this golden censer, mixt
With incense, I thy priest before thee bring.
Fruits of more pleasing savour from thy feed
Sown with contrition in his heart, than those
Which his own hand manuring all the trees
Of Paradise could have produc'ts ere fall’n
From innocence. Now therefore bend thine ear
To supplication, hear his fighs though mute;
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me
Interpret for him, me his advocate
And propitiation, all his works on me
Good or not good ingraft, my merit those
Shall perfect, and for these my death Thali pay.
Accept me, and in me from these receave
The smell of peace toward mankind, let him live
Before thee reconcild, at least his days
Number'd, though fad, till death, his doom (which I
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse)
To better life fhall yield him, where with me
All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss,
Made one with me as I with thee am one.
To whom the Father, without cloud, ferene,
All thy request for man, accepted for,
Obtain, all thy request was my deeree :
But longer in that Paradife to dwell,
The law I gave to nature him forbids :
immortal elements that know
No gross, no unharmonious mixture foute,
Eje&t him, tainted now, and purge him off.
As a distemper, gross to air as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by fin, that first
Diftemper'd all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted. I at first with two fair gifts
Created him endow'd, with happiness
And immortalitie : that fondly loft,
This other serv'd but to eternize woe ;
Till I provided death ; fo death becomes
His final remedie, and after life
Tri’d in sharp tribulation, and refin'd
By faith and faithful works, to second life,
Wakt in the renovation of the just,
Resigns him up with heav'n and earth renew'd.
But let.us call to fynod all the blest
Through heav'n's wide bounds; from them I will not hide.
My judgments, how with mankind I proceed,
As how with peccant angels lạte they saw.;.
And in their state, though firm, stood more confirm d.
He ended, and the Son gave signal high,
To the bright minister that watch'd, he blew.
His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps
When God descended, and perhaps once more.
To sound-at general doom. Th'angelic blast
Fill'd all the regions : from their blissful bowrs..
Of Amarantin shade, fountain or spring,
By the waters of life, where ere they sate;
In fellowships of joy : the fans of light
Hafted, resorting to the summons high,
And took their seats; till from his throne supream
Th'Almighty thus pronounc'd his foyran will,
O fons, like one of us man is become
To know both good and evil, since his taste
Of that defended fruit ; but let him boast
His knowledge of good loft, and evil go
Happier, had it suffic'd him to have known
Good by itself, and evil not at all.
He forrows now, repents, and prays contrite,
My motions in him, longer than they move;
His heart I know, how variable, and vain
Self-left. Least therefore his now bolder hand
Reach also of the tree of life, and eat,
And live for ever, dream at least to live
For ever, to remove him I decree,
And send him from the garden forth to till:
The ground whence, he was taken, fitter soila
Michael, this my behest have thou in chargez
Take to thee from among the cherubim
Thy choice of flaming wafriours, least the fiend
Qr in behalf of manor to invade.
Vacant poffeffion some new. trouble raise ::
Haste, thee, and from the Paradise, of God
Without remorse drive.out the, sinful pair,
Prom hallow'd ground th’unholie, and denounce.
To them and to their progenie from thence
Perpetual banißhment. Yet least they faint.
At the:sad sentence rigoroufy urg'd,
For I behold them soft'nd and with tears
Bewailing their excess, all terror hide..
If patiently thy bidding they obey,
Dismiss them not disconfolate; reveal
To Adam what. Thall come in future days,
As I shall thee enlighten, intermix
My cov'nant in the woman's seed renewd.z.
So send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peace ::
And on the eaß fide of the garden place,
Where entrance up from Eden eafieft climbs,
Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame
Wide waving, all approach far off to fright,
And guard all passage to the tree of life :
Lest Paradise a receptacle prove
To spirits foule, and at my trees their prey,
With whose ftol'n fruit man once more to delude.
He ceas’d; and sh'archangelic power, prepar'd
For swift descent, with him the cohort bright
Of watchfut cherubim ; four faces each
Had, like a double Janus, all their shape
Spangld with eyes more numerous than those
Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drouze,
Charni'd with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed
Of Hermes, or his opiate rod. Mean while
To resalute the world with facred light
Leucothea wak'd, and with fresh dews imbatm'd
The earth, when Adam and first matron Eve
Had ended now their orifons, and found
Strength added from above, new hope to fpring
Out of despaire, joy, but with fear yet linkt ;
Which thus to Eve his welcome words renew'd.
Eve, easily may faith admit, that all
The good which we enjoy, from heav'n descends :
But that from us aught should afcend' to heaven:
So prevalent as to concern the mind
Of God high-bleft, or to incline his will,
Hard to belief may feem; yet this will prayer,
Or one short fight of human breath, up-bom
Ev's to the seat of God. For fince I faught
By prayer thi'offended deity to appeale,