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This Woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help, And gay'st me as thy perfect gift
, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so divine, That from her hand I could suspect no ill, 140 And what she did, whatever in itself, Her doing seem'd to justify the deed; She
gave me of the tree, and I did eat. To whom the sovran Presence thus reply'd. Was she thy God, that her thou didst obey 141 Before his voice, or was she made thy guide, Superior, or but equal, that to her Thou didst resign thy manhood, and the place Wherein God set thee' above her made of thee, And for thee, whose perfection far excell’d 150 Hers in all real dignity? Adorn'd
137. This Woman, whom tbou fame strain as he had done before to be
the Angel VIII. 549. And gav' A me as thy perfea gift what she wills to do or fay) She gave me of the tree, and ! Seems wiseft &c.
did eat.] Gen. III. 12. And And his unwillingness to accuse his obe Man said, The Woman, whom wife, and yet the necessity of his tbou gave to be with me, he gave doing it, are finely imagin'd. me of the tree, and I did eat. We
Adorn'd see that he still preserves all that is Share
was indeed, and lovely toattrat Scripture, though he intermixes
Thy love, not thy frebjedion; ] The other things which were likely fame sort of sentiment as the Angel enough to have been said and done. had inculcated VIII. 568. Adam speaks of Evc much in the - fair no doubt, and worthy well
She was indeed, and lovely to attract
So having said, he thus to Eve in few.
To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm’d,
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transfer
165 The guilt on him who made him instrument
*** If it
Thy cherithing, thy honoring, and ter, illam vero gravitatis, severitatis thy love,
perfonam non appetivi. Milton in Not thy subjection.
his History of England, p. 37. Edit. And in other parts of his works our Tol. uses the word thus, author seems to have been a stre- “ were an honor to that person nuous advocate for keeping up the “ which he sustain'd. Richardson. authority of the husband.
158. Say Woman, what is this 155. -- thy part
which thou hast done ? ] Gen. And person.) A pure Latinism. III. 13. And tbe Lord God said unto The persona dramatis. So Cicero the Woman, What is this ihat thou pro Muren. c. 2. Has partes leni. baft done ? tatis et misericordiæ, quas me na 162. The Serpent me beguild, and tura ipfa docuit, femper ago liben I did cat.] And the W'aman.
Of mischief, and polluted from the end
faid, The Serpent beguiled me, and I above every beast of the field : sem did eat.
t by belly shalt thou go, and duft fra? 169. more to know
thou eat all the days of thy life: As Concern'd not Man (fince he no I will put enmity between the end
further knew)] This is badly the Woman, and between tbs feed as express’d. The meaning is, As ber seed: it fall bruise tbs bied, Man was not to be let into the and thou shalt bruise his beel. Ou: mystery of the redemption at this author was certainly here more in time, it did not concern him to the right than ever in adhering reliknow that the serpent was but the giously to the words of Scripture
, instrument of the Devil. When tho' he has thereby spoil'd the ba;Milton wrote this, I fancy he had mony of his verse. He thoug.: it not then in his thoughts to make without doubt that to mix any thirs Michael reveal to Adam in the last of his own would be a violation ci book the doctrin of redemption; decency, and a profanation, like or if he did intend it, he forgot that of Uzzah's putting forth his that a theological comment on those hand to the ark of God. And the words in Genesis would ill agree sentence is very well explain'd b; with what was to follow.
him, that it was pronounc'd imme
Warburton. diately upon the Serpent as rasil 175. Because thou hast done this, the instrument of misriief and esta &c.] As near as may be to the very ted in nature, but is to be applica words of Scripture, Gen. III. 14, mediately to Satan, the old Serpes 15. And the Lord God said unto the though in mysterious terms: Add 23 Serpent, Because thou hast done this, the author explains how the sentence tbou art cursed above all cattel, and was to be undețitood before be re
Above all cattel, each beast of the field;
So spake this oracle, then verify'd
ates it, so he shows afterwards how cramp'd down by a wrong choice, I was fulfill'd.
without the expected applause. 182. oracle, then verify'd
Bentlıy. When I elus Son of Mary, &c] Here 184. Saw Satan fall like lightning is a manifest indication, That, down from Heaven, &c.] when Milton wrote this passage, he Here are several allusions to Scripthought Paradise was chiefly re- ture ; as particularly to Luke X. 18. pain'd at our Saviour's resurrection. I beheld Satan as lightning fall from This would have been a copious Heaven. Prince of the air, so he is and sublime subject for a second callid Eph. II. 2. the prince of the pem. The wonders then to be power of the air. Spoild Principadescribed would have erected even lities and Pow'rs, triumph'd in open an ordinary poet's genius; and in show, according to Col. II. 15. And episodes he might have introduc'd having spoiled Principalities and his conception, birth, miracles, and Powers, he made a fow of them all the history of his administration, openly, triumphing over them in it. while on earth. And I much And with ascension bright captivity grieve, that instead of this he led captive, led captive those who
hould choose for the argument of had led us captive. Pfal. LXVIII. his Paradise Regain'd the fourth 18. Thou hast ascended on high, thou chapter of Luke, the temptation in haft led captivity captive, applied to the wilderness; a dry, barren, and our Saviour by St. Paul, Eph. IV.8. Darrow ground, to build an epic The air the realm of Satan, who is poem on. In that work he has therefore callid the prince of the amplified his scanty materials to a power of the air, as we quoted befurprising dignity; but yet, being forę. Whom he foall tread at loft
Prince of the air ; then rising from his grave 18;
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd. Because thou’ haft hearken’d to the'voice of thy wife
, And eaten of the tree, concerning which 199 I charg'd thee, say'ing, Thou shalt not eat thereof:
Cursid under our feet: Rom. XVI. 20. And 197. On Adam last thus judgment the God of peace shall bruise Satan
be pronounc'd. &c. He is under your feet. We see by these equally exa& in reporting the feninstances what use our author had tence pronounc'd upon made of reading the Scriptures. III. 17, 18, 19, And unto Adam be 192. And to ibe Woman thus his faid, Because thou baft bearkea'da*:
sentence turn'd. &c.] Gen. to the voice of thy wife, and hef III. 16. Unto the Woman be said, I eaten of the free of which I can will greatly multiply thy forrow and manded thee saying, Thou shalt rot est thy conception; in forrow thou falt of it: cursed is the ground for the bring forth children; and thy defire fake; in forrow faltorbou eat of Jhall be to thy husband; and be hall all the days of thy life: Thorns all rule over thee.
and tbiffles fall it bring forth to