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the Tree of knowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death; and thereon intends to found his Temptation, by seducing them to transgrefs: then leaves them a while, to know further of their flate by some other means. Mean while Uriel descending on a Sun-beam warns Gabriel, wku had in charge the Gate of Paradise, that Some evil spirit had efcap'd the Deep, and pali at con by his Sphere in the shape of a good Angel duwn to Paradisé, difcovered afterwards by hisfurious gestures in the Nivunt. Gabriel promises to find him e'er morning. Night coming on, Adam and Eve discourse of going to their rest: their Bower describ'd; their Evening worship. Gabriel drawing forth his Bands of Night-watch to walk the round of Paradise, appoints two strong Angels to guard Adain's Bower, least the evilfpirit should be there doing some harm to Adàin or Eve sieeping ; there they find kim at the ear of Eve, tempt
her in a dream, and bring him, tho' 2:9. Willing, to Gabriel ; by whom queJlion'd, le scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but hinder'ů by a Sign from Heaven, flies out of Paradise.
For that warning voice, which he who saw
Th’Apocalyps, heard cry in Heav'n aloud, Then when the Dragon, put to second roat, Came furious down to be reveng'd on men, Wo to the inhabitants on Earth! that now, While time was, our first-Parents had been warn'd The coming of their secret foe, and scap'd Haply so scap'd his mortal snare; for now Satan, now firft inflam’d with rage, came down, The Tempter e'er th’Accuser of mankind, To wreck on innocent frail man his loss Of that firft Battel, and his flight to Hell: Yet not rejoycing in his speed, though bold, Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast, Begios his dire artempt, which nigh the birth Now rowling, boiles in his tumultuous brest, And like a devillish Engine back recoiles Upon himself; horror and doubt distract His troubld thoughts; and from the bottom ftir The Hell within him, for within him Hell He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell One step no more than from himself can Ay : By change of place: Now conscience wakes defpair That slumber'd, wakes the bitter memorie Of what he was, what is, and what must be 25 Worse ; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue. Sometimes towards Eden which now in his vicw Lay pleasant, his griev'd look he fixes sad, Sometimes towards Heav'n and the full blazing Sune
which now fat high in his Meridian Towre : Then much revolving, thus in sighs began.
O thou that with surpalling Glory crown'd, Look'A from thy sole Dominion like the God of this new World; at whose fight all the Stars Hide their diminisht heads; to thee I call,
35 But with no friendly voice, and add thy name O Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy Spheare; Till Pride and worse Ambition threw me down 40 Warring in Heav'n agaiuft Heav'ns matchless King: Ah wherefore! he deserv'd no such return From me, whom he created what I was In that bright eminence, and with his good Vpbraided none; nor was his service hard.
45 What could be less than to afford him praise, The caliest recompence, and pay him thanks, How due! yet all his good prov'd ill in me, And wrought but malice; lifted up so high I'ldeind subje&tion, and thought one step higher se Would set me highest, and in a moment quit The debt immense of endless gratitude, So burthensome still paying, still to owe; Forgetful what from him I still receiv'd, And understood not that a grateful mind SS By owing owes not, but still pays, ar once Indebted and discharg'd; what burden then ! O had his powerful Destiny ordain'd' Me some inferiour Angel, I had stood
Then happy; no unbounded hope had rais’d
$5 Th’Omnipotent. Ay me, they little know How dearly 1 abide that boast so vaine, Under what torments inwardly I groane; While they adore me on the Throut of Hell.
With Diadem and Scepter high advanc'd 90
Thus while he fpake, each passion dimm’d his face