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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.

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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

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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
Ambition. Yet why not? some other Power
As great might have aspir’d, and me though mean
Drawn to his part; but other Powers as great
Fell not, but stand unshak’n, from within
Or from without, to all temptations arm’d. 65
Hadft thou the same free Will and Power to stand ?
Thou hadft : whom haft thou then or what to accuse,
But Heav'ns free Love dealt equally to all ?
Be then his Love accurst, since love or hate,
Tome alike, it deals eternal woc,

Nay curs'd be thou; since against his thy will
Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
Me miserable! which way shall I flie
Infinite wrauth, and infinite despair?
Which way I fie is Hell; my self am Hell ; 75
And in the lowest deep a lower deep
Still threat ning to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav'n,
O then at last relent : is there no place
Left for Repentance, none for Pardon left?
None left but by submission; and that word
Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame
Among the spirits beneath, whom I seduc'd
With other promises and other vaunts
Than to submit, boasting I could subdue

$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
The lower ftill I fall, only Supream
In misery; such joy Ambition finds.
But say I could repent and could obtaine
By A&t of Grace my former state; how soon
Would heighth recal high thoughts, how soon unfay
what feign’d submission swore: ease would recant 96
Vows made in pain, as' violent and void.
For never can true reconcilement grow
Where wounds of deadly hate have pierc'd so deep,
which would but lead me to a worse relapse
And heavier fall; fo should I purchase dear
Short internistion bought with double smart.
This knows my punisher; therefore as far
From granting he, as I from begging peace :
All hope excluded thus, behold in stead
Of us out-cast, exild, his new delight,
Mankind created, and for him this World.
So farewel Hope, and with Hope farewel Fear,
Farewel Remorse: all Good to me is loft:
Evil be thou my Good; by thee at least
Divided Empire with Heav'ns King I hold
By thee, and more than half perhaps will reigne;
As Man e'er long, and this new World shall know.

Thus while he fpake, each passion dimm’d his face
Thrice chang’d with pale, ire, envie and despaire,
Which marr'd his borrow'd visage, and betray'd 116
Him counterfeit, if any eye beheld.
For heav'nly mindes from such diftempers foule
Are ever clear. Whereof he soon aware,



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