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The ARGUMENT. Raphael at the request of Adam relates
how and wherefore this world was first created; that God, after the expelling of Satan and his Angels out of Heaven, declar'd his pleasure to create another World and other Creatures to dwell therein; serds his Son with Glory and attendance of Angels to perform the work of Creation in fix days: the Angels celebrate with Hymns the performance thereof, and his reafcenfion into Heaven.
Following, above th' 01; mpian Hill I soare,
IS Return me to my Native Element: Left from this Aying Steed unrein’d, (as once Bellerophon, though from lower Clime) Dismounted, on th'Aleian Field I fall Erroncous there to wander and forlorne. Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound . Within the visible Diurnal Spheare; Standing on Earth, not rapt above the role, More safe i Sing with mortal voice, unchangid To hoarce or mute, though fall’n on evil days, 25 On evil days though fall’n, and evil congues; In darkness, and with dangers compast round, And solitude; yet not alone, while thou Visit It my
Numbers Nightly, or when Mora
Purples the East: still govern thou my Song,
Say Goddess, what ensu'd when Raphael,