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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.

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Following, above th' 01; mpian Hill I soare,
Above the flight of Pegaseen wing.
The meaning, not the Name I call: for thou

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Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top
of old Olympus dwell'st, but Heav'nly born,
Before the Hills appear’d, or Fountain flow'd,
Thou with Eternal wisdom didst converse,
Wisdom thy Sister, and with her didst play
In presence of th’Almighty Father, pleas'd
With thy Celestial Song. Up led by thee
Into the Heav'n of Heav'ns I have presum’d,
An Earthly Guest, and drawn Empyreal aire,
Thy tempring; with like safety guided down

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

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Purples the East: still govern thou my Song,
Vrania, and fit audience find, though few.
But drive far off the barbarous diffonance
Of Bacchus and its revellers, the Race
Of that wild Rout that tore the-Thracian Bard
In Rhodope, where Woods and Rocks had Ears 35
To rapture, till the savage clamou dround
Roth Harp and Voice ; nor could ihe Mure defend
Her Son. So fail not thou, who thee implores:
For thou art Heav'nly, me an empty dream.

Say Goddess, what ensu'd when Raphael,
The affable Arch-Angel, had forewarn'd
Adam by dire example to beware
Apoftafie, by what befel in Heav'n
To those Apoftates, left the like befall
In Paradise to Adam or his Race,
Charg'd not to touch the interdited Tree,
If they transgress, and night that fole conimand,
So easily obey'd amid the choice
Of all tastes else to please their appetite,
Though wandring. He with his consorted Eve so
The story heard attentive, and was fillid
With admiration, and deep Muse to hear
Of things so high and strange, things to their thought
So unimaginable as hate in Heav'n,
And war so near the Peace of God in Bliss
With such confusion: but the evil foon
Driv’n back redounded as a flood on those
From whom it sprung, imposible to mix
With Blessedness. Whence Adam soon repeal'd

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