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Of amplitude almost immense, with stars 620
630 Holy and just : thrice happy, if they know Their happinefs, and persevere upright.
So fung they, and the empyréan rung, With Hallelujahs : thus was Sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that afk'd How first this world and face of things began, And what before thy memory was done ' From the beginning that pofterity, Inform’d by thee, might know; if else thou seek'st Aught, not surpassing human measure say. 640
End of the SEVENTH Book,
ARGUMENT of Book VIII.
Hiam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubtfully
answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam alents; and, fill defircus to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remember. ed since his own creation, his placing in Paradise, Bis talk with God concerning solitude and fit fociety, his first meeting and nuptials with Eve; his discourse, with the angel thereupon; who, after admonitions re• peated, departs.
THE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while Thought him ftill speaking, still stood fix'd to hear; Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd.
What thanks fufficient, or what recompense
When I behold this goodly frame, this world, is