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Sways them; the careful plowman doubting tands,
995 Th’ Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray, Hung forth in heav'n his golden scales, yet seen Betwixt Altrea and the scorpion fign, Whervin all things created first he weigh’d, The pendulous round earth with balanc'd air In counterpoise, now ponders all events, Battles and realms: in these he put two weights, The sequel each of parting and of fight; The latter quick up-flew and kick'd the beam; Which Gabriel 1pying thus bespake the fi.nd. 1005
Satan, I know thy Itrength, and thou know'ít mine, Neither our own but giv'n; what folly then To boast what arms can do! since thine no more Than hear'n permits, nor mine, tho'doubled now To trample thee as mire : for proof look up, IOIO And read thy lot in yon celestial sign, (weak, Where thou art weigh'd, and show'n how light, how If thou refilt. The find look'd up, and knew His mounted scale aloft; nor-more, but fied Murm'ring, and with him fled the shades of night. 1015
END of the Fourth Book.
ARGUMENT of Book V.
Morning approached, Eve relates to Adam her trouble. fome dream; he likes it not, yet comforts ber; they come forth to their day-labours : their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcufable; fends Raphael to admonish him of his obe. dience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. , Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance described, lis coming discerned by Adam afar off fitting at the door of his bower; be goes out to meet him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choiceft fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table : Raphael pere forms his mejage, minds Adam of his state and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enenry is, and how he came to be fo, beginning from his first revolt in heaver, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiel a seraph, who in argument disuades and opposes him, then forfakes bim.
PARADISE LOS T.
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OW Morn, her rosy steps in th'eastern clime
Advancing, fow'd the earth with orient pearl, When Adam wak'd; fo custom'd, for his sleep Was aery light from pure digestion bred, And temp’rate vapours bland, which th'only found s Of leaves and fuming rills, Aurora's fan, Lightly dispers’d, and the shrill matin song Of birds on ev'ry bough; fo much the more His wonder was to find upwaken'd Eve With treffes difcompos'd and glowing cheek, As through unquiet rest : he, on his fide Leaning half rais'd, with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld Beauty, which, whether waking or afleep, Shot forth peculiar graces; then with voice
15 Mild as when Zephyrus on Flora breathes, Her hand soft touching, whisper'd thus. Awake, My fairest, my espous'd, my latest found, Heav'n's last best gift, my ever-new delight, Awake; the morning fhines, and the fresh field
20 Calls us; we lose the prime, to mark how spring Our tended plants, how blows the citron grove, What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed, How nature paints her colours, how the bee
Sits on the bloom extrading liquid sweet.
25 Such whisp’ring wak'd her, but with startled eye On Adam, whom embracing, thus the fpake.
O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose,
40 Tunes fweetest his love-labour'd song; now reigns Full-orb'd the moon, and with more pleasing light Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain, If none regard; heav'n wakes with all his eyes; Whom to behold but thee, Nature's desire ?
45 In whose fight all things joy, with ravishment Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. I role as at thy call, but found thee not; To find thee I directed then my walk; And on, methought, alone I pafs'd, thro' ways 50 That brought me on a sudden to the tree Of interdicted knowledge: fair it feem'd, Much fairer to my fancy than by day: And as I wond'ring look’d, beside it stood One shap'd and wing'd like one of those from heav'n By us oft feen; his dewy locks distillid
56 Ambrofia; on that tree he also gaz'd; And, O fair plant, said he, with fruit surcharg'd, Deigns none to ease thy load and taste thy sweet,
Nor God, nor man? Is knowledge so despis'd ? 60
90 My guide was gone, and I, méthought, funk down, And fell asleep; but how glad I wak'd To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related, and thus Adam answer'd fad. 1