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Of heav'n's high-seated top, th’imperial throne 585
Of amplitude almost immense, with stars 620
630 Holy and jult : thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright.
So sung they, and the empyréan rung With hallelujahs: thus was Sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that alk'd 635 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 feek'st Ought, not surpalling human measure, say. 640
End of the SEVENTH Book.
ARGU: ARGUMENT of Book VIII.
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubt. fully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge : Adan afsents; and, fiill defirous to detain Raphael, relates to him wbat he remembered fince his own creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning folitude and ft fociety, his first meeting and nuptials with Eve :: his disconrse with the angel thereuport, who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
PARADISE LOS T.
HE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while Thought him ftill speaking, ftill stood fix'd to hear; Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd.
What thanks sufficient, or what recompense 5 Equal have I to render thee, divine Historian, who thus largely hast allay'd The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd This friendly condefcenfion to relate Things elfe by me unsearchable, now heard With wonder, but delight, and, as is due, With glory attributed to the high Creator? Something yet of doubt remains, Which only thy folution can resolve.
When I behold this goodly frame, this world 15 Of heav'n and earth confisting, and compute Their magnitudes, this earth a spot, a grain, An atom, with the firmament compar’d, And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll Spaces incomprehensible, (for such Their distance argues, and their swift return Diurnal,) merely to officiate light Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot, One day and night, in all their val survey M 2
Useless besides ; reasoning I oft admire,
25 How Nature wise and frugal could commit Such disproportions, with fuperfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create, Greater so manifold, to this one ufe, For ought appears, and on their orbs impose 30 Such restless revolution day by day Repeated, while the sedentary earth, That better might with far less compass move, Serv'd by more noble than herself, attains Her end without least motion, and receives, 35 As tribute, such a fumless journey brought Of incorporeal speed, her warmth and light; Speed, to describe whose swiftness number fails.
So fpake our fire, and by his count'nance feem'd Ent’ring on studious thoughts abstruse; which Eve 40 Perceiving where she fat retir'd in fight, With lowliness majestic from her feat, And
grace that won who saw to wish her stay, Rose, and went forth among her fruits and flowers, To visit how they prosper'd, bud and bloom, 45 Her nursery; they at her coming sprung, And touch'd by her fair tendence gladlier grew. Yet went she not, as not with such discourse Delighted, or not capable her ear Of what was high: such pleasure the reserv'd, so Adam relating, the sole auditress; Her husband the relator the preferr'd Before the angel, and of him to ask Chole rather; be, she knew, would intermix Grateful digreflions, and solve high dispute 53 With conjugal caresses; from his lip Not words alone pleas'd her. O when meet now Such pa in love and mutual honour join'd? With goddess-like deneanor forth the went,