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Not unattended; for on her, as queen,

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A pomp of winning graces waited fill,
And from about her shot darts of desire
Into all eyes, to wish her still in fight.
And Raphael now to Adam's doubt propos'd,
Benevolent and facile, thus reply'd.

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To ask or search I blame thee not ; for heav'n
Is as the book of God before thee fet,
Wherein to read his wondrous works, and learn'
His seasons, hours, or days, or inonths, or years :
This to attain, whether heav'n move, or earth, 70
Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest
From man or angel the great Architect
Did wisely to conceal, and not divulge
His secrets to be scann'd by thein who'ought
Rather admire; or if they lift to try

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Conjecture, he his fabric of the heav'ns
Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move
His laughter at their quaint opinions wide
Hereafter, when they come to model heav'n,
And calculate the stars, how they will wield

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The mighty frame, how build, unbuild, contrive
To save appearances, low gird the sphere
With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er,
Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb:
Already by thy reasoning this I guess,
Who art to lead thy offspring, and supposest
That bodies bright and greater should not serve
The less not bright, nor hear'n such journeys run,
Earth fitting Hill, when she alone receives
The benefit. Consider first, that great
Or bright infers not excellence: the earth
Though, in comparison of heav'n, so small,
Nor glif’ring, may of solid good contain
More plenty than the sun that barren shines,

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Whore virtue on itself works no effect,

95 But in the fruitful earth; there first receiv'd His beams, unactive else, their vigour find. Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries Officious, but to thee, carth's habitant. And for the heav'n's wide circuit, let it speak The Maker's high magnificence, who built So spacious, and his line stretch'd out so far; That man may know he dwells not in his own; An edifice too large for him to fill, Lodg'd in a small partition, and the rest

105 Ordain'd for uses to his Lord best known. The swiftness of those circles attribute, Though numberlefs, to his omnipotence, That to corporeal substances could add

109 Speed almost fpiritual: me thou think’lt not flow, Who fince the morning hour set out from heav'n, Where God refides, and ere mid-day arriv’d In Eden, distance inexpressible By rumbers that have name.

But this I urge, Admitting motion in the heav'ns, to fhow 115 Invalid that which thee to doubt it mord; Not that I fo affirm, though so it seem To thee who haft thy dwelling here on earth. God, to remove his ways from human sense, Plac'd heav'n from earth fo far, that earthly fight, If it presume, might err in things too high, 121 And no advantage gain. What if the sun Be centre to the world, and other stars By his attractive virtue and their own Incited, dance about him various rounds ? 125 Their wand'ring course now high, now low, then bid, Progressive, retrograde, or standing still, In fix thou seest ; and what if fev'nth to these, The planet earth, fo ftedfast though the seem,

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Insensibly three different motions move?

130 Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities; Or save the fun his labour, and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb suppos'd, Invisible else above all stars, the wheel Of day and night; which needs not thy belief, If earth indufrious of herself fetch day, Travelling ealt, and with her part averse From the sun's beam meet night, her other part Ştill luminous by his ray. What if that light 140 Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air, To the terrestrial moon be as a star, Enlight’ning her by day, as she by night This earch ? reciprocal, if land be there, Fields and inhabitants: her spots thou seest As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce Fruits in her foften d foil, for some to eat Allotted there; and other suns, perhaps, With their attendant moons, thou wilt defcry Communicating male and female light;

150 Which two great sexes animate the world, Stør'd in each orb perhaps with some that live. For such valt room in nature unpossess’d By living foul, defert and defolate, Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute

155 Each orb a glimpse of light, convey'd fo far Down to this habitable, which returns Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. But whether thus these things, or whether not; Whether the fun predominant in heav'n

160 Rise on the earth, or earth rise on the sun; He from the east his flaming road begin, Or she from west her filent course advance With inoffensive pace, that spinning sleeps

On her foft axle, while she paces even, 165
And bears thee soft with the smooth air along,
Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid;
Leave them to God above, him serve and fear ;
Of other creatures, as him pleases best,
Where-ever plac'd, let him dispose: joy thou 170
In what he gives to thee, this Paradise,
And thy fair Eve; heav'n is for thee too high
To know what passes there; be lowly wife:
Think only what concerns thee and thy being;
Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there 175
Live, in what ftate, condition, or degree,
Contented that thus far hath been reveal'd,
Not of earth only, but of highest heav'n.

To whom thus Adam, clear'd of doubt, reply'd. How fully haft thou fatisfy'd me, pure

180 Intelligence of heav'n, angel ferene, And freed from intricacies, taught to live The easiest way, nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares, 185 *And not molest us, unless we ourselves Seek them with wand'ring thoughts, and notions vain. But apt the mind or fancy is to rove Uncheck'd, and of her roving is no end ; Till warn’d, or by experience taught, she learn, 190 That not to know at large of things remote l'rom use, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime wisdom : what is more is fume, Or eroptiness, or fond impertinence,

195 And renders us, in things that most concern, Unpractis'd, unprepar'd, and (till to feek. Therefore from this high pitch let us descend A lower flight, and speak of things at hand,

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Useful, whence haply mention may arise 200
Of something not unseasonable to ask,
By suff'rance, and thy wanted favour deign'd.

Thee I have heard relating what was done
Ere my remembrance : now hear me relate.'
My story, which perhaps thou hast not heard; 2055
And day is yet not spent ; till then thou seest
How subtly to detain thee I devise,
Inviting thee to hear while I relate,
Fond, were it not in hope of thy reply: :
For:white I sit with thee, I seem in heav'n, 210
And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear
'Than fruits of palm-tree, pleasanteit to thirst
And hunger both, from labour, at the hour
Of sweet repast: they satiate, and soon fill,
Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace divine
Imbu'd, bring to their sweetness no satiety. 216-

To whom thus Raphael answer'd heav'nly meek. Nor are thy lips ungraceful, fire of men, Nor tongue ineloquent; for God on thee Abundantly his gifts hath also pour'd,

2207 Inward and outward both, his image fair : Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace Attends thee, and each word, each motion forms; . Nor less think we in heav'n of thee on earth Than of our fellow-servant, and enquire 225 Gladly into the ways of God with man: for God we see hath honour'd thee, and set On man his equal love. Say therefore on;.. For I that day was absent, as befel, Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure, 23 Far on excursion toward the gates of hell; Squar'd in ful legion, (such command we had,). To see that none thence iffu'd forth a spy, Os enemy, while God was in his work;

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