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At loop-holes cut through thickest shade: those leaves
Would thou had'lt hearken'd to my words, and
To whom foon mov'd with touch of blame thus Eve What words have pass'd thy lips, Adam fevere!
linput's thou that to my default, or will 1145
1 160 Neither had I transgress'd, nor thou with me.
To whom, then first incens'd, Adam reply'd. Is this the love, is this the recompense Of mine to thee, ingrateful Eve, express'd Immutable, when thou wert loft, not I; 1165 Who might have liv’d, and 'joy'd immortal bliss, Yet willingly chose rather death with thee? And am I now upbraided as the cause Of thy transgrelling? not enough severe, It seems, in thy restraint: what could I more? 1170 I warn'd thee, I admonish'd thee, foretold The danger, and the lurking enemy That lay in wait; beyond this had been force; And force upon free will hath here no place. But confidence then bore thee on, secure 1175 Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial; and perhaps I also err'd in overmuch admiring What seem'd in thee so perfect, that I thought
No evil durst attempt thee; but I rue
Thus they in mutual accufation spent
hlan's transgresion known, the guardian angels forsake
Paradise, and return up to beaven to approve their vigilance; and are approved, God declaring that the enfrance of Satan could not be by themi prevented. He ferds his Son to judge the transgrelors; who defcends, and gives sentence accordingly, then in pity clothes them buth, and reafcends. Sin and Death, sitting till then at the gates of hell, by wondrous fympathy feeling the fuccefs of Saton in this new world, and the fin by man there committed, resolve to fit no longer confined'in beli, but to follow Satan their fire up to the place of man: ta make the way e-fier from bell to this world to and fro, thez pave a broad high-way or bridge over Chaos, according to the track that Satan first made; then preparing for earth they meet him proud of his fuccess returning to hell; their mutual gratulation. Satan arrives at Pandemonium, in full al'embly relates with boasting bis fuccess against man; instead of applause, is enter. tai ed with a general hiss by all his audience, transformed with himself also suddenly into ferpents, according to his doon given in Paradise; then deluded with a feny of the forbidden tree springing up before then, they, greedily reaching to take of the fruit, chew duft and bitter asbes. The proceedings of Sin and Death: God foretells the final victory of his Son over them, and the renewing of all things but for the prefent commands his angels to make several alterations in the heavens and clements. Adain, more and more perceiving bis Sallon coniition, heavily bewails; rejects the condolement of Eve; the perfifts, and at length appeases him; then, to evade the curfe likely to fall on their offspring, proposes to Adam violent wars, which he approves not ; but, conceiving better hope puts her in mind of the late promife made them, that her feed should be revenged on the serpent, and exhorts her with him to seek peace of sibe offended Deity by reperitance and fupplication.
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Eanwhile the heinous and despiteful act
Of Satan done in Paradise, and how
Up into heav'n from Paradise in haste