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Invells him coming; yet not terrible,
He ended; and th'archangel soon drew nigb,
Adam, heaven's high behelt no preface needs :
He added not ; for Adam at the news
O unexpected stroke, worse than of death! Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ! thus leave Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades, 270 Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, Quiet though fad, the respite of that day That must be mortal to us both? O flowers, That never will in other climate grow, My early vification, and my last
275 At ev'n, which I bred up with tender hand From the first op’ning bud, and gave ye names, Who now thall rear ye to the fun, or rank Your tribes, and water from th' ambrofial fount? Thee lastly, nuptial bower, by me adorn'd 2 So With what to fight or smell was sweet, from thee How shall I part, and whither wander down Into a lower world, to this obfcure And wild ? how shall we breathe in other air Less pure, accuftom'd to immortal fruits? 285
Whom thus the angel interrupted mild. Lament not, Eve, but patiently resign What justly thou hast lost; nor set thy heart, Thus over-fond, on that which is not thine: Thy going is not lonely; with thee goes 290 Thy husband; him to follow thou art bound; Where he abides, think there thy native soil.
Adam by this from the cold sudden damp Recovering, and his scatter'd fpi'rits return'd, To Michael thus his humble words address’d.
295 Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam'd Of them the high'est, for înch of shape may seem Prince above princes, gently haft thou told Thy message, which might elfe in telling wound, And in performing end us; what besides goo Of forrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring,
Departure from this happy place, our sweet
325 Or monument to ages, and thereon Offer sweet smelling gums, and fruits, and flowers: In yonder nether world where shall I reek His bright appearances, or footiep trace? For though I fled him angry, yet recall'd
To whom thus Michael with regard benign.
Fomented by his virtual power and warm’d:
340 His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd Of Paradise or Eden ; this had been,
2 Perhaps, thy capital feat, from whence had spread All generations, and had hither come From all the ends of th' earth, to celebrate 345 And reverence thee their great progenitor, But this præeminence thou' hast lost, brought down To dwell on even ground now with thy fons: Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain God is as here, and will be found alike Present, and of his presence many a fign Still following thee, ftill coinpalling the round With goodness and paternal love, his face Express, and of his steps the track divine. Which that thou mayst believe, and be confirm'u 355 Ere thou from hence depart, know I am sent To show thee what shall come in future days To thee and to thy offspring; good with bad Expect to hear, fupernal grace contending With sinfulness of men ; thereby to learn True patience, and to temper joy with fear And pious forrow, equally inur'd By moderation either state to bear, Prosperous or adverse : so shalt thou lead Safelt thy life, and best prepar'd endure
365 Thy mortal passage when it comes Ascend This hill; let Eve (for I have drench'd her eyes) Here sleep below, while thou to foresight wak'st; As once thou slepft, while she to life was form’d.
To whoin thus Adam gratefully reply'd 370 Ascend, I follow thee, fafe guide, the path Thou lead'st me', and to the hand of heav'n submit,
However chastning, to the evil turn