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In genis and wanton dress; to th' harp they sung !
595 Of Adam, foon inclin'd t'admic delight, The bent of nature'; which he thus expressid. True opener of mine eyes, prime angel bless'd,
Much better seems this vifion, and more hope Of peaceful days portends; than those two palt; 600 Those were of hate and death, or pain much worse ;. Here nature seems fulfill'd in all her ends.
To whom thus Michael. Judge. not what is best By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet, Created as thou art, to nobler end, Holy andi pure, conformity divine. Those tents thou faw'lt fo pleasant were the tents: Of wickedness, wherein shall.dwell his race Who slew his brother ; ftudious they appear Of arts that polish life, inventors rare,
610 Unmindful of their Maker, though his Spi'rit Taught them, but they his gifts acknowledg'd none. Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget; For that fair female troop thou faw'it, that seem'd Of goddesses, fo blithe, lo fmooth, fo gay, Yet empty of all good, wherein confifts Woman's domeitic honour and chief praise;
Bred only and completed to the taste
625 Erelong to swim at large; and laugh, for which The world erelong a world of tears must weep.
To whom thus Adam, of short jny bereft. O pity' and shame, that they who to live well Enter'd fo fair, should turn afide to tread 630 Paths indirect, or in the midway faint ! But ftill I see the tenor of man's woe Holds on the same, from woman to begin.
From man's effeminate flackness it begins, Said th' angel, who fhould better hold his place 635 By wisdom, and fuperior gifts receiv'd. But now prepare thee for another scene.
He look'd, and faw wide territory spread Before him, towns, and rural works between, Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, 640 Concourse in arms, fierce faces threat'ning war, Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise : Part wield their arms, part curb the foaining Reed, Single or in array of battle rang'd Both horse and foot, nor idly must'ring food; 645 One way a band select from forage drives A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine From a fat meadow-ground, or fleecy flock, Ewrs and their bleating lambs, over the plain, Their booty; tcarce with life the shepherds fly, 650 But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray ; With cruel tournament the Squadrons join;
Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies
To whom thus Michael. These are the produd
685 Produce prodigious births of body' or mind.
Such were these giants, mes of high renown;
710 Which now direct thine eyes, and soon behold.
He look’d, and saw the face of things quite chang'd:
Triumphs or festivals, and to them preach'd
729 Measur'd by cubit, length, and breadth, and heightb; Sinear'd round with pitch; and in the side a door Contriv'd; and of provisions laid in large For man and bealt; when lo, a wonder itrange! Of every bcast, and bird, and infect small Came fev'ns, and pairs, and enter'd in, as taaght 735 Their order : last the fire, and his three sons, With their four wives; and God made fast the door. Mean while the south-wind rose, and with black wings Wide hovering, all the clouds together drove From under heaven; the hills to their supply 740 Vapour, and exhalation dusk and moist, Sent up amain; and now the chicken'd sky Like a dark cieling stood ; down ruth'd the rain Impetuous, and continu'd till the earth No more was seen : the floating vessel (wum 745 Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow Rode tilting o'er the waves; all dwellings else Flood overwhelin'd, and then with all their pomp Deep under water rollid ; fea cover'd fea, Sea without shore; and in their palaces 750 Where luxury late reign'd, fea-monsters whelp'd And stabled; of mankind, so numerous late, All left in one small bottom swum iinbark'd. How didst thou grieve then, Adams, to behold The end of all thy offspring, end so fad, 755 Depopulation ! thee another flood, Of tears and forrow' a flood, thee also drown'd,