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Must reafcend, what will betide the few 480
Be sure they will, said th' angel; but from heav'a
Then shall they seek to'avail themselves of names,
525 His confort liberty? wh.lt, but'unbuild His living temples, built by faith to stand, Their own faith, not another's? for on earth Who against faith and conscience can be heard Infallible? yet many will presume : Whence heavy perfecution shall arise On all who in the worship perfevere Of spi'rit and truth; the reft, far greater part, Will decm in outward rites and specious forms Religion fatisfy'd; truth Niall retire
575 Bertuck with fand'rous darts, and works of faith Rarely be found: so fhall the world go on, To good malignant, co bad men benign, Under her own weight groaning, till the day Appear of respiration to the jult,
540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return: Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid, The woman's seed, obfcurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord, Läft in the clouds froin heav'n to be reveal'd 545 In glory of the Father, to dilfolve Satan with his perverted world, then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd, New heav'ns, new earth, ages of endless date
Founded in right'ousness, and peace, and love, 550
He ended; and thus Adam laft reply'd.
To whom thus also th' angel Jaft reply'd.
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath 585
595 Portending good, and all ber fpirits compos'd To meek fubmiffion : thou at feafon fit Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard, Chiefly what may concern her faith to know, deliv'rance by her feed to come
600 (For by the woman's feed, on all mankind : That ye may live, 'which will be many days, Both in one faith unanimous though fad, With caufe for evils palt, yet much more cheer'd With meditation on the happy end.
6u5 He ended; and they both descend the hill; Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve Lay Oleeping ran before, but found her wakid; And thus with words not fad The him receiv'd.
Whence thou return't, and whither went'A, I know; For God is also in fleep, and dreams advise, 611 Which he hath fent propitious, some great good Prefaging, since with forrow' and heart's distress Wearied I fell asleep: bút now lead on ; lp me is no delay; with thee to go
615 Is to stay here ; without thee here to stay Is to go bence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heav'n, all places thou, Who for my wilful erime art banilh'd bence.
This further consolation yet secure
630 I carry hence; though all by me is loft, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd, By me the promis'd seed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh 625 Th’archangel stood, and from the other bill To their fix'd station, all in bright array, The cherubim descended ; on the ground Gliding meteorous, as ev'ning milt Ris’n from a river o'er the marilha glides, 630 And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's hee), Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd, The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the Libyan air adult,
635 Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat In either hand the haft'ning angel caught Our ling’ring parents, and to th'eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. 640 They looking back all th'eastern fide beheld Of Paradise, so late their happy feat, Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms : Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them foon ; The world was all before them, where to chuse 646
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and flow, Through Eden cook their folitary way.