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Of Eden frire; nor that Nyleian isle
275 Girt with the river Triton, where old Cham, Whem Gentiles Ammon call, and Libyan Jove, Hid Amalthea, and her forid son Young Bacchus, from his step-dame Rhea's eye; Nor where Aballin kings their issue guard, 280 Mount Amara, though this by fome fupposd True Paradise under the Ethiop line By Nilus head, inclos'd with shining rock, A whole day's journey high, but wide remote From this Assyrian garden; where the fiend
285 Saw undelighted all delight, all kind Of living creatures, rew to fight, and strange.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall,
3co Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clust'ring, but not beneath his shoulders broad: She, as a veil, down to the slender waste Her unadorned golden tresses wore
305 Ditheveld, but in wanton ringlets wav'd As the vine curls her tendrils, which imply'd Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd,
Yielded with coy fubmiffion, modeft pride, 310
Gambol'd before them; th'unwieldy elephant, 345
355 When Satan still in gaze, as first he lood, Scarce thus at length faild speech recover'd fad.
O hell! what do mine eyes with grief behold! Into our room of bliss thus high advanc'd Creatures of other mould, earth-born perhaps, 360 Not spirits, yet to heav'nly spirits bright Little inferior ; whom my thoughts pursue With wonder, and could love, so lively shines In them divine resemblance, and such grace The hand that form’d them on their shape hath pour'd. Ah gentle pair, ye little think how nigh Your change approaches, when all these delights Will vanish and deliver ye to woe; More woe, the more your taste is now of joy ; Happy, but for so happy ill secur'd
370 Long to continue, and this high seat your heaven Ill fenc'd for heaven to keep out such a foe As now is enter'd; yet no purpos’d foe To you, whom I could pity thus forlorn, Though I'unpitied. League with you I feek
375 And mutual amity so strait, so close, That I with
you must dwell, or you with me
Accept your Maker's work; he gave it me, 980
So spake the fiend, and with neceflity,
Sole partner, and fole part, of all these joys,
As liberal and free as infinite ;
413 That rais'd us from the dust and plac'd us here In all this happiness, who at his hand Have nothing merited, nor can perform Ought whereof he hath need; he who requires From us no other service than to keep
4?0 This one, this easy charge, of all the trees In Paradise that bear delicious fruit So various, not to taste that oniy tree Of knowledge, planted by the tree of lise ; So near grows death to life, whate'er death is, 425 Some dreadful thing no doubt; for well thou know'st God hath pronounc'd it death to taste that tree, The only sign of our obedience left, Among so many signs of power and rule Conferr'd upon us, and dominion given 430 Over all other creatures that posless Earth, air, and fea. Then let us not think hard One casy prohibition, who enjoy Free leave so large to all things elfe, and choice Unlimited of manifold delights:
435 But let us ever praise him, and extol His bounty, following our delightful taik, [Powers; To prune these growing plants, and tend there Which were it toilfome, yet with thee were fiveet.
To whom thus Eve reply'd. O thou for whom 449 And from whom I was form'd fich of thy flesh, And without whom am to no end, ny guide And head, what thou hast said is jult and right. For we to him indeed all praises owe, , And daily thanks; I chiefly, who enjoy
445 So far the happier lot, enjoying thee Pre-eminent by so much odds, while thou Like coníort to thyself can't no where find. That day I oft reinember, when from fleep I first awak’d, and found ayself repos’d