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And manifold in fin, deferv'd to fall.
Entrance unseen. Soon as th' unwelcome
From earth arriv'd at Heaven gate, difpleas'd
With pity, violated not their blifs.
Th' ethereal people ran, to hear and know How all befel: they towards the Throne su
Accountable made hafte to make appear
With righteous plea their utmost vigilance; 30
Affembled Angels, and ye Pow'rs return'd From unsuccessful charge! be not dismay'd, 35 Nor troubl'd at thefe tidings from the earth, Which your fincereft care could not prevent, Foretold fo lately, what would come to pafs, When first this tempter crofs'd the gulf from
I told you then he should prevail, and speed 40
On his bad errand; Man should be feduc'd, `
Againft his Maker: no decree of mine
Or touch with lightest moment of impulfe: 45 His free will, to her own inclining left.
In even scale. But fall'n he is,
What rests, but that the mortal Sentence pafs On his tranfgreffion, death denounc'd that day; the
Which he prefumes already vain and void, 50 Because not inflicted, as he fear'd,
By fome immediate ftroke: aut foon fhall find Forbearance no acquittance e're day end. Justice shall not return, as bounty, fcorn'd. But whom fend I to judge them? whom, but
Vicegerent Son? To thee I have transferr'd All jugdment, whether in Heav'n, or Earth, or Hell,
Eafy it may be seen, that I intend
Mercy collegue with justice sending thee,
Exprefs'd, and thus divinely answer'd mild.
Father Eternal! Thine is to decree;
Mine both in Heav'n and Earth, to do thy will
Whoever judg'd, the worst on me. muft light,
Are to behold the judgment, but the judg'd, Those two: the third beft abfent is condemn'd; Convict by flight, and rebel to all law; Conviction to the ferpent none belongs.
Thus faying, from his radiant feat he
Of high collateral glory: Him Thrones, and
Princedoms, and Dominations miniftrant,
Time counds not, tho' with swifteft minutesst
Now was the Sun in western cadence low From noon; and gentle airs, due at their hour,
To fan the earth now wak'd, and usher in The ev❜ning cool; when he, from wrath more
Came, the mild Judge, and Interceffor both, To fentence man: the voice of God they heard, Now walking in the garden, by foft winds Brought to their ears while day declin'd: they
And from his prefence hid themselves,
The thickest trees, both man and wife: till
Approaching, thus to Adam call'd aloud. Where art thou Adam, wont with joy to
My coming feen far off? I miss thee here,
Or come I lefs confpicious? Or what change Absents thee? Or what change detains? Come forth :
He came, and with him Eve, more loth,
Love was not in their looks, either to God
My voice thou oft haft heard, and haft not fear'd,
But ftill rejoic'd: how is it now become
So dreadful to thee?
That thou art naked,
Had told thee? Haft thou eaten of the tree,
Whereof I gave thee charge, thou should not eat? !
To whom thus Adam fore befet reply'd,
O Heav'n! in evil ftrait this day I stand
Myself the total crime, or to accuse
Subdues me, and calamitous constraint!