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The soul of man, or pallion in him move. 585
To whom thus half abalh'd Adam reply'd. 595
605 More grateful than harmonious found to th'ear. Yet these subject not; I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel; not therefore foil'd, Who meet with various objects, from the sense Variously representing ; yet ftill free
616 Approve the best, and follow what I
approve. To love thou blam'st me not; for love thou say'lt Leads up to heaven, is both the way and guide : Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask; Love not the heavenly spi'rits, and how their love 619 Express they, by looks only', or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?
To whom the angel, with a smile that glow'd Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue, Answer'd. Let it fuffice thee that thou know'st 628
Us happy', and without love no happiness.
So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus
650 Be good and friendly fill, and oft return.
So parted they; the angel up to heaven
END of the EIGHTH Book.
Satan having compassed the earth, with meditated guile
returns as a mist by night into Paradise, and enters into the ferpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours; which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labouring apart : Adam confents not, alleging the danger, left that ene mry, of whom they were forrwarned, mould attempt her, found alone : . Eve, loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the ruther defirous to make trial of her strength: sdam at lajt yields. The serpent finds her alone; his subtle approach, first gazing, then Speaking, with much flattery extolling. Eve above all other creatures. Eve, wondering to bear the ferpent Speak, asks how he attained to buman speech and such understanding not till now; the firpent answers, that by tafting of a certain tree in the garden be attained both to speech and reason, till then void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the tree of knowledge forbidden : the serpent now! grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat; me, pleased with the taste, deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not; at laft brings him of the fruit, relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam at first amazed but perceiving her lof, refolves through vehemence of love to perish with her; and extenuating the trefpafs, eats also of the fruit: the effects thereof in them both; they feek to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance, and accufation of one' another.
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O more of talk where God or angel guest
With man, as with his friend, familiar us'd To fit indulgent, and with him partake Rural repast, permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam'd: I now must change 5. Those notes to tragic; fout diffruft, and breach Difoyal on the part of man, revolt And disobedience; on the part of heaven Now alienated, diftance and diftafte, Anger and just rebuke, and judgment giv'n 10 That brought into this world a world of woe, Sin, and her shadow Death, and Misery Death's harbinger : Sad task, yet argument Not less, but more heroic than the wrath Of ftern Achilles on his foe pursu'd
15 Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia difefpous'd; Or Neptune's ire, or Juno's, that so long Perplex'd the Greek, and Cytherea's fon; If answerable style I can obtain
20 Of my celestial patroness, who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplorid, And dictates to me flumb'ring,
to me slumb'ring, or inspires Easy my unpremeditated verse:
Since first this subject for heroic song
The sun was sunk, and after him the star