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With pity, violated not their bliss.
25 About the new arriv’d, in multitudes Th'ethereal people ran, to hear and know How all befel; they towards the throne supreme Accountable made halte, to make appear With righteous plea their utmost vigilance, And easily approv'd: when the Most High Eternal Father, from his secret cloud, Amidst in thunder utter'd thus his voice.
Assembled angels, and ye powers return'd From unsuccessful charge, be not disınay'd, 35 Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth, Which
Gincereit care could not prevent, Foretold so lately what would come to pass, When first this tempter crois'd the gulf from hell. I told ye then he should prevail and speed
40 On his bad errand; man thould be seduc'd And flatter'd out of all, believing lies Again't his Maker; no decree of mine Concurring to necelitate his fall, Or touch with lighteit moment of impulse 45 His free will, to her own inclining left In even scale. But fall’n he is; and now What relts, but that the mortal sentence pass On his transgression, death denounc'd that day? Which he prefumes already vain and void, Because not yet inficted, as he fear'd, By some immediate roke ; but foon shall find Forbearance no acquittance ere day end. Jultice Thall not return as bounty scorn'd. But whom send I to judge them ? whom but thee 55 Vicegerent Son!' to thee I have transferr'd All judgment, whether in heav'n, or earth, or hell. Easy it may be seen that I intend Mercy collegue with juilice, sending thee,
Man's friend, his Mediator, his design'd
60 Both ransom and Redeemer voluntary, And destin'd man himself to judge man fall’n.
So fpake the Father, and unfolding bright
Father eternal, thine is to decree;
85 Of high collateral glory': him thrones and powers, Princedoms and dominations, ministrant Accompanied to heaven-gate, from whence Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. Down he descended Itrait; the speed of Gods Time counts not, tho’with swiftest minutes wing'd. 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 user in
The ev'ning cool; when he, from wrath more cool, 95
Where art thou, Adam, wont with joy to meet
He came, and with him Eve, more loath, tho' first:
To whom thus Adam fore befet reply'd.
I should conceal, and not expose to blame
130 By my complaint; but strict neceflity Subdues me, and calamitous constraint, Lest on my head both in and punishment, However insupportable, be all Devolv'd; tho' should I hold my peace, yet
thou Would easily detect what I conceal.
136 This woman, whom thou mad'st to be
my help, And gav'st me as thy perfect gift, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so divine, That from her hand I could suspect no ill;. 140 And what she did, whatever in it felf, Her doing seem'd to justify the deed; She gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
To whom the Sov'reign Presence thus reply'd. Was she thy God, that her thou didst obey
145 Before his voice? or was she made thy guide, Superior, or but equal, that to her Thou didit refign thy manhood, and the place Wherein God set thee' above her, made of thee, And for thee, whose perfe&tion far excell'd
150 Hers in all real dignity ? Adorn'd She was indeed, and lovely to attract Thy love, not thy subjection; and her gifts Were such as under government well feem'd, Unseemly to bear rule; which was thy part
155 And person, had thou known thyself aright.
So having said, he thus to Eve in few.
To whom sad Eve, with Thame nigh overwhelm’d,
Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To judgment he proceeded on th' accus'd
Serpent, though brute, unable to transfer 165
So fpake this oracle, then verify'd
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounc'd.