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The glorious train ascending: He through Heaven,

That open'd wide her Mazing portals, led 580

To God's eternal house direct the way,

A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold

And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear,

Seen in the galaxy, that milky way,

Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest 585

Powder'd with stars. And now on earth the seventh

Evening arose in Eden, for the sun

Was set, and twilight from the east came on,

Forerunning night; when at the holy mount

Of Heav'n's high-seated top, th' imperial throne

Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure, 591

The Filial Pow'r arriv'd, and sat him down

With his great Father, for he also went

Invisible, yet stay'd, (such privilege

Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd 595

Author and end of all things, and from work

Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the seventh day

As resting on that day from all his work,

But not in silence holy kept; the harp

Had work and rested not, the solemn pipe, 600

And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,

All sounds on fret by string or golden wire,

Temper'd soft tunings intermix'd with voice

Choral or unison: of incense clouds

Fuming from golden censers hid the mount. 605

Creation and the six days acts they sung,

s Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite

Thy pow'r; what thought can measure thee, or tongue

Relate thee? greater now in thy return

Than from the giant Angels; thee that day 610

Thy thunders magnify'd; but to create

Is greater than, created, to destroy.

Who can impair thee, mighty King, or bound

Thy empire? easily the proud attempt

Of Spi'rits apostate and their counsels vain 615

Thou hast repell'd, while impiously they thought

Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw

The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks

To lessen thee, against his purpose serves

To manifest the more thy might: his evil 620

Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.

Witness this new-made world, another Heaven

From Heaven-gate not far, founded in view

On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;

Of amplitude almost immense, with stars 625

Numerous, and every star perhaps a world

Of destin'd habitation; but thou know'st

Their seasons: among these the seat of Men,

Earth with her nether ocean circumfus'd, 629

Their pleasant dwelling-plnce. Thrice happy Men,

And sons of Men, whom God hath thus advanc'd,

Created in his image there to dwell

And worship him, and in reward to rule

Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air,

And multiply a race of worshippers 635

Holy and just: thrice happy if they know

Their happiness, and persevere upright.'

"So sung they, and the empyrean rung With Halleluiahs: thus was sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd 640 How first this world and face of things began, And what before thy memory was done From the beginning, that posterity Inform'd by thee might know; if else thou seek'st Ought, not surpassing human measure, say." 645

END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.

UaraWse Host.

BOOK VIII.

ARGUMENT.

Adam enquires concerning celestial motion!; is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam assents, and, still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own creation, his placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society, his first meeting and nuptials with Eye; his discourse with the Angel thereupon, who, after admonitions repeated, departs.

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