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Religion satisfy'd; truth shall retire 535

Bestruck with sland'rous darts, and works of faith
Itarely be found: so shall the world go on,
To good malignant, to bad men benign,
Under her own weight groaning, till the day
Appear of respiration to the just, 540

And vengeance to the wicked, at return
Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid,
The 'Woman's Seed, obscurely then foretold,
Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord,
Last in the clouds from Heav'n to be reveal'd 545
In glory of the Father, to dissolve
Satan with his perverted world, then raise
From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd,
New Heav'ns, new Earth, ages of endless date,
Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love, 550
To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss."

lie ended; and thus Adam last reply'd: "How soon hath thy prediction, Seer blest, Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Till time stand fix'd? beyond is all abyss, 555

Eternity, whose end no eye can reach.
Greatly instructed I shall hence depart.
Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill
Of knowledge, what this vessel can contain;
Beyond which was my folly to aspire. 560

Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best,
And love with fear the only God, to walk
As in his presence, ever to observe
His providence, and on him sole depend,
Merciful over all his works, with good 565

Still overcoming evil, and by small
Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise
By simply meek; that suffering for truth's sake
Is fortitude to highest victory, 570

And to the faithful death the gate of life;
Taught this by his example, whom I now
Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest."

To whom thus also th' Angel last reply'd:
"This having learn'd.thou hast attain'd the sum 575
Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars
Thou koew'st by name, and all th' etherial pow'rs.
All secrets of the deep, all nature's works.
Or works of God in Hcav'n, air, earth, or sea.
And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst, 580

And all the rule, one empire; only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith.
Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
By name to come call'd charity, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth 585

To leave this Paradise, but shait possess
A Paradise within thee, happier far.
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards, 5QQ
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword,
In signal of remove, waves fiercely round:
We may no longer stay. Go, waken Eve;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd 595
Portending good, and all her spirits compos'd
To meek submission: thou at season fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come 600

(For by the Woman's seed) on all mankind;
That ye may live, which will be many days.
Both in one faith unanimous though sad.
With cause for evils past, yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end'' GOS

He ended, and they both descend the hill;
Descended, Adam to the bow'r where Eve
Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak'd;
And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd:

"Whence thou return'st, and whither weut'st, I know; 610

For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise,

Which he hath sent propitious, some great good

Presaging, since with sorrow' and heart's distress

"Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on;

In me is no delay; with thee to go, 615

Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,

Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me

Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou,

Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence.

This further consolation yet secure 620

I carry hence ; though all by me is lost,

Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,

By me the promis'd Seed shall all restore."

So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard 624
Well pleas'd, but answer'd not: for now too nigh
Th' Arch-Angel stood, and from the other hill
To their fix'd station, all in bright array.
The Cherubim descended; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Ris'n from a river o'er the marish glides, 630

And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd
The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapour as the Libyan air adust, 635

Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat
In either hand the hast'ning Angel caught
Our ling'ring parents, and to th' eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. 640

They, looking back, all th' eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms: 644
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon.
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow.
Through Eden took their solitary way.
THE END.

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INDEX.

Note, The numeral Utters refer to the Book, the figures
to the Line.

Aaron and Moses, their mission to Egypt, xii. 170
Abdiel, a Seraph, his opposition to Satan, respecting the
revolt of the Angels, v. 803. his fidelity, v. 896. aban-
dons the party of Satan, vi. l. soliloquy on viewing him
at their head, vi. 114. his conquest of Ariel, Arioch, and
Kamiel, vi. 369
Abel and Cain, their story, xi. 419
Abraham and the Patriarchs, story of, xii. 113
Adam and Eve, general description of them, iv. 288. more
minutely described, iv. 295. their state of innocence, iv,
312 40/2 738. v. an 303. viii, 510. entertainment of the
angel Raphael, v. 313 391. their nuptial bed described,
iv. 708. their behaviour after the fell, and on finding
themselves naked, ix. 1004 1051. attempt to avoid Cod,
x* 97. appear before him, x. 109. their expulsion from
Paradise, xii. 965
Adam, his discourse with Eve on the prohibition of the
tree of knowledge, iv. 411. on viewing her sleeping,
T. 8. his answer to her dream relative to Satan's first
temptation, v. 94, his discourse in the bower with
Raphael, v. 460. his creation and dominion, ix. 524.
his first view of the Divine Presence, &c. viii. 311. his
speech to God on his solitnde in Paradise, viii. 357. his
passion tor Eve, viii. 521. discourses with her on Satan's
snbtilty, ix. from 205 to 384. soliloquy on her trans-.
gression, ix. &90. resolves to die with her, ix. 907. rats
the forbidden fruit, ix. 996, solicits her to submit to
sexual pleasures, and their consequences, ix. 1011 1016.
speech to ber ou tbeir fall, fee. ix. 10A7. the sentence
on him, x. 197. reflects on the immortality of the soul,
fee. x. 782. bis resolution against the advice of. Ere to
commit suicide, x, 1028. behaviour on receiving the
message for their expulsion, xi. s6j
Adramelech and Asmalia, fallen angel', their defeat, vi. 3fij
Amaranth, a flower, transplanted to Heaven, iii. 35s

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