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“And hunger both, from labour,-at the hour
“Of sweet repast: they satiate, and soon fill, 215 “ Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace divine
Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety.”
To whom thus Raphael answer'd heav'nly meek:
Speaking, or mute, all comeliness and grace
“ Nor less think we in heaven of thee on earth 225 “ Than of our fellow-servant, and inquire
Gladly into the ways of God with man:
“Or enemy, while God was in his work; 235 “Lest he, incensed at such eruption bold,
“ Destruction with creation might have mix’d.
“For state, as Sov'reign King; and to inure 240 “ Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut,
“ The dismal gates, and barricadoed strong;
up to the coasts of light
So spake the godlike Power; and thus our sire : 250 “For man to tell how human life began
“ Stood on my
“ Is hard; for who himself beginning knew?
“ As new wak'd from soundest sleep,
“Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
, 260 “ As thitherward endeav'ring, and upright
feet. About me round I saw
“Creatures that liv'd and mov'd, and walk'd, or few; 265, “ Birds on the branches warbling: all things smil'd
“ With fragrance, and with joy my heart o'erflow'd.
Myself I then perus’d, and limb by limb “ Survey'd ; and sometimes went, and sometimes ran “ With supple joints, as lively vigour led : “ But who I was, or where, or from what cause, “ Knew not: to speak I tried, and forthwith spake; “My tongue obey'd, and readily could name “ Whate'er I saw. * Thou sun,' said I, 'fair light!
“And thou enlighten'd earth, so fresh and gay! 275'« « Ye hills, and dales, ye rivers, woods, and plains,
ye that live and move, fair creatures ! tell,
“In goodness and in power pre-eminent:
««• From whom I have that thus I move and live,
“ While thus I call’d, and stray'd I knew not whither
“ First found me, and with soft oppression seized
My drowsed sense, untroubled, though I thought
Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve :
“My fancy to believe I yet had being, 295 “And liv'd. One came, methought, of shape divine,
“ And said, 'Thy mansion wants thee, Adam ; rise,
* * To the garden of bliss, thy seat prepar’d.' 300 “So saying, by the hand he took me, rais'd,
“ And, over fields and waters, as in air,
“ A circuit wide, enclos'd with goodliest trees,
“Of earth before, scarce pleasant seem'd. Each tree,
“ To pluck and eat; whereat I wak’d, and found 310 “ Before mine eyes all real, as the dream
“ Had lively shadow'd. Here had new begun
My wand'ring, had not he, who was my guide
Up hither, from among the trees appear’d
“ Presence Divine ! Rejoicing, but with awe, 315 “ In adoration at his feet I fell
“ Submiss: he rear'd me, and, 'Whom thou sought'st I am,'
"Knowledge of good and ill, which I have set 325 “ “ The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith,
“Amid the garden by the tree of life,
(Remember what I warn thee !) shun to taste,
Transgress'd, -inevitably thou shalt die;
“ The rigid interdiction, which resounds
“ Not to incur: but soon his clear aspect
«• To thee and to thy race I give; as lords 310 “Possess it, and all things that therein live,
“Or live in sea, or air-beast, fish, and fowl.
“ As thus he spake, each bird, and beast, behold
My sudden apprehension. But in these 355 " I found not what methought I wanted still ;
“ And to the heavenly Vision thus presum'd:
".0, by what name,—for thou above all these, " " Above mankind, or aught than mankind higher,
“ . Surpassest far my naming !-how may I 360
"Adore thee, Author of this universe,
"I see not who partakes. In solitude 365 “• What happiness ? who can enjoy alone ?
" • Or, all enjoying, what contentment find ?'
“ Thus I presumptuous; and the Vision bright, “As with a smile more brighten'd, thus replied:
66. What call'st thou solitude? Is not the earth 370 “ “ With various living creatures, and the air,
Replenish’d, and all these at thy command “• To come and play before thee? Know'st thou not “ • Their language and their ways? They also know,
“. And reason not contemptibly: with these 375 “. Find pastime, and bear rule ; thy realm is large.'
So spake the Universal Lord, and seem'd
" • Let not my words offend thee, Heavenly Power ! 380 “My Maker, be propitious while I speak!
" Hast thou not made me here thy substitute,
Among unequals what society
« Cannot well suit with either, but soon prove
« • Tedious alike. Of fellowship I speak, 390 “Such as I seek, fit to participate
“. All rational delight; wherein the brute
“So fitly them in pairs thou hast combin'd; 395 “Much less can bird with beast, or fish with fowl
“. So well converse; nor with the ox the
“Whereto the Almighty answer’d, not displeas'd :
" • A nice and subtile happiness, I see, 400 “Thou to thyself proposest, in the choice
“« Of thy associates, Adam! and wilt taste