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Our limbs benumb'd, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams
Reflected may with matter sere foment; 1071
Or, by collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds
Justling or push'd with winds, rude in their shock,
Tine the slant lightning, whose thwart flame, driv'n
down,

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Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine,
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the sun: such fire to use,
And what may else be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, 1080
He will instruct us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
To pass conimodiously this life, sustain'd
By him with many comforts, till we end
In dust, our final rest and native home.

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What better can we do, than, to the place
Repairing where he judgʻd us, prostrate fall
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air 1090
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
From his displeasure; in whose look serene,
When angry most he seem'd and most severe, 1095
What else but favour, grace, and mercy shone!"

So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
Felt less remorse: they, forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judg'd them, prostrate fell
Before him reverent, and both confess'd

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Humbly their faults, and pardon begg'd, with tears
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek.

THE END OF THE TENTH BOOK,

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THE ARGUMENT.

The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of

our first parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God accepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide in Paradise; sends Michael with a band of cherubim to dispossess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things: Michael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerns Michael's approach; goes out to meet him: the angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits : the angel leads him up to a high hill; sets before bim in vision what shall happen till the flood.

PARADISE LOST.

BOOK XI.

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THUS they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood
Praying; for from the mercy-seat above
Prevenient grace descending had remov'd
The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead, that sighs now breath'd
Unutterable, which the spi'rit of pray'r
Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight
Than loudest oratory: yet their port
Not of mean suitors, nor important less
Seem'd th petition, than when th' ancient pair 10
In fables old, less ancient yet than these,
Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore
The race of mankind drown'd, before the shrine
Of Themis stood devout. To Heavin their prayers
Flew up, nor miss'd the way, hy envious winds
Blown vagabond or frustrate: in they pass'd
Dimensionless through heav'nly doors; then, clad
With incense, where the golden altar fum'd,
By their great intercessor, came in sight
Before the Father's throne: them the glad Son 20
Presenting, thus to intercede began.

“See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung From thy implanted grace in man, these sighs And pray’rs, which in this golden censer, mix'd

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With incense, I thy priest before thee bring; 25
Fruits of more pleasing savour, from thy seed
Sown with contrition in his heart, than those
Which, his own hand manuring, all the trees
Of Paradise could have produc'd, ere fall'n
From innocence. Now therefore bend thine ear 30
To supplication; hear his sighs though mute;
Unskilful with what words to pray, let me
Interpret for him, me, his advocate
And propitiation; all his works on me,
Good or not good, ingraft; my merit those 35
Shall perfect, and for these my death shall pay.
Accept me, and, in me, from these receive
The smell of peace toward mankind; let him live
Before thee reconcil'd, at least his days
Number'd, though sad, till death, his doom (which I
To mitigate thus plead, not to reverse),
To better life shall yield him, where with me
All my redeem'd may dwell in joy and bliss,
Made one with me, as I with thee am one."

To whom the Father, without clond, serene.
"All thy request for man, accepted Son,
Obtain; all thy request was my deeree :
But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
The law I gave to nature him forbids :
Those pure immortal elements, that know

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No gross, no unharmonious mixture foul,
Eject him, tainted now, and purge him off
As a distemper, gross, to air as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by sin, that first

35 Distemper'd all things, and of incorrupt Corrupted, I at first with two fair gifts Created him endow'd, with happiness And immortality: that fondly lost, This other serv'd but to eternize woe;

60 Till I provided death: so death becomes His final remedy, and, after life Try'd in arp tribulation, and refin'd

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