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“ Invisible, yet staid, (such privilege
“Choral, or unison : of incense clouds,
“ Creation and the six days' acts they sung:
“Great are thy works, Jehovah ! infinite
Thy power! What thought can measure thee, or tongue “Relate thee? Greater now in thy return 605
“ • Than from the giant angels: thee that day
Thy empire ? easily the proud attempt
“* To lessen thee, against his purpose serves 615 “ To manifest the more thy might: his evil
“ • Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.
Earth, with her nether ocean circumfus'd, 625 •• Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy men,
“And sons of men, whom God hath thus advanc'd!
«« « Created in his image, there to dwell
Holy and just: thrice happy, if they know
“So sung they, and the empyréan rung
“ And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd
“ Inform’d by thee, might know. If else thou seek'st 640 “ Aught not surpassing human measure, say."
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; 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 Eve: his discourse with the angel thereupon; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
The angel ended ; and in Adam's ear
“ What thanks sufficient, or what recompense
“ This friendly condescension to relate
“ With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
“When I behold this goodly frame, this world,
Spaces incomprehensible, (for such
Diurnal,) merely to officiate light