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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: “ Nor are thy lips ungraceful, sire of men !
“ Nor tongue ineloquent; for God on thee 220 “ Abundantly his gifts hath also poured;
“ Inward and outward both, his image fair :
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:
“For I that day was absent, as befel,
“Far on excursion toward the gates of hell;
Squar'd in full legion (such command we had) “ To see that none thence issued forth a spy,
“ 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
“ The dismal gates, and barricadoed strong;
Noise, other than the sound of dance or song;
“ Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage! 245 “ Glad we return'd up to the coasts of light
“Ere sabbath ev'ning: so we had in charge.
So spake the godlike Power; and thus our sire : 250 “ For man to tell how human life began
“Is hard; for who himself beginning knew?
“As new wak'd from soundest sleep, “Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid 255 “In balmy sweat; which with his beams the sun
“Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
Straight toward heaven my wond'ring eyes I turn'd, “ And gaz'd awhile the ample sky; till, rais'd
“ By quick instinctive motion, up I sprung, , 260 “ As thitherward endeav'ring, and upright
“ Stood on my feet. About me round I saw
“ Creatures that liv'd and mov'd, and walk'd, or flew; 265 “ Birds on the branches warbling: all things smild
“ With fragrance, and with joy my heart o'erflow'd.
“With supple joints, as lively vigour led :
“Knew not: to speak I tried, and forthwith spake;
'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,
that live and move, fair creatures ! tell, if
ye saw, how I came thus, how here? “Not of myself; by some great Maker then,
“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
“ From where I first drew air, and first beheld 285 “This happy light; when, answer none return'd,
“ On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers,
“ First found me, and with soft oppression seized
“My drowsed sense, untroubled, though I thought 290 “I then was passing to my former state,
“ Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve:
“ * 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
“ 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,'
“« This Paradise I give thee; count it thine 320 “ To till and keep, and of the fruit to eat:
“Of every tree that in the garden grows
“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,
“The day thou eat'st thereof,—my sole command 330
“ • Transgress'd,—inevitably thou shalt die;
“ The rigid interdiction, which resounds
“ Not to incur: but soon his clear aspéct
". Or live in sea, or air-beast, fish, and fowl.
“ • From thee their names, and pay thee feälty 345 " With low subjection: understand the same
«. Of fish within their watry residence;
“ As thus he spake, each bird, and beast, behold
“My sudden apprehension. But in these
“ And to the heavenly Vision thus presum'd:
Surpassest far my naming !-how may I
“I see not who partakes. In solitude
Or, all enjoying, what contentment find ?'
“ Thus I presumptuous; and the Vision bright, “ As with a smile more brighten'd, thus replied :
"• 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 “. Find pastime, and bear rule ; thy realm is large.'
“So spake the Universal Lord, and seem'd
My Maker, be propitious while I speak!
"• Can sort, what harmony, or true delight? 385 “ " Which must be mutual, in proportion due
“Giv'n and receiv'd; but, in disparity,
". All rational delight; wherein the brute
“So fitly them in pairs thou hast combin'd;
"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