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Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale :
When Adam thus to Eve: Fair Consort, th' bour
625 Yon flow'ry arbours, yonder alleys green, Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our scant manuring, and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth: Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums, 630 That lie bestrown unsightly and unsmooth, Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; Meanwhile, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest.
To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty' adorn'd: My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst, 635 Unargued, I obey; so God ordains ; God is thy law, thou mine; to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. With thee conversing I forget all time; All seasons and their change, all please alike. 640 Sweet is the breath of Morn, her rising sweet,
627. Walks in the first edition. 698. Manuring; in the sense of the French manæuvre, to mo nage or cullivaie. 640. The seasons of the day, not of the year, are here meant.
With charm of earliest birds ; pleasant the Sun,
To whom our general ancestor reply'd :
646. A very ingenious essay has been written, by whom I forget, to shew that the ancients considered the nightingale's song cheer: ful.
661. Those is read in some editions. 671. Milton's affectation of learning has been mentioned ans objected to. I venture, however, to observe, though he may seem to bave erred when such passages in his poem are subjected to the severe and particularizing eye of a critic, that, taken as a whole, its graudeur and splendid effect upon the mind would have been considerably less, had these appliances of a high knowledge been unemployed in it, illustration.
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass'd
690 Chosen by the Sov’reign Planter, when he framed All things to Man's delightful use. The roof Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf : on either side 695 Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub Fenced up the verdant wall; each beauteous flow'r, Iris all hues, roses, and jessamine, Rear'd high their flourish'd heads between, and Mosaic: underfoot the violet,
[wrought Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay
701 Broider'd the ground, more colour'd than with stone Of costliest emblem. Other creature here, Beast, bird, insect, or worm, durst enter none: Such was their awe of Man. In shadier bower 705 More sacred and sequester'd, though but feign'd, Pan or Sylvanus never slept, nor Nymph Nor Faunus haunted. Here, in close recess, With flowers, garlands, and sweet-smelling herbs, Espoused Eve deck'd first her nuptial bed, 710 And heav'nly choirs the hymenean sang, What day the genial Angel to our sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely than Pandora, whom the Gods Endow'd with all their gifts: and 0 too like 715
700. Homer, Il. xiv. 347. 714. Pandora, the fable of Pandora's box needs no explanation, - futhentic fine, the original, and prototype, or the source of earthly tire, -Unwiser is not a comparative here, but means ver unnoise
In sad event, when to th' unwiser son
Thus at their shady lodge arrived, both stood, 720
725 Which we in our appointed work employ'd Have finish’d, happy in our mutual help And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss Ordain'd by thee; and this delicious place For us too large, where thy abundance wants 730 Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground. But thou hast promised from us two a race To fill the earth, who shall with us extol Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep. 735
This said unanimous, and other rites Observing none, but adoration pure Which God likes best, into their inmost bower Handed they went; and eased the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear, 740 Straight side by side were laid ; nor turn'd I ween Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Mysterious of connubial love refused : Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity, and place, and innocence,
745 Defaming as impure what God declares Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. Our Maker bids increase ; who bids abstain But our Destroyer, foe to God and Man? Hail wedded Love, mysterious law, true source 750 Of human offspring, sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else. By thee adult'rous lust was driven from men, Among the bestial herds to range; by thee, Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, 755
746. In allusion to 1 Tim. iv. 1, 2, 3. 750. This apostrophe is said to be borrowed from one of Tango letters. Mysterious: See Eph. V. 32.
Relations dear, and all the charities
Now had Night measured with her shadowy cone Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault, And from their ivory port the Cherubim Forth issuing at th' accustom'd hour, stood arm'd To their nightwatches in warlike parade, 780 When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake :
Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast the south With strictest watch ; these other wheel the north; Our circuit meets full west. As flame they part; Half wheeling to the shield, half to the spear. 785 From these, two strong and subtle Spirits he call'd That near him stood, and gave them thus in charge :
Ithuriel and Zephon, with wing'd speed Search thro' this garden; leave unsearch'd no nook; But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge, Now laid perhaps asleep, secure of barm. 791 This
from the Sun's decline arrived 756. The charities; the affections called forth by the different relations of life.
761. Heb. xiii. 4. 769. Serenale: Milton follows the Italian in his spelling.
Starred; cold, unaccepted. 782. Uzziel, the strength of God.
784. See Heb. chap. i. 786. Ithuriel, the discovery of God. Zephon, a secret,
or searcher of secrets,