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With our own hands his office on ourselves.
She ended here, or vehement despair
Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To argue in thee something more sublime And excellent than what thy mind contemns; 1019 But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes That excellence thought in thee, and implies, Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret For loss of life and pleasure overloved. Or if thou covet death, as utmost end
1024 Of misery, so thinking to evade The penalty pronounced, doubt not but God Hath wiselier arm’d his vengeful ire than so To be forestallid : much more I fear lest death So snatch'd will not exempt us from the pain 1025 We are by doom to pay: rather such acts Of contumacy' will provoke the Highest To make death in us live. Then let us seek Some safer resolution, which methinks I have in view, calling to mind with heed 1030 Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise The Serpent's head. Piteous amends ! unless Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foe Satan, who in the serpent hath contrived Against us this deceit. To crush his head 1035 Would be revenge indeed : which will be lost By death brought on ourselves, or childless days Resolved, as thou proposest ; so our foe Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we Instead, shall double ours upon our heads. 1040 No more be mention'd then of violence Against ourselves, and wilful barrenness, That cuts us off from hope, and savours only Rancour and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God and his just yoke 1049
Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild
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 commodiously this life, sustain'd By him with many comforts, till we end In dust: our final rest and native bome.
1085 What better can we do, than to the place Repairing where he judged us, prostrate fall
1069. Diurnal star, the sun.
1095. Tine, to light or kindle.
Before him, reverent, and there confess
So spake our father penitent: nor Eve
'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 Adanı future things: Michael's coming down. Adam shews to Eve certain ominous signs; he discerus Michael's approach; goes out to meet him : the Angel denounces their departure. Eve's lamentation. Adam pleads, but submits : The Ansel leads him up to a high hill; sets before him in vision what shall happen üll the flood. Thus they in lowliest plight, repentant, stood Praying ; for from the mercy-seat above Prevenient grace descending, had removed The stony from their hearts, and made new flesh Regenerate grow instead, that sighs now breathed 5 Unutterable, which the Spirit of prayer Inspired, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight Than loudest oratory: yet their port Not of mean suitors, nor important less Seem'd their petition, than when th' ancient pair 10 In fables old, less ancient yet than these,
1092. Humiliation, the act of humbling, not humility. 4. A verbal critic might ! think find fault with this and the fol lowing line, in which there are three words used to express one idea, new, regenerate, and instead.
Deucalion and chaste Pyrrha, to restore
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
To whom the Father, without cloud, serene : 45 Al thy request for Man, accepted Son, Obtain : all thy request was my decree. But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
12. Deucalion ard his wife, it is said by the poets, were the only remains of the human race left after the flood, which hap pened in their time. This fable had evidently its origin in a traestionary account of the great deluge.-Themis was the goddea of justice. See Ovid, Met. i. 318.
16. Vugabond, from the Latin vago, to wander. 33. John ij. 1, 2,
38. Levit. iil. S 44. John xvii. 21, 22.
The law I gave to nature him forbids :
60 Till I provided death; so death becomes His final remedy, and after life, Tried in sharp tribulation, and refined By faith and faithful works to second life, Waked in the renovation of the just
65 Resigns him up with Heav'n and Earth renew'd. But let us call to synod all the Blest Through Heav'n's '
wide bounds; from them I will not hide My judgments, how with mankind I proceed, As how with peccant Angels late they saw,
70 And in their state, tho' firm, stood more confirm’d.
He ended; and the Son gave signal high
80 Hasted, resorting to the summons high, And took their seats; till from his throne supreme Th’ Almighty thus pronounced his Sor'reign will:
O Sons ! like one of us Man is become, To know both good and evil, since his taste 85 Of that defended fruit! but let him boast His knowledge of good lost, and evil got:
74. Exod. xx 18. 1 Thess. iv. 16. 82. Rev. Iv. 4. xi. 16. Matt. xix. 28.
84. Gen. iii. 2 86. Defended, like the French defendre, to forhid.