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- Of God the garden was, by him in th'east
240 Flow'rs, worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art In beds and curious knots, but Nature boon Pour'd forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain, Both where the morning Sun first warmly smote The open field, and where the unpierced shade 245
209. Gen. fi. 8. Seleucia, a city on the river Tigris, built by one of Alexander's successors.-Telassar was a country on the borders of Assyria.-See lsa. xxxvii. 12.
233. Gen. ii. 10. 238. So Pactolus, Hermus, &c. are said to have rolled over gold 11 genis.
Imbrown'd the noontide bow'rs. Thus was this place
270 Was gather'd, which cost Ceres all that pain To seek her through the world, nor that sweet grove Of Daphne by Orontes, and th' inspired Castalian spring, might with this Paradise Of Eden strive; nor that Nyseian isle
275 Girt with the river Triton, where old Cham, Whom Gentiles Ammon call and Lybian Jove, Hid Amalthea and her florid son Young Bacchus from his step-dame Rhea's eye ; Nor where Abassin kings their issue guard, 280 Mount Amara, though this by some supposed
246. Imbrown'd, from the Italian. 256. Bentley objects to this passage as puerile, but in his usual spirit of hypercriticism.
266. Pan was a symbol of nature among the ancients. The graces of mythological allusion were never more beautifully employed than in the whole of this passage.
281. Mount Amara was where the Abyssinian kings kept their children guarded. It was inclosed with alabaster rocks, which it Inok a day to ascend.
True Paradise under the Ethiop line
305 Dishevell’d, but in wanton ringlets waved As the vine curls her tendrils ; which imply'd Subjection, but required with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best received; Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, 310 And sweet reluctant amorous delay. Nor those mysterious parts were then conceal'd, Then was not guilty shame, dishonest shame Of Nature's works, honour dishonourable, Sin-bred, how have ye troubled all mankind 315 With shows instead, mere shows of seeming pure, And banish'd from man's life his happiest life, Simplicity and spotless innocence ! So pass'd they naked on, nor shunn'd the sight Of God or Angel, for they thought no ill. 320 So hand in hand they pass'd, the loveliest pair That ever since in love's embraces met ;
299, Dr. Bentley dax proposed with propriety, the reading af and instead of in in this line.
Adnm the goodliest man of men since born
355 When Satan still in gaze, as first he stood, Scarce thus at length fail'd speech recover'd sad :
O Hell ! what do mine eyes with grief behold I Into our room of bliss thus high advanced Creatures of other mould, earth-born perhaps, 360 Not Spirits, yet to heav'nly Spirits bright Little inferior; whom my thougbts pursue With wonder, and could love, so lively shines In them divine resemblance, and such grace
362. Ps. viii. 5. Heb. 11. 7.
The Hand that form'd them on their shape bath pour'd.
365 Ah, gentle pair, ye little think how nigh Your change approaches, when all these deligh* Will vanish and deliver ye to woe, More woe, the more your taste is now of joy: Happy, but for so happy ill secured
370 Long to continue, and this high seat your Heav'n Jll fenced for Heav'n to keep out such a foe As now is enter'd ; yet no purposed foe To you, whom I could pity thus forlorn Though I unpitied : League with you I seek, 375 And mutual amity so strait, so close, That I with you must dwell, or you with me Henceforth. My dwelling haply may not please, Like this fair Paradise, your sense ; yet such Accept your Maker's work ; he gave it me, • 380 Which I as freely give : Hell shall unfold, To entertain you two, her widest gates, And send forth all her kings; there will be room, Not like these narrow limits, to receive Your num'rous offspring ; if no better place, 385 Thank him who puts me loath to this revenge On you who wrong me not, for him who wrong'd. And should I at your harmless innocence Melt, as I do, yet public reason just, Honour and empire with revenge enlargea,
390 By conqu’ring this new world, compels me now To do what else, though damn'd, I should abhor
So spake the Fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his dev’lish deeds. Then from his lofty stand on that high tree 396 Down he alights among the sportful herd Of those four-footed kinds, himself now one, Now other, as their shape served best his end Nearer to view his prey, and unespy'd To mark what of their state he more might learn 400 By word or action mark'd; about them round A lion now he stalks with fiery glare; Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spy'd In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play, Straight couches close, then rising changes oft 405 His couchant watch, as one who chose Lis ground