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A All secrets of the Deep, all Nature's works, Paradise Or works of God in heaven, air, earth, or sea. And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst, And all the rule, one empire. Only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable; add faith; Add virtue, patience, temperance; add love, By name to come called Charity, the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loth To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. Let us descend now, therefore, from this top Of speculation; for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence; and, see! the guards, By me encamped on yonder hill, expect Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword, In signal of remove, waves fiercely round. We may no longer stay. Go, waken Eve; Her also I with gentle dreams have calmed, Portending good, and all her spirits composed To meek submission: thou, at season fit, Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard— Chiefly what may concern her faith to know, The great deliverance by her seed to come (For by the Woman's Seed) on all mankind— That ye may live, which will be many days, Both in one faith unanimous; though sad With cause for evils past, yet much more cheered With meditation on the happy end.'


He ended, and they both descend the hill. Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve Lay sleeping ran before, but found her waked; And thus with words not sad she him received:Whence thou return'st and whither went'st I know;



For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise, Last
Which he hath sent propitious, some great good look on
Presaging, since, with sorrow and heart's distress
Wearied, I fell asleep. But now lead on ;
In me is no delay; with thee to go
Is to stay here; without thee here to stay
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heaven, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banished hence.
This further consolation yet secure

I carry hence though all by me is lost,
Such favour I unworthy am voutsafed,
By me the Promised Seed shall all restore.'


So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard
Well pleased, but answered not; for now too nigh
The Archangel stood, and from the other hill
To their fixed station, all in bright array,
The Cherubim descended, on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Risen from a river o'er the marish glides,
And gathers ground fast at the labourer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanced,
The brandished sword of God before them


Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapour as the Libyan air adust,
Began to parch that temperate clime; whereat
In either hand the hastening Angel caught
Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain-then disappeared. 640
They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Waved over by that flaming brand; the gate

Paradise With dreadful faces thronged and fiery arms. is lost Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped

them soon;

The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and

Through Eden took their solitary way.



Abarim, a mountain range in Moab, of which Nebo was the highest peak. Abassin, Abyssinian. Abbana, a river flowing through Damascus. abide, pay for, iv. 87. abortive, full of abortive or monstrous things, ii. 441. Accaron, Ekron, one of the five chief cities of the Philistines.

Acheron, River of Woe, one of the rivers of the infernal regions in Greek mythology.

Achilles, the great hero of the Grecian army before Troy, described in Homer's Iliad. Ades, or Hades, Greek name of the king of the infernal regions, or the place itself. admire, wonder, i. 690. Adonis, a river rising in Lebanon, whose waters in flood were tinged with red. The name was applied to Aphrodite's lover, a beautiful youth, whose death was celebrated each year by a dramatic feast, when 'Gardens of Adonis' were planted in honour. Adramelech, 'mighty king,' an idol worshipt in Samaria.


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Aialon (Ajalon), a valley near Jerusalem, where Joshua defeated the Canaanites.

Aladule, Armenia, so called from its last king Aladules.

Alcairo, Cairo, the modern city built near the ruins of Memphis.

alchymy, a composite metal, so called because made by the alchemists, ii. 517. Alcides, Hercules (Herakles), who received from his wife a robe dipt in venom, which burnt his flesh and killed him. Alcinous, King of Scheria, a fabulous land of plenty described in Homer. His famous garden is described in Odyssey, Bk. vii. Almansor, Caliph of Bag. dad, a famous conqueror. Amalthea, according to one legend beloved of Ammon, and mother of Bacchus.


Amara, a mountain where | the Abyssinian kings kept their children safe. amarant, properly an adj., | unfading, iii. 352. amarantine, unfading, (amaranth is a flowername), xi. 78. Amazons, a race of female warriors. ambrosia, 'immortality,' the mythological food of the gods, v. 57. ambrosial, immortal, ii. 245. Ammon, a god who had an oracle in Libya (Jupiter Ammon). Ammonian Jove, a Libyan deity. Alexander the Great liked to be thought the son of this deity, and there was a legend to that effect. Amphisbæna, a serpent supposed to have a head at each end, x. 524. Amram's son, Moses. amused, astonished, musing, vi. 581.

Andromeda, a constellation. Beneath it is a sign of the Zodiac called the Ram, which is therefore said to bear it, iii. 558. Angola, on W. coast of Africa.

Ausonian land, Italy. Aonian mount, Helicon in Boeotia, home of the Muses.

arbitress, spectator, i. 785. ardors, seraphim, a translation of the Hebrew word for seraph, v. 249. areed, advise, iv. 249. Argestes, N.-W. wind.

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Argo, a mythical vessel that carried the heroes in search of the Golden Fleece.

Argob, later called Trachonitis, a volcanic region in Bashan.


Argus, a guardian set by Hera to watch Io; he had eyes all over his body. Hermes sent him to sleep with the music of his pipe and killed him. Ariel, 'lion of God.' Aries, the Ram, a sign of the Zodiac. Arimaspian, fabulous tribe of one-eyed men, supposed to steal gold from the griffins, who dug it up. Arioch, 'fierce lion.' Armoric, Breton. Arnon, river forming the boundary between Moab and Ammon. Aroar, a city on the Arnon. Ascalon, one of the five chief

cities of the Philistines. Ashtaroth, pl. of Ashtoreth (Astarte), the female deity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites.

Asmadai, a name of Asmodeus. Asmodeus, an evil spirit who loved one Sara. She wedded seven husbands, all of whom Asmodeus killed. Then Tobias, son of Tobit, wedded her, and instructed by Raphael, burnt the heart and liver of a fish, at smelling of which Asmodeus fled away to Egypt, where he was bound by Raphael.

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