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Of Heaven's high-seated top, the imperial throne
Hath Omnipresence), and the work ordain'd,
Thy power! what thought can measure thee, or tongue
Than from the giant Angels: Thee that day
Is greater than created to destroy.
Who can impair thee, Mighty King, or bound
To manifest the more thy might: his evil
Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy Men,
And worship him; and in reward to rule
From the beginning; that posterity,
Inform'd by thee, might know: If else thou seek'st Aught, not surpassing human measure, say.
DRAWN BY RICHARD WESTALL R.A. ENGRAVED BY WILLIAM FINDEN: PUBLISHED BY JOHN SHARPE, PICCADILLY.
AUG. 24. 1816.
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam assents: and, still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own creation; his placing in Paradise; his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society; his first meeting and nuptials with Eve; his discourse with the Angel thereupon; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
THE Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear;
The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd
Things, else by me unsearchable; now heard
With glory attributed to the high
Creator! Something yet of doubt remains,