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The day from night; and let them be for signs
For seasons, and for days, and circling years;
And let them be for lights, as I ordain
Their office in the firmament of Heaven,
To give light on the Earth;’ and it was so. [use
And God made two great lights, great for their
To Man, the greater to have rule by day,
The less by night, altern; and made the stars,
And set them in the firmament of Heaven
To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day
In their vicissitude, and rule the night,
And light from darkness to divide. God saw,
Surveying his greatwork, that it was good:
For of celestial bodies first the Sun
A mighty sphere he fram’d, unlightsome first,
Though of ethereal mould: then form'd the
Globose, and every magnitude of stars, [Moon
And sow'd with stars the Heaven, thick as a
oflight by far the greater part he took, [field;
Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd
In the Sun's orb, made porous to receive
And drink the liquid light; firm to retain
Her gather'd beams, great palace now of light.
Hither, as to their fountain, other stars
Repairing, in their golden urns draw light,
And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns;
By tincture or reflection they augment
Their small peculiar, though from human sight
Sofar remote, with diminution seen.
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,
Regent of day, and all the horizon round
Invested with bright rays, jocund to run [gray
His longitude through Heaven's high road; the
Dawn, and the Pleiades, before him danc'd,
Shedding sweet influence: less bright the
But opposite in levell'd west was set, [Moon,
His mirrour, with full face borrowing her light
From him; for other light she needed mone
In that aspéct, and still that distance keeps
Till night; then in the east her turn she shines,
Revolv'd on Heaven's great axle, and her reign
With thousand lesser lights dividual holds,
With thousand thousand stars, that then ap-
pear'd
Spangling the hemisphere: then first adorn'd
With their bright luminaries that set and rose,
Glad evening and glad morn crown'd the fourth
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** And § said, ‘Let the waters generate
Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul :
And let fowl fly above the Earth, with wings
Display'd on the open firmament of Heaven.”
And God created the great whales, and each
Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously
The waters generated by their kinds;
And every bird of wing after his kind;
And saw that it was good, and bless'd them,
“Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, [saying,
And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill :
And let the fowl be multiplied, on the Earth.”
Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and
With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals [bay,
Of fish that with their fins, and shining scales,
Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft
Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate,
Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through
groves
}f coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance,
how to the Sun their wav'd coats dropt with gold;

Or, in their pearly shells at ease, attend
Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food
In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal,
And bended dolphins play: parthuge of bulk
Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait,
Tempest the ocean: thereleviathan,
Hugest of living creatures, on the deep
Stretch'd like a promontory sleeps or swims,
And seems a moving land; and at his gills
Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out, a sea.
Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores,
Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg
that soon
Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd
Their callow young; but feather'd soon and
fledge [sublime,
They summ'd their pens; and, soaring the air
With clang despis'd the ground, under a cloud
In prospect; there the eagle and the stork
On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build:
Part loosely wing the region, part more wise
In common, rang'd in figure, wedge their way,
Intelligent of seasons, and set forth
Their aery caravan, high overseas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing
Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane
Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air
Floats as they pass, fann'd with unnumber'd
plumes: [song
From branch to branch the smaller birds with
Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings
Till even; nor then the solemn nightingale
Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd her soft lays:
Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bath'd
Their downy breast; the swan with arched neck,
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit
The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower
The mid ačreal sky: others on ground
Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clario-
sounds
The silent hours, and the other whose gay train
Adorns him, colour'd with the floridhue
Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus
With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl,
Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day.
“The sixth, and of creation last, arose
With evening harps and matin; when God said,
“Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind,
Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of the
Earth, [straight
Each in their kind. The Earth obey'd, and
Opening her fertile womb teem'd at a birth
Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms,
Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground up

rose, As from his lair, the wild beast, where he wors In forest wild, in thicket, brake, er den; Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'du The cattlé in the fields and meadows green: Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung. The grassy clods now calv’d; now half appeard The tawny lion, pawing to get free [bonds, His hinder parts, then springs, as broke from And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole [ouma, Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: the swift stag from underground

Rore up his branching head: scarce from his
mould
Behemoth, biggestborn of Earth, upheav'd[rose,
His vastness: fleec'd the flocks and bleating
As plants: ambiguous between sea and land
The river-horse, and scaly crocodile.
At once cameforth whatevercreeps the ground,
Insector worm: those wav'd their limber fans
For wings, and smallestlineaments exact
In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride,
With spots of gold and purple, azure and green:
These, as a line, their long dimension drew,
Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all
Minims of nature; some of serpent-kind,
Wonderous in length and corpulence, involv'd
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident
Of future; in small room large heart enclos'd;
Pattern of just equality perhaps
Hereafter, join’d in her popular tribes
Of commonalty: swarming next appear'd
The female bee, that feeds her husband drone
Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells
With honey stor'd: the rest are numberless,
And thou their natures know'st, and gav'st them
names,
Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown
The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field,
Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Notnoxious, but obedientatthy call.
“Now Heaven in all her glory shone, and roll’d
Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand
First wheel'd their course: Earth in her rich
attire
Consummate lovely smil'd; air, water, earth,
By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was
walk’d
Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd:
There wanted yet the master-work, the end
Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone
And brute as other creatures, but endued
With sanctity of reason, might erect
His stature, and upright with frontserene
Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence
Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven,
But grateful to acknowledge whence his good
Descends, thisher with heart, and voice, and eyes
Directed in devotion, to adore [chief
And worship God Supreme, who made him
Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent
Eternal Father (for where is not he
Present?) thus to his Son audibly spake.
“‘Let us make now Manin our image, Man
Inour similitude, and let them rule
Over the fish and fowl of sea and air,
Beast of the field, and over all the Earth,
d every creeping thing that creeps the
- ground.” [Man,
This said, he form'd thee, Adam, thee, O
Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils breath'd
The breath of life; in his own image he
Created thee, in the image of God
Express; and thou becam'st a living soul.
Male he created thee; but thy consórt [said,
Female, for race; then bless'd mankind, and
'Refruitful, multiply, and fill the Earth.”
Sabdue it, and throughout dominion hold
*r fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,

And every living thing that moves on the Earth.
Wherever thus created, for no place
Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'st,
He brought thee into this delicious grove,
This garden, planted with the trees of God,
Delectable both to behold and taste ;
And freely all their pleasant fruit for food
Gave thee; all sorts are here that all the Earth
Variety without end; but of the tree, [yields,
Which, tasted, works knowledge of good and
evil, [diest;
Thou may’st not; in the day thou eat'st, thou
Death is the penalty imposed; beware,
And govern well thy appetite; lest Sin
Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death.
“Here finished he, and all that he had made
View'd, and behold all was entirely good;
So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth day:
Yet not till the Creator from his work
Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd,
Up to the Heaven of Heavens, his high abode;
Thence to behold this new created world,
The addition of his empire, how it show'd
In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
Answering his great idea. Up he rode
Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound
Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that tun'd
Angelic harmonies: the Earth, the air
Resounded, (thou remember'st, for thou
heard'st,)
The Heavens and all the constellations rung,
The planets in their station listening stood,
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant.
‘Open, ye everlasting gates!' they sung,
‘Open, ye Heavens' your living doors; let in
The great Creator from his work return'd
Magnificent, his six days work, a world;
Open, and henceforth oft; for God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men,
Delighted; and with frequent intercourse
Thither will send his winged messengers
On errands of supermal grace.” So sung [ven,
The glorious train ascending: he through Hea-
That open'd wide her blazing portals, led
To God's eternal house direct the way;
A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold
And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear,
Seen in the galaxy, that milkyway,
Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou seest
Powder'd with stars. And now on Earth the
Evening arose in Eden, for the Sun [seventh
Wasset, and twilight from the east came on,
Forerunning night; when at the holy mount
Of Heaven's high-seated top, the imperial
throne
Of Godhead fix’d for ever firm and sure,
The Filial Power arriv'd, and sat him down
With his great Father for he also went
Invisible, yet staid, (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd,
Author and End of all things; and, from work
Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the seventh
As resting on that day from all his work, [day,
But not in silence holy kept: the harp
Had work and rested not; the solemn pipe,
And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
All sounds on fretby string or golden wire,
Temper'd soft tunings, intermix'd with voice
Choral or unison; of incense clouds,

Fuming from golden censers, hid the mount. Creation and the six days acts they sung : * Great are thy works, Jehovah' infinite Thy power' what thought can measure thee, or tongue Relate thee? Greater now in thy return Than from the giant angels: thee that day Thy thunders magnified; but to create Is greater than created to destroy. Who can impair thee, Mighty King, or bound Thy empire? easily the proud attempt Of spirits apostate, and their counsels vain, Thou hast repell'd; while impiously they thought Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks To lessen thee, against his purpose serves To manifest the more thy might: his evil Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good. Witness this new-made world, another Heaven From Heaven-gate not far, founded in view On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea; Of amplitude almost immense, with stars Numerous, and every star perhaps a world Of destin'd habitation; but thou know'st Their seasons: among these the seat of men, Earth, with her nether ocean circumfus'd, Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy men, [vanc'd : And sons of men, whom God hath thus adCreated in his image there to dwell And worship him; and in reward to rule Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air, And multiply a race of worshippers Holy and just : thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright !” “So sung they, and the empyrean rung With halleluiahs: thus was sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd How first this world and faceof things began, And what before thy memory was done From the beginning; that posterity, Inform'd by thee, might know: if else thou seek'st Aught not surpassing human measure, say.”

PMRADISE LOST.
BOOK VIII.
The Arcument.

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

80 charming left his voice, that he a while

Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear;

Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully replied. “What thanks sufficient, or what recompense Equal, have I to render thee, divine Historian, who thus largely hastallay’d The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsafd This friendly condescension to relate Things else by me unsearchable; now heard With wonder, but delight, and, as is due, With glory attribâted to the high Creator Sofmething yet of doubt remains, Which only thy solution can resolve. When I behold this goodly frame, this world, Of Heaven and Earth consisting; and compute Their magnitudes; this Earth a spot, a grain, An atom, with the firmament compar'd And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll Spaces incomprehensible, (for such Their distance argues, and their swift return Diurnal,) merely to officiate light Round this opacous Earth, this punctual spot, One day and night; in all their vast survey Useless besides; reasoning I oft admire, How Nature wise and frugal could commit Such disproportions, with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create, Greater so manifold, to this one use, For aught appears, and on their orbs impose Such restless revolution day by day Repeated ; while the sedentary Earth, That better might with far less compass move, Serv'd by more noble than herself, attains Her end without least motion, and receives, Astribute, such a sumless journey brought Of incorporeal speed, her warmth and light; Speed, to describe whose swiftness number fails.” So spake our sire, and by his countenance seem'd ... [Eve Entering on studious thoughts abstruse; which Perceiving, where she sat retird in sight, With lowliness majestic from her seat,

: And grace that won who saw to wish her stay,

Rose, and went forth among her fruits and flowers, * To visit how they prosper'd, bud and bloom, Her nursery; they at her coming sprung, And, touch'd by her fair tendance, gladlier grew. Yet went she not, as not with such discourse Delighted, or not capable her ear of Of what was high : such pleasure she reserv'd, Adam relating, she sole auditress : . Her husband the relater she preferr'd Before the angel, and of him to ask Chose rather; he, she knew, would intermix Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute With conjugal caresses: from his lip Not words alone pleas'd her. O ! when meetnew Such pairs, in love and mutual honour join'd? With goddess-like demeanour forth she went, Not unattended ; for on her, as queen, A pomp of winning graces waited still, And from about her shot darts of desire Into all eyes, to wish her still in sight. And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt propos'd, Benevolent and facile thus replied. “Toask or search, I blame thee not; for Heaves Is as the book of God before thee set, Wherein to read his wondrous works, and learn His seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years: This to attain, whether Heaven move or Earth,

mports not, if thou reckon right; the rest rom man orangel the great Architect lid wisely to conceal, and not divulge is secrets to be scann’d by them who ought ather admire; or, if they list to try onjecture, he his fabric of the Heavens Iath left to their disputes, perhaps to move Islaughter at their quaint opinions wide lereafter; when they come to model Heaven ind calculate the stars, how they will wield he mighty frame; how build, unbuild, contrive o save appearances; how gird the sphere With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er, ycle and epicycle, orb in orb: lready by thy reasoning this I guess, Who art to lead thy offspring, and supposest hat bodies bright and greater should not serve he less not bright, nor Heaven such journeys arth sitting still, when she alone receives [run, he benefit: consider first, that great or brightinfers not excellence: the Earth hough, in comparison of Heaven, so small, or glistering, may of solid good contain Iöre plenty than the Sun that barren shines; Whose virtue on itself works no effect, out in the fruitful Earth; there first receiv'd, sis beams, unactive else, their vigour find. ‘et not to Earth are those bright luminaries ifficious; but to thee, Earth's habitant. ad for the Heaven's wide circuit, let it speak he Maker's high magnificence, who built o spacious, and his line stretch'd out so far, That man may know he dwells not in his own; in edifice too large for him to fill, odg’d in a small partition; and the rest Modain’d for uses to his Lord best known. he swiftness of those circles àttribute, hough numberless, to his omnipotence, hat to corporeal substances could add [slow, peed almost spiritual: me thou think'st not Who since the morning-hour set out from Heaven Where God resides, and ere mid-day arriv'd. n Eden; distance inexpressible y numbers that have name. But this I urge, dmitting motion in the Heavens, to show rvalid that which thee to doubt it mov’d; 'ot that I so affirm, though so it seem othee who hast thy dwelling here on Earth. od, to remove his ways from human sense, lac'd Heaven from Earth so far, that earthly sight, fit presume, mighterr in things too high, ind no advantage gain. What if the Sun e centre to the world; and other stars, y his attractive virtue and their own ncited, dance about him various rounds 2 "heir wandering course now high, now low, then hid, *rogressive, retrograde, or standing still, n six thouseest; and what if seventh to these The planet Earth, so stedfast though she seem, nsensibly three different motions move 2 Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities; Drsave the Sun his labour, and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb suppos'd, nvisible else above all stars, the wheel of day and night; which needs not thy belief,

If Earth, industrious of herself, fetch day
Travelling east, and with her part averse
From the Sun's beam meet night, her other part
Still luminous by his ray. What if that light,
Sentirom her through the wide transpicuous air,
To the terrestrial Moon be as a star, -
Enlightening her by day as she by night
This Earth reciprocal if land be there,
Fields and inhabitants: her spots thou seest
As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce
Fruits in her soften’d soil, for some to eat
Allotted there; and other sums perhaps,
With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry,
Communicating male and female light ;
which two great sexes animate the world,
Stor'd in each orb perhaps with some that live,
For such vast room in Nature unpossess'd
By living soul, desert, and desolate,
only to shine, yet scarce to cóntribute
Each orb a glimpse of light, convey’d so far
Down to this habitable, which returns
Light back to them, is obvious to dispute.
But whether thus these things, or whether not;
Whether the Sun, predominant in Heaven,
Rise on the Earth; or Earth rise on the Sun';
He from the east his flaming road begin ;
Or she from west her silent course advance,
With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps
On her soft axle, while she paces even,
And bears thee soft with the smooth air along;
Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid ;
Leave them to God above; him serve, and fear !
Of other creatures, as him pleases best,
Wherever plac'd, let him dispose; joy thou
In what he gives to thee, this Paradise
And thy fair Eve; Heaven is for thee too high
To know what passes there; be lowly wise:
Think only what concerns thee, and thy being;
Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there
Live, in what state, condition, or degree;

1Contented that thus far hath been reveal’d

Not of Earth only, but of highest Heaven.”
To whom thus Adam, clear'd of doubt, replied.
“How fully hast thou satisfied me, pure
Intelligence of Heaven, angel serene !
And freed from intričacies, taught to live
The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts
To interrupt the sweet of life, from which
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares, .
And not molest us ; unless we ourselves
Seek them with wandering thoughts, and no-
But apt the mind or fancy is to rove [tions vain.
Uncheck'd, and of her roving is no end;
Till warn'd, or by experience taught, she learn,
That not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle; but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
is the prime wisdom: what is more, is fume,
Or emptiness, or fond impertinence:
And renders us, in things that most concern,
Unpractis'd, unprepard, and still to seek.
Therefore from this high pitch let us descend
A lower flight, and speak of things at hand
Useful; whence, haply, mention may arise
Of something not unseasonable to ask,
By sufferance, and thy wonted favour, deign'd.
Thee I have heard relating what was done
Ere my remembrance: now, hear me relate
My story, which perhaps thou hast not heard;

And day is not yet spent; till then thou seest
How subtly to detain thee I devise;
Inviting thee to hear while I relate;
Fond, wereit not in hope of thy reply:
For, while I sit with thee, I seem in Heaven;
And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear
Than fruits of palm-tree pleasantest to thirst
And hunger both, from labour at the hour
Of sweet repast; they satiate, and soon fill,
Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace
divine
Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety.”
To whom thus Raphael answer'd heavenly
meek.
“Nor are thy lips ungraceful, sire of men,
Nortongue ineloquent ; for God on thee
Abundantly his gifts hath also pour’d
Inward and outward both, his image fair:
Speaking, or mute, all comeliness and grace
Attends thee; and each word, each motion,
forms;
Nor less think we in Heaven of thee on Earth
Than of our fellow-servant, and inquire
Gladly into the ways of God with Man:
For God, we see, hath houour'd thee, and set
On Man his equal love: say therefore on;
For I that day was absent, as befel,
Bound on a voyage uncouth and obscure,
Far on excursion toward the gates of Hell;
Squar'd in full legion (such command we had)
To see that none thence issued forth a spy,
©r enemy, while God was in his work;
Lest he, incens'd at such eruption bold,
Destruction with creation might have mix’d.
Not that they durst without his leave attempt;
But us he sends upon his high behests
For state, as Sovran King; and to inure
Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut,
The dismal gates, and barricado'd strong;
But long ere our approaching heard within
Noise, other than the sound of dauce or song,
Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage,
Glad we return'd up to the coasts of light
Ere sabbath-evening: so we had in charge.
But thyrelation now; for I attend,
Pleas'd with thy words no less than thou with
mine.”
Sospake the godlike power, and thus our sire.
“For Man to tell how human life began
Is hard; for who himself beginning knew?
Ilesire with thee still longer to converse
Induc’d nie. As new wak'd from soundest sleep,
Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid,
In balmy sweat; which with his beams the Sun
Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
Straight toward Heaven my wondering eyes 1
turn'd,
And gaz'd a while the ample sky; till, rais'd
By quick instinctive motion, up I sprung,
As thitherward endeavouring, and upright
Stood on my feet: about me round I saw
Hill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains,
And liquid lapse of murmuring streams; by these,
Creatures that liv'd and mov’d, and walk'd, or
flew;
Thirdson the branches warbling; all things smil'd;
With fragrance and with joy my heart o'erflow'd.
Myself I then perus'd, and limb by limb
Survey'd, and sometimes went, and sometimes
ran

With supple joints, as lively vigour led:
But who I was, or where, or from what cause,
Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith

spake; My tongue obey'd, and readily could name Whate'er I saw. “Thou Sun,’ said I, ‘fair , light, And thou enlighten’d Earth, so fresh and gay, Ye hills, and dales, ye rivers, woods, plains, And ye that live and move, fair creatures, tell, Tell, if ye saw, how I came thus, how here?Not of myself;-by some great Maker then, In goodness and in power pre-eminent: Tell me, how may I know him, how adore, From whom I have that thus I move and live, And feel that I am happier than I know."While thus I call'd, and stray'd I knew not whither, From where 1 first drew air, and first beheld This happy light; when answer none return'd, On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers, Pensive I sat me down: there gentle sleep First found me, and with softop ion seiz'd My drowsed sense, untroubled, though I thought I then was passing to my former state Insensible, and forthwith to dissolve: When suddenly stood at my head a dream, Whose inward apparition gently mov’d Myfancy to believe I yet had being, [divine, And liv'd : one came, methought, of shape And said, “Thy mansion wants thee, Adam; rise, First man, of men innumerable ordain’d First father! call'd by thee, I come thy guide To the Garden of Bliss, thy seat d.” So saying, by the hand he took me rais'd, And over fields and waters, as in air Smooth-sliding without step, last led me up A woody mountain; whose high top was plain, A circuit wide, enclos'd, with good liest trees Planted, with walks, and bowers; that what I saw [tree, Of Earth before scarce pleasant seem’d. Each Loaden with fairest fruit that hung to the eye Tempting, stirr'd in me sudden appetite To pluck and eat; whereat I wak'd, and found Beforc mine eyes all real, as the dream Had lively shadow’d: here had new begun My wandering, had nothe, who was my guide Up hither, from among the trees appeard, Presence Divine. Rejoicing, but with awe, In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss: he rear'd me, and sought'st I am,” Said mildly, “Author of all this thou seest Above, or round about thee, or beneath. This Paradise I give thee, count it thine To till and keep, and of the fruit to eat: Of every tree that in the garden grows Eat freely with glad heart; fear here no dearth: But of the tree whose operation brings Knowledge of good and ill, which I have set The pledge of thy obedience and thy faith, Amid the garden by the tree of life, Remember what I warn thee, shun to taste, And shun the bitter consequence: for know, The day thou eat'st thereof, my sole command Transgress'd, inevitably thou shalt die,

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