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By me encamp'd 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 calm'd 595
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,
Tho 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 cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.

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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, 611
Which he hath sent propitious, some great good
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,

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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 banish'd hence.
This further consolation yet secure

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

So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard
Well pleased, but answer'd not : for now too nigh 625
The Archangel stood; and, from the other hill
To their fix'd station, all in bright array
The Cherubim descended; on the ground

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Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Risen from a river o'er the marish glides,

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And gathers ground fast at the labourer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanced,
The brandish'd sword of God before them blazed,
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat
And vapour, as the Libyan air adust,

635 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 cliffs first To the subjected plain ; thon 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 With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms: Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wiped them soon; The world was all before them, where to choose 646 Their place of rest, and Providence their guide : They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.

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