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Satan with his perverted world, then raise
He ended; and thus Adam last reply'd.
To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd. This having learn’d, thou hast attain’d the sum 575
Of wisdom ; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th' ethereal
powers, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, 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 call?d charity, the soul Of all the rest; then wilt thou not be loath 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, 590 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 Portending good, and all her spirits compos’d 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 :
589 speculation] So in Par. Reg. iv. 236.
“this specular mount.' Richardson.
That ye may live, which will be many days,
He ended, and they both descend the hill ;
carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd, By me the promis'd seed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh 625 Th’archangel stood, and from the other hill To their fix'd station all in bright array
615 In me] Virg. Eclog. iii. 52.
In me mora non erit ulla.' Newton.
The cherubim descended; on the ground
630 glides] See Dante Il Purgat. c. v. 37.
• Vapori accesi non vid' io sì tosto
Nè sol calando in nuvole d'Agosto.' 635 vapour] Hor. Epod. iii. 15.
Nec tantus unquam siderum insedit vapor
Richardson. 635 air adust] Tasso Gier. Lib. vii. 52.
«Qual con le chiome sanguinose horrende
Splendor cometa suol per l' aria adusta. Bowle. 643 brand] Sword. Gen. i. 24. Blade, xi. 120. Bentl. MS.
The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide. They, hand in hand, with wand’ring steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.
646 world] Shakesp. Rich. II. act i. sc. 3.
all the world's my way.' Johnson.
• A small but artful paradise they walk’d,
And hand in hand sad gentle things they talk'd.' See Cowley's Davideis, p. 20.
648 wandring] Wearied. Careful. Social. Bentl. MS.