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Of rendering up, and patiently attend
My dissolution. Michaël reply'd :

Nor love thy life, nor hate : but what thou liv'it Live well, how long or short permit to Heav'n: And now prepare thee for another sight.

He look'd, and saw a spacious plain, whereon Were tents of various hue ; by some were herds Of cattle grazing; others, whence the sound Of instruments that made melodious chime 559 Was heard, of harp and organ; and who mov'd Their stops and chords was seen ; his volant touch Instinct through all proportion slow and high Fled and pursu'd transverse the resonant fugue. In other part stood one who at the forge Lab'ring, two massy clods of iron and brass Had melted, (whether found where casual fire Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Down to the veins of earth, thence gliding hot To some cave's mouth, or whether wash'd by

stream From under ground) the liquid ore he drain’d 570 Into fic moulds prepard ; from which he formid First his own tools; then, what might else be

wrought Fusil or grav’n in metal. After these, But on the hither side, a different sort From the high neighb’ring hills, which was their

seat, Down to the plain descended : by their guise Just men they seem'd, and all their study beat

To worship God aright, and know his works
Not hid, nor those things last which might preserve
Freedom and peace to men : they on the plain 580
Long had not walk'd, when from the tents behold
A bevy of fair women, richly gay
In gems and wanton dress; to th' harp they sung
Soft amorous ditties, and in dance came on:
The men, though grave, ey'd them, and let their

eyes
Rove without rein, till in the amorous net
Fast caught, they lik'd, and cach his liking chose;
And now of love they treat, till th' ev'ning star,
Love's harbinger, appear’d; then all in heat
They light the nuptial torch, and bid invoke 590
Hymen, then first to marriage rites invok'd:
With feast and music all the tents resound.
Such happy interview and fair event
Of love and youth not lost, songs, garlands, flowers,
And charming symphonies attach'd the heart
Of Adam, soon inclin'd to admit delight,
The bent of Nature; which he thus express'd:

True opener of mine eyes, prime Angel blest, Much better seems this vision, and more hope Of peaceful days portends than those two past; 600 Those were of hate and death, or pain much worse, Here Nature seems fulfill'd in all her ends.

To whom thus Michael : Judge not what is best By pleasure, though to Nature seeming meet, Created, as thou art, to nobler end Holy and pure, conformity divine,

Those tents thou saw'st so pleasant, were the teuts
Of wickedness, wherein shall dwell his race
Who slew his brother; studious they appear
Of arts that polish life, inventors rare, 610
Unmindful of their Maker, though his Spirit
Taught them, but they his gifts acknowledg'd none.
Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget : .
For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seem'd
Of goddesses, so blithe, so smooth, so gay,
Yet empty of all good, wherein consists
Woman's domestic honor and chief praise ;
Bred only and completed to the taste
Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance,
To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye.
To these that sober race of men, whose lives 621
Religious titled them the sons of God,
Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame
Ignobly, to the trains and to the smiles
Of these fair atheists, and now swim in joy,
Ere long to swim at large; and laugh, for which
The world ere long a world of tears must weep.

To whom thus Adam of short joy bereft;
O pity' and shame, that they, who to live well
Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread 630
Paths indirect, or in the mid-way faint !
But still I see the tenor of man's woe
Holds on the same, from woman to begin.

From man's effeminate slackness it begins, Said th’ Angel, who should better hold his place By wisdom and superior gifts receiv'd:

But now prepare thee for another, scene.

He look'd, and saw wide territory spread Before him, towns, and rural works between, Cities of men with lofiy gates and towers, 640 Concourse in arms, fierce faces threatning war, Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise ; Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed, Single or in array of battle rang'd Both horse and foot, nor idly must'ring stood; One way a band select from forage drives A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine From a fat meadow ground; or fleecy flock, Ewes and their bleating lambs, over the plain, Their booty ; scarce with life the shepherds fly, But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray : 651 With cruel tournament the squadrons join; Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies With carcasses and arms th' insanguin'd field Deserted : others to a city strong Lay siege, incamp'd; by battery, scale, and mine, Assaulting; others from the wall defend With dart and javelin, stones and sulphurous fire; On each hand slaughter and gigantic deeds. : In other part the scepter'd heralds call 660 To council in the city gates : anon Grey-headed men and grave, with warriors mix'd, Assemble, and harangues are heard, but soon In factious opposition, till at last Of middle age one rising, eminent In wise deport, spake much of right and wrong,

Of justice, of religion, truth, and peace,
And judgment from above: him old and young
Exploded and had seiz'd with violent hands,
Had not a cloud descending snatch'd him thence
Unseen amid the throng: so violence 671
Proceeded, and oppression, and sword-law
Through all the plain, and refuge none was found.
Adam was all in tears, and to his guide
Lamenting turn'd full sad : 0 what are these,
Death's ministers, not men, who thus deal death
Inhumanly to men, and multiply
Ten thousand fold the sin of him who siew
His brother: for of whom such massacre 679
Make they but of their brethren, men of men ?
But who was that just man, whom had not Heav'n
Rescued, had in his righteousness been lost?

To whom thus Michael: These are the product
Of those ill-mated marriages thou saw'st;
Where good with bad were match'd, who of them-

selves Abhor to join ; and by imprudence mix’d, Produce prodigious births of body' or mind. Such were these giants, mien of high renown; For in those days might only shall be admir'd, And valor and heroic virtue callid;

690 To overcome in battle, and subdue Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory, and for glory done Of triumph, to be styl'd greater conquerors,

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