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Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask ;
To whom the Angel with a smile that glow'd
So saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus Follow'd with benediction : Şince to part, Go heav'nly guest, ethereal messenger, Sent from whose sovran goodness I adore. Gentle to me and affable hath been Thy condescension, and shall be honor'd ever With grateful memory: thou to mankind 650 Be good and friendly still, and oft return.
So parted they, the Angel up to Heav'n From the thick shade, and Adam to his bower,
THE END OF THE EIGHTH BOOK.
Che argument. SATAN having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile re
turns as a mist by night into Paradise, enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their 14bors, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each laboring apart : Adam consents not, alledging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone : Eve, loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last yields. The serpent finds her alone; his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with much flattery extolling Eve above all other creatures. Eve wondering to hear the 'serpent 'speak, asks how he attained to human speech and such understanding not till now? the serpent answers, that by tasting of a certain tree in the garden he attained both to speech and reason, till then void of both : Eve requires him to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the Tree of knowledge forbidden. The serpent now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat: she, pleased with the taste, deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not, at last brings him of the fruit, relates what persuaded her to eat thereof. Adam at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, re solves through vehemence of love to perish with her : and extenuating the trespass eats also of the fruit: the effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance and accusation of one another,
No more of talk where God or Angel guest
Those notes to tragic; foul distrust, and breach Disloyal on the part of man, revolt, And disobedience : on the part of Heav'n Now alienated, distance and distaste, Anger and just rebuke, and judgment giv'n, 10 That brought into this world, a world of woe, Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery, Death's harbinger : sad task, yet argument Not less but more heroic than the wrath Of stern Achilles on his foe pursu'd Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous'd, Or Neptune's ire or Juno's, that so long Perplex'd the Greek and Cytherea's son ; If answerable style I can obtain Of my celestial Patroness, who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplor'd, And dictates to me slumb'ring, or inspires, Easy my unpremeditated verse : Since first this subject for heroic song Pleas'd me long chusing, and beginning late ; Not sedulous by nature to indite Wars, hitherto the only argument Heroic deem'd, chief mast’ry to dissect With long and tedious havoc fabled knights 30 In battles feign'd; the better fortitude Of Patience and heroic Martyrdom Unsung; or to describe races and games, Or tilting furniture, imblazon'd shields, Impresses quaint, caparisons and steeds ;
Bases and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights
The sun was sunk, and after him the star