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Which now the sky with various face begins
To show us in this mountain; while the winds
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair spreading trees, which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish
Our limbs benumb’d, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night, how we his gather'd beams
Reflected may with matter sere foment;
Or by collision of two bodies grind
The air attrite to fire, as late the clouds
Justling or push'd with winds rude in their shock
Tine the slant lightning, whose thwart flame driv'n

down
Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine,
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the sun.

Such fire to use,
And what may else be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought,
He will instruct us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
To pass commodiously this life, sustain'd
By him with many comforts, till we end
In dust, our final rest and native home.
What better can we do, than, to the place
Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall

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1071 foment] Virg. Æn. i. 175.

"Suscepitque ignem foliis, atque arida circum

Nutrimenta dedit, rapuitque in fomite flammam. Hume. 1073 fire] ‘Be tired with holy fire.' Quarles's Emblems p. 293.

or pine] Fenton and Bentley read and pine.'

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Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air 1090
Frequenting, sent froin hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent and turn
From his displeasure; in whose look serene,
When angry most he seem'd and most severe,
What else but favour, grace, and mercy shone ?

So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
Felt less remorse: they forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judgd them prostrate fell
Before him reverent; and both confess'd
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d, with tears
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd and humiliation meek.

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1091 Frequenting] Tempesting. Bentl. MS.; so in line 1103.

END OF VOLUME I.

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