Imatges de pàgina

Than when fair Morning first smiles on the world ; And let us to our freih employments rise 125 Among the groves, the fountains, and the flowers That open now their choiceft bofom'd finelis, Reserv'd from night, and kept for thee in store.

So cheer'd he his fair fpouse, and she was cheer's, But silently a gentle tear let fall

130 From either eye, and wip'd them with her hair ; Two other precious drops that ready stood, Each in their crystal Auce, he ere they fell Kiss’d, as the gracious figos of sweet remorfe And pious awe, that fear'd to have offended.

135 So all was clear'd, and to the field they haste. But first, from under shady arbo'rous roof Şoon as they forth were come to open fight Of day-spring, and the sun, who scarce up rifen, With wbeels yet hovering o'er the ocean brim, 140 Shot parallel to the earth his dewy ray, Discovering in wide landskip all the east Of Paradise and Eden's happy plains, Lowly they bow'd adoring, and began Their orifons, each morning duly paid

145 In various ftile ; for neither various ftite Nor holy rapture wanted they to praise Their Maker, in fit ftrains pronounc'd or fung Unmeditated, fuch prompt eloquence Flow'd from their lips, in profe or numerous verse, More tuncable than needed lute or harp 151

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To add more sweetness; and they thus began.

These arc thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty, thine this universal frame,
Thus wondrous fair; thyself how wondrous then!
Unspeakable, who litst above these heav'ns

To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy lowest works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Speak ye who best can tell, ye fons of Light, 160
Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs
And choral symphonies, day without night,
Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in Heav'n,
On Earth join all ye creatures to extol
Him first, him last, him midst, and without end. 165
Fairest of Stars, last in the train of Night,
If better thou belong not to the dawn,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling Morn
With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
While day arises, that sweet hour of prime. 170
Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and soul,
Acknowledge him thy greater, found his praise
In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st,
And when high noon haft gain'd, and when thou fall'ft.
Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now Ay'st
With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies, 176
And ye five other wand'ring Fires that move
In mystic dance not without song, resound
Hispraise, who out of darkness call'd up light.

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Air, and ye Elements, the eldest birth

180 Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix And nourish all things; let your ceaseless change Vary to our great Maker still new praise. Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise 185 From hill or steaming lake, dusky or gray, Till the sun paint your Aleecy skirts with gold, In honor to the world's great Author rise, Whether to deck with clouds th' uncolor'd sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, 190 Rising or falling still advance his praise. His praise ye Winds, that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye Pines, With every plant, in sign of worship wave. Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow 195 Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise. Join voices all ye living Souls: ye Birds, That singing up to Heaven gate ascend, Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep; Witness if I be silent, morn or even, To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade Made vocal by my fong, and taught his praise. Hail universal Lord, be bounteous ftill

205 To give us only good; and if the night Have gather'd ought of evil or conceal'd,



Disperse it, as now light difpels the dark.

So pray'd they innocent, and to their thoughts Firm peace recover'd foon and wonted calm. On to their morning's rural' work they hafte Among sweet dews and flow'rs; where any row Of fruit-trees over-woody reach'd too far Their pamper'd boughs, and needed hands to check Fruitle fs embraces : or they led the vine 215 To wed her elm; she spous'd about him twines Her marriageable arms, and with her brings Her dow'r th' adopted clusters, to adorn His barren leaves. Them thus employ'd beheld With pity Heav'n's high King, and to him call’d 220 Raphael, the fociable fpi'rit, that deign'd To travel with Tobias, and secur'd His marriage with the fev'ntimes-wedded maid.

Raphael, faid he, thou hear'st what ftir on Earth Satan from Hell 'fcap'd through the darksome gulf Hath rais’d in Paradise, and how difturb'd 226 This night the human pair, how he designs In them at once to ruin all Mankind. Go therefore, half this day as friend with friend Converse with Adam, in what bow'r or shade 230 Thou find'ft him from the heat of noon retir'd, To respit his day-labor with repaft, Or with repose; and such discourse bring on, As may advise him of his happy state, Happiness in his power left free to will, 235

Left to his own free will, his will though free,
Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware
He swerve not too fecure: tell him withal
His danger, and from whom; what enemy,
Late fall’n himself from Heav'n, is plotting now 240
The fall of others from like state of bliss;
By violence? no, for that shall be withstood;
But by deceit and lies; this let him know,
Left wilfully transgressing he pretend
Surprisal, unadmonish'd, unforewarn'd.

So spake th' eternal Father, and fulfill'd
All justice: nor delay'd the winged saint
After his charge receiv'd; but from among
Thousand celestial Ardors, where he stood
Veild with his gorgeous wings, up springing light 250
Flew through the midst of Heav'n; th’angelic quires,
On each hand parting, to his speed gave way
Through all th' empyreal road; till at the gate
Of Heav'n arriv'd, the gate self-open'd wide
On golden hinges turning, as by work

255 Divine the Sovran Architect had fram'd. From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his right, Star interpos'd, however small he fees, Not unconform to other Mining globes, Earth and the garden of God, with cedars crown'd Above all hills. As when by night the glass 261 Of Galileo, lefs assur'd, observes Imagin’d lands and regions in the moon : Volume I,


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