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From dust. Spite then with spite is best repaid."
So saying, through each thicket, dank or dry, Like a black mist low creeping, he held on His inidnight search, where soonest he might find The serpent: him fast sleeping soon he found In labyrinth of maný a round self rollid, His head the midst, well stor’d with subtle wiles. Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den, Nor nocent yet, but on the grassy herb, Fearless unfear'd he slept: in at his mouth The Devil enter'd, and his brutal sense, In heart, or head, possessing, soon inspir'd With act intelligential; but his sleep Disturb'd not, waiting close th’approach of morn.
Now, when as sacred light began to dawn In Eden on the humid flowers, that breath'd Their morning incens", when all things that breathe From the earth's great altar send up silent praise To the Creator, and bis nostrils fill With grateful smell, forth came the human pair And join'd their vocal worship to the choir Of creatures wanting voice; that done, partake The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs : Then commune how that day they best may ply Their growing work; for much their work outgrew The hands' dispatch of two garu’ning so wide, And Eve first to her husband thus began :
“ Adam! well may we labour still to dress This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower, Our pleasant task enjoin'd; but till more hands Aid us, the work under our labour grows, Luxurious by restraint: what we by day Lop overgrown, or prune, or prop, or bind, One night or two with wanton growth derides, Tending to wild. Thou therefore now advise, Or hear what to my mind first thoughts present; Let us divide our labours, thou where choice Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind The woodbine round this arbour, or direct The clasping ivy where to climb, while I, In yonder spring of roses intermix'd
With myrtle, find what to redress till noon :
To whom mild ansirer Adarn thus return'd:
To other speedy aid might lend at need:
To whom the virgin majesty of Eve,
“ Offspring of heaven and earth, and all earth's
To whom with healing words Adam replied: “ Daughter of God and man, immortal Eve! For such thou art, from sin and blame entire; Not diffident of thee do I dissuade Thy absence from my sight, but to avoid Th' attempt itself, intended by our foe. For he who tempts, though'in vain, at least asperses The tempted with dishonour foul, suppos’d Not incorruptible of faith, nor proof Against temptation : thou thyself with scorn And anger wouldst resent the offer'd wrong,
Though ineffectual found ; misdeem not then,
So spake domestie Adam in his care
“ If this be our condition, thus to dwell
To whom thus Adam fervently replied: " O Woman, best are all things as the will Of God ordain'd them: his creating hand Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he created, much less man, Or ought that might bis happy state secure. Secure from outward force; within bimself The danger lies, yet lies within his power: Against his will be can receive no harm. But God left free the will; for what obeys Reason is free, and reason be inade right, But bid her well beware, and still erect, Lest by some fair appearing good surpris'd, She dictate false, and misinform the will To do what God expressly bath forbid. Not then mistrust, but tender love, enjoins That I should mind thee oft, and mind thou me. Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve, Since reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the foe suborn'd, And fall into deception unaware, Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warn’d. Seek not temptation then, which to avoid Were better, and most likely, if from me Thou sever not: trial will come unsought. Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? approve First thy obedience; th' other who can know, Not seeing thee attempted, who attest? But if thou think trial unsought may find Us both securer than thus warn'd thou seem'st, Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more: Go in thy native innocence, rely On what thou hast of virtue, summon all, For God tow'rds thee bath done his part, do thine."
So spake the patriarch of mankind; but Eve Persisted, yet submiss, though last replied:
“ With thy permission then, and thus forewarn'd, Chiefly by what thy own last reasoning words Touch'd only, that our trial, when least sought, May find us both perhaps far less prepar'd, The willinger I go; nor much expect