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Each thing on Earth; and other care perhaps
May have diverted from continual watch
Out" great Forbidder, safe with all his spies
About him. But to Adam in what sort
Shall I appear? shall I to him make known
As yet my change, and give him to partake
Full happiness with me, or rather not,
But keep the odds of knowledge in my power 820
Without copartner? so to add what wants
In female sex, the more to draw his love,
And render me more equal, and perhaps,
A thing not undesirable, sometime
Superior; for inferior who is free?
be well: but what if God have seen,
And death ensue? then I shall be no more,
And Adam wedded to another Eve,
Shall live' with her enjoying, I extinct;
A death to think. Confirm'd then I resolve, 830 * Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe: So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
So saying, from the tree her step she turn'd, But first low rev'rence done, as to the power That dwelt within, whose presence had infus’d Into the plant sciential sap, deriv'd From ncctar, drink of gods. Adam the while Waiting desirous her return, had wove Of choicest flowers a garland tó adorn
810 Her tresses, and her rural labors crown, As réapers oft are wont their harvest queen.
Great joy he promis'd to his thoughts, and new
Solace in her return, so long delay'd;
Yet oft his heart, divinę of something ill,
Misgave him; he the falt'ring measure felt;
And forth to meet her went, the way she took
That morn when first they parted; by the tree
Of knowledge he must pass, there he her met,
Scarce from the tree returning; in her hand 850.
A bough of fairest fruit, that downy smild,
New gather'd, and ambrosial smell diffus'd.
To him she hasted; in her face excuse
Came prologue, and apology too prompt,
Which with bland words at will she thus address'd :
Hast thou not wonder'd, Adam, at my stay ?
Thee I have miss'd, and thought it long, depriv'd.
Thy presence, agony of love till now
Not felt, nor shall be ewice, for never more
Mean I to try, what rash untry'd I sought, 860
The pain of absence from thy sight. But strange
Hath been the cause, and wonderful to hear:
This tree is not, as we are told, a tree
Of danger tasted, nor to' evil unknown
but of divine effect To open eyes, and make them gods who taste ; And bath been tasted such; the serpent wise, Or not restrain'd as we, or not obeying, Hath eaten of the fruit, and is become, Not dead, threatend, but thenceforth 870. Indued with human voice and human sense, Reasoning to admiration, and with me
Persuasively hath so prevail'd, that I
Have also tasted, and have also found
Th'effects to correspond, opener
eyes, Dim erst, dilated spirits, ampler heart, And growing up to Godhead; which for thee Chiefly I sought, without thee can despise. For bliss, as thou hast part, to me is bliss; Tedious, unshar'd with thee, and odious soon. 880 Thou therefore also taste, that equal lot May join us, equal joy, as equat love; Lest thou not tasting, different degree Disjoin us, and I then too late renounce Deity for thee, when Fate will not permit.
Thus Eve with count'nance blithe her story told; But in her check distemper flushing glow'd. On the other side, Adam, soon as he heard The fatal trespass done by Eve, amaz'd, Astonied stood and blank, while horror chill 890 Ran through his veins, and all his joints relax'd; From his slack hand the garland wreath'd for Eve Down dropt, and all the faded roses shed: Speechless he stood and pale, till thus at length First to himself he inward silence broke :
O fairest of creation, last and best Of all God's works, creature in whom excelld Whatever can to sight or thought be formid, Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet! How art thou lost, how on a sudden lost, 900 Defac'd, deflower'd, and now to death devote? Rather how hast thou yielded to transgress
The strict forbiddance, how to violate
The sacred fruit forbidden ? some cursed fraud
Of enemy hath beguild thee, yet unknown,
And me with thee hath ruin'd, for with thee
Certain my resolution is to die;
How can I live without thee, how forego
Thy sweet converse, and love so dearly join'd,
To live again in these wild woods forlorn ? 91Q
Should God create another Eve, and I
Another rib afford, yet loss of thec
Would never from my heart; no, no, I feel
The link of Nature draw me: flesh of flesh,
Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.
So having said, as one from sad dismay
Re-comforted, and after thoughts disturbid
Submitting to what seem'd remediless, 919
Thus in calm mood his words to Eve he turn'd:
Bold deed thou hast presum’d, advent'rous Eve, And peril great provok'd, who thus hast dar'd, Had it been only covering to eye That sacred fruit, sacred to abstinence, Much more to taste it under ban to touch. But past who can recal, or done undo? Nor God omnipotent, nor Fate; yet so Perhaps thou shalt not die, perhaps the fact Is not so heinous now, foretasted fruit, Profan'd first by the serpent, by him first 930 Made common and unhallow'd ere our taste; Nor yet on bim found deadly, he yet lives,
Lives as thou saidst, and gains to live as man
Higher degree of life, inducement strong
To us, as likely tasting to attain
Proportional ascent, which cannot be
But to be gods, or angels demi-gods.
Nor can I think that God, Creator wise,
Though threat'ning, will in earnest so destroy
Us his prime creatures, dignify'd so high, 940
Set over all his works, which in our fall,
For us created, needs with us must fail,
Dependent made ; so God shall uncreate,
Be frustrate, do, undo, and labor lose,
Not well conceiv'd of God, who though his power
Creation could repeat, yet would be loath
Us to abolish, lest the Adversary
Triumph and say; fickle their state whom God
Most favors; who can please him long? Me first
He ruin'd, now mankind; whom will he next?
Matter of scorn, not to be given the foc. 951
However I with thee have fix'd my lot,
Certain to undergo like doom; if death
Consort with thee, death is to me as life;
So forcible within my heart I feel
The bond of Nature draw me to my own,
My own in thee, for what thou art is mine;
Our state cannot be sever'd, we are one,
One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself.
So Adam, and thus Eve to him reply'd : 960
O glorious trial of exceeding love,
Illustrious evidence, example high !