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Cherubic watch, and of a sword the flame
He ceas'd; and th' archangelic pow'r prepard
Eve, easily may faith admit, that all The good which we enjoy from heav'n descends; But that from us aught should ascend to heav'n So prevalent as to concern the mind Of God high-bless'd, or to incline his will, Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer, Or one short sigh of human breath, upborne Ev'n to the seat of God. For since I sought
131 Of] •Of fabled Argus, wakeful not to drouze.'
By prayer th’ offended Deity to appease,
and we shall live. Whence hail to thee,
To whom thus Eve with sad demeanour meek. Ill worthy I such title should belong To me transgressor, who, for thee ordain'd A help, became thy snare: to me reproach Rather belongs, distrust, and all dispraise : But infinite in pardon was my Judge, That I, who first brought death on all, am grac'd The source of life; next favourable thou, Who highly thus to entitle me vouchsaf'st, Far other name deserving. But the field To labour calls us now with sweat impos'd, Though after sleepless night; for see, the morn, All unconcern'd with our unrest, begins Her rosy progress smiling ; let us forth,
174 begins] Shakesp. Hen. IV. p. i. act iii. sc. 1.
• The heavenly-harness'd team Begins his golden progress in the east.' VOL. 11.
I never from thy side henceforth to stray,
So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve ; but fate
O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, Which heav'n by these mute signs in nature shows Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn Us haply too secure of our discharge From penalty, because from death releas'd Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Who knows, or more than this, that we are dust, And thither must return and be no more? Why else this double object in our sight Of flight pursu'd in th' air, and o'er the ground,
182 Subscrib'd] Shakespeare's Meas. for Meas. act ii. sc. 4.
• Admit no other way to save his life,
One way the selfsame hour? Why in the east
He err'd not, for by this the heav'nly bands
204 morning light] So in the Adamus Exsul of Grotius, p. 73.
Quis subitus ardor iste ? quæ lux emicat ?
Sunt opera, quæ nos ire in exsilium jubet.' 205 draws] So D. Heinsius;
• Rubore cælum prævio Aurora imbuit, Primamque puræ purpuram nubes trahunt. Herodes, p. 220. 215 pavilion'd] Shakesp. Henry V. act i. sc. 2.
* And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.' Bowle.
Possession of the garden; he alone,
Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps
He ended; and th' archangel soon drew nigh,
232 Or] Lord of the Thrones above. Bentl. MS. 242 Melibaan) Virg. Æn. V. 251.
Purpura mæandro duplici Melibæa cucurrit.' and Georg. ii. 506. "Sarrano indormiat ostro.' Hume.