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But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt
To God or thee, because we have a foe
May tempt it, I expected not to hear.
His violence thou fear'st not, being such
Can either not receive, or can repel.
His fraud is then thy fear, which plain infers
Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love
Can by his fraud be shaken or seduc'd;
Thoughts which how found they harbour in thy breast, Adam, misthought of her to thee so dear?
To whom with healing words Adam reply'd.
Daughter of God and Man, immortal Eve,
For such thou art, from sin and blame entire:
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
From thee alone, which on us both at once
1 from the influence of thy looks receive
Access in every virtue, in thy sight
More wise, more watchful, stronger, if need were
Of outward strength; while shame, thou looking on, Shame to be overcome or over-reach'd,
Would utmost vigour raise, and rais'd unite.
Why should'st not thou like sense within thee feel
With me, best witness of thy virtue try'd?
In narrow circuit straiten'd by a foe,
But harm precedes not sin only our foe
Sticks no dishonour on our front, but turns
Foul on himself: then wherefore shun'd or fear'd
By us? Who rather double honour gain
From his surmise prov'd false, find peace within,
Favour from Heav'n, our witness from th' event.
As not secure to single or combin❜d.
To whom thus Adam fervently reply'd.
O Woman, best are all things as the will
Of all that he created, much less Man,
To do what God expressly hath 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.
Seck no temptation then, which to avoid
Were better, and most likely if from me
Not seeing thee attempted, who attest?
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 towards thee hath done his part, do thine.
WITH thy permission then, and thus forewarn'd
A foe so proud will first the weaker seek;
So bent, the more shall shame him his repulse.
THUS saying, from her husband's hand her hand
Soft she withdrew, and like a Wood-Nymph light,
Betook her to the groves, but Delia's self
Likest she seem'd, Pomona when she fled
Oft he to her his charge of ick return
O much deceiv'd, much failing, hapless Eve,
Thou never from that hour in Paradise
Found'st either sweet repast, or sound repose;
To intercept thy way, or send thee back
For now, and since first break of dawn the fiend,
In bow'r and field he sought, where any tuft
Of grove or garden-plot more pleasant lay,
By fountain or by shady rivulet
He sought them both, but wish'd his hap might find
Eve separate, he wish'd, but not with hope
Of what so seldom chanc'd, when to his wish,
Veil'd in a cloud of fragrance, where she stood,
Half spy'd, so thick the roses bushing round
About her glow'd, oft stooping to support
Each flow'r of slender stalk, whose head though gay