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where he must now attempt the bold enterprize which be undertook alone against God and Man, falls into many doubts with bimself, and many passions, fear, envy, and despair ; but at length confirms himself in evil, journeys on to Paradise, whose outward prospect and situation is described, overleaps the bounds, sits in the shape of a cormorant on the Tree of Life, as highest in the garden, to look about him. The garden described; Satan's first sight of Adam and Eve; bis wonder at their excellent form and bappy state, but with resolution to work their fall; overbears their discourse, thence gathers that the Tree of Knowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of Deatb; and thereon intends to found his temptation, by seducing them to transgress; then leaves them a while, to know further of their state by some other means. Mean while Uriel, descending ona sun-beam, warns Gabriel,wbo bad in charge the gate of Paradise, that some evil Spirit had escaped the deep, and passed at noon by bis sphere in the shape of a good Angel down to Paradise, discovered after by his furious gestures in the Mount. Gabriel promises to find bim ere morning Night coming on, Adam and Eve discourse of going to their rest : their bower described; their evening worship. Gabriel drawing forth bis bands of night-watch to walk the round of Paradise, appoints two strong Angels to Adam's bower, lest the evil Spirit should be there doing some barm to Adam or Eve sleeping ; there they find him at the ear of Eve, tempting her in a dream, and bring bim, though unwilling, to Gabriel; by whom
questioned, be scornfully answers, prepares resistance, but bindered by a sign from Heaven, flies out of Paradise.
BOOK THE FOURTH. .
FOR that warning voice, which he who saw
in Heav'n aloud, Then when the Dragon, put to second rout, Came furious down to be reveng'd on men, « Woe to th'inhabitants on earth !” that now,5 While time was, our first parents had been warn'd The coming of their secret foe, and ’scap'd, Haply so 'scap'd his mortal snare: for now Satan, now first inflam'd with rage, came down, The tempter ere th'accuser of mankind, To wreck on innocent frail man his loss Of that first battle, and his flight to Hell : Yet not rejoicing in his speed, though bold Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast, Begins his dire attempt, which nigh the birth 15 Now rolling, boils in his tumultuous breast, And, like a dev'lish engine, back recoils Upon himself: horror and doubt distract
His troubl’d thoughts, and from the bottom stir
O thou that with surpassing glory crown'd,
45 What could be less than to afford him praise,
way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;