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Diurnal, or this less volúbil Earth,
By shorter flight to th' East, had left him there
Arraying with reflected purple' and gold 596
The clouds that on his western throne attend.
Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, 600
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale ;
She all night long her amorous descant sung;
Silence was pleas’d: now glow'd the firmament
With living saphirs: Hesperus, that led 605
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen unveild her peerless light,
And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.

When Adam thus to Eve. Fair Consort, th' hour Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest

611 Mind us of like repose, since God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night to men Successive; and the timely dew of sleep Now falling with soft slumbrous weight inclines Our eye-lids : other creatures all day long 616 Rove idle unemploy’d, and less need rest; Man hath his daily work of body' or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways;

620 While other animals unactive range, And of their doings God takes no account. To-morrow ere fresh morning streak the cast

With first approach of light, we must be risen,
Aud at our pleasant labor, to reform 625
Yon flow'ry arbors, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth:
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown unsightly and unsmooth, 631
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease;
Mean while, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest.

To whom thus Eve with perfect beauty' adorn'd.
My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst 635
Unargued I obey; so God ordains ;
God is thy law, thou mine : to know no more
Is Woman's happiest knowledge and her praise.
With thee conversing I forget all time;
All seasons and their change, all please alike. 640
Sweet is the breath of Morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds ; pleasant the Sun,
When first on this delightful land he spreads
His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower,
Glist’ring with dew; fragrant the fertile Earth 645
After soft show'rs; and sweet the coming on
Of grateful Evening mild; then silent Night
With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon,
And these the gems of Heav'n, her starry

train: But neither breath of Morn, when she ascends 650 With charm of earliest birds; nor rising sun On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flower, Glist'ring with dew; nor fragrance after show'is;

Nor grateful Evening mild, nor silent Night
With this her solemn bird, nor walk by moon, 655
Or glitt'ring star-light, without thee is sweet.
But wherefore all night long shine these ? for whom
This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes?

To whom our general Ancestor reply'd.
Daughter of God and Man, accomplish'd Eve, 660
These have their course to finish round the earth
By morrow evening, and from land to land
In order, though to nations yet unborn,
Ministring light prepar'd, they set and rise;
Lest total Darkness should by night regain 666
Her old possession, and extingujsh life
In Nature and all things, which these soft fires
Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat
Of various influence foment and warm,
Temper or nourish, or in part shed down 670
Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow
On earth, made hereby apter to receive
Perfection from the sun's more potent tay:
These then, though unbeheld in deep of night,
Shine not in vain; nor think, though men were

675 That Heav'n would want spectators, God want

praise : Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep: All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night: how often from the steep 680 Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard

Celestial voices to the midnight air,
Sole, or responsive each to other's note,
Singing their great Creator ? oft in bands
While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk
With heav'nly touch of instrumental sounds 686
In full harmonic number join'd, their songs
Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heav'n.

Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass’d
On to their blissful bow'r; it was a place 690
Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd
All things to man's delightful use ; the roof
Of thickest covert was inwoven shade
Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew
Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side 695
Acanthus and each odorous bushy shrub
Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flower,
Iris all hues, roses, and jessamin
Reard high their flourish'd heads between, and
Mosaic ;. underfoot the violet, [wrought
Crocus, and hyacinth with rich inlay 701
Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with stone
Of costliest emblem: other creature here,
Beast, bird, insect, or worm durst enter none,
Such was their awe of Man. In shadier bow'r 1905
More sacred and sequester'd, though but feign'd,
Pan or Sylvanuś never slept, nor Nymph
Nor Faunus haunted. Here in close recess
With flowers, garlands, and sweet-smelling herbs
Espoused Eve deck'd first her nuptial bed,
and heav'nly quires the hymenzan sung,


What day the genial angel to our Sire
Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd,
More lovely than Pandora, whom the gods
Endow'd with all their gifts, and O too like 715
In sad event, when to th' unwiser so
Of Japhet brought by Hermes, she insnar'd
Mankind with her fair looks, to be aveng'd
On him who had stole Jove's authentic fire.

Thus at their shady lodge arriv'd, both stood, 720
Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd
The God that made both sky, air, earth, and heav'n,
Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe,
And starry pole: Thou also mad'st the night,
Maker Omnipotent, and thou the day, 725
Which we in our appointed work employ'd
Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help
And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss
Ordain’d by thee, and this delicious place
For us too large, where thy abundance wants 730
Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground.
But thou hast promis'd from us two a race
To fill the Earth, who shall with us extol
Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake,
And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep: 735

This said unanimous, and other rites Observing none, but adoration pure Which God likes best, into their inmost bow's: Handed they went; and eas'd the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear, 740 Strait side by side were laid; por turn'd. I ween

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