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That to corporeal substances could add
urge, Admitting motion in the Heav'ns, to show
115 Invalid that which thee to doubt it mov'd; Not that I so affirm, though so it seem To thee who hast thy dwelling here on earth. God to remove his ways from human sense, Plac'd Heav'n from Earth so far, that earthly sight, If it presume, might err in things too high, And no advantage gain. What if the sun Be centre to the world, and other stars By his attractive virtue and their own Incited, dance about him various rounds ?
125 Their wand'ring course now high, now low, then hid, Progressive, retrograde, or standing still, In six thou seest, and what if sev'nth to these The planet earth, so stedfast though she seem, Insensibly three different motions move?
130 Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities, Or save the sun his labour, and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb suppos’d, Invisible else above all stars, the wheel
135 Of day and night; which needs not thy belief, If earth industrious of herself fetch day Travelling east, and with her part averse
From the sun's beam meet night, her other part
Of other creatures, as him pleases best,
To whom thus Adam, clear'd of doubt, reply'd.
180 Intelligence of Heav'n, Angel serene, And freed from intricacies, taught to live, The easiest way, nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares, 185 And not molest us, unless we ourselves Seek them with wand'ring thoughts, and notions vain. But apt the mind or fancy is to rove Uncheck’d, and of her roving is no end; Till warn’d, or by experience taught, she learn, 190 That not to know at large of things remote From use, obscure and subtle, but to know 'That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime wisdom ; what is more, is fume, Or emptiness, or fond impertinence,
195 And renders us in things that most concern Unpractis’d, unprepar'd, and still to seek. Therefore from this high pitch let us descend
A lower flight, and speak of things at hand
To whom thus Raphael answer'd heav'nly meek.
For I that day was absent, as befel,
235 Destruction with creation might have mix'd. Not that they durst without his leave attempt, But us he sends upon his high behests For state, as Sov'reign King, and to inure Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut The dismal gates, and barricado'd strong ;
241 But long ere our approaching heard within Noise, other than the sound of dance or song, Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage. Glad we return'd up to the coasts of light
245 Ere sabbath evening : so we had in charge. But thy relation now; for I attend, Pleas’d with thy words no less than thou with mine.
So spake the Godlike Pow'r, and thus our Sire. For Man to tell how human life began
250 Is hard; for who himself beginning knew? Desire with thee still longer to converse Induc'd me. As new wak'd from soundest sleep Soft on the flow'ry herb I found me laid In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun 255 Soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed. Straight toward Heav'n my wond'ring eyes I turn'd And gaz'd awhile the ample sky, till rais'd