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To manifest the more thy might : his evil 615
So sung they, and the empyrean rung
END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.
Adam enquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully
answered, and exborted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge : Adam assents; and, still desirous to detain Rapbael, relates to bim what be remembered since his own creation, bis placing in Paradise, bis talk with God concerning solitude and fit society, bis first meeting and nuptials with Eve, bis discourse with the Angel thereupon; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
BOOK THE EIGHTH.
THE Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to
Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd :
What thanks sufficient, or what recompense 5 Equal have I to render thee, divine Historian, who thus largely hast allay'd The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd This friendly condescension to relate Things else by me unsearchable, now heard With wonder, but delight, and, as is due, With glory attributed to the High Creator? Something yet of doubt remains, Which only thy solution can resolve. When I behold this goodly frame, this world, 15 Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute Their magnitudes; this earth, a spot, a grain,