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Of innocence, of faith , of purity ,
( Our wonted ornaments, ) now soil'd, and stain'd!':
And in our faces evident the signs
Of foul concupiscenee ; whence evil store ;
Ev’n shame, the last of evils ; of the first
Be sure then!.... How shall I behold the face
Henceforth of God, or Angel, erst with joy
And rapture so oft beheld ? Those heav’nly shapes :
Will dazzle now this earthly, with their blaze.'.
Insufferably bright. O! might I here
In solitude live savage ; in some glade ,
Obscur’d, where highest woods ( impenetrable
To stat, or sun-lighe) spread their umbrage broad, i
And brown as evening ! Cover me , ye piņes ! .
Ye cedars, wich innumerable boughs
Hide me, where I may never see them more !...
But, let us now, as in bad plight, devise
What best may for the present serve to hide
The parts of each from other, that seem moft
To shame obnoxious, and unseenlieft feen...
Some tree , whose broad smooth leaves together: 1

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And girded on our loins, may cover round
Thore middle parcs ; that this new.comer, shame,
There sic not , and reproach us as unclean,

So counsel'd he, and both together went :
Into the chickest wood : there soon they chose...
The fig-tree : not that kind for fruit renown'd:
But, such as at this day (to Indians known..
In Malabar , os Decan) Spreads ber arms.-

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Branching so broad'; and long , chat in the ground
The bended twigs cake root, and daughters grow
About the mother tree; a pillard shade
High over-archd, and echoing walks between :
There oft the Indian herdsman shunning heat ,
Shelcers in cool, and tends his pasturing herds
At loop-holes cut thro'chickest shade. Those leaves
They gacher'd, broad as Amazonian targe :
And, with what skill they had; together fow'd,
To gird their waist : vain covering, if to hide
Their guilt, and dreaded shame ! O: how unlike
To that first naked glory! (such of lace
Columbus found th' American, so girt
Wich feather'd cin&ture ; naked else, and wild
Among the trees, on ifles, and woody shores.
Thus fenc'd, and, as they thought, their shame in part,
Cover'd, but not at rest, or ease of mind,
They sat them down to weep. Nor only tears
Rain'd ac their eyes; but high winds worse within
Began to rise, high passions , anger, hate,
Mistrust , fufpicion, discord, and shook fore
Their inward state of mind ; calm region once,
And full of peace ; now toft, and turbulent !
For, understanding rul'd not; and the will
Heard not her lore ! but , in subje&ion now
To sensual appetite, who from beneath
Usurping, over sov'reign reason claim'd
Superior fway : from thus distemper'd breaft;
Adam, estrang’d in look, and alter'd style,
Speech intermitted thus to Eve renew'do

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Would thou hadft hearken’d to my words', and :

stay'd
With me, as: I. befought thee, .when that strange
Desire of wand'ring , this unhappy morn, .
} know not whence poffess’d thee ! We had then.
Remain’d-still happy.;-not, as now, despoil?d
Of all our good; sham’d, naked, miserable. , .
Lec none hencefort seek needless cause e’approve.
The faith they owe: when earnestly they seek:
Such proof, conclude , they then begin to fail..
To whom, soon moy'd with couch of blame , thus.

Eve.
What words have pass'd thy lips, Adam severe !..
Imput'st thou that to my default, or will:
Of wand’ring (as thou call’At it) wihich, who knows x;
But, migiit as ill have happen’d-chou being, by ;-
Or to thy self perhaps : hadît thou been there ,
Or-here th’attempt, chou could't not have discern'd.
Fraud in the serpent, speaking as he spake ;
No ground of enmity between us known,
Why he should mean me ill, or seek to harm...
Was I to have never parted from thy side.?
As good have grown there still a lifeless rib !
Being as I am, why didft-not thou , the head,
Command me absolutely not co go ,
Going into such danger, as thou said'st ?
Too facil then, thou didst not much gain-lay ;
Nay, didît permic, approve , and fair dismiss.,
Hadft thou been firm, and fix'd, in chy diffent,
Aleither had I transgress’d, nor thou with me..

To whom, then first incens'd , Adam reply'd : Is this the love, is this the recompense Of mine to thee, ingrateful Eve ! exprest Iinmutable, when thou were lost, nocl; Who might have liv'd, and joy'd immortalbliss : Yet willingly chose rather death with thee. And am I now upbraided, as the cause Of thy transgressing!. Not enough severe, It seeins, in my restraint ! ... What could I more ! I varn'd chee, I admonish'd thee; foretold: The danger, and the lurking enemy That lay in wait: beyond this , had been force ; And force upon free-will hath here no place. But, confidence then bore chee on; secureEicher to met no danger, or to find Macter of glorious tryal, And perhaps I also err’d, in over-much admiring What seem'd in chee so perfect, that I thoughe + No eyii dur attempt thee : but, I rue. Thai error now,

which is become my crime ; And thou th' accuser !... Thus it shall befall Him, who co worth in women over-crusting, Lets her will role; reftraint she will not brook ; And left to herself, if evil thence ensue, She first his weak indulgence will. accuse....

Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitle?s hours ; but neicher self-condemning : And of their vain conteft appear'd no end. ;

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The End of the ninth Book..

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