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Raphael, at the request of Adam, relates how and wherefore this world was first created : tbat God, after the expelling of Satan and bis Angels out of Heaven, declared bis pleasure to create another world and other creatures to dwell therein ; sends bis Son witb glory and attendance of Angels to perform the work of creation in six days: the Angels celebrate with hymns the performance thereof, and his reascension into Heaven.



Escend from Heav'n, Urania, by that name

If rightly thou art call’d, whose voice divine Following, above th' Olympian hill I soar, Above the flight of Pegasean wing. The meaning, not the name I call; for thou 5 Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top Of old Olympus dwell'st, but heav'nly born: Before the hills appear’d, or fountain flow’d, Thou with Eternal Wisdom didst converse, Wisdom thy sister, and with her didst play 10 In

presence of th’ Almighty Father, pleas’d With thy celestial song. Up led by thee Into the Heav'n of Heav'ns I have presum'd, An earthly guest, and drawn empyreal air, Thy temp’ring. With like safety guided down, Return me to my native element;

16 Lest from this flying steed, unrein’d, (as once Bellerophon, though from a lower clime,)

Dismounted, on th’ Aleian field I fall
Erroneous, there to wander and forlorn. 20
Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound
Within the visible diurnal sphere;
Standing on earth, not rapt above the pole,
More' safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang’d
To hoarse or mute, though fall’n on evil days,
On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues ; 26
In darkness, and with dangers compass'd round,
And solitude; yet not alone, while thou
Visit'st my slumbers nightly, or when morn
Purples the east : still govern thou my song, 30
Urania, and fit audience find, though few.
But drive far off the barb'rous dissonance
Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race
Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard
In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears 35
To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd
Both harp and voice; nor could the Muse defend

So fail not thou, who thee implores; For thou art heav'nly, she an empty dream.

Say, Goddess, what ensu'd when Raphael, 40 The affable Arch-Angel, had forewarn'd Adam, by dire example, to beware Apostasy, by what befel in Heav'n To those apostates, lest the like befal In Paradise to Adam or his race,

45 Charg'd not to touch the interdicted tree, If they transgress, and slight that sole command, So easily obey'd amid the choice

Her son.





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