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THE ARGUMENT. Morning approach'd, Eve relates to Adam her troublesome dream ; he likes it
not, yet comforts her: They come forth to their day-labours: Their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render man inexcusable, sends Ra. phael to admonish him of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy'ncar at band, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever else may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise, his appearance described, his coming discerned by Adam afar off, sitting at the door of his bower; he goes out to mcot him, brings him to his lodge, entertains him with the choicest fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table: Raphael performs his message, minds Adam of his state and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's re. quest, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so, beginning from his first revolt in Heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him, persuading all but only Abdiel a Seraph, who in argument dissuades and opposes him, then forsakes him.
Now morn her rosy steps in th'eastern clime
Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld
25 Such whisp'ring wak'd her, but with startled eye On Adam, whom embracing, thus she spake.
O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose, My glory, my perfection, glad I see Thy face, and morn return'd; for I this night 30 (Such night till this I never pass’d) have dream'd, If dream'd, not as I oft am wont, of thee, Works of day past, or morrow's next design, But of offence and trouble, which my mind Knew never till this irksome night : methought 35 Close at mine ear one call'd me forth to walk With gentle voice, I thought it thine ; it said, Why sleep'st thou, Eve ? Now is the pleasant time, The cool, the silent, save where silence yields To the night-warbling bird, that now awake Tunes sweetest his love-labour'd song ; now reigns Full orb'd the moon, and with more pleasing light
Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain,
70 And why not Gods of Men, since good, the more Communicated, more abundant grows,
The author not impair'd, but honour'd more?
80 What life the Gods live there, and such live thou. So saying, he drew nigh, and to me held, Ev'n to my mouth of that same fruit held part Which he had pluck'd : the pleasant savoury smell So quicken'd appetite, that I, methought, Could not but taste. Forthwith up to the clouds With him I flew, and underneath beheld The earth outstretch'd immense, a prospect wide And various : wond'ring at my flight and change To this high exaltation ; suddenly
90 My guide was gone, and I, methought, sunk down, And fell asleep; but O how glad I wak'd To find this but a dream! Thus Eve her night Related, and thus Adam answer'd sad. Best image of myself and dearer half,
95 The trouble of thy thoughts this night in sleep Affects me equally : nor can I like This uncouth dream, of evil sprung Yet evil whence? In thee can harbour none, Created pure. But know that in the soul
100 Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief : among these fancy next