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Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence incre

ate. Or hear'st thou rather, pure ethereal

stream, Whose fountain who shall tell? Before

the Sun, Before the Heavens thou wert, and at

the voice Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest The rising world of waters dark and

deep, Won from the void and formless infi

nite. Thee I revisit now with a bolder wing, Escaped the Stygian pool, though long

detain'd In that obscure sojourn, while, in my

flight, rough utter and through middle dark.

ness borne, With other notes than to the Orphéan

lyre, I sung of Chaos and eternal Night; Taught by the heavenly Muse to venture

down The dark descent, and up to re-ascend, Though hard and rare : thee I revisit

safe, And feel thy sovran vital lamp: but thou Revisit’st not these eyes, that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no

dawn; So thick a drop serene hath quench'd

their orbs, Or dim suffusion veil'd. Yet not the

more Cease I to wander, where the Muses

haunt Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny

hill, Smit with the love of sacred song; but

chief Thee, Sion, and the flowery brooks be

eath, That wash thy hallowed feet, and warb

ling flow, Nightly I visit: nor sometimes forget Those other two, equall'd with me in

fate So were I equall’d with them in renown, Blind Thamyris, and blind Mæonides,

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Their crowns inwove with amarant and I fell; how glorious once above thy gold;

sphere, Immortal amarant, a flower which once Till pride and worse ambition threw me In Paradise, fast by the tree of life,

down Began to bloom; but soon for man's Warring in Heaven against Heaven's offence

matchless king: To Heaven removed where first it grew, Ah, wherefore! he deserved no such there grows,

return And flowers aloft shading the fount of From me, whom he created what I was life,

In that bright eminence, and with his And where the river of bliss through good midst of Heaven

Upbraided none; nor was his service Rolls o'er Elysian flowers her amber hard. stream:

What could be less than to afford him With these that never fade the spirits elect praise, Bind their resplendent locks inwreathed The easiest recompense, and pay him with beams;

thanks, Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, How due ! yet all his good proved ill in the bright

me, Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone, And wrought but malice; lifted up so Impurpled with celestial roses smiled. high Then, crown'd again, their golden harps I ’sdained subjection, and thought one they took,

step higher Harps ever tuned, that glittering by their Would set me highest, and in a moment side

quit Like quivers hung, and with preamble The debt immense of endless gratitude, sweet

So burthensome still paying, still to owe; Of charming symphony they introduce Forgetful what from him I still received, Their sacred song, and waken raptures And understood not that a grateful mind high;

By owing owes not, but still

pays, at once No voice exempt, no voice but well could Indebted and discharged; what burden join

then? Melodious part, such concord is in O, had his powerful destiny ordain'd Heaven.

Me some inferior angel, I had stood
Then happy; no unbounded hope had


Ambition! Yet why not? some other OF PARADISE.


As great might have aspired, and me, OTHOU, that, with surpassing glory though mean, crown'd,

Drawn to his part; but other powers as Look'st from thy sole dominion like the great God

Fell not, but stand unshaken, from within Of this new world; at whose sight all Or from without, to all temptations arm'd. the stars

Hadst thou the same free will and power Hide their diminish'd heads; to thee I to stand? call,

Thou hadst: whom hast thou then or But with no friendly voice, and add thy

what to accuse, name,

But Heaven's free love dealt equally to O Sun! to tell thee how I hate thy beams, all? That bring to my remembrance from Be then his love accursed, since, love or what state



To me alike, it deals eternal woe. All hope excluded thus, behold, instead Nay, cursed be thou; since against his Of us outcast, exiled, his new delight, thy will

Mankind, created, and for him this world. Chose freely what it now so justly rues. So farewell hope; and with hope, fareMe miserable! which way shall I fly

well fear; Infinite wrath and infinite despair? Farewell remorse! all good to me is lost; Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell; | Evil, be thou my good; by thee at least And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep, Divided empire with Heaven's King I Still threatening to devour me, opens

hold, wide,

By thee, and more than half perhaps will To which the Hell I suffer seems

reign; Heaven.

As man ere long, and this new world, O, then, at last relent: is there no place shall know. Left for repentance, none for pardon

left? None left but by submission; and that word

PARADISE. Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame

So on he fares, and to the border comes, Among the spirits beneath, whom I Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, seduced

Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure With other promises and other vaunts

green. Than to submit, boasting I could subdue As with a rural mound, the champain The Omnipotent. Ay me! they little head know

Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides How dearly I abide that boast so vain. With thicket overgrown, grotesque and Under what torments inwardly I groan, wild, While they adore me on the throne of Access denied; and overhead upgrew Hell.

Insuperable height of loftiest shade, With diadem and sceptre high advanced, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching The lower still I fall, only supreme

palm, In misery: such joy ambition finds. A sylvan scene; and, as the ranks ascend But say I could repent, and could obtain, Shade above shade, a woody theatre By act of grace, my former state; how Of stateliest view. Yet higher than


their tops

Would height recall high thoughts, how The verdurous wall of Paradise up soon unsay

sprung: What feign'd submission swore? Ease Which to our general sire gave prospect would recant

large Vows made in pain, as violent and void. Into his nether empire neighboring For never can true reconcilement grow,

round. Where wounds of deadly hate have And higher than that wall a circling row pierced so deep;

Of goodliest trees, loaden with fairest Which would but lead me to a worse fruit, relapse

Blossoms and fruits at once, of golden And heavier fall: so should I purchase hue, dear

Appear'd, with gay enamellid colors Short intermission bought with double

mix'd : smart.

On which the Sun more glad impress’d This knows my Punisher; therefore as far his beams From granting he, as Í from begging Than in fair evening cloud, or humid peace :


their nests,

When God hath shower'd the earth; so A shape within the watery gleam aplovely seem'd

peard, That landscape: and of pure, now purer Bending to look on me: I started back, air

It started back; but pleased I soon reMeets his approach, and to the heart turn'd, inspires

Pleased it return'd as soon with answerVernal delight and joy, able to drive

ing looks All sadness but despair : now gentle Of sympathy and love.

gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dis

pense Native perfumes, and whisper whence EVENING IN PARADISE. they stole

Now came still Evening on, and Twi. Those balmy spoils. As when, to them

light gray who sail

Had in her sober livery all things clad; Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are

Silence accompanied; for beast and past

bird, Mozambic, off at sea north-east winds blow

They to their grassy couch, these to Sabean odors from the spicy shore Of Araby the blest; with such delay

Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightWell pleased, they slack their course,

ingale; and many a league,

She all night long her amorous descant Cheer'd with the grateful smell, old

sung; Ocean smiles.

Silence was pleased: now glow'd the

firmament With living sapphires : Hesperus, that


The starry host, rode brightest, till the EVE'S RECOLLECTIONS.


Rising in clouded majesty, at length That day I oft remember, when from sleep

Apparent queen, unveil d her peerless

light, I first awaked, and found myself re

And o'er the dark her silver mantle posed

threw. Under a shade on flowers, much won

dering where And what I was, whence thither brought, and how.

EVE'S CONJUGAL LOVE, Not distant far from thence, a murmur- My author and disposer, what thou ing sound

bid'st, Of waters issued from a cave, and Unargued I obey: so God ordains; spread

God is thy law, thou mine: to know no Into a liquid plain, then stood unmoved, Pure as the expanse of Heaven; I Is woman's happiest knowledge, and thither went

her praise. With unexperienced thought, and laid With thee conversing I forget all time; me down

All seasons and their change, all please On the green bank, to look into the alike. clear

Sweet in the breath of Morn, her rising Smooth lake, that to me seem'd another sweet, sky.

With charms of earliest birds : pleasant As I bent down to look, just opposite,

the Sun,


When first on this delightful land he

spreads His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit,

and flower, Glistering with dew; fragrant the fertile

Earth After soft showers; and sweet the com

ing on Of grateful Evening mild; then silent

Night, With this her solemn bird, and this fair

Moon, And these the gems of Heaven, her

starry train: But neither breath of Morn, when she

ascends With charm of earliest birds; nor rising

Sun On this delightful land; nor herb, fruit,

flower, Glistering with dew; nor fragrance after

showers; Nor grateful Evening mild; nor silent

Night, With this her solemn bird; nor walk by

moon, Or glittering star-light, without thee, is


Circle his throne rejoicing; ye, in

Heaven : On Earth join all ye creatures to extol Him first, him last, him midst, and with

out end. Fairest of stars, last in the train of night, If better thou belong not to the dawn, Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the

smiling morn With thy bright circlet, praise him in

thy sphere, While day arises, that sweet hour of

prime. Thou Sun, of this great world both eye

and soul, Acknowledge him thy greater; sound

his praise In thy eternal course, both when thou

climb'st, And when high noon hast gain'd, and

when thou fall'st. Moon, that now meet'st the orient Sun,

now fly'st, With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb

that flies; And ye five other wandering fires, that





THESE are thy glorious works, Parent of

good, Almighty! Thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair : Thyself how won

drous then! Unspeakable, who sit'st above these

heavens To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works; yet these

declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and

In mystic dance not without song, re

sound His praise, who out of darkness call'd

up light. Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix And nourish all things; let your cease

less change Vary to our great Maker still new praise. Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise From hill or steaming lake, dusky, or

gray, Till the Sun paint your fleecy skirts with

gold, In honor to the world's great Author

rise; Whether to deck with clouds the un

color'd sky, Or wet the thirsty Earth with falling

showers, Rising or falling still advance his praise. Ilis praise, ye winds, that from four quar

ters blow,

power divine.

Speak, ye who best can tell, ye sons of

light, Angels; for ye behold him, and with

songs And choral symphonies, day without


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