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Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise

By simply meek; that suffering for truth's sake
Is fortitude to highest victory,

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And to the faithful death the gate of life;
Taught this by his example whom I now
Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest.

To whom thus also th' Angel last reply'd:
This having learn'd, thou hast attain❜d the sum
Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars
Thou know'st by name, and all th' ethereal pow'rs,
All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works,
Or works of God in Heaven, air, earth, or sea,
And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst,
And all the rule, one empire; only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith,
Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
By name to come call'd charity, the soul
Of all the rest: Then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A Paradise within thee, happier far.

Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards,
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword,
In signal of remove, waves fiercely round ;
We may no longer stay: Go, waken Eve;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd
Portending good, and all her spi'rits compos'd
To meek submission: Thou at season fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come

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(For by the Woman's seed) on all mankind :

That ye may live, which will be many days,

Both in one faith unanimous though sad,

With cause for evils past, yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.

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He ended, and they both descend the hill; Descended, Adam to the bow'r where Eve Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak'd;

And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd :

Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I know; For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise,

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Which he has sent propitious, some great good
Presaging, since with sorrow' and heart's distress
Wearied I fell asleep: But now lead on;
In me is no delay; with thee to go,

Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence.
This further consolation yet secure

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I carry hence; though all by me is lost,
Such favor I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,

By me the promis'd Seed shall all restore.

So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard

Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh

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Th' Arch Angel stood, and from the other hill
To their fix'd station, all in bright array

The Cherubim descended, on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Ris'n from a river o'er the marish glides
And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd
The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapor as the Libyan air adust,

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Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat
In either hand the hast'ning Angel caught
Our ling'ring parents, and to th' eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.
They looking back, all th' eastern side be held
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Wav'd over that flaming brand, the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms.

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Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon; 645
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

THE END,

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PREFACE.

[Extracted from Dr. NEWTON'S Octavo edition of 1773.]

IT hath been recommended to me by some great persons, as well as by several friends, to complete the edition of MILTON'S POETICAL WORKS: For though the PARADISE LOST be the flower of epic poesy, and the noblest effort of genius, yet here are other poems which are no less excellent in their kind, and if they have not that sublimity and majesty, are at least equally beautiful and pleasing to the imagination. And the same method that was taken in the publication of the Paradise Lost, 18 pursued in this edi-· tion of the Paradise Regain'd-to exhibit the true and genuine text according to Milton's own edition. Of the Para

dise Regain'd—there was only one edition in Milton's lifetime, in the year 1671 ; and this we have made our stand ́ard, correcting only what the Author himself would have corrected. Dr. Bently pronounces it to be without faults, but there is a large table of errata at the end, which instead of being amended, have rather been augmented in the following editions, and were never corrected in any edition that I have seen before the present.

PARADISE REGAIN'D.

BOOK I.

WHO ere while the happy garden sung,

Recover'd Paradise to all mankind,
By one man's firm obedience fully try'd
Through all temptation, and the tempter foil'd,
In all his wiles defeated and repuls'd,
And Eden rais'd in the waste wilderness.

Thou Spi'rit who ledst this glorious eremite

Into the desert, his victorious field,

Against the spiritual foe, and broughs't him thence

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By proof th' undoubted Son of God, inspire,

As thou art wont, my prompted song else mute,
And bear through height or depth of nature's bounds

With prosp'rous wing full summ'd, to tell of deeds
Above heroic, though in secret done,
And unrecorded left through many an age,
Worthy t' have not remain'd so long unsung.

Now had the great Proclaimer, with a voice
More awful than the sound of trumpet, cry'd
Repentance, and Heav'n's kingdom nigh at hand
To all baptiz'd: To this great baptism flock'd
With awe the regions round, and with them came
From Nazareth the son of Joseph deem'd
To the flood Jordan, came as then obscure,
Unmark'd, unknown; but him the Baptist soon
Descry'd, divinely warn'd, and witness bore
As to his worthier, and would have resign'd
To him his heav'nly office, nor was long
His witness unconfirm'd: On him baptiz'd
Heav'n open'd, and in likeness of a dove

The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice
From Heav'n pronounc'd him his beloved Son-

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