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From all her words and actions mix'd with love And sweet compliance, which declare unfeign'd Union of mind, or in us both one soul ; Harmony to behold in wedded pair More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear, Yet these subject not; I to thee disclose What inward thence I feel, not therefore foild, Who meet with various objects, from the sense Variously representing; yet, still free, Approve the best, and follow what I approve. To love, thou blam'st me not; for Love, thou say'st, Leads up to Heaven, is both the way and guide; Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask : | Love not the heavenly Spirits, and how their love
Express they? by looks only? or do they mix
To whom the Angel, with a smile that glow'd
But I can now no more; the parting sun
So Saying, he arose ; whom Adam thus
So parted they; the Angel up to Heaven
END OF THE EIGHTH BOOK.
Satan, having compassed the Earth, with meditated
guile returns, as a mist, by night into Paradise ; enters into the Serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours. which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each la. bouring apart : Adam consents not, alledging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone: Eve, loth to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last yields : The Serpent finds her alone; his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking; with wuch flattery extolling Eve above all other creatures. Eve, wondering to hear the Serpent speak, asks how he attained to human speech, and such understanding, not till now; the Serpent answers, that by tasting of a certuin tree in the garden he attained both to speech and reason, till then void of both : Eve requires him to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the tree of knowledge forbidden; The Serpent, now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments, induces her at length to eat; she pleased. with the taste, deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not ; at last brings him of the fruit; relates what persuaded her to eat thereof : Adum, at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves, through vehemence of love, to perish with her : and extenuating the trespass, eats also of the fruit; The effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness ; then fall to variance and accusation of one another.
N. MORE of talk where God or Angel guest