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Fraud: How could such Thought find any Harbour in thy Breaft, such ungrounded Suspicion, ADAM, of her, that but just now thou said'st was so dear to thee?
To whom ADAM, with healing Words, made Answer: Immortal Eve! (form’d by God himself from Man!) for such thou art, while free from Sin and Blame; that I persuade thee not to absent thyself from my Sight, is not because I am diffident of thee, but to avoid the Attempt itself, intended by our Enemy: For he who tempts, though it prove in vain, however asperses the Tempted with some Degree of Dishonour; for it supposes the Tempted not Proof against Temptation, but liable to be corrupted! Even thou thyself, were such a Wrong offer'd thee, would'ft resent it with Scorn and Anger, though it prov'd ineffectual: Then think it not amiss, if I endeavour to prevent such an Affront being put upon thee alone, which the Enemy, though bold, will hardly dare to offer us both at once. Nor do thou think too lightly of his Fraud and Malice; he must needs be very subtle who could seduce Angels; nor do thou think the Alistance of another unnecessary or superfluous: I, from the Influence of thy Looks receive Increase of every Virtue; in thy Sight I am wiser, more watchful, (if Need were of outward Strength) stronger; for Shame, to be overcome or over-reach'd while thou look'd on, would raise new Vigour in me, and make me exert myself to the utmost: Why should'st not thou, when I am present, feel the like Senle within thee, and chuse the Trial along with me, who am the best Witness of thy tried Virtue?
In this domestick Manner, and in his matrimonial Care and Love, ADAM fpoke; but Eve, who thought less was attributed to her dear Faith than was due, with soft Words made Answer:
with Harm the tempts us ---- His fouler, upor fear’d
How are we happy, if this is our Condition? Always to be in Fear of Harm, and always to dwell thus in narrow Bounds, straiten'd by a subtle or violent Enemy, and we meeting him single, not indued with Power to defend ourselves against him? Well, but Harm thou say'st does not come before Sin; only our Foe if he tempts us, he affronts us with his foul Opinion of our Integrity : ---- His foul Opinion fixes no Dishonour upon us, but turns fouler upon himself: Then wherefore should he be shunn'd or fear'd by us, who rather gain double Honour by the Event, from proving his Surmise false, and are favour'd from Heaven with a Witness of Peace within, that our Virtues have stood the Trial? And what is Faith, or Love, or Virtue, that has not been tried in its own Strength, and without other Alistance? Don't let us suspect, that our happy State is left so imperfect by the wise Creator, as not to be secure as well alone, as when in Company together; for otherwise our Happiness would be but frail, and EDEN (to speak the Truth) expos'd in this Manner, would be no PARADISE at all. To whom ADAM with some Fervency replied:
Oh Woman! all Things are best, as the Will of God has ordain’d them: He created nothing imperfect, or left any Thing that he had created deficient; much less Man, or any Thing that might secure to him his happy State. Man is safe from outward Force, all the Danger lies within himself, and that in his own Power; for against his Will he can never receive Harm: But God has left the Will free; for what obeys Reason that is free, and Reason God made right: But let Reason beware, and keep strict Watch, left surpriz'd by fair Appearances of Good, The dictate falsely, and so influence the Will to do that which God hath expresly forbid. It is not Mi
ftrust then, but tender Love, that urges me to mind thee often of thy Duty; and do thou often remind me! We subsist and remain firm, yet it is possible for us to swerve; since our Reason may meet some specious Temptation, made Use of by our Adversary to deceive us, and so not keeping Watch in the strictest Manner, as she was warn'd to do, Reason may inadvertently fall into the Deception. Then don't seek Temptation, which it were much better to avoid; which will be most likely, if thou separate thyself not from me: Trials in all Likelihood will come without feeking. Would'st thou give Proof of thy Conftancy? Give Proof of thy Obedience: Who can be fure of thy Constancy or atteft it, not seeing thee attempted? But, if thou thinkest another Time, when we are not so well warn’d, we may be found not so well prepar'd as thou seemest to think thyself. ----Go! ---- for if thou stayest, not being free, thou art but the more absent: Go! 'in thy native Innocence! summon all thy Virtue to thy Assistance, and rely upon it! for God has done his Part towards thee, do thou do thine.
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So fpoke our first Father; but Eve, submissive though she persisted and spoke last, replied: Then thus forewarn'd, and with thy Permission, mov'd chiefly by the reasoning of thy own last Words, I go the more willingly; thinking, as thou say’st, our Trial might come, when least fought for or expected by us, and find us both perhaps far less prepar’d: Nor do I much expect that so proud a Foe will first seek the weakest; but should he bę bent so to do, his Repulse should shame him the more.
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CH A P. III. The Serpent finds Eve alone ; approaches and speaks
to her, with many Wiles and Arguments induces her to taste the Tree of Knowledge forbidden : Sbe resolves to impart thereof to Adam.
YAYING this, EvE softly withdrew her Hand
from her Husband's, and light, like what is u feign'd of Wood-Nymphs, or of DIANA's (1)
Train, betook her to the Groves; but in her Gait and Goddess-like Deportment, she surpass'd all that has been fabled of Diana's Self; though not arm'd like her with Bow and Quiver, but only with such gardening Tools, as Art had rudely form'd without the Help of Fire, or the Angels had brought. A Picture of Ceres in her Prime, or of POMONA when The Aed from VERTUMNUS, (m) is what she seem'd likeft, as she parted from ADAM. He, with Eyes full of Affection, for a great while look'd after her delighted; but yet he rather wish'd that she had staid. He often repeated his Charge to her to come back foon, and she as often promis'd him, that she would be return'd to the Bower by Noon, and have every Thing in the best Order, to invite Repast then, or Repose after Noon. Unfortunate Eve! much deceiv’d,
(1) Diana. The Daughter of He was King of Tuscany, who Jupiter and Latona, Goddess of taught Men the Art of Garden. the Woods, Hunting and Virgi- ing; for which he was deified. nity. The Nymphs were her This Fable signifies the different Attendants.
Seasons of the Year. His Feasts (m) Vertumnus ; Lat. i.e. The were celebrated at Rome, in the changing rear. A God among Autumn ; wherein they thanked the old Romans, who fell in Love the God for preserving the Fruits with Pomona, and to obtain her, to Maturity, be turned himself into all Forms.
much failing of thy promis'd and presum'd Return! Fatal Event indeed! Thou from that Hour didst never more find in PARADIS E either fweer Repast, or sound Repose! there was what waited in Ambush, among the Shades and sweet Flowers, with confirm'd and hellish Rancour, to intercept thy Way, or send thee back again divested of thy Innocence, thy Faith, and Bliss! ----- For now, and ever since the first Break of Day, SATAN (a mere Serpent only in Appearance) was come forth, and upon his Search; where he might likeliest find his purpos'd Prey, the only two of MANKIND living, but in them the whole Race included. He fought in every Field and every Bower, where any Grove of Trees, or Piece of Garden-Plot lay pleasanter than the reft, that look'd like what was under daily Tendance, or had been planted for Pleasure by the shady Banks of Rivers, or the side of Fountains. He fought for them both, but wish'd that it might be his Lot to find Ev É separate; but could not hope to meet with what so seldom happened; when beyond his Hope, and agreeable to his Wish, he spy'd Eve alone; she stood but half discover'd, hid behind, and busied with Roses and other Flowers, that grew thick round about: She was half stooping to support such Flowers, whose Stalks were weak and sender, whose Blossoms, though gay, purple, red, or blue, or speckled with Gold, being too heavy for the Stem, hung drooping down: She ties them up gently with Bands of Myrtle; at the same Time not reflecting, that she herself was unsustain'd; so far from her best Prop, and the Storm so nigh. SATAN (in the Serpent) drew nearer, and cross'd many a Walk under Shade of Cedars, Pines, or Palm Trees; then rowling to and fro boldly; sometimes hid, sometimes seen, aniong the Arbours, and Flowers that grew upon the Borders of the Banks, and had been planted there by Eve; a more delightful Spot than the fabulous Gardens of Adonis, or of fa