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Distended as the brow of God appeas’d,
To whom th' archangel. Dextrously thou aim'st ;
884. To whom th' archangel. any more a flood to destroy the &c.] The reader will easily ob- earth. Gen. ix. 11. serve how much of this speech
but when he brings is built upon Scripture.
Over the earth a cloud, will therein Though late repenting him of man depravid,
His triple-colour'd bow, whereon to
look, Griev'd at his heart,
And call to mind his covenant: And it repented the Lord that he And it shall come to pass when I had made man on the earth, and bring a cloud over the earth, that it grieved him at his heart, Gen. the bow shall be seen in the cloud : vi. 6.
and I will look upon it, that I may -when looking down he saw remember the everlasting covenant The whole earth fill'd with violence, between God and every living creaand all flesh
ture of all flesh that is upon the Corrupting each their way ;
earth, ver. 14, 16. The earth also was corrupt before
-day and night, God, and the earth was filled with Seed-time and harvest, heat and violence. And God looked upon
hoary frost the earth, and behold it was cor
Shall hold their course, rupt; for all flesh hud corrupted While the earth remaineth, seedhis way upon the earth, ver. 11, time and harvest, and cold and 12.
heat, and summer and winter, and Such grace shall one just man find in day and night shall not cease, his sigbt,
Gen. viii. 22. But Noah found grace in the eyes
--till fire purge all things new,
Both heav'n and earth, wherein the of the Lord, ver. 8.
just shall dwell. And makes a covenant never to de- The heavens being on fire shall stroy
be dissolved, and the elements shall The earth again by flood,
melt wilh fervent heat : nevertheAnd I will establish my covenant less we, according to his promise, with you, neither shall all flesh look for new heavens and a new be cut off any more by the waters earth, wherein dwelleth righteousof a flood, neither shall there be ness, 2 Pet. iii. 12, 13.
The whole earth fill’d with violence, and all flesh
THE Angel Michael continues from the flood to relate what shall succeed; then, in the mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to explain, who that Seed of the Woman shall be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the fall; his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension; the state of the church till his second coming. Adam, greatly satisfied and recomforted by these relations and promises, descends the hill with Michael; wakens Eve, who all this while had slept, but with gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind and submission. Michael in either hand leads them out of Paradise, the fiery sword waving behind them, and the Cherubim taking their stations to guard the place.
As one who in his journey baits at noon,
Thus thou hast seen one world begin and end ;
1. As one &c.] In the first great period of nature, disedition, before the last book was patches the remaining part of divided into two, the narration it in narration. He has devised went on without any inter- a very handsome reason for the ruption ; but upon that division angel's proceeding with Adam in the second edition, these first after this
manner; though doubtfive lines were inserted. This less the true reason was the dif. addition begins the book very ficulty which the poet would gracefully, and is indeed (to have found to have shadowed apply the author's own words) out so mixed and complicated a sweet transition.
a story in visible objects. I 11. Henceforth what is to come could wish, however, that the I will relate, Milton, after author had done whatever having represented in vision the pains it might have cost him. history of mankind to the first To give my opinion freely, I