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Arch-Angel, left his Powers there in their bright Stand, to take Poffeffion of the Garden; and he alone took his Way, to find where AD AM had shelter'd himself; who perceiving him at a Distance, as he made his Approach towards him, fpoke to Eve in this Manner:
Eve! Now is the Time to expect to know some great Matter, which perhaps will very soon determine what relates to us; or, perhaps, for us to receive new Laws to observe: For I discover, from yonder blazing Cloud that covers the Top of the Hill, one of the Host of Heaven; and, by his Port, none of the meaneft; some great Potentate, one of those who sit upon Thrones above, such Majesty appears about him as he comes along! yet not terrible, that I should fear him; nor sociably mild as Rau PHAEL was, that I should venture to use much Freedom with him; but he seems solemn and sublime; whom not to offend I must meet with Reverence, and do thou retire.
He said thus; and the Arch-Angel foon drew near; not in his heavenly Shape, but clad like a Man to meet with Man: He wore a military Vest of Purple, (m2) of a brighter Colour and richer Dye, than ever was known in MELIBÆ A, (n) or B b 2
(m) Purple; Sax. Fr. Ital. Beholders. Hence the Tyrians Span. Lat. from the Gr. A became the most famous Masters Colour between Red and Violet, of that Art, in all Antiquity. taken from a Sea-Pith, which is Purple became as valuable as callid Purpura, i. e. The Colour Gold, and was the distinguishing of Fire. The Purple Colour Mark of Emperors , Kings, was first found out at Tyre, by an Consuls, Senators, Dictators, Accident; for an hungry Dog and Triumphers; so that a broke one of those Shells upon Pound of it was sold at Rome the Sea-Side, and eat the Filh, for 1000 Denarii, i. e. about which colour'd his Mouth and 41!. 13 s. 4.d. English Money. Chaps, to the Admiration of all (n) Miclibaa; Lat. from the
TYRE, (O) though that was worn by Kings and Heroes of old, in Time of Truce; the Rainbow (D) had given its Colours before it was wove: His Helmet, that was unbuckled and shone like a Star, shew'd him just at that Degree of Manhood, where Youth ended: His Sword, the Dread of SATAN, hung by his Side, fasten’d to a shining Belt; and in his Hand he bore a Spear. ADAM bow'd down low: MICHAEL, who was to keep up his Royalty and State, did not bow in Return, but thus declar'd the Reason of his coming:
Gr. i. e. Having the Care of wicked, that the divine Judge Oxen. A City of Thessaly upon ments were denounc'd against, the Sea Shore, famous of old and executed upon her, Ezek. for the Art of dying the nobleft 28. and for the Tyrian Purple, Purple, by the Help of a Shell- made from the Blood of a Fil Fish called Purpura and Oftrum, caught in that Sea. This City which they caught in the Sea resifted Nebuchadnezzar thirteen thereabout.
Years; but Alexander the Great (0) Tyre, now Sour, was a took it in seven Months, with very ancient and rich Sea-Port, incredible Pains and Loss of and Capital City of Phænicia, Men; and Antigonus after a built by Agenor the Father of Siege of fifteen Monchs, A. M. Cadmus, Isa. 23, 12. about A. 3691. before Chrif, 313. Now M. 2499. or about the Time of it is a miserable Place, inhabited Gideon, a Judge of Israel, fixty- with a few poor Fishermen withfive Years before the Destruction out any Houses. of Troy, and 240 before the () 'The Rainbow. It is a Building of Solomon's Tempie. natural Meteor in the Clouds, It was a fortified City in the caused by the Reflection of the
Days of fo/hua, c. 19. 29. Rays of the Sun upon them ; When Sidon was taken by the therefore it appears only in rainy Pbilistines of Ascalon, many of Weather. If there was any the Citizens escaped in Ships. Rain before the Deluge, there and founded Tyre upon a Rock must have been a Rainbow : But in an Isand, half a Mile from after that, God made it a Sign of the Land. But Jofephus says lae his Covenant with Noah, that ter, in 2733. À Aourishing Cin the Earth should never be drow. ty in the Days of King David ned again, Gen. 9, 12, 13, Eccl. and Solomon ; famous of old for 43. 11, 12. The Purple, Blue, the vast Trade, Ezek. 26. 27. and Saffron Colours appear, molt which made her so proud and lively in it.
ADAM! there is no Need to make any Preamble to the Command of Heaven, let it be sufficient that thy Prayers are heard, and DEATH (which was due by Sentence, at the Time of thy Transgression) not permitted to make the Seizure for yet many Days; which are given thee through Grace, wherein thou may'st repent, and with many Deeds well done, coa ver and blot out one bad Act: It is possible God, upon thy Repentance, (being appeas’d) may not only defer but quite remit the mortal Sentence, and redeem thee from the rapacious Claim of Death. But he does not permit thee to dwell longer in this PARADISE: I am come to remove thee, and send thee out of the Garden to till the Ground, whence thou wast taken, which is a Soil much fitter for thee.
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THE Arch-Angel said no more; for ADAM was struck to the very Heart with such Sorrow, as suspended all his Senses; and Eve, who though unseen, had overheard all, with loud Lamentation toon discover'd the Place where she had conceal'd herself:
O UNEXPECTED Stroke, much worse than DEATH! PARADISE! must I leave thee thus? Thus leave thee, dear native Soil! these pleasant Shades and happy Walks, worthy to be visited by Gods? Where I had Hope to spend quiet, though fad, the Time that Heaven had granted us, 'till the Day come that must be mortal to us both! O Flowers! that never will grow in any other Climate; that were my early Visitation in the Morning, and my last in the Evening; which I bred up with tender Hand, from the very first opening Bud, and gave ye all Names! Who now shall raise ye up to the Sun, or range in your several Classes, and water ye from the living Springs? And lastly, O nuptial Bower! adorn'd by me with every Thing that was sweet, either to the Smell or Sight! Bb 3
How shall I part with thee, and whither wander down into a lower World, wild, darksome, and desolate, in Comparison of this? How shall we breath in other Air lefs pure than this, or feed on grosser Food, being accustom’d to immortal Fruits ?
WHOM the Angel thus mildly interrupted : Eve! don't lament, but resign with Patience that, which with the greatest Justice is taken from thee: Nor thus over-fondly ser thy Heart upon that, which is not thine. Thou doft not leave PARADIS E alone; thy Husband goes along with thee, and thou art bound to follow him: Wherever he abides, do thou look the fame upon that Place, as if it were thy native Soil.
ADAM, by this Time recovering from the sudden cold Damp which had seiz'd him, and his scatter'd Spirits being return'd; thus, with great Humility, address’d himself to MICHAEL:
CELESTIAL Being! whether among the THRONES of Heaven, or perhaps of them one of the highest Names; for a Prince of Princes may have such an Appearance! thou haft gently deliver'd thy Message, which might else, in telling, have wounded us, and in performing have ended us: But, bating the Mildness with which thou hast temper'd them, thy Tidings bring as much of Sorrow, Dejection, and Despair, as the Frailty of our Nature can sustain: We must depart from this happy Place, our sweet Recess, and the only Confolation left us; which is familiar to our Eyes! and all other places appear inhospitable and defolate ; not knowing us, nor being known to us: And if by inceffant Prayer I could hope to alter the Will of him who can do all Things, I would not cease to weary him with my continual Cries: But, Prayers avail no more against his absolute Decree, than Breath does against the Wind; blown fti
fling back upon him that breaths it forth: Therefore I fubmit myself entirely to his great Command ! What most afflicts me is, that when I depart from hence I shall be, as it were, hid from his Face, deprived of the bless’d Light of his Countenance! Here I could frequent, with Worship and Adoration, every Place, where he had vouchsaf'd to appear to me in his divine Presence; and could relate to my Sons, “ Up“ on this Mountain he appear'd to me; under this « Tree, he stood visible; among these Pines I heard « his Voice; here at this Fountain did I talk with 66 him.” So many grateful Altars I would raise up of graffy Turf, and pile up every bright Stone from the Brook, in Remembrance, or to be a Monument to future Generations: And upon these Altars would I offer sweet-smelling Gums, and Fruits, and Flowers. In yonder lower World where shall I seek his bright Appearances, or trace his Footsteps? For though I Aed from him, when he was angry; yet being recall'd to prolong'd Life, and promis'd Offspring, I now gladly behold though but the utmost Skirts of Glory, and afar off adore his Steps.
To whom MICHAEL, with great Benignity, thus answered: ADAM! thou knowest, that Heaven and all the Earth are his; not only this Rock, but his Omnipresence fills Land, Sea, and Air, and every Kind that lives, warm'd and cherish'd by his quickning and sustaining Power. He gave thee the whole Earth to poffess, and rule; nor was it a despicable Gift! do not surmise then, or think that his Presence is confined to these narrow Bounds of PARADISE, or to EDEN: This, perhaps, had been thy capital Seat, from whence all Generations might have spread; and hither might have come from all the Ends of the Earth, to celebrate and reverence thee, their great Progenitor. But thou hast lost this Pre-eminence; being now brought down to dwell upon lower Ground, Bb 4