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I never from thy side henceforth to stray,
So spake, so wish'd much-humbled Eve; but fate Subscrib'd not; nature first gave signs, impress'd On bird, beast, air, air suddenly eclips'd After short blush of morn: nigh in her sight The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour, Two birds of gayest plume before him drove : Down from a hill the beast that reigns in woods, First hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace, Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind; Direct to th' eastern gate was bent their flight. 190 Adam observ'd, and, with his eye the chase Pursuing, not unmov'd to Eve thus spake.
O Eve, some further change awaits us nigh, Which heaven by these mute signs in nature shows Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn
Us haply too secure of our discharge
Some days; how long, and what till then our life,
182 Subscrib'd] Shakespeare's Meas. for Meas. act ii. sc. 4.
One way the self-same hour? Why in the east
The field pavilion'd with his guardians bright;
In their bright stand there left his powers to seize
204 morning light] So in the Adamus Exsul of Grotius, p. 73.
'Quis subitus ardor iste? quæ lux emicat?
Sunt opera, quæ nos ire in exsilium jubet.'
205 draws] So D. Heinsius;
'Rubore cœlum prævio Aurora imbuit,
Primamque puræ purpuram nubes trahunt.' Herodes, p. 220,
215 pavilion'd] Shakesp. Henry V. act i. sc. 2.
'And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.' Bowle,
Possession of the garden; he alone,
To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way,
While the great visitant approach'd, thus spake. 225
From yonder blazing cloud that veils the hill,
But solemn and sublime, whom not to offend
He ended; and th' archangel soon drew nigh,
Not in his shape celestial, but as man
A military vest of purple flowed,
Livelier than Meliboan, or the grain
Of Sarra, worn by kings and heroes old
232 Or] Lord of the Thrones above. Bentl. MS. 242 Melibaan] Virg. Æn. V. 251.
'Purpura mæandro duplici Melibaa cucurrit.' and Georg. ii. 506. 'Sarrano indormiat ostro.'
Satan's dire dread, and in his hand the spear.
Adam, heaven's high behest no preface needs: Sufficient that thy prayers are heard, and death, Then due by sentence when thou didst transgress, Defeated of his seizure many days Giv'n thee of grace, wherein thou may'st repent, And one bad act with many deeds well done May'st cover: well may then thy Lord appeas'd Redeem thee quite from death's rapacious claim; But longer in this paradise to dwell
Permits not to remove thee I am come,
And send thee from the garden forth to till
O unexpected stroke, worse than of death! Must I thus leave thee, paradise? thus leave Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades, Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, Quiet though sad, the respite of that day
250 Inclin'd] See Spens. F. Qu. V. ix. 34.
'To whom she eke inclyning her withall.'
and Fairfax's Tasso, ix. 60.
264 gripe] Browne's Brit. Pas. B. i. s. iii.
'Free from the gripes of sorrow every one.' Todd.
That must be mortal to us both. O flowers,
At ev'n, which I bred up with tender hand
And wild? how shall we breathe in other air
Less pure, accustom'd to immortal fruits?
Whom thus the angel interrupted mild.
Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp
273 O flowers] See Ovidii Metam. V. 399, of Proserpine.
Tantaque simplicitas puerilibus adfuit annis,
280 nuptial] Compare Euripidis Alcestis, v. 247.
Γαῖα τε, καὶ μελάθρων στέγαι
Νυμφίδιαι τε κοιται