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Celestial, whether among the thrones, or nam'd Of them the highest, for such of shape may seem Prince above princes, gently hast thou told Thy message, which might else in telling wound, And in performing end us; what besides Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring, Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess, and only consolation left Familiar to our eyes; all places else Inhospitable appear and desolate, Nor knowing us nor known; and if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of him who all things can, I would not cease To weary
him with my assiduous cries. But prayer against his absolute decree No more avails than breath against the wind, Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to his great bidding I submit. This most afflicts me, that departing hence As from his face I shall be hid, depriv'd His blessed count’nance; here I could frequent, With worship, place by place, where he vouchsaf?d Presence divine, and to my sons relate, On this mount he appear’d, under this tree Stood visible, among these pines his voice I heard, here with him at this fountain talk'd :' So many grateful altars I would rear Of
grassy turf, and pile up every stone
weary] So Hor. Od. i. ii. 26. “Prece qua fatigent.'
Of lustre from the brook, in memory,
To whom thus Michael with regard benign. Adam, thou know'st heaven his, and all the earth, 335 Not this rock only; his omnipresence fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual power and warm’d: All th' earth he gave thee to possess and rule,
, No despicable gift; surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confin'd Of paradise or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread All generations, and had hither come From all the ends of th' earth, to celebrate And reverence thee their great progenitor. But this preeminence thou hast lost, brought down To dwell on even ground now with thy sons : Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain God is as here, and will be found alike
325 memory] So Beaum. and Fletch. D. Marriage, act ii. sc. i.
• The memory and monuments of good men
Todd. 344 hither] So the first ed. read,--thither most of the later.
Present, and of his presence many a sign
To whom thus Adam gratefully reply'd.
374 arming] Aiming. Bentl. MS. 375 suffering] Virg. Æn. V. 710.
Quidquid erit, superanda omnis fortuna ferendo est.' Hume. VOL. II.
Of paradise the highest, from whose top
397 Negus] See Lisle's Du Bartas, p. 115.
400 Sofala) See Bentleii Epist. ed. Burneii, p. 105, and Bruce's Travels, vol. ï. p. 362.
On Europe thence, and where Rome was to sway
Adam, now ope thine eyes, and first behold
412 film] See Dante Il Purgat. i. 96.
“Va' dunque, e fa', che tu costui ricinga
Sì ch' ogni sucidume quindi stinga.' 418 mental sight] Pulci, c. xxv. st. 308.
Ora all' occhio mentale è conceduto