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Man's transgression known, the guardian angels for.
sake Paradise, and return up to Heaven to approve their rigilance, and are approved; God declaring that the entrance of Satan could not be by them prevented. He sends his Son to judge the transgressors who descends and gives sentence accordingly; then in pity clothes them both, and reascends. Sin and Death, sitting till then at the gates of Hell, by wondrous sympathy feeling the suecess of Satan in this new world, and the sin by man there committed, resolve to sit no longer confined in Hell, but to follow Satan their sire up to the place of man: to make the way easier from Hell to this world to and fro, they pave a broad high-way or bridge over Chaos, according to the track that Satan first made; then, pre. paring for Earth, they meet him, proud of his success, returning to Hell; their mutual gratulation. Satan arrives at Pandemonium ; in full assembly relates with boasting his success against man; instead of applause is entertained with a general hiss by all his audience, transformed with himself also suddenly into serpents, according to his doom given in Paradise; then, deluded with a show of the forbidden tree springing up before them, they, greedily reaching to take of the fruit, chew dust and bitter ashes. The proceedings of Sin and Death; God foretels the final victory of his Son over them, and the renewing of all things; but, for the present, commands bis angels to make several alterations in the Heavens and elements. Adam, more and more perceiving his fallen condition, heavily bewails, rejects the condolement of Eve; she persists, and at length appeases him: then, to evade the curse likely to fall on their offspring, proposes to Adam violent ways, which he approves not; but, conceiving bet. ter bope, puts her in mind of the late promise made them, that her seed should be revenged on the serpent, and exhorts her with bim to seek peace of the offended Deity,
nce and supplication.
MEANWHILE the heinous and despiteful act
10 Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend. For still they knew, and ought to have still remem
berd, The high injunction, not to taste that fruit, Whoever tempted; which they not obeying, Incurr'd (what could they less ?) the penalty, 15 And, manifold in sin, deserv'd to fall, Up into Heav'n from Paradise in haste The angelic guards ascended, mute and sad For man, for of his state by this they knew, Much wond'ring how the subtle fiend had stol'n 20 Entrance unseen. Soon as th' unwelcome news From Earth arriv'd at Heaven gate, displeasd All were who heard ; dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages, yet, mix'd With pity, violated not their bliss.
25 About the newarriv'd, in multitudes Th'ethereal people ran, to hear and know How all befel: they towards the throne supreme Accountable, made haste to make appear, With righteous plea, their utmost vigilance, 80 And easily approv'd; when the most high
Eternal Father, from his secret cloud,
" Assembled angels, and ye pow’rs return'd
50 Because not yet inflicted, as he feard, By some immediate stroke; but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance, ere day end. Justice shall not return as bounty scorn'd. But whom send I to judge them? whom but thee, 55 Vicegerent Son? to thee I have transferr'd All judgment, whether in Heav'n, or Earth, or Hell. Easy it may be seen that I intend Mercy colleague with justice, sending thee Man's friend, his mediator, his designd
60 Both ransom and redeemer voluntary, And destin'd man himself to judge man fall’n.”
So spake the Father, and unfolding bright Toward the right hand his glory, on the Son Blaz'd forth unclouded deity; he full
65 Resplendent all his Father manisest Express'd, and thus divinely answer'd mild.
* Father eternal, thine is to decree; Mine, both in Heav'n and Earth, to do thy will Supreme; that thou in me, thy Son belov'd, 70 May'st ever rest well pleas'd. I go to judge