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The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks
To lessen thee, against his purpose serves
To manifest the more thy might: his evil 615
Thou usest, and from thence creat'st more good.
Witness this new-

made world, another Heav'n
From Heaven gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;
Of amplitude almost immense, with stars

Numerous, and every star perhaps a world
Of destin'd habitation; but thou know'st
Their seasons: among these the seat of men,
Earth, with her nether ocean circumfus’d,
Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy men,
And sons of men, whom God hath thus advanc'd! 626
Created in his image, there to dwell
And worship him, and in reward to rule
Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air,
And multiply a race of worshippers

630 Holy and just: thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright!

“So sung they, and the empyréan rung With halleluiahs: thus was sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd 635 How first this world and face of things began, And what before thy memory was done From the beginning, that posterity, Inform’d by thee, might know: if else thou seek'st Ought, not surpassing human measure, say."








Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubt fully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge: Adam assents ; and, still desirous to detain Raphael, relates to him what he remembered since his own creation; his placing in Paradise ; his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society; his first meeting and nuptials with Eve; his discourse with the angel thereupon ; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.



THE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he awhile
Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear;
Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd.
“What thanks sufficient, or what recompense

Equal have I to render thee, divine
Historian, who thus largely hast allay'd
The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd
This friendly condescension to relate
Things, else by me insearchable, now heard 10
With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
With glory attributed to the high
Creator? something yet of doubt remains,
Which only thy solution can resolve.
When I behold this goodly frame, this workel, 15
Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute
Their magnitudes; this earth, a spot, a grain,
An atom, with the firmament compar'd
And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll
Spaces incomprehensible (for such

20 Their distance argues, and their swift return Diurnal) merely to officiate light Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot, One day and night, in all their vast survey Useless besides ; reasoning, I oft admire,

25 How Nature, wise and frugal, could cornmit Such disproporțions, with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create,

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