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What seem'd both spear,and shield. Now dreadful deeds
Satan! I know thy strength and thou know'stmine:
The end of the fourth Bock,
The ARGUMENT, Morning approach'd, Eve relates to Adam
her troublesome dream; he likes it not, yet comforts her: they come forth to their daily labors: their morning hymn at the door of their bower. God, to render Man inexcusable, sends Raphael to admonijh bim of his obedience, of his free estate, of his enemy near at hand, who he is, and why his enemy, and whatever elle may avail Adam to know. Raphael comes down to Paradise; his appearance describ'd, his coming discern'd by Adam afar-off, fitting at the door of his bower; he
goes out to meet him, brings him to his bodge, entertains him with the choice/?
fruits of Paradise got together by Eve; their discourse at table: Raphael performs his mesage, minds Adam of his state, and of his enemy; relates, at Adam's request, who that enemy is, and how he came to be so; beginning from his first revolt in heaven, and the occasion thereof; how he drew his legions after him to the parts of the north, and there incited them to rebel with him; persuading all but only Abdiel, a Seraph, who in argument disuades and opposes him, then forfakes him.