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I have in view; calling to mind with heed 103 Part of our sentence, that thy seed shall bruise The Serpent's head; piteous amends, unless Be meant, whom I conjecture, our grand foe Satan, who in the serpent hath contriv'd Against us this deceit: to crush his head 10 Would be revenge indeed; which will be loft By death brought on ourselves, or childless days Resolv’d,as thou proposest; so our foe Shall 'scape his punishment ordain'd, and we Instead shall double ours upon our heads. 10 No more be mention’d then of violence Against ourselves, and wilful barrenness, That cuts us off from hope, and savors only Rancor and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God, and his just yoke Laid on our necks. Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard and judg'd, Without wrath or reviling; we expected Immediate dissolution, which we thought Was meant by death that day; when lo, to thee, Pains only in child-bearing were foretold, And bringing forth, soon recompens'd with joy Fruit of thy womb: on me, the curse aflope Glanc'd on the ground; with labor I must earn My bread; what harm? Idleness had been worse; My labor will sustain me; and left cold Or heat should injure us, his timely care

Hath unbesought provided, and his hands
Cloth'd us unworthy, pitying while he judg'd;
How much more, if we pray him, will his ear 1060
Be open, and his heart to pity incline,
And teach us further by what means to shun
Th’inclement seasons, rain, ice, hail and snow?
Which now the sky, with various face, begins
To show us in this mountain, while the winds 1065
Blow moist and keen, shattering the graceful locks
Of these fair spreading trees; which bids us seek
Some better shroud, some better warmth to cherish
Our limbs benumm’d, ere this diurnal star
Leave cold the night; how we his gather'd beams 1070
Reflected, may with matter sere foment,
Or by collision of two bodies grind
The air attrite to fire; as late the clouds
Justling,or push'd with winds, rude in their shock,1074
Tine the slant lightning; whose thwart flame driv'n
Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine, (down
And sends a comfortable heat from far,
Which might supply the sun: such fire to use,
And what may else be remedy or cure
To evils which our own misdeeds have wrought, 1080
He will instruct us praying, and of grace
Beseeching him, so as we need not fear
To pass commodiously this life, sustain’d
By him with many comforts, till we end
In dust, our final rest and native home.

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What better can we do, than to the place
Repairing where he judg'd us, prostrate fall
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears
Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air 1090
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek?
Undoubtedly he will relent and turn
From his displeasure; in whose look serene,
When angry moft he seem'd and most severe, 1093
What else but favor, grace, and mercy shone?

So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
Felt less remorse: they forthwith to the place
Repairing where he judg’d them, proftrate fell
Before him reverent, and both confessd 110
Humbly their faults, and pardon begg’d, with tear
Watering the ground, and with their sighs the air
Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign
Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek.

The end of the Tenth Book.

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THE ARGUMENT. The Son of God presents to his Father the prayers of our fi

parents now repenting, and intercedes for them: God a cepts them, but declares that they must no longer abide Paradise; sends Michael with a band of Cherubim to d possess them; but first to reveal to Adam future things: A chael's coming down. Adam shows to Eve certain omin. figns; he discerns Michael's approach, goes out to meet hi the Angel denounces their departure. Eve's Lamentati Adam pleads, but submits: The Angel leads him up t high hill, sets before him in vision what shall happen the flood.

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