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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
What better can we do, than to the place
So spake our father penitent, nor Eve
The end of the Tenth Book.
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.