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Of amplitude almost immense, with stars 620
So sung they, and the empyrean rung With Halleluiahs. Thus was Sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd 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 Aught, not surpassing human measure, say. 640
END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.
Adam enquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully 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, bis placing in Paradise, his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society, his first meeting and nuptials with Eve, bis discourse with the Angel thereupon; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
BOOK THE EIGHTH.
HE Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he a while Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to
Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully reply'd:
When I behold this goodly frame, this world, 15 Of Heav'n and Earth consisting, and compute Their magnitudes; this earth, a spot, a grain,