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ADAM Acknowledges the beneficence of God, and retires to repose in the shade.
End of the First Act.
ACT THE SECOND
God and ADAM, GOD
OD resolves to form a companion for Adam, and does so while Adam is sleeping—he then awakes Adam, and presenting to him his new associate, blesses them both; then leaves them, recommending obedience to his commands.
ADAM and Eve. Adam receives Eve as his wife-praises her, and entreats her to join with him in revering and obeying God—she promises submission to his will, and intreats his instruction—he tells her the prohibition, and enlarges on the beauties of Paradise-on his speaking of flocks, she desires to see them, and he departs to shew her the various animals.
LUCIFER, BELIAL, SATAN. Lucifer laments his expulsion from heaven, and meditates revenge against man--the other demons
relate the cause of their expulsion, and stimulate Lucifer to the revenge he meditates-he resolves to employ the Serpent.
The SERPENT, Eve, LUCIFER. The Serpent questions Eve-derides her fear and her obedience-tempts her to taste the apple--she expreffes her eagerness to do so—the Serpent exults in the prospect of her perdition-Lucifer (who feems to remain as a separate person from the Serpent) expresses also his exultation, and steps aside to listen to a dialogue between Adam and Eve.
Eve declares her resolution to taste the apple, and present it to her husband-fhe tastes it, and expreffes universal hope and animation-she says the Serpent has not deceived her-she feels no sign of death, and prefents the fruit to her husband-hereproves her-- he persists in presling him to eat he complies--declares the fruit sweet, but begins to tremble at his own nakedness-he repents, and expresses his remorse and terror-Eve proposes to form a covering of leaves--they retire to hide themfelves in foliage.
End of the Second Act.
LUCIFER exults in his success, and the other demons applaud him.
RAPHAEL, MICHAEL, GABRIEL. These good spirits lament the fall, and retire with awe on the appearance of God.
God, Eve, ADAM.
God calls on Adam—he appears and laments his nakedness-God interrogates him concerning the tree-he confesses his offence, and accuses Eve she blames the Serpent-God pronounces his malediglion, and sends them from his presence.
Raphael bids them depart from Paradise-Adam laments his destiny-Raphael persists in driving them rather harshly from the garden-Adam begs
that his innocent children may not fuffer for the fault of their mother--Raphael replies, that not only his children, but all his race, muft fuffer, and continues to drive them from the garden-Adam obeys-Eve laments, but soon comforts Adam--he at length departs, animating himself with the idea, that to an intrepid heart every region is a liome.
A CHERUB, Moralizing on the creation and fall of Adam, concludes the third and last act.