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The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks
made world, another Heav'n
630 Holy and just: thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and persevere upright!
“So sung they, and the empyréan rung With halleluiahs: thus was sabbath kept. And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd 635 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 Ought, not surpassing human measure, say."
THE END OF THE SEVENTH BOOK.
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is doubt fully 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; his placing in Paradise ; his talk with God concerning solitude and fit society; his first meeting and nuptials with Eve; his discourse with the angel thereupon ; who, after admonitions repeated, departs.
THE angel ended, and in Adam's ear
20 Their distance argues, and their swift return Diurnal) merely to officiate light Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot, One day and night, in all their vast survey Useless besides ; reasoning, I oft admire,
25 How Nature, wise and frugal, could cornmit Such disproporțions, with superfluous hand So many nobler bodies to create,