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Accuse not nature, she hath done her part;
576 adorn) v. Spens. F. Qu. iii. xii. 20.
Wherein true love consists not: love refines
To whom thus half abash'd Adam reply'd.
follow what I approve.
598 genial bed] 'Genialis Lectuli.' Arnob. lib. iv. c. 20. Apuleius de Asino. "Fædus thori genialis.' v. Orellium ad Arnob. vol. ii.
Express they? by looks only? or do they mix
To whom the angel with a smile that glow'd
pure Desiring ; nor restrain’d conveyance need As flesh to mix with flesh, or soul with soul. But I can now no more; the parting sun Beyond the earth's green Cape and Verdant Isles, Hesperean sets, my signal to depart. Be strong, live happy, and love! but first of all i Him whom to love is to obey, and keep : His great command; take heed lest passion sway
Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will 636
green Cape) See Lisle's Du Bartas, p. 94. * Thrusts out the Cape of Fesse, the green Cape and the white.'
637 admit] Used in the Latin sense, as in Ter. Heaut. act v. sc. ii. «Quid ego tantum sceleris admisi miser? Newton.
Free in thine own arbitrement it lies ;
So saying, he arose; whom Adam thus
So parted they, the angel up to heaven
641 Free) See Dante Il Purgat. c. xxvii. v. 127.
"Non aspettar mio dir più, nè mio cenno.
E fallo fora non fare a suo senno.' 653 bower] Compare the parting of Jupiter and Thetis in Hom. I. 1. 532.
-η μεν έπειτα
SATAN having compassed the earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by night into Paradise, and enters into the serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the morning go forth to their labours, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each labouring apart: Adam consents not, alleging the danger, lest that enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone : Eve, loth to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength: Adam at last yields : the serpent finds her alone ; his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with much flattery extolling Eve above all other creatures. Eve, wondering to hear the serpent speak, asks how he attained to human speech and such understanding not till now; the serpent answers, that by tasting of a certain tree in the garden he attained both to speech and reason, till then void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that tree, and finds it to be the Tree of Knowledge forbidden; the serpent, now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat: she, pleased with the taste, deliberates while whether to impart thereof to Adam, or not; at last brings him of the fruit, relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves, through vehemence of love, to perish with her, and extenuating the trespass eats also of the fruit: the effects thereof in them both: they seek to cover their nakedness: then fall to variance and accusation of one another.
No more of talk where God or angel guest With man, as with his friend, familiar used