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Tho' sleeping, where I lay, and saw the shape Still glorious before whom awake I stood; Who, stooping, open'd my left side, and took From thence a rib, with cordial spirits warm, And life-blood streaming fresh.
Wide was the wound; But suddenly with flesh fill'd
and heal’d. The rib he form'd and fashion'd with his hands: Under his forming hands a creature grew, 470 Manlike, but diff'rent sex; so lovely fair, That what seem'd fair in all the world, seem'd
Mean, or in her summ’d up, in her contain'd,
This turn hath made amends! Thou hast fulfill'd Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign, Giver of all things fair, but fairest this Of all thy gifts, nor enviest ! I now see Bóne of my bone, flesh of my flesh, myself 495 Before me! Woman is her name ; of Man Extracted. For this cause he shall forego Father and mother, and to' his wife adhere : And they shall be one flesh, one heart, one soul.
She heard me thus; and tho' divinely brought, Yet innocence and virgin modesty,
501 Her virtue, and the conscience of her worth, That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won, Not obvious, not obtrusive, but retir'd, The more desirable ; or to say all,
505 Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought, Wrought in her so, that seeing me, she turn'd. I follow'd her : she what was honour knew, And with obsequious majesty approv'd My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bow'r 510 I led her, blushing like the morn. All Heav'n, And happy constellations on that hour Shed their selectest influence! The earth Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill ! Joyous the birds ; fresh gales and gentle airs 515 Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings Flung rose, flung odours from the spicy shrub, Disporting, till the am'rous bird of night Sung spousal, and bid haste the ev’ning-star On his hill-top, to light the bridal lamp. 520
Thus have I told thee all my state, and brought