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with ADAM, as one Friend with another, in what Bower or Shade thou mayit find him, retired from the Heat of the Noon, to give fome Respite to his Day Labour with Repait or with Repose ; and bring on fuch Dilcourle as may advise him of the happy State he is in, Happiness in his Power, left to his own free Will; his Will, though free yeț mutable : Thence take Occasion co warn him, to beware he swerve not, by imagining himself too secure: Withal, tell him his Danger, and from whom; what Enemy lately fallen himtelf from Heaven, is now contriving the Fall of others from a like State of Happiness : Is this to be done by Violence ? No; for that shall be withstood; but by Deceit and Lies : Let him know this, left transgressing wilfully he should pretend Surprizal, and that he was unadmonished and unforewarned.
So spoke the eternal FATHER, and so fulfilled all Justice : Nor did the Angel make any Delay after he had received his Charge ; but from among Thousands of bright and holy Angels, where he stood veiled with his beautiful Wings, springing up lightly, he few through the Midst of Heaven; the Choirs of the Angels parting on each Hand gave Way to his Speed, 'till he arrived at the Gate of Heaven, which opened of its own Accord, turning on golden Hinges, as God the sovereign Architect had by divine Workmanship framed it. From hence no Star or Cloud interposing to obstruct his Sight, he faw (not unlike to the other shining Globes, though it appeared to be very sinall) the Earth, and the Garden of God, with Cedars growing in it, above all Hills : As when by Night, through a Telescope, imagined Lands and Regions are observed in the Moon, or a Piloc from amidst the CYCLADES (6), sees DELOS (C), or Sa
(6) Cyclades; Lat. Gr. i. e. in a Circle, round about Delos, Circles, fifty-three Islands lying in the Archipelaga.
MOS (d) first appearing to be only a cloudy Spot. He speeds down thither direct in Flight, and through the Sky flies between the Stars : Now with Iteady Wing upon the Polar Winds (e), then, with his Wings fans the yielding Air? till arriving where towering Eagles could foar as high, to all the Fowls he seems a Phoenix (f), gazed on by all as that Bird, when he flies to burn himself to Death in the Fire of
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(c) Delos ; Lat. from the Gr. and Diana were chiefly adored, i. e. Manifeft or Appearing : Bc. and had a famous Oracle in it, cause (as the Fable goes) it lay un The Turks poffeís it, and the Ve. der Water or floated about, for a netians reduced it, A.D. 1674. Jong Time, till Neptune at the (d) Samos, Lat. Gr. i, e, Command of Jupiter, fixed it, High: Because it is upon a bigla that Latona might lie in of Apol and lofty Ground ; Another of lo and Dianathere. Rather from thefe Ifles over againit Ephefus ; Daal, Heb. i. e. Foar : Because about ninety Miles from Jeruthey were worshipped in this I. falem. It is rendered famous for Nand, and some Remains of the being the Birth-Place ofthe great magnificent Temple of Apollo, Philosopher Pythagoras, about as Marble Pillars, are visible there. And for that Reason it () Polar Winds, i. e. The was esteemed so facred, that the Winds that blow from the North Inhabitants would not suffer a and South Poles. Dog, or any fick Person to live in Phoenix ; Lar from the it, or any Dead to be buried Gr. i.e. Red, Crimson coloured. therein ; whom they fent to a A very rare Bird, of a Purple neighbouring Iandcalled Colour, like an Eagle. They Rbene. But the true Reason of say it broeds in Arabia, livech this Name is this, because it ap. three hundred, others say five pears fooneft of any to the Sai hundred, fome fix hundred and lors. The common Treasures of Sixty, and others one thousaid Greece were deposited in it, for four hundred and fixty nine that Reason. It was first called Years; that it buras itself to Ortygia, Gr. i. e. A Quail; be Death in a Neft of fweet Spices, causc chefe Birds abounded in about Thebes in Egypt ; out of that Ifand. The Ifland is small, these Athes another springeth. not above five or fix Miles in It is an Emblem of the ResurrecCompass; twice as long as tion of the Dead ; and the Fabroad, low, rocky, barren, thers orged it for a Proof there. now desolate, and called Zdeli: of, againft the Heathens, who And esteemed the first and chif believed it real; but most of the Cyclades : because Apollo think it is a Fable.
the Sun, as far as the ÆGYPTIAN THEBES (8). At once he lights upon the Eastern Cliff of PARADISE, and returns to the Shape he had, when God gave him the Charge, a winged Seraph : He wore fix Wings to fhade his divine Lineaments; the Pair that clad each broad Shoulder came mantling with regal Ornament over his Breast : the middle Pair girded his Waist like a Girdle of Stars, and covered round his Loins and Thighs with golden Feathers, and Colours that were dipped in Heaven; the third Pair shadowed his Feet with Sky-coloured Feathers of heavenly Beauty : He stood like him the Poets feign to be the Son of MAIA (h), and shook his Plumes so that heavenly Fragrance filled the wide Circuit. He was soon known to all the Bands of Angels, who were guarding under Watch, and they all rose up as he past, in Honour to his State and high Message ; for upon such they guessed him to be bound : He went by their glittering Tents, and now was come into PARADISE, through Groves of Myrrh,sweet Flowers, Cassia (i), Spikenard (k), and Balm, a Wilderness of Sweets ; for Nature wantoned here as in her Youth, and played
(e) Thebes feveral Cities are Wet-Indies it grows to be a very called lo; this was in Egypt, cal
large Tree. led also Heliopolis, Gr. 7. e. The (k) Spikenard;
Heb. i. e. City of the Sun : and the Coun Sweet Ointments; another sweet try about it, Thebais, now smelling Shrub, growing in ATbeves.
rabia, Syria, and India, called (b) Maia; Lat. Gr. i. e. A Nardos by the Greeks, and SpikeNurje. The Daughter of Al nard by us. See Cant. j. 12. las, of whom Jupiter begot Mer Mark xiv. 3. John xii. 3. With cury.
Oil made of this and other sweet (1) Caffia; Lat. Gr. Heb. smelling Herbs, the Ancients aKetfioth, i. e. A Scraping. A nointed themfelves and their sweet (melling Shrub in Arabia, Guests, whilft they fat at Table. Egypt, &c. for when the Bark of Psalm xxiii. 5.“ Thou preparest it is scraped, it sends out a most «i a Table before me, in the fragrant Smell, like Cinnamon. « Presence of mine Enemies : There are nine Species of it, Thou anointeft
my Head witb About Alexandria and in the ” Oil, my Cup runneth over."
Virgin Fancies at Pleasure, pouring forth Sweets in great Abundance, wild above Rule and above Art, and full of every Thing that could bring Happiness, Adam discerned him coming onward through the Foreit of Spices, as he fac at the Door of his cool Bower ; while now the Meridian Sun shot his hot Rays directly downward, to warm the inmost Bowels of the Earth, (with more Warmth than was neceffary for MAN) and Eve within at the accustomed Hour prepared favoury Fruits for Dinner, Taste to please a true Appetite, and not give a Difrelish to Draughts between, taken from the soft Stream, or pressed from Berries or Grapes ; to whom Adam called thus :
Eve, hasten hither, and behold what glorious Shape worthy thy Sight comes this Way, moving Eastward among those Trees, and seems another Morning risen at Noon-Day ; perhaps he brings to us jome great Message from Heaven, and will To-day vouchlafe to be our Guest ; but do thou go with Speed, and bring forth what thy Stores contain, and pour
forth Abundance, fit to receive and honour our heavenly Stranger ; we may well afford our Givers their own Gifts, and largely bestow what is largely bestowed on us, where Nature multiplies her plentiful Growth, and by disburthening herself, grows the more fruitful, which may ferve for Instruction to us not to spare.
To whom Eve replied ; ADAM, whom God made from the Earth, and breathed Life into! a small Store will serve, where Abundance in all Seasons hangs ripe for Use on the Stalk, except what by frugal Keeping gains more Firmness and Maturenets, making it more nourishing and consuming superfluous Moisture : But I will halten, and from every Tree and Plant, and juiciest Ground, will pluck fuch choice Fruit to entertain our Guest the Angel, as,
when he beholds, he shall confess that God hath difpensed his Bounties here on Earth, even as he has in Heaven.
SAYING this, with busy Looks and in Hafte she turns away, intent upon hospitable Thoughts, what Fruits to chuse that were most delicate ; and in what Order to contrive not to mix Tastes, disagreeable to one another, and not elegant ; but bring Tafte after Taste, changing them so as they may still please. She stirs about, and gathers from each tender Stalk whatever the fruitful Earth yields, either in East or West INDIA, or the middle Shore in PONTUS (1), or the Punic (1) Coast; or where ALCINOUS (n) reigned ; a large Tribute of Fruit of all kinds, in rough Coat, sanooth Rind, or bearded Husk, or Shell, and heaps them
upon the Board with an unsparing Hand: For 11) Portus ; Lar. Gr. i e. he died, after ten Years Con. The Sea. It is called the Euxine finement to a cold Climate and Sea, the Black Sea, Mare Mag barbarous Inhabitants, where he giore (by the lialians, i. e. The wrote his triftia. greater Sea, through Ignorance) (m) Punic, Phæniciat, q. Per and by other Names. Pontus is nic from the Pæni or Bene- Anak, a small Sea in Leffer Afa, upon Heb. i. e. The Sons of Anak, the North-East Side of Confiar. a famous Giant, Numb. xiii. 22. tinople, runneth into the White 28. The old Inhabitants of Sea, and from thence into the Canaan, in the Days of Mofes. Mediterranean Sea. A fine Coun. (x) Alcinous ; Lai. Gr. i. e. cry about it is also called Pontus, Magnanimous. An antient King Aas ii. 9. 1 Pet. i. 1. The an of Corcyra (now Corfu) in the tient Scyrbians or Tartars border. Mouth of the Gulph of Venice ; ed upon is. Pontus was made a who had fair Orchards, it being Kingdom by Darius the Son of an Apple Country. The Poes, Hyapis, A. M. 3490, in fa. in bigh Commendation of them, vour of Artabazus, a Son of one feigned they were Golden Ap. of the Lords of Perpa, who con ples, which Homer cook from spired against the Magi, who the Garden and Apples of Parahad usurped thac Throne. After dise. The latter Poets bad this him fix of the Name of Mi from him, and he from all An., thridates, and other Kings reign tiquity. He entertained Ulyles, ed there. Ovid was banished when he was cast upon his land, thither by Auguftus ; and there magnificently.