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in his Purpose, excites all his Thoughts of Mifchief :
WHITHER, my Thoughts, have you led me! how fweetly carried me into luch a Transport, as could make me forget what brought me hither! Love brought me not, but Hate; not the Hope to tafte Pleasure here, and exchange PARADISE for Hell, but to destroy all Pleasure, excepting that which I take in Destruction; all other Joy is lost to me! then don't let me flip the Opportunity which now fo favourably offers. Behold the Woman aloné, liable to all Attempts ! and her Husband (for I can fee far round) not near her; whofe better Understanding. I rather shun, as well as his Strength, he being of a haughty Courage, though made of Earth, yet composed of Limbs heroic and not weak, and as I cannot wound him nor touch his Body, no inconsiderable Foe: It is not so with me, so much hath Hell debased, and Pain weakened me to what I was in Heaven, and I am liable to all : She is divinely fair, and fit Love for Gods, not terrible ; though Terror be in Love and Beauty, unless it is approached by a Mind armed with Hate as mine is ; a Hate the greater, as it is disguised under diffembled Love, which is the Way I propose to take to bring her Ruin to pass.
Thus fpake the great Enemy of MANKIND, having poffeffed the Serpent, and made his Way towards Eve; not prone and waving upon the Ground, as Serpents are i:ow, but rising from his Tail in Circles one above another : He had upon his Head a Crest, which he bore aloft, and his Eyes resembled Carbuncles ; his Neck a bright Grals green, finely touched up (as Painters express it) with Gold, rising up in circling Spirits from his Body, which lay and Hoated about upon the Grass ; his Shape was very
lovely and pleasing, never since of Serpent-kind was more beautiful ; nor those that HERMIONE () and CADMUS (P) were feigned to be changed into, in IlLYRIA; or the God worshipped in EPIDAURUS (9) ; nor those to which it was pretended Jupiter Am
(0) Hermione ; Lar. Gr. from of the Serpent, i. e. of Cadmus the Heb. i. e. The East; from the Hivite, the Inventor of, or M. Hermon in the Eait of Ca. Worker in Brass; and the Henaan, where she was born. She brezu Word, which fignifies V. was the Daughter of Mars and fignifies also an armed Man. Penus, and the Wife of Cadmus, (9) Epidaurus, or Epitaurus; of which the Poets made many as Eulatius and Strabo call it; Fables.
Lat. from the Gr. i. e. Near the () Cadmus; Lat. Gr. Heb.
Bull. An ancient City of Agria, i. e. The East: An antient Phee a small Region of the Peloponnenician, born at Sidon, said to be fus or Morea, upon the Egean che Son, rather the General, of Sea; built by Darius, the Son of Agenor, King of Pbenicia, about Hytaspes, according to Pliny, À M. 2660. But more likely Lib. vi. c. 27. But by Tiron, he was a Cadomite, about M. the Father of Memnon, who Hermon. The Cadomites are men came to aflilt at the Siege of Troy, tioned, Gen. xv. 19. About the according to Strabo, about A. M.
Time of Joshua, Cadmus filed 2976, and so called in Memory from his victorious Arms, came of Jupiter's carrying Europa into Greece, settled a Colony of from Phenice into Greece, and the Old Phænicians there, built landing there, about A.M. 2660. Thebes in Boetia, taught the There £fculapius was born, bů. Greeks the Use of Letters, Steel, ried and worshipped; now called Copper, Brass, and other Arts; Esculapio after him: Thither for which he was highly cele the Sick resorted for Cures. The braced. He married Hermione, Romans were directed in a raging flew a terrible Serpent that lay Plague, to fetch him, in the Year by the Well Dirce, which de 461. The Epidaurians were un. ftroyed Man' and Beast therea. willing to part with their God, bout, and all his own Men, but in the mean time an huge Ser'five ; and at last both his Wife pent swam in to their Ship, and and he was changed into Ser wound itself round in the Stern, pents : Because he killed one, which they took for the God, that was sacred to Mars. The and carried him to Rome. There Truth is, Cadmus was a Hivite, it quitted the Ship, and went Heb. i. e. a Serpent, the relto. into a little Ife in the River Tin ring his Men to Life is, to enlist ber ; the Pestilence abated ; and them into his Army ; the Spears therefore they erected a Temof Brals were said to be the Teeth ple to Æsculapius without the
MON (r) was transformed, when he begot ALEX-
Walls; and worshipped him Name was Myrtalis; Lat. Gr. under that Form. The Peo j. e. A Myrtle tree, Luftin. Lib.9. ple of this place are celebrated 7. 13. the Wife of Philip, King by Virgil for their useful Art of of Macedon, and Mocher of taming Horses. There is an. Alexander the Great ; She is other City of the Name in Dal. raid to have conceived him, not matia, near the Gulph of Ve. of her own Husband, but of an. nice.
other huge Serpent. Hence, the (") Jupiter Ammon; Ham, flattering Greeks persuaded Alex. the Son of Noah, who had Afri. ander, that Jupiter Hammon, ca for his Shate. In the sandy in the form of a Serpent, was hot Desarts of Lybia, a famous his real Facher : Therefore he Temple and Oracle were erected marched through the vast Deto his Memory, whom the fart of Lybia to visit him, which Greeks called Jupiter Hammon. the cunning Priest confirmed,
(o) Capitoline ; of the Capi- and called him, the Son of Jutol; Lat. i. e. the Head of To- piter. This is related by Jujlin, lus, which was found buried Pliny, Q. Curtius, &c. there, when they dug for the (u) Scipio; Lat. i. e. A Staff. Foundation of it. The Capi. This was Publius Cornelius Scicol is the grand Castle of Rome, pio Africanus, who conquered where Jupiter Capitolinus was Hannibal, razed Carthage, adworshipped in a moft ftately and ded tfrica to the Roman Em. rich Temple, who under the pire, and advanced it to the Form of another Serpent is said Height of all its Glory : for to have conversed with the Mo which the Senate decreed that ther of Scipio Africanus: This he should be filed, Tbe best Temple was begun by Tarquin I. Man. But it was reported, the fifth King of Rome, A. M. that he was the Son of Jupiter 3372. upon the Mount Tarpeias, Capitolinus, who conversed with and finished_by his Nephew his Mother in the Form of anoTarquin the Proud. It was burnt ther Serpent allo. Liv. Decad. under Vitellius, and rebuilt by 3. L. 6. Vefpafian, again under Tirus, and (x) Rome; Heb. i. e. High; rebuilt by Domitian, with great being built on leven Hills; or Pomp.
Gr. i. e. Strength and Power, (1) Olympia ; Lar. from the The chief City of Ilaly upon Gr. 'i. é. All Light; her first both sides of the Tyber, ten
At firit like one who wanted Access, and yet was afraid to interrupt, he worked his Way sidelong and winding about : Just as when a Ship brought on by fome skilful Pilot, near to a River's Mouth or Foreland, where the Wind veers often, shifts Sail accordingly; lo he varied his Morions, and made many a wanton Curl of his crooked Train in the Sight of Eve, in Hopes to allure her Eye. She being busy, though she heard the Sound of Leaves ruftling, took no Notice, as being used often to have the Bealts sport before her through the Field, they all being obedient to her Call. He now grown bolder, thougn uncalled, ftood before her, but leemed only gazing on her in Admiration : He often bowed his Head, and his neek shining Neck like Enamel; and fawning licked the Ground the trod upon: At length his gentle dumb Expression drawed the Eye of Evs to take Notice of his Play: He glad that he had gained her Attention, making the Serpe.it's Tongue or Impulse of vocal Air an Instrument of Speech, thus began his fraudulent Temptation :
Sovereign Mistress! (who alone art wonderful) wonder not, much less arm thy mild Looks with Dildain, nor be displeased that I approach thee thus,
Miles from the Sea, and eight count. Yet it was taken ten hundred and forty Miles from Times ; iti, by the Gauls; 2d, London; the Seat of the Roman by Alaric King of the Goths ; Empire, and for a long Time, 3d, by Genseric King of Vandals; the Mistress of the World, having 4th, by Totila King of the Goths; had the greatest Part of Europe, sch, by Odoacer King of the He. Afia and Africa under her. It ruli; by Tbrodericus King of the was built by Romulus, at the End Goths ; 7th, by Gundebald King of the third Year of the fixth of the Burgundians ; &th, by the Olympiad, A. M. 3031 ; 431 af Moors ; gih, by Henry VI. Em. ter the Destruction of Troy; and peror of Germany ; roch, by 753 before the Incarnation, ac Charles Duke of Bourbon, A. D. cording to the most exact Ac 1528.
and gaze on thee continually without thinking I can ever gaze enough ; nor have I (thus fingly) feared thy awful Brow, much more awful now retired. Fairelt Resemblance of thy fair Maker ! all Things living gaze on thee, being thine by Gist, and adore thy heavenly Beauty, which they behold with Transport ! best to be beheld where it might be universally admired; but here among these Beasts, in this wild Inclosure, (who are but rude Beholders, and incapable of discerning Half what is fair in thee) except one Man, who fees thee? And what is one, for thee, who shouldeit be seen a Goddess among Gods, and be adored and served by numberless Angels, and have them in thy daily Train.
So flattered the Tempter, and introduced himself : His Words made foine Impression upon the Heart of Eve, though she marvelled much at the Voice; at Length, not without Amazement, the replied:
What can be the Meaning of this ? Do I hear the Langủage of Man and human. Sense, expressed by the Tongue of a Brute ? Language, at least i thought, had been denied to Beasts, whom God, on the Day of their Creation, created mute to all articulate Sound: That they may indeed have Understanding I debate within myself, for much Reason often appears both in their Looks and Actions. I knew thee to be the subtlest Beast of the Field, but did not know that Serpents were endued with human Voice, Do this Miracle once more, and say how thou becamest capable of Speech; and why thou art grown to friendly to me above the rest of the Beasts that are daily in Sight? This tell me! for the Relation of such a Fonder will demand due Attention.
To whom the deceitful Tempter replied thus : Resplendent Eve! Empress of this fair World ! it is