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Paradise Regain'd.

А

P O E M.

In Four BOOKS.

To which is added

SAMSON AGONISTES

A N D

POEMS upon several Occasions.

Compos'd at several Times.

The AUTHOR

JOHN MILTON

The FIFTH EDITION.

LONDON, Printed for Jacob Tonfon, within Grays-Inn Gate next

Grays-Inn Lane. 1707.

1

Paradise Regaind.

BO O K I.

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Who e'er while the happy Garden sung,
By one man's Disobedience loft, now sing

Recoyer'd Paradise to all mankind,
By one man's firm Obedience fully try'd
Through all temptation, and the Tempter foil'd
In all his wiles, defeated and repuls'd,
And Eden rais'd in the waste Wilderness.

Thou Spirit who ledst this glorious Eremite Into the Desart, his Victorious Field Against the spiritual Foe, and broughtft him thence By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire, As thou art wont, my prompted Song else mute,

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And bear thro' heighth or depth of Nature's bounds
With prosperous wing full summ'd to tell of deeds
Above Heroic, though in secret done,
And unrecorded left through many an Ages
Worthy i have not remain'd so long unsung.

Now had the great Proclaimer with a voice
More awful than the sound of Trumpet, cry'd
Repentance, and Heaven's Kingdom nigh at hand
To all Baptiz’d: to his great Baptism flock'd
With awe the Regions round, and with them came
From Nazareth the Son of Joseph deem'd
To the flood Jordan came, as then obscure,
Unmarkt, unknown'; but him the Baptist foon
Descry'd, divinely warn'd, and witness bore
As to his worthier, and would have resign'd
To him his Heavenly Office, nor was long
His witness unconfirm'd: on him baptiz'd
Heav'n open'd, and in likeness of a Dove
The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice
From Heav'n pronounc'd him his beloved Son.
That heard the Adversary, who roving still
About the World, at that Assembly fam'd
Would not be last, and with the voice divine

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