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<T TITLE>PARADISE REGAIN'D
<T TITLE>A POEM
<T TITLE>%The First Book.%
<T PROSE>I Who e're while the happy Garden sung,
By one mans disobedience lost, now sing
Recover'd Paradise to all mankind,
By one mans firm obedience fully tri'd
Through all temptation, and the Tempter foil'd
In all his wiles, defeated and repuls't,
And %Eden% rais'd in the wast Wilderness.
Thou Spirit who ledst this glorious Eremite
Into the Derest, his Victorious Field
Against the Spiritual Foe, and broughtest him thence
By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire,
As thou art wont, my prompted Song else mute,
And bear through highth or depth of natures bounds
With prosperous wing full summ'd to tell of deeds
Above Heroic, though in secret done,
And unrecorded left through many an Age,
Worthy t' have not remain'd so long unsung.
Now had the great Proclaimer with a voice
More awf . . .