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BOOK VIII.

Which thou hast rightly named, but of thyself
Expressing well the spirit within thee free,440
My image, not imparted to the brute,
Whose fellowship therefore, unmeet for thee,
Good reason was thou freely shouldest dislike;
And be so minded still. I, ere thou spakest,
Knew it not good for Man to be alone,
And no such company as then thou sawest
Intended thee, for trial only brought,
To see how thou couldest judge of fit and meet
What next I bring shall please thee, be assured,
Thy likeness, thy fit help, thy other self,450
Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.'
"He ended, or I heard no more; for now
My earthly by his heavenly overpowered,
Which it had long stood under, strained to the highth
In that celestial colloquy sublime,
As with an object that excels the sense,
Dazzled and spent sunk down, and sought repair
Of sleep, which instantly fell on me, called
By Nature as in aid, and closed mine eyes.
Mine eyes he closed, but open left the cell460
Of fancy, my internal sight, by which,
Abstract as in a trance, methought I saw,
Though sleeping, where I lay and saw the Shape
Still glorious before whom awake I stood;
Who stooping opened my left side, and took