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BOOK XII.

Whereto thus Adam, fatherly displeased:
"O execrable son! so to aspire
Above his brethren, to himself assuming
Authority usurped, from God not given.
He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
Dominion absolute; that right we hold
By his donation; but man over men
He made not lord; such title to himself70
Reserving, human left from human free.
But this usurper his encroachment proud
Stays not on Man; to God his tower intends
Seige and defiance. Wretched man! what food
Will he convey up thither, to sustain
Himself and his rash army? where thin air
Above the clouds will pine his entrails gross,
And famish him of breath, if not of bread."
To whom thus Michael:—"Justly thou abhorrest
That son, who on the quiet state of men80
Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
Rational liberty; yet know withal,
Since thy original lapse, true liberty
Is lost, which always with right reason dwells,
Twinned, and from her hath no dividual being.
Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,
Immediately inordinate desires
And upstart passions catch the government
From reason, and to servitude reduce
Man, till then free. Therefore, since he permits90