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Implacable, and many a dolorous groan
gone to wrack, with ruin overspread, 670 Had not th' Almighty Father, where he sits Shrin'd in his sanctuary of Heav'n secure, Consulting on the sum of things, foreseen This tumult, and permitted all, advis'd : That his great purpose he might so fulfil, To honour his anointed Son aveng'd Upon his enemies, and to declare All pow'r on him transferr'd: whence to his Son Th’ Assessor of his throne, he thus began : Effulgence of
my glory, Son belov’d, 680 Son in whose face invisible is beheld Visibly what by Deity I am, And in whose hand what by decree I do, Second Omnipotence, two days are past,
684 Two days, as we compute the days of Heav'n, Since Michael and his Pow'rs went forth to tame These disobedient. Sore hath been their fight,
As likeliest was, when two such foes met arm'd;
and sword upon thy puissant thigh ; Pursue these sons of darkness, drive them out 715
From all Heav'n's bounds into the utter deep:
direct Shone full: he all his Father full express'd 720 Ineffably into his face receiv'd; And thus the filial Godhead answ'ring, spake:
O Father, 0. Supreme of heav'nly Thrones, First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou always seek'st To glorify thy Son; I always thee,
725 As is most just; this I my glory' account, My exaltation, and
whole delight, That thou in me well pleas'd, declar’st thy will Fulfill'd; which to fulfil is all my
bliss. Sceptre and pow'r, thy giving, I assume, 730 And gladlier shall resign, when in the end Thou shalt be All in All, and I in thee For ever, and in me all whom thou lov'st. But whom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on, 735 Image of thee in all things; and shall soon, Arm'd with thy might, rid Heav'n of these re
bell’d, To their prepar'd ill mansion driven down, To chains of darkness, and th' undying worm, That from thy just obedience could revolt, 740 Whom to obey is happiness entire. Then shall thy Saints unmix'd, and from th?
impure Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned Halleluiahs to thee sing,
Hymns of high praise; and I among them Chief.
So said, he o'er his sceptre bowing, rose". 746 From the right hand of glory where he sat ; And the third sacred morn began to shine, Dawning through Heav'n.
Forth rush'd with whirlwind sound The chariot of paternal Deity,
750 Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel un
drawn, Itself instinct with Spirit, but convoy'd By four Cherubic shapes : four faces each Had wondrous.; as with stars their bodies all And wings were set with eyes, with eyes the wheels
755 Of beryl, and careering fires between; Over their heads a crystal firmament, Whereon a sapphire throne, inlaid with
pure Amber and colours of the show'ry arch. He in celestial panoply all arm'd
760 Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought; Ascended. At his right hand victory Sat eagle-wing'd; beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stor’d; And from about him fierce effusion roll'd
765 Of smoke and bick’ring flame and sparkles dire. Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints, He onward came; far off his coming shone ; And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Chariots of God, half on each hand were seen. He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime 77
On the crystalline sky, in sapphire thron’d,
775 Aloft, by Angels borne, his sign in Heav'n; Under whose conduct Michael soon reduc'd His army
circumfus'd on either wing, Under their Head embody'd all in one. Before him pow'r divine his way prepar’d: 780 At his command th' uprooted hills retir'd Each to his place; they heard his voice, and went Obsequious ; Heav’n his wonted face renew'd, And with fresh flow'rets hill and valley smild. This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd, 785 And to rebellious fight rally'd their Pow'rs Insensate, hope conceiving from despair. In heav'nly Sp’rits could such perverseness dwell? But to convince the proud what signs avail, Or wonders move th' obdurate to relent?
790 They, harden'd more by what might most re
and at length prevail 795