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Affecting godhead, and so losing all,
To expiate his treason hath nought left ;
But to destruction sacred and devote,
He, with his whole posterity, muft die;
Die he or justice must; unless for biin
Some other able, and as willing, pay
The rigid fatisfaction, death for death.
Say, heav'nly powers, where Thall we find such love?
Which of ye will be mortal, to redeem
Man's mortal crime, and just th' unjust to fave? 215
Dwells in all heaven charity fo dear?
He ask'd but all the heav'nly quire stood mute, And filence was in heav'n :.on man's behalf Patron er intercessor none appear’d, Much less that durft upon his own head draw 220 The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been loft, adjudged to death and hell By doom severe, had not the Son of God, In whom the fullness dwells of love divine, 225 His deareft mediation thus renew'd.
Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace; And shall grace not find means, that finds her way, The speediest of thy winged messengers, To visit all thy creatures, and to all
230 Comes unprevented, unimplor’d, unfought? Happy for man, fo coming: he her aid Can never seek, once dead in fins, and lost; Atonement for himself, or offering meet, Indebted and undone, hath none to bring. 235 Behold me then; me for him, life for life I offer; on me let thine anger fall; Account me man; I for his fake will leave Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee Freely put off, and for him lastly die
240 Well pleas’d; on me let Death wreak all his.rage :
Under his gloomy pow'r I shall not long
Lie vanquith'd ; thou hast giv'n me to posless
Life in myself for ev'r; by thee I live,
Though now to Death I yield, and am his due 245
All that of me can die; yet, that debt paid,
Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave
His prey, nor suffer my unfpotted foul
For ever with corruption there to dwell;
But I shall rise victorious, and subdue
My vanquilher, fpoil'd of his vaunted fpoil;
Death his death's wound thall then receive, and stoop
Inglorious, of his mortal fting disarm’d.
I through the ample air, in triumph high
Shall lead hell captive, maugre hell, and show 255
The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the fight
Pleas'd, out of heaven shalt look down, and smile;
While, by thee rais’d, I ruin all my foes,
Death last, and with his carcafe glut the grave:
Then, with the multitude of my redeem'd, 260
Shall enter heav'n, long absent, and return,
Father to see thy face, wherein no cloud
Of anger shall remain, but peace affur'd,
And reconcilement; wrath shall be no more
Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.
265 His words here ended, but his meek afpée Silent yet fpake, and breath'd immortal love To mortal men, above which only shone Filial obedience : as a facrifice Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will
270 Of his great Father, Admiration feiz'd All heaven, what this might mean, and whither tend Wond'ring; but soon th' Almighty thus reply'd.
O thou in heaven and earth the only peace Found out for mankind ander wrath! O thou 275 My fole complacence ! well thou know'st how dear To me are all my works ; nor man the least,
Though last created ; that for him I spare
Thee from my bofom and right hand, to fave,
By losing thee a while, the whole race boit. 280
Thou therefore, whom thou only can't redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature join;
And be thyself man among men on earth,
Made flesh, when time shall be, of virgin seed,
By wondrous birth : be thou in Adam's room 285
The head of all mankind, though Adam's son.
As in him perish all men, so in thee,
As from a second root, shall be restor'd
As many as are restor’d, without thee none,
His crime makes guilty all his sons; thy merit 290
Imputed shall absolve them who renounce
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
And live in thee transplanted, and from thee
Receive new life. So man, as is most just,
Shall fatisfy for man, be judg'd, and die; 295
And dying rise, and rising with him raise
His brethren, ransom’d with his own dear life.
So heav'nly love shall outdo hellith hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem, what hellith hate
So easily destroy'd, and still destroys
In those who, when they may, accept not grace.
Nor shalt thou, by descending to affume
Man's nature, lefsen or degrade thine own.
Because thou hast, though thron'd in ligheit bliss, 305
Equal to God, and equally enjoying
God-like fruition, quitted all, to save
A world from utter loss, and hast been found
By merit more than birthright Son of God,
Found worthiest to be so by being good,
Far more than great cr high; because in thee
Love hath abounded more than glory' abounds ;
Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt
With thee thy manhood also to this throne;
Here shalt thou fit incarnate, here shalt reign 315
Both God and man, Son both of God and man,
Anointed universal King; all power
I give thee ; reign for ever, and affume
Thy merits ; under thee, as head fupreme,
Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions I reduce:
All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide
In heav'n, or earth, or under earth in hell,
When thon attended gloriously from heaven
Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send
The summoning archangels to proelaim
325 Thy dread tribunal; forth with from all winds, The living, and forthwith the cited dead Of all past ages, to the general doom Shall halten; such a peal shall rouse their sleep. Then all thy faints assembled, thou shalt judge 330 Bad men and angels; they arraign'd shall fink Beneath thy sentence; hell, her numbers full, Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Meanwhile The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring New heav'n and earth, wherein the juft fhall dwell: And after all their tribulations fong,
336 See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth, Then thou thy regal fceptre fhalt lay by, For regal sceptre' then no more shall need,
340 God shall be all in all. But all ye gods, Adore him, who to compass all this dies; Adore the Son, and honour him as me.
No sooner had th’ Almighty ceas'd, but all The multitude of angels, with a shout
343 Loud as from numbers without number, sweet As from bless'd voices, uttering joy, heav'n rung With jubilee, and loud hosannas fillid Th' eternal regions. Lowly reverent,
Towards either throne they bow, and to the ground With folemn adoration down they caft
351 Their crowns, inwove with amarant, and gold; Immortal amarant, a flower which once In Paradise, fast by the tree of life, Began to bloom; but foon for man's offence
To heav'n remov'd, where first it grew, there grows,
And flowers aloft fhading the fount of life,
And where the riy'r of bliss through midst of heav'n
Rolls o'er Elyfian flow'rs her amber stream:
With these, that never fade, the spi'rits elect 360
Bind their resplendent locks, inwreath'd with beams;
Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, the bright
Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone,
Impurpled with celestial roses fmild.
Then crown'd again, their golden harps they took ;
Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by their fide
Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet
Of charming symphony they introduce
Their facred song, and waken raptures high ;
No voice exempt, no-voice but well could join 3701
Melodious part, such concord is in heaven.
Thee, Father, first they sung omnipotent,
Immutable, immortal, infinite,
Eternal King'; thee author of all being, .
Fountain of light, thyself invisible
Amidst the glorious brightness where thou fitt'st
Thron'd inaccessible, but when thou shad'st
The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud
Drawn round about thee like a radiant thrine,
Dark with excellive bright thy skirts appear ;
Yet dazzle heaven, that brightest Seraphim
Approach not, but with both wings veil their eyes.
Thee next they fang of all creation first,
Begotten Son, divine fimilitude,
In whose conspicuous count'nance, without cloud 38.5;