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On even ground, against his mortal foe;
His dearest mediation thus renew'd :
“Father! thy word is pass'd, 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 Comes unprevented, unimplored, unsought? Happy for man, so coming; he her aid Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost : Atonement for himself, or offering meet, Indebted and undone, hath none to bring : Behold me then ; me for him, life for life I offer; on me let thine anger fall : Account me man; I, for his sake, will leave Thy bosom; and this glory, next to thee, Freely put off; and for him lastly die, Well pleased. On me let Death wreak all his rage; Under his gloomy power, I shall not long Lie vanquish'd ; thou hast given me to possess Life in myself for ever ; by thee I live, Though now to Death I yield, and am his due, All that of me can die : yet that debt paid, Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave, His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul, For ever with corruption, there to dwell. But I shall rise victorious, and subdue My vanquisher, spoil'd of his vaunted spoil. Death his death's wound shall then receive, and Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm'd. (stoop 1, through the ample air, in triumph high, Shall lead Hell captive, maugre Hell, and show The Powers of darkness bound. Thou, at the sight Pleased, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile ; While, by thee raised, I ruin all my foes, Death last, and with his carcass glut the grave : Then, with the multitude of my redeem'd, Shall enter Heaven, long absent, and return, Father! to see thy face, wherein no cloud Of anger shall remain, but peace assured, And reconcilement : wrath shall be no more Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire."
His words here ended; but his meek aspect Silent yet spake, and breathed immortal love To mortal men; above which only shone Filial obedience. As a sacrifice Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will Of his great Father. Admiration seized (tend All Heaven ; what this might mean, and whither
Wondering : but soon the Almighty thus replied.
“ () thou, in Heaven and Earth the only peace Found out for mankind, under wrath ! O thou, My sole 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 bosom and right hand, to save, By losing thee a while, the whole race lost. Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst 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, 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 restored As many as are restored ; without thee, none. His crime makes guilty all his sons; thy merit 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 satisfy for man, be judged and die; And dying rise, and, rising, with him raise His brethren, ransom'd with his own dear life. So heavenly love shall outdo hellish hate, Giring to death, and dying to redeem; So dearly to redeem, what hellish hate So easily destroyed, and still destroys In those who, when they may, accept not grace. Nor shalt thou, by descending to assuine Man's nature, lessen or degrade thine own. Because thou hast, though throned in highest bliss, Equal to God, and equally enjoying Godlike 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 or 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 sit incarnate, here shalt reign, Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man, Anointed universal King. All power I give thee; reign for ever, and assume Thy merits : under thee, as head supreme,
Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions, I reduce :
No sooner had the Almighty ceased, but all
grows, And flowers aloft, shading the fount of life, And where the river of bliss, through midst of Heaven, Rolls o'er Elysian flowers her amber stream ; With these, that never fade, the Spirits elect Bind their resplendent locks, inwreathed with beams. Now in loose garlands, thick thrown off, the bright Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone, Impurpled with celestial roses, smiled. . Then, crown'd again, their golden harps they took, Harps ever tuned, that, glittering by their side,
Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet
such concord is in Heaven.
Thee,” next they sang, “ of all creation first, Begotten Son, divine similitude; In whose conspicuous countenance, without cloud Made visible, the Almighty Father shines, Whom else no creature can behold : on thee Impress'd, the effulgence of his glory abides ; Transfused on thee, his ample Spirit rests. He Heaven of Heavens, and all the powers therein, By thee created, and by thee, threw down The aspiring dominations : thou, that day, Thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare, Nor stop thy flaming chariot-wheels, that shook Heaven's everlasting frame; while o'er the necks Thou drovest of warring Angels disarray'd. Back from pursuit, thy powers, with loud acclaim, Thee only extoll’d, Son of thy Father's might, To execute fierce vengeance on his foes : Not so on man: him, through their malice fallin, Father of
thou didst not doom