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God, sitting on his throne, sees Satan flying towards this world, then newly created; shows him to the Son, who sat at his right hand; foretels the success of Satan in perverting mankind; clears his own justice and wisdom from all imputation, having created man free, and able enough to have withstood his temper; yet declares hispurpose of grace towards him, in regard he fell not of his own malice, as did Satan, but by him seduced. The Son of God renders praises to his father for the manifestation of his gracious purpose towards man. But God again declares that grace cannot be extended towards man without the satisfaction of Divine justice ; Man hath offended the majesty of God by aspiring to Godhead, and, therefore with all his progeny, devoted to death must die, unless some one can be found sufficient to answer for hisoffence, and undergo his punishment. The Son of God freely offers himself a ransom for man: The Father accepts him, ordains his incarnation, pronounces his exaltation above all names in Heaven and Earth; commands all the angels to adore him : They obey, and hymning to their harps in full choir, celebrate the Father and the Son. Meanwhile Satan alights upon the bare convex of the world's outermost orb; where wan ering he first finds a place since called the Limbo of Vanity; What persons and things fly up thither; thence comes to the gate of heaven, described ascending by stairs, and the waters above the firmament that flow about it ; His passage thence to the orb of the sun; he finits there Uriel, the regent of that orb, but first changes himself into the shape of a meaner angel : and, pretending a zealous ilesire to behold the new creation, and man whom God had placed here, inquires of him the place of his habitation, and is directed; alights first on Mount Niphates.
Hail, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first-born, Or of the eternal co eternal beam, “May I express the unblamed ? sinre God is light, And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate! Or heard'st thou rather, pure ethereal stream, Whose fountain who shall tell ? Before the sun, Before the Heavens thou wert, and at the voice Or God as with a mantle, didst invest The rising world of waters dark and deep Won from the void and formless infinite. Thee I revisit now with bolder wing, Escaped the Stygian pool, though long detained In that obscure sojourn, while in my flight Through utter and through middle darkness borne, With other notes than to the Orphean lyre, I sung of Chaos and eternal Night; Taught by the heavenly muse to venture down The dark descent, and up to reascend, Though hard and rare: thee I revisit safe, And feel thy sov'reign vital lamp; but thou Revisit'st not these eyes, that roll in vain To find thy piercing ray, and find no dawn; To thick a drop serene hath quench'd their orbs, Or dim suffusion veil'd. Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the muses haunt
Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill,
Now had the Almighty Father from above,
Our two first parents, yet the only two
"Only begotten Son, seest thou what rage