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« In heaven and hell thy power above compare;
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
“Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels
My bow, and thunder-my almighty arms
“From all heaven's bounds into the utter deep:
“ He said, and on his Son with rays direct 720 “ Shone full: he all his Father full express’d,
“ Ineffably into his face receiv'd:
“O Father! O Supreme of heavenly Thrones !
"First, Highest, Holiest, Best ! Thou always seek'st 725 “. To glorify thy Son; I always thee,
"As is most just: this I my glory account,
“ • Fulfill’d, which to fulfil is all my bliss.
". And gladlier shall resign, when in the end
""But whom thou hat’st, I hate, and can put on 735 Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on
Image of thee in all things; and shall soon,
". To chains of darkness, and the undying worm, 740 “. That from thy just obedience could revolt,
" " Whom to obey is happiness entire.
“• Far separate, circling thy holy mount,
“Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing745 “. Hymns of high praise, and I among them chief.'
“So said, he, o'er his sceptre bowing, rose “ From the right hand of Glory where he sat: “ And the third sacred morn began to shine, “Dawning through heaven. Forth rush'd with whirl
“ wind sound 750 “ The chariot of Paternal Deity,
Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel undrawn, “ Itself instinct with spirit, but convoy’d “By four Cherubic shapes : four faces each
“Had wondrous; as with stars, their bodies all, 755 “ And wings, were set with eyes—with eyes the wheels
“Of beryl; and careering fires between:
Amber, and colours of the showery arch, 760 “ He, in celestial panoply all arm'd
“Of radiant Urim, (work divinely wrought)
“ And quiver with three-bolted thunder stor'd; 765 “ And from about him fierce effusion roll'd
“Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles dire.
“And twenty thousand (I their number heard) 770 “ Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen:
“He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime
“First seen; them unexpected joy surpris'd, 775 “ When the great ensign of Messiah blaz'd
“ Aloft, by angels borne-his sign in heaven;
“Before him Power Divine his way prepar'd;
“ At his command the uprooted hills retir'd, 780 “Each to his place; they heard his voice, and went
“Obsequious; Heaven his wonted face renew'd,
“ This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd,
“ And to rebellious fight rallied their powers; 785 “Insensate ! hope conceiving from despair.
“ In heavenly spirits could such perverseness dwell,
They, harden'd more by what might most reclaim, 790“ Grieving to see his glory, at the sight
“ Took envy; and, aspiring to his height,
“ Against God and Messiah, or to fall 795 " In universal ruin last: and now
“ To final battle drew, disdaining flight,
“Stand still in bright array, ye Saints! here stand, 800 “. Ye Angels arm’d! this day from battle rest:
“Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause: “And as ye have receiv'd, so have ye done
“Invincibly. But of this cursed crew
“Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints.
By me: not you, but me, they have despis'd,
“« That they may have their wish, to try with me
“ In battle which the stronger proves--they all, 820 “Or I alone against them; since by strength
They measure all, of other excellence.
“So spake the Son, and into terror chang'd 825 “ His countenance, too severe to be beheld,
“ And full of wrath bent on his enemies.
“Of his fierce chariot roll'd, as with the sound 830 “Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host.
“He on his impious foes right onward drove,
Gloomy as night: under his burning wheels “ The steadfast empyréan shook throughout;
“ All but the throne itself of God. Full soon 835 Among them he arriv'd, in his right hand
Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent “ Before him, such as in their souls infix'd
Plagues : they, astonish'd, all resistance lost
“ All courage : down their idle weapons dropt: 840 “ O'er shields, and helms, and helmed heads he rode,
“ Of Thrones, and mighty Seraphim prostrate,
“ Nor less on either side tempestuous fell 815 “ His arrows, from the fourfold-visag'd four
“ Distinct with eyes, and from the living wheels
“Glar'd lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire 850 “ Among the accurs'd, that wither'd all their strength,
“ And of their wonted vigour left them drain'd-
“ His thunder in mid volley; for he meant
“ The overthrown he rais'd, and as a herd
“ With terrors and with furies, to the bounds 860 “ And crystal wall of heaven; which, op’ning wide,
“Roll’d inward, and a spacious gap disclos'd
“ Hell heard the unsufferable noise: hell saw
Affrighted; but strict Fate had cast too deep 870 “Her dark foundations, and too fast had bound.
“ Nine days they fell: confounded Chaos roar'd,
“ Encumber'd him with ruin : hell at last 875 “ Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them clos'd
“Hell, their fit habitation, fraught with fire
Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain :
Disburden'd heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair’d
“Sole Victor, from the expulsion of his foes,
Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts,
“ With jubilee advanc'd; and, as they went, 885 “ Shaded with branching palm, each order bright
Sung triumph, and him sung victorious King, “Son, Heir, and Lord! to him dominion given, “ Worthiest to reign. He, celebrated, rode
Triumphant through mid heaven, into the courts 890 “And temple of his mighty Father thron'd
“On high! who into glory him receiv'd,