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Much less that durst upon his own head draw
The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
And now without redemption all mankind
Must have been lost, adjudg’d to Death and Hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fulness dwells of love divine, 225
His dearest meditation 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, unsought ? Happy for man, so coming; he her aid Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost: Atonement for himself or off” ring 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 sake 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 wreck all his rage: Under his gloomy pow'r I shall not long Lie vanquish’d: thou hast giv’n me to possess Life in myself for ev'r; by thee I live, Though now to Death I yield, and am his due All that of me can die; yet that debt paid, 246 Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul

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For ever with corruption there to dwell;
But I shall rise victorious, and subdue 250
My Vanquisher, spoil'd of his vaunted spoil;
Death his death's wound shall then receive, and

stoop

Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm’d.
I through the ample air in triumph high 254
Shall lead Hell captive maugre Hell, and show
The Pow'rs of darkness bound. Thou at the sight
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 carcase 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 assur'd
And reconcilement; wrath shall be no more
Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire. 265

His words here ended, but his meek aspect
Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love
To mortal men, above which only shone
Filial obedience: as a sacrifice
Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will

270 Of his great Father. Admiration seiz'd All Heav'n, what this might mean, and whíther

tend, Wond'ring; but soon th’Almighty thus reply'd:

O thou in Heav'n and Earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath! O thou 275 My sole complacence! wellthou know’st how dear

To me are all my works, nor Van 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. 280
Thou therefore, whom thou only canst redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature join;
And be thyself Jlan 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, 287
As from a second root, shall be restor'd
As many' as are restord; without thee none.
His crime makes guilty ail his sons; thy merit
Lamputed sha!! absolve them who renource 291
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
And Eve in the transplanted, and from thee
Receive new Lie So Man, as is most just,
Shal satisiy for Man, be judg d and die, 295
Ard dvirg rise, and rising with him raise
Hs brethren ransom'd with his own dear Eie.
So beard's love stall ocido hesh hate,
Gring to death, and dring to redeemn,
So dzze's to redeem wła: bellish baie 300
So easily destros d, and still destross
La tbose w50, wben tes mas, accept not grace.
Xorstait tbou, by descending to 255 mme
Van's satire, lessen or degrade thise own.
Because thou hast, thorgh iron din highest tiss
Equal to God, and eques enjoring

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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, 310
Far more than great or high; because in thee
Love hath abounded more than glory 'bounds,
Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt
With thee thy manhood also to this throne:
Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign 315
Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man,
Anointed Universal King: all pow'r
I give thee; reign for ever, and assume
Thy merits ; under thee as Head Supreme
Thrones, Princedoms, Pow'rs, Dominions I re-
duce:

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All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide
In Heav'n, or Earth, or under Earth in Hell.
When thou attended gloriously from Heav'n
Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send
The summoning Arch-Angels to proclaim 325
Thy dread tribunal, forthwith from all winds
The living, and forth with the cited dead
Of all past ages to the gen’ral doom
Shall hasten ; such a peal shall rouse their sleep.
Then all thy saints assembl’d, thou shalt judge
Bad men and Angels ; they arraign'd shall sink
Beneath thy sentence: Hell, her numbers full,
Thenceforth shall be for ever shut. Mean while
The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring
New Heav'n and Earth, wherein the just shall
dwell,

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And after all their tribulations long
See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth.
Then thou thy regal sceptre shalt lay by,
For regal sceptre then no more shall need, 340
God shall be All in All. But 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 ceasd, but all The multitude of Angels, with a shout 345 Loud as from numbers without number, sweet As from blest voices, utt'ring joy, Heav'n rung With jubilee, and loud Hosannas fill’d Th' eternal regions : lowly reverent Tow'rds either throne they bow, and to the ground

350 With solemn adoration down they cast Their crowns, inwove with amaranth and gold; Immortal amaranth; a flow'r which once In Paradise, fast by the tree of life, Began to bloom; but soon, for man's offence, 355 To Heav'n remov’d, where first it grew, there

grows, And flow'rs aloft, shading the fount of life, And where the riv'r of bliss thro' midst of Heav'n Rolls o'er Elysian flow'rs her amber stream ; With these, that never fade, the Sp'rits elect 360 Bind their resplendent locks inwreath'd with

beams, Now in loose garlands thick thrownoff, the bright

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