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Acceptance of large grace, from fervile fear
To filial, works of law to works of faith.
And therefore mal} not Moses, though of God
Highly below'd, being but the minister
Of law, his people into Canaan lead;. :
But Joshua whom the Gentiles Jefus calli
His name and office bearing, who fhall quell
The adverfarie serpent, and bring back
Through the world's wilderness long wander'd man
Safe to eternal Paradise of reft.
Meanwhile they in their earthly Canaani plac't
Long time shall dwell and prosper, but when Ims
National interrupt their public peace,
Provoking God to raise them enemies a
From whom as oft he saves them penitent
By judges first, then under kings; of whom
The second, both for pietic renown'd
And puissant deeds, a promise shall receive
Irrevocable, that his regal throne
For eyer shall endure; the like shall fing
All prophecie, that of the royal stock
Of David (so I name this king) thall rise
A son, the woman's feed to thee foretold,
Foretold to Abraham, as in whom shall trust
All nations, and to kings foretold, of kings
The last, for of his reign shall be no end. In
But first a long fucceffon must enfue,
And his next fon for wealth and wisdom fam'd,
The clouded ark of God till then in tents
Wandring, fhall in a glorious temple enshrine.
Such follow him, as fhall be regifter'd

Part good, part bad, of bad the longer ferowle,
Whose foul idolatries, and other faults
Heapt to the popular summe, will ro incense i
God, as to leave them, and expose their land,
Their citie, his temple, and his holy ark
With all his sacred things, a scorn and prey
To that proud citie, whose high walls thou fawit
Left in confufion, Babylon thence callid.
There in captivitie he lets them dwell
The space of seventie years, then brings them back,
Remembring mercie, and his cov'nant sworn i
To David, Atablisht as the dayes of heav'n.
Return”d from Babylon by leave of kings
Their lords, whom God dispos’d, the houfe of God
They first re-edifie, and for a while
In mean estate live moderate, till grown
In wealth and multitude, factious they grow;
But first among the priests diffenfion springs,
Men who attend the altar, and thould moft
Endeavour peace : their strife pollution brings
Upon the temple itself: at last they feise
The scepter, and regard not David's fons,
Then loose it to a stranger, that the true
Anointed king Meffiah might be born
Barr'd of his right; yet åt his birth a star
Unseen before in heav'n proclaims him come,
And guides the eaftern sages, who enquire
His place to offer incense, myrrh, and gold;
His place of birth a folemn angel tells
To simple shepherds, keeping warch by night?
They gladly thither hafte, and by a quire

Of squadron’d angel hear his carol sung.
A'virgin is his mother, but his fire
The power of the most high ; he shall ascend
The throne heredetarie, and bound his reign
With earth's wide bounds, his glory with the heav'ns.

He ceas’d, discerning Adam with such joy Surchargid, as had, like grief, been dew'd in tears, Without the vent of words, which these he breath'd.

O prophet of glad tidings, finisher Of utmost hope ! now clear I understand What oft my fteddieft thoughts have searcht in vain, Why our great expectation Mould be call'd The feed of woman : virgin mother, haile, High in the love of heaven, yet from my loins Thou shalt proceed, and from thy womb the son Of God most high ; fo God with man unites, Needs must the serpent now his capital bruise Expect with mortal pain : say where and when Their fight, what stroke shall bruise the victor's heel.

To whom thus Michael. Dream not of their fight, As of a duel, or the local wounds Of head or heel : not therefore joins the son Manhood to god-head, with more strength to foil Thy enemie ; nor fo is overcome Satan, whose fall from heav'n, a deadlier bruise, Disabld not to give thee thy deaths wound : Which he, who comes thy faviour, Thall recure, Not by destroying Satan, but his works In thee and in thy feed : nor can this be, But by fulfilling that which thou didnt want, Obedience to the law of God, imposid

On penaltie of death, and suffering death,
The penaltie to thy tranfgreffion due,
And due to theirs which out of thine will grow :
So onely can high justice rest appaid,
The law of God exact he shall fulfill
Both by obedience and by love, though love
Alone fulfill the law, thy punishment
He shall endure by coming in the flesh

To a reproachful life and cursed death,
Proclaiming life to all who Mall believe
In his redemption, and that his obedience
Imputed becomes theirs by faith, his merits
To save them, not their own, though legat works.'
For this he shall live hated, be blasphemd,
Seis'd on by force, judg'd, and to death condemnd
A shameful and accurft, nail'd to the cross,
By his own nation, nain for bringing life ;
But to the cross he nails thy enemies,
The law that is against thee, and the fins
Of all mankind, with him there crucifid,
Never to hurt them more who rightly trust
In this his satisfaction ; fo he dies,
But soon revives, death over him no power
Shall long usurp; ere the third dawning light
Return, the stars of morn shall see him rife "
Out of his grave, fresh as the dawning light
Thy ransom paid, which man from death redeems,
His death for man, as many as offer'd life pro
Neglect not, and the benefit imbrace
By faith not void of works': this god-like act
Annuls thy doom, the death thou fhio: Idít have dy'd,
In fin for ever lost from life; this act
Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength
Defeating fin and death, his two main arms,
And fix far deeper in his head their stings
Than temporal death shall bruise the victor's heel,
Or theirs whom he redeems, a death like neep,
A gentle wafting to immortal life. •
Nor after resurrection shall he stay
Longer on earth then certain times to appeer
To his disciples, men who in his life
Still follow'd him; to them fhall leave in charge
To teach all nations what of him they learn'd
And his salvation, them who shall believe
Baptizing in the profiyent streame, the fign
Of washing them from guilt of fin to life
Pure, and in mind prepar'd, if fo befall,
For death, like that which the Redeemer dy'd.
All nations they shall teach ; for from that day
Not only to the fon's of Abraham's loines
Salvation shall be preacht, but to the fons
Of Abraham's faith wherever through the world
So in his feed all nations shall be blest.
Then to the heav'n of heav'ns he shall ascend
With victory, triumphing through the air
Over his foes and thine ; there shall surprise
The serpent, prince of air, and drag in chains
Through all his realme, and there confounded leave;
Then enter into glory, and resume
His seat at God's right hand, exalted high
Above all names in heav'n ; and thence shall come,
When this world's dissolution shall be ripe,

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