Page images
PDF
EPUB

Though now to death I yield, and am his due . All that of mé can die, yet that debt paid, Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave His prey, not suffer my unspotted soul For ever with corruption there to dwell ; But I shall rise vi&torious, and fubdue My vanquisher, spoil'd of his vanted spoil ; Death his death's wound shall then receive, and stoop Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarmod. I through the ample air in triumph high Shall lead hell captivé maugre hell, and show The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the fight Pleas'd, out of heav'n fhalt look down and smile, While by thee rais'd I rüin all my foes, •. Death laftand with his carcafs glut the grave : Then with the multitude of my redeemid Shall enter heav'n long abfent, and return, Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud Of anger Mall remain, but peace assurd, And reconcilement ; wrath shall be no more Thenceforth, but in thy prefence joy entire. His words here ended, but his meek aspect Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love To mortal men, above which only Tone Filial obedience : as a sacrifice Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will." Of his great father. Admiration seiz'd All heav'n, what this might mean, and whither tend Wondring ; but foon th’Almighty thus reply'd : O thou in heav'n and earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath, O thou

Ny bole complaceñce! well thoa 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 bofom and right hand, to save,
By loosing thet a while, the whole race loft.
Thou therefore whom thou only canst redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature joyné;
And be thiyfelf man among men on earth,
Made Aeth, when time thall be, of virgin seed.
By wondrous birth : be thon in Adam's room
The head of all mankind, though Adam's son.
As in him perish all men, fo in there is
As from a second root Thall be restor'd
As many as are restor’d, without thee none.
His crlme makes guilty all his fons, thy merit
Imputed fhall abfolve them who terounce
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
And live in thee tranfplanted, and from thee
Receive new life. So man, as is most just,
Shall satisfy för man, bé judg'd and die,
And dying rife; and rising with him raise
His brethren, ranfom'd with his own dear life.
So hear'nly love thall out do hellith hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem what hellish hate,
So easily destroy'd, and still destroys
In those who, when they may, accept not grace.
Nor Thalt thou by defcending to assume
Man's nature, leffen or degrade thine own.
Because thou hast, though thron'd in highest bliss .
Equal to God, and equally enjoying

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, Far more than great or high ; because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory abounds, Therefore thy humiliation shall exaltini With thee thy manhood also to this throne ; i . Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign Both God and man, fon both of God and man, Anointed universal king;, all power, I give thee, reign for ever, and assume Thy merits ; under thee as head fupream :* Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions I reduce : All knees to thee Mall bow, of them that bide In heaven or earth, or under earth in hell; When thou attended gloriously from heav'n Shalt in the skie appear, and from thee send The summoning arch-angels to proclaim i . Thy dread tribunal: forthwith from all windsi: The living, and forthwith the cited dead Of all past ages to the general doom. . Shall hasten, such a peal shall rouse their neep. Then all thy faints 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 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 scepter shalt lay by, For regal scepter then no more shall need, God thall be All in 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 ceas'd, but all The multitude of angels with a shout Loud as from numbers without number, sweet As from bleft voices, uttering joy, heav'n rung With jubilee : and loud hosanna's fill'd Th'eternal regions : lowly reverent Towards either throne they bow, and to the ground With folemn adoration down they cast Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold, Immortal amarant, a flour which once In Paradise, fast by the tree of life Began to bloom, but foon for man's offence To heav'n remov'd where first it grew, there grows, And fours aloft Thading the fount of life, And where the river of bliss through midst of heav'n Rowls o’re Elisian flours her amber stream ; With these that never fade the fpirits elect Bind their resplendent locks inwreath'd with beams, Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, the bright Pavement that like a sea of Jasper Thon Impurpld with celestial roses smil'd. Then crown'd again their gold'n harps they took, Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by their side Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet Of charming symphonie they introduce

Their sacred song, and waken raptures high ;
No voice exempt, no voice but well could join
Melodious part, such concord is in heav'n.

Thee Father firft they fung'omnipotent,
Immutable, immortal, infinite,
Eternal king ; the Author of all being,
Fountain of light, thyself invisible
Amidst the glorious brightness where thou Gith
Thron'd inaccessible, but when thou thad'ft ,
The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud
Drawn round about thee like a radiant Ihrine,
Dark with exceffive bright thy Ikirts appear,
Yet dazle heav'n, that brightest Seraphim
Approach not, but with both wings veil their eyes,
Thee next they sang of all creation first,
Begotten son, divine fimilitude,
In whose conspicuous count'nance, without cloud
Made visible, th'almighty father shines,
Whom else no creature can behold ; on thee
Impreft the effulgence of his glory abides,
Transfus’d on thee his ample spirit refts.
He heav'n of heav'ns and all the powers therein
By thee created, and by thee threw down
Th'aspiring dominations : thou that day
Thy father's dreadful thunder didst not spare,
Nor stop thy faming chariot wheels, that Mook
Heav’ns everlasting frame, while o’re the necks
Thou drov'st of warring angels disarraid..
Back from pursuit thy powers with loud acclaim
Thee only extold, son of thy father's might,
To execute fierce vengeance on his foes,

« PreviousContinue »