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Though now to death I yield, and am his due
All that of me 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 victorious, 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 disarm'd.
I through the ample air in triumph high
Shall lead hell captivé máugre hell, and show
The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the fight
Pleas'd, out of heav'n Mali look down and smile,
While by thee rais'd I rüin all my foes,
Death last, and with his carcafs glut the grave :
Then with the multitude of my redeem'd
Shall enter heav'n long absent, and return,
Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud
Of anger shall 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 (pake, and breath'd immortal love
To mortal men, above which only thone
Filial obedience : as a sacrifice
Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will
Of his great father. Admiration feiz'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

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My fode complaceñće ! well thoa know'ft how đear,
To me are all my works, nor man the least
Though laft created, that for him 1 spare
Thee from my bofom and right hand, to save,
By looking thee a while, the whole race loft.
Thou therefore whom thou only canft redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature joyne;
And be thyself mán among men on earth,
Made Aeth, when time thall 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 perith all men, so in thee
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 fall abfolve them who tenounce
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
And live in thee transplanted, and from thee
Receive new life. So man, as is moft just,
Shall satisfy för man, bé judg'd and die,
And dying rife; and rifing with him raise
His brethren, ranfom'd with his own dear life.
So hear’nly love shall out do hellith hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem what hellish háte,
So easily destroy'd, and till destroys
In those who, when they may, accept not grace.,
Nor Thalt thou by defcending to assume
Man's nature, lessen or degrade thine own.
Because thou hast, though thrond 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 exalt
With thee thy manhood also to this throne;
Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign
Both God and man, son both of God and man,
Anointed universal king; all power
I give thee, reign for ever, and affume
Thy merits ; under thee as head fupreams:
Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions I reduce :
All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide
In heaven or earth, or under earth in hell;
When thou attended gloriousy from heav'n
Shalt in the skie appear, and from thee send
The summoning arch-angels to proclaim
Thy dread tribunal : forthwith from all winds
The living, and forthwith the cited dead
Of all past ages to the general doom
Shall haften, 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 shall 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 Aours aloft shading the fount of life,
And where the river of bliss through midst of heav'n
Rowls o’re Elifian 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 (mild.
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 facred song, and waken raptures high ;
No voice exempt, no voice but well could join
Melodious part, such concord is in heav'n.

Thee Father first they fung'omnipotent,
Immutable, immortal, infinite,
Eternal king ; the Author of all being,
Fountain of light, thyself invisible
Amidst the glorious brightness where thou fit'i
Thron’d inaccessible, but when thou Mad'ft
The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud
Drawn round about thee like a radiant shrine,
Dark with excessive bright thy skirts 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
Imprest the effulgence of his glory abides,
Transfus'd on thee his ample spirit rests.
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 Aaming chariot wheels, that look
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,

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