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Of conscience; which the law hy ceremonies
Cannot appease : nor man tbe moral part
Perform ; and, not performing, cannot live.
So law appears imperfect; and but given
With purpose to resign them, in full time,
Up to a better covenant; disciplin'd
From shadowy types to truth; from flesh to spirit ;
From imposition of strict laws, to free
Acceptance of large grace ; from servile fear
To filial; works of law, to works of faith.
And therefore shall not Moses, though of God
Highly belov'd, being but the minister
Of law, his people into Canaan lead ;
But Joshua, whom the Gentiles Jesus call,
His name and office bearing, who shall quell
The adversary-serpent, and bring back
Through the world's wilderness long-wander'dman
Safe to eternal Paradise of rest.
Meanwhile they, in their earthly Canaan plac'd,
Long time shall dwell and prosper, but when sina
National interrupt their public peace,
Provoking God to raise them enemies ;
From whom as oft he saves them penitent
By judges first, then under kings; of whom
The second, both for piety renown'd
And puissant deeds, a promise shall receive
Irrevocable, that his regal throne
For ever shall endure; the like shall sing
All prophecy, that of the royal stock
Of David (so I name this king) shall rise
A son, the woman's seed 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.
But first, a long succession must ensue;
And his next son, for wealth and wisdom fam‘d
The clouded ark of God, till then in tents
Wandering, shall in a glorious temple enshrine.
Such follow him as shall be register'd,
Part good, part bad. of bad the longer scroll:

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Whose fonl idolatries, and other faults
Heap'd to the popular sum, will so incense
Giud, as to leave them, and expose their land,
Their city, his temple, and his holy ark,
With all his sacred things, a scorn and prey
To that proud city, whose high walls thou saw'st
Left in confusion ; Babylon thence call'a.
There in captivity he lets them dwell [bacia
The space of seventy years : then brings them
Remembering mercy, and his covenant sworn
To David, stablish'd as the days of heaven.,
Return'd from Babylon by leave of kings,
Their lords, whom God dispos'd, the house of God
They first re-edify; and for a while
In mean estate live moderate; till grown
In wealth and multitude, factious they grow :
But first among the priests dissension springs,
Dlen who attend the altar, and should most
Endeavonr peace: their strife pollution brings
Upon the temple itself: at last they seize
The sceptre, and regard not David's sons ;
Then lose it to a stranger, that the true
Anointed king Messiah might be born
Barr'd of his right; yet at his birth a star,
Unseen before in heaven, proclaims him come;
And guides the eastern sages, who inquire
His place, to offer incense, myrrh, and gold :
His place of birth, a solemn angel tells
To simple shepherds, keeping watch hy night;
They gladly thither haste, and by a quire
Of squadron d angels hear his carol sung.
A virgin is his mother, but bis sire
The puwer of the Most High: he shall ascend
The throne hereditary, and bound his reign
With earth's wide bounds, his glory with the

heavens."
He ceas'd, discerning Adam with such joy
Surcharg'd, as bad like grief been dew'd in tears,
Y'ithout the vent of words; which these ho

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Of utmost hope I now clear I understand (vain,
What oft my steadiest thoughts have search'd is
Why our great Expectation should be eall'd
The seed of woman; virgin mother, hail,
High in the love of heaven; yet from my loins
Thou shalt proceed, and from thy womb the Son
Of God Most High; so 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 ?”

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To whom thus Michael: “ Dream not of their
As of a duel, or the local wounds
Of head or heel : not therefore joins the Son
Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to foil
Thy enemy; nor so is overcome
Satan, whose fall from heaven, a deadlier bruise,
Disabled not to give thee thy death's wound:
Which he, who comes thy Saviour, shall recure,
Nat by destroying Satan, but his works
In thee, and in thy seed: nor can this bo
But by fulfilling that which thou didst wanty
Obedience to the law of God, impos'd
On penalty of death, and suffering death :
The penalty to thy transgression due,
And due to theirs which out of thine will grow .
So only can high justice rest appaid.
The law of God exact he shall fulfil
Both by obedience and by love, though love
Alone fulfil the law ; thy punishment
He shall endure, by coming in the flesh
To a reproachful life, and cursed death;
Proclaiming life to all who shall believe
In his redemption; and that his obedience,
Imputed, becomes theirs by faith ; his merits
To save them, not their own, though legal, worka
For this he shall live hated, be blasphem'd,
Seiz'd on by force, judgid, and to death condemn
A shameful and accursed, naild to the cross
By his own nation ; slain for bringing life :

But to the cross he nails thy enemies,
The law that is against thee, and the sins
Of all mankind, with him there crucified,
Never to hurt them more who rightly trust
In this his satisfaction : so 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 rise
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
Neglect not, and the benefit embrace
By faith not void of works : this godlike act
Annuls thy doom, the death thou should'st have
In sin for ever lost from life: this act (died,
Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength,
Defeating sin 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 sleep,
A gentle wafting to immortal life.
Nor after resurrection shall he stay
Longer on earth, than certain times to appear
To his disciples, men who in his life
Still follow him ; to them shall leave in charge
To teach all nations what of him they learn'a
And his salvation ; them who shall 'believe
Baptizing in the profluent stream, the siga
Of washing them from guilt of sin to life
Pure, and in mind prepar'd, if so befall,
For death, like that which the Redeemer died,
All nations they shall teach ; for, from that day
Not only to the sons of Abraham's loins
Salvation shall be preach'd, but to the suns
Of Abraham's faith wherever through the world
So in his seed all nations shall be blest.
Then to the heaven of heavens be shall ascend
With victory triumphing through the air
Over his fves and thine; there shall surprise
The serpent, princeps and drag in chuirs

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Through all his realm, and there confounded leave;
Then enter into glory, and resume
His seat at God's right hand, exalted high
Above all names in heaven; and then shall come,
When this world's dissolution shall be ripe,
With glory and power to judge both qnick and dead,
To judge the unfaithful dead, but to reward
His faithful, and receive them into bliss,
Whether in heaven or earth; for then the earih
Shall all be Paradise, far happier place
Than this of Eden, and far happier days.'

So spake the archangel Michael; then paus'd, As at the world's great period; and o

our sire, Replete with. joy and wonder, thus replied :

“ O Goodness infinite, Goodness immense ! That all this good of evil shall produce, And evil turn to good ; more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness! Full of doubt I stand, Whether I should repent me now of sin By me done, and occasion'd; or rejoice (spring!

that much more good thereof shal To God more glory, more good will to men From God, and over wrath grace shall abound, But say, if our Deliverer up to heaven Must reascend, what will betide the few His faithful, left among the unfaithful herd, The enemies of truth? Who then shall guide His people, who defend ? Will they not deal Worse with bis followers than with him they dealt?"

(from heaven “ Be sure they will," said the angel; “ but He to his own a Comforter will send, The promise of the Father, who shall dwell His Spirit within them; and the law of faith, Working through love, upon their hearts shall

write,
To guide them in all truth ; and also arm
With spiritual armour, able to resist
Saian's assaults, and phonch bis fiery daris;

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