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Without Mediator, whose high Office now 240
Moses in figure bears, to introduce
One greater, of whose day he shall foretel,
And all the Prophets in their Age the times
Of great Messiah thall sing. Thus Laws and Rites
Establish'd, such delight hath God in Men
Obedient to his will, that he vouchsafes
Among them to set up his Tabernacle,
The holy One with mortal Men to dwell:
By his prescript a Sanctuary is fram'd
Of Cedar, overlaid with Gold, therein
An Ark, and in the Ark his Testimony,
The Records of his Cov'nant, over those
A Mercy-seat of Gold between the wings
Of two bright Cherubim, before him burn
Seven Lamps as in a Zodiac representing 235
The Heav'nly fires, over the Tent a Cloud
Shall rest by Day, a fiery gleam by Night,
Save when they journey, and at length they come,
Conducted by his Angel to the Land
Promis'd to Abraham and his Seed: the rest
Were long to tell, how many Battels fought,
How many Kings destroy'd, and Kingdoms won,
Or how the Sun fall in mid-Heav'n stand still
A Day entire, and Night's due course adjourn,
Man's voice commanding, Sun in Gibeon stand, 265.
And thou Moon in the vale of Aialon,
Till Israel overcome; so call the third
From Abraham, Son of isaac, and from him.
His whole descent, who thus fall Canaan win.

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Here Adam interpos’d. O sent from Heav'n, 270 Enlightner of my darkness, gracious things Thou hast reveal'd, those chiefly which concern Juft Abraham and his Seed: now firft I find Mine eyes true op’ning, and my heart much easid, E’er while perplext with thoughts what would become Of me and all Mankind; but now I see 276 His day, in whom all Nations will be blest, Favour unmerited by me, who fought Forbidd'n knowledge by forbidd'n means. This yet I apprehend not, why co those 250 Among whom God will deign to cweil on Earth So many

and so various Laws are givin: So many Laws argue so many fins Among them; how can God with sich reside?

To whom thus Michael Doube not but chat lin Will reign among them, as of ihec begot ; 286 And therefore was Law given to evince Their natural pravity, by stirring up Sin against Law to fight : that when they see Law can discover fin, but not remove,

290 Save by those shadowy expiations weak, The blood of Bulls and Goats, they may conclude Some blood more precious must be paid for Man, Just for unjust, that in such righteousness To them by Faith imputed, they may find

295 Justification towards God, and peace Of Conscience, which the Law by Ceremonies Cannot appeafe, nor Man the moral part Persorm, and not performing cannot live.



So Law appears imperfect, and but giv'n
With purpose to resign thein in full time
Up to a better Cov'nant, disciplin'd
From Madowy Types to Truth, from Flesh to Spirits.
From imposition of strict Laws, to free
Acceptance of large Grace, from servil fear 305
To filial, works of Law to works of Faith.
And therefore thall not Mofes, though of God
Highly beloved, being but the Minifter
of Law, his people into Canaan lead;
But fona, whom the Gentiles Jofres coll,
His Name and Office bearing, who fall quell
The Adversary Serpent, and bring back
Through the World's wilderness long wander'd Man
Safe to eternal Paradise of relt,
Mean while they in their earthly Canaan plac'd
Long time hall dwell and prosper, but when fins
National interrupt their publick Peace,
Provoking God raite them es;
From whom as oft he faves them penitent
By Judges first, then ander Kings; of whom 328
The second, boih för pieey renown'd
And puissant deeds, a Promise fa'l receive
Jrrevocable, that his Regal Throne
For ever shall endure ; the like mall sing
All prophecy, That of the Royal Stock
of David (lo! name this King) Mall rise
A Son, the woman's Seed to thee foretold,
Foretold to Abraham, us in whoin Mall crust
All Nations, and to Kings foretold, of Kings


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The laft, for of his Reign shall be no end. 330
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
Wandring, shall in a glorious Temple enshrine.
Such follow him, as shall be register'd

Part good, part had, of bad the longer scrowle,
Whose foul Idolatries, and other faults
Heap'd to the popular sum, will so incense
Gud, as to leave them, and expose their Land,
Their City, his Temple, and his holy Ark 340
With all his sacred things, a scorn and prey
To that proud City, whose high Walls thou saw'ft
Left in confusion, Babylon thence call’d.
There in Captivity he lets them dwell
The space of seventy years, then brings them back,
Remembring mercy, and his Cov’nant sworn 376
To David, ftablit'd as the days of Heav'n..
Return'd from Babilon by leave of Kings
Their Lords, whom God dispos'd, the house of God
They first re-edifie, and for a while

350 In mean estate live moderate, till grown In wealth and multitude, factious they grow; But first among the Priests diffention springs, Men who attend the Altar, and thould most Endeavour Peace : their frife pollution brings 355 Upon the Temple it felf: ac last they feise The Sceptes, and regard not David's Sons. Then lose it to a Stranger, that the true Anointed King Meffiah might be born

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Barr'd of his right ; yet at his Birth a Star 360
Unseen before in Heav'n proclaims him come,
And guides the Eastern Sages, who enquire
His place, to offer Incenfe, Myrrh and Gold;
His place of Birth a solemn Angel tells
To simple Shepherds, keeping watch by night; 365
They gladly thither hafte, and by a Quire
Of squadron’d Angels hear his Caroal sung.
A Virgin is his mother, but his Sire
The Power of the most High; he fall ascend
The Throne hereditary, and bound his Reign 370
With Earth's wide bounds,his Glory with the Heav'ns.

He ceas'd, discerning Alam with such joy
Surcharg?d, as had like grief been dew'd in tears
Without the vent of Words, which these lie breath’d..
O Prophet of glad tidings, finisher

Of utmost hope ! now clear I understand
What oft my ftedfast thoughts have search'd in vain;
Why our great expectation should be calld
The Seed of Woman: Virgin Mother, bail,
High in the love of Heav'n, yet from my Loins 380
Thou shalt proceed, and from thy Womb the Son
Of God mof High; so God with Man unites.
Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise
Expect with mortal pain : say where and when 384.
Their fight, what stroke shall bruise che Vi&tor's heel.

To whom chus 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 Ged-head, with more strength to

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