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Acceptance of large grace, from fervile fear 305
To filial, works of law to works of faith.
And therefore shall not Mofes, tho' of God
Highly belor'd, being but the minifter
Of law, his people isto Canaan lead; 1. 3 ;
But Joshua, whom the Gentiles Jesus call,': 310
His name and office bearing, who fhall quell
The adversary ferpent, and bring back
Thro' the world's wilderness long wander'd man
Safe to eternal Paradise of relt.
Mean while they in their earthly Canaan,plac'd; 315
Long time fhall dwell and prosper ; but when fins
National interrupt their public peace,'
Provoking God to raise them enemies;
From whom as oft he faves them penitent
By judges first, then under kings; of whom
The second, both for piety renown'd
And puiffant deeds, a promise fhall receive
Irrevocable that his regal throne
For ever thall endure : the like thall hog
All prophecy, that of the royal ftock

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Of David (so I name this king) shall rife
A fon. the woman's feed to thee foretold,
Foretold to Abraham, as in whom fball trust
All nations, and to kings foretold, of kings!
The last, for of his reign shall be no end. 330
But first a long fucceffion must enfae ;

T And his next fon, for wealth and wisdom fam'd,,? The clouded ark of God, till then in tents Wand'ring, shall in a glorious temple infhrine. Such follow him as shall be register'd

335 Part good, part bad, of bad the longer scroll; Whose foul idolatries, and other faults Heap'd to the popular fum, will fo incense God, as to leave them, and expofe their land,

Their city'; his temple, and his holy ark, 349
With all his facred things, a scorn and prey.
To that proud city, whose high walls thou saw'lt
Left in confufion, Babylon thence callid,
There in captivity he lets them dwell,
The space of fev'nty years, then brings them back,
Rememb’ring mercy, and his covenant sworn 346
To David, Atablith'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

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In mean estate live moderate, till grown
In wealth and multitude, factious they grow;
But firit among the priests dissention springs,
Men who attend the altar, and should most
-Endeavour peace; their Arife pollution brings 355
Upon the temple itself; at last they seize
The fceptre, and regard not David's fons;
Then lose it to a Aranger, that the true
Anointed King Meffiah might be born
Barr’d of his right; yet at his birth a star,
Unseen before in heav'n, proclaims him come,
And guides the eastern sages, who enquire
His place, to offer incense, myrrh, and gold;
His place of birth a folemn angel tells
To fimple shepherds, keeping watch by night; 365
They gladly thither halte, and by a quire
Of squadron'd angels hear his carol sung,
A virgin is his another, but his fire
The pow'r of the Most High; he shall afcend
The throne hereditary, and bound his reign 370
With earth's wide bounds, his glory with the heavens.

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

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O prophet of glad tidings, finisher

375 Of utmost hope ! now clear I understand What oft my steddiest thoughts have search'd in vain; Why our great expectation should be called, The feed of woman: Virgin mother, hail!... High in the love of Heaven ; yet from my loins 380 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: 384 Their fight, what stroke fball bruise the victor's heel.

To whom thus Michael Dream not of their fights As of a duel, or the local wounds Of head or heel: not therefore joins the Son Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to ioil Thy enemy : nor fo is overcome

390 Satan, whose fall from heaven, a deadlier bruise, '; $ Disabled aot to give thee thy death's wourd : Which he, who comes thy Saviour, thall recure, Not by destroying Satan, but his works ;< In thee and in thy seed : nor can this be, 395 But by fulfilling that which thon didit want, Obedience to the law of God; impos'd: On penalty of death, and fuffering death, The penalty to thy transgreffion due,it's jį ve ? And due to theirs which out-of-thine will grow: 400 So only can High justice reit appaid. The law of God exact he shall fulfil Both by obedience and by love, tho' love Alone fulfil the law; thy punishment He shall endure by coming in the flesh

405 To a reproacbful lite and curfed death, Proclaiming life to all who fhalt believe In his redemption, and that his obedience Imputed becomes theirs by faith, his merits

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To fave them, not their own, tho' legal works. 4182
For this he shall live hated, be blafphem'd,
Seiz'd on by force; jadg'd; and to death condemn'd,
A shameful and accurs'd; nail'd to the cross., 10
By his own nation, Nain for bringing life ; :*
But to the cross he nails thy enemies,

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The law that is against thee, and the fins
Of all mankind, wich him there crucify'd,
Never to hurt them more who rightly traft:
In this his fatisfaction: So he dies. :)
But soon revives; Death over him no power
Shall long ufurp; ere the third dawning light
Return, the stars of morn fhall 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:

425 Neglect not, ard the benefit embrace. By faith not void of works.. This god-like aét. Annuls thy doom, the death thou should't have dy'd, In fin for ever lost from life; this act Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength, 430 Defeating Sin and Death, his two main arms, And fix.far deeper in his head their fings, Than temp'ral death Thall bruise the victor's heel, Or theirs whom he redeems,' a death like fleep, A gentle wafting to iminortal 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'd him ; to them thall leave in charge To teach all nations what of him they learn’d, * 440 And his falvation, 'them who shall believer Baptizing in the profluenti stream, the signs, Of washing them from guilt of fin to life Pure, and in mind prepar'd; if so befall,

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For death, like that which the Redeemer dy'd. 445
All nations they fhall teach; for from that day
Not only to the fons of Abraham's loins
Salvation thall be preach'd, but to the fons
Of Abraham's faith wherever thro' the world;
So in his feed all nations shall be bless'd.

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Then to the heav'n of heav'ns he shall ascend
With vi&ory, triumphing thro' the air
Over his foes and thine ; there thall surprise
The ferpent, prince of air, and drag in chains
Thro' 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 thence shall come,
When this world's diffolution shall be ripe,
With glory' and pow'r to judge both quick and dead;
To judge th' unfaithful dead, but to reward 465
His faithful, and receive them into bliss,
Whether in heaven or earth; for then the earth
Shall all be Paradise, far happier place
Than this of Eden, and far happier days. 465

So fpake th'archangel Michaël, then paus'd, As at the world's great period; and our fire, Replete with joy and wonder, thus reply'd.

O goodnefs infinite, goodness immense ! That all this good of evil thall produce, And evil turn to good; more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness! Full of doubt I fand Whether I should repent me now of fin By me done and occasion'd, or rejoice Much more, that much more good thereof shall fpring, To God more głory, more good-will to men 1 From God, and over wrath grace shall abound. } But say, if our Deliverer up to heaven

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