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Acceptance of large grace, from fervile fear 305
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
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,
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
To fave them, not their own, tho' legal works. 4182
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,
For death, like that which the Redeemer dy'd. 445
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