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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
350 lo mean estate live moderate, till grown In wealth and multitude, factious they grow; But firit among the priekts 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 franger, that the true Anointed King Meffiah might be born 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 folemn angel tells To fimple shepherds, keeping watch by night; 365 They gladly thither hafte, and by a quire Of squadron'd angels hear his carol sung, A virgin is his inother, 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 lieavens.
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 calPd,. The feed of woman: Virgin motherhail!... 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: fay 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, s**.. 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 Inputed 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 profluent stream, the fign 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 spake th' archangel Michaël, then pausid,
O goodnefs infinite, goodness immense !