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Must reafcend, what will betide the few 480
495 And oft supported so as thall amaze Their proudeft perfecutors : for the Spirit Pour'd firit on his apostles, whom he sends To'evangelize the nations, then on all Baptiz'd, shall them with wondrous gifts indue, sco To speak all tongues, and do all miracles, As did their Lord before them. Thus they win Great numbers of each nation to receive, With joy the tidings brought from heav'n: at length, Their ministry perform'd, and race well run, 505 Their doctrine and their itory writ!en Jeft, They die ; but in their room, as they forewarn, Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous wolves, Who all the sacred myfteries of heaven To their own vile adyantages shall turn 510 Of lucre and ambition, and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint, Left only in those written records pure, Though not but by the Spirit understood,
Rhen shall they seek to'avail themselves of names,
575 Bestuck with fland'rous darts, and works of faith Rarely be found : so fhall the world go on, To good malignant; co bad men benign, Under her own weight groaning, till the day Appear of respiration to the juft,
540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid, The woman's feed, obfcurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord, Lalt in the clouds froin 'heav'n to be reveal'd
545 In glory of the Father, to diffolve Satan with his perverted world, then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd, New heav'ns, new earth, ages of endless date.
Founded in right'ousness, and peace, and love, 550
He ended, and thus Adam laft reply'd.
To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd:
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath 585
Whence thou return'k, and whither went't, I know; For God is also in fleep, and dreams adyire, 611 Which he hath fent propitious, some great good Prefaging, since with forrow' and heart's distress Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on ; In me is no delay; with thee to go
615 Is to stay here; without thee here to stay Is to go bence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heav'n, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banilh'd bence.
This further confolation yet secure
630 I carry hence; though all by me is loft, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd, By me the promis'd feed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard Well pleas’d, but answer'd not; for now too nigh 625 Th’archangel stood, and from the other bill To their fix'd station, all in brigbt array, The cherubim descended ; on the ground Gliding meteorous, as ev'ning mist Ris'n from a river o'er the marisha glides, 630 And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's heel, Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd, The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a comet; which with torrid beat, And vapour as the Libyan air adult,
635 Began to parch that temp'rate clime ; whereat In either hand the halt’ning angel caught Our ling'ring parents, and to tb'eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. 640 They looking back all th'eastern fide bebeld Of Paradise, so late their happy leat, Wav'd over by that Aaming brand, the gate With dreadful faces throngid and fiery arms: Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them foon ; The world was all before them, where to chuse 646. Their place of rest, and Providence their guide : They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and flow, Through Eden took their solitary way.