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My word, my wisdom, and effectual might, 170
All halt thou spoken as my thoughts are, all
As my eternal purpose hath decreed :
Man shall not quite be lost, but sav'd who will;
Yet not of will in him, but grace in me
Freely vouchfaf'd: once more I will renew

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His lapsed pow'rs, though forfeit and inthrall'd
By sin to foul exorbitant defires;
Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
On even ground against his mortal foe,
By me upheld, that he may know how frail 185
His fallin condition is, and to me owe
All his deliv’rance, and to none but me,
Some I have chosen of peculiar grace
Elect above the rest; fo is my will:
The rest shall hear me call, and oft' be warn'd

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Their finful state, and to appease betimes
Th’incensed Deity, while offer'd grace
Invites; for I will clear their fenfes dark,
What may fuffice, and soften stony hearts
To pray, repent, and bring obedience due,

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To pray’r, repentance, and obedience due,
Though but endeavour'd with fincere intent,
Mine ear

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not be flow, mine eye not shut.
And I will place within them as a guide,
My umpire Conscience; whom if they will hear, 195
Light after light, well us'd, they shall attain,
And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
This my long fufferance, and my day of grace,
They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste;
But hard be harden'd, blind be blinded more, 200
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall;
And none but such from mercy I exclude.
But yet all is not done; man disobeying,
Difloyal breaks his feälty, and sins
Against the high supremacy of Heaven,

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Affeding godhead, and so losing all,
To expiate bis treason hath nought left;
But to destruction facred and devote,
He, with with his whole posterity, mult die ;
Die he or justice muft; unless for him

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Some other able, and as willing, pay
The rigid fatisfaction, death for death.
Say, heav'nly powers, where shall we find such love?
Which of ye will be mortal to redeem
Man's mortal crime, and just th’unjult to save ! 215
Dwells in all heaven charity so dear?

He ask'd; but all the heav'nly quire stond mute, And filence was in heav'n: on man's behalf Patron or interceffor none appear’d, Much less that durst upon his own head draw The deadly forfeiture, and ransom fet. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been loft, adjudg'd to death and hell By doom fevere, had not the Son of God, In whom the fulness dwells of love divine,

225 His dearest mediation thus renew'd.

Father, thy word is paft, man fhall find grace; and shall grace not find means, that finds her way, The speediest of thy widged messengers, To visit all thy creatures, and to all

280 Comes unprevented, unimplor'd, unfought? Happy for man, fo coming; he her aid Can never seek, once dead in fins and lost; Atonement for himself, or offering meet, 'Indebted and undone, hath none to bring: Behold me then; me for him, life for life I offer; on me let thine anger fall; Account me man; I for his fake will leave Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee Freely put off, and for him lastly die

240 Well pleas’d; on me let Death wreak all his rage :

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Under his gloomy pow'r I thall not long
Lie vanquish'd ; thou hast giv'n me to possess
1.ife in myself for ev'r; by thee I live,
Though now to Death I yield, and am his due 245
All that of me can die; yet, that debt paid,
Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsome grave
His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul
For ever with corruption there to dwell;
But I fhall rife vi&torious, and subdue

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My vanquilher, spoild of his vaunted fpoil;
Death his death's wound shall then receive, and stoop
Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm’d.
I through the ample air in triumph high
Shall lead hell captive maugre hell, and show 255
The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the fight
Pleas’d, out of heaven halt look down, and smile,
While, by thee rais'd, I ruin all my foes,
Death last, and with his carcase glut the grave :
Then, with the multitude of my redeem'd, 260
Shall enter beav'n, loog absent, and return,
Father, to see thy face, wherein no .cloud
Of anger shall remain, but peace affurd,
And reconcilement; wrath shall be no more
Thenceforth, but in th.y presence joy entire. 265

His words here ended, but his meek afpéc
Silent yet fpake, and breath'd immortal love
To mortal men, above which only shone
Filial obedience: as a facrifice
Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will

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Of his great Father. Admiration seiz'd
All heaven, what this might mean, and whither tend
Wond'ring; but soon th' Almighty thus reply'd.

(thou in heaven and earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath ! O thou 275 Mly fole complacence! well thou know it how dear To me are all my works, nor man the least,

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Though lalt created; that for him I spare
Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save,
By losing thee a while, the whole race lost. 280
Thou therefore, whom thou only can't redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature join;
And be thyself inan among men on earth,
Made flesh, when time fhall be, of virgin feed,
By wond'rous birth : be thou in Adam's room 285
The head of all mankind, though Adam's fon.
As in him perish all men, so in thee,
As from a second root, shall be restor'd

many as are reltor’d, without thee none.
His crime makes guilty all his fons; thy merit 290
Imputed shall absolve them who renounce
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds,
And live in thee transplanted, and from thee
Receive new life. So man, as is most just,
Shall fatisfy for man, be judg'd, and die; 295
And dying rise, and rising with him raise-
His brethren, ransom'd with his own dear life.
So heav'nly love shall out-do hellih hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem what hellish hate

300 So easily destroy'd, and still destroys In those who, when they may, accept not grace. Nor shalt thou, by descending to assume Man's nature, lessen or degrade thine own. Because thou hast, though thron’d in highest bliss, 305 Equal to God, and equally enjoying God-like fruition, quitted all, to save A world from utter lofs, and hast been found By merit more than birth-right Son of God, Found worthiest to be so by being good,

310 Far more than great or bigh ; because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory' abounds, Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt

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With thee thy manhood also to this throne; Here shalt thou fit incarnate, here fhalt reign 315 · Ploth God and man, Son both of God and man, Anointed universal King; all power · I give thee; reign for ever, and assume Thy merits; under thee, as head fupreme, Thrones, princedoms, powers, dominions I reduce : All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide

321 In heav'n, or earth, or under earth in hell. When thou attended : loriously from heaven Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee fend The summoning archangels to proclaim 325 Thy dread tribunal ; forthwith from all winds, The living, and forth with the cited dead Of all past ages, to the general dooni Shall haften ; such a peal shall roufe their sleep. Then, all thy faints afsembled, thou shalt judge 330 Bad men and angels; they arraign'd shall fink Beneath thy fentence; hell, her numbers full, Thenceforth fhail be for ever shut. Meanwhile The world shall burn, and from ber ashes spring New heav'n and earth, wherein the just shall dwell; And after all their tribulations long, See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth. Then thou thy regal sceptre fhalt lay by, For regal sceptre then no mere shall need, God shall be all in all. But all ye gods, Adore him, who to compass all this dies ; Adore the Son, and honour him as me.

No fooner had th' Almighty ceas'd, but all The multitude of angels, with a shout

345 Loud as from numbers without number, sweet As from bless's voices, uttering joy, heav'n rung With jubilee, and loud hofannas fill'd Th'eternal regions: lowly reverent

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