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My word, my wisdom, and effectual might, 170
not be flow, mine eye not shut.
Affeding godhead, and so losing all,
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 :
Under his gloomy pow'r I thall not long
His words here ended, but his meek afpéc
(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,
Though lalt created; that for him I spare
many as are reltor’d, without thee none.
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
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