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A day entire, and night's due course adjourn, Man's voice commanding, „Sun in Gibeon

stand,

265 „And thou moon in the vale of Afcalon, „Till Israel overcome;“ so call the third From Abraham, son of Isaac, from him His whole descent, who thus shall. Canaan

win. Here Adam interpos’d, O sent from Heav'ni,

270 Inlightner of my darkness! gracious things Thou hast reveal'd; those chiefly which con

cern

Just Abraham and his seed: now first I find Mine eyes true op’ning, and my heart much

es d; Ere while perplex'd with thoughts, what

would become 275 Of me and all mankind: but now I see His day, in whom all nations shall be bleft; Favor unmerited by me, who fought Forbidden knowledge forbidden means, This yet I apprehend not, why to those, 280 Among whom God will deign to dwell on

earth,
So many and so various laws are giv'n:
So many laws argue

To
many

sins Among them: how can God with such re

fide ?

To whom thus Michael.' Doubt not but that lin

285 Will reign among them, as of thee begot: And therefore was law giv'n them, to evince Their natural pravity, by stirring up Sin against law to fight: that when they see Law can discover fin, but not remove, 290 Save by those Chadowy expiations weak, The blood of bulls and goats, they may con

clude Some blood more precious must be paid for

man; Just for unjust: that in such righteousness To them by faith imputed, they may find 295 Justification towards God, and peace Of conscience, which the law by ceremonies Cannot appease; nor man the moral part Perform: and not performing, cannot live. So law appears imperfect, and but giv'n 300 With purpose to resign them in full time Up to a better cov’nanț; disciplin'd From shadowy types to truth; from flesh to

(pirit,
From imposition of strict laws, to frec
Acceptance of large grace; from servil fear 305
To filial: works of law, to works of faith.
And therefore shall not Moses , . though of

God
Highly belov’d, being but the minister

?

Of law, his people into Canaan lead;
But Jofua: whom the Gentiles Jesus call; 310
His name and office bearing, who shall quell
The adversary serpent; and bring back
Throug the world's wilderness long wander'd

man

Safe to eternal Paradise of rest,
Mean while they, in their earthly Canaan

placid,

315 Long time shall dwell and prosper: but when

fins National interrupt their public peace, Provoking God to raise them enemies, From whom as oft he safes them penitent; By Judges first, then under Kings : of

whom

320) The second, both for piety renown'd And puissant deeds, a promise shall receive Irrevocable, that this regal throne For ever shall indure: the like shall fing All prophecy, that of the royal stock 325 Of David, so I name this king, shall rise A son, the woman's feed to thee foretold: Foretold to Abraham; as in whom shall trust All nations; and to kings foretold, of kings The last; for of his reign shall be no end. '330 But first a long succession must ensue, 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 in

shrine. Such follow him as shall be register'd 335 Part good par bad; of bad the longer scroll: Whose foul idolatries, and other faults Heap'd to the popular sum, will so incense God, as to leave them, and expose their land, Their city, his temple, and his holy ark, 340 With all his sacred things, a scorn and prey To that proud city, whose high walls thou

saw'ft Left in confusion'; Babylon thence call'd. There in captivity he lets them dwell The space of seventy years: then brings them

back,

345 Remembring mercy, and his cov'nant sworn To David, stablish'd as the days of heav'n., Return'd from Babylon, by leave of kings Their lords, whom God dispos'd, the House

of God They first re-edify: and for a while 350 In mean estate live inoderate : till grown In wealth and multitude, factions they grow; But first, among the priests diffention springs'; Men who attend the altar, and should most Endeavour peace :

their strife pollution brings

355 Upon the Temple itself; at last they seize

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The sceptre, and regard not David's fons :
Then lose it to a stranger, that the true
Anointed king Melliah 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 inquire
His place, to offer incense, myrrh and gold:
His place of birth a solemn Angel tells
To fimple shepherds keeping watch by

night:

365 They gladly thither haste, and by a choir Of squadron’d Angels hear his carol sung. A Virgin is his mother, but his lire The pow'r of the most High! He shall ascend The throne herəditary, and bound his

reign

370 With earth's wide bounds, his glory with the

heav'ns. 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 utinost hope! now clear I understand, What oft my steadiest thoughts have search'd

in vain: Why our great expectatiou should be callid Thee feed of woman; Virgin Mother, hail!

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