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Satan's affoults, and quench his fiery darts : What man can do against them, not afraid, Though to the death: against such cruelties

With inward confolations recompens'd; 495 1. And oft supported so, as lhall amaze

Their proudesi persecutors: for the Spirit Pour'd first on his Apostles, whom he sends To evangelize the Nations, then on all Baptiz'd, shall them with wondrous gifts

indue

500 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

rull,

505 Their doctrine and their story written left,

But their rooi, as, they fore.

warn, Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous

wolves! Who all the sacred mysteries of Heav'n, To their own vile advantages shall turn, 510 Of lucre and ambition; and the truth With superstitions and tradi ions taint, Left only in those written records pure, Though not but by the Spirit underitood,

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515 Places and titles; and with these to join Secular pow'r, though feigning still to act By spiritual, to themselves appropriating The Spirit of God, promis'd alike and givin To all believers : and from that pretence 520 Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force On every conscience; laws which none shall

find Left them inrolld; or what the Spirit within Shall on the heart ingrave. : What will they

then Bat force the Spirit of grace itself, and bind 525 His confort liberty? what, but unbuild His living temples, built by faith to stand, Their own faith, not another's ? for on earth Who against faith and conscience can be heard Infallible? Yet many will presume; 530 Whence heavy persecution shall arise On all, who in the worship persevere Of spirit and truth: the rest, far greater part, Will deem in outward rites and specious forms Religion fatisfy'd: truth Chalt retire

535 Bestuck with flandrous darts: and works of

faith Rarely be found. So shall the world go on, To good malignant, to bad men benign; - Under her own weight groaning; till the day

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540 And vengeance to the wicked: at return Of Him fo lately promisd to thy aid, The Woman's Seed; obscurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour, and thy

Lord; Last in the clouds from Heav'n to be re

veal'd

i 545 In glory of the Father, dillolve Satan with his perverted world; then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refind, New Heav'ns, new Earth, ages of endless

date. Founded in righteousness, and peace, and

love,

-550 To bring forth fruits, joy, and eternal bliss,

He ended, and thus Adam last reply'd. How soon hath thy prediction, Seer blest! Measur'd this tranfient world, the race of time, Till time stand fix'd ? Beyond is all abyss, 555 Eternity, whose end no eye can reach!.. Greatly instructed. I shall hence depart, Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill Of knowledge, what this vellel can contain, Beyond which was my folly io aspire 560 Henceforth I learn, that to obey is belt, And love with fear the only God; to walk As in his presence, ever to observe His providence, and on him sole depend,

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Merciful over all his works, with good. 565 Still overcoming evil; and by small; Accomplishing great things: by things deem'd

weak Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise By simpling meek: that suffering for truth's

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Is fortitude to highest victory,

570 And to the faithful Death the gate of Life: Taught this by his example, whom I now Acknowledge my Redeemer ever bleft.

To whom thus also th’Angel last reply'd: This having learn’d, thou hast attain'd the

sum

575 Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the

stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th' ethereal

powrie, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or

sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst, 580 And all the rule, one empire: only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable; add

faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance add love, By name to come call’d Charity, the soul Of all the rest, then wilt thou not be loath, 585 To leave this Paradise, but shalt poffels

A Paradise within thee, happier far.
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Of speculation, for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence : and see the

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590 By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect Their motion;, at whose front a flaming sword, In fignal of remove, waves fiercely round, We may no longer stay: go! waken Eve: Her also I with gentle dreams have calm’d, 595 Portending good, and all her spirits compos'd To meek submission: thou at season fit Let her with thee partake, what thou hast

heard : Chiefly what may concern her faith to know, The great deliverance by her seed to come, 600 For by the woman's seed, on all mankind. That ye may live, which will be many days, Both in one faith unanimous, though sad, With cause for evils past, yet much more

chear'd With meditation on the happy end.

605 He ended, and they both descend the hill: Descended, Adam to the bow'r, where Eve Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak’d, And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd. Whence thou return'it, and whither went'lt,

I know; For God is also in sleep, and dreams advise;

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