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To God more glory, more good-will to Men
say, if our Deliverer up to Heaven
Be sure they will, said the Angel; but from Heaven He to his own a Comforter will send,
486 The promise of the Father, who shall dwell His Spirit within them; and the law of faith, Working through love, upon their hearts shall write, To guide them in all truth; and also arm
490 With spiritual armour, able to resist Satan's assaults, and quench his fiery darts ; What man can do against them, not afraid, Though to the death ; against such cruelties With inward consolations recompensed, And oft supported so as shall amaze Their proudest persecutors : for the Spirit, Pour'd first on his Apostles, whom he sends To evangelize the nations, then on all Baptized, shall them with wondrous gifts endue 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 Heaven: at length Their ministry perform’d, and race well run,
505 Their doctrine and their story written left, They die ; but in their room, as they forewarn, Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous wolves, Who all the sacred mysteries of Heaven To their own vile advantages shall turn
510 Of lucre and ambition; and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint, Ieft only in those written records pure, Though not but by the Spirit understood.
Thop they shall seek to avail themselves of names,
He ended; and thus Adam last replied
How soon hath thy prediction, Seer bless'd,
565 Still overcoming evil, and by small Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak Subverting worldly strong, and worldly, wise By simply meek : that suffering for truth's sake 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 bless'd..
To whom thus also the Angel last replied : 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 the ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heaven, 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 possess A Paradise within thee, happier far.-Let us descend now therefore from this top Of speculation ; for the hour précise Exacts our parting hence; and see! the guards, 590
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Whence thou return’st, and whither went’st, I know; For God is also in sleep; and dreams advise, 611 Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Presaging, since with sorrow 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 hence unwilling ; thou to me Art all things under Heaven, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence. This further consolation yet secure
620 I carry hence; though all by me is lost, Such favour I unworthy am vouchsafed, By me the Promised Seed shall all restore.
So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard Well pleased, but answer'd not : for now too nigh 625 'The Archangel stood; and, from the other hill To their fix'd station, all in bright array The Cherubim descended; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld