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Must reafcend, what will betide the few 480
His faithful, left among th' unfaithful herd,
The enemies of truth? who then shall guide,
His people, who defend ? will they not deal
Worse with his followers than with him they dealt?

Be sure they will, said th' angel; but from heav's He to his own a Comforter will send, :

486 The promise of the Father, who shall dwell His Spi'rit within them, and the law of faith Working thro' love, upon their hearts fhall write, To guide them in all truth, and also arm 490 With spiritual armour, able to refift Satan's assaults, and quench his fiery darts, What man can do against them, not afraid, Though to the death, against fuch cruelties With inward consolations recompens'd,

495 And oft supported so as thall amaze Their proudeft perfecutors : 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, sco 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 run, 505 Their doctrine and their itory writ!en Jeft, They die ; but in their room, as they forewarn, Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous wolves, Who all the sacred myfteries of heaven To their own vile adyantages shall turn 510 Of lucre and ambition, and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint, Left only in those written records pure, Though not but by the Spirit understood,

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Then thall they seek to avail themselves of names,
Places, and titles, and with thefe to join
Secular pow'r, though feigning still to act
By fpiritual, to themselves appropriating
The Spirit of God, promis'd alike and given
To all believers; and from that pretence,-
Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force
On every conscience; Jaws which none shall find
Left them inrolld, or what the Spirit within
Shall on the heart ingrave: What will they then
But force the Spi'rit of grace itself, and bind 52534
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 :
Whence heavy perfecution shall arise
On all who in the worship perfevere
Of spi'rit and truth; the reft, far greater part,
Will decm in outward rites and specious forms
Religion fatisfy'd, truth Mall retire

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Bestuck with sandrous darts, and works of faith
Rarely be found : so shall the world go on,
To good malignant; co bad men benign;
Under her own weighe groaning, till the day
Appear of respiration to the juft,

540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid, The woman's feed, obfcurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord, Lait in the clouds froin 'heav'n to be reveal'd

545 In glory of the Father, to diffolve Satan with his perverted world, then raise From the conflagrant mafs, purg'd and refin'd, New heav'ns, new earth, ages of endless date

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Founded in right'ousness, and peace, and love, 550
To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss.

He ended, and thus Adam laft reply'd.
How soon bath thy prediction, seer bless'd,
Measur'd this transient world, the race of time,
Till time fand fix'd ? Beyond is all abyss, 355
Eternity, whore end no eye can reach,
Greatly instructed I fhall hence depart,
Greatly in peace of thought, and have my fill
Of knowledge, what this veflet can contain ;
Beyond which was my folly to aspire.
Henceforth I learn, that to obey is beft,
And love with fear the only God, to walk
As in his presence, ever to observe
His providence, and on him fole depend,
Merciful over all his works, with good

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Still overcoming evil, and by small
Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak
Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise
By simply meek; that fuff'ring for truth's fake
Is fortitude to highest victory,

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And, to the faithful, death the gate of life;
Taught this by his example, whom I now
Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blefs'd.

To whom thus also th' angel last reply'd:
This having learn'd, thou hast attain’d the sum 575.
Of wisdom ; hope no high'er, though all the stars
Thou knew'it by name, and all th'ethereal pow'rs,
All fecrets of the deep, all Nature's works,
Or works of God in heav'n, air, eartli, or sea,
And all the riches of this world enjoy'dit,
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.

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Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath 585
To leave this Paradise, but fhalt poffefs
A Paradise within thee, happier far.
Let us descend now therefore from this top
Ot speculation ; for the hour precise
Exacts our parting hence, and fee the guards, 599
By me incamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a faming sword,
In fignał of remove, waves fiercely round;
We way no longer Aay: go, waken Eve ;
Her also I with geotle dreams have calm'd 595
Portending good, and all her fpirits compos'd
To meek fubmiffion: thod at reason fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliv'rance by her feed to come 600
(For by the woman's feed, on all mankind :
That ye may live, which will be many days,
Both in one faith unanimous though fad,
With caufe for evils palt, yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.

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He ended; and they both descend the hill;
Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve
Lay Aleeping ran before, but found her wak'di
And thus with words not fad (he him receiv'd.

Whence thou return'k, and whither went't, I know; For God is also in fleep, and dreams adyire, 611 Which he hath fent propitious, some great good Prefaging, since with forrow' 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 bence unwilling; thou to me Art all things under heav'n, all places thou, Who for my wilful crime art banilh'd bence.

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I carry hence; though all by me is loft,
Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,
By me the promis'd seed shall all restore.

So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard
Well pleas’d, but answer'd not; for now too nigh 625
Th’archangel stood, and from the other bill
To their fix'd station, all in brigbt array,
The cherubim descended ; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as ev'ning milt
Ris'n from a river o'er the marisha glides, 630
And gathers ground fast at the lab'rer's hcel,
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd,
The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid beat,
And vapour as the Libyan air adult,

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Began to parch that temp'rate clime ; whereat
In either hand the halt’ning angel caught
Our ling'ring parents, and to tb'eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd. 640
They looking back all th'eastern fide bebeld
Of Paradise, so late their happy leat,
Wav'd over by that Aaming brand, the gate
With dreadful faces throng?d and fiery arms:
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them food;
The world was all before them, where to chuse 646.
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and flow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

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