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« In heaven and hell thy power above compare;
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
“Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels
My bow, and thunder-my almighty arms
“From all heaven's bounds into the utter deep:
“ He said, and on his Son with rays direct 720 “ Shone full: he all his Father full express’d,
“ Ineffably into his face receiv'd:
“O Father! O Supreme of heavenly Thrones !
"First, Highest, Holiest, Best ! Thou always seek'st 725 “. To glorify thy Son; I always thee,
"As is most just: this I my glory account,
“ • Fulfill’d, which to fulfil is all my bliss.
". And gladlier shall resign, when in the end
""But whom thou hat’st, I hate, and can put on 735 Thy terrors, as I put thy mildness on
Image of thee in all things; and shall soon,
". To chains of darkness, and the undying worm, 740 “. That from thy just obedience could revolt,
" " Whom to obey is happiness entire.
“• Far separate, circling thy holy mount,
“Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing745 «• Hymns of high praise, and I among them chief.'
“So said, he, o'er his sceptre bowing, rose “From the right hand of Glory where he sat : “ And the third sacred morn began to shine, “Dawning through heaven. Forth rush'd with whirl
“ wind sound 750 “ The chariot of Paternal Deity,
Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel undrawn, “ Itself instinct with spirit, but convoy’d “By four Cherubic shapes : four faces each
“Had wondrous; as with stars, their bodies all, 755 “And wings, were set with eyes—with eyes the wheels
“Of beryl; and careering fires between :
Amber, and colours of the showery arch, 760 “He, in celestial panoply all arm'd
“ Of radiant Urim, (work divinely wrought)
“And quiver with three-bolted thunder stor’d; 765 “ And from about him fierce effusion roll'd
“Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles dire.
“And twenty thousand (I their number heard) 770 “ Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen:
“He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime
“First seen; them unexpected joy surpris'd, 775 “ When the great ensign of Messiah blaz'd
“ Aloft, by angels borne-his sign in heaven;
“Before him Power Divine his way prepar'd;
“ At his command the uprooted hills retir'd, 780 “Each to his place; they heard his voice, and went
“Obsequious; Heaven his wonted face renew'd,
“ This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd,
“ And to rebellious fight rallied their powers; 785 “Insensate ! hope conceiving from despair.
“ In heavenly spirits could such perverseness dwell,
They, harden'd more by what might most reclaim, 790“ Grieving to see his glory, at the sight
“ Took envy; and, aspiring to his height,
“ Against God and Messiah, or to fall 795 " In universal ruin last: and now
“ To final battle drew, disdaining flight,
“Stand still in bright array, ye Saints! here stand, 800 “. Ye Angels arm’d! this day from battle rest:
“Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause: “And as ye have receiv'd, so have ye done
“Invincibly. But of this cursed crew
“Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints.
By me: not you, but me, they have despis'd,
“« That they may have their wish, to try with me
“ In battle which the stronger proves--they all, 820 “Or I alone against them; since by strength
They measure all, of other excellence.
“So spake the Son, and into terror chang'd 825 “ His countenance, too severe to be beheld,
“ And full of wrath bent on his enemies.
“Of his fierce chariot roll'd, as with the sound 830 “Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host.
“He on his impious foes right onward drove,
Gloomy as night: under his burning wheels “ The steadfast empyréan shook throughout;
“ All but the throne itself of God. Full soon 835 Among them he arriv'd, in his right hand
Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent “ Before him, such as in their souls infix'd
Plagues : they, astonish'd, all resistance lost
“ All courage : down their idle weapons dropt: 840 “ O'er shields, and helms, and helmed heads he rode,
“ Of Thrones, and mighty Seraphim prostrate,
“ Nor less on either side tempestuous fell 815 “ His arrows, from the fourfold-visag'd four
“ Distinct with eyes, and from the living wheels
“Glar'd lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire 850 “ Among the accurs'd, that wither'd all their strength,
“ And of their wonted vigour left them drain'd-
“ His thunder in mid volley; for he meant
“ The overthrown he rais'd, and as a herd
Urg'd them behind: headlong themselves they threw
“ Hell heard the unsufferable noise: hell saw “Heaven ruining from heaven, and would have fled
Affrighted; but strict Fate had cast too deep 870 “Her dark foundations, and too fast had bound.
“Nine days they fell: confounded Chaos roar'd,
Through his wild anarchy; so huge a rout
“ Encumber'd him with ruin: hell at last 875 Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them clos'd
“Hell, their fit habitation, fraught with fire
Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain :
Disburden'd heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair’d
“Her mural breach, returning whence it roll’d. 880 “Sole Victor, from the expulsion of his foes,
“Messiah his triumphal chariot turn'd:
Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts,
“ With jubilee advanc'd; and, as they went,
“Sung triumph, and him sung victorious King,
Triumphant through mid heaven, into the courts 890 “And temple of his mighty Father thron'd
“On high! who into glory him receiv'd,