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Thus while God spake, ambrosial fragrance fillid
Most glorious : in him all his Father shone 140 Substantially express'd; and in his face
Divine compassion visibly appear’d,
“O Father! gracious was that word which clos’d 145 “ Thy sovereign sentence, that man should find grace;
“ For which both heaven and earth shall high extol
Thy praises, with the innumerable sound
Encompass'd shall resound thee ever blest.
Thy creature late so lov'd, thy youngest son,
“ That far be from thee, Father, who art judge 155 “Of all things made, and judgest only right.
“Or shall the adversary thus obtain
“For him, what for thy glory thou hast made ? 165“ So should thy goodness and thy greatness both
“Be question'd, and blasphem'd without defence."
To whom the great Creator thus replied:
“Son of my bosom, Son who art alone
“ All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are, all
“ Man shall not quite be lost, but sav'd who will ; “ Yet not of will in him, but
grace 175 Freely vouchsaf'd: once more I will renew
“His lapsed powers, though forfeit, and enthrallid * By sin to foul exorbitant desires;
Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
“On even ground against his mortal foe;
“ His fall'n condition is, and to me owe
“ Elect above the rest ; so is my will: 185 “ The rest shall hear me call, and oft be warn'd
“ Their sinful state, and to appease betimes
The incensed Deity, while offer'd grace
“What may suffice; and soften stony hearts 190 “ To pray, repent, and bring obedience due.
“ To prayer, repentance, and obedience due,
Though but endeavour'd with sincere intent, “ Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut.
“ And I will place within them as a guide, 195 “My umpire, conscience; whom if they will hear,
· Light after light, well us'd, they shall attain,
And, to the end persisting, safe arrive. “ This my long sufferance, and my day of grace, “They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste; “But hard be harden'd, blind be blinded more, “ That they may stumble on, and deeper fall; “ And none but such from mercy I exclude. “But yet all is not done: man disobeying,
Disloyal, breaks his feälty, and sins
Affecting godhead, and, so losing all,
“ He, with his whole posterity, must die : 210 “ Die he or justice must; unless for him
“ Some other able, and as willing, pay
Man's mortal crime; and just, the unjust to save ? “Dwells in all heaven charity so dear ?"
He ask'd, but all the heavenly quire stood mute,
Patron or intercessor none appear'd;
The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
By doom severe, had not the Son of God, 225 In whom the fulness dwells of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus renew'd.
“Father! Thy word is past, man shall find grace : “ And shall grace not find means, that finds her way
“ The speediest of thy winged messengers 230 “ To visit all thy creatures; and to all
“Comes unprevented, unimplored, unsought?
“ Atonement for himself, or offering meet,
“Behold me, then; me for him, life for life,
" Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee 240 “Freely put off, and for him lastly die
“Well pleas'd: on me let Death wreak all his rage;
“Life in myself for ever: by thee I live,
“ All that of me can die: yet, that debt paid,
“For ever with corruption there to dwell :
Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm’d.
Pleas'd, out of heaven shalt look down, and smile, “ While, by thee rais'd, I ruin all my foes— “ Death last, and with his carcass glut the grave : “ Then, with the multitude of my redeem'd, , “ Shall enter heaven, long absent, and return, “Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud “Of anger shall remain, but peace assur'd
“ And reconcilement: wrath shall be no more 265 “ Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.”
His words here ended, but his meek aspect
Filial obedience: as a sacrifice
Of his great Father. Admiration seiz'd
“ O thou, in heaven and earth the only peace 275 “ Found out for mankind under wrath! O thou,
My sole complacence! well thou knowest how dear “ To me are all my works, nor man the least, “ Though last created; that for him I spare
“ Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save, 280“ By losing thee awhile, the whole race lost.
“ Thou therefore, whom thou only canst redeem,
By wondrous birth : be thou in Adam's room
“ As in him perish all men, so in thee,
many as are restor'd; without thee none.
Imputed, shall absolve them who renounce
“Receive new life. So man, as is most just, 295 “ Shall satisfy for man, be judg’d and die;
“ And dying rise, and rising with him raise
Giving to death, and dying to redeem300 “So dearly to redeem, what hellish hate
“So easily destroy'd, and still destroys
“Man's nature, lessen or degrade thine own. 305 “Because thou hast, though thron'd in highest bliss
Equal to God, and equally enjoying
“ By merit more than birthright, Son of God310 “ Found worthiest to be so, by being good,
“ Far more than great, or high ;-because in thee
“ With thee thy manhood also to this throne :
“Both God and man, Son both of God and man,
and assume “ Thy merits ; under thee, as head supreme, 320 “ Thrones, Princedoms, Powers, Dominions, I reduce :
“ All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide