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To God more glory, more good-will to Men
if our Deliverer up to Heaven Must reascend, what will betide the few
Be sure they will, said the Angel ; but from Heaven
Then they shall seek to avail themselves of names, Places, and titles, and with these to join
516 Secular power ; though feigning still to act By spiritual, to themselves appropriating The Spirit of God, promised alike and given To all believers; and, from that pretence, 620 Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force On every conscience ; laws which none shall find Left them inrellid, or what the Spirit within Shall on the heart engrave. What will they then But force the Spirit of Grace itself, and bind 525 His consort Liberty? What, but unbuild His living temples, built by faith to stand, Their own faith, not another's ? For, on carth, 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 satisfied ; truth shall retire
535 Bestuck with slanderous darts, and works of faith Rarely be found : so shall the world go on, To good malignant, to bad nien benign; Under her own a eight groaning ; till the day Appear of respiration to the just,
540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so lately promised to thy aid, The Woman's Seed ; obscurely then foretold, Now ampler known thy Saviour and tl.y Lord; Last, in the clouds, from Heaven to be reveald 545 In glory of the Father, to dissolve Satan with his perverted world; then raise From the coniagrant mass, purged and refined, New Heavens, new Earth, ages of endless dato, Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love ; 650 To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss.
lle ended; and thus Adamı last replied
How sool. hath thy prediction, Seer bless'd,
fill Of knowledge what this vessel can contain ; Beyond which was my folly to aspire.
KGO Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best, And love with fear the only God; to walk As in his presence; ever to observe His providence ; and on him sole depend, Merciful over all his works, with good
565 Still overcoming evil, and by sınal] Accomplishing great things, by things doem'd weak Subverting worldly strong, and worldiy wise By simply meek: that suffering for truth's sako 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 blesa’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 685 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 precise Exacts our parting hence; and see! the guards, 598
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I kuow, 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 crine art banish'd hence. This further consolation yet secure
420 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 uow too nig 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 Of Paradise, so late their happy seat, Waved over by that Aaming brand ; the gato With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms: Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wiped them soon ; The world was all before them, where to choose 646 Their place of rest, and Providence their guide : They, hand in hand, wille wandering steps and slow, Through Edon took their solitary way