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“ The law that is against thee, and the sins
“ Of all mankind with him there crucified,
“ Never to hurt them more who rightly trust
6. In this his satisfaction. So he dies,
“ But soon revives; death over him no power

420 “ Shall long usurp: ere the third dawning light

Return, the stars of morn shall see him rise " Out of his grave, fresh as the dawning light,

Thy ransom paid, which man from death redeems, “ His death for man—as many as offered life “ Neglect not, and the benefit embrace

By faith not void of works. This godlike act “ Annuls thy doom, the death thou shouldst have died, “In sin for ever lost from life: this act “ Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength, 430

Defeating Sin and Death, his two main arms; And fix far deeper in his head their stings “ Than temporal death shall bruise the victor's heel, “ Or theirs whom he redeems—a death, like sleep-“A gentle wafting to immortal life. “ Nor after resurrection shall he stay

Longer on Earth, than certain times to appear “ To his disciples, men who in his life “ Still followed him; to them shall leave in charge To teach all nations what of him they learned

440 And his salvation, them who shall believe

Baptizing in the profluent stream—the sign “Of washing them from guilt of sin to life

Pure, and in mind prepared, if so befall, For death, like that which the Redeemer died. All nations they shall teach; for, from that day, “Not only to the sons of Abraham's loins “ Salvation shall be preached, but to the sons “ Of Abraham's faith, wherever through the world; " So in his seed all nations shall be blest. " Then to the Heaven of Heavens he shall ascend With victory, triúmphing through the air “ Over his foes and thine; there shall surprise “ The Serpent, Prince air, and drag in chains “ Through all his realm, and there confounded leave;



" Then enter into glory, and resume “ His seat at God's right hand, exalted high " Above all names in Heaven; and thence shall come " When this world's dissolution shall be ripe, “ With glory and power to judge both quick and dead--460 “ To judge the unfaithful dead, but to reward “ His faithful, and receive them into bliss, " Whether in Heaven or Earth; for then the Earth “ Shall all be Paradise, far happier place “ Than this of Eden, and far happier days!”

So spake the Archangel Michaël; then paused, As at the world's great period; and our sire, Replete with joy and wonder, thus replied :

-0, Goodness infinite, Goodness immense ! “ That all this good of evil shall produce,

470 And evil turn to good; more wonderful “ Than that, which by creation first brought forth

Light out of Darkness! Full of doubt I stand, " Whether I should repent me now of sin

By me done, and occasioned; or rejoice “Much more, that much more good thereof shall spring“ To God more glory-more good-will to men “ From God, and over wrath grace shall abound. But

say, if our Deliverer up to Heaven “ Must re-ascend, what will betide the few His faithful, left among the 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 the Angel; “but from Heaven “ He to his own a Comforter will send, “ 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,


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“And oft supported so as shall amaze
“ Their proudest persecutors; for the Spirit,
“ Poured 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 performed, and race well run, " 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, " Left only in those written records pure, “Though not, but by the Spirit, understood. " Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names, Places, and titles, and with these to join “ 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,

520 Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force

On every conscience; laws which none shall find “Left them enrolled, or what the Spirit within “ Shall on the heart engrave. What will they then, “But force the Spirit of grace itself, and bind His consort 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:

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

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“ Bestruck with slanderous darts, and works of faith

Rarely be found. So shall the world go on, “ To good malignant, to bad men benign; “ Under her own weight 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 amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord; “ Last, in the clouds, from Heaven to be revealed “In glory of the Father, to dissolve

Satan, with his perverted world; then raise From the conflagrant mass, purged and refined, “New Heavens, new Earth, ages of endless date, “ Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love;

550 “ To bring forth fruits, joy, and eternal bliss !”

He ended, and thus Adam last replied : “ How soon hath thy prediction, seer blest, “ Measured this transient world, the race of time, “ Till time stand fixed ! Beyond is all abyss

Eternity, whose end no eye can reach.
“ Greatly instructed I shall hence depart ;
“ Greatly in peace of thought; and have my fill
“ Of knowledge—what this vessel can contain ;
“ Beyond which was my folly to aspire.
“ 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
“ Still overcoming evil, and by small

Accomplishing great things—ay things deemed 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 blest.”

To whom thus also the Angel last replied: “ This having learned, thou hast attained the sum


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