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To whom thus Michael. Dream not of their fight, As of a duel, or the local wounds Of head or heel: not therefore joins the Son Manhood to God-head, with more strength to foil Thy enemy; nor so is overcome
390 Satan, whose fall from Heav'n, a deadlier bruise, Disabled not to give thee thy death's wound: Which he, who comes thy Saviour, shall recure, Not by destroying Satan, but his works In thee, and in thy seed: nor can this be, 393 But by fulfilling that which thou didst want, , Obedience to the law of God, impos'd On penalty of death, and suffering death, The penalty to thy transgression due, And due to theirs which out of thine will grow: 400 So only can high justice rest appaid. The law of God exact he shall fulfil Both by obedience and by love, though love Alone fulfil the law; thy punishment He shall indure by coming in the flesh
405 To a reproachful life and cursed death; Proclaming life to all who shall believe In his redemption, and that his obedience, Imputed, becomes theirs by faith, his merits To save them, not their own, though legal works. 410 For this he shall live hated, be blasphem'd, Seis’d on by force, judg’d, and to death condemn'd A shameful and accurs’d, nail'd to the cross Fff 2
By his own nation, sain for bringing life;
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 ransome paid, which man from death redeems, His death for man, as many as offer'd life 425 Neglect not, and the benefit embrace By faith not void of works: this God-like act Annuls thy doom, the death thou shouldst have dy'd, 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 temp'ral death shall bruise the victor's heel, Or theirs whom he redeems; a death-like sleep, A gentle wafting to immortal life.
435 Nor, after resurrection shall he stay Longer on earth than certain times to appear To his disciples; men who in his life Still follow'd him: to them shall leave in charge To teach all nations what of him they learn'd 440 And his falvation; them who shall believe
Baptizing in the profluent stream, the sign
456 His seat at God's right hand, exalted high Above all names in Heav'n; and thence shall come, When this world's dissolution shall be ripe, With glory' and pow'r to judge both quick and dead; To judge th’unfaithful dead, but to reward 461 His faithful, and receive them into bliss, Whether in Heav'n or Earth; for then the Earth Shall all be Paradise, far happier place Than this of Eden, and far happier days. 465
So spake th’Arch-Angel Michaël, then paus’d, As at the world's great period; and our fire Replete with joy and wonder thus reply'd. O Goodness infinite, Goodness immense!
That all this good of evil shall produce, 470
Be sure they will, said th' Angel; but from Heaven He to his own a Comforter will send,
486 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 recompens’d, 495 And oft supported so as shall amaze Their proudest persecutors: for the Spirit
Pour’d first on his Apostles, whom he sends
520 Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force On every conscience; laws which none shall find Left them inroll’d, or what the Spirit within Shall on the heart ingrave. What will they then But force the Spirit of grace itself, and bind 525