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of two bright Cherubim; before him burn ev'n lamps as in a zodiac representing 255 Che heav'nly fires ; over the tent a cloud hall rest by day, a fiery gleam by night, ave when they journey, and at length they come, 'onducted by his Angel to the land romis'd to Abraham and his feed: the rest 260 Vere long to tell, how many

battels fought, low

many kings destroy'd, and kingdoms won, r how the sun shall in mid Heav'n stand still

day entire, and night's due course adjourn, Ian's voice commanding, Sun in Gibeon stand, 265 ind thou moon in the vale of Aialon, ‘ill Israel overcome ; so call the third

From led the tabernacle. And Moses was says in short, the cloud was over t able to enter into the tent of the the tent by day, and the fire (callid ngregation because the cloud abode here a fiery gleam) by night, when creon, and the glory of the Lord they journey'd not. He takes no 'led the tabernacle. And when the notice how it was when they did, oud was taken up from over the which this text (for the infinite beauty bernacle, the children of Israel went of it we have given it at length) sward in all their journeys. But if explains: The cloud was then taken je cloud were not taken up, then they up; How then? the Lord went beurneyed not, till the day that it was fore them by day in a pillar of a cloud iken up. For the cloud of the Lord to lead them the way, and by night vas upon the tabernacle by day, and in a pillar of fire to give them light, re was on it by night, in the fight to go by day and night, chap. Xili. fall the house of Israel, throughout 21. Other armies pitch their enll their journeys, Exod. XL. 34 &c. ligns when they incamp, and lift Chus it was in all places wherever them up when they march. So does hey came: and this is whas Milton the Lord of hosts leading forth his

people.

From Abraham, son of Isaac, and from him His whole descent, who thus shall Canaan win.

Here Adam interpos’d. O sent from Heaven, 270 Inlightner of my darkness, gracious things Thou hast reveald, those chiefly which concern Just Abraham and his seed: now first I find Mine

eyes true opening, and my heart much eas'd, Erewhile perplex'd with thoughts what would become Of me and all mankind; but now I see 276 His day, in whom all nations shall be blest,

Favor people. But what ensigns! how as the reader, who is at all coarssublime! Milton seems too concise fant with these sacred writings, here. Richardson.

easily perceive. It would be tan 270. Here Adam interpos d.] These and verse for every expreßion:

minute and tedious to quote chapter interpositions of Adam have a very the reader may peruse ihe follorg good effect, for otherwise the con; texts, and compare them with our tinued narration of the Angel would author. Wherefore then ferextbike appear too long and tedious.

law? it was added becanje of tres! 274. Mine eyes true opening,] For gresions. Gal. III. 19. I kan that was a false promise which the known fin but by the law: Bus Serpent had made, Gen. III. 5. taking occafion by the Cour Your eyes shall be open'd &c. wrought in me all manner of * 277. His day,] An allufion to deeds of the law there ftall

piscence. Rom. VII. 7, 8. By 2 that of our Saviour, John VIII. 56. be justified in his fight, fer by Your father Abraham rejoiced to see larú is the knowledge of fir. Rom my day; and he saw it, and was III. 20. If the blood of bai3 ani glad.

of goats fanétifeth to the purife! 283. So many laws argue so many the flish, how much more jitax is

Jins] This fcruple of our blood of Chrifi, who i brough the er first father, and the reply of the An- nal Spirit offered himself without you gel are grounded upon St. Paul's to God, purge pour conscience for Epiitles, and particularly those to dead works? Heb. IX. 13, 14. the Romans, Galatians and Hebrews, is not posible that the blood of tas

avor unmerited by me, who fought orbidden knowledge by forbidden means. his yet I apprehend not, why to those 280 mong whom God will deign to dwell on earth

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fins mong them ; how can God with fuch reside? To whom thus Michael. Doubt not but that fin Till reign among them, as of thee begot ; 286 nd therefore was law giv’n them to evince

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d of goats Phould take away fins ; fect. Heb. X. 1. That no man is berefore when he cometh into the justified by the larw in the fight of God orld, be faith, Sacrifice and offer. it is evident ; for the just shall live ; tbou wouldest not, but a body haft by faith: And the law is not of faith ou prepared me. Heb. X. 4, 5. It but the man that doeth them shall as imputed to bim for righteousness. live in them-Bat before faith came, rw it was not written for his sake we were kept under the law, shut up one, that it was imputed to him; unto the faith, which should afterut for us also to whom it fall be wards be revealed. Gal. III. 11, puted, if we believe on him that 12, 23. Wherefore thou art no more iised up Jefus our Lord from the a servant, but a for. Gal. IV. 7: ad. Rom. IV. 22, 23, 24. There. For ye bave nat received the spirit re being juftified by faith, we have of bondage again to fear; but ye have race with God through our Lord received the spirit of adoption, whereby esus Christ, Rom. V. 1. For there we cry Abba, Father. Rom. VIII. verily a difannulling of the com- 15. How adrairably hath our auandment going before, for the weak- thor here in a few verses fummid es and unprofitableness thereof; for up the sense and argument of these be law made nothing perfe&t, but and more texts of scripture? It is be bringing in of a better hope did. really wonderful, how he could leb. VII. 18, 19. For the law comprise so much divinity in so few aving a padow of good things words, and at the same time exome, and not the very image of the press it with luch strength and perbings, can never with those sacri- spicuity. ices make the comers thereunto pero Vol. II.

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Their natural pravity, by stirring up
Sin against law to fight: that when they see
Law can discover sin, but not remove,

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Save by those shadowy expiations weak,
The blood of bulls and goats, they may conclude
Some blood more precious must be paid for man,
Just for unjust, that in such righteousness
To them by faith imputed, they may find 295
Justification towards God, and peace
Of conscienci:, which the law by ceremonies
Cannot appease, nor man the moral part
Perform, and not performing cannot live.
So law appears imperfect, and but given

300 With purpose to resign them in full time Up to a better covenant, disciplin'd From shadowy types to truth, from flesh to fpirit, From imposition of strict laws to free Acceptance of large grace, from servile fear

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To 307. And therefort shall not Mofes, neither Miriam that is the prophets,

&c.] Moses died in mount nor Aaron that is the priests, na Nebo, in the land of Moab, from Moses the deliverer of the law, but whence he had the prospect of the Joshua that is Jesus Christ, was able promis'd land, but not the honor to lead God's people into the pro of leading the Israelites in to possess mis'd land, to Heaven and ever. it, which was reserved for Jothua. Lasting bliss. St. Jerom. Theod. Deut. XXXIV. Joh. I. Commen- Rabanus &c. Hume. tators on the death of Aaron in mount 311. His name and ofíce bearing.) Hor, Numb. XX. 28, remark that Jolhua was in many things a type

To filial, works of law to works of faith.
And therefore shall not Moses, though of God
Highly belov’d, being but the minister
Of law, his people into Canaan lead;
But Joshua whom the Gentiles Jesus call,

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His name and office bearing, who shall quell
The adversary Serpent, and bring back
Through the world's wildernefs long wander'd man
Safe to eternal Paradise of rest.
Mean while they in their earthly Canaan plac'd 315
Long time Thall dwell and prosper, but when fins
National interrupt their public peace,
Provoking God to raise them enemies ;
From whom as oft he saves them penitent
By judges first, then under kings; of whom 320
The second, both for piety renown'd
And puissant deeds, a promise Thall receive
Irrevocable, that his regal throne

For of Jesus; and the names are the of the Gentiles; and again by St. fame, Joshua according to the He- Paul, Heb. IV. 8. If Jesus, that is brew, and Jesus in Greek. The if Joshua, bad given them reft, tben Seventy always render Joshua by would he not afterward bave spoken Jesus, and there are two passages in of another day. And the name Jothe New Testament where Jesus is íhua or Jesus fignifies a Saviour. afed for Joshua, once by St. Stephen, 322. --a promise shall receive &c.] Ads VII.45. The tabernacle which The poet alludes here to the followour fathers brought in with Jesus, ing prophecies: And thine house, and that is with Joshua, into the posesion thy kingdom skall be established for

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