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By some false guile pervert: and shall pervert;
The other none. In mercy and justice both, Through heaven and earth, so shall my glory'excel; But mercy, first and last, shall brightest shine."
Thus while Gud spoke, ambrosial fragrance fill'd All heaven, and in the bless'd spirits elect Sense of new joy ineffable diffusd. Beyond compare the Son of God was seen Most glorious; in him all his Father shone Substantially express'd; and in bis face Divine compassion visibly appear’d, Love without end, and without measure grace; Wlich uttering, thus he to his Father spake;
“O Father! gracious was that word which closd Thy sovereign sentence, that man should find grace, For which both heaven and earth shall high extol Tiiy praises, with th' innumerable sound Of hymns and sacred songs, wherewith thy throne Encompass'd shall resound ibee ever bless’d. For should man finally be lost, should man Thy creature late so lov'd, thy youngest son, Fall circumvented thus by fraud, though join'd With his own folly? That be from thee far, That far be from thee, Father, who art judge Of all things made, and judgest only right. Or shall the adversary thus obtain His end, and frustrate thine ? shall he fulfil His malice, and thy goodness bring to nought i Or proud return, though to his heavier doom, Yet, with revenge accomplish'd, and to hell Draw after him the whole race of mankind, By him corrupted? Or wilt thou thyself Abolish thy creation, and unmake For him, what for thy glory thou hast made ? So should thy goodness and thy greatness, both Be question'd, and blaspbemd without defence."
To whom the great Creator thus replied : “O Son, in whom my soul hath chief delight, Son of my bosom, Son who art alone My word, my wisdom, and effectnal might! All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are, all As my eterual purpose hatte
Man shall not quite be lost, but sav?d who will ;
He ask'd, but all the heavenly choir stood mute,
“ Father, thy word is pass'd ; man shall find grace :: And shall grace not find means, that finds her way, The speediest of thy winged messengers, To visit all thy creatures, and to all Comes unprevented, unimplor'd, unsought? Happy for man, so coming! he ler aid Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost; Alonement for himself, or offering meet, (Indebted and undone !) hath-nonc to bring. Behold me then ! me for him, life for life I offer; on me let thine anger fall; Account me man. I for his sake will leave Thy bosom, and this glory next to thee Freely. put off, and for him lastly die Well pleased : on me let death wreak all his rage ; Under his gloomy power I shall not long Lie vanquishid ; thou hast given me to possess Life in myself for ever; by thee I live, Thouglı now to death I yield, and am his due. All that of me can die; yet that debt paid, Thou wilt not leave ine in the loathsome grave : llis prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul For ever with corruption there to dwell ; But I shall rise victorious, and subdue My vanquisher, spoild of his vaunted spoil; Death his death's wound shall then receive, and
[stoop. Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm’d. I through the ample air in triumph bigh.
Shall lead hell.captive, maugre hell! and show
His words here ended, but his meek aspect Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love To mortal men, above wbich only shone Filial obedience: as a sacrifice Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will Of his great Father. Admiration seiz'd All heaven, what this might mean, and whither tend, Wond'ring; but soon th' Almighty thus replied :
" () thou, in heaven and earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath! O thou, My sole complacence! well thou know'st how dear To me are all thy works, nor man the least, Though last created : that for him I spare Thce from my bosom and right hand, to save, By losing thee a while, the whole race lost. Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem, Their nature also to thy nature join, And be thyself man among men on earth, Made flesh, when time shall be, of virgin seed, By wondrous birth : be thou, in Adan's room, The head of all mankind, though Adam's son. As in him perish all men, so in thee, As from a second root, shall be restor'd As many as are restored, without thee none. His crime makes guilty all his sons; thy merit Imputed shall absolve thein wbo renounce 'Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds, And live in thee transplanted, and from thee Receive new life. So man, as is most just, Shall satisfy for man, be judg'd, and die,