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Light out of darkness! Full of doubt I stand, .
Whether I should repent me now of sin
By me done and occasion'd, or rejoice

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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 reascend, what will betide the few
His faithful, left among th' 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 th' Angel; “but from Heaven
He to his own a Comforter will send,
The promise of the Father, who shall dwell' : '.
His Spi'rit within them, and the law of faith,
Working, thro' love, upon their hearts shall write,
To guide them in all truth, and also arm
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
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And oft supported so as shall amaze.
Their proudest persecutors: for the Spirit
Pour'd first on his Apostles, whom he sends
To evangelize the nations, then on all
Baptiz’d, 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 perform’d, and race well run,

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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
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 pow'r, though feigning still to act
By spiritual, to themselves appropriating
The Spi'rit of God, promis'd alike and given
To all believers; and from that pretence,
Spiritual laws by carnal pow'r shall force
On every conscience; laws which none shall find
Left them inroll’d, or what the Spi'rit within
Shall on the heart engrave. What will they then
But force the Spi’rit of grace itself, and hind
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:
Whence heavy persecution shall arise
On all who in the worship persevere
Of spi'rit and truth; the rest, far greater part,
Will deem in outward rites and specious forms
Religion satisfy'd; truth shall retire
Bestruck with sland'rous 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,
And vengeance to the wicked, at return
Of him so lately promis'd to thy aid,
The Woman's Seed, obscurely then foretold,
Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord,
Last in the clouds from Heav'n to be reveal'd
In glory of the Father, to dissolve

Satan with his perverted world, then raise
From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin’d,
New Heav'ns, new Earth, ages of endless date,
Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love,
To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss."

He ended; and thus Adam last reply'd:
“ How soon hath thy prediction, Seer blest,
Measur’d this transient world, the race of time.
Till time stand fix'd ? 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, by things deem'd weak:
Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise
By simply meek ; that suffering for truth's sake
Is fortitude to highest victory,
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 th' Angel last reply'd: " This having learn'd, thou hast attain’d the sum Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st hy name, and all th’ ethereal pow'rs, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy’dst, And all the röle, one empire; only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add vịrtue, patience, temperance, add love, :

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By name to come call'd charity, the soul
Of all the rest : then wilt thou not be loth
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,
By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect
Their motion, at whose front a flaming sword,
In signal of remove, wavés fiercely round:
We may no longer stay. Go; waken Eve;
Her also I with gentle dreams have calm’d
Portending good, and all her spi'rits compos'd
To meek submission : thou at season fit
Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard,
Chiefly what may concern her faith to know,
The great deliverance by her seed to come .
(For by the Woman's seed) on all mankind;
That ye may live, which will be many days,
Both in one faith unanimous though sad,
With cause for evils past, yet much more cheer'd
With meditation on the happy end.”

He ended, and they both descend the hill; .
Descended, Adam to the bow'r where Eve
Lay sleeping ran before, but found her wak'd ;
And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd:
" Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I know
For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise,
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
Is to stay here; without thee here to stay
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heav'n, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence.
This further consolation yet secure

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I carry hence ; though all by me is lost,
Such favour I unworthy am vouchsaf'd,
By me the promis’d Seed shall all restore.”

So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard
Well pleas'd, but answer'd not; for now too nigh
Th’ Arch-Angel 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
Ris’ıı from a river o'er the marish glides,
And gathers ground fast at the lab’rer's heel
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd
The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapour as the Libyan air adust,
Began to parch that temp’rate clime; whereat
In either hand the hast’ning Angel caught
Our ling'ring parents, and to th’ eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.
They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms :
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon.
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

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THE END.

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