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su should thy goodness and thy greatness both 163 Be question'd and blasphemed without defence.
To whom the great Creator thus replied: O Son, in whom my soul hath chief delight, Son of my bosom, Scn who art alone My word, my wisdom, and effectual might, 170 All hast thou spoken as my thoughts are, all As my eternal purpose hath decreed; Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will ; Yet not of will in him, but grace in me Freely vouchsafed ; once inore I will renew 170 His lapsed powers, though forfeit, and enthrallid By sin to foul exorbitant desires ; Upheld by me, yet once more we shall stand On even ground against his mortal foe; By me upheld, that he may know how frail 180 His fallen condition is, and to me owe All his deliverance, and to none but me. Some I have chosen of peculiar grace, Elect above the rest ; so is my will : The rest shall hear me call, and oft be warn'd Their sinful state, and to appease betimes The incensed Deity, while offer'd grace Invites ; for I will clear their senses dark, What may sufice, and soften stony hearts To pray, repent, and bring obedience due. 190 To prayer, repentance, and obedience due, Though but endeavour'd with sincere intent, Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut. And I will place within them as a guide, My umpire Conscience; whom if they will hear, 196 Light after light, well used, they shall attain, And to the end, persisting safe arrive. This my long sufferance, and my day of grace, They who neg:ect and scorn shall never taste ; But hard be harden'd, blind be blinded more, Thar: they may stumble on, and deeper fall ; And none but such froni mercy J excluga.
But yet all is not dono ; Man disobeying,
210 Some other able, and as willing, pay The rigid satisfaction, death for death. Say, heavenly Powers, where shall we find such love. Which of ye will be mortal, to redeem Man's mortal crime, and just the unjust to save ? 215 Dwells in all Heaven charity so dear ?
He ask'd, but all the heavenly choir stood mute, And silence was in Heaven: On Man's behalf Patron or intercessor none appear’d, Much less that durst upon his own head draw 220 The deadly forfeiture and ransom set. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been los, adjudged to Death and Hell By doom severe, had not the Son of God, In whom the fulness dwells of love divine, 225 His dearest mediation thus renew'd :
Father, thy word is passid, Man shall find graco , And shall grace not find means, that finds her wav, The speudiest of thy winged messengers, To visit all thy creatures, and to all
230 Comes unprevented, unimplored, unsought ? Flappy for Man, so coming : he her aid (ar never seek, once dead in sins, and lost; Atonement for himself, or offering meet, indebted and undone, hath none to bring; 235 Bel.old 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 husom, and this glory next to thee Forly put off and for him lastly dio
Well pleased ; on me lct Death wreak ail nis raga;
His words here ended, but his moek aspect
210 Of his great Father. Admiration seized All Ileaven, what this might mean, and whither tende "Vondering ; but soon the Almighty thus replied:
O thou in Heaven and Earth the only peaco Found out for mankind under wrath! O thon 226 My so.e complacence! well thou know'st liow doar To mo are all my works, nor Man the least, "hough list created that for himn I spira
Thee from my busom and right hand, to save,
Anointed universal king; all power
No sooner had the Almighty ceased, but all The multitude of Angels, with a shout Loud as from numbers without number, sweet As from bless'd voices, uftering joy, Heaven rang With jubilee, and loud Hosannas fill'd Tue eternal regions: Lowly reverent Towards either throne they bow, and to the ground With solemn adoration down they cast Their crowns inwove with amarant and gold Immortal amarant, a flower which once In Paradise, fast by the tree of life,