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Affecting Godhead, and so losing all,
He ask'd; but all the heav'nly choir stood mute, And silence was in Heav'n: on Man's behalf Patron or intercessor none appear'd, Much less that durst upon his own head draw 2201 The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set. And now without redemption all mankind Must have been lost, 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 meditation thus renew'd :
Father, thy word is past, 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
230 Comes unprevented, unimplored, unscught? Happy for man, so coming: he her aid Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost: Atonement for himself or off'ring meet, Indebted and undone, hath pone to bring. 235 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
240 Well pleased : on me let Death wreck all his rage : Under his gloomy pow'r I shall not long Lie vanquish'd : thou hast given me to possess
215. See 1 Peter iii. 18.
217. See Rev, viii. 1. 231. Unprevented; prevent is here used according to its senso in the Latin prevenire, to come before; not preceded by any thing else It is used in this manner in one of the prayers of our Liturgy, Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings,"&c. that is, Let thy grace Ruticipate us in our designs, and so make them just and holy 244. See John v. 26. 249. See Ps. xvi. 10. and Acts ii. 20, 21. 252. The punning character of this line has been justly repro
Life in myself for ever; by thee I live,
His words here ended, but his meek aspect
Othou in Heav'n and Earth the only peace Found out for mankind under wrath ! O thou 275 My sole complacence! well thou know'st how dear To me are all my works, nor Man the least, Though last created; that for him I spare Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save, By losing thee a while, the whole race lost. 280
bated as unworthy of the subject. 254. Ps. Ixviii. 18. and Col. ii. 15.
259. 1 Cor. xv. 26. 366. If the reader compare this picture of the Son of God with that in the sixth book, he will be awed and delighted with the grandeur of Milton's conception of the Messiah's character.
Thou therefore whom thou only canst redeem,
310 far more than great or high; because in thee Love hath abounded more than glory 'bounds, Therefore thy humiliation shall exalt With thee thy manhood also to this throne: Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign 315 Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man, Anointed Universal King: all pow'r I give thee; reign for ever, and assume Thy merits ; under thee as Head Supreme
287. See 1 Cor. xv. 22. 301. The language is here accommodated to the eternity of the speaker, to whom past, present, and future, are one.
317. Matt. xxviiL 18.
To Heav'n removed, where first it grew, there grows,
Thee, Father, first they sung, Omnipotent,
358. The happiness of Heaven is repeatedly compared in Scrip are to a fountain or river. 380. The same idea is in Tasso, Can. 9. st. 57. and in Spenser's Symn to Heavenly Beauty.
382. See Isaiah vi. 2.