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Satan's assaults, and quench his fiery darts, What man can do against them, not afraid, Though to the death, against such cruelties With inward consolations recompens'd, 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 then with wondrous gifts indue 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 Heav'n: at length Their ministry perform’d, and race well run, 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 Heav'n. To their own vile advantages shall turn
510 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 power; 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,
320 Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force
On every conscience; laws which none shall find
540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so latery promis'd to thy aid The Woman's Seed, obscurely then foretold, Now ampler 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,
550 To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss.
He ended; and thus Adam last reply'd:
570 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 high'er, though all ihe stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th’ ethereal powers, 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 rule, one empire; only add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith,
He ended, and they both descend the hill;
Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st I know; For God is also' in sleep, and dreams advise, 611
Which he hath sent propitious, some great good
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 G}iding meteorous, as evening mist Ris'n from a river o'er the marish glides, 630 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 Lybian air adust, Began to parch that temp'rate clime; whereat In either hand the hast’ning Angel caught Our ling'ring Parents, and 10 the eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain; then disappear’d. 640 * They looking back, all th'eastern side beheld