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Now had the great Proclaimer with a voice More awful than the sound of Trumpet, cry'd Repentance, and Heaven's Kingdomn nigh at hand 20 To all Baptiz’d: to his great Baptism Aock'd With awe the Regions round, and with them came From Nazareth the Son of Joseph deem'd To the flood Jordan caine, as then obscure, Unmarkt, unknown ; but him the Baptist soon 25. Descry'd, divinely warn'd, and witness bore As to his worthier, and would have relign'd To him his Heavenly Office, nor was long His witness unconfirm'd: on him baptiz’d Heav'n open'd, and in likeness of a Dove 30 The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice From Heav'n pronounc'd him his beloved Son. That heard the Adversary, who roving till About the World, at that Assembly fam'd Would not be last, and with the voice divine

35 Nigh Thunder-struck, th' exalted man, to whom Such high attest was giv'n, a while survey'd With wonder, then with envy fraught, and rage, Flies to his place, nor rests, but in mid air To Council summons all his mighty Peers, 40 Within thick Clouds and dark ten-fold involv'd, A gloomy Consistory; and them amidft With looks agaft and sad he thus bespake.

O ancient Pow’rs of Air and this wide world, For much more willingly I mention Air, 45 This our old Conquest, than remember Hell Our hated habitation; well ye know


How maoy Ages, as the years of men,
This Univerfe we have poffeft, and ruld
In manner at our will th' affairs of Earth, so
Since Adam and his facil consort Eve
Loft Paradise deceiy'd by me, though lace
With dread attending when that fatal wound
Shall be inflicted by the Seed of Eve
Upon my head, long the decrees of Heav'n

Delay, for longest time to him is short;
And now too soon for us the circling hours
This dreaded time have compast, wherein we
Must bide the stroak of that long threatn’d wound,
At least if so we can, and by the head
Broken be not intended all our power
To be infring'd, our freedom and our being.
In this fair Empire won of Earth and Air;
For this ill news I bring, the Woman's seed
Delin'd to this, is late of Woman born,

65 His Birth to our just fear gave no small cause, But his growth now to youth's full flow's, displaying All virtue, grace, and wisdom to atchieve Things higheft, greateft, multiplies my fear. Before him a great Prophec, to proclaim 70 His coming, is sent Harbinger, who all Invites, and in the Confecrated stream Pretends to walk off fin, and fit shem so Purifi'd to receive him pure, or rather To do him honour as their King; all come, And he himself among them was Baptiz’d, Not thence to be more pure, but to receive


The Testimony of Heav'n, that who he is :
Thenceforth the Nations may not doubt ; 1 faw
The Prophet do him reverence, on him rifing 80
Out of the Water, Heav'n above the Clouds
Unfold her Chrystal Doors, thence on his head
A perfect Dove descend; what e'er it meant,
And out of Heav'n the Soveraign voice I hear
This is my Son below'd, in him am pleas’d. 85
His Mother then is mortal, but his Sire,
He who obtains the Monarchy of Heav'n,
And what will he not do to advance his son:
His first-begot we know, and fore have felt,
When his fiercé thunder drove us to the deep i 90
Who this is we muft learn, for Man he seems
In all his lineaments, though in his face
The glimpses of his Father's glory Nine;
Ye see our danger on the utmost edge
of hazard, which admits no long debate, 9$
But mult with something sudden be oppos’d,
Not forçe, but well couch'd fraud, well woven snares,
Ere in the head of Nations he appear
Their King, their Leader, and Supream on Earth.
1, when no other durft, sole undertook
The dismal expedition to find out
And ruin Adam, and th' exploit perform'd
Successfully; a calmer Voyage now
Will waft me; and the way found prospʻrous once
Iuduces best to hope of like success.

He ended, and his words impression left
Of much amazement to th' infernal Crew,


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Diftra&ted and surpriz'd with deep difinay
At these fad tidings; but no time was then
'For long indulgence to their fears or grief: tio
Vnanimous they all commit the care
And management of this main Enterprize
To him their great Di&ator, whose attempo
At first against mankind so well had thrivd
La Adam's overthrow, and led their march
From Hell's deep-vaulted Den to dwell in light,
Regents and Potentatės, and Kings, yea Gods
Of many a pleafant Realm and Province-wide.
So to the Coaft of Jordan he directs
His easie-fteps; girded with fnaky wiles, I 20
Where he might likeliest find this new-declard;
This Man of men, attested Son of God,
Temptation and all guile on him to try;
So to subvett whom he suspected rais'd
To end his Reign on Earth fo lòng enjoy’d: 12's
But contrary unweeting he fulfilled
The purpos’d Counsel pre-ordaind and fixt
of the moft High, who in full frequence bright
Of Angels, thus to Gabriel fmiling fpake.
Gabriel this day by proof thou shalt behoid, Iso
Thou and all Angels conversánc on Earth
With man or mens affairs, how 1 begin
To verifie that folema Mellage late,
On which I sent thee to the Virgin pure
Galilee, that the mould bear a Son

135 Great is renown, and call'd the Son of God; Then coldft her, donbting how these things could be

To her a Virgin, that on her should come
The Holy Ghost, and the Power of the Highest
O’er-lhadow her: this Man born and now up-grown,
To thew him worthy of his Birth Divine 141
And high Prediction, henceforth I expose
To Saran; let him çempt and now affay
His utmost subtilty, because he boasts
And vaunts of his great cunning to the throng 145
Of his Apoftalie; he might have learnt
Loss overweening, since he fail'd in Job,
Whose constant perseverance overcame
What e'er his cruel malice could invent,
He now fall know I can produce a Man

13 of female Seed, far abler to reGift All his sollicitations, and at length All his vaft force, and drive him back to Hell, * Winning by Conquest what the fisst man loft By fallacy surpriz’d. But first I mean

I55 To exercise him in the Wilderness, There he shall firat lay down the rudiments Of his great warfare, ere I send him forth To conquer Sin and Death the two grand foes, By Humiliation and strong Sufferance:

160 His weakness fhall o'ercome Satanick strength And all the world, and mass of finful Aerk; That all the Angels and Ætherial Powers, They now, and men hereafter may discern, From what consummate virtue I have chose 165 This perfect Man, by merit call'd my Son 15 in To earn Salvation for the Sons of mene

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