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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, Within thick Clouds and dark ten-fold involv'd, A gloomy Consistory and them amidst With looks agast and fad he thus befpake.

O ancient Pow'rs of Air and this wide world, For much more willingly I mention Air, This our old Conquest, than remember Hell Our hated habitation; well ye know How many Ages, as the years of men, This Universe we have possest, and rul'd In manner at our will th'affairs of Earth, Since Adam and his facil consort Eve Lost Paradise deceiv'd by me, though since With dread attending when that fatal wound Shall be infliaed 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

B i Must Must bide thfc stfoak of that long threaten'd wounds At least if so we cart) 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 j For this ill news I bring, the Woman's feed Destin'd to this, is later of Woman born, His Birth to our just fear gave no small cause,But his growth now to youth's full fTow'r,displaying All virtue, grace, and wisdom to atchieve Things highest, greatest, multiplies my fear. Before him a great Prophet, to proclaim His coming, is sent Harbinger, who all Invites, and in the Consecrated stream Pretends to warn off sin, and sit them 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 I saw The Prophet do him reverence, on him rising Out of the Water, Heav'n above the Clouds

Unfold

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 belov'd, in him am pleas'd.
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 feltj
When his fierce thunder drove us to the deep j
Who this is we must learn, for Man he seems
In all his lineaments, though in his face
The glimpses of his Father's glory mine 5
Ye fee our danger on the utmost edge
Of hazard, which admits no long debate,
But must with something sudden be oppos'd,
Not force, but well couch'd fraud, well woven snares,
E'er in the head of Nations he appear
Their King, their Leader, and Supream on Earth.
I, when no other durst, sole undertook
The dismal expedition to find out
And ruin Adamy and th' exploit perform'd
Successfully j a calmer Voyage now .,
Will waft me 5 andrt&e way foml prosp'rouSfOnce

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Induces best to hope of like success.
He ended, and his words impression left
Of much amazement to th'infernal Crew,
Distracted and surpriz'd with deep dismay
At these sad tidings j but no time was then
For long indulgence to their fears or grief:
Unanimous they all commit the care
And management of this vain Enterprize
To him their great Dictator, whose attempt
At first against mankind so well had thriv?d
In Adam's overthrow, and led their march
From Hell?s deep-vaulted Den to dwell in light.
Regents and Potentates, and Kings, yea Gods
Of many a pleasant Realm and Province wide.
So to the Coast of Jordan he directs
His easie steps } girded with snaky wiles,
Where he might likeliest find this new-declar'd,
This Man of men, attested Son of God,
Temptation and all guile on him to try;
So to subvert whom he suspected rais'd
To end his Reign on Earth so long enjoy'd:
But contrary unweeting he fulfill'd
The purpos'd Counsel pre-ordain'd and fixt

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Of the most High, who in full frequence bright
Of Angels, thus to Gabriel smiling spake.
Gabriel this day by proof thou shalt behold,
Thou and all Angels conversant on Earth
With man or mens affairs, how I begin
To verisie that solemn Message late,
On which I sent thee to the Virgin pure
In Galilee, that (he mould bear a Son
Great in Renown, and call'd the Son of God;
Then toldsther, doubting 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-shadow her: this Man born and now up-grown,
To shew him worthy of his Birth Divine
And high Prediction, henceforth I expose
To Satan -y let him tempt and now assay
His utmost subtilty, because he bpasts
And vaunts of his great cunnjmg to the throng
Of his Apoftasiei he might have learnt
Less overweening, lince he fail'd in Job,
Whose constant perseverance overcame
What e'er his cruel malice could invent.
He now (hall know I can produce a Man

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