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Had r.ot th' Almighty Father, where he site,
Erfulgence of my glory, Son belov’d, 680
Have suffer'd, that the glory may be thine
He said, and on bis Son with rays direct
O Father, O Supreme of heav'nly thrones, First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou always seek'st To glorify thy Son, I always thee
725 As is most just; this I my glory' account, My exaltation, and my whole delight, That thou in me well pleas’d, declar'st thy will Fulfill'd, which to fulfil is all my bliss. Sceptre and pow'r, thy giving, I assume,
And gladlier shall resign, when in the end
745 So said, he o'er his sceptre bowing rose From the right hand of glory where he sat; And the third sacred morn began to shine, Dawning through Heav'n : forth rush'd with whirl.
wind sound The chariot of paternal Deity,
750 Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel undrawn, Itself instinct with Spirit, but convoy'd By four Cherubic shapes; four faces each Had wondrous; as with stars their bodies all And wings were set with eyes, with eyes the wheels Of beryl, and careering fires between ; Over their heads a crystal firmament, Whereon a sapphire throne, inlaid with purç Amber, and colours of the show'ry arch.
756 He in celestial panoply all arm’d
760 Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought, Ascended; at his right hand Victory Sat eagle-wing'd; beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stor'd, And from about him fierce effusion rollid
765 Of smoke and bickering flame and sparkles dire : Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints, He onward came, far off his coming shone; And twenty thousand (I their number hcard) Chariots of God, half on each hand were seen: 770 He on the wings of Cherub rode sublime On the crystalline sky, in sapphire thron’d, Illustrious far and wide, but by his own First seen ; them unexpected joy surpris’d, When the great ensign of Messiah blaz'd
775 Aloft by Angels borne, his sign in Heav'n; Under whose conduct Michael soon reduc'd His army circumfus'd on either wing, Under their head embodied all in one. Before him pow'r divine his way prepard : At his command th' uprooted hills retir'd Each to his place; they heard his voice, and went Obsequious; Heav'n his wonted face renew'd, And with fresh flow'rets hill and valley smil'd. This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd, 785 And to rebellious fight rallied their Powers Insensate, hope conceiving from despair. In heav'nly Spi'rits could such perverseness dwell? But to convince the proud what signs avail,
780 Or wonders move th’ obdurate to relent?
790 They harden'd more by what might most reclaim, Grieving to see his glory, at the sight Took envy; and aspiring to his height, Stood re-embattled fierce, by force or fraud Weening to prosper, and at length prevail 795 Against God and Messiah, or to fall In universal ruin last; and now To final battle drew, disdaining flight, Or faint retreat; when the great Son of God To all his host on either hand thus spake.
800 STAND still in bright array, ye Saints, here stand Ye angels arm’d; this day from battle rest ; Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause, And as ye have receiv’d, so have ye done Invincibly; but of this cursed crew The punishment to other hand belongs; Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints : Number to this day's work is not ordaind Nor multitude; stand only and behold
810 God's indignation on these Godless pour'd By me; not you but me they have despis'd, Yet envied; against me is all their rage, Because the Father, t' whom in Heav'n supreme Kingdom and pow'r and glory appertains, Hath honour'd me according to his will. Therefore to me their doom he hath assign'd; That they may have their wish, to try with me In battle which the stronger proves, they all,