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In even scale. But fall'n he is; and now
What rests, but that the mortal sentence pass
On his transgression, death denounc'd that day?
Which he presumes already vain and void, 50
Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd,
By some immediate stroke; but soon shall find
Forbearance, no acquittance, ere day end.
Justice shall not return as bounty scorn'd. 54
But whom send I to judge them? Whom but thee,
Vicegerent Son? To thee I have transferr'd
All judgment, whether in Heav'n, or Earth, or

Easy it may be seen that I intend
Mercy colleague with justice, sending thee
Man's Friend, his Mediator, his design'd бо
Both Ransom and Redeemer voluntary,
And destin’d Man himself to judge Man fall'n.

So spake the Father, and unfolding bright Tow’rd the right hand his glory, on the Son Blaz'd forth unclouded Deity: he full 65 Resplendent all his Father manifest Express’d, and thus divinely answer'd mild:

Father Eternal, thine is to decree; Mine, both in Heav'n and Earth, to do thy will Supreme, that thou in me, thy Son belov’d, 70 May'st ever rest well pleas’d. I go to judge On earth these thy transgressors; but thou know'st, Whoever judg’d, the worst on me must light, When time shall be, for so I undertook Before thee'; and not repenting, this obtain 75

Of right, that I may mitigate their doom
On me deriv’d; yet I shall temper so
Justice with mercy', as may illustrate most
Them fully satisfy'd, and thee appease. 79
Attendance none shall need, nor train, where none
Are to behold the judgment, but the judg'd,
Those two. The third, best absent, is condemn'd,
Convict by flight, and rebel to all law.
Conviction to the serpent none belongs.

Thus saying, from his radiant seat he rose 85
Of high collat’ralglory: him Thrones and Pow’rs,
Princedoms and Dominations ministrant,
Accompany'd to Heaven-gate; from whence
Eden and all the coast in prospect lay.
Down he descended straight : the speed of Gods
Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes

91 Now was the sun in western cadence low From noon, and gentle airs due at their hour To fan the earth, now wak'd, and usher in The ev’ning cool, when he from wrath more cool, Came the mild Judge and Intercessor both, 96 To sentence Man. The voice of God they heard Now walking in the garden, by soft winds Brought to their ears, while day declin'd: they heard,

99 And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest trees, both man and wife, till God Approaching, thus to Adam call'd aloud: Where art thou, Adam? wont with joy to meet

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My coming, seen far off! I miss thee here,
Not pleas'd, thus entertain’d with solitude, 105
Where obvious duty’ere while appear’d unsought:
Or come I less conspicuous ? or what change
Absents thee, orwhat chance detains? Come forth.
He came, and with him. Eve, more loth,

though first
T'offend, discount'nanc'd both, and discompos'd:
Love was not in their looks, either to God
Or to each other, but apparent guilt,
And shame, and perturbation, and despair,
Anger, and obstinacy', and hate, and guile.
Whence Adam, falt'ring long, thus answer'd brief:
I heard thee in the gard'n, and of thy voice 116
Afraid, being naked, hid myself, To whom
The gracious Judge, without revile, reply'd :
My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd,
But still rejoic'd : how is it now become
So dreadful to thee? That thou'rt naked, who
Hath told thee? Hast thou eaten of the tree
Whereof I gave thee charge thou shouldst not eat?

To whom thus Adam, sore beset, reply'd : O Heav'n! in evil strait this day I stand 125 Before my Judge, either to undergo Myself the total crime, or to accuse My other self, the partner of my life; Whose failing, while her faith to me remains, I should conceal, and not expose to blame

130 By my complaint; but strict necessity Subdues me, and calamitous restraint,

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