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Licensed,
1679-03-10March 10, 167⁸⁄₉.
Roger L’Estrange.
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Order and Disorder:

or, The
World Made
and
Undone.

Being
Meditations
upon the

Creation and the Fall;

As it is recorded in the beginning
of Genesis.

London,
Printed by Margaret White for Henry Mortlock at the
Phœnix in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and at the White
Hart
in Westminster Hall
. 16791679.

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The Preface.

These Meditations were not at first design’d
for publick view, but fix’d upon to reclaim
a busie roving thought from wandring in
the pernicious and perplexed maze of humane
inventions; whereinto the vain curiosity
of youth had drawn me to consider
and translate the account some old Poets
and Philosophers give of the original of things: which though
I found it, blasphemously against God, and brutishly below
the reason of a man, set forth by some, erroniously, imperfectly,
and uncertainly, by the best; yet had it fill’d my brain
with such foolish fancies, that I found it necessary to have recourse
to the fountain of Truth, to wash out all ugly wild impressions,
and fortifie my mind with a strong antidote against
all the poyson of humane Wit and Wisdome that I had been
dabling withal. And this effect I found; For comparing that revelation,
God gives of himself and his operations, in his
Word, with what the wisest of mankind, who only walk’d in
the dim light of corrupted nature and defective Traditions,
could with all their industry trace out, or invent; I found it
so transcendently excelling all that was humane, so much above
our narrow reason, and yet so agreeable to it being rectified,
that I disdained the Wisdome fools so much admire themselves
for; and as I found IcouldI could know nothing but what God taught * me, A1v
me, so I resolv’d never to search after any knowledge of him
and his productions, but what he himself hath given forth.
Those that will be wise above what is written, may hug their
Philosophical clouds, but let them take heed they find not
themselves without God in the world, adoring figments of
their own brains, instead of the living and true God.

Lest that arrive by misadventure, which never shall by my
consent, that any of the pudled water, my wanton youth drew
from the prophane Helicon of ancient Poets, should be sprinkled
about the world, I have for prevention sent forth this Essay;
with a Profession that I disclaim all doctrines of God and
his works, but what I learn out of his own word, and have experienc’d
it to be a very unsafe and unprofitable thing for those
that are young, before their faith be fixed, to exercise themselves
in the study of vain, foolish, atheistical Poesie. It is
a miracle of grace and mercy, if such be not depriv’d of the
light of Truth, who having shut their eyes against that Sun,
have, instead of looking up to it, hunted gloworms in the
ditch bottoms. It is a misery I cannot but bewail, that when
we are young, whereas the lovely characters of Truth should
be imprest upon the tender mind and memory, they are so sill’d
up with ridiculous lies, that ’tis the greatest business of our
lives, assoon as ever we come to be serious, to cleanse out all
the rubbish, our grave Tutors laid in when they taught us to
study and admire their inspired Poets and divine Philosophers.

But when I have thus taken occasion, to vindicate my self
from those heathenish Authors I have been conversant in, I
cannot expect my work should find acceptance in the world, declaring
the more full and various delight I have found in following
Truth by its own conduct; Nor am I much concern’d
how it be entertain’d, seeking no glory by it, but what is render’d
to him to whom it is only due. If any one of no higher
a pitch than my self, be as much affected and stirr’d up in the reading, A2r
reading, as I have been in the writing, to admire the glories
and excellencies of our great Creator, to fall low before him,
in the sense of our own vileness, and to adore his Power, his
Wisdome, and his Grace, in all his dealings with the children
of men, it will be a success above my hopes; though my charity
makes me wish every one that hath need of the same mercy I
have found.

I know I am obnoxious to the censures of two sorts of people:
First, those that understand and love the elegancies of Poems,
They will find nothing of fancy in it; no elevations of stile,
no charms of language, which I confess are gifts I have not,
nor desire not in this occasion; for I would rather breath forth
grace cordially than words artificially. I have not studied
to utter any thing that I have not really taken in. And
I acknowledge all the language I have, is much too narrow
to express the least of those wonders my soul hath been
ravisht with in the contemplation of God and his Works. Had
I had a fancy, I durst not have exercis’d it here; for I tremble
to think of turning Scripture into a Romance; and shall not
be troubled at their dislike who dislike on that account; and
profess they think no poem can be good that shuts out drunkenness,
and lasciviousness, and libelling Satyr, the theams of all
their celebrated songs. These, (though I will not much defend
my own weakness) dislike not the Poem so much as the subject
of it.

But there are a second sort of people, whose Genius not lying
that way, and seeing the common and vile abuse of Poesie, think
Scripture prophan’d by being descanted on in numbers; but
such will pardon me when they remember a great part of the
Scripture was originally written in verse; and we are commanded
to exercise our spiritual mirth in psalm and hymns
and spiritual songs; which if I have weakly compos’d, yet ’tis a
consenting testimony with the whole Church, to the mighty and
glorious truths of God which iris not altogether impertinent, in istical A2v
this atheistical age; and how imperfect soever the hand be, that
copies it out, Truth loses not its perfection, and the plainest as
well as the elegant, the elegant as well as the plain, make up a harmony
in confession and celebration of that all-creating, all-sustaining
God, to whom be all honour and glory for ever and
ever.

Meditations
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Meditations
on the
Creation,

As recorded in the First
Chapter of Genesis.

My ravisht soul, a pious ardour fires,

To sing those mystick wonders it admires,

Contemplating the Rise of every thing

That, with Times birth, flow’d from th’ eternal
spring:

And the no less stupendious Providence

By which discording Natures ever since

Have kept up universal Harmonie;

While in one joynt obedience all agree,

Performing that to which they were design’d

With ready inclination; But Mankind

A3 Alone A3v 2

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6, 7, &c.
Alone rebels against his Makers will,

Which tho’ opposing he must yet fulfill.

And so that wise Power, who each crooked stream

Most rightly guides, becomes the glorious theam

Of endless admiration, while we see,

Whatever mortals vain endeavours be,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 6.10.They must be broken who with Power contend,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 27.4And cannot frustrate their Creators End,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 45.
4, 5.
Whose Wisdom, Goodness, Might and Glory shines

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 2.23.In guiding mens unto his own designs.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 50.
20.
In these outgoings would I sing his praise,

But my weak sense with the too glorious rays

Is struck with such confusion, that I find

Only the worlds first Chaos in my mind,

Where Light and Beauty lie wrapt up in seed,

And cannot be from the dark prison freed,

Except that Power, by whom the world was made,

My soul in her imperfect strugglings aid,

Her rude conceptions into forms dispose,

And words impart, which may those forms disclose.

O thou eternal spring of glory, whence

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 1.17.All other streams derive their excellence,

From whose Love issues every good desire,

Quicken my dull earth with celestial fire,

And let the sacred theam that is my choice,

Give utterance and musick to my voice,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 1.19.Singing the works by which thou art reveal’d.

What dark Eternity hath kept conceal’d

From mortals apprehensions, what hath been

Before the race of Time did first begin,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Deut. 29.
29.
It were presumptuous folly to enquire.

Let not my thoughts beyond their bound aspire,

Time limits mortals, and Time had its birth,

In whose “Beginning God made Heaven and Earth.”INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.1.

God, A4r 3

God, the great Elohim, to say no more,

Whose sacred Name we rather must adore

Than venture to explain; for He aloneINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 11.7.

Dwells in himself, and to himself is known.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 6.
16. & 1.
17.

And so, even that by which we have our sight,

His covering is, “He clothes himself with light.”INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 104.2.

Easier we may the winds in prison shut,

The whole vast Ocean in a nut-shell put,

The Mountains in a little ballance weigh,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 40.12.

And with a Bullrush plumm the deepest Sea,

Than stretch frail humane thought unto the height

Of the great God, Immense, and Infinite,

Containing all things in himself alone,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 38.

Being at once in all, contain’d in none.

Yet as a hidden spring appears in streams,

The Sun is seen in its reflected beams,

Whose high embodied Glory is too bright,

Too strong an object for weak mortal sight;

So in Gods visible productions, weINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 1 20

What is invisible, in some sort see;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 11.
27.

While we considering each created thing,

Are led up to an uncreated spring,

And by gradations of successive Time,

At last unto Eternity do climb,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esai. 44.6.

As we in tracks of second causes tread

Unto the first uncaused cause are led;

And know, while we perpetual motion see

There must a first self-moving Power be,

To whom all the inferiour motions tend,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 11.
26.

In whom they are begun, and where they end.

The First eternal Cause, th’ OriginalINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act 17.
24, 26, 28.

Of Being, Life, and Motion, God we call;

In whom all Wisdome, Goodness, Glory, Might,

Whatever can himself or us delight

Unite, A4v 4

Unite, centring in his Perfection,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 4.5.Whose Nature can admit but only One:

Divided Soveraignty makes neither great,

Wanting what’s shar’d to make the summ compleat.

The Trinity.
And yet this soveraign sacred Unitie

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 5.7.Is not alone, for in this one are three,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 28.19.Distinguisht, not divided, so that what

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 3.16,
17.
One person is, the other is not that;

Yet all the three, are but one God most High,

One uncompounded, pure Divinity,

Wherein subsist so, the Mysterious three,

That they in Power and Glory equal be;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 14.10.Each doth himself, and all the rest possess

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov. 8.
22, 30.
In undisturbed joy and blessedness.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jo. 1.1.There’s no Inferiour, nor no Later there,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 2.6.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.18.All Coeternal, all Coequal, are.

And yet this Parity Order admits.

The Father first, eternally begets,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 1.14.Within himself, his Son, substantial Word

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 1.
14.
And Wisdom, as his second, and their third

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.
13, 14.
The ever blessed spirit is, which doth

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 15.16.Alike eternally proceed from both.

These three, distinctly thus, in one Divine,

Pure, Perfect, Self-supplying Essence shine:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.17.And all cooperate in all works done

Exteriourly, yet so, as every one,

In a peculiar manner suited to

His Person, doth the common action do.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
19.
Herein the Father is the Principal,

Whose sacred counsels are th’ Original

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 42.4.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.26.Of every Act; produced by the Son,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 8.6.By’ the Spirit wrought up to perfection.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.19.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 1.11.I’the Creation thus, by’the Fathers wise decree,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 1.9.Such things should in such time, and order be,

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The first foundation of the world was laid.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jo. 1.3.

The Fabrique, by th’ Eternal Word, was madeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 1.2.

Not as th’ instrument, but joynt actor, whoINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.19,
&c.

Joy’d to fulfill the counsels which he knew.

By the concurrent Spirit all parts wereINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.2.

Fitly dispos’d, distinguisht, rendred fair,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 26.13.

In such harmonious and wise order set,

As universal Beauty did compleat.

This most mysterious Triple Unitie,

In Essence One, and in subsistence Three,

Was that great Elohim, who first design’d,

Then made the Worlds, that Angels and Mankind

Him in his rich out-goings might adore,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 4.11.

And celebrate his praise for evermore;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 147,
& 148.

Who from Eternity himself supplied,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 17.24.

And had no need of any thing beside,

Nor any other cause that did him move

To make a World, but his extensive Love,

It self delighting to communicate;

Its Glory in the creatures to dilate;

While they are led by their own excellence

T’ admire the first, pure, high, Intelligence,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 33.12.

By all the Powers and vertues which they have,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 95.3.

To that Omnipotence who those Powers gave;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev 19.6.

By all their glories and their joys to his,

Who is the fountain of all joy and bliss;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 16.11

By all their wants and imbecillities,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 17.
10.

To the full magazine of rich supplies,

Where Power, Love, Justice, and Mercy shine

In their still fixed heights, and ne’re decline.

No streams can shrink the self-supplying spring,

No retributions can more fulness bringINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 35.flawed-reproduction1–2 characters

To the eternal fountain, which doth runINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 16.2

In sacred circles, ends where it begun,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 1.8.

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INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 41.4.And thence with inexhausted life and force

Begins again a new, yet the same course

It instituted in Times infant birth,

When the Creator first made “Heaven and Earth.”INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.1.

Time.
Be resheth
In Capite,
Principio.
Time though it all things into motion bring

IsnotIs not it self any substantial thing,

But only Motions measure; As a twin

Born with it; and they both at once begin

With the existence of the rolling sphere

Before which neither time not motion were.

Time being a still continued number, made

By the vicissitude of Light and Shade,

By the Moons growth, and her waxing old,

By the successive Reign of heat and cold,

Thus leading back all ages to the womb

Of vast Eternity from whence they come,

And bringing new successions forth, until

Heaven its last revolutions shall fulfil,

And all things unto their first state restore,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 10.6.When Motion ceasing, Time shall be no more;

But with the visible Heavens shall expire

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Pet. 3.12.While they consume in the worlds funeral fire;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
27, 28.
Th’ invisible Heavens being still the same,

Shall not be toucht by the devouring flame.

Treating of which, let’s wave Platonick dreams

Of Worlds made in Idea, fitter theams

For Poets fancies, than the reverent view

Of Contemplation, fixt on what is true

And only certain, kept upon record

In the Creators own revealed word,

Which when it taught us how our world was made,

Wrapt up th’ invisible in mystique shade.

Heaven.Yet through those clouds we see, God did create

A place his presence doth irradiate.

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Where he doth in his brightest lustre shine;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 11.
10.

Yet doth not his own Heaven, him confine:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 66.1.

Although the Paradise of the fair world above,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 5.34.

Each where perfum’d with sweet respiring Love,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 King. 8
27.

Refresht with Pleasures never shrinking streams,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 23.
43.

Illustrated with Lights unclouded beams,

The happy land of peace and endless RestINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 13.
13.

Which doth both soul and sense with full joys feast,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 4.
16.

Feasts that extinguish not the appetiteINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal.16.11.

Which is renew’d to heighten the delight.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 20.5.

Here stands the Tree of life, deckt with fair fruit,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 4.9.

Whose leaves health to the nations contribute.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 14.
13.

The spreading, true celestial VineINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 22.2.

Where fruitful grafts and noble clusters shine.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 15.1.

Here Majesty and Grace together meet;

The Grace is glorious, and the Glory sweet.

Here is Throne of th’ universal KingINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 21.
25, 26.

To which the suppliant world addresses bring.

Here next him doth his Son in triumph sit,

Waiting till all his foes lie at his feet.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 110 1

Here is the Temple of his Holiness,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ex.15.17,
18.

The Sanctuary for all sad distress.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 7.17.

Here is the Saints most sure inheritanceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.4.

To which they all their thoughts and hopes advance.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 3.1, 2,
24.

Here their rich recompence and safe rest lies,

For this they all th’ inferiour world despise;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.2.

Yet not for this alone, though this excel,

But for that Deity who here doth dwell;

For heaven it self to Saints no heaven wereINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 73.25.

Did not their God afford his presence there;

But now, as he inhabits it, it is

The treasure-house of everlasting bliss,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Tim. 4.8.

The Fathers house, the Pilgrims home, the PortINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 14. 2flawed-reproduction1 character.

of happiness, th’ illussrious Regal Court,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 11.

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INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 15.1.
& 122.3.
The City that on the worlds summit stands,

United in it self, not made with hands;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
22.
Whose Citizens, Walls, Pavements are so bright

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 5.1.They need no Sun in Gods more radiant Light.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 21.
23.
The pure air being not thickned with dark clouds,

No sable night the constant glory shrowds;

Nor needs there night, when no dull lassitude

Doth into the unwearied soul intrude;

New vigour flowing in with that dear joy

Whose contemplation doth their lives employ.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 12.2.This heaven, the third to us within,

The first, if from the outside we begin,

Is incorruptible, and still the same,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.4.Confirm’d by him who did its substance frame:

No time its strong foundations can decay,

Its renew’d glory fadeth not away.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joel 2.30.The other heavens which it doth enfold,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 34.4.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 102.26.In tract of time as garments shall wax old,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 3.7,
12.
And all their outworn glory shall expire

In the worlds dreadful last devouring fire;

But this shall still unchangeable remain,

While all the rolling Spheres which it contains

Shall be again into their Chaos whirl’d

At the last dissolution of the world.

For God, who made this blessed place to be

The habitation of his Sanctitie,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 21.
27.
Admitting nothing into it that’s vile,

Nothing that can corrupt, or can defile,

Never withdraws his gracious presence thence

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 4.5.But is on all the Glory a defence.

Nor are his Gates ere shut by night or day,

His only dread keeps all foes far away.

Angels.He not for need, but for Majestick state,

Innumerable hosts of Angels did create

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To be his outguards, in respect of whom

He doth his name El-tzeboim assume.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 48.2.

These perfect, pure Intelligences be,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 26.
53.

Excel in Might, and in Celeritie,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Sam. 14.
17.

Whose sublime natures, and whose agile powers,

Are vastly so superiour unto ours,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Thes. 1.7.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Dan. 9.21.

Our narrow thoughts cannot to them extend,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 6.6.

And things so far above us comprehend,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 2.18.

As in themselves, although in part we know,

Some scantlings by appearances below,

And sacred Writ, wherein we find there be

Distinguisht Orders in their Hierarchie;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8.38.

Arch-Angels, Cherubims, and Seraphims,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Thes.4.
16.

Who celebrate their God with holy Hymns.

Ten thousand thousand vulgar Angels standINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 103.20,
21.

All in their ranks, waiting the Lords command,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.24.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Dan. 7.10.

Which with prompt inclination of their will,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 6.10.

And chearful, swift obedience they fulfil;

Whether he them to save poor men employ,

Or send them arm’d, proud rebels to destroy;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 91.
11, 12.

Whether he them to mighty Monarchs send,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 King. 19.
35.

Or bid them on poor Pilgrim Saints attend,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 32.1.

Whether they must in heavenly lustre go,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 2.13.,
14.

Or walk in mortal mean disguise below:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 32.
1, 2.

So kind, so humble are they, though so high,

They do it with the same alacrity.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 19.1.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 104.4.

Why blush we not at our vain pride, when weINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 16.20.

Such condescension in Heavens Courtiers see,

That they who sit on heavenly thrones above,

Scorn not to serve poor worms with fervent Love?

And joyful praises to th’ Almighty sing,

When they a mortal to their own home bring?INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 13.
39.

How gracious is the Lord of all, that He

Should thus consider poor mortalitie,

Such B3v 10

Such powers for us, into those powers diffuse,

Such glorious servants, in our service, use?

Who whether they, with Light, or Heaven, had

Creation, were within the fix days made.

But leave we looking through the vail, nor pry

Too long on things wrapt up in mystery,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
22.
Reserv’d to be our wonder at that time,

When we shall up to their high mountain climb.

Besides th’ Empyrean heaven we are told

Of divers other heavens which we behold

Only by Reasons eye, yet were not they

If made at least distinguisht the first day.

Then from the height we cannot comprehend,

Let us to our inferiour world descend.

Earth’s
Chaos.
The Earth at first was a vast empty place,

A rude congestion without form or grace,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.2.A confus’d mass of undistinguisht seed,

Darkness the deep, the Deep the solid hid:

Where things did in unperfect Causes sleep

Until Gods Spirit mov’d the quiet deep,

Brooding the creatures under wings of Love,

As tender birds hatcht by a Turtle Dove.

Light first of all its radiant wings display’d,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.3,
4, 5.
God call’d forth Light: that word the creature made.

Whether it were the natures more divine,

Or the bright mansion where just souls must shine,

Or the first matter of those Tapers which

The since-made firmament do still enrich,

It is not yet agreed among the wise:

But thus the day did out of Chaos rise,

And casts its bright beams on the floating world,

O’re which soon envious night her black mists hurl’d,

Damping the new-born splendour for a space,

Till the next morning did her shadows chace:

With B4r 11

With restor’d beauty and triumphant force,

Returning to begin another course.

An emblem of that everlasting feud

’Twixt sons of light, and darkness still pursued;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 3.19,
20, 21.

And of that frail imperfect state whereinINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 1.12,
13.

The wasting lights of moral men begin;

Whose comforts, honours, lives, soon as they shineINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.24.

Must all to sorrows, changes, death resign;

Even their wisdomes and their vertues light

Are hid by envies interposing night.

But though these splendors all in graves are thrown,

Whereever the true seed of light is sown,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 97.11.

The Powers of Darkness may contend in vain,

It shall a conquerour rise and ever reign.

For when God the victorious morning view’d,

Approving his own work he said it ’twas good:

And of inanimate creatures sure the best,

As that which shews and beautifies the rest,

Those melancholy thoughts which night creates

And seeds in mortal bosomes, dissipates:

In its own nature subtile, swift and pure,

Which no polluted mirrour can endure.

By it th’ Almighty Maker doth dispence

To earthy creatures, heavenly influence;

By it with angels swiftness are our eyes,

Exalted to the glory of the skies.

In whose bright character the light divine,

Which flesh cannot behold, doth dimly shine.

Thus was the first Day made; God so call’d Light,

Sever’d from Darkness, Darkness was the Night.

Canto B4v 12

Canto II.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.6.AGain spoke God; the trembling waters move,

Part flie up in thick mists, made clouds above,

The Firmament.
Part closer shrink about the earth below,

But did not yet the mountains dry heads show.

Th’ allforming Word stretcht out the Firmament,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 104.
2, 3.
Like azure curtains round his glorious Tent,

And in its hidden chambers did dispose

The magazines of Hail, and Rain, and Snows,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job. 38.22,
23.
Amongst those thicker clouds, from whose dark womb

Th’ imprison’d winds, in flame and thunder come.

Those Clouds which over all the wondrous Arch

Like hosts of various formed creatures march,

And change the Scenes in our admiring eyes;

Who sometimes see them like vast mountains rise.

Sometimes like pleasant Seas with clear waves glide,

Sometimes like Ships on foaming billows ride,

Sometimes like mounted warriours they advance,

And seem to fire the smoaking Ordinance.

Sometimes like shady Forests they appear,

Here Monsters walking, Castles rising there.

Scorn Princes your embroider’d Canopies,

And painted roofs, the poor whom you despise

With far more ravishing delight are fed,

While various clouds sayl o’re th’ unhoused head,

And C1r 13

And their heav’d eyes with nobler scenes present

Than your Poetick Courtiers can invent.

Thus the exalted waters were dispos’d,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Pet. 3.5.

And liquid Skies the solid world enclos’d,

To magnifie the most almighty hand,

That makes thin floods like rocks of crystal stand,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 37.18.

Not quenching, nor drunk up by that bright wall

Of fire, which neighbouring them, encircles all.

The new built Firmament God Heaven nam’d,

And over all the Arch his windows fram’d.

From whence his liberal hand at due time pours;

Upon the thirsty earth refreshing showers;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 147.16,
17, 18.

And clothes her bosome with descending Snow

To cherish the young seeds when cold winds blow:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 26. to
the end
.

Hence every night his fatning dews he sheds,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 18.8, 9,
10, 11, 12,
13, 14.

And scatters Pearls amidst th’ enamel’d beds.

But when presumptuous sins the bright arch scale,

He beats them back with terrifying hail:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 38.
27, &c..

Which like small shot amidst his foes he sends,

Till flaming Thunder, his great Ordnance, rends

The clouds, which, big with horror, ready stand

To pour their burthens forth at his command.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ex. 9.2.

But th’ unpolluted air as yet had not

From mortals impious breath infection got,

Enlightned then by a superiour ray

A serene lustre deckt the second day.

Th’ inferiour Globe was fashion’d on the third,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.10,
&c..

When waters at the all-commanding word

Did hastily into their channels glide,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 104.6,
7, 8, 9, 10.

And the uncover’d hills as soon were dried.

In the same body thus, distinct, and joyn’d

Water and earth, as flesh and blood, we find.

The late collected waters God call’d Seas.

Springs, Lakes, streams, and broad Rivers are from these

C Brancht, C1v 14

Brancht, like life-feeding veins, in every land,

Yet wheresoe’re they seem to flow or stand,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 1.7.As all in the vast Oceans bosome bred,

They daily reassemble in their head,

Which thorough secret conduits back conveys

To every Spring, the tribute it pays.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 1.4.So ages from th’ Eternal bosome creep,

So lose them selves again in that vast deep.

With winding streams run to their native springs.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 4.22.So all the goodness mortals exercise

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.6.Flows back to God out of his own supplies.

Now the great fabrick in all parts compleat,

Beauty was call’d forth to adorn the seat;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 102.25.Where Earth, fixt in the Centre, was the ground,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 26.7.A mantle of light air compast it round;

Then first the watrie, then the fiery wall,

And glittering heaven last involving all.

Earth’s fair green robe vi’d with the azure skies,

Her proud Woods near the flaming Towers did rise.

The valleys Trees, though less in breadth and height,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.9.Yet hung with various fruit, as much delight.

Beneath these little shrubs and bushes sprung

With fair flowers cloth’d, and with rich berries hung,

Whose more delightful fruits seem’d to upbraid

The tall trees yielding only barren shade.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 104.14.Then sprouted Grass and Herbs and Plants

Prepar’d to feed the earth’s inhabitants,

To glad their nostrils, and delight their eyes,

Revive their spirits, cure their maladies.

Nor by these are the senses only fed,

But th’ understanding too, while we may read

In every leaf, lectures of Providence,

Eternal Wisdom, Love, Omnipotence.

Which C2r 15

Which th’ eye that sees not, with Hells mists is blind,

That which regards not, is of brutish kind.

The various colours, figures, powers of these

Are their Creators growing witnesses,

Their glories emblems are, wherein we seeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 90.5, 6.

How frail our humane lives and beauties be.

Even like those flowers which at the Sun-rise spreadINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 14.2.

Their gawdy leaves, and are at evening dead.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 40.6,
7, 8.

Yet while they in their native lustre shine,

The Eastern Monarchs are not half so fine.

In richer robes God clothes the dirty soylINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 6.28,
29, 30.

Than men can purchase by their sin and toyl.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 1.10,
11.

Then rather Fields than painted Courts admire,

Yet seeing both, think both must feed the fire:

Only Gods works have roots and seeds, from whenceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 14.
7, 8.

They spring again in grace and excellence,

But mens have none, like hasty lightning, they

flash out, and so for ever pass away.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 3.15.

This fair Creation finisht the third day,

In whose end, God did the whole work survey,

The Seas, the Skies, the Trees, and less plants view’d,

And by his approbation made them good;

In all the plants did living seeds enclose,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.12.

Whence their successive generations rose;

Gave them those powers which in them still remain,

Whereby they man and beast with food sustain.

Thrice had the day to gloomy night resign’d,The
fourth
day.

And thrice victorious o’re the darkness shin’d,

Before the mediate cause of it, the Sun

Or any star had their creation,

For with th’ Omnipotent it is all one

To cause the day without, or by the Sun.

God in the world by second causes reigns,

But is not tied to those means he ordains.

C Let C2v 16

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hab. 3.17,
18.
Let no heart faint then that on him depends,

When the means fail, that lead to their wisht ends.

For God the thing, if good, will bring about

With instruments we see not, or without.

The fourth Light having now expell’d the shade

God on that day the Luminaries made,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.14.
&c..
And plac’d them all in their peculiar sphears

To measure out our days, and months, and years,

Which by their various motions are renew’d,

And heat and cold have their vicissitude:

So Springs and Autumns still successive be,

Till ages lose them in Eternity.

Sun.The Sun whom th’ Hebrews Gods great servant call,

Plac’d in the middle Orb, as Lord of all,

Is in a radiant flaming chariot whirl’d,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 19.4,
5, 6.
And dayly carried round abut the world

By the first Movers force, who in that race

Scatters his light and heat in every place,

Yet not at once. Now in the East he shines,

And then again to’the Western deep declines,

Seeming to quench his blazing taper there

While it enlightens the other Hemisphere.

Thus he their share of day and night divides

Unto each world in their alternate tides.

But then its Orb by its own motion roll’d,

Varies the seasons, brings in heat and cold,

As it projects its rays in a straight line,

Or more obliquely on the Earth doth shine.

And thus doth he to the low world dispense

Life-feeding and engendring influence.

Moon.This Lord of Day with his reflected light

Guilds the pale Moon the Empress of the night,

Whose dim Orb monthly wastes and grows,

Doth at the first sharp pointed horns disclose,

Then C3r 17

Then half, then her full shining Globe reveals,

Which waining she by like degrees conceals.

The other glittering Planets now appearStars.

Each as a King enthron’d in his own Sphear;

Then the eighth heaven in fuller lustre shines

Thick set with stars. All these were made for signs

That mortals by observing them might know

Due times to cultivate the earth below,

To gather fruits, plant trees, and sow their seed,

To cure their herds, and let their fair flocks breed,

Into safe harbours to retire their ships,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 27.10.

Again to launch out into the calm deeps,

Their wandring vessels in broad seas to guide,

When the lost shores no longer are descried;

Physicians to direct in their great art,

And other useful knowledge to impart.

Nor were they only made for signs to shew

Fit opportunities for things we do,

But in their various aspects too we read

Various events which shall in time succeed,

Droughts, inundations, famines, plagues and wars,

By several conjunctions of the Stars,

At least shewn, if not caus’d, through the strong powers

And workings Astral bodies have on ours,

Which as above they variously are joyn’d,

So are their subjects here below, enclin’d

To sadness, mirth, dread, quiet, love or hate,

All that may calm, or trouble any state.

Yet are they but a second cause, which God

Shakes over sinners as a flaming rod,

And further manages in his own hands,

To scourge the pride of all rebellious lands;

Falsely and vainly do blind mortals then,

To them impute the fates and ills of men,

When C3v 18

When their sinister operations be

Only th’ effects of mens iniquitie,

Which makes the Lord his glittering hosts thus send

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Judg. 5.T oexecuteTo execute the just threats they portend.

Nor are they characters of wrath alone,

They sometimes have Gods grace to mankind shown,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 2.Such was that new Star which did heaven adorn,

When the great King of the whole word was born.

Such were those stars that fought for Israel

When the Jabins vanquisht host, by Gods host fell.

Even those Stars which threaten misery and woe

To wicked men, to Saints deliverance show:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 22.28.For when God cuts the bloody Tyrant down,

He will their lives with peace and blessings crown.

Thus the fourth evening did the fourth day close,

And where the Sun went down, the Stars arose.

New triumph now the fifth day celebrates,

The perfum’d morning opes her purple gates,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 19.Through which the Suns Pavilion doth appear

And he array’d in all his lustre there,

Like a fresh Bridegroom with majestique grace,

And joy diffusing vigour in his face,

Comes gladly forth, to greet his virgin bride,

Trick’d up in all her ornaments and pride;

Her lovely maids at this approach unfold

Their gaudie vests, on which he scatters gold,

Both chearing and enriching every place,

Through which he passes in his glorious race.

But though he found a noble Theatre,

As yet in no living creatures were;

Though flowry carpets spread the whole Earths face,

And rich embroideries the upper Arch did grace,

And standards on the mountains stood between

Bearing festoones like pillars wreath’d with green,

The C4r 19

The velvet couches and the mossy seats,

The open walks and the more close retreats

Were all prepar’d; Yet no foot trod the woods,

Nor no mouth yet had toucht the pleasant floods;

No weary creature had repos’d its head

Among the sweet perfumes of the low bed;

The air was not respir’d in living breath,

Throughout a general stilness reign’d, like death.

The King of day came forth, but unadmir’d,

Like unprais’d gallants blushingly retir’d;

As an uncourted beauty, Nights pale Queen,

Grew sick to shine where she could not be seen.

When the Creator first for mute herds calls,

And bade the waters bring forth animals:

Then was all shell-fish and each Scaly raceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.20,
&c..

At once produc’d, in their assigned place,

The crooked Dolphins, great Leviathan,

And all the Monsters of the Ocean,

Like wanton kids among the billows play’d,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 41.

Nor was there after on the dry land made

Any one beast of less or greater kind

Whose like we do not in the waters find;

Where every greater fish devours the less,

As mighty Lords poor Commoners oppress.

Next the Almighty by his forming Word

Made the whole plumie race, and every bird

Its proper place assign’d, while with light wings

All mounted heaven, some o’re the lakes and springs,

Some over the vast Fens and Seas did flie,

Some near the ground, some in the cloudy skie,

Some in high trees their proud nests built, some chose

The humble shrubs for their more safe repose,

Some did the marshes, some the rivers love,

Some the Corn-fields, and some the shady grove.

That C4v 20

That silence which reign’d every where before,

Its universal Empire held no more,

Even night and darkness its own dear retreat

Could not preserve it in their reign compleat:

The Nightingales with their complaining notes,

Ravens and Owls with their ill-boding throats,

And all the birds of night, shrill crowing Cocks

Whose due kept times, made them the worlds first clocks,

All interrupted it, even in the night,

But at the first appearance of the light

A thousand voyces, the green woods whole quire

With their loud musick do the day admire;

The Lark doth with her single carol rise,

To welcome the fair morning in the skies;

The amorous and still complaining Dove,

Courts not the day, but woes her own fair love;

The Jays and the Crows against each other rayl,

And chattering Pies begin their gossips tale:

Thus life was carri’d on, which first begun

In growth of plants, in fishes motion,

And next declar’d it self in living sound,

Whilst various noise the yielding air did wound.

Various instincts the Birds by nature have,

Which God to them in their creation gave,

That unto their observers do declare

The storms and calms approaching in the air,

That teach them how to build their nests at spring,

And hatch their young under their nursing wing,

And lead abroad and guard their tender brood,

To know their hurtful and their healing food,

To feed them till their strength be perfect grown,

And after teach them how to feed alone.

Could we the lessons they hold forth improve,

We might from some learn chaste and constant love,

Con- D1r 21

Conjugal kindness of the paired Swans,

Paternal Bounty of the Pelicans,

While they are prodigal of their own blood

To feed their chickens with that precious food.

Wisdome of those who when storms threat the Skie,

In thick assemblies to their shelter flie,

And those who seeing devourers in the air

To the safe covert of the wing repair.

The gall-less doves would teach us innocence,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 10.
16.

And the whole race to hang on Providence;

Since not the least bird that divides the airINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 8.26.
& 10.19.

Exempted is from the Almighties care,

Whose bounty in due seasons, feeds them all,

Prepares them berries when the thick snows fall,

Cloaths them in many colour’d plumes, which vain

Men borrow, yet the Peacocks gawdy train

More beautifully is by nature drest,

Than art can make it on the Gallants crest.

This priviledge these creatures had to raise

Their voices first in their great Makers praise,

Which when the morning opes her rosie gate

They with consenting musick celebrate;

Again with hunger pincht to God they cry,

And from his liberal hand receive supply,

Who them and all his watry creatures view’d,

And saw that they in all their kinds were good.

Then blest them that for due successions they

Might multiply. So clos’d he the fifth day.

And now the Sun the third time rais’d his head

And rose the sixth day from his watry bed,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.2.

When God commands the teeming earth to bring

Forth great and lesser beasts, each reptile thing

That on her bosome creeps, the word obey’d,

Immediately were all the creatures made.

D Like D1v 22

Like Hermits some made hollow rocks their Cell,

And did in their prepared mansions dwell.

The vermine, Weazils, Fulmots and blind Moles,

Lay hid in clefts of trees, in crannies and in holes.

The Serpents lodg’d in Marishes and fens,

The savage beasts sought thickets, caves and dens.

Tame herds and flocks in open pastures stay’d,

And wanton kids upon the mountains play’d.

Here life almost to its perfection grew

While God these various creatures did indue

With various properties, and various sense,

But little short of humane excellence,

Save what we in the Brutes dispersed find,

Is all collected in mans nobler mind,

Who to the high perfection of his sense,

Hath added a more high intelligence.

Yet several Brutes have noble faculties,

Some apprehensive are, some subtile, wise,

Some have invention and docility,

Some wonderful in imitation be,

Some with high generous courage are endued,

With kindness some, and some with gratitude,

With memory some, and some with providence,

With natural love, and with meek innocence:

Some watchful are, and some laborious be,

Some have obedience, some true loyalty.

Among them too we all the passions find,

Some more to love, some more to hate enclin’d.

The musing Hare and the lightfooted Deer

Are under the predominance of fear;

Goats and hot Monkeys are with lust possest,

Rage governs in the savage Tygres brest;

Jealousie doth the hearts of fierce Bulls move

Impatient of all rivals in their love.

Some D2r 23

Some sportive, and some melancholy be,

Some proner to revenge and crueltie.

The Kingly Lion in his bosome hath

The fiery seed of self-provoking wrath,

Joy is no stranger to the savage brest,

As oft with love, hate and desire possest,

Through the aversion and the appetite

Which all these passions in their hearts excite.

God cloth’d them all in several wools and hair,

Whereof some meaner, some more precious are,

Which men now into garments weave and spin,

Nor only weare their fleeces, but their skin;

Besides employ their teeth, bones, claws, and horn,

Some Medicines be, and some the house adorn.

A thousand other various ways we find,

Wherein alive and dead they serve mankind,

Who from th’ obedience they to him afford

Might learn his duty to his Soveraign Lord.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 1.3.

D2 Canto D2v 24

Canto III.

Now was the glorious Universe compleat

And every thing in beauteous order set,

When God, about to make the King of all,

Did in himself a sacred council call;

Not that he needed to deliberate,

But pleas’d t’ allow solemnity and state,

To wait upon the noble creatures birth

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 8.6.For whom he had design’d both heaven and earth:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.26,
&c.
Let us, said God, with soveraign power indued

make man after our own similitude,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 4.24.Let him our sacred imprest image bear

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 8.Ruling o’re all in earth, and sea, and air.

Then made the Lord a curious mold of clay,

Which lifeless on the earths cold bosome lay,

When God did it with living breath inspire,

A soul in all, and every part entire,

Where life ris’ above motion, sound and sense

To higher reason and intelligence;

And this is truly termed life alone,

Which makes lifes fountain to the living known.

This D3r 25

This life into it self doth gather all

The rest maintain’d by its original,

which gives it Being, Motion, Sense, Warmth, Breath,

And those chief Powers that are not lost in death.

Thus was the noblest creature last made,

As he in whom the rest perfection had,

In whom both parts of the great world were joyn’d,

Earth in his members, Heaven in his mind;

Whose vast reach the whole Universe compriz’d,

And saw it in himself epitomiz’d,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 3.11.

Yet not the Centre nor circumference can

Fill the comprehensive soul of Man,

Whose life is but a progress of desire,

Which still enjoy’d, doth something else require,

Unsatisfied with all it hath pursued

Until it rest in God, the Soveraign Good.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 11.
25.

The earthly mansion of this heavenly guest

Peculiar priviledges too possest.

Whereas all other creatures clothed were

In Shells, Scales, gaudy Plumes, or Woolls, or Hair,

Only a fair smooth skin o’re man was drawn,

Like Damask roses blushing through pure Lawn.

The azure veins, where blood and spirits flow,

Like Violets in a field of Lillies show.

As others have a downbent countenance,

He only doth his head to heaven advance,

Resembling thus a Tree whose noble rootINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 144.12.

In heaven grows, whence all his graces shoot.

He only on two upright columns stands,

He only hath, and knows the use of hands,

Which Gods rich bounties for the rest receive,

And aid to all the other members give.

He only hath a voice articulate,

Varied by joy, grief, anger, love and hate,

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And every other motion of the mind

Which hereby doth an apt expression find.

Hereby glad mirth in laughter is alone

By man exprest; in a peculiar groan,

His grief comes forth, accompanied with tears,

Peculiar shrieks utter his suddain fears.

Herein is Musick too, which sweetly charms

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov 15.1.The sense, and the most savage heart disarms.

The Gate of this God in the head did place.

The head which is the bodies chiefest grace,

The noble Palace of the Royal guest

Within by Fancy and Invention drest,

With many pleasant useful Ornaments

Which new Imagination still presents,

Adorn’d without, by Majesty and Grace,

O who can tell the wonders of a face!

In none of all his fabriques more than here

Doth the Creators glorious Power appear,

That so many thousands which we see

All humane creatures like, all different be;

If the Front be the glory of mans frame,

Those LampsThe Eyes which in its upper windows flame,

Illustrate it, and as days radiant Star,

In the clear heaven of a bright face are.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 2.26.Here Love takes stand, and here ardent Desire

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 5.28.Enters the soul, as fire drawn in by fire,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 2.14At two ports, on each side, the Hearing sense

Still waits to take in fresh intelligence.

But the false spies both at the ears and eyes,

Conspire with strangers for the souls surprize,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 5.11.And let all life-perturbing passions in,

Which with tears, sighs and groans issue again.

Nor do those Labyrinths which like brest-works are,

About those secret Ports, serve for a Bar

To D4r 27

To the false Sorcerers conducted by

Mans own imprudent Curiosity.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 1.10,
11, 12.

There is an ArchThe nose i’the middle of the face

Of equal necessary use and grace,

For there men suck up the life-feeding air,

And panting bosomes are discharged there;

Beneath it is the chief and beauteous gate,The mouth

About which various pleasant graces wait,

When smiles the Rubie doorsThe Lips a little way

Unfold, or laughter doth them quite display,

And opening the Vermillion Curtains shows

The Ivory pilesThe Teeth set in two even rows,

Before the portal, as a double guard,

By which the busie tongue is helpt and barr’d;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 25.11.

Whose sweet sounds charm, when love doth it inspire,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 12.
11.

And when hate moves it, set the world on fire.

Within this portals inner vault is plac’tINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 3.6.

The palate where sense meets in joys in tast;

On rising cheeks, beauty in white and red

Strives with it self, white on the forehead spread

Its undisputed glory there maintains,

And is illustrated with azure veins.

The Brows, Loves bow, and beauties shadow are,

A thick set grove of soft and shining hair

Adorns the head, and shews like crowning rays,

While th’airs soft breath among the loose curls plays.

Besides the colours and the features, we

Admire their just and perfect Symmetrie,

Whose ravishing resultance is that air

That graces all, and is not any where;

Whereof we cannot well say what it is,

Yet Beauties chiefest excellence lies in this;

Which mocks the Painters in their best designs,

And is not held by their exactest lines.

But D4v 28

But while we gaze upon our own fair frame

Let us remember too from whence it came,

And that by sin corrupted now, it must

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 4.19.Return to its originary dust.

How undecently doth pride then lift that head

On which the meanest feet must shortly tread?

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 7.29.Yet at the first it was with glory crown’d,

Till Satans fraud gave it the mortal wound.

This excellent creature God did Adam call

To mind him of his low Original,

Whom he had form’d out of the common ground

Which then with various pleasures did abound.

The whole Earth was one large delightful Field,

That till man sin’d no hurtful briars did yield,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.8.But God enclosing one part from the rest,

A Paradise in the rich spicie East

Had stor’d with Natures wealthy Magazine,

Where every plant did in its lustre shine,

But did not grow promiscuously there,

They all dispos’d in such rich order were

As did augment their single native grace,

To such a height that th’ apelike art of man,

Licentious Pens, or Pencils never can

With all th’ essays of all presuming wit,

Or form or feign ought that approaches it.

Whether it were a fruitful Hill or Vale,

Whether high Rocks, or Trees did it impale,

Or Rivers with their clear and kind embrace

Into a pleasant Island form’d the place,

Whether its noble scituation were

On Earth, in the bright Moon, or in the Air,

In what forms stood the various trees and flowers,

The disposition of the walks and bowers,

Where- E1r 29

Whereof no certain word, nor sign remains,

We dare not take from mens inventive brains.

We know there was pleasant and noble shade

Which the tall growing Pines and Cedars made,

And thicker coverts, which the light and heatINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.8.

Ev’n at noon day could scarcely penetrateINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.10.

A crystal River on whose verdant banks

The crowned fruit-trees stood in lovely ranks,

His gentle wave thorough the garden led,

And all the spreading roots with moysture fed.

But past th’ enclosure, thence the single stream

Parted in four, four noble floods became;

Pison whose large arms HavilahINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.11.

A wealthy land enricht with finest gold,

Where also many precious stones are found;

The second river Gihon, doth surroundINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 13.

All that fair land where Chus inhabited,

Where Tyranny first rais’d up her proud head,

And led her blood-hounds all along the shore,

Polluting the pure stream with crimson gore.

Edens third river Hiddekell they call,

Whose waters Eastward in Assiria fall.

The fourth Euphrates whose swift stream did runINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 14.

About the stately walls of Babylon;

And in the revolution of some years

Swell’d high, fed with the captiv’d Hebrews tears.

God in the midst of Paradise did place

Two trees, that stood up drest in all the graceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.9.

The verdure, beauty, sweetness, excellence,

With which all else could tempt or feast the sense:

On one apples of knowledge did abound,

And life-confirming fruit the other crown’d.

And now did God the new created King

Into the pleasures of his earthly palace bring:

E The E1v 30

The air, spice, balm, and amber did respire,

His ears were feasted by the Sylvan Quire,

Like country girls, grass flowers did dispute

Their humble beauties with the high born fruit;

Both high and low their gawdy colours vied,

As Courtiers do in their contentious pride,

Striving which of them should yield most delight,

And stand the finest in their Soveraigns sight.

The shrubs with berries crown’d like precious gems,

Offer’d their supreme Lord their Diadems

Which did no single sense alone invite,

Courting alike the eyes and appetite.

Among all these the eye-refreshing green,

Sometimes alone, sometimes in mixture seen,

O’re all the banks and all the flat ground spread,

Seem’d an embroider’d, or plain velvet bed.

And that each sense might its refreshment have,

The gentle air soft pleasant touches gave

Unto his panting limbs, whenever they

Upon the sweet and mossie couches lay.

A shady Eminence there was, whereon

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 19,
&c..
The noble creature sate, as on his throne,

When God brought every Fowl, and every Brute,

That he might Names unto their natures suit,

Whose comprehensive understanding knew

How to distinguish them, at their first view;

And they retaining those names ever since,

Are monuments of his first excellence,

And the Creators providential grace,

Who in those names, left us some prints to trace;

Nature, mysterious grown, since we grew blind,

Whose Labyrinths we should less easily find

If those first appellations, as a clue,

Did not in some sort serve to lead us through,

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And rectifie that frequent gross mistake,

Which our weak judgments and sick senses make,

Since man, ambitious to know more, that sin

Brought dulness, ignorance and error in.

Though God himself to man did condescend,Society.

Though his knowledge to all natures did extend;

Though heaven and earth thus centred in his mind,

Yet being the only one of his whole kind,

He found himself without an equal mate,

To whom he might his joys communicate,

And by communication multiply.

Too far out of his reach was God on high,

Too much below him bruitish creatures were,

God could at first have made a humane pair,

But that it was his will to let man see

The need and sweetness of societie;

Who, though he were his Makers Favourite,

Feasted in Paradise with all delight,

Though all the creatures paid him homage, yet

Was not his unimparted joy compleat,

While there was not a second of his kind,

Indued with such a form and such a mind,

As might alike his soul and senses feast:

He saw that every bird and every beast

Its own resemblance in its female viewed,

And only union with its like pursued.

Hence birds with birds, and fish with fish abide,

Nor those with beasts, nor beasts with these reside:

According to their several species too,

As several housholds in one City do,

So they with their own kinds associate:

The Kingly eagle hath no buzzard mate;

The ravens, more their own black feather love,

Than painted pheasants, or the fair-neck’d dove.

E2 So E2v 32

obscuredapproximately 3–4 wordsSo Bears to rough Bears rather do encline

Than to majestick Lions, or fair kine.

If it be thus with brutes, much less then can

The bruitish conversation suit with man.

’Tis only like desires like things unite:

In union likeness only feeds delight.

Where unlike natures in conjunction are,

There is no product but perpetual war,

Such as there was in Natures troubled womb,

Until the sever’d births from thence did come,

For the whole world nor order had, nor grace

Till sever’d elements each their own place

Assigned were, and while in them they keep,

Heaven still smiles above, th’ untroubled deep

With kind salutes embraces the dry land,

Firm doth the earth on its foundation stand;

A chearful light streams from th’ ætherial fire,

And all in universal joy conspire.

But if with their unlike they attempt to mix,

Their rude congressions every thing unfix;

Darkness again invades the troubled skies,

Earth trembling, under angry heaven lies;

The Sea, swoln high with rage, comes to the shore

And swallows that, which it but kist before;

Th’ unbounded fire breaks forth with dreadful light,

And horrid cracks which dying nature fright,

Till that high power, which all powers regulates,

The disagreeing natures separates,

The like to like rejoyning as before,

So the worlds peace, joy, safety doth restore.

Yet if man could not find in bird or brute

That conversation which might aptly suit

His higher nature, was it not sublime

Enough, above the lower world to climb,

And E3r 33

And in Angelick converse to delight,

Although it could not reach the supreme height?

No; for though make partake intelligence,

Yet that being joyn’d to an inferiour sense,

Dull’d by corporal vapours, cannot be

Refin’d enough for angels company:

As strings screw’d up too high, as bows still bent

Or break themselves, or crack the instrument;

So drops neglected flesh into the grave,

If it no share in the souls pleasures have.

Man like himself needs an associate,

Who doth both soul and sense participate.

Not the swift Horse, the eager Hawk, or Hound,

Dogs, Parrots, Monkies ’mongst whom Adam found

No meet companion, thinking them too base

For the society of humane race,

Though his degenerate offspring chuse that now

Which his sound reason could not then allow,

But found himself amongst them all alone.

Whether he beg’d a mate it is not known,

Likely his want might send him to the spring;

For God who freely gives us every thing,

Mercy endears by instilling the desire,

And granting that which humbly we require:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ez. 36.37.

Howe’re it was, God saw his solitude

And gave his sentence that it was not good.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.18.

Yet not a natural, nor a moral ill,

Because his solitude was not his will

Opposing his Creators End, as they

Who into caves and desarts run away,

Seeking perfection in that state, wherein

A good was wanting when man had no sin.

For without help to propagate mankind

Gods glory had been to one brest confin’d,

Which E3v 34

Which multiplied Saints, do now conspire

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
23.
Throughout their generations to admire.

Mans nature had not been the sacred shrine,

Partner and bride of that which is divine;

The Church, fruit of this union, had not come

To light, but perisht, stifled in the womb.

Again ’tis not particularly good

For man to waste his life in solitude,

Whose nature for society design’d

Can no full joy without a second find,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 4.8,
&c.
To whom he may communicate his heart,

And pay back all the pleasures they impart;

For all the joys that we enjoy alone,

And all our unseen lustre, is as none.

If thus want of a partner did abate

Mans happiness in mans most perfect state,

Much more hath humane nature, now decay’d,

Need of a suitable and a kind aid:

It is not good, vertue should lie obscure,

That barren rocks, rich treasures should immure,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 12.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12.
Which our kind Lord to some, for all men gave,

That all might share of all his bounties have.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 5.16.
15.
Not good, dark Lanthorns should shut up the light

Of fair example, made for the dark night.

Not good, experience should her candle hide,

When weak ones perish, wanting her bright guide.

Not good, to let unactive graces chill,

Not lively warmth receive, no good instil

By quickning converse. Thus nor are the great,

The wise, and firm, permitted to retreat,

Betraying so deserted innocence,

To which God made them conduct and defence.

Nor may the simple and the weak expose

Themselves alone, to strong and subtile foes;

Men E4r 35

Men for each others mutual help were made,

The meanest may afford the highest aid.

The highest to necessity must yield,

Even Princes are beholding to the field.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 5.9.

He that from mortal converse steals away

Injures himself, and others doth betray,

Whom Providence committed to his trust,

And in that act, nor prudent is nor just.

For sweet friends both in pleasure and distress,

Augment the joy, and make the torment less.

Equal delight it is to learn and teach,

To be held up to that we cannot reach,

And others from the abject earth to raise

To merit, and to give deserved praise.

Wisdom imparted like th’ encreasing bread,

Wherewith the Lord so many thousands fed,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 15.
36.

By distribution adds to its own store,

And still the more it gives it hath the more.

Extended Power reaches it self a crown,

Gathering up those whom misery casts down.

Love raiseth us, it self to heaven doth rife,

By vertues varied mutual exercise.

Sweet love, the life of life, which cannot shine,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 13.9,
10.

But lies like Gold concealed in the Mine,

Till it through much exchange a brightness takeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 13.

And Conversation doth it current make.

God having shew’d his creature thus the need

Of humane helps, a help for man decreed:

“I will,” said he, “the mans meet aid provide.”

But that he from his waking view might hide

Such a mysterious work, the Lord did keep

All Adam’s senses fast lock’d up in sleep.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.21,
22.

Then from his open’d side took without pain

A cloathed rib, and clos’d the flesh again,

And E4v 36

And of the bone did a fair virgin frame

Who, by her Maker brought, to Adam came

And was in matrimonial Union joyn’d,

By love and nature happily combin’d.

Adam’s clear understanding at first view

His wives original and nature knew;

His will, as pure, did thankfully embrace,

His fathers bounty, and admir’d his grace.

And as her sweet charms did his heart surprise

He spoke his joy in these glad ecstacies,

“Thou art my better self, my flesh, my bone,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 23, 24.We late of one made two, again in one

Shall reunite, and with the frequent birth

Of our joynt issue, people the vast earth.

To shew that thou wert taken out of me

Isha shall be thy name; As unto thee

Ravisht with love and joy my soul doth cleave,

So men hereafter shall their fathers leave,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 5.31.And all relations else, which are most dear,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 19.5.That they may only to their wives adhere;

When marriage male and female doth combine

Children in one flesh shall two parents joyn.”

Lastly, God, who the sacred knot had tied,

With blessing his own Ordinance sanctified,

“Encrease,” said he, “and multiply your race,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.28,
&c.
Fill th’ Earth allotted for your dwelling place,

I give you right to all her fruits and plants,

Dominion over her inhabitants;

The fish that in the floods deep bosome lie,

All Fowls that in the airy region flie,

Whatever lives and feeds on the dry land,

Are all made subject under your command.

The grass and green herbs let your cattle eat,

And let the richer fruits be your own meat,

Except F1r 37

Except the Tree of knowing good and ill,

That by the precept of Soveraign will

You must not eat, for in the day you do,

Inevitable death shall seize on you.”

Thus God did the first marriage celebrate

While man was in his unpolluted state,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.22.

And th’ undefiled bed with honour deckt,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 13.4.

Though perverse men the Ordinance reject,

And pulling all its sacred Ensigns downINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov. 18.
22.

To the white Virgin only give the crown.

Nor yet is marriage grown less sacred since

Man fell from his created excellence,

Necessity now raises its esteem,

Which doth mankind from deaths vast jaws redeem,

Who even in their graves are yet alive,

While they in their posterity survive.

In it they find a comfort and an aid,

In all the ills which humane life invade.

This curbs and cures wild passions that ariseINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 127.3,
4, 5.

Repairs times daily wasts, with new supplies;

When the declining mothers youthful grace

Lies dead and buried in her wrinkled face,

In her fair daughters it revives and grows,

And her dead Cinder in their new flames glows.

And though this state may sometimes prove accurst,

For of best things, still the corruption’s worst,

Sin so destroys an institution good,

Provided against death and solitude.

Eve out of sleeping Adam formed thus

A sweet instructive emblem is to us,

How waking Providence is active stillINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 121.3,
4, 5.

To do us good, and to avert our ill,

When we lock’d up in stupefaction lie,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 33.15,
16, 17, &c.

Not dreaming that our blessings are so nigh.

F Bles- F1v 38

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Deut. 32.
36.
Blessings wrought out by providence alone

Without the least assistance of our own.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 4.19.Mans help produc’d in death-like sleep doth show,

Our choicest mercies out of dead wombs flow.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 19.
34.
So from the second Adams bleeding side

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 5.6.God form’d the Gospel Church, his mystique Bride,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Tir. 5.5.Whose strength was only of his firmness made,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 4.13.His blood, quick spirits into ours convey’d:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 12.
9.
His wasted flesh our wasted flesh supplied,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.2.And we were then revived when he died.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.1,
5, 6, &c.
Who wak’d from that short sleep with joy did view

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 1.
10.
The Virgin fair that out of his wounds grew,

Presented by th’ eternal Fathers grace

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 53.5.Unto his everlasting kind embrace:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 20.
28.
“My spouse, my sister,” said he, “thou art mine;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 5.25,
26, 27, &c.
I and my death, I and my life are thine;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 5.19.For thee I did my heavenly Father quit

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 17.9,
10.
That thou with me on my high throne mayst sit,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 2.8.My mothers humane flesh in death did leave

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Cant. 2.16.
& 4.10.
For thee, that I to thee might only cleave,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 3.
22, 23.
Redeem thee from the confines of dark hell,

And evermore in thy dear bosome dwell:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 6.38,
39.
From heaven I did descend to fetch up thee,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 5.9,
10.
Rose from the grave that though mightst reign with me.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 2.9.Henceforth no longer two but one we are,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh 19.27.Thou dost my merit, life, grace, glory share:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 2.13,
14, 15.
As my victorious triumphs are all thine,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 15.
54, 55, 21,
22.
So are thy injuries and sufferings mine,

Which I for thee will vanquish as my own,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 17.23,
24.
& 14.3
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 4.9, 10, &c. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8.17, 18. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 2.12. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 1. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 1. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 1.16.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 9.4. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25.34.and forward.
And give thee rest in the celestial throne:”

The F2r 39

The Bride with these caresses entertain’dINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 4.13.
& 10.19,
20.

In naked beauty doth before him stand,

And knows no shame purg’d from all soul desireINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.2.

Whose secret guilt kindles the blushing fire.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 13.
12.

Her glorious Lord is naked too, no moreINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.10,
11, 12.

Conceal’d in types and shadows as before.

So our first parents innocently didINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 3.9,
10.

Behold that nakedness which since is hid,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 8.5.

That lust may not catch fire from beauties flameINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Pet. 2.14.

Engendring thoughts which die the cheeks with shame,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 5.28.

Thus heaven and earth their full perfection had,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.1.

Thus all their hosts and ornaments were made,

Armies of Angels had the highest place,

Bright starry hosts the lower heaven did grace,

The Mutes encamped in the waters were,

The winged troops were quartered in the air,

The walking animals, as th’ infantry

Of th’ Universal Host, at large did lie

Spread over all the earths most ample face,

Each regiment in its assigned place.

Paradise the head quarter was, and there

The Emperour to his Viceroy did appear,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 16.

Him in his regal Office did install,

A general muster of his hosts did call,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 19.

Resigning up into his sole command

The numerous Tribes, that fill doth sea and land.

As each kind severally had before

Blessing and approbation, so once more,

When all together God his works review’d,

The blessing was confirmed and renew’d.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.31.

And with the sixth day the Creation ceast.

The seventh day the Lord himself did rest,

And made it a perpetual Ordinance thenINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2.2,
3.

To be observ’d by every age of men,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ex. 20.8.

F2 That F2v 40

That after six days honest labour they

His precept and example should obey,

As he did his, their works surcease, and spend

That day in sacred rest, till that day end,

And in its number back again return,

Still consecrated, till it have outworn

All other time, and that alone remain,

When neither toyl, nor burthen, shall again

The weary lives of mortal men infest,

Nor intermit their holy, happy rest.

Nor is this Rest sacred to idleness,

God, a perpetual Act, sloth cannot bless.

He ceast not from his own celestial joy,

Which doth himself perpetually employ

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 8.22,
30, 31.
In contemplation of himself, and those

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 3.17.Most excellent works, wherein himself he shows;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 5.17,
20, 21.
He only ceast from making lower things,

By which, as steps, the mounting soul he brings

To th’ upmost height, and having finisht these

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 9.24.Himself did in his own productions please,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 104.
& 147.
& 145.
Full satisfied in their perfection,

Rested from what he had compleatly done;

And made his pattern our instruction,

That we, as far as finite creatures may

Trace him that’s infinite, should in our way

Rest as our Father did, work as he wrought,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 9.10.Nor cease till we have to perfection brought

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 6.1.Whatever to his glory we intend,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 3.19.Still making ours, the same which was his end:

As his works in commands begin, and have

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 10.
30.
Conclusion in the blessings which he gave,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh 5.3.So must his Word give being to all ours;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 119.9.And since th’ events are not in our own powers,

We F3r 41

We must his blessing beg, his great name bless,

And make our thanks the crown of our success.

As God first heaven did for man prepare,

Men last for heaven created were,

So should we all our actions regulate,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 6.33.

Which heaven, both first and last, should terminate,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 3.1.

And in whatever circle else they run,

There should they end, they should they be begun,

There seek their pattern, and derive from thence

Their who direction and their influence.

As when th’ Almighty this low world did frame,

Life by degrees to its perfection came,

In Vegetation first sprung up, to senseINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 5.12,
13, 14.

Ascended next, and climb’d to reason thence,

So we, pursuing our attainments, should

Press forward from what’s positively good,

Still climbing higher, until we reach the best,

And that acquir’d for ever fix our rest.

Our souls so ravisht with the joys divine

That they no ore to creatures can decline.

As Gods Rest was but a more high retreat

From the delights of this inferiour feat,

So must our souls upon our Sabbaths climb,

Above the world, sequestred for that time,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 58.13.

From those legitimate delights, which may

Rejoyce us here upon a common day.

As God, his works compleated, did retire

To be ador’d by the Angelick Quire,

So when on us the seventh days light doth shine,

Should we our selves to Gods assemblies joyn,

Thither all hearts, as one pure offring, bringINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 1.6.

And all with one accord adore our King.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 10.
25.

This seventh day the Lord to mankind gave,

Nor is it the least priviledge we have.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 2.27.

And F3v 42

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ez. 20.12.And ours peculiarly. The Orbs above

Aswell the seventh as the sixth day move,

The rain descends and the fierce tempest blows,

On it the restless Ocean ebbs and flows:

Bees that day fill the hive, and on that day

Ants their provisions in their store-house lay,

All creatures plie their works, no beast

But those which mankind use, share in that rest:

Which God indulg’d only to humane race,

That they in it might come before his face

To celebrate his worship and his praise,

And gain a blessing upon all their days.

O wretched souls of perverse men, who slight

So great a grace, refuse such rich delight,

Which the inferiour creatures cannot share,

To which alone their natures fitted are,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 4.9.
& 12.22.
And whereby favour’d men admitted be

Into the angels blest societie.

Yet is this Rest but a far distant view

Of that celestial life which we pursue,

By Satan oft so interrupted here,

That little of its glory doth appear,

Nor can our souls sick, languid appetite

Feast upon such substantial, strong delight.

As musick pains the grieved aking head,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Am. 8.5.With which the healthful sense is sweetly fed;

So duties wherein found hearts full joys find,

Fetters and sad loads are to a sick mind,

Till it thereto by force it self mure,

And from a loathing fall to love its cure.

God from his worship kept one day of seven,

The other six to man for mans use given;

Adam, although so highly dignified,

Was not to spend in idle ease and pride

And F4r 43

Nor supine sleep, drunk with his sensual pleasures,

Profusely wasting th’ Empires sacred treasures,

As now his faln sons do, that arrogate

His forfeited dominion, and high state;

But God his dayly Business did ordain

That Kings, hence taught, might in their Realms maintain

Fair order, serving those whom they command,

As guardians, not as owners of the land,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 13.
3, 4.

Not being set there, to pluck up and destroy

Those plants, whose culture should their cares employ.

Nor doth this precept only Kings comprize,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Thes. 4.
11.

The meanest must his little paradiseINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 5 8.

With no less vigilance and care attend

Than Princes on their vast enclosures spend.

All hence must learn their duty, to suppress

Th’ intrusions of a sordid idleness.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 19.15.
& 10.26.

Who form’d, could have preserv’d the garden fair

Without th’ employment of mans busie care,

But that he will’d that our delight should be

The wages of our constant industrie,

That we his ever bounteous hand might bless

Crowning our honest labours with success,

And tast the joy men reap in their own fruit,

Loving that more to which they contribute

Either the labour of their hands or brains,

Than better things produc’d by others pains.

Led by desire, fed with fair hope, the fruit

Oft-times delights not more than the pursuit.

For man a nature to to action prone,

That languishes, and sickens finding none.

As standing pools corrupt, water that flows,

More pure, by its continual current, grows,

So humane kind by active exercise,

Do to the heights of their perfection rise,

While F4v 44

While their stock’d glory comes to no ripe growth,

Whose lives corrupt in idleness and sloth

Which is not natural, but a disease,

That doth upon the flesh-cloy’d spirit seize.

Where health untainted is, then the sound mind

In its employment doth its pleasure find.

But when death, or its representer sleep

Upon the mortals tired members creep,

This during its dull reign doth life suspend,

That ceasing action, puts it to an end.

Lastly since God himself did man employ

To dress up Paradise, that moderate joy

Which from this fair creation we derive,

Is not our sin but our prerogative,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 4.
4, 5.
If bounded so, as we fix not our rest

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 2.17.In creatures which but transient are at best,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 7.
31, 20.
Yet ’tis sin to neglect, not use, or prize,

As well as ’tis to wast and idolize.

Canto G1r 45

Canto IV.

Good were all natures as made them all,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1.31.

Good was his Will permitting some to fall,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 9.
21, 22, 23.

That th’ rest renouncing their frail strength might standINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 11.

Humble and firm in his supporting hand,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 3.6.

His wisdome and omnipotence might own,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 18.
25.

When his Foes power and craft is overthrown,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 11.
33.

Seeing his hate of sin, might thence confess

His pure innate and perfect Holiness,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 10.
12.

And that the glory of his Justice mightINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 16.
20.

In the Rebels torturing flames seem bright.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 2.

That th’ ever bless’d Redeemer might take placeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jos. 24. 19.

To illustrate his rich mercy and free graceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 5.4,
5, 6.
& 7.11.
&c.
& 11.5,6.

Whereby he fallen sinners doth restore

To fuller bliss than they enjoy’d before;

That Vertue might in its clear brightness shineINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.
10.

Which like rich ore concealed in the mine

Had not been known, but that opposing viceINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 1.4,
11.

Illustrates it by frequent exercise.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 3.16.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.5.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8. 35, 36, 37, 38, 39. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 5. 5, &c. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 4. 12, 13, 14.

G If G1v 46

If all were good, whence then arose the ill?

’Twas not in Gods, but in the creatures will,

Averting from that good, which is supream,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 7.29.Corrupted so, as a declining stream

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 6.That breaks off its communion with its head,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 8.44.By whom its life and sweetness late were fed,

Turns to a noisome, dead, and poysonous Lake

Infecting all who the foul waters take:

Or as a Branch cut from the living Tree,

Passes into contempt immediately,

And dies divided from its glorious stock;

So strength disjoyned from the living rock,

Turns to contemned imbecillity,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 2.13.And doth to all its grace and glory die.

Devils.Some new-made Angels thus, not more sublime

In nature, than transcending in their crime,

Quitting th’ eternal fountain of their light,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.2.Became the first-born sons of woe and night,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 26.
18.
Princes of Darkness, and the sad Abysse,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25.
41.
Which now their cursed place and portion is,

Where they no more must see Gods glorious face

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 20.
10.
Nor ever taste of his refreshing grace,

But in the fire of his fierce anger dwell,

Which though it burns, enlightens not their Hell.

But circumstances that we cannot know

Of their rebellion and their overthrow

We will not dare t’ invent, nor will we take

Guesses from the reports themselves did make

To their old Priests, to whom they did devise

To inspire some truths, wrapt up in many lies;

Such as their gross poetick fables are,

Saturn’s extrusion, the bold giants war,

Division of the universal realm,

To Gods that in high heaven steer the helm,

Others G2r 47

Others who all things in the Ocean guide,

And those who in th’ infernal Court preside,

Who there a vast and gloomy Empire sway,

Whom all the Furies and the Ghosts obey.

But not to name these foolish impious tales,

Which stifle truth in her pretended veils,

Let us in its own blazing conduct go,

And look no further than that light doth show;

Wherein we see the present powers of hell,

Before they under Gods displeasure fell,

Were once endued with grace and excellence,

Beyond the comprehension of our sense,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 10.18.

Pure holy lights in the bright heaven were

Blazing about the throne, but not fixt there;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 6.

Where, by the Apostasie of their own will,

Precipitating them into all ill,

And Gods just wrath, whose eyes are far too pureINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Pet. 2.4.

Stain’d and polluted objects to endure,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hab. 1.13.

They fell like lightning, hurl’d in his fierce ire,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 10.18.

And falling, set the lower world on fire:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 3.6.

Which their loose prison is where they remain,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 8.44.

And walk as criminals under Gods chain;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jud. 6.

Until the last and great assizes come,

When Execution shall seal up their doom.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 6.3.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 8.29.

Thus are they now to their created light,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.15.

Unto all Truth, and Goodness opposite,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 5.8.

Hating the Peace and Joy that reigns above,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 1.7,
&c.

Vainly contending to extinguish love,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.
10.

Ruine Gods sacred Empire, and destroy

That blessedness they never can enjoy.

A Chief they have, whose Soveraign power and placeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark 3.22,
24, 25, 26.

But adds to’his sin, his torture, and disgrace.

An order too there is in their dire state,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 20.
10.

Though they all Orders else disturb and hate.

G2 Ten G2v 48

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 8.30.Ten thousand thousand wicked spirits stand,

Attending their black Prince, at his command,

To all imaginable evils prest,

That may promote their common interest.

Nor are they linked thus by faith and love,

But hate of God and goodness, which doth move

The same endeavours and desires in all,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 12.
25, 26.
Lest civil wars should make their Empire fall.

An Empire which the Almighty doth permit,

Yet so as he controlls and limits it.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 20.2,
7, 8.
Suffering their rage sometimes to take effect,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 2.6.Only to be the more severely checkt;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 2.14,
15.
When he produces a contrary end,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 2.9,
14.
From what they did malitiously intend,

Befools their wisdome, crosses their designs,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 22.3.And blows them up in their own crafty mines,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 2.
25, 26.
Allows them play in the entangling net,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 6.11,
12, &c.
So to be faster in damnation set,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 5.8.Submits them to each others tyrannies,

Who did Gods softer sacred bonds despise,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.
12.
Lets them still fight, who never can prevail,

More curs’d if they succeed, than if they fail,

Since every soul the Rebels gain from God,

Adds but another Scorpion to that rod,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 16.24.Bound up, that they may mutual torturers be,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 14.
10, 11.
Tormented and tormenting equally.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25.
41.
As a wise General that doth design

To keep his Army still in discipline,

Suffers the embodying of some slighter foes,

Which he at his own pleasure can enclose,

And vanquish, that he justly may chastise

Their folly, and his own troops exercise,

Their vigilance, their faith and valour prove;

Endearing them thereby to his own love,

As G3r 49

As he alike endears himself to theirs,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 22.
31, 32.

By his continual succours and kind cares:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 17.
20.

So the Almighty gives the Devils scope,

Who though they are excluded from all hopeINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 4.

Of e’re escaping, no reluctance have,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 2.18.
& 4.15.
& 7.25.

But like the desperate villain they make brave,

To death pursue their bold attempts, that allINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 16.
20.

O’re whom they cannot reign, with them may fall.

And tho’ Gods watchful guards besiege them round

That none can pass their strict prescribed bound,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.
7, 8.

Yet make they daily sallies in their pride,

Which still repulst the holy host deride.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 4.11.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 9.

Their malice in it self and its event,

Being equally a crime and punishment.

Thus though sin in it self be ill, ’tis good

That sin should be, for thereby rectitude

Through oppos’d iniquity, as light

By shades, is more conspicuous and more bright.

The wonderful creation of mankind,

For lasting glory and rich grace design’d,

The blessed angels look’d on with delight,

Gladded to see us climb so near their height;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 15.10.
& 16.22.

Above all other works, next in degree,

And capable of their societie.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
22.

But ’twas far otherwise with those that fell

Mans destin’d heaven, encreas’d their hell,

While they burnt with a proud malitious spite

To see a new-made, earth-born favourite,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 8.44.

For their high seats and empty thrones design’d;

Therefore both against God and man combin’d,

To hinder Gods decree from taking place,

And to devest man of his Makers grace;

Which while he in a pure obedience stood,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 3.13.

They knew, not all their force nor cunning cou’d,

But G3v 50

But if they could with any false pretence

Inveigle him to quit his innocence,

They hop’d death would prevent the dreaded womb

From whence their happier successors must come.

Wherefore th’ accursed Soveraign of hell

Thinking no other Devil could so well

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.1,
&c.
Act this ill part, whose consequence was high

Enough to engage his hateful majesty,

Himself exposes for the common cause,

And with his hellish kingdomes full applause,

Goes forth, putting himself into disguise,

And so within a bright scal’d serpent lies,

Folded about the fair forbidden tree,

Watching a wish’d for opportunitie,

Which Eve soon gave him, coming there alone

So to be first and easier overthrown;

On whose weak side, th’ assault had not been made

Had she not from her firm protection stray’d;

But so the Devil then, so leud men now

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 3.6.Prevail, when women privacies allow,

And to those flatt’ring whispers lend an ear

Which even impudence it self would fear

To utter in the presence of a friend,

Whose vertuous awe our frailty might defend.

Though unexperience might excuse Eves fault,

Yet those who now give way to an assault,

By suffring it alone, none can exempt

From the just blame that they their tempters tempt,

And by vain confidence themselves betray,

Fondly secure in a known in a known desperate way.

As Eve stood near the tree, the subtile beast,

By SatanSatan mov’d, his speech to her addrest

“Hath God”, said he, “forbid that you should tast

These pleasant fruits, which in your eyes are plac’t,

Why G4r 51

Why are the tempting boughs expos’d, if you

May not delight your palates with your view?”

“God”, said the woman, “gives us libertie

To eat without restraint of every tree

Which in the garden grows, but only one;

Restrain’d by such a prohibition,

We dare not touch it, for when e’re we do

A certain death will our offence ensue.”

Then did the wicked subtile beast replie,

“Ah simple wretch, you shall not surely die,

God enviously to you this fruit denies,

He knows that eating it, will make you wise,

Of good and ill give you discerning sense,

And raise you to a god-like excellence.”

Eve quickly caught in the foul hunters net,

Believ’d that death was only a vain threat,

Her unbelief quenching religious dread

Infectious counsel in her bosome bred,

Dissatisfaction with her present state

And fond ambition of a godlike height.

Who now applies herself to its pursuit,

With longing eyes looks on the lovely fruit,

First nicely plucks, then eats with full delight,

And gratifies her murderous appetite;

Poyson’d with the sweet relish of her sin,

Before her inward torturing pangs begin,

The pleasure to her husband she commends,

And he by her persuasion too offends,

As by the serpents she before had done.

Hence learn pernicious councellors to shun.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 1.10,
&c.

Within the snake the crafty tempter smil’d

To see mankind so easily beguil’d,

But laugh not Satan, God shall thee deride,

The Son of God and Man shall scourge thy pride,

And G4v 52

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 3.8.And in the time of vengeance shall exact

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh.
11.
A punishment on thee, for this accursed fact.

Now wrought the poyson on the guilty pair,

Who with confusion on each other stare,

While death possession takes, and enters in

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 5.
12.
At the wide breach, laid open by their sin.

Sound health and joy before th’ intruder fled,

Sickness and sorrow coming in their stead.

Their late sweet calm did now for ever cease,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 48.22.Storms in all quarters drove away their peace;

Dread, guilt, remorse in the benighted soul,

Like raging billows on each other rowl;

Deaths harbinger waste in each province make,

While thundring terrours mans whole Island shake.

Within, without, disorder’d in the storm,

The colour fades, and tremblings change the form,

Heat melts their substance, cold their joynts benumbs,

Dull languishment their vigour overcomes.

Grief conquer’d beauty lays down all her arms,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 39.11.And mightier woe dissolves her late strong charms,

Shame doth their looks deject, no chearful grace,

No pleasant smiles, appear in their sad face,

They see themselves fool’d, cheated, and betray’d,

And naked in the view of heaven made;

No glory compasses the drooping head,

The sight of their own ugliness they dread,

And curtains of broad thin Fig-leaves devise

To hide themselves from their own weeping eyes;

But, Ah, these coverings were too slight and thin

To ward their shame off, or to keep out sin,

Or the keen airs quick piercing shafts, which through

Both leaves and pores into the bowels flew.

While they remain’d in their pure innocence

It was their robe of glory and defence:

But H1r 53

But when the sin tore that mantle off, they found

Their members were all naked, all uncrown’d;

Their purity in every place defil’d,

Their vest of righteousness all torn and spoyl’d.

Wherefore, through guilt, the late lov’d light they shun,

And into the obscurest shadow run;

But in no darkness can their quiet fund,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps.1 39.11.

Carrying within them a disturbed mind,

Which doth their cureless folly represent,

And makes them curse their late experiment;

Wishing they had been pure and ignorant still,

Nor coveted the knowledge of their ill.

Ah thus it is that yet we learn our good,

Till it be lost, but seldome understood,

Rich blessings, while we have them, little prize

Until their want their value magnifies.

And equally doth our remorse encrease

For having cast away such happiness.

O wretched man! who at so dear a rate

Purchas’d the knowledge of his own frail state,

Knowledge of small advantage to the wise,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 1.18.

Which only their affliction multiplies,

While they in painful study vex their brain,

Pursuing what they never can attain;

And what would not avail them if acquir’d,

Till at the length with fruitless labour tir’d,

All that the learned and the wise can find

Is but a vain disturbance of the mind,

A sense of mans inevitable woes,

Which he but little feels, who little knows;

While mortals, holding on their error, stillINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov. 1.7.

Pursue their knowledge both of good and ill,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. flawed-reproduction3 characters.
flawed-reproduction2 characters.

They neither of them perfectly attain,

But in a dark tumultuous state remain;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 1.
20, 21.
& 2.14.

H Till H1v 54

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 3.15,
16, 17.
Till sense of ill, encreasing like nights shade,

Or hath a blot of good impressions made,

Or good, victorious as the morning light,

Triumph over the vanquisht opposite.

For both at once abide not in one place,

Good knowledge flies from them who ill embrace.

So were our parents fill’d with guilt and fear,

When in the groves they Gods approaches hear,

And from the terrour of his presence fled;

Whether their own convictions caus’d their dread,

For inward guilt of conscience might suffice

To chace vile sinners from his purer eyes;

Or nature felt an angry Gods descent,

Which shook the earth, and tore the firmament,

We are not told, nor will too far enquire.

Lightnings and tempests might speak forth his ire.

For at the day of universal doom

The great Judge shall in flaming vengeance come;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 97.3, 4.An all-consuming fire shall go before,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 9.5.
& 66.15,
16.
Whirlwinds and thunder shall about him roar,

Horror shall darken the whole troubled skies,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Thes. 1.
8.
And bloody veils shall hide the worlds bright eyes,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Pet. 3.12.While stars from the dissolving heaven drop down,

And funeral blazes every Turret crown.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 1.7.The clouds shall be confounded with the waves,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joel 3.15,
16.
The yawning earth shall open all her graves,

Loud fragors shall firm rocks in sunder rend,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 24.
29.
Cleft mountains shall hells fiery jaws distend,

Vomiting cinders, sulphur, pitch, and flame,

Which shall consume the worlds unjoynted frame,

And turn the Paradises we admire

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 19.
20.
Into an ever-boyling lake of fire.

But God then, in his rich grace, did delay

These dismal terrors, till the last great day.

Yet H2r 55

Yet even his first approach created dread,

And the poor mortals from his anger fled;

Until a calmer voice their sense did greet.

Love even when it chides is kind and sweet.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 12.
11.

The sense of wrath far from the fear’d Power drives,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 89.
31, 32, 33.

The sense of Love brings home the fugitives.

Souls flying God into despair next fall,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 4.14.

Thence into hate, till black hell close up all.

But if sweet mercy meet them on the way,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 9.

That milder voyce, first doth their made flight stay,

And their ill-quitted hope again restore,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 130.
7, 4.

Then love that was forsaking them before

Returns with a more flaming strong desire

Of those sweet joys from which it did retire,

And in their absence woe and terror found,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lam. 3.1,
&c.

And all those plagues that can a poor soul wound.

While thus this love with holy ardour burns,

The bleeding sinner to his God returns,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 27.
46.

And prostrate at his throne of grace doth lie,

If death he cannot shun, yet there to die.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 13.15.

Where Mercy still doth fainting souls revive,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hos. 6.1,
2,3.

And in its kind embraces keep it alive

A gentler fire, than what it lately felt

Under the sense of wrath. The soul doth melt,

Like precious Ore, which when men would refine

Doth in its liquefaction brightly shine;

In cleansing penitential meltings so

Foul sinners once again illustrious grow,

When Christs all-heating softning spirit, hathINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 3.2,obscured1 character

Their Furnace been, and his pure blood their Bath.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 1.5.

Now though Gods wrath bring not the sinner home,

Who only by sweet love attracted come,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom 12.1.

Yet is it necessary that the sense

Of it, should make us know the excellence,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.9.
10.

H2 And H2v 56

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 11.
28.
And taste the pleasantness of pardoning grace,

That we may it with fuller joy embrace;

Which when it brings a frighted wretch from hell

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 7.47.Makes it love more, than those who never fell:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 4.
10.
But mankinds love to God grows by degrees,

As he more clearly Gods sweet mercy sees,

And God at first reveals not all his grace,

That men more ardently may seek his face,

Averted by their folly and their pride,

Which makes them their confounded faces hide.

As still the Sun’s the same behind the clouds,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lam. 3.22,
23.
Such is Gods love, which his kind anger shrouds,

Which doth not all at once it self reveal,

But first in the thick shadows that conceal

Its glory, doth attenuation cause;

Then the black, dismal curtain softly draws,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lam. 3.26,
29, &c.
And lets some glimmering light of hope appear,

Which rather is a lessening of our fear,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hos. 2.15.Than an assurance of our joy and peace,

A truce with misery, rather than release.

Thus had not God come in, mankind had died

Without repair, yet came he first to chide,

To urge their sin, with its sad consequence,

And make them feel the weight of their offence.

To’ examine and arraign them at his bar,

And shew them what vile criminals they were:

But ah! our utterance here is choak’d with woe,

With tardy steps from Paradise we go.

Then let us pause on our lost joys a while

Before we enter on our sad exile.

Canto H3r 57

Canto V.

Sad Natures sighs gave the Alarms,

And all her frighted hosts stood to their arms,

Waiting whom the great Soveraign would employ

His all deserted rebels to destroy:

When God descended out of heaven aboveINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.8.

His disobedient Viceroy to remove.

Yet though himself had seen the forfeiture,

Which distance could not from his eyes obscure,

To teach his future Substitutes how they

Should judgements execute in a right way,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Sam. 23.
3.

He would not unexamin’d facts condemn,

Nor punish sinners without hearing them.

Therefore cites his bar the Criminals,

And Adam first out of his covert calls,

“Where art thou Adam?” the Almighty said,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.9,
10, 11, 12.

“Here Lord,” the trembling sinner answer made,

“Amongst the trees I in the garden heard

Thy voice, and being naked was afeard,

Nor durst I so thy purer sight abide,

Therefore my self did in this shelter hide.”

“Hast thou” (said God) “eat the forbidden tree,

Or who declar’d thy nakedness to thee?”

She, H3v 58

“She”, answer’d Adam, “whom thou didst create

To be my helper and associate,

Gave me the fatal fruit, and I did eat;”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.ver. 13.Then Eve was also call’d from her retreat,

“Woman what hast thou done?” th’ Almighty said;

“Lord,” answer’d she, “the serpent me betray’d,

And I did eat.” Thus did they both confess

Their guilt, and vainly sought to make it less,

By such extenuations, as well weigh’d,

The sin, so circumstanc’d, more sinful made:

A course which still half softned sinners use,

Transferring blame their own faults to excuse,

They care not how, nor where, and oftentimes

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 9.
19.
On God himself obliquely charge their crimes,

Expostulating in their discontent,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ez. 18.2.As if he caus’d what he did not prevent;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 1.13,
14, 15.
Which Adam wickedly implies, when he

Cries, “’Twas the woman That thou gavest me;”

Oft-times make that the devils guilt alone,

Which was as well and equally their own.

His lies could never have prevail’d on Eve

But that she wisht them truth, and did believe

A forgery that suited her desire,

Whose haughty heart was prone enough to’ aspire.

The tempting and the urging was his ill,

But the compliance was in her own will.

And herein truly lies the difference

Of natural and gracious penitence,

The first transferreth and extenuates

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 51.3,
4, 5.
& 32.5.
The guilt, which the other owns and aggravates.

While sin is but regarded slight and small,

It makes the value of rich mercy fall,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 1.8,
9, 10.
But as our crimes seem greater in our eyes,

So doth our grateful sense of pardon rise.

Poor H4r 59

Poor mankind at Gods righteous bar was cast

And set for judgement by, when at the last

Satan within the serpent had his doom,

Whose execrable malice left no room

For plea or pardon, but was sentenc’d first;

“Thou” (said the Lord) “above all beasts accurst,

Shalt on thy belly creep, on dust shalt feed,

Between thee and the woman, and her seed

And thine, I will put lasting enmity;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 5.8.

Thou in this war his heel shalt bruise, but He

Thy head shall break.” More various MysteryINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 13.
25.

Ne’re did within so short a sentence lie.

Here is irrevocable vengeance, hereINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 6.

Love as immutable. Here doth appearINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mal. 3.6.

Infinite Wisdome plotting with free grace,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Zac. 6.13.

Even by Mans Fall, th’ advance of humane race.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 2.9.

Severity here utterly confounds,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 11.
22.

Here Mercy cures by kind and gentle wounds,

The Father here, the Gospel first reveals,

Here fleshly veils th’ eternal son conceals.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 7.14.

The law of life and spirit here takes place,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8.2,
3, 4.

Given with the promise of assisting grace:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 13.10.

Here is an Oracle fore-telling all,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 3.7.

Which shall the two opposed seeds befall.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 22.30.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 31.22.

The great war hath its first beginning here,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 6.12.

Carried along more than five thousand year,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 8.44.

With various success on either side,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 9.

And each age with new combatants suppli’d:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 6.2,
4, 5.

Two Soveraign Champions here we find,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 2.10.

Satan and Christ contending for mankind.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 5.31.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.2.

Two Empires here, two opposite Cities rise,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 15.18,
19.

Dividing all in two Societies.

The little Church and the worlds larger StateINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 12.32.

Pursuing it with ceaseless spite and hate.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 105.12,
13, 14, 15.

Each H4v 60

Each party here erecting their own walls,

As one advances, so the other falls.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 9.6,7.Hope in the Promise the weak Church confirms,

Hell and the world fight upon desperate terms,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.
12.
By this most certain Oracle they know,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.
30
Their war must end in final overthrow.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.
20.
Some little present mischief they may do,

And this with eager malice they pursue.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 10.
34.
The Angels whom Gods justice did divide,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal 2.1Engage their mighty powers on either side,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.
7, 9.
Hells gloomy Princes the worlds rulers made,

Heavens unseen host the Churches guard and aid.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Dan. 10.
13, 21.
Till the frail womans conquering son shall tread

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 104.4.Beneath his feet the serpents broken head;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 16.
20.
Though God the speech to mans false foe address,

The words rich grace to fallen man express,

Which God will not to him himself declare,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 50.15.Till he implore it by submissive prayer;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 41.9INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 130.4.Sufficient ’tis to know a latitude

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 1.74.For hope, which doth no penitent exclude.

Had deaths sad sentence past on man, before

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gal. 3.8,
16.
The promise of that seed which should restore

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 15.
54, 57.
His fallen state, destroying death and sin,

Cureless as Satans had his misery been.

But though free grace did future help provide,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 3.
15.
Yet must he present loss and woe abide;

And feel the bitter curse, that he may so

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gal. 3.13.The sweet release of saving mercy know.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.16,
&c.
Prepar’d with late indulged hope, on Eve

Th’ almighty next did gentler sentence give.

“I will”, said he, “greatly augment thy woes,

And thy conceptions, which with painful throes

Thou shalt bring forth, yet shall they be to thee

But a successive crop of misery.

Thy I1r 61

Thy husband shall thy ruler be, whose sway

Thou shalt with passionate desires obey.”

Alas! how sadly to this day we find

Th’ effect of this dire curse on womankind;

Eve sin’d in fruit forbid, and God requires

Her pennance in the fruit of her desires.

When first to men their inclinations move,

How are they tortur’d with distracting love!INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 39.7.

What disappointments find they in the end;

Constant uneasinesses which attend

The best condition of the wedded state,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 7.
34, 39, 40.

Giving all wives sense of the curses weight,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 3.5.

Which makes them ease and liberty refuse,

And with strong passion their own shackles chuse:

Now though they easier under wise rule prove,

And every burthen is made light by love,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 29.
20.

Yet golden fetters, soft lin’d yoaks still be,

Though gentler curbs, but curbs of liberty,

As well as the harsh tyrants iron yoak,

More sorely galling them whom they provoke,

To loath their bondage, and despise the ruleINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Sam. 25,
25.

Of an unmanly, fickle, froward fool.

Whate’re the husbands be, they covet fruit,

And their own wishes to their sorrows contribute.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 30.1.
& 35. 18.

How painfully the fruit within them grows,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 24.
19.

What tortures do their ripened births disclose,

How great, how various, how uneasie are

The breeding sicknesses, pangs that prepare

The violent openings of lifes narrow door,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.21.

Whose fatal issues we as oft deplore!

What weaknesses, what languishments ensue,

Scattering dead Lillies where fresh Roses grew.

What broken rest afflicts the careful nurse,

Extending to the breasts the mothers curse;

I Which I1v 62

Which ceases not when there her milk she dries,

The froward child draws new streams from her eyes.

How much more bitter anguish do we find

Labouring to raise up vertue in the mind,

Then when the members in our bowels grew,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov. 10.1.What sad abortions, what cross births ensue?

What monsters, what unnatural vipers come

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Pro. 15.20.Eating their passage through their parents womb;

How are the tortures of their births renew’d,

Unrecompenc’d with love and gratitude:

Even the good, who would our cares requite,

Would be our crowns, joys, pillars, and delight,

Affect us yet with other griefs and fears,

Opening the sluces of our ne’re dried tears.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 2.48,
35.
Death, danger, sickness, losses, all the ill

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 2.18.That on the children falls, the mothers feel,

Repeating with worse pangs, the pangs that bore

Them into life, and though some may have more

Of sweet and gentle mixture, some of worse,

Yet every mothers cup tasts of the curse.

And when the heavy load her faint heart tires,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 27.
46.
Makes her too oft repent her fond desires,

Now last of all, as Adam last had been

Drawn into the prevaricating sin,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.17.His sentence came: “Because that thou didst yield,”

(Said God) “to thy enticing wife, The field

Producing briars and fruitless thorns to thee,

Accursed for thy sake and sins shall be.

Thy careful brows in constant toyls shall sweat,

Thus thou thy bread shalt all they whole life eat,

Till thou return into the earths vast womb,

Whence, taken first, thou didst a man become;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 103.14.
& 104.29.
For dust thou art, and dust again shalt be

When lifes declining spark goes out in thee.”

In I2r 63

In all these Sentences we strangely find

Gods admirable love to lost mankind;

Who though he never will his word recal,

Or let his threats like shafts at randome fall,

Yet can his Wisdome order curses so

That blessings may out of their bowels flow.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 4.6.

Thus death the door of lasting life became,

Dissolving nature, to rebuild her frame,

On such a sure foundation, as shall breakINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Tim. 1.
10.

All the attempts Hells cursed Empire make.

Thus God reveng’d mans quarrel on his foe,

To whom th’ Almighty would no mercy show,

Making his reign, his respite, and success,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 18.7, 8.

All augmentations of his cursedness.

Thus gave he us a powerful Chief and Head,

By whom we shall be out of bondage led.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Zac. 9.10,
11, 12.

And made the penalties of our offence,

Precepts and rules of new obedience,

Fitted in all things to our fallen State,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 11.
29., 30.

Under sweet promises, that ease their weight.

Our first injunction is to hate and flieINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 5.3.

The flatteries of our first grand enemy;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prov. 1.10,
&c.

To have no friendship with his cursed race,

The int’rest of the opposite feed t’ embrace,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 5.11.

Where though we toyl in fights, tho’ bruis’d we beINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 6.
12.

Yet shall our combate end in victory:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 3.

Eternal glory, healing our slight wound,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 2.10.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mic. 7.16,
17.

When all our labours are with triumph crown’d.

The next command is, mothers should maintain

Posterity, not frighted with the pain,

Which tho’ it makes us mourn under the sense

Of the first mothers disobedience,

Yet hath a promise that thereby she shallINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 2.
15.

Recover all the hurt of her first fall,

I2 When, I2v 64

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 9.6.When, in mysterious manner, from her womb

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 2.12,
13.
Her father, brother, husband, son shall come.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 5.25,
&c.
Subjection to the husband’s rule enjoyn’d,

In the next place, that yoak with love is lin’d,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 1.35.Love too a precept made, where God requires

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 3.
1, 2.
We should perform our duties with desires;

And promises t’ encline our averse will,

Whose satisfaction takes away the ill

Of every toyl, and every suffering

That can from unenforc’d submission spring;

The last command, God with mans curse did give,

Was that men should in honest callings live,

Eating their own bread, fruit of their own sweat;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Thes. 4.
11, 12.
Nor feed like drones on that which others get:

And this command a promise doth implie,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Thes. 3.
12.
That bread should recompence our industry.

One mercy more his sentence did include,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 14.
13.
That mortal toyls, faintings and lassitude,

Should not beyond deaths fixed bound extend,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 10.
28.
But there in everlasting quiet end;

When men out of the troubled air depart,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 3.17,
18, 19.
And to their first material dust revert,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccl. 3.20.The utmost power that death or woe can have

Is but to shut us pris’ners in the grave,

Bruising the flesh, that heel whereon we tread,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Thes. 4.
14.
But we shall trample on the serpents head.

Our scatter’d atoms shall again condense,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 26.19.And be again inspir’d with living sense;

Captivity shall then a captive be,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job. 19.26,
27.
Death shall be swallow’d up in victory,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 15.
20, 21, 22,
26, 54, 55,
57.
And God shall man to Paradise restore,

Where the foul tempter shall seduce no more

How far our parents, whose sad eyes were fixt

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 2.24.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 68.18.On woe and terror, saw the mercy mixt,

We I3r 65

We can but make a wild uncertain guess,

As we are now affected in distress,

Who less regard the mitigation stillINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 43.2,
&c.

Than the slight smart of our afflicting ill;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 4.12,
13.

And while we groan under the hated yoak,

Our gratitude for its soft lining choak.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 30.11,
&c.

But God having th’ amazed sinners doom’d,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mic. 7. 18,
19.

Put off the Judges frown and reassum’d

A tender fathers kind and melting face.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 49.15.

Opening his gracious arms for new embrace,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 31.20.

Taught them to expiate their heinous guiltINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 50.5.

By spotless sacrifice and pure blood spilt,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 1.19.

Which done in faith did their faint hearts sustain,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 11.4.

Till the intended lamb of God was slain,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Dan. 9.26,
27.

Whose death, whose merit, and whose innocence,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 1.29.

The forfeit paid and blotted out th’ offence.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 40.6, 7.

The skins of the slain beasts, God vestures made,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 2.2.

Wherein the naked sinners were array’d,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 1.5.
& 5.9, 10.

Not without mystery, which typifi’dINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 5.10,
19.

That righteousness that doth our foul shame hide.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 2.14.

As when a rotting patient must endureINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 32.1, 2.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 19.8.

Painful excisions to effect his cure,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 3.
22.
& 13.14.

His spirits we with cordials fortifie,

Lest, unsupported, he should faint and die:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gal. 3.27.

So with our parents the Almighty dealt,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Zac. 3.4, 5.

Before their necessary woes they felt,

Their feeble souls rich promises upheld,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Deut. 33.
27.

And their deliverance was in types reveal’d,

Even their bodies God himself did arm

With clothes that kept them from the weathers harm,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 6.30.

But after all, they must be driven away,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 89.32,
33, 34.

Nor in their forfeit Paradise must stay.

“Then,” said the Lord, with holy ironie,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.22.

“Whence man the folly of his pride might see,

The I3v 66

The earthly man like one of us is grown,

To whom, as God, both good and ill is known,

Now lest he also eat of th’ other tree

Whose fruit gives life, and an Immortal be,

Let us by just and timely banishment

His further sinful arrogance prevent.”

Then did he them out of the garden chace,

And set a Cherubim to guard the place;

Who wav’d a flaming Sword before the door,

Through which the wretches must return no more:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 1. 7,
12, 18, 19,
20, 21.
May we not liken to this Sword of flame

The threatning law which from Mount Sinai came,

With such thick flashes of prodigious fire

As made the mountains shake and men retire:

Forbidding them all forward hope, that they

Could enter into life that dreadful way.

Whate’re it was, whate’re it signifies,

It kept our parents out of Paradise,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 2.11.Found themselves strangers in their native earth.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Heb. 11.
13.
Their fatal breach of Gods most strict command

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 39.12.Had there dissolv’d all concord, the sweet band

Of universal loveliness and peace.

And now the calm in every part did cease;

Love, tho’ immutable, its smiles did shrowd

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 3.19.Under the dark veil of angry cloud.

And while he seem’d withdrawn, whose grace upheld

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 75.3.The order of all things, confusion fill’d

The Universe. The air became impure,

And frequent dreadful conflicts did endure

With every other angry element;

The whirling fires its tender body rent.

From earth and seas gross vapours did arise,

Turn’d to prodigious Meteors in the skies;

The I4r 67

The blustring winds let loose their furious rage,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 107.
25, 26, 27.

And in their battels did the floods engage.

The Sun confounded was with natures shame,

And the pale Moon shrunk in her sickly flame;

The rude congressions of the angry StarsINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jud. 5.20.

In Heaven, begun the universal wars,

While their malicious influence from above,

On earth did various perturbations move,

Droughts, inundations, blastings, kill’d the plants;

Worse influence wrought on th’ inhabitants,

Inspiring lust, rage, ravenous appetite,

Which made the creatures in all regions fight.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 78.45,
46, 47, 48.

The little insects in great clouds did rise,

And in Battalia’s spread, obscur’d the skies;

Armies of birds encountred in the air,

With hideous cries deciding battles there;

The birds of prey to gorge their appetite,

Seiz’d harmless fowl in their unwary flight.

When the dim evening had shut in the day,

Troops of wild beasts, all marching out for prey,

To the restless flocks would go, and thereINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 104.
20, 21, 22.

Oft-times by other troops assailed were,

Who snatcht out of their jaws the new slain food,

And made them purchase it again with blood.

Thus sin the whole creation did divide

Into th’ oppressing and the suffering side;

Those still employing craft and violence

To’ ensnare and murther simple innocence,

True emblems were of Satans craft and power

In daily ambuscado to devour.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet. 5.8.

Not only emblems were, but organs too,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 12.8,
12.

In and by whom he did his mischiefs do,

While persecuting cruelty and rage

Them in his cursed party did engage.

Love, I4v 68

Love, meekness, patience, gentleness, combin’d

The tamer brood with those of their own kind.

Wherefore God chose them for his sacrifice,

When he the proud and mighty did despise,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 8.
20, 21.
And his most certain Oracles declare,

They mans restored peace at last shall share:

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 11.7.
& 65.25.
But to our parents, then, sad was the change

Which them from peace and safety did estrange,

Brought universal woe and discord in,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Es. 57.20,
21.
The never failing consequents of sin;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.12,
13, 14.
Nor only made all things without them jar,

But in their breasts rais’d up a civil war,

Reason and sense maintain’d continual fight,

Urging th’ aversion and the appetite,

Which led two different troops of passions out,

Confounding all, in their tumultuous rout.

The less world with the great proportion held:

As wings the caverns, sighs the bosomes fill’d;

So flowing tears did beauties fair fields drown,

As inndations kept within no bound.

Fear earth-quakes made, lust in the fancy whirl’d,

Turn’d into flame, and bursting fir’d the world:

Spite, hate, revenge, ambition, avarice

Made innocence a prey to monstrous vice.

The cold and hot diseases represent

The perturbations of the element.

Thus woe and danger had beset them round,

Distrest without, within no comfort found.

Even as a Monarchs Favourite in disgrace

Suffers contempt both from the high and base,

And the most abject most insult o’re them,

Whom the offended Soveraigns condemn;

So after man th’ Almighty disobey’d,

Each little fiy durst his late King invade,

As- K1r 69

Aswell as the woods monsters, wolves and bears,

And all things else that exercise his fears.

Methinks I hear sad Eve in some dark Vale

Her woful state, with such sad plaints, bewail:

“Ah! why doth death its latest stroke delay,

If we must leave the light, why do we stay

By slow degrees more painfully to die,

And languish in a long calamity?

Have we not lost by one false cheating sin

All peace without, all sweet repose within?

Is there a pleasure yet that life can show,

Doth not each moment multiplie our woe:

And while we live thus in perpetual dread,

Our hope and comfort long before us dead?

Why should we not our angry maker prayINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 3.

At once to take our wretched lives away?INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jonah 4.3.

Hath not our sin all natures pure leagues rent

And arm’d against us every element?

Have not our subjects their allegiance broke,

Doth not each worm scorn our unworthy yoak?

Are we not half with griping hunger pin’d,

Before we bread amongst the brambles find?

All pale diseases in our members reign,

Anguish and grief no less our sick souls pain,

Whereever I my eyes, or thoughts convert,

Each object adds new tortures to my heart.

If I look up, I dread heavens threatning frown,

Thorns prick my eyes, when shame hath cast them down,

Dangers I see, looking on either hand,

Before me all in fighting posture stand.

If I cast back my sorrow-drowned eyes,

I see our ne’re to be recover’d Paradise,

The flaming Sword which doth us thence exclude,

By sad remorse and ugly guilt pursued.

K If K1v 70

If I on thee a private glance reflect,

Confusion doth my shameful eyes deject,

Seeing the man I love by me betray’d,

By me, who for his mutual help was made,

Who to preserve thy life ought to have died,

And I have kill’d thee by my foolish pride;

Defil’d thy glory, and pull’d down thy throne.

O that I had but sin’d, and died alone!

Then had my torture and my woe been less,

I yet had flourisht in thy happiness.”

If these words Adams melting soul did move,

He might reply with kind rebuking love.

“Cease, cease, O foolish woman, to dispute, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 115.3.Gods soveraign will and Power are absolute. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 9.20,
21, 22, 23.
If he will have us soon, or slow to die,
Frail worms must yield, but must not question why. When his great hand appears, we must conclude INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ps. 119.68.All that he doth is wise, and just, and good; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 3.4.Though our poor, sin-benighted souls, are blind, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 51.4.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 18.
25.
Nor can the mysteries of his wisdome find,
Yet in our present case we must confess His justice and our own unrighteousness. He warn’d us of this fatal consequence, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 6.
ultultimo.
That death must wait on disobedience;
Yet we despis’d his threat, and broke his law, So did destruction on our own heads draw; Now under his afflicting hand we lie, Reaping the fruit of our iniquity. Which, had not he prevented, when we fell, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 6.3.At once had plung’d us in the lowest hell; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3.20.But by his mercy yet we have reprieve, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 11.
25.
And yet are shew’d how we in death may live,
If we improve our short indulged space To understand, prize, and accept his grace. Did K2r 71 Did all of us at once like brutes expire, And cease to be, we might quick death desire: But since our chief and immaterial part, Not fram’d of dust, doth not to dust revert: Its death not an annihilation is, But to be cut off from its supream bliss:INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25.
41, 46.
Whatever here to mortals can befal,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 16.
21, 22.
Compar’d to future miseries is small, The saddest, sharpest, and the longest have Their final consummations in the grave,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 10.
28.
These have their intermissions and allays, Though black and gloomy ones, these nights have days, The worst calamities we here endureINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa. 130.1. Admit a possibility of cure; Our miseries here are varied in their kind,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 107. And in that change the wretched some ease find. Sleep here our pained senses stupifies,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 29.8. And cheating dreams in our sick fancies rise, But in out future sufferings ’tis not so, There is no end, no intermitted woe,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 16.26. No more return from the accursed place, No hope, no possibility of grace, No sleepy intervals, no pleasant dreams, No mitigations of those sad extreams, No gentle mixtures, no soft changes there,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 2.8,
9.
Perpetual tortures, heightned with despair,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jude 13. Eternal horror, and eternal night,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 13.
50.
Eternal burnings, with no glance of light,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 16.24. Eternal pain. O ’tis a thought too great,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 8.12.
& 22.13.
Too terrible, for any to repeat, Who have not scap’d the dread. Let’s not to shunINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 19.
20.
Heavens scorching rays, into hells furnace run: But having slain ourselves, let’s flie to himINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hos. 13.9. Who only can our souls from death redeem,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 3.
16.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psa.103.4.
K2 To K2v 72 To undo what’s done is not within our power, No more than to call back the last fled hour. To think we can our fallen state restore, Or without hope, our ruine to deplore, Are equal aggravating crimes; the first INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eph. 2.4,
6, 7, 8, 9,
10.
Repeats that sin for which we were accurst,
While we with foolish arrogating pride, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 3.27.More in our selves than in our God confide; The last is both ungrateful and unjust, That doth his goodness, or his power distrust. Which wheresoe’re we look, without, within, Above, beneath, in every place is seen. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 36.
5, 6.
Doth Heaven frown? Above the sullen shrouds
God fits, and sees through all the blackest clouds Sin casts about us, like the misty night, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 44.
22.
Which hide his pleasing glances from our sight,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lam. 3.
44, 31, 32,
25.
Nor only sees, but darts on us his beams
Ministring comfort in our worst extreams. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 37.
11, 12,
13.
When lightnings flie, dire storm and thunder roars,
He guides the shafts, the serene calm restores. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 40.
1,2.
& 57.18,
19.
When shadows occupie days vacant room,
He makes new glory spring from nights dark womb. When the black Prince of air lets loose the winds, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 14.
18.
The furious warriours he in prison binds.
If burning stars do conflagrations threat, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 25.
4.
He gives cool breezes to allay the heat.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 78.
16, 17.
When cold doth in its rigid season reign,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 30.
5.
He melts the snows, and thaws the air again;
Restoring the vicissitude of things, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 8.24,
25.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 27.8.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 4.6 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Cant. 2, 11, 12. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 8.22. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 147. 17, 18. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa.
45. 6, 7, 8.
He still new good from every evil brings.
He K3r 73 He holds together the worlds shaken frame,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 75.3. Ordaining every change, is still the same.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jam. 1.
17.
If he permit the elements to fight,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 102.
26, 27.
The rage of storms, the blackness of the night; ’Tis that his power, love and wisdome mayINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 3.6.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 54.
11.
More glory have, restoring calm and day; That we may more the pleasant blessings prize,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 31.
35, 36.
Laid in the balance with their contraries. Though dangers then, like gaping monsters standINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 4.
17.
Ready to swallow us on either hand;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 54.6,
7, 8, 9,
10.
Let us despise them, firm in this faith still, If God will save, they can nor hurt nor kill;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 46.
1, 2.
If by his just permission we are slain, His power can heal and quicken us again.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 8.9,
10, 12, 13,
14.
If briers and thorns, which from our sins arise Looking on earth, pierce through our guilty eyes,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 51.
11, &c.
Let’s yet give thanks they have not choak’d the seed Which should with better fruit our sad lives feed.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 50.
20.
If discord set the inward world on fire,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Sam. 17.
14.
With hast let’s to the living spring retire,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esther. 5.
14.
& 6.13.
& 7.10.
There quench, and quiet the disturbed soul, There on Loves sweet refreshing green banks rowl, Where ecstasied with joy, we shall not feelINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ezek. 37.
1, &c.
The Serpents little nibblings at our heel.INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esa. 19.
22.
If we look back on Paradise, late lost, Joys vanisht like swift dreams, thaw’d like a frost,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 30.
17.
Converting pleasant walks to dirt and mire,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 14.
17.
Would we such frail delights again desire, Which at their best, however excellentINTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 7.37,
38.
Had this defect, they were not permanent?INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 23.
1, 2.
6.7.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 3.1, 2. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 107.35, 36, 34, 33. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 7. 31. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccles. 1.2.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 4.18.
If K3v 74 INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 49.4,
15.
If sin, remorse, and guilt give us the chace,
Let us lie lose in mercies sweet embrace, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 3.18,
20.
Which when it us asham’d, and naked found
In the soft arms of melting pity bound; INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 32.1, 2.Eternal glorious triumphs did prepare, Arm’d us with clothes against the wounding air, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Joh. 2 2.
25.
By expiating sacrifices taught,
How new life shall by death to light be brought. If we before us look, although we see All things in present fighting posture be: Yet in the promise we a prospect have INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 15.
54, 55, 26.
Of victory swallowing up the empty grave;
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hos. 13.14.Our foes all vanquisht, death it self lies dead, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 16.
20.
And we shall trample on the monsters head.
Entring into a new and perfect joy, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 25.
21.
Which neither sin nor sorrow can destroy:
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 20.4.A lasting and refin’d felicity, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mal. 3.2, 3.For which even we our selves refin’d must be. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 1.12.Then shall we laugh at our now childish woes, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joh. 16.21,
22.
And hug the birth that issues from these throes.
Let not my share of grief afflict thy mind, But let me comfort in thy courage find; ’Twas not thy malice, but thy ignorance That lately my destruction did advance; Nor can I my own self excuse; ’twas I Undid my self by my facility. Let’s not in van each other now upbraid, But rather strive to’ afford each other aid: And our most gracious Lord with due thanks bless, Who hath not left us single in distress. When fear chills thee, my hope shall make thee warm, When I grow faint, thou shalt my courage arm; When both our spirits at a low ebb are, We both will joyn in mutual fervent prayer To K4r 75 To him whose gracious succour never fails, When sin and death poor feeble man assails, He that our final triumph hath decreed, And promis’d thee salvation in thy seed.”

Ah! can I this in Adams person say,

While fruitless tears melt my poor life away?

Of all the ills to mortals incident,

None more pernicious is than discontent,

That brat of unbelief, and stubborn pride,

And sensual lust, with no joy satisfied,

That doth ingratitude and murmur nurse,

And is a sin which carries its own curse;

This is the only smart of every ill;

But can we without it sad tortures feel?

Yes; if our souls above our sense remain,

And take not in th’ afflicted bodies pain,

When they descend and mix with the disease,

Then doth the anguish live, reign, and encrease

Which when the soul is not in it, grows faint,

And wastes its strength, not nourisht with complaint,

Submissive, humble, happy, sweet content

A thousand deaths by one death doth prevent;

When our rebellious wills subdued thereby

Into th’ eternal will and wisdome, die;INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gal. 2.20.

Nor is that will harsh or irrational,

But sweet in that which we most bitter call,INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 11.

Who err in judging what is ill or good,

Only by studying that will, understood.

What we admire in a low Paradise,

If they our souls from heavenly thoughts entice,

Here terminating our most strong desire,

Which should to perfect permanence aspire,

From being good to us they are so far,

That they our fetters, yoaks and poysons are,

The K4v 76

The obstacles of our felicity,

The ruine of our souls most firm healths be,

Quenching that life-maintaining appetite,

Which makes substantial fruit our sound delight.

The evils, so miscall’d, that we endure

Are wholsome medicines tending to our cure,

Only disease to these aversion breeds,

The healthy soul on them with due thanks feeds.

If for a Prince, a Mistress, or a Friend,

Many do joy their bloods and lives to spend,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luk. 9.23,
24.
Wealth, honour, ease, dangers and wounds despise,

Should we not more to Gods will sacrifice?

And by free gift prevent that else-sure loss?

Whate’re our will is, we must bear the cross,

Which freely taken up, the weight is less,

And hurts not, carried on with chearfulness;

Besides, what can we lose, are gliding streams,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 90.
5, 6, 9.
& 49.10,
11, 12, 13.
Light airy shadows, unsubstantial dreams,

Wherein we no propriety could have

But that which our own cheating fancy gave;

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Lu. 12.20.The right of them was due to God alone,

And when with thanks we render him his own,

Either he gives us back our offerings,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 1.21
& 42.10,
11, 12.
Or our submission pays with better things:

Were ills as real as our fancies make,

They soon must us, or we must them forsake;

We cannot miss ease and vicissitude,

Till our last rest our labours shall conclude.

Natural tears there are, which in due bound

Do not the soul with sinful sorrow drown,

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 7.
10.
Repentant tears too are no fretting brine,

But loves soft meltings, which the soul refine,

Like gentle showers, that usher in the spring,

These make the soul more fair and flourishing.

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No murmuring winds of passions here prevail,

But the life-breathing Spirits sweet fresh gale,

Which by those fruitful drops all graces feeds,

And draws rich extracts from the soaked seeds,

But worldly sorrow, like rough winters storms,

All graces kills, all loveliness deforms,

Augments the evils of our present state,

And doth eternal woes anticipate.

Vain is that grief which can no ill redress,

But adds affliction to uneasiness;

Unnerving the souls powers, then, when they shou’d

Most exercise their constant fortitude.

With these most certain truths let’s wind up all,

Whatever doth to mortal men befall

Not casual is, like shafts at randome shot,

But Providence distributes every lot,

In which th’ obedient and the meek rejoyce,

Above their own preferring Gods wise choice:

Nor is his providence less good than wise,

Tho’ our gross sense pierce not its mysteries.

As there’s but one most true substantial good,

And God himself is that Beatitude:

So can we suffer but one real ill,

Divorce from him by our repugnant will,

Which when to just submission it returns,

The reunited soul no longer mourns,

His serene rays dry up its former tears,

Dispel the tempest of its carnal fears,

Which dread what either never may arrive,

Or not as seen in their false perspective;

For in the crystal mirror of Gods grace

All things appear with a new lovely face.

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When that doth Heavens more glorious palace show

We cease to’ admire a Paradise below,

Rejoyce in that which lately was our loss,

And see a Crown made up of every Cross.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 116.7.Return, return, my soul to thy true rest,

As young benighted birds unto their nest,

There hide thy self under the wings of love

Till the bright morning all thy clouds remove.

Finis.