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That all this good of evil shall produce,
Be sure they will, said th' angel ; but from heaven 495 He to his own a Comforter will send,
had so many other qualifications manner raised to a greater hapto recommend it, was deficient piness, than that which they in this particular. It is here had forfeited: in short, Satan therefore that the poet has is represented miserable in the shewn a most exquisite judg- height of his triumphs, and ment, as well as the finest in- Adam triumphant in the height vention, by finding out a me- of misery. Addison. thod to supply this natural de- 475. or rejoice fect in his subject. Accordingly Much more, that much more he leaves the adversary of man- good thereof shall spring, kind, in the last view which He seems to have remembered he gives us of him, under the that rant of one of the Fathers, lowest state of mortification and Ofelix culpa, quæ talem de disappointment. We see him tantum meruit habere redempchewing ashes, grovelling in the torem! O happy fault, which dust, and loaden with super- deserved to have such and so numerary pains and torments. great a Redeemer! As in what On the contrary our two first follows, To God more glory, &c. parents are comforted by dreams he alludes to the heavenly hymn, and visions, cheered with pro Glory to God in the highest, &c. mises of salvation, and in a
The promise of the Father, who shall dwell
495 And oft supported so as shall amaze Their proudest persecutors : for the Spirit Pour'd first on his Apostles, whom he sends To evangelize the nations, then on all Baptiz’d, shall them with wondrous gifts indue 500 To speak all tongues, and do all miracles, As did their Lord before them. Thus they win Great numbers of each nation to receive With joy the tidings brought from heav'n; at length Their ministry perform’d, and race well run, Their doctrine and their story written left,
487. The promise of the Fa- against the wiles of the devilther,] Luke xxiv. 49. And be wherewith ye shall be able to hold I send the promise of my quench all the fiery darts of the Father upon you.
wicked. 490. To guide them in all 493. What man can do against truth,] John xvi. 13. When the them, not afraid, Spirit of truth is come, he will Though to the death,] guide you into all truth.
So this passage is pointed in 490. ---and also arm Milton's own editions, and I With spiritual armour, able to suppose the construction to be, resist
Not afraid of what man can do Satan's assaults, and quench against them though to the death, his fiery darts,]
though it be persecution to death Alluding to Eph. vi. 11, &c. itself; and it is an allusion to Put on the whole armour of God, Psal. Ivi. 11. I will not be afraid that you may be able to stand what man can do unto me.
They die ; but in their room, as they forewarn,
507. but in their room, as his enthusiastical spirit than in they forewarn,
this line. Warburton. Wolves shall succeed &c.]
I suppose he alluded to 1 Cor. So St. Paul had forewarned the ii. 14. The natural man receiveth elders of the church at Miletus, not the things of the Spirit of to which the author here al- God : for they are foolishness ludes, Acts xx. 20. For I know unto him; neither can he know this, that after my departure shall them, because they are spiritually grievous wolves enter in among discerned: understanding it as you, not sparing the flock. See some enthusiastic sectarists have too his Considerations touching understood it. the likeliest means to remove hire- 522. -laws which none shall lings out of the Christian Church. find &c.] Laws neither agreeVol. i. p. 563. edit. 1738. Not able to revealed or natural relong after, as the Apostle fore- ligion, neither to be found in told, hirelings like wolves came holy Scripture, or written on in by herds, &c.
their hearts by the Spirit of 514. Though not but by the God, according to that divine Spirit understood.) I do not promise, Jer. xxxi. 33. I will think Milton in all his writings put my law in their inward parts, ever gave a stronger proof of and write it in their hearts.
Left them inroll’d, or what the Spi'rit within
526. His consort liberty ?] For 534. Will deem] This is the where the Spirit of the Lord is, genuine reading of the first there is liberty. 2 Cor. iii. 17. edition; in the second it was
527. His living temples,] Chris- printed by mistake Well deem; tians are called the temples of but absurd as this reading is, God, 1 Cor. iii. 16, 17. and vi. it has been followed in all the 19.
editions which I have seen, till 532. On all who in the worship Mr. Fenton's and Dr. Bentpersevere
ley's. of spirit and truth ;]
540. —the day of respiration] He alludes to John iv. 23. The This is what the Scripture calls true_worshippers shall worship the times of refreshing, Acts jii. the Father in spirit and in truth. 19.
Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord,
He ended ; and thus Adam last replied.
to dissolve 2 Pet. iii. 13. Nevertheless re, Satan with his perverted world,] according to his promise, look for An expression of the same im- new heavens and a new earth, port, as when the light is said wherein dwelleth righteousness. to dissolve the darkness,
This notion, of the heavens and Extulit os sacrum cælo, tenebrasque
earth being renewed after the resolvit. Virg. Æn. viii. 591. conflagration, and made the ha
bitation of angels and just men Our author probably borrowed made perfect, was very pleasing the phrase from Scripture, 2 Pet. to our author, as it was to Dr. jii. 11, 12. Seeing then that all Burnet, and must be to every these things shall be dissolved, &c. one of a fine and exalted imaginthe heavens being on fire shall be ation; and Milton has enlarged dissolved. And he had men- upon it in several parts of his tioned before, ver. 459. this works, and particularly in this world's dissolution.
poem, iii. 333, 8c. x. 638. xi. 65, 549. New heav'ns, new earth,] 900. xii. 462.