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Could pierce earth's dark and various entrails, through;
But now, fall'n, fall'n from his imperial tower, Reft of his glory, empty'd of his power; Degraded, hurl'd from his celeftial steep, And funk in flefh, a dungeon dark and deep; (Distance immenfe in nature, not in space, But wider, wider far, than place from place!) Th' infulting elements their lord controul, And caft their four-fold fetters round his foul.
Dethron'd, debas'd, without' as from within, Enlav'd by matter, fince enflav'd by fin, Corruption to its kindred mafs lays claim, And, ent'ring, feizes his devoted frame. Distemper follows, with his gloomy throng," Bearing pefts, ftings, and fires, and racks along; Languor that faps, and rueful throes that grind; With death, who fhakes the certain dart behind. Already, o'er the fad fubjected wight, The lordly elements exert their right; And, on his limbs, their baneful influence caft, Parch'd in the beam, or fhiv'ring in the blaft:
While high, o'er head, the gath'ring vapours frowns
But worse, far worfe within, black ftorms infeft
But God, the ONE ETERNAL THIRST TO BLESS, Ey'd his eftate, and pity'd his diftrefs. "ADAM," he said, and look'd unmeafur'd grace, "ADAM, thou'rt fall'n, and fall'n is all thy race: "Such as the tree is, fuch will be the fruit; "The branch must bear the flavour of the root.
"Late I was in thee love, and power, and will; "My glory did thy foul and body fill; "But, laps'd from me, thy fpirit and thy frame "Sink to the principles from whence they came ; Thy foul to its own helpless fierce defire, "A rueful whirl of dark tormenting fire; "Thy body to the groffnefs of its birth, "Corruption to corruption, earth to earth.
"If, in thy ftrength, thou didst not hold thy ftate, "How fhall thy weakness reaffume its feat? "How, from thy pit of fiefh, fo dull and deep, Caft off the cumbrance, and afcend the fteep?
For by the road thou'ft fall'n, as is most just, "Through the fame road, Oman, return thou muff; Toftrength thro' weakness, and to peace thro'ftrife, To blifs thro' anguish, and thro' death to life. "But this no creáture, not the feraph can; "Though once in GOD fo mighty; lefs can man: “This, therefore, Adam, thoù canft never do ;
Thou in THY GOD, then, must be BORN ANEW; "Born a new creature of a feed divine, "Re-born, O Adam, of THY SON AND MINE; "Thou the OLD FATHER of man's fall'n estate, "He the NEW SIRE who shall regain their seat.
"Foil'd by a dev'lifh foe, thy weakness fell, "Captive to sense, and fin, and death, and hell "In weakness, therefore; must his ftrength prevail, " Though sense; and fin, and death, and hell affail; "As man, in human flesh and frailty, he "Muft conquer all, O man, that conquer'd thee.
"Yes, from my bofom my Belov'd I give, "That my loft creatures may return, and live. "He, for your fakes, shall lay his glory by; "For you be born, and suffer, gasp, and die; "The price of guilt my Holy-One shall pay, "And tread of death and hell, the bitterest way.
"You, by his fetters, can alone be freed; "To wash your stains, the LAMB OF LOVE must bleed; So fhall his woe turn all your woe to weal, "His bruifes med'cine, and his woundings heal. "Hence man, apoftate man, fo deeply loft, Shall weigh the curs'd commiffion, by the coft; G
"Shall learn, as meet, to hold himself at nought; "Shall feel he's all a folly, all a fault; "In deep abasement lift his fuppliant eyes, "In lowliness alone be taught to rife; "In tears, in anguish, shall his guilt deplore, "Shall call on CHRIST who can alone reftore; "By him supported, fhall affirm his ground, "Shall struggle with the chains by which he's bound; "Disclaim, deteft the world, in which he fell; "Oppofe his champion'd foul to flesh and hell; "With his old worm, his fin, and self undone, "And catch, and cling to my ALL-SAVING SON! "This in due time.
"JESUS, mean-while, shall steal, like doubtful morn, "Into the breafts of all of woman born; "There fhed his dawn of coeternal light, "There ftruggle with their length and depth of night; "A folid gloom, which he alone can melt; "Which, like Ægyptian darkness, may be felt.
"His feed, in flesh, my HOLY-ONE shall sow, "And give it ftrength to root, and grace to grow; "Man within man, begotten from above, "Bearing the likeness of THE SON OF LOVE; "Sons of my Son, ordain'd to see my face; "All embryon heirs of glory and of grace; "But not mature to wing their native skies, "Till their new Adam fhall from death arise.
"Thus the new offspring fhall the old put on, "Making a double manhood, two in one;
"Of diff'rent principles, of diff'rent fires, "Conceptions, taftes, enjoyments, and defires: The one, as earth, crude, grudging, grappling all To the dark center of its craving ball; "The other, as the fun, benign and bright, A going forth on all in life and light.
"Hence, through the courfe of their fublunar life, Though brother'd, they shall be at truceless ftrife: "What one approves, the other shall reject; "What one detefts, the other fhall affect. **So man, at once, fhall court what he'll contemn, "Neglect yet rev'rence, do what he'll condemn; "At once tranfgrefs, and wifh he could fulfill; "Be righteous and unrighteous, good and ill; "Bearing the witness and the feal, within, "Of new and old, the man of grace and fin, "The heart-writ ftory of his rife and fall, "The gospel of his freedom and his thrall.
"Thy elder offspring, Adam, grown and strong, "Frequent, fhall drag his younger mate along ; "Like huge Leviathan, fhall truft to play, "And rule at large in his congenial fea: "But mine within his jaws a barb shall place; "And check the headlong monster in his race. "The younger heir, invifibly, within, "Shall oft convict his outward mate of fin; "Reprove with judgment, and reform betimes; "Or,with a whip, call'd CONSCIENCE, lafh his crimes: "So may the blefs'd th' accurfed one fubdue, "And the old man, at length, refine into the new! G 2