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O Goodness infinite, Goodness immense!
fable, which had so many other qua. happiness, than that which they had
The enemies of truth? who then shall guide
Be sure they will, said th’Angel; but from Heaven
To 487. The promise of the Father,] 11, &c. Put on the whole armour of Luke XXIV. 49. And behold I send God, that ye may be able to stand the promise of my Father upon you. against the wiles of the Devil
490. To guide them in all truth,) wherewith ge shall be able to quench John XVI. 13. When the Spirit of all the fiery darts of the wicked. truth is come, he will guide you into
man can do againft
them, not afraid, 490. and also arm
Though to the death,] So this paliVith spiritual armour, able to resist sage is pointed in Milcon's own edi. Satan's asuults, and quench bis fiery tions, and I suppose the construction
daris,] Alluding to Eph. VI. to be, Not afraid of what man san
To evangelize the nations, then on all
510 Of lucre and ambition, and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint, Left only in those written records pure, Though not but by the Spirit understood. Then shall they seek to'avail themselves of names,
Places, de against them though to the death, For I know this that after my departhough it be persecution to death ture fall grievous wolves enter in itself; and it is an allusion to Psal. among you, not sparing the flock. See LVI. 11. I will not be afraid what too his Confiderations touching the man can do unto me.
likeliest means to remove hirelings out 507
· but in their room, as they of the Christian church. Vol. I. forewarn,
p. 563. Edit. 1738. Not long after Wolves shall fucceed &c.] So St. as the Apostle foretold, hirelings like Paul had forewarn’d the elders of wolves came in by herds & c. the church at Miletus, to which the 514. Though not but by the Spirit author here alludes, Acts XX. 29. understood.] I don't think
Places, and titles, and with these to join
530 Whence heavy persecution shall arise
On Milton in all his writings ever gave agreeable to revealed or natural rea stronger proof of his enthufiaftical ligion, neither to be found in holy spirit than in this line. Warburton. Scripture, or written on their hearts I luppose he alluded to 1 Cor. II. by the Spirit of God, according to 14. The natural man receiveth not that divine promise, Jer. XXXI.
33: the things of the Spirit of God: for I will put my law in their inward they are foolisoness unto him; neither parts, and write it in their hearts. can he know them, because they are 526. His confort liberty ??] For fpiritually discern'd: understanding it where the Spirit of the Lord is, there as some enthusiallic Sectarists have is liberty, 2 Cor. III. 17. underilood it.
527. His living temples ] Christians laws which none mall are call'd the temples of God, 1 Cor. find &c.] Laws neither III. 16, 17. and VI. 19.
On all who in the worship persevere
540 And vengeance to the wicked, at return Of him so lately promis’d to thy aid The Woman's Seed, obscurely then foretold, Now amplier known thy Saviour and thy Lord, Last in the clouds from Heav'n to be reveal'd
545 In glory of the Father, to diffolve Satan with his perverted world, then raise
From 532. On all who in the worship per 540.- the day of respiration] This fevere
is what the Scripture calls the times Of spirit and truth;] He alludes of refreshing, Aēts NII. 19. to John IV. 23. The true worshippers 5:46.
to dissolve fall worship the Father in spirit and Satan with bis perverted world;] in truth.
An expreffion of the fame import, 534. Will deem] This is the ge- as when the light is said to disolve nuin reading of the first edition, in the darkness, the second it was printed by mistake
Extulit os facrum cælo, tenebrasque Well deem, but absurd as this reading
refolvit. Virg. An. VIII. 591. is, it has been follow'd in all the editions which I have seen, till Mr. Our author probably borrow'd the Fenton's and Dr. Bentley's. phrase from Scripture, 2 Pet. III.