Day 325: Looking on in Silence

by John Nelson November. 21, 2010 2684 views

But yet all is not done; man disobeying,
Disloyal, breaks his fealty, and sins
Against the high supremacy of Heaven,
Affecting God-head, and, so losing all,
To expiate his treason hath naught left,
But to destruction sacred and devote,
He, with his whole posterity, must die,
Die he or justice must; unless for him
Some other able, and as willing, pay
The rigid satisfaction, death for death.

Say, heavenly Powers, where shall we find such love?
Which of you will be mortal, to redeem
Man's mortal crime, and just the unjust to save?
Dwells in all Heaven charity so dear?
And silence was in Heaven: on man's behalf

He asked, but all the heavenly quire stood mute,
Patron or intercessor none appeared,
Much less that durst upon his own head draw
The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
And now without redemption all mankind
Must have been lost, adjudged to Death and Hell

By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fullness dwells of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus renewed.

Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace;
And shall grace not find means, that finds her way,
The speediest of thy winged messengers,
To visit all thy creatures, and to all
Comes unprevented, unimplored, unsought?
Happy for man, so coming; he her aid
Can never seek, once dead in sins, and lost;
Atonement for himself, or offering meet,
Indebted and undone, hath none to bring;

Behold me then: me for him, life for life
I offer: on me let thine anger fall;

- John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book III

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Lucinda 9 years, 2 months ago

Wow, what a powerful part you chose from Milton. Fantastic post.

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 2 months ago

Very poignant captures and very powerful caption. I saved the second one to my favorites.

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Meka 9 years, 2 months ago

very beautiful...

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Scott 9 years, 3 months ago

Perspective from #2 is awesome.

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Rozemarijn 9 years, 3 months ago

very beautiful :)

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