Good Friday

Dream not of their fight

As of a duel, or the local wounds

Of head or heel. Not therefore joins the Son

Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to foil

Thy enemy, nor so is overcome

Satan, whose fall from Heav’n, a deadlier bruise,

Disabled not to give thee thy death’s wound,

Which he, who comes thy Savior, shall recure,

Not by destroying Satan but his works

In thee, and in thy seed. Nor can this be

But by fulfilling that which thou did’st want,

Obedience to the law of God, imposed

On penalty of death, and suffering death,

The penalty to thy transgression due,

And due to theirs which out of thine will grow.

So only can high Justice rest appaid.

The law of God exact he shall fulfill

Both by obedience and by love, though love

Alone fulfill the law.

Milton, Paradise Lost Bk XII, l.386-404

 

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