So God with Man Unites!

In the twelfth book (of twelve) in Paradise Lost, before Adam and Eve are driven from the Garden of Eden, John Milton describes the angel Michael showing Adam humanity’s future in a vision. Michael describes the coming of Christ as the fulfillment of the proto evangelion in Genesis 3 and the entirety of the Old Testament. It’s a beautiful and appropriate passage for Christmas:

“‘…at last they seize
The scepter, and regard not David’s sons;
Then lose it to a stranger, that the true
Anointed King Messiah might be born
Barred of his right; yet at his birth a star,
Unseen before in Heaven, proclaims him come;
And guides the eastern sages, who inquire
His place, to offer incense, myrrh, and gold:
His place of birth a solemn angel tells
To simple shepherds, keeping watch by night;
They gladly thither haste, and by a quire
Of squadroned angels hear his carol sung.
A virgin is his mother, but his sire
The power of the Most High: He shall ascend
The throne hereditary, and bound his reign
With Earth’s wide bounds, his glory with the Heavens.’

“He ceased, discerning Adam with such joy
Surcharged, as had like grief been dewed in tears,
Without the vent of words; which these he breathed.

“‘Oh prophet of glad tidings, finisher
Of utmost hope, now clear I understand
What oft my steadiest thoughts have searched in vain;
Why our great Expectation should be called
The seed of Woman: Virgin Mother, hail,
High in the love of Heaven; yet from my loins
Thou shalt proceed, and from thy womb the Son
Of God Most High: so God with man unites!'”

Gustave Dore, Adam and Eve Driven Out of Paradise, from Illustrations to Paradise Lost, 1866
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