Paradise Lost "Golden Days, Fruitful Of Golden Deeds"

John Milton

"Golden Days, Fruitful Of Golden Deeds"

Context: When God tells His Son that divine justice must be fulfilled by finding someone sufficient to answer for man's coming offense against God, the Son of God offers Himself. God accepts Him and, foretelling His incarnation and triumph, gives Him supremacy over all. He foretells the end of the world, Christ's judgment, and the reign of peace thereafter:

". . . hell her numbers full,
Thenceforth shall be forever shut. Meanwhile
The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring
New heaven and earth, wherein the just shall dwell,
And after all their tribulations long
See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth.
Then thou thy regal scepter shalt lay by,
For regal scepter then no more shall need,
God shall be all in all."