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Not only that there will be a redemption but that there must be a redemption act is present in several ways in John Miltons poem On the Morning of Christs Nativity The redemption act--not being a reaction of God to Humanitys Fall for such a dependency on Humanity by God is not in keeping with the absolute and divine nature of the Creator--is significant in this poem not necessarily for its bringing Humanity into its divine inheritance but rather for its greater purpose of fulfilling the Creators original plan Man who exists in this fallen world would desire immediate communion with the divine state if he could but conceive of it Milton who exercises his Reason that heavenly faculty albeit tainted by the Fall that allows him at least some conception of what that heavenly reality is like This inkling that Milton gets sends him into an enraptured climax in which he speculates and fantasizes about an imminent Heaven on Earth that could have happened concurrently with the birth of the Savior For if such holy song Enwrap our fancy longaccent addedlines 132-133 Milton muses and then finally finishes And heaven as at some high festival Will open wide the gates of her high palace halllines 147-148 However pleasing this thought of salvation through a melodious holy song may be to Milton he has not truly accepted this idea of heaven without the redemptive act he has conditioned the entire idea on a single if This if is answered immediately in the stanza following the divine vision by a but which sets up the literary movement towards the climax of Miltons necessity of redemption theme In stanza 16 the abruptness of the transition But wisest fate says no This must not yet be so wrenches to focus of the poem from an idyllic state of Man to the actual state of Man At once we are reminded that this is in fact
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