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tells him that he might with the greatest ease Satan, amazed and terrified, instantly falls; and expel Tiberius, restore the Romans to their repairs to his infernal compeers to relate the bad liberty, and make himself master not only of success of his enterprise. Angels in the mean

the Roman Empire, but by so doing of the time convey our blessed Lord to a beautiful valwhole world, and inclusively of the throne of ley, and, while they minister to him a repast of

David. Our Lord, in reply, expresses his con celestial food, celebrate his victory in a triumphtempt of grandeur and worldly power, notices ant hymn. the luxury, vanity, and profligacy of the Ro!

mans, declaring how little they merited to be | Perplex'd and troubled at his bad success y restored to that liberty, which they had lost The tempter stood, nor had what to reply, by their misconduct, and briefly refers to the Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his hope greatness of his own future kingdom. Satan, So oft, and the persuasive rhetoric now desperate, to enhance the value of his prof. That sleek’d his tongue, and won so much on Eve : fered gifts, professes that the only terms, on So little here, nay lost ; but Eve was Eve : which he will bestow them, are our Saviour's This far his over-match, who, self-deceiv'd falling down and worshipping him. Our Lord And rash, before-hand had no better weigh'd expresses a firm but temperate indignation at The strength he was to cope with, or his own : such a proposition, and rebukes the tempter But as a man, who had been matchless held ... by the title of “ Satan for ever damned." Sa- In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought, tan, abashed, attempts to justify himself: he To salve his credit, and for every spite, then assumes a new ground of temptation, Still will be tempting him who foils him still, and proposing to Jesus the intellectual gratifi- And never cease, though to his shame the n:orc; cations of wisdom and knowledge, points out Or as a swarm of fies in vintage time, to him the celebrated seat of ancient learning, About the wine-press where sweet must is pour'd, Athens, its schools, and other various resorts Beat off, returns as oft with humming sound; of learned teachers and their disciples; ac Or surging waves against a solid rock, companying the view with a highly-finished Though all to shivers dash’d, the assault renew panegyricon the 'Grecian musicians, poets, (Vain battery !) and in froth or bubbles end; orators and philosophers of the different sects. Šo Satan, whom repulse upon repulse Jesus replies, by showing the vanity and in- Met ever, and to shameful silence brought, sufficiency of the boasted heathen philosophy; Yet gives not o'er, though desperate of success, and refers to the music, poetry, eloquence And his vain importunity pursues. and didactic policy of the Greeks, those of He brought our Saviour to the western side the inspired Hebrew writers. Satan, irritated Of that high mountain, whence he might behold at the failure of all his attempts, upbraids the Another plain, long, but in breadth not wide, indiscretion of our Saviour in rejecting his Wash'd by the southern sea, and, on the north,

offers ; and, having in ridicule of his expected To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills (men, kingdom, foretold the sufferings that our Lord That screen': the fruits of the earth, and seats of

to undergo, carries him back into the From cold Septentrion blast ; thence in the inidst wilderness, and leaves him there. Night comes Divided by a river, of whose banks

on : Satan raises a tremendous storm, and On each side an imperial city stood, attempts further to alarm Jesus with frightful With towers and temples proudly elevate dreams, and terrific threatening spectres; which, On seven small hills, with palaces adorn’d, however, have no effect upon him. A calm, Porches, and theatres, baths, aqueducts, bright, beautiful morning succeeds to the hor- Statues, and trophies, and triumphal arcs, rours of the night. Satan again presents him- | Gardens, and groves, presented to his eyes, self to our blessed Lord, and, from noticing the Above the height of mountains interpos'd: storm of the preceding night as pointed chiefly at (By what strange parallax, or optic skill him, takes occasion once more to insult him of vision, multiplied through air, or glass with an account of the sufferings which he was of telescope, were curious to inquire :) certainly to undergo. This only draws from our And now the tempter thus his silence broke. Lord a brief rebuke. Satan, now at the height “ The city which thou seest, no other deem of his desperation, confesses that he had fre- Than great and glorious Rome, queen of the Earth, quently watched Jesus from his birth, purposely So far renown'd, and with the spoils enrich'd to discover if he was the true Messiah ; and, col- of nations; there the Capitol thou seest, lecting from what passed at the river Jordan that Above the rest lifting his stately head he most probably was so, he had from that time on the Tarpeian rock, her citadel more assiduously followed him, in hopes of gain- Impregnable; and there mount Palatine ing some advantage over him, which would most The inperial palace, compass huge and high effectually prove that he was not really that The structure, skill of noblest architects, Divine Person destined to be his “fatal enemy." With gilded battlements conspicuous far, In this he acknowledges that he has hitherto Turrets, and terraces, and glittering spires : completely failed; but still determines to make Many a fair edifice besides, more like one more trial of him. Accordingly he conveys Houses of gods, (so well I have dispos'd him to the Temple at Jerusalem, and, placing My aery microscope,) thou may’st behold, him on a pointed eminence, requires him to prove Outside and inside both, pillars and roofs, his divinity either by standing there, or casting Carv'd work, the hand of fam'd artificers, himself down with safety. Our Lord reproves the In cedar, marble, ivory, or gold. tempter, and at the same time manifests his own Trience to the gates cast round thine eye, and see divinity by standing on this dangerous point. What conflux issuing forth, or entering in :

was

Pretors, proconsuls to their provinces

For him I was not sent; nor yet to free Hasting, or on return, in robes of state,

That people, victor once, now vile and base; Lictors and rods, the ensigns of their power, Deservedly made vassal ; who, once just, Legions and cohorts, turms of horse and wings : Frugal, and mild, and temperate, conquer'd Or enbassies from regions far remote,

But govern ill the nations under yoke, In various habits, on the Appian road,

Peeling their provinces, exhausted all Or on the Emilian; some from farthest south, By lust and rapine ; first ambitious grown Syene, and where the shadow both way falls, Of triumph, that insulting vanity; Meroe, Nilotic isle; and, more to west,

Then cruel, by their sports to blood inur'd The realın of Bocchus to the Black-moor sea; Of fighting beasts, and men to beasts expos'd; From the Asian kings, and Parthian among these ; Luxurious by their wealth, and greedier still, From India and the golden Chersonese,

And from the daily scene effeminate, And utmost Indian isle Taprobane,

What wise and valiant man would seek to free Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreath'd; These, thus degenerate, by themselves enslav'd? From Gallia, Gades, and the British west;

Or could of inward slaves make outward free? Germans, and Scythians, and Sarmatians, north Know therefore, when my season comes to sit Beyond Danubius to the Tauric pool.

On David's throne, it shall be like a tree All nations now to Rome obedience pay ;

Spreading and overshadowing all the Earth; To Rome's great emperor, whose wide domain, Or as a stone, that shall to pieces dash In ample territory, wealth, and power,

All monarchies besides throughout the world; Civility of manners, arts and arms,

And of my kingdom there shall be no end : And long renown, thou justly mayst prefer Means there shall be to this; but what the mes Before the Parthian. These two thrones except, Is not for thee to know, nor me to tell." The rest are barbarous, and scarce worth the siglit, To whom the tempter, impudent, replied. Shar'd among petty kings too far remov’d; “ I see all offers made by me how slight These having shown thee, I have shown thee all Thou valuest, because offer'd, and reject'st: The kingdoms of the world, and all their glory. Nothing will please the difficult and nice, This emperor hath no son, and now is old,

Or nothing more than still to contradict : Old and lascivious, and from Rome retir'd

On the other side know also thou, that I To Capreæ, an island small, but strong,

On what I offer set as high esteem, On the Campanian shore, with purpose there Nor what I part with mean to give for nought; His horrid lusts in private to enjoy ;

All these, which in a moment thou behold's, Committing to a wicked favourite

The kingdoms of the world, to thee I give, All public cares, and yet of him suspicious; (For, given to me, I give to whom I please) Hated of all, and hating. With what ease, No trifle ; yet with this reserve, not else, Endued with regal virtues, as thou art,

On this condition, if thou wilt fall down, Appearing, and beginning noble deeds,

And worship me as thy superior lord, Might'st thou expel this inonster from his throne, (Easily done,) and hold them all of me; Now made a stye, and, in his place ascending, For what can less so great a gift deserve ?" A victor people free from servile yoke!

Whom thus our Saviour answer'd with distuin And with my help thou may’st; to me the power “ I never lik'd thy talk, thy offers less; Is given, and by that right I give it thee.

Now both abhor, since thou hast dar'd to utter Aim therefore at no less than all the world; The abominable terms, impious condition : Aim at the highest : without the highest attain’d, But I endure the time, till which expir'd Will be for thee no sitting, or not long,

Thou hast permission on me. It is written, On David's throne, be prophesied what will." The first of all commandments, • Thou shalt

To whom the Son of God, unmov'd, replied. The Lord thy God, and only him shalt serve;' “ Nor doth this grandeur and majestic show And dar'st thou to the Son of God propound Of luxury, though call'd magnificence,

To worship thee accurs'd ? now more accurs'd More than of arms before, allure mine eye,

For this attempt, bolder than that on Eve, Much less my mind ; though thou should'st add to And more blasphémous; which expect to rue. tell

The kingdoms of the world to thee were given? Their sumptuous gluttonies, and gorgeous feasts Permitted rather, and by thee usurp'd; On citron tables or Atlantic stone,

Other donation none thou canst produce. (For I have also heard, perhaps have read,) If given, by whom but by the King of kings Their wines of Setia, Cales, and Falerne,

God over all supreme ? If given to thee, Chios, and Cretc, and how they quaff in gold, By thee how fairly is the giver now Crystal, and myrrhine cups, emboss'd with gems Repaid! But gratitude in thee is lost And studs of pearl ; to me should'st tell, who Long since. Wert thou so void of fear or shaz thirst

As offer them to me, the Son of God? And hunger still. Then embassies thou show'st To me my own, on such abhorred pact, Froin nations far and nigh: what honour that, That I fail down and worship thee as God? But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear

Get thee behind me; plain thou now appear'st So many hollow compliments and lies,

That Evil-one, Satan for ever damn'd.” Outlandish flatteries? Then proceed’st to talk To whom the fiend, with fear abashid, replied Of the emperor, how easily subdued,

“ Be not so sore offended, Son of God, How gloriously: I shall, thou say'st, expel 'Though sons of God both angels are and men, A brutish monster ; what if I withal

If I, to try whether in higher sort Expel a devil who first made him such?

Than these thou bear'st that title, have propos d Let his tormenter conscience find him out;

What both from men and angels I receive,

Cetrarchs of fire, air, flood, and on the Earth, To Macedon and Artaxerxes' throne :
Nations beside from all the quarter'd winds, To sage Philosophy next lend thine ear,
God of this world invok'd, and world beneath : From Heaven descended to the low-roof'd house
Who then thou art, whose coming is foretold Of Socrates; see there bis tenement,
lo me most fatal, me it most concerns;

Whom well inspir'd the oracle pronounc'd l'he trial hath indamag'd thee no way,

Wisest of men; from whose mouth issued forth Rather more honour left and more esteem; Mellifluous streams, that water'd all the schools Ve nought advantag'd, missing what I aim'd. Of academics old and new, with those Therefore let pass, as they are transitory,

Surnamed Peripatetics, and the sect The kingdoms of this world; I shall no more Epicurean, and the Stoic severe ; - Advise thee; gain them as thou canst, or not. These here revolve, or, as thou lik’st, at home, And thou thyself seem'st otherwise inclin'd Till time mature thee to a kingdom's weight; l'han to a worldly crown ; addicted more

These rules will render thee a king complete lo contemplation and profound dispute,

Within thyself, much more with empire join'd." As by that early action may be judg'd,

To whom our Saviour sagely thus replied. When, slipping from thy mother's eye, thou went'st “ Think not but that I know these things, or think Alone into the temple, there wast found

I know them not; not therefore am I short Among the gravest rabbies, disputant

Of knowing what I ought : he, who receives In points and questions fitting Moses' chair, (man, Light from above, from the fountain of light, Teaching, not taught. The childhood shows the No other doctrine needs, though granted true; As morning shows the day: be famous then But these are false, or little else but dreams, By wisdom; as thy empire inust extend,

Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. so let extend thy mind o'er all the world

The first and wisest of them all profess'd
In knowledge, all things in it comprehend. To know this only, that he nothing knew ;
All knowledge is not couch'd in Moses' law, The next to fabling fell, and smooth conceits;
The Pentateuch, or what the prophets wrote ; A third sort doubted all things, though plain sense ;
The Gentiles also know, and write, and teach Others in virtue plac'd felicity,
so admiration, led by Nature's light,

But virtue joined with riches and long life;
And with the Gentiles much thou must converse, In corporal pleasure he, and careless ease;
Ruling them by persuasion, as thou mean’st ; The Stoic last in philosophic pride,
Without their learning, how wilt thou with them, By him call'd virtue ; and his virtuous man,
Dr they with thee, hold conversation meet? Wise, perfect in himself, and all possessing
low wilt thou reason with them, how refute Equal to God, oft shames not to prefer,
Their idolisms, traditions, paradoxes ?

As fearing God nor man, contemning all
Errour by his own arms is best evinc'd.

Wealth, pleasure, pain or torment, death and life,
Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount. Which, when he lists, he leaves, or boasts he can,
Westward, much nearer by south-west, behold For all his tedious talk is but vain boast,
Where on the Ægean shore a city stands,

Or subtle shifts conviction to evade.
Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; Alas! what can they teach and not mislead,
Ithens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts

Ignorant of themselves, of God much more,
Ind eloquence, native to famous wits

And how the world began, and how man fell Or hospitable, in her sweet recess,

Degraded by himself, on grace depending ? City or suburban, studious walks and shades. Much of the soul they talk, but all awry, iee there the olive grove of Academe,

And in themselves seek virtue ; and to themselves Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird

All glory arrogate, to God give none; Crills her thick-warbled notes the summer long; Rather accuse him under usual names, There flowery hill Hymettus, with the sound Fortune and Fate, as one regardless quite f bees' industrious murmur, oft invites

Of mortal things. Who therefore seeks in these Lo studious musing ; there Ilissus rolls

True wisdom, finds her not; or, by delusion, lis whispering stream : within the walls, then view Far worse, her false resemblance only meets, The schools of ancient sages; his who bred

An empty cloud. However, many books, Treat Alexander to subdue the world,

Wise men have said, are wearisome ; who reads yceum there, and painted Stoa next :

Incessantly, and to his reading brings not There shalt thou hear and learn the secret power A spirit and judgment equal or superior, Of harmony, in tones and numbers hit

(And what he brings what needs he elsewhere seek ?) By voice or hand; and various-measur'd verse, Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Eolian charms and Dorian lyric odes

Deep vers'd books, and shallow in himself, And his, who gave them breath, but higher sung,

Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys Blind Melesigenes, thence Homer call’d,

And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge ; Whose poem Phoebus challeng'd for his own : As children gathering pebbles on the shore. l'hence what the lofty grave tragedians taught Or, if I would delight my private hours In Chorus or Iambic, teachers best

With music or with poem, where so soon Of moral prudence, with delight receiv'd

As in our native language, can I find In brief sententious precepts, while they treat That solace? All our law and story strew'd Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, With hymns, our Psalms with artful terms inscrib'd, High actions and high passions best describing : Our Hebrew songs and harps, in Babylon Thence to the famous orators repair,

That pleas'd so well our victor's ear, declare Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence

That rather Greece from us these arts deriv'd; Wielded at will that fierce democratie,

Ill imitated, while they loudest sing Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece The vices of their deities, and their own,

In fable, hymn, or song, so personating

From many a horrid rift, abortive pour'd
Their gods ridiculous, and themselves past shame. Fierce rain with lightning mix'd, water with fire
Remove their swelling epithets, thick laid

In ruin reconcil'd: nor slept the winds
As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest,

Within their stony caves, but rush'd abroad
Thin sown with aught of profit or delight,

From the four hinges of the world, and fell Will far be found unworthy to compare

On the vex'd wilderness, whose tallest pines, With Sion's songs, to all true tastes excelling, Though rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks Where God is prais'd aright, and God-like men, Bow'd their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blası The Holiest of Holies, and his saints,

Or torn up sheer. Ill wast thou shrouded then, (Such are from God inspir’d, not such from thee,) O patient son of God, yet only stood'st Unless where moral virtue is express'd

Unshaken! Nor yet staid the terrour there; By light of Nature, not in all quite lost.

Infernal ghosts and hellish furies round (shiriea's Their orators thou then extoll'st, as those

Environ'd thee, soine howl'd, some yelld, so The top of eloquence; statists indeed,

Sume bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou And lovers of their country, as may seem ;

Sat'st unappallid in calm and sinless peace! But herein to our prophets far beneath,

Thus pass'd the night so foul, till Morning fair As men divinely taught, and better teaching Came forth, with pilgrim steps, in amice gray; The solid rules of civil government,

Who with her radiant finger still'd the roar In their majestic unaffected style,

Of thunder, chas'd the clouds, and laid the wind Than all the oratory of Greece and Rome.

And grisly spectres, which the fiend had rais'd In them is plainest taught, and easiest learnt, To tempt the Son of God with terrours dire. What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so,

And now the Sun with more effectual beams What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat;

Had cheer'd the face of Earth, and dried the wet
These only with our law best form a king.” From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds

So spake the Son of God; but Satan, now Who all things now behold more fresh and grees,
Quite at a loss, (for all his darts were spent,) After a night of storm so ruinous,
Thus to our Saviour with stern brow replied. Clear'd up their choicest notes in bush and spray,

“ Since neither wealth nor honour, arins nor arts, To gratulate the sweet return of morn. Kingdom nor empire pleases thee, nor aught Nor yet, amidst this joy and brightest morn, By me propos'd in life contemplative

Was absent, after all his mischief done,
Or active, tended on by glory or fame,

The prince of darkness ;.glad would also seen
What dost thou in this world? The wilderness Of this fair change, and to our Saviour caine;
For thee is fittest place; I found thee there, Yet with no new device, they all were spent,)
And thither will return thee; yet remember Rather by this his last affront resolv'd,
What I foretel thee, soon thou shalt have cause Desperate of better course, to vent his rage
To wish thou never hadst rejected, thus

And mad despite to be so oft repell’d.
Nicely or cautiously, my offer'd aid,

Him walking on a sunny hill he found,
Which would have set thee in short time with caso Back’d on the north and west by a thick wood;
On David's throne, or throne of all the world, Out of the wood he starts in wonted shape,
Now at full age, fulness of time, thy season

And in a careless mood thus to him said.
When propheoics of thee are best fulfill'd.

“ Fair morning yet betides thee, Son of God, Now contrary, if I read aught in Heaven,

After a dismal night : I heard the wrack,
Or Heaven write aught of fate, by what the stars

As earth and sky would mingle ; but myself (thers
Voluminous, or single characters,

Was distant; and these flaws, though mortals fa In their conjunction met, give me to spell,

As dangerous to the pillar'd frame of Heaven,
Sorrows, and labours, opposition, hate

Or to the Earth's dark basis underneath,
Attend thee, scorns, reproaches, injuries,

Are to the main as inconsiderable
Violence and stripes, and lastly cruel death; And harmless, if not wholesome, as a sneeze
A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, To man's less universe, and soon are gone;
Real or allegoric, I discern not ;

Yet, as being oft-times noxious where they light
Nor when; eternal sure, as without end,

On man, beast, plant, wasteful and turbulent,
Without beginning; for no date prefixʼd

Like turbulencies in the affairs of men,
Directs me in the starry rubric set."

Over whose heads they roar, and seem to point

, So saying he took, (for still he knew his

power They oft fore-signify and threaten ill:
Not yet expir'd,) and to the wilderness

This tempest at this desert most was bent;
Brought back the Son of God, and left him there, Of men at thee, for only thou here dwell'st.
Feigning to disappear. Darkness now rose, Did I not tell thee, if thou didst reject
As day-light sunk, and brought in lowering night, The perfect season offered with my aid
Her shadowy offspring ; unsubstantial both, To win thy destin'd seat, but wilt prolong
Privation mere of light and absent day.

All to the push of fate, pursue thy way
Our Saviour meek, and with untroubled mind Of gaining David's throne, no man knows when,
After his aery jaunt, though hurried sore,

For both the when and how is no where told?
Hungry and cold, betook him to his rest,

Thou shalt be what thou art ordain’d, no doubt ;
Wherever, under some concourse of shades, (shield For angels have proclaim'd it, but concealing
Whose branching arms thick intertwin'd might The time and means. Each act is rightliest done
From dews and damps of night his shelter'd head; Not when it must, but when it may be best :
But, shelter'd, slept in vain ; for at his head If thou observe not this, be sure to find,
The tempter watch'd, and soon with ugly dreams What I foretold thee, many a hard assay
Disturb’d his sleep. And either tropic now Of dangers, and adversities, and pains,
'Gan thunder, and both ends of Hcaven : the clouds, | Ere thou of Israel's sceptre get fast hold;

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Whereof this ominous night, that clos'd thee round, “ There stand, if thou wilt stand ; to stand upriglit So many terrours, voices, prodigies,

Will ask thee skill; I to thy Father's house (best : May warn thee, as a sure fore-going sign." Have brought thee, and highest plac'd : highest is

So talk'd he, while the Son of God went on Now show thy progeny; if not to stand, And staid not, but in brief him answer'd thus : Cast thyself down; safely, if Son of God :

“ Me worse than wet thou find'st not; other harm For it is written, · He will give command * Those terrours, which thou speak’st of, did me none; Concerning thee to his angels, in their hands I never fear'd they could, though noising loud They shall up-lift thee, lest at any time

And threatening high : what they can do as signs Thou chance to dash thy foot against a stone." Betokening, or ill-boding, I contemn

To whom thus Jesus: “ Also it is written, 1 As false portents, not sent from God, but thee; Tempt not the Lord thy God.' He said, and Who, knowing I shall reign past thy preventing,

stood: Obtrud'st thy offer'd aid, that I, accepting,

But Satan, smitten with amazement, fell. i At least might seem to hold all power of thee,

As when Earth's son Antæus, (to compare Ambitious spirit! and wouldst be thought my God; Small things with greatest,) in Irassa strove And storm'st refus'd, thinking to terrify

With Jove's Alcides, and, oft foil'd, still rose, Me to thy will! desist, (thou art discern'd Receiving from his mother Earth new strength, And toil'st in vain,) nor me in vain molest."

Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join'd, To whom the fiend, now swoln with rage, replied. Throttled at length in the air, expir'd and fell; " Then hear, O son of David, virgin-born, So, after many a foil, the tempter proud, For son of God to me is yet in doubt ;

Renewing fresh assaults, amidst his pride, Of the Messiah I had heard foretold

Fell whence he stood to see his victor fall : By all the prophets; of thy birth at length,

And as that Theban monster, that propos'd Announc'd by Gabriel, with the first I knew, Her riddle, and him who solv’d it not devour'd, And of the angelic song in Bethlehem field, That once found out and solv'd, for grief and spite On thy birth-night that sung thee Saviour born.

Cast herself headlong from the Ismenian steep; From that time seldom have I ceas'd to eye

So, struck with dread and anguish, fell the fiend, Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth,

And to his crew, that sat consulting, brought Thy manhood last, though yet in private bred ;

(Joyless triumphals of his hop'd success,) Till at the ford of Jordan, whither all

Ruin, and desperation, and dismay, Flock to the Baptist, I, among the rest,

Who durst so proudly tempt the Son of God (Though not to be baptiz’d,) by voice from Heaven So Satan fell; and straight a fiery globe Heard thee pronounc'd the Son of God belov'd. Of angels on full sail of wing flew nigh, Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view Who on their plumy vans receiv'd him soft And narrower scrutiny, that I might learn From his uneasy station, and upbore, In what degree or meaning thou art callid As on a floating couch, through the blithe air ; The Son of God; which bears no single sense.

Then, in a flowery valley, set him down The Son of God I also am, or was;

On a green bank, and set before him spread
And if I was, I am ; relation stands;

A table of celestial food, divine
All men are sons of God; yet thee I thought Ambrosial fruits, fetch'd from the tree of life,
In some respect far higher so declar'd :

And, from the fount of life, ambrosial drink,
Therefore I watch'd thy footsteps from that hour, That soon refresh'd him wearied, and repair'd
And follow'd thee still on to this waste wild ; What hunger, if aught hunger, had impair’d,
Where, by all best conjectures, I collect

Or thirst; and, as he fed, angelic quires Fhou art to be my fatal enemy :

Sung heavenly anthems of his victory Good reason then, if I before-hand seek

Over temptation and the tempter proud. To understand my adversary, who

“ True image of the Father ; whether thron'd And what he is; his wisdom, power, intent:

In the bosom of bliss, and light of lig! By parl or composition, truce or league,

Conceiving, or, remote from Heaven, enshrin'd To win him, or win from him what I can : In fleshly tabernacle, and human form, And opportunity I here have had

Wandering the wilderness ; whatever place, to try thee, sift thee, and confess have found thee Habit, or state, or motion, still expressing Proof against all temptation, as a rock

The Son of God, with God-like force endued Of adainant, and, as a centre, firm :

Against the attempter of thy Father's throne, Co the utmost of mere man both wise and good,

And thief of Paradise ! him long of old Jot more; for honours, riches, kingdoms, glory, Thou didst debel, and down from Heaven cast lave been before contemn'd, and may again. With all his army; now thou hast aveng'd Therefore, to know what more thou art than man, Supplanted Adam, and, by vanquishing Vorth naming Son of God by voice from Heaven, Temptation, hast regain'd lost Paradise, nother method I must now begin.'

And frustrated the conquest fraudulent. So saying he caught him up, and, without wing

He never more henceforth will dare set foot of hippogrif, bore through the air sublime, In Paradise to tempt; his snares are broke : Over the wilderness and o'er the plain,

For, though that seat of earthly bliss be fail'd, ill underneath them fair Jerusalem,

A fairer Paradise is founded now The holy city, lifted high her towers,

For Adam and his chosen sons, whom thou, und higher yet the glorious temple rear'd

A Saviour, art come down to re-install, Ier pile, far oft appearing like a mount

Where they shall dwell secure, when time shall be, of alabaster, topt with golden spires :

Of tempter and temptation without fear. Chere on the highest pinnacle, h set

But thou, infernal serpent! shalt not long he Son of God: and added wit

Rule in the clouds like an autumnal star,

corn.

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