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At least might seem to hold all pow'r of thee, ;
Ambitious spirit; and would be thought my God,
And storm'st refus'd, thinking to terrific.
Me to thy will; desist, thou art difcern'd
And toil ft in vain, nor me in vain moleft.

To whom the Fiend now swoln with ragereply'd:
Then hear, Son of David, Virgin-born;
For Son of God to me is yet in doubt,
Of the Messiah I have heard foretold
By all the Prophets; of thy birth at length
Announc'd by Gabriel with the firft I knew,
And of th? Angelic Song in Bethlehem field,
On thy birth-night, that sung thee Saviour born,
From that time seldom have I ceasd to eye:
Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth,
Thy manhood last, though yet in private bred;
Till at the Ford of Jordan whither all
Flock'd to the Baptift, I among the rest,
Though not to be Baptiz’d, by voice from Heav'n.
Heard thee pronounc'd the Son of God belov'd.
Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view
And narrower Scrutiny, that I might learnia
In what degree or meaning thou art call?d

The

The Son of God, which bears no single sense;
The Son of God I also am, or was,
And if I was, I am; relation stands;
All men are Sons of God; yet thee I thought
In some respect far higher fo declar'd:
Therefore I watch'd thy footsteps from that hour,
And follow'd thee still on to this wafte wild;
Where by all best conjectures I collect
Thou art to be my fatal enemy.
Good reason then, if I before-hand seek
To understand my Adversary, who
And what he is; his wisdom, pow'r, intent,
By parl, or composition, truce, or league
To win him, or win from him what I can.
And opportunity I here have had
To try thee, life thee, and confefs have found thee
Proof against all temptation as a rock
Of Adamant, and as a Center, firm
To th’utmoft of meer man both wife and good,
Not more; for Honours, Riches, Kingdoms, Glory
Have been before contemn'd, and may again:
Therefore to know what more thou art than man,
Worth naming Son of God by voice from Heav'fl,

Another

Another method I must now begin,

So saying he caught him up, and without wing Of Hippogrif bore through the Air fublime Over the Wilderness and o'er the Plain; Till underneath them fair Jerusalem, The holy City lifted high her Tow’rs, And higher yet the glorious Temple reard Her pile, far off appearing like a Mount Of Alabaster, top'd with Golden Spires: in There on the highest Pinnacle he set The Son of God; and added thus in scorn:

There stand, if thou wilt stand; to stand upright. Will ask thee skill; I to thy Father's house Have brought thee, and highest plac'd, highest is beft, Now shew thy Progeny; if not to stand,

i Cast thy self down; safely if Son of God: For it is written, He will give command Concerning thee to his Angels, in their hands They shall up lift thee, left at

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time Thou chance to dalh thy foot against a stone.

To whom thus Jesus: Also it is written, Tempt not the Lord thy God; he said and stood. But Satan smitten with amazement fell

As

As when Earth's Son Antaus (to comparę
Small things with greatest) in Irasa ftrove
With Jove's Alcides, and ofc foild fill rose,
Receiving from bis mother Earth new strength,
Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join’d,
Throttled at length in th’ Air, expir'd and fell;
So after many a foil the Tempter proud,
Renewing fresh affaults, amidst his pride
Fell whence he stood to see his Victor fall.
And as that Theban Monster that propos'd
Her riddle, and him, who solv'd it not, devour'd;
That once found out and solv’d, for grief and spight
Caft her self headlong from th’Ifmenian steep,
So strook with dread and anguish fell the Fiend,
And to his crew, that fat consulting, brought
Joyless Triumphals of his hop'd success,
Ruin, and desperation, and dismay,
Who durst so proudly tempt the Son of God.
So Satan fell; and strait a fiery Globe
Of Angels on full fail of wing flew nigh,
Who on their plumy Vans receiv'd him soft
From his uneasie station, and upbore
As on a floating couch through the blithe Air,

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PARADISE Regain'd. Book IV.
Then in a flow'ry valley fet him down
On a green bank, and set before him spred
A table of Celestial Food, Divine,
Ambrosial fruits, fetcht from the Tree of Life,
And from the fount of Life Ambrosial drink,
That soon refresh'd him weary'd, and repair'd
What hunger, if aught hunger had impair’d,
Or thirst, and as he fed, Angelic Quires
Sung Heav'nly Anthems of his victory
Over temptation, and the Tempter proud.

True Image of the Father whether thron'd
In the bosom of bliss, and light of light
Conceịving, or remote from Heav'n, enshrin'd
In fleshly Tabernacle, and human form,
Wand'ring the Wilderness, whatever place,
Habite, or state, or motion, still expressing
The Son of God, with God-like force indu'd
Against th? Attempter of thy Father's Throne,
And Thief of Paradise; him long of old
Thou did'st debel, and down from Heav'n cast
With all his Army, now thou hast ayeng'd
Supplanted Adam, and by vanquishing
Temptation, hath regain'd lost Paradife;

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