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To Israel then; the same that now to me! to him the celebrated seat of anciert learning
As for those captive tribes, themselves were they Athens, its schools, and other various resorts
Who wrought their own captivity, fell off

of learned teachers and their disciples ; acFrom God to worship calves, the deities

companying the view with a highly-finished Of Egypt, Baal next and Ashtaroth,

panegyric on the Grecian musicians, poets, And all the idolatries of heathen round,

orators and philosophers of the different sects. Besides their other worse than heathenish crimes; Jesus replies, by showing the vanity and inNor in the land of their captivity

sufficiency of the boasted heathen philosophy; Humbled themselves, or penitent besought and refers to the music, poetry, eloquence The God of their forefatbers; but so died

and didactic policy of the Greeks, those of Impenitent, and left a race behind

the inspired Hebrew writers. Satan, irritated Like to themselves, distinguishable scarce

at the failure of all bis attempts, upbraids From Gentiles, but by circumcision vain;

the indiscretion of our Saviour in rejectiog bis And God with idols in their worship join'd.

offers; and, having, in ridicule of his expected Should I of these the liberty regard,

kingdom, foretold the sufferings that our Who, freed, as to their ancient patrimony,

Lord was to undergo, carries him back into the Unhumbled, unrepentant, uareformid,

wildemess, and leaves him there. Night Headlong would follow; and to their gods perhaps comes on: Satan raises a tremendous storm, Of Bethel and of Dan? No; let them serve and attempts further to alarm Jesus with Their enemies, who serve idols with God.

frightful dreams, and terrific threatening Yet he at length, (time to himself best known,) spectres; which however have no effect upon Remembering Abraham, by some wonderous him. A calm, bright, beautiful morning succall

ceeds to the horrours of the night. Satan May bring them back, repentant and sincere, again presents himself to our blessed Lord, And at their passing cleave the Assyrian flood, and, froni noticing the storm of the preceding While to their native land with joy they haste; night as pointed chiefly at him, takes occasion As the Red Sea and Jordan once he cleft,

once more to insult him with an account of the When to the Promis'd Land their fathers pass'd : sufferings which he was certainly to undergo. To his due time and providence I leave them." This only draws from our Lord a brief rebuke.

So spake Israel's true king, and to the fiend Satan, now at the height of his desperation, Made answer meet, that made void his wiles. confesses that he had frequently watched Jesus So fares it, when with truth falesehood contends, from his birth, purposely to discover if he was

the true Messiah ; and, coliecting from what passed at the river Jordan that he most pro

bably was so, he had from that time more assiPARADISE REGAINED.

duously followed him, in hopes of gaining some advantage over him, which would most effec

tually prove that he was not really that Divine BOOK IV.

Person destined to be his “ fatal enemy."

In this he acknowledges that he has hitherto THE ARGUMENT.

completely failed; but still determines to

make one more trial of him. Accordingly he Satan, persisting in the temptation of our Lord,

conveys him to the Temple at Jerusalem, and, shows him imperial Rome in its greatest pomp

placing him on a pointed eminence, requires and splendour, as a power which he probably

him to prove his divinity either by standing would prefer before that of the Parthians; and

there, or casting himself down with safety. tells him that he might with the greatest ease

Our Lord reproves the tempter, and at the

same time manifests his own divinity by standexpel Tiberius, restore the Romans to their liberty, and make himself master not only of

ing on this dangerous point. Satan, amazed the Roman Empire, but by so doing of the

and terrified, instantly falls; and repairs to

his infernal compeers to relate the bad sucwhole world, and inclusively of the throne of David. Our Lord, in reply, expresses his

cess of his enterprise. Angels in the mean contempt of grandeur and worldly power, no

time convey our blessed Lord to a beautiful tices the luxury, vanity, and profligacy of the

valley, and, while they minister to him a Romans, declaring how little they merited to repast of celestial food, celebrate his victory be restored to that liberty, which they had

in a triumphant hymn. lost by their misconduct, and briefly refers to the greatness of his own future kingdom. Satan, Perplex'd and troubled at his bad success now desperate, to enhance the value of his The tempter stood, nor had what to reply, proffered gifts, professes that the only terms, Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his hope on which he will bestow them, are our Saviour's So oft, and the persuasive rhetoric falling down and worshipping him. Our Lord That sleek'd his tongue, and won so much an expresses a firm but temperate indignation at

Eve, such a proposition, and rebukes the tempter So little here, nay lost; but Eve was Ere: by the title of “ Satan for ever damned." This far his over-match, who, self-deceived Satan, abashed, attempts to justify himself: And rash, before-hand had no better weigh'd be then assumes a new ground of temptation, The strength he was to cope with, or his own : and proposing to Jesus the intellectual gratifi- But as a man, who had been matchless held cations of wisdom and knowledge, points out In cunning, over-reach'd where least be thought,

To salve his credit, and for every spite, Germans, and Scythians, and Sarmatians, north
Still will be tempting him who foils him still, Beyond Danubius to the Tauric pool.
And never cease, though to his shame the more; All nations now to Rome obedience pay;
Or as a swarm of fies in vintage time,

To Rome's great emperor, whose wide domain, About the wine-press where sweet must is In ample territory, wealth, and power, pour'd,

Civility of manners, arts anıl arms,
Beat off, returns as oft with humming sound; And long renown, thou justly mayst prefer
Or surging waves against a solid rock,

Before the Parthian. These two thrones except, Though all to shivers dash'd, the assault renew The rest are barbarous, and scarce worth the (Vain battery !) and in froth or bubbles end;

sight, So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse

Shar'd among petty kings too far remov'd; Met ever, and to shameful silence brought, These having shown thee, I have shown thee all Yet gives not o'er, though desperate of success, The kingdoms of the world, and all their glory. And his vain importunity pursues.

This emperor hath no son, and now is old, He brought our Saviour to the western side Old and lascivious, and from Rome retird Of that high mountain, whence he might behold To Capreæ, an island small, but strong, Another plain, long, but in breadth not wide, On the Campanian shore, with purpose there Wash'd by the suuthern sea, and, on the north, His horrid lusts in private to enjoy ; To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills Committing to a wicked favourite That screen'd the fruits of the earth, and seats of All public cares, and yet of him suspicious; men,

Hated of all, and hating. With what ease, Prom cold Septentrion blast ; thence in the midst Endued with regal virtues, as thou art, Divided by a river, of whose banks

Appearing, and beginning noble deeds, On each side an imperial city stood,

Might'st thou expel this monster from his throne, With towers and temples proudly elevate Now made a stye, and, in his place ascending, On seven small hills, with palaces adorn'd, A victor people free from servile yoke ! Porches, and theatres, baths, aqueducts,

And with my help thou may'st; to me the power Statues, and trophies, and triumphal arcs, Is given, and by that right I give it thee. Gardens, and groves, presented to his eyes,

Aim therefore at no less than all the world; Above the height of mountains interpos'd : Aim at the highest : without the bighest attain'd, (By what strange parallax, or optic skill

Will be for thee no sitting, or not long, Of vision, multiplied through air, or glass On David's throne, be prophesied what will.” Of telescope, were curious to inquire :)

To whom the Son of God, unmov’d, replied. And now the tempter thus his silence broke. “ Nor doth this grandeur and majestic show

“ The city which thou seest, no other deem Of luxury, though call'd magnificence, Than great and glorious Rome, queen of the More than of arms before, allure mine eye, Earth,

Much less my mind ; though thou should'st adel So far renown'd, and with the spoils enrich'd

to tell Of nations; there the Capitol thou seest, Their sumptuous gluttonies, and gorgeous feasts Above the rest lifting his stately head

On citron tables or Atlantie stone, On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel

(For I have also heard, perhaps have read,) Impregnable; and there mount Palatine, Their wines of Setia, Cales, and Faleme. The imperial palace, compass huge and high Chios, and Crete, and how they quaff in gold, The structure, skill of noblest architects,

Crystal, and myrrhine cups, emboss'd with gems With gilded battlements conspicuous far, And studs of pearl; to me should'st tell, who Turrets, and terraces, and glittering spires :

thirst Many a fair edifice besides, more like

And hunger still. Then embassies thou show'st Houses of gods, (so well I have dispos'd

From nations far and nigh: what honour that, My aery microscope,) thou may'st behold, But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear. Butside and inside both, pillars and roofs, So many hollow compliments and lies, Carv'd work, the hand of fam'd artificers, Outlandish tlatteries? Then proceed'st to talk In cedar, marble, ivory, or gold.

Of the emperor, how easily subdued, Thence to the gates cast round thine eye, and see How gloriously: I shall, thou say'st, expel What conflux issuing forth, or entering in; A brutish monster; what if I withal Preiors, proconsuls to their provinces

Expel a jevil who first inade him such? Hasting, or on return, in robes of state,

Let bis tormenter conscience find him out; Lictors and rods, the ensigns of their power, For him I was not sent; nor yet to free Legions and cohorts, turms of horse and wings : That people, victor once, now vile and base; Or embassies from regions far remote,

Deservedly made vassal; who, ovce just; In various habits, on the Appian road,

Prugal, and mild, and temperate, conquer'd well, Or on the Emilian; some from farthest south, But govern ill the nations under yoke, Svene, and where the shadow both way falls, Peeling their provinces, exhausted all Meroe, Milotic isle; and, more to west, By lust and rapine; first ambitious grown The realm of Bocchus to the Black-moor sea; Of triumph, that insulting vanity; From the Asian kings, and Partbianamong these; Then cruel, by their sports to blood inurid From India and the golden Chersonese,

Of fighting beasts, and men to beasts expos'd; And at most Indian isle Taprobane,

Luxurious by their wealth, and greedier still, Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreath'd; And from the daily scene effeminate. Pronu Gallia, Gades, and the British west; What wise and valiant man would seek to free


the man,

These, thus degenerate, by themselves enslav'd ? And thou thyself seem'st otherwise inclin'd
Or could of inward slaves make outward free? Than to a worldly crown; addicted more
Know therefore, when my season comes to sit lo contemplation and profound dispute,
On David's throne, it shall be like a tree

As by that early action may be judg'd, (went'st Spreading and overshadowing all the Earth; When, slipping from thy mother's eye, thou Or as a stone, that shall to pieces dash

Alone into the temple, there wast found All monarchies besides throughout the world; Among the gravest rabbies, disputant And of my kingdom there shall be no end : On points and questions fitting Moses' chair, Means there shall be to this ; but what the means, Teaching, not taught. The childhood shows Is not for thee to know, nor me to tell."

To whom the tempter, impudent, replied. As morning shows the day: be famous then " I see all offers made by me how stiglit

By wisdom; as thy empire must extend, Thou valuest, because offer'd, and reject'st : So let extend thy mind o'er all the world Nothing will please the difficult and nice, In knowledge, all things in it comprehend. Or nothing more than still to contradict:

All knowledge is not couch'd in Moses' law, On the other side know also thou, that I

The Pentateuch, or what the prophets wrote; Onewhat I offer set as high esteem,

The Gentiles also know, and write, and teach Nor what I part with mean to give for nought; To admiration, led by Nature's light, All these, which in a moment thou behold'st, And with the Gentiles much thoa must converse, The kingdoms of the world, to thee I give, Ruling thein by persuasion, as thou mean'st; (For, given to me, I give to whom I please,) Without their learning, how wilt thou with them, No trife; yet with this reserve, not else,

Or they with thee, hold conversation meet? On this condition, if thou wilt fall down,

How wilt thou reason with them, how refute And worship me as thy superior lord,

'Their idolisms, traditions, paradoxes ? (Easily done,) and hold them all of me;

Errour by his own arms is best evinc'd. For what can less so great a gift deserre ?" Look, once more, ere we leave this specular Whoin thus our Saviour answer'd with disdain.

mount, “ I never lik'd thy talk, thy offers less ;

Westward, much nearer by southwest, behold; Now both abhor, since thou hast dar'd to utter Where, on the Agean shore a city stands, The abominable terms, impious condition: Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; But I endure the time, till which expir'd Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts Thou hast permission on me. It is written, And eloquence, native to famous wits The first of all commandments, “Thou shalt Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, worship

City or suburban, studious walks and shades. The Lord thy God, and only him shalt serve;' See there the olive grove of Academe, And dar'st thou to the Son of God propound Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird To worship thee accurs'd ? now more accurs'd Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long; For this atteinpt, bolder than that on Eve, There flowery hill Hyıpettus, with the sound And more blasphémous; which expect to rue. Of bees', industrious murmur, oft invites. The kingdoms of the world to thee were given ? To stulious, musing ; tbere Ilissus rolls (view Permitted rather, and by thee usurp'd;

His whispering stream: within the walls, then Other douation none thou canst produce. The schools of ancient sages; his who bred If given, by whom but by the King of kings, Great Alexander to subdue the world, God over all supreme ? if given to thee,

Lyceum there, and painted Stoa next: By thee how fairly is the giver now

There sbalt thou hear and learn the secret power Repaid | But gratitude in thee is lost

Of harmony, in tones and numbers hit Long since. Wert thou so void of fear or shame, By voice or hand ; and various-measur'd verse, As offer them to me, the Son of God?

Æolian charms and Dorian lyric odes [sung. To me my own, ou such abhorred pact,

And his, who gave them breath, but higher That I fall down and worship three as God? Blind Melesigenes, thence Homer call'd, Get thee bebind me; plain tuou now appear'st Whose poem Phoebus challeng'd for his own: That Evil-one, Satan for ever damn'd."

Thence what the lofty grare tragedians taught To whom the fiend, with fear abash'd, repli- | In Chorus or lambic, teachers best " Be not so sore offended, Son of God, (ed. Of moral prudence, with delight receiv'd Though sons of God both angels are and men, In brief sententious prerepts, while they treat If I, tp try whether in higher sort

Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, Than these thou bear'st that title, have propos'd High actions and high passions best describing: What both from men and angels I receive, Thence to the famous orators repair, Tetrarchs of fire, air, flood, and on the Earth, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Nations beside from all the quarter'd winds, Wielded at will that fierce democratie, God of this world invok'd, and world beneath: Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece Who then thou art, whose coming is foretold To Macedon and Artaxerxes' throne: To me most fatal, me it most concerns;

To sage Philosophy next lend thine ear, The trial hath indamag'd thee no way,

From Heaven descended to the low-roof'd house Rather more honour left and more esteem; Of Socrates; see there his tepement, Me nought advantag'd, missing what I aim'd. Whom well inspir'd the oracle pronounc'd Therefore let pass, as they are transitory, Wisest of men; from whose mouth issued forth The kingdoms of this world; I shall no more Melkfuous streams, that water'd all the schools Advise thee; gain them as thou canst, or not. Of academics old and new, with those


Surnama Peripatetics, and the sect

Will far be found unworthy to compare Epicurean, and the Stoic severe ;

With Sion's songs, to all true tastes excelling, These here revolve, or, as thou lik'st, at home, Where God is prais'd aright, and God-like men, Till time mature thee to a kingdum's weight; 'The Holiest of Holies, and his saints, These rules will render thee a king complete (Such are from God inspir’d, not such from thee,) Within thyself, much more with empire join'd.” Unless where moral virtue is express'd

To whom our Saviour sagels thus replied. By light of Nature, not in all quite lost. “Think not but that I know these things, or Their orators thou then extollst, as those thiuk

The top of eloquence; statists indeed,
I know them not; not therefore am I short And lovers of their country, as may seem;
Of knowing what I ought : he, who receives But herein to our prophets far beneath,
Light from abore, from the fountain of light, As men divinely taught, and better teaching
No other doctrine needs, though granted true;

The solid rules of civil government,
But these are false, or little else but dreams, In their majestic unaffected style,
Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. Than all the oratory of Greece and Rome.
The first and wisest of them all profess'd

In them is plainest taught, and easiest learnt,
To know this only, that he nothing knew; What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so,
The next to fabling fell, and smooth conceits ; What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat;
A third sort doubted all things, though plain These only with our law best form a king."
Others in virtue plac'd felicity, (sense; So spake the Son of God, but Satan, now
Bat virtue join'd with riches and long life; Quite at a loss, (for all his darts were spent,)
In corporal pleasure he, and careless ease; Thus to our Saviour with stern brow replied.
The Stoic last in philosophic pride,

“Since neither wealth nor honour, arms nor By him call'd virtue; and his virtuous man, Wise, perfect in himself, and all possessing Kingdom nor empire pleases thee, nor aught Equal to God, oft shames not to prefer,

By me propos'd in life contemplative As fearing God nor man, contemning all

Or active, tended on by glory or fame, Wealth, pleasure, pain or torment, death and life, What dost thou in this world? The wilderness Which, when he lists, he leaves, or boasts he For thee is fittest place; I found thee there, For all his tedious talk is but vain boast, [can, And thither will return thee; yet remember Or subtle shifts conviction to evade.

What I foretel thee, soon thou shalt have cause Alas ! what can they teach and not mislead, To wish thou never badst rejected, thus Ignorant of themselves, of God much more, Nicely or cautiously, my offer'd aid, (ease And how the world began, and how man fell Which would have set thee in short time with Degraded by himself, on grace depending? On David's throne, or throne of all the world, Much of the soul they talk, but all awry, Now at full age, fulness of time, thy season' And in themselves seek virtue; and to themselves When prophecies of thee are best fulfillid. All glory arrogate, to God give none;

Now contrary, if I read aught in Heaven, Rather accuse him under usual names,

Or Heaven write aught of fate, by what the stars Fortune and Fate, as one regardless quite Voluminous, or single characters, Of mortal things. Who therefore seeks in these In their conjunction met, give me to spell, True wisdom, finds her not; or, by delusion, Sorrows, and labours, opposition, hate Far worse, her false resemblance only meets, Attend thee, scorns, reproaches, injuries, An empty cloud. However, many books,

Violence and stripes, and lastly cruel death; Wise men have said, are wearisome; who reads A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, Incessantly, and to his reading brings not Real or allegoric, I discern not ; A spirit and judgment equal or superior, Nor when; eternal sure, as without end, (And what he brings what needs he elsewhere Without beginning; for no date prefix'd Uncertain an? unsettled still remains, [seek?) Directs me in the starry rubric set.” Deep vers’d in books, and shallow in himself, So saying he took, (for still he knew his power Ornde or intoxicate, collecting toys

Not yet expird,) and to the wilderness And trifes for choice matters, worth a sponge ;

Brought back the Son of Gud, and left him there, As children gathering pebbles on the shore. Peigning to disappear. Darkness now rose, Or, if I would delight my private hours

As day-light sunk, and brouguc in lowering With music or with poem, where so soon

night, As in our native language, can I find

Her shadowy offspring ; unsubstantial both,
That solace ? All our law and story strew'd Privation mere of light and absent day.
With hymns, our psalms with artful terms in Our Saviour meek, and with untroubled mind

After his aery jaunt, though hurried sore,
Our Hebrew songs and harps, in Babylon Hungry and cold, betook him to his rest,
That pleas'd so well our victor's ear, declare Wherever, under some concourse of shades,
That rather Greece from us these arts deriv'd;

Whose branching armas thick intertwin'd might III imitated, while they loudest sing

shield Thé vices of their deities, and their own,

Prom dews and damps of night his shelter'd head; In fable, hymn, or song, so personating

But, shelter'd, slept in vain; for at his head Their gods ridiculous, and themselves past shame. The tempter watch'd, and soon with ugly dreams Remove their swelling epithets, thick laid

Disturt å his sleep. And either tropic now As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest,

'Gan thunder, and both ends of Heaven; ibe Thin sown with aught of profit or delight,



From many a horrid rift, abortive pour'd Not when it must, but when it may be best:
Fierce rain with lightning mix'd, water with fire If thou observe not this, be sure to find,
In ruin reconcil'd: nor slept the winds

What I foretold thee, many a hard assay
Within their stony caves, but rush'd abroad Of dangers, and adversities, and pains,
From the four hinges of the world, and fell Ere thou of Israel's sceptre get fast held;
On the vex'd wilderness, whose tallest pines, Whereof this ominous night, that clus'd them
Though rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks, So many terrours, voices, prodigies, [round,
Bow'd their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blasts May warn thee, as a sure fore-going sign."
Or torn up sheer. III wast thou shrouded then, So talk'd he, while the Son of God went on
O patient Son of God, yet only stood'st

And staid not, but in brief bim answer'd thus : Unshaken ! Nor yet staid the terrour there; “Me worse than wet thou find'st not; other Infernal ghosts and hellish furies round


{none; Environd thee, some howl'd, some yell’d, some Those terrours, which thou speak'st of, did ma shriek’d,

I never fear'd they could, though noising loud Some bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou And threatening high: what they can do as signs Sat'st unappal'd in calm and sinless peace ! Betokening, or il-boding, I contemn Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair As false portents, not sent from God, but thee; Came forth, with pilgrim steps, in amice gray ; Who, knowing I shall reign past thy preventing, Who with her radiant finger still'd the roar Obtrad'st thy offer'd aid, that I, accepting, Of thunder, chas'd the clouds, and laid the At least might seem to hold all power of thee, winds,

Ambitious spirit! and wouldst be thought my And grisly spectres, which the fiend had rais'd To tempt the Son of God with terruurs dire. And storm'st refus'd, thinking to terrify And now the Sun with more effectual beams Me to thy will! desist, (thou art discer'd Had cheer'd the face of Farth, and dried the wet | And toil'st in vain,) nor me in vaip molest." From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the To whom the fiend, now swoln with rage, rea birds,


plied. Who all things now behold more fresh and " Then hear, O son of David, virgin-born, After a night of storm so ruinous,

For son of God to me is yet in doubt; Clear'd up their choicest notes in bush and spray, of the Messiah I had heard foretold To gratulate the sweet return of morn.

By all the prophets; of thy birth at length, Nor yet, amidst this joy and brightest morn, Announc'd by Gabriel, with the first I knew, Was absent, after all his mischief done,

And of the angelic song in Bethlehem field, The prince of darkness; glad would also seem On thy birth-night that sung thee Saviour born. Of this fair change, and to our Saviour came; From that time seldom have I ceas'd to eye Yet with no new device, (they all were spent,) Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth, Rather by this his last affront resolv'd,

Thy manlod last, though yet in private bred; Desperate of better course, to vent his rage Till at the ford of Jordan, whither all And mad despite to be so oft repellid.

Flock to the Baptist, I, among the rest, Him walking on a sunny bill he found,

(Though not to be baptizd,) by voice from Back'd on the north and west by a thick wood;

Heaven Out of the wood he starts in wopted shape, Heard thee pronounc'd the Son of God belor'd. And in a careless mood thus to him said.

Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer views “ Fair morning yet betides thee, Son of God, And narrower scrutiny, that I might learn After a dismal night : I heard the wrack, In what degree or meaning thou art calid As earth and sky would mingle; but myself The Son of God; which bears no single senses Was distant; and these flaws, though mortals The Son of God I also am, or was; fear them

And if I was, I am ; relation stands; As dangerous to the pillar'd frame of Heaven, All men are sons of God; yet thee I thought. Or to the Earth's dark basis underneath,

In some respect far higher so declar'd: Are to the main as inconsiderable

Therefore I watch'd thy footsteps from that hour, And harmless, if not wholesome, as a sreeze And follow'd thee still on to this waste wild; To man's less universe, and soun are gone ; Where, by all best conjectures, I collect Yet, as being oft times noxious where they light Thou art to be my fatal enemy: On man, beast, plant, wasteful and turbulent, Good reason then, if I before-hand seek Like turbulencies in the affairs of men,

To understand my adversary, who
Over whose heads they roar, and seem to point, And what he is; his wisdom, power, intent:
They oft fore-signify and threaten ill :

By parl or composition, trucę or league,
This tempest at this desert most was bent; To win him, or win from him what I can:
Of men at thee, for only tbou here dwell'st. And opportunity I here have had
Did I not tell thee, if thou didst reject

To try thee, sift thee, and confess have found thes The perfect season offerid with my aid

Proof against all temptation, as a roek To win thy destin'd seat, but wilt prolong Of adamant, and, as a centre, firm; Alf to the push of fate, pursne thy way

To the utnost of mere man both wise and good, Of gaining David's throne, no inan knows when, Not more; for honours, riches, kingdoms, glory, Frvr both the when and how is no where told? Have been before contemn'd, and inay again. Thou shalt be what thou art ordam'd, no doubt ; Therefore, to know what more thou art than many For angels have proclaim'it it, but concealing Worth naming Sou of God by voice from Heayca, The time and means. Each act is rightliest done Another method I must know begin.”

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