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When to the promis'd land their fathers pass’d; To his due time and providence I leave them. 440

So spake Israel's true king, and to the Fiend Made answer meet, that made void all his wiles. So fares it when with truth falfhood contends.

The end of the Third Book.

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R E G A I N'D.

'BOOK IV.

DERPLEX'D and troubled at his bad success
1 Thę Tempter stood, nor had what to reply,
Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his hope
So oft, and the persuasive rhetoric
That sleek'd his tongue, and won so much on Eve, 5
So little here, nay loft; but Eve was Eve,
This far is over-match, who self-deceiv'd
And ralh, before-hand had no better weigh'd
The strength he was to cope with, or his own:
But as a man who had been matchless held 10
In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought,
To salve his credit, and for very spite,
Still will be tempting him who foils him still,
And never cease, though to his shame the more;
Or as a swarm of flies in vintage time, 15
About the wine-press where sweet must is pour’d,
Beat off, returns as oft with humming sound;
Or surging waves against a solid rock,

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