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Turn'd recreant to God, ingrate and false,
And so of all true good himself defpoil'd-
Yet, sacıilegious, to himself would take 140
That which to God alone of right belongs ;
Yet so much bounty is in God, such grace,
That who advance his glory, not their own,
Them he himself to glory will advance.

So spake che Son of God ; and here again 145
Satan had not to answer, but food ftruck
With guilt of his own lin, for he himself
Insatiable of glory had lost all,
Yet of another Plea hethought him foon.

of glory as thou wilt, said he, so deem, 150 Worth or not worth their seeking, let it pass: But to a Kingdom thou art born, ordain'd To fit upon thy Father David's Throne; By Mother's fide thy Father, though thy right Be now in pow'rful hands, that will not part ISS Easily from poffeffion won with arms; Judæa now and all the promis'd land, Reduc'd a Province under Roman yoke, Obeys Tiberius ; nor is always rul'd With temp’rate sway; oft have they violated 166 The Temple, oft the Law with foul affronts, Abominations rather, as did once Antiochus: and think’st thou to regain Thy right by sitting stilt or thus retiring? So did not Machabeus : he indeed

165 Retird unto the Defart, but with arms; And o'er a mighty King fo oft prevail'd.

That by ftrong hand his Family obtain'd,
Tho? Priests, the Crown, and David's Throne ufurp'd,
With Modin and her suburbs once content. 170
If Kingdom move thee not, let move thee Zcal
And Duty; Zeal and Duty are not flows
But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait.
They themselves rather are occasion beft,
Zeal of thy Father's house, Duty to free - 175
Thy Country from her Heathen servitude;
So shalt thou beft fulfil, beft verifie
The Prophets old, who sung thy endless reign,
The happier reign the sooner it begins,
Reign then; what canst thou better do the while ? 180

To whom our Saviour answer thus return’d.
All things are best fulfill'd in their due time,
And time there is for all things, Truth hash said :
If of my reign prophetic Writ hath told,
That it shall never end, so when begin 185
The Father in his purpose hath decreed,
He in whose hand all times and seasons roll.
What if he hath decreed that I fall first
Be try'd in humble state, and things adverse,
By ribulations, injuries, insults,
Contempts, and fcorns, and snares, and vielence,
Suffering, abstaining, quietly expeâing,
Without distrust or doubt, that he may know
What I can suffer, how obeys who best
Can suffer, best can do; best reign, who first

195 Well hath ebey'd ; just trial cre I merit. My cxaltation, without change or ende

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But what concerns it thee when I begin
My everlasting Kingdom, why art thou
Solicitous, what moves thy inquisition? 200,
Know'st thou not that my rifing is thy fall,
And my promotion will be thy destruction?

To whom the Tempter inly rack'd reply'd:
Let that come when it comes ; all hope is loft
Of my reception into grace; what worse? 205
For where no hope is left, is left no fear;
If there be worse, the expectation more
Of worse torments me than the feeling can.
I would be at the worst; worst is my Port,
My harbour and my ultimate repose,
The end I would attain, my final good.
My error was my error, and my crime ..
My crime ; whatever for it self condemu'd,
And will alike be punish'd; whether thou
Reiga or reign not; though to that gentle brow 215
Willingly I could Aie, and hope thy reign,
From that placid aspect and meck regard,
Rather than aggravate my evil ftate,
Would stand between me and thy Father's ire,
(Whose ire I dread more than the Fire of Hell,) 220
A shelter and a kind of shading cool
Interpolition, as a summer's cloud.
If I then to the worst that can be hafte,
Why move thy feet so flow to what is best,
Happiest both to thy self and all the world,
That thou who wouhiçît art should't be their King !
Perhaps thou lingreh in deep thoughts detain'd

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Of th’enterprize so hazardous and high;
No wonder, for though in thee be united
What of perfe&tion can in man be found, 230
Or human nature can receive, consider,
Thy life hath yet been private, most part spent
At home, scarce view'd the Gallilean Towns,
And once a year Jerusalem, few days

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Short sojourn ; and what thence could'At thou observe?
The world thou haft not seen, much less her glory,
Empires, and Monarchs, and their radiant Courts,
Best school of best experience, quickest in light
In all things that to greatest Adions lead.
The wiseft, unexperienc'd, will be ever 240
Tim'rous and loth, with novice modefty,
(As he who seeking Asses found a Kingdom)
Irresoluté, unhardy, unadventrous :.
But I will bring thee where thou soon thalt quit
Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes 245
The Monarchies of th'Earth, their pomp and state,
Sufficient introduction to inform
Thee, of thy self so apt, in regal Arts,
And regal Mysteries, that shou may't know
How beft their opposition to withstand. 250

With that (such pow'r was giv'n him then) he took The Son of God up to a Mountain high. It was a Mountain at whose verdant feet A spacious plain out-stretch'd in circuit wide Lay pleasant; from his Gde two rivers flow'd, Th’one winding, th’other ftraight, and left between Fair Champain with less rivers interveia’d,

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Then meeting join'd their Tribute to the Sea,
Fertil of corn the glebe, of oyl and wine, 259
With herds the pastures throng'd,with flocks the hills;
Huge Cities and high towr'd, that well might seem
The seats of mightiest Monarchs, and so large.
The Prospe&t was, that here and there was room
For barren desart fountainless and dry.
To this high mountain top the Tempcer brought 265
Our Saviour, and new train of words began.

Well have we speeded, and o'er hill and dale,
Forest and field, and food, Temples and Tow'rs
Cut forter many a league ; here thou behold’ft
Assyria and her Empire's ancient bounds, 270
Araxes and the Caspian Jake, thence on
As far as Indus East, Euphrates West,
And oft beyond ; to South the Persian Bay,
And inaccessible th' Arabiun drouth:
Here Ninevee, of length within her wall

275 Sev'ral days journey, built by Ninus old, Of that first golden Monarchy che seat, And seat of Salmanafür, whose success Ifrael in long captivity Itill mourns; There Babylon the wonder of all tongues, 280 As ancient, but rebuilt by him who twice Judah and all thy Father David's house Led captive, and Jerusalem laid waste, Till Cyrus set them free; Persepolis His City there chou seeft, and Badra there; 235 Esbatana her structure vast there thews, And Hecatompylos her hundred gates,

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