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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

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
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,


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,

There Safa by Choafpes, amber stream,
The drink of none but Kings; of later fame
Built by Emathian, or by Parthian hands,

The great Seleucia, Nicibis, and there
Artaxata, Teredon, Tefiphon,
Turning with easie eye chou mayst behold.
All these the Parthian, now some Ages past,
By great Arfaces led, who founded first

395 That Empire, under his dominion holds, From the luxurious Kings of Antioch won. And just in time thou com'ft to have a view Of his great Pow'r; for now the Parthias King In Ctefiphon hath gather'd all his Hoft

300 Against the Scythian, whose Incursions wild Have wasted Sogdiana ; to her aid He marches now in haste; see, though from far, His thousands, in what Martial equipage They issue forth, Steel Bows, and Mafts their arms 305 Of equal dread in flight, or in pursuit ; All Horsemen, in which fight they most excel; See how in warlike Mufter they appear, In Rhombs and wedges, and half-moons and wings.

He lookt and saw what numbers numberless 319 The City gates out-pour’d, light armed Troops In coats of Mail and Military pride; In Mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong, Prauncing their riders bore, the flow's and choice. of many Provinces from bound to bound; 315 From Arachofia, from Gandaor Eaft, And Margiana to the Hircanian cliffs


Of Caucasus, and dark Iberian dales,
From Atroparia and the neighb'ring plains
Of Adiabene, Media, and the South

Of Sufiana, to Balfara's hav'n.
He saw them in their forms of battel rang'd,
How quick they wheel'd, and Aying behind then thot
Sharp feet of Arrowy now'r againit the face
Of their pursuers, and overcame by flight; 325
The field all iron cast a gleaming brown,
Nor wanted clouds of foot, nor on each horn,
Curiassiers all in steel for ftanding fight;
Chariots or Elephants endorft with Tow'rs
of Archers, nor of lab’ring Pioneers

330 A multitude with Spades and Axes arm’d To lay hills plain, fell woods, or vallies fill, Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke; Mules after these, Camels and Dromedaries, 335 And Waggons fraught with Utensils of war. Such forces met not, nor so wide a Camp, When Agrican with all his Northern pow'rs Belegʻd Albracca, as Romances tell ; The City of Gallaphrone, from thence to win 340 The fairest of her Sex Angelica His daughter, sought by many Prowest Knights, Both Paynim, and the Peers of Charlemane. Such and so numerous was their Chivalry ; At light whereof the Fiend yet more prelum'd, 345 And to our Saviour thus his words renew’d.

That thou may'ft know I seek not to engage Thy virtue, and not ev'ry way secure On no flight grounds thy fafety; hear, and mark Towhat end I have brought thee hither and fewn 350 All this fair fight ; thy Kingdom though foretold By Prophet or by Angel, unless thou Endeavour, as thy Father David did, Thou never shalt obrain; predi&tion ftill In all things, and all men, fuppposes means, 355 Without mcans us'd, what it predicts revokes. But say thou wert poffefs'd of David's Throne By free consent of all, none opposite, Samaritan or Jedo; how could'st thou hope Long to enjoy it quiet and secure,

360 Between two such enclosing enemies Roman and Parthian ? therefore one of these Thou must make sure thy own, the Parthian first By my advice, as nearer and of late Found able by invasion to annoy

365 Thy country, and captive lead away her Kings Antigonus, and old Hyrcanus bound, Maugre the Roman: it fall be my task To render chee the Parthian at dispose; Chuse which thou wilt by conquest or by league. 370 By him thou shalt regain, without him not, That which alone can truly reinstal thee In David's royal Seat, his true Succeflor, Deliv’rance of thy brethren, those ten Tribes Whose oft-spring in his Territory yet serve 375 In Habor, and among the Medes dispers'd


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