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Ten Sons of Jacob, two of Joseph, loft
Thus long from Ifrael; serving as of old
Their Fathers in the land of Egypt fervid,
This offer sets before thee to deliver.

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These if from servitude thou shalt restore
To their inheritance, then, nor till then,
Thou on the Throne of David in full glory,
From Egypt to Euphrates, and beyond
şhalt reign, and Rome or Cafar not need fear. 385

To whom our Saviour answer'd thus unmov'd.
Much oftentation vain of fleshly arm,
And fragile arms, much inftrument of war,
Long in preparing, soon to nothing brought,
Before mine eyes thou haft sets and in my car 390
Vented much policy, and projects deep
of enemies, of aids, battels and leagues,
Plausible to the World, to me worth naught.
Means I must use thou say'st, predi&tion else
Will unpredict and fail me of the Throne :

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My time I told thee (and that time for thee
Were better fartheft off) is not yet come;
When that comes think not thou to find me flack
On my part aught endeav’ring, or to need
Thy politick maxims, or that cumbersome

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Luggage of War there shewn me, argument
of human weakness rather than of strength.
My Brethren,as thou call'f them ; those ten Tribes
I must deliver, if I mean to reign
David's crue heir, and his full Scepter (way

4.05 To just extent over all ifraci's Sons;

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But whence to thee this zeal, where was it then
For Ifrael, or for David, or his Throne,
When thou stood's up his Tempter to the pride
Of numb’ring Ifrael, which cost the lives
Of threescore and ten thousand Ifraelites
By three days feftilence? such was thy zeal
To Ifrael chen, the same that now to me.
As for those captive Tribes, themselves were they
who wrought their own captivity, fell off

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From God to worship Calves, the Deities
Of Egypt, Baal next and Ashtaroth,
And all th' Idolatries of Heathen round,
Besides their other worse than heath’nish crimes;
Nor in the land of their captivity

420 Humbled themselves or penitent besought The God of their Fore-fathers; but fo dy'd Impenitent, and left a race behind Like to themselves, distinguifiable - scarce From Gentiles, but by Circumcision vain,

425 And God with Idols in their worship join’d. should I of these the liberty regard, Who freed, as to their ancient Patrimony, Unhumblid, unrepentant, unreform’d, Headlong wou'd follow; and to their Gods perhaps Of Bethel and of Dan? no, let them serve Their enemies, who serve Idols with God. Yet he at length, time to himself best known, Remembring Abraham, by fome wond'rous call May bring them back repentant and fincere,

440 And at their passing cleave th’Asyrian food,

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While to their native land with joy they hafle,
As the Red Sea and Jordan once he cleft,
When to the promis'd land their Fathers pass'd ;
To his due time and providence I leave them. 440

so spake Ifrael'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.

Paradise Regain’d.

B O O K IV.

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