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To whom the Fiend now swoln with rage reply'd : Then hear, o Son of David, Virgin-born ; soo For Son of God to me is yet in doubt, Of the Melliah I have heard foretold By all the Prophets; of thy birth at length -Announc'd by Gabriel with the first I knew, And of th' Angelic Song in Bethlehem field, Sos On thy birth-night, that sung thee Saviour born, From that time seldom have I ceas'd to eye Thy infancy, thy childhood, and thy youth, Thy manhood last, though yet in private bred;

Till at the Ford of Jordan whither all SIO i Flock'd to the Baptift, I among the rest,

Though not to be Baptiz’d, by voice from Heav'n
Heard thee pronounc'd the Son of God belov’d.
Thenceforth I thought thee.worth my nearer view
And narrower Scrutiny, that I might learn 515
In what degree or meaning thou art call’d
The Son of God, which bears no single sense;
The Son of God I also am, or was,
And if I was, I am ; relacion ftands;
All men are Sons of God; yet thee I thought s.28
In some respect far higher so declar'd.
Therefore I watch'd thy footsteps from that hour,
And follow'd thee still on to this waste wild;
Where by all best conjectures I collect
Thou art to be my fatal enemy.

Good reason then, if I before-hand seek
To understand my Adversary, who
And what he is; bis wisdom, pow's, intent,


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By parl, or composition, truce, or league
To win him, or win from him what I can. 530
And opportunity I here have had
To try thee, lift thee, and confess have found thee
Proof against all temptation as a rock
Of Adamant, and as a Center, firm
To th' utmost of meer man both wise and good, s35
Not more ; for Honours, Riches, Kingdoms, Glory
Have been before contemn’d, and may again :
Therefore to know what more thou art than man,
Worth naming Son of God by voice from Heav'n,
Another method I must now begin,

So saying he caught him up, and without wing
Of Hippogrif bore through the air sublime
Over the wilderness and o'er the Plain ;
Till underneath them fair ferusalem,
The holy city lifted high her Tow'rs, 545
And higher yet the glorious Temple rear'd
Her pile, far off appearing like a Mount
Of Alabafter, top'd with Golden Spires:
There on the highest Pinnacle he sec
The Son of God; and added thus in scorn :

There stand, if thou wilt stand; to stand upright Will ask thee skill; I to thy Father's house Have brought thee, and highest plac'd, highest is best, Now shew thy Progeny; if not to stand, Cast thy self down ; safely if Son of God: $55. For it is written, He will give command Concerning thee to his Angels, in their hands They hall up lift thee, left at any tinic

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Thou chance to dath thy foot against a stone.

To whom thus Jesus: Also it is written, 566 Tempt not the Lord thy God; he said and Atoode But Saran smitten with amazement fell As when Earth's Son Antąus (to compare Small things with greatest) in Iraffa ftrove With Jove's Alcides, and oft foil'd fill rose, sans Receiving from his mother Earh new Arength, Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join’d, Throttled at length in th’Air, expir'd and fell; So after many a foil the Tempter proud, Renewing fresh assaults, amidf his pride Fell whence he stood to see his Victor fall. And as that Theban Monster that propos'd Her riddle, and him, who folv'd it not, devour'd; That once found out and folv’d, for grief and spight Caft her felf headlong from th' Ismenian steep, s7s. So ftrook with dread and anguish fell the Fiend, And to his crew, that fat consulting, brought Joyless Triumphals of his hop'd success, Ruin, and desperation, and dismay, Who durft so proully tempt the Son of God. 580 So Satan fell; and Arait a fiery Glooc Of Angels on full fail of wing few nighi, Who on their plumy Vans receiv’d him foft From his uneasie station, and upbore As on a floating couch through the blithe Air, 585 Then in a flow'ry valley set him down On a green bank, and set before him spred A table of Celestial Food, Divine,

Ambrosial fruits, fetcht from the Tree of Life,
And from the fount of Life Ambrofial drink, sge
That soon refresh'd him weaty'd, and repair'd
Whar hunger, if aught hunger had impair’d,
Or thirst, and as he fed, Angelic Quires : ?"
Sung Heavonly Anthems of his victory
Over temptation, and the Tempter proud. $95

True Image of the Father whether thron'd
In the bosom of bliss, and light of lights
Conceiving, or remote from Heav'n, enthrin'd
In fleshly Tabernacle, and human form,
Wand'ring the Wilderness, whatever place, 600
Habite, or ftate, or motion; ftill expreffing
The Son of God, with God-like force indu'd
Againt th' Attempter of thy Father's Throne;
And Thief of Paradise; him long of old
Thou did'ft debel, and down from Heav'n cast 605
With all his Army, now thou hast aveng'd
Supplanted Adam, and by vanquishing
Temptation, hath regain’d loft Paradise;
And frustrated the conquest fraudulent: of
He never more henceforth will dare set foot 610
In Paradise to tempt ; his snares are broke:
For though that seat of earthly bliss be faild,
A fairer Paradise is founded now
For Adam and his chosen Sons, whom thou
A Saviour art come down to re-instal
Where they fall dwell secure, when time thall be
Of Tempter and Temptation without fear.
But thou, Infernal Serpent, lalo not long



Rule in the Clouds; like an Autumnal Star
Or Lightning thou shalt fall from Heav'n trod down
Under his feet: for proof, ere this thou feel’At 62!
Thy wound, yet not thy last and deadliest wound
By this repulse receiv'd, and hold't in Hell
No triumph ; in all her Gates Abaddon rues
Thy bold attempt; hereafter learn with aw
To dread the Son of God: he all unarm'd
Shall chase thee with the terror of his voice
From thy Demoniac holds, poffeffion foul,
Thee and thy Legions, yelling they fall fly,
And beg to hide them in a herd of Swine, 630
Left he command them down into the deep
Bound, and to corment sent before their time.
Hail Son of the moft High, heir of both Worlds,
Queller of Satan, on thy glorious work
Now enter, and begin to save mankind.

Thus they the Son of God our Saviour meek
Sung Vi&or, and from Heav'nly Feast refrekt
Brought on his way with joy; he unobserv'd
Home to his Mother's house private return'd.


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