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Their Fathers in the land of Egypt fervd,
This offer fets before thee to deliver.
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
Shalt reign, and Rome or Cæfar not need fear.

To whom our Saviour answer'd thus unmoy'd.
Much oftentation vain of Aeshly arm,
And fragile arms, much instrument of war
Long in preparing, soon to nothing brought,
Before mine Eyes thou haft fet; and in my ear '
Vented much policy, and projects deep:
Of enemies, of aids, båttels and leagues, : :
Plausible to the World, to me worth naught.
Means I must use thou fay’ft, prediction elle
Will unpredict and fail me of the Throne;'
My time I told thee (and that time for thee
Were better farthest off) is not yet come;
When that comes think not thou to find me llack
On my part aught endeav'ring, or to need
Thy politick maxims, or thar cumbersome
Luggage of War there shewn me, argument

Of

Of human weakness rasher than of strength..

My Brethren, as thou call'st them those ten Tribes

I must deliver, if I mean to reign:

David's true heir, and his full Scepter sway

To just extent over all Israel's Sons;

But whence to thee this zeal* where was it then

For Israeli or for David, or his Throne,

When thou slood'st up his Tempter to the pridfc

Of numb'ring Israels which cost the lives

Of threescore and ten thousand Israelites

By three days Pestilence? such was thy zeal

To Israel then, the fame that now to me.

As for those captive Tribes, themselves were they

Who wrought their own Captivity, fell off

From God to worship Calves, the Deities

Of Egypt) Baalnext and Ashtaroth$ ;.. .'

And all th' Idolatries of Heathen rounds

Besides their other worse than heath'nish crimes?

Nor in the land of their captivity

Humbled themselves or penitent besought

The God of their Fore-fathers^ but so dy'd

Impenitent, and left a race behind

Like to themselves, distinguishable scarce

VJ Frorrt

From Gentils, but by Circumcision vain,
And God with Idols in their worship join'cL
Should I of these the liberty regard,
Who freed, as to their ancient Patrimony^
Unhumbl'd, unrepentant, unreform'd,
Headlong would follow 3 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,
RemembringyfM?jSw») by some wond'rous call
May bring them back repentant and sincere,
And at their passing cleave th'AJtyrian flood,
While to their native land with joy they haste*
As the Red Sea and Jordan once he cleft,
When to the promis'd land their Fathers passed j
To his due time and providence I leave them.

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 falshood contends.

The End of the Third Book { F Para

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Erplex'd and troubled at his bad success The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply, Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his So off, and the persuasive Rhetoric [hope, That sleek'd his tongue, and won so much on Eve, So little here, nay lost } but Eve was Eve, This far his over-match, who self deceiv'd And rash, 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 In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought, *•: v To

To save his credit, and for very spight
Still will be tempting him who foyls him still,
And never cease, though to his fliame the more -t
Or as a swarm of flies in vintage time,
About the wine-press where sweet moustispowr'd,
Beat off, returns as oft with humming found;
Or surging waves against a solid rockj
Though all to Olivers dasiYd, th'aflault renewj
Vain batt'ry, and in froth or bubbles end j
So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
JMet ever; and to shameful silence brought,
Yet gives not o'er though desp'rate of successj
And his vain importunity pursues
He brought our Saviour to the Western side
Of that high mountain, whence he might behold
Another plain, long but in breadch not wide,
WauYd by the Southern Sea, and on the North
To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills
That screen'd the fruits of th' earth and feats of men
From cold Seftentrion blasts, thence in the midst
Divided by a_ river, of whose banks
On each side an Imperial City stood*
With Tow'rs and Temples proudly elevate

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