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I bid not or forbid} do as thou sind'st
Permission from above; thou canst not more.

He added not} and Satan bowing low
His gray dissimulation, disappears
Into thin Air disfus'd: for now began
Night with her sullen wings to double-made
TheDesart:, Fowls in their clay nests were couch'd;
And now wild Beasts came forth the woods to roam.

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BOOK II.

MEan while thenew-baptiz'd,who yet remain'd
At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen
Him whom they heard so late exprefly call'd
Jesus Messiah Son of God declar'd,
And on that high Authority had believ'd,
And with him talkt, and with him lodg'd, I mean
jindrew and Simon, famous after known,
With others though in Holy Writ not nam'd,
Now missing him their Joy so lately found,
So lately found, and so abruptly gone,
Began to doubt, and doubted many days,
And as the days increas'd, increas'd their doubt:

Sometimes Sometimes they thought he might be only (hewn,

And for a time caught up to God, as once

Moses was in the Mount, and missing long*

And the great Thisbite who on fiery wheels

Rode up to Heav'n, yet once again to come.

Therefore as those young Prophets then with care

Sought lost Elijah, so in each place these

Nigh to Bethabara-, in Jerico

The City of Palms, a^Enon, and Salem Old,

Macharus and each Town or City wall'd

On this side the broad lake Genezaret,

Or in Terea, but return'd in vain.

Then on the bank of Jordan, by a Creek,

Wherewinds with Reeds and Osiers whisp'ringplay.,

Plain Fishermen, no greater men them call,

Close in a Cottage low together got,

Their unexpected loss and plaints out breath'd.

Alas, from that high hope to what relapse

Unlook'd for are we fall'n, our eyes beheld

Messiah certainly now come, so long

Expected of our Fathers y we have heard

His words, his wisdom full of grace and truth,

Now, nowj for sure, deliverance is at hand,

, •-.« The The Kingdom (hall to Israel be restor'd:

Thus we rejoyc'd, but soon our joy is Curn'd

Into perplexity and new amaze:

For whither is he gone, what accident

Hath rapt him from us? will he now retire

After appearance, and again prolong .

Our expectation? God of Israel*

Send thy Messiah forth, the time is come$

Behold the Kings of th' Earth how they oppress

Thy chosen> to-what heighth their pow'r unjuty

They have exalted, and behind them cast

All fear of thee, arise and vindicate

Thy Glory, free thy people from their yoke,

But let us wait} thus far he hath perform'd,

Sent his Anointed, and to us reveal'd him,

By his great Prophet, pointed at and shown,

In publick, and with him we have convers'd $

Let us be glad of this, and all our fears

]Lay on his Providence} he will not fail

Nor will withdraw him now, nor will recall,

Mock us with his blest fight, then snatch him hence,

Soon we (hall see our hope, our joy return,

Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume To find whom at the first they found unsought: But to his Mother Mary, when (he saw Others return'd from Baptism, not her Son, Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none; Within her breast, though calm} her breast, though Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd [Pure Some troubled thoughts, which (he in sighs thus clad.

O what avails me now that honour high To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute Hale highly favour'd, among Women blest -t While I to Sorrows am no less advanc'd, And fears as eminent, above the lot Of other Women, by the birth I bore, In such a season born when scarce a Shed Could be obtain'd to shelter him or me From the bleak airj a Stable was our warmth, A Manger his, yet soon enforc'd to fly Thence into Egypt-, till the Murd'rous King Were dead, who sought his life, and missing fuTcf With Infant blood the streets ot Bethlehem-, From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth

Hath been our dwelling many years, his life

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