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And his Son Herod plac'd on Juda's Throne > (Thy Throne} but gold that got him puissant friends? \ Therefore, if at great things thou would'st arrive, Get Riches first, get Wealth, and Treasure heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me, Riches are mine, Fortune is in my hand} They whom I favour thrive in wealth amain, While Virtue, Valour, Wisdom fit in want.

To whom thus Jesus patiently reply'd j Yet Wealth without these three is impotent To gain dominion, or to keep it gain'd. Witness those ancient Empires of the Earth, In heighth of all their flowing wealth dislblv'dj But men endu'd with these, have oft attain'd In lowest poverty to highest deeds; Gideon and Jephtha, and the Shepherd lad, Whose Off-spring on the Throne of Judah fat So many Ages, and (hall yet regain That feat, and reign in Israel without end. Among the Heathen, (for throughout the Worjd, To me is not unknown what hath been done Worthy Memorial) canst thou not remember QuinttiSi FabrtrittSi Curiusy Regulus?

For I esteem those names of men so poor

"Who could do mighty things, and could contemn

iRiches though offer'd from the hand of Kings.

And what in me seems wanting, but that I

May also in this poverty as soon

Accomplish what they did, perhaps and more?

Extol not Riches then, the toyl of Fools,

The wife man's cumbrance, if not snare, more apt

To slacken Virtue, and abate her edge,

Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise.

What if with like aversion I reject

Riches and Realms; yet not for that a Crown,

Golden in shew, is but a wreath of thorns,

Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights

To him who wears the Regal Diadem,

When on his shoulders each mans burden lies

For therein stands the Office of a King,

His Honour, Virtue, Merit and chief Praise,

That for the Publick all this weight he bears.

Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules

Passions, Desires, and Fears, is more a King*

Which ev'ry wife and virtuous man attains:

And who attains not, ill aspires to rule

Cities of men, of head-strong multitudes.
Subject himself to Anarchy within,
Or lawless Passions in him which he serves.
But to guide Nations in the way of truth
By saving Doctrine, and from error lead
To know, and knowing worship God aright,
Is yet more Kingly, this attracts the Soul,
Governs the inner man, the nobler part,
That other o'er the body only reigns,
And oft by force, which to a gen'rous mind
So reigning can be no sincere delight.
Besides to give a Kingdom hath been thought
Greater and nobler done, and to lay^own
Far more magnanimous, than to afllime.
Riches are needless then, both for themselves,
And for thy reason why they mould be sought,
To gain a Scepter, oftest better miss'd

7he End of the Second Book.

Taradise "Regain d.


SO spake the Son of God, and Satan stood
A while as mute confounded what to fay,
What to reply, confuted and convinc'd
Of his weak arguing, and fallacious drift j
At length collecting all his Serpent wiles,
With soothing words rencw'd, him thus accosts.

I fee thou know'st what is of use to know,
What best to say canst say, to do canst do;
Thy actions to thy words accord, thy words
To thy large heart give utterance due, thy heart
Contains of good, wife, just, the perfect shape.
Should Kings and Nations from thy mouth consult,

Thy Thy Counsel would be as the Oracle

Urim and Thummim, those oraculous gems

On Aaron's breast: or tongue of Seers old

Infallible} or wert thou sought to deeds

That might require th'array of war, thy skill 1

Of conduct would be such, that all the world

Could not sustain thy Prowess, or subsist

In battel, though against thy few in arms.

These God-like Virtues wherefore dost thou hide?

Affecting private life, or more obscure

In savage Wilderness, wherefore deprive'

All Earth her wonder at thy acts, thy self

The fame and glory, glory the reward

That sole excites to high attempts, the flame

Of most erected Spirits, most temper'd pure

Ætherial, who all pleasures else despise,

All treasures and all gain esteem as dross,

And dignities and pow'rs all but the highest?

Thy years are ripe, and over-ripe, the son

Of Macedonian cPhilif had e'er these

Won Asia and the Throne of Cyrus held

At his dispose, young Scifio had brought down

The Carthaginian pride, young Tompey quell'd


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