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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.
7he End of the Second Book.
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SO spake the Son of God, and Satan stood
I fee thou know'st what is of use to know,
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