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Her temple on th' offensive mountain, built
By that uxorious king, whose heart though large,
Beguild by fair idolatreffes, fell
To idols foul. Thammuz came next behind,
Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd

The Syrian damsels to lament his fate
| In amorous ditties all a summer's day,

While smooth Adonis from his native rock
Ran purple to the sea, suppos'd with blood
Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love-tale
Infected Sion's daughters with like heat,
Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch
Ezekiel saw, when by the vision led
His eye survey'd the dark idolatries
Of alienated Judah. Next came one
Who mourn'd in earnest, when the captive ark
Maim'd his brute image, head and hands lopt off
In his own temple, on the grunsel edge,
Where he fell flat, and fam'd his worshipers :
Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man
And downward filh: yet had his temple high
Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the coast
Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon,
And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.
Him follow'd Rimmon, whose delightful seat
Was fair Damascus, on the fertil banks
Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streams.
He also' against the house of God was bold:
A leper once he loft, and gain'd a king,
Ahaz his fottish conqu’ror, whom he drew


God's altar to disparage and displace
For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn
His odious offerings, and adore the Gods
Whom he had vanquish'd. After these appear'd
A crew who under names of old renown,
Osiris, Ilis, Orus, and their train,
With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd
Fanatic Egypt and her priests, to seek
Their wand'ring Gods disguis'd in brutish forms
Rather than human. Nor did Ifrael 'scape
Th'infection, when their borrow'd gold compos'd
The calf in Oreb; and the rebel king
Doubled that fin in Bethel and in Dan,
Likening his Maker to the grazed ox,
Jehovah, who in one night when he passid
From Egypt marching, equal'd with one stroke
Both her first-born and all her bleating Gods.
Belial came last, than whom a Spi'rit more lewd
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for itself: to him no temple stood
Or altar finok'd; yet who more oft than he
In temples and at astars, when the priest
Turns atheist, as did Eli's fons, who fillid
With luft and violence the honse of God?
În courts and palaces he also reigns
And in luxurious cities, where the noise
Of riot ascends above their loftieft towers,
And injury and outrage : and when night
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the fons
Of Belial, flown with infolence and wine.


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Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night
In Gibeah, when the hospitable door
Expos'd a matron to avoid worse rape.
These were the prime in order and in might;
The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd:
Th’ Ionian Gods, of Javan's issue held
Gods, yet confess’d later than Heav'n and Earth,
Their boasted parents : Titan Heav'n's first-born,
With his enormous brood, and birthright feis'd
By younger Saturn; he from mightier Jove
His own and Rhea's son like mcasure found;
So Jove usurping reign’d: these first in Crete
And Ida known, thence on the snowy top
Of cold Olympus rul'd the middle air,
Their higheft Heav'n; or on the Delphian cliff,
Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
Of Doric land; or who with Saturn old
Fled over Adria to th' Hesperian fields,
And o'er the Celtic roam'd the utmost iles.

All these and more came flocking; but with looks
Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd
Obscure some glimpse of joy, to' have found their chief
Not in despair, to' have found themselves not loft
In loss itself; which on his count'nance cast
Like doubtful hue : but he his wonted pride
Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore
Semblance of worth not substance, gently rais'd
Their fainting courage, and dispell’d their fears.
Then Itrait commands that at the warlike sound
Of trumpets loud and clarions be uprear'd

His mighty standard: that proud honor clam'd
Azazel as his right, a Cherub tall;
Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd
Th' imperial enlign, which full high advanc'd
Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind,
With gems and golden lustre rich imblaz'd,
Seraphic arms and trophies ; all the while
Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds :
At which the universal hoft up sent
A fhout, that tore Hell's concave, and beyond
Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night.
All in a moment through the gloom were seen
Ten thousand banners rise into the air
With orient colors waving: with them rose
A forest huge of spears ; and thronging helms
Appear'd, and serried thields in thick array
Of depth immeasurable: anon they move
In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood
Of flutes and soft recorder; such as rais'd
To highth of noblest temper heroes old
Arming to battel, and instead of rage
Deliberate valor breath d, firm and unmov'd
With dread of death to fight or foul retreat ;
Nor wanting pow'r to mitigate and swage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chale
Anguilh and doubt and fear and sorrow' and pain
From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they
Breathing united force with fixed thought
Mov'd on in silence to soft pipes, that charm'd
Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil; and now



Adamed in view they ftand, a korrid front
Of drozdowi Bergen und daztung arms, in guise
Of warriors old we order'd spear and field,
Awanag what command their mighty chief
Had to impose : He through the armed files
Darts his experiened eye, and foon traverse
The whole wrews, they order due,
Their vitages and stature as of Gods :
Their number lain the fums. And now his heart
Dutends with pride, and bari'ning in his strength
Glories : for never fincs created man
Met fuch imbodied force, as nam'd with these
Could merit more than that small infantry
Warr’d-on by cranes, though all the giant brood
Of Phlegra with th' heroic race were join'd
That fought at Thebes and liom, on each fide
Mix'd with auxiliar Gods, and what resounds
In fable or romance of Uther's fon
Begirt with British and Armoric knights;
And all who fince, baptiz'd or infidel,
Joufted in Aspramont or Montalban,
Damasco, ot Marocco, or Trebilond,
Or whom Biferta fent from Afric fhore,
When Charlemain with all his peerage fell
By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond
Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd
Their dread commander : he above the reft
In shape and gesture proudly eminent
Stood like a tow'r ; his form had yet not loft
All her original brightness, nor appeared


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