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Admiring stood a space, then into hymns

Conceiv'd in me a virgin; he foretold, Burst forth, and in celestial measures mov'd, Thou should'st be great, and sit on David's throne, Circling the throne and singing, while the hand And of thy kingdom there should be no end. Sung with the voice, and this the argument. At thy nativity, a glorious quire

“ Victory and triumph to the Son of God, Of angels, in the fields of Bethiehem, sung Now entering his great duel, not of arms,

To shepherds, watching at their folds by night, But to vanquish by wisdom hellish wiles !

And told them the Messiah now was born, The Father knows the Son; therefore secure Where they might see him, and to thee they came, Ventures his filial virtue, though untried,

Directed to the manger where thou lay'st, Against whate'er may tempt, whate'er seduce, For in the inn was left no better room : Allure, or terrify, or undermine.

A star, not seen before, in Heaven appearing, Be frustrate, all ye stratagems of Hell,

Guided the wise men thither from the east, And, devilish machinations, come to naught!" To honour thee with incense, myrrh, and gold;

So they in Heaven their odes and vigils tun'd: By whose bright course led on they found the place, Meanwhile the Son of God, who yet some days Affirming it thy star, new-graven in Heaven, Lodg'd in Bethabara, where John baptiz’d, By which they knew the king of Israel born. Musing, and much revolving in his breast, Just Simeon and prophetic Anna, warn'd How best the mighty work he might begin By vision, found thee in the temple, and spake, Of Saviour to mankind, and which way first Before the altar and the vested priest, Publish his God-like office now mature,

Like things of thee to all that present stood.' One day forth walk'd alone, the Spirit leading This having heard, straight I again revolvid And his deep thoughts, the better to converse The law and prophets, searching what was writ With solitude, till, far from track of men,

Concerning the Messiah, to our scribes Thought following thought, and step by step led on, Known partly, and soon found, of whom they spake He enter'd now the bordering desert wild, I am ; this chiefly, that my way must lie And, with dark shades and rocks environ'd round, Through many a hard assay, even to the death, His holy meditations thus pursued.

Ere I the promis'd kingdom can attain, “ o, what a multitude of thoughts at once Or work redemption for mankind, whose sins Awakened in me swarm, while I consider

Full weight must be transferr'd upon my head. What from within I feel myself, and hear

Yet, neither thus dishearten'd or dismay'd,
What from without comes often to my ears, The time prefix'd I waited; when behold
Ill sorting with my present state compar'd ! The Baptist, (of whose birth I oft had heard,
When I was yet a child, no childish play

Not knew by sight,) now come, who was to come
To me was pleasing ; all my mind was set Before Messiah, and his way prepare !
Serious to learn and know, and thence to do I, as all others, to his baptism came,
What might be public good ; myself I thought Which I believ'd was from above ; but he
Born to that end, born to promote all truth, Straight knew me, and with loudest voice proclaim'd
All righteous things : therefore, above my years, Me him, (for it was shown him so from Heaven,)
The law of God I read, and found it sweet, Me him, whose harbinger he was; and first
Made it my whole delight, and in it grew

Refus'd on me his baptism to confer,
To such perfection, that, ere yet my age

As much his greater, and was hardly won:
Had measur'd twice six years, at our great feast But, as I rose out of the laving stream,
I went into the temple, there to hear

Heaven opened her eternal doors, from whence The teachers of our law, and to propose

The Spirit descended on me like a dove; What might improve my knowledge or their own; And last, the sum of all, my Father's voice, And was admir'd by all : yet this not all

Audibly heard from Heaven, pronounc'd me his, To which my spirit aspir'd; victorious deeds "Me his beloved Son, in whom alone Flam'd in my heart, heroic acts; one while He was well pleas'd;' by which I knew the time To rescue Israel from the Roman yoke,

Now full, that I no more should live obscure, Then to subdue and quell, o'er all the Earth, But openly begin, as best becomes, Brute violence and proud tyrannic power,

The authority which I deriv'd from Heaven. Till truth were freed, and equity restor'd :

And now by some strong motion I am led Yet held it more humane, more heavenly, first Into this wilderness, to what intent By winning words to conquer willing hearts, I learn not yet ; perhaps I need not know, And make persuasion do the work of fear ; For what concerns my knowledge God reveals.” At least to try, and teach the erring soul,

So spake our Morning-star, then in his rise, Not wilfully misdoing, but unaware

And, looking round, on every side beheld Misled; the stubborn only to subdue.

A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades; These growing thoughts my mother soon perceiving, The way he came not having mark’d, return By words at times cast forth, inly rejoic'd,

Was difficult, by human steps untrod; And said to me apart, . High are thy thoughts,

And still on was led, but with such thoughts
O son, but nourish them, and let them soar Accompanied of things past and to come
To what height sacred virtue and true worth Lodg'd in his breast, as well might recommend
Can raise them, though above example high ; Such solitude before choicest society.
By matchless deeds express thy matchless sire, Full forty days he pass'd, whether on hill
For know, thou art no son of mortal man; Sometimes, anon on shady vale, each night
Though men esteem thee low of parentage, Under the covert of some ancient oak,
Thy father is the Eternal King who rules

Or cedar, to defend him from the dew,
All Heaven and Earth, angels and sons of men; Or harbour'd in one cave, is not reveal'd;
A messenger from God foretold thy birth

Nor tasted human food, nor hunger felt

Till those days ended; hunger'd then at last That he might fall in Ramoth, they demurring,
Among wild beasts : they at his sight grew mild, I undertook that office, and the tongues
Nor sleeping him nor waking lrarm’d; his walk Of all his flattering prophets glibb'd with lies
The fiery serpent fled and noxious worm,

To his destruction, as I had in charge ;
The lion and fierce tiger glar'd aloof.

For what he bids I do. Though I have lost But now an aged man in rural weeds,

Much lustre of my native brightness, lost Following, as seem'd, the quest of some stray ewe, To be belov'd of God, I have not lost Or wither'd sticks to gather, which might serve To love, at least contemplate and admire, Against a winter's day, when winds blow keen, What I see excellent in good, or fair, To warm him wet return'd from field at eve, Or virtuous ; I should so have lost all sense: He saw approach, who first with curious eye What can then be less in me than desire Perus'd him, then with words thus utter'd spake. To see thee and approach thee, whom I know Sir, what ill chance hath brought thee to this Declar'd the Son of God, to hear attent place

Thy wisdom, and behold thy God-like deeds? So far from path or road of men, who pass Men generally think me much a foe In troop or caravan? for single none

To all mankind : why should I ? they to me Durst ever, who return'd, and dropt not here Never did wrong or violence ; by them His carcase, pin'd with hunger and with drought. I lost not what I lost, rather by them I ask the rather, and the more admire,

I gain'd what I have gain'd, and with them dwell, For that to me thou seem'st the Man, whom late Copartner in these regions of the world, Our new baptizing prophet at the ford

If not disposer ; lend them oft my aid, Of Jordan honour'd so, and call'd thee Son Oft my advice by presages and signs, Of God: I saw and heard, for we sometimes And answers, oracles, portents, and dreams, Who dwell this wild, constrain’d by want, come Whereby they may direct their future life. forth

Envy they say excites me, thus to gain To town or village nigh, (nighest is far,)

Companions of my misery and woe. Where aught we hear, and curious are to hear, At first it may be ; but, long since with woe What happens new ; fame also finds us out. Nearer acquainted, now I feel, by proof, To whom the Son of God. “ Who brought me That fellowship in pain divides not smart, hither,

Nor lightens aught each man's peculiar load. Will bring me hence; no other guide I seek.” Small consolation then, were man adjoin'd: (Ma

“ By miracle he may," replied the swain ; This wounds me most, (what can it less ?) that " What other way I see not ; for we here

Man fall’n shall be restor'd, I never more." Live on tough roots and stubs, to thirst inur'd To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied. More than the camel, and to drink go far,

“ Deservedly thou griev'st, compos'd of lies Men to much misery and hardship born :

From the beginning, and in lies wilt end; But, if thou be the Son of God, command

Who boast'st release from Hell, and leave to come That out of these hard stones be made thee bread, Into the Heaven of Heavens : thou com'st indeed So shalt thou save thyself, and us relieve

As a poor miserable captive thrall With food, whereof we wretched seldom taste." Comes to the place where he before had sat He ended, and the Son of God replied.

Among the prime in splendour, now deposid, “ Think'st thou such force in bread ? Is it not Ejected, emptied, gaz'd, unpitied, shunn'd, written,

A spectacle of ruin, or of scorn, (For I discern thee other than thou seem'st) To all the host of Heaven: the happy place • Man lives not by bread only, but each word Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy, Proceeding from the mouth of God, who fed Rather inflames thy torment: representing Our fathers here with manna ?' in the mount Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable, Moses was forty days, nor eat, nor drank ;

So never more in Hell than when in Heaven. And forty days Elijah, without food,

But thou art serviceable to Heaven's King. Wander'd this barren waste : the same I now : Wilt thou impute to obedience what thy fear Why dost thou then suggest to me distrust, Extorts, or pleasure to do ill excites ? Knowing who I am, as I know who thou art ?” What but thy malice mov'd thee to misdeem Whom thus answer'd the arch-fiend, now undis- of righteous Job, then cruelly to afflict him guis’d.

With all inflictions ? but his patience won. “ 'Tis true I am that Spirit unfortunate,

The other service was thy chosen task, Who, leagu'd with millions more in rash revolt, To be a liar in four hundred mouths Kept not my happy station, but was driven For lying is thy sustenance, thy food. With them from bliss to the bottomless deep, Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oracles Yet to that hideous place not so confin'd

By thee are given, and what confess'd more true By rigour unconniving, but that oft,

Among the nations ? that hath been thy craft, Leaving my dolorous prison, I enjoy

By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies. Large liberty to round this globe of earth,

But what have been thy answers, what but dark, Or range in the air ; nor from the Heaven of Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding, Heavens

Which they who ask'd have seldom understood. Hath he excluded my resort sometimes.

And not well understood as good not known? I came among the sons of God, when he

Who ever by consulting at thy shrine Gave up into my hands Uzzean Job

Return'd the wiser, or the more instruct, To prove him, and illustrate his high worth; To fly or follow what concern'd him most, And, when to all his angels he propos'd

Apd run not sooner to his fatal snare? To draw the proud king Ahab into fraud

For God hath justly given the nations up

To thy delusions; justly, since they fell

cumstances respecting the birth and early life os Idolatrous: but, when his purpose is

her son. Satan again meets his infernal council, Among them to declare his providence

reports the bad success of his first temptation of To thee not known, whence hast thou then thy truth, our blessed Lord, and calls upon them for But from him, or his angels president

counsel and assistance. Belial proposes the In every province, who, themselves disdaining tempting of Jesus with women. Satan rebukes To approach thy temples, give thee in command Belial for his dissoluteness, charging on him all What, to the smallest tittle, thou shalt say

the profligacy of that kind ascribed by the poets To thy adorers ? Thou, with trembling fear, to the heathen gods, and rejects his proposal as Or like a fawning parasite, obey'st :

in no respect likely to succeed. Satan then Then to thyself ascrib'st the truth foretold.

suggests other modes of temptation, particuBut this thy glory shall be soon retrench’d;

larly proposing to avail himself of the circumNo more shalt thou by oracling abuse

stance of our Lord's hungering; and, taking The Gentiles; henceforth oracles are ceas'd,

a band of chosen spirits with him, returns to And thou no more with pomp and sacrifice

resume his enterprise. - Jesus hungers in the Shalt be inquir'd at Delphos, or elsewhere;

desert. - Night comes on; the manner in which At least in vain, for they shall find thee mute. our Saviour passes the night is described. God hath now sent his living oracle

Morning advances.

Satan again appears to Into the world to teach his final will,

Jesus, and, after expressing, wonder that he And sends his Spirit of Truth henceforth to dwell should be so entirely neglected in the wilderness, In pious hearts, an inward oracle

where others had been miraculously fed, tempts To all truth requisite for men to know.”

him with a sumptuous banquet of the most luxuSo spake our Saviour, but the subtle fiend,

rious kind. This he rejects, and the banquet Though inly stung with anger and disdain,

vanishes. Satan, finding our Lord not to be Dissembled, and this answer smooth return'd. assailed on the ground of appetite, tempts him “ Sharply thou hast insisted on rebuke,

again by offering him riches, as the means of And urg'd me with hard doings, which not will acquiring power : this Jesus also rejects, proBut misery hath wrested from me. Where

ducing many instances of great actions perEasily canst thou find one miserable,

formed by persons under virtuous poverty, and And not enforc'd oft-times to part from truth, specifying the danger of riches, and the cares and If it may stand him more in stead to lie,

pains inseparable from power and greatness. Say and unsay, feign, flatter, or abjure ? But thou art plac'd above me, thou art Lord; MEANWHILE the new-baptiz'd, who yet remain'd From thee I can, and must submiss, endure, At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Check, or reproof, and glad to 'scape so quit. Him whom they heard so late expressly callid Hard are the ways of Truth, and rough to walk, Jesus Messiah, Son of God declar'd, Smooth on the tongue discours’d, pleasing to the ear, and on that high authority had believ'd, And tuneable as sylvan pipe or song ;

And with him talk'd, and with him lodg'd; I mean What wonder then if I delight to hear

Andrew and Simon, fanious after known, Her dictates from thy mouth? Most men admire With others, though in Holy Writ not nam'd; Virtue, who follow not her lore: permit me Now missing him, their joy so lately found, To hear thee when I come, (since no man comes,) (So lately found, and so abruptly gone,) And talk at least, though I despair to attain. Began to doubt, and doubted many days, Thy Father, who is holy, wise, and pure,

And, as the days increas'd, increas'd their doubt. Suffers the hypocrite or atheous priest

Sometimes they thought he might be only shown, To tread his sacred courts, and minister

And for a time caught up to God, as once About his altar, handling holy things,

Moses was in the mount and missing long, Praying or vowing: and vouchsafd his voice And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels To Balaam reprobate, a prophet yet

Rode up to Heaven, yet once again to come : Inspir'd: disdain not such access to me."

Therefore, as those young prophets then with care To whom our Saviour, with unalter'd brow : Sought lost Elijah, so in each place these " Thy coming hither, though I know thy scope, Nigh to Bethabara ; in Jericho I bid not, or forbid ; do as thou find'st

The city of palms, Ænon, and Salem old, Permission from above; thou canst not more.' Machærus, and each town or city wallid He added not; and Satan, bowing low

On this side the broad lake Genezaret, His gray dissimulation, disappear'd

Or in Peræa; but return'd in vain. Into thin air diffus'd : for now began

Then on the bank of Jordan, by a creek Night with her sullen wings to double-shade Where winds with reeds and osiers whispering play, The desert ; fowls in their clay-nests were couch'd; Plain fishermen, (no greater men them call,) And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam. Close in a cottage low together got,

Their unexpected loss and plaints outbreath'd.

“ Alas, from what high hope to what relapse Book II.

Unlook'd for are we fali'n! our eyes beheld

Messiah certainly now come, so long
The Argument.

Expected of our fathers: we have heard

His words, his wisdom full of grace and truth; The disciples of Jesus, uneasy at his long absence, Now, now, for sure, deliverance is at hand,

reason amongst themselves concerning it. Mary The kingdom shall to Israel be restor’d; also gives vent to her maternal anxiety: in the Thus we rejoic'd, but soon our joy is turn'd expression of which she recapitulopu many cir- | Into perplexity and new amaze:

For whither is he gone, what accident

Meekly compos'd awaited the fulfilling:
Hath rapt him from us? will he now retire The while her son, tracing the desert wild,
After appearance, and again prolong

Sole, but with holiest meditations fed,
Our expectation? God of Israel,

Into himself descended, and at once
Send thy Messiah forth, the time is come ;

All his great work to come before him set;
Behold the kings of the Earth, how they oppress How to begin, how to accomplish best
Thy chosen ; to what height their power unjust His end of being on Earth, and mission high :
They have exalted, and behind them cast

For Satan, with sly preface to return,
All fear of thee; arise, and vindicate

Had left him vacant, and with speed was gone
Thy glory; free thy people from their yoke. Up to the middle region of thick air,
But let us wait; thus far he hath perform'd, Where all his potentates in council sat ;
Sent his anointed, and to us reveal'd him,

There, without sign of boast, or sign of joy,
By his great prophet, pointed at and shown Solicitous and blank, he thus began. (thrones;
In public, and with him we have convers'd;

“ Princes, Heaven's ancient sons, etherea Let us be glad of this, and all our fears

Demonian spirits now, from the element
Lay on his providence ; he will not fail,

Each of his reign allotted, rightlier callid
Nor will withdraw him now, nor will recall, Powers of fire, air, water, and earth benenth,
Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence ; (So may we hold our place and these mild seats
Soon we shall see our hope, our joy, return." Without new trouble,) such an enemy

Thus they, out of their plaints, new hope resume Is risen to invade us, who no less
To find whom at the first they found unsought : Threatens than our expulsion down to Hell;
But, to his mother Mary, when she saw

I, as I undertook, and with the vote
Others return'd from baptism, not her son,

Consenting in full frequence was impower'd,
Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none, (pure, Have found him, view'd him, tasted him; but fini
Within her breast though calm, her breast though Far other labour to be undergone
Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd Than when I dealt with Adam, first of men,
Some troubled thoughts, which she in sighs thus clad. Though Adam by his wife's allurement felis

“ 0, what avails me now that honour high However to this man inferiour far ;
To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute,

If he be man by mother's side, at least
* Hail highly favour'd among women blest!' With more than human gifts from Heaven adonid
While I to sorrows am no less advanc'd,

Perfections absolute, graces divine,
And fears as eminent, above the lot

And amplitude of mind to greatest deeds.
Of other women, by the birth I bore;

Therefore I am return'd, lest confidence
In such a season born, when scarce a shed

Of my success with Eve in Paradise
Could be obtain'd to shelter him or me

Deceive ye to persuasion over-sure
From the bleak air ; a stable was our warmth, Of like succeeding here: I summon all
A manger his ; yet soon enforc'd to fly,

Rather to be in readiness, with hand
Thence into Egypt, till the murderous king Or counsel to assist ; lest I, who erst
Were dead, who sought his life, and missing fillid Thought none my equal, now be over-match'd."
With infant blood the streets of Bethlehem;

So spake the old serpent, doubting ; and from all
From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth

With clamour was assured their utmost aid
Hath been our dwelling many years ; his life At his command: when from amidst them rose
Private, unactive, calm, contemplative,

Belial, the dissolutest spirit that fell,
Little suspicious to any king; but now

The sensuallest, and, after Asmodai,
Full grown to man, acknowledg'd, as I hear, The fleshliest incubus ; and thus advis'd,
By John the Baptist, and in public shown,

“ Set women in his eye, and in his walk,
Son own'd from Heaven by his Father's voice, Among daughters of men the fairest found:
I look'd for some great change; to honour ? no, Many are in each region passing fair
But trouble, as old Simeon plain foretold,

As the noon sky: more like to goddesses
That to the fall and rising he should be

Than mortal creatures, graceful and discreet,
in Israël, and to a sign

Expert in amorous arts, enchanting tongues
Spoken against, that through my very soul Persuasive, virgin majesty with mild
A sword shall pierce : this is my favour'd lot, And sweet allay'd, yet terrible to approach,
My exaltation to afflictions high ;

Skill'd to retire, and, in retiring, draw
Afflicted I may be, it seems, and blest;

Hearts after them, tangled in amorous nets.
I will not argue that, nor will repine.

Such object hath the power to soften and tame
But where delays he now? some great intent Severest temper, smooth the rugged'st brow
Conceals him: when twelve years he scarce had Enerve, and with voluptuous hope dissolve,

Draw out with credulous desire, and lead
I lost him, but so found, as well I saw

At will the manliest, resolutest breast,
He could not lose himself, but went about

As the magnetic hardest iron draws.
His Father's business ; what he meant I mus'd, Women, when nothing else, beguil'd the heart
Since understand ; much more his absence now Of wisest Solomon, and made him build,
Thus long to some great purpose he obscures. And made him bow, to the gods of his wives."
But I to wait with patience am inur'd;.

To whom quick answer Satan thus return'd.
My heart hath been a store-house long of things “ Belial, in much uneven scale thou weigh'st
And sayings laid up, portending strange events.' All others by thyself; because of old

Thus Mary, pondering oft, and oft to mind Thou thyself doat'dst on womankind, admiring Recalling what remarkably had pass'd

Their shape, their colour, and attractive grace, Since first her slutation heard, with thoughts None are, thou think'st, but taken with suci to

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Before the flood thou with thy lusty crew,

Nor tasted, nor had appetite; that fast
False titled sons of God, roaming the Earth, To virtue I impute not, or count part
Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men, Of what I suffer here ; if nature need not,
And coupled with them, and begot a race.

Or God support nature without repast
Have we not seen, or by relation heard,

Though needing, what praise is it to endure ? In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st, But now I feel I hunger, which declares In wood or grove, by mossy fountain side,

Nature hath need of what she asks; yet God In valley or green meadow, to way-lay

Can satisfy that need some other way, Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene,

Though hunger still remain : so it remain Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa,

Without this body's wasting, I content me, Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more

And from the sting of famine fear no harm; Too long, then lay'st thy scapes on names ador'd, Nor mind it, fed with better thoughts, that feed Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan,

Me hungering more to do my Father's will." Satyr, or Faun, or Sylvan? But these haunts It was the hour of night, when thus the Son Delight not all ; among the sons of men,

Commun'd in silent walk, then laid him down How many have with a smile made small account Under the hospitable covert nigh Of Beauty and her lures, easily scorn'd

Of trees thick interwoven ; there he slept, All her assaults, on worthier things intent !

And dream'd, as appetite is wont to dream, Remember that Pellean conqueror,

Of meats and drinks, nature's refreshment sweet : A youth, how all the beauties of the East

Him thought, he by the brook of Cherith stood, He slightly view'd, and slightly overpass'd; And saw the ravens with their horny beaks How he, surnam'd of Africa, dismiss'd,

Food to Elijah bringing, even and morn, [brought: In his prime youth, the fair Iberian maid.

Though ravenous, taught to abstain from what they for Solomon, he liv'd at ease, and full

He saw the prophet also, how he fled Of honour, wealth, high fare, aim'd not beyond Into the desert, and how there he slept ligher design than to enjoy his state;

Under a juniper ; then how awak'd Thence to the bait of women lay expos’d :

He found his supper on the coals prepar'd, But he, whom we attempt, is wiser far

And by the angel was bid rise and eat, Chan Solomon, of more exalted mind,

And eat the second time after repose, Iade and set wholly on the accomplishment The strength whereof suffic'd him forty days: f greatest things. What woman will you find, Sometimes that with Elijah he partook, "hough of this age the wonder and the fame, Or as a guest with Daniel at his pulse. In whom his leisure will vouchsafe an eye

Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark f fond desire? Or should she, confident,

Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry is sitting queen ador'd on Beauty's throne, The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song : Descend with all her winning charms begirt As lightly from his grassy couch up rose o enamour, as the zone of Venus once

Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream; Vrought that effect on Jove, so fables tell;

Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting wak’d. low would one look from his majestic brow, Up to a hill anon luis steps he rear'd, eated as on the top of Virtue's hill,

From whose high top to ken the prospect round, Discountenance her despis'd, and put to rout If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd; ll her array; her female pride deject,

But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw ; Ir turn to reverent awe! for Beauty stands Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove, a the admiration only of weak minds

With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud : ed captive; cease to admire, and all her plumes Thither he bent his way, determin'd there all flat, and shrink into a trivial toy,

To rest at noon, and enter'd soon the shade t every sudden slighting quite abash'd.

High-roof'd, and walks beneath, and alleys brown, herefore with manlier objects we must try

That opened in the midst a woody scene; lis constancy; with such as have more show Nature's own work it seem'd (Nature taught Art) of worth, of honour, glory, and popular praise, And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt [round, Cocks, whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd; Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs: he view'd it is that which only seems to satisfy

When suddenly a man before him stood; awful desires of nature, not beyond;

Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad, .nd now I know he hungers, where no food As one in city, or court, or palace bred, i to be found, in the wide wilderness :

And with fair speech these words to him address'd. The rest commit to me; I shall let pass

“ With granted leave officious I return, (o advantage, and his strength as oft assay."

But much more wonder that the Son of God He ceas'd, and heard their grant in loud acclaim; In this wild solitude so long should bide, Then forthwith to him takes a chosen band

Of all things destitute ; and, well I know If spirits, likest to himself in guile,

Not without hunger. Others of some note, o be at hand, and at his beck appear,

As story tells, have trod this wilderness; f cause were to unfold some active scene

The fugitive bond-woman, with her son f various persons, each to know his part:

Out-cast Nebaioth, yet found here relief "hen to the desert takes with these his flight ; By a providing angel; all the race Vhere, still from shade to shade, the Son of God Of Israel here had famish'd, had not God after forty days fasting had remain’d,

Rain'd from Heaven manna ; and that prophet bold, low hungering first, and to himself thus said. Native of Thebez, wandering here was fed " Where will this end ? four times ten days I've Twice by a voice inviting him to eat :

Of thee these forty days none hath regard,


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