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Of his great pow'r; for now the Parthian

In Ctesiphon hath gather'd all his host

Against the Scythian, whose incurlions wild
Have wasted Sogdiana; to her aid
He marches now in haste; see, though from

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His thousands, in what martial eqnipage
They issue forth, steel bows, and shafts their

305 Of equal dread in flight, or in pursuit; All horsemen, in which fight they most

excel; See, how in warlike master they appear, In rhombs and wedges, and half-moons, and

wings. He look’d, and saw what numbers numberless

310 The city gates out-pour'd,

out-pour’d, light armed

In coats of mail and military pride;
In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong,
Prauncing their riders bore, the flow'r and

Of many provinces from bound to bound 315
From Arachofia , from Candaor east,
And Margiana to the Hyrcanian cliffs
Of Caucasus, and dark Iberian dales,
From Atropatia and the neighb'ring plains


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Of Adiabene, Media , and the south 320
Of Susiana, to Balsara's haven.
He saw them in their forms of battel rang'd,
How quick they wheel’d, and fly’ing behind

them shot
Sharp fleet of arrowy show’rs against the face
Of their pursuers, and overcame by flight; 325
The field all iron cast a gleaming brown:
Nor, wanted clouds of foot, nor on each horn
Cuiralliers all in steel for standing fight,
Chariots or elephants indors'd with towers
Of archers, nor of lab’ring pioneers 330
A multitude with spades and axes arm’d
To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill,
Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay
With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke;
Mules after these, camels and dromedaries, 335
And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
Such forces met not, yor so wide a camp,
When Agrican with all his northern powers
Beliegéd Albracca, as romances tell,
The city' of Gallaphrone, from thence to


340 The fairest of her sex Angelica His daughter, sought by many prowest knights, Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemaiu. Such and so numerous was their chivalry; At fight whereof the Fiend yet more pre


345 And to our Saviour thus his words renew'd. That thou may'st know, I seek not to

engage Thy virtue, and not every way secure On no flight gronnds thy safety; hear, and

mark, To what end I have brought thee hither and


350 All this fair fight: thy kingdom though fore

told By prophet or by Angel, unless thou Endevour, as thy father David did, Thou never shalt obtain; prediction still In all things, and all men, fnpposes means, 355 Without means us’d, what it predicts revokes. But say thou wert poses'd of David's throne By free consent of all, none oppofit, Samaritan or Jew; how could'lt thou hope Long to enjoy it quit and secure,

360 Between two such inclosing enemies Roman and Parthian ? therefore one of these Thou must make sure thy own, the Parthian

first By my advice, as nearer, and of late Found able by invasion to annoy; 365 Thy country', and captive lead away her

kings Antigonus, and old Hyrcanus bound, Maugre the Ronian: it shal be my task


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To render thee the Parthian at dispose;
Choose, which thou wilt by conquest or by


370 By him thou shalt regain, without him not, That which alone can truly reinstall thee In David's royal feat, his true successor, Deliverance of thy brethren, those ten tribes, Whose ofspring in his territory yet serve, 375 In Habor, and among the Medes dispers'd; Ten sons of Jacob, two of Joseph lost Thus long from Israel, serving as of old Their fathers in the land of Egypt serv'd, This offer sets before thee to deliver. 380 These if from servitude thou shalt restore To their inheritance, then, nor till then, Thou on the throne of David in full glory, From Egypt to Euphrates and beyond Shalt reign, and Rome or Caefar not need


385 To whom our Saviour answer'd thus unmov’d. Much oftentation vain of fleshly arm, And fragil arms, much instrument of war Long in preparing, foun to nothing brought, Before mine eyes thou' hast set; and in my

390 Vented much policy, and projects deep Of enemies, of aids, battels and leagues, Plausible to the world, to me worth nought. · Means I must use, thou say'st, prediction elle


Will unpredict and fail me of the throne: 395 My time I told the (and that thime for thee Were better farthest off) is not yet come; When that comes, think not thou to find me

slak On my part ought endevoring, or to need Thy politic maxims, or that cumbersome 400 Luggage of war there shown me, argument Of human weacknels rather than of strength. My brethren, as thou call'st them, those ten

tribes I must deliver, if I mean to reign David's true heir , and his full scepter


405 To just extent over all Israel's sons; But whence to thee this zeal, where was it

then For Israel, or for David, or his throne, When thou stood'st up his tempter to the

pride Of numb'ring Israel, which cost the lives 410 Of threescore and ten thousand Israelites By three days pestilence? such was thy zeal To Israel then, the same that now to me. As for those captive tribes, themselves were

they Who wrought their own captivity, fell off 415 From God to worship calves, the deities Of Egypt, Baal next and Ashtaroth,

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