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Luggage of War there shewn me, argument
Of humane weakness rather than of strength.
My Brethren, as thou call’ft them ; those ten Tribes
Imust deliver, if I mean to reign
David's true heir, and his full Scepter sway 405
To just extent over all Ifrael's Sons ;
But whence to thee this zeal, where was it then
For Israel, or for David, or his Throne,
When thou stood't up his Tempter to the pride
Of numb’ring Israel, which cost the lives

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Of threescore and ten thousand Isrealites
By three days Pestilence: fuch 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,
And all th’Idolatries of Heathen round,
Beldes their other worse than heath’nish crimes;
Norin the land of their captivity
Humbled themselves or penitent befought
The God of their Fore-fathers; but fo dy'd
Impenitent, and left a race behind
Like to themselves, distinguishable scarce
From Gentiles, but by Circumcision vain, 425
And God with Idols in their worship join'd.
Should I of these the liberty regard,
Who freed, as to their ancient Patrimony,
Unhumbld, unrepentant, unreform’d,
Headlong wou'd follow; and to their Gods perhaps
Of Bethel and of Dan ? no, let them serve

431 Their enemies, who serve Idols with God. Yet he at length, time to himself best known, Remembring Abraham, by some wond'rous call May bring them back repentant and sincere, 435 And at their paling cleave th’ Assyrian food, While on their native land with joy they hafte,

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As the Red Sea and Jordan once he cleft,
When to the promis'd land their Fathers pass’d;
To his due time and providence I leave them. 440

So spake Israel's true King; and to the Fiend
Made answer meet, that made void all his wiles
So fares it when with truth falfhood contends.

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The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply,
Discoverd in his fraud, thrown from his

hope,
So oft, and the persuasive Rhetoric
That fleek'd his tongue, and won so much on Eve, Ś
So little here, nay loft ; but Eve was Eve,
This far his over-match, who self deceiv'd
And ralh, before hand had no better weigh'd
The strength he was to cope with, or his own :
But as a man who had been matchless held

10 In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought, To save his credit, and for very spight Still will be tempting him who foyls him ftill, And never cease, though to his shame the more ; Or as a swarm of Aies in vintage time,

IS About the wine-press where sweet moust is powrd, Beat off, returns as oft with humming found; Or surging waves against a folid rock, Though all to shivers dash'd th’assault renew, Vain batt’ry, and in froth or bubbles end; So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse Met ever; and to shameful filenee brought,

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Yet gives not o'er though desp'rate of success,
And his vain importunity pursues.
He brought our Saviour to the Western side

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Of that high mountain, whence he might behold
Another plain, long, but in breadth not wide,
Wash’d by the Southern Sea, and on the North
To equal length backd with a ridge of hills
That screen'd the fruits of th' earth and seats of men
From cold Septentrion blasts, thence in the midst 31
Divided by a river, of whose banks
On each side an Imperial City stood,
With Tow'rs and Temples proudly elevate
On seven small Hills, with Palaces adorn'd, 35
Porches and Theatres, Baths, Aqueducts,
Statues and Trophies, and Triumphal Arcs,
Gardens and Groves presented to his eyes,
Above the heighth of Mountains interpos’d.
By what ftrange Parallax or Optick skill
Of vision multiply'd through Air, or Glass
Of Telescope, were curious to enquire :
And now the Tempter thus his filence broke.

The City which thou seest no other deem
Than great and glorious Rome, Queen of the Earth
So far renown'd, and with the spoils enricht
Of Nations; there the Capitol thou seest
Above the rest lifting his stately head
On the Tarpeian Rock, her Cittadel
Impregnable, and there Mount Palatine
Th’imperial Palace, compass huge, and high
Th' Structure, skill of noblest Architects,
With gilded battlements, conspicuous far,
Turrets and Terrases, and glite’ring Spires.
Many a fair Edifice besides, more like

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Houses of Gods (so well I have dispos'd
My Airy Microscope) thou may'ft behold
Outside and inside both, pillars and roofs
Cary'd work, the hand of fam'd Artificers
In Cedar, Marble, Ivory or Gold,
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Thence to the Gates cast round thine eye, and see
What conflux issuing forth, or entring in,
Pretors, Proconsuls to their Provinces
Hasting or on return in robes of State;
Lictors and rods the ensigns of their pow'r,
Legions and Cohorts, turmes of horse and wings:
Or Embassies from Regions far remote
In various habits on the Appian road,
Or on th’Emilian, fome from farthest South,
Syene, and where the shadow both way falls,

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Meroe Nilotic Ise, and more to West,
The realm of Bocchus to the Black-moor Sea ;
From th’ Asian Kings and Parthian among these,
From India and the golden Chersonese,
And utmost Indian Ille Taprobane,
Dusk faces with white silken Turbants wreath'd :
From Gallia, Gades, and the Brittıb West,
Germans, and Scythians, and Sarmmatians North
Beyond Danubius to the Tauric Pool.
All Nations now to Rome obedience pay,
To Rome's great Emperor, whose wide domain
In ample Territory, wealth and pow'r,
Civiliiy of mangers, Arts, and Arms,
And long Renown thou justly may'st prefer
Before the Parthian; these two Thrones except,
The rest are barb'rous, and scarce worth the sight,
Shar'd among petty Kings too far remov'd';
These having shown thee, I have shewa thee all
The Kingdoms of the World, and all their glory.
This Emp'ror hath no Son, and now is old
Old and lascivious, and from Rome retirdi',
To Caprea an Ifand small but strong
On the Campanian shore, with purpose there.
His horrid lufts in private to enjoy,
Committing to a wicked Favourite

95 All publick cares, and yet of him fufpicious, Hated of all, and hating; with what ease Indu'd with Regal Virtues as thou art,

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