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Of dangers, and adversities, and pains,
Ere chou of Israel's Scepter get fast hold;

Whereof this ominous night that clos’d thee round,
So many terrors, voices, prodigies
May warn thee, as a sure fore-going lign.

So talk'd he, while the Son of God went on
Aad staid not, but in brief him answer'd thus.

Me worse than wet thou find it not; other harm
Those terrors which thou speak'it of, did me none;
I never fear'd they could, though noising loud
And threatning nigh, what they can do as signs
Betok’ning, or ill boding, I contemn

As false portents, not fent from God, but thee;
Who knowing I shall reiga past thy preventing,
Obtrud'ft thy offer'd aid, that I accepting
At leaft might seem to hold all pow'r of thee,
Ambitious spirit, and woud't be thought my God,
And storm'ft refus'd, thinking to terrific
Me to thy'will; defift, thou art discern'd
And toilft in vain, nor me in vain moleft,

To whom the Fiend now swoln with rage reply'd : Then hear, o Son of David, Virgin-born; For Son of God to me is yet in doubt, Of the Messiah I have heard foretold By all the Prophets; of thy birth at length Announc'd by Gabriel with the first I knew, And of th’Angelic Song in Bethlehem field, 565 On thy birth-night, that sung thee Saviour born, From that time seldom have I ceas'd to eye Thy Infancy, thy Childhood, and thy youth, Thy manhood last, though yet in private bred; Till at the Ford of Jordan whither all

STO Flock'd to the Baptist, I among the rest, Though not to be Baptiz’d, by voice from Hear'a Heard thee pronounc'd the Son of God belov'd. Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view And narrower Scrutiny, that I might learn 515 In what degree or meaning thou art called


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The Son of God which bears no single sente;
The Son of God I also am, or was,
And if I was, I am ; relation stands ;
All men are Sons of God; yet thee I thought

In some respeæ far higher so declar’d.
Therefore I watch'd thee from foot steps that hour,
And follow'd thee still on to this waste wild;
Whereby all best conjectures I collect
Thou art to be my fatal enemy.

525 Good reason then, if I before-hand seek To understand my Adversary, who And what he is; his wisdom, pow'r, intent, By parl, or composition, truce, or league To win him, or win from him what I can.

530 And opportunity I here have had To try thee, lift thee, and confess have found thec Proof against all temptation as a rock Of Adamant, and as a Center, firm To th’utmost of meer man both wise and good, 535 Not more; for Honours, Riches, Kingdoms, Glory Have been before condemn’d, and may again : Therefore to know what more thou art than man, Worth naming Son of God by voice from Heay’A, Another method I must now begin,

540 So saying he caught him up, and withont wing Of Hippogrif bore through the Air sublime Over the Wilderness and o'er the Plain; Till underneath them fair Jerusalem, The holy City lifted high her Tow’rs,

$45 And higher yet the glorious Temple rear’d Her pile, far off appearing like a Mount Of Alabaster, top'd with Golden Spires ; There on the highest Pinnacle he set The Son of God; and added thus in scorn:

SS There stand, if thou wilt stand; to stand upright Will ask thee skill ; Ito thy Father's house Have brought thee, and highest plac'd, higheft is beft, Now shew thy Progçny; if not to stand,


Caft thy self down; safely it Son of God :

For it is written, He will give command
Concerning thee to his Angels, in their hands
They shall uplift thee, lest at any time
Thou chance to dash'thy foot against a stone,

To whom thus Jefus : Also it is written,
Tempt not the Lord thy God; he said and stood,
But Satan smitten with amazement fell
As when Earth's Son Ant æus (to compare
Small things with greatest) in Irassa, ftrove
With Jove's Alcides, and oft foild still rose,
Receiving from his mother Earth new strength,
Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join'd,
Throttled at length in th' Air, expir'd and fell ;
So after many a foil the Tempter proud,
Renewing fresh assaults, amidst his pride

Fell whence he stood to see his Victor fall.
Ånd as that Theban Monster that propos'd
Her riddle, and him, who folv'd it not, devour'd;
That once found out and solv’d, for grief and spight
Caft her self headlong from th' ifmenian steep,

575 So strook with dread and anguish fell the Fiend, And to his crew, that sat consulting, brought Joyless Triumphals of his hop'd success, Ruin, and desperation, and dismay, Who durft so proudly tempt the Son of God. So Satan fell; and strait a fiery Globe Of Angels on full fail of wing few nigh, who on their plumy Vans receiv’d him soft From his uneasie station, and upbore As on a floating couch through the blithe Air, $85 Then in a flow'ry valley set him down On a green bank, and fet before him spred A table of Celestial Food, Divine, Ambrosial fruits, fetch't from the Tree of Life, And from the fount of Life Ambrosial drink, That soon refresh'd him weary'd, and repair’d What hunger, if aught hunger had impair’d,



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Orthirst, and as he fed, Angelic Quires
Sung Heav'nly Anthems of his victory
Over temptation, and the Temper proud.

True Image of the Father whether thron'd
In the bosom of bliss, and light of light
Conceiving, or remote from Heav'n, enshrin'd
In fleshly Tabernacle, and human form,
Wand'ring the Wilderness, whatever place, 603
Habit, or state, or motion, still expressing
The Son of God, with God-like force indu'd
Against th' Attempter of thy Father's Throne,
And Thief of Paradise; him long of old
Thou did'l debel, and down from Heav'n cast
With all his Army, now thou hast aveng'd
Supplanted Adam, and by vanquishing
Temptation, hath regain’d loft Paradise ;
And frustrated the conquest fraudulent :
He never more henceforth will dare set foot
In Paradise to tempt ; his fnares are broke:
For though that seat of earthly bliss be fail'd,
A fairer Paradise is founded now
For Adam and his chofen Sons, whom thou
A Saviour art come down to re-instal

615 Where they shall dwell secure, when time shall be Of Tempter and Temptation without fear, But thou, Infernal Serpent, shalt not long Rule in the Clouds; like an Autumnal Star Or Lightning thou shalt fall from Heav'n trod down Under his feet: for proof, ere this thou feelft Thy wound, yet not thy last and deadliest wound By this repulse receiv'd, and hold'ft in Hell Notriumph; in all her Gates Abadon rues Thy bold attempt ; hereafter learn with aw To dread the Son of God: he all unarm’d Shall chase thee with the terror of his voice From thy Demoniac holds, poffeffion foul, Thee and thy Legions, yelling they shall Aly, And beg to hide them in a herd of Swinca

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Lest he command them down into the deep
Bound, and to torment sent before their time.
Hail Son of the most High, heir of both Worlds,
Queller of Satan, on thy glorious work
Now enter, and begin to save mankind.

Thus they the Son of God our Saviour meek
Sung Victor, and from Heav'nly Feast refresht
Brought on his way with joy; he unobservd
Home to his Mother's house private return’d,

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