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He added not; and Satan bowing low His gray diflimulation, disappear’d Into thin air diffus'd : for now began Night with her sullen wings to double-sha

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500 The desert; fowls in their clay nests were

couch'd; And now wild beasts came forth the woods to

roam.

The End of the Firsi Book.

BOOK II.

Mean while the new-baptiz’d, who yet re

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main'd At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Him, whom they heard so late exprelly callid Jesus Messiah Son of God declar'd, And on that high authority had believ'd, 5 And with him talk'd, and with him lodg'd, I

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Andrew and Simon, famous after known,
With others though in holy writ not nam'd,
Now milling him their joy lo lately found,
So lately found, and so abruptly gone,
Began to doubt, and doubted many days,
And as the days increas'd, increas'd their

doubt: Sometimes they thought, he might be only

shown, And 'for a caught up to God, as once Moses was in the mount, and missing long; 15 And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels Rode up to Heav'n, yet once again to come. Therefore as those young prophets then with

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Sought lost Elijah, so in each place these
Nigh to Bethabara; in Jericho
The city' of palme, Aenon, and Salem old,
Machaerus, and each town or city wall'd
On this side the broad lake Genezaret,
Or in Peraea; but return'd in vain.
Then on the bank of Jordan, by a creek, 25
Where winds with reeds and oliers whisp'ring

play, Plain fishermen, no greater men them call, Cluse in cottage low together got, Their unexpected loss and plaints out breath’d. Alas, from what high hope to what relapse

30 Unlook'd for are we fall’n! our eyes beheld Melliah certainly now come, so long Expected of our fathers; we have heard His words, his wisdom full of grace and

truth; now, for sure, deliverance is at hand,

35 The kingdom shall to Ifrael be restor’d: Thus we rejoic'd, but soon our joy is turn'd Into perplexity and new amaze: For whither is he gone, what accident

Hath

Now,

Hath rapt him from us? will he now re

tire

40 After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation; God of Israël, Send thy Messiah forth, the time is come; Behold the kings of th' earth, how they op

press Thy chosen, to what highth their pow'r un

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45 They have exalted, and behind them cast All fear of thee; arise and vindicate Thy glory, free thy people from their yoke. But let us wait; thus far he hath perform'd, Sent his Anointed, and to us reveal'd him, 50 By his great Prophet, pointed at and shown In public, and with him we have convers'd; Let us be glad of this, and all our fears Lay on his providence; he will not fail, Nor will withdraw him now, nor will re

call,

55 Mock us with his bleft fight, then snatch him

hence; Soon we shall see our hope, our joy return. Thus they out of their plaints new hope re

fume, To find whom at the first they found unsought: But to his mother Mary, when she saw 60 Others return’d from baptismı, not her son, Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none,

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Within her breast though calm, her breast

though pure, Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd Some troubled thoughts, which she in fighs

thus clad.

65 O what avails me now that honor high To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute Hail highly favor'd, among women bleft! While I to sorrows am no less advenc'd, And fears as eminent, above the lot

70 Of other woman, by the birth I bore, In such a season born, when scarce a

shed Could be obtain'd to shelter him or me From the bleak air; a stable was our warmth, A manger his; yet foon enforc'd to 'fly 75 Thence into Egypt, till the murd'rous king Were dead, who fought his life, and milling

fill'd With infant blood the streets of Bethlehem; From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth Hath been our dwelling many years ; his life

80 Private, unactive, calm, contemplative, Little suspicious to any king; but now Full grown to man, acknowledg’d, as I hear, By John the Baptist, and in public shown, Son own'd from Heaven by his Father's

voice;

85 I look'd for some great change; to honor? no,

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