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Paradise Regain'd.

Β Ο Ο Κ. ΙΙ.

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MEan while the new-baptiz’d, who yet remain’d

At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Him whom they heard so late exprefly callid Jesus Melliah Son of God declard, And on that high Authority had believ'd, And with him talks, and with him -lodg'd, I mean Andrew and Simon, famous after known, With others though in Holy Writ not nam'd, Now missing him their Joy so lately found, $o lately found, and so abruptly gone, Began to doubt, and doubced many days, And as the days increas’d, increas'd their doubt : Sometimes they thought he might be only thewn, And for a time caught up to God, as once Mofes was in the Mount, and milling long; 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 care

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Sought loft Elijah, so in each place these
Nigh to Bethabara ; in ferico
The City of Palms, Anon, and Salem Old,
Macharus and each Town or City wall’d
On this side the broad lake Genezaret,'
Or in Perea, 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,
Close in a Cottage low together got,
Their unexpected loss and plaints out breath'd.
Alas, from that high hope to what relapse
Unlook'd for are we fall'n, our Eyes beheld
Mefliah certainly now come, To long
Expected of our Fathers'; we have heard
His words, his wisdom full of grace and truth,
Now, now, for sure, deliverance is at hand,

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The Kingdom Mall to Israel be testor'd:
Thus we rejoycd, but soon our Joy is turn'd
Into perplexity and new amaze:
For whither is he gone, what accident
Hath rapt him from us? will he now rerire
After appearance, and again prolong
Our expectationi God of ifrael,
Send thy Messiah forth, the time is come;'
Behold the Kings of th’Earth 'how they oppress
Thy chosen, to what heighth their Pow'r unjuft 45
They have exalted, and behind them caft
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 revealed him, so
By his great Prophet, pointed at and down,
In publick, 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 recall, 55
Mock us with his bleft fight, then snatch him hence,
Soon we hall see our hope, our joy return.

Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume
To find whom at the first they found unsought:
But to his mother Mary, when the law 60
Others return'd from Baptism, not her son,
Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none;
Within her breaft, though calm ; her breaft, though
Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd (pure,
Some troubled thoughts, which the in fighs thus clad.

O what avails me now that honour high To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute Hale highly favour'd, among Women bleft ; While I 'to Sorrows am no less advanc'd, And fears as eminent, above the loc of other Women, by the birth i bore, In such a season born when scarce a Shed Could be obtain'd to thelter him or me From the bleak air ; a Stable was our warmth, A Manger his, yet soon enforc'd to fly 75. Thence into Egypt, till the Murd'rous King Were dead, who sought his life, and missing fillid With Infant blood the Atreets of Bethlehem ;

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From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth
Hach been our dwelling many years, his life
Private, unactive, calm, contemplative,
Little suspicious to any King; but now
Full grown to Man, acknowledg'd, as I hear,
By John the Baptift, and in publick shown,
Son own'd from Heaven by his Father's voice; 8s
'I look'd for some great change ; to Honour?' no,
But trouble, as old Simeon plain fore-cold,
That to the fall and rising he hould be
of many in Israel, and to a lign
Spoken againft, that through my very Soul
A sword fhall pierce, this is my favour'd lot,
My Exaltation to Ami&ions high;
Affiliated I may be, it seems, and bleft ;
I will not argue that, nor will repine.
But where delays he now? some great intent 95
Concealshm: when twelve years he scarce had seen,
I lost him, but so found, as well I saw
He could not lose himself; but went about
His Father's business ; what he meant I mus'd,
Siace understand; much more his absence now 100
Thus long to some great purpose he obfcures.
But I to wait with patience am inur’d;
My heart hath been a store-house long of things
And sayings laid up, portending strange events.

Thus Mary pond'ring oft, and oft to mind 105
Recalling what remarkably had pass’d
Since first her Salutation heard, with thoughts
Meekly compos'd awaited the fulfilling:

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