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Paradise Regain’d.

BOOK II.

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Ean while the new-baptiz'd, who yét remain'd

At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Him whom they heard so late exprelly callid Jesus Melliah Son of God declar'd, And on that high Authority had believ'd, 5 And with him talkt, 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 lo larely found, $o lately found, and so abruptly gone, Began to doubt, and doubced many days, And as the days increas'd, increas'd theis doubt : Sometimes they thought he might be only newn, And for a time caught up to God, as once Mofes.

s was in the Mount, and missing long : And the great Thisbite who on fiery wheels Rode op.to Heav'n, yet once again to come. Therefore as those young Prophets then with care

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To whom thus Jesus temp’rately reply'd: Said'lt thou not that to all things I had right? And who with-holds my pow'r that right to use? Shall I receive by gift what of my own, 380 When and where likes me beft, I can command: I can at will, doubt not, as soon as thou, Command a Table in this Wilderness, And call swift Aights of Angels miniftrant Array'd in Glory on my Cup t'attend: 385 Why shouldft thou then obtrude this diligence, In vain, where no acceptance it can find, . And with my hunger what haft chou to do? Thy pompous Delicacies I contemn, And count thy specious gifts no gifts but guiles. 390

To whom thus answer'd Satan malecontent: That I have also pow'r to give thou seeft, If of that pow'r I bring thee voluntary What I might have bestow'd on whom I pleas’d, And rather opportunely in this place

395 Chofe to impart to thy apparent need, Why shouldst thou not accept it but I see What I can do or offer is suspeat; Of these things others quickly will dispose Whose pains have earn’d the far fet spoil. With that Both Table and Provifion vanish'd quite 401 With sound of Harpies wings, and Talons heard ; Only th' importune Tempter still remain'd, And with these words his Temptation pursu'd.

By hunger, that each other Creature tames, 465 Thou art not to be harm'd, therefore not mov'di

Thy temperance invincible besides,
For no allurement yields to appetite,
And all thy heart is set on high designs,
High actions; but wherewith to be archiev'd? $18
Great acts require great means of enterprise,
Thou art unknown, unfriended, low of Birth;
A Carpenter thy Father known, thy self
Bred up in poverty and Atreights at home;
Loft in a Desart here and hunger bit:

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Which way or from what hope dost thou aspire
To greatness? wlience Authority deriv'st,
What Followers, what Retinue canst thou gain,
Or at thy heels the dizzy Multitude,
Longer than thou canst feed them on thy cost?: 420
Mony brings Honour, Friends, Conqueft and Realms ;
What rais'd Antipater the Edomite;
And his Son Herod plac'd on Juda's Throne;
(Thy Throne) but gold that got him puissant friends?
Therefore, if at great things thou would'it arrive, 425.
Get Riches first, get Wealth, and Treasure heap,
Not difficult, if thou hearken to me,
Riches are mine, Fortune is in my hand;
They whom I favour thrive in wealth amain,
While Virtue, Valour, Wisdom fit in want,

To whom thus Jefus patiently reply'd'; Yet Wealth without these three is impotent To gain dominion, or to keep it gain’d. Witness those ancient Empires of the Earth, in heighth of all their flowing wealth diffolv'd: 435 Put men endu'd with these, have oft attain'd

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In lowest poverty to highest deeds ;
Gideon and Jephtha, and the Shepherd lad,
Whose Off-spring on the Throne of Judah fat
So many Ages, and thall yet regain

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Thar seat, and reign in Israel without end..
Among the Heathen, (for throughout the World
To me is not unknowo what hath been done
Worthy Memorial) canst thou not remember
Quintus, Fabricius, Curius, Regulus ?
For I esteem those names of men so poor,
who could do mighty things, and could contema
Riches though offer'd from the hand of Kings.
And what in me seems wanting, but that I
May also in this poverty as soon
Accomplish what they did, perhaps and more!
Extol not Riches then, the toyl of Fools,
The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare, more apt
To Nacken Virtue, and abate her edge,
Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise. 455.
What if with like aversion 1 reject
Riches and Realms; yet not for that a Crown,
Golden in thew, is but a wreath of thorns,
Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights.
To him who wears the Regal Diadem, 460
When on his shoulders each mans burden lies;
For therein stands the Office of a King,
His Honour, Virtue, Merit and chief Praise,
That for the Publick all this weight he bears.
Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules 465
Pallions, Desires, and Fears, is more a King;

Which ev'ry wise and virtuous man attains :
And who attains not, ill aspires to rule
Cities of men, or head-Atrong multitudes.
Subject himself to Anarchy within,

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Or lawless Paffions in him which he serves.
But to guide Nations in the way of truth
By saving Do&trine, and from error lead
To know, and knowing workip God aright,
Is yet more Kingly, this attracts the Soul, 475
Governs the inner man, the nobler part,
That other o'er the body only reigns,
And oft by force, which to a gen'rous mind
So reigoing can be no fincere delight.
Besides to give a Kingdom hath been thought 480
Greater and nobler done, and to lay down
Far more magnanimous, than to assume.
Riches are needless then, both for themselves,
And for thy reason why they should be fought,
To gain a Scepter, oftest better miss'd.

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Tbe End of the Second Book.

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