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More than the camel, and to drink go far, Man fallin shall be restor'd, I never more."
To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied.
Into the Heaven of Heavens: thou coin'st indeed 1. Think'st thou such force in bread? Is it not | As a poor miserable captive thrall written,
Comes to the place where be before had sat (For I discern thee other than thou seem'st) Among the prime in splendour, now depos'd,
Man lives not by bread only, but each word Ejected, emptied, gaz'd, un pilieu, shunn'd,
Rather inflames thy torment: representing
| Extorts, or pleasure to do ill excites?
The other service was thy chosen task,
To be a liar in four hundred mouths ;
Por lying is thy sustenance, thy food.
Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oracles
By thee are given, and what confess'd more true
By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies.
| Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding, To prove him, and illustrate his high worth; Which they who ask'd have seldom understood, And, when to all his angels he propos'd
And not well understood as good not known? To draw the proud king Ahab into fraud
| Who ever by consulting at thy shrine
To fly or follow what concern'd him most,
For God hath justly given the nations up
Among them to declare his providence [truth,
But from him, or his angels president
To approach thy temples, give thee in cominand
To thy adorers? Thou, with trembling fear,
Then to thyself ascrib'st the truth foretold.
No more shalt thou by oracling abuse
Shalt be inquir'd at Delphos, or elsewhere;
At least in vain, for they shall find thee mute.
God hath now sent his living oracle
in pious hearts, an inward oracle
To all truth requisite for men to know.”
So spake our Saviour, but the subtle fiend,
Though inly stung with anger and disdain,
Dissembled, and this answer smooth return'd.
Easily canst thou find one miserable,
And not enforced oft-times to part from truth, wilderness, where others had been miracu. If it may stand hiin more in stead to lie,
lously fed, tempts him with a sumptuous ban. Say and unsay, feign, flatter, or abjure ?
quet of the most luxurious kind. This he reBut thou art plac'd above mo, thou art Lord; jects, and the banquet vanishes. Satan, finding From thee I can, and must submiss, endure, our Lord not to be assailed on the ground of Check or reproof, and glad to 'scape so quit. appetite, tempts him again by offering him Hard are the ways of Truth, and rough to walk, riches, as the means of acquiring power: this Smooth on the tongue discours'd, pleasing to the Jesus also rejects, producing many instances And tuneable as sylvan pipe or song ; [ear, of great actions performed by persons under What wonder then if I delight to hear (mire virtuous poverty, and specifying the danger Her dictates from thy mouth? Most men ad of riches, and the cares and pains inseparable Virtue, who follow not her lore: permit me from power and greatness. To hear thee when I come, (since no man comes,) And talk at least, though I despair to attain. | Mean while the new-baptiz'd, who yet reThy father, who is holy, wise, and pure,
main'd Suffers the hypocrite or atheous priest
At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen To tread his sacred courts, and minister
Him whom they heard so late expressly call'd About his altar, handling holy things,
Jesus Messiah, Son of God declar'd, Praying or vowing; and vouchsaf'd his voice And on that high authority had believ'd, To Balaam reprobate, a prophet yet
And with him talk'd, and with him lodg'd; I Inspir'd: disdain not such access to me."
mean To whom our Saviour, with unalter'd brow: Andrew and Simon, famous after known, “ Thy coming hither, though I know thy With others, though in Holy Writ not nam'd; scope,
Now missing him, their joy so lately found, I bid not, or forbid; do as thou find'st (So lately found, and so abruptly gone,) Permission from above; thou canst not inore." | Began to doubt, and doubted many days,
He added not; and Satan, bowing low And, as the days increas'd, increas'd their doubt His gray dissimulation, disappear'd
Sometimes they thought he might be only shown, Into thin air diffus'd: for now began
And for a time caught up to God, as once Nigàt with ber sullen wings to double-shade Moses was in the mount and missing long, The desert; fowls in their clay nests were And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels conch'd;
Rode up to Heaven, yet once again to come: And now wild boasts came forth the woods to Therefore, as those young prophets then with roam.
Sought lost Elijah, so in each place these care
Machærus, and each town or city wall'd
Or in Peræa ; but return'd in vain.
Then on the bank of Jordan, by a creek, (play,
Where winds with reeds and osiers whispering
Plain fishermen, (no greater men them call,)
Their unexpected loss and plaints outbreath'd. The disciples of Jesus, uneasy at his long ab " Alas, from what high hope to what relapse sence, reason amongst themselves concerning | Unlook'd for are we fall’n ! our eyes beheld it. Mary also gives vent to her maternal Messiah certainly now come, so long anxiety: in the expression of which she re- Expected of our fathers; we have heard capitulates many circunstances respecting the His words, his wisdom full of grace and truth; birth and early life of her son.-Satan again Now, now, for sure, deliverance is at hand, meets his infernal council, reports the bad | The kingdom shall to Israel be restord; success of his first temptation of our blessed | Thus we rejoic'd, but soon our joy is turn'd Lord, and calls upon them for culinsel and Into perplexity and new amaze : assistance. Belial proposes the tempting of For whither is he gone, what accident Jesus with women. Satan rebukes Belial for Hath rapt him from us? will he now retire his dissoluteness, charging on hin all the
After appearance, and again prolong profligacy of that kind ascribed by the poets Our expectation? God of Israel, fut lie heathen gods, and rejects his proposal | Send thy Messiah furth, the time is come; as in no respect likely to succeed. Satan then Behold the kings of the Earth, how they oppress suggests other modes of temptation, particu
Thy cho.en; to what bright their power upjust larly proposing to avail hinself of the circum- They have exalted, and behind them cast stance of our Lord's hungering; and, taking All fear of thee; arise, and vindicate a band of chosen spirits with him, returns Thy glory; free thy people from their yoke, to resume his enterprise.--Jesus hungers in But let us wait: thus far he hath perform'd. the desert.-Night comes on; the manner in Sent his anointed, and to us reveal'd him, which our Saviour passes the night is des. By his great prophet, pointed at and showo scribed.-Morning advances. ---Satan again ap- | lu public, and with him we have convers'd ; pears to Jesus, and, after expressing wonder Let us be glad of this, and all our fears, that he should be su entirely neglected in the Lay un his providence; he will not fail,
Nor will withdraw him now, nor will recal!,
“ Princes, Heaven's ancient sons, ethereal Muck us with his blest sight, then snatch him
thrones; hence ;
| Demonian spirits now, from the element Soon we shall see our hope, our joy, return." Each of his reign allotted, rightlier call'd Thus threy, out of their plaints, new hope re- Powers of fire, air, water, and earth beneath, sume
(So may we hold our place and these mild seats To find whom at the first they found unsought: Without new trouble,) such an enemy But, to his mother Mary, when she saw
Is risen to invade us, who no less Others return'd from baptism, not her son,
Threatens than our expulsion down to Hell; . Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none, spure, I, as I undertook, and with the vote Within her breast though calm, her breast though Consenting in full frequence was impower'd, Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd Have found him, view'd him, tasted him; ' but Some troubled thoughts, which she in sighs thus Far other labour to be undergone
Than when I dealt with Adam, first of men, ' “0, what avails me now that honour high Though Adam by his wife's allurement fell, To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute,
However to this man inferiour far; · Hail highly favour'd among women blest!' If he be man by mother's side, at least While I to sorrows am no less advanc'd,
With more than human gifts from Heaven adorn'd, And fears as eminent, above the lot
Perfections absolute, graces divine, Of other women, by the birth I bore;
And amplitude of mind to greatest deeds. In such a season born, when scarce a shed
Therefore I am return'd, lest confidence
Of my success with Eve in Paradise
Of like succeeding here : I summon all
So spake the old serpent, doubting; and from Hath been our dwelling many years ; his life With clamour was assured their utmost aid fall Private, unactive, calm, contemplative,
At his command: when from amidst them rose Little suspicious to any king ; but now
Belial, the dissolutest spirit that fell, Full grown to man, acknowledg'd, as I hear, The sensuallest, and, after Asmodai, By John the Baptist, and in public shown, The fleshliest incubus; and thus advisd. Sou own'd from Heaven by his Father's voice, “ Set women in his eye, and in his walk, I look'd for some great change ; to honour? no, Among daughters of men the fairest found: But trouble, as old Simeon plain foretold, | Many are in each region passing fair That to the fall and rising he should be
As the noon sky; more like to goddesses Of many in Israël, and to a sign
Than mortal creatures, graceful and discreet, Spoken against, that through my very soul Expert in amorous arts, enchanting tongues A sword shall pierce: this is my favour'd lot, Persuasive, virgin majesty with mild My exaltation to affictions high;
And sweet allay'd, yet terrible to approach, Amicted I may be, it seems, and blest;
Skill'd to retire, and, in retiring, draw I will not argue that, nor will repine.
Hearts after them, tangled in amorous nets. · But where delays he now some great intent Such object hath the power to soften and tame Conceals him : when twelve years he scarce had | Severest teinper, smooth the rugged'st brow, I lost him, but so found, as well I saw [seen, Enerve, and with voluptuous hope dissolve, He could not lose himself, but went about
Draw out with credulous desire, and lead His father's business; what he meant I mus'd, | At will the manliest, resolutest breast, Since understand; much more his absence now As the magnetic hardest iron draws. Thus long to some great purpose he obscures. Women, when nothing else, beguild the heart But I to wait with patience am inur'd;
Of wisest Solomon, and made him build, My heart hath been a store-house long of things And made him bow, to the gods of his wives." And sayings laid up, portending strange events." To whom quick answer Satan thus return'd..
Thus Mary, pondering oft, and oft to mind “ Belial, in much uneven scale thou weigh'st Recalling what remarkably bad pass'd
All others by thyself; because of old Since first her salutation heard, with thoughts Thou thyself doat'dst on womankind, admiring : Meekly compos'd awaited the fulfilling:
Their shape, their colour, and attractive grace, The while her son, tracing the desert wild, None are, thou think'st, but taken with such toys. Sole, but with holiest meditations fed,
Before the food thou with thy lusty crew, Into himself descended, and at once
False titled sons of God, roaming the Earth, All his great work to come before him set; Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men, How to begin, how to accomplish best
And coupled with them, and begot a race.
In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st,
In valley or green meadow, to way-lay Where all his potentates in council sat;
Soine beauty rare, Calisto, Clyinene, There, without sign of boast, or sign of joy, Daphne, or Semnele, Antiopa, . Solicitous and blank, he thus began.
Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more
Too long, then lay'st thy scapes on names ador'd, Without this body's wasting, I content mê; Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan,
And from the sting of famine fear no harm; Satyr, or Faun, or Sylvan? But these haunts Nor mind it, fed with better thoughts, that feed Delight not all; among the sons of inen,
Me hungering more to do my Father's will." How many have with a smile made small ac- It was the hour of night, when thus the Son Of Beauty and her lures, easily scorn'd [count Commun'd in silent walk, then laid him down All her assaults, on worthier things intent! Under the hospitable covert nigh Remember that Pellean conqueror,
Of trees thick interwoven ; there he slept, A youth, how all the beauties of the East, And dream'd, as appetite is wont to dream, He slightly view'd, and slightly overpass'd; Of meats and drinks, nature's refreshment sweet: How he, surnam'd of Africa, dismiss'd,
Him thought, be by the brook of Cherith stood, In his prime youth, the fair Iberian maid. And saw the ravens with their horny beaks For Solomon, he liv'd at ease, and full
Food to Elijah bringing, even and morn, Of honour, wealth, high fare, aim'd not beyond Though ravenous, taught tbi abstain from what Higher design than to enjoy his state;
they brought: Thence to the bait of women lay expos'd:
He saw the prophet also, how he fled But he, whom we attempt, is wiser far
Into the desert, and how there be slept Than Solomon, of more exalted mind,
Under a juniper; then how awak'd Made and set wholly on the accomplishment He found his supper on the coals prepard, Of greatest things. What woman will you find, And by the angel was bid rise and eat, Though of this age the wonder and the fame, And eat the second time after repose, On whom bis leisure will vouchsafe an eye The strength whereof suffic'd bim forty days: Of fond desire? Or should she, confident, Sometimes that with Elijah he partook, As sitting queen ador'd on Beauty's throne, Or as a guest with Daniel at his pulse. Descend with all her winning charms begirt Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark To enamour, as the zone of Venus once
Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry Wrought that effect on Jove, so fables tell; The Morn's approach, and greet her with his How would one look from his majestic brow,
song : Seated as on the top of Virtue's hill,
As lightly from bis grassy couch up rose Discountenance her despis'd, and put to rout Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream ; All her array; her female pride deject,
Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting wak’d. Or turn to reverent awe! for Beauty stands Up to a hill avon his steps be rear'd, In the admiration only of weak minds
From whose high top to ken the prospect round, Led captive; cease to admire, and all her plumes If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd; Fall fat, and shrink into a trivial toy,
But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw ; At every sudden slighting quite abas h'd.
Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove, Therefore with manlier objects we must try With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud: His constancy, with such as have more show Thither he bent his way, determin'd threre Of worth, of honour, glory, and popular praise, To rest at noon, and enter'd soon the shade Rocks, whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'; High-roof'd, and walks beneath, and allejs Or that which only seems to satisfy
brown, Lawful desires of nature, not beyond ;
That open'd in the inidst a woody scene; And now I know he hungers, where no food Nature's own work it seem'd (Nature taught Art) Is to be found, in the wide wilderness :
And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt The rest commit to me; I shall let pass . Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs : he riew'd it No advantage, and his strength as oft assay." When suddenly a man before him stood; (round: He ceas'd, and heard their grant in loud ac Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad, claim;
As one in city, or court, or palace bred, Then forthwith to him takes a chosen band And with fair speech these words to him ada Of spirits, likest to himself in guile,
dress'd. To be at hand, and at his beck appear,
“With granted leave officious I return, If cause were to unfold some active scene
But much more wonder that the Son of God Of various persons, each to know his part: In this wild solitude so long should bide, Then to the desert takes with these his flight; Of all things destitute; and, well I know, Where, still from shade to shade, the Son of God Not without hunger. Olbers of some note, After forty days fasting had remain’d,
As story tells, have trod this wilderness;
By a providing angel; all the race
Rain'd from Heaten manna ; and that prophet To virtue I impute not, or couut part
Native of Thebez, wandering here was fed
Of thee these forty days none hath regard,
To whom thus Jesus. “What conclud'st Nature hath need of what she asks; yet God
thou hence ? Can satisfy that need some other way,
They all had need; I, as thou seest, have none."" Though hunger still remain: so it remain
“How hast thou hunger theni” Satar replied,
Tell me, if food were now before thee set, 1 In vain, where no acceptance it can find ?
“That I have also power to give, thou seest; Duty and service, nor to stay till bid,
If of that power I bring thee voluntary But tender all their power? Nor mention I What I might have bestow'd on whom I pleas'd, Meats by the law unclean, or offer'd first And rather opportunely in this place To idols, those young Daniel could refuse ; Chose to impart to thy apparent need, Nor proffer'd by an enemy, though who
Why should'st thou not accept it? but I see Would scruple that, with want oppress'd? Behold, What I can do or offer is suspect: Nature asham'd, or, better to express, (rey'd Of these things ofbers qnickly will dispose, Troubled, that thou should'st hunger, hath pur Whose pains have earn'd the far-fet spoil.” Witla From all the elements her choicest store,
that To treat thee, as beseems, and as her Lord, Poth table and provision vanish'd qnite With honour: only deign to sit and eat.”
With sound of harpies wings and talons heard : He spake no dream; for, as his words had end, Only the importune tempter still remain'd, Our Saviour lifting up his eyes beheld,
And with these words his temptation pursued. In ample space under the broadest shade,
“By hunger, that each other creature tames, A table richly spread, in regal mode,
| Thou art not to be harm'd, therefore not mov'd; With dishes pil'd, and meats of noblest sort | Thy temperance invincible besides, And savour; beasts of chase, or fowl of game, For no allurement yields to appetite; In pastry built, or from the spit, or boild, And all thy heart is set on high designs, Gris-amber-steam'd; all ftsh, from sea or shore, | High actions: but wherewith to be achiev'd ? Freshet or purling brook, of shell or fin,
Great acts require great means of enterprise ; And exquisitest name, for which was drain'd Thou art unknown, unfriended, low of birth, Pontus, and Lucrine bay, and Afric coast.
A carpenter tby father known, thyself
Which way, or from what hope, dost thou aspire
Or at thy heels the dizzy multitude, Under the trees now tripp'd, now solemn stood, | Longer than thou canst iced them on thy cost? Nymphs of Diana's train, and Naiades
Money brings honour, friends, conquest, an With fruits and flowers from Amalthea's horn,
realms: And ladies of the Hesperides, that seem'd What rais'd Antipater the Edomite, Fairer than feign'd of old, or fabled sinee
And his son Herod plac'd on Judah's throne, Of faery damsels, met in forest wide
Thy throne, but golá that got him puissant By knights of Logres, or of Lyones,
friends? Lancelot, or Pelleas, or Pellenore.
Therefore, if at great things thion would'st arrive, And all the while harmonious airs were heard Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure hear. Of chining strings, or charming pipes; and Not difficult, ifthon hearken to me: Of gentlest gale Arabian odours fann'd [winds Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand; From their soft wings, and Flora's earliest They whom I favour thrive in wealth anain, smells.
While virtue, valour, wisdom, sit in want." Such was the splendour; and the tempter now To whom thus Jesus patiently replied. His invitation earnestly renew'd.
* Yet wealth, without these three, is impotent - What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat? To gain dominion, or to keep it gain'd. These are not fruits forbidd' n; no interdict Witness those ancient empires of the Earth, Defends the touching of these viands pure; In height of all their Rowing wealth dissolv'de Their taste no knowledge works, at least of evil, But men endued with these hare oft attain'd But life preserves, destroys life's enemy,
In lowest poverty to highest deeds ; Hunger, with sweet restorative delight. (springs, Gideon, and Jephtha, and the shepherd lad, All these are spirits of air, and woods, and Whose offspring on the throne of Judah sat Thy gentle ministers, who come to pay
So many ages, and sisall yet regain
To wbom thus Jesus temperately replied.seat.” | To me is not unknown what hath been done
For I esteem those names of men so poor,
Riches, though offer'd from the hand of kings. Command a table in this wilderness,
And what in me seemns wanting, but that I
Accomplish what they did, perhaps and more? Why should'st thou then obtrude this diligence, Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,