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More than the camel, and to drink go far, Man fallin shall be restor'd, I never more."
Men to much misery and hardship born ::

To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied.
But, if thou be the Son of God, command “ Deservedly thou griev'st, compos'd of lies
That out of these hard stones be made thee bread, Prom the beginnins, and in lies wilt erid;
So shalt thou save thyself, and us relieve . Who boast'st release from Hell, and leave to
With food, whereof we wretched seldom taste."

come
He ended, and the Son of God 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,
Proceeding from the mouth of God, who fed | A spectacle of ruin, or of scorn,
Our fathers here with manna?' in the mount To all the host of Heaven : the happy place
Moses was forty days, nor eat, nor drank; Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy,
And forty days Elijah, without food,

Rather inflames thy torment: representing
Wander'd this barren waste; the same I now: Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable,
Why dost thou then suggest to me distrust, So never more in Hell than when in Heaven.
Knowing who I am, as I know who thou art," But thou art serviceable to Heaven's King.
Whom thus answer'd the arch-fiend, now / Wilt thou impute to obedience what thy fear
undisguis'da

| Extorts, or pleasure to do ill excites?
Tis true I am that Spirit unfortunate, What but thy malice mov'd thee to misdeem
Who, leagu'd with millions more in rash revolt, Of righteous Job, then cruelly to afflict him
Kept not my happy station, but was driven With all inflictions? but his patience won.
With them from bliss to the bottomless deep,

The other service was thy chosen task,
Yet to that hideous place not so confin'd

To be a liar in four hundred mouths ;
By rigour uncondiving, but that oft,

Por lying is thy sustenance, thy food.
Leaving my dolorous prison, I enjoy

Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oracles
Large liberty to round this globe of earth,

By thee are given, and what confess'd more true
Or range in the air ; nor from the Heaven of | Among the nations that hath been thy craft,
Heavens

By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies.
Hath he excluded my resort sometimes. But what have been thy answers, what but
I came among the sons of God, when he

dark,
Gare up into my hands Uzzean Job

| 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
That he might fall in Ramoth, they demurring, | Return'd the wiser, or the more instruct,
I undertook that office, and the tongues

To fly or follow what concern'd him most,
Of all his flattering prophets glibb'd with lies | And run not sooner to his fatal snare?
To his destruction, as I had in charge;

For God hath justly given the nations up
For what he bids I do. Though I have lost To thy delusions; justly, since they fell
Much Justre of my native brightness, lost | Idolatrous : but, when his purpose is
To be belord of God, I have not lost

Among them to declare his providence [truth,
To love, at least contemplate and admire, To thee not known, whence hast thou then thy
What I see excellent in good, or fair,

But from him, or his angels president
Or virtuous; I should so have lost all sense : in every province, who, themselves disdaining
What can then be less in me than desire

To approach thy temples, give thee in cominand
To see thee and approach thee, whom I know What, to the smallest tittle. thou shalt say
Declar'd the Son of God, to hear attent

To thy adorers? Thou, with trembling fear,
Thy wisdom, and behold thy God-like deeds? Or like a fawping parasite, obey'st:
Men generally think me much a foe

Then to thyself ascrib'st the truth foretold.
To all mankind : why should I ? they to me But this thy glory shall be soon retrench'd;
Never did wrong or violence; by them

No more shalt thou by oracling abuse
I lost not what I lost, rather by them [dwell, The Gentiles; henceforth oracles are ceas'd,
I gain'd what I have gain'd, and with them And thou no more with pomp and sacrifice
Copartner in these regions of the world,

Shalt be inquir'd at Delphos, or elsewhere;
If not disposer; lend them oft my aid,

At least in vain, for they shall find thee mute.
Oft my advice by presages and signs,

God hath now sent his living oracle
And answers, oracles, portents aad dreams, Into the world to teach his final will,
Whereby they may direct their future life. And sends bis Spirit of Truth henceforth to dwell
Envy they say excites me, thus to gain

in pious hearts, an inward oracle
Companions of my misery and woe.

To all truth requisite for men to know.”
At first it may be ; but, long since with woe

So spake our Saviour, but the subtle fiend,
Nrarer acquainted, now I feel, by proof,

Though inly stung with anger and disdain,
That fellowship in pain divides not smart,

Dissembled, and this answer smooth return'd.
Nor lightens aught each man's peculiar load. "Sharply thou hast insisted on ret uke,
Small consolation then, were man adjoin'd : And urg'd me with hard doings, which not will
This wounds nie most, (what can it less ?) that But misery hath wrested from me. Where

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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
Nigh to Bethabara ; in Jericho
| The city of palms, #non, and Salem old,

Machærus, and each town or city wall'd
PARADISE REGAINED. On this side the broad lake Genezaret,

Or in Peræa ; but return'd in vain.
BOOK II.

Then on the bank of Jordan, by a creek, (play,

Where winds with reeds and osiers whispering
The AOCUMENT.

Plain fishermen, (no greater men them call,)
Close in a cottage low together got, .

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

[lind clad.

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
Could be obtain'd to shelter him or me

Of my success with Eve in Paradise
From the bleak air : a stable was our warmth, Deceive ye to persuasion over-sure
A manger his ; yet soon enforc'd to fly,

Of like succeeding here : I summon all
Thence into Egypt, till the murderous king Rather to be in readiness, with hand
Were dead, who sought his life, and missing fill'd | Or counsel to assist; lest I, who erst
With infant blood the streets of Bethlehem ; Thought none my equal, now be over-match'd."
From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth

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.
His end of being on Earth, and mission high: Have we not seen, or by relation heard,
For Satan, with sly preface to return,

In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st,
Had left him vacant, and with speed was gone In wood or grove, by mossy fountain side,
Up to the middle region of thick air,

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;
Now hungering first, and to himself thus said. The fugitive bond-woman, with her son
"Where will this end? four times ten days Out-cast Nebaioth, yet found here relief
I've pass'd

By a providing angel; all the race
Wandering this woody maze, and human food Of Israel here had famish'd, bad not God [hold,
Nor tasted, nor had appetite; that fast

Rain'd from Heaten manna ; and that prophet To virtue I impute not, or couut part

Native of Thebez, wandering here was fed
Of what I suffer here; if nature need not, Twice by a voice inviting him to eat:
Or God support nature without repast

Of thee these forty days none hath regard,
Though needing, what praise is it to endure? | Forty and more deserted here indeed."
But now I feel I hunger, which declares

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 ?
Would'st thou not eat "_"Thereafter as I like | And with my hunger what bast thou to do?
The giver,” answer'd Jesus. “Why should that Thy pompous delicacies I contemn,
Cause thy refusal ?" said the subtle fiend. And count thy specious gifts no gifts, but guiles.
“ Hast thou not right to all created things? | To whom thus answer'd Satan malecontent.
Owe not all creatures by just right to thee

“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
(Alas, how simply, to these eates compar'd, Bred up in poverty and straits at home,
Was that crude apple that diverted Eve!) Lost in a desert here and hunger-bit :
And at a stately side-board, by the wine

Which way, or from what hope, dost thou aspire
That fragrant smell diffusd, in order stood To greatness? whence authority deriv'st?
Tall stripling youths rich elad, of fairer hue What followers, what retinue can'st thou gain,
Than Ganymed or Hylas ; distant more

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
Thee homage, and acknowledge thee their Lord: That seat, and reign in Israel without end,
What doubt'st thou, Son of God? Sit down and Among the Heathen, (for throughout the world

To wbom thus Jesus temperately replied.seat.” | To me is not unknown what hath been done
“ Said'st thou not that to all things I had right? Worthy of meinorial,) canst thou not remember
And who witbholds my power that right to use? | Quintius, Fabricius, Curius, Regulus?
Shall I receive by gift what of my own,

For I esteem those names of men so poor,
When aud where likes me best, I can command? Who could do mighty things, and could contemu
I can at will, doubt not, as soon as thou,

Riches, though offer'd from the hand of kings. Command a table in this wilderness,

And what in me seemns wanting, but that I
And call swift fights of angels ministrant May also in this poverty as soon
Array'd in glory on my cup to attend :

Accomplish what they did, perhaps and more? Why should'st thou then obtrude this diligence, Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,

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