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Till underneath them fair Jerusalem,
There stand, if thou wilt stand; to stand upright
best : Now show thy progeny; if not to stand, Cast thyself down; safely, if Son of God: For it is written, “He will give command Concerning thee to his Angels, in their hands They shall up lift thee, lest at any time Thou chance to dash thy foot against a stone." To whom thus Jesus: Also it is written, « Tempt not the Lord thy God.” He said and
stood: But Satan, smitten with amazement fell.. As when Earth's son Antæus, (to compare Small things with greatest, in Irassa strove With Jove's Alcides, and, oft foil'd still rose, Receiving from his mother Earth new strength, Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join'd, Throttled at length in the air, expir'd and fell; So, after many a foil, the Tempter proud,
Renewing fresh assaults, amidst his pride, . Fell whence he stood to see his victor fall: And as that Theban monster, that propos'd Her riddle, and him who solv'd it not devour'd, That once found out and solv'd, for grief and spite Cast herself headlong from the Ismenian steep; So, struck with dread and anguish, fell the Fiend, And to his crew, that sat consulting, brought , (Joyless triumphals of his hop'd success.) Ruin, and desperation, and dismay, ' . Who durst so proudly tempt the Son of God. So Satan fell; and straight a fiery globe. Of Angels on full sail of wing flew nigh, Who on their plumy vans receiv'd him soft From his uneasy station, and upbore, As on a floating couch, through the blithe air; Then, in a flowery valley, set him down On a green bank, and set before him spread A table of celestial food, divine Ambrosial fruits, fetch'd from the tree of life, And, from the fount of life, ambrosial drink, That soon refresh'd him wearied, and repair'd, What hunger, if aught hunger, had impair'd Or thirst ; and, as he fed, angelick quires Sung heavenly anthems of his victory Over Temptation and the Tempter proud.
True image of the Father; whether thron'd In the bosom of bliss, and light of light .
Conceiving, or, remote from Heaven, enshrin'd.
Thou didst debel, and down from Heaven cast
Shall chase thee, with the terrour of his voice,
Thus they the Son of God, our Saviour meek, Sung victor, and from heavenly feast refresh'd, Brought on his way with joy; he, unobserv’d, . Home to his mother's house private return'd. 638
High, here their time
THE END OF PARADISE REGAINED.