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The law and prophets, searching what was
260 Concerning the Melliah, to our scribes Known partly, and foon found, of whom they
275 Me him (for it was shown him so from
Heaven) Me him whose harbinger he was; and first R-fus'd on me his baptism to confer, As much his greater, and was hardly won: But as I rofe out of the laving stream,
280 Heav'n open'd her eternal doors, from whence The Spi'rit descended on me like a dove, And last the sum of all, my Father's voice,
Audibly heard from Heav'n, pronounc'd me
his, Me his beloved Son, in whom alone 285 He was well pleas'd; by which I knew the
time Now full, that I no more (hould live obscure, But openly begin, as best becomes Th' authority, which I deriv'd from Heaven. And now by some strong motion I am led 290 Into this wilderness, to what intent I learn not yet, perhaps I need not know; For what concerns my knowledge God reveals.
So spake our Morning Star then in his rise, And looking round on every fide beheld 295 A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades; The way he came not having mark’d, Was difficult, by human steps untrod; And he still was led, but with such
thoughts Accompanied of things past and to come 300 Lodg'd in his breast, as well might recoin
mend Such folitude before choicest society. Full forty days he pass’d, whether on hill Sometimes, anon in shady vale, each night Under the covert of some ancient oak, 305 Or cedar, to defend him from the dew, Or harbour'd in one cave, is not reveal'd; Nor tasted human food, nor hunger felt
Till those days ended, hunger'd then at last Among wild beasts: they at his light grew
310 Nor sleeping him nor waking harm’d, his
walk The fiery serpent fled, and noxious worm, The lion and fierce tiger glar'd aloof. But now an aged man in rural weeds, Following, as seem'd, the quest of some stray
315 Or wither'd sticks to gather, which might
serve Against a winter's day, when winds blow keen, To warn him wet return'd from field at eve, He saw approach, who first with curious eye Perus'd him, then with words thus utter'd
320 Sir, what ill chance hath brought thee to..
So far from path or road of men, who pass
325 I ask the rather, and the more admire, For that to me thou seem'st the man, whom
late Our new baptizing Prophet at the ford Of Jordan honor'd lo, and call'd thee Son
Of God; I saw and heard, for we someti.
330 Who dwell this wild, constrain'd want, come
forth To town or village nigh (nighest is far) Where ought we hear, and curious are to
hear, What happens new; fame also finds us out. To whom the Son of God. Who brought me hither,
335 Will bring me hence; no other guide I seek.
By miracle he may, reply'd the swain, What other way I see not, for we here Live on tongh roots and stubs, to thirst inur'd More than the camel, and to drink go far, 340 Men to much misery and hardship born; But if thou be the Son of God, command That out of these hard stones be made thee
bread, So shalt thou save thyself and us relieve With food, whercof we wretched seldom
345 He ended, and the Son of God reply'd. Think'st thou such force in bread ? is it not
written (For I discern thee other than thou seem'st) Man lives not by bread only, but each word Proceeding from the mouth of God, who
Our faihers here with Manna? in the mount
hands Uzzean Job