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To all his Angels, who with true applause Recouat his praises : thus he did to Job, When to extend his fame through Heav'n and

Earth,

65 As thou to thy reproach may'st well remember, He "ask'd thce : Haft thou seen my servant

Job ? Famous he was in Heav'n, on Earth less

known; Where glory is false glory, attributed To things not glorious, men not worthy of

fame.

70 They err who count it glorious to subdue By conquest far and wide, to over- run Large countries, and in field great battels

win, Great cities by assault: what do these wor

thies, But rob and spoil, burn, slaughter, and in

slave

75 Peaccable nations, neighb'ring, or remote, Made captive, yet deserving freedom more Than those their conquerors, who leave be

hind Nothing but ruin wherefoe'er they rove, And all the florishing works of peace de

stroy,

80 Then swell with pride, and must be, titled

Gods,

Great Benefactors of mankind, Deliverers,
W rshipt with temple, priest and sacrifice;
One is the son of Jove, of Mars the other;
Till conqu’ror Death discover them scarce

men,

85 Rolling in brutish vices, and deform'd, Violent or shameful death ́their due reward. But if there be in glory onght of good, It may by means far different be attain'd Without ambition, war, or violence; 90 By deeds of peace, by wisdom eminent, By patience, temperance: I mention still Him, whom thy wrongs with saintly patience

borne Made famous in a land and times obscure; Who

now with honor patient Job ?

95 Poor Socrates (who next more memorable?) By what he taught and suffer'd for so doing, For truth's fake suffering death unjust, lives

names

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Equal in fame to proudest conquerors.
Yet if for fame and glory ought be done, 100
Ought suffer'd; if young African for fame
His wasted country freed from Punic rage,
Thee deed becomes unprais'd, the man at least,
And loses, though but verbal, his reward.
Shall I seek glory then , as vain men

seek,

105

110

Oft not deserv'd ? I seek not mine but his
Who sent me', and thereby witness whence

I'am.
To whom the Tempter murm’ring thus

reply'd : Think not so flight of glory; therein least Resembling thy great Father: he seeks

glory, And for his glory all things made, all things Orders and governs ; nor content in Heaven By all his Angels glorify'd, requires Glory from men, from all men good or bad, Wife or unwise, no difference, no exem

ption;

115 Above all sacrifice, or hallow'd gift Glory' he requires, and glory he receives Promiscuous from all nations, Jew, or Greek, Or barbarous, ner exception hath declar'd; From us his foes pronounc'd glory' he ex

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To whom our Saviour fervently reply'd. And reason; fince his word all things pro

duc'd, Though chiefly not for glory as prime end, But, to show forth his goodness, and impart His good communicable to every soul 125 Freely; of whom what could he less expect Than glory' and benediction, that is thanks, The slightest, easiest, readiest recompense

From them who could return him nothing else'
And not returning that would likelie strender 130
Contempt instead, dishonor, obloquy?
Hard recompense, unsuitable return
For so much good, so much beneficence.
But why should man seek glory, who' of his

own

Hath nothing, and to whom nothing be

longs

135 But contemnation, ignominy', and shame? Who for so many benefits receiv'd Turn'd recreand to God, ingrate and false, And fo of all true good himself despoil'd, Yet, sacrilegious, to himself would take 140 That which to God alone of right belongs; Yet so much bounty is in God, such grace, That who advance his glory, not their own, Them he himself to glory will advance. So spake the Son of God; and here again

145 Satan had not to answer, but stood struck With guilt of his own fin, for he himself Insatiable of glory had lost all', Yet of another plca bethought him soon. Of glory, as thou wilt, faithe, so deem,

150 Worth or not worth the seeking, let it pass: But to a kingdom thou art born, ordain'd To lit upon thy father David's throne;

as

once

By mother's side thy father; though thy right Be now in pow’rful hands, that will not

part

155 Eafly from poffeffion won with arms: Judaea now and all the promis'd land, Reduc'd a province under Roman yoke, Obeys Tiberius; nor is always rul'd With temp'rate sway; oft have they viola

ted

160 The temple, oft the law with foul affronts, Abominations rather, did Antiochus : and think'st thou to regain Thy right by sitting still or thus retiring? So did not Maccabeus : he indeed

165 Retir'd unto the desert, but with arms; And o’er a migthy king so oft prevailid, That by strong hand his family obtain’d, Though priests, the crown, and David's

throne usurp'd, With Modin and her suburbs once content. 170 If kingdom move thee not, let move thee

zeal And duty; zeal and duty are not flow; But on occasion's forelock watchful wait. They themselves rather are occasion best, Zeal of thy Father's house, duty to free 175 Thy country from her Heathen servitule; So shalt thou best fulfil, best verify The prophets old, who sung thy endless reign;

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