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Legions and cohorts, turms of horse and

wings : Or embals es from regions far remote, In variou habits on the Appian road, Or on th’Emilian, fome from farthest south, Syene', and where the shadow both way

falls,

70 Meroe Nilotic ile, and more to west, The realm of Bocchus to the Black-moor sea; From th' Alian kings and Parthian among

these, From India and the golden Chersonese, And utmost Indian ile Taprobane,

75 Dusk faces with white filken turbants wreath'd; From Gallia, Gades, and the British west, Germans and Scythians, and Sarmatianís north Beyond Danubius to the Tauric pool. All nations now to Rome obedience pay, 80, To Rome's great emperor, whose wide do.

main In ample territory, wealth and power, Civility of manners, arts and arms, And long renown, thou justly may'ft prefer Before the Parthian; these two thrones ex

cept,

85 The rest are barb'rous, and scarce worth the

fight, Shar'd among petty kings too far remov’d; These having shown thee, I have shown thee all

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The kingdoms of the world, and all their

glory. This emp’ror hat no son, and now is old, 90 Old and lascivious, and from Rome retir'd To Capreae, an iland small but strong On the Campanian shore, with purpose there His horrid lusts in private to enjoy, Committing to a wicked favorite

95 All public cares, and yet of him suspicious, Hated of all, and hating; with what ease, Indued with regal virtues as thou art, Appearing, and beginning noble deeds, Might'st thou expell this monster from his

throne Now made a stye, and in his place ascending A victor people free from fervile yoke ? And with my help thou may'st; to me the

power Is giv'n, and by that right I give it thee. Aim therefore at no less than all the world 105 Aim at the high’est, without the high’est

attain'd Will be for thee no sitting, or not long, On David's throne, be prophecy'd what will. To whom the Son of God unmov'd re

ply'd. Nor doth this grandeur and majestic show 110 Of luxury, though call'd magnificence, More than of arms before, allure mine eye,

Much less my mind; though thou should'st

add to tell Their sumptuous gluttonies, and gorgeous

feasts On citron tables or Atlantic stone

115 (For I have also heard, perhaps have read) Their wines of Setia, Cales, and Falerne, Chios and Crete, and how they quaff in

gold, Crystal and myrrhine cups imboss'd with

gems And studs of pearl, to me should'st tell who

thirst

120 And hunger still: then embassies thou showst From nations, far and nigh; what honour that, But tedious waste of time to fit and hear So many hollow complements and lies, Outlandish flatteries ? then proceed'st to

talk

125 Of thị emperor, how easily subdueď, How gloriously; I shall, thou say'st, expell A brutish monster: what if I withal Expell a Devil who first made him such? Let his tormenter conscience find him out; 130 For him I was not sent, nor yet to free That people victor once, now vile and base, Deservedly made vallal, who once just, Frugal, and mild, and temprate,' conquer'd

well,

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But govern ill the nations under yoke, 135 · Peeling their provinces, exhausted all By luft and rapin; first ambitious grown Of triumph, that insulting vanity; Then cruel, by their sports to blood inur'd Of fighting beasts, and men' to beasts ex

pos'd,

140 Luxurious by their wealth, and greedier still, And from the daily scene effeminate. What wise and valiant man would seek to

free These thus degenerate, by themselves inslav'd, Or could of inward flares make outward

free?

145 Know therefore, when my season' comes to fit On David's throne, it shall be like a tree Spreading and overshadowing all the earth, Or as a stone, that shall to pieces dalh Allmonarchies besides throughout the world, 150, And of my kingdom there shall be no end : Means there shall be to this, but what the

means, Is not for thee to know, nor me to tell.

To whom the Temptèr impudent reply'd. I see all offers made by me how light 155 Thou valuest, becanse offer'd, and reject'st: Nothing will please the difficult and nice, Or nothing more than still to contradict: On th other side know also thou, that I

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On what I offer set as high esteem, 160
Nor what I part with mean to give for nought;
All these, which in a moment thou behold'st,
The kingdoms of the world to thee I give;
For giv'n to me, I give to whom I please,
No trifle; yet with this reserve, not elfe, 165
On this condition, if thou wilt fall down,
And worship me as thy superior lord,
Easily done, and hold them all of me;
For what can less so great a gift deserve ?
Whom thus our Savior answer'd with
disdain,

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I never lik'd thy talk, thy offers less,
Now both abhor, since thou hast dar'd to utter
Th' abominable terms, impious condition;
But I indure the time, till which expir'd,
Thou hast permislion on me. It is written 175
The first of all commandments: Thou shalt

worship The Lord thy God, and only him shalt serve; And dar’st thou to the Son of God propound To'worship thee accurs'd, now more accurs'd For this attempt bolder than that on Eve, 180 And more blasphemous ? which expect to rue. The kingdoms of the world to thee were given, Permitted rather, and by thee usurp'd ; Other donation none thou canst produce : If giv'n, by whom but by the king of

kings,

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