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To God more glory, more good-will to men In glory of the Father, to dissolve
From God, and over wrath grace shall abound. Salan with his perverted world ; then raise
But say, if our Deliverer up to Heaven

From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd,
Must reascend, what will betide the few

New Heavens, new Earth, ages endless date, His faithful, left among the unfaithful herd, Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love; The enemies of truth? Who then shall guide To bring forth fruits, joy, and eternal bliss.” His people, who defend ? Will they not deal

He ended; and thus Adam last replied. Worse with his followers than with him they dealt ?" "How soon hath ihy prediction, seer blest, "Be sure they will,” said the angel; “but from Measur'd this transient world, the race of time, Heaven

Till time stand fix’d! Beyond is all abyss,
He to his own a Comforter will send,

Eternity, whose end no eye can reach.
The promise of the Father, who shall dwell Greatly instructed I shall hence depart;
Ilis Spirit within them; and the law of faith, Greatly in peace of thought; and have my fill
Working through love, upon their hearts shall write, of knowledge what this vessel can contain;
To guide them in all truth: and also arm

Beyond which was my folly to aspire.
With spiritual armor, able to resist

Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best, Satan's assaults, and quench his fiery darts ; And love with fear the only God; to walk What man can do against them, not afraid, As in his presence; ever to observe Though to the death; against such cruelties His providence; and on him sole depend, With inward consolations recompens'd,

Merciful over all his works, with good And oft supported so as shall amaze

Still overcoming evil, and by small Their proudest persecutors; for the Spirit, Accomplishing great things, by things deem'd weak Pour'd first on his Apostles, whom he sends Subverting worldly strong, and worldly wise To evangelize the nations, then on all

By simply meek: that suffering for truth's sake Baptiz'd, shall them with wondrous gifts endue Is fortitude to highest victory, To speak all tongues, and do all miracles,

And, to the faithful, death, the gate of life; As did their Lord before them. Thus they win Taught this by his example, whom I now Great numbers of each nation to receive

Acknowledge my Redeemer ever blest." With joy the tidings brought from Heaven: at length To whom thus also the angel last replied. Their ministry perform’d, and race well run, “ This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum Their doctrine and their story written left, Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars They die; but in their room, as they forewarn, Thou knew'st by name, and all the ethereal powers Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous wolves, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Who all the sacred mysteries of Heaven

Or works of God in Heaven, air, earth, or sea, 'To their own vile advantages shall turn

And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst, or lucre and ambition; and the truth

And all the rule, one empire ; only add With superstitions and traditions taint,

Deeds to thy knowledge answerable ; add faith, Left only in those written records pure,

Add virtue, patience, temperance; add love, Though not but by the Spirit understood.

By name to come callid charity, the soul Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names, of all the rest : then wilt thou not be loth Plpces, and titles, and with these to join

To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess Secular power; though feigning still to act A Paradise within thee, happier far.By spiritual, to themselves appropriating

Let us descend now therefore from this top The Spirit of God, promis'd alike, and given Of speculation ; for the hour precise To all believers; and, from that pretence, Exacts our parting hence; and see! the guards, Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force By me encamp'd on yonder hill, expect On every conscience; laws which none shall find Their motion ; at whose front a flaming sword, Left thern enroll'd, or what the spirit within In signal of remove, waves fiercely round: Shall on ihe heart engrave. What will they then We may no longer stay: go, waken Eve; But force the Spirit of grace itself, and bind Her also I with gentle dreams have calm'd His consort Liberty? what, but' unbuild

Portending good, and all her spirits compos'd His living temples, built by faith to stand, To meek submission : thou, at season fit, Their own faith, not another’s? for, on Earth, Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard ; Who against faith and conscience can be heard Chiefly, what may concern her faith to know, Infallible? yet many will presume :

The great deliverance by her seed to come Whence heavy persecution shall arise

(For by the woman's seed) on all mankind : On all, who in the worship persevere

That ye may live, which will be many days, Of spirit and truth; the rest, for greater part,

Both in one faith unanimous, though sad, Will deem in outward rites and specious forms With cause for evils past; yet much more cheerd Religion satisfied ; Truth shall retire

With meditation on the happy end." Besiuck with slanderous darts, and works of faith He ended, and they both descend the hill; Rarely be found : so shall the world go on, Descended, Adam to the bower, where Eve To good malignant, to bad men benign;

Lay sleeping, ran before: but found her wak'd; Under her own weight groaning; till the day And thus with words not sad she him receiv'd. Appear of respiration to the just,

“Whence thou return'st, and whither went'st, I And vengeance to the wicked, at return

know; Of him so laiely promis'd to thy aid,

For God is also in sleep; and dreams advise, The woman's Seed ; obscurely then foretold, Which he hath sent propitious, some great good Now amplier known thy Savior and thy Lord; Presaging, since with sorrow and heart's distress Last, in the clouds, from Heaven to be reveald Wearied I fell asleep: but now lead on;

In me is no delay; with thee to go,
Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under Heaven, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banish'd hence.
This further consolation yet secure
I carry hence; though all by me is lost,
Such favor I unworthy am vouchsaf d,
By me the promis'd Seed shall all restore."

So spake our mother Eve; and Adam heard
Well pleas'd, but answer'd not: for now, too nigh
The archangel stood; and fronı the other hill
To their fix'd station, all in bright array
The cherubim descended; on the ground
Gliding meteorous, as evening mist
Ris'n from a river o'er the marish glides,
And gathers ground fast at the laborer's heel,
Homeward returning. High in front advanc'd
The brandish'd sword of God before them blaz'd,
Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat,
And vapor as the Libyan air adust,
Began to parch that temperate clime; whereat
In either hand the hastening angel caught
Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate
Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
To the subjected plain ; then disappear'd.
They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld
Of paradise, so late their happy scat,
Wav'd over by that flaming brand; the gate
With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms :
Some natural tears they dropt, but wip'd them soon;
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide :
They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

kind. Pursuing his meditations he narrates, i a soliloquy, what divine and philanthropic in pulses he had felt from his early youth, and how his mother Mary, on perceiving these disposition in him, had acquainted him with the circumstance of his birth, and informed him that he was n less a person than the Son of God; to which hadds what his own inquiries and reflections hasupplied in confirmation of this great truth, and particularly dwells on the recent attestation of i at the river Jordan. Our Lord passes foriy day fasting, in the wilderness, where the wild beas. become mild and harmless in his presence. Sata: now appears under the form of an old peasani and enters into discourse with our Lord, wonder ing what could have brought him alone into so dangerous a place, and at the same time professing to recognize him for the person lately acknow ledged by John, at the river Jordan, to be the Sor of God. Jesus briefly replies. Satan rejoins with a description of the difficulty of supporting life in the wilderness; and entreats Jesus, if he be really the Son of God, to manifest his divine power, by changing some of the stones into breail. Jesus reproves him, and at the same time tells him that he knows who he is. Satan instantly avows himself, and offers an artful apology foc himself and his conduct. Our blessed Lord severely reprimands him, and refutes every part of his justification. Satan, with much semblance of humility, still endeavors to justify himself: and, professing his admiration of Jesus and bis regard for virtue, requests to be permitted at a future time to hear more of his conversation; but is answered, that this must be as he shall find permission from above Satan then disappears, and the book closes with a short description of night coming on in the desert.

I, who erewhile the happy garden sung
PARADISE REGAINED. By one man's disobedience lost, now sing

Recover'd Paradise to all mankind,
BOOK I.

By one man's firnı obedience fully tried

Through all templation, and the tempter foil'd
THE ARGUMENT.

In all his wiles, defeated and repuls d,

And Eden rais'd in the waste wilderness.
The subject proposed. Invocation of the Holy Thou Spirit, who ledd'st this glorious eremite

Spirit.—The poem opens with John baptizing at Into the desert, his victorious field,
the river Jordan. Jesus coming there is baptized; Against the spiritual foe, and brought'st him thence
and is attested, by the descent of the Holy Ghost, By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire,
and by a voice from Heaven, to be the Son of As thou art wont, my prompied song, else mute,
God. Satan, who is present, upon this immedi. And bear through height or depth of Nature's
ately flies up into the regions of the air: where,

bounds, summoning his infernal council, he acquaints With prosperous wing full summ’d, to tell of deeds them with his apprehensions that Jesus is that Above heroic, though in secret done, seed of the Woman, destined to destroy all their And unrecorded left through many an age ; power, and points out to them the immediate Worthy to have not remain'd so long unsung. necessity of bringing the matter to proof, and of Now had the great proclaimer, with a voice attempting, by snares and fraud, to counteract More awful than the sound of trumpet, cried and defeat the person, from whom they have so Repentance, and Heaven's kingdom nigh at hand much to dread. This office he offers himself to To all baptiz'd: to his great baptism flock'd undertake ; and, his offer being accepted, sets out with awe the regions round, and with them came on his enterprise.--- In the mean time God, in the From Nazareth the son of Joseph deem'd assembly of holy angels, declares that he has given to the flood Jordan; came, as then obscure, up his Son to be tempted by Satan; but foretells Unmark'd, unknown; but him the Baptist soon that the tempter shall be completely defeated by Descried, divinely warn'd, and witness bore him :-upon which the angels sing a hymn of As to his worthier, and would have resign'd triumph. Jesus is led up by the Spirit inic the To him his heavenly office; nor was long wilderness, while he is meditating on the com- His witness unconfirm'd: on him baptiz'd mencement of his great office of Savior of man- Ileaven open'd, and in likeness of a dove

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The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice 1, when no other durst, sole undertook
From Heaven pronounc'd him his beloved Son. The dismal expediuon to find out
Thai heard the adversary, who, roving still And ruin Adam; and the exploit perform'd
About the world, at that assembly fam’d

Successfully: a calmer voyage now
Would not be last, and, with the voice divine Will waft me; and the way, found prosperous once
Nigh thunder-struck, the exalted man, to whom Induces best to hope of like success."
Such high aliest was given, awhile survey'd

He ended, and his words impression left
With wonder; then, with envy fraught and rage, of much amazement to the infernal crew,
Flies to his place, nor rests, but in mid air

Distracted, and surpris'd with deep dismay To council suinmons all his mighty peers,

At these sad tidings; but no time was then Within thick clouds and dark ten-fold involvid, For long indulgence to their fears or grief; A gloomy consistory; and then amidst,

Unanimous they all commit the care With looks aghast and sad, he thus bespake. And management of this main enterprise

"O ancient powers air, and this wide world, To him, their great diciator, whose attempt (For much more willingly I mention air,

At first against mankind so well had thriv'd This our old conquest, than remember Hell, In Adam's overthrow, and led their march Our hated habitation,) well ye know

From Hell's deep-vaulted den to dwell in light,
How many ages, as the years of men,

Regents, and potentates, and kings, yea gods,
This universe we have possess'd, and rul'd, Of many a pleasant realm and province wide.
In manner at our will, the affairs of Earth, So to the coast of Jordan he directs
Since Adam and his facile consort Eve

His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles,
Lost Paradise, deceiv'd by me; though since Where he might likeliest find this new-declar'd,
With dread attending when that faral wound This Man of 'men, attested Son of God,
Shall be inflicted by the seed of Eve

Temptation and all guile on him to try;
Upon my head. Long the decrees of Heaven So to subvert whom he suspected rais'd
Delay, for longest time to him is short;

To end his reign on Earth, so long enjoy'd :
And now, 100 soon for us, the circling hours But, contrary, unweeting he fulfillid
This dreaded time have compass'd, wherein we The purpos'd council, preordain'd and fix'd,
Must bide the stroke of that long-threaten'd wound, of the Most High ; who, in full frequence bright
(At least if so we can, and by the head

of angels, thus to Gabriel smiling spake. Broken be not intended all our power

"Gabriel, this day by proof thou shalt behold, To be infring d, our freedom and our being Thou and all angels conversant on Earth In this fair empire won of Earth and air.)

With man or men's affairs, how I begin
For this ill news I bring, the woman's seed To verify that solemn message, late
Destin'd to this, is late of woman born.

On which I sent thee to the virgin pure
His birth to our just fear gave no small cause : In Galilee, that she should bear a Son,
But his growth now to youth's full flower, displaying Great in renown, and call'd the Son of God;
All virtue, grace, and wisdom to achieve

Then told'st her, doubting how these things could be
Things highest, greatest multiplies my fear. To her a virgin, that on her should come
Before him a great prophet, to proclaim

The Holy Ghost, and the power of the Highest
His coming, is sent harbinger, who all

O'ershadow her. This man, born and now upInvites, and in the consecrated stream

grown, Pretends to wash off sin, and fit them, so

To show him worthy of his birth divine Purified, to receive him pure, or rather

And high prediction, henceforth I expose
To do him honor as their king: all come,

To Satan; let him tempt, and now assay
And he himself among them was baptiz'd ; His utmost subtlety, because he boasts
Not thence to be more pure, but to receive And vaunts of his great cunning to the throng
The testimony of Heaven, that who he is Of his apostacy: he might have learnt
Thenceforth the nations may not doubt; I saw Less overweening, since he fail'd in Job,
The prophet do him reverence ; on him, rising Whose constant perseverance overcame
Out of the water, Heaven above the clouds Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.
Unfold her crystal doors: thence on his head He now shall know I can produce a man,
A perfect dove descend, (whale'er it meant,) Of female seed, far abler to resist
And out of Heaven the sovran voice I heard, All his solicitations, and at length
* This is my Son belov’d, in him am pleas’d.' All his vast force, and drive him back to Hell ;
His mother then is mortal, but his Sire

Winning, by conquest, what the first man lost,
He who obtains the monarchy of Heaven: By fallacy surpris’d. But first I mean
And what will he not do to advance his Son? To exercise him in the wilderness ;
His first-begot we know, and sore have felt, There he shall first lay down the rudiments
When his fierce thunder drove us to the deep: Of his great warfare, ere I send him forth
Who this is we must learn, for Man he seems To conquer Sin and Death, the two grand foes,
In all his lineaments, though in his face

By humiliation and strong sufferance :
The glimpses of his Father's glory shine.

His weakness shall o'ercome Satanic strength Ye see our danger on the utmost edge

And all the world, and mass of sinful flesh, of hazard, which admits no long debate,

That all the angels and ethereal powers, But must with something sudden be oppos'd, They now, and men hereafter, may discern, (Not force, but well-couch'd fraud, well-woven From what consummate virtue I have chose

snares,) Ere in the head of nations he appear,

This perfect man, by merit call'd my Son,

To earn salvation for the sons of men."
Their king, their leader, and supreme on Earth. So spake the Eternal Father, and all Heaves

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Admiring stood a space, then into hymns

Conceiv'd in me a virgin; he foretold, Burst forth, and in celestial measures mov'd, Thou shouldst be great, and sit on David's throne, Circling the throne and singing, while the hand And of thy kingdom there should be no end. Sung with the voice, and this the argument. At thy nativity, a glorious quire

“ Victory and triumph to the Son of God, of angels, in the fields of Bethlehem, sung Now entering his great duel, not of arms, To shepherds, watching at their folds by night, But to vanquish by wisdom hellish wiles !

And told them the Messiah now was born, The l'ather knows the Son; therefore secure Where they might see him, and to thee they came, Ventures his filial virtue, though untried,

Directed to the manger where thou lay'st, Against whate'er may tempt, whate'er seduce, For in the inn was left no better room : Allure, or terrify, or undermine.

A star, not seen before, in Heaven appearing, Be frustrate, all ye stratagems of Hell,

Guided the wise men thither from the east, And, devilish machinations, come to nonght!" To honor thee with incense, myrrh and gold ;

So they in Heaven their odes and vigils tun'd : By whose bright course led on they found the place, Meanwhile the Son of God, who yet some days Affirming it thy star, new.graven in Heaven, Lodg'd in Bethabara, where John baptiz'd,

By which they knew the king of Israel born. Musing, and much revolving in his breast,

Just Simeon and prophetic Anna, warn'd How best the mighty work he might begin By vision, found thee in the temple, and spake, Of Savior to mankind, and which way tirst Before the altar and the vested priest, Publish his godlike office now mature,

Like things of thee to all that present stood.'-One day forth walk'd alone, the Spirit leading This having heard, straight I again revolv'd And his deep thoughts, the better to converse The law and prophets, searching what was writ With solitude, till, far from track of men,

Concerning the Messiah, to our scribes Thought following thought, and step by step led on, Known partly, and soon found, of whom they spake He enter'd now the bordering desert wild, I am ; this chiefly, that my way must lie And, with dark shades and rocks environ'd round, Through many, a hard assay, even to the death, His holy meditations thus pursued.

Ere I the promis'd kingdom can attain,
“0, what a multitude of thoughts at once Or work redemption for mankind, whose sins'
Awakened in me swarm, while I consider Full weight must be transferr'd upon my head.
What from within I feel myself, and hear

Yet, neither thus dishearten'd or dismay'd,
What from without comes often to my ears, The time prefix'd I waited ; when behold
Ni sorting with my present state compar'd! |The Baptist, (of whose birth I oft had heard,
When I was yet a child, no childish play

Not knew by sight,) now come who was to come To me was pleasing; all my mind was set

Before Messiah, and his way prepare !
Serious to learn and know, and thence to do 1, as all others, to his baptism came,
What might be public good; myself I thought Which I believ'd was from above; but he
Born to that end, born to promote all truth, Straight knew me, and with loudest voice proclaim'd
All righteous things; therefore, above my years, Me him, (for it was shown him so from Heaven,)
The law of God I read, and found it sweet, Me him, whose harbinger he was; and first
Made it my whole delight, and in it grew Refus'd on me his baptism to confer,
To such perfection, that, ere yet my age

As much his greater, and was haruly won:
Had measur'd twice six years, at our great feast But, as I rose out of the laving stream,
I went into the temple, there to hear

Heaven open'd her eternal doors, from whence The teachers of our law, and to propose

The Spirit descended on me like a dove; What might improve my knowledge or their own; And last, the sum of all, my Father's voice, And was admir'd by all: yet this not all

Audibly heard from Heaven, pronounc'd me his, To which my spirit aspir'd ; victorious deeds Me his beloved Son, in whom alone Flam'd in my heart, heroic acts; one while He was well pleas'd; by which I knew the time To rescue Israel from the Roman yoke,

Now full, that I no more should live obscure, Then to subdue and quell, o'er all the Earth, But openly begin, as best becomes Brute violence and proud tyrannic power, The authority which I deriv'd from Heaven. Till truth were freed, and equity restord: And now by some strong motion I am led Yet held it more humane, more heavenly first Into this wilderness, to what intent By winning words to conquer willing hearts, I learn not yet; perhaps I need not know, And make persuasion do the work of fear; For what concerns my knowledge God reveals." At least to try, and teach the erring soul,

So spake our Morning-star, then in his rise, Not wilfully misdoing, but unaware

And, looking round, on every side beheld Misled; the stubborn only to subdue.

A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades; These growing thoughts my mother soon perceiving, The way he came not having mark'd, return By words at times cast forth, inly rejoic'd,

Was difficult, by human steps untrod; And said to me apart, •High are thy thoughts, And he still on was led, but with such thoughts O son, but nourish them, and let them soar Accompanied of things past and to come To what height sacred virtue and true worth Lodg’d in his breast, as well might recommend Can raise them, though above example high ; Such solitude before choicest society. By matchless deeds express thy matchless sire, Full forty days he pass'd, whether on hill For know, thou art no son of mortal man; Sometimes, anon on shady vale, each night Though men esteem thee low of parentage, Under the covert of some ancient oak, Thy father is the Eternal King who rules

Or cedar, to defend him from the dew, All Heaven and Earth, angels and sons of men; Or harbord in one cave, is not reveald, A messenger from God foretold thy birth

Nor tasted human food, nor hunger felt

Till those days ended; hunger'd then at last That he might fall in Ramoth, they demurring,
Among wild beasts : they at his sight grew mild, I undertook that office, and the tongues
Nor sleeping him nor waking harm'd; his walk Of all his flattering prophets glibb'd with lies
The fiery serpent fled and noxious worm,

To his destruction, as I had in charge ;
The lion and fierce tiger glar'd aloof.

For what he bids I do. Though I have lost But now an aged man in rural weeds,

Much lustre of my native brightness, lost
Following, as seem'd, the quest of some stray ewe, To be belov'd of God, I have not lost
Or wither'd sticks to gather, which might serve To love, at least contemplate and admire,
Against a winter's day, when winds blow keen, What I see excellent in good, or fair,
To warm him wel return'd from field at eve, Or virtuous ; I should so have lost all sense :
He saw approach, who first with curious eye What can then be less in me than desire
Perus'd him, then with words thus utter'd spake. To see thee and approach thee, whom I know
“Sir, what ill chance hath brought thee to this Declar'd the Son of God, to hear attent
place

Thy wisdom, and behold thy godlike deeds?
So far from path or road of men, who pass Men generally think me much a foe
In troop or caravan? for single none

To all mankind: why should I ? they to me
Durst ever, who return'd, and dropt not here Never did wrong or violence; by them
His carcass, pin’d with hunger and with drought. I lost not what I lost, rather by then
I ask the rather, and the more admire,

I gain'd what I have gain'd, and with them dwell
For that to me thou seem'st the Man, whom late Copartner in these regions of the world,
Our new baptizing prophet at the ford

If not disposer; lend them of my aid,
Of Jordan honord so, and call'd thee Son

Oft my advice by presages and signs,
Of God: I saw and heard, for we sometimes And answers, oracles, portents, and dreams,
Who dwell this wild, constrain'd by want, come Whereby they may direct their future lite.
forth

Envy they say excites me, thus to gain
To town or village nigh, (nighest is far,)

Companions of my misery and woe.
Where aught we hear, and curious are to hear, At first it may be; but, long since with woe
What happens new; fame also finds us out." Nearer acquainted, now I feel, by proof,
To whom the Son of God. “Who brought me Thai fellowship in pain divides not smart,
hither,

Nor lightens aught each man's peculiar load.
Will bring me hence; no other guide I seek." Small consolation then, were man adjoin'd:

“ By miracle he may,” replied the swain; 'This wounds me most, (what can it less!) that Man “What other way I see not ; for we here

Man fallin shall be restor’d, I never more." Live on tough roots and stubs, to thirst inur'd

To whom our Savior sternly thus replied. More than the camel, and to drink go far,

Deservedly thou griev’st, compos'd of lies Men to much misery and hardship born:

From the beginning, and in lies wilt end; But, if thou be the Son of God, command

Who boast'st release from Hell, and leave to come That out of these hard stones be made thee bread, Into the Heaven of Heavens : thou com’st indeed So shalt thou save thyself and us relieve

As a poor miserable captive thrall
With food, whereof we wretched seldom taste." Comes to the place where he before had sat
He ended, and the Son of God replied.

Among the prime in splendor, now depos'd, " Think’st thou such force in bread? Is it not Ejected, emptied, gaz'd, unpitied, shun’d, written,

A spectacle of ruin, or of scorn, (For I discern thee other than thou seem'st) To all the host of Heaven : the happy place • Man lives not by bread only, but each word Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy, Proceeding from the mouth of God, who fed Rather inflames thy torment: representing Our fathers here with manna ?' in the mount Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable, Moses was forty days, nor eat nor drank;

So never more in Hell than when in Heaven. And forty days Elijah, without food,

But thou art serviceable to Heaven's King. Wander'd this barren waste : the samne I now: Wilt thou impute to obedience what thy fear Why dost thou then suggest to me distrust, Extorts, or pleasure to do ill excites ? Knowing who I am, as I know who thou art !" What but thy malice mov'd thee to misdeem Whom thus answer'd the arch-fiend, now undis- of righteous Job, then cruelly to affict him guis'd.

With all inflictions? but his patience won. “ 'Tis true I am that Spirit unfortunate,

The other service was thy chosen task, Who, leagu'd with millions more in rash revolt, To be a liar in four hundred mouths; Kept not my happy station, but was driven For lying is thy sustenance, thy food. With them from bliss to the bottomless deep, Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oracles Yet to that hideous place not so confind

By thee are given, and what confess'd more true By rigor unconniving, but that oft,

Among the nations ? that hath been thy craft, Leaving my dolorous prison, I enjoy

By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies. Large liberty to round this globe of earth,

But what have been thy answers, what but dark, Or range in the air ; nor from the Heaven of Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding, Heavens

Which they who ask'd have seldom understood, Hath he excluded my resort sometimes.

And not well understood as good not known? I came among the sons of God, when he

Who ever by consulting at thy shrine Gave up into my hands Uzzean Job

Return'd the wiser, or the more instruct, To prove him, and illustrate his high worth; To fly or follow what concern'd him most, And, when to all his angels he propos'd

And run not sooner to his fatal snare ? To draw the proud King Ahab into fraud For God hath justly given the nations up

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