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At home, scarce view'd the Galilean towns,
And once a year Jerusalem, few days [serve?

Short sojourn; and.what thence couldst thou ob-
The world thou hast not seen, much less her glory,
Empires, and monarchs, and their radiant courts,
Best school of best experience, quickest insight
In all things that to greatest actions lead.
The wisest, unexperienc'd, will be ever 240

Timorous and loath, with novice modesty,
(As he who seeking asses found a kingdom)
Irresolute, unhardy, unadventrous t
But I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit
Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes 24.5
The monarchies of th' earth, their pomp and state,
Sufficient introduction to inform
Thee, of thyself so apt, in regal arts,
And regal mysteries, that thou may'st know
How best their opposition to withstand. 850

With that (such power was giv'n him then) he
The Son of God up to a mountain high. [took
It was a mountain at whose verdant feet
A spacious plain out-stretch'd in circuit wide
Lay pleasant; from his side two rivers flow'd, 255
Th' one winding, th' other strait, and left between
Fair champain with less rivers intervein'd,
Then meeting join'd their tribute to the sea: *

Fertil of corn the glebe, of oil and wine; 259

With herds the pastures throng'd, with flocks the

hills; Huge cities and high tower'd, that well might seem The seats of mightiest monarchs, and so large

The prospeiT: was, that here and there was room For barren desert fountainless and dry. 264

To this high mountain top the Tempter brought Our Saviour, and new train of words began.

"Well have we speeded, and o'er hill and dale,
Forest and field and flood, temples and towers,
Cut shorter many a league; here thou behold'st
Assyria and her empire's ancient bounds, 170
Araxes and the Caspian lake, thence on
As far as Indus east, Euphrates west,
And oft beyond; to south the Persian bay,
And inaccessible th' Arabian drouth s
Here Nineveh, of length within her wall s75

Several days' journey, built by Ninus old,
Of that first golden monarchy the seat,
And seat of Salmanassar, whose success
Israel in long captivity still mourns;
There Babylon, the wonder of all tongues, 280
As ancient, but rebuilt by him who twice
Judah and all thy father David's house
Led captive, and Jerusalem laid waste,
Till Cyrus set them free; Persepolis
His city there thou seest, and Bactra there; 285
Ecbatana her structure vast there shows,
And Hecatompylos her hundred gates;
There Susa by Choaspes, amber stream,
The drink of none but kings; of later fame
Built by Emathian, or by Parthian hands, 390
The great Seleucia, Nisibis, and there
Artaxata, Teredon, Ctesiphon,

Turning with easy eye thou may'st behold.

All these the Parthian, now some ages past,

By great Arsaces led, who founded first 295

That empire, under his dominion holds,

From the luxurious kings of Antioch won.

And just in time thou com'st to have a view

Of his great power; for now the Parthian king

In Ctesiphon hath gather'd all his host 300

Against the Scythian, whose incursions wild

Have wasted Sogdiana; to her aid

He marches,now in haste; see, though from far,

His thousands, in what martial equipage

They issue forth, steel bows, and shafts their arms.

Of equal dread in flight, or in pursuit j 306

All horsemen, in which fight they most excel;

See how in warlike muster they appear,

In rhombs and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.

He look'd, and saw what numbers numberless The city gates out-pour'd, light armed troops 311 In coats of mail and military pride; In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong, Prauncing their riders bore, the flower and choice Of many provinces from bound to bound; 315 From Arachosia, from Candaor east, And Margiana to the Hyrcanian cliffs Of Caucasis, and dark Iberian dales, From Atropatia and the neighb'ring plains

Of Adiabene, Media, and the south 320

Of Susiana, to Balsara's haven.

He saw them in their forms of battel rang'd,

How quick they wheel'd, and flying behind them shot
Sharp sleet of arrowy showers against the face
Of their pursuers, and overcame by flight; 325
The field all iron cast a gleaming brown:
Nor wanted clouds of foot, nor on each horn
Cuirassiers all in steel for standing fight,
Chariots or elephants indors'd with towers
Of archers, nor of lab'ring pioneers 3 3O

A multitude with spades and axes arm'd
To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill,
Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay
With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke;
Mules after these, camels and dromedaries, 335
And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp,
When Agrican with all his northern powers
Besieg'd Albracca, as romances tell,
The city' of Gallaphrone, from whence to win 340
The fairest of her sex Angelica
His daughter, sought by many prowest knights,
Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemain.
Such and so numerous was their chivalry;
At sight whereof the Fiend yet more presum'd, 345
And to our Saviour thus his words renew'd.

That thou may'st know I seek not to engage
Thy virtue, and not every way secnre
On no slight grounds thy safety; hear, and mark
To what end I have brought thee hither, and shown
AH this fair sight: thy kingdom though foretold
By prophet or by angel, unless thou 35*

Endevor, as thy father David did,

Thou never shalt obtain; prediction still

In all things, and all men, supposes means, 355

Without means us'd, what it predicts revokes.

But say thou wert possess'd of David's throne

By free consent of all, none opposit,

Samaritan or Jew; how couldst thou hope

Long to enjoy it quiet and secure, 360

Between two such inclosing enemies

Roman and Parthian? therefore one of these

Thou must make sure thy own, the Parthian first

By my advice, as nearer, and of late

Found able by invasion to annoy - 365

Thy country', and captive lead away her kings

Antigonus, and old Hyrcanus bound,

Maugre the Roman: it shall be my task

To render thee the Parthian at dispose:

Choose which thou wilt by conquest or by league.

By him thou shalt regain, without him not, 371

That which alone can truly reinstall thee

In David's royal seat, his true successor,

Deliverance of thy brethren, those Ten Tribes

Whose offspring in his territory' yet serve, 375

In Habor, and among the Medes dispers'd;

Ten sons of Jacob, two of Joseph lost

Thus long from Israel, serving as of old

Their fathers in the land of Egypt serv'd,

This offer sets before thee to deliver. 3$a

These if from servitude thou shalt restore

To their inheritance, then, nor till then,

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