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Sought loft Elijah, so in each place these
Nigh to Bethabara ; in ferico
The City of Palms, Anon, and Salem Old,
Macharus and each Town or City wall’d
On this side the broad lake Genezaret,'
Or in Perea, but return'd in vain.
Then on the bank of Jordan, by a Creek, 25
Where winds with Reeds and Oliers whisp’ring play,
Plain Fishermen, no greater men them call,
Close in a Cottage low together got,
Their unexpected loss and plaints out breath'd.
Alas, from that high hope to what relapse
Unlook'd for are we fall'n, our Eyes beheld
Mefliah certainly now come, To long
Expected of our Fathers'; we have heard
His words, his wisdom full of grace and truth,
Now, now, for sure, deliverance is at hand,

The Kingdom Mall to Israel be testor'd:
Thus we rejoycd, but soon our Joy is turn'd
Into perplexity and new amaze:
For whither is he gone, what accident
Hath rapt him from us? will he now rerire 40
After appearance, and again prolong
Our expectationi God of ifrael,
Send thy Messiah forth, the time is come;'
Behold the Kings of th’Earth 'how they oppress
Thy chosen, to what heighth their Pow'r unjuft 45
They have exalted, and behind them caft
All fear of thee, arise and vindicate
Thy Glory, free thy people from their yoke,

But let us wait; thus far he hath perform’d,
Sent his Anointed, and to us revealed him, so
By his great Prophet, pointed at and down,
In publick, and with him we have convers’d;
Let us be glad of this, and all our fears
Lay on his Providence ; he will not fail
Nor will withdraw him now, nor will recall, 55
Mock us with his bleft fight, then snatch him hence,
Soon we hall see our hope, our joy return.

Thus they out of their plaints new hope resume
To find whom at the first they found unsought:
But to his mother Mary, when the law 60
Others return'd from Baptism, not her son,
Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none;
Within her breaft, though calm ; her breaft, though
Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais'd (pure,
Some troubled thoughts, which the in fighs thus clad.

O what avails me now that honour high To have conceiv'd of God, or that salute Hale highly favour'd, among Women bleft ; While I 'to Sorrows am no less advanc'd, And fears as eminent, above the loc of other Women, by the birth i bore, In such a season born when scarce a Shed Could be obtain'd to thelter him or me From the bleak air ; a Stable was our warmth, A Manger his, yet soon enforc'd to fly 75. Thence into Egypt, till the Murd'rous King Were dead, who sought his life, and missing fillid With Infant blood the Atreets of Bethlehem ;


From Egypt home return'd, in Nazareth
Hach been our dwelling many years, his life 80
Private, unactive, calm, contemplative,
Little suspicious to any King; but now
Full grown to Man, acknowledg'd, as I hear,
By John the Baptift, and in publick shown,
Son own'd from Heaven by his Father's voice; 8s
'I look'd for some great change ; to Honour?' no,
But trouble, as old Simeon plain fore-cold,
That to the fall and rising he hould be
of many in Israel, and to a lign
Spoken againft, that through my very Soul

A sword fhall pierce, this is my favour'd lot,
My Exaltation to Ami&ions high;
Affiliated I may be, it seems, and bleft ;
I will not argue that, nor will repine.
But where delays he now? some great intent 95
Concealshm: when twelve years he scarce had seen,
I lost him, but so found, as well I saw
He could not lose himself; but went about
His Father's business ; what he meant I mus'd,
Siace understand; much more his absence now 100
Thus long to some great purpose he obfcures.
But I to wait with patience am inur’d;
My heart hath been a store-house long of things
And sayings laid up, portending strange events.

Thus Mary pond'ring oft, and oft to mind 105 Recalling what remarkably had pass’d Since first her Salutation heard, with thoughts Meekly compos'd awaited the fulfilling:



The while her son tracing the Desart wild,
Sole but with holiest Meditations fed,
Into himself descended, and at once
All his great work to come before him set ;
How to begin, how to accomplish best
His end of being on Earth, and mission high:
For Satan with dy preface to return

Had left him vacant, and with speed was gon
Ug to the middle Region of thick Air,
Where all his Potentates in Council fate;
There without sign of boast, or sign of joy
Sollicitous and blank he thus began.

Princes, Heav'ns ancient Sons, Æthereal Thrones, Demonian Spirits now, from th' Element Each of his reign allotted, rightlier callid, Pow'rs of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth beneath, So may we hold our place and these mild seats 125 Without new trouble; such an Enemy Is risen to invade us, whom no less Threatens our expullon down to Hell; I, as I undertook, and with the vote Consenting in full frequence was impowerd, Have found him, view'd him, tafted him, but find Far other labour to be undergon Than when I dealt with Adam first of Men, Though Adam by his Wife's allurement fell, However to this Man inferior far,

135 If he be Man by Mother's lide at least, With more than human gifts from Heav'a adorn'd, Perfections absolute, Graces divine,


And amplitude of mind to greatest Deeds. Therefore I am return'd, left confidence of my success with Eve in Paradise

4 146 Deceive ye to perfwafion.over-fure Of like succeeding here; I summon alle Rather to be in readinessy with hand Or counsel to affift ; left I who eft Thought none my equal, now be over-match'de 145

So spake th’old Serpent doubting, and from all With clamour was affur'd their utmost aids.. At his command; when from amidit them rose Belial, the diffoluteft Spirit that fell, The sensualleft, and, after Asmodaig

150 The fleshlieft Incubus, and thus advis d.

Set women in his eye, and in his walk,
Among daughters of men the faireft found;
Many are in each Region palling fair
As the noon Sky; more like to Goddeffes

Than Mortal Creatures, graceful and difcreet,
Expert in am'rous Arts, enchanting tongues
Persuasive, Virgin majesty with mild
And sweet allay'd, yet terrible t'approach,
Skill'd to retire, and in retiring draw

160 Hearts after them cangl'd in Amorous Nets. Such object hath the pow'r to fofr'n and tame Severeft temper, smooth the rugged'ft brow, Enerve, and with voluptuous hope diffolve, Draw out with credulous desire, and lead 165 At will the manlieft, resolureft breast, As the Magnetic hardest Iron draws.


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