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Thy temperance invincible besides,
For no allurement yields to appetite,
And all thy heart is set on high designs,
High actions; but wherewith to be archiev'd? $18
Great acts require great means of enterprise,
Thou art unknown, unfriended, low of Birth;
A Carpenter thy Father known, thy self
Bred up in poverty and Atreights at home;
Loft in a Desart here and hunger bit:

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Which way or from what hope dost thou aspire
To greatness? wlience Authority deriv'st,
What Followers, what Retinue canst thou gain,
Or at thy heels the dizzy Multitude,
Longer than thou canst feed them on thy cost?: 420
Mony brings Honour, Friends, Conqueft and Realms ;
What rais'd Antipater the Edomite;
And his Son Herod plac'd on Juda's Throne;
(Thy Throne) but gold that got him puissant friends?
Therefore, if at great things thou would'it arrive, 425.
Get Riches first, get Wealth, and Treasure heap,
Not difficult, if thou hearken to me,
Riches are mine, Fortune is in my hand;
They whom I favour thrive in wealth amain,
While Virtue, Valour, Wisdom fit in want,

To whom thus Jefus patiently reply'd'; Yet Wealth without these three is impotent To gain dominion, or to keep it gain’d. Witness those ancient Empires of the Earth, in heighth of all their flowing wealth diffolv'd: 435 Put men endu'd with these, have oft attain'd

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In lowest poverty to highest deeds ;
Gideon and Jephtha, and the Shepherd lad,
Whose Off-spring on the Throne of Judah fat
So many Ages, and thall yet regain

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Thar seat, and reign in Israel without end..
Among the Heathen, (for throughout the World
To me is not unknowo what hath been done
Worthy Memorial) canst thou not remember
Quintus, Fabricius, Curius, Regulus ?
For I esteem those names of men so poor,
who could do mighty things, and could contema
Riches though offer'd from the hand of Kings.
And what in me seems wanting, but that I
May also in this poverty as soon
Accomplish what they did, perhaps and more!
Extol not Riches then, the toyl of Fools,
The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare, more apt
To Nacken Virtue, and abate her edge,
Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise. 455.
What if with like aversion 1 reject
Riches and Realms; yet not for that a Crown,
Golden in thew, is but a wreath of thorns,
Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights.
To him who wears the Regal Diadem, 46о,
When on his shoulders each mans burden lies;
For therein stands the Office of a King,
His Honour, Virtue, Merit and chief Praise,
That for the Publick all this weight he bears.
Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules

465 Pallions, Desires, and Fears, is more a King;

Which ev'ry wise and virtuous man attains :
And who attains not, ill aspires to rule
Cities of men, or head-Atrong multitudes.
Subject himself to Anarchy within,

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Or lawless Paffions in him which he serves.
But to guide Nations in the way of truth
By saving Do&trine, and from error lead
To know, and knowing workip God aright,
Is yet more Kingly, this attracts the Soul, 475
Governs the inner man, the nobler part,
That other o'er the body only reigns,
And oft by force, which to a gen'rous mind
So reigoing can be no fincere delight.
Besides to give a Kingdom hath been thought 480
Greater and nobler done, and to lay down
Far more magnanimous, than to assume.
Riches are needless then, both for themselves,
And for thy reason why they should be fought,
To gain a Scepter, oftest better miss'd.

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Tbe End of the Second Book.

Paradise Regain d.

BOOK III.

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A while as mute, confounded what to say, What to reply, confuted and convinc'd of his weak arguing, and fallacious drift ;. At length colle&ting all his Serpent wiles, s With soothing words renew'd, him thus accosts.

I see thou know'st what is of use to know, What best to say canst say, to do canst do ; 'Thy actions to thy words accord, thy words To thy large heart give utterance due, thy heart 10 Contains of good, wise, just, the perfect hape. Should Kings and Nations from thy mouth consult, Thy Counsel would be as the Oracle Vrim and Trummim, those oraculous gems On Aaron's breast; or tongue of Seers old IS Infallible; or wert thou sought to deeds That might require th' array of war, thy skill Of conduct would be such, that all the world

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