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While to their native land with joy they hafle,
As the Red Sea and Jordan once he cleft,
When to the promis'd land their Fathers pass'd ;
To his due time and providence I leave them. 440

so spake Ifrael's true King; and to the Fiend Made answer meet, that made void all his wiles. So fares it when with truth falfhood contends.

The End of the Third Book.

Paradise Regain'd.

BOOK IV.

Perplex and troubled at his bad fuccess

The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply, Discoverd in his fraud, thrown from his hope, So oft, and the perswalive Rhetoric That Neek'd his tongue, and won so much on Eve, s So little here, nay loft; but Eve' was Eve, This far his over-march, who self deceir'd And rafh, before-hand had no better weigh'd The strength he was to cope with, or his own : But as a man who had been matchless held In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought, To save his credit, and for very spight Still will be tempting him who foyls him ftill, And never cease, though to his fame the more; Or as a swarm of flies in vintage time,

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Though all to hivers dash'd, th' assault renew,
Vain batt'iy, and in froth or bubbles end;
So Satan, whom repulse upon repulfe'
Met ever; and to shameful filence brought,'
Yet gives not o'er though desp’rate of success;
And his vain importunity pursues.
He brought our Saviour to the Western fide
Of that high mountain, whence he might behold
‘Another plain, long, but in breadth not wide,
Wah'd by the Southern Sea, and on the North
To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills
That screen'd the fruits of th'earch and feats of men
From cold Septentrion blasts, thence in the midst 31
Divided by a river, of whose banks
On each side an Imperial City stood,
With Tow'rs and Temples proudly elevate
On sev’n small Hills, with Palaces adorn'd, 35
Porches and Theatres, Baths, Aqueducts,
Statues and Trophics, and Triumphal Arcs,
Gardens and Groves presented to his eyes,
Above the heighth of Mountains interpos’d.
By what strange Parallax or Optick skill

40 of vision multiply'd through Air, or Glafs of Telescope, were curious to enquire : And now the Tempter thus his silence broke.

The City which thou seeft no other deem Than great and glorious Rome, Queen of the Earth So far renown'd, and with the spoils enricht 46 of Nations; there the Capitol thou seest Above the rest lifting his stacely head

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