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Flamed in my heart, heroie aets; one while

To reseue Israel from the Roman yoke;

Then to subdue and quell, o'er all the earth,

Brute violenee and proud tyraunie power,

Till truth were freed, and equity restored: 220

Yet held it more humane, more heavenly, first

By winning words to eonquer willing hearts,

And make persuasion do the work of fear;

At least to try, and teaeh the erring soul,

Not wilfully misdoing, but unaware 225

Misled; the stubborn only to subdue.

These growing thoughts my mother soon pereeiving,

By words at times east forth, inly rejoieed,

And said to me apart:—High are thy thoughts,

0 Son, but nourish them, and let them soar 230 To what highth saered virtue and true worth

Can raise them, though above example high:

By matehless deeds express thy matehless Sire.

For know, thou art no son of mortal man,

Though men esteem thee low of parentage; 235

Thy Father is the Eternal King who rules

All heaven and earth, angels and sons of men:

A messenger from God foretold thy birth

Coneeived in me a virgin; he foretold

Thou shouldst be great, and sit on David'8 throne, 240

And of thy kingdom there should be no end.

At thy nativity, a glorious quire

Of angels, in the fields of Bethlehem, sung

To shepherds, watehing at their folds by night,

And told them the Messiah now was born, 245

Where they might see him, and to thee they eame,

Direeted to the inanger where thou lay'st,

For in the inn was left no better room:

A star, not seen before, in heaven appearing,

Guided the wise men thither from the east, 250

To honour thee with ineense, myrrh, and gold;

By whose bright eourse led on they found the plaee,

Affirming it thy star, new-graven in heaven,

By whieh they knew the King of Israel born.

Just Simeon and prophotiek Auna, warn'd 255

By vision, found thee in the temple, and spake,

Before the altar and the vested priest,

Like things of thee to all that present stood.—

This having heard, straight I again revolved

The law and prophets, searehing what was writ 200

Coneerning the Messiah, to our seribes

Known partly, and soon found, of whom they spake

1 am; this ehiefly, that my way must lie

241. There shonld be no end. Lake i. l vextments of tho Jewish priest were ev. 32, 33. join,id )md partieularly deseribed by )Jed

257. The retted prieel. The epithet I himself. Ex. xxvtti. 43 vetted is nl,gularly proper, beeause the )

Through many a hard assay, ev'n to the death,

Kre I the promised kingdom ean attain, 20s

Or work redemption for mankind, whose sins'

Full weight must be transferr'd upon my head.

Yet, neither thus dishearten'd or dismay'd,

The time prefix'd I waited; when behold

The Baptist, (of whose birth I oft had heard, 270

Not knew by sight,) now eome, who was to eome

Before Messiah, and his way prepare 1

I, as all others, to his baptism eame,

Whieh I believed was from above; but he

Straight knew me, and with loudest voiee proelaim'd 270

Me him, (for it was shown him so from Heaven)

Me him, whose harbinger he was; and first

Refused on me his baptism to eonfer,

As mueh his greater, and was hardly won:

But, as I rose out of the laving stream, 280

Heaven opon'd her eternal doors, from whenee

The Spirit deseended on me like a dove;

And last, the sum of all, my Father's voiee,

Audibly heard from heaven, pronouneed me his,

Me his beloved Son, in whom alone 285

He was well pleased; by whieh I knew the time

Now full, that I no more should live obseure;

But openly begin, as best beeomes,

The authority whieh I derived from Heaven.

And now by some strong motion I am led 200

Into this wilderness, to what intent

I learn not yet; perhaps I need not know;

For what eoneerns my knowledge God reveals.

So spake our Morning Star, then in his rise,
And, looking round, on every side beheld 205
A pathless desert, dusk with horrid shades:
The wav he eame not having inark'd, return
Was diffieult, by human steps untrod;
And he still on was led, but with sueh thoughts
Aeeompanied of things past and to eome 300
Lodged in his breast, as well might reeommend
Sueh solitude before ehoieest soeiety.
Full forty days he pass'd, whether on hill
Sometimes, anon on shady vale, eaeh night
Under the eovert of some aneient oak 804
Or eedar to defend him from the dew,

208. Whnte vint, 4e. lss. iiii. 8.

271. Not knew by tipht. Thongh Jesus and John the Baptist were related, yet they were bronght up in different eountries, and had no mauner of intimaey or aeqnaintanee with eaeh othev. John the Baptist says expressly, )John i. 31.) and I knew him not." lie did not so mueh oa know him by right tiil our 8aviour eama to bis haptism; and it does not ap

pear that they ever afterwards eonversed togethev.—N Swton.

204. Morning stav. 8eo Rev. xxii. 10.

300. ZVw. Maundroll, in his travels, when within a iittle more than haiC a day's journey from this mountain, says, "we were suffieiently instrueted by experienee what the holy Psalndst means by the 'dew of llermon,' onr tents being as wet with it tut if it bad rained all nigbt." Or harbour'd in one eave, is not reveal'd;

Nor tasted human food, nor hunger felt,

Till those days ended; hunger'd then at last

Among wild beasts: they at his sight grew mild, 310

Nor sleeping him nor waking harm'd; his walk

The fiery serpent fled and noxious worm,

The lion and fieree tiger glared aloof.

But now an aged man in rural weeds,

Following, as seem'd, the quest of some stray ewe, SU

Or wither'd stieks to gather, whieh might serve

Against a winter's day, when winds blow keen,

To warm him wet return'd from field at eve,

He saw approaeh, who first with eurious eye

Perused him, then with words thus utter'd spake: 320

Sir, what ill ehanee hath brought thee to this plaee
So far from path or road of men, who pass
In troop or earavan? for single none
Durst ever, who return'd, and dropt not here
His eareass, pined with hunger and with drouth. S2&
I ask the rather, and the more admire,
For that to me thou seem'st the man, whom late
Our new baptizing prophet at the ford
Of Jordan honour'd so, and eall'd the Son
Of God: I saw and heard, for we sometimes 330
Who dwell this wild, eonstrain'd by want, eome forth
To town or village nigh, (nighest is far)
Where aught we hear, and eurious are to hear
What happens new; fame also finds us out.

To whom the Son of God:—Who brought me hither, 334
Will bring me henee; no other guide I seek.

By miraele he may, replied the swain;
What other way I see not; for we here
Live on tough roots and stubs, to thirst inured
More than the eamel, and to drink go far, 810
Men to mueh misery and hardship born:
But, if thou be the Son of God, eommand
That out of these hard stones be made thee bread;
So shalt thou save thyself, and us relieve
With food, whereof we wretehed seldom taste. 345

He ended, and the Son of God replied:
Think'st thou sueh foree in bread? Is it not written,
(For I diseern thee other than thou seem'st)
Man lives not by bread only, but eaeh word
Proeeeding from the mouth of God; who fed 300

310. Wiid (mwts. Mark 1.13.

314. But now an aged man. As the 8eriptures are entirely xllent abont what personage the Tempter assumed, the Peet was at iiberty to indulge his own Ianey, and nothing 1 think eould be better eoneeived for his present purpose, or more likeiy to prevent suspieion or frand.—Tutkr.

330, Ae. /nalo and heard, Ac All this is finely in eharaeter with the assumed porson of the Tempter, and tenda, at the same time, to )rive more effeet to the preeeding deseriptions.—Dunster.

330. 8tubs, )not sbrubs as Thyer proposes.l is undoubtedly the right word as eouneeted with roots.

Our fathers here with mauna? in the mount

Moses was forty days, nor eat, nor drank;

And forty days Elijah, without food,

Wander'd this barren waste; the same I now:

Why dost thou then suggest to me distrust, 855

Knowing who I am, as I know who thou art?

Whom thus answer'd the areh-fiend, now undisguised:—
'Tis true, I am that spirit unfortunate,
Who, leagued with millions more in rash revolt,
Kept not my happy station, but was driven 300
With them from bliss to the bottomless deep;
Yet to that hideous plaee not so eonfined
By rigour uneonniving, but that oft,
Leaving my dolorous prison, I enjoy

Large liberty to round this globe of earth, 305
Or range in the air; nor from the heaven of heavens
Hath he exeluded my resort sometimes.
I eame among the sons of God, when he
Gave up into my hands Uzzean Job,

To prove him and illustrate his high worth; 370

And, when to all his angels he proposed

To draw the proud king Ahab into fraud,

That he might fall in Kamoth; they demurring,

I undertook that olfiee, and the tongues

Of all his flattering prophets glibb'd with lies 375

To his destruetion, as I had in eharge;

For what ho bids I do: though I have lost

Mueh lustre of my native brightness, lost

To be beloved of tJod; I have not lost

To love, at least eontemplate and admire, 380

AVhat I see exeellent in good, or fair,

Or virtnous; I should so have lost all sense:

What ean be then less in me than desire

To see thee and approaeh thee, whom I know

Deelared the Son of God, to hear attent 385

Thy wisdom, and behold thy godlike deeds?

Men generally think me mueh a foe

To all mankind: why should I? they to me

Never did wrong or violenee; by them

I lost not what I lost, rather by them 300

I gain'd what I have gain'd, and with them dwell,

Copartuer in these regions of the world,

If not disposer; lend them oft my aid,

Oft my adviee by presages and signs,

And answers, oraeles, portents, and dreams, 305
Whereby they may direet their future life.
Envy they say exeites me, thus to gain

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Companions of my misery and woe.

At first it may be; but, long sinee with woe

Nearer aequainted, now I feel by proof, 400

That fellowship in pain divides not smart,

Nor lightens aught eaeh man's peeuliar load.

Small eonsolation then, were man adjoin'd;

This wounds me most; lwhat ean it less?) that man,

Man fallen shall be restored, I never more. 405

To whom our Saviour sternly thus replied:—
Deservedly thou griev'st, eomposed of lies
From the begiuning, and in lies wilt end;
Who boast'st release from hell, and leave to eome
Into the heaven of heavens: thou eom'st indeed, 410
As a poor miserable eaptive thrall
Comes to the plaee where he before had sat
Among the prime in splendour, now deposed,
Ejeeted, emptied, gazed, unpitied, shuun'd,
A speetaele of ruin, or of seorn, 415
To all the host of heaven: the happy plaee
Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy;
Rather inflames thy torment; representing
Lost bliss, to thee no more eommunieable,
So never more in hell than when in heaven. 420
But thou art servieeable to Heaven's King.
Wilt thou impute to obedienee what thy fear
Extorts, or pleasure to do ill exeites?
What but thy maliee moved thee to misdeem
Of righteous Job, then eruelly to affliet him 425
With all inflietions? but his patienee won.
The other serviee was thy ehosen task,
To be a liar in four hundred mouths;
For lying is thy sustenanee, thy food.

Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oraeles 430
By thee are given, and what eonfess'd more true
Among the nations? that hath been thy eraft,
By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies.
But what nave been thy answers, what but dark,
Ambignous, and with double sense deluding,- 435
Whieh they who ask'd have seldom understood,
And not well understood as good not known?
Who ever by eonsulting at thy shrine
Return'd the wiser, or the more instruet,

404. 77m wounds me most. Very art. fa1: as he eonld not aeqnit himself of envy and ndsehief, be endeaveurs to soften his erimes by assigning this eause of them.—Warburton.

428. 1n fonr hundred months. 8ee 1 Rings xxii. o.

425. Double sense. The aneient oraeles were famed for giving sueh answers as eould be turned either way. Thus, when Cyrus was about to invade Cm-sus' dondnions, the latter appiied to the Oraele

at Delphi. to know what to de. The oraele gave answer, ''lf Cm-sus erosses the Hbivk" lthe eastern boundary of bis dominions1 '' a large kingdom wiil be destroyed." lie interpreted this to mean Cyrus' kingdom, and So erossed the Halys, and guve him hattle. But being utterly defeated, l,e learned too late that the answer of the eredit-saving oraelo eould be interpreted the other way.

4:10. lnstruet for instrueted, (h, ii. 300. 8uspeet for suspeeted.

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