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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,
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
To whom the Son of God:—Who brought me hither, 334
By miraele he may, replied the swain;
He ended, and the Son of God replied:
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:—
Large liberty to round this globe of earth, 305
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
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:—
Yet thou pretend'st to truth; all oraeles 430
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.