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Tne diseiples of Jesus, uneasy at his long absenee, reason amongst themselves eoneerning it. Mary also gives vent to her maternal anxiety; in the expression of whieh she reeapitulates many eireumstanees respeeting the birth and early life of her 8on.—8atan again meets his infernal eonneii, reports the had sueeess of his first temptation of onr blessed Lord, and ealls upon them for eonnsel and assistanee. Relial proposes the tempting of Jesus with women. 8atan rebukes Relial for his dissoluteness, eharging on him all the profligaey of that kind aseribed by the poets to the heathen gods, and rejeets his proposal as in no respeet likely to sueeeed. 8atan then suggests other modes of temptation, partieularly proposing to avail himself of the eireumstanee of onr Lord's hungering; and, taking a hand of ehosen spirits with him, returns to resume his enterprise.—Jesus hungers in the desert.—Night eomes on ; the mauner in whieh onr 8aviour passes the night is deseribed.—Morning advanees.—8atan again appears to Jesus; and, after expressing wonder that he shonld be so entirely negleeted in the wilderness, where others had been miraeulously fed, tempts him with a sumptnous hanqnet of the most luxurious kind. This he rejeet.s, and the hanqnet vanishes.— 8atan, finding onr Lord not to be assailed on the ground of appetite, tempts him again by oIfering him riehes, as the means of aequiring power: this Jesus also rejeets, produeing many instanees of great aetions performed by persons under virtnous poverty, and speeifying the danger of riehes, and the eares and pains inseparable from power and greatness.
Meanwuile the new-baptized, who yet reraain'd
And on that high authority had believed, 0
And with him talk'd, and with him lodged; I mean
Andrew and Simon, famous after known,
With others though in Holy Writ not named;
Now missing him, their joy so lately found,
lSo lately found, and so abruptly gone) 10
Began to doubt, and doubted many days,
And, as the days inereased, inereased their doubt.
Sometimes they thought he might be only shown,
And for a time eaught up to God, as onee
Moses was iu the mount and missing long; 10
And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels
Rode up to heaven, yet onee again to eome.
10. The great Tkuhiis. Elijah. there would be an Eiias before Cbrist's
17. Iet onee again to eome. II hath seeond eo,ning, as well as before bis first, been the opinion of the ebureb, that Mai. iv. 0; Matt . xvii. 11. But as it was Therefore, as those young prophets then with eare
Sought lost Elijah; so in eaeh plaee these
Nigh to Bethabara, in Jerieho 20
The eity of palms, Alnon, and Salem old,
Maehoerus, and eaeh town or eity wall'd
On this side the broad lake Genezaret,
Or in Peraea; but return'd in vain.
Then on the bank of Jordan, by a ereek, 23
Where winds with reeds and osiers whispering play,
Plain fishermen, lno greater men them eall)
Close in a eottage low together got,
Their unexpeeted loss and plaints out breathed:
Alas, from what high hope to what relapse so
Thus they, out of their plaints, new hope resume
not Eiias ln person, but only ln spirit . who appeared before our Saviours first eo,ning, so R wiil also be before his seeond.—Newton.
'2U. Nigh to Brthahars. Our anthor makes the rlfceiples seek for Jesus first at Bethabnrs. on the .1onian, a iittle north of the Dead &ea; thenee, going to ,Enon and Salem, further north, on the west of the Jordan; thenee, erossing
over the Jordan, and going tbrongh Pera'a, on the east side of it, as far down u the town and eastle of Maebserus, south of Mount Nebe.
44. A'm;« of tht azrth. Ps. iL 2.
00. To hit matI,ev. A Lntinism, eorre* sponding to the dative of the remote objeet, or the dative for the genitive: "within her breast," that is, the breast of Mary.
Others return'd from baptism, not her Son,
Nor left at Jordan, tidings of him none;
Within her breast though ealm, her breast though pure,
Motherly eares and fears got head, and raised
Some troubled thoughts, whieh she in sighs thus elad: 00
0, what avails me now that honour high
Spoken against, that through my very soul S0
But where delays he now? some great intent 08
Coneeals him: when twelve years he searee had soen,
I lost him, but so found, as well I saw
He eould not lose himself, but went about
His Father's business: what he meant I mused,
Sinee understand; mueh more his absenee now loo
Thus long to some great purpose he obseures.
But I to wait with patienee am inured;
My heart hath been a storehouse long of things
And sayings laid up, portending strange events,
Thus Mary, pondering oft, and oft to mind lot Reealling what remarkably had pass'd Sinee first her salutation heard, with thoughts Meekly eomposed awaited the fulfilling: The while her Son, traeing the desert wild, Sole, but with holiest meditations fed, no
Into himself deseended, and at onee
All his great work to eome before him set;
How to begin, how to aeeomplish best
His end of being on earth, and mission high:
For Satan, with sly prefaee to return, lis
Had left him vaeant; and with speed was gone
Up to the middle region of thiek air,
Where all his potentates in eouneil sat:
There, without sign of boast, or sign of joy,
Solieitous and blank, he thus began: 120
Prinees, Heaven's aneient sons, ethereal thrones;
Consenting in full frequenee was impower'd, 130
Have found him, view'd him, tasted him; but find
Far other labour to be undergone
Than when I dealt with Adam, first of men:
Though Adam by his wife's allurement fell,
However to this man inferiour far, 13s
If he be man, by mother's side at least,
With more than human gifts from Heaven adorn'd,
Perfeetions absolute, graees divine,
And amplitude of mind to greatest deeds.
Therefore I am return'd, lest eonlidenee 140
Of my sueeess with Eve in Paradise
Deeeive ye to persuasion over-sure
Of like sueeeeding here: I summon all
Rather to b0 in readiness, with hand
Or eounsel to assist; lest I, who erst lis
So spake the old Serpent, doubting; and from all
Set women in his eye, and in his walk,
Among daughters of men the fairest found:
Many are in eaeh region passing fair 100
As the noon sky; more like to goddesses
Than mortal ereatures; graeeful and disereet;
Expert in amorous arts, enehanting tongues
Persuasive, virgin majesty with mild
And sweet alluy'd, yet terrible to approaeh; 100
Skill'd to retire, and, in retiring, draw
Hearts after them tangled in amorous nets.
Sueh objeet hath the power to soften and tame
Severest temper, smoothe the rugged'st brow,
Enerve, and with voluptnous hope dissolve, 100
Draw out with eredulous desire, and lead
At will the manliest, resolutest breast,
As the magnetiek hardest iron draws.
Women, when nothing else, beguiled the heart
Of wisest Solomon, and made him build, 170
And made him bow to the gods of his wives.
To whom quiek answer Satan thus return'd:
153. Let women, Ae. As this temptation is not mentioned in the Gospels, it eonld not with any propriety have been proposed to our 8aviour: it is mueh more fitly made the subjeet of dehate among the wieked spirits themselves. All that ean be said in praise of the power of beauty, and all that ean iso alleged to depreeiate it, is here summed up with greut,T foree and eleganee than 1 ever remember to have seen in any other authov.—Newtox.
178. Fblte tiiled, ke . IIistobelamented that oar author has so often adopted the vulgar notion of the angels having eommeree with women, founded upon that mistaken text of 8eripture, Oen. Vi. 2. t8ee Paradise Lost iii.403.) But though
he seems to favonr that opinion, as we may suppose, to embeliish his poetry, yet be shows elsewhere that he understoed the text lightly, of the sons of 8oth, who were the worshippers of the trne Ged, intermarrying wRh the danghters of wieked Cain. Paradise Lost, xi. 021, 025.—Nswton.
ln0. 8eapes, vieious froiies, aets of lewdness, a word eommon in old Engiish poetry.
100. Apollo, Ae. Calisto, 8emele, and Antiopa were mistresses to Jupiter; Cfymene and Daphne to Apollo, and 8yrinx to Pan. Both here and elsewhere Miiton eonsiders the Geds of the heathens as Demons or Deviis.—NewTon.