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The names and deeds of these heroic kings;
Thou sacred maid! which from fair Palestine,
Through all the world hast spread thy brightest shine, Kindle thy shepherd swain, with thy light flaming eyn.
First took'st thy being and immortal breath, .
Come hely virgin, to my bosom gliding;
On those dark waters thy all-opening light;
With thy bright orient Sun hast fair renew'd,
And with unwonted day hast it endu'd ;
Both which thou sent'st, a needful supplement
And with strong hand oppress and keep them under.
Raise now my humble vein to lofty thunder, That Heav'n and Earth may sound, resound thy praise with
Is rightly call’d th? allseeing Intelleet;
No human sight may ever hope desery':
For when himself on's self reflects his eye, Dull and amaz’d he stands at so bright majesty.
Here, there, and every where itself displays,
Soon back he flings the two bold vent'ring gleam,
Down to the Earth the flames all broken stream; Such is this famous prince, such his unpierced beam.
But matter without matter; never fillid,
Yet thousand thousand Heavens he could contain,
And still as empty as at first remain:
Bid him soar up to Heav'n, and thence down throwing The centre search, and Dis" dark realm; he's gone, Returns, arrives, before thou saw'st him going :
And while his weary kingdom safely sleeps
All restless night he watch and warding keeps: Never his careful head on resting pillow sleeps.
Himself both present is, and president;
With greedy lust and wrong, consumed art!).
He all in all, and all in ev'ry part,
But as his time, his strength and vigour grows:
And batter'd sconce now flat and even lies;
Sooner than thought to that Great Judge he flies;i · Who weighs him just reward of good, or injuries.
Where if he live, as knowing he may die, . He never dies, but with fresh pleasure grac'd, Bathes his crown'd head in soft eternity; , Where thousand joys and pleasures ever new,
And blessings thicker than the morning dew, With endless sweets rain down on that immortal crew,
XXXV.. There golden stars set in the crystal snow; . ..
There dainty joys laugh at white-headed caring; There day no night, delight 10 end shall know; Sweets without surfeit; fulness without sparing; And by its spending, growing happiness ::
There God himself in glory's lavishness Diffus'd in all, to all, is all full blessedness
And with those traitors 'gainst his Lord rebel,
And in worst ills, still worse expecting, fears :
Where fell despite for spite his bowels tears;
In midst of death, poor wretches long to die :
The soul there restless, helpless, hopeless lies;
The body frying roars, and roaring fries : There's life that never lives, there's death that never dies.
. XXXVIII. Hence while unsettled here he fighting reigns,
Shut in a tow'r where thousand enemies Assault the fort ; with wary care and pains He guards all entrance, and by divers spies
Searcheth into his foes and friend's designs,
For most he fears, his subjects' wav’ring mind;
Disguis'd in worthless robes and poor attire,
For when away from this sad place he pies,
And in the skies abides, more bright than skies ; Too glorious is his fight for our dim mortal eyes,
But bound in cauls of sand, yields not to sight;
And neither none (nor all his face discloses :)
For when his bright eye full our eye opposes,
That help him in this tent to govern well;
In great affairs: five of less dignity
Have outward courts, and in all actions pry,
For their just number called the Pentarchy;
(The chiefest mansion of this glorious king)
The judge and arbiter of every thing,
Father of laws, the rule of wrong and right;
Not those sev'n sages might him parallel ;
Nor he whom Pythian maid did whilome tell
* The common sense.