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Or on th’ Emilian,' some from farthest south
Syene, and where the shadow both way falls,
Meroe, Nilotie isle, and more to west,
The realm of Bocchusá to the Black-moor sea;
From the Asian kings and Parthian, among these,
From India and the golden Chersonese,
And utmost Indian isle Taprobane,
Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreatha:
From Gallia, Gades, and the British west, voda
Germans, and Scythians, and Sarmatians north
Beyond Danubius to the Taurie pool. isi 10
All nationg now to Rome obedience pay, 30
To Rome's great emperor, whose wide domain
In ample territory, wealth, and power, is si
Civility of manners, arts, and arms,s testg sT
And long renown, thou justly may'st preferitoa
Before the Parthian; these two thrones except,
The rest are barbarous, and scarce worth the sight,
Shared among petty kings too far removed.
These having shown thee, I have shown thee all
The kingdoms of the world, and all their glory.
This emperor hath no son, and now is old, SAT
Old and lascivious, and from Rome retired iW
To Capreze, an island small but strong run
On the Campanian shore, with purpose there
His horrid lusts in private to enjoy, og to 800
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Might'st thou expel this monster from his throne,
Now made a sty, and, in his place ascending,
A victor people free from servile yoke Porn
And with my help thou may'st; to me the power


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Is given, and by that right I give it thee.
Aim therefore at no less than all the world,
Aim at the highest, without the highest attain'd
Will be for thee no sitting, or not long,
On David's throne, be prophesied what will.

To whom the Son of God unmoved replied.
Nor doth this grandeur and majestic show
Of luxury, though call'd magnificence,
More than of arms before, allure mine eye,
Much less my mind; though thou should'st add to tell
Their sumptuous gluttonies and gorgeous feasts
On citron tables' or Atlantic stone,
For I have also heard, perhaps have read,
Their wines of Setia, Cales, and Falerne,
Chios, and Crete, and how they quaff in gold,
Crystal and myrrhine cups 'emboss'd with gems
And studs of pearl, to me should'st tell who thirst
And hunger still. Then embassies thou show'st
From nations far and nigh. What honour that,
But tedious waste of time to sit and hear
So many hollow compliments and lies,
Outlandish flatteries ? then proceed'st to talk
Of the emperor, how easily subdued,
How gloriously; I shall, thou say'st, expel
A brutish monster: what if I withal
Expel a devil who first made him such ?
Let his tormenter conscience find him out;
For him I was not sent, nor yet to free
That people, victor once, now vile and base,
Deservedly made vassal, who, once just,
Frugal, and mild, and temperate, conquer'd well,
But govern ill the nations under yoke,
Peeling their provinces, exhausted all
But lust and rapine; first ambitious grown
Of triumph, that insulting vanity;
Then cruel, by their sports to blood inured

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2 These were famous Campanian wines. Falerian was the best wine they posses:ed.

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Whom thus our Saviour answer'd with disdain. I never liked thy talk, thy offers less, Now both abhor, since thou hast dared to utter The abominable terms, impious condition; But I endure the time, till which expired, -ı hast permission on me. It is written

t of all commandments, Thou shalt worship
- i thy God, and only him shalt serve;

t thou to the Son of God propound
in thee accurst, now more accurst

For this attempt, bolder than that on Eve,
And more blasphemous ? which expect to rue.
The kingdoms of the world to thee were giv'n,
Permitted rather, and by thee usurp'd,
Other donation none thou canst produce:
If giv'n, by whom but by the King of kings,
Gon over all Supreme? if given to thee,
By thee how fairly is the giver now
Repaid ? but gratitude in thee is lost
Long since. Wert thou so void of fear or shame,
As offer them to me the Son of God,
To me my own, on such abhorrèd pact,
That I fall down and worship thee as God?
Get thee behind me; plain thou now appear'st
That evil one, Satan for ever damn’d.

To whom the fiend with fear abash'd replied.
Be not so sore offended, Son of God,
Though sons of God both angels are and men,
If I, to try whether in higher sort
Than these thou bear'st that title, have proposed
What both from men and angels I receive,
Tetrarchs of fire, air, flood, and on the earth
Nations besides from all the quarter'd winds,
God of this world invoked and world beneath;
Who then thou art, whose coming is foretold
To me so fatal, me it most concerns.
The trial hath indamaged thee no way,
Rather more honour left and more esteem;
Me nought advantaged, missing what I aim'd.
Therefore let pass, as they are transitory,
The kingdoms of this world; I shall no more
Advise thee; gain them as thou canst, or not.
And thou thyself seem`st otherwise inclined
Than to a worldly crown,

addicted more
To contemplation and profound dispute,
As by that early action may be judged,
When, slipping from thy mother's eye, thou went'st
Alone into the temple, there wast found
Amongst the gravest rabbies disputant
Øn points and questions fitting Moşes' chair,

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ரோsion; a tiyagireeraateal,
So letected fag mind se all the world
La kurriz, a thing in it comprehend:
Anlaomileligitai'ain Misss las,
The Peatseth, or what the propbeta wzote;
The Gentiles also know, and write, and teach
To umiration, led by nature's light;
And with the Gentiles much thoa must converse,
Paling them by persuasion as thon mean'st;
Without their learning how wilt thou with them,
Or they with ther, hold conversation meet?
How wilt thon reason with them? how refute
Thér idotiems, traditions, paradoxes?

Error by his ows arms is best evinced.

Gacor Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount, Westmard, much nearer by south-west, behold Where on the Agean shore a city stands

In Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil, Athens the


of Greece,' mother of artsen And eloquence, native to famous wits,

Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, and its
City or suburban, studious walks and shades;
See there the olive grove of Academe,
Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird?
Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long;
There flow'ry hill Hymettus with the sound

Of bees industrious murmur oft invites
To studious musing; there Ilissus rolls

estar His whispering stream; within the walls then view The schools of ancient sages; his 4 who bred

OODA Great Alexander to sudue the world,

Stroft bal Lyceum there, and painted Stoa next :

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was the school this Academe, or of Zeno, whose disciples were hence

called Stoics. This Stoa, or portico, was 2., Philomela, the adorned with a variety of paintingx.

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