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Thou chance to dash thy foot against a stone.
To whom thus Jesus. Also it is written, Tempt not the Lord thy God: he said and stood : But Satan smitten with amazement fell. As when earth's son Antæus, to compare Small things with greatest, in Irassa strove With Jove's Alcides, and oft foil'd still rose, Receiving from his mother earth new strength, Fresh from his fall, and fiercer grapple join'd, Throttled at length in th' air, expired and fell ; So after many a foil the tempter proud, Renewing fresh assaults, amidst his pride Fell whence he stood to see his victor fall, And as thåt Theban monster” that proposed Her riddle, and him who solved it not, devourd, That once found out and solved, for grief and spite Cast herself headlong from th' Ismenian steep; So struck with dread and anguish féll the fiend, And to his crew that sat consulting, brought Joyless triumphals of his hoped success, Ruin, and desperation, and dismay, Who durst so proudly tempt the Son of GOD. 8o Satan fell; and straight a fiery globe Of angels on full sail of wing flew nigh, Who on their plumy vans received Him soft From His uneasy station, and upbore As on a floating couch through the blithe air, Then in a flow'ry valley set Him down On a green bank, and set before Him spread A table of celestial food, divine, Ambrosial fruits, fetch'd from the Tree of Life, And from the Fount of Life ambrosial drink, That soon refresh'd Him wearied, and repaird What hunger, if aught hunger had impair'd Or thirst; and, as He fed, angelic quires Sung heav'nly anthems of his victory
1 A giant of Libya, son of Terra (the earth)
and Neptune (the sea). Alcides (Hercules) attacked him ; and as every time the giant touched the earth he received new strength, Hercules litted
him up into the air, and squeezed him, to death in his arms. Irussa was a city in Libya.
Over temptation and the tempter proud.
True Image of the father, whether throned
Bound, and to torment sent before their time.
Thus they the Son of God our Saviour meek Sung victor, and from heav'nly feast refresh'd Brought on his way with joy; he unobserved Home to his mother's house private return'd.