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Of glory, as thou wilt, said he, so deem, Worth or not worth their seeking, let it pass: But to a Kingdom thou art born, ordain'd To sit upon thy Father David's Throne; By Mother's side thy Father, though thy right Be now in pow'rful hands, that will not part Easily from possession won with arms; Judaa now and all the promis'd land, Reduc'd a Province under Roman yoke, Obeys Tiberius; nor is always rul'd With temp?rate sway; oft have they violated The Temple, oft the Law with foul affronts, Abominations rather, as did once Antiochus : and think’st thou to regain Thy right by sitting ítill or thus retiring? So did not Machabeus: he indeed Retir'd unto the Desart, but with arms; And o'er a mighty King so oft prevail'd That by strong hand his Family obtain’d, Tho'Priests,theCrown,and David's Throne usurp’d, With Modin and her Suburbs once content. If Kingdom move thee not, let move thee Zeal And Duty; Zeal and Duty are not slow;
But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait.
They themselves rather are occasion best,
Zeal of thy Father's house, Duty to free
Thy Country from her Heathen fervitude;
So shalt thou best fulfil, best verifie
The Prophets old, who sung thy endless reign,
The happier reign the fooner it begins,
Reign then; what canst thou better do the while?
To whom our Saviour answer thus return'd.
All things are best fulfill'd in their due time,
And time there is for all things, Truth hath said:
If of my reign prophetic Writ hath cold,
That it shall never end, so when begin
The Father in his purpose hath decreed,
He in whose hand all times and seasons rolļ.
What if he hath decreed that I shall first
Be try'd in humble state, and things adverse,
By tribulations, injuries, insults,
Contempts, and scorns, and snares, and violence,
Suffering, abstaining, quietly expecting,
Without distrust or doubt, that he may know
What I can suffer, how obey? who best
Can fuffer, best can do; best reign, who first
Well hath obey'd; just trial e'er I merit
My exaltation without change or end.
But what concerns it chee when I begin
My everlasting Kingdom, why art thou
Sollicitous, what moves thy inquisition?
Know'ft thoù not that my rising is thy fall,
And my promotion will be thy destruction?
To whom the Tempter inly rack'd reply'd.
Let that come when it comes; all hope is lost
Of my reception into grace; what worse?
For where no hope is left, is left no fear;
If there be worse, the expectation more
Of worse torments me than the feeling cạn.
I would be at the worst; worst is
My harbour and my ultimate repose,
The end I would attain, my final good.
My error was my error, and my crime
My crime; whatever for it self condemn'd,
And will alike be punish'd; whether thou
Reign or reign not; though to that gentle brow
Willingly I could fie, and hope thy reign,
From that placid aspect and meek regard,
Rather than aggravate my evil ftate,
Would stand between me and thy Father's ire, vi
(Whose ire I dread more than the fire of Hell,).
A shelter and a kind of lading cool.
Interposition, as a fummer's cloud.
If I then to the worst that can be hatte,
Why move thy feet so slow to what is beft, vit
Happiest both to thy self and all the world,
That thou who worthiest art should’s be their King?
Perhaps thou lingrest in deep thoughts detain'd
Of th' enterprize fo hazardous and high;
No wonder, for though in thee be united
What of perfection can ip man be found,
Or human nature can receive, consider
Thy life hath yet been private, most part spent
At home, scarce view'd the Gallilean Towns,
And once a year Jerusalem, few days
Short sojourn; and what thence could'st thou ob-
The world thou hast not seen, much less her glory,
Empires, and Monarchs, and their radiant Courts,
Best school of best experience, quickest in sight
In all things that to greatest Actions lead.
The wiseft, unexperiencd, will be ever
Tim'rous and loth, with novice modesty,
(As he who seeking Asses found a Kingdom)
Irresolute, unhardy, unadventrous:
But I will bring thee where thou soon shall quit
Those rudiments, and fee before thine
The Monarchies of th’Earth, their pomp and state,
Sufficient introduction to inform
Thee, of thy félf fo apt, in regal Arts,"
And regal Mysteries, that thou may'st know
How beft their opposition to withstand.
With that (such pow'r was giv'n him then) he took The Son of God up to a Mountain high. It was a Mountain at whose verdant feet A spacious plain out-stretch'd in circuit wide Lay pleasant; from his side two rivers flow'd, Th’one winding, th’other straight, and left between Fair Champaign with less' rivers intervein'd, Then meeting join'd their Tribute to the Sea, Fertil of corn the glebe, of oyl and wine, With herds the pasturesthrong'd, with flocks the hills Huge Cities and high towr'd, that well might seem The seats of mightieft Monarchs, and so large The Prospect was, that here and there was room For barren desart fountainless and dry.