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And know not whom, but as one leads the other ; And what delight to be by such extollid, To live upon their tongues and be their talk ? Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise ; 'His lost who dares be singularly good. Th'intelligence among them and the wise Are few, and glory scarce of few is rais'd. This is true glory and renown, when God, 60 Looking on th' earth, with approbation marks The just man, and divulges him through Heav'n To all his angels, who with true applause Recount his praises: thus he did to Job, When to extend his fame thro' heav'n and earth, As thou to thy reproach may'st well remember, He ask'd thee, Hast thou seen my servant Job? Famous he was in heav'n, on earth less known; Where glory is false, glory attributed To things not glorious, men not worthy of fame, They err who count it glorious to subdue 71 By conquest far and wide, to over-run Large countries, and in field great battles win, Great cities by assault; what do these worthies, But rob and spoil, burn, slaughter, and inslave Peaceable nations, neigh'bring, or remote, Made captive, yet deserving freedom more Than those their conquerors, who leave behind Nothing but ruin wheresoe'er they rove, And all the flourishing works of peace destroy, 80 Then swell with pride, and must be titled Gods, Grcat benefactors of mankind, deliverers,
Worshipt with temple, priest, and sacrifice ?
To whom the Tempter murm'ring thus reply'd ? Think not so slight of glory; therein least Resembling thy great Father : he seeks glory, 110 And for his glory all things made, all things Orders and governs; nor content.in Hear'n, .
By all his angels glorify'd, requires,
To whom our Saviour fervently reply'd :
That who advance his glory, not their own,
So spake the Son of God; and here again
Of glory, as thou wilt, said he, so deem, 150 Worth or not worth the 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 powerful hands, that will not part Easily from possession won with arms : Judæa 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 160 The temple, oft the law with foul affronts, Abomination rather, as did once Antiochus: and think'st thou to regain Thy right by sitting still or thus retiring ? So did not Maccabeus : he indeed Retir'd unto the desert, but with arms; And o'er a mighty king so oft prevailid, . That by strong hand his family obtain'd (usurp'd, Though priests, the crown, and David's throne With Modin and her suburbs once content. 170 If kingdom move thee not, let move thee zeal And duty; zeal and duty are not slow;
But on occasion's forelock watchful wait.
To whom our Saviour answer thus return'd:
190 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 suffer, best can do ; best reign, who firstWell hath obey'd; just trial ere I merit My exaltation without change or end. But what concerns it thee when I begin My everlasting kingdom, why art thou Solicitous, what moves thy inquisition ? 200 Know'st thou not that my rising is thy fall, And my promotion will be thy destruction ?