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Irresolute, unhardy, unadventrous:
But I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit
Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes 245
The monarchies of th’ earth, their pomp and state,
Sufficient introdućtion to inform
Thee, of thyself so apt, in regal arts,
And regal mysleries, that thou may'st know
How best their opposition to withstand. 250
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, 255
Th' one winding, th' other strait, and left between
Fair champain with less rivers intervein'd,
Then meeting join'd their tribute to the sea:
Fertil of corn the glebe, of oil and wine; 259
With herds the pastures throng'd, with flocks the hills;
Huge cities and high town'd, that well might seem
The seats of mightiest monarchs, and so large
The prospect was, that here and there was room
For barren desert fountainless and dry.
To this high mountain top the Tempter brought 265
Our Saviour, and new train of words began.
Well have we speeded, and o'er hill and dale,
Forest and field and flood, temples and towers,
Cut shorter many a league; here thou behold'st

Assyria and her empire's ancient bounds, 270 Araxes

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Of his great pow'r; for now the Parthian king In Ctesiphon hath gather'd all his host 300 Against the Scythian, whose incursions wild Have wasted Sogdiana; to her aid He marches now in haste; see, though from far, His thousands, in what martial equipage They issue forth, steel bows, and shafts their arms 305 Of equal dread in flight, or in pursuit; All horsemen, in which fight they most excel; See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs and wedges, and half-moons, and wings. He look'd, and saw what numbers numberless 310 The city gates out-pour'd, light armed troops In coats of mail and military pride; In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong, Prauncing their riders bore, the flow'r and choice Of many provinces from bound to bound; 315 From Arachosia, from Candaor east, And Margiana to the Hyrcanian cliffs Of Caucasus, and dark Iberian dales, From Atropatia and the neighb'ring plains Of Adiabene, Media, and the south 320 Of Susiana, to Balsara's haven. He saw them in their forms of battel rang'd, How quick they wheel'd, and fly'ing behind them shot Sharp sleet of arrowy show'rs against the face Of their pursuers, and overcame by flight; 3.25 The field all iron cast a gleaming brown:

Nor wanted clouds of foot, nor on each horn
Cuirassiers all in steel for standing fight,
Chariots or elephants indors'd with towers
Of archers, nor of lab'ring pioneers 330
A multitude with spades and axes arm'd
To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill,
Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay
With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke;
Mules after these, camels and dromedaries, 335
And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp,
When Agrican with all his northern powers
Besieg'd Albracca, as romances tell,
The city' of Gallaphrone, from thence to win 340
The fairest of her sex Angelica
His daughter, sought by many prowest knights,
Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemain.
Such and so numerous was their chivalry;
At fight whereof the Fiend yet more presum’d, 345
And to our Saviour thus his words renew'd.
That thou may’s know I seek not to engage
Thy virtue, and not every way secure
On no slight grounds thy safety; hear, and mark
To what end I have brought thee hither and shown
All this fair fight: thy kingdom though foretold 351
By Prophet or by Angel, unless thou
Endevor, as thy father David did,
Thou never shalt obtain; predićtion still

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