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Though all to shivers dash'd, th' assault renew,
Vain batt'ry, and in froth or bubbles end; 2O
So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
Met ever, and to shameful silence brought,
Yet gives not o'er though desp'rate of success,
And his vain importunity pursues.
He brought our Saviour to the western side 25
Of that high mountain, whence he might behold
Another plain, long but in breadth not wide,
Wash'd by the southern sea, and on the north
To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills,
That screen'd the fruits of th' earth and seats of men 3o
From cold Septentrion blasts, thence in the midst
Divided by a river, of whose banks
On each side an imperial city stood,
With tow’rs and temples proudly elevate
On sev’n small hills, with palaces adorn'd, 35
Porches and theatres, baths, aquedućts,
Statues and trophies, and triumphal arcs,
Gardens and groves presented to his eyes,
Above the highth of mountains interpos'd:
By what strange parallax or optic skill 40
Of vision multiply'd through air, or glass
Of telescope, were curious to inquire:
And now the Tempter thus his silence broke.
The city which thou seest no other deem
Than great and glorious Rome, queen of the earth

So far renown'd, and with the spoils enrich'd 46 - Of

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