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And works of love or enmity fulfill..
For those the race of Israel oft forsook
Their living strength, and unfrequented left:
His righteous altar, bowing lowly down
To beftial gods; for which their heads as low
Bow'd down in battle, funk before the spear
Of despicable foes. With these in troop
Came Aftoreth, whom the Phoenicians callid
Aftarte, queen of heav'n, with crescent horns ;
To whose bright image nightly by the moon
Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs,
In Sion also not unsung, where stood
Her temple on th'offensive mountain, built
By that uxorious king, whose heart though larges,
Beguild by fair idolatreffes, fell
To idols foul. Thammuz came next behind,
Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd
The Syrian damsels, to lament his fate
In amorous ditties all a summers day,
While smooth Adonis from his native rock
Ran purple to the fea, suppos?d with blood
Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love tale,
Infected Sion's daughters with like heat,
Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch.
Ezekiel law, whep by the vision led.
His eye survey'd the dark idolatries
Of alienated Judah, Next came one
Who mourn'd in earnest, when the captive ark.
Maim'd his brute image, head and hands lopt off
In his own temple, on the grunfel edge,
Where he fell fat, and tham'd his worshippers,

Dagon his name, fea monster, upward man
And downward fifh : yet had his temple high
Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the coast
Of Palestine, in Gath and Afcalon,
And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.
Him follow'd Rimmon, whofe delightful feat
Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks
Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streams.
He also against the house of God was bold :
A leper once he loft and gain'd a king,
Ahaz his fottish conquerour, whom he drew
God's altar to disparage and displace
For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn
His odious offerings, and adore the gods
Whom he had vanquisht. After thefe appear'd
A crew who under names of old renown,
Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train
With monstrous Thapes and forceries abus'd
Fanatic Ægypt and her priests, to seek
Their wandring gods difguis'd in brutish forms
Rather than human. Nor did Ifrael fcape
The infection, when their borrow'd gold compos'd
The calf in Oreb: and the rebet king
Doubl'd that fin in Bethel and in Dan,
Lik’ning his Maker to the grazed ox,
Jehovah, who in one night when he pass'd
From Ægypt marching, equal*d with one stroke
Both her first born and alt her bleating gods. .
Belial came fast, than whom a fpirit more fewd
Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for itfelf; to him no temple stood

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Or altar smoak’d; yet who more oft than he
In temples and at altars, when the priest
Turns atheist, as did Ely's fons, who fill'd
With lust and violence the house of God.
In courts and palaces he alfo reigns
And in luxurious cities, where the noise
Of riot ascends above their loftieft towers,
And injury and outrage : and when night
Darkens the freets, then wander forth the fons
Of Belial, flown with infolence and wine.
Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night
In Gibeah, when the hospitable door
Expos'd a matron to avoid worfe rape.
These were the prime in order and in might;
The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd,
Th’Ionian gods, of Javan's issue held
Gods, yet confest later than heav'n and earth
Their boasted parents ; Titan heav'ns first-born
With his enormous brood, and birth-right seiz'd
By younger Saturn, he from mightier Jove
His own and Rhea's son like measure found;
So Jove usurping reign'd: these first in Creet
And Ida known, thence on the snowy top
Of cold Olympus rul'd the middle air
Their highest heav'n ; or on the Delphian cliff,
Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
Of Doric land ; or who with Saturn old
Fled over Adria to th'Hesperian fields,
And o'er the Celtic roam'd the utmost ises.
All these and more came flocking; but with fooks
Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd

Obscure some glimps of joy, to have found their chief Not in despair, to have found themfelves not loft In lofs itself ; which on his count'nance cast Like doubtful hue : but he his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance, gently rais'd Their fainting courage, and dispell’d their fears. Then strait commands that at the warlike found Of trumpets loud and clarions be up-rear'd His mighty standard ; that proud honour claim'd Azazel as his right, a cherub tall : Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd Th'imperial ensign, which full high advanc't Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind With gems and golden lustre rich imblaz'd, Seraphick arms and trophies : all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds : At which the universal host upsent A shout that tore hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of chaos and old night. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air With orient colours waving : with them rose A forrest huge of spears : and thronging helms Appear'd, and ferried shields in thick array Of depth immeasurable : anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood Of Autes and soft recorders ; such as rais'd To highth of noblest temper hero's old Arming to battle, and instead of rage Deliberate valour breath'd, firm and unmov'd

With dread of death to fight or foul retreat,
Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
With folemn touches, troubl'd thoughts and chase
Anguilh and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain
From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they
Breathing united force with fixed thought
Mov'd on in filence to soft pipes that charm'd
Their painful steps o'er the burnt foil; and now
Advanc't in view, they stand, a horrid front
Of dreadful length and dazling arms, in guise
Of warriors old with order'd spear and shield,
Awaiting what command their mighty chief
Had to impose : he through the armed files
Darts his experienc't eye, and soon traverse
The whole battalion views, their order due,
Their visages and stature as of gods,
Their number last he summs. And now his heart
Diftends with pride, and hardning in his strength
Glories : for never since created man,
Met such embodied force, as nam'd with these
Could merit more than that small infantry
Warr'd on by cranes : though all the giant brood
Of Phlegra with th'heroic race were join'd
That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side
Mixt with auxiliar gods; and what resounds
In fable or romance of Uther's son
Begirt with British and Armoric knights ;
And all who fince, baptiz'd or infidel
Jousted in Aspramount or Montalban,
Damasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond,
Or whom Biserta sent from Afric Thore

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