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The Prophets old, who sung thy endless reign;
To whom our Saviour answer thus return'd.
To whom the Tempter, inly rack’d, replied. 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
crime My crime ; whatever, for itself condemn'd; And will alike be punish’d, whether thou Reign, or reign not; though to that gentle brow Willingly could I fly, and hope thy reign, From that placid aspéct and meek regard, Rather than aggravate my Would stand between me and thy Father's ire, (Whose ire I dread more than the fire of Hell,) A shelter, and a kind of shading cool Interposition, as a summer's cloud, If I then to the worst that can be haste, Why move thy feet so slow to what is best, Happiest, both to thyself and all the world, That thou, who worthiest art, should'st be their
king? Perhaps thou linger'st, in deep thoughts detain'd Of the enterprise so hazardous and high; No wonder ; for, though in thee be united What of perfection can in man be found, Or human nature can receive, consider, Thy life hath yet been private, most part spent At home, scarce view'd the Galilean towns,
ordinary military preparations of the Parthians to resist the incursions of the Soythians. He then informs our Lord, that he showed him this purposely that he might see how necessary military exertions are to retain the possession of kingdoms, as well as to subdue them at first, and advise him to consider how impossible it was to maintain Judea against two such powerful neighbours as the Romans und Parthians, eind how necessary it would be to form an alliance with one or other of them. At the same time he recommends, and engages to secure to him, that of the Parathians; and tells him that by this means his power will be defended from any thing that Rome or Cæsar might attempt against it, and that he will be able to extend his glory wide, and especially to accomplish, what was particularly necessary to make the throne of Judea really the throne of David, the deliverance and restoration of the ten tribes, still in a state of captivity. Jesus, having briefly noticed the vanity of military efforts and the weakness of the urm of flesh, says, that when the time comes for ascending his allotted throne he shall not be slack ; he remarks on Satan's extraordinary zeal for the deliverance of the Israelites, to whom he had always showed himself an enemy, and declares their servitude to be the consequence of their idolatry; but adıls, that at a future time it may perhaps please God to recall them, and restore them to their liberty and native land.
SPAKE the Son of God; and Satan stood
I see thou know'st what is of use to know,
On Aaron's breast; or tongue of seers old