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Till many years over thy head return :

“ True opener of mine eyes, prime angel blest; So may'st thou live; till, like ripe fruit, thou drop Much better seems this vision, and more hope Into thy mother's lap ; or be with ease

Of peaceful days portends, than those two past; Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd; for death mature: Those were of bate and death, or pain much This is Old Age ; but then, thou must outlive

worse ; Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty; which will Here Nature seems fulfill'd in all her ends." change

To whom thus Michael. "Judge not what To wither'd, weak, ar: gray ; thy senses then,

is best Obtuse, all taste of pleasure must forego,

By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet; To what thou hast ; and, for the air of youth, Created, as thou art, to pobler end Hopeful and cheerful in thy blood will reign | Holy and pure, conformity divine. A melancholy damp of cold and dry

Those tents thou saw'st so pleasant, were the tents To weigh thy spirits down, and last consume Of wickedness, wherein shall dwell his race The balm of life.” To whom our ancestor. Who slew bis brother ; studious they appear

“Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong Of arts that polish life, inventers rare; Life much ; bent rather, how I may be quit, | Unmindful of their Maker, though his spirit(none. Fairest and easiest of this cumbrous charge; Taught them; but they his gifts acknowledg'd Which I must keep till my appointed day Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget; Of rendering up, and patiently attend

For that fair female troop thou saw'st, that seem'd My dissolution.” Michaël replied. - (liv'st Of goddesses, so blithe, so smooth, so gay,

“ Nor love thy life, nor hate ;' but what thou Yet empty of all good wherein consists Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven : | Woman's domestic honour and chief praise ; And now prepare thee for another sight.”

Bred only and completed to the taste He look'd, and saw a spacious plain, whereon Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance, Were tents of various hue ; by some, were herds To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye. Of cattle grazing; others, whence the sound To these that sober race of men, whose lives Of instruments, that made melodious chime, Religious titled them the sons of God, Was heard, of harp and organ; and, who mov'd Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame Their stops and chords, was seen; his volant Ignobly, to the trains and to the smiles touch,

Of these fair atheists ; and now swim in joy, Instinct through all proportions, low and high, Erelong to swim at large; and laugh, for which Fled and pursued transverse the resonant fugue. • The world erelong a world of tears must weep." Ipother part stood one who, at the forge

To whom thus Adam, of short joy bereit. Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass “ O pity and shame, that they, who to live well Had melted, (whether found where casual tire Enter'd so fair, should turn aside to tread Had wasted woods on mountain or in vale, Paths indirect, or in the mid way faint! Down to the veins of Earth; thence gliding hot But still I see the tenour of man's woe To some cave's inouth; or whether wash'd by Holds on the same, from woman to begin." stream

From man's effeminate slackness it begins," From underground ;) the liquid ore he drain'd Said the angel, "who should better hold his place Into fit moulds prepard ; from which he form'd By wisdom, and superior gifts receiv'd. First his own tools; then, what might else be But now prepare thee for another scene." Fusil or graven in metal. After these, [wrought He look'd, and saw wide territory spread But on the hither side, a different sort

Before him, towns, and rural works between; From the high neighbouring hills, which was Cities of men with lofty gates and towers, their seat,

Concourse in arms, fierce faces threatening war, Down to the plain descended; by their guise Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise ; Just men they seem'd, and all their study bent Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed, To worship God aright, and know his works Single or in array of battle rang'd Not hid ; nor those things last, which might Both horse and foot, nor idly mustering stood; preserve

One way a band select from forage drives Freedom and peace to men : they on the plain A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine, Long had not walk'd, when from the tents,behold! From a fat meadow ground; or fleecy flock, A bevy of fair women, richly gay

Ewes and their blealing lambs over the plain, In gems and wanton dress; to the harp they sung Their booty; scarce with life the shepherds fly, Soft amorous ditties, and in dance came on: But call in aid, which makes a bloody fray; The men, though yrave, ey'd them; and let their With cruel tournament the squadrons join; Rove without rein ; till, in the amorous net [eyes Where cattle pastur'd late, now scatter'd lies Fast caught, they lik’d; and each his liking chose; With carcasses and arms the ensanguin'd field, And now of love they treat, till the evening-star, 1 Deserted : others to a city strong Love's harbinger, appear'd; then, all in heat Lay siege, encamp’d; by battery, scale, and They light the nuptial torch, and bid invoke Assaulting ; others from the wall defend (mine, Hymen, then first to marriage rites invok'd: With dart and javelin,stones, and sulphurous fire; With feast and music all the tents resound. On each hand slaughter, and gigantic deeds. . Such happy interview, and fair event (flowers, | In other part the scepter'd heralds call Of love and youth not lost, songs, garlands, To council, in the city-gates; anon (mix'd, And charming symphonies, attach'd the heart Gray-headed men and grave, with warrious Of Adam, soon inclin'd to admit delight,

Assemble, and harangues are heard ; but soon The bent of nature; which he thus express'do In factious opposition ; till at last,

ven

Of middle age one rising, eminent

Measurd by cubit, length, and breadth, and In wise deport, spake much of right and wrong,

height; Of justice, of religion, truth, and peace,

Smear'd round with pitch ; and in the side a door And judgment from above: him old and young

Contriv'd; and of provisions laid in large, Exploded, and had seiz'd with violent hands;

For man and beast : when lo, a wonder strange! Had not a cloud descending snatch'd him thence of every beast, and bird, and insect small, Unseen amid the throng : so violence

Came sevens and pairs; and enter'd in as taught Proceeded, and oppression, and sword-law,

Their order : last the sire and his three sons, Through all the plain, and refuge none was found. With their four wives; and God made fast the Adam was all in tears, and to his guide

door.

[wings Lamenting turn'd full sad : “0! what are these, Mean while the south-wind rose, and, with black Death's ministers, not men ? who thus deal death Wide-hovering, all the clouds together drove Inhumanly to men, and multiply

From under Heaven; the hills to theirsupply Ten thousandfold the sin of him who slew

Vapour, and exhalation dusk and moist, His brother : for of whom such massacre

Sent up amain ; and now the thicken'd sky Make they, but of their brethren ; men of men ? Like a dark ceiling stood ; down rush'd the rain But who was that justman, whom had not Hea- Impetuous; and continued, till the Earth

No more was seen: the floating vessel swum Rescued, had in his righteousness been lost ?” Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow

To whom thus Michael.“These are the product Rode tilting o'er the waves ; all dwellings else Of those ill-mated marriages thou saw'st;

Flood overwhelm'd, and them with all their Where good with bad were match'd, who of

pomp themselves

Deep under water rolld; sea cover'd sea, Abhor to join ; and, by imprudence mix'd,

Sea without shore ; and in their palaces, Produce prodigious births of body or mind.

Where luxury late reign'd, sea-monsters whelp'd Such were these giants, men of high renown;

And stabled ; of mankind, so numerous late, For in those days might only shall be admir'd,

All left, in one small bottom swym imbark'd. And valour and heroic virtue call'd;

How didst thou grieve then, Adam, to behold To overcome in battle, and subdue

The end of all thy offspring, end so sad, Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Depopulation! Thee another flood, Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch

Of tears and sorrow a flood, thee also drown'd, Of human glory; and for glory done

And sunk thee as thy sons; till, gently rear'd Of triumph, to be styl'd great conquerors,

By the angel, on thy feet thou stood'st at last; Patrons of mankind, gods and sons of gods ;

Though comfortless ; as when a father mourns Destroyers rightlier call'd, and plagues of men.

His children, all in view destroy'd at once ; Thus fame shall be achiev'd, renown on Earth;

And scarce to the angel utter'dst thus thy plaint. And what most merits fame, in silence hid.

“O visions ill foreseen! better had 1 But he, the seventh from thee, whom thou be- Liv'd ignorant of future ! so had borne The only righteous in a world perverse, [heldst My part of evil only, each day's lot And therefore hated, therefore so beset

Enough to bear; those now, that were dispens'd With foes, for daring single to be just,

The burden of many ages, on me light And utter odious truth, that God would come

At once, by my foreknowledge gaining birth To judge them with his salts : bim the Most Abortive, to torment me ere their being, High

With thought that they must be. Let no man seek Rapt in a balmy cloud with winged steeds

Henceforth to be foretold, what shall befall Did, as thou saw'st, receive, to walk with God

Him or his children; evil he may be sure, High in salvation and the climes of bliss,

Which neither his foreknowing can prevent; Exempt from death; to show thee what reward

And he the future evil shall no less Awaits the good ; the rest what punishment;

In apprehension than in substance feel, Which now direct thine eyes and soon behold.;"

Grievous to bear : but that care now is past, He look'd, and saw the face of things quite Man is not whom to warn : those few escap’d chang'd ;

Famine and anguish will. at last consume, The brazen throat of war had ceas'd to roar ;

Wandering that watery desert: I had hope All now was turn'd tu jollity and game,

When violence was ceas'd, and war on Earth, To luxury and riot, feast and dance;

All would have then gone well ; peace would have Marrying or prostituting, as befel,

crown'd Rape or adultery, where passing fair

With length of happy days the race of Man; Allar'd them; thence from cups to civil broils.

But I was far deceiv'd ; for now I see At length a reverend sire among them came,

Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste. And of their doings great dislike declar'd

How comes it thus ? unfold, celestial guide, And testified against their ways; he oft

And whether herethe race of Man will end." Frequented their assemblies, whereso met,

To whom thus Michael.“ Those, whom last Triumphs or festivals ; and to them preach'd

thou saw'st Conversion and repentance, as to souls

In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they In prison, under judgments imminent :

First seen in acts of prowess eminent But all in vain : which when he saw, he ceas'd And great exploits, but of true virtue void; Contending, and remov'd his tents far off :

Who, having spilt much blood, and done much Then, from the mountain hewing timber tall,

Subduing nations, and achiev'd thereby [waste Began to build a vessel of huge bulk;

Fame in the world, high titles, and rich prey;

Shall change their course to pleasure, ease, and Anon dry ground appears, and from his ark Surfeit, and lust; till wantonness and pride[sloth, | The ancient sire descends, with all his train: Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. | Then with uplifted hands, and eyes devout, The conquer'd also, and enslav'd by war,

Grateful to Heaven, over his head beholds Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose A dewy cloud, and in the cloud a bow And fear of God; from whom their piety feign'd Conspicuous with three listed colours gay, In sharp contést of battle found no aid

Betokening peace from God, and covenant new, Against invaders; therefore, cool'd in zeal, Whereat the heart of Adam, erst so sad, Thenceforth shall practise how to live secure, Greatly rejoic'd; and thus his joy broke forth, Worldly or dissolute, on what their lords

“O thou, who future things canst represent Shall leave them to enjoy; for the Earth shall bear As present, eavenly instructor! I revive More than enough that temperance may be tried: At this last sight; assur'd that Man shall live, So all shall turn degenerate, all deprav'd; With all the creatures, and their seed preserve, Justice and temperance, truth and faith, forgot; Par less I now lament for one whole world One man except, theonly son of light

Of wicked sons destroy'd, than I rejoice In a dark age, against example good,

For one man found so perfect, and so just, Against allurement, custom, and a world

That God vouchsafes to raise another world Offended : fearless of reproach and scorn, From him, and all his anger to forget. (Heaven Or violence, he of their wicked ways

But say, what mean those colour'd streaks in Shall them admonish; and before them set Distended, as the brow of God appeas'd ? The paths of righteousness, how much more safe, Or serve they, as a flowery verge, to bind And full of peace; denouncing wrath to come The fluid skirts of that same watery cloud, On their impenitence; and shall return

Lest it again dissolve, and shower the Earth?” Of them derided, but of God observ'd

To whom the arch-angel. “Dextrously thou The one just man alive; by his command Sofwillingly doth God remit his ire, [aim'st; Shall build a wonderous ark, as thou beheldst, | Though late repenting him of Man depravd; To save bimself, and household, from amidst Griev'd at his heart, when looking down he saw A world devote to universal wrack.

The whole Earth fill'd with violence, and all flesh No sooner he, with them of man and beast Corrupting each their way; yet, those remor'd, Select for life, shall in the ark be lodg'd,

Such grace shall one just man find in his sight, And shelter'd round; but all the cataracts . That he relents, not to blot out mankind; Of Heaven set upen on the Earth shall pour And makes a covenant never to destroy Rain, day and night; all fountains of the deep, . The Earth again by flood; nor let the sea Broke up, shall heave the ocean to usurp

Surpass his bounds; nor rain to drown the world, Beyond all bounds; till inundation rise

With man therein or beast ; but, when he brings Above the highest hills : then shall this mount Over the Earth a cloud, will therein set Of Paradise by might of waves be mov'd

His triple-colour'd bow, whereon to look, Out of his place, push'd by the horned flood, And call to mind his covenant: day and night, With all his verdure spoild, and trees adrift, Seed-time and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Down the great river to the opening gulf, Shall hold their course; till fire purge all things And there take root an island salt and bare,

new, The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' Both Heaven and Earth, wherein the just skal clang :

dwell.”
To teach thee that God attributes to place
No sanctity, if none be thither brought
By men who there frequent, or therein dwell.
And now, what further shall ensue, behold.”

PARADISE LOST.
He look’d, and saw the ark hull on the flood,
Which now abated ; for the clouds were fled,
Driven by a keen north-wind, that, blowing dry,

BOOK XIT.
Wrinkled the face of deluge, as decay'd ;
And the clear Sun on his wide watery glass

THE ARGUMENT.
Gaz'd hot, and of the fresh wave largely drew,
As after thirst; which made their flowing shrink The angel Michael continues, from the flood,
From standing lake to tripping ebb, that stole to relate what shall succeed: then, in the
With soft foot towards the deep ; who now had mention of Abraham, comes by degrees to
stopt

explain, who that seed of the woman shall His sluices, as the Heaven his windows shut. be, which was promised Adam and Eve in the The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground, Fall; his incarnation, death, resurrection, Fast on the top of some high mountain fix'd. and ascension; the state of the church till And now the tops of hills, as rocks, appear ; his second coming. Adam, greatly satisfied With clamour thence the rapid currents drive, and recomforted by these relations and proTowards the retreating sea, their furious tide. mises, descends the bill with Michael; wakens Forthwith from out the ark a raven flies,

Eve, who all this while had slept, but with And after him, the surer messenger,

gentle dreams composed to quietness of mind A dove sent forth once and again to spy [light: and submission, Michael in either hand leads Green tree or ground, whereon his foot may them out of Paradise, the fiery sword waring The second time returning, in bis bill

behind them, and the Cherubim taking their An olive-leaf he brings, pecific siga :

stations to guard the place,

As one who in his journey bates at noon, Authority usurp'd, from God not given :
Though bent on speed; so here the arch-angel He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
paus'd

Dominion absolute; that right we hold
Betwixt the world destroy'd and world restor'd, By his donation; but man over men
If Adam aught perhaps might interpose; He made not lord ; such title to himself
Then, with transition sweet, new speech resumes. Reserving, human left from human free.

"Thus thou hast seen one world begin, and But this usurper his encroachment proud And Man, as from a second stock, proceed. (end; Stays not on man; to God his tower intends Much thou hast yet to see; but I perceive

Siege and defiance: wretched man! what food Thy mortal sight to fail ; objects divine Will he convey up thither, to sustain Must needs impair and weary human sense: Himself and his rash army; where thin air Henceforth what is to come I will relate;

Above the clouds will pine bis entrails gross, Thou therefore give due audience, and attend. And famish him of breath, if not of bread ?»

*This second source of men, while yet but few, To whom thus Michael. “Justly thou abhorr's And while the dread of judgment past remains That son, who on the quiet state of men Fresh in their minds, fearing the Deity, Such trouble brought,

affecting to subdue With some regard to what is just and right Rational liberty; yet know withal, Shall lead their lives, and multiply apace ; Since thy original lapse, true liberty Labouring the soil, and reaping plenteous crop, Is lost, which always with right reason dwells Corn, wine, and oil; and, from the herd or flock, Twinn'd, and from her hath no dividual being : Oft sacrificing bullock, lamb, or kid, [feast, Reason in man obscur'd, or not obey'd, With large wine-offerings pour'd, and sacred Immediately inordinate desires, Shall spend their days in joy unblam'd; and And upstart passions, catch the government dwell

From reason; and to servitude reduce Long time in peace, by families and tribes, Man, till then free. Therefore, since he permits Under paternal rule: till one shall rise

Within himself unworthy powers to reign of proud ambitious heart; who, not content Over free reason, God, in judgment just, With fair equality, fraternal state,

Subjects him from without to violent lords; Will arrogate dominion undeserv'd

Who oft as undeservedly enthrall Over his brethren, and quite dispossess, His outward freedom : tyranny must be; Concord and law of nature from the Earth; Though to the tyrant thereby no excuse. Hunting (and men not beastsshall be his game) Yet sometimes nations will decline so low With war, and hostile snare, such as refuse From virtue, which is reason, that no wrong, Subjection to his empire tyrannous :

But justice, and some fatal curse annex'd, A mighty hunter thence he shall be styld Deprives them of their outward liberty ; Before the Lord; as in despite of Heaven,

Their inward lost : witness the irreverent son Or from Heaven, claiming second sovranty; Of him who built the ark; who, for the shame And from rebellion shall derive his name, Done to his father, heard this heavy curse, Though of rebellion others he accuse.

Servant of servants, on his vicious race. He with a crew, whom like ambition joins Thus will this latter, as the former world, With him or under him to tyrannize,

Still tend from bad to worse ; till God at last, Marching from Eden towards the west, shall find Wearied with their iniquities, withdraw The plain, wherein a black bituminous gurge His presence from among them, and avert Boils out from under ground, the mouth of Hell : His holy eyes; resolving from thenceforth Of brick, and of that stuff, they cast to build To leave them to their own polluted ways; A city and tower, whose lop may reach to And one peculiar nation to select Heaven;

From all the rest, of whom to be invok'd, And get themselves a name; lest, far dispers'd A nation from one faithfal man to spring: In foreign lands, their memory be lost; Him on this side Euphrates yet residing, Regardless whether good or evil fame.

Bred up in idol-worship: 0, that men But God, who oft descends to visit men

(Canst thou believe?) should be so stupid Unseen, and through their habitations walks

grown,

[flood, l'o mark their doings, them beholding soon, While yet the patriarch liv'd, who 'scap'd the Comes down to see their city, ere the tower As to forsake the living God, and fall Obstruct Heaven-towers; and in derision sets, To worship their own work in wood and stone Upon their tongues a various spirit, to rase For gods! Yet him God the Most High vouchQuite out their native language; and, instead,

safes Po sow a jangling noise of words unknown : To call by vision, from his father's house, Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud,

His kindred, and false gods, into a land Among

the builders ; each to other calls Which he will show him; and from him wilt Not understood; till hoarse, and all in rage, A mighty nation; and upon him shower (raise As mock'd they storm: great laughter was in His benediction so, that in his seed Heaven,

All nations shall be blest : he straight obeys; And looking down, to see the hubbub strange, Not knowing to what land, yet firm believes : And hear the din: thus was the building left I see him, but thou canst not, with what faith Ridiculous, and the work Confusion nam'd." He leaves his gods, his friends, and native soil,

Whereto thus Adam, fatherly displeas'd. Ur of Chaldæa, passing now the ford *O execrable son ! so to aspire

To Haran; after him a cumbrous train Above his brethren; to himself assuming Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude;

Not wandering poor, but trusting all his wealth Divided, till his rescued gain their shore:
With God, who call'd him, in a land unknown. Such wonderous power God to his saint will lend,
Canaan he now attains ; I see his tents [plain Though present in his angel; who shall go
Pitch'd about Sechem, and the neighbouring Before them in a cloud, and pillar of fire;
Of Moreh; there by promise he receives By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire ;
Gift to his progeny of all that land,

To guide them in their journey, and remove From Hamath northward to the desert south; Behind them, while the obdurate king pursues: (Things by their names I call, though yet un All night he will pursue ; but his approach nam'd ;)

Darkness defends between till morning watch; From Hermon east to the great western sea; Then through the fiery pillar, and the cloud, Mount Hermon, yonder sea ; each place behold God looking forth will trouble all his host, In prospect, as I point them; on the shore And craze their chariot-wheels: when by comMount Carmel; here, the double-founted stream, Moses once more his potent rod extends (mand Jordan, true limit eastward ; but his sons Over the sea; the sea his rod obeys; Shall dwell to Senir, that long ridge of hills. On their embattled ranks the waves return, This ponder, that all nations of the Earth

And overwhelm their war: the race elect Shall in bis seed be blessed : by that seed

Safe towards Canaan from the shore advance Is meant thy great Deliverer, who shall bruise Through the wild desert, not the readiest way; The serpent's head; whereof to thee anon

Lest, entering on the Canaanite alarm'd, Plainlier shall be reveal'd. This patriarch blest, | War terrify them inexpert, and fear Whom faithful Abraham due time sball call, Return them back to Egypt, choosing rather A son, and of his son a grand-child, leaves ; Inglorious life with servitude; for life Like him in faith, in wisdom, and renown: | To noble and ignoble is more sweet The grand-child, with twelve sons increas'd, Untraind in arms, where rashness leads not on, From Canaan, to a land hereafter call's [departs | This also shall they gain by their delay Egypt, divided by the river Nile;

In the wide wilderness; there they shall found See where it flows, disgorging at seven mouths Their government, and their great senate choose Into the sea : to sojourn in that land

Through the twelve tribes, to rule by laws orHe comes, invited by a younger son

dain'd: In time of dearth; a son, whose worthy deeds God from the mount of Sinai, whose gray top Raise him to be the second in that realm

Shall tremble, he descending, will himself
Of Pharaoh : there he dies, and leaves his race In thunder, lightning, and loud trumpets' sound,
Growing into a nation ; 'and, now grown, Ordain them laws; part, such as appertain
Suspected to a sequent king, who seeks

To civil justice; part, religious rites
To stop their overgrowth, as inmate guests Of sacrifice; informing them, by types
Too numerous; whence of guests he makes them And shadows, of that destin'd Seed to bruise
slaves

The serpent, by what means he shall achieve Inhospitably, and kills their infant males: Mankind's deliverance. But the voice of God Till by two brethren (these two brethren call To mortal ear is dreadful: they beseech Moses and Aaron) sent from God to claim

That Moses might report to them his will,
His people from enthralment, they return And terrour cease; he grants what they be-
With glory, and spoil, back to their promis'd Instructed that to God is no access, [sought,
But first, the lawless tyrant, who denies [land. Without mediator, whose high office now
To know their God, or message to regard, Moses in figure bears; to introduce
Must be compelld by signs and judgments dire; Oue greater, of whose day he shall foretel,
To blood unshed the rivers must be turn'd; And all the prophets in their age the times
Frogs, lice, and Aies, must all his palace fill Of great Messiah shall sing. Thus, laws and
With loath'd intrusion, and fill all the land; Establish'd, such delight bath God in men [rights
His cattle must of rot and murren die;

Obedient to his will, that he rouchsafes
Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss, Among them to set up his tabernacle;
And all his people; thunder mix'd with hail, The Holy One with mortal men to dwell :
Hail mix'd with fire, must rend the Egyptian by his prescript a sanctuary is fram'd
sky,

[rolls; Of cedar, overlaid with gold; therein
And wheel on the Earth, devouring where it | An ark, and in the ark his testimony,
What it devours not, herb, or fruit, or grain, The records of his covenant; over these
A dark some cloud of locusts swarming down A mercy-seat of gold, between the wings
Must eat, and on the ground leave nothing green; Of two bright cherubim; before him burn
Darkness must overshadow all his bounds, Seven lamps as in a zodiac representing
Palpable darkness, and blot out three days; The heavenly fires; over the tent a cloud
Last, with one midnight-stroke, all the first-born Shall rest by day, a fiery gleam by night;
Of Egypt must lie dead. Thus with ten wounds Save when they journey, and at length they
The river-dragon tam'd at length subunits Conducted by his angel, to the land. [come,
To let his sojourness depart, and oft

Promis'd to Abraham and his seed :-the rest Humbles his stubborn heart; but still, as ice Were long to tell; how many battles fought; More harden'd after thaw ; till, in his rage How many kings destroy'd; and kingdoms won; Pursuing whom he late dismiss'd, the sea Or how the Sun sball in mid Heaven stand still Swallows him with his host; but them lets pass, A day entire, and night's due course adjour, As on dry land, between two crystal walls; Man's voice commanding, "Sun, in Gibeon. Aw'd by the rod of Moses so to stand

stand,

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