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Conceals him : when twelve years he scarce had seen,
Thus Mary pond'ring oft, and oft to mind 105
115 Had left him vacant, and with speed was gone Up to the middle region of thick air, Where all his potentates in council fat; There without sign of boast, or sign of joy, Solicitous and blank he thus began.
Princes, Heav'n's ancient Sons, ethereal Thrones, Demonian Spirits now, from th' element Each of his reign allotted, rightlier callid Pow'rs of fire, air, water, and earth beneath, So may we hold our place and these mild seats 125 Without new trouble; such an enemy Is risen to invade us, who no less Threatens than our expulsion down to Hell ; I, as I undertook, and with the vote Consenting in full frequence was impower'd, 130
Have found him, view'd him, tasted him, but find
145 Thought none my equal, now be over-match'd.
So Ipake th'old Serpent doubting, and from all With clamor was assur'd their utmost aid At his command ; when from amidst them rose Belial, the diffolutest Spi'rit that fell,
150 The sensuallest, and after Asmodai The fleshliest Incubus, and thus advis'd.
Set women in his eye, and in his walk, Among daughters of men the fairest found; Many are in each region passing fair
155 As the noon sky; more like to Goddesses Than mortal creatures, graceful and discreet, Expert in amorous arts, inchanting tongues Persuasive, virgin majesty with mild And sweet allay'd, yet terrible t'approach, 160 Skill'd to retire, and in retiring draw Hearts after them tangled in amorous neis, Such obje&t hath the pow'r to soft'n and tame Severest temper, smooth the rugged'st brow, Enerve, and with voluptuous hope dissolve, 165
Draw out with credulous desire, and lead
170 And made him bow to the Gods of his wives.
To whom quick answer Satan thus return'd. Belial, in much uneven scale thou weigh'st All others by thyself; because of old Thou thyself doať’dst on womankind,admiring 175 Their shape, their color, and attractive grace, None are, thou think'st, but taken with such toys. Before the flood thou with thy lusty crew, False titled fons of God, roaming the earth Cast wanton eyes on the daughters of men, 180 And coupled with them, and begot a race. Have we not feen, or by relation heard, In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st, In wood or grove by mossy fountain fide, In valley or green meadow, to way-lay 185 Some beauty rare, Califto, Clymene, Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa, Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more Too long, then lay'st thy scapes on names ador'd, Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan,
190 Satir, or Faun, or Sylvan? But these haunts Delight not all; among the sons of men, How many have with a smile made small account Of beauty and her lures, easily scorn'd All her assaults, on worthier things intent?
195 Reinember that Pellean
For Solomon, he liv'd at ease, and full
as the zone of Venus once Wrought that effect on Jove, so fables tell; 215 How would one look from his majestic brow Seated as on the top of virtue's hill, Discount'nance her despis’d, and put to rout All her array; her female pride deject, Or turn to reverent awe? for beauty stands In th’admiration only of weak
minds Led captive; cease to admire, and all her plumes Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy, At every sudden slighting quite abalh'd : Therefore with manlier objects we must try 225 His constancy, with such as have more show Of worth, of honor, glory', and popular praise ; Rocks whereon greatelt men have oftest wreckd; Or that which only seems to satisfy Lawful desires of nature, not beyond ; 230 And now I know he hungers where no food Is to be found, in the wide wilderness; The rest commit to me, I shall let pass No’advantage, and his strength as oft assay.
Heceas’d, and heard their grant in loud acclame; Then forthwith to him takes a chosen band
Of Spirits likeft to himself in guile
Where will this end? four times ten days I've pass'd
255 Without this
body's wasting, I content me,
It was the hour of night, when thus the Son 260
270 Into the desert, and how there he Nept Under a juniper; then how awak'd,