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Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,
461 When on his shoulders each man's.burden lies
រ For therein stands the office of a king, His honor, virtue, merit and chief praise, That for the public all this weight he bears. 465 Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king ; Which every wife and virtuous man attains : And who attains not, ill aspires to rule Cities of men, or head-strong multitudes, 470 Subject himself to anarchy within, Or lawless passions in him which he ferves. But to guide nations in the way of-truth By saving doctrin, and from error lead To know, and knowing worship God aright, 475 Is yet more kingly ; this attracts the soul, Governs the inner man, the nobler part ; That other o'er the body only reigns, And oft by force, which to a generous mind So reigning can be no sincere delight. Besides to give a kingdom hath been thought Greater and nobler done, and to lay down Far more magnanimous, than to assume. Riches are needless then, both for themselves, And for thy reason why they should be sought, 48.5 To gain a scepter, oftest better miss'd.
The end of the Second Book,
O spake the Son of God, and Satan stood
What to reply, confuted and convinc'd
S With soothing words renew d, him thus accosts.
I fee thou know it what is of use to know, What best to lay canit say, to do canít do ; Thy actions to thy words accord, thy words To thy large heart give utterance due, thy heart 10 Contains of good, wile, just, the perfect shape. Should kings and nations from thy mouth confult, Thy counsel would be as the oracle Urim and Thummim, those oraculous gems On Aaron's breatt ; or tongue of leers old 15 Infallible : or wert thou sought to deeds That might require th’array of war, thy skill Of conduct would be such, that all the world Could not sustain thy prowess, or fubfift In battel, though against thy few in arms. These God-like virtues wherefore dost thou hide, Affecting private life, or more obfcure In favage wilderness ? wherefore deprive All earth her wonder at thy acts, thyielf The fame and glory, glory the reward
25 That fole excites to high attempts, the flame
Of moft erected spi'rits, most temper'd pure
To whom our Saviour calmly thus reply'd.
55 Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise ? His lot who dares be singularly good. Th'intelligent among them and the wise Are few, and glory scarce of few is rais’d. This is true glory and renown, when God Looking on th' earth, with approbation marks