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Then to the desert takes with these his Aight;
l'here, still from shade to shade, the Son of God
After forty days' fasting bad remain'd,
Now hungering first, and to himself thus said :

Where will this end? four times ten days

I've pass'd Wandering this wondy maze, and human food Nor tasted, nor had appetite: that fast To virtue. I impute not, or count part Of what I sutfer here: if nature need noto Or God support nature without repast Though needing, what praise is it to endure ! But now, I feel I hunger, which declares Nature hath need of what she asks; yet God Can satisfy that need some other way, Though hunger still remain: so it remain Without this body's wasting, I content me, And from the sting of famine fear no harm ; Nor mind it. sed with better thoughts, that feed Me hungering more to do my Father's will."

It was the hour of night, when thus the Son
Commun'd in silent walk, then laid him down
Under the hospitable cover nigh
Of trees thick interwoven; there he slept,
And dream'd, as appetite is wont to dream,
Of meats and drinks, nature's refreshment sweet,
Him thought, he by the brook of Cherith stood,
And saw the ravens with their horny beaks
Food to Elijah bringing, even and morn,
Though ravenous, taught to abstain from what

they brought a
He saw the prophet also, how he fled
Into the desert, and how there he slept
Under a juniper; then how awak'd
He found bis supyer on the coals prepard,
And by the angel was bid rise and eat,
And eat the second time after repose, ,
The strength whereof suffic'd him forty dayne
angelimes that with Elijah he partouk.

Or :46 a guest with Daniel at his pulse.
Thus wore ont night; and now the herald lart
Jieft his ground-nest, high towering to descry
The morn's approach, and greet her with his songs
As lightly from his grassy couch up-rose
Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream ;
Fastirg he went to sleep, and fasting wak'd.
Up to a hill anon his steps he rear’d,
From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw i
Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
Wit chat of tuneful birds, resounding loud :
Thi her he bent his way, determin'd there
To rest at noon, and enter'd soon the shade
High roof'd, and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
That open'd in the midst a woody scene;
Nature's own work it seem'd, (nature taught art,)
kand, to a superstitious eye, the haunt [round,
Uf wood-gods and wood-nymphs : he view'd 'it
When suddenly a man before him stood ;
Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad,
As one in city, or court, or palace bred,
And with fair speech these words to him address'd :

“ With granted leave officious I return,
But much more wonder that the Son of God
In this wild solitude so long should bide,
Of all things destitute; and well I know,
Not without hunger. Others of some note,
As story tells, have trod this wilderness ;
The fugitive bond-woman, with her son,
Outcast Nebaioth yet found here relief
By providing angel ; all the race
of Israel here had famish'd, had not God
Rain'd from heuven manna ; and that prophet

bold, Native of Thebez, wandering here was fed Twice by a voice inviting him to eat &

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Of thee these forty days none hath regard,
Forty and more deserted here indeed. (hence ?

To whom thus Jesus: "What conclud'st thou
They all had need ; I, as thou seest, have none.
“ How hast thou hunger then ?" Satan replied.
“ Tell me, if food were now before thee set,
Wouldst thou not eat?". _“ Thereafter as I like
The giver," answer'd Jesus. “ Why should that
Cause thy refusal ?" said the subtle fiend.
“ Hast thou not right to all created things ?
Owe not all creatures by just right to the
Duty and service, nor to stay till bid,
But tender all their power? Nor mention I
Neats by the law unclean, or offer'd first
To idols, those young Daniel could refuse ;
Nor proffer'd by an enemy, though who
Would scruple that, with want oppress'd ? Behold
Nature asham'd, or, better to express,
Troubled, that thou shouldst hunger, hath purvey'd
From all the elements her choicest store,
To treat thee, as beseems, and as her Lord,
With honour : only deign to sit and eat."

de spake no dream; for as his words had end, Our Saviour lifting up his eyes beheld, In ample space under the broadest shade, A table richly spread, in regal mode, With dishes pil'd, and meats of noblest sort And savour; beasts of chase, or fowl of game, In pastry built, or from the spit, or hoil'd, Gris-amber-steam'd; all fish, from sea or shore Freshet or purling brouk, or shell or fin, And exquisitest name, for which was drain'd Pontus, and Lucrine bay, and Afric coast. Alas! how simple to these cates compar'd, Was that crude apple that diverted Eve!) And at a stately sideboard, by the wine That fragrant smell diffusd, in order stoud Tal stripling yonths rich clad, of fairer hue 'n han Ganymed 0 Hylas; distant edry

Under the trees, now tripp'd, now solemn stood,
Nymphs of Diana's train, and Naiades,
With fruits and flowers, from Amalthea's horn,
Any ladies of the Hesperides, that seem'd
Fairer than feignid of old, or fabled since
Of faery damsels, met in forest wide
By knights of Logres, or of Lyones,
Lancelot, or Pelleas, or Pellenore,
And all the while harmonious.airs were hearå,
Of chiming strings, or charming pipes ;, and windo,
Of gentle-t gale Arabian vdours fanu'd
From their soft wings, and Flora's earliest smells &
Such was the splendour; and the Tempter now
His invitation earnestly renew'd :

6. What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat ?
These are not fruits forbidden; no interdict
Defends the touching of these viands pure ;
Their tasie no knowledge works, at least of eyil,
But life preserves, destroys life's enemy,
Hunger, with sweet restorative delight.
All these are spirits of air, and woods, and spring,
Thy gentle ministers, who come to pay
Thee homage, and acknowledge thee their Lord ;
What doubt'st thon, Son of God ? Sit down and

To whom thus Jesus temperately replied : “ Said'st thou not that to all things I had right? And who withholds my power that rig!ıt to use ? Shall I receive by, gift what of my own, When and where likes me best, I can command ? I can at will, doulit not, as soon as thou, Command a table in this wilderness, And call swift lights of angels ministrant Array'd in glory on my cup to attend : Why shouldst thou then obtrude this diligence, In vain, where no acceptance it can find ? And with my hungur what last thou to do ? Thy pompous delicacies I contemn, And count thy specious gifts no gifts, but guiles."


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To whom thus answer'd Satan 'malcontent: “ That I have also power to give, thou seest: If of that power I bring thee voluntary What I might have bestow'd on whom I pleas'dh, And rather opportunely in this place Chose to impart to thy apparent need, Why shouldst thou not accept it ? but I see What I can do or offer is suspect; Of these things others quickly will dispose, Whose pains have earn'd the far-fet spoil." With Both table and provision vanish'd quite (thas With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard : Only the importune Tempter still remain

d, And with these words his temptation pursued :

By hunger, that each other creature tames, Thou art not to be harm'd, therefore not mot'a ; Thy temperance invincible besides, For no allurement yields to appetite; And all thy heart is set on high designs, High actions, but wherewith to be achiev'a , Great acts require great means of enterprise ; Thou art unknown, unfriended, low of birth, A carpenter thy father known, thyself Bred up in poverty and straits at home, Lost in a desert here and hunger bit': Which way, or from what hope, dost thou aspiri To greatness whence authority derivest? What followers, what retinne, canst thou gain, Or at thy heels the dizzy multitnde, Longer than thou canst feed them on thy cost ? Money brings honour, friends, conquest, and

realms : What raised Antipater the Edomite, And his son Herod plac'd on Judah's throne, Thy throne, but gold that got him puissant friends? Therefore, if at great things thou wouldst arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me: Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand ;

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