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345; 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires : 'Till, as a signal giv'n, th’up-lifted spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Their course, in even balance down they light On the firm brimstone, and fill all the plain : 350 A multitude ! like which the populous north Pour'd never from her frozen loins, to pass RHENE or the DanAw, when her barbarous fons Came like a deluge on the south, and spread Beneath GIBRALTER to the LIBYAN sands.
355 Forthwith from ev'ry squadron, and each band, The Head and Leaders thither hafte where stood Their great Commander; God-like shapes and forms Excelling human, Princely Dignities, And Pow'rs! that earst in heaven sat on thrones; 360 , Tho' of their names in heav'nly records now Be no memorial; blotted out and raz'd, By their rebellion, from the books of life. Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve
364 Got them new names ; till wand'ring o'er the earth, Thro' God's high sufferance for the tryal of man, By falsities and lies the greatest part Of mankind they corrupted, to forsake God their Creator, and th' invisible Glory of Him that made them, to transform
370 Oft to the image of a brute, adorn'd With gay religions full of pomp and gold, And Devils to adore for Deities : Then were they known to men by various names, And various idols thro' the heathen world.
Say, Muse, their names then known; who first, who last, Rouz'd from the slumber on that fiery couch, At their great Emp’ror's call, as next in worth Came singly where he stood, on the bare strand, While the promiscuous crowd stood yet aloof? 'The chief were those who, from the pit of hell Roaming to seek their prey on earth, durft fix Their seats long after next the seat of GOD, Their altars by His ar, Gods ador'd Among the nations round, and durft abide
385 JEHOVAH thund'ring out of Sion, thron'd Between the Cherubim ; yea, often plac'd Within His fanctuary itself their shrines, Abominations ! and with cursed things His holy rites and folemn feafts profan'd,
390 And with their darkness durft affront his light. First Moloch, horrid King, besmear'd with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears ; Tho', for the noise of drums and timbrels loud, Their childrens cries unheard, that past thro’ fire 395 To his grim idol. Him the AMMONITE Worthip'd in RABBA, and her war'ry plain, In Argos, and in Basan, to the ftream Of utmost ARNON. Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood, the wifest heart
400 Of SOLOMON he led by fraud, to build His temple right against the temple of God,, On the opprobrious hill; and nade his grove The pleasant valley of HINNOM, Tophet thence And black Gehenna call'd, the type of hell. 4.05 Next Chemos, th' obscene dread of MOAB's fons, From Aroar to Nebo, and the Wild Of southmoft ABARIM; in HESEBON And HORONAIM, SEON's realm, beyond *The flow'ry dale of Sibma, clad with vines ; 410 And ELEALE, to th’ ASPHALTICK pool : Peor his other name, when he entic'd ISRAEL' in Sittim, on their march from Nile, To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
Yet thence his luftful Orgies he inlarg'd
425 Not tyd or manacled with joint or limb, Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones, Like cumbrous flesh; but in what shape they chuse, Dilated or condens'd, brightor obscure, Can execute their airy purposes,
430 And works of love or enmity fulfil.) For those the race of Israel oft forsook Their living strength, and unfrequented left His righteous altar, bowing lowly down To bestial Gods; for which their heads as low
435 Bow'd down in battle, sunk before the spear Of despicable Foes. With these in troop Came` ASTORETH, whom the PHOENICIANS call'd Astarte, Queen of heaven, with crescent horns : To whose bright image nightly by the moon, SIDONIAN virgins paid their vows and songs ; In Sion also not unsung, where ftood Her temple on th' offensive mountain, built By that uxorious King, whose heart, tho' large, Beguild by fair idolatreffes, fell
445 To idols foul. THAMMUZ came next behind, Whose annual wound in LEBANON allur'd The SYRIAN damsels, to lament his fate In am'rous ditties all a summer's day ; While fmooth ADONIS from his native rock
450 Ran purple to the sea, suppos'd with blood OF THAMMUZ yearly wounded : the love tale Infected Sion's daughters with like heat; Whose wanton passions in the facred porch
Ezekiel faw, when by the vision led,
455 His eyes survey'd the dark idolatries Of alienated JUDAH. Next came one Who mourn'd in earnest, when the captive Ark Maim'd his brute image, heads and hands lopp'd off In his own temple, on the grünsel edge, Where he fell fat, and sham'd his worshippers, Dagon his name ; sea-monster! upward man, And downward fish ; yet had his temple high Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the coast OF PALÆSTINE, in Gath, and ASCALON, 465 And ACCARON, and Gaza's frontier bounds. Him follow'd RIMMON, whose delightful seat Was fair DAMASCUS, on the fertil banks Of ABBANA, and PHARPHAR, lucid streams ! He also 'gainst the house of God was bold:
470 A leper once he loft, and gain'd a King, AHAZ, his sottish conqueror, whom he drew God's altar to disparage, and difplace, For one of SYRIAN mode, whereon to burn His odious off rings, and adore the Gods
475 Whom he had vanquishod. After these appear'd A crew, who under names of old renown, OSIRIS, Isis, Orus, and their train, With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd Fanatic Ægypt, and her priests, to feek Their wandring Gods difguis'd in brutish forms, Rather than human. Nor did ISRAEL 'scape 'Th' infection, when their borrow'd gold compos'd The calf in OREB; and the rebel King Doubled that fin in Bethel, and in DAN,
485 Lik’ning his Maker to the grazing ox, JEHOVAH! who in one night, when he passid From Ægypt marching, equald with one stroke Both her first-born and all her bleating Gods. BELIAL came last, than whom a spirit more lewd Fell not from heaven, or more grois to love Vice for it self: to him no temple ftood, Oraltar smok’d; yet who more oft than he In temples, and at altars, when the priest
Turns atheists, as did Eli's sons, who fill'd
495 With luft and violence the house of God? In courts and palaces he also reigns, And in luxurious cities, where the noise Of riot ascends above their loftieft tow'rs, And injury, and outrage: and when night
500 Darkens the streets, then wander forth the fons Of BELIAL, flown with insolence and wine : Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night In Gibeah, when the hospitable door Expos’d a matron, to avoid worse rape.
:50 These were the prime, in order and in might; The rest were long to tell, tho' far renown'd, Th’Ionian Gods, of Javan's issue, held Gods, yet confess'd later than heav'n and earth, Their boasted parents. Titan, (heav'n's first-born;) With his enormous brood, and birthright seiz'd 517 By younger SATURN; he from mightier Jove, (His own and Rhea's son,) like measure found ; So Jove usurping reign'd: these first in Crete, And Ida known; thence on the snowy top
515 Of cold OLYMPUS rul'd the middle air, Their highest heav'n ; or on the DeLPHIAN cliff, Or in Dodona, and thro' all the bounds OF Doric land ; or who with SATURN old Fled over ADRIA to th' HESPERIAN fields,
520 And o'er the Celtic roam'd the utmost isles.
All these and more came flocking, but with looks Down-cast and damp; yet such wherein appear’d Obscure some glimpse of Joy, to have found their Chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not loft
525 In lofs itself; which on his count'nance caft Like doubtful hue ; but he his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance, gently rais'd Their fainting courage, and dispeli'd their fears. Then straight commands that at the warlike found Of trumpets loud, and clarions, be uprear'd