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THE

FOURTH BOOK

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P A R A D I S E

R E G A I N’D.

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R E G AI N’D.

BOOK IV.

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ERPLEX'D and troubled at his bad success

The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply, Discover'd in his fraud, thrown from his hope So oft, and the persuasive rhetoric That sleek'd his tongue, and won so much on Eve, 5 So little here, nay lost; but Eve was Eve, This far is over-match, who self-deceiv'd And rash, before-hand had no better weigh'd The strength he was to cope with, or his own: But as a man who had been matchless held In cunning, over-reach'd where least he thought, To salve his credit, and for very spite, Still will be tempting him who foils him still, And never cease, though to his shame the more; Or as a swarm of flies in vintage time,

15 About the wine-press where sweet must is pour’d, Beat off, returns as oft with humming sound; Or surging waves against a solid rock,

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Though all to shivers dash'd, th' assault renew,
Vain batt'ry, and in froth or bubbles end;
So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
Met ever, and to shameful silence brought,
Yet gives not o'er though desp’rate of success,
And his vain importunity pursues.
He brought our Saviour to the western side

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Of that high mountain, whence he might behold
Another plain, long but in breadth not wide,
Wash'd by the southern sea, and on the north
To equal length back'd with a ridge of hills,
That screen'd the fruits of th' earth and seats of men 30
From cold Septentrion blasts, thence in the midst
Divided by a river, of whose banks
On each side an imperial city stood,
With tow’rs and temples proudly elevate
On sev'n small hills, with palaces adorn’d, 35
Porches and theatres, baths, aqueducts,
Statues and trophies, and triumphal arcs,
Gardens and groves presented to his eyes,
Above the highth of mountains interpos’d:
By what strange parallax or optic skill

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Of vision multiply'd through air, or glass
Of telescope, were curious to inquire:
And now the Tempter thus his silence broke.

The city which thou seest no other deem
Than great and glorious Rome, queen of the earth
So far renown'd, and with the spoils enrich'd 46

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. 69 Of nations; there the capitol thou seest Above the rest lifting his stately head On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel Impregnable, and there mount Palatine, Th’imperial palace, compass huge, and high The stucture, skill of noblest architects, With gilded battlements, conspicuous far, Turrets and terrases, and glitt'ring spires. Many a fair edifice besides, more like

55 Houses of Gods, (so well I have dispos’d My aery microscope) thou may'st behold Outside and inside both, pillars and roofs, Cary'd work, the hand of fam'd artificers In cedar, marble, ivory or gold.

60 Thence to the gates cast round thine eye, and see

, What conflux issuing forth, or entring in, Pretors, proconsuls to their provinces Hasting, or on return, in robes of state; Lictors and rods, the ensigns of their pow'r, 65 Legions and cohorts, turms of horse and wings: Or embassies from regions far remote In various habits on the Appian road, Or on th’Emilian, some from farthest south, Syene', and where the shadow both way falls, 70 Meroe Nilotic ile, and more to west, The realm of Bocchus to the Black-moor sea; From th’ Asian kings and Parthian among these, From India and the golden Chersonese, E 2

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