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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,
Though all to shivers dash'd, th' assault renew,
The city which thou seest no other deem
. 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