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Idolatrous. But when his purpose is
So spake our Saviour; but the subtle fiend, 465 Though inly stung with anger and disdain, Dissembled, and this answer smooth return’d.
Sharply thou hast insisted on rebuke, And urg'd me hard with doings, which not will, But misery, hath wrested from me; where 470 Easily canst thou find one miserable,
456 ceas’d] Juv. Sat. vi. 554.
• Delphis oracula cessant.
And not enforc'd ofttimes to part from truth;
To whom our Saviour with unalter'd brow.
478 Hard] Sil. Ital. iv. 605.
- perque aspera duro Nititur ad laudem virtus interrita clivo.' Dunster. 487 atheous] Cicero, speaking of Diagoras, ' Atheos qui dictus est.' De Nat. D. i. 23. • Atheal is not uncommon in old English. Dunster, Todd.
He added not; and Satan, bowing low His gray dissimulation, disappear’d Into thin air diffus'd: for now began Night with her sullen wings to double-shade 500 The desart ; fowls in their clay nests were couch’d; And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.
MEANWHILE the new-baptiz'd, who yet remain'd At Jordan with the Baptist, and had seen Him whom they heard so late expressly call?d Jesus, Messiah, Son of God declar'd, And on that high authority had believ'd, And with him talk'd, and with him lodg'd; I mean Andrew and Simon, famous after known, With others though in holy writ not nam’d, Now missing him their joy so lately found, (So lately found, and so abruptly gone,)
10 Began to doubt, and doubted many days, And, as the days increas’d, increas'd their doubt: Sometimes they thought he might be only shown, And for a time caught up to God, as once Moses was in the Mount, and missing long; And the great Thisbite, who on fiery wheels Rode up to heav'n, yet once again to come.
6 mean] See this expression in Harington's Ariosto, xxxi. 46. · I mean Renaldo's House of Montalbane ; and st. 55. • I mean the cruel Pagan Rodomont.' Newton. 13 shown] Virg. Æn. vi. 870.
Ostendent terris hunc tantum fata.'
Therefore as those young prophets then with care
Unlookiam what high hand plaints out
23 broad] · Broad' is not opposed to long, but means "large ;' in this sense it is often used by the old English poets; and thus their modern imitator, 'He knew her of broad lands the heir. Marmion, c. ï. st. xxvii. The lake of Genezaret is eighteen miles long, and only five broad.
25 Jordan] Giles Fletcher's Christ's Victorie and Triumph, ed. 1632, p. 49:
Or whistling reeds, that rutty Jordan laves. A. Dyce. 27 no greater] Spenser in the beginning of Sheph. Cal.
"A shepherd's boy, no better do him call.' Newton. 30 what] So first edition; in most others, “that.' Newton.