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Still tend from bad to worse, till God,at last,
Wearied with their iniquities, withdraw
His presence from among them, and avert
His holy eyes; resolving from thenceforth
To leave them to their own polluted ways; 110
And one peculiar nation to select
From all the rest, of whom to be invok’d;
A nation from one faithful man to spring:
Him on this side Euphrates yet residing,
Bred up in idol-worship; O that men

(Canst thou believe?) should be so stupid grown,
While yet the patriarch liv’d, who scap'd the flood,
As to forsake the living God, and fall
To worship their own work in wood and stone
For Gods! yet him God the most High vouchsafes 120
To call by vision, from his father's house,
His kindred and false Gods, into a land
Which he will show him, and from him will raise
A mighty nation, and upon him shower
His benediction so, that in his feed
All nations shall be blest; he strait obeys,
Not knowing to what land, yet firm believes:
I see him, but thou canst not, with what faith
He leaves his Gods, his friends, and native soil,
Ur of Chaldæa, paslıng now the ford

130 To Haran, after him a cumbrous train Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude; Not wand'ring poor, but trusting all his wealth Еее




With God, who call’d him, in a land unknown.
Canaan he now attains; I see his tents

Pitch'd about Sechem, and the neighb'ring plain
Of Moreh; there by promise he receives
Gift to his progeny of all that land,
From Hamath northward to the desert south,
(Things by their names I call, though yet unnamid)
From Hermon east to the great western sea; 141
Mount Hermon, yonder sea, each place behold
In prospect, as I point them; on the shore
Mount Carmel; here the double-founted stream
Jordan, true limit eastward; but his sons 145
Shall dwell to Senir, that long ridge of hills.
This ponder, that all nations of the earth
Shall in his seed be blessed; by that feed
Is meant thy great deliverer, who shall bruise
The Serpent's head; whereof to thee anon 150
Plainlier shall be reveal’d. This patriarch blest,
Whom faithful Abraham due time shall call,
A son, and of his son a grand-child leaves,
Like him in faith, in wisdom, and renown;
The grand-child, with twelve sons increas'd, departs
From Canaan, to a land hereafter callid 15
Egypt, divided by the river Nile;
See where it flows, disgorging at sev’n mouths
Into the sea: to fojourn in that land

He comes invited by a younger son, . In time of dearth; a son whose worthy deeds

Raise him to be the second in that realm
Of Pharaoh: there he dies, and leaves his race
Growing into a nation, and now grown
Suspected to a sequent king, who seeks 165
To stop their overgrowth, as inmate guests
Too numerous; whence,of guests, he makes them slaves,
Inhospitably, and kills their infant males:
Till by two brethren (those two brethren call
Moses and Aaron) sent from God to clame 170
His people from inthralment, they return,
With glory and spoil back to their promis'd land.
But first the lawless tyrant, who denies
To know their God, or message to regard,
Must be compellid by signs and judgments dire; 175
To blood unshed the rivers must be turn'd;
Frogs, lice, and flies must all his palace fill
With loath'd intrusion, and fill all the land;
His cattel must of rot and murren die;
Botches and blains must all his flesh imboss, 180
And all his people; thunder mix'd with hail,
Hail mix'd with fire, must rend th’Egyptian sky,
And wheel on th’earth, devouring where it rolls;
What it devours not, herb, or fruit, or grain,
A darksome cloud of locusts swarming down 185
Must eat, and on the ground leave nothing green;
Darkness must overshadow all his bounds,
Palpable darkness, and blot out three days;
Last with one midnight stroke, all the first-born
Eee 2


Of Egypt must lie dead. Thus with ten wounds 190
The river-dragon tam’d, at length submits
To let his sojourners depart, and oft
Humbles his stubborn heart, but still as ice
More harden'd after thaw, till in his rage
Pursuing whom he late dismiss'd, the sea 195
Swallows him with his hoft; but them lets pass,
As on dry land, between two crystal walls,
Aw'd by the rod of Moses so to stand
Divided, till his rescued gain their shore:
Such wondrous pow'r God to his saint will lend, 200
Though present in his Angel, who shall go
Before them in a cloud, and pillar of fire,
By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire,
To guide them in their journey, and remove
Behind them, while th’obdurate king pursues: 205
All night he will pursue, but his approach
Darkness defends between till morning watch;
Then, through the fiery pillar and the cloud,
God looking forth will trouble all his hoft,
And craze their chariot wheels:, when, by command
Moses once more his potent rod extends

Over the sea; the sea his rod obeys;
On their imbattel'd ranks the waves return,
And overwhelm their war: the race elect
Safe towards Canaan from the shore advance 21
Through the wild desert; not the readiest way,
Lest entring on the Canaanite alarm’d,


War terrify them inexpert, and fear
Return them back to Egypt, choosing rather
Inglorious life with servitude; for life

To noble and ignoble is more sweet
Untrain’d in arms, where rashness leads not on.
This also shall they gain by their delay
In the wide wilderness, there they shall found
Their government, and their great senate choose, 225
Through the twelve tribes, to rule by laws ordain'd:
God from the mount of Sinai, whose gray top
Shall tremble, he descending, will himself
In thunder, lightning, and loud trumpets sound,
Ordain them laws; part such as appertain 230
To civil justice, part religiqus rites
Of sacrifice, informing them, by types
And shadows, of that destin'd Seed to bruise
The Serpent, by what means he shall achieve
Mankind's deliverance. But the voice of God 235
To mortal ear is dreadful; they beseech
That Moses might report to them his will,
And terror cease; he grants what they besought,
Instructed that to God is no access .
Without mediator; whose high office now 240
Moses in figure bears, to introduce
One greater, of whose day he shall foretel,
And all the prophets in their age the times
Of great Messi ah shall sing. Thus laws and rites
Establish'd, such delight hath God in men 245


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