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All nations shall be blest: he straight 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, passing now the ford
To Haran ; after him a cumbrous train:
Of berds and focks, and numerous servitude;
Not wandering poor, but trusting all his wealth
With God, who call’d him, in a land unknown.
Canaan he now attains; I see his tents
Pitch'd about Sechem, and the neighbouring plain
Of Moreh ; there by promise he receives
Gift to his progeny of all that land,
From Hamath northward to the Desart south ;
(Things by their names, I call, though yet unnam'd ;)
From Hermon last to the great western sea;
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
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 seed
Is meant thy great Deliverer, who shall bruise
The Serpent's head; whereof to thee anon
Plainlier shall be reveald. 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 encreas'd, departs
From Canaan, to a land hereafter call's
Egypt, divided by the river Nile;
See where it flows, disgorging at seven mouths
Into the sea : To sojourn 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
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 (these two brethren call
Moses and Aaron) sent from God to claim
His people from enthralment, 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 compell’d by signs and judgements dire ;
To blood unshed the rivers must be turn'd;
Frogs, lice, and flies, must all his palace fill
With loathi'd intrusion, and fill all the land ;
His cattle must of rot and murren die;
Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss
And all his people ; thunder mix'd with hail,

Hail mix'd with fire, must rend the Egyptian sky,
And wheel on the earth, devouring where it rolls;
What it devours not, herb, or fruit, or grain,
A darksome cloud of locusts swarming down
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
Of Egypt must lie dead. Thus with ten wounds
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
Swallows him with his host; 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 :
Snch wonderous power God to his saint will lend,
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 the obdurate king pursues :
All night he will pursue; liut his approach
Darkness defends between till morning watch;
Then through the fiery pillar, and the cloud,
God looking forth will trouble all his host,

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 embattled ranks the waves return,
And overwhelm their war: The race elect
Safe towards Canaan from the shore advance
Through the wild desart, not the readiest way;
Lest, entering 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
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
To civil justice; part, religious 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
To mortal ear is dreadful : They beseech
That Moses might report to them his will,

And terrour cease; he grants what they besought
Instructed that to God is no access
Without Mediator, whose high office now
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 Messiah shall sing. Thus, laws and rites
Establish’d, such delight hath God in Men
Obedient to his will, that he vouchsafes
Among them to set up his tabernacle ;
The Holy One with mortal Men to dwell :
By his prescript a sanctuary is fram'd
Of cedar, overlaid with gold ; therein
An ark, and in the ark his testimony,
The records of his covenant; over these
A mercy-scat of gold, between the wings
Of two bright Cherubim ; before him burn
Seven lamps as in a zodiack representing
The heavenly fires; over the tent a cloud
Shall rest by day, a fiery gleam by night;
Save when they journey, and at length they come,
Conducted by his Angel, to the land
Promis’d to Abraham and his seed:- The rest
Were long to tell; how many battles fought;
How many kings destroy'd; and kingdoms won;
Or how the sun shall in mid Heaven stand still
A day entire, and night's due course adjourn
Man's voice commanding, “Sun, in Gibeon stand,

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