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The subject proposed. Invocation of the Holy Spirit. The poem opens with John baptizing at the river Jordan. Jesus coming there is baptized; and is attested by the descent of the Holy Ghost, and by a voice from heaven, to be the Son tit Cine Satan, who is present, upon this immediately flies un into the regions of the air; where, summoning his infernal council, he acquaints them them with his apprehensions that Jesus is that seed of the woman destined to destroy all their power, and points out to them the immediate necessity of bringing the matter to proof, and of attempting, by snares and fraud, to counteract and defeat the person from wnoin they have so much to dread. This office he offers himself to undertake; and, his offer being accepted, sets out on his enterprise. In the meantime in the assembly of holy angels, declares that he has given up his Son to be tempte by Satan; but foretells that the tempter shall be completely defeated by him: upon which the angels sing a hymn of tri umph. Jesus is led up by the Spirit into the wilderness, while he is meditating on the commencement of his great ffice of Saviour of mankind. Pursuing his meditation he parrates, in a soliloquy, w what divine and philanthropic im pulses he had felt from his early youth, and how his mother Mary, on perceiving these dispositions in him, had acquainted him with the circumstances of his birth, and informed him that he was no less a person than the Son of God; to which he adds what his own inquiries and reflections had supplied in confirmation of this great truth, and particular ly dwells on the recent attestation of it at the river Jordan Our Lord passes forty days, fasting, in the wilderness where the wild beasts become mild and harmless in his prewith our Lord, wondering what could have brought him alone into so dangerous a place, and at the same time professing to recognize him for
Satan now a disccer the form of an old pea
with a description of the difficulty of supporting life in the wilderness; and entreats Jesus, if he be really the Son of God, to manifest his divine power by changing some of the stones into bread. Jesus reproves him, and at the same time tells him that he knows who he is. Satar instantly
avob a to resusda ni bus b'nego novas
avows himself, and offers an artful apology for himseif and his conduct. Our blessed Lord-severely reprimands him, and refutes every part of his justification. Satan, with much semblance of humility, still endeavours to justify himself; and professing his admiration of Jesus, and his regard for virtue, requests to be permitted, at a future time, to hear more of his conversation; but is answered, that this mus be as he shall find permission from above. Satan then dis appears, and the book closes with a short description night coming on in the desert.
I, WHO erewhile the happy garden sung
By one man's firm obedience fully tried
And Eden rais'd in the waste wilderness.
Thou Spirit, who ledd'st this glorious eremite nto the desert, his victorious field,
Against the spiritual foe, and brought'st him thence
With prosperous wing full summ'd, to tell of deeds
And unrecorded left through many an age;
Now had the great proclaimer, with a voice