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Their children's cries unheard, that pass'd though fira,
To his grim idol. ) Him the Ammonite i ; **, 396
Worship’d in Rabba and her watery plain,
In Argob and in Basan, to the stream
Of utmost Arnon; Nor content with such
Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart 400
Of Solomon he led by fraud to build
His temple right against the temple of God
On that opprobrious hill: and made his grove

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And black Gehenna callid, the type of Hell. 405
Next, Chemos, the obscene dread of Moab's sons, T:
From Aroer to Nebo, and the wild
Of southmost Abarim ; in Hesebon
And Horonaim, Seon's realm, beyond
The flowery dale of Sibma clad with vines; 410
And Eleale to the Asphaltic pool.
Peor his other name, when he enticed
Israel in Sittim, on their march from Nile,
To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarged

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Even to that hill of scandal, by the grovo
Of Moloch homicide ; lust hard by hate ;
Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell.
With these canie they, who, from the bordering flood
Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts

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Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names
Of Baalim and Asḥtaroth; those male,
These feminine ; For Spirits, when they please,
Can either sex assume, or both; so soft
And uncompounded is their essence pure ,

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Not tied or manacled with joint or limb,
Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones,
Like cumbrous flesh ; but, in what shape thoy choose,
Dilated or condensed,'bright or obscure,
Can exec'ite their aery purposes,

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And works of love or ennrity fulfil.
For those the race of Israol oft forsook

Their Living Strength, and unfrequented loft
His righteous altar, bowing lowly down
To bestial Gods; for which their heads as low 435
Bow'd down in battle, sunk before the spear
Of despicable foes. With these in troop
Came Astoreth, whom the Phænicians callid
Astarté, queen of Heaven, with crescent horns
To whose bright image nightly by the moon

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Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs;
In Sion also not unsung, where stood
Her temple on the offensive mountain, built
By that uxorious king, whose heart, though large,
Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell

445 To idols foul. Thammuz came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties all a summer's day; While smooth Adonis from his native rock 450 Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love tale Infected Sion's daughters with like heat; Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch Ezekiel saw, when, by the vision led,

45* His eye survey'd the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah. Next came one Who mourn’d in earnest, when the captive ark Maim'd his brute image, head and hands lopp'd off In his own temple, on the grunsel edge,

460 Where he fell flat, and shamed his worshippers : Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man And downward fish : yet had his temple high Rear'd in Azotus, dreaded through the coast Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon,

465 And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds. Him follow'd Rimmon, whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks Of Abbana and Pharphar, lucid streains. He also against the house of God was bold. 470

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A leper once he lost, and gain'd a king;
Ahaz, his sottish conqueror, whom he drew
God's altar to disparage, and displace,
For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn
His odious offerings, and adore the Gods

475 • Whom he had vanquish’d. After these appear'd

A crew, who, under names of old renown,
..Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train,

With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused
Fanatic Egypt, and her priests to seek

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Their wandering Gods disguised in brutish forms
Rather than human. Nor did Israel scape
The infection, when their borrow'd gold composed
The calf in Oreb; and the rebel king
Doubled that sin in Bethel and in Dan,

485 Likening his Maker to the grazed ox; Jehovah, who in one night, when he pass’d From Egypt marching, equal’d with one stroke Both her first-born and all her bleating Gods. Belial camo last, than whom a Spirit more lewd 490 Fell nt from Heaven, or more gross to love Vice for itself: to him no temple stood Or altar smoked: yet who more oft than he In temples and at altars, when the priest Turns atheist, as did Eli's sons, who fill’d 495 With lust and violence the house of God ? In courts and palaces he also reigns, And in luxurious cities, where the noise Of riot ascends above their loftiest towers, And injury and outrage: And when night 500 Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night In Gibeah, when the hospitable door Exposed a matron, to avoid worse rape.

505 These were the prime in order, and in might; The rest were long to tell, though far renown'd, The Ionian Gods, of Javan's issue; held

Gods, yet confess'd later than Heaven and Earth,
Their boasted parents : Titan, Heaven's first-born,510
With his enormous brood, and birthright seized
By younger Saturn; he from mightier Jove,
His own and Rhea's son, like measure found;
So Jove usurping reign'd. these first in Crete
And Ida known, thence on the snowy top

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Of cold Olympus ruled the middle air,
Their highest Heaven; or on the Delphian cliff,
Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds
Of Doric land; or who with Saturn old
Fled over Adria to the Hesperian fields,

520 And o'er the Celtic roam'd the utmost isles.

All these and more came flucking; but with looks Downcast and damp; yet such wherein appear'd Obscure some glimpse of joy, to have found their Chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost 525 In loss itself: which on his countenancc cast Like doubtful hue : but he, his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance, gently raised Their fainting courage, and dispell’d their fears. 530 Then straight commands, that at the warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions be uprear'd His mighty standard : that proud honour claim'd Azazel as his right, a Cherub tall; Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd

535 The imperial ensign; which, full high advanced, Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind, With gems and golden lustre rich emblazed, Seraphic arms and trophies; all the while Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds:

540 At which the universal host up sent A shout, that tore Hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air

545 With orient colours waving with them roso

A forest huge of spears; and thronging helms
Appear d, and serried shields in thick array
Of depth immeasurable: Anon they move
In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood

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Of Autes and soft recorders; such as raised
To height of noblest temper heroes old
Arming to battle ; and instead of rage
Deliberate valour breathed, firm and unmoved
With dread of death to flight or foul retreat ; 555
Nor wanting power to mitigate and suage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase
Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain
From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they,
Breathing united force, with fixed thought, 560
Moved on in silence to soft pipes, that charm’d
Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil: and now
Advanced in view they stand; a horrid front
Of dreadful length and dazzling arms, in guise
Of warriors old with order'd spear and shield; 565
Awaiting what command their mighty Chief
Flad to impose : He through the armed files
Darts his experienced eye, and soon traverse
The whole battalion views; their order due ;
Their visages and stature as of Gods;

570 Their number last he sums. And now his heart Distends with pride, and hardening in his strength Glories : for never, since created man, Met such imbodied force, as named with these Could merit more than that small infantry 575 Warr’d on by cranes; though all the giant brood Of Phlegra with the heroic race were join'd That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side Mix'd with auxiliar Gods; and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther's son

580 Begirt with British and Armoric knights ; And all who since, baptized or infidel, Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalban, Dumasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond,

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