Milton - PR3550 D77 1777 M2

8 1PA'13-4DISE REG AIN'D. BooKII. AcComplifb what they did, perhaps and more ? Extol nut riches then, the toil of fools, The mile man's cumbrance if not fnare, more apt To slacken virtue, and abate her edge, 455 Than prompt her to do ought may merit praife. What it with like averfion I reject Riches and realms ; yet not for that a crown, pIden in Chow, is but a wreath of thorns, Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and tleeplefs nights To him who wears the regal. diadem, 461 When on his (boulders each man's burden lies ; For therein flands the office of a king, pis honor, virtue, merit, and chief praife, That for-the public all this weight he bears. 465 Yet he who reigns within himfelf, and rules Papions, defires, and fears, is more a king ; Which every wife and, virtuous man attains : And who attains not, ill afpires to rule Cities of men, or headfirong multitudes, - 41P Subjea himfelf to anarchy within, Of tawlefs paffions in him which he ferves. But to guide nations in the way of truth :3y laving doarine, and from error lead o know, and knowing worfhip God aright, 475. Is yet more kingly ; this attraas the foul, Governs the inner man, the nobler part ; '1 hat other o'er the body only reigns, And oft by force, which to a generous mind §o reigning can be no fiucere delight. 480 Befides to give a kingdom hath been thought greater and nobler done, and to lay down Far mare magnanimous, than to affume. ictes are needle is then, both for themfelves, And for thy reason why they fhould be fought, 485 gain a sceptre, oftett better thifed. THE END OF THE SECOND BOOK.