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ARGUMENT. OP THB SECOND BOOK. Mammon, alighting on the Holy Mount,
assumes the form and dimeter of a Levite, and under that appearance
goes in search of Judas Iscariot. He meets that disciple most
opportunely for his purpose in a solitary place, and, entering into
conversation with him, pretends a commission from the priests and
elders for engaging him in their service, with a promise of a
reward, and urges many insidious arguments for detaching him from
his Master: They separate with a promise on the part of Judas to
report his final answer to the priests that evening. Christ a now
brought to view sitting in the midst of his disciples at his Last
Supper: He addresses them in those solemn and affecting terms
recorded in the Gospel of Saint John, washes their feet, foretels
his death, And points out to them his betrayer in the person of
Judas, then present: The traitor, perceiving himself discovered,
hastily departs. Christ, pitying the affliction of his disciples,
tenderly consoles them with the promise of his support under their
future tribulations, and concludes with an awful invocation to the
Father in their behalf; whereupon, warning them that his hour is
Come, he goes forth to the garden. A reflection naturally springing
from the subject, addressed to unbelievers, closes the book. .
CALVARY, andc. BOOK II. THE LAST StPPER. JN OW, on the consecrated
Mount of God,, . Mammon, invisible to mortal eye, Stooping the wing
from his aerial height, With feet unhallow'd, lands; a direful
pest, Farthest from heav'n of all that out-cast crew Who fell from
bliss; fit messenger was he, And fatal was their choice who sent
him forth To work corruption's purpose in man's heart; For in his
pow'r excelling, he can take The semblance of each virtue, shift
each form, And turn ...
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