Calvary, or the Death of Christ, Vol. 1

Calvary, or the Death of Christ, Vol. 1

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Excerpt from Calvary, or the Death of Christ, Vol. 1: A Poem, in Eight Books

After a short introduction, which states the miraculous acts of christ, and serves to mark the period at which the Poem commences, satan goes forth by night into the wilderness, and finds himself in the very spot, where he had in vain practised his temptations upon curist' Here he falls into meditation upon that unsuccessful in terview, and vents himself in sohloquy under disappointment and impatient to repair has defeat, he ascends to the summit of the mountain, from whence he had exhibited the kingdoms of the earth, and calls the Devils from all parts of the Heathen world whole host of Infernals assemble at his chief leaders are enumerated, their persons and attributes de scribed addresses them, and proposes the subject matter for their consultation, namely, By what means to counteract the power of christ upon earth de livers his sentiments by stating difficulties and objections without any decided opinion unless for seduction in the angrily resents what he considers as pointed at himself, and speaks disdainfully against the proposal of seduction, as not only desperate but disgrace replies, and after much circumlocution suggestsatemptation to be set on foot by mammon is interrupted by satan, who reproves him for certain digressions in his speech, but adopts his hint of employing mammon, and calls Upon that evil spirit to attempt the fidelity of J udas iscariot, whom he points out to him as the only one of the Disciples open to seduction mon at first a?'ects to excuse himself from the under taking, but in conclusion accepts it, and taking wing in presence of the whole applauding host sets out up on his embassy, directing his course to the City of Je rusalem.

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