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And all his fate, and all his deeds, were wrought, But, though bright joy in every guest did shine,
“Where can he be?” said he; “It must be
His boundless pride: he grieves, and hates to The hope of mankind; patiently he lay, And did his sire, as he his God, obey.
The solemn triumphs of my court and me. The mournful sire lifts up at last the knife, Believe me, friends, and trust what I cau show And on one moment's string depends his life, From thousand proofs; th' ambitious David now In whose young loins such brooding wonders lie. Does those vast things in his proud soul design A thousand spirits peep'd from th' affrighted That too much business give for mirth or wine. sky,
He's kindling now, perhaps, rebellious fire Amaz'd at this strange scene; and almost fear'd Among the tribes, and does ev'n now conspire For all those joyful prophecies they'd heard ; Agaiast my crown, and all our lives; whilst we Till one leap'd nimbly forth, by God's command, Are loth ev'n to suspect, what we might see. Like lightning from a cloud, and stopp'd his By the Great Name, 'tis true.” hand.
With that he strook the board; and no man The gentle spirit smil'd kindly as he spoke, But Jonathau durst undertake to clear (there New beams of joy through Abram's wonder broke, The blameless prince; and scarce ten words he The angel points t'a tuft of bushes near,
spoke, Where an entangled ram does half appear, When thus his speech th' enraged tyrant broke: And struggles vainly with that fatal net, [set. “Disloyal wretch ! thy gentle mother's shame! Which, though but slightly wrought, was firmly Whose cold pale ghost ev'n blushes at thy name! For, lo! anon, to this sad glory doom'd, Who fears, lest her chaste bed should doubted be, The useful beast on Isaac's pile consum'd ; And her white fame stain'd by black deeds of Whilst on his horns the ransom'd couple play'd, thee !
[hire And the glad boy danc'd to the tunes he made. Canst thou be mine? a crown sometimes does
Near this hall's end a shittim-table stood; Ev'n sons against their parents to conspire ; Yet well-wrought plate strove to conceal the But ne'er did story yet, or fable, tell wood;
Of one so wild, who, merely to rebel, For from the foot a golden vine did sprout, Quitted th' unquestion d birthright of a throne, And cast his fruitful riches all about.
And bought his father's ruin with his own. Well might that beauteous ore the grape express, Thou need'st not plead th' ambitious youth's deWhich does weak man intoxicate no less.
feuce; Of the same wood the gilded beds were made, Thy crime clears his, and makes that innocence : And on them large embroider'd carpets laid, Nor can his foul ingratitude appear, From Egypt, the rich shop of follies, brought ; Whilst thy unnatural guilt is plac'd so near. But arts of pride all nations soon are taught. Is this that noble friendship you pretend ? Behold seven comely blooming youths appear, Mine, thine own, foe—and thy worst enemy's And in their hands seven silver wash-pots bear,
friend Curld, and gay clad; the choicest sons that be If thy low spirit can thy great birthright quit, Of Gibeon's race, and slaves of high degree ! The thing 's but just, so ill deserv'st thou it. Seren beauteous maids march'd softly in behind; 1, and thy brethren here, have no such mind; Bright scarfs their clothes, their hair fresh gar- Nor such prodigious worth in David find, lands, bind;
That we to him should our just rights resign, And, whilst the princes wash, they on them shed Or think God's choice not made so well as thine. Rich ointments, which their costly odours spread Shame of thy house and tribe! hence, from mine O'er the whole room; from their small prisons eye, free,
[filee. To thy false friend, and servile master, fly; With such glad haste through the wide air they He's ere this time in arms expecting thee ; The king was plac'd alone, and o'er his head Haste, for those arms are rais'd to ruin mei A well-wronght Heaven of silk and gold was Thy sin that way will nobler much appear, spread,
Than to remain his spy and agent here. Azure the ground, the Sun in gold shone bright, When I think this, Nature, by thee forsook, But piered the wandering clouds with silver light. Forsakes me too.” With that his spear he took The right-hand bed the king's three sous did 'To strike at him; the mirth and music cease; grace,
The guests all rise, this sudden storm t' appeases The third was Abner's, Adriel's, David's, place; The prince his danger, and his duty, knew; And twelve large tables more were fill'd below, And low he bow'd, and silently withdrew, With the prime men Saul's court and camp could To David straight, who in a forest nigh show,
Waits his advice, the royal friend does fly. The palace did with mirth and music sound, The sole advice now, like the danger, clear, And the crown'd goblets nimbly mor'd around; Was, in some foreign land this storm toutwear.
All marks of comely grief in both are seen ; Twice are his men cut off, and chariots ta'en;
long fed Here in a robe which does all colours show In his seven chambers; and he still did eat (Th' envy of birds, and the clouds' gaudy bow) New-roasted babes, his dear delicious meat. Phansy, wild dame, with much lascivious pride, Again they arise, more anger'd than dismay'd; By twin-camelions drawn, does gaily ride; Euphrates and swift Tygris sends them aid: Her coach there follows, and throngs round In vain they send it, for again they 're slain, about
And feast the greedy birds on Helay plain. Of shapes and airy forms an endless rout: Here Rabba with proud towers affronts the sky, A sea rolls on with harmless fury here;
And round about great Joab's trenches lie: Straight 'tis a field, and trees and herbs appear : They force the walls, and sack the helpless town; Here in a moment are vast armies made, On David's head shines Ammon's massy crown. And a quick scene of war and blood display'd : Midst various torments the curs'd race expires; Here sparkling wines, and brighter maids, come David himself his severe wrath admires. in,
Next upon Israel's throne does bravely sit The bawds for Sense, and lying baits of Sin : A comely youth, endowed with wondrous wit. Some things arise of strange and quarrelling kind, Far, from the parched line, a royal dame, The forepart lion, and a snake behind :
To hear his tongue and boundless wisdom, came: Here golden mountains swell the covetous place, She carried back in her triumphant womb And centaurs ride themselves, a painted race. The glorious stock of thousand kings to come. Of these slight wonders Nature sees the store, Here brightest forms his pomp and wealth display, And only then accounts herself but poor. Here they a temple's vast foundations lay;
Hither an angel comes, in David's trance, A mighty work! and with fit glories fill'd And finds them mingled in an antique dance ; For God tinhabit, and that king to build. Of all the numerous forms fit choice he takes, Some from the quarries hew out massy stone, And joins them wisely, and this vision makes. Some draw it up with cranes ; some breathe and
First David there appears in kingly state, In order o'er the anvil; some cut down (groan Whilst the twelve tribes his dread commands Tall cedars, the proud mountain's ancient crowny await;
[goes, Some carve the trunks, and breathing shapes Straight to the wars with his join'd strength he
bestow, Settles new friends, and frights his ancient foes. Giving the trees more life than when they gror. To Solima, Canaan's old head, they came, But oh, alas ! what sudden cloud is spread (Since high in note, then not unknown to Fame;) About this glorious king's eclipsed head? The blind and lame th' undoubted wall defend, It all his fame benights, and all his store,[more! And no new wounds or dangers apprehend : Wrapping him round; and now he's seen no The busy image of great Joab there
When straight his son appears at Sichem crownd, Disdains the mock, and teaches them to fear: With young and heedless council circled round; He climbs the airy walls, leaps raging down, Unseemly object! but a falling state New-minted shapes of slaughter fill the town: Has always its own errours join'd with Pate. They curse the guards their mirth and bravery Ten tribes at once forsake the Jessian throne, chose;
And bold Adoram at his message stone ; All of them now are slain, or made like those. " Brethren of Israel !"--more he fain would say, Far thron di an inward scene an army lay, But a flint stopp'd his mouth, and speech, i th' Which with full banners a fair fish display: Here this fond king's disasters but begin, [way, From Sidon plains to bappy Egypt's coast He's destin'd to more shame by his father's sin : They seem all met; a vast and warlike host ! Susack came up, and under his comprand Thither hastes David to his destin'd prey, A dreadful army from scorch'd Afric's sand, Honour and noble danger lead the way;
As numberless as that : all is his prey, The conscious trees shook with a reverent fear The temple's sacred wealth they bear away: Their unblown tops ; God walked before him Adrazar's shields and golden loss they take: there.
Ev'n David in his dream does sweat and shake. Slaughter the weary'd Riphaims' bosom fills; Thus fails this wretched prince; his loins appear Dead corpse emboss the vale with little hills. Of less weight now, than Solomon's fingers were. On th other side, Sophenes' mighty kirg
Abijah next seeks Israel to regain, Numberless troops of the blest East does bring : And wash in seas of blood his father's stain:
Ne'er saw the aged Sun so cruel fight;
All this Uzziah's strength and wit repairs, Scarce saw he this, but bid his bashful light. Leaving a well built greatness to his heirs; Nebat's curs'd son filed with not half his men; Till leprous scurf, o'er his whole body cast, Where were his gods of Dan and Bethel then? Takes him at first from men, from earth at last. Yet could not this the fatal strife decide ; As virtuons was his son, and happier far; God punish'd one, but bless'd not th' other side. Buildings his peace, and trophies grac'd his war.
Asan, a just and virtuous prince succeeds, But Achaz heaps up sins, as if he meant High-rais'd by Fame for great and godly deeds; To make his worst forefathers innocent : He cat the solemn groves where idols stood, He burns his son at Hinnon, whilst around And sacrific'd the gods with their own wood; The roaring child drums and loud trumpets He vanquish'd thus the proud weak powers of sound :
This to the boy a barbarous mercy grew, Before him next their doating servants fell: And snatch'd him from all miseries to ensue. So huge an host of Zerah's men he slew,
Here Peca comes, and hundred thousands fall; As made erin that Arabia desert too.
Here Resin marches up and sweeps up all;
All this wild rage to revenge Judah's wrong; (An happy prince, well worthy of his fate); But woe to kingdoms that have friends too His oft oblations, on God's altar made,
strong! With thousand flocks and thousand herds are Thus Hezekiah the torn empire took, paid,
And Assur's king, with his worse gods, forsook ; Arabian tribute! What mad troops are those, Who to poor Judah worlds of nations brings, Those mighty troops that dare to be his foes! There rages, utters vain and mighty things ; He prays them dead : with mutual wounds they some dream of triumphs and exalted names, fall;
Some of dear gold, and some of beauteous dames ; One fury brought, one fury slays, them all. Whilst, in the midst of their huge sleepy boast, Thus sits he still, and sees himself to win; An angel scatters death through all the host. Never o'ercome but by 's friend Ahab's sin; Th'affrighted tyrant back to Babel hies, On whose disguise Fates then did only look; There meets an end far worse than that he flies, And had almost their God's command mistook : Here Hezekiah's life is almost done! Him from whose danger Heaven securely brings, So good, and yet, alas ! so short, ?tis spun: And for his sake two ripely wicked kings. Th' end of the line was ravell’d, weak, and old ; Their armies languish, burnt with thirst at Sier; Time must go back, and afford better hold Sighs all their cold, tears all their muisture, To tie a new thread to it, of fifteen years : there;
'Tis done ; th' all-mighty power of prayer and They fix their greedy eyes on th' empty sky,
tears! And fancy clouds, and so become more dry: Backward the Sun, an unknown motion, went; Elisha calls for waters from afar
The stars gaz'd on, and wonder'd what he meant. To come; Elisha calls, and here they are: Manasses next (forgetful man !) begins, In helmets they quaffround the welcome flood; Enslav'd and sold to Ashur by his sins; And the decrease repair with Moab's blood. Till by the rod of learned Misery taught, Jehoram next, and Ochoziah, throng
Home to his God and country both he's For Judah's sceptre ; both short-liv'd too long.
brought : A woman too from murder title claims;
It taught not Ammon, nor his hardness brake; Both with her sins and sex the crown she shames: He's made the example be refus'd to take. Proud, cursed woman! but her fall, at last, Yet from this root a goodly cyon springs ; To doubting men clears Heaven for what was Josiah, best of men, as well as kings. past.
Down went the calves with all their gold and Joas at first does bright and glorious show;
cost: In life's fresh morn his fame did early crow; The priest then truly griev'd Osiris lost; Fair was the promise of his dawning ray, These mad Egyptian rites till now remain'd; But prophet's angry blood o'ercast his day; Fools! they their worser thraldrom still retain'd! From thence his clouds, from thence his storms, In his own fires Moloch to ashes fell, begin;
And no more flames must have besides his Hell; It cries aloud and twice lets Aram in.
Like end Astarte's horned image found, So Amaziah lires, so ends his reign;
And Baal's spired stone to dust was ground: Both by their traiterous servants justly slain. No more were men in female habit seen, Edom at first dreads his victorious hand, Nor they in men's, by the lewd Syrian queen: Before him thousand captives trembling stand; No lustful maids at Benos' templesit, Down a deep precipice, down he casts them all, And, with their bodies' shame, their marriage The mimic shapes in several postures fall:
get : Bat then (mad fool!) he does those gods adore, The double Dagon neither nature saves, Which, when pluck'd down, had worshipp'd him Nor flies she back to th’Erythrean waves. before!
The travelling Sun sees gladly from on high Thus all his life to come is loss and shame; His chariots burn, and Nergal quenched lie; No help from gods, who themselves help'd not, The king's impartial anger lights on all, came.
From fly-blown Accaron to the thundering Baal.
Here David's joy unruly grows and bold, Through her whole body writ; immoderate grace Nor could sleep's silken chain its violence hold, Spoke things far more than human in her face: Had not the angel, to seal fast his eyes,
It casts a dusky gloom o'er all the flowers; The humours stirrd, and bade more mists arise : And with full beams their mingled light devours! When straight a chariot hurries swift away, An angel straight broke from a shining cloud, And in it good Josiah bleeding lay;
And press'd his wings, and with much reverence One hand 's held up, one stops the wound; in
Again he bow'd, and grave approach he made, They both are us’d: alas ! he's slain, he 's And thus his sacred message sweetly said: slain.
“ Hail, full of Grace, thee the whole world Jehoias and Jehoiachim next appear;
shall call Both urge that vengeance which before was near: Above all Blest! Thee, who shalt bless them all. Hein Egyptian fetters captive dies,
Thy virgin womb in wondrous sort shall shroud This by more courteous anger murder'd lies. Jesus the God (and then again he bowd); His son and brother next do bonds sustain, Conception the great Spirit shall breathe on thee; Israel's now solemn and imperial chain.
Hail thou! who must God's wife, God's mother, Here's the last scene of this proud city's state;
be ! All ills are met, ty'd in one knot of Fate. With that, his seeming form to Heaven he rear'd: Their endless slavery in this trial lay;
She low obeisance made, and disappear'd. Great God had heap'd up ages in one day: Lo! a new star three eastern sages see Strong works around the wall the Chaldees build, (For why should only earth a gainer be? The town with grief, and dreadful business filld; They saw this Phosphor's infant-light, and kness To their carv'd gods the frantic women pray, It bravely usher'd in a Sun as new : Gods, which as near their ruin were as they. They hasted al! this rising Sun t'adore ; At last in rushes the prevailing foe,
With them rich myrrk and early spices bore: Does all the mischiefof proud conquest show: Wise men ! no fitter gift your zeal could bring ; The wondering babes from mothers' breasts are You'll in a noisome stable find your King. rent,
Anon a thousand derils run roaring in; And suffer ills they neither fear'd nor meant ; Sume with a dreadfal smile deform'dly grin; No silver reverence guards the stooping age, Some stamp their cloven paws, some frown and No rule or method ties their boundless rage:
tear The glorious temple shines in flame all o'er, The gaping snakes from their black-knotted hair ; Yet not so bright as in its gold before :
As if all grief, and all the rage of Hell, Nothing but fire or slaughter meets the eyes ; Were doubled now, or that just now they fell: Nothing the ear but groans and dismal cries. But, when the dreaded maid they entering sav, The walls and towers are levell’d with the ground, All fled with trembling fear and silent awe. And scarce aught now of that vast city 's found In her chaste arms th' eternal infant lies But shards and rubbish, which weak signs might Th' Almighty voice chang'd into feeble cries. keep
Heaven contain'd virgins oft, and will do more;. Of fore past glory, and bid travellers weep. Never did virgin contain Heaven before. Thus did triumphant Assur homewards pass, Angels peep round to view this mystic thing, And thus Jerusalem left, Jerusalem that was ! And Halleluiah round, all Halleluiah sing. This Zedechiah saw, and this not all ;
No longer could good David quiet bear Before his face his friends and children fall, Th' unwieldy pleasure which o'erflow'd him The sport of insolent victors; this he views,
here: A king and father once! ill Fate could use It broke the fetters, and burst ope his eye; His eyes no mure to do their master spite; Away the timorous forms together fy: All to be seen she took, and next his sight. Fix'd with amaze he stood, and time must take, Thus a long death in prison he outwears; To learn if yet he were at last awake. Bereft of grief's last solace, ev'n his tears. Sometimes he thinks that Heaven the vision sent,
Then Jeconiah's son did foremost come, And order'd all the pageants as they went; And he who brought the captiv'd nation home! Sometimes, that only 'twas wild Phansy's play, A row of worthies in long order pass'd
The loose and scatter'd relics of the day. O'er the short stage; of all old Joseph last. When Gabriel (no blest spirit more kind or Fair angels pass'd by next in seemly bands,
fair) All gilt, with gilded baskets in their hands : Bodies and clothes himself with thicken'd air; Some, as they went, the blue-ey'd violet strew, All like a comely youth in life's fresh bloom; Some spotless lilies in louse order threw; Rare workmanship, and wrought by heavenly Some did the way with full-blown roses spread,
loom! Their smell divine, and colour strangely red; He took for skin a cloud most soft and bright, Not such as our dull gardens proudly wear, That ere the mid-day Sun pierc'd through with Whom weathers taint, and winds' rude kisses Upon bis cheeks a lively blush he spread, (light; Such, I believe, was the first rose's hue, [tear: Wash'd from the morning beauty's deepest red: Which at God's word in beateous Eden grew; An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair, Queen of the flowers which made that orchard And fell adown his shoulders with loose care;
He cuts out a silk mantle from the skies, 'The morning blashes of the Spring's new day. Where the most spritely azure pleas'd the eyes ;
With sober pace an heavenly maid walks in, This he with starry vapours spangles all, Her looks all fair ; no sign of native sin Took in their prime, ere they grow ripe and fall:
Of a new rainbow, ere it fret or fade,
defeat of the Philistines' army. Saul's envy to The choicest piece took out, a scarf is made: David. The characters of Merab and Michal. Small streaming clouds he does for wings dis The love between David and Michal: his song play,
at her window; his expedition against the PhiNot virtuous lovers' sighs more soft than they; listines, and the dowry of two hundred foreskins These be gilds o'er with the Sun's richest rays, for Michal, with whom he is married. The Caught gliding o'er pure streams on which he solemnities of the wedding. Saul's relapse, and plays.
the causes of David's flight into the kingdom of Thus drest, the joyful Gabriel posts away Moab. And carries with him his own glorious day Through the thick woods: the gloomy shades Rats'p with the news he from high Heaven re
awhile Paton fresh looks and wonder why they smile!
ceives, The trembling serpents close and silent lie;
Straight to his diligent God just thanks he gives ; The birds obscene far from his passage fly;
To divine Nobe directs then his flight, A sudden spring waits on him as he goes,
A small town, great in fame, by Levi's right; Sudden as that which by creation rose:
Is there, with sprightly wines and hallow'd bread, Thus he appears to David; at first sight
(But what's to hunger hallow'd ?) largely fed. All earth-bred fears and sorrows take their flight. The good old priest welcomes his fatal guest, In rushes joy divine, and hope, and rest;
And with long talk prolongs the hasty feast: A sacred calm shines through his peaceful He lends him vain Goliah's sacred sword breast.
(The fittest help just Fortune could afford); “ Hail, man, belov'd! from highest Heaven," A sword whose weight, without a blow might slay, said he,
Able unblunted to cut hosts away; " My mighty Master sends thee health by me. A sword so great, that it was only fit The things thou saw'st are full of truth and To take-off his great head who came with it. light,
Thus he arms David: “I your own restore, Shap'd in the glass of the divine foresight:
Take it," said he, “and use it as before; Ev'n now old Time is harnessing the Years
I saw you then, and 'twas the bravest sight To go in order thus. Hence empty fears!
That ere these eyes ow'd the discovering light: Thy fate's all white; from thy blest seed shall | When you step'd forth, how did the monster spring
rage, The promis'd Shilo, the great mystic King:
In scorn of your soft looks and tender age ! Round the whole Earth his dreaded name shall Some your high spirit did mad presumption sound,
call, And reach to worlds that must not yet be some pitied that such youth should idly fall; The Southern clime him her sole lord shall Th’ uncircumcis'd smiř'd grimly with disdain; style,
I knew the day was yours : 1 saw it plain.” Him all the North, evin Albion's stubborn isle,
Much more the reverend sire prepard to say My fellow servant credit what I tell.”
(Rapt with his joy); how the two armies lay; Straight into shapeless air unseen he fell. Which way th' amazed foe did wildly flee,
All that his hearer better knew than he:
To Gath, an enemy's land he hastes away :
Not there secure ; but, where one danger's near,
The more remote, though greater, disappear :
So, from fir'd ships, man leaps into the sea.-
There in disguise he hopes unknown t' abide ; David's flight to Nob, and entertainment there by Alas! in vain! what can such greatness hide?
the high priest: from thence to Gath in dis- Stones of small worth may lie unseen by day, guise, where he is discovered and brought to But night itself does the rich gem betray. Achis: he counterfeits himself mad, and es- Tagal first spy'd him, a Philistian knight, rapes to Adullham. A short enumeration of Who erst from David's wrath by shameful fight the forces which come thither to him. A de- Had sar'd the sordid remnant of his age; scription of the kingdom of Moab, whither Da- Hence the deep sore of envy mix'd with rage. vid dies; his entertainment at Moab's court: a Straight, with a band of soldiers tall and rough, digression of the history of Lot, father of the Trembling—for scarce he thought that band Moabites, represented in picture. Melchor's
enough song at the feast. Moab desires Joab to relate On him he seizes, whom they all had fear'a, the story of David; which he does : his extrac- Had the bold youth in his own shape appear'd. tion; his excelleney in poesy, and the effects And now this wish’d-for, but yet dreadful prey, of it in curing Saul's malady. The Philistines" To Achis' court they led in haste away, army encamped at Dammin; the description With all unmanly rudeness which does wait of Goliah and his arms; his challenge to the Upon th' immoderate vulgar's joy and hate, Israelites: David's coming to the camp ; his His valour now and strength must useless lie, speech to Saul, to desire leave to fight with Go And he himself must arts unusual try : liah : several speeches upon that occasion. Sometimes he rends his garments, nor does spare The combat and slaughter of Guliah, with the The goodly curls of his rich yellow hair ;