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From aught but Heaven can neversure be brought | Elcanor laugh'd to see them climb, and thought So high, so glorious, and so vast a thought ; His mighty words th' affrighted suppliants Nor would li fate, that meant me to surprise,

brought ; Come cloth'd in so unlikely a disguise.

| Did new affronts to the great Hebrew Name, Yon bost, which its proud fishes spreads so wide (The barbarous !) in his wanton fancy frame. O'er the whole land, like some swoln river's tide; Short was his sport ; for, swift as thunder's stroke Which terrible and numberless appears,

Rives the frail trunk of some heaven-threatening As the thick waves which their rough ocean bears;

oak, Which lies so strongly encamped, that one would The prince's sword did his proud head divide; say,

The parted skull hung down on either side. The hill might be remov'd as soon as they ; Just as he fell, his vengeful steel he drew We two alone must fight with and defeat: Half-way (no more the trembling joints could Thou 'rt strook, and startest at a sound so great!

do) Yet we must do 't; God our weak hands has | Which Abdon snatch'd, and dy'd it in the blood chose

Of an amazed wretch that next him stood. Tashame the boasted numbers of our foes; Some close to earth, shaking and groveling, lie, Which to his strength no more proportion be, Like larks when they the tyrant hobby spy; Than millions are of hours to his eternity.

Some, wonder-strook, stand fix'd; some fly; some lf, when their careless guaris espy us here,

Wildly, at th' unintelligible alarm.

[arm With sportful scorn they call t' us to come near, Like the main channel of an high-swoln floor, We'll boldiy climb the hill, and charge them all; In vain by dikes and broken words withstood; Not they, but Israel's angel, gives the call. So Jonathan, once climb'd th' opposing hill, He spoke, and as he spoke, a light divine

Does all around with noise and ruin fill: Did from his eyes, and round his temples, shine ; | Like some large arm of which, another way Loader his voice, 'arger his limbs, appear'd; Aldon o'erflows; him too no bank can stay. Less seem'd tbe numerous army to be fear'd. With cries th' affrighted country flies before, This saw, and heard with joy, the brave esquire, Behind the following waters loudly roar, As he with God's, fill'd with his master's fire : Twenty, at least, slain on this outguard lie, *Forbid it, Heaven,' said he, • I should decline, To th' adjoin'd camp, the rest distracted Ay; Or wish, sir, not to make your danger mine; And ill-mix'd wonders tell, and into 't bear The great example which I daily see

Blind Terror, deaf Disorder, helpless Fear. Of your high worth is not so lost on me;

The conquerors too press boldly in behind, If wonder-strook I at your words appear,

Doubling the wild confusions which they find. My wonder yet is innocent of fear :

Hamgar at first, the prince of Ashdod town, TH' honour which does your princely breast in-Chief'mongst the five in riches and renown, flame,

And general then by course, oppos'd their way, Warms mine too, and joins there with duty's Till drown'd in death at Jonathan's feet he lay, name.

And curs'd the heavens for rage, and bit the If in this act Ill fate our tempter be,

ground; May all the ill it means be aim'd at me!

His life, for ever spilt, stain'd all the grass Bat sure, I think, God leads; nor could you

around. bring

His brother too, who virtuous haste did make So high thoughts from a less-exalted spring. His fortune to revenge, or to partake, Bright signs through all your words and looks are Falls groveling o'er his trunk, on mother Earth; spread,

Death mix'd no less their bloods than did their A rising victory dawns around your head.'

birth. With such discourse blowing their sacred flame, Meanwhile the well-pleased Abdon's restless Lo, to the fatal place, and work they came.

sword “Strongly encamp'd on a steep hill's large head, Dispatch'd the following train t'attend their lord. Like some vast wood the mighty host was spread; On still, o'er panting corpse, great Jonathan led; TV only access on neighbouring Gabaa's side, Hundreds before him fell, and thousands fled. An hard and narrow way, which did divide Prodigious prince! which does most wondrous. Two cliffy rocks, Boses and Senes nam'd,

show, Much for themselves, and their big strange Thy attempt, or thy success ? thy fate or thou ? ness fam'd;

Who durst alone that dreadful host assail, More for their fortune and this stranger day, With purpose not to die, but to prevail ! On both their points Philistian-out guards lay, Infinite numbers thee no more affright, From whence the two bold spies they first espy'd; | Than God, whose unity is infinite. And, lo! the Hebrews ! proud Elcanor cry'd, If Heaven to men such mighty thoughts would From Senes' top; lo! from their hungry caves,

give, A quicker fate here sends them to their graves. | What breast but thine capacious to receive "Come up' (aloud he cries to them below) | The vast infusion? or what soul but thine Ye Egyptian slaves, and to our mercy owe Durst have believ'd that thought to be divine ? The rebel-lives long since t'our justice due.' Thou follow'dst Heaven in the design, and we Scarce from his lips the fatal omen flew,

Find in the act 'twas Heaven that follow'd thee. When th' inspir'd prince did nimbly understand Thou led'st on angels, and that sacred band Goul, and his God-like virtues' high command, (The Deity's great lieutenant!) didst command It call'd him up, and up the steep ascent

"Tis true, sir, and no figure, when I say With pain, and labour, haste and joy, they went. Angels themselves fought under him that day.

Clouds, with ripe thunder charg'd, some thither , At the glad noise; joy'd that their foes had shows drew,

A fear that drowns the scandal of their own. And some the dire materials brought for new. Still did the prince 'midst all this storm appear, Hot drops of southern showers (the sweats of Still scatter'd death and terrours every where; death)

[breath ; Still did he break, still blunt, his wearied swords; The voice of storms, and winged whirlwinds' Still slaughter new supplies t' his hand affords. The Aames shot forth from fighting dragons' Where trvops yet stood, there still he hotly fles, eyes;

And, till at last all fled, scorn'd to pursue. The smokes that from scorch'd fevers' ovens rise; | All fled at last, but many in vain ; for still The reddest fires with which sad comets grow; Th’insatiate conqueror was more swift to kill And Sodom's neighbouring lake, did spirits be- Than they to save their lives. Till, lo! at last, stow

Nature, whose power he had so long surpass'd, Of finest sulphur; amongst which they put Would yield no more, but to him stronger foes, Wrath, fury, horrour, and all mingled shut Drought, faintness, and fierce hanger, did oppose. Into a cold moist cloud, t' inflame it more, Reeking all o'er in dust, and blood, and sweat, And make the enraged prisoner louder roar. Burnt with the Sun's and violent action's heat, Th’ assembled clouds burst o'er their army's 'Gainst an old oak bis trembling limbs he staid, head;

(spread. For some short ease; Fate in the old oak had Noise, darkness, dismal lightnings, round them laid Another spirit, with a more potent wand Provisions up for his relief; and lo! Than that which Nature feard in Moses' hand, The hollow trunk did with bright honey flow. And went the way that pleas'd, the mountain With timely food his decay'd spirits recruit, strook ;

Strong he returns, and fresh, to the pursuit; The mountain felt it; the vast mountain shook. His strength and spirits the honey did restore; Through the wide air another angel flew But, oh! the bitter-sweet strange poison bore ! About their host, and thick amongst them threw Behold, sir, and mark well the treacherous fate, Discord, despair, confusion, fear, mistake, That does so close on human glories wait! And all th' ingredients that swift ruin make. Behold the strong, and yet fantastic net, The fertile glebe requires no time to breed; T'ensnare triumphant Virtue darkly set ! It quickens, and receives at once the seed. Could it before (scarce can it since) be thought, One would have thought, this dismal day t'hare The prince--who had alone that morning fought seen,

A duel with an host, had th' host o'erthrown, That Nature's self in her death-pangs had been. And threescore thousand hands disarm'd with Such will the face of that great hour appear;

one; Such the distracted sinner's conscious fear. Wash'd-off his country's shame, and doubly dy'd In vain some few strive the wild flight to stay; In blood and blushes the Philistian pride; In vain they threaten, and in vain they pray; Had sav'd and fix'd his father's tottering crown, Unheard, unheeded, trodden down, they lie, And the bright gold new burnish'd with renown, Beneath the wretched feet of crowds that fly. Should be ere night, by 's king and father's O'er their own foot trampled the violent horse;

breath, The guideless chariots with impetuous course Without a fault, vow'd and condemn'd to death? Cut wide through both; and, all their bloody Destin'd the bloody sacrifice to be way,

Of thanks, himself, for his own victory? Horses and men, torn, bruis'd, and mangled, lay. Alone, with various fate, like to become, Some from the rocks cast themselves down head- Fighting, an host ; dying, an hecatomb? long ;

Yet such, sir, was his case ; The faint, weak passion grows so bold and strong! For Saul, who fear'd lest the full plenty might To almost certain present death they fly, (In the abandon'd camp expos'd to fight) From a remote and causeless fear to die. His hungry men from the pursuit dissuade, Much different errour did some troops possess ; A rash, but solemn vow to Heaven had made And madness, that look'd better, though no less : Curs'd be the wretch, thrice cursed let him be, Their fellow-troops for th' enter'd foe they take ; Who shall touch food this busy day,' said he, And Israel's war with mutual slaughter make. 'Whilst the blest Sun does with his favouring light Meanwhile the king from Gabaa's hill did view, Assist our vengeful swords against their flight: And hear, the thickening tumult, as it grew Be he thrice curst ! and, if his life we spare, Still great and loud; and, though he knows not On us those curses fali that he should bear!' why

Such was the king's rash vow; who little thought They fled, no more than they themselves that fly. How near to him Fate th' application brought. Yet, by the storms and terrours of the air, The two-edged oath wounds deep, perform'd of Guesses some vengeful spirit's working there;

broke; Obeys the loud occasion's sacred call,

Ev'n perjury its least and bluntest stroke. And fiercely on the trembling host does fall. 'Twas his own son, whom God and mankind lov'd, At the same time their slaves and prisoners rise; His own victorious son, that he devorid, Nor does their much-wish'd liberty suffice On whose bright head the baleful curses light: Without revenge; the scatter'd arins they seize, But Providence, his helmet in the fight, And their proud vengeance with the memory Forbids their entrance or their settling there; please

They with brute sound dissolv'd into the air, Of who so lately bore them. All about, Him what religion, or what yow, could bind, From rocks and caves, the Hebrews issue out Unknown, unheard-of, till he his life did find

Entangled in 't? whilst wonders he did do, So bright his sufferings, so triumphant show'd,
Most he die now for not being prophet too? Less to the best than worst of fates he ow'd.
To all but him this oath was meant and said ; A victory now he o'er himself might boast;
He, afar off, the ends for which 'twas made He conquer'd now that conqueror of an host.
Was acting then, till, faint and out of breath, It charm'd though tears the sad spectator's
He grew half-dead with toil of giving death.

sight,
What could his crime in this condition be, Did reverence, love, and gratitude, excite,
Excus'd by ignorance and necessity?

And pious rage; with which inspir'd, they now Yet the remorseless king-who did disdain Oppose to Saul's a better public vow. That man should hear him swear or threat in vain, They all consent all Israel ought to be Though 'gainst himself; or Fate a way should see Accurs'd and kill themselves, rather than he. By which attack'd and conquer'd he might be ; Thus with kind force they the glad king withWho thought compassion female weakness here,

stood, And equity injustice would appear

And sav'd their wondrous saviour's sacred In his own cause; who falsely fear'd, beside,

blood !" The solemn curse on Jonathan did abide,

Thus David spoke; and much did yet remain And, the infected limb not cut away,

Behind, th' attentive prince to entertain; Would like a gangrene o'er all Israel stray Edom and Zoba's war-for what befel Prepar'd this god-like sacrifice to kill,

In that of Moab, was known there too well: And his rash vow more rashly to fulfil.

The boundless quarrel with curs’d Amalek's What tonguecan th' horrour and amazement tell

land; Which on all Israel that sad moment fell ! Where Heaven itself did cruelty command, Tamer had been their grief, fewer their tears, And practis'd on Saul's mercy, nor did ere Had the Philistian fate that day been theirs. More punish innocent blood, than pity there. Not Saul's proud heart could master his swoln But lo! they arriv'd now at th' appointed place; eye;

Well-chosen and well-furnish'd for the chase. The prince alone stood mild and patient by;

DISCOURSE,

BY WAY OF VISION,

CONCERNING THE

GOVERNMENT OF OLIVER CROMWELL.

ON THE GOVERNMENT OF some very curious persons (and no doubt singular

virtuosos) as far as from the Mount in Cornwall, OLIVER CROMWELL,

and from the Orcades, I found there had been

much more cost bestowed, than either the dead It was the funeral day of the late man who made man, or indeed death itself, could deserve. himself to be called protector. And though I There was a mighty train of black assistants, bore but little affection, either to the memory of among which, too, divers princes in the persons him, or to the trouble and folly of all public pa- of their ambassadors (being infinitely afflicted for geantry, yet I was forced by the importunity of the loss of their brother) were pleased to attend; my company to go along with them, and be a spec- the hearse was magnificent, the idol crowned, tator of that solemnity, the expectation of which and (not to mention all other ceremonies had been so great, that it was said to have brought I which are practised at royal interments, and

therefore by no means could be onnitted here) the When upon Earth no kingdom could have shown vast multitude of spectators made up, as it uses A happi monarch to us, than our own : to do, no small part of the spectacle itself. But And yet his subjects by him were yet, I know not how, the whole was so managed, (Which is a truth will hardly be that, methought, it somewhat represented the life Receiv'd by any vulgar ear, of him for whom it was made; much poise, much A secret known to few) made happier er'a than tumult, inuch expense, much maguificence, much

he. vainglory ; briefly, a great show, and yet, after all this, but an ill sight. At last (for it seemed long to

Thou dost a chaos, and confusion, now, me, and like his short reign too, very tedious) the A Babel, and a Bedlam, grow, whole scene passed by; and I retired back to my And like a frantic person, thou dost tear (wear, chamber, weary, and I think more melancholy

The ornaments and clothes which thou should'st than any of the mourners; where I began to reflect

And cut thy limbs; and, if we on the whole life ofthis prodigious man:and some

(Just as thy barbarous Britons did) times I was filled with horrour and detestation of Thy body with hypocrisy his actions, and sometimes I inclined a little to Painted all o'er, thou think'st thy naked shame is reverence and admiration of his courage, conduct,

hide

the and success; till, by these different motions and agitations of mind, rocked as it were asleep. I fell | The nations, which envied thee erewhile. at last into this vision; or if you please to call it but

Now laugh, (too little 'tis to smile) a dream. I shall not take it ill, because the father | They laugh, and would þave pitied thee, alas ! of poets tells us, even dreams, too. are from God. | But that thy faults all pity do surpass.

Art thou the country, which didst hate But sure it was no dream; for I was suddenly

And mock the French inconstancy? transported afar off (whether in the body, or out of the body, like St. Paul, I know not) and found

And hare we, have we seen of late muself on the top of that famous hill in the island | Less change of habits there, than governments in Mona, which has the prospect of three great, and

thee? not-long-since most happy, kingdoms. As soon | Unhappy Isle ! no ship of thine at sea, as ever I looked on them, the “not-long-since”

Was ever tost and torn like thee. struck upon my memory, and called forth the Thy naked hulk loose on the waves does beat, sad representation of all the sins, and all the mi- | The rocks and banks around her ruin threat ; series, that had overwhelmed them these twenty What did thy foolish pilots ail, years. And I wept bitterly for two or three hours ; To lay the compass quite aside? and, when my present stock of moisture was all Without a law or rule to sail, wasted, I fell a sighing for an hour more; and, And rather take the winds, than heavens, to be as soon as I recovered from my passion the use of

their guide! speech and reason, I broke forth as I remember (looking upon England) into this complaint: Yet, mighty God! yet, yet, we humbly crave,

This floating isle from shipwreck save; Ah, happy Isle, how art thou chang'd and curs'd,

And though, to wash that blood which does it Since I was born and knew thee first! When Peace, which had forsook the world around,

stain,

It well deserve to sink into the main : (Frighted with noise, and the shrill trumpet's Ver for the

Yet, for the royal martyr's prayer sound)

(The royal martyr prays, r know) Thee for a private place of rest,

This guilty, perishing vessel spare; And a secure retirement, chose

Hear but his soul above, and not his blood below! Wherein to build her halcyon nest; No wind durst stir abroad, the air to discompose :

I think I should have gone on, but that I was in. When all the riches of the globe beside

terrupted bya strange and terrible apparition ; for

there appeared to me (arising out of the earth, as Flow'd in to thee with every tide; When all, that Nature did thy soil deny,

I conceived) the figure of a man, taller than

a giant; or indeed than the shadow of any giant in The growth was of thy fruitful industry;

the evening. His body was naked ; but that When all the proud and dreadful sea,

nakedness adorned, or rather deformed, all over, And all his tributary streams,

with several figures, after the manner of the anA constant tribute paid to thee;

cient Britons, painted upon it: and I perceired When all the liquid world was one extended

that most of them were the representation of Thames :

the late battles in our civil wars, and (if I be not When Plenty in each village did appear, much mistaken) it was the battle of Naseby that And Bounty was its steward there,

was drawn upon his breast. His eyes were like When Gold walk'd free about in open view, burning brass; and there were three crowns of Ere it one conquering party's prisoner grew; the same metal, (as I guessed) and that looked When the Religion of our state

as red-hot too, upon his head. He held in his Had face and substance with her voice,

right-hand a sword that was yet bloody, and neEre she by her foolish loves of late,

vertheless the motto of it was, Pax quæriLike Echo (once a nymph) turu'd only into tur bello; and in his left hand a thick book, noise :

upon the back of which was written in letters of

gold, Acts, Ordinances, Protestations, CoveWhen men to men, respect and friendship bore, nants, Engagements, Declarations, Remon And God with reverence did adore,

strances, &c.

Though this sudden, unusual, and dreadful ob- tempt, and the happiness to succeed in, so imjeet might have quelled a greater courage than probable a design, as the destruction of one of mine ; yet so it pleased God (for there is nothing the most ancient and most solidly-founded mo. bolder than a man in a vision) that I was not at narchies upon the Earth? that he should have all daunted, but asked hiın resolutely and the power or boldness to put his prince and briefly " What art thou ?" And he said, “I master to an open and infamous death; to baam called the north-west principality, his high- nish that numerous and strongly-allied family; ress, the protector of the commonwealth of to do all this under the name and wages of a England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the domi- parliament; to trample upon them too as he mions belonging thereto; for I am that angel, pleased, and to spurn them out of doors when he to whom the Almighty bas committed the go- grew weary of them; to raise up a new and unvernment of those three kingdoms; which thou heard-of monster out of their ashes; to stifle seest from this place.” And 'I answered and that in the very infancy, and set himself above raid, " If it be so, sir, it seems to me that for all things that ever were called sovereign in Engalmost these twenty years past, your highness land; to oppress all his enemies by arms, and has been absent from your charge: for not only all his friends afterwards by artifice; to serve if any angel, but if any wise and honest man, had all parties patiently for a while, and to command since that time been our governor, we should them victoriously at last; to over-run each not have wandered thus long in these laborious corner of the three nations, and overcome with and endless labyrinths of confusion, but either equal facility both the riches of the south and not have entered at all into them, or at least the poverty of the north; to be feared and bare returned back ere we had absolutely lost courted by all foreign princes, and adopted a our way; but, instead of your highress, we have brother to the gods of the Earth; to call to had since such a protector, as was his prede-gether parliaments with a word of his pen, and cessor Richard the third to the king his nephew; scatter them again with the breath of his mouth: for he presently slew the commonwealth, which to be humbly and daily petitioned that he would he pretended to protect, and set up himself in please to be hired, at the rate of two millions a the place of it: a little less guilty indeed in one year, to be the master of those who had hired respect, because the other slew an innocent, and him before to be their servant; to have the esthis man did but murder a murderer. Such a pro- tates and lives of three kingdoms as much at his tector we have had, as we would have been glad disposal, as was the little inheritance of his fato have changed for an enemy, and rather ther, and to be as noble and liberal in the spendhave received a constant Turk, than this every ing of them; and lastly (for there is no end of month's apostate; such a protector, as man is all the particulars of his glory) to bequeath all to his flocks which he shears, and sells, ordevours this with one word to his posterity ; to die with himself, and I would fain know what the wolf, which peace at home, and triumph abroad; to be buhe protects him from, could do more. Such a ried among kings, and with more than regal soprotector and as I was proceeding, methoughts lemnity; and to leave a name behind him, not his highness began to put on a displeased and to be extinguished, but with the whole world; threatening countenance, as men use to do when which, as it is now too little for his praises, so their dearest friends happen to be traduced in might have been too for his conquests, if the their company, which gave me the first rise of short line of his buman life could have been jealousy against him, for I did not believe that stretched out to the extent of his immortal deCromwell am pg all his foreign correspondences signs!?” had ever held any with angels. However I was By this speech, I began to understand pernot hardened enough yet to venture a quarrel with fectly well what kind of angel' his pretended him then: and therefore (as if I had spoken to highness was; and having fortified myself prithe protector himself in Whitehall) I desired him vately with a short mental prayer, and with the “that his highness would please to pardon me, sign of the cross (not out of any superstition to if I had unwittingly spoken any thing to the dis- the sign, but as a recognition of my baptism in paragement of a person, whose relations to his Christ), I grew a little bolder, and replied in this bighness I had not the honour to know." manner : “ I should not venture to oppose what

At which he told me " that he had no other you are pleased to say in commendation of the concernment for his late highness, than as he took late great, and (I confess) extraordinary person, him to be the greatest man that ever was of the but that I remember Christ forbids us to give English nation, if not (said he) of the whole world; assent to any other doctrine but what bimself which gives me a just title to the defence of his has taught us, even though it should be det reputation, since I now account myself, as it livered by an angel; and if such you he, sir, it were, a naturalised English angel, by having may be you have spoken all this rather to try had so long the management of the affairs of that than to tempt my frailty : for sure I am, that country. And pray, countryman, (said he, very we must renounce or forget all the laws of the kindly and very flatteringly) for I would not New and Old Testament, and those which are the have you fall into the general error of the world, foundation of both, even the laws of moral and that detests and decries so extraordinary a natural honesty, if we approve of the actions of virtue, What can be more extraordinary than that a person of mean birth, no fortune, no emi. " Mr. Hume has inserted this charaeter of bent qualities of body, which have sometimes, Cromwell, but altered, as he says, in some par. or of mind, which have often, raised men to the ticulars from the origiual, in his History of Great Wighest dignities, should have the courage to at Britain, Hynd.

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