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: All like a comely youth in life's fresh bloom; 795
Rare workmanship, and wrought by heavenly loom
He took for skin a cloud most soft and bright,
That ere the mid-day sun pierc'd through with light;
Upon his cheeks a lively blush he spread,
Wash'd from the morning beauties' deepest red; 800
An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair,
And fell adown his shoulders with loose care;
He cuts out a silk mantle from the skies,
Where the most spritely azure pleas'd the eyes;
This he with starry vapours spangles all, 805
Took in their prime, ere they grow ripe and fall:
Of a new rainbow, ere it fret or fade,
The choicest piece took out, a scarf is made:
Small streaming clouds he does for wings display,
Not virtuous lovers' sighs more soft than they ; 810
These he gilds o'er with the sun's richest rays,
Caught gliding o'er pure streams on which he plays.

Thus drest, the joyful Gabriel posts away,

And carries with him his own glorious day,
Through the thick woods: the gloomy shades awhile
Put on fresh looks, and wonder why they smile; 816
The trembling serpents close and silent lie;
The birds obscene far from his passage fly;
A sudden spring waits on him as he goes,
Sudden as that which by creation rose: 820

. Thus he appears to David; at first sight
All earth-bred fears and sorrows take their flight.
In rushes joy divine, and hope, and rest;
A sacred calm shines through his peaceful breast.

“Hail, man belov'd from highest heaven,” said he;
“My mighty master sends thee health by me. 826
“The things thou saw'st are full of truth and light,
“Shap'd in the glass of the divine foresight:
“Ev’n now old Time is harnessing the years
“To go in order thus. Hence, empty fears' 830
“Thy fate's all white; from thy blest seed shall
“spring
“The promis'd Shilo, the great mystick King:
“Round the whole earth his dreaded name shall
“sound,
“And reach to worlds that must not yet be found:
“The Southern clime him her sole lord shall style,
“Him all the North, ev’n Albion's stubborn isle,
“My fellow-servant, credit what I tell.”
Straight into shapeless air unseen he fell. 83S

THE
THIRD BOOK

of

T H E DAVID EIS.

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David's flight to Nob, and entertainment there by the High Pries; from thence to Gath in disguise, where he is discovered and brought to Achis: he counterfeits himself mad, and escapes to Adullam—A short enumeration of the forces which come thither to him—A description of the kingdom of Moab, whither David flies; his entertainment at Moab’s court : a digression of the

history of Lot, father of the Moabites, represented in picture— Melchor's song at the feast—Moab desires Joab to relate the story of David ; which he does: his extraction; his excellency in poesy, and the effects of it in curing Saul's malady–The Philistines' army encamped at Dammin; the description of Goliah and his arms; his challenge to the Israelites: David's coming to the camp; his speech to Saul, to desire leave to fight with Goliah : several speeches upon that occasion—The combat and slaughter of Goliah, with the defeat of the Philistines' army— Saul's envy to David—The characters of Merab and MichalThe love between David and Michal: his song at her window ; his expedition against the Philistines, and the dowry of two hundred foreskins for Michal, with whom he is married—The solemnities of the wedding—Saul's relapse, and the causes of David's flight into the kingdom of Moab.

RAIS’D with the news he from high Heaven receives,
Straight to his diligent God just thanks he gives ;
To divine Nobe directs then his flight,
A small town, great in fame, by Levi's right;

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