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Silence and horror fill the place around; Some drawn on fair palm-leaves, with short-lived Echo itseif deres fcarce repeat the sound. 660
toil, Midit a large wood, that joins fair Rama's town Had not their friend the cedar lent his oil: 720 (The neighbourhood fair kama's chief renown) Some wrought in filks, fome writ in tendir barks; A college stands, where at great Prophcts' feet Sonie the iharp style in waxen tables marks; The Prophets' Sons with silent diligence meet; Some in beasis' skins, and some in Biblos' reed; By Samuel built, and moderately endow'd, 665 Both new rude arts, which age and growth did Yet more to his liberal tongue than hands they
The schools were painted well with useful fkill; There hinself taught, and, his bless'd voice to Stars, maps, and stories, the larn'd wall did fill. hear,
Wife wholefunze proverbs mix'd around the room, Teachers themselves lay proud beneath him there. Some writ, and in Egyptian figures fome. The house was a large square, but plain and low; Here all the noblest Wits of men inspir'd, Wife Nature's use Art firove not to outgo: 670 From earth's flight joys, and worthless toils, An inward square by well-rang'd trees was made; retir'd
730 And, midit the friendly cover of their shude, (Whom Samuel's fame and bounty thither lead) A pure, well-tafted, wholelome fountain rose; Each day by turns their solid knowledge read. Which no vain cost of marble did enclose; The course and power of stars great Nathaa Nor thro' carv'd shapes did the forc'd waters pass, taught,
735 Shapes gazing on themselves i'th' liquid glais; And home to man those distant wonders brouglio; Yet the chalte Itream, that 'mong looft pebbies How tow'rd both Poles the fun's fix'd journey fell,
bends, For tleanness, thirst, religion, serv'd as wcil. And how the year his crooked walk attends; The scholars, doctors, and companions, here, By what just steps the wandering lights advance, Lodg'd all apart in neat small chambers were, 680 And what eternal measures guide their dance: Well-furnith'd chambers; for in each there ficod Hinifelf a prophet; but his lectures show'd A narrow couch, table, and chair of wood; How little of that art to then he ow'd. More is but clrg, where ufc does bound delight; Mahol, th' infurior world's fantastic face, And those are rich wicfe wealth's proportion'd | Thro’all the turns of Matter's maze, did trace; right
Great Nature's well-fit clock in pieces took ; To their life's form : mcre goods would but be- On all the fprirgs and fmalleft wheels did louk
685 of life and motion; and with equal art A burden to them, and contract their room. Made up again the whule of every part. A fecond court, more sacred, stood behind, The prophet Gad in learned duft deligns Built fairer, and to coblur use design'di : Th’immortal folid rules of funcy'd Lines : The hall and schools ir side of it politi; Of Numbers too th' unnumber'd wealth he Movs, The library and synagogue the rest. 690 And with them far their endless journey go04; 750 Tables of plain-cut fir, adorn'd the hall;
Numbers, which still increase more high and wide And with beails' skins the heds were cover'd all. From one, the root of their turn'd pyramid. The reverend doctors take their seats on high, Of Men and ages past Seraiah read; Th'elect companions in their bofums lie; Enibalm'd in long-liv'd history the dead; T'he scliclars far below, upon the ground, 695 Show'd the steep falls and flow ascent of states; On fresh-strew'd ruíhes, place themselves around. What wisdom and what follics make their faitse With more respect the wife and ancient lay; Samuel himself did God's rich Law display ; But eat not choicer herbs or bread than they, Taught doubting men with judgment to obey; Nor purer waters drank, their constant feast; And oft In's ravith'd soul, with fudden fight, But by great days, and facrifice encreas'd. 700 Soar'd above present times and human fight. Fl. The schools, built round and higi.cr, at the end Thore Arts but welcome strangers night arrtat With their fair circle did this wide extend; Music and Verse feem'd born and bread-upleri; To which their fynagogue, on th' other tide, Scarce the bleit heaven, that rings with Ange And :o the hall their library reply'd.
voice, The nudít towards their large gardens open lay, Dues with nore constant Harmony rejoice : To' admit the joys of spring and early day. 7có The facred Musc does here cach breast irf ire;ľth' library a few choice authors stood; Himan, and swet-mouth'd Alaph, rule
ul.ci Yet’owas well-ftur’d, for that timall store was good; quire; Writing, man's ípiritual physc, was not thica Both charming poets; and all strains they play Tufelf, as now, grown a ditcase of men. 710 Ly artiul breath or nimble fingers made. Learning, young Virgin! but few suitors knew; The fynagogue was dress’d with care and cort The Cominon Prostituie the lately grew, ('The only place where that they'csteem'i And with her spurious brood loads now the press; lott); Laborious effects of idleness!
The glittering roof with gold did daze the tics Here all the various forms one might behold 715 The lides refresh'd with filks of sacred blue. How letters fav'd themselves from death of old; Here thrice each day they read their perfect is Some painfully engrav'd in thin-wrought platis; Thrice prayers from willing Heaven a
bizil Some cut in wood, fome lightlier trac'd on alates;
Thrice is glad hymns, swelld with the Great | How, when all earth was decply stain'd in fin, One's praise,
775 With an impetuous noise the waves canc rushThe pliant voice on her seven steps they raise,
ing in : Whilst all the liven'd instruments around Where birds etewhile dwel: and securely fung, To the just feet with various concord sound; There fith (an unknown net) entangled hung: Such things were Mules then, contemn'd low The face of hipwreck'd Nature naked lay; 835
The fun peep'd fort., and beheld nought but sea. Decently proud, and mindful of their birth. 780 | This men forgot, and burnt in luft again ; 'Twas God himself that here tun'd every tongue; Till showers, frange as their sin, of fiery rain And gratefully of him alone they fung :
And scalding brinfione, dropp'd on Sodom's head; They sung how God spoke-out the world's vast ball; Alive, they felt those flames they fry-in dead. 840 From nothing, and froni no-where, callid forth all. No better end rash Pharaoh's pride befel, No Nature yet, or place for 't to posless, 785 When wind and sea wag'd war for Israel: But an unbottom'd gulph of emptiness:
In his gilt chariots amaz'd fishes fat, Full of Himfell, th' Almighty fate, his own And grew with corpse of wretched princes fat; Palace, and without solitude alone.
The waves and rocks half-eaten bodies stain ; 845 But he was goodness whole, and all things will’d; Nor was it since call'd the Red-lea in vain. Which, ere they were, his active word fulfillid; Much too they told of faithful Abram's fame, And their astonish'd heads o' th' sudden rear'd; To whose blest paslage they owe still their name: An unhap'd kind of something first appear'd, Of Moses much, and the great seed of Nun, Cunselling its new being, and undrett,
What wonders they perform'd, what lands they As if it stepp'd in haste before the rest.
850 Yet, buried in this Matter's darksome womb, 795 How many kings they New, or captive brought; Lay the rich seeds of every thing to come : They held the swords, but God and angels fonght. From hence the cheerful Flame kap'd up so high ; Thus gain'd they the wise-spending of their Clofe at his heels the nimble Air did fly;
days; Dull carth with his own weight did downwards And their whole life was their dear Maker's pierce
praise. To the fir'd navel of the universe,
8co No minute's rest, no swiftest thought they sold And was quite loft in waters; till God said To that beloved plagne of mankind gold; 856 To the proud Sea,“ Shrink-in your infolent head, Gold, for which all mankind with greater pains " See how the gaping Earth has made you place!" | Labour tow'rds hell, than those who dig its veins. That durit not murmur, hut sarunk in apace :
Their wealth was the contempt of it ; which more Since when, his bounds are fet; at which in vain They valued than rich fools the shining ore. 860 He forms, and rages, and turns back again. 806 Thc filk wornis' precious death they scorn'd to With richer stuff he bade Heaven's fabric shine,
wear, And from him a quick spring of light divine And Tyrian dye appear'd but sordid there. Swell’d up the Sun, from whence his cherishing Honour, which fince the price of souls became, Ranie
Scen'd to these great-ones a low idle name. Fills the whole world, like Him from whom it came. Instead of down, hard beds they chose to have, 865 He smooth'd the rough-cast Moon's imperfect such as might bid them not forget their grave. mould,
Their board dispeopled no full element, And comb'd her beamy locks with sacred gold; Free Nature's bounty thristily they spent, Be thou,” said he,“ queen of the mournful And spar'd the stock: nor could their bodies say night,”
We owe this crudeness t'excess yesterday, 870 And as he spoke, the 'rose clad o'er in light, Thus fouls live cleanly, and no soiling fear, With thousand stars attending on her train ; 815 But entertain their welcome Maker there : With her they rise, with her they set again. The senses perform nimbly what they're bid, Then Herbs peep'd forth, new Trees admiring And honestly, nor are by Reafon chid; ftood,
And, when the down of sleep does softly fall, 875 And smelling Flowers painted the infant wood. Their dreams are heavenly then, and myftical; Then flocks of Birds thro’the glad air did fec, With halty wings timic present they outfly, Joyful, and safe before man's luxury.
820 And tread the doubtful maze of destiny; Singing their maker in their untaught lays:
There walk, and sport among the years to come, Nay, the mute Fish witness no less his praise ; And with quick eye pierce every cauie's womb. For these he made, and cloath'd with silver scales, Thus these wife faints enjoy'd their little all, 881 Froin minnows, to those living iflands, whales. Free from the spite of much.mistaken Saul : Deals too were his command : what could he For, if man's life we in just balance weigh, more?
825 David deferv'd his envy less than they. Yes, Min he could, the bond of all before; Of this retreat the hunted Prince makes choice, la him he all things with strange order hurl'd; Adds to their choir his nobler lyre and voice. 886 la him, that full abridgement of the world. But long unknown ev'n here he could not lie; This, and much more of God's great works So bright his lustre, so quick Envy's eye! they told;
Th' offended troop, whom he escap'd before, His mercies, and some judgments too, of old : 830 Pursue him here, and fear mistakes no more: 890 Vol. II,
Belov'd revenge fresh rage to them affords; the former goes thither, to inform himself of Saulo
They came, but a new 1p'rit their hearts poffeft, ner of the celebration of it; and therein a digresion
Fonatban. David's resolution to fige anve; be Their cooler veins swell with a peaceful tide, parts with Jonatban, and falls
under a treti And the chaste streams with even current glide; A defeription of Pbansy; an angel makes up a via A sudden day breaks gently through their eyes, fion in David's brad; tbe vision itself, rubicb is, a And morning.blushes in their checks arise : 900 propbely of all the fucceffion of his roce till Cbrif's The thoughts of war, of blood, and murder, cease; time, with their most remarkable adions. Atlit In peaceful tunes they' adore the God of peace! awaking Gabriel alimes an human soups, and ca New messengers twice nore the tyrant sent, firms to bim tbe trutb of bis vision. And was twice more mock'd with the same event: 'd
UT now the early birds began call It sends him there himself: but on the way
Saul; His foolish anger a wise fury grew, And blessings from his mouth unbidden few: Both, as men thought, rose fresh from sweet His kingly robes he laid at Naioth down,
But both, alas! fron: refless labours rose :
For in Saul's breast, envy, the toilfome fin, $
She expell’d all forms of kindness, virtue, grace; The balm of all part wounds, kind tears, he thed. Of the past day do footstep left or trace;
So covetous Balaam, with a fond intentj 915. The new-blown sparks of his old rage appear, Of curfing the blett fecd, to Moab went :
Nor could his love dwell longer with his fear. 10 But as he went, his fatal tongue to sell,
So near a storm wise David would not stay, His ass taught him to speak, God to speak well,
Nor trust the glittering of a faithless day;
He saw the sun call in his beams apace, “ How comely are thy tents, oh lsracl!" (Thus he began) what conquests they foretel!
And angry clouds march up into their place; Less fair are orchards in their autumn pride, 921 Flattering the greedy merchant with a smile;
The sea itself smooths his rough brow awhile, is " Adorn'd with trces on some fair river's lide; “ Less fair are vallies, their green mantles spread!
But he, whose shipwreck'd bark it drank before, * Or mountains with tall ccdars on their head!
Sees the deceit and knows it would have more.
Such is the sea, and such was Saul. " "Twas God himself (thy God who must not fcar?)
But Jonathan, his son, and only good, Brought thee from bondage to be master herc. Was gentle as fair Jordan's useful flood; “ Slaughter fhall wear out these, new weapons
Whose innocent stream, as it in silence goes,
Fresh honours and a sudden spring bestows, get, " And death in triumph on thy darts Mall fit.
On both his banks, to every flower and tree; " When Judah's lion starts up to his prey,
The manner how lies hid, th' effe& we see. 25 The beasts hall hang their cars, and creep The man whose worth his father's hatred movd;
But more than all, more than himself, he lov'd away;
930 " When he lies down, the woods shall filence
For, when the noble youth at Damn in stood,
Adorn'd with sweat, and painted gay with blood, « And dreadiul tigers tremble at his sleep.
Jonathan pierc'd him thro' with greedy eye, 30 “ Thy curfers, Jacob! shall cwice cursed he;
And understood the future majesty * And he shall bless himself that blefles thee!"
Then destin'd in the glories of his look;
And head, already crown'd with golden hair:
He saw what mildness his bold fpirit did tame,
He saw his valour, by their safety prov'd;
He saw all this, and as he law he lov'd.
From what hid stock does thy strange nature THE ARGUMENT.
fpring? Tbe friendship betwixt Jonatban and David; and upon 'Tis thou that mov'st the world thro' every
tbal occasion a digreffion concerning the nature of part, Love. A dificurse beteveen Jonathan and David; And hold'st the vast frame close, that nothing 2fon ubi:b the latter abfent: kimilf from fourt, and Start,
Τ Η Ε.
From the due place and office first ordain'd; Thosc joys are full of dross, and thicker far; By thee were all things made, and are sustain'd. These, without matter clear and liquid arc. Sometimes we see thee fully, and can say
Such facred love does heaven's bright Spirits fill. From thence thou took'it thy rife, and went'st Where love is but to underitand and will
With swift and unscen motions; such as we But oftener the short beams of Reason's eye 50 Somewhat express in hcighten'd charity. See only There thou art, not How, nor Why. O ye blct One! whose love on earth became How is the leadstone, Nature's subtle pride, So pure that still in heaven 'tis but the fame! 115 By the rude iron woo'd, and made a bride? There now ye fit, and with mixt souls embrace, How was the weapon wounded? what hid flame Gazing upon great Love's mysterious face; The strong and conquering metal overcame? 55 And pity this base world, where friendship’s Love this world's grace) cxalts his natural state;
made He feels thee, Love! and feels nio more his weight. A bait for fin, or else at best a trade. Ye learned heads, whom ivy garlands grace, Ah, wondrous Prince! who a true friend could's Why does that twining plant the oak embrace ?
be, The oil, for courtship most of all unsit, 60 When a crown flatter'd, and Saul threaten'd thee! And rough as arc the winds that fight with it? Who held's him dear, whoie fars thy birth did How does the absent pole the needle move?
cross! How does his cold and ice beget hot love? And bought'st him nobly at a kingdom's loss ! Which are the wings of lightness to afcend? Israel's bright sceptre far less glory brings; Or why does weight to th' centre downwards There have been fewer friends on earth than bend?
kings. Thus creztures void of life obey thy laivs,
To this strange pitch their high affections few, Ard seldom we, they never, know the cause. Till Nature's felf searce luok'd on them as two. In the large flate, life gives the next degree, Hither flies David for advice and aid, Where Senti, and Good Apparent, places thce; As swist as love and danger could persuade : But thy chief palace is man's heart alone, 70 As safe in Jonathan's trust his thoughts remain Here are thy triumphs and full glories shown; As when hinil'lf but dreams them o'er again. IZI Handsome Defres, and Reit, about thee fice,
My deareft lord, farewell !” said he, “ fare. Union, Inheritance, Zeal, ard Extasy,
& well! With thousand joys cluster around thinc head, “ Heaven bless the king! may no misfortune tell O'er which a gall-lefs dove her wings does spread; “ 'Th' injustice of his hate when I am dead! A gentle lamb, purer and whiter far
76 “ They're coming now, perhaps ; my guiltless *Than consciences of thint own martyrs are,
135 Lics at thy fcet; and thy right-hand does hold “ Here in your fight, perhaps, must bleeding lie, The mystic feeptre of a cross of gold.
“ And scarce your own stand fase for being Thus doit thou fit (like men ere sin had fram'd 80 a guilty bluh) naked, but not afham'd.
“ Think me not scar'd with death, howe'er 't What cause then did the fabulous ancients find,
appear; When firit their fuperftition made thee blind? “ I know thou canst not think so : 'tis 'a fear 'Twas they, alas! 'iwas they who could not see, “ From which thy love and Dammin speaks me When they miitook that rionser Lust for thee. 85 Thou art a bright, but not consuming fiame; “ I've met him face to face, and ne'er could see Such in th'amazed bush to Mofes came;
« One terror in his looks to make me fly When that fecure its new-crown'd head did rcar, " When Virtue bids me stand; but I would die And chid the trembling branches' needless fear. “ So as becomes my life, so as may prove Tag darts are healthful gold, and downwards “ Saul's malice, and at least excuse your love.” 145 fall,
90 He stopt, and spoke some pallion with his eyes; Soft as the fea:hers that they're fletch'd withal. " Excellent friend !” the gallant Prince replies, Such, and no other, were those secret darts, “ Thou hast so prov'd thy virtucs that they're Which sweetly touch'd this noblest pair of hcarts;
“ known Säill to cne end they both so justly drew, “ To all good men, more than to each his own. As courteous doves together yok'd would do : 95, « Who lives in Israel, that can doubtful he 150 No weight of birth did on one side prevail, “ Of thy great actions ? for he lives by thee. Two twins less even lic in Nature's scale;
“ Such is thy valour, and thy vast success, They mingled fates, and both in cach did share, “ That all things but thy loyalty are less. They both were servants, they both princes were. “ And thould my father at thy ruin aira, If any joy to one of them was font,
“ 'Twould wound as much his safety as his fame : It was most his, to whom it least was meant; “ Think them not coming, then, to Nay. the And Fortune's malice betwixt both was croft,
136 For, triking one, it wounded th' other moft. " But doubt mishaps, as little as you fear; Never did marriage such true union find,
“For, by thy loving God, whoc'er design Or men's desires with so glad violence bind; 105 “ Against thy life, niust frike at it thro' mine, For, therc is still some tin&ture left of fin,
“ But I my royal father must acquit
160 And fill the lex will nccds be stealing-in.
“ From such base guilt, or the low thought of it
" Think on his softness when from death he freed “ Whose headstrong will no law or conscience “ The faithless king of Amalek's cursed seed; u Can he to a friend, to'a son, so bloody grow, “ Dares he not sin, do you think, without you “ He who ev'n sinn'd but now to spare a foe? 165
grant ? « Admit he could; but with what strength or " Yes, if the truth of our fix'd love he knew,
" He would not doubt, believe 't, to kill ev's “ Could he so long close and seal up his hcart?
you." “ Such connfels jealous of themselves becomie, The Prince is mov'd, and strait prepares to find “ And dare not fix without consent of some; The deep resolves of his griev'd father's mind: “ Few men fo boldly ill, great fins to do, 170 The danger now appears, Love can foon show “ Till licens'd and approv'd by others too. And force his stubborn piety to know 't. “ No more (belicve 't) could he hide this from me, They' agree that David should conceal'd abide, « Than I, had he discover'd it, from thee.” Till his great friend had the Court's temper try'd
Here they embraces join, and almost tcars; Till he had Saul's most secret purpose found, Till gentle David thus new proy'd his fears : 175 And search'd the depth and rancour of his wound “ The praise you pleas'd (great Prince!) on me 'Twas the year's seventh-born moon, the folem to spend,
feast “ Was all out-spoken when you stil'd me Friend; That with most noise its facred mirth exprefs d. “ That name alone does dangerous glories bring, From opening morn till night shuts in the day, “ And gives excuse to th' envy of a king. On trumpets and thrill horns the Levites play. “ What did his spear, force, and dark plots, im- Whether by this in mystic type we fee 23 part,
180 | The New-ycar's-day of great eternity, “ But fume eternal rancour in his heart?
When the chang'd moon shall no more change “ Still does he glance the fortune of that day
make, “ When drown'd in his own blood Goliah lay, And scatter'd deaths by trumpets' sound awake " And cover'd half the plain ; ftill hears the found Or that the Law be kept in memory still, “ How that vast monster fell, and struck the Given with like noise on Sinai's shining hill; 23ground :
185 Or that (as some mon teach) it did orile « The dance, and David his ten thousands New,' From faithful Abram's righteous facrifice, “ Still wound his fickly foul, and still are new. Who, whilst the Ram on Ifaac's fire did fry, “ Great acts, t' ambitious princes, treasurs grow, His horn with joyful tunes stood sounding by. “ So much they hate that safety which they owe. Obfcure the cause; but God his will declar'd, 140 “ Tyrants dread all whom they raise high in And all nice knowledge then with ease is spar'd place,
190 At the third hour Saul to the hallow'd tent, “ From the Good, danger; froin thc Bad, dis- | 'Midst a large train of priests and courtiers, went grace:
The sacred herd march'd proud and softly by; " They doubt thợ lords, mistrust the people's Too fat and gay to think their deaths fo nigh.
Hard fate of beasis, more innocent than we! “ Till blood beconie a principle of state : Prey to our luxury, and our piety! “ Secur'd nor by their guards, nor by their right, Whose guiltless blood, on boards and altars spilt. “ But still they fear ev’n more than they affright. Scrves both to make, and expiate too, our guilt « Pardon me, Sir! your father's rough and stern; Three bullocks of free neck, two gilded rams, 25 “ His will too strong to bend, too proud to learn: Two well-wah'd goats, and fourteen spotles “ Remember, Sir! the honey's deadly sting;
lambs, " Think on that savage justice of the king; With the three vital fruits, wine, oil, and brcad “ When the same day that saw you do before 200 (Small fees to Heaven of all by which we're fed. “ Things above man, thould see you man no Arc offer'd up; the hallow'd flames arise,
And faithful prayers mount with them to th “ 'Tis true th' accursed Agag mov'd his ruth,
25. “ He pitied his tall limbs and comely youth. Fronı hence the king to th' putmost court i “ Had seen, alas! the proof of Heaven's fierce brought,
Where heavenly things an infpir'& prophet taught “ And feard no mischief from his powerless And from the facred tent to his palace-gates, 6 fate:
205 With glad kind shouts th' assembly on him waits “ Remember how th'cid Seer came raging down, The cheerful horns before him loudly play, 26 " And taught him boldly to suspect his crown; And fresh-strew'd flow'rs paint his triumphant “ Since then, his pride quakes at th’ Almighty's
Thus in flow state to th' palace-hall they go, “ Nor dares he love the man belov'd by God, Rich drest for folemn luxury and show: “ Hence his deep rage and trembling envy Ten pieces of bright tap'lery hung the room, springs
The noblest work e'er stretch'd on Syrian loon, “ (Nothing so wild as jcalonsy of kings !) For wealthy Adriel in proud Sidon wrought, 266 “ Whom Tould he counsel ask, with whom And given to Saul when Saul's best gift he fought “ advise,
The bright-ey'd Merab; for that mindsul day " Who Realon and God's counsel does despise? No ornament so proper seem'd as they.