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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

need. ow'd;

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

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Belov'd revenge fresh rage to them affords; the former goes thither, to inform himself of Saulo Some part of him all promise to their swords. resolution. The feast of the New-Moon : the mor

They came, but a new 1p'rit their hearts poffeft, ner of the celebration of it; and therein a digresion Scattering a facred calm through every breast : of the hiflory of Abraban. Suul's speech upon DaThe surrows of their brow, so rough erewhile, vid's absence from tbe feiifi, and bis anger agains Sink down into the dimples of a smile; 896

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,

repose;

But both, alas! fron: refless labours rose : Began to understand, and scorn, his crown; 910 Employ'd his mounting thoughts on nobler things, Had all that night active and tyrannous been:

For in Saul's breast, envy, the toilfome fin, $ Ard felt more solid joys than empire brings: Embrac'd his wondering son, and on his head,

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?)

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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;
He faw, and strait was with amazement strook,
To see the strength, the scature, and the grace
of his young limbs: hc saw his comely face, 35
Where love and reverence so well mingled were ;

And head, already crown'd with golden hair:
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He saw what mildness his bold fpirit did tame,
Gentler than light, yet powerful as a frame:

He saw his valour, by their safety prov'd;
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He saw all this, and as he law he lov'd.
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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,

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