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556 " Al joys, of several stamp and colours, came “ The plagues of Dagon! a smooth boy, said he, “ From several paflions : some his valour praise, * A curled heardless foe, oppos'd to me!

* Some his free speech, some the fair popular rays “ Hell! with what arms (hence, thou fond child !) * Of youth, and beauty, and his modest guise ; “ he's come!

Gifts that mov'd all, but charm'd the female " Some friend his mother call, to drive him home.

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610 “ Not gone yet! if one minute more thou stay, Some wonder, some they thought 'twould be so, « The birds of heaven shall bear thee dead away.

" swear; « Gods! a curs'd hoy !--the rest then murmuring “ And some saw angels flying through the air : cut,

“ The bafes spirits cast back a crouked glance " He walks, and casts a deadly grin about. “ On this great act, and fain would give 't to « David, with cheerful anger in his eyes, 565

« Chance. “ Advances boldly on, and thus replies :

“ Women 'our host with songs and dances meet, « Thou com'it, vain man ! ail arm'd into the field, “ With much joy Saul, David with more, they " And truftest those war toys, thy sword and

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“ Hence the king's politic rage and envy flows, Thy pride's my spear, thy blafphemies my « Which first he hides, and his life t' expose i sword;

“ To generous dangers, that his hate might My shield, thy Maker, fool! the mighty Lord * Of thee and battles; who hath sent forth me “ And Fate or Chance the blame, nay David, “ Unarm'd thus, not to fight, but conquer, thee.

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620 " In vain shall Dagon, thy false hope, withstand; “ So vain are man's designs! for Fate and Chance, " In vain thy other god, thine own right hand : “ And Earth and Heaven, conspir’d to his adThy fall to man shall Heaven's Irong justice “ fhcw;

575 “ His beauty, youth, courage, and wondrous wit, * Wretch! 'tis the only good which thou canst du. " In all mankind but Saul did love beget.

" He said ; our host stood dully filent by; “ Not Saul's own house, not his own nearest * And durit not trust their ears against the eye ;

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625 " As much their champion's threats to him they “ The noble cause's sacred force withstood.' " fear'd,

“ You've met no doubt, and kindly us'd, the fame " As when the monster's threats to them they " Of God-like Jonathan's illustrious name; « heard.

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“ A name which every wind to heaven would " His flaming sword th' enrag'd Philistian Shakes,

“ bear, " And haste this ruin with loud curses makes; " Which men to speak, and angels joy to hear. " Backward the winds his active curses blew, “No angel c'er bore to his brother Mind 631 “ And fatally round his own head they flew : " A kindness more exalted and refin'd, * For now from David's fling the stone is fled, “ Than his to David; which look'd nobly down, And Atrikes with joyful noise thc monster's And scorn'd the false alarums of a crown.

586 “ At Dammin field he stood, and from his place " It strook his forehead, and pierc'd deeply there, « Leap'd forth, the wondrous conqueror to em. " As swiftly as it pierc'd before the air :

636 Down, down he falls, and bites in vain the “ On him his niantle, girdle, sword, and bow, ground;

« On him his heart and soul, he did beflow; « Blood, brain, and soul, crond mingled through “ Not all that Saul could threaten or persuade, the wound!

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“ In this close knot the smallest looseness made. 640 “ So a strong oak, which many years had stood “ Ost his wife care did the king's rage suspend;

With fair and flourishing boughs, itself a wood “ His own life's danger shelter'd of his friend;

Though it might long the axe's violence bear, “ Which he expos'd a facrifice to fall “ And play'd with winds which other trees did By th’undiscerning rage of furious Saul.

“ Nor was young David's active virtue grown " Yet by the thunder's stroke from th' root 'tis Strong and triumphant in one sex alonc.; 646

" Imperious Beauty too it. durst invade, (So sure the blows that from high Heaven are “ And deeper prints in the fuft breast it made : sent!)

“ For there, Eiteem and Friendship's graver " What tongue the joy and wonder can express, “ Which did that monent our whole host poffcss! “ Passion was pour'd, like oil into the flame. 650 " Their jocund ihouista'air like a form did tear, Like two bright eyes in a fair body placid, " Th'amized clouris iled swift away with fear: • Saul's royal houte two beauteous diughters " Bur far more swift th' accursid Philistines fly,

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“ Merab the fint, Michal the younger, nand; " With thousand corpse the ways around are " Both cqually for different glories fam'd.

“ Merab with spacious beauiy fills the tight, 655 * Till they by the day's flight secure their own.

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“ Like a calm fea, which to th' enlarged view “ Long liv'd they thus;-but, as the hunted deet, “ Gives pleasure, but gives fear and reverence too. Closely pursued quits all her wonted fear, * Michal’s sweet looks clear and free joys did “ And takes the nearest waves; which from the

“ shore “ And no less strong, though much more gentle, “ She oft with horror had beheld before :

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“ So, whilst the violent maid from David fled. “ Like virtuous kings, whom men rejoice t' obey “ She leap'd to Adriel's long-avoided bed; 716 “ (Tyrants themselves less absolute than they). “ The match was nam'd, agreed, and finish'd “ Merab appear'd like some fair princely tower;

“ strait; Michal, Tome virgin-queen's delicious bower. “ (So soon comply'd Saul's envy with her hate!) " All Beauty's stores in little and in

great; 665 “ But Michal, in whose breast all virtues move, * But the contracted beams shot fierceft heat. “ That hatch the pregnant seeds of sacred love, “ A clean and lively brown was Merab's dye, “ With juster eyes the noble object meets, 721 “ Such as the prouder colours might envy: “ And turns all Merab's poison into sweets: “ Michal's pure skin tone with such taintless “ She saw, and wonder'd how a youth unknown h white,

“ Should make all fame to come so soon his own : " As scatter'd the weak rays of human fight: 670“ She saw and wonder'd how a lepherd's « Her lips and cheeks a nobler red did shew,

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725 “ Than e'er on fruits or flowers heaven's pencil “ Despisid that sword at which the sceptre fhook; " drew;

Though he seventh-born, and though his house * From Merab's eyes fierce and quick lightnings came,

“ She knew it noble was, and would be more. " From Michal's, the sun's mild, yet active, ilame: « Oft had she heard, and fancy'd oft the light, * Merab's long hair was glolly chesnut brown; “ With what a generous calm he march'd to “ Tresses of palelt gold did Michal crown. 676

730 * Such was their outward form; and one might “ In the great danger how exempt from fear, " find

“ And after it from pride, he did appear. * A difference not unlike it in the mind,

“ Greatness and goodness, and an air divine, “ Merah with comely majefty and state “ She saw through all his words and actions shine ; * Bore high th' advantage of her worth and fate; “ She heard his eloquent tongue, and charming Such humble sweetness did fost Michal show,681

735 " That none who reach so high e'er stoop'd so low. " Whose artful sounds did violent love inspire, “ Merab rejoic'd in her wrack'd lovers' pain, “ Though us'd all other passions to relieve: " And fortify'd her virtue with difuain: “ She weigh'd all this; and well we may conceive, * The griefs the caus'd, gave gentle Michal " When those strong thoughts attack'd her doubts « grief

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« ful breast, * (She wilh'd her beauties liss, for their relief); “ His beauty no less active than the rest. 740 * Ev'n to her captives civil; yet th' excess “ The fire thus kindled soon grew fierce and great, " Of naked virtue guarded her no less.

" When David's breast reflected back its heat. " Business and power Merab's large thoughts did “ Svon she perceiv'd (scarce can Love hidden

vex; * Her wit disdain'd the fetters of her sex : 690 " From any sight, much less the loving eye) « Michal no less disdain'd affairs and noise, “ She conqueror was, as well as overcome, 745 " Yet did it not from ignorance, but choice. “ And gain'd no less abroad than loft at home. " lo brief, both copies were more sweetly drawn; « Ev’n the first hour they met (for such a pair, 4 Merab of Sani, Michal of Jonathan.

" Who in all mankind else so matchless were, “ The day that David great Goliah lew, 695 “ Yet their own equals, Nature's self does wed) « Not great Guliah's sword was mure his duc “ A mutual warmth through both their bosoms “ Than Merab; by Saul's public promise the

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750 • Was sold then, and betroth'd to Victory; “ Fate gave the signal; both at once began But haughty the did this just match despise “ The gentle race, and with just pace they ran. (Her pride debauch'd her judgment and her “ Even so, mcthinks when two fair tapers come cyes).

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“ From several doors, entering at once the room, “ An unknown youth, ne'er seen at court before,“ With a swift fight, that leaves the eye behind,

Who shepherd's ftaff; ard hepherd's habit, bore, " Their amorous lights into one light are join'd. • The seventh-born son of no rich house-were “ Nature hersell, were she to judge the case, “ fill

“ Knew not which first began the kind embrace. Th’unpleasant forms which her high thoughts “ Michal her modeft fames

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“ But,love ev'n th’art to hide it does reveal : 760 • And much aversion in her stubborn mind 705 “ Her fost unpraQis’d eyes betray'd the theft, “ Was bred by being promis'd and design'd. “ Love pass’d through them, and there such footLong had the patient Adriel humbly borne

“ steps left! « The roughest shocks of her imperious forn : “ She bluth'd when he approach'd, and when he * Adriel the rich; but riches were in vain, 46 And could not set him free, nor her enchain 710 “ Ard suddenly her wandering answers broke

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“ Your picty does that tender point secure, “ (As fare it has) e'er touch'd your pri “ Nor will my acts such humble thoughts endure:

“ breast, “ Your nearness to 't rather supports the crown, 'Twill to your gentle thoughts at full for “ And th' honours given to you encrease our “ All that was done, or faid; the grief,

876 “ All that we can we'll give; 'tis our intent, “ His troubled joys, and her obliging tean “ Both as a guard and as an ornament,

“ In all the pomp of paffion's reign they pure “ To place thee neat ourselves; Heaven does ap And bright prophetic forms enlarge his hea prove,

Viciory and fame, and that inore quick de And my son's friendship, and my daughter's love, “ Of the rich prize for which he was to fight Guide fatally, methiols, my willing choice; “ Tow'rds Gath he went, and in one mus “ I fee, micthinks, Heaven in 't, and I rejoice. “ Blush not, my lun! that Michal's love I name, “ A fatal and a willing work is done!) « Nor nced the blush to hear it; 'tis no fame “ A double dower, two hundred foreskins, brun “ Nor secret now; same does it loudly tell, 885 “ Of choice Philiftian knights with what “ And all men but thy rival, like it well.

fought, “ f Meral's choice could have comply'd with “ Men that in birth and valour did excel,

“ Fit for the cause and hand by which they “ Mirab, my elder comfort, had been thine : “ Now was Saul caught ; nor longer could “ And her's, at last, should have with mine com “ The two refiftless lovers' happy day.

Though this day's coning long had seem' “ Had I not thine and Michal's heart defcry'd.

flow, • " Take whom thou lov'it, and who loves thee; “ Yet seem'd its stay as long and tedious com " the last

891 “ For, now the violent weighit of eager love “ And dearest present made me by the chaste “ Did with morc haste fo near its centre nou Ahinoa.n; vad, unless the me deceive,

“ He curs'd the stops of form and late, wi “ When I to Jonathan my crown fhall leave, “ 'Twill be a smaller gift.

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“ In this lait ftage, like scandals, in his way. “ If I thy generous thoughts may undertake “On a large gentle hill crowa’d with tall w “ To guess, they are what jointure thou shalt “ Near where the regai Gabaah proudly stea “ make

“ A tent was pitch d, of green wrought dark “ Fitting her birth and fortune: and, since so

" made, “ Custom ordains, we mean t'exact it too. “ And feem'd but the fresh forett's natural beado “ The jointure we exad is, that shall be 900 “ Various and vast within, on pillars borne “No less advantage to thy fame than she. Of Shittim-wood, that usefully adorn. “ Go where Philiftian troops infcft the land, “ Hither to grace the nuptial-fdalt, does Sari “ Renew the terrors of thy conquering hand; “ Of the twelve tribes ih elders and cap “ When thine own hand, which needs niuit conqueror prove,

“ And all around the idle, busy crowd “ In this joint cause of honour and of love, 905 “ With thouts and bleslings till their joy “ An hundred of the saithless foe shall flay, “Lo! the press breaks, and from their ser " And for a dower their hundred foreskins pay,

“ homes “ Be Michal thy reward: did we not know “ In decent pride the bride and bridegrooni crt**

Thy mighty fate, and worth that makes it in, “ Before the bride, in a lorg double row “ We should not cheaply that dear blood espose, “ With solemn pace thirty choice virgins ge, “ Which we to mingle with our own had chose : “ And make a moving galaxy on earth; “ But thou'rt secure; and, since this disech of “ All heavenly beauties, all of highest birth; y " thine

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hair; “ And give triumphant omens of thy racc. 915 “ All in that new-blown age which does in s “ Thus fpoke the king: the happy youth bow'd " Warmth in themselves, in their beholier tre “ low :

“ But all this, and all else the fun did c'ct, 9 Modest and graceful his great joy did show, “ Or fancy sce, in her less-bounded sphere, “ The noble talk well picas'd lis generous mind, “ The bride herself out-fhone ; and one would “ And nought i'cxcept against it could he find, “ They made but the faint dawn to her full du “ But that his misrcl' price too cheap appear'd; « Behind a numerous train of ladies went, “ No dang-r, but her scorn of it, ho fear'd. 921 “ Who on their dress much fruitles care ha fet “ She with much different finse the news receiv'd, “ Vain gems, and unregarded cott, they bore, " At her high rate the trembled, bluf'd, and “ For all men's cyes were ty'd to those h.:.. “ griev'd;

- The bridegrooni's flourithing troop ic. « 'Twas a less work the conqucft of his foes, “ Than to obtain her leave his life t'expofc. 925 “ With thirty comcly youths of noblest race, “ Their kind debate on this soft point would “ That march'a bcrore; and Heaven arouni

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THE ARGUMENT. was to And all the chiefs in their due order press. in obt-Firit Saul de clar'd his choice, and the just cause, Moab carries his guests to bunt at Nebo; in the wag

Avow'd by' a general murmur of applause; falls into difcourse arith David, and difires to knoto - don: Then lign'd her dower; and in few words he of bin the ranfons of the charge of government in Eorekin pray'd,

Ifraed; bow Saul came to the crown, and the fiory *** And bleit

, and gave the joyful, trembling maid of bim and Jonctban. David's speech, containing T her lover's hands; who, with a cheerful the fate of ibe commonweclib under the Judges ;

996 the mutives for rebich the people desired a king; their which And humble gesture, the vast present took. Deputies' Speal to Samuel upon that subject, and his nget The nuptial-hy mn strait sounds, and musics reply. The offembling of the people at the tabernay dari play

cle, to encuire God's pleasure. God's speech. The had. And fcafts and balls shorten the thoughtless day

character of Saul; lis anointing by Samuel, and To all but to the wedded; till at last

elec?ion big lot; the defeciion of bis people. The d teos The long-wish'd night did her kind shadow war of Nabalo king of immo: againk Jabe

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Gilead; Saul and Jonathan's recieving of the town. s cecs At last th' inestimable hour was come

Inatban's charaiter; bis finale fight avith Nabafe, and -- To lead his conquering prey in triumph home.

ulom ke pays, and fats lis army. Tix confirmaT'a palace near, drest for the nuptial-bed, tion of Saut's kingdom at Gilgal, and the manner of in bir part of her dower) he his fair princess led; 1005

Saniel's quitting his office of Judge. The war Saul, the high-priest, and Samuel, here they avith tbe Pbilifines at Macmas: their strength, and

tle treakness of Saul's forces ; bis exercifing of the VIC: Who, as they part, their weighty blessings give. priejtly function, and the judgment denounced by Her vail is now put on; and at the gate

Samuel apzinfi bim. Jonathan's discourse with his 5. The thirty youths and thirty virgins wait Ffquire ; tbuir fulling clone ufor the enemy's outTam With golden lamps, bright as the fames they guards at Senes, and after upon the scbole army; the

evonderful defeat of it. Soul's rafo vow, by ubich 1,5To light the nuptial-pomp, and march before; Jonathan is to be put to deatis, but is faved by the -52 The rest bring home in state the happy pair,

people. To that last scene of bliss, and leave them there All those free jocs infatiably to prove, T'

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Moab (whom temperance did ftill vigorous koop,

And regal cares had us'd to moderate sleep) In which the pablic nuptial triumphs laft,

Up with the sun arose ; and, having thrice 5 When Saul this new alliance did repent

With lifted lands bow'd towards his shining rise, (Such subtle cares his jealous thoughts torment !)

And thrice tow'rds Phegor, his Baal's holiest hill He envy'd the good work himself had done; 1020

(With good and pious prayers, directed ill) Feard David lefs, his servant than his fon.

Callid to the chace his friends, wlio for him No longer his wild wrath could he command;

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The glad dogs bark'd, the checríul horses neigh'd. ** In his son's blood; and, that twice cheated Moab his chario: mounts, drawn by four steeds, II

The best and noblest chat fresh Zirith brecds, * With troops and amics does one life pursue. All white as snow, and spriteful as the light, " Said I but one! his thirsty rage extends 1026

With scarlet trapt, and foaming gold they bite. * To th' lives of all his kindred and his friends;

He into it young David with him took, 15 Ev'n Jonathan had dy'd for being so,

Did with respect and wonder on him look " Had not just God put.by th’ unnatural blow.

Since last night's fory, and with greedier car " You see, Sir, the true cause which brings us

The man, of whom so much he hcard, did hear.

The well-born youth of all his flourishing court * No fullen discontent, or groundless fear;

March gay behind, and joyful, to the sport; 20 * No guilty act or end calls us from home ;

Some arm'd with bows, fome with firaight javeOnly to breathe in peace awhile we come;

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