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And fits them to his sling; then marches down ; 'Their jocund shouts th' air like a storm did lear,
With thousand corpse the ways around are "Now in the valley he stands; through's youth
strown, ful face
Till they by the day's flight secure their own. Wrath checks the beauty, and sheds manly Now through the camp sounds nought but David's grace,
name, Both in his looks so join’ol that they might move All joys, of several stamp and colours, came Fear ev'n in friends, and from an enemy love; From several passions : some his valour praise, Hot as ripe noon, sweet as the blooming day, Sume his free speech, some the fair popular Like July furious, but more fair than May.
rays Th'accurs'd Philistian stands on th' other side, Of youth, and beauty, and his modest guise; Grambling aloud, and smiles 'twixt rage and Gifts that mov'd all, but charm'd the female pride.
eyes. " The plagues of Dacon ! a smooth boy,' said he, Some wonder, some, they thought't would be so, *A cursed beardless foe opres'd to me! Hell! with what anns (hence thou ford child) | And some saw angels flying through the air : he's come!
The basest spirits cast back a crooked glance Some friend his mother call to drive him home. On this great act, and fain would give 't to Not gone yet? if one minute more thou stay,
Chance. The birds of heaven shall bear thee dead away. Women our host with songs and dances meet, Gods ! a curs'd boy !--the rest then murmuring With much joy Saul, David with more, they out,
greet. He walks and casts a deadly grin about. Hence the king's politic rage and envy flows, David with cheerful apger in his eyes,
Which first he hides, and seeks his life t'exAdvances boldly on and thus replies:
pose • Thou com'st vain man! all arın'd into the field, To generous dangers, that his hate might clear, And trustest those war toys, thy sword and And Fateor Chance the blame, nay David, bear. shield:
So vain are man's designs ! for Fate and Chance, Thy pride's my spear, thy blasphemics my And Earth and Heaven, conspird to his advance: sword;
His beauty, youth, courage, and wondrous wit, My shield, thy Maker, fool! the mighty Lord In all mankind but Saul did love beget. of thee and battles; who haih sent forth me Not Saul's own house, not his own nearest blood, Unarm'd thus, not to fight, but conquer thee. The reble cause's sacred truth withstood. In vain shall Dagon, thy false hope withstard; You've met, no doubt, and kindly us'd, the In vain thy other god, thine own right hand:
fame Thy fall to man shall Heaven's strong justice Of God-like Jonathan's illustrious name; shew;
A name which every wind to Heaven wonld bear, Wretch ! 'tis the only good that thou can'st | Which men to speak and angels joy to hear. do.'
No angel e'er bore to his brother mind “ He said ; our host stood dully silent by; 1 A kindness more exalted and refin'd, And durst pot trust their ears against the eye; Than his to David ; which look'd nobly down, As much their champion's threats to him they And scorn'd the false alarums of a crown. fear'd,
At Dammin field he stood, and from his place Aswhen themonster's threats to them they heard. Leap'd forth the wondrous conqueror to emHis flanurg sword the enrag'd Philistian slakes, brace; And haste t'bis ruin with loud curses makes; On him bis mantle, girdle, sword, and bow, Backwards the winds his active curses blew, On him his heart and soul he did bestow : And fatally round his own head they flew : Not all that Saul could threaten or persuade, For no;y from David's sling the stone is fled, In this close knot the smallest loseness made. And strikes with joyful noise the monster's head; | Oft bis wise care did the king's rage suspend; It strook his forehead, and pierc'd deeply there, His own life's danger shelter'd oft his friend; As swiftly as it pierc'd before ihe air :
Which he expos'd a sacrifice to fall Down, down he falls, and bites in vain the By th' undiscerning rage of furious Saul. ground:
Nor was young David's active virtue grown Blood, brain, and soul, croud mingled through Strong and triumphant in one sex alone; the wound!
Imperious Peauty too it durst invade, So a strong oak, which many years had stoud And deeper prints in the soft breast it made : With fair and flourishing boughs itself a wood- For there, t' Esteem and Friendship's graver Though it might long the axe's violence bear,,
name, And play'd with winds which other trees did | Passion was pour'd, like oil into the flane. tear
Like two bright eyes in a fair body plac'd, Yet by the thunder's stroke from th' root 'tis Saul's royal house two beauteous daughters - rent
grac'd ; (So sure the blows that from high Heaven are Merab the first, Michal the younger nam'd, sent!)
Both equally for different glories fam'd. What tongue the joy and wonder can express, Merab with spacious beauty bill'd the sight, Which did that moment our whole hust possess ! But too much awe chastis'd the bold delight:
Like a caliñ sea, which to th' enlarged view But Michal, in whose breast all virtues move, Gives pleasure, but gives fear and reverence too. That hatch the pregnant seeds of sacred love, Michal's sweet looks clear and free joys did With juster eyes the noble object meets, move,
And turns all Merab's poison into sweets: And no less strong, though much more gentle, She saw, and wonder'd how a youth unknown love:
Should make all fame to come so soon his own: Like virtuous kings, whom men rejoice t obey She saw, and wonder'd how a shepherd's crooks (Tyrants themselves less absolute than they). Despis'd that sword at which the sceptre shook ; Merab appear'd like some fair princely tower; Though he seventh-born, and tho' his house but Michal, some virgin-queen's delicious bower.
poor; All Beauty's stores in little and in great;
She knew it noble was, and would be more. But the contracted beams shot fiercest heat. Oft had she heard, and fancy'd oft the sight, A clean and lively brown was Merab's dye, With what a generous calm he march'd to fight; Such as the prouder colours might envy :
In the great danger how exempt from fear, Michal's pare skin shone with such taintless And after it from pride, he did appear. white,
Greatness and goodness, and an air divine, As scatter'd the weak rays of huinan sight; She saw through all his words and actions shine ; Her lips and cheeks a nobler red did shew, She heard his eloquent tongue, and charming Than e'er on fruits or flowers Heaven's pencil
Whose artful sounds did violent love inspire, From Verab's eyes fierce and quick lightnings Though us'd all other passions to believe : came,
She weigh'd all this; and well we may conceive, From Michal's, the Sun's mild, yet active, flame: | When those strong thoughts attack'd her doubtrul Merab's long hair was glossy chesnut brown;
breast, Tresses of palest gold did Michal crown.
His beauty no less active than the rest. Such was their outward form; and one might find the fire thus kindled soon grew fierce and great, A ditlerence not unlike it in the mind.
When David's breast reflected back its heat. Merab with comely majesty and state
Soon she perceiv'd (scarce can love hidden lie Bore high th' advantage of her worth and fate; From any sight, much less the loving eye) Such humble sweetness did soft Michal show, She conqueror was, as well as overcome, That none who reach so high e'er stoop'd so low. And gain'd no less abroad than lost at home. Merab rejoic'd in her wrack'd lovers' pain, Ev'n the first hour they met (for such a pair, And fortify'd her virtue with disdain :
Who in all mankind else so matchless were, The griefs she caus'd, gave gentle Michal grief Yet their own equals, Nature's self does wed) (She wish'd her beauties less, for their relief); A mutual warmth through both their bosoms Ev'n to her captives civil; yet th' excess
spread: Of naked virtue guarded her no less. (vex; fate gave the signal; both at once began Business and power Merab's large thoughts did The gentle race, and with just pace they ran. Her wit disdain'd the fetters of her sex :
Ev'n so, methinks, when two fair tapers come Michal no less disdain'd affairs and noise,
From several doors, entering at once the room, Yet did it not from ignorance, but choice. With a swift flight, that leaves the eye behind, In brief, both copies were more sweetly diawn; Their amorous lights into one light are join'd. Merab of Saul, Michal of Jonatban.
Nature herself, were she to judge the case, "The day that David great Goliah slew, Knew not which first began the kind embrace. . Not great Goliah's sword was more his due Michal her modest flames sought to conceal, Than Merab; by Saul's public promise she But love even th' art to hide it does reveal: Was sold then, and betroth'd to victory;
Her soft unpractis'd cyes betray'd the theft, But haughty she did this just match despise Love pass'd through them, and there such foot(Her pride debauch'd her judgment and her
steps left! eyes).
She blush'd when he approach'd, and when he An unknown youth, ne'er seen at court before,
spoke; Who shepherd's staff, and shepherd's habit, bore, And suddenly her wandering answers broke The seventh-born son of no rich house-were still At his name's sound; and, when she heard him Th' unpleasant forms which her high thoughts
prais'd, did fill:
With concern'd haste her thoughtful looks she And much aversion in her stubborn mind
rais'd. Was bred by being promis'd and design'd. Uncallid-for sighs oft from her bosom few, Long had the patient Adriel humbly borne And Adriel's active friend she abruptly grew. The roughest shocks of her imperious scorn: Oft, when the court's gay youth stood waiting Adriel the rich; but riches were in vain,
She strove to act a cold indifferency; [by, And could not set him free, nor her enchain. In vain she acted so constrain'd a part, Long liv'd they tbus;-but, as the hunted deer, I For thousand nameless things disclos'd her heart: Closely pursued, quits all her wonted fear, . On th' other side, David with silent pain And takes the nearest waves, which from the Did in respectful bounds his fires contain: She oft with horrourhad beheld before : [shore His humble fear t’ offend, and trembling awe, I So, whilst the violent majd from David fled, Impos'd on him a no-less rigorous law She leap'd to Adriel's long-avoided bed;
Than modesty on her; and, though he strove The match was nam'd, agreed, and finish'd, To make her see 't, he durst not tell his love. straight;
To tell it first, the timorous youth made chuice (So soon comply'd Saul's envy with her hate!) of Music's bolder and more active voice;
And thus, beneath her window, did he touch with ease a brother's lawful power o'erca me
She first with all her heart forgave the past,
Lo here the happy point of prosperous love! •AWAKE, awake, my Lyre!
Which ev'n enjoyment seldom can improve. And tell thy silent master's humble tale,
Themselres agreed, which scarce could fail In sounds that may prevail ;
alone; Sounds that gentle thoughts inspire :
All Israel's wish concorrent with their own; Though so exalted she,
A brother's powerful aid firm to the side ; And I so lowly be,
By solemn vow the king and father tyd: Tell her, such different notes make all thy har | All jealous fears, all nice disguises, past, mony.
All that in less-ripe love offends the taste;
In either's breast their souls both meet and wed, Hark! how the strings awake:
Their heart the nuptial-temple and the bed. And, though the moving hand approach not near, And, though the grosser cates were yet not drest, Themselves with awful fear,
By which their bodies must supply this feast, A kind of numerous trembl.og make.
Bold hopes prevent slow pleasure's lingering birth, Now all thy forces try,
As saints, assurd of Heaven, enjoy 't on Earth. Now all thy charms apply,
All this the king observ'd; and well be saw Revenge upon her ear the conquests of her eye. What scandal, and what danger, it might draw.
T'oppose this just and popular match ; but meant · Weak Lyre! thy virtue sure
T'out-malice all refusals by consent. Is useless here, since thou art only found
He meant the poisonous grant should mortal To cure, but not to wound,
prove; And she to wound, but not to cure.
He meant t ensnare his virtue by his love:
And thus he to him spoke, with more of art
And fraud, than well became the kingly part:Physic to other ills, thou 'rt nourishment to Your valour, David, and high worth, said he, love.
To praise is all men's duty, inine to see
Rewarded ; and we shall t'our utmost powers Sleep, sleep again, my Lyre!
Do with like care that part, as you did yours. For thou canst never tell my humble tale Forbid it, God! we like those kings should prore, In sounds that will prevail;
Who fear the virtues which they 're bound to Nor gentle thoughts in her inspire :
Your piety does that tender point secure,
Nor will my acts such humble thoughts endure: Sleep, slcep again, my Lyre; and let thy mas Your nearness tu't rather supports the crown, ter die.'
And th' honours given to you increase our own.
All that we can we 'll give ; 'tis our intent, “ She heard all this, and the prevailing sound Both as a guard and as an ornament, prore, Touch'd with delightful pain her tender wound. To place thee next ourselves; Heaven does arYet, though she joy'd thi authentic news to hear, And my son's friendship, and my daughter's Of what she guess'd before with jealous fear,
lore, Sie check'd her forward joy, "and blush'd for Guide fatally, methinks, my willing choice; shame,
j I see, methinks, Heaven in 't, and I rejoice. And did his boldness with forc'd anger blame. Blush not, my son ! that Michal's love I name, The senseless rules which first false honour taught, Nor need she blush to hear it; 'tis ng shame And into laws the tyrant custom brought
Nor secret now; fame does it loudy tell, Which woinen's pride and folly did invent,
And all men but thy rivals like it well. Their lovers and themselves too to torment, If Merab's choice could have complied with mine, Made her next day a grave displeasure fain, Merab, my elder comfort, had been thine: And all her words, and all her looks, constrain And her's, at last, should have with mine comBefore the trembling youth; who, when he saw |
ply'd, His vital light her wonted beams withdraw, Had I not thine and Michal's heart descry'd. He curs'd his voice, his fingers, and his lyre, Take whom thou lov'st, and who loves thee; the He curs'd his too-hold tongue, and bold desire;
last In vain he cursed the last, for that still grew; And dearest present made me hy the chaste From all things food its strong complexion drew; | Ahinoam; and, unless she me deceive, His joy and hope their cheerful motions ceaside | When I to Jonathan my crown shall leave, His life decay'd, but still his love increas'd; 'Twill be a smaller gist. Whilst she, whose heart approv'd not her disdain, If I thy generous thoughts may undertake Saw and endur'd his pains with greater pain. To guess, they are what jointure thou shalt make But Jonathan, to whom' both hearts were known, | Fitting her birth and fortune: and, since so With a concernment equal to their own
Custom ordains, we mean t'exact it too. (Joyful that Heaven with his sworn love comply'd The jointure we exact is, that shall be To draw that knot more last which he had ty'd) No less advantage to thy fame than sbe. With well-tim'd zeal, and with an artful care, Go where Philistian troops infest the lanit, Restor'd, aud better'd soon, the nice atlair. Renew the terrours of thy conquering hand:
When thine own hand,' which needs must con- | All clad in liveliest colours, fresh and fair queror prove,
As the bright flowers that crown'd their brighter In thisjoint cause of honour and of lore,
hair; An hundred of the faithless foe shall slay, All in that new-blown age which does inspire And for a dover their hundred foreskins pay, Warinth in themselves, in their beholders fire. Be Michal thy reward : did we not know
But all this, and all else the Sun did e'er, Thy mighty fate, and worth that makes it so, Or Fancy see, in her less-bounded sphere, We should not cheaply that dear blood expose, The bride herself outshone; and one would say Which we to mingle with our own had chose : They made but the faint dawn to her full day. But thou 'rt secure; and, since this match of Behind a numerous train of ladies went, We to the public benefit design,
[thine | Who on their dress much fruitless care had spent; A public good shall its beginning grace,
Vain gems, and unregarded cost, they bore, And give triumphant omens of thy race,'
For all men's eyes were ty'd to those before. “ Thus spoke the king: the happy youth bow'd The bridegroom's flourishing troop fill'd next the low:
place, Modest and graceful his great joy did show; With thirty comely youths of noblest race, The noble task well pleas'd his generous mind, That march'd before; and Heaven around his And nought t' except against it could he find,
head But that his mistress' price too cheap appear'd; The graceful beams of joy and beauty spread. No danger, but her scom of it, he fear'd.
So the glad star, which men and angels love, She with much different sense the news receiv'd, Prince of the glorious host that shines above At her high rate she trembled, blush'd, and (No light of Heaven so chearful or so gay) griev'd;
Lifts up his sacred lamp, and opens day. 'Twas a less work the conquest of his foes, The king himself, at the tent's crowned gate, Than to obtain her leave his life t'expose.
In all his robes of ceremony and state, Their kind debate on this soft point would prove Sate to receive the train ; on either hand *Tedious, and peedless, to repeat: if love
Did the high-priest and the great prophet stand : (As sure it has) e'er touch'd your princely Adriel, behind, Jonathan, Abner, Jesse, breast,
And all the chiefs in their due order press. 'Twill to your gentle thoughts at full suggest First Saul declar'd his choice, and the just cause All that was done, or said; the griet, hope, Avow'd by a general murmur of applause; fears;
Then sign'd her dower; and in few words he His troubled joys, and her obliging tears.
pray'd, In all the pomp of passion's reign they part; ! And blest, and gave the joyful, trembling maid And bright prophetic forms enlarge his heart: T" her lover's hands; who, with a cheerful look Victory and fame, and that more quick delight And humble gesture, the vast present took. Of the rich prize for which he was to fight. The nuptial-hymn straight sounds, and musics "Tow'rds Gath he went, and in one month (so
play, A fatal and a willing work is done!) [soon And feasts and balls shorten the thoughtless day A double dower, two hundred foreskins, brought To all but to the wedded; till at last Of choice Philistian knights with whom he fought, The long-wish'd night did her kind shadow cast; Men that in birth and valour did excel,
At last th' inestimable hour was come Pit for the cause and hand by which they fell. To lead his conquering prey in triumph home. Now was Saul caught; nor longer could delay T'a palace near, drest for the nuptial-bed, The two resistless lovers' happy day. [slow, (Part of her dower) he his fair princess led; Thongh this day's coming long had seem'd and Saul, the high-priest, and Samuel, here they Yet seem'd its stay as long and tedious now;
leave, For, now the violent weight of eager love
Who, as they part, their weighty blessings give. Did with more haste so nearits centre move, Her vail is now put on; and at the gate He curs'd the stops of form and state which lay The thirty youths and thirty virgins wait In this last stage, like scandals, in his way. With golden lamps, bright as the fames they bore,
"On a large gentle hill crown'd with tall rood, To light the nuptial-pomp and march before ; Near where the regal Gabaah proudly stood, The rest bring home in state the happy pair, A tent was pitch'd, of green wrought dainask To that last scene of bliss, and leave them there made,
All those free joys insatiably to prove, And seem'd but the fresh forests natural shade; With which rich Beauty feasts the glutton Love. Various and vast within, on pillars borne
“But scarce, alas! the first seven days were Of Shittim-wood, that usefully adorn,
past, Hither to grace the nuptial-feast, does Saul In which the public nnptial triumphs last, Of the twelve tribes th' elders and captains call: When Saul this new alliance did repent And all around the idle, busy crowd
(Such subtle cares his jealous thoughts torment!) With shouts and blessings tell their joy aloud. He envy'd the good work himself had done ; Lo! the press breaks, and from their several Feard David less his servant than his son. homes
No longer his wild wrath could he command; In decent pride the bride and bridegroom comes. He seeks to stain his own imperial hand Before the bride, in a long double row
In his son's hlood; and, that twice cheated too, With solemn pace thirty choice virgins go, With troops and armies does one life pursue. And make a moving galaxy on Earth ;
Said I but one! his thirsty rage extends All bearenly beauties, all of highest birth; To th' lives of all his kindred and his friends!
Ev'n Jonathan had dy'd for being so,
Since last night's story, and with greedier ear Had not just God put-by th' unnatural blow. The man, of whom so much he heard, did hear. " You see, sir, the true cause which brings us The well-born youth of all his flourishing court here:
March gay behind, and joyful, to the sport; No sullen discontent, or groundless fear;
Some arm’d with bows, some with straight javeNo guilty act or end calls us from home;
lins, ride; . Only to breathe in peace awhile we come; Rich swords and gilded quivers grace their side. Ready to serve, and in mean space to pray | 'Midst the fair troop David's tall brethren rode, For you, who us receive, and him who, drives And Joab away.”
They entertain'd th' attentive Moab lords
Did David's tongue to weightier subjects bring.
“Much," said the king, “ much I to Joab owe,
For the fair picture drawn by himn of you;
'Twas drawn in little, but did acts express
I see, methinks, the Gathian monster still;
His shape last night my mindful dreams did fill.
Strange tyrant, Saul, with envy to pursue Moab carries Tiis guest to hunt at Nebo; in the The praise of deeds whence his own safety grew!
way falls into discourse with David, and de- I've heard (but who can think it?) that his son sires to know of him the reasons of the change Has his life's hazard for your friendship run; of government in Israel ; how Saul came to the His matchless son, whose worth (if fame be true) crown, and the story of him and Jonathan. Lifts him 'bove all his countrymen but you, David's speech, containing the state of the With whom it makes him one.” Low David commonwealth under the Judges; the mo
bows, tives for which the people desired a king ; | But no reply Moal's swift tongue allows. their deputies' speech to Samuel upon that “ And pray, kind guest! whilst we ride thus," subject, and his reply. The assembling of the
says he, people at the tabernacle, to inquire God's“ (To gameful Nebo still three leagues there be) pleasure. God's speech. The character of The story of your royal friend relate, Saul; his anointing by Samuel, and election And his ungoveru'd sire's imperious fate; by lot; the defection of his people. The war | Why your great state that nameless family of Nahash king of Ammon against Jabesh
chose, Gilead; Saul and Jonathan's relieving of the And by what steps to Israel's throne they town. Jonathan's character; his single fight with
rose." Nahash, whoin he slays, and defeats his army. | He said : and David thus :“ From Egypt's land The confirma ion of Saul's kingdom at Gilgal, | You've heard, sir, by what strong unarmed hand and the manner of Samuel's quitting his of Our fathers came, Moses their sacred guide; fice of judge. The war with the Philistines But he in sight of the given country dy'd: at Macmas: their strength, and the weakness His fatal promis'd Canaan was on high, of Saul's forces; his exercising of the priestly | And Joshua's sword must the active rod supply: function, and the judgment denounced by Sa- It did so, and did wonders. muel against him. Jonathan's discourse with his From sacred Jordan to the Western main, esquire; their falling alone upon the enemy's From well-clad Libanus to the Southern plain out-guards at Senes, and after upon the whole of naked sands his winged conquest went : army ; the wonderful defeat of it. Saul's rash And thirty kings to Hell uncrown'd he sent. vow, by which Jonathan is to be put to death, Almost four hundred years, from him to Saul, but is saved by the people.
In too much freedom past, or foreign thrall.
Oft strangers' iron sceptres bruis'd the land, Though state and kind discourse thus robb'd (Such still are those borne by a conquering hand) the night
Oft pitying God did well-form'd spirits raise, Of half her natural and more just delight, Fit for the toilsome business of their days, Moab (whom temperance did still vigorous keep, To free the groaning nation, and to give And regal cares had us'd to moderate sleep) Peace first, and then the rules in peace to live. Up with the Sun arose; and, having thrice But they whose stamp of power did chiefly lie With lifted hands dow'd towards his shining rise, In characters too fine for most men's eye, And thrice tow'rds Phegor,his Baal's holiest hill, Graces and gifts divine-not painted bright (With good and pious prayers, directed ill) With state to awe dull minds, and force t afCallid to the chase his friends, who for him
Were ill obey'd whilst living, and at death The glad dogs bark'd, the cheerful borses neigh’d. Their rules and pattern vanish'd with their Moab his chariot mounts, drawn by four steeds,
breath. The best and noblest that fresh Zerith breeds, The hungry rich all near them did devour; All white as snow, and spriteful as the light, Their judge was Appetite, and their law was With scarlet trapt, and foaming gold they bite,
power. He intu it young David with him took,
Not want itself could luxury restrain ; Did with respect and wonder on him look For what that einptied, Rapine fill'd again.