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Th’ accurs'd Philistian, rous'd with this bold | To kingly power, in all that plentcous land, blow,
Where all things else submit to his command. All the proud marks of enrag'd power does show; • And, as fair Eden's violated tree Raises a vast, well-arm'd, and glittering host: Timmmortal man brought in mortality : If human strength might authorize a boast, | So shall that crown, which God eternal meant, Their threats had reason here ; for ne'er did we From thee,'said he, and thv great house he rent; Ourselves so weak, or foe so potent, see. | Thy crime shall death to all thine honours send, Here we vast bodies of their foot espy,
And give thy immortal royalty an end. The rear out-reaches far th' extended eye; Thus spoke the prophet; but kind Heaven, we Like fields of corn their armed squadrons stand; hope, As thick and numberless they hide the land. (Whose threats and anger know no other scope, Here with sharp neighs the warlike horses sound, But man's amendment) does long since relent, And with proud prancings beat the putrid ground; And, with repentant Saul, itself repent. Here with worse noise three thousand chariots Howe'er (though none more pray for this than we,
Whose wrongs and sufferings might some colour be With plates of iron bound, or louder brass ; To do it less) this speech we sadly find About it forks, axes, and scythes, and spears, Still extant, and still active in his mind; Whole magazines of death each chariot bears; I But then a worse effect of it appear'd . Where it breaks in, there a whole troop it mows, Our army, which before modestly feard, And with lopp'd panting limbs the field be Which did by stealth and by degrees decay, strow's:
Disbanded now, and fled in troops away: Alike, the valiant and the cowards die;
Base fear so bold and impudent does grow, Neither can they resist, nor can these fly. When an excuse and colour it can show ! In this proud equipage, at Macmas they, Six hundred only (scarcea princely train) Saul in much different state at Gilgal, lay; Of all his host with distress'd Saul remain ; His forces seem'd no army, but a crowd,
Of his whole host six hundred; and ev'n those Heartless, unarm’d, disorderly, and loud.
(So did wise Heaven for mighty ends dispose! The quick contagion, Fear, ran swift through all, Nor would that useless multitudes should share And into trembling fits the infected fall,
Io that great gift it did for one prepare) Saul and his son (for no such faint disease
Arm'd not like soldiers marching in a war, Could on their strong complexion'd valour seize) But country-hinds alarmed from afar In vain all parts of virtuous conduct show'd, By wolves' loud hunger, when the well-known And on deaf Terrour generous words bestow'd :
sound Thousands from thence fly scatter'd every day, Raises th' affrighted villages around. Thick as the leaves that shake and drop away, Some goads, fails, plow-shares, forks, or axes, When they th' approach of stormy winter find,
bore, The noble trec all hare expos'd to th' wind. | Made for life's use and better ends before ; Some to sad Jordan fly, and swim 't for haste, Some kriotted clubs, and darts, or arrow's dry'd And from his farther bank look back at last : l'th' fire, the first rude arts that Malice try'd Soine into woods and caves their cattle drive; Erc man the sins of too much knowledge knew, There with their beasts on equal terms they live, | And Death by long experience witty grew. Nor deserve better: some in rocks on high, Such were the numbers, such the arms, which we The old retreats of storks and ravens, lie; Had by Fate left us for a victory And, were they wing'd like them, scarce would O'er well-arı'd millions; nor will this appear they dare
Useful itself when Jonathan was there. To stay, or trust their frighted safety there.
"'Twas just the time when the new ebb of night As th' host with fear, so Saul disturb’d with care, Did the moist world unrail to human sight; Tavert these ills by sacrifice and prayer, The prince, who all that night the field had bcat And God's blest will t'inquire, for Samuel sends ; | With a small party and no enemy met, Whom he six days with troubled haste attends ; ! (So proud and so secure the enemy lay, But, ere the seventh unlucky day (the last And drench'd in scop il' excesses of the day !) By Samuel set for this great work ) was past, ( With joy this good occasion did einbrare, Saul (alarm'd hourly from the neighbouring foe; } With better lcisure, and at nearer space, Impatient, ere God's time, God's mind to know ; | The strength anıl order of imeir camp to view : Sham'd and enrag'd to see his troops decay ; Abilon alone his generous purpose knew; Jealous of an affront in Samuel's stay;
Abdon, a bold, a brare, and comely youth, Scorning that any's presence should appear Well-born, well-bred, with honour filld and Needful besides, when he himself was there;
truth; And, with a pride too natural, thinking Heaven í Abdon, his faithful squire, whionn much he lor'd, Had given him all, because much power 't had | And oft with grief his worth in dangers pror'd; given)
Abdon, whose love this master did exceed Himself the sacrifice and offerings made;
What Nature's law, or Passion's power, could Himself did the high selected charge invade : Abdon alone did on him now attend, (breed; Himself inquir'd of God; who then spake nought; His humblest servant, and his dearest friend. But Samuel straight his dreadful answer brought: “They went, but sacred fury, as they went, For straight he came, and, with a virtue bold Chang'd swiftly, and exalted his intent, As was Saul's sin, the fatal message told;
"What inay this be!' (the Prince breaks forth) 'I His foul ingratitude to Hearen he chid,
find To pluck that fruit, which was alone forbid God, or some powerful spirit, inrad s my mind.
From aught but Heaven can never sure be brought | Elcanor laugh'd to see them climb, and thought So high, so glorious, and so vast a thought ; His mighty words th' affrighted suppliants Nor would m fate, that meant me to surprise,
brought; Come cloth'd in so unlikely a disguise.
Did new affronts to the great Hebrew Name, Yen host, which its proud fishes spreads so wide (The barbarous !) in his wanton fancy frame. O'er the whole land, like some swoln river's tide; Short was his sport; for, swift as thunder's stroke. Which terrible and numberless appears,
Rives the frail trunk of some heaven-threatening As the thick waves which their rough ocean bears;
oak, Which lies so strongly encamped, that one would The prince's sword did his proud head divide; say,
The parted skull hung down on either side: The hill might be remov'd as soon as they ; Just as he fell, his vengeful steel he drew We two alone must fight with and defeat: Half-way, (no more the trembling joints could Thou 'rt strook, and startest at a sound so great!
do) Yet we must do 't; God our weak hands has Which Abdon sateh'd, and dy'd it in the blood chose
Of an amazed wretch that next him stood, T'ashame the boasted numbers of our foes; Some close to earth, shaking and groveling, lie, Which to his strength no more proportion be,
Like larks when they the tyrant hobhy spy ; Than millions are of hours to his eternity. Some, wonder-strook, stand fix'd; some fly; some If, when their careless guards espy us here, Wildly, at th' unintelligible alarm.
[arm With sportful scorn they call t' us to come near, Like the main channel of an high-swoln floodi, We'll boldly climb the hill, and charge them all; In vain by dikes and broken words withstood; Not they, but Israel's angel, gives the call. So Jonathan, once climb'a th' opposing hill, He spoke, and as he spoke, a light divine
Does all around with noise and ruin fill : Did from his eyes, and round his temples, shine ; ! Like some large arm of which, another way Louder his voice, larger his limbs, appeard; Abdon o'erflows ; him too no bank can stay, Less seem'd the numerous army to be fear'd. With cries th' affrighted country flies before, This saw, and heard with joy, the brave esquire, Behind the following waters loudly roar, As he with God's, fill'd with his master's fire : Twenty, at least, slain on this outguard lie, - Forbid it, Heaven,' said he, I should decline, To th' adjoin'd camp, the rest distracted fly Or wish, sir, not to make your danger mine; And ill-mix'd wonders tell, and into 't bear The great example which I daily see
Blind Terror, deaf Disorder, helpless Fear. Of your high worth is not so lost on me;
The conquerors too press boldly in behind, If wonder-strook I at your words appear,
Doubling the wild confusions which they find. My wonder yet is innocent of fear :
Hamgar at first, the prince of Ashdod town, Th' honour which does your princely breast in Chief'mongst the five in riches and renown, flame,
And general then by course, oppos'd their way, Warms mine too, and joins there with duty's Till drown'd in death at Jonathan's feet he lay, name.
And curs'd the heavens for rage, and bit the If in this act Ill fate our tempter be,
ground; May all the ill it means be aim'd at me!
His life, for ever spilt, stain'd all the grass But sure, I think, God leads; nor could you
His brother too, who virtuous haste did make So high thoughts from a less-exalted spring. His fortune to revenge, or to partake, Bright signs through all your words and looks are Falls groveling o'er his trunk, on mother Earth; spread,
Death mix'd no less their bloods than did their A rising victory dawns around your head.'
birth. With such discourse blowing their sacred flame, Meanwhile the well-pleased Abdon's restless Lo, to the fatal place, and work they came.
sword "Strongly encamp'd on a steep bill's large head, Dispatch'd the following train t'attend their lord. Like some vast wood the mighty host was spread; On still, o'er panting corpse, great Jonathan led; Th' only access on neighbouring Gabaa's side, Hundreds before him fell, and thousands fled. An hard and narrow way, which did divide | Prodigious prince! which does most wondrous Two cliffy rocks, Boses and Senes nam'd,
show, Much for themselves, and their big strange Thy attempt, or thy success ? thy fate or thou ? ness fam'd;
Who durst alone that dreadful host assail, More for their fortune and this stranger day. With purpose not to die, but to prevail ! On both their points Philistian-out guards lay, Infinite numbers thee no more affright, From whence the two bold spies they first espy'd; Than God, whose unity is infinite. And, lo! the Hebrews ! proud Elcanor cry'd, If Heaven to men such mighty thoughts would From Senes' top; lo! from their hungry caves,
give, A quicker fate here sends them to their graves. What breast but thine capacious to receive "Come up' (aloud he cries to them below) The vast infusion? or what soul but thine • Ye Egyptian slaves, and to our mercy owe Durst have believ'd that thought to be divine ? The rebel-lives long since tour justice due.' Thou follow'dst Heaven in the design, and we Scarce from his lips the fatal omen flew,
Find in the act 'twas Heaven that follow'd thee. When th' inspir'd prince did nimbly understand Thou led'st on angels, and that sacred band God, and his Cod-like virtues' high command. (The Deity's great lieutenant !) didst command, Iteall'd him up, and up the steep ascent
"Tis true, sir, and no figure, when I say With pain, and labour, haste and joy, they went. Angels themselves fought under him that day.
Clouds, with ripe thunder charg'd, some thither , At the glad noise; joy'd that their foes had shows · drew,
| A fear that drowns the scandal of their own. And some the dire materials brought for new. Still did the prince 'midst all this storm appear, Hot drops of southern showers (the sweats of Still scatter'd death and terrours every where; death)
sbreath; Still did he break, still blunt, his wearied swords; The voice of storms, and winged whirlwinds' Still slaughter new supplies this band affords. The flames shot forth from fighting dragons' | Where troops yet stood, there still he hotly flew, eyes;
And, till at last all fled, scorn'd to pursue.
Nature, whose power he had so long surpass'd,
[spread. For some short ease; Fate in the old oak had Noise, darkness, dismal lightnings, round them
laid Another spirit, with a more potent wand
Provisions up for his relief; and lo!
Strong he returns, and fresh, to the pursuit;
But, oh! the bitter-sweet strange poison bore !
A duel with an host, had th' host o'erthrown,
Had sav'd and tix'd his father's tottering crown,
breath, The guideless chariots with impetuous course Without a fault, vow'd and condemn’d to death? Cut wide through both; and, all their bloody | Destin'd the bloody sacrifice to be way,
Of thanks, himself, for his own victory?
Yet such, sir, was his case ;
(In the abandon'd camp expos'd to fight) From a remote and causeless fear to die.
His hungry men froin the pursuit dissuade,
Such was the king's rash vow; who little thought
broke; Obeys the loud occasion's sacred call,
Ev'n perjury its least and bluntest stroke.
They with brute sound dissolv'd into the air.
Him what religion, or what row, could bind, Froin rocks and caves, the llebrews issue out | Unknown, unheard-of, till he his life did find
Entangled in 't? whilst wonders he did do, So bright his sufferings, so triumphant show'd,
And pious rage ; with which inspir'd, they now Yet the remorseless king—who did disdain | Oppose to Saul's a better public row. That man should hear him swear or threat in vain, 1 They all consent all Israel ought to be Though 'gainst himself; or Fate a way should see Accurs'd and kill'd themselves, rather than he. Bywhich attack'd and conquer'd he might be ; Thus with kind force they the glad king withWho thought compassion female weakness here,
stood, And equity injustice would appear
And sav'd their wondrous saviour's sacred In his own cause; who falsely fear'd, beside,
blood !" The solemn curse on Jonathan did abide,
Thus David spoke; and much did yet remain And, the infected limb not cut away,
Behind, th' attentive prince to entertain; Would like a gangrene o'er all Israel stray Edom and Zoba's war-for what befel Prepar'd this god-like sacrifice to kill,
In that of Moab, was known there too well: And his rash vow more rashly to fulfil.
The boundless quarrel with curs'd Amalek's What tongue can th' horrour and amazement tell
land; Which on all Israel that sad moment fell !
Where Heaven itself did cruelty command, Tamer had been their grief, fewer their tears, And practis'd on Saul's mercy, nor did ere Had the Philistian fate that day been theirs. More punish innocent blood, than pity there. Sot Saul's proud heart could master his swoln But lo! they arriv'd now at th' appointed place; eye;
Well-chosen and well-furnish'd for the chase. The prince alone stood mild and patient by;
BY WAY OF VISION,
GOVERNMENT OF OLIVER CROMWELL.
ON THE GOVERNMENT OF some very curious persons (and no doubt singular
virtuosos) as far as from the Mount in Cornwall, OLIVER CROMWELL.
and from the Orcades. I found there had been
much more cost bestowed, than either the dead It was the funeral day of the late man who made man, or indeed death itself, could deserve. himself to be called protector. And though I There was a mighty train of black assistants, bore but little affection, either to the memory of among which, too, divers princes in the persons him, or to the trouble and folly of all public pa- of their ambassadors (being infinitely afflicted for geantry, yet I was forced by the importunity of the loss of their brother) were pleased to attend ; my company to go along with them, and be a spec- the hearse was magnificent, the idol crowned, tator of that solemnity, the expectation of which and (not to mention all other ceremonios had been so great, that it was said to bave brought I which are practised at royal interments, and strances, &c.
therefore by no means could be oinitted here) the When upon Earth no klugdom could have shows vast multitude of spectators made up, as it uses A happier monarch to us, than our own: to do, no small part of the spectacle itself. But And yet his subjects by him were yet, I know not how, the whole was so managed, (Which is a truth will hardly be that, methought, it sumewhat represented the life Receiv'd by any vulgar ear, of him for whom it was made ; much noise, much A secret known to few) made happier er’n than tumult, much expense, much magnificence, much yainglory ; briefly, a great show, and yet, after all this, but an ill sight. At last (for it seemed long to Thou dost a chaos, and confusion, now, me, and like his short reign too, very tedious) the A Babel, and a Bedlam, grow, whole scene passed by; and I retired back to my And like a frantic person, thou dost tear strear, chamber, weary, and I think more melaucholy | The ornaments and clothes which thou should'st than any of the mourners; where I began to reflect
And cut thy limbs; and, if we on the whole life ofthis prodigious man:and some (Just as thy barbarous Britons did) times I was filled with horrour and detestation of
Thy body with hypocrisy his actions, and sometimes I inclined a little to
Painted all o'er, thou think'st thy naked shame is reverence and admiration of his courage, conduct, and success; till, by these different motions and agitations of mind, rocked as it were asleep, I fell The nations, which envied thee erewhile, at last into this vision; or if you please to call it but
Now laugh, (too little'tis to smile) a dream, I shall not take it ill, because the father
They laugh, and would have pitied thee, alas! of poets tells us, even dreams, too, are from God.
But that thy faults all pity do surpass. But sure it was no dream; for I was suddenly
Art thou the country, wbich didst bate transported afar off (whether in the body, or out
And mock the French inconstancy? of the body, like St. Paul, I know not) and found |
And have we, have we seen of late myself on the top of that famous hill in the island Less change of habits there, than governments in Mona, which has the prospect of three great, and
thee? not-long-since most happy, kingdoms. As soon Unhappy Isle ! no ship of thine at sea, as ever I looked on them, the “not-long-since" Was ever tost and torn like thee. struck upon my memory, and called forth the Thy naked hulk loose on the waves does beat, • sad representation of all the sins, and all the mi- | The rocks and banks around her ruin threat; series, that had overwhelmed them these twenty What did thy foolish pilots ail, years. And I wept bitterly for two or three hours; To lay the compass quite aside? and, when my present stock of moisture was all Without a law or rule to sail, wasted, I fell a sighing for an hour more; and, And rather take the winds, than heavens, to be as soon as I recovered from my passion the use of
their guide! speech and reason, I broke forth as I remember (looking upon England) into this complaint: | Yet, mighty God! yet, yet, we humbly crare, Ah, happy Isle, how art thou chang'd and curs'd, /
This Hoating isle from shipwreck save;
, And though, to wash that blood which does it Since I was born and knew thee first !
stain, WheoPeace, which had forsook the world around, I t. (Frighted with noise, and the shrill trumpet's
It well deserve to sink into the main;
Yet, for the royal martyr's prayer sound)
(The royal martyr prays, we know)
This guilty, perishing vessel spare ;
Hear but his soul above, and not his blood below!
I think I should have gone on, but that I was in.
terrupted bya strange and terrible apparition; for When all the riches of the globe beside
there appeared to me (arising out of the earth, as Flow'd in to thee with every tide;
I conceived) the figure of a man, taller than When all, that Nature did thy soil deny,
a giant; or indeed than the shadow of any giant in The growth was of thy fruitful industry;
the evening. His body was naked; but that When all the proud and dreadful sea,
nakedness adorned, or rather deformed, all over, And all his tributary streams,
with several figures, afier the manner of the auA constant tribute paid to thee;
cient Britons, painted upon it: and I perceired When all the liquid world was one extended
that most of them were the representation of Thames:
the late battles in our civil wars, and (if I be not When Plenty in each village did appear,
much mistaken) it was the battle of Naseby that And Bounty was its steward there,
was drawn upon his breast. His eyes were like When Gold walk'd free about in open view,
burning brass; and there were three crowns of Ere it one conquering party's prisoner grew;
the same metal, (as I guessed) and that looked When the Religion of our state
as red-hot too, upon his head. He held in his Had face and substance with her voice, right-hand a sword that was yet bloody, and nie Ere she by her foolish loves of late,
vertheless the motto of it was, Pax quæri. Like Echo (once a nymph) turu'd only into
tur bello; and in his left hand a thick book, noise :
upon the back of which was written in letters of
gold, Acts, Ordinances, Protestations, CoreWhen men to men, respect and friendship bore, nants, Engagements, Declarations, Remul And God with reverence did adore,