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Two wounds our prince receiv'd andAmmon three, How the torn state bis just and prudent reign
[he, Shaking his tail, ready with joy to fly,
Whom they depos'd with him— And that,' said Just as it drops, upon the wounded prey : * You may see God concern'd in t'more than me, So waited Death itself to bear away
Behold how storms his angry presence shroud ! The threaten'd life; did glad and greedy stand Hark how his wrath in thunder threats aloud ! At sight of mighty Ammon's lifted hand.
'Twas now the ripen'd summer's highest rage ; Our watchful prince by bending sav'd the wound : Which no faint cloud durst meditate to assuage; But Death in other coin his reckoning found;
Th’ Earth hot with thirst, and hot with lust for For whilst th' immoderate stroke's miscarrying
| Gap'd and breath'd feeble vapours up in vaia, Had almost borne the striker from his horse, Which straight were scatter'd or devour'd by th’ A nimble thrust his active enemy made ; (blade, Sun ; 'Twixt his right ribs deep pierc'd the furious When, lo! here scarce the active speech was done, And opened wide those secret vessels, where
A violent wind rose from his secret cave, Life's light goes out, when first they let in air. I And troops of frighted clouds before it drave : He falls ! his armour clanks against the ground,
Whilst with rude haste the confus'd tempest From his faint tongue imperfect curses sound.
crouds, His amaz'd troops straight cast their arms away ; Swift, dreadful flames shot through th' encounScarce fed his soul from thence more swift than
From whose torn womb th' imprison'd thunder As when two kings of neighbour hives, (whom rage And in dire sounds the prophet's sense it spoke ; And thirst of empire in fierce wars engage,
Such an impetuous shower it downwards sent, Whilst each lays claim to th' garden as his own, | As if the waters 'bove the firmament And seeks t'usurp the bordering flowers alone) Were all let loose ; hortour and fearful noise Their well armed troops drawn boldly forth to Fillid the black scene; till the great prophet's fight,
voice, In th' air's wide plain dispute their doubtful | Swift as the wings of Morn, reduc'd the day ; If by sad chance of battle either king [right; Wind, thunder, rain, and clouds, fled all at once Fall wounded down, strook with some fatal sting,
[moves, His army's hopes and courage with him die; 'Fear not,' said he ; 'God his fierce wrath reThey sheathe up their faint swords, and routed And, though this state my service disapproves, fiy.
My prayers shall serve it constantly. No more, On th' other sides at once, with like success, . \ I hope a pardon for past sins t' implore ; Into the camp great Saul and Abner press; But just rewards from gracious Heaven to bring From Jonathan's part a wild mix'd noise they hear, On the good deeds of you, and of our king. And, whatsoe'er it mean, long to be there; Behold him there ! and as you see, rejoice At the saine instant from glad Jabesh' town In the kind care of God's impartial choice. The hasty troops march loud and cheerful down; Behold his beauty, courage, strength, and wit ! Some few at first with vain resistance fall,
The honour Heaven has cloathed him with, sits The rest is slaughter and vast conquest all. And comely on him ; since you needs must be [fit The fate by which our host thus far had gone, Ruld by a king, you're happy that 'tis he. Our host with noble heat drove farther on; | Obey him gladly ; and let him to know Victorious arms through Ammon's land it bore ; You were not made for him, but he for you, Ruin behind, and Terrour march'd before: [sight, | And both for God; Where'er from Rabba's towers they cast their Whose gentlest yoke if once you cast away, Smoke clouds the day, and flames make clear the În vain shall he command, and you obey ; night.
To foreign tyrants both shall slaves become, This bright success did Saul's first action bring; Instead of king and subjects here at home. The oil, the lot, and crown, less crown'd him “The crown thus several ways confirm'd to Saul, The happy, all men judge for empire fit, (king : One way was wanting yet to crown them all; And none withstands where Fortune does submit. And that was force, which only can mainiain Those who before did God's fair choice withstand, | The power that Fortune gives,or Worth does gain. Th' excessive vulgar now to death demand; Three thousand guards of big bold men he took ; But wiser Saul repeal'd their hasty doom ; Tall, terrible, and guards ev'n with their look : Conquest abroad, with mercy crown'd at home; His sacred person two, and throne, defend ; Nor stain'd with civil slaughter that day's pride, The third, on matchless Jonathan attend; Which foreign blood in nobler purple dy'd. O'er whose full thoughts honour, and youthful Again the crown th' assembled people give,
beat, With greater joy than Saul could it receive; Sate brooding, to hatch actions good and great. Again th' old judge resigns his sacred place On Geba first, where a Philistian band (God glorify'd with wonders his disgrace); Lies, and around torments the fetter'd land. With decent pride, such as did well befit.
He falls, and slaughters all ; his noble rage The name he kept, and that which he did quit : Mix'd with design his nation to engage The long past row of happy years he show'd In that just war, which from them long in vain, Which to his heavenly government they ow'd; Honour and Freedom's voice had stroze t'obtain.
Th’ accurs'd Philistian, rous'd with this bold | To kingly power, in all that plentcous land, blow,
Wh ail thing; 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 : T'immortal man brought in mortality : If human strength might authorize a boast, So shall that crown, which God eternal meant, Their threats bad reason here ; for ne'er did we From thee,'said he, and thy great house be 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, itselt: repent. Here with worse noise three thousand chariots | Howe'er (though none more pray for this tban we, pass,
Whose wrongsand sufferings mightsoine 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'dWhere 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, strows:
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 dispore ! The quick contagion, Fear, ran swift through all, | Nor would that useless multitudes should share And into trembling fits the infected fall,
In 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 : 1 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, nails, plow-shares, forks, or axes, When they th' approach of stormy winter find,
bore, The noble tree 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 knotted clubs, and darts, or arraws dry'd And from his farther bank look back at last : l'th' fire, the first rude arts that Malice try'd Some into woods and caves their cattle drive ; Ere 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-arm'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 unvail to human sight; Tavert these ills by sacrifice and prayer, The prince, who all that night the field had beat And God's blest will t'inquire, for Samuel sends; With a smail 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 sleep th’excesses of the day !) By Samuel set for this great work ) was past, With joy this good occasion did embrace, Saul (alarm'd hourly from the neighbouring foe; } With better leisure, and at nearer space, Impatient, ere God's time, God's mind to know ; The strength and order of their camp to view : Sham'd and enrag'd to see his troops decay ; Abdon alone his generous purpose knew; Jealous of an affront in Samuel's stay;
Abdon, a bold, a brave, and comely youth, Scorning that any's presence should appear Well-born, well-bred, with honour fill'd and Needful besides, when he himself was there ;
truth; And, with a pride too natural, thinking Heaven | Abdon, his faithful squire, whom much lie lor'd, Had given him all, because much power 't had And oft with grief his worth in dangers prov'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: | Abdou 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 may this be!' (the Prince breaks forth) 'I His foul ingratitude to Heaven he chid,
find Tu pluck that fruit, which was alone forbid God, or some powerful spirit, invadcs 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 Ill fate, that meant me to surprise,
brought ; Come cloth'd in so unlikely a disguise.
Did new affronts to the great Hebrew Name, Yon 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 beaven-threatening : As the thickwaves 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 snatch'd, and dy'd it in the blood chose
Of an amazed wretch that next him stood. Tashame 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 hobby, 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. Farm With sportful scom they call t' us to come near, Like the main channel of an high-swoln flood, 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'd 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, appear'd; Aldon 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, belpless 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 hill'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 belier'd that thought to be divide ? The rebel-lives long since t'our 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 God-like virtues' high command. (The Deity's great lieutenant !) didst command. It call'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 shown 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)
: [breath; Still did he break, still blunt, his wearied swords; The voice of storms, and winged whirlwinds' Still slaughter new supplies t' his hand 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, Of finest sulphur; amongst which they put Would yield no more, but to him stronger foes, Wrath, fury, horrour, and all mingled shut Drought, faintness, and fierce hunger, did oppose. Into a cold moist cloud, t' inflame it more, Reeking all o'er in dust, and blood, and sweat, And make the enraged prisoner louder roar. Burnt with the Sun's and violent action's heat, Th' assembled clouds burst o'er their army's 'Gainst an old oak his trembling limbs he staid, head;
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! - Than that which Nature fear'd in Moses' hand, The hollow trunk did with bright honey flow. And went the way that pleas'd, the mountain With timely food bis decay'd spirits recruit, strook ;
Strong he returns, and fresh, to the pursuit ; The mountain felt it; the vast mountain shook. His strength and spirits the honey did restore ; Through the wide air another angel few
But, oh ! the bitter-sweet strange poison bore ! About their host, and thick amongst them threw Behold, sir, and mark well the treacherous fate, Discord, despair, confusion, fear, mistake, That does so close on human glories wait ! And all th' ingredients that swift ruin make. Behold the strong, and yet fantastic net, The fertile glebe requires no time to breed; T'enspare triumphant Virtue darkly set ! It quickens, and receives at once the seed. Could it before (scarce can it since) be thought, One would have thought, this dismal day t have The prince--who had alope that morning fought seen,
A duel with an host, had th' host o'erthrown, That Nature's self in her death-pangs had been. And threescore thousand hands disarm'd with Such will the face of that great hour appear;
one; Such the distracted sinner's conscious fear. Wash'd-off his country's shame, and doubly dy'd In vain some few strive the wild flight to stay; In blood and blushes the Philistian pride ; In vain they threaten, and in vain they pray; | Had sav'd and fix'd his father's tottering crown, Unheard, unheeded, trodden down, they lie, And the bright gold new burnish'd with renown,Beneath the wretched feet of crowds that fiy. Should be ere night, by 's king and father's O'er their own foot trampled the violent horse;
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 from the pursuit dissuade, Much different errour did some troops possess; A rash, but solemn vow to Heaven had made And madness, that look'd better, though no less :Curs'd be the wretch, thrice cursed let him be, Their fellow-troops for th’enter'd foe they take ; Who shall touch food this busy day,'said he, And Israel's war with mutual slaughter make. | Whilst the blest Sun does with his favouring light Meanwhile the king froin Gabaa's hill did view, Assist our vengeful swords against their flight: And hear, the thickening tumult, as it grew Be he thrice curst! and, if his life we spare, Still great and loud ; and, though he knows not On us those curses fall that he should bear !! why
Such was the king's rash vow; who little thought They fled, no more than they themselves that fly. How near to him Fate th’ application brought. Yet, by the storms and terrours of the air, The two-edged oath wounds deep, perform'd or Guesses some vengeful spirit's working there;
broke; Obeys the loud occasion's sacred call,
Ev'n perjury its least and bluntest stroke. And fiercely on the trembling host does fall. 'Twas his own son, whom God and mankind lov'd, At the same time their slaves and prisoners rise ; His own victorious son, that he derov'd, Nor does their much-wish'd liberty suffice On whose bright head the baleful curses light: Without revenge; the scatter'd arms they seize, But Providence, his helmet in the fight, And their proud vengeance with the memory Forbids their entrance or their settling there; please
They with brute sound dissolv'd into the air, Of who so lately bore them. All about,
Him what religion, or what vow, could bind, From rocks and caves, the Hebrews issue out Unknown, unheard-of, till be 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 inspird, they now
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! Whère 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 Fhilistian fate that day been theirs. More punish innocent blood, than pity there. Not 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, bpre 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 afficted 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 ceremonies bad been so great, that it was said to have brought I wbich are practised at royal interments, and