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Had she refus'd that safety to her lord,
The schools, built round and higher, at the end Would have incurr'd just danger from his sword. With their fair circle did this side extend; Now was Saul's wrath full-grown; he takes no To which their synagogue, on th' other side, rest;
And to the hall their library reply'd, A violent flame rolls in his troubled breast, The midst towards their large gardens open lay, And in fierce lightning from his eye does break; To admit the joys of spring and early day. Not his own favourites and best friends dare l'th' library a few choice authors stood; (good; speak,
Yet 'twas well-stor'd, for that small store was Or look on him; but, mute and trembling, all Writing, man's spiritual physic, was not then Fear where this cloud will burst, and thunder fall. Itself, as now, grown a disease of men. So, when the pride and terrour of the wood, Learning, (young virgin) bút few suitors knew; A lion, prick'd with rage and want of food, The common prostitute she lately grew, Espies out from afar some well-fed beast, And with her spurious blood loads now the press; And brustles up, preparing for his feast ;
Laborious effects of idleness ! If that by swiftress 'scape his gaping jaws, Here all the various forms one might behold His bloody eyes ho hurls round, his sharp paws How letters sav'd theinselves from death of old; Tear up the ground ; then runs he wild about, Some pajufully engrav'd in thin-wrought plates ; Lashing his angry tail, and roaring out ;
Some cut in wood, some lightlier trac'd on slates; Beasts creep into their dens, and tremble there; Some drawn on fair palm-leaves, with short-liv'd Trees, though no wind stirring, shake with fear; Had not their friend the cedar lent his oil : (toil, Silence and horrour fill the place around; Some wrought in silks, some writ in tender barks; Echo it self dares scarce repeat the sound.
Some the sharp style in waxen tables marks; Midst a large wood, that joins fair Rama's Some in beasts' skins, and some in Biblos' reed; town
Both new rude arts, which age and growth did (The neighbourhond fair Rama's chief renown)
need. A college stands, where at great prophets' feet The schools were painted well with useful skill; The prophets' sons with silent diligence meet; Stars, maps, and stories, the learn'd wall did fill. By Samuel built, and moderately endow'd, Wise wholesome proverbs mix'd around the room, Yet more to his liberal tongue than hands they some writ, and in Egyptian figures some. ow'd;
Here all the poblest wits of men inspir'd, There himself taught, and his bless'd voice to Prom Earth's slight joys, and worthless toile; hear,
retir'd Teachers themselves lay proud beneath him (Whom Samuel's fame and bounty thither lead) there.
Each day by turns their solid knowledge read. The house was a large square, but plain and low; The course and power of stars great Nathan Wise Nature's use Art strove not to outgo:
taught, An inward square by well-rang'd trees was made; And home to man those distant wonders brought; And, midst the friendly cover of their shade, How tow'rd both poles the Sun's fix'd journey A pure, well-tasted, wholesome fountain rose;
bends, Which no vain cost of marble did enclose; And how the year his crooked walk attends ; Nor through carv'd shapes did the forc'd waters by what just steps the wandering lights advance, pass,
And what eternal measures guide their dance: Shapes gazing on themselves i' th’liquid glass; Himself a prophet; but his lectures show'd Yet the chaste stream, that 'mong loose pebbles How little of that art to them he ow'd. feil,
Mahol, th' inferior worid's fantastic face, For cleanness, thirst, religion serv'd as well. Through all the turns of matter's maze, did The scholars, doctors, and companions, here,
trace; Lodg'd all apart in neat smail chambers were, Great Nature's well-set clock in pieces took; Well-furnish'd chambers; for in each there stood On all the springs and smallest wheels did look A narrow couch, table, and chair of wood; Of life and motion; and with equal art More is but clog, where use does bound delight; Made up again the whole of every part. And those are rich whose wealth's proportion'd The prophet Gad in learned dust designs right
Th’immortal solid rules of fancy'd lines :
From one, the root of their turn'd pyramid.
Embalm'd in long-liv'd history the dead;
Show'd the steep falls and slow ascent of states; And with beasts' skins the beds were cover'd What wisdom and what follies make their lates all.
Samuel himself did God's rich law display; The reverend doctors take their seats on high, Taught doubting men with judgment to obey; Thi elect companions in their bosoms lie; And oft his ras ish'd soul, with sudden flight, The scholars far below, upon the ground,
Soar'd above present times and human sight. On fresh-strew'd rushes, place themselves around. Those arts but welcon:e strangers niigtit appear, With more respect tho wise and ancient lay; Music and Verse seem'd born and bred-up bere ; But ate not choicer herbs or bread than they, Scarce the blest Heaven, that riugs with angel' Nor purer waters drank, their constant feast;
voice, But by great days, and sacrifice increaside Does with more constant harmony rejoice;
The sacred Muse does here each breast inspire ; ( Singing their maker in their untanght lays : Heinan and sweet-mouth'd Asaph, rule their Nay, the mute fish witness no less his praise ; quire;
For those he made, and cloth'd with silver scales, Both charming poets; and all strains they play'd, From minnows, to those living islands, whales. By artful breath or nimble fingers made.
Beasts too were his command : what could he The synagogue was dress'd with care and cost,
more? (The only place where that they esteem'd not Yes, man he could, the bond of all before; lost)
In him be all things with strange order hurld; The glittering mof with gold did daze the view, In him, that full abridgment of the world. The sides refresh'd with silks of sacred blue, This and much more of God's great works they Here thrice each day they read their perfect law, Thrice prayers from willing Heaven a blessing His mercies, and some judgments too, of old : draw;
How, when all earth was deeply stained in sin, Thrice in giad hymns, swellid with the Great With an impetuous noise the waves came rushOpe's praise,
ing in : The pliant roice on her seven steps they raise, Where birds erewbile dwelt and securely sung, Whilst all th’enliven'd instruments around There fish (an unknown net) entangled hung : To the just fuet with various concord sound; The face of shipwreck’d Nature naked lay; Such things were uses then, contemn'd low The Sun peep'd furth, and beheld nought but sea. earth;
This men forgot, and burnt in lust again : Decently proud, and mindful of their birth. Till showers, strange as their sin, of fiery rain Tras God himself that here tun'd every tongue; And scalding brimstone, dropp'd on Sodom's And gratefully of him alone they sung :
bead; They sung how God spoke-out the world's vast Alive, they felt those flames they fry-in dead. ball;
No better end rash Pharaoh's pride befel, From nothing, and from no-wbere, callid forth When wind and sea waged war for Israel : all.
In his gilt chariots amaz'd fishes sat, No Nature yet, or place for 't to possess, And grew with corpse of wretched prinees fat ; But an unbottom'd gulph of emptiness :
The waves and rocks half eaten bodies stain ; Fuil of himself, th’ Almighty sate, his own Nor was it since call’d the Red Sea in vain. Palace, and, without solitude, alone.
Much too they told of faithful Abraham's fame, But he was goodness whole, and all things willid; To whose blest passage they owe still their name: Which, ere they were, his active word fulfillid; Of Moses much, and the great seed of Nun, And their astonish'd heads o'th' suddeu reard ; What wonders they perform'd, what lands they An unshap'd kind of something first appear'd,
won; Confessing its new being, and undrest,
How many kings they slew, or captive brought ; As if it stepp'd in haste before the rest.
They held the swords, but Gud and angels fought. Yet, buried in this matter's darksome womb, Thus gaind they the wise spending of their Lay the rich seeds of every thing to come :
days; From bence the cheerful flame leap'd up so high; And their whole life was their dear Maker's Close at its heels the nimble air did fly;
praise. Dull Earth with his own weight did downwards No minute's rest, no swistest thought, they sold pierce
To that beloved plague of mankind, gold; To the fix'd navel of the universe,
Gold, for which all mankind with greater pains And was quite lost in waters ; till God said Labour tow'rds Hell, than those who digs its To the proud Sea,“Shrink-in your insolent head, veins. See how the gaping Earth has made you place Their wealth was the contempt of it; which That durst not murmur, but shrunk in apace:
more Since when, his bounds are set; at which in They valued than rich fools the shining ore. vain
The silk worms' precious death they scorned to He foams, and rages, and turns back again.
wear, With richer stuff he bade Heaven's fabric shine, And Tyrian dse appeared but sordid there. And from him a quick spring of light divine Honour, which since the price of souls became, Swellid up the Sun, from whence his cherishing Seem'd to these great-ones a low idle name. flame
Instead of down, hard beds they choso to have, Fills the whole world, like him from whom it Such as might bid them not forget their grave.
Their board dispeopled no full element, He smooth'd the rough-cast Moon's imperfect Frec Nature's bounty thriftily they spent, mould,
And spar'd the stock; por could their bodies say And comb'd her beamy locks with sacred gold; We owe this crudeness t'excess yesterday. * Be thou," said be,“ queen of the mournful Thus souls live cleanly, and no soiling fear, night,”
But entertain their welcome Maker there; And as he spoke, she arose clad o'er in light, The senses perform nimbly what they 're bid, With thousand stars attending on her train; And honestly, nor are by Reason chid; With her they rise, with her they set again. And, when the down of sleep does softly fall, Then herbs peep'd forth, new trees admiring Their dreams are heavenly then, and mysticals stood,
With basty wings time present they outtly, And smelling Nowers painted the infant wood. And tread the doubtful maze of Destiny; Then tlocks of birds through the glad air did Bee, There walk, and sport among the years to come, Joyful and safe before man's luxury.
And with quick eye pierce every couse's wund.
Thus these wise saints enjoy'd their little all, Jonathan and David; upon which the latter Free from the spite of much-mistaken Saul: absents himself from court, and the former For, if man's life we in just balance weigh,
goes thither, to inform himself of Saul's reDavid deserv'd his envy less than they.
solution. The feast of the New Moon ; the Of this retreat the hunted prince makes choice, manner of the celebration of it; and therein Adds to their choir his nobler lyre and voice. a digression of the history of Abraham. Saul's But long unknown ev’n here he could not lie; speech upon David's absence from the feast, So bright his lustre, so quick Envy's eye!
and his anger against Jonathan, David's Th’offended troop, whom he escap'd before, resolution 10 fly away ; be parts with Jonatban Pursue bim here, and fear mistakes no more: and falls asleep under a tree. A description of Belov'd revenge fresh rage to them affords; Phansy ! an angel makes up a vision in David's Some part of him all promise to their swords. head; the vision itself, which is, a prophecy of They came, but a new spirit their hearts pos- all the succession of his race till Christ's time, sest,
with their inost remarkable actions. At his Scattering a sacred calm through every breast: awaking, Gabriel assumes a human shape, The furrows of their brow, so rough erewhile, and confirms to him the truth of his vision, Sink down into the dimples of a smile : Their cooler veins swell with a peaceful tide, And the chaste streams with even current glide; But now the early birds began to call A sudden day breaks gently through their eyes, The morning forth ; p rose the Sun and Saul; And morning blushes in their cheeks arise: Both, as men thoaght, rose fresh from sweet reThe thoughts of war, of blood, and murder,
pose ; cease ;
But, both alas ! from restless labours rose : In peaceful tunes they arlore the God of peace ! For in Saul's breast, Envy, the toilsome sin, New messengers twice more the tyrant sent,
Had all that night active and tyrannous been : And was twice more mock'd with the same event: She expell'd all forms of kindness, virtue, grace; His heighten'd rage no longer brooks delay; Of the past day no footstep left or trace; It sends bim there himself: but on the way
The new-blown sparks of his old rage appear, His foolish anger a wi-e fury grew,
Nor could his love dwell longer with his fear. And blessings from his mouth unbidden flew : So near a storm wise David would not stay, His kingly robes he laid at Naioth down, Nor trust the glittering of a faithless day; Began to understand, and scorn, his crown;
He saw the Sun call in his beams apace, Employ'd bis mounting thoughts on nobler And angry clouds march up into their place; things,
The sea itself smooths his rough brow awhile, And felt more solid joy than empire brings; Flattering the greedy merchant with a smile; Embrac'd his wondering son, and on his head, But he, whose shipwreck'd bark it drank be. The balm of all past wounds, kind tears, he shed.
fore, So covetous Balaam, with a fond intent Sees the deceit, and knows it would have more. Of cursing the blest seed, to Moab went :
Such is the sea, and such was Saul. But as he went, his fatal tonguc to sell,
But Jonathan, bis son, and only good, His ass taught him to speak, God to speak well. Was gentle as fair Jordan's useful food; “ How comely are thy tents, oh Israel !"
Whose innocent stream, as it in silence goes, (Thus he began)“ what conquest they foretell! Fresh honours and a sudden spring bestows, Less fair are orchards in their autumn pride,
On both his bauks, to every flower and tree; Adorn'd with trees on some fair river's side ;
The manner how lies bid, th' effect we see. Less fair are vallies, their green mantles spread! But more than all, more than himself, he lov'd Or mountains with tall cedars on their head ! The man whose worth his father's hatred mov'd; 'Twas God himself (thy God who must not fear?) For, when the noble youth at Dammin stood, Brought thee from bondage to be master here. Adorn'd with sweat, and painted gay with Slaughter shall wear out these, new weapons
Jonathan pierc'd him through with greedy eye, And Death in triumph on thy darts shall sit. And understood the future majesty When Judah's lion starts up to his prey,
Then destin'd in the glories of his look ;
He saw what mildness his bold spirit did tame,
He saw his valour, by their safety prov'd;
He saw all this, and as he saw, he lov'd.
What art thou, Love! thou great mysterious
From what bid stock does thy strange nature THE ARGUMENT.
'Tis thou that mov'st the world through every Tye friendship betwixt Jonathan and David,
part, and, upon that occasion, a digression concern- And hold'st the vast fraine close that nothing ing the nature of love. A discourse between
From the due place and office first ordain’d; Such sacred love does Heaven's bright spirits By thee were all things made, and are sustain'd.
fill, Sometimes we see thee fully, and can say Where love is but to understand and will From hence thou took'st thy rise, and went'st that with swift and unseen motions ; such as we
Somewhat express in heighten'd charity. Bat oftener the short beams of Reason's eye O ye blest One! whose love on Earth became See only there thou art, not how, nor why. So pure, that still in Heaven 'tis but the same ! How is the loadstone, Nature's subtile pride, There now ye sit, and with mixt souls embrace, br the rude iron woo'd, and made a bride? Gazing upon great Love's mysterious face ; How was the weapon wounded ? what hid fame And pity this base world, where friendship's made The strong and conquering metal overcame? A bait for sin, or else at best a trade. Love this world's grace) exalts his natural state; Ah, wondrous prince ! who a true friend could'st He feels thee, Love! and feels no more his weight.
When a crown flatter'd, and Saul threaten'd thee! Ye learned heads, whom ivy garlands grace, Who held'st him dear, whose stars tby birth did Why does that twining plant the oak embrace?
cross! The oak, for courtship most of all unfit,
And bought'st him nobly at a kingdom's loss! And rough as are the winds that fight with it? Israel's bright sceptre far less glory brings ; How does the absent pole the needle move? There have been fewer friends on Earth than How does his cold and ice beget hot love?
kings. Which are the wings of lightness to ascend ? To this strange pitch their high affections flew, Or why does weight to th' centre downwards Till Nature's se't scarce look'd on them as two. bend?
Hither flies David for advice and aid, Thus creatures void of life obey thy laws, As swift as love and danger could persuade: And seldom we, they never, know the cause.
As safe in Jonathan's trust his thoughts remain, In thy large state, life gives the next degree, As when himself but dreams them o'er again. Where Sense, and Good Apparent, places thee ; “My dearest lord, farewell !” said he, “fare But thy chief palace is man's heart alone,
well! Here are thy triumphs and full glories shown; Heaven bless the king! may no misfortune tell Handsome Desires, and Rest about thee fee, Th’injustice of his hate when I am dead ! Union, Inherance, Zeal, and Extacy,
They 're coming now; perhaps my guiltless With thousand joys cluster around thine head,
head O'er which a gall-less dove her wings does Here in your sight, must then a-bleeding lie, A zentie lamb, purer and whiter far (spread; And scarce your own-stand safe for being nigh. Than consciences of thine own martyrs are,
Think me not scar'd with Death, howe'er 't apa Lies at thy feet; and thy right hand dues hold
pear; The mystic sceptre of a cross of gold.
I know thou canst not think so: 'tis a fear Thus dost thou sit (like men ere sin had fram'd From which thy love and Dammin speaks me A guilty blush) naked but not asham’d. What cause then did the fabulous ancients find, I'are met him face to face, and ne'er could sec When first their superstition made thee blind? One terrour in his looks to make me fly Twas they, alas ! 'twas they who could not see, When Virtue bids me stard; but I would die When they mistook that monster, Lust, for thee. So as becomes my life, so as may prove Thou art a bright, but not consuming flame; Saul's malice, and at least excuse your love." Such in th' amazed bush to Moses came ; [rear, He stopt and spoke some passion with his eyes: When that, secure, its new-crown'd head did “ Excellent friend !” the gallant prince replies, And chid the trembling branches' needless fear. “ Thou hast so prov'd thy virtues, that they're Thy darts are healthful gold, and downwards known fall
To all good men, more than to each his own. Soft as the feathers that they're fletch'd withall. Who lives in Israel that can doubtful be Such, and no other, were those secret darts, Of thy great actions ? for he lives by thee. Which sweetly touch'd this noblest pair of hearts; Such is thy valour, and thy vast success, Suil to one end they both so justly drew,
That all things but thy loyalty are less. As courteous doves together yok'd would do: And should my father at thy ruin aim, No weight of birth did on one side prevail, 'Twould wound as much his safety as his fame: Two twins less even lie in Nature's scale; Think them not coming, then, to slay thee here, They mingled fates, and both in each did But doubt mishaps, as little as you fear; share,
For, by thy loving God, whoe'er design They both were servants, they both princes were. Against thy life, must strike at it through mine, If any joy to one of them was sent,
But I my royal father must acquit It was most his, to whom it least was meant; From such base guilt, or the low thought of it. And Fortune's malice betwixt both was crost, Think on his softness when from death he freed For, striking one, it wounded th' other most. The faithless king of Amalek's cursed seed; Never did marriage such true union find,
Can he t' a friend, t' a son, so bloody grow, Or men's desires with so glad violence bind, He who ev'n sinn'd but now to spare a foe? For there is still some tincture left of sin,
Admit he could; but with what strength or art And still the sex will needs be stealing-in. Could he so long close and seal up his heart? Those joys are full of dross, and thicker far; Such counsels jealous of themselves become, These, without matter, clear and liquid are. And dare not Es without consent of some;
Few men so boldly ill, great sins to do,
Or that the law be kept in memory still, Till licens'ı and approv'd by others too.
Given with like noise on Sinai's shining hill; No more (believe 't) could he hide this from me, Or that (as some men teach) it did arise Than I, had he discover'd it, from thee." From faithful Abram's righteous sacrifice,
Here they embraces join, and almost tears; Who, whilst the ramon Isaac's fire did fry, Till gentle David thus new prov'd his fears; His horn with joyful tunes stood sounding by. “ The praise you pleas'd (great prince !) on me Obscure the cause; but God his will declar'd, to sperid,
And all nice koowledge then with ease is spar'd. Was all out spoken when you styl'd me friend ; At the third hour Saul to the hallow'd tent, 'l hat name alone does dangerous glories bring, Midst a large train of priests and courtiers, went; And gives excuse to th’ envy of a king.
The sacred herd march'd proud and softly by ; What did his spear, force, and dark plots, im- Too fat and gay to think their deaths so nigh. But some eternal rancour in his heart? [part, Hard fate of beasts, more innocent than we! Still dues he glance the fortune of that day Prey to our luxury, and our piety! When, drown'd in his own blood, Goliah lay, Whose guiluess blood, on boards and altars spilt, And cover'd half the plain; still hears the sound Serves both to make, and expiate too, our guilt ! How that vast monster fell, and struck the ground: Three bullocks of free neck, two gilded rams, The dance, and · David his ten thousand slew,' Two well-wash'd goats, and fourteen spotless Still wound his sickly soul, and still are new.
lambs, Great acts, t' ambitious princes, treasons grow, With the three vital fruits, wine, oil, and bread, So much they hate that safety which they owe. (Small fees to Heaven of all by which we 're fed ! Tyrants dread all whom they rrise high in place, Are offer'd up; the hallow'd fames arise, (skies. From the good, danger : from the bad, disgrace: And faithful prayers mount with them to the They doubt the lords, mistrust the people's hate, From hence the king to th' outmost court is Till blood become a principle of state:
brought, Secur'd nor by their guards, nor by their right, Where heavenly things aninspir'd prophet taught, But still they fear ev'n more than they affright. And from the sacred tent to his palace-gates, Pardon me, sir! your father's rough and stern; with glad kind shouts th’assembly on him waits; His will too strong to bend, too proud to learn: The chearsul horns before bim loudly play, Remember, sir ! the honey's deadly sting; And fresh-strew'd flow'rs paint his triumpbant Think on that savage justice of the king;
way. When the same day that saw you do before Thus in slow state to th' palace-hall they go, Things above man, should see you man no more. Rich drest for solemn luxury and show : 'Tis true th' accursed Agag mov'd his ruth, Ten pieces of bright tap’stry hung the room, He pitied his tall limbs and comely youth: The noblest work e'er stretch'd on Syrian loom, Had seen, alas ! the proof of Heaven's fierce For wealthy Adriel in proud Sidon wrought, hate,
And given to Saul when Saul's best gift he sought, And fear'd no mischief from his powerless fate : The bright-ey'd Merab; for that mindful day Remember how th' old seer came raging down, No ornament so proper seem'd as they. And taught him boldly to suspect his crown;
There all old Abram's story you might see ;
Ilis painful, but well-guided, travels show
le blush'd with sudden passion, she with shame; Whom should he council ask, with whom advise, Troubled she seein'd, and labouring in the strife Hho reason and God's council docs despise ? "Twixt her own honour and her husband's life. Whose headstrong will no lawor conscience daunt, Here on a conquering host, that careless lay, Dares he not sin, do you think, without your Brown'd in the joys of their new-gotten prey, grant ?
The patriarch falls; well-mingled might you see Yes, if the truth of our fix'd love he knew, The confusèd marks of death and luxury. He would not doubt, believe't, to kill ev'n you." In the next piece, blest Salem's mystic king The prince is mov'd, and straight prepares to
Doc's sacred presents to the victor bring ; find
Like him whose type he bears, his rights re. The deep resolves of his griev'd father's mind :
ceives; The danger now appears, love can soon show 't, Strictly requires his due, yet freely gives; And force his stubborn piety to know 't.
Ev'n in his port, his habit and his face, (place. The' agree that David should conceal'd abide, The mild and great, the priest and prince, had Till his great friend had the court's teinper try'd; Here all their starry host the heavens display; Till be liad Saul's most secret purpose found, And lo! an heavenly youth, more fair than they, Aud searchil the depth and ranconr of his wound. Leads Abram forth; points upwards: “Such,” 'Twas the year's seventh-born Moon, the so
“So bright and numberless, thy seed shall be.”
Well paid with joyful tidings by his guests ;