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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 1 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, i
Yet 'twas well-stor'd, for that small store Fas Or look on bim; bat, mute and trembling, all \Yriting, 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) but 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 bloud loads now the press; And brustles up, preparing for his feast;
Laborious effects of idleness! If that by swiftuess 'scape his gaping jaws, Here all the various forms one might behold His bloody eyes he hurls round, his sharp paws How letters sav'd themselves from death of old; Tear up the ground ; then runs he wild about, Some pajufully engrar'd in thin-wrought plates ; Lashing his angry tail, and roaring out;
Soinc 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-livid Trees, though no wind stirri:g, shoke 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 itself darcs scarce repeat the sound.
Some the sharp style in waxen tables maiks; · 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 neighbourhood 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 noblest wits of men inspir'd, There himself taught, and his bless'd voice to Proin Earth's slight joys, and worthless toile; hear,
retir'd. Teachers themselves lay proud bencath 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, inidst the friendly cover of their shade, Ilow tow'rd both poles the Sun's fix'd joumey A pure, well-tasted, wholesome fuuntain 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 fore'd waters | Ly what just steps the wandering lights advance, pass,
And what eternal measures guide their dance: Shapes gazing on themselves i'th' liquid glass; limself a prophet; but his lectures show'd Yet the chaste stream, that 'mong loose pebbles Ilov little of that art to them he ow'd. fell,
Mahol, th' inferior world's fantastic face, Por cleanness, thirst, religion serv'd as well. Through all the turns of matter's maze, die The scholars, doctors, and companions, here,
trace; Lodg'd all apart in ncat small chambers were, Great Nature's well-set clock in pieces took; Well-furnish'd chainber; for in gach 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 wcalth's proportion'd | The prophet Gad in learned dust designs right
'Th' immortal solid rules of fancy'd lines : To their life's form; more goods would but become Of nuinbers too th’unnumber'd wealth he shows, A burthen to them, and contract their room, And with them far their endless journey goes ; A second court, more sacred, stood bebind, Numbers, which still increasc more high and wide Built fairer, and to nobler use design'd:
From one, the root of their turn'd pyramid. The hall and schools one side of it possest; Of men and ages past Seraiah read; The library and synagogue the rest.
Embalm'd in long-liv'd history the dead; Tables of plain-cut fir, adorn’d the hall;
Show'd the steep falls and slow ascent of states; And with beasts' skins the beds were corer'd | What wisdom and what follies make their fates all,
Samuel limself did God's rich law display; The reverend doctors take their seats on high, Taught doubting men with judgment to obey; TH' elect compapions in their bosoms lie; And oft his ravish'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 welcome strangers might appear, With more respect the 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 rings with anguis Nor purer waters drank, their constant feast; But by great days, and sacrifice increas'd. Does with urore constant harmony rejoice:
The sacred Muse does here each breast inspire ; | Singing their inaker in their untanght lays: Heman and sucet-inouth'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 charmius 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 conld, the bond of all before; lost)
In him he all things with strange order húrlid; The glittering roof with gold did daze the view, In him, that full abridgment of the workl. The sides refiesh'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, to!d; . 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 glad hymns, swelld with the Great With an impetuous noise the waves came rushOne's praise,
ing in : The pliant voice on her seven steps they raise, Where birds erewhile dwelt and securely sung, Whilst all th’enliven'd instruments around There fish (an unknown net) entangled hung: To the just feet with various concord sound; The face of shipwreck'd Nature naked lay; Such things were Muses then, contemn'd low The Sun peep'd forth, and beheld nouglit butsca. 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 'Twas God himself that here tuu'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 betel, From nothing, and from no-wbere, call'd forth When wind and sea waged war for Israel : al!.
In his gilt chariots amaz'd fishes sat,
The waves and rocks half eaten bodies stain ;
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, Bet 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' sudden 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 God and angels fought. Yet, buried in this matter's darksome womb, Thus gain'd they the wise spending of their Lay the rich seeds of every thing to come :
days; Fiom hence 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 swiftest 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: 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 dye appeared but sordid there. And from him a quick spring of light divine Honour, which since the price of souls became, Saeil'd up the Sun, from whence his cherishing Seem'! to these great-ones a low idle name, flame
Instead of down, hard beds they chose to hrve, Fills the whole world, like him from whom it such as might bij them not forget their grase, came.
Their board dispeopled no full element, lle smooth'd the rough-cast Moon's imperfect | Frec Nature's bounty thriftily they spent, mould,
And spar'd the stock ; nor could their bodies say And comb'd her beamy locks with sacred gold; We owe this crudeness t' excess yesterday. “Be thou,” said he, “queen of the mournful | Thus souls live cleanly, and no soiling fear, night,"
But entertain their welcome Maker there; And as be 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 pcep'd forth, new trees adiniring | Their dreams are heavenly then, and mystical : sthod,
With hasty wings tivne present they outils, . And smelling flowers painted the infant wood. And tread the doubtful maze of Destiny; Thep flocks of birds through the glaıl air did fee, There walk, and sport among the years to come. Joyful and safe before man's luxury.
And with quick eye pierce every cause's womba
Thus these wise saints enjoy'd their little all, Jonathan and David ; upon which the latier Free from the spite of much-mistaken Saul: . absents himself froin court, and the former For, if man's life we in just balance weigh,
goes thither, to inform hinself of Saul's reDavid desery'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 to fly away; he parts with Jonathan Pursue bim here, and fear mistakes no more : and falls asleep under a tree. A description of Belov'd revenge fresh rage to them assords;
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 calın 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 ; up rose the Sun and Saul; And morning blushes in their cheeks arise: Both, as men thought, 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 axlore 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 him there himself : but on the way
The new-blown sparks of his old rage appear, His foolish anger a wise fury grew,
Vor 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 his mounting thoughts on nobler 1 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 ben 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 hare more. Of cursing the blest seed, to Moab went:
Such is the sea, and such was Saul. But as he went, his fatal tongue to sell,
But Jonathan, his son, and only good, His ass taught him to speak, God to speak well. Was gentle as fair Jordan's useful foodl;
" 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 banks, to every fower and tree; Adorn'd with trees on some fair river's side; The manner how lies hid, th' effect sesce. Less fair are vallies, their green mantles spread! | But more than all, more than bimself, he lord Or mountains with tall cedars on their head! The man whose worth his father's batred 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 ; The beasts shall hang their ears and creep away;
He saw, and straight was with amazement strook, When he lies down the woods shall silence keep, To see the strength, the feature, and the grace And dreadful tigers tremble at his sleep.
Of his young limbs : he saw his comely face, Thy cursers, Jacob ! shali twice cursed be ; Wbere love and reverence so well mingled were; And he shall bless himself that blesses thee !" And head, already crown'd with golden bair :
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 hid stock does thy strange nature THE ARGUMENT.
"Tis thou that mov'st the world through erery The friendship betwixt Jonathan and David,
part, and, upon that occasion, a digression concern- | And hold'st the vast frame clure that nobile 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, Soinetimes 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 way;
Somewhat express in heighten'd charity. But oftener the short beams of Reason's eye () 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 loadstore, Nature's subtile pride, There now ye sit, and with mixt souls embrace, By the rude iron wood, and made a bride? Gazing upon great Love's mysterious face; How was the weapon wounded? what hid flame | 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 thy 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 self scarce lookid 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 -bleeding lie, A gentle 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 ape: Lies at thy feet; and thy right hand dves 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.
free; What cause then did the fabulous ancients find, I’ave met him face to face, and ne'er could see 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 inay 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 bis 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 Tby darts are healthful gold, and downwards
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 t
Such is thy valour, and thy vast success, Still 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 wben from death he freed For, striking one, it wounded th other most. The faithless king of Amalek's cursed seed; . Nerer did marriage such true union find,
Can het 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 fix without consent of some;
Few men so boldly ill, great sins to do,
| Or that the law be kept in memory still, Till licens'd and approv'd by others too.
Given with like noise on Sinai's shining hill; No more (believe 't) could be hide this from me, Or that (as some men teach) it dit 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 ram on 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 declard, to sperd,
And all nice knowledge 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,
That 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 does he glance the fortune of that day Prey to our luxury, and our piety! When, drown'd in his own blood, Goliah lay, Whose guiltless 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, l'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 raise 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 bate, 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 ther fear er'n more than they affright. And from the sacred tent to his palace-gates, Parrion me, sir! vour father's rough and stern; with glad kind shouts th' assembly on bim waits; His will too strong to bend, too proud to learn: The chearful horns before bim loudly play, Remember, sir! the honey's deadly sting; And fresh-strew'd now'rs peint 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 slow: '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 be sought, And fear'd no mischief from his powerless fate : The bright-cy'd Meiab; for that mindful day Remember how ib' 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; Since then, his pride quakes at th’ Almighty's And still some angel bore him company. rod,
His painful, but well-guided, travels show Vor dares he love the man belov'd by God, The fate of all his sons, the church below. Hence his deep rage and trembling envy springs; Here beauteous Sarah to great Pharaoh came, (Nothing so wild as jealousy of kings!)
He blush'd with sudden passion, she with shame; Whom should he council ask, with whom advise, Troubled she seem'd, and labouring in the strife Who reason and God's conncil does despise ? 'Twixt her own honour and her husband's life, W'liose headstrong will no law or conscience daunt, | Here on a conquering host, that careless lay, Dares he not sin, do you think, without your Drownd in the joys of their new-gotten prey, grant?
The patriarch falls; well-iningled might you see Yes, if the truth of our fix'd love he knew, The confus'd 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 inov'd, and straight prepares to Does 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 :
ccives; The danger now appears, love can soon show 't, Strictly requires his due, yet freely gives; And force his siubborn piety to know 't.
Evin in his port, bis habit and his face, splace. The' agree that David should conceal'd abide, The mill and great, the priest and prince, bad Till his great friend had the court's temper try'd; Here all their starry host the hearens display ; Till helad Saal's most secret purpose found, And lo! an heavenly youth, more fair than they, And search'd the depth and rancour of his woumd. Leads Abram forth ; points upwards: "Such," 'Twas the year's seventh-born Moon, the so- I said he, lemn feast
“So bright and numberless, thy seed shall be." That with most noise its sacred mirth express'd. Here he with God a new alliance makes, from opening morn till night shuts in the day, And in his flesh the marks of homage takes : On trumpets and shrill horns the Levites play. And here he three mysterious persons feas's, Whether by this in mystic type we see
Well paid with joyful tidings by his guests : The New-ycar's-day of great cternity, [make, Here for the wicked town be prays, and near When the chang'e Moon shall no more changes Scarce did the wicked town through flames apAr:d scatter'd deaths by trumpets' sound awake; / pear ;