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There all old Abram's story you might fee; Near this hall's end a shittim-table stood; 330
And still fome angel bore him company. 27 Yet well-wrought plate strove to conceal the
His painful
, but well-guided, travels show

The fate of all his sons, the Church below. For from the foot a golden vine did fpraut,
Here beauteous Sarah to great Pharaoh came, And cast his fruitful riches all about.
He blush'd with sudden pallion, she with shame; Well might that beauteous ore the grape express,
Troubled he seem'd, and labouring in the strife Which does weak nian intoxicate no lcss.

335 'Twixt her own honour and her husband's life. Of the fame wood the gilded beds were made, Here on a conquering host, that careless lay, And on them large enbroider'd carpets laid, Drewn'd in the joys of their new-gotten prey, From Egypt, the rich shop of follies, brought; The Patriarch falls; well-mingled might you see But arts of pride all nations soon are taught. The confus'd marks of death and luxury. 281 Behold feven comely blooming youths appear, 340 In the next piece, blest Salem's mystic king And in their hands feven filver wash-pots bear, Docs sacred presents to the victor bring; Curl'd, and gay clad; the choicest fons that be Like him whnle type he bears, his rights receives; Of Gibeon's race, and flaves of high degree ! Stridly requires his due, yet freely gives; 285 Seven beauteous maids march'd softly in behind; Es'n in his port, his habit, and his face, Bright scarfs their cloaths, their hair fresh garThe mild and great, the priest and prince, had lands, lipd;

345 place.

And, whilst the princes wash, they on them shed Here all their starry host the heavens display; Rich ointments, which their costly odours spread And lo! an heavenly youth, more fair than they, O'er the whole room; from their small prisons free, leads Abram forth; points upwards: “ Such," With such glad haste thro' the wide air they flee. said he,

290 The king was plac'd alone, and o'er his head 350 So hright and numberless, thy feed shall be.” A well-wrought heaven of filk and gold-was Herc he with God a new alliance makes,

spread, And in his ficth the marks of homage takes: Azure the ground, the sun in gold shone bright, And here he three mysterious persons feasts, Buţ pierc'd the wandering clouds with silver light. Well paid with joyíul tidings by his guests: 295 The right-hand bed the king's three sons did Here for the wicked town he prays, and near

grace, bearce did the wicked town through fames ap- The third was Abner's, Adriel's, David's, place ; pear;

And twelve large tables more were fill'd below, And all his fate, and all his deeds, were wrought, With the prime men Saul's court and camp could Since he from Ur to Ephron's cave was brought. show; But none 'mongst all the forms drew then their The palace did with mirth and music sound, eyes

300 And the crown'u goblets ninhly mov’d around; Like faithful Abram's righteous facrifice : But, though bright joy in every guest did fine, The sad old man mounts lowly to the place, The plenty, state, music, and spritetul wine, 361 With Nature's power triumphant in his face Were lost on Saul; an angry care did dwell O'er the Mind's courage; for, in spite of all, In his dark breast, and all gay fornis expel, From his swoln eyes relifiless waters fall. 305 David's unusual absence from the seast "The innocent boy his cruel burthen bore

To his fick spirit did jealous thoughts suggest: With smiling looks, and sometimes walk'd before, Long lay he still, nor drark, nor cat, nor spoke, And sometimes turn'd to talk : above was made And thus at last his troubled silence broke; The altar's fatal pile, and on it laid

" Where can he be?” said he;" it must be so." The Hope of mankind; patiently he lay, 310 With that he paus'd a while.

“ Too well wc And did his fire, as he his God, obey.

know The mournful fire lifts up at last the knife, “ His boundless pride: he grieves, and hates to sec And on one moment's firing depends his life, " The folemn triumphs of my court and me. 371 ha whose young loins such brooding wonders lie. “ Believe me, friends, and trust what I can how A thousand Spirits peep'd from the affrighted " From thousand proofs ; th'ambitious David now íky,

315 “ Does those vast things in his proud foul design Amaz'd at this strange scene ; and almost fear’d “ That too much business give for mirth or winc. For all those joyful prophecies they'd heard ; “ He's kindling now, perhaps, rebellious fire Till one leap'd nimbly forth, by God's command, “ Among the tribes, and does ev'n now conspire Like lightning from a cloud, and stopp'd his hand. “ Against my crown, and all our lives; whilst we The gentle Spirit fimil'd kindly as he spoke, 320 “ Are loth ev’n to fufpe&t, what we might see. New beams of joy thro' Abram's wonder broke; “ By the Great Name, 'tis true.”

380 The Angel points t'a tuft of bushes near,

With that he strook the board; and no man there Where an entangled ram does half arpcar,

But Jonathan durst undertake to clear And struggles vainly with that fatal nët,

The blameless Priuce; and scarce ten word; hc Which, though but slightly wrought, was firmly set. spoke, Før, lo! anon, to this sad glory doomd, 320 When thus his speech th' enraged tyrant broke : The useful beast on Issac's pile consum'd;

“ Disloyal wretch! thy geotle mother's thame! Whilst on his horns the ransom'd cuuple play'd, “ Whose cold pale ghost ev'n blushes at thy And the glad boy danc'd to the tunes he made. pame!


" mine cye,

“ Who fears, left her chafe bed should doubted be, | A sea rolls on with harmless fury here; 445 “ And her white fame stain'd by black deeds of Strait 'tis a field, and trees and herbs appear : " thee!

Here in a moment are vast armies made, “ Canit thou be mine? a crown sometimes does And a quick scene of war and blood display'd : “ hire

Here sparkling wines, and brighter maids, come in, “ Ev'n sons against their parents to conspire; 390 The bawds for Sense, and lying baits of Sin : 450 “ But ne'er did story yet, or fable, tell

Some things arise of itrange and quarrelling kind, “ Of one so wild, who merely to rebel,

The forepart lion, and a snake behind : “ Quitted th’unquestion'd birthright of a throne, Here goiden mountains (well the covetous place,

And bough: his father's ruin with his own. And cintaurs ride themselves, a painted race. * Thou need'st not plcad th' ambitious youth's Of these flight wonders Naturc sees the store, 455 “ defence;

395 And only then accounts herself but poor. “ Thy crime clears his, and makes that innocence: Hither an Angel comes, in David's trance, “ Nor can his foulingratitude appear,

And finds them mingled in an antique dance; “ Whilst thy unnatural guilt is plac'd so ncar. Of all the numerous forms fit choice he takes, “ Is this that noble friend thip you pretend? And joins them wisely, and this vision makes :“ Mine, thine own, foeand thy worst enemy's First David there appears in kingly fate, 461 « friend?

400 Whilft the twelve tribes his dread commands “ If thy low Spirit can thy great birth-right quit, await : “ The thing's but just, so ill deserv'rt thou it. Strait to the wars with his join'd strength he goei, “ I, and thy brethren here, have no such mind; Settles new friends, and frights his ancient foes. “ Nor such prodigious worth in David find, To Solima, Canaan's old head, they came 465 That we to hini should our just rights resign, 405 (Since high in note, then not unknown to fame, i “ Orthink God's choice not made so well as thine. The blind and lane th' undoubted wall defend, “ Shame of thy house and tribe! hence, from And no new wounds or dangers apprehend :

The busy image of great Joab there “ To thy false friend, and servile master, fly; Disdains the mock, and teaches them to fear: 470 “ He's ere this time in arms expecting thee; He climbs the airy walls, leaps raging down, “ Hafte, for those arms are rais'd to ruin me! 410 New-minted shapes of slaughter will the town: « Thy fin that way will nobler much appear, They curse the guards their mirth and brary “ Than to remain his fpy and agent here.

chore; “ When I think this, Nature, by thee icrfook, All of them now are fain, or made like those. “ Forsakes me too." With that his fpear he took Far through an inward scene an army lay, 475 To strike at hini; the mirth and music cease ; 415 Which with full banners a fair Fish display: The guests all rise, this sudden form t' appcalc : From Sidon plains to happy Egypt's coast The Prince his danger, and his duty, linew; They seem all met; a valt and warlike hoft! And low he bow'd, and filently withdraw. Thithier haftes David, to his destin'd prey, To David strait, who in a {st nig!

Honcur anc. noble darger lead the way; Waits his advice, the royal friend does fly. 420 The conscious trees shook with a reverent fear The sole advice now, like the danger, clear, Their unblown tops; God walk'd befre him there. Was, in fon:e forcigu land this torm t' outwear. Slaughter the weary'd Riphaims' boson fills; All marks of comely grief in both are seen; Dead corpse embuss the vale with little hills. And mournful kird discourses país'd between. On th' other side, Sophenes' mighty king Now generous tears their hasty tongues restrain, Numberless troops of the blert Eail does bring : Now they begin, and talk all o'er again : 426 | Twice are his mon cut off, and chariots ta'ca; A reverent oath of constant love they take, Damascus and rich Adad help in vain, And God's high name their dreaded wieness Here Nabathæan troops in battle stand, make;

With all the lusty youth of Syıian land; Not that at all their faiths could doubtsul prove; Undaunted Joab rufhes on with speed, Buit 'twas the tediouz zeal of endless love. 430 Gallantly mounted on his fiery Iteed; Thus, ere they part, they the short time bestow He hews down all, and deals his deaths around; in all the pomp friendhip and grief could how: The Syrians leave, or possess dead, the ground. And David now, with doubtful cares oppress’d, On th' other wing does bravc Abishai ride, 49 Beneath a shade borrows some little rest; Recking in blood and duft; on every fide When, by command divine, thick mitts arise, 435 The perjur'd fons of Amnion quit the field; And stop the sense, and close the conquer'd cyes. Some bafely dic, and some more bafely yield. There is a place which man most high doth rear, Through a thick wood the wretched Hanun The Small World's heaven, where Reason nioves And far more justly then ftars Hebrew spiess the sphere:

Moloch, their bloody god, thrusts out his head Here, in a robe which does all colours show

Grinning through a black cloud : him the (Th’ envy of birds, and the clouds' gardy how) Phansy, wild dame, with much lascivious pride, In his seven chambers; and he still did eat Ry twin-can:elions drawn, docs gaily ride; New-roasted babes, his dear delicious meat. Her coach there follows, and throngs round about Again they' arise, more anger'd than difinay's Of fapes ind airy firms an indless rout: Euphrates and swift Tygris fends chcm aid : !

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In vain they send it, for again they're Nain, So huge an host of Zetah's men he flew,
And feast the greedy birds on Helay plain.

As made ev'n that Arabia Dcfert too.
Here Rabba with proud towers affronts the sky, why fear'd he then the perjur'd baaha's fight?
And round about great Joab's trenches lie: 510 Or bought the dangerous aid of Syrians' might?
They force the walls, and fack the helpless town; Conqueft, Heaven's gift, cannot by man be fold,
On David's head faines Ammon's mafiy crown.

Alas! what weakness truits he? Man and gold. Mdit various torments the curs'd race expires; Next Josaphat pofless'd the royal state David himself his severe wrath admires.

(An happy prince, well worthy of his fate); Next upon Israel's throne docs bravely fit 515 His oft oblations, on God's altar made,

575 d comely youth endow'd with wond'rous wit. With thousand flocks and thousand herds are paid, Far from the parched Line a royal dame,

drabian tribuce! What mad troops are those, To hear his tongue and boundless wisdom, came : Those mighty troops that dare to be his foes!

She carried back in her triumphant womb He prays them dead: with mutual wounds they · The glorious stock of thousand kingsto come. 520

fall; Here brightest forms his pomp and wealth dif One fury brought, one fury says, them all. 580 play,

Thus lits he still, and fees himself to win; Here they a temple's vast foundations lay; Never o'ercome but by's friend Ahab's sin; A mighty work! and with fit glorics fill'd On whose disguise Fates then did only look; For God i' inhabit, and that king to build.

And had almoft their God's command mistook : Some from the quarries hew out mafiy fone, 525

Him from whose danger Heaven securely brings, Some draw it up with cranes; some breathe and

And for his fake two ripely wicked kings. 586 groan

Their armies languish, burnt with thirit at Seir; In order o'er the anvil; fome cut down Sighs all their cold, tears all their moisture, there; Tall cedars, the proud mountain's ancient crown;

They fix their greedy eyes on th' empty sky, Some carve the trunk, and breathing shapes And fancy clouds, and to become more dry: 590 heftow,

Elifha calls for waters from afar Giving the trees more life than when they grow;

To come; Elisha calls, and here they are : But oh, alas! what fudden cloud is spread 531

In helmets they quaff round the welcome flood; About this glorious king's eclipsed head ?

And the decrease repair with Moab's blood.
It all his fame benighes, and all his store, Jehoram next, and Ochoziah, throng 595
Wrapping him round; and now he's scen no more! lor Judah's fccptre; both short-liv'd too long.

When strait his son appears, at Sichem crown'd, A Woman too from murther title claims;
Foung and heediers council circled round;

Both with her fins and fox the crown she shames: Unseenily object! but a falling itate

Proud, cursed woman! but her fall, at lait, lias always its own errors join'd with Fate. To doubting men clears Heaven for what was Tea tribes at once forsake the Jellian throne,


6ca Andbold Adoram at his meflage stone; 540 Joas at first does bright and glorious show;

Brethren of Israel!"--more he fain would say, in life's fresh morn his fame did early crow: but a flint stopp'd his mouth, and speech i'th' Fair was the promise of his dawning ray,

But Prophets' arigry blood o'ercast his day; Fiere this fond king's disasters but begin,

From thence his clouds, from thence his atorms, He's destined to more shame by' his father's sin : begin;

605 Safuck came up, and under his command 545

Jo cries aloud, and twice lets Aram in. A dreadful army from scorch'd Afric's fand, Su Amaziah lives, so ends his reign: Al cumberless as that: all is his prey,

Eo:h by their traiterous servants juftly slain. The temple's facred wealth they bear away :

Edom at first dreads his victorious hand, Adrizar's fields and guiden loss they take:

Before hivi thousand captives trembling stand; 610 Ez'nz David in his dream does sweat and thake. 550 Down a deep precipice, down he casts them all, Thus fails this wretched prince; his loins appear

The minric Ihapes in several postures fall : Oi less weight now than Solomon's singers were. But then (mad fool!) he does those gods adore Arijah next lecks Israel to regain,

Which, when pluck'd down, had worship’d hiin And wash in feas of blood his father's stain :

before! Near saw the aged sun fo cruel figlit; 555 Thus all his life to come is loss and fame; 615 Scarce saw he this, but hid his bashful light. No help from gods, who themselves help'd not, bit's curs d son fled with not half his men; lire were bis gods of Dan and Bethel then? All this Uzziah's strength and wit repairs, it could cot this chc fatal flrile decide :

Leavin a well-built greatness to his heirs; God punish'd one, but bless'd not th” other side. Till leprous fcurf, o'er his whole body cali,

4an, a jult and virtucus prince, succeeds, 561 Takes him at first from men, from earth at last. lich-rais'd by fame for great and godly deeds : As virtuous was his son, and happier far; 62 ! He cut the folcmn groves where idols food. Buildings his peace, and trophics grac'd his war, had facrific'd the gods with their own wood: But Achaz heaps up fins, as if he meant de vanquish'd thus the proud weak powers of To make his worit forefathers innocent: bell; 565 He burns his son at Hinnom, whilst around

625 <fore hiin next their dousing fervants fell: The roaring child drums and loud trumpets found;

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This to the boy a barbarous mercy grew,

Jehoias and Jehoi'chim next appear ; And snatch'd him from all miseries to ensue. Both urge that vengeance which before Here Pcca comes, and hundred thousands fall;

66 Here Resin marches up, and sweeps up all; 630 He in Egyptian fetters captive dies, Till, like a sea, the great Belochus' fon)

This by more cuurtcous anger murder'd lies. Breaks upon both, and both does over-run; His son and brother next do bonds Instain, The last of Adad's ancient stock is slain,

Israel's now folemn and imperial chain. Israel captiv’d, and rich Damascus ta'en :

Here's the last fecne of this proud city's fate; All this wild rage to revenge Judah’s wrong; 635 All ills are met tyd in one knot of Fate. But woe to kingdoms that have friends too strong! Their endless slavery in this trial lay;

Thus Hezekiah the torn empire took, Great God had heap'd-up ages in one day: And Assur's king, with his worse gods, forsook ; Strong works around the wall the Chaldees bui! Who to poor Judah worlds of nations brings, The town with grief and dreadful business fill'd: There rages, ucters vain and mighty things; 640 To their carv'd gods the frantic women pray, Some dream of triumphs, and exalted names, Gods, which as near their ruin were as they. Sonie of dear gold, and some of beauteous dames: At last in rushes the prevailing foe, Whilst, in the midst of their huge ficepy boast, Does all the mischief of proud conquest fow An angel scatters death through all the host. The wondring babes from mothers' breafts 2 Th' affrighted tyrant back to Babel hies,


rent, There meets an end far worse than that he flies. And suffer ills they neither fear'd nor meant; Here Hezckiah's life is almost donc !

No silver reverence guards the stooping age, So good, and yet, alas ! so short, 'tis spun : No rule or method ties their boundless rage : 'Th' end of the line was ravel'd, weak, and old; The glorious temple shines in fame all o'er, Time must go back, and afford better hold 650 Yet not so bright as in its gold before : 7 To tie a new thread to’it, of fifteen years : Nothing but fire or slaughter meets the eyes; 'Tis done; th' all-mighty power of prayer and Nothing the ear but groans and disinal cries. tears!

The walls and towers are level'd with the grour Backward the sun, an unknown motion, went; And scarce aught now of that vast city's found The stars gaz'd on, and wonder'd what he meant. But shards and rubbish, which weak ligns mig Manasses next (forgetful man!) begins; 655 keep

7 Enslav'd and sold to Afhur by his fins;

Of forepast glory, and bid travellers weep. Till, by the rod of learned misery taught, Thus did triuniphant Assur homewards pals, Home to his God and country both he's brought: And thus Jerufalem left, Jerusalem that was! It taught not Ammon, nor his hardness brake; This Zedechiah saw, and this not all; He's made th' example he refus'd to take. 660 Before his face his friends and children fall, ;

Yet from this root a goodly cyon springs; The sport of insolent victors; this he views, Josiah, best of men, as well as kings.

A king and father once! ill Fate could use Down went the calves, with all their gold and His eyes no more to do their master spite; cost;

All to be seen the took, and next his fight. The priest then truly griev'd Osiris lost;

Thus a long death in prison he outwears; 7 These mad Egyptian rites till now remain'd; 665 Bereft of grief's last folace, ev'n his tears. Fools! they their worser thraldon still retain'd! Then Jeconiah's son did foremoft come, In his own fires Moloch to ashes fell,

And he who brought the captiv'd nation hom And no more flames must have besides his hell; A row of worthies' in long order pass’d Like end Astarte's horned image found,

O'er the short stage; of all old Joseph laft. 9 And Baal's spired stone to dust was ground : 670 Fair angels pass’d by next in seemly bands, No more were men in female habit féen,

All gilt, with gilded bakets in their hands, Nor they in men's, by the lewd Syrian qucen : Some, as they went, the blue-ey'd violets firew No lustful maids at Benos' temple fit,

Some, spotless lilies in loose order threw; And, with their bodies' shame, their marriage Some did the way with full-blown roses spread, get:

Their smell divine, and colour strangely red; 7 The double Dagon neither nature faves, 675 Not such as our dull gardens proudly wear, Nor flics she back to th' Erythræan waves. Whom weathers taint, and winds' rude kifles tea The travelling sun sees gladly from on high Such, I believe, was the first rose's hue, His chariots burn, and Nergal quenched lic; Which at God's word in beauteous Eden grew The king's impartial anger lights on all,

Queen of the flowers which made that orcha From fly-blown Accaron to the thundering Baal. gay!

7 Here David's joy unruly grows, and bold, The morning blushes of the spring's new day. Nor could neep's filken chain its violence hold, With sober pace an heavenly maid walks Had not the Angel, to seal fast his eyes,

Her looks ail fair; no sign of native sin 'The humeurs ftirr'd, and bade more mists arise : Through her whole body writ; immodera When ftrait a chariot hurries swift away,

grace And in it good Josiah bleeding lay;

Spoke things far more than human in her face Onc hand's held up, one stops the wound; in vain li casts a dulky gloom o'er all the flowers; They both are us'd: alas! he's flain, he's Nain. And with full beams their mingled light devour





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An Angel Arait broke from a shining cloud, This he with starry vaponrs spangley all, 805 And press'd his wings, and with much reverence Took in their prime, ere they grow ripe and fall : bow'd :

Of a new rainbow, ere it fret or fade, Again he bow'd, and grave approach he made, 'The choicest picce took out, a scars is made : And thus his sacred message sweetly faid: Small streaming clouds he does for wings display, " Hail, full of Grace! thee the whole world Not virtnous lovers' fighs more loft than they; 810 " thall call

These he gilds o'er with the lun's richest rays, * Above all blest; Thee, who falt bless them all. Caught gliding o’er pure ftreams on which he Thy virgin womb in wondrous fort shall plays. throud


Thus drest, the joyful Gabriel posts away. Jcfus the God (and then again he bow'd); And carries with him his own glorious day, Conception the great Spirit shall breathe on Through the thick woods : the gloomy thades

awhile Hail thou! who must God's wife, God's mo Put on fresh looks, and wonder why they smile; " ther, be!"

The trembling serpents close and silent lie; With that, his seeming form to heaven he rear'd; The birds obscene far from his passage fly; She low obeifance made, and disappear'd. 760 A sudden spring waits on him as he goes, Lo! a new star three eastern sages fee

Sudden as that which by creation rose : 820 (for why should only earth a gainer be?) Thus he appears to David; at firit light They saw this Phosphor's infant-light, and knew All earth-bred fears and sorrows take their flight. It bravely uher'd in a Sun as new :

In ruthes joy divine, and hope, and rest; They hafted all this Rising Sun t'adore; 765 | A facred calm shines through his peaceful breast. With then rich myrrh and early spices bore : “ Hail, man belov'd! from highest heaven,' Wife men! no fitter gift your zeal could bring;

said he; You'll in a noifore stable find your King. “ My mighty master sends thee health by me. Anon a thousand devils run roaring in ;

“ The things thou law'st are full of truth and Some with a dreadful smile deformi'dly grin; 770 Some stamp their cloven paw's, fome frown, and Shap'd in the glass of the divine foresight :

« Ev'n now old Time is harnessing the years The gaping snakes from their black-knotted hair; “ To go in order thus. Hence, empty fears ! 870 sis if all grief, and all the rage of hell,

“ Thy fate's all white; from chy bleft feed fhull Were doubled now, or that just now they fell : But, when the dreaded maid they entering law, “ The promis' Shilo, the great mystic King : All led with trembling fear and silent awe. " Round the whole carth his dreaded name thall Is her chaite arms th' eternal infant lies,

“ sound, Th' Almighty voice chang'd into feeble cries. “ And reach to worlds that must not yet he sound: Heaven contain'd virgins oft, and will do more ; “ The Southern clime him her fole lord thall Never did virgin contain Heaven before.

780 angels peep round to view this mystic thing, “ Him all the North, ev'n Albion's stubborn ille, And Halleluiah round, all Halleluiah sing. “ My fellow-servant, credit what I tell.”

No longer could good David quiet bear Strait into shapeless air unseen he fell.
Th' unwieldy pleasure which o'erflow'd him
It broke the fetters, and burst epe

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Away the cimurous forms together fly:
Fix'd with amaze he food; and time must take,
To learn if yet he were at last awake.

Sometimes he thinks that Heaven this vision sent,
And order'd all the pageants as they went; 790
Sometimes, that only 'twas wild Phansy's play,

The loose and scatter'd relics of the day.
When Gabriel (no bleft fpirit more kind or

Bodies and clothes himself with thicken'd air ;
All like a comely youth in life's freth bloom ; 795 David's flight to Ncb, and entert.zinnent there by the
Rare workmanihip, and wrought by heavenly High Prieft; from ibence to Gail in disguise, where

be is discovered and brought to Acbis : be counterHe tnok for skin a cloud moft soft and bright, feits bimaself mad, and escopes to Adullam. Aftur! That ere the mid-day fun pierc'd thro' with light; enumeration of the forces which come bisher to him. Upon his cheeks a lively blush he spread,

A defiription of the kingdom of Moab, whither !. Wash'd from the morning beauties' deepett red; vid flies; bis entertainment at Niob's count: aciAn harmleis flaming meteor shone for hair, grefsion of the biflory of Lot, faiber of the Moabitis, And fell adown bis shoulders with loose care ; represented in pictura. Melcber's fong at 1bu ftoj He cuts out a filk mantle from the skies,

Moab defires oub to relate, ibe jłory of Daviu; Where the most spritely azure plcas'd the eyes;

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