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560" Some sew at first with vain resistance fall, 610 " In Ammon's plated belt Jonathan's hùng, “ The rest is slaughter and vast conquest all. " And stopp'd there; Ammon did his helmet hit, “ The fate by which our host thus far had gone, "And gliding off, bore the proud crest from it ; « Our noft with noble hear drove farther on; * Strait with their swords to the fierce shock « Victorious arms thro’Ammon's land it bore : they came,

“ Ruin behind, and terror march'd before : 615 « Their swords, their armour, and their eyes, shot " Where'er from Rabba's towers they cast their


“ light, " Blows strong as thunder, thick as rain, they “ Smoke clouds the day, and fames make clear

“ the night. " Which more than they th' engag'd spe&ators “ This bright success did Saul's first adion bring ;

“ The oil, che lot, and crown, less crown'd him " In Ammon force, in Jonathan address

king : (Though both were great in both to an excess) « The Happy all men judge for cmpire fit, 620 " To the well-judging eye did most appear; 570

“ And none withstands where Fortune does “ Honour and anger in both equal were.

« submit. * Two wounds our Prince receiv'd, and Ammon “ Those who before did God's fair choice with.

“ stand, Which, he enrag'd to feel, and 'sham'd to see, “ Th' excessive vulgar now to death demand; "Did his whole strength into one blow collect; “ But wiser Saul repeal'd their hafty doom; * And as a spaniel, when we our aim direct 575 “ Conquest abroad, with mercy crown'd at home; « To shoot fome bird, impatiently stands by “ Nor stain'd with civil Naughter that day's

626 Shaking his tail, ready with joy to fly, Jult as it drops, upon the wounded prey; “ Which foreign blood in nobler purple dy'd. So waited Death itself to bear away

Again the crown th' assembled people give, * The threaten'd life; did glad and grecdy stand “ With greater joy than Saul could it receive; " At fight of mighty Ammon's lifted hand. - 581 “ Again th' old Judge resigns his sacred place 630 " Our watchful Prince by bending savid the “ (God glorify'd with wonders his disgrace); « wound:

“ With decent pride, such as did well befit * But Death in other coin his reckoning found; “ The name he kept, and that which he did quit: For, whilst th' immoderate stroke's miscarrying “ The long-palt row of happy years he show'd

“ Which to his heavenly government they ow'd; Had almoft borne the striker fronı his horse, “ How the torn State his just and prudent reign " A nimble thrust his adive enemy made; 586

« Rettor’d to order, plenty, power, again; “ 'Twixt his right ribs deep pierc'd the furious “ In war what conquering miracles he wrought;

“ God, then their King, was General when they " And opened wide those fecret vessels, where

fought; " Life's light goes out, when first they let in air. “ Whom they depos’d with him-And that, " He falls! his armour clanks against the ground,

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640 * From his faint tongue imperfect curses suund. “ You may see God concern'd in 't more than me, " His amaz'd troops strait cast their arms away;

« Bchold how storms his angry presence shroud! * Scarce fled his soul from thence more (wist « Hark how his wrath in thunder threats aloud !

“ 'Twas now the ripen's summer's higheft rage; “ As when two kings of neighbour hives (whom " Which no faint cloud durst mediate to assuage; rage

“ Th' carth hot with thirst, and hot with lutt “ And thirst of empire in fierce wars engage, 595

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646 " Whilft each lays claim to th' garden as his own, “ Gap'd, and breath'd feeble vapours up in vain, " And seeks t' ufurp the bordering flowers alone) “ Which strait were scatter’d, or devour’d by th' " Their well-arm'd troops drawn boldly forth to

“ When, lo! ere scarce the active speech was done, " In th' air's wide plain dispute their doubtful “ A violent wind rose from his secret cave, 650

“ And troops of frighted Wouds before it drave : If by sad chance of battle either king 600 “ Whilst with rude haste the consus'd tempest " Fall wounded down, strook with some fatal

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“ Swift, dreadful flames shot thro' th' encounter" His army's hopes and courage with him die; “ ing clouds, "They feathe up their faint swords, and routed fly. From whose torn womb th' imprison'd thunder “ On th' other sides at once, with like success,

“ broke, "Into the camp great Saul and Abner press; 605 “ And in dire sounds the prophet's sense it " From Jonathan's part a wild mix'd noise they

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* Were all let loote; horror and fearful noise “ About it forks, axes, and scythes, and spears, * Filld the black scene; till the great prophet's “ Whole magazines of death each chariot bears; “ voice,

“ Where it breaks in, there a whole troopit mows, “ Swift as the wings of morn, reduc'd the day; 660 “ And with lopp'd panting limbs the field bc“ Wind, thunder, rain, and clouds, filed all at

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“ Alike, the valiant and the cowards die: 715 " Fear not, said he; God his fierce wrath removes, “ Neither can they resilt, nor can these fly. “ And, tho' this State my service disapproves, “ In this proud equipage, at Macmas they, My prayers shall serve it constantly : No more, “ Saul in much different state at Gilgal, lay; “ I hope, a pardon for patt fins t'implore; 665 “ His forces seem'd no army but à crowd, “ But jult rewards from gracious Heaven to bring “ Heartless, unarm’d, disorderly, and loud. 720 “ On the good deeds of you, and of our king. “ The quick contagion, Fear, ran swift thro' all, “ Behold him there! and as you fee, rejoice " And into trembling fits th' insectcd fall. “ In the kind care of God's impartial choice. “ Saul and his son (for no frich faint disease “ Behold his beauty, courage, strength, and wit! “ Could on their strong-complexion'd valour “ The honour Heaven has cloach'd Him with,

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" In vain all parts of virtuous condu& show'd, 725 “ And comely on him; since you needs must be “And on deaf terror generous words bestow'd :

Rul'd hy a King, you're happy that 'tis he. “ Thousands from thence fly scatter'd every day,

Obey him gladly; and let him too know « Thick as the leaves that take and drop away, “: You were not made for him, but he for you, 675 “ When they th' approach of stormy winter find; * And both for God;

“ The nohle tree all bare expoz'd to th’ wind. 736 " Whose gentlest yoke if once you caft away, “ Some to sad Jordan fly, and swim ’t for halte, u In vain shall he command, and you ohey;

< And from his farther bank look back at latt: « To foreign tyrants both fall ilaves become, “ Some into woods and caves their catele drive;' " instead of kiry and subjects here at home. 680 “ There with their beats on equal terms they “ The crown thus several ways confirm’d to

“ Nor deserve better : some in rocks on high, 731 « One way was wanting yet to crown them all; « The old retreats of storks and ravens, lie;

And that was force, which only can maintain “ And, were they wing'd like them, scarce would “ The power that fortune gives, or worth does " they dare gain.

685 “ To stay, or trust their frighted safety there. " Three thousand guards of big bold men he took; “ As th' host with fear, so Saul disturbid with * Tall, terrible, and guards ev’n with their look : “ His facred person two, and throne, defend; “ T'avert these ills by facrifice and prayer 740 “ The third, on matchless Jonathan attend; “ And God's blest will e enquire, for Samuel O'er whose sull thoughts Honour, and Youth

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690 “ Whom he fix days with troubled haste attends; “ Sate hrocding, to hatch a&ions gnod and great. “ But, ere the seventh uplucky day (the last “ On Geba first, where a Philiftian band “ By Samuel set for this great work) was paft, “ Lies, and around torments the fetter'd land, “ Saul (alarm'd hourly from the neighbouring “ He falls, and flaughters all; his noble rage

745 “ Mix'd with design his nation to engage

“ Impatient, ere God's time, God's mind to kdow; “ In that just war, which from them long in “ Sham', and enrag'd to see his troops decay;

“ Jealous of an affront in Samuel's stay; “ Honour and freedcm's voice had strove t' ob- “ Scorning that any's presence fhould apprar “ tain.

696 “ Necdful besides, when he himselfwas there; 750 “ Th' accurs'd Philiftian, rouz'd with this bola “ And, with a pride tco natural, thinking Heaven “ blow,

“ Had given him all, because much power 't had “ All the proud marks of enrag'd power does “ given) “ show;

“ Himself the facrifice and offerings made; “ Raises a vaft, well-arm'd, and glittering host : “ Himself did th' high selected charge invade; “ If human ftrength might authorize a boaft, 700 “ Himself enquir'd of God; who then fpake “ Their threats had reason here; for ne'er did we


733 “ Ourselves fo weak, or soe so potent, fee. u Eut Saniuel serait his dreadful answer brought: “ Here we vait bodies of their foot efpy,

“ For strait he came, and with a virtue bold “ The rear out-reaches far th’extended eye; " As was Saul's fin, the fatal message told; • Like fields of corn their arm'd squadrons stand; “ His foul ingratitude to Heaven hc chid, “ As thick and numberies, they hide the land. 706 “ To pluck chat fruit, which was alone forbid 760 Here with fharp neighs the warlike horses “ To kirgly power, in all that plenteous land, “ found,

Where all things else submit to his command. “ And with proud prancings beat the putrid " And, as fair Eden's violated tree “ ground:

“ T'immortal man brought in mortality: “ Here with worse noise threc thousand chariots “ So fhall that crown, which God eternal meani,

“ Prom thee, said hc, and thy great house, te " With plates of iron bour.d, or louder braís; 710 “ sent;


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Thy crime shall death to all thine honours send, “ They went, but sacred fury, as they went, "And give thy' immortal royalty an end. “ Chang'd swiftly, and exalted his intent. " Thus spoke the prophet; but kind Heaven, we “ What may this be! (the Prince breaks forth);


“ I find "(Whose threats and anger know no other scope “ God, or some powerful spirit, invades my mind. " Bat man's amendment) does long since relent, “ From aught but Heaven can never sure be And, with repentant Saul, itself repent.

“ brought " Howe'er (though none more pray for this than “ So high, io glorious, and so vast a thought :

“ Nor would ill-fate, that meant me to surprize, " Whose wrongs and sufferings might some co • Come cloath'd in so unlikely a disguise. « lour be

“ Yon host, which its proud fishes spreads so wide • To do it less) this speech we fadly find 775

• O'er the whole land, like some swola river's “ Still extant, and ftill active in his mind;

830 “ But then a worse effect of it appear'd

" Which terrible and numberless appears, "Our army, which before modestly fear'd; “ As the thick waves which their rough ocean " Which did by stealth and by degrees decay ;

« bears : " Disbanded now, and fled in troops away. 780 “ Which lies so strongly 'encamp'd, that one “ Base fear so bold and impudent does grow,

would say * When an excuse and colour it can show! “ The hill might be remov'd as soon as they; " Six hundred only (scarce a princely train) “ We two alone must fight with and defeat; 835 * Of all his host with distress'd Saul remain; “ Thou'rt strook, and startest at a sound so great!

of his whole host fix hundred; and even those “ Yet we must do 't; God our weak hands has *(So did wife Heaven for mighty ends dispose !

« chose “ Nor would that useless multitudes should share “ T' ashame the boasted numbers of our foes ; " In that great giít it did for one prepare) " Which to his strength no more proportion be, Arm'd not like soldiers marching in a war,

Than millions are of hours to his eternity. 840 * But country-hinds alarmed from afar 790

“ If, when their careless guards espy us here, " By wolves' loud hunger, when the well-known “ With sportful scorn they call t'ns to come near, “ found

“ We'll boldly climb the bill, and charge them all; " Raises th' affrighted villages around.

“ Not they, but Ifrael's Angel, gives the call. " Some goads, fails, plow-Ihares, forks, or axes, “ He spoke, and as he spoke, a light divine 845 bore,

“ Did from his eyes, and round his temples, Mine; Made for life's use and better ends before; “ Louder his voice, larger his limbs, appear'd; " Some knotted clubs, and darts, or

“ Less seem'd the numerous army to be fear'd. “ dry'd

795 « This faw, and heard, with joy the brave Esquire, * l'th' fire, the first rude arts that malice try'd,

“ Ás he with God's, fill'd with his master's fire : " Ere man the fins of too much knowledge knew, “ Forbid it, Heaven! said he, I should declinc, 850 " And death by long experience witty grew,

“ Or with, Sir, not to make your danger mine : * Such were the numbers, such the arms, which “ The great example which I daily fee

“ Of your high worth is not so loft on me; “ Had by fate left us for a victory

800 “ If wonder-strook I at your words appear, 855 O'er well-arm'd millions ; nor will this appear “ My wonder yct is innocent of fear; " Usefal itself, when Jonathan was there. “ Th' honour which does your princely breast “ 'Twas just the time when the new ebb of

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“ Warms mine too, and joins there with duty's “ Did the moist world unvail to human fight; “ The Prince, who all that night the field had beat

“ If in this act [li-fate our tempter be, * With a small party, and no enemy met

806 “ May all the ill it means be aim'd at me! 860 (So proud and so secure the enemy lay, “ But sure, I think, God leads; nor could you * And drench'd in Aleep th' exceffes of the day) “ With joy this good occafion did embrace, “ So high thoughts from a less-exalted spring: " With better leisure, and at nearer space,

810 “ Bright signs thrvugh all your words and looks " The strength and order of their camp to view :

are spread, • Abdon alone his generous purpose knew; " A rising victory dawns around your head. “ Abdon, a bold, a brave, and comely youth,

« With such discourse blowing their sacred flame, * Well-born, well-bred, with honour fill'd, and “ Lo, to the fatal place and work they came. 866 truth;

“ Strongly encamp'd on a steep hill's large Abdon, his faithful 'squire, whom much he

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815 “ Like some vast wood the mighty host was “And oft with grief his worth in dangers provid;

““ spread; * Abdon, whose love this matter did cxceed “ Th'only' access on neighbouring Gabaa's side, “What Nature's law, or Passion's power, could “ An hard and narrow way, which did divide 870 “ breed;

“ Two cliffy rocks, Boses and Senes nan'd, * Abdon alone did on him now attend,

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“ More for their fortune, and this stranger day. “ Meanwhile the well-pleas'd Abdon's restless “ On both their points Philiftian out-guards lay,

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875 “ And lo! the Hebrews! proud Elcanor cry'd, “ On fill, o'er panting corpse, great Jonathan led; “ From Senes' top; lo! from their hungry caves, “ Hundreds before him fell, and thousands fled. “ A quicker fate here sends them to their graves. Prodigious Prince ! which does most wondrous “ Come up (aloud he cries to them below)

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931 “ Ye' Egyptian llaves, and to our mercy owe 880 Thy'attempt, or thy success? thy fate or thou? “ The rebel-lives long since t' our justice due. " Who durit alone that dreadful host affail, “ Scarce from his lips the fatal omen flew, " With purpose not to die, but to prevail! “ When th' inspir’d Prince did nin;bly understand • Infinite numbers thee no more affright, 935 « God, and his God-like virtues' high command. “ Than God, whose unity is infinite. “ It call'd him up, and up the feep ascent 885 “ If Heaven to men such mighty thoughts would “ With pain and labour, hafte and joy they


" What breast but thine capacious to receive « Elcanor laugh'd to see them climb, and thought “ The vast infusion? or what soul but thine “ His mighty words th' affrighted suppliants “ Durst have believ'd that thought to be divine ? “ brought ;

“ Thou follow'df Heaven in the design, and we “ Did new affronts to the great Hebrew Name, “ Find in the act 'twas Heaven that follow'd thee. “ (The barbarous!) in his wanton fancy frame. “ Thou led'it on angels, and that sacred band “ Short was his sport; for, swift as thunder's (The Deity's great lieutenant !) didst command. “ stroke

891" 'Tis true, Sir, and no figure, when I say 945 « Rives the frail trunk of some heaven-threaten “ Angels themselves fought under him that day. “ ing oak,

“ Clouds, with ripe thunder charg’d, some thither “ The Prince's sword did his proud head divide ;

“ drew, “ The parted skull hung down on either side. !! And some the dire materials brought from new. “ Just as he fell, his vengeful steel he drew 895 “ Hot drops of southern showers (the sweats of “ Half-way (no more thc trembling joints could “ death)

“ The voice of storms, and winged whirlwinds' “ Which Abdon snatch'd, and dy'd it in the

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" The flames shot forth from fighting dragons' « Of an amazed wretch that next him stood.

eyes i “ Some close to carth, shaking and groveling, lie, « The smokes that from scorch'd fevers' opens “ Like larks when they the tyrant hobby spy; 900 “ Some, wonder-strook, stand fix'd; some fly; « Thereddelt fires with which sad comets grow; “ fome arm

“ And Sodom's neighbouring lake, did spirits “ Wildly, at th' unintelligible alarm.

u beftow “ Like the main channel of an high-fwoln flood, “ Of finest fulphur; amongst which they put 955 “ In vain by dikes and broken works with tood; “ Wrath, fury, horror, and all mingled shut “ So Jonathan, once climb'd th' opposing hill, 905 “ Into a cold moist cloud t'enflame it more, « Does all around with noise and ruin fill : “ And make th' enraged prisoner louder roar. “ Like some large arnı of which, another way “ Th'assembled clouds, burst o'er their army's “ Abdon o'erflows; him too no bank can stay.

“ head; “ With cries th' affrighted country flies before, “ Noise, darkncss, dismal lightnings, round them u Behind the following waters loudly roar. 910

“ spread.

960 " Twenty, at least, lain on this out-guard lie, “ Another Spirit, with a more potert wand “ To th'adjoin'd camp the rest distracted fly; “ Than tha: which Nature fear'd in Moses' hand, " And ill-mix'd worders tell, and into 't bear “ And went the way that pleas'd, the mountain “ Blind terror, deaf disorder, helpless fear.

Itrook; “ The conquerors too press boldly in behind, 915 “ The mountain felt it; the vast mountain book. “ Doubling the wild consufions which they find. “ Through the wide air another Angel ficw gós “ Hamgar at first, the Prince of Ashdod town, « Ahout their hoft, and thick among them threw “ Chief 'mongit the five in riches and renown, “ Discord, despair, confusion, fear, mistake, “ And Gencral then by course, oppos d their way, “ And all th' ingredients that swift ruin make. “ Till drown’d in deach at Jonathan's feet he lay, “ The fertile glebe requires no time to breed; “ And curs’d the heaven for rage, and bit tho “ It quịckens, and receives at once the seed. 970 ground;

921 " One would have thought, this dismal day e' “ His life, for ever spilt, stain'd all the grass “ have seen, « around.

“ That Nature's self in her death pangs had been. & His brother too, who virtuous haste did make “ Such will the face of that great hour appear; “ His fortune to revenge, or to partake,

“ Such the distracted sinners' conscious fear. “ Falls groveling o'er his trunk, on mother earth; " In vain some few Itrive the wild flight to “ Death mix'd no less their bloods than did their “ stay;

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O'er their own foot trampled the violent horse; “ That does so close on human glories wait! 10;0

The guideless chariots with impetuous course “ Behold the strong, and yet fantastic net,
" Cut wide through both; and, all their bloody “ T'ensnare triumphant virtue darkly fet!

981“ Could it before (scarce can it since) be thought, Horses and men, torn, bruis'd, and mangled, “ The Prince-who had alone that morning " lay.

“ fought * Some from the rocks caft themselves down “ A duel with an host, had th' host o'erthrown, “ beadlong;

“ And threescore thousand hands disarm'd with " The faint, weak paflion grows so bold and

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u Wash'd-off his country's shame, and doubly " To almost certain present death they fly, 985

“ dy'd " From a remote and causeless fear to die. " In blood and blushes the Philistian pride; “ Much different error did some troops possess;

“ Had fav'd and fix'd his father's tottering crown, And madness, that look'd better, though no less: “ And the bright gold new burnish'd with reTheir fellow troops for th'enter'd foe they take;

10.40 " And Israel's war with mutual slaughter make. “ Should be ere night, by's King and Father's Meanwhile the king from Gabaa's hill did

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991 “ Without a fault, vow'd and condomu'd to death? " And hear, the thickening tumult, as it grew “ Destin'd thc bloody facrifice to be " Stil great and loud; and, though he knows not “ Of thanks, himself, for his own victory?

“ Alone, with various fate, like to become, 1045 They fled, no more than they themselves that “ Fighting, an host; dying, an hecatomb ?

" Yet such, Sir, was his case ; * Yet, by the storms and terrors of the air, 995 " For Saul, who fear'd left the full plenty might * Guesses some vengeful spirit's working there; “ (In the abandon!d camp expos'd to fight) Obeys the loud occasion's sacred call,

“ His hungry men from the pursuit dissuade, 1050 And fiercely on the trembling host does fall. “ A rath, but solemn vow to Heaven had made " At the same time their slaves and prisoners rise; “ Curs'd be the wretch, thrice cursed let him be, "Nor does their much-wilh'd liberty suffice, iooo " Who shall touch food this busy day, said he, " Without revenge; the scatter'd arms they seize, “ Whilst the blest fun does with his favouring " And their proud vengeance with the memory

1054 “ please

“ Allist our vengeful swords against their flight : " Of who fo lately bore them. All about, “ Be he thrice curst! and, if his life we spare,

From rocks and caves, the Hebrews issue out “ On us those curses fall that he should bear!
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" thought " A fear that drowns the scandal of their own. “ How near to him Fate th' application brought.

Still did the Prince 'midst all this storm appear, “ The two-edg'd oath wounds deep, performi'd " Still scatter'd death and terrors every where;

" or broke;

1060 Still did he break, ftill blunt, his wearied swords; “ Ev'n perjury ita least and bluntest stroke. “ Still Naughter new supplies e' his hand affords. “ 'Twas his own son, whom God and mankind "Where troops yet stood, there ftill he hotly

“ lov'd, flew,

“ His own victorious son, that he devov'd : " And, till at last all fled, scorn'd to pursue. “ On whose bright head the baleful curses light: " All fled at last, but many in vain; for ftill “ But Providence, his helmet in the fight, 1065 * Th' infatiate Conqueror was more swift to kill “ Forbids their entrance or their settling there; * Than they to save their lives. Till, lo! at latt, “ They with brute found diffolv'd into the air.

Nature, whose power he had so long surpass’d, “ Him what religion, or what vow, could bind, * Would yield no more, but to him Itronger foes, “ Unknown, unheard-of, till he his life did find Drought, faintness, and fierce hunger, did “ Entangled in't? whilst wonders he did do, 1070 * oppose.

“ Must he die now for not heing prophet ton? keeking all o'er in dust, and blood, and sweat, “ To all but hin this oath was meant and said: * Barnt with the sun's and violent action's “ He, afar off, the ends for which 'twas macic “ heat,

1020 “ Was acting then, till, faint and out of breath, " 'Gaiolt an old oak his trembling limbs he said, “ He grew half-dead with toil of giving death. " For some short ease; Fate in the old oak had « What could his crime in this coudition be, 1076

“ Excus'd by ignorance and receity ? “ Provisions up for his relief; and lo!

" Yet the remorseless king--who dici disdain " The hollow trugk did with bright honey flow. « That man should hear him swear or threat in "With timely food his decay'd spirits recruit,

“ vain, " Strong he returns, and freih, to the pursuit ; “ Though 'gainst himself; or fate a way fhonid * His strength and fpirits the honey did restore;

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