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Which, if he jumbles to one line of sense, The wise and rich for purse and council brought, Iudict him of a capital offence.
The fools and beggars for their numbers sought: In fire-works give him leave to vent his spite, Who yet not only on the town depends, Those are the only serpents he can write; For evin in court the faction had its friends; The height of his ambition is, we know, These thought the places they possess'd too small, But to be master of a puppet-show;
And in their hearts wish'd court and king to fall: On that one stage his works may yet appear : Whose name the Musedisdaining, holds i'ih'dark, And a month's harvest keeps him all the year Thrust in the villain herd without a mark;
Now stop your noses, readers, all and some, With parasites and libel-spawning imps, For here's a turn of midnight-work to come, Intriguing fops, dull jesters, and worse pimps. Og from a treason-tavern'rolling home. Disdain the rascal rabble to pursue ; Round as a globe, and liquor'd ev'ry chink, Their set cabals are vet a viler crew: Goodly and great he sails behind his link; See where involv'd in comnion smoke they sit; With all this bulk there's nothing lost in Og; Some for our mirth, some for our satire fit. For every inch that is not fool, is rogue : These gloomy, thoughtful, and on mischief bent, A monstrous mass of foul corrupted matter, While for those mere good fellowship frequent As all the devils had spew'd to make the batter. Th'appointed club, can let sedition pass, When wine has given hin courage to blaspheme, Sense, no sense, any thing, t'employ the glass; He curses God, but God before curs'd him; And who believe in their dull honest hearts, And, if man could have reason, pone has more, The rest talk treason but to sho's: their parts; That made his paunch so rich, and him so poor. Who ne'er had wit or will for mischief yet, With wealth he was not trusted, for Heaven knew But pleas'd to be reputed of a set.. What 'twas of old to pamper up a Jew;
But, in the sacred annals of our plot, To what would he on quail and pheasant swell, Industrious Ared never be forgot : That e'en on tripe and carrion could rebel? The labors of this midnight magistrate But tho' Heaven made him poor, with rev'rence May vie with Corah's to preserve the state, speaking,
In search of arms he fail'd not to lay hold He never was a poet of God's making; On war's most pow'rful, dangerous weapon,gold. The midwife laid her hand on his thick skull, And last, to take from Jebusites all odds, With this prophetic blessing — “Be thou dull; Their altars pillag'd, stole their very gods. Drink, swear, and roar; forbear no lewd delight Oft would he cry, when treasure he surprisid, Fit for thy bulk; do any thing but write: "Tis Baalish gold in David's coin disguis'd: Thou art of lasting make, like thoughtless men; Which to his house with richer relics came, A strong nativity — but for the pen!
While lumber idols only fed the fame: Eat opium, iningle arsenic in thy drink, For our wise rabble ne'er took pains to inquire Still thou may'st live, avoiding pen and ink: What 'twas he burnt, so 't male a rousing fire. I see, I sec, 'tis counsel given in vain,
With which our elder was enrich'd no more For treason botch'd in rhyme will be thy bane: Than false Gehazi with the Syrian's store ; Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck, So poor, that when our choosing tribes were met, 'Tis fatal to thy fame and to thy neck:
Ev'n for his stinking votes he ran in debt; Why should thy metre good king David blast ? For meat the wicked, and, as authors think, A psalm of his will surely be thy last.
The saints he chous'd for his electing drink; Dar'st thou presume in verse to meet thy foes, Thus ev'ry shift and subtle method past, Thou whom the penny pamphlet foil'd in prose? And all to be no Zaken at the last.'' Doeg, whom God for mankind's mirth has made, Now, rais'd on Tyre's sad ruins, Pharaoh's O'ertops thy talent in thy very trade:
pride Doeg to thee, thy paintings are so coarse, Soar'd high, his legions threat'ning far and wide. A poet is, tho' he's the poet's horse.
As when a battering storm engender'd high, A double noose thou on ihy neck dost pull By wings upheld, hangs hovering in the sky, For writing treason, and for writing dull : Is gaz'd upon by ev'ry trembling swain ; To die for faction is a cominon evil;
This for his vineyard fears, and that his grain ; But to be hang'd for nousense is the devil. For blooming plants, and flow'rs new opening, lladst thou the glories of thy king expressid,
these, Thy praises had been satire at the best ; For lambs vean'd lately, and far-laboring bees : Bui thou in clumsy verse, unlick'd, unpointed, To guard his stock each to the gods does call, Hast shamefully defied the Lord's anointed : Uncertain where the fire-charg'd clouds will fall. I will not rake the dunghill of thy crimes, Ev'n so the doubuful nations watch his armis, For who would read thy life that reads thyrhymes? With terror each expecting his alarnis. But of king David's foes be this the doom, Where, Judah, where was now the lion's roar, May all be like the young man Absalom !. Thou only could'st the captive lands restore : And for my foes, inay this their blessing be, But ihou, with inbred broils and faction prest, To talk like Doeg, and to write like thee ! From Egypt need'st a guardian with the rest.
Achitophel each rank, degree, and age, Thy prince from sanhedrins no trust allowed, For rarious ends neglects 1101 ty the
Too much the representers of the crowd,
Who for their own defence give no supply, All sacred names of most divine esteem,
Wise, just, and constant, courtly without art,
But hcaps those blessings on the royal head, To bar his reign, whate'er his faith may be! Which he well knows imust be on subjects sheda By sanhedrinis and clam'rous crowds thus prest, On what pretence could then the vulgar rage What passions rent the righteous David's breast! Against his worth and native rights engage: Who knows not how t'oppose or to comply, Religious fears their arguments are made, Unjust to grant, and dang'rous to deny! Religious fears his sacred rights invade! How near in this dark juncture Israel's fate, Of future superstition they complain, Whose peace one sole expedient could create, And Jebusitic worship in his reign: Which yet th'extremnest virtue did require, With such alarms his foes the crowri decenie, Ev'nofthuat prince whose downfall they couspire! With dangers fright which not themselvesbelieve. His absence David does with tears advise . Since nothing can our sacred rights remove, T' appease their rage: undaunted he complies. Whate'er the faith of the successor prore: Thus he who, predigal of blood and ease, Our Jews their ask shall uudisturb'd retain, A royal life expos'd to winds and seas,
At least while their religion is their gain ; At once contending with the waves and fire,
tending with the waves and fire, Who know, by old experience, Baal's commande And heading danger in the wars of Tyre, Notonly claim'd their conscience, but their lands; Inglorious now forsakes his native sand, Theygrudg'dGod's tithes, how therefore shall they And, like an exile, quits the promis'd land! | An idol full possession of the field ? vield Our monarch scarce from pressing tears refrains, Grant such a prince enthron'd, we must confess And painfully his roval state maintains ; The people's sufferings than that monarch's less Who now embracing on the extremest shore Who must to hard conditions still be bound, Almost revokes what he enjoin'd before : And for his quiet with the crowd compound; Concludes at last more trust to be allow'd Or, should his thoughts to tyranny incline, To storms and seas than to the raging crowd! Where are the means to compass ihe design? Forbear, rash Muse, the parting scene to draw, Our crown's revenues are too short a store, With silence charm'd as deep as theirs that saw! And jealous sanhedrims would ghe no more. · Not only our attending nobles weep,
1. As vain our fears of Egypt's potent aid, But barily sailors swell with tears the deep! Not so has Pharaoh learnt ambition's trade ; The tide restrain'd lier course, and more amaz'd | Nor ever with such measures can comply, The twin-stars on the royal brothers gaz'd: As shock the common rules of policy; While this sole fear
None dread like him the growth of Israel's king Does trruble to our suffering hero bring, | And he alone sullicient aids can bring; Lest next the popular rage oppress the king! Who knows that priuce to Egypt can give law; Thus parting, cach for th' other's danger griev'd, That on our stubborn tribes his yoke could drax,
The shore the king, and seas the prince receiv'd. At such profound expence he has not stood, : Go, injur'd hero, while propitious gales, i Nordyed for this his hands so deep in blood; (take,
Soft as thy consort's breath, inspire thy sails; Would ne'er thro' wrong and right his progress Well may she trust her beauties on a flood, Grudge his own rest, and keep the world awake Where thy triumphant Heets so oft bave rode! To fix a lawless prince on Juda's throne, Safe on thy breast reclin'd her rest be deep, First to invade our rights, and then his own: Rock'd like a Nereid by waves asleep; . His dear-gain'd congnests cheaply to despoil, · While happiest dreams her fancy entertain, And reap the harvests of his crimes and toil. · And to Elysian fields convert the main ! We grant huis wealth vast as our ocean's sand, Go, injurd hero, while the shores of Tyre And curse its fatal influence on our land, At thy approach so silent shall adinire, Which our brib’d Jews so num'rously partake, Whoon thy thunder still their thoughts employ, That ev'n an host his pensioners would make; . And greet ihy landing with a trembling jov. Froun these deceivers our divisions spring, .
· On heroes thus the prophet's fate is thrown, Our weakness, and the growth of Egypt's king; Adinir'd by ev'ry nation but their own ;
These, with pretended friendship to the state, Yet while our factious Jews his worth deny, Our. crowds suspicion of their prince create; Their aching conscience gives their tongue the Both pleas'd and frighten'd with the specious cry, lie.
To guard their sacred rights and property; Evin in the worst of men the noblest parts To ruin thus the chosen flock are sold, Confess him, and he triumplis in their hearts, While wolves are ta'en for guardians of the fold; Who to his king the best respects commend Seduc'd by these we groundlessly complain, “Of subject, soldier, kinsman, prince, and friend. And loath the manna of a gentle reign :
Thus our forefathers' crooked paths are trod; J are princes thus distinguish'd from the crowd,
llenceforth unbiass'd measures let thein draw
Then Justice wake, and Rigor take her time, Compos'd and heal'd the place of his abode; For, lo! our merey is become our crime. The deluge check'd that io Jucea spread, While halting Punishment her stroke delays, And stopp'd sedition at the fountain's head.. Our sor'reign right, heaven's sacred trust, decays! Thus in forgiving David's paths he drives, For whose support ev'n subjects' interest calls, and, chas'd from Israel, Israel's peace contrives. Wue to that kingilom where the monarch falls! The field confess'd his pow'r in arms before, That prince who vields the least of regal sway; And scas proclaim'd his triumphs to the shore; So far his people's freedoin does betray.
As nobly has his swav in Hebron shown, Right lives by law, and law subsists hy pow's; How tii't' inherit yodlike David's throne. Disarın the shepherd, wolves the flock devonr. Through Sion's streets his glad arrival's spread, Ilard lot of cupire o'er a stubborn race, And conscious fuction shrinks her svaky head; Which Heaven itself in vain has tried with grace! His train their sufferings think o'erpaid, to see Whenwillour reason'slong-charın'deyes unclose, The crowd's applause witlı virtue once agree. And Israel judge between her friends and foes: Success charıs all, but zeal for worth distrest When shall we see expired deceivers sway, A virtue proper to the brave and best; And credit what our God and inonarchs say? Mongst whoin was Jothran, Jothran always bent Dissembled patriots, brib'd with Eyypt's gold, To serve the crown, and loyal by descent; Ev'n sanhedrims in blind obedience hold; Whose constancy so firin, and conduct just, Those patriots falsehool in their actions sce, Deserv'd at once two royal master's trust; And judge by the pernicious fruit the tree; Who Tyre's proud arms had manfully withstood If aught for which so loudly they declaim, On seas, and gather'd laurels from the flood; Religion, laws, and freedom, were their aim; Of learning yet no portion was denied, Our senates in due methods they had led, Friend to the Muses, and the Muses' pride. T'avoidthose inischiefs whichthevscem'dtodread, Vor can Benaiah's worth forgotten lie, But first ere yet they propp'd the sinking state, lof steady soul when poblic storms were high ; T impeach and charge, as urg'd by private hate; Whoseconduct, whilethelloorfiercconsetsmade, Proves that theyne'er believ'dthefearstheypress'd, Secur'd at once our honor and our trade. But barb'rously clestroy'd the nation's rest! Such were the chiefs who most his sufferings 0! whither will ungovern'd senates drive,
mourn'd, And to what bounds licentious votes arrive? . And view'd with silent joy the prince return:d ; When their injustice we are press'd to share, While those that sought his absence to betray, The monach urg'd t' exclude the lawful heir; | Press first their nauseous false respects to pay ;
Him still thi'officious hypocrites molest, A prince so form’d with earth's and heaven And with malicious duty break his rest.
.: applause While real iransports ibus his friends employ, To triumph o'er crown'ı heads in David's cause: And foes are loud in their disserubled joy, Or, grani him victor, sull his hopes must fail, His triumphs, so resounded far and near, Ilho conquering would not for himself prevail; Miss'd not his young ambitious rival's car; The faction whom he trusis for future sway, And as when joyful hunter's clam'rous train Ilim and the public would alike betray; Some slumb'ring lion wakes in Moab's plain, Amongst themselves divide the captive state, Who oft had forc'd the bold assailants vield, Aud found their hydra empire in his fate! And scatter'd his pursuers throngh the rield, Thus having beat ihe clouds with painful Hight, Disdaining, furls his main and tears the ground, The pitied youth, with sceptres in his sighi, His eyes inflamning all the desert round,
So have their cruel politics decreed, With' roar of seas directs his chasers' wav, Must, by that crew that made him guilty bleed ! Provokes from far, and dares them to the fray : For could their pride brook any prince's sway, Such rage storm'd now in Absalom's fair breast, Whom but mild David would they choos t'obéy? Sich indignation his fir'd eyes confess'd; Who once at such a gentle reign repine, Where now was the instructor of his pride? The fall of monarchy itself design; Slept the old pilot in so rough a tide?
| From hate to that their reformations spring, Whose wiles had from the happy shore betray'd, And David not the grievance, but the king. And thuson shelves thecredulous vouthconvey'd. Seis'd now with panic fear the faction lies, In deep revolving thought he weighs bis staie, Lest this clear truth strike Absalom's charm d Secure of craft, nor doubts to baffle fate :
cyes, At least, if his storin'd bark should go adrift, Lest he perceive, from long enchantment free, To baulk his charre, and for himself to shift, What all beside the flatter'd youth mast see. In which his dext'rou, wit had oft been shown, But whate'cr doubts his tronbled boson swell, And in the wreck of kingioms sav'd his own. Fair carriage suill became Achitophel; But now, with more than common danger prest, / Who now an envious festival installs, Of various resolutions stands possesi,
Aud to survey their strength the faction calls, Perceives the crowd's unstable zeal decay, Which fraud, religious worship too must gild; Lest their recanting chief the cause betray: But oh how weally does sedition build! Who on a father's grace his hopes may ground, Fox, lo! the royal mandate issues forth, And for his pardon with their healls compound. Dashing at once their treason, zeal, and mirth! Him therefore, ere his fortune slip her line, So have I seen disastrous chance invade, The statesman plots t'engage in some boldcrime. Where careful emmets had their forage laid, Past pardon, whether to attempt his bed, Whether fierce Vulcan's rage the furzy plain Or threat with open arms the roval head, Had seis d, engender'd by some careless swain ; Or other daring inethod, and unjust,
Or swelling Neptune lawless inroads made, That may confirm him in the people's trust.
And to their cell of store his Houd conveyed; But failing thus t'ensnare hiin, nor secure The commonwealth broke up, distracted go, How long his foild ambition may endure, And in wild haste their loaded mates o'ertlırow : Plots next to lay him by, as past his date, Ev'n so our sçatter'd mates confus'dly ineet,
And try some new pretender's luckier fare ; With boild, bake, roast, all justling in the street;
Immortaliz'd in laurel'd Asaph's verse : Forsake thy vineyards for their stormy sea ? Hard task! yet will not I thy flight recall; For thee did Canaan's milk and honey flow; View heaven, and then enjoy thy ylorious fall. Love dress'd thy bow'rs, and laurels sought thy First write Bezaliel, whose illustrious name brow;
Forestals our praise, and gives his poet faine. Preferment, wealth, and pow'r, thy vassals were, The Kenites' 'rocky province his cominand, And of a monarch all things but the care. A barren limb of fertile Canaan's land ; Oh should our crimes again thatcurse drawdown, Which for its generous natives yet could be And rebel-arms once inore attempt the crown, Held worthy such a president as he! Sure ruin waits unhappy Absalom,
Bezaliel with such grace and virtue fraught, , Alike by conquest or defeat undone ;
Serene his looks, sercne his life and thought; Who could relentless see such youth and charms On whom so largely pauure heap'd her store, Expire with wretched fate in impious arms? There scarce remainid for arts to give him more!
To aid the crown and state his greatest zeal, 1 Our list of nobles next let Amri grace,
Who, with a loyalty that did excel,
Wero coasted all, and fathom'd all by him. Sre all his glories copied in his son,
No rabbin speaks like him their mystic scuse, Whose forward fame should ev'ry Muse engage, Sojust, and with such charms of eloquence : Whose youth boasts skill deuicd to others age. To whom the double blessing does belong, Men, inanners, language, books of noblest kind, With Moses' inspiration, Aaron's tongue. Already are the conquest of his mind;
Than Shera none more loyal zeal have shown, Whose loyalty before its date was primne,
Wakeful as Judah's lion for the crown, Nor waited the dull course of rolling time: W'ho for that cause still combats in his age, The monster Faction early he dismily'il, For which his youth with danger did engage. And Dari's cause long since confess'd his aid. In vain our factious priests the cant revive; Brave Abdael o'er the prophet's school was In vain seditious scribes with libel strive plac'd ;
|T'inflameihe crowd; while he with watchful eye Abdael with all his father's virtue grac'd ; Observes, and shoots their treasons as they fly; A hero, who, while stars look'd wond'ring down, Their weekly frands his keen replies deieci; Without one Hebrew's blood restor’d the crown. He undeceives more fast than ther infect. That praise was his ; what therefore did remain So Moses, when the post on legions proyal, For following chiefs, but boldly to maintain Advanc'd his signal, and the plague was stayil. That crown restord? and in this rank of fame, Once more, iny fainting Mise,thy pinions iry, Brave Abdael with the first a place inust claiin. And strength's exhausted store let love supply. Proceed, illustrious, happy chicf! proceed, What tribute, Asaph, shall we rendler thee? Forescise the garlands for thy brow decreed, We'll crown thee with a wreath from thy own While th’inspir'd tribe attend with noblest strain Thy laurel grove no envy's flash can blast: (tree! To register the glories thou shalt gain :
The song of Asaph shall for ever last. For sure the dew shall Gilboah's hills forsake, With wonder late posterily shall dwell And Jordan mix his stream with Sodom's lake; On Absalom and false Achitophel : Or seas retir'd :heir secret stores disclose, | Thystrain shall beourslumb'ringprophet'sdream, And to the sun their scaly brood expose; And when our Sion virgins sing their theme, Or swellid above the cliffs their billows raise, Our jubilees shall with ihy verse be gracid; Before the Muses leave their patron's praise. The song of Asaph shall för ever last. (tame! Eliab our next labor does invite,
How fierce his satire loos'd! restrain'd, how And hard the task to do Eliab right:
How tender of th'offending young man's fame! Long with the royal wanderer he rov'd, How well his worth and brave adventures styld! And firın in all the turns of fortune prov'd! Just to his virtues, to his error mild. Such anrient service, and desert so large, No page of thine, that fears the strictest view, Well claim'd the royal household for his charge; But teems with just reproof, or praise as true. His age with only one mild heiress blest, Not Eden could a fairer prospect vield; In all the bloom of smiling nature drest, All paradise without one barreu field : And blest again to see his How'r allied
Whose wit ilie censure of his foes has past, To David's stock,and made yorng Othniel's bride! The song of Asaph shall for ever last. The bright restorer of his father's youth,
What praise for such rich strains shall we allow? Devoted to a son's anel subject's truth : | What just rewards the grateful crown bestow ? Resolvid to bear that prize of beauty home, IVhile bees in Aow'rs rejoice, and flow'rs in dew, So bravely sought, while sought by Absalom. While stars and fountains to their courseare true; Ah prince! th' illustrious planet of thy birth, While Judah's throne and Sion's rock stand fast, And ihy more pow'rful viriue, guard thy worth! The song of Asaph and the fame shall last. That no Achitophel thy ruio boast!
Still Hebron's honor'd happy soil retains Israel too much in one such wreck has lost. Our royal hero's beauteous dear remains ;
Eeu envy must consent to Helon's worth, Who now sails off with winds nor wishes slack, Whose soul, though Egypt glories in his birth, To bring his suff’rings' bright companion back, Could for our captive ark its zeal retain, But ere such transport can our sense employ, And Pharaoh's altars in their pomp disdain : A bitter grief must poison half our joy; . To slight his goods was sınall, with nobler pride, Nor can our coasts restor'd those blessings sce Ile all th'allurements of his court defied. Without a bribe to envious destiny! Whom profit nor example bould betray, Curs'd Sodoin's doom for ever fix ihe tide But Israel's friend, and true to David's sway. Whcre, by inglorious chance, the valiant died ! What acts of favor in his province fall, Give not insuliing skalon to know, On merit he confers, and freely all.
Norla Gath's danghiers triumph in our wor!