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Next thein a train of loval peers ascend; 1 Thus long have I, by native mercy sway'd,
Whence comes it that religion and the law's Now rasher charioteers the seat ascend, Should more be Absalom's than David's cause? Whose loose careers his steady skill commend :Ilis old instructor, ere he lost his place, They, like thi' unequal ruler of the day, Was never thoughi endued with so much grace. Misguide the seasons, and mistake the way; Good hearens! low faction can a patriot paint! While he withdrawn at their mad labors smilcs, My rebel ever proves my people's saint. And safe enjoys the sabbath of his toils. Would they inipose an heir upon the throne,
These wereihechiet,asınallbut faithfulband) I Let sanhedrims be taught to give their own. Of worthies, in the breach who dar'd to stand, king's at least a part of government ; And tempt th' united fury of the land. Siand mine as requisite as their consent : With grief they view'd such pow'rful engines Without my leave a future king to choose, bent
Infers a right the present to depose. To batter down the lawful government : True, they petition me t'approve their choice: A num'rous faction, with protended frighits, But Ian's hands suit ill with Jacob's voice. In sanhelrinis to plume the regal rights; My pious subjects for ny safers pray ; The true successor from the court reinovid; Which to sccure, they take my pow'r away. The plot by hireling witnesses improv'd. | Froin plousand treasons heaven preserve my years, These ills they saw, and, as their duty bound, But save me most froin niy pctitioners ! They show'd ile king the danger of the wound : Unsatiate as the barren wunib or grave, Thaino concessions from thethrone would please, God cannot grant so much as they can crave. But lenitives fomentell the discase :
What then is left, but with a jealous eye That Absalomn, ambitious of the crown, To giard the small remains of loyalty ? Was made the lure to draw the people down: The law shall still direct iny peaceful sway, That false Achitophel's pernicions liate
And the same law each rebels to obey : Had turn'd the plot to ruin.church and state ; Voies shall no more establish'd power control, The council violent, the rabble worse :
Such voles as make a part exceed the whole. That Shimei taught Jerusaleın to curse. No groundless clamors shall my friends remore,
With all these loads of injuries opprest, Nor cronols have pow'r to punish ere they prole; And long revolving in his ciruful breast For Gods and godlike kings their care express, Thevent of thing, at last his patience tird, Still to defend their servants in distress. Thus from his rosal thronc, by heaven inspir'd, Oh, that my pow'r to saving were contin'd! 2 The godlike David spoke; with awful fear Whyain I forc'd, like heaven, against my mind, Ilis train their Maker in their inaster lear: Tolbake examples of another kind?
Must I at length the sword of justice draw? While pamper'd crowds to mad sedition run, Oh curst etfects of necessary law!
| And monarchs by indulgence are undone.. How ili my fear they by my inercy scan! Thus David's clemency was fatal grown, Beware the fury of a patient man.
| While wealthy faction aw'd the wanting throne; Law they require, let law then show her facc; For now their sovereign's orders to contemn They could not be content to look on grace, Was held the charter of Jerusalem ; Her hinder parts, but with a daring cye | His rights t'invade, his tributes to refuse, To tempi the terror of her front, and die. | A privilege peculiar to the Jews; By their own aris 'tis righicously decreed, As it from heavenly call this licence fell, Tisose dire artificers of death shall bleedi ; And Jacob's seed were closen to rebel! Against themselves their witnesses will swear, Achitophel with triumph sees his crimes Till, viper-like, their mother plot they tear; | Thus suited to the madness of the times, . And suck for nutriment that bloody gore; | And Absalom, to make his hopes succeed, Which was their principle of life betire. | Offlait'ring charms no longer stands in necd; Tveir Belial with their Beelzebub will fight : While, fondofchange, tho'ne'er so dearlybought, Thns on my foes my foes shall do me right. Ourtribes outstript the youth's abibitiousthought, Nordoubt th' event: for factious crowds engage, His suistest hopes with swifter bomage meet, In their first onset, all their brutal rage. And crowd their servile necks beneath his fcet. Then let them take an unresisted course: | Thus to his aid while pressing tides repair, Retire, and traverse, and delude their force: He mounts, and spreads his streamers in the air. But when they stand all breathless, urge the fight, The charnis of empire might his youth mislead, And rise upon them with redoubled might : But what can our besoticd Israel plead? For lawful pow'r is still superior found; Sway'd by a monarch whose serene command When long driv'n back, ai length it stands the Seems half the blessing of our promis'd land, ground.
| Whose only grievance is excess of case;
And guilty Jebusites from law protect,
Whose very chiefs, convict, were never freed ;
| Nay, we have seen their sacrifices blecd! “ - Si quis tamen hæc quoque, si quis Accusers' infamy is urg'd in vain, “Captus amore leget
While in the bounds of sense they did contain ; In the year 1680, Mr. Dryden undertook the But soon they launch'd into th' unfathom'd tide, poena of Alsalom and Achitophel, upon the dc-\ And in the depthis they knew disdain'd to ride. sire of king Charles II. The performance was. For probable discoveries to dispense applauded loy every one ; and several persons I Was thought below a pension'd evidence; pressing him to write a Second Part, he, upon Mere truth was dui, nor suited with the port declining it himself, spoke to Mr. Tate to write Of painper's Corah when advanc'd to court. one, and gave him his adrice in the direction of No less than wonders now they will impose, it: and that part beginning with
And projects void of grace or sense disclose.
Sueh was the change on pious Michael brought, " Next these, a troop of busy spirits prcss," Michael that ne'er was cruel even in thought, end ending with
The best of queens and most obedient wife, « To talk like Doeg, and to write like thee." Impeach'd of curst designs on David's life!
His life, the theme of her eternal pray's, containing near tuo hundred verses, was entirely 'Tis scarce so much bis guardian angel's care : Mr. Drullen's composition, l'esides some touches | Not sumaier norns such mildness can disclose, in other places. The preceding lines, upwards The Hermon lily, nor the Sharon rose. of three hundred in number, were written by Neglecting each vain pomp of majesty, Mr. Tate. The poem is here printed complete. Transported Michael feeds her thoughts on high: ABSALO MAND ACHITOPHEL. Ouits heaven sometimes tobless the world below:
She lives with angels, and, as angels do, Since men, like beasts, each other's prey were Where,cherish'dbyherbounty's plenteous spring,
Reviving widows smile, and orphans sing. Since trade began, and priesthood grew a trade; Oh! when rebellious Israel's crimes at height Since realms were form'a, none sure so curst as Arc threatend with her lord's approaching fate; those
The piety of Michael then remain That madly their own happiness oppose; In Heaven's remembrance, and prolong his reign! There Heiven itself, and godlike kings in vain Less desolation did the pest pursue Show'ı down the manna of a gentle reign; That from Dan's limits to Beersheba slex,
Less fatal the repeated wars of Tyre,
And if th’imagin'd guilt thus wound my thought, . And less Jerusalem's avenging fire ;
Whal will it when the tragic scene is wrought? With gentler terror these our state o'er-ran, Dire war must first be conjur'd from below, Than since our evidencing days began !
The realm we 'd rule we first must derthrow; On ev'ry cheek a pale confusion sat,
And when the civil furies are on the wing, Continued fear beyond the worst of fate! That blind and undistingnish'd slaughters fling, Trust was no more; art, science, useless made ; Who knows what inpious chance may reach All occupations lost but Corali's trade.
the king? Meanwlule a guard on modest Corah wait, Oh! rather let me perish in the strife, If not for safety, needful yet for state.
Than have my crown the price of David's life! Wellmighthedeem each peer and princehis slave, Or, if the tempest of the war he stand, And lord it o'er the tribes which he could save: In peace, some vile oflicious villain's hand Ev'n vice in him was virtue - what sad fate His soul's anointed teinple may invade; But for his honesty had scisd our state! Or, pressd by clam'rous crowds, myself be made And with what tyranny had we been curst, Hisivurderer - rebellious crowds, whose guilt Had Corah never prov'd a villain first! Shall dread his vengeance till his blood be spilt. T have told his knowledge of th' intrigue in Which if my filial tenderness oppose, Had been, alas! 10 our deponent's loss: [gross, Since to the empire by their arms I rose, The travellid Levite had th' experience got, Those very arms on me shall be employd, To husband well, and make the best of 'plot; A new usurper crown'd, and I destroy'd. And therefore, like an evidence of skill, The same pretence of public good will hold, ) With wise reserves secur'd liis pension still; And new Achitophels be found as bold Not quite of future pow'r himself bereft, To urge the needful change, perhaps the old.) But limbos large for unbelievers left.
He said : the statesman with a smile replies, And now his writ such reverence had got, A smile that did his rising spleen disguj "Twas worse than plotting to suspect his plot. My thoughts presum'd our labors at an end, Some were so well convinc'd, they made no doubt And are we still with conscience to contend, Themselves to help the founder'd swearers out. Whose want in kings as needful is allow'd Some had their sense impos'd on by their fear, As ’ris for thein to find it in the crowd? But more for interest sake believe and swear : Far in the doubtful passage you are gone, Even to that height with some the phrenzy grew, And only can be safe by pressing on. They rag'd to find their danger not prove true. The crowu's true heir, a prince severe and wise,
Yet, thair all these a viler crew remain, Has view'd your motions long with jealous eyes; Who with Achitophel the cry maintain ; Your person's charms, vour niore prerailing arts, Not urg'd by fear, nor thro' misguided sense — And mark'd your progress in the people's hearts, Blind zealand starving need had some protenceWhore patience is th' effect of stinted pow'r, But for the good old cause that did excite But treasures vengeance for the fatal hour; Th' original rebel's wiles — revenge and spite. | And, if remote the peril he can bring, These raise the plot to have the scandal thrown Your present danger's greater from the king. Upon the bright successor of the crown, Let not a parent's name deceive your sense, PV hose virtue with such wrongs theyhadpursued, Nor trust the father in a jealous prince ! As seenid all hope of pardon to exclude. Your trivjal faults if he could so resent, This, while on private ends their zeal is built, 1To doom you little less than banishinent, The cheated crowd applaud and share their guilt. What rage mus: your presumption since inspire!
Such practices as these, too gross to lie Against his orders rou return from 'Tyre. Long lnobserv'd by each discerning cye, Vor only so, but with a pomp more high, The more judicious Israelites unspelli, ! ! And open court of popularity, Though still the charm the giddy rabble held. The factions tribes--And this reproof fropi thee? Even Absalom, amidst the dazzling berms The prince replies, () statesman's winding skill! Of empire, and ainbition's Aatt'ring dreams, They first condemn that first advis'd the ill! Perceives the plot, too foul to be excasid, Illustrious yonth, return'd Achitophel, To aid designs, no less pernicions, us'd: Misconscie not the words that mean you pell. And, filial sense yet striving in his breast, The course you steer I worthy blame conclude, Thus to Achitophel his doubts expressid: But 'tis because you leare it unpursried. (Why are my thoughts upon a crown employ'rl. A monarch's crow'il with fate surrounded lies; Which once obtain'd can be but half enjoyd ? IThoreach, lay hold on death that miss the prize. Not so when virtue did my arms require, Did you for this expose yourself to show, And to my father's wars I flew entire.
And to the crowd how popularly low? My regal pow'r how will my foes resent, . For this your glorious progress next ordain, When I myself have scarce my own consent! With chariots, biorsemen, and a mimerous train; Give me a son's unblemish'd truth again, With fame before you like the morning star, Or quench the sparks of duty that remain. 1 And shouts of joy saluting from afar? How slight to force a throne that legions guard Oh,fromtheheightsyou've reach'dbut takeaview, The task to me; to prove unjust, how hard! Scarce leading Lucifer could fall like you!
And must I here my shipwreck'd arts bemoan? (For if succession once to nought they bring, :
I not dispute, the royal youth replies, Nor boots it on what cause at first they join,
Associations of mysterious sense, But still pretended 'twas for others' good : | Against, but seeming for, the king's defence What politicias yet c'er scap'd his fate, Een on their courts of justice fetters draw, Who saving his own veck not sav'd the state? And froin our agents imuzzle up their law: From hence on ev'ry humorous wind that | By which a conquest if we fail to make, veerd,
| 'Tis a drawn gaine at worst, and we secure our With shifted sails a several course you steer'd.
stake. What from a sway did David c'er pursue, 1 He said ; and for the dire success depends That seem'd like absolute, but sprung from you? On various sects, by common guilt made friends; Who at your instance quash'd each penal law, Whose heads, tho'ne'erso diff'ring in their creed, That kept dissenting factious Jews in awe; l'th' point of treason yet were well agreed. And who suspends fix d laws, may abrogate; Mongst these, extorting Ishban first appears, That done, form new, and so enslave the state. Pursued by meagre troops of bankrupt, hcirs. Even property, whose champion now you stand, Blest tinies, when Ishban, he whose occupation" And seem for this the idol of the land, So long has been to cheat, reforms the nation ! Did ne'er sustain such violence before,
Ishban of conscience suited to his trade, As when your counsel shut the royal store; As good a saint as usurer ever made. Advice, that ruin to whole tribes procurd, Yet Mammon has not so engross'd biin quite, But secret kept till your own banks secur'd. But Belial lays as large a claim of spite ;: Recount with this ihe triple cov'nant broke,
Who, for those pardons from his prince he draws, And Israel fitted for a foreign yoke;
Return reproaches, and cries up the cause.
Could David's wants have so been brib'd, to Even vet of such a season can we dream,
shame i When roval rights you made your darling theine, And seandalise our pcerage with his name, For pow'i unlimited could reasons draw, For which, his dear sedition he'd forswear, And place prerogative above the law;
And ev'n turu loval 1o be made a peer. Which on your fall from office grew unjust, Next him, let railing Rabsheka have place, i The laws niade king, the kiug a slave in trust; So full of zeal he has no need of grace, ;; Whom with state-craft, to int'rest only true, |A saint that can both flesh and spirit use, ! You now accuse of ills contriv'd by you. | Alike haunt conventicles and the stews ::
To this hell's agent - Royal youth, fix here, Of whom the question difficult appears, Let int'rest be the star by which you steer;
Jif most i' th' preacher's or the bawi's arrears. Hence to repose your trust in me was wise, What caution could appear too much in him .. Whose intrest niost in your advancement lies: That keeps the treasure of Jerusalem! .. A tie so firin as always will avail,
(Let David's brother but approach the town, When friendship, nature, and religion, fail. Double our guards, he cries, we are undone ! On ours the safety of the crowd depends ; Protesting that he dares not sleep in 's bed, Secure the crowd, and we obtain our ends; Lest he should rise next morn without his head. Whom I will cause so far our guilt to share, I “ Next these, a troop of busy spirits press, Till they are made our champions by their fear. Of little fortunes, and of conscience less; What opposition can your rival bring,
With them the tribe, whose luxury had draind While sanhedrims are jealous of the king? Their banks, in former sequestrations gain'd; Histrength as yet in David's friendship lies, Who rich and great by past rebellions grew, And what can David's self without supplies? And long to fish the troubled streamps anew. Who with exclusive bills must now dispense, Some future hopes, some present payment draws, Debar The heir, or starve in his defence; To sell their conscience and espouse the cause. Conditions which our elders ne'er will quit, Such stipends those vile hirelings best befit, And David's justice never can admit.
Priests without grace, and poets without wit. Or forc'd by wants his brother to betray, Shall that false Hebronjte escape our curse, To your ambition next he clears the way; Judas that keeps the rebels' pensive purse ;
Judas that pays the treason-writer's fee, Such thanks the present church thy pen will give
Must antient failings be examples made ?
Then murderers from Cain may learn their trade. Young prophets with an early care secures, As thou the heathen and the saint last djawn, And with the dung of his own arts manures ? Methinks th' apostale was the better man; What have the men of Hebron here to do? And thy hot father, waving my respect, What part in Israel's promis'd land have you? Not of a mother-church, but of a sect : Here Phaleg the lay-Hebronite is come, And such he needs must be of thy inditing; 'Cause like the rest he could not live at home; This comes of drinking asses' milk, and writing, Who from his own possessions could not drain | 1f Balak should be call'd to leave his place, An omer even of Hebronitish grain,
As profit is the loudest call of grace, Here struts it like a patriot, and talks high His temple, dispossessid of one, would be Of injur'd subjects, alter'd property:
Replenish'd with seven devils more by thee. An emblem of that buzzing insect just,
Levi, thou art a load, I 'll lay thee down, That mounts the wheel, and thinks she raisesdust. And show rebellion bare, without a gown; Can dry bones live? or skeletons produce Poor slaves, in metre, dull and addle-pated, The vital warmth of cuckoldising juice? Who rhyniebelow er'n David's Psalms translated, Slim Phaleg could, and at the table fed, Some in my speedy pace I must out-run, Return'd the grateful product to the bed. As lame Mephibosheth, the wizard's son; A waiting man to travelling nobles chose, To make quick way, I 'll leap o'er heavy blocks, He his own laws would saucily impose ; Shun rotten Uzza as I would the pox; Till bastinadoed back again he went,
And hasten Og and Doeg to rehearse, To learn those manners he to teach was sent. Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse; Chastis'd he ought to have retreated home; Who by my Muse to all succeeding tinies But he reads politics to Absalom.
Shall live, in spite of their own doggrel rhymes. For never Hebronite, tho'kick'd and scorn'd, Doeg, though without knowing how or why, To his own country willingly return'd. Made still a blundering kind of melody; But, leaving famish'd Phaleg to be fed, Spurr'd boldlyon, and cash'd thro’thick and thin, And to talk treason for his daily bread. - Thro' sense and nonsense, tiever out por in; Let Hebron, nay let hell, produce a man's Free from all meaning, whether good or bad, So made for mischief as Ben-Jochanan; Ave, in one word, heroically mad : A Jew of humble parentage was he,
He was too warm on picking-work to dwell, 2 By trade a Levite, though of low degree : But fagotted his notions as they fell, His pride no higher than the desk aspir'd; And, if they rhym'd and rattled, all was well;) But for the drudgery of priests was hird, Spiteful he is not, though he wrote a satire, To read and pray in linen ephod brave, For still there goes some thinking to ill-nature; And pick up single shekels from the grave. He needs no more than birds and beasts to Married at last, but finding charge come faster, think, He could not live by God, so chang'd his master. All his occasions are to eat and drink, Inspir'd by want, was made a factious tool; if he call rogue and rascal from a garret, They got a villain, and we lost a fool.
He means you no more mischief than a parrot; Still violent, whatever cause he took,
The words for friend and foe alike were made ; But most against the party he forsook.
To fetter then in verse, is all his trade.
To prove they could rebel, and rail, and mock, Railing in other men may be a crime,