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But, with a joyful, louder noise,
And haste to meet them make,
take. What tongue the’ amazement and the’affright can
tell Which on the Chamian army fell, When on both sides they saw the roaring main
Broke loose from his invisible chain !
With helpless haste; in vain they cry
In vain their guilty king they' upbraid;
With a repentance true too late ; They're compass'd round with a devouring fate, That draws, like a strong net, the mighty sea
upon them all.
a Sacred Poem
OF THE TROUBLES OF DAVID,
IN FOUR BOOKS,
“ Me verò primùm dulces ante omnia Musæ, Quarum sacra fero ingenti percussus amore, Accipiant, Cælique vias ac Sidera monstrent.”
VIRG. Georg. II.
The argument. The Proposition--The Invocation—The entrance into the
history from a new agreement betwixt Saul and David A description of hell - The Devil's speech-Envy's reply to him-Her appearing to Saal in the shape of BenjaminHer speech, and Saul's to himself after she was vanished A description of heaven-God's speech : he sends an Angel to David : the Angel's message to him-David sent for, to play before Saul-A Digression concerning music David's psalm-Saul attempts to kill him-His escape to his own house, from whence being pursued by the king's guard, by the artifice of bis wife Michal he escapes and flies to Naioth, the Prophets' college at Ramah-Saul's speech, and rage at bis escape-A long digression describing the Prophets' college, and their manner of life there, and the ordinary subjects of their Poetry–Saul's guards pursue David thither, and prophesy-Saul among the prophets—He is compared to Balaam, whose song concludes the book.
I SING the man who Judah's sceptre bore