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UR. Thus shall Urias' heart be best content, Till thou dismiss me back to Joab's bands; This ground before the king my master's doors,
[He lies down.
Shall be my couch, and this unwearied arm,
DAv. Then fetch some flagons of our purest wine,
[Enter one with the flagons of wine.
Arise, Urias; come, and pledge the king.
ABs. Ill may he thrive, or live in Israel, That loves not David, or denies his charge. Urias, here is to Abisai's health, Lord Joab's brother, and thy loving friend. UR. I pledge lord Absalon, and Abisai's health. - [He drinks. CU. Here now, Urias, to the health of Joab, And to the pleasant journey we shall have, When we return to mighty Rabbah siege. UR. Cusay, I pledge thee all with all my heart.— Give me some drink, ye servants of the king; Give me my drink. [He drinks. DAv. Well done, my good Urias; drink thy fill, That in thy fulness David may rejoice. UR. I will, my lord. ABs. Now, lord Urias, one carouse to me. UR. No, sir, I'll drink to the king; Your father is a better man than you. DAv. Do so, Urias, I will pledge thee straight. UR. I will indeed, my lord, and sovereign; I'll” once in my days be so bold. DAv. Fill him his glass. UR. Fill me my glass. [He gives him the glass. DAv.t Quickly, I say, Urias, quickly I say.
* I'll] old copy “I.” + DAv. Quickly, I say, Urias, &c.] From the manner in which this line is printed in the old copy, I incline to think that part of it belongs to Urias, and that we should read; “DAv. Quickly, I say. “UR. Quickly, I say: Here, my lord, by your favour now I drink to you.”
UR. Here, my lord, by your favour now I drink to you. DAv. I pledge thee, good Urias, presently. [He drinks. ABs. Here then, Urias, once again for me, And to the health of David's children. UR. David's children : ABs. Ay, David's children; wilt thou pledge me, man 2 UR. Pledge me man ABs. Pledge me, I say, or else thou lov'st us not. UR. What, do you talk? do you talk? I'll no more, I'll lie down here. DAv. Rather, Urias, go thou home and sleep. UR. O, ho, sir! would you make me break my sentence 2 [He lies down. Home, sir, no, indeed, sir: I’ll sleep upon mine arm, Like a soldier, sleep like a man as long as I live in Israel. DAv. If nought will serve to save his wife's renown, I’ll send him with a letter unto Joab To put him in the forefront of the wars, That so my purposes may take effect.— Help him in, sirs. [Ereunt Dav. and Abs. CU. Come, rise, Urias; get thee in and sleep. UR. I will not go home, sir; that's flat. CU. Then come, and rest thee upon David's bed. UR. On, afore, my lords; on, afore. [Eveunt.
O proud revolt of a presumptuous man, Laying his bridle in the neck of sin, Ready to bear him past his grave to hell ! Like as the fatal raven, that in his voice Carries the dreadful summons of our deaths, Flies by the fair Arabian spiceries, Her pleasant gardens, and delightsome parks,” Seeming to curse them with his hoarse exclaims, And yet doth stoop with hungry violence Upon a piece of hateful carrion: So wretched man, displeas'd with those delights Would yield a quickening savour to his soul, Pursues with eager and unstaunched thirst The greedy longings of his loathsome flesh. If holy David so shook hands with sin, What shall our baser spirits glory in 2 This kingly f giving lust her rein Pursues the sequel with a greater ill. Urias in the forefront of the wars Is murther'd by the hateful heathens' sword, And David joys his too dear Bethsabe. Suppose this past, and that the child is born, Whose death the prophet solemnly doth mourn.
* delightsome parks] England's Parnassus, (where several lines of this chorus are given, p. 195, under the head man,) “delightful parts.” - # kingly] Qy. “king by.” * * * *
Enter BETH's ABE, with her handmaid.
Nor doth the sound of David's kingly harp, * ..." Make glad the broken heart of Bethsabe: ow to o Jerusalem is fill'd with thy complaint, wo And in the streets of Sion sits thy grief. so
The babe is sick, sick to the death, I fear,
* tinkling] Old copy “twinkling.”