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DAVID in his gown, walking sadly :
There were two men both dwellers in one town,
And dress'd it for this stranger in his house. What, tell me, shall be done to him for this 2 DAv. Now as the Lord doth live this wicked man Is judg’d and shall become the child of death; Fourfold to the poor man shall he restore, That without mercy took his lamb away. NA. Thou art the man; and thou hast judg'd thyself. David, thus saith the Lord thy God by me; I thee anointed king in Israel, And sav'd thee from the tyranny of Saul; Thy master's house I gave thee to possess; His wives into thy bosom did I give, And Judah and Jerusalem withal; And might, thou know'st if this had been too small, Have given thee more : Wherefore then hast thou gone so far astray, And hast done evil, and sinned in my sight 2 Urias thou hast killed with the sword; Yea, with the sword of the uncircumcis'd Thou hast him slain: wherefore, from this day forth, The sword shall never go from thee and thine; For thou hast ta'en this Hethite's wife to thee: Wherefore behold, I will, saith Jacob's God, In thine own house stir evil up to thee; Yea, I before thy face will take thy wives, And give them to thy neighbour to possess: This shall be done to David in the day, • That Israel openly may see thy shame.
DAv. Nathan, I have against the Lord, I have Sinned: O, sinned grievously and, lo, From heaven's throne doth David throw himself, And groan and grovel to the gates of hell! [He falls down. NA. David, stand up; thus saith the Lord by me, David the king shall live, for he hath seen The true repentant sorrow of thy heart; But, for thou hast in this misdeed of thine Stirr'd up the enemies of Israel To triumph, and blaspheme the God of Hosts, And say, he set a wicked man to reign Over his loved people and his tribes; The child shall surely die, that erst was born, His mother's sin, his kingly father's scorn. [Erit Nathan. DAv. How just is Jacob's God in all his works! But must it die, that David loveth so? O, that the mighty one of Israel, Nill" change his doom, and says the babe must die! Mourn, Israel, and weep in Sion gates; Wither, ye cedar trees of Lebanon; Ye sprouting almonds with your flowering tops, Droop, drown, and drench in Hebron's fearful StreamS : The babe must die that was to David born, His mother's sin, his kingly father's scorn. [David sits sadly. Enter CUsAY to DAv ID and his train. SER vus. What tidings bringeth Cusay to the king?
* mill] see note, p. 6, vol. i.
CU. To thee, the servant of king David's court, This bringeth Cusay, as the prophet spake: The Lord hath surely striken to the death The child new born by that Urias' wife, That by the sons of Ammon erst was slain.
SER. Cusay, be still ; the king is vexed sore: How shall he speed that brings this tidings first, When, while the child was yet alive, we spake, And David's heart would not be comforted 2
DAv. Yea, David's heart will not be comforted 2 What murmur ye, the servants of the king? What tidings telleth Cusay to the king? Say, Cusay, lives the child, or is he dead?
CU. The child is dead, that of Urias' wife David begat.
DAv. Urias' wife, say'st thou ? The child is dead, then ceaseth David's shame: Fetch me to eat, and give me wine to drink; Water to wash, and oil to clear my looks; Bring down your shalms, your cymbals, and your
Let David's harp and lute, his hand and voice,
* Shendeth] “In the following passage,” says Nares in his WOL. II. D
And sent his shame into the streets of Gath.
Brown, Brit. Past. part ii. p. 144.” But in our text shendeth certainly appears to mean protecteth.