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rit of God departs also from him. His foul droops in melancholy dejection, or raves with tumultuous frenzy. His courtiers have recourfe to an expedient, innocent at least, if not fully efficacious, to allay the tempeft of his paffions. They call in the affistance of music-they fly for aid to the harp of the son of Jeffe.

DAVID, from the time of his confecration, had lived in the fame peaceful retirement as before-his only care, his only ambition was to promote the welfare of his flock. But the wisdom of GOD finds occafion to bring him on that theatre, where he was to fhine with unrivalled luftre. However he is neglected by his brethren, the acts of his youthful prowess against the tyrants of the defart are rehearsed-the fame of his virtues and accomplishments is not buried in obfcurity. That skill, which had for its object no more than the innocent recreation of a pastoral life, shall

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now introduce him into the presence of his afflicted fovereign.

DOUBTLESS the father of David noted these things, and pondered them in his heart. He could not but behold the wonderful interpofition of divine providence, by which the youth, who was brought from the field to be anointed, was fummoned thence as unexpectedly to the palace of Saul. Now he perceived, that God was preparing for the accomplishment of His promife; and he awaited the iffue in joyful expectation. No fooner is David in the prefence of Saul, than he obtains the royal favour. The Giver of all graces has ordained, that even wicked men fhould honour the virtues which they will not imitate. The harp of David chafes away the melancholy of his lord-the pfalms which he fung to it foothe his frantic despair. To this day their efficacy is undiminished. Our hymns and fpiritual fongs

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are adverfe to the powers of darkness, and rejoice the bleffed angels of heaven, who fing their hallelujahs in the choir of glory. "It came to pass, when the evil spirit was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand; and Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil fpirit departed. from him."

XXVIII.

XXVIII.

DAVID AND GOLIATH.

THE harp of David has chased the evil spirit from Saul-and the youth has again leisure to retire to Bethlehem. The splendour of a court is less dear to him, than the solitudes of the wilderderness. A good heart frames itself to all conditions, and however outward circumstances vary, is still

is still the same. Worldly minds rise without difficulty, but cannot descend from their elevation with patience, or with safety.

There he remains amidst his flocks, till God calls him into the field of battle. Forty days had Goliath defied the armies of Israel. Where was the courage

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of him, who once flew his thousands?—of him, who once indignantly afked, "What aileth the people, that they

weep?"—of him, whofe own gigantic ftature made him no unequal competitor to the Philiftine? The fpirit of GOD is the fpirit of fortitude-of that Saul's difobedience had deprived him-it was transferred, with the prophet's bleffing, to his rival.

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SCARCELY has David faluted his brethren, when the proud champion steps forward before his troops, and renews his infolent challenge against Ifrael. David fees him-hears his defiance-and wonders that all faces turn pale at his approach. The youth is filled with fhame and amazement at the pufillanimity of his countrymen-who, while they fly from Goliath, fpeak of the reward, which should be confequent on a victory they dare not undertake. Alas, how many, who yield themselves an eafy prey

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