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dress to the armies of the adverse party, could only serve to heighten their apprehensions, for he defied the whole force of Israel, and thirsted for war, as if it were an appeiite in him: "Give me a man (said "he), give me a man, that we may fight "together." What a sanguinary sentence! it smacks of blood and of dispatch: it shews at once, an eagerness to destroy, and to seize a second victim. Even Saul was daunted at the challenge, and in al! the tribes of embattled Israel (amongst which were the brothers of David) there could not be found a man to accept it. The unrivalled Philistine, in all the arrogance of superiority and triumph, repeated the challenge, morning and evening, for forty days.—About this time, young David was dispatched by his father Jefie to carry provisions. to his brethren in'the camp; for this office he was called up from the pastoral employment of tendence on the flocks. These, he left to the care of another keep. er, and went, as he had been commanded; ** .And he came to the trench as the armies
"of "of the host were going forth to the fight, "and were sliouting for the battle: for "Israel and the Philistines had put thebat"tie in array, army against army." .
The stripling could not have arrived in a more critical time, nor at any more likely to awake in him the sparks of glory, especially as his brethren were all engaged in the cause. He had scarce finished the first salutations with his brethren, before another matter fell out wonderfully well calculated to kindle the flame of honour; for, while he was conversing with his brethren, there came up the Philistine of Gath again, and, with additional insolence, announced his defiance. The Israelites were fore afraid and ingloriously fled. David's brethren, then, related to him, the former menace of Goliah, and the promises of reward which the king offered to any man who stiould kill him—that the house of the conqueror's father was to be free, and the victor himself, to have great riches, and the hand of the king's daughter. How ■finely is the
nature nature of envy and warlike ambition touched in the conduct of David's brother, when the lad first shewed the dawnmgs of his spirit: and this is carried still higher, when Saul himself expresses, afterwards, the jealousy of his heart, at his being called only the Slayer of Thousands, while to David's arm the women ascribed victory over Tens of Thousands. But of this in its place. Some strokes of emulation there were in David's discourse, which soon reached the ear of the general, and which procured him an immediate interview. Courage is no respecter of persons: the young man is represented as speaking to Saul, with even more intrepidity than he spake to his brethren. In the first part of his conversation he addresses him upon the subject, with all the aidour of a glowing and independent spirit. He said: "Let no man's heart "fail him, because of this Goliah; thy "servant, will go and fight with the Phi"Mine." Modest, but glorious: thy servant will, at least, go and fight with this presumptuous boaster. It was natural for
Saul Saul to treat this offer at first, as a sally of juvenile spirit, laudable enough, but nothing effectual; and his reply to it must have been delivered smilingly. Thou, child ! Thou are not able to go against this Philistine, to fight with him : for thou art but a youth, though a brave one; '* and .** he a man of war from his youth" —from his very infancy, trained to the knowledge and exercise of arms. The modesty, brevity, and conciseness with which our young hero asserts his pretentions to success from this engagement, is inconceivably pretty, and attracting.
"Thy servant kept his father's sheep, "and there came a lion and a bear, and *' took a lamb out of the flock:
"And /went out after him, and smote ** him, and delivered the lamb out of his <c mouth, and when he arose again, I caught "him by his beard, and smote him, and "slew him.
"Thy servant slew both, the lion and "the bear : and this uncircumcised Phi"listine shall be one of them, seeing he hath *' defied the armies of the living God.
"The Lord that delivered me out of €< the paw of the lion, and out of the paw ■" of the bear, he will deliver n:e also out « of the hand of this Philistine."*
« This gallant and modest address, attended as it is with every prepcstelHng circumstance, bears some'resemblance to .the story of young Norval in the Tragedy of Douglas, when he displays his heroic spirit, and is first admitted into the presence of Lord and Lady Randolph. Perhaps, the author really had the bravery of th; conqueror of Goliah in his eye, which is the more likely, as an intimate acquaintance with the scriptures, ami, no doubt, a veneration for them, was in the way of Mi. Hume's proftffional Hadies. At any rate, the speech will read extremely well after that of the stripling David, whether it be intended, or accidental, the resemblance is striking.
My name is Norval: on the Grampian hills