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I am he, O King ! Saul. Why this concealment? tell me, valiant
Well he merits
Saul (to DaviD]. True: thou hast won her. She shall be thine. Yes, a king's word is pass'd. Dat. O boundless blessing! What! shall she be
mine, For whom contending monarchs might renounce Their slighted crowns ?
[Sounds of musical instruments heard at a distance. Shouting and singing. Agrand procession.
Chorus of Hebrew women.] Saul.
How's this? what sounds of joy
To pay due honour
A rival's praise
Is discord to my ear! They might have spar'd This idle pageantry; it wounds my soul! [Martial symphony: after which, Chorus of Women
PREPARE! your festal rites prepare !
We the living Lord adore!
Dagon mingles with the dust!
See, the vanquish'd nations yield;
David has ten thousands slain!
How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the Morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst weaken the nations!
PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
Belshazzar, King of Babylon.
Courtiers, Astrologers, Parasites.
Captive Jews, &c.
SCENE - Babylon.
Time - Night.
The Subject is taken from the Fifth Chapter of the Prophet Daniel.
SCENE — Near the Palace of Babylon.
DANIEL and CAPTIVE Jews.
Dan. Parent of Life and Light! Sole source o
Good! Whose tender mercies through the tide of time, In long successive order have sustain’d, And sav'd the sons of Israel! Thou, whose pow'r Deliver'd righteous Noah from the flood, The whelming flood, the grave of human kind! O Thou, whose guardian care and out-stretch'd hand Rescu'd young Isaac from the lifted arm, Rais’d, at thy bidding, to devote a son, An only son, doom'd by his sire to die: (O saving faith, by such obedience prov'd; O blest obedience, hallow'd thus by faith!) Thou, who in mercy sav'd'st the chosen race In the wild desert, and didst there sustain them By wonder-working love, though they rebellid And murmur'd at the miracles that sav'd them! Oh, hear thy servant Daniel ! hear and help! Thou, whose almighty pow'r did after raise Successive leaders to defend our race: