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Tell. They thank kind Providence it is not thou.
There's not a blessing Heaven vouchsafes them, but
Gen. 'Tis well. I'd have them as their hills
To die along with thee.
Tell. To die! for what? he's but a child.
Tell. He is an only child.
Ges. So much the easier to crush the race.
75 And yet who spares it for the mother's sake?
Tell. But they do sometimes smile.
Ges. Ah!-when is that?
Tell. When they do pray for vengeance.
Tell. They dare, and they expect it, too.
Ges. From whence?
Tell. From Heaven, and their true hearts.
Ges. [To Sarnem,] Lead in his son. Now will I take Exquisite vengeance. [To Tell, as the boy enters.] I have
Ges. But first, I'd see thee make
A trial of thy skill with that same bow.
Tell. What is the trial?
Ges. Thou look'st upon thy boy as though thou gues
Tell. Look upon my boy! What mean you?
Look upon my boy as though I guessed it !—
Impossible! I do not guess thy meaning.
Ges. I'd see thee hit an apple on his head,
Tell. Great heaven!
Ges. On this condition only will I spare
Tell. Ferocious monster! make a father
Ges. Dost thou consent?
Tell. With his own hand!.
The hand I've led him when an infant by!
105 Boy. You will
Tell. Speak not to me ;
110 Let me not hear thy voice-Thou must be dumb, And so should all things be-Earth should be dumb, And Heaven, unless its thunder muttered at
The deed, and sent a bolt to stop it.
Give me my bow and quiver.
Ges. When all is ready. Sarnem, measure hence The distance three hundred
Tell. Will he do it fairly?
Ges. What is't to thee, fairly or not?
Tell. [sarcastically.] O, nothing, a little thing, 120 A very little thing, I only shoot
At my child!
[Sarnem prepares to measure.]
Tell. Villain, stop! You measure against the sun.
125 What matter whether to or from the sun?
Tell. I'd have it at my back. The sun should shine
Ges. Give him his way. [Sarnem paces and goes out.]
Ges. I know I have. Thy skill will be
The greater if thou hittest it.
Tell. [sarcastically.] True-true! I did not think
I wonder I did not think of that. A larger one
To shoot with at a dove, much less a dove 145 Like that.
Ges. Show him the quiver.
[Sarnem returns and takes the apple and the boy to
Tell. Is the boy ready? Keep silence now
155 For mercy's sake keep motionless and silent.
[He aims and shoots in the direction of the boy. In a moment Sarnem enters with the apple on the arrow's point.]
Sarnem. The boy is safe.
160 Tell. [Raising his arms.] Thank Heaven!
[As he raises his arms the concealed arrow falls.] Ges. [Picking it up.] Unequalled archer! why was this concealed.
Tell. To kill thee, tyrant, had I slain my boy.
And the Lord sent Nathan unto David; and he went unto him, and said unto him,
"There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many 5 flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought, and nourished up; and it grew up together with him, and, with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daugh10 ter.
(6 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the way-faring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the 15 man that was come unto him."
And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan,
"As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb 20 fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had
And Nathan said unto David, "Thou art the man."
Harmony among brethren.
Two brothers, named Timon and Demetrius, having quarrelled with each other, Socrates, their common friend, was solicitious to restore amity between them. Meeting, therefore, with Demetrius, he thus accosted 5 him: "Is not friendship the sweetest solace in adversity, and the greatest enhancement of the blessings of prosperity ?" "Certainly it is," replied Demetrius ; "because our sorrows are diminished, and our joys increased, by sympathetic participation." Amongst 10 whom, then, must we look for a friend?" said Socrates: "Would you search among strangers? They cannot be interested about you. Amongst your rivals? They have an interest in opposition to yours. Amongst those who are much older, or younger than yourself? Their
20 feelings and pursuits will be widely different from yours. Are there not, then, some circumstances favourable, and others essential, to the formation of friendship?" “Undoubtedly there are," answered Demetrius. May we not enumerate," continued Socrates, “amongst the 25 circumstances favourable to friendship, long acquaintance, common connexions, similitude of age, and union of interest?" "I acknowledge,” said Demetrius, “the powerful influence of these circumstances: but they may subsist, and yet others be wanting, that are essen30 tial to mutual amity." “And what,” said Socrates, "are those essentials which are wanting in Timon ?” "He has forfeited my esteem and attachment," answered Demetrius. "And has he also forfeited the esteem and attachment of the rest of mankind?" continued Socra35 tes. "Is he devoid of benevolence, generosity, gratitude, and other social affections ?" "Far be it from me," cried Demetrius, "to lay so heavy a charge upon him. His conduct to others, is, I believe, irreproachable; and it wounds me the more, that he should single 40 me out as the object of his unkindness." "Suppose you have a very valuable horse," resumed Socrates, "gentle under the treatment of others, but ungovernable, when you attempt to use him; would you not endeavour, by all means, to conciliate his affection, and 45 to treat him in the way most likely to render him tractable?--Or, if you have a dog, highly prized for his fidelity, watchfulness, and care of your flocks, who is fond of your shepherds, and playful with them, and yet snarles whenever you come in his way; would you at50 tempt to cure him of his fault, by angry looks or words,
or by any other marks of resentment? You would surely pursue an opposite course with him. And is not the friendship of a brother of far more worth, than the services of a horse, or the attachment of a dog? Why, 55 then, do you delay to put in practice those means, which may reconcile you to Timon ?" "Acquaint me with those means," answered Demetrius, "for I am a stranger to them." "Answer me a few questions," said Socrates. "If you desire, that one of your neighbours