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Sanguis enim errantes animato in corpore venas
Dum movet, extremusque regit mihi spiritus artus,
(Obtestor metuenda Ægpyti Numina) fevis
Te sequar usque odiis; Tu spe languebis adempta.

Quin ferias, inquit; nudumque ad vulnera pectus Exposuit: memoretur in ultima sæcula fastis Judaicis, Stimulante libidine, DAviDEnatum Sanguinea jugulasse manu, sua gaudia, servara.

Mox lecto exiliens, trepidus victusque pudore, Sic mecum: heu! nimio languescens pectora luxu, Exere te, Solomon, lapsamq; recollige mentem; Tecum agita, & taciti nascentur sponte dolores. Per longam annorum seriem cum vana voluptas Spes avidas umbra duxit fugiente, (superbum Sic Fortuna animum illudit) quod pectore toto Optavi impatiens, habet improba Nympha, negatque. Ergone me Regem Judai, mene fatentur Gentes? & mea vox trepidantia stamina vitas Conservat dirlmitque, ancillam corpore flexo Dum veneror, ridetque meas Virguncula vires?

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For long as Blood informs these circling Veins;
Or fleeting Breath its latest Pow'r retains;
Hear me to Egypt's vengeful Gods declare,
Hate is My Part: be Thine, O King, Despair.

Now strike, She said, and open'd bare her Breast:
Stand it in J u D A H's Chronicles confest,
That Dav I D's Son, by impious Passion mov'd,
Smote a She-Slave, and murder'd what He lov'd.

Asliamd, confus'd I started from the Bed; And to my Soul yet uncollected said: Into Thy self, fond Solomon, return; Reflect again, and Thou again malt mourn. When I through number'd Years have Pleasure sought; And in vain Hope the wanton Phantom caught; To mock my Sense, and mortify my Pride, Tis in another's Pow'r, and is deny'd. Am I a King, great Heav'n! does Life or Death Hang on the Wrath, or Mercy of My Breath; While kneeling I My Servant's Smiles implore; And One mad Dam'fel dares dispute My Pow'r?

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An rapiam invitam? fugiat tam turpis Imago! Hoc prono pecori Me æquaverit. — Anne remittam? O! quas ad terras, atque hei mihi, cujus in ulnas? Illuc qua Solomon nnnquam vestigia figet; Brachia qua Juvenis ferventia pandet amatus, Cui servans decus Ilia suum, mea munera spernit.

Improbe Amor, quales misero de corde triumphos Sævus agis! quam triste jugum! quam cuspis iniqua! Illæsus vivit, qui fræna audire recusat; Et lacerant fidos asperrima vulnera servos.

En! Tibijudteœ Princeps dat colla; quid optes Nobilius? spolia unde magis memoranda reportes5 Cur Nympha usque adeo sævam intractabilis aurem Obstruit oranti, neque regia vota moratur? Nescio quem vilem populi de fæce Bubulcum Cur petit, ardentesque amplexus Davide nati Contemnit? demens, quæ Principis atria spernat, Qua pompam inter opesque effusaque gaudia lætus Regnat Amor. Casa nimirum, Casa sordida, summo Monte tremens, veritis sævoque obnoxia coelo, Avocat; hie vivos compescet pectoris ignes Res angusta domi, veneremque extinguet egestas.

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To Ravish Her? That Thought was loon depress'd,
Which must debase the Monarch to the Beast.
To send Her back? O whither, and to whom?
To Lands where Solomon must never come;
To that Insulting Rival's happy Arms,
For whom, disdaining Me, She keeps her Charms.

Fantastic Tyrant of the am'rous Heart;
How hard Thy Yoke! how cruel is Thy Dart!
Those 'scape Thy Anger, who refuse Thy Sway;
And those are punish'd most, who most Obey.

See Judahs King revere thy greater Pow'r:
What can'st Thou covet, or how triumph more?
Why then, O Love, with an obdurate Ear
Does this proud Nymph reject a Monarch's Pray'r?
Why to some simple Shepherd does She run,
From the fond Arms of Davids Fav'rite Son?
Why flies She from the Glories of a Court,
Where Wealth and Pleasure may Thy Reign support,
To some poor Cottage on the Mountain's Brow,
Now bleak with Winds, and cover'd now with Snow
Where pinching Want must curb her warm Desires,
And Household Cares suppress Thy Genial Fires?

Ah nimis! imperiam viresque fatentur Amoris Sollicitæ Gentes, fanis quæ numen adorant: Gnara Dei vultus vivo de marmore ducit Grœcia, vel fuso spirantem ostendit in auro; Quem Cyprus colit, atque aris imponit honorem. Arcum dextra minax gestat, lævoque pharetra Ex humero latus ad medium demissa, sagittas Sustinet, immitis lacrymosa Insignia regni. Insidet ala duplex humeris, quas Hie fugaces Jam movet accelerans; reduces mox flectere gaudet; Huc, illuc, utcunque animum regit aura protervum. Sic mihi, sic sese Deus obtulit improbus, ex quo Jam primum visa concepi Virgine flammas. Transfixit pectus, celerique avertitur ala; Dira hominum pestis! pereant, precor, aspera tela, Quæ fixere meo tantum sub pectore vulnus! O! utinam mea vota fugam tardare valerent! Lassatus trepideS) penna languente moreris, Ni cursum hue teneas, versamque reducere Nympham Approperes, ægro meditans solatia Regi.

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