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tion of this, Sister, do you reply; I see you are waiting.

I think, Sir, said Miss P. that Jesse the Beth-lehemite was the father of David : that Samuel, agreeably to divine conmand, went to Beth-lehem, and there - anointed David to be king

Ex.—Perhaps, Miss, you can also inform me, how he came to be introduced to Saul.

Miss P.-Saul being troubled with an evil spirit, and hearing that David was a skilful performer on the harp, and a very valiant man, he sent and requested Jesse to take him from the sheep-fold, and permit his son to stand before hiin. Jesse complied with

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Saul's request, David became his armour-bearer, and when the evil spirit was upon Saul he played upon his harp; Saul was refreshed, and the evil spirit departed.

Henry.--I was right, Sister; I am certain you could not go on thus without previous preparation.

Miss P.-Not immediately for the present occasion; though it is true, that the history has frequently afforded ine much pleasure.

Er.-Now, Sir, as your sister has already mentioned, by what means David was introduced to Saul, will you proceed, by naming the means whereby he was brought to the attention of the hosts of Israel?

Henry:-I fear I cannot do that accurately; however, I recollect that his father sent him with a present to his brethren, who were in the army ; and while he was conversing with them, Goliath came up out of the armies of the Philistines; that he de. fied the host of Israel; and when the men of Israel saw the giant they fled from him in fear.

Ex.-Extremely well; do not be discouraged.

Henry. If you would but favour me, Sir, with a view of the scene, I think I could proceed, and even yet fulfil my engagement.

Ex:--Then, Sir, it is at your service; acquaint me with the allusion,

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and the manner in which the subject is represented.

Henry.-0, this is pretty clear. Two mountains, separated by a valley; on either side of it is represented an army in full array. A ruddy youth is seen passing from tent to tent. He is introduced to a superior officer, who is very tall; is not that figure meant for Saul, Sir ?

Ex.-You are right; but who is the other, and what is the subject of their conversation ?

Henry.—The youth is certainly intended for David, and we may suppose that he is telling Saul about the lion and the bear, for he appears deeply interested. Surely I am right,

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for Saul puts an helmet on his head, and arms him with a coat of mail. But, though now en militaire, he moves very awkwardly.

Miss P.-No wonder at that, Brother; you know that he had not been used to such accoutrement.

Henry.-Whether I recollect it or not, the mechanist did not forget it, when he prepared this scene; for now David's representative puts off the armour, lays down the sword, takes


his staff, steps to the adjacent brook and selects a few stones from the running stream. See, Sister, how the water trickles between his fingers as he tosses up the pebbles, and then puts them into his pouch,

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