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to rise-his actions indicate that he wishes them to retire one of them in vain attempts to raise him, he continues on the ground in great distress --they leave the chamber-can you inform me what this means, Sister?
Miss. P.-I think I can; but I had rather you would proceed with your relation before I offer my opinion.
Henry.—The scene is altered ; the samé figure is yet on the floor, but other attendants are stedfastly observing him--they whisper to each other-he addresses them—they reply his agitation subsides, and he rises perfectly composed. Now, Sister, what do you say?
Miss P.-That this represents Da
vid mourning for the sickness of his child, and refusing the consolation of his friends; but being informed by his attendants that the child was dead, he worships God, and bows with resignation to his holy will.
Ex.-Extremely well, Miss. I hope, Sir, that you will again give your sister the opportunity of explaining your observations.
Henry:~0, this is entirely different from the former. What a multitude of people are assembled! I particularly notice a body of armed men; their captain is accosted by one of very superior appearance; they converse : the whole company cross a small brook, apparently in deep afflic
tion : to what can all this allude?
Sister, inform me.
Miss P.-Permit me first to hear a little more about the scene.
Henry.—There is now a.company of priests returning the way they came, carrying back the ark with them.
Miss P.-I 'begin to discover the allusion, but proceed.
Henry. That man of noble mien, whom I have already noticed, appears in deep distress; with his head covered and his feet bare he ascends the hill, followed by the whole company; on arriving at the summit, he is represented in the act of worship. He rises from his knees, addresses a venerable man, whose coat is rent, and earth upon his head, and who, at the direction of his superior, leaves him and follows the priests, who previously returned the way they came..
Mrs. P.-Very well, Henry. Now, my dear, do you explain what your brother has described.
Miss P.-I think it is king David's flight from Jerusalem, in consequence of the rebellion of his son Solomon. The first conversation which my brother noticed, I imagine was between the king and Ittai the Gittite, whom, at his earnest entreaties, David permitted to accompany him. Those who returned, I believe were the priests, to whom David had said,
* Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation. But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.” The hill which you noticed, without doubt represented Mount Olivet, where David worshipped God, and directed his friend, whose name I do not recollect, to return also to Jerusalem, in the hope that, agreeably to his prayer, the Lord would turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
Mrs. P.-Very well; it affords me great pleasure to find that you so well recollect what you liave read.