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Achitophel, though, is not satisfied with this suggestion. The young and naive Absalom is easy to manipulate, unlike the older and much more experienced brother of King David.

Absalom and Achitophel

So Achitophel resorts to the personal reasons: he reminds Absalom that he is an illegitimate son. Embittered, the young man berates and rejects his own mother for being of low origin.

He dreams about becoming noble, so that he could be really worthy to be the ruler. Seeing this moment of weakness, Achitophel doubles his efforts. He points out that the people have the right to choose their own King, not being limited by noble David and his brother. The King is the one who cares about his country the best, not the one who was born in special conditions.

The last arguments of Achitophel solidify his portrayal as an evil and ruthless sociopath. Achitophel starts from flattering Absalom and he tells the truth: the young man is indeed innocent, he is an embodiment of virtues.

But during the talks to Achitophel, Absalom loses them one by one. This statement is, of course, true: managing the whole country is an incredible heavy task and no one can achieve perfection in it.

Him he attempts, with studied arts to please, And sheds his venom, in such words as these. Auspicious Prince!

Thee, Saviour, thee, the nation's vows confess; And, never satisfi'd with seeing, bless: Swift, unbespoken pomps, thy steps proclaim, And stammering babes are taught to lisp thy name. How long wilt thou the general joy detain; Starve, and defraud the people of thy reign?

Content ingloriously to pass thy days Like one of virtue's fools that feeds on praise; Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright, Grow stale and tarnish with our daily sight. Believe me, royal youth, thy fruit must be, Or gather'd ripe, or rot upon the tree.

Heav'n has to all allotted, soon or late, Some lucky revolution of their fate: Whose motions if we watch and guide with skill, For human good depends on human will, Our fortune rolls, as from a smooth descent, And, from the first impression, takes the bent: But, if unseiz'd, she glides away like wind; And leaves repenting folly far behind.

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Now, now she meets you, with a glorious prize, And spreads her locks before her as she flies. Had thus Old David, from whose loins you spring, Not dar'd, when fortune call'd him, to be king.

At Gath an exile he might still remain; And Heaven's anointing oil had been in vain. Let his successful youth your hopes engage; But shun th'example of declining age: Behold him setting in his western skies, The shadows lengthening as the vapours rise. He is not now, as when on Jordan's sand The joyful people throng'd to see him land, Cov'ring the beach, and black'ning all the strand: But, like the Prince of Angels from his height, Comes tumbling downward with diminish'd light: Betray'd by one poor plot to public scorn: Our only blessing since his curst return: Those heaps of people which one sheaf did bind, Blown off, and scatter'd by a puff of wind.

What strength can he to your designs oppose, Naked of friends and round beset with foes? If Pharaoh's doubtful succour he should use, A foreign aid would more incense the Jews: Proud Egypt would dissembled friendship bring; Foment the war, but not support the king: Nor would the royal party e'er unite With Pharaoh's arms, t'assist the Jebusite; Or if they should, their interest soon would break, And with such odious aid, make David weak.

All sorts of men, by my successful arts, Abhorring kings, estrange their alter'd hearts From David's rule: And 'tis the general Cry, Religion, Common-wealth, and Liberty. If, you, as champion of the public good, Add to their arms a chief of royal blood; What may not Israel hope, and what applause Might such a general gain by such a cause?

Not barren praise alone, that gaudy flow'r, Fair only to the sight, but solid pow'r: And nobler is a limited command, Giv'n by the love of all your native land, Than a successive title, long, and dark, Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's Ark.

What cannot praise effect in mighty minds, When flattery soothes, and when ambition blinds! Desire of pow'r, on earth a vicious weed, Yet, sprung from high, is of celestial seed: In God 'tis glory: And when men aspire, 'Tis but a spark too much of heavenly fire. Th' ambitious youth, too covetous of fame, Too full of angel's metal in his frame; Unwarily was led from virtue's ways; Made drunk with honour, and debauch'd with praise.

Half loath, and half consenting to the ill, For loyal blood within him struggled still He thus repli'd.

My Father governs with unquestion'd right; The Faith's defender, and mankind's delight: Good, gracious, just, observant of the laws; And Heav'n by wonders has espous'd his cause. Whom has he wrong'd in all his peaceful reign? Who sues for justice to his throne in vain?

What millions has he pardon'd of his foes, Whom just revenge did to his wrath expose? Mild, easy, humble, studious of our good; Inclin'd to mercy, and averse from blood. If mildness ill with stubborn Israel suit, His crime is God's beloved attribute.

What could he gain, his people to betray, Or change his right, for arbitrary sway?

Let haughty Pharaoh curse with such a reign, His fruitful Nile, and yoke a servile train. If David's rule Jerusalem displease, The Dog-star heats their brains to this disease. Why then should I, encouraging the bad, Turn rebel, and run popularly mad? Were he a tyrant who, by lawless might, Oppress'd the Jews, and rais'd the Jebusite, Well might I mourn; but nature's holy bands Would curb my spirits, and restrain my hands: The people might assert their liberty; But what was right in them, were crime in me.

His favour leaves me nothing to require; Prevents my wishes, and out-runs desire. What more can I expect while David lives? All but his kingly diadem he gives: And that: but there he paus'd; then sighing, said, Is justly destin'd for a worthier head. For when my father from his toils shall rest, And late augment the number of the blest: His lawful issue shall the throne ascend; Or the collat'ral line where that shall end.

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His brother, though oppress'd with vulgar spite, Yet dauntless and secure of native right, Of every royal virtue stands possess'd; Still dear to all the bravest, and the best. His courage foes, his friends his truth proclaim; His loyalty the king, the world his fame. His mercy ev'n th'offending crowd will find: For sure he comes of a forgiving kind. Why should I then repine at Heaven's decree; Which gives me no pretence to royalty?

Yet oh that Fate, propitiously inclin'd, Had rais'd my birth, or had debas'd my mind; To my large soul, not all her treasure lent, And then betray'd it to a mean descent.

I find, I find my mounting spirits bold, And David's part disdains my mother's mold. Why did satire become popular in the age of John Dryden Absalom - Wikipedia ; Absalom's sister, who was also called Tamar, was raped by Amnon, who was their half-brother. Amnon was also David's eldest son.

After the rape, Absalom waited two years, and then avenged Tamar by sending his servants to murder a drunken Amnon at a feast, to which Absalom had invited all the king's sons 2 Samuel His defeat at the Battle of Bosworth comprises much of the action in the David, rey de Israel, vive, vive y existe.

The poem also references the Popish PlotA daring pilot in extremity; Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms; but for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit. If mildness ill with stubborn Israel suit, His crime is God's beloved attribute.

Though now his mighty soul in grief contains, He meditates revenge who least complains; And like a lion, slumb'ring in the way,. At this time, the question of succession to King Charles had assumed great importance.

Achitophel still wants a chief, and none Was found so fit as warlike Absalom: Not, that he wish'd his greatness to create, For politicians neither love nor hate: But, for he knew, his title not allow'd, Would keep him still depending on the crowd: That kingly pow'r, thus ebbing out, might be Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.

Content ingloriously to pass thy days Like one of virtue's fools that feeds on praise; Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright, Grow stale and tarnish with our daily sight.

But wild ambition loves to slide, not stand; And fortune's ice prefers to virtue's land: Achitophel, grown weary to possess A lawful fame, and lazy happiness; Disdain'd the golden fruit to gather free, And lent the crowd his arm to shake the tree. Monmouth was caught preparing to rebel and seek the throne, and Shaftesbury was suspected of fostering this rebellion. What faults he had for who from faults is free? His favour leaves me nothing to require; Prevents my wishes, and out-runs desire.

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