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CHARACTER

OF

DAVID THE GRE A T.

Character of David the Great.

Oh! that the present hour would lend

Another despot of the kind !
Such chains as his were sure to bind."

BYRON.

Bright and powerful and wonderful as the imperial Sun of the Orient, King David, Israel's “sweet Psalmist”* and Holy Champion, attained the acme of human greatness. Mutually canonized by the religions issuing from the awful summit of Mount Sinai, and from the holy bowers of the Garden of Gethsemane; and also by the faith evolved in the mysterious recesses of the Cave of Hera; his glory is high as Heaven and everlasting as Eternity.

Glowing with the blazing fire of Eastern passionateness, the giant spirit of David most splendidly displayed true and surpassing universality of capacity. Godliness, patriotism, filial affection, perfect courage, vast bodily strength, military skill, political wisdom, prudence in private affairs, * Bible, Second of Samuel 23—1.

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