<DBET.TXT David and Bethsabe. George Peele. 1599. from Ashley
Thorndike, ed, The Minor Elizabethan Drama, London: J.M.Dent,
1913. Scanned, proofed, edited 7/93 by Elizabeth English,
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<THE LOVE OF DAVID AND FAIR BETHSABE,
WITH THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALON>
Of Israel's sweetest singer now I sing,
His holy style and happy victories;
Whose Muse was dipped in that inspiring dew
Arch-angels stilled from the breath of Jove,
Decking her temples with the glorious flowers
Heavens rained on tops of Sion and Mount Sinai.
Upon the bosom of his ivory lute
The cherubins and angels laid their breasts;
And, when his consecrated fingers struck
The golden wires of his ravishing harp,
He gave alarum to the host of heaven,
That, winged with lightning, brake the clouds, and cast
Their crystal armor at his conquering feet.
Of this sweet poet, Jove's musician,
And of his beauteous son, I press to sing.
Then help, divine Adonai, to conduct
Upon the wings of my w . . .