Misled by Achitophel, Absalom left the court. The first part, ofis undoubtedly by Dryden. He could offer them only his tears, his only weapon. He brought about the assassination of Agog for his being on friendly terms with Jebusites. David finally reasserted the royal prerogative. He knew his own rights.
The people had mistakenly taken his mercy as a sign of fear on his part. Next among the King's friends was Zadoc [the Archbishop of Canterbury].
He spoke to the people with becoming humility and expressed sorrow at their hard lot and at his inability to help them, because he could not rise against his father who was the cause of their misery.
Moreover, who is to examine and decide whether the actions of a king are right or wrong? They clamored for greater liberty. The revolutionary mania was so widely rampant among the people that many of David's friends deserted his company.
He told them that as king, he was also the father of his people. In June of that year, Dryden's father died. The zest and zeal of the people is soon exhausted and their energy dissipates in no time. He had had a number of mistresses and produced a number of illegitimate children.
The Jebusites Catholics were treated oppressively by the chosen people Protestants in a variety of ways. A trial before a jury picked by Whig sheriffs acquitted him. No orderly and civilized life would be possible if the right to rebel and dethrone the king is conceded to the people.
And fitted Israel for a foreign yoke.
He had distinguished himself in a number of battles abroad. He set the rumor on foot that the King himself was a Catholic at heart who had signed a secret treaty with the Catholic France, their enemy.
At long last David, who had suffered with patience and forbearance till then, addressed the people with divinely animated voice and was listened to in pin-drop silence. Achitophel further confined to him that by his cunning methods he had turned the people dead against David.
These enumerated friends of David remained loyal him to the end. A second allegory in the poem, beginning on lineis the Parable of the Prodigal Sonwhich can be found in the New Testament in the Gospel of Lukechapter 15, verse The contract is irrevocable.
Absalom listened to Achitophel's address attentively and felt flattered. In poems such as these, Dryden displayed an irrepressible wit and forceful line of argument which later satirists adopted as their model. I feel that I am fit for being a king, and the desire to be great troubles my heart.
Achitophel, realising that the rebellion is doomed to failure, goes home and hangs himself.
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